Racin' & Internet Stuff:
By Tom Avenengo
Starting with this column, you’ll see some changes made, with some sections now being eliminated. Maybe not permanently, but for a while, any way. I’ll be dropping the following:
“The History of the Sport”, “Non-racing news” and “Is this true?” – At least for a while, unless something big should come up!
As of February 28th, neither Brewerton nor Fulton has anything on their websites regarding a 2011 schedule. And, still no word as to whether they’ll be running as an independent or still with DIRTcar, either. Lotsa rumors, though!
Same goes for OCFS, although I’ve seen a “Schedule” that was out prior to their signing back up with DIRTcar, no schedule on their website.
No word yet as to whether Whip City Speedway has had a buyer, or not.
Danica – Yeah, you know who “Danica” is, right? What are your thoughts of her – especially in NASCAR? There’s a thread about her on the Track Forum. As of Wednesday evening, it’s three pages long and has had 90 comments, so far. Some very interesting thoughts, I should say.
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Sunday, March 13, 2011:
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Sunday, March 20, 2011:
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A good way to get fired:
Kinda hard to believe on this one, but if you’re in an announcers booth, it’s said that you should not “cheer” for a winner. This young man did, and was fired for it:
Going back, in time:
Note: Most of the following information was found here:
Covering the days of February 25th to March 3rd.
Davey Allison ... Born ... A NASCAR race car driver, best known as the driver of the
Robert Yates Racing #28 Texaco-Havoline Ford. Born in
Winton driving his Winton Bullet, set the first speed record ever achieved at
Sports Car Club of America is incorporated in
Danny Frye Jr. ... Born ... USAC midget and sprint racer
Russ Congdon ... Died ... USAC midget and sprint racer from the 1950's and 60's
Duke Nalon ... Died ... AAA midget, sprint and Indy car racer .
Ted Horn... Born
... AAA driver from the 1930's and 40's. Ted Horn has the best 9-year
streak of finishes in
Ebb Rose... Born ... USAC racer from the 1960's
Jack Conely... Born ... USAC racer from the 1960's
Born ... Formula One and the Indy car driver. The nephew of Revlon Cosmetics
industry magnate Charles Revson, he was an heir to
his father Martin's fortune (reportedly worth over $1 billion). During a
practice run for the 1974 South African Grand Prix in
Steve Chassey... Born ... USAC/Cart sprint and Indy car driver.
Bobby Ball... Died ... AAA driver from the early 1950's. On January 4,
1953, he was involved in midget car accident at Carrell
Mario Andretti... Born ... One of the most successful
Americans in the history of auto racing. He has competed and won in many
different types of auto racing, including stock cars, midget cars, sprint cars,
IndyCars, drag racing cars, sports cars, and single-seater Formula One cars. During his career, Andretti won
four IndyCar titles, the 1978 Formula One World
Championship, and IROC VI (the 1978 - 1979 IROC). To date, he remains the only
driver ever to win the
Mario had a twin brother – Aldo Andretti. Some say that when they started racing, Aldo
was better than Mario. Aldo’s racing
career ended on August 17, 1969, when he had an accident while racing with the
IMCA in a Sprint Car race at
Singer Joe South (Joseph Alfred Souter) was born. (Check him out in the “Video” section, below.
It was on this date that I was
discharged from the
Richard Petty, driving in a drag race at the Southeastern International Dragway in Dallas Georgia, lost control of his car and it went into the spectators killing an 8 year old boy.
Joe Gaerte... Born ... World of Outlaws sprint car driver.
won the 500 mile NASCAR GN race at
Note: Any idea as to whether that might be the only NASCAR Cup race that started 3-wide?
Schumacher drove his Top Fuel dragster through the 1/4 mile at 330.23 mph at
Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix,
Masten Gregory... Born ... Masten
Gregory was born in
... Born ... AAA driver from 1923 to 1927. Fengler
acted as Chief Steward of the
... Born ... an American racing driver from
Dave Marcis... Born ... NASCAR Cup driver from 1968 to 2002
Jackie Holmes ... Died ... AAA racer from 1947 to 1953
Duke Nalon ... Born ... AAA midget, sprint and Indy car racer .
Ken Nichols... Born ... USAC driver
Lonnie Caruthers... Born ... USAC midget racer 1970's. Cousin to Jimmy & Danny Caruthers.
Randy Anderson sets NHRA Top
Alcohol Funny Car national record of 253.73 mph at
Louie Unser... Died ... He was the twin brother of Jerry Unser, who in 1958 became the first of the famed racing family to qualify for the Indy 500. Louie served as chief mechanic for Jerry in that race and handled the same duties for younger brother Al Unser's 500 debut in 1965.
Pete Halsmer... Born ... USAC/CART driver from the 1980's
Ed Carpenter... Born ... IRL Indy car driver
Mike Mosley... Died ... USAC/CART driver from 1967 to 1983. Mosley died in an off-road vehicle accident.
I see that Davey Franek ventured down to
Also, in the AARN, they showed how the modified drivers finished, point wise, and with monies won, from their racing at Volusia. It shows that Billy VanInwegen was 25th in points and had won $675.00. However, I did notice that in the AARN a week ago, they were showing Billy to have run only 3 of the 4 races, while in actuality, he did run all 4. In a conversation with his father, via the Internet, it seems that Billy won at least $1,000.00.
More racin’ stuff:
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Some Racin’ stuff from the AARN:
If you recall, a while back, there was some talk about the WoO Sprint Cars going to a larger tail tank in order to eliminate “fuel stops” in their racing events. Well, it seems the drivers “rule the roost” as far as that goes, and those larger tail tanks will NOT be in use.
– the track in
County Speedway, out in
A photo of Glenn Donnelly, holding a sample of his synthetic racetrack was on page 7. Sadly, no comments could be found throughout the paper on what some thoughts were about it.
The USAC Sprint Cars will return to the Ocala Speedway in 2012
Yes, Bryan Clauson will be racing in the Firestone Indy Lights cars for those six races – at least, with that $300,000.00 in scholarship monies he won last year.
at the asphalt modifieds that raced down in
other Open Wheel racing, in Mini Sprints, at
Additional Racin’ stuff:
On the Dirt Track Digest’s forum, there’s a real good discussion going on about how the economy might affect racing in 2011.
More OCFS news – from their website: “OCFS is proud to announce that longtime announcer, Tim Pitts, will once again be behind the mic weekly at OCFS. Welcome back Tim!”
As of noontime on Wednesday, I see that there are only 44 entrants for the Cup race at “Lost Wages” and 42 for the Nationwide race.
And, from Jayski’s website:
Super Bowl fans to enjoy NASCAR Weekend: When the NFL and the country’s largest football
stadium dropped the ball on hundreds of disappointed football fans, Las Vegas
Motor Speedway and the Stratosphere Hotel, Casino & Tower recovered the
fumble and scored a touchdown with many of them. Earlier this month, LVMS
and the country’s tallest hotel-tower partnered to offer tickets to the March
4-6 NASCAR Weekend in
Who’s the GOAT (Greatest of all time):
It’s really kind of hard to pick just one, that’s for sure.
Other forums/message boards and websites:
You might find some interesting reading if you go to the links below.
Track Forum: - http://www.trackforum.com/forums/
Jayski: - http://www.jayski.com/
Open Wheel Racers3: http://www.openwheelracers3.com/
Race Pro Weekly: http://raceproweekly.com/
(must register to post)
Yahoo Race History Group:
http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/RacingHistory/ (when one posts something on an e-mail to the group, they do have what is called the “Len Sutton rule” – you put in your name and where you live. And, yes, things are “policed” too.
Wheels of Speed: http://www.wheelsofspeed.com/
First Turn Pro: http://www.firstturnpro.com/
Vintage Sprint Car:
Vintage Midget: http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=337192
Racing and television:
Racing on TV - http://www.racefantv.com/USTV.htm
2011 Track and other Schedules:
OVRP – The Dirt Oval (Oakland Valley Speedway): http://www.oaklandvalleyspeedway.com/schedules-fees/
Wall Stadium: http://www.wallspeedway.com/
From previous columns:
Big Diamond: http://www.bigdiamondspeedway.net/
CRSA Sprint Cars: http://www.crsasprintcars.com/
Williams Grove: http://www.williamsgrove.com/
Xcel 600 Modifieds: http://www.xcelchassis.com/
Indy car: http://www.indyracing.com/
RoC – Dirt: http://www.rocdirt.com/
As mentioned, above – Joe South. (More tunes by him are over on the right)
Closing with these:
STRANGE BUT TRUE AND UNVERIFIED FACTS
-Look at your zipper. See the initials YKK? It stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushibibaisha, the world's largest zipper manufacturer.
-40 percent of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.
-315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.
-On the average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.
-Chocolate kills dogs! True, chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system. A few ounces is enough to kill a small sized dog.
-Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as a medicine.
-Leonardo Da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.
-Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
-There are no clocks in
-Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.
-Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to slow a film down so you could see his moves.
-The original name for the butterfly was "flutterby"..
-By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand
-Mosquito repellents don't repel... they hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.
-Dentists recommend that a toothbrush be kept at least six feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.
-The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.
-Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than the entire Nike factory workers in
-Marilyn Monroe had six toes on one foot.
-Adolf Hitler's mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor.
More to come, next week
May “Guardian Angels” sit on the shoulders of all of our race drivers and race fans, and guide them safely around the tracks!
As usual, you can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org