Mostly Racin' Stuff
By Tom Avenengo
Volume # 243
This week's special photo:
It had to be way back in 1946 (best I can recall), when I first went to the Hinchliffe Stadium, in Paterson, NJ to see my very first midget race. Over the next few years up until New Years Day in 1950, we went there quite often to see some of the best drivers in the country compete there.
At one time, from where the above photo was taken, which is where the 3rd & 4th turns were, there actually was a roof over that part of the stands. Whenever we went there to watch the midgets, we sat over on the left side, across from the start/finish line. The pit area was at the other end of the stadium, behind a huge wall, with one gate off of the first turn to let cars into and out of the pit area.
My last racing event, prior to moving down here to Cape Coral, Florida, was the yearly show they hold for the race fans, back in September of last year. This years show is right around the corner - Sunday September 20th - 12:00 - 6:00 PM.
If you get a chance, try to make this year's show. It really doesn't cost much - it's FREE!
Further down in my column among the other sections will be some photos that were taken at Hinchliffe over the years.
Special from me:
I, along with some of my family members down here in Cape Coral, kind of celebrated my 55th wedding anniversary. Of course the main one, my late wife, wasn't able to attend, in person, but we all hope she was with us in spirit.
From "Back in the Day":
Here are two photos that were taken at Hinchliffe Stadium:
The late Al Keller in the Jerry Willett's # 41 Offy.
The late George Fonder in a Ken Hickey Ford midget. Frank Smith photo.
OK, the date is not correct (June of 2015 - should be 2016), but Sprint Cars at the Indianapolis Speedway? Quite an article in this week's AARN. A .3745, five turn flat paved oval for Sprint Cars. Uh, no, not USAC, but a KOTW (King of the wing Sprint Car Series). Davey Hamilton looks to be involved.
Note: Personally, I wish him more luck than what he had with the Sprint Car racing that supposedly was scheduled for Florida earlier this year.
Found on Jayski:
Lowe's Companies Inc. has extended its longtime relationship with Hendrick Motorsports after signing a two-year agreement that will continue its full-season primary sponsorship of the #48 NASCAR Sprint Cup team and six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson in 2016 and 2017. In addition, Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports have agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep the driver behind the wheel of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet SS through 2017. The agreements build upon a partnership launched in 2001 when Johnson was selected to drive for the new #48 Hendrick Motorsports team. Now in its 14th full season, the sponsor-driver-team relationship has become one of the most successful in NASCAR history. Lowe's, whose NASCAR involvement dates back to its first car sponsorship in 1960, has been Johnson's primary sponsor for each of his 497 career Sprint Cup starts. Since his first full-time Sprint Cup season in 2002, Johnson has earned 74 victories -- the most in the series during that span -- and averaged a third-place (3.07) championship points finish. Led by crew chief Chad Knaus, whose contract with Hendrick Motorsports runs through 2018, the #48 Lowe's team has scored at least three Sprint Cup wins in each of its 14 full seasons (2002-15). Johnson's six championships trail only first-ballot NASCAR Hall of Fame drivers Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty, who each posted seven.(Hendrick Motorsports)(9-14-2015)
How the Chase for the Sprint Cup works:
Challenger round: The 16 eligible drivers will compete in races at Chicago, New Hampshire and Dover for 12 spots available in the next round. A win at any of the three races advances the winning driver into the next round. The rest of the field of 12 will be determined by order of total points scored after the three races. Each advancing driver will be reset to 3,000 points, no bonus points for wins.
Contender round: The 12 drivers who advance from the Challenger round will compete at Charlotte, Kansas and Talladega for eight spots available in the next round, with the same rules for advancing as in the Challenger round. Each advancing driver will be reset to 4,000 points, no bonus points for wins.
Eliminator round: Eight drivers advance to races at Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix and compete for four spots in the final round. The same rules will be used for advancing as in previous rounds. Points for the four drivers going for the championship are reset to 5,000, no bonus points for wins.
Championship round: The Chase championship will be decided by the driver with the best finish among the top four at Homestead.
See news and rules about the Chase on the 2015 Chase News page.
2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
[after Richmond, race 26 of 36]
(by wins, then by points standings)
1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2012 (3 2nd place finishes)
2) #18-Kyle Busch, 2012 (2)
3) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2012 (0)
4) #22-Joey Logano, 2009
5) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2006
6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2006
7) #41-Kurt Busch, 2006
8) #19-Carl Edwards, 2006
9) #2-Brad Keselowski, 2003
10) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 2003
11) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2003
[made the Chase via points standings]
12) #1-Jamie McMurray, 2000
13) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2000
14) #31-Ryan Newman, 2000
15) #27-Paul Menard, 2000
16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2000
Chase drivers reset to 2000 plus 3 points for each win
ties broken by most 2nd, 3rd, etc
Johnson has 3 2nd's
KyBusch has 2 2nds
Kenseth has 0 2nds
Lawsuit against Stewart expected to move to federal court:
The wrongful death lawsuit against Tony Stewart will be transferred to the Western District of New York court in Rochester, N.Y. The case was to have been heard in the Northern District of New York court in Utica, N.Y. The motion was made because Stewart's attorney stated that the federal court in Rochester, N.Y., is closer to Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park - where Kevin Ward Jr. died after he was struck by Stewart's sprint car - and more convenient for non-party witnesses expected to provide testimony. Paperwork filed by Stewart's attorney Tuesday stated that the plaintiffs, Ward's family, agreed to the move. A stipulated order was submitted and awaiting the judge's signature to make the move official.(NBC Sports)(9-16-2015)
The late Lloyd Christopher - photo by Frank Smith.
From Track Forum:
The late Johnny Ritter in his # 3 Outboard. Directly behind him, a tad to the right, is where we always sat when we went to Hinchliffe Stadium.
From the Dirt Track Digest Forum:
From the AARN:
Davenport Streaks From 18th To First, Wins Eldora World 100
Brent Marks On Port Royal Win Spree, Tuscarora 50 Win Makes Third Straight
Grandview’s Freedom 76 To Go This Week After Week Postponement
Thompson Turns Stock Cars Loose On Road Course
Ronnie Silk Is Waterford Tri Track 100 Standout
Heotzler Heaven At Accord: Junior Wins Race, Senior Claims Mod Title
First 2015 Super DIRT Series Win For Larry Wight Comes In Canada
Ryan Preece Impresses In NASCAR K&N East Debut At Richmond
And some more from this week's edition:
I see the ARDC will be in action this coming weekend at Williams Grove, on Friday, and Path Valley Speedway on Saturday.
I have an idea as to where you might go to find some of the racing schedules, but with most tracks getting rained out last week, it looks like quite a busy Fall season. Ya gotta check out the Internet, of course.
Donnie Schatz has now won 202 WoO Sprint Car features!
The late "Ted Tappett", whose real name was Phil Walters. He had quite a career before and after WWII, first in midgets, then into stock cars, and finally, using his real name - Phil Walters in Sports/racing cars for Briggs Cunningham. He was signed to drive for Ferrari in their Sports/racing cars and also in F-1, in 1955 after the LeMans 24 hours race, but that event had a massive amount of people fatally injured in one accident. With him seeing that, he decided to retire from racing that day.
Former OVRP Dirt Oval racers:
Kyle Rohner was 2nd in the Spec Sportsman feature at Accord.
In the Northeast Crate Nationals, at A/S, Hunter Bates was 13th, Cody Bleau 14th, Matt Hitchcock 15th and Brian Krummel 25th. In the CRSA feature, Josh Pieniazek was 1st, Brian Krummel 2nd, Chuck Alessi 11th and Emily VanInwegen 13th.
Brad Szulewski was 15th in the Sportsman feature at Grandview.
Jacob Hendershot won the 270 Micro feature at Brdgeport.
Molly Chambers was 9th in the Wingless 600 Micro feature at Linda's.
Brian Sobus was 25th in the Star Classic 150 at Epping, NH.
Note: Believe it or not, that's about all the results I could find in this weeks AARN.
Jim DiMarco leading Bob Disbrow out of the second turn at Hinchliffe Stadium. The restored DiMarco Offy is now in the hands of Ray Evernham.
South Boston (Southern Tour) race Sept.19, TV Sept.24, 7-8 PM
NHIS race Sept.19, TV Oct.1, 7-8PM
Stafford race Oct.4, TV Oct.10, 4-5PM
Charlotte (Southern Tour) race Oct.8, TV Oct.15, 7-8PM
Thompson race Oct.18, TV Oct.22, 8-9PM
All on NBCSN
Last Sunday there was the annual car show run by Ken Brenn. This car, above, the last I knew, was down in Texas and being restored by A.J. Foyt. It was the former Fred Maier two engined BMW powered midget. When it ran right, it was darn near unbeatable. Russ Klar was the driver I remember the most as having been in the seat when I saw it race.
And here's the engine (on top) then Russ Klar and Fred Maier on the bottom left, and a front view of the engine & chassis on the bottom right.
Note: Hope ya can read that small print!
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For Immediate Release/September 13, 2015
Lingering Showers, Saturated Grounds Force Postponement Of MjH Oilfield Wade Decker Memorial To Sunday, September 27; Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek Modifieds Headline Rescheduled Program, All Divisions Return
CENTER LISLE, NY – Saturated grounds and lingering showers predicted by the National Weather Service throughout the afternoon and evening forced the postponement of the Wade Decker Memorial event slated for Sunday at Thunder Mountain Speedway.
The event will now take place on Sunday, Sept. 27 to conclude the 2015 season of racing on the Mountain.
The rescheduled Wade Decker Memorial event will be highlighted by the seventh round of the Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Hi-Tek Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region. More than $27,000 cash will be on the line for the 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified main presented by MjH Oilfield.
A talented competitor who progressed from the Street Stocks to race in the Southern Tier and beyond in the Modified division, Wade Decker tragically lost his life on Dec. 5, 2011 in a logging accident. He was just 37 years old.
The Decker family has worked to raise money for the third running of the Wade Decker Memorial event. The first event was run in 2012 at I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y. Pat Ward of Genoa, N.Y., was the inaugural event winner. In 2014, the race moved to Thunder Mountain, with Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., earning a $5,000-plus payday as the victor.
For the ’15 campaign, the Wade Decker Memorial will be a Short Track Super Series-sanctioned program for the first time, offering valuable points toward the $15,000 North Region crowd to be decided at I-88 Speedway in October.
The hefty base purse rewards the race winner with $5,000. Tenth-place pays $1,000, with $400 reserved just to take the green flag. There is lap money at stake, other bonuses and contingency awards, as well.
Heat winners will take part in a Dash for Cash paying $1,000 to the winner courtesy of Hank Decker & Son Logging. The Dash finish will determine the starting order for the STSS Modified main event.
Integra Racing Shocks has signed on to sponsor the STSS Modified Hard Charger Award, offering a set of four Integra Shocks.
Lap money has been collected and will be distributed to the top-seven drivers throughout the feature. Of note, the halfway leader in the Modified ranks will take home $500 cash courtesy of Jim and Rhonda Scott.
Entering Thunder Mountain, Stewart Friesen of Sprakers, N.Y., leads the STSS Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region point standings. Friesen has won three STSS events this year: the opener at N.Y.’s Orange County Fair Speedway, the July I-88 Speedway stop and most recently Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway on August 11.
Completing the top-five in the point standings are Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y., and Jeff Heotzler of Wallkill, N.Y.
The STSS visited Thunder Mountain Speedway once in ’15, back on June 29, with home-track hero Brian Malcolm of Lake Ariel, Pa., fending off Friesen to take the biggest win of his career.
Joining the STSS Modifieds during the Wade Decker Memorial are the GRIT American Series Crate 602 Sportsman ($1,000 to win), Street Stocks ($1,000 to win) and Xcel 600 Modifieds ($1,000 to win).
For the make-up event, gates will open at 2 p.m., with hot laps at 5 p.m. and racing at 6 p.m.
Admission prices remain unaltered: $20 for Adults, $18 for Seniors (ages 65 and up) and Students (ages 10-17). Kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.
The complete STSS Modified pay structure is available for viewing at: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/wade-decker-memorial-modified-pay-structure/
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Thunder Mountain Speedway is located at 91 Hunts Corners Road Center Lisle, NY 13797, approximately 25 miles north of Binghamton. The three-eighths-mile clay oval features hillside concrete seating, free parking and camping, a variety of concession items and novelties, a family environment and more.
Orange County Fair
EXCITEMENT ABOUNDS FOR 54th ANNIVERSARY
EASTERN STATES WEEKEND
Big-Block Modifieds, Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, 305 Sprint Cars, and Street Stocks in three days of nonstop racing action
MIDDLETOWN, NY (September 13)……..It’s just over a month away and excitement is already building for the 54th Annual Eastern States Weekend, October 23-25, 2015 presented by Halmar International, WLR Construction, and Arkel Motors at the historic Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. But the weekend’s headline race remains the Eastern States 200, the oldest consecutively-run championship event for dirt track Modified stock cars in the country. This year’s Eastern States has been enhanced by huge increases in the purses for the Big- and Small-Block races, adding to the excitement of the entire weekend.
Activity actually begins a day earlier: At 12:00 noon on Thursday, October 22 the pits open to competitors for hauler parking and inspections. Later, between 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm, the grounds will open for early arriving campers.
Racing begins on Friday, October 23. The Fairgrounds and pits open at 9:30 am, with the car inspection beginning at 10:30 am and spectator gates at 11:00 am. Following car inspections, drivers meeting, and draw, on-track practice for time trials for the Big-Block Modified and Sportsman division and a hot lap session for the Small-Block Modifieds begins at 1:00 pm. After time trials are complete, Sportsman heats precede Modified heats, Sportsman consolation races, and the Sportsman and Modified Dashes for Cash.
Friday’s Sportsman 50-lap feature race caps off the day’s racing.
Saturday, October 24 the racing is virtually non-stop with the Small Block Modified and 305 Sprint Cars the featured divisions. The Fairgrounds and pits open at 8:00 am with the spectator gates at 10:00 am. The drivers meeting and draw are at 11:00 am followed by hot laps for the Small Block Modifieds and 305 Sprint Cars.
After 305 Sprint Car timed hot laps and the Small Block Modified Time Trials, qualifying heat and consolation races for the two divisions will be run. In addition, the Modifieds will have a hot lap session.
The first feature race of the day will be the 25-lap 305 Sprint Car main, and then the headline 100-lap Small-Block Modified championship race.
All this leads to the Sunday, October 25 finale, the 54th Annual Eastern States 200 Championship Race for Modifieds Presented by Halmar International, WLR Construction and Arkel Motors. Following the Fairgrounds and pits opening at 8:00 am, spectator gates swing open at 9:00 am. Street Stock inspection also begins at 8:00 am, followed by the Street Stock drivers meeting at 9:15 am. On-track activities begin at 9:30 am with the annual Pit Party when all fans are invited to join the racers along the track’s historic homestretch. Cars from all Orange County’s racing divisions will be on display, and drivers will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs.
Following the Pit Party, racing gets underway with hot laps and qualifying heat and consolation races for the Street Stocks and last chance Modified consolation races. Next up will be the 25-lap Street Stock championship race. And then at 2:30 pm, it’s time for trackside ceremonies, driver introductions, and the headline Eastern States 200 for Modifieds Presented by Halmar International, WLR Construction, and Arkel Motors.
Advance tickets, camping, and parking permits are available at the Speedway Office during regular business hours, or credit card sales (Visa and MasterCard) by calling 845-342-2573. Additional information can be found at the official Orange County Fair Speedway website,www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.
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For Immediate Release/September 15, 2015
Plenty To Enjoy At I-88 Speedway Friday-Saturday October 9-10 For Short Track SuperNationals 8; Schedule, Weekend Pricing Set For ‘Working Man’s Race’ Spectacular; Two Full Days Of Racing Planned
AFTON, NY – Race fans and competitors heading to I-88 Speedway on Columbus Day weekend will have plenty to enjoy.
The eighth edition of the Halmar International Short Track SuperNationals presented by Olum’s is set for the Afton Fairgrounds on Friday-Saturday October 9-10 with a full slate of racing planned for the eighth annual ‘Working Man’s Race’ spectacular.
Headlining the weekend is a 50-lap main for the big-block/small-block Modifieds racing for a total payout of nearly $30,000, spread throughout the starting field, on Saturday. The Modified event offers $5,000 to the winner, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to take the green flag in addition to numerous other incentives.
And the event takes on added incentive. The race is the eighth and final leg of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear North Region on the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek, meaning a $15,000 champion will be crowned following the Modified main event and the top-12 drivers will set their positions to share in a $38,000-plus point fund.
The Short Track SuperNationals was founded in 2006 by Brett Deyo, partnering with Pat Jordan – then the promoter of Afton Speedway – to present the inaugural. Last year, the SuperNationals returned to the Afton Fairgrounds for the first time since that first running much to the delight of fans and competitors. The neat-and-tidy I-88 facility, complete with a flat and spacious pit area and camping with hookups, provided an ideal venue for the Short Track Super Series championship event.
Again this year, I-88 promoters Jamie and Denise Page partner with Deyo to organize the program.
Saturday’s program will again be “split” with support division qualifying and other activities in the afternoon. The Modifieds will qualify and run their feature after a break.
Joining the Modifieds on Saturday will be the GRIT American Series Crate 602 Sportsman, XCel 600 Modifieds in a tour race, Empire Lightning Sprints and Vintage Modifieds in an exhibition.
Gates open at 1 p.m. for both the grandstand and pit areas. Hot laps for the Crate 602 Sportsman, XCel 600 Mods, Lightning Sprints and Vintage will go of at 3 p.m. with qualifying for the aforementioned divisions and the Vintage feature beginning at 3:45 p.m.
Modified hot laps are scheduled to take the green at 6 p.m., with heat races at 6:30 p.m.
Admission prices for Saturday are as follows: $20 for Adults, $18 for Seniors (ages 65 and up), $12 for Students (ages 9-17) with Kids 8 and under FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.
Friday night will be topped with a 35-lap Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman race paying $1,500 to win plus Crate 602 bonuses. Also racing on Friday are the XCel 600 Modifieds in a tour race, Empire Lightning Sprints in a preliminary program, Empire Sport Trucks and FWD Four Cylinders.
Modifieds are invited to practice on Friday night. A Dash will be held for the fastest competitors, per the track transponder sheet, with the Dash winner earning a redraw starting spot in Saturday’s main event.
On Friday, gates open at 3 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.
Grandstand admission is $12 for Adults, $10 for Seniors (ages 65 and up), $8 for Students (ages 9-17) with Kids 8 and under FREE. Pit admission is $30, with no license required.
Reserved camping spots are on sale now at a first-come, first-served basis. To secure a spot, click the following link to download a form: http://bdmotorsportsmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/SuperNationalsModifiedEntry.pdf
Registration, rules, detailed weekend info and more can be found online at www.shorttracksuperseries.comunder “Events” and “Short Track SuperNationals” on the main menu. Registration forms have been posted for the Modified, Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman and Crate 602 Sportsman divisions.
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I-88 Speedway is located conveniently off I-88 Exit 7 (Afton), approximately 25 miles north and east of Binghamton, at 46 East Main Street Afton, N.Y. 13730. There is plentiful space for parking and camping. To learn more about I-88 Speedway, visit www.i-88speedway.com.
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For Immediate Release/September 12, 2015
Thunder Mountain Speedway Championship Night Postponed To Saturday, September 19 Due To Heavy Afternoon & Evening Rain; Sunday Wade Decker Memorial Remains On As Scheduled
CENTER LISLE, NY – Thunder Mountain Speedway will have to wait one more week to crown is 2015 track champions.
Due to heavy predicted rain for both Saturday afternoon and evening, Championship Night at the three-eighths-mile clay oval has been postponed to next Saturday, September 19. All season-long championship battles will be decided on the 19th for the weekly divisions.
Modifieds will race for $1,500 to win next Saturday, joined by the Open Sportsman, Crate 602 Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, XCel 600 Modifieds and FWD Four Cylinders.
Current point leaders entering next Saturday’s finale are Mike Mahaney (Modified), Eric Leet (Open Sportsman), Pat Jordan (Crate 602 Sportsman), Shawn Davis (Rookie Sportsman), Steven Deinhardt (Street Stock), Will Eastman (XCel 600 Modified) and Dylan Robinson (FWD Four Cylinder).
Gates open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 6:20 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. Adult grandstand admission is $12. Seniors (ages 65 and up) and Students (ages 10-17) pay $10. Kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $30, with no license required.
Racing for Sunday (Sept. 13) at Thunder Mountain – the MjH Oilfield Wade Decker Memorial Race – remains on schedule at this point. The Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek Bob Hilbert Sportswear Modifieds race 50 laps for $5,000 to win. Also on the Sunday card: GRIT American Series Crate 602 Sportsman, Street Stocks and XCel 600 Modifieds, all earning $1,000 to win.
On Sunday, gates open at 3 p.m., with hot laps at 6:20 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. Adult grandstand admission is $20. Seniors (ages 65 and up) and Students (ages 10-17) pay $18. Kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $30, with no license required.
For Thunder Mountain Speedway general information and a complete schedule, visitwww.thundermtnspeedway.com. The speedway office number is 607.657.8202. On race day, call 607.849.7899. The speedway e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. “Like” Thunder Mountain Speedway on Facebook or follow @thundermtnspeed on Twitter.
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For Immediate Release/September 16, 2015
New Egypt Speedway ‘Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend’ Offers Halloween Weekend Auto Racing Excitement; Modified $5,000-to-win, SpeedSTRs, Crate & Open Sportsman, RaceSaver® Sprints, Outlaw Stocks & XCel 600 Modifieds Part Of Busy Two-Day Racing Weekend
NEW EGYPT, NJ – There will be no tricks - just treats - when New Egypt Speedway hosts the Mid-Atlantic Championship weekend October 30-31.
Two busy days of racing are planned for the D-shaped 7/16ths-mile facility to conclude the 2015 season in grand style. The Mid-Atlantic Championship is co-promoted by BD Motorsports Media LLC as a special Halloween weekend spectacular for the area’s race fans and competitors featuring a plethora of divisions.
The Mid-Atlantic Championship weekend is headlined by a $5,000-to-win Modified event, featuring big- and small-block engine combinations on Saturday (October 31). This 40-lap main will reward drivers with $1,000 for 10th-place and $400 just to take the green flag.
This program is an affiliate of the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Hi-Tek, which will have concluded its point season for both the North and South Regions by that point.
Also on Saturday will be the return of the SpeedSTRs to New Egypt Speedway. The NES venue was key in the early development of the cars by Rich ‘Toby’ Tobias with its Sunday afternoon specials. The division has since exploded with the advent of Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pa., and will bring superstar drivers from various facets of racing together in a $3,000-to-win clash.
Saturday’s program will be rounded out by the Open vs. Crate 602 Sportsman (25 laps) offering $1,200 to win, $120 to start and Crate 602 bonuses and XCel 600 Modifieds racing for $1,000 to win in a 20-lap feature.
For the Saturday event, pit gates will open at 11 a.m. Grandstand gates swing open at 1 p.m. Hot laps get underway at 3 p.m., with qualifying underway at 4 p.m.
Friday night (October 30) will be topped by a Crate 602 Sportsman championship offering $1,000 to win and $100 to start for a 25-lap main. The RaceSaver® 305 Sprint Cars, Outlaw Stocks and open Modified practice are planned. Modifieds will be timed during their practice rounds, with a dash involving the fastest qualifiers giving the winning driver a redraw position for Saturday’s main event.
On Friday, pit gates open at 3 p.m. Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6:15 p.m., with racing at 7 p.m.
Complete event information and pricing will be posted on the Short Track Super Series/BD Motorsports Media LLC website at: www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. Contact Brett Deyo by phone at 845.728.2781, via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook: Short Track Super Series and on Twitter @ShortTrackSS.
Located in New Egypt, N.J., New Egypt Speedway features a daylight-quality lighting system and excellent sightlines from any seat in the house. There are clean, heated restrooms, a monitored playground area for young fans and restaurant-quality concession stands serving up a full menu at family style prices. The racy, 7/16ths-mile clay oval hosts tight, wheel-to-wheel, all-out competition. New Egypt Speedway’s GPS address is 720 Route 539 New Egypt, NJ 08533 and the speedway website is www.newegyptspeedway.net.
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Here's Andy Van Huesen in a Pappy Hough # 80 Ford powered midget at Hinchliffe. In this photo, you can see the "roof" that was over the stands from the third to fourth turns. Yes, it's a Frank Smith photo.
Found on the Internet:
Parts of South Dakota picked up as much as 8 inches of snow as they were hit by the earliest winter storm in more than 120 years!
Meanwhile, down here in Cape Coral, the forecast for tomorrow (Tues) says high temp of 90 degrees.
Well, once you go to the link supplied, I do believe a short video comes up. It's about the 3 Palms Speedway in Punta Gorda, Florida which could possibly be kaput as far as racing goes.
In part: "It's another
bump in the road for a race track in Punta Gorda.
The owners of the Three Palms Speedway are being threatened with eviction after apparently not paying rent for several months.
The track has been a big draw for years, which is one of the reasons Pam Seay, of the Charlotte County Airport Authority, wants it to succeed. But, she said, the current owners are failing to keep it in good standing.
"We have people coming from around the country, certainly around the state, to race right here," she said. "(The owners) have not kept up their end of the bargain. They have not done what they promised to do."
The authority said the owners -- Jamie and Andy Hasse -- owe more than $20,000 and never installed the grandstand bleachers that were promised several times.
Racer Luther Lee Fitch said he lent money to the owners after they rebranded the track as Three Palms Speedway two years ago. That money, he said, was for the missing bleachers, fencing and a public address system."
This week's joke:
A married couple in their early 60s are celebrating their
40th wedding anniversary in a quiet, romantic
Suddenly, a tiny yet beautiful fairy appeared on their table.
She said, 'For being such an exemplary married
couple and for being loving to each other for
all this time, I will grant you each a wish.'
The wife answered, 'Oh, I want to travel around the world
with my darling husband.'
The fairy waved her magic wand and - poof! - two
tickets for the Queen Mary II appeared in her
The husband thought for a moment:
'Well, this is all very romantic, but an
opportunity like this will never come again. I'm
sorry my love, but my wish is to have a wife 30
years younger than me.'
The wife, and the fairy, were deeply disappointed,
but a wish is a wish.!
So the fairy waved her magic wand and
The husband became 92 years old.
The moral of this story:
Men who are ungrateful bastards should
remember fairies are female.....
Until my next column – next week
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