Racin' & Internet Stuff:
So good old “Mother Nature” acted up again last
weekend. My daughters, Sandra and Sarah,
who came up from Florida last Friday, although attending the “Big Show III”,
were really set on hitting the “Big A” this past Friday night, especially after
a lot of people have told them how much better the racing is there. Of course, for the second week in a row,
Accord had to cancel. As I type this out
at 7:45 PM on Monday evening, both girls have left to go to a friends house – the one who will take them back to
came up to do some major things in and to our house. Both are really intense on having us move to
On a personal note, I’ve had some health issues, and have had some tests done over these past few days. The results of those tests could also have a bearing on us possibly making a move.
On Wednesday, I got the results, and to be honest, I’m not all that thrilled about them. I’ve got a couple of things that need some work on – a heart problem and also the aneurysm in my aorta has increased in size. What can be done to fix both – well, another doctor will have to decide that. The partially torn tendon in my shoulder will be put on the back shelf, for now, until the other problems get solved. My main worry is that it was 15 years ago on June 28,1996 when I had five arteries by-passed, and I was a lot stronger, physically, back then, Yes, I’m somewhat worried.
I was on the Track Forum, looking for some news, and came across someone saying that there would be a practice session at Loudon for the Indy cars on July 5th.
Here it is: “Doing what I'm going to, go down for the test on 7/5 (lucky that is holiday for me) and check out where you want to sit, then order tickets! I know roughly where I want to be since I go to both cup races.”
Note: As for the practice on 7/5 – in e-mails between me and the track – Tom Blanchette, Mr. Blanchette had this to say:
Also, in that thread:
Here's the schedule:
Friday, August 12
American Canadian Tour Qualifying
Whelen Modified -
Saturday, August 13
American-Canadian Tour 50 Lap Race
Firestone Indy Lights 100 Qualifying
IZOD IndyCar - MoveThatBlock.com INDY 225 Qualifying
Whelen Modified -
American-Canadian Tour 25 Lap Race
Sunday, August 14
Firestone Indy Lights 100
IZOD IndyCar - MoveThatBlock.com INDY 225
Got this in an e-mail on Wednesday morning:
Charlie Sheen is 45 and his story is all over the news because
he is a substance abuser, an adulterer and sexually promiscuous.
Lindsay Lohan is 24 and her story is all over the news because
she is a celebrity drug addict and thief.
Justin Allen 23, Brett Linley 29, Matthew Weikert 29, Justus Bartett 27,
Dave Santos 21, Jesse Reed 26, Matthew Johnson 21, Zachary Fisher 24,
Brandon King 23, Christopher Goeke 23, and Sheldon Tate 27, all Marines,
that gave their lives this week for you. There is no media for them,
not even a mention of their names. Honor THEM by sending this on.
I did, will you?
Talking about celebrities – where have they been lately, what with massive destruction by tornados and floods? Nowhere to be seen to be raising funds to help those in need. Funny, huh?
JULY 1ST CORDOVA PLUMBING & HEATING AND BARRETT PLUMBING & HEATING NIGHT
Fireworks & Chicken BBQ
Modifieds $2000 to win
Plus Sportsman, Spec Sportsman, Pro Stocks-Pure Stocks
No Legends or Lightning Sprints.
Pit gates open at 4:30 Spectator gates 5:00
Warm ups 6:30 Racing at 7:00
Adult admission $15 Kids $3 (11 & under)
Family 4 Pack $46- admission for 2 adults & 2 kids plus $20 in food vouchers
Reserved seating $14 Indoor seating $25
KB Racing Photos will have their auction for Cancer Awareness on 7/1 and have requested that all donations be brought to the track.
RAIN DATE JULY 8TH
Mid Week Madness
Racing Quads-Karts-Slingshots-Bandoleros-Legends-Jr & Sr 4 cylinder
600 Wingless Micros & 270 Winged Micros
Gates open at 5pm Spectator Admission $5
July 2nd: Chet's Garage / DR.RV - Sportsman Elimination Race – Kids Club – Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Street Stocks
From the OCFS website - but shows this is for 2010:
Adult grandstand admission will be $14, seniors $12, and kids 12 and under will be admitted free. Those entering the racing pits with an Orange County Fair Speedway member-ship card will be charged $25; non-members $35.
At the Orange County Fair Speedway, you can view the races from many different locations. Seating areas are located throughout the home stretch, starting in the first turn with bleachers, full covered seats with full backs located behind the starters stand and half covered grandstands located on the front stretch coming out of turn 4. The drive in area is located on the back stretch and this allows you to watch the races from the comfort of your vehicle while listening to the races on 98.3 FM on your radio.
Note: What? No fireworks this Saturday???
SATURDAY, JULY 2ND
BERKSHIRE BANK & HALPINS GRUB AND GROG WILL PRESENT A FULL NIGHT OF RACING ALONG WITH OUR UNBELIEVABLE FIREWORKS DISPLAY!!! ALONG WITH THE $4,000 To Win “Maynard Forrette Memorial” Modified Feature
Modified, Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Pure Stocks
Pit Gate Opens @ 3pm
Pit Fee With A License = $15
Pit Fee Without A License = $17
Front Gate Opens @ 5pm
Racing Starts @ 6pm
Adults GA = $11
Kids 11 & Under GA = $2
Reserved Seating = $12
Tower or Roof Tickets = $20
Found on Jayski’s website:
From my column, last week:
Fox interested in moving some races to SPEED:
Fox has held informal discussions with NASCAR about a new TV rights agreement that would allow the network to put some of its Sprint Cup races on Speed. David Hill, Fox Sports chairman, said Fox would like to see some of the 13 regular-season races it televises on Speed. A Fox source said the company could ask for as many as six races for the network. Fox is five years into an eight-year, $1.76 billion contract with NASCAR that mandates Fox televise all of its Sprint Cup races on its broadcast channel except for two non-points, specialty events - the Sprint All-Star Race and the Gatorade Duels from Daytona, which air on Speed. If it wants to move regular-season Cup races to Speed before its contract expires in 2014, it would have to amend its agreement. Fox sources were skeptical such a move would be made before the contract ends. The move would allow Speed to use live NASCAR broadcasts to increase the license fee that cable and satellite operators pay each month, which is currently around 30 cents, according to sources. In addition to talking about putting Sprint Cup races on Speed, Fox has raised the possibility of making NASCAR a stakeholder in Speed and turning it into a joint-venture project. Sources familiar with those conversations said that they have been ongoing for several years. By partnering with NASCAR on Speed, Fox could avoid competing with the property if it decided to launch its own channel.(
Here’s an up-date:
though Fox confirmed recently it was considering moving some of its races to
Speed, NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France said Sunday at Infineon Raceway
that the question is still open. "We're having a lot of discussions right
Note: Somehow, in the back of my mind, I see SPEED TV doing most of the racing telecasts for NASCAR.
MWR to field full time Grand Am team in 2012:
SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody has learned that Michael Waltrip Racing will field a Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series entry in 2012. Team owners Michael Waltrip and Rob Kauffman recently drove a Ferrari 458 Italia in the 24 Hours of Lemans endurance event, and sources say thay are in Daytona Beach, FL, today talking with Grand Am boss Jim France about adding a sports car effort to their two-car NASCAR Sprint Cup Series operation. Executive Vice President for Competition Steve Hallam will reportedly oversee the effort.(6-29-2011)
At one point they
commented on the radio that about 28 of 89 laps of the race being under
caution. The cleanup of debris needs to be done after a wreck but all of the
yellows last almost that long. Sitting there I couldn't help but put the blame
on a combination of the double file restarts and Firestone.
From the start one of the drivers' complaints was restarting on the outside with marbles. In response the series began sending sweepers and blowers out on every caution to make that outside lane clearer. That means even a simple spin with no debris causes a long delay for those slow sweepers to make a lap.
They wouldn't have to do that if Firestone wasn't making such soft, and grippy and fast tires that shaved off so many marbles.
The trade off appears to be, higher racing speeds with the racier tires and the closer racing competition by bunching up for double file restarts but longer caution periods while the marbles are swept up by those slow sweepers and blowers because the outside lane needs to be cleared.
After the season I think they should evaluate not how many yellows there are but how much of the racing laps they eat up to clear the marbles. Then decide if the clean up for the double file restarts makes those restarts worth the racing time lost or if Firestone should make more of an effort to have tires that give off less rubber that needs to be swept.
Note: I’ve been away from the track for more than a few years now, so it’s very possible that there have been other drivers – other than those I make mention of, that have also gone onto bigger forms or racing vehicles, so chances are real good that I do not know their names. If you know of anyone that’s gone onto bigger things, and had run at the Dirt Oval, how about dropping me a line and let me know their names and where and with what they are now racing. Thanks!
At the Greenwood Valley Action Track, Rick Casario was 10th in the 270 Micro Sprint feature, while Joe Kata was 5th and Jacob Hendershot a DNF in the wingless 600 Micro Sprint feature.
AJ Filbeck finished 3rd in the Sportsman feature at Utica/Rome.
Danny Creeden was 11th in the Modified feature at Five mile Point and Brad Szulewski 10thin the Sportsman feature.
In the Sport Modified feature at Mountain Speedway, Nick Pecko finished 4th.
Rich Coons was 6th
in the Sportsman feature at
Roger Coss was 21st in the Wall Stadium Modified feature.
Mike Mammana finished 5th in the Sportsman feature at Big Diamond.
Kyle Armstrong was
12th in the Modified feature at
At OCFS, Tim Hindley was 6th, Mike Ruggiero 10th, Billy VanInwegen 12th and Michael Storms 22nd in the Modified feature. John Lodini won the Sportsman feature, while Matt Janiak was 2nd, Brian Krummel 5th, Matt Hitchcock 8th, RJ Smykla 9th, Jason Roe 16th and Keith Still 21st. Anthony Perrego and Seth Pacella were both DNQ’s.
At Williams Grove, on June 24th, Davie Franek finished 7th in the 358 Sprint Car main.
At the NEMA Lights
At Accord, last Wednesday night, Rick Casario won the winged 270 Micro Sprint feature. Jacob Hendershot was the winner in the wingless 600 Micro Sprint feature. Charlie Lawrence won the Slingshot feature while Tyler Pirone was 3rd.
Here’s one I missed last week – David Webb at the Waterford Speedbowl. He finished 7th in the SK Light Modified feature. David, who has competed at the Stafford Speedway for a few years, has left that track, and is now racing on occasion, at various speedways.
And these, too: Davie Franek won the 358 Sprint Car main at Williams Grove, on the 17th, then went south to run with the URC at the Delaware International Speedway where he won that feature, too.
Note: There’s a possibility that I might have missed some, so if I did, I’m sorry!
Going back, in time – in racing history:
Note: Most of the following information was found here:
Covering the days from July 1st to the 7th – mostly:
Note: I missed a few dates last week - personal ones for me.
June 25, 1996:
My son, Eric, and I
June 26, 1996:
That's the day I had my
last cigarette. Can
distinctly remember throwing it away as I was walking towards the entrance to
June 28, 1996:
Had some work done on my "engine" - five arteries by-passed. Thanks to the anesthesia, I lost one whole week of my life, due to memory loss, but I'm still around, some 15 years later, being a pain in the ass to some folks and via my writings, have made many, many more friends.
A.J. Foyt won the 100 mile USAC Championship race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Langhorne Speedway, Langhorne, PA. Parnelli Jones was second followed by Jim Hurtubise, Don Branson and Bobby Marshman.
Hugh Randall... Died ... USAC driver from the early 1960's. He died as a relief driver for Bob Mathouser in the Vargo Special at the Langhorne Speedways 100 Mile USAC Championship race July 1, 1962.
Born ... The 1969 USAC National Midget Champion also raced in Australia and New
Zealand for thirteen winters, winning over fifty percent of the races he
competed in, as well as the World Championship at the Sydney Showgrounds on seven different occasions. He also drove sprint
and championship cars and passed his rookie test at the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway in 1966. Bob started his career in stock cars and switched to midgets
in 1950. He won the UARA Midget Championship twice and consistently beat the Offies with Frank Pavese’s famous
Ford 60 V-8. In 1955 he won a heat race at
"Fireball" Roberts, Jr.... Died ... On May
24, 1964, at the World 600 in
Swede Savage... Died ... Savage started racing 1/4 midgets then motorcycles and karts. He then graduated to NASCAR, Can-Am, Trans-A and finally into Indy cars where he tragically lost his life as a result of injuries sustained in the Indy 500 in 1973.
Jr.... Born ... An American race
car driver. He is best known for his open wheel accomplishments, which
JULY 3 - a fairly good day for Tony Bonadies
Tony Bonadies won the ARDC Midget race at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA.
Note: It was on July 5, 1964, when the Grove took Tony from us. He was 47 years old
won the ARDC Midget race at the Westboro Speedway,
won the ARDC Midget race at the Old Bridge Stadium,
Walt Faulkner won the
Darlington 250 AAA Championship race on the 1.25 Mile Paved Oval Darlington
Note: I was at that race with my father and brother. More on this race further down in the column under "More racin' stuff"
Elmer George... Born ... He
drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1956-1963
seasons with 64 starts, including the
Tony Bonadies... Died ... A very popular midget car driver, Tony Bonadies' career spanned over twenty-four years during which he competed in more than one thousand races. Although he never won the ARDC Midget Championship, he was ranked amongst the top six in seven out of his last eight seasons in the series' final classification table, and he was twice the title runner-up. He entered the Indy 500 three times, but failed to qualify in all attempts: in 1955 and the following year his times aboard a Kurtis 3000D - Offenhauser were simply not quick enough, and in 1957 he wrecked his Kurtis 500C - Offenhauser at the Turn 4 at the northwest end of the track during practice and had to withdraw from the race. Bonadies was taking place in an ARDC midget race at the Williams Grove Speedway on 05 July 1964 when, as he pitched his Frankenfield - Offenahuser into a slide at the entrance to Turn 1, the right rear axle of the car snapped. The vehicle barrel rolled several times and then got airborne. Tony was thrown to the ground and died instantly.
Rodger Ward... Died ... USAC Midget and Indy car driver. 2 time Indy 500 winner, 1959 & 1962
Dana Carter ... Born ...
ARDC/USAC and CART driver from the 1970's & 80's. Son of Duane Carter,
brother of Pancho Carter and half brother of Johnnie
Parsons Jr. Dana died on May 5th in 1983 of a heart attack after finishing
second in a midget race in
... Died ... Bisch started racing midgets in 1948
before moving on to Sprint Cars in
Johnny Matera ... Born ... AAA driver from the 1930's and 40's.
Cotton Farmer ... Born ... IMCA and USAC driver from the 1950's and 60's.
Eldon Rasmussen ... Born
... A former Canadian driver in the USAC Championship Car series. He raced in
the 1971 and 1973-1979 seasons, with 23 career starts, including the 1975,
1977, and 1979
... Born ... A former driver in the USAC Championship Car series. He raced in the 1972-1976 seasons, with 28 career
starts, including the
... Born ... A former driver in the USAC and CART Championship Car series. He
raced in the 1969-1979, 1981 and 1983 seasons, with 111 combined career starts,
and started in the
Stan Fox ... Born ... The
Wisconsin native was one of
Our first son, Norman T. Avenengo, Jr. was born. Like it's been for me over my lifetime, we call him "Tom"
Kenny Irwin, Jr. ... Died ... He was a NASCAR stock car driver. He had driven in all three major of forms of NASCAR and had two total victories. Before that, he raced in the United States Auto Club against Tony Stewart who was one of his fiercest rivals. He died as a result of injuries suffered in a crash during a practice session at New Hampshire International Speedway.
News from the AARN:
Note: With the hectic week I’ve had, I completely neglected to make mention of the wonderful center page they had with an artists drawing of the late Richie Evans over a photo of his # 61 Modified in their June 21st issue. They had the issue, hot off the presses, at the Big Show III a week ago. I was hoping to get a copy of the photo from the AARN so I could post it here, but no such luck. If you’re a big fan of Richie Evans, you might want to contact the AARN and see if you can order that particular issue – June 21st issue.
From their June 21st issue:
In Lenny Sammons’ column, he starts off about Daniel Johnson, Jr. – son of the “Doctor” – Danny Johnson, and his starting to race modifieds. My thoughts: I hope he isn’t a carbon copy of his father.
Ernie Saxton makes mention
of the next “Legends Million” at
Billy “The Kid” Pauch, Sr. now has 95 wins at the New Egypt Speedway. I dunno, but he seems to be winning at that track every week. It’s a shame that he no longer runs any DIRTcar events.
Ciddi Cinelli – you’ve heard of
her? She was a motor sports writer out
Jack Roush has come out and said that it will be “soon” for us to see the 2013 Ford Mustang Cup car – a racecar that will be more “Stock” appearing.
“Bad boy” Kyle Busch – like him or not, he’s worth quite a few bucks to his sponsors. With the time he’s seen on TV, it’s estimated he’s gotten 28.4 million dollars worth of exposure. Meanwhile “Joonyer” is worth 21.8 million.
Bruton Smith and Speedway Motorsports, Inc. have resurrected
their lawsuit against
There will be a seven million dollar “face lift” to the Michigan International Speedway after the August Cup race. Among things being done will be two layers of new asphalt on the two mile track.
Ryan Larkin, son of former race driver Dickie Larkin, has decided not to race anymore. So who will be in the car? Dickie will. He hasn’t raced in five years.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is reportedly negotiating to host a Grand Am Rolex Series race as part of the 2012 “Brickyard” weekend.
Who was it that developed the racing chassis using 2x4 tubing? Any idea? Check the end of my column.
I’m working on this column
at 4:20 PM on Wednesday, June 29th, after seeing my doctor. It helps take my mind off of things, ya know? Anyway,
today, down at Ray Evernhams East Lincoln Speedway,
Inside the back page of the AARN – page 79, this week, is a color photo of Richie Evans in his modified from the 1980’s. The AARN always has a bunch of colored photos inside their last page, along with quite a few more in the paper.
More racin’ stuff:
From the Frontstretch:
who won the Nationwide race at Road
By Bryan Davis Keith
“When the yellow flag flew on lap 56 for Aric Almirola’s machine being stuck in a gravel trap after the afternoon’s third and final attempt at a green-white-checker finish, Justin Allgaier and crew celebrated the win over the radio. Then, disaster struck as the No. 31 team ran out of gas coming back to the line to take the checkers.”
“Start-and-parkers occupied 8 of the 42 starting positions in Saturday’s field, taking home $88,455 in purse money.”
“Cup regulars occupied 1 of 42 starting positions in the field, taking home $25,218 in purse money.” That was Michael McDowell.
“When is NASCAR going to learn how to use a local yellow? The drama surrounding the finish on Saturday was definitely something worth watching, but why throw the yellow in the first place on that final lap?”
To see who did win, check it all out, here: http://www.frontstretch.com/bkeith/34431/
Racing and television:
Racing on TV - http://www.racefantv.com/USTV.htm
Note: Cup race is at Daytona this coming Saturday night. I have a suspicion that that race might keep some fans away form their local tracks. Will it be 43 cars in a bunch or will it be 2x2 racing?
NASCAR Sprint Cup Coke Zero 400, Daytona Intl. Speedway, FL, HD, L (expect green at 7:45P)
Some non-racing stuff:
Really folks, you have to love this stuff:
“WASHINGTON (AP) — Michele Bachmann's claim that she has "never gotten a penny" from a family farm that's been subsidized by the government is at odds with her financial disclosure statements. They show tens of thousands in personal income from the operation.
And, on a less
substantive note, she flubbed her hometown history when declaring "John
Wayne was from
The actor was born
nearly 150 miles away. It was the serial killer John Wayne Gacy
Jr. who lived, for a time, in
Those were among the latest examples of how the Minnesota congresswoman has become one to watch — for inaccuracies as well as rising support — in the Republican presidential race.”
“The farm, which was owned by her father-in-law, produced income for Bachmann of at least $32,500 and as much as $105,000 from 2006 through 2009, according to the reports she filed for that period. The farm also received federal crop and disaster subsidies, according to a database maintained by the Environmental Working Group. From 1995 through 2010, the farm got $259,332 in federal payments.
When asked about the subsidies and her income from the farm late last year, a spokesman for Bachmann said only that she wasn't involved in decisions about the running of the farm.”
Note: Another Palin?
Is this true? – Part 1:
Got, what follows, in an e-mail a couple of weeks ago:
Part 3 of 3:
What if they left?
really did their homework on this one.
Best on the subject to present date.
What if 20 Million Illegal Aliens Vacated
Interesting Statistics !
Here are 14 reasons illegal aliens should vacate America, and I hope they are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of reading them:
1. $14 billion to $22 billion dollars are spent each year on welfare to illegal aliens. (that's Billion with a 'B') http://tinyurl.com/zob77.html
3. $7.5 billion dollars are spent each
year on Medicaid for illegal aliens. http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html
4. $12 billion dollars are spent each year on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they still cannot speak a word of English! http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html
5. $27 billion dollars are spent each year for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html
6. $3 Million Dollars 'PER DAY' is spent to
incarcerate illegal aliens. That's $1.2 Billion a year. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html
7. 28% percent of all federal prison
inmates are illegal aliens.
8. $190 billion dollars are spent each year on illegal aliens for welfare & social services by the American taxpayers. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.html
9. $200 billion dollars per year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html
10. The illegal aliens in the
11. During the year 2005, there were 8 to 10 MILLION illegal
aliens that crossed our southern border with as many as 19,500 illegal aliens
from other terrorist countries. Over 10,000 of those were middle-eastern
terrorists. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin, crack, Guns,
and marijuana crossed into the U.S.from the southern
12. The National Policy Institute, estimates that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion, or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period and nbsp; http://www.nationalpolicyinstitute.org/publications.php?b=deportation
13. In 2006, illegal aliens sent home $65 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin, to their families and friends. http://www.rense.com/general75/niht.htm
14. The dark side of illegal immigration: Nearly one million sex crimes are committed by illegal immigrants in the
Total cost a whopping
$538.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR!
If this doesn't bother YOU, then just delete the message. Otherwise, forward this to everyone YOU know!
Is this true? – Part two:
From an e-mail I received:
How about the 1983 Eastern States 200?
Closing with this:
A man lay sprawled across three entire seats in the posh theater.
When the usher came by and noticed this, he whispered to the man, "Sorry,
sir, but you're only allowed one seat." The man groaned but didn't budge.
The usher became impatient. "Sir, if you don't get up from there I'm going
to have to call the manager."
Again, the man just groaned, which infuriated the usher who turned and marched briskly back up the aisle in search of his manager.
In a few moments, both the usher and the manager returned and stood over the man. Together the two of them tried repeatedly to move him, but with no success. Finally, they summoned the police. The cop surveyed the situation briefly then asked, "All right buddy, what's your name?" "Sam," the man moaned. "Where ya from, Sam?" With pain in his voice Sam replied "The balcony."
The question, above, in the AARN section, was: “Who was it that developed the racing chassis using 2x4 tubing? Any idea?”
How about Dick “Toby” Tobias? That was mentioned in the column by Ken Kuhlman.
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