Racin' & Internet Stuff:
Well, I’m back. Believe me, I would have much rather have been home and maybe attending a race or two and working on the column, than in the hospital!
son, Eric, accompanied me to Good Samaritan Hospital in
The good news was that it was thought that I went through enough while in the “Crash House” for the week, so I was told to call in September or October to set up an appointment to have the aneurysm taken care of.
I’d have to say that this column won’t be as full with info as the others I’ve done – I think. With my being gone for a week, there are certain things I would find on the Internet that take time, and I’m not sure just how much I’ll be working on the column Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. One thing that will keep me in the house is the fact that I can’t drive for two weeks after the Pacemaker was put in. So my gallivanting will surely be curtailed.
As you probably know, I’m a member of the Yahoo! Race History Group, and the other day I got this in an e-mail:
“Group: As of last week, the registered car
count for the 4th Darlington Historic Racing Festival, September 23-25,2011 was low. If we want to continue to have this track
facility available for vintage racing the count needs to be in the range of
previous years 110 plus vehicles. I will be glad to e mail an application for
the event. Please contact me off line @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your consideration.
MPM2Nite: NASCAR Arrogance Gone Awry
Kurt Smith · Thursday July 21, 2011
Look for Brian France’s response to Bruton Smith’s
bold answer to being asked if he would consider a refund for jilted fans: “We
don’t want to.” Or more correctly, the lack of response.
Did anyone at the highest echelon of NASCAR leadership at least think that that might not have
been the best thing to say after thousands of people sat for as long as ten
More can be read here: http://www.frontstretch.com/ksmith/34654/
Just mentioned at the end of
That’s about the Indy cars making a return to
There MIGHT be a bus trip from the
Not racing related, but since I’ve been home
from the hospital, I’ve been checking as to where might the best and most
economical place to get some new meds that have been prescribed for me. It’s funny how you can go to some pharmacies
From an e-mail I received the other day:
The Chevrolet Volt: The Real Story:
“This should make your day or, month!
NOTE: The battery for the VOLT is made in
The Secret Behind the Chevy VOLT" The Rest of the Story.
Patrick Michaels is a senior fellow in Environmental Studies at the Cato Institute and the editor of the forthcoming Climate Coup: Global Warming's Invasion of our Government and our Lives, as well as the author of several other books on global warming.
His Forbes column on the Chevy VOLT is a case study in the nexus between big government corruption and big business rent-seeking.
Michaels briefly recaps the well-known consumer fraud in which GM has touted the VOLT as an all-electric mass production vehicle on the supposed basis of which its sales receive a $7,500 taxpayer subsidy. NOT WITHSTANDING, THIS RENDERS IT NOT ONLY OVERPRICED BUT UNMARKETABLE.
Michaels notes that "sales are anemic: 326 in December, 321 in January, and 281 in February." Michaels adds that GM has announced a production run of 100,000 in the first two years and asks what appears to be a rhetorical question: "Who is going to buy all these cars?"
But wait! Keep hope alive! There is a positive answer.
Jeffrey Immelt's GE will buy a boatload of those uneconomic GM cars. Here the case study opens onto the inevitable political angle: Recently, President Obama selected General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt to chair his Economic Advisory Board. GE is also awash in windmills waiting to be subsidized so they can provide unreliable, expensive power.
The story of the GM VOLT deserves a place in the
What is one of the reasons for this? Why, to keep the UAW in business, because Obama owes them for his election.”
More can be found if you go here: http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=12892
Ruges Parts Center Night-Racing all divisions plus Lightning Sprints – 07/29/11
Mid Week Madness – 08/03/11
Royal King Dry Cleaners Night – Camera & Autograph Night – Racing all divisions plus Legends – 08/05/11
July 28th: Rock Fantasy - All Steel Aluminum - 50 lap Sportsman Eastern States Qualifier - $1,000 to Win - SP/PRO/SS
July 30th: Howard Johnson of
Note: Here’s the link for you to order your race tickets, online, for racing that’s held during the fair, at a lower price: http://www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net/tickets.html
August 6th: M&H Tractor Supply Co. - Kids Club - M/SP/PRO/SS/4 Cylinder
Note: I would not count on seeing any 4 Cylinders there on 8/6
July 30 - Waste Management & Wohrle's Food Present The “Matthew Plunkett Modified Non-Winners Classic”, Weekly Divisions & 4-Cylinders
Aug. 6 - Sheldon Oil Presents NYSSCA Night & The Bulldog Concrete Prostock Elimination Race, Weekly Divisions & Budget Sportsman
Aug. 25: CARQUEST
Auto Parts & General Tire Present
$17,500 TO WIN “MR. DIRT Track
Found on Jayski’s website:
Bayne was treated for Lyme Disease:
Trevor Bayne had to miss five Nationwide races earlier this year after suffering from what his doctors think was Lyme Disease. But he feels fine now. "I'm great. I'm going back in a couple months to find out if that's officially what it was," he said. "I had treatment for that and my symptoms are gone. Hopefully, that's what it was and they knocked it out."(Associated Press)(7-23-2011)
Note: The doctors THINK???
Brickyard ticket sales down?
There have been rumors that ticket sales for next week's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway were again off-pace from last season, but an internal NASCAR memo obtained by ThatsRacin.com and The Observer seems to confirm the problem. In the memo, which was distributed by email on Friday, team public relations representatives were thanked ahead of time for their drivers' participation in a Sprint Cup Series autograph session at the track. The memo said, "ticket sales are significantly behind from previous years" at IMS. Since sales have been dramatically down since the 2008 tire problems at the track, another significant decline would appear ominous. The memo goes on to say, the track believed there would be a large walk-up crowd for the July 31 race and hoped the autograph session would be well received by race fans.(Charlotte Observer)(7-23-2011)
Note: Lots of aluminum showing when they raced at Loudon with the Cup cars. I’d imagine you could get tickets at any Cup race now on the day of the race.
Harvick says he's been warned to not touch Busch:
Kevin Harvick says
he is racing with handcuffs when competing against rival Kyle Busch, whom he
and his owner have feuded with since May. Harvick, who finished second behind
Busch in the New England 200 on Saturday, told his Nationwide Series team over
his radio that he had to be careful around Busch and then confirmed afterward
that NASCAR President Mike Helton had warned him at
Travis Pastrana to make NASCAR National Series Debut:
his way through the ESPN X Games, Travis Pastrana will catch a red-eye flight
No results from two weekends ago, due to time.
From last weekend:
Kolby Schroder was
Josh Pieniazek won the CRSA 305 Sprint Car feature at Utica/Rome, with John Virgilio 3rd, Chuck Alessi 11th and Brittany Tresch 12th.
John Virgilio was 5th, Josh 6th and Brittany 7th in the CRSA feature at Rolling Wheels.
In the All Star Slingshot feature at Hamlin, Charlie Lawrence was 2nd. Kyle Rohner was 6th, Joe Kata 8th, Cait Chambers 16th and Molly Chamber 21st in the Wingless 600’s. Rick Casario was 6th in the 270 Micro feature. Jacob Hendershot was 13th in the Rookie 600’s and 9th in the wingless 270’s.
At OCFS, Tim Hindley was 2nd, Billy VanInwegen 4th, Mike Ruggiero 12th and Michael Storms 17th in the Modified feature. RJ Smykla won the Sportsman feature with Brian Krummel 2nd, Anthony Perrego 3rd, Matt Janiak 5th, John Lodini 7th, Matt Hitchcock 9th, Jimmy Johnson 17th, Tyler Boniface 18th and Keith Still 24th, with Zack Vavricka being a DNQ.
Kenney Johnson is shown as being 9th, with a DNF in the NEMA Lites feature at Seekonk.
Note: From his father, Jeff, who has the New England Tractor website:
“Set fast time in hot laps, won our heat by almost 1/2 lap. Lead 22 1/2 laps of the feature while lapping almost 1/2 the field.
Then the car over heated blew water onto the right rear coming out of turn 2. He spun in the middle of heavy lap traffic. To avoid taking out a bunch of cars he got it pointed to the infield, but the car dug in and flipped as soon as he hit the grass. As if that wasn't enough when the safety crew rolled the car back onto its wheels it burst into flames, which were very quickly extinguished.
Kenney is fine. The car is a mess but we are hoping to have it back together for Saturday.”
At Big Diamond in the ARDC feature, from 7/22, Justin Grosz was 24th.
At Big Diamond with the RoC races on Tuesday, the 26th: Mike Mammana was a DNQ for the modified race while Brad Szulewski was 16th in the Sportsman feature.
Sobus was 12th in the Supermodified feature at
Roger Coss finished 4th in the Modified feature at Wall Stadium.
Michael Storms won the Modified feature at Accord, with Clinton Mills 14th, Danny Creeden 15th and Mike Ruggiero 22nd. Anthony Perrego was 3rd and Brad Szulewski 14th in the Sportsman feature. Kyle Rohner was 2nd, Matt Hitchcock 6th and Tyler Dippel 7th in the Spec Sportsman feature.
Tiffany Wambold is shown as being 9th in the 270 Micro Sprint feature at Wyalusing.
Rich Coons won
another Sportsman feature at
Clinton Mills went to Fonda on Saturday, instead of OCFS, and was 14th in the Modified feature.
Bobby Hackel, IV is
shown as being a DNS in the Modified feature at Albany/Saratoga. Might that be
his last pavement race for 2011? I see
he was at
Chances are that I’ve missed some this week. Sorry!
Going back, in time – in racing history:
Note: Most of the following information was found here:
Covering the days from July 22nd to August 4th:
Scott Dixon ... Born ...
Scott won the 92nd running of the
Dave MacDonald ... Born ...
MacDonald became noted on the West Coast for his performance in the sports car
circuits. He competed in seven NASCAR Grand National races, finishing second in
one race each in both 1963 and 1964. He was one of two drivers killed during
Bobby Marshman won the ARDC
Midget race at the Trenton International Speedway,
Len Duncan... Born ... Len
Rodger Ward defeated the best of US sportscar racers when he won the Formula Libra race at Lime Rock in an Offenhauser powered Kurtis midget.
Note: Check out, elsewhere in this weeks column, about that race.
Bruce Craig... Born ... He
was a self-employed auto racing photographer, videographer, and historian who
was well known throughout the
Rich Vogler ... Born ...
USAC Midget and Sprint Car driver. Inductee in the National
Sprint Car Hall of fame. First to win both the USAC
Sprint Car and Midget Championships in the same season. His 134 wins (95
Midget, 35 Sprint, and four Silver Crown wins) in national events is second only to A. J. Foyt's 169.   Vogler had 170
total USAC wins, and won over 200 "outlaw" (non-USAC) midget races.
Five starts at Indy, best finish - eighth in 1989 driving a Penske. In the last
race of his life, July 21, 1990 during an ESPN "Saturday Night
Thunder" national broadcast, he was killed while leading a sprint car race
Doug Wolfgang ... Born ... He spent nearly twenty years criss-crossing the country as one of the world's greatest race car drivers. But Doug Wolfgang's career came to an end after two horrific accidents.
Curtis Turner is reinstated by NASCAR, after a 4 year ban for trying to organize a drivers union.
Mario Andretti entered his
first road race. He won the race at Lime Rock,
Note: That was the first "Professional" race for Donohue. Quite a story as to how he was able to make the feature. See elsewhere in this column for the story.
Mickey Shaw ... Died ... USAC driver from the 1960's. Mickey Shaw died at a nearby hospital after pulling into the pits during preliminaries of a USAC Sprint Car race at the Eldora Speedway the day before complaining of chest pains.
Bill Schindler won the AAA
Eastern Sprint Car race at the Delaware State Fairgrounds,
Johnny Thomson won the ARDC Midget race at the Williams Grove Speedway, Williams Grove,PA.
Note: Do you have any idea as to what Schindler and Thomson have in common? Check out what it is at the end of this week’s column.
Emerson Fittipaldi gets his
first win in a CART Indycar at the
Cecil Green ... Died ... An
American racecar driver from
Walt Brown ... Died ... AAA driver from the 1940's and early 50's who ran in 3 Indy 500's with a best finish of 7th in 1947. He died in a race at the Williams Grove Speedway (PA).
Bill Mackey ... Died ... AAA driver from 1949 to 1951. His name at birth was William Gretsinger, Jr. He was killed in a sprint car crash at Winchester Speedway.
.. On this day, three big-time drivers, each of who were veterans of the
Neil Bonnett ... Born ... NASCAR driver who compiled 18 victories and 20 poles over his 18-year career and died from injuries suffered in a practice crash at Daytona. He was part of the famous "Alabama Gang". Bonnett was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association's Hall of Fame in 1997, was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2001 and was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.
Bud Tingelstad... Died ...
USAC driver from 1957 to 1972 in the Midget, Sprint, Stock
Car and Championship Car series. In the Championship Cars he raced in the
1960-1971 seasons with 120 starts, including the
Louise Smith ... Born ...
She was tied for the second woman to race in NASCAR at the top level. She was
known as "the first lady of racing." She went as a spectator to the her first NASCAR race at the Daytona Beach Road Course
in 1949. She couldn't stand watching the races, so she entered her family's
shiny new Ford coupe in the race and rolled it. Her hometown
Bill Randall ... Died ...
He raced sprint cars and midgets, winning the Eastern USAC Sprint Car title in
1957 and finishing third in the ARDC Midget Championship in 1961. In Champ Cars
he raced at Daytona in 1959 in the USAC event driving a Kurtis 500C Offy,
finishing 14th. He tried to qualify for the Indy 500 in 1961 but was
unsuccessful. In 1962 he qualified for a race at
Al Loquasto ... Died ... Al
drove in the USAC and CART Championship Car series, racing in the 1969-1980 and
1982-1983 seasons, with 61 combined career starts, including the 1976 and 1977
Indianapolis 500. He finished in the top ten 11 times, with his best finish in
7th position in 1975 at
Sheldon Kinser... Died ...
He was the 1977, 81, 82 United States Auto Club (USAC) National Sprint Car
Champion. Winner of the prestigious Tony Hulman Classic at
the Terre Haute Action Track, 1981. Six time starter of the
Len Duncan... Died ... Len
Tommy Hinnershitz... Died ... Eastern AAA driver from 1932 to 1960. Also known as
"The Flying Dutchman", Hinnershitz ran in the Indy 500 three times
with a best finish of 9th in 1948. He captured seven Eastern sprint-car
championships and posted 103 feature victories during his 30-year racing
career. While he first gained success and popularity near his
Parnelli Jones, driving
A.J. Foyt's # 2 TRACO Chevy Special, won the USAC Sprint Car race over Don
Branson, Bud Tingelstad, Jud Larson and Mario Andretti at the Salem Speedway,
Bobby Marshman won the ARDC
Midget race at the Trenton International Speedway,
Greg Ray ... Born ... Former IRL IndyCar Series driver.
Joe Leonard... Born ...
American motorcycle racer and racecar driver. Leonard won the first AMA Grand
National Championship Series in 1954 and won it again in 1956 and 1957. His
record totals 27 wins, including the 1957 and 1958 Daytona 200. He retired from
motorcycle racing at the completion of the 1961 season and turned his attention
to auto racing. Leonard raced in the USAC Championship Car series in the
1964-1974 seasons, with 98 career starts, including the 1965-1973 Indianapolis
500, sitting on the pole in 1968 in the Granatelli turbine car. He finished in
the top ten 60 times, including 6 wins: 3 times at
Jeff Gordon... Born ... USAC Midget, Sprint Car, Silver Crown and NASCAR driver. Four time Cup champion.
Greg Weld... Died ... Weld
was known as both a driver and a racing entrepreneur. As a driver, Weld won the
1963 Knoxville Nationals, the premiere event in sprint car racing. Weld raced
in the USAC Championship Car series in the 1965-1972 seasons, with 36 career
starts, including the 1970
News from the AARN:
Note: Due to time restraints on me, I’m gong to skip this part this week.
More racin’ stuff:
The Mario Andretti/Mark Donohue story:
Marios first road race win
“The Lime Rock Formula Libre (‘run what you brung’) Race was a landmark event.
BTW: A zillion races at Lime Rock & just a few involving Midgets.
But in addition to Rodger Ward’s historic win, Mario Andretti’s 1st ever road race win came in a midget @ Lime Rock.
And, in that same event, Mark Donohue was driving his first professional race.
Donohue drove a Cooper/Offy midget owned by…Ken Brenn. Donohue wrote of Ken Brenn & the first money ($600) he made racing, on pages 22-26 in his book, ‘The Unfair Advantage.
There were a couple of heats & Donohue wrote they were repairing the Cooper-Offy & were going to miss the start, but Dutch Schaeffer put his car on the grid & disappeared.
They were hunting & paging Dutch like crazy, but he didn’t get back from the ‘men’s room’ until the repairs on Brenn’s Cooper/Offy were completed.
So, the great Dutch Schaeffer made it possible for Mark Donohue to win his first pro money.”
The Lime Rock Formula Libra race:
Check out the story, here: http://www.barcboys.com/LimeRock%20TheRace.htm
Note: Somewhere in my ‘puter is something else about that race, but darned if I can find it at this time!
Racing and television:
Racing on TV - http://www.racefantv.com/USTV.htm
Some non-racing stuff:
Is this true?:
Wal-Mart vs. The Powers
spend $36,000,000 at Wal-Mart Every hour of every day.
2. This works out to $20,928 profit every minute!
3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year.
4. Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot + Kroger + Target +Sears + Costco + K-Mart combined.
5. Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people, is the world's largest private employer, and most speak English.
6. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the world.
7. Wal-Mart now sells more food than Kroger and Safeway combined, and keep in mind they did this in only fifteen years.
8. During this same period, 31 big supermarket chains sought bankruptcy.
9. Wal-Mart now sells more food than any other store in the world.
10. Wal-Mart has approx 3,900 stores in the
11. This year 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences will occur at Wal-Mart stores. (Earth's population is approximately 6.5 Billion.)
12. 90% of all Americans live within fifteen miles of a Wal-Mart.
We're "broke" & can't help our own Seniors,
Veterans, Orphans, Homeless etc.,???????????
In the last months we have provided aid to
Video # 1:
Something a little different this week. Sure hope no one gets offended with the first one!
Videos # 2 & 3:
Both have an outboard powered midget in them.
Video # 4:
An Offy Midget.
Bill Schindler and Johnny
Thomson both had their last rides at the
Closing with this:
From another e-mail:
Subject: My income tax return was rejected!
They sent my Income Tax forms back!!
In answer to the question, 'Do you have any dependents?',
I listed....... '12 million illegal immigrants, 10 million crack heads, 20 million unemployed bas*ards too lazy to work, the entire cast of The Jerry Springer Show, 140,000 people in 133 penal establishments in California, 2 million leftovers from Katrina, half of Mexico, all of the House of Representatives, most of the Senate, and Michelle Obamas trip to visit relatives in Africa. Apparently, this wasn't an acceptable answer
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: email@example.com