Racin' & Internet Stuff:
I’ve been attending auto races for some 65 years, give or take a few,
in between. In those years, I’ve seen my
share of accidents. Some were where
drivers didn’t get hurt. Some were where
they paid the ultimate price. Believe it
or not, some accidents can look pretty scary, even when the cars are not going
too fast. I can still visualize Johnny
Ritter going over in a quick barrel roll at the track in
Last Friday, at the Accord Speedway, a driver I’ve known for some time, gong back to the Go-Kart days at OVRP’s Dirt Oval, Matt Hitchcock, took a scary ride over the first turn wall and into the pit area. Talking with some that were close to the accident, I was told that Matt cleared the banking and landed, roof first, on the flat area in the pits. How high was he in the air, is kind of hard to say, but he was up there, that’s for sure. Luckily, from what we had heard, was that he wasn’t injured. But I’m willing to bet he felt it over the next few days. His car, from what I’ve heard, is totaled. Not only did he use that car at Accord, but also at OCFS too.
His mother had this to say on Facebook:
The Indycar race at Loudon:
Oh boy! I don’t know if you saw it live or not, but at the end, the proverbial sh*t hit the fan, for sure.
Start with this, from Robin Miller:
Barnhart must go
Track Forum for Indycars: http://www.trackforum.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?3-rev-ed-s-IZOD-IndyCar-Series
Staying with the Indycar race at Loudon -I found this link on the Track Forum:
Indy Car management takes a hit at N.H. by Eddie Gossage:
“Being an insider in this
sport and having to work with people I write about in this blog, this is one of
the toughest things I've had to write. Particularly for a
sport -- Indy Car racing -- and people that I really like.
But it was a bad day Sunday -- a very bad day -- for Indy Car management in
First, the fiasco of a finish. The race's second rain delay hit with about 10 laps to go, causing an important handful of laps at a critical point so late in the race to be run under caution as officials hoped the cars would help dry the track and the showers would leave the area. It was a laudable notion.”
When one listens to the announcers on TV for a NASCAR race, they always say so and so has so many Sprint Cup Championships - like, for an example, Jeff Gordon. Well, I'm willing to be that any trophy that Jeff has will more than likely say "Winston Cup Champion" or similar definitely not Sprint Cup Champion.
last week, after Brett Hearn won his 799th and 800th feature wins at Fonda, it
seems that there are some that are saying he has 800 DIRTcar
wins. Not so, my friends, not so.
He has 801 feature wins now, and yes, some are with DIRTcar, but a good portion are not.
Some real sad news was posted the other day on the Internet. Kinda hard to believe, but it was this:
looks like, for the first time since WWII, that there will NOT be a
(full) midget race any where in
Note: In the past, the ARDC has run at the Accord Speedway, but they were not scheduled for this year, and I doubt, with the way the Lightning Sprints are doing at Accord, this year, they - the ARDC, probably won’t be back in 2012, either. Hoping I’m wrong, here, but………….I also am privy to some info about the ARDC and Accord, too, but “mums” the word on that.
I also read on the Internet that NEMA had a race scheduled for the Airborne Park Speedway on September 11, but that was cancelled – supposedly because of the low car counts with NEMA.
As I was typing in the above, I had a notice of a PR e-mail from the ARDC.
Here is what it said:
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PLEASE WITH OUR THANKS
The ARDC Midget Madness and Modified program at New Egypt Speedway scheduled for Tuesday August 16, 2011 has been postponed until next Tuesday August 23, 2011.
All times will remain the same with pit gates opening at 4:30pm, grandstands at 5:00pm and racing at 7:30pm.
ARDC’s next race will be this Saturday August 20, 2011 at the Port Royal Speedway.”
Back to Indy cars:
“Took RB this long
to announce this? He could have said that 3 months ago.....Not surprised
really....I'd figured RB would cave to the whiney snakes oops I mean team owners.
Odds that the team owners will again makeup an excuse to
delay until 2014???
So just to be clear, it will be another year of spec racing? Based upon posts from guys like Spike it appears the aero kits wouldn't mean much of variety anyway, so as fans, have we been duped again? What a sham.”
“Not good at all. New expenses up front, all same cars at the end of the day. STUPID.”
“Not happy with the decision but on the
bright side it gives the fans and media something to look forward to in the
2012: New Engines, Engine Competition, New Car
2013: Aero Kits and New Tire Constructors”
owners run this sport.
Have since 1979.
Randy has tried the best he can. He is just finding out what so many before him already know.
It will just mean less money for the owners to ask ridebuyers to give them for 2012.”
“It is all
about the team owners wanting to keep the status quo, especially Penske. The teams owners don't want to take the risk of making a wrong
choice of a aero kit and being behind other teams. The team owners have been
become accustomed to spec racing and it seems like they don't want to venture
outside the comfort zone and take a risk of choosing a wrong aero kit.
The thing that ticks me off the most is that I'm sure another excuse will roll around this time next year from the team owners and the mythical aero kits will be delayed until 2014 and beyond.”
Quite a bit more can be seen if you go here: http://www.trackforum.com/forums/showthread.php?154072-Per-Cavin-Aero-Kits-Delayed-Until-2013
Last Friday, while I was at Accord, I had a nice talk with Danny Ody. Danny sells DVD’s of racing from back in the day. Maybe you’ve seen some previews on DTD? Most are with stock cars, but he does have one about Lime Rock and it has the Formula Libra race that Rodger Ward won with an 11 year old midget against some of the world’s best road racing cars in it.
His website: www.oldspeedways.com
As long as I’m “Advertising” things, are
you aware that the
It’s website: www.needforspeedexpo.com
Hard to figure this one out, but at Watkins Glen, last weekend, the Nationwide cars had rain tires, if needed and also windshield wipers. So why not on the Cup cars?
More advertising! This one was sent out on Facebook by Bob Perran – the date for the OCFS Banquet is January 7, 2012.
Not to be outdone, the NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen also had a lot of “Fun” – especially at the very end.
But first, I have to agree with this:
Sad news, via an e-mail on Tuesday evening.
“I just heard that the Darlington Historic Racing Festival scheduled for
Sept. 24-25 has been canceled. I'd heard that the advance entries were lagging
far behind and that was probably the reason for pulling the plug.
Too bad but it's all about the money with everything these days.
Will the new “Gold Crown” cars ever make it? I see they had some exhibition runs earlier this year, but not much news is coming from their website - http://www.goldcrownchampionship.com/goldcrownoverview.html
Their last PR was on October 5, 2010.
Are they really necessary? Won’t the old “Silver Crown” cars do?
Uh oh – some competition for Danica in NASCAR (in the looks department for sure):
Former Price is Right model to make NASCAR debut Saturday
“Canadian driver Maryeve Dufault will make her NASCAR debut on Saturday in the Nationwide Series Napa Auto Parts 200 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Dufault, who started racing in the ARCA Series this year, was a model on the Price is Right and according to IMDB, was a player for the New York Euphoria in the 2005 Lingerie Bowl.
Dufualt has said that she used the money she earned from modeling to pay for tires and equipment so that she could go race.
Dufault, 29, has made 12 starts in ARCA in 2011 with one top 10, a 10th place finish at Chicagoland Speedway. She'll be driving the No. 81 for MacDonald Motorsports and is one of four Canadian drivers entered in Saturday's race in the series that is most commonly referred to as the AAA to the Sprint Cup's Major League”
More on the article and some photos of this young lady can be seen if you go here: http://sports.yahoo.com/nascar/blog/from_the_marbles/post/Former-Price-is-Right-model-to-make-NASCAR-debut?urn=nascar-wp3160
Note: Ok, I know I’m an old phart, and am probably over the hill, but damn – she’s a “looker” for sure!
Found this on Jayski’s website:
Ambrose 4th foreign driver to win:
Nationwide Series wins, a blunder last year at
Ok, a little teaser here – any idea as to who those four drivers are? You might be a little surprised. Answer will be at the end of my column.
I received a PR from the ARDC late Wednesday night about a couple of up-coming races:
LOTS OF ARDC WINGLESS MIDGET RACING ON TAP IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS
The ARDC Wingless Midgets have a busy late August schedule
starting this Saturday evening August 20th when they
return to the Port Royal Fairgrounds. They
will then be back in action when they travel to
The Port Royal race will be a return trip to the historic
fairgrounds in downtown
Two trips to New Egypt last season produced two different winners. The August race was dominated by Steve Buckwalter who returned to Midget action last Saturday night at The Winchester Speedway. The September race was annexed by current ARDC point leader, Drew Heistand.
Racing both evenings gets underway at 7:30pm.
Tom’s Auto Repair Night – Racing all divisions plus Lightning Sprints.
From the latest Accord Speedway write-up:
“Racing fans should begin to make plans for the exciting King of the Catskills two day weekend of great racing on September 23rd and 24th. With eight diverse divisions of racing on the schedule, every true racing fan will want to make sure they are in attendance to take in every second of the great competition that will unfold. The ROC Modified Tour heads up the Friday evening of action September 23rd with a large $7,000.00 payday awaiting the winner of the 100-lap headliner with the Sportsman and Lightning Sprints also on the schedule. September 24th finds the Spec Sportsman going to war for a $3,500.00 payout with the CRSA Sprint Cars, Pro Stock, Pure Stock and the Junior Slingshot National Tour event also on the card that will determine the National Champion.”
WLR Construction - CHAMPION'S NIGHT - End of Points - Kids Club - Officials Race - M/SP/PRO/SS/4 Cylinder
Note: I would not expect to see any 4 Cylinders in action on the 3rd. Also, hard to believe the point seasons are coming to an end.
CARQUEST Auto Parts & General Tire Present
$17,500 TO WIN “MR. DIRT Track
V.P. Race Fuels S.E.F. & Heavy Hauler Present “BACK TO SCHOOL” With Kiddie Rides, Weekly Divisions & 4-Cylinders
& Pepsi Present Championship Night $3,000 To Win
Modified Feature, Weekly Divisions, 358 Modifieds -
Final Night Of Points For DIRT Modifieds, 358 Modifieds &
DIRT Prostocks (
Sportsman, Pro Stock, Legends, Bandoleros,
BMS Modified, Street Stock, 4 Cylinder
4/6 Cylinder Trucks
Sportsman, Pro Stock, Bandoleros, BMS Modified,
Street Stock, 4 Cylinder
Northeast Vintage Dirt Modifieds
August 19th to 21st – 37th EMMR/WGOT Convention at EMMR/LVFG
Miller Memorial & Remembering
Fri, Sat & Sun – Daytime events at EMMR
PM – Cruise at
PM – Track Time at Williams Grove
& Sun afternoon – Track Time at
PM – Track Time at
From an e-mail received on Tuesday morning:
August 19 – 21 the 37TH ANNUAL EMMR/WGOT CONVENTION
Free and open to the Public. Roundtables Friday morning and afternoon at EMMR.
Cruise Friday Night at EMMR; Annual Meeting Sunday 10:00 at Latimore Infield
Tracktime: Friday Night at Williams Grove
Saturday Afternoon at
Saturday Night at
Sunday Afternoon at
See EMMR's main website later today for updates and a full schedule. Any questions about track time, contact Joe Heisler at email@example.com”
Hinchliffe Stadium and the
PATERSON, NJ – The state will provide $500,000 for the stabilization of Hinchliffe Stadium under legislation signed on Monday by Gov. Chris Christie.”
Grantee: Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium
Grant Award: $500,000
Work Proposed: Stabilization
Hinchliffe Stadium may be the last
major New Deal-era stadium remaining in
The building has been owned by Paterson Schools since 1963 but is in a deteriorated state and no longer in use (since 1997). Its decorative tiles of sports figures survive but the concrete is crumbling and heaving from water infiltration. Its Art-Deco geometric lines, red-tile roofing and decorative keystones survive.
The Trust grant will help stabilize the stadium. A preservation plan is currently being prepared under a 2009 Historic Trust planning grant and will guide preservation efforts. The project will stabilize significant portions of the stadium and help stop ongoing deterioration as well as provide protection from potential vandalism.”
Found on Jayski’s website:
Time ranks Jayski:
Pretty neat honor by Time magazine, see time.com for The 50 Best Websites of 2011: "We honor the scrappy newcomers and established players that make the Web so useful, entertaining and just plain indispensable".(8-16-2011)
International Motorsports Hall of Fame Announces Top-20 Finalists:
The field has been narrowed and only 20 finalists remain for induction into the Class of 2012 International Motorsports Hall of Fame. The final inductees will be elected when the last round of voting begins in August. "Practically every form of racing, from stock cars to open wheel to motorcycles to airplanes are represented. They are drivers, car builders, engine builders, owners, pilots, daredevils, pioneers and innovators," states Executive Director, Grant Lynch. The finalists are: Erwin "Cannonball" Baker , David Hobbs, Kenny Bernstein, Ted Horn, Keith Black, Joe Leonard, Richard Childress, Tommy Milton, Joie Chitwood, Marvin Panch, Rene Dreyfus, Les Richter, Zora Arkus-Duntov, Pedro Rodriquez, Harvey Firestone, Sir Henry Segrave, John Force, Lee Shepherd, Tommy Hinnershitz, and Chuck Yeager. The Class of 2012 will be announced in late fall of this year, with the induction ceremony tentatively set for Thursday, May 3, 2012.(IMHOF PR)(8-11-2011)
Gibbs to close engine shop? UPDATE:
Hearing that Joe
Gibbs Racing [#11, #18, #20] will lay off half their engine shop staff and get
engines supplied, supposedly for free, from TRD - Toyota Racing Development.
Hearing it is a three year deal, not sure if it starts soon or with the 2012
season. Employee's not laid off will be reassigned within the company, as there
are reports that JGR will expand to a fourth team and are in the hunt for Carl
Edwards to drive for them in 2012. Edwards is a free agent and currently drives
for Roush Fenway Racing in the #99 Ford. Just last week, Toyota'a
Lee White told FoxSports: "No, they're not shutting down their
engine shop and no we will not be building their engines," White said.
"Of course, hell can freeze over and pigs can fly, but not in this world."
Currently, the JGR engines would not even fit in the other
Joe Gibbs Racing
and Toyota Research and Development announced Thursday that they are combining
their engine efforts in 2012. Officials said there is a chance that JGR cars
could use engines out of TRD headquarters in
Gibbs fourth team "a long shot":
Joe Gibbs Racing President JD Gibbs said plans for a fourth Sprint Cup team were not necessarily derailed when Carl Edwards opted to remain with Roush Fenway Racing, rather than jump to JGR. "In each of the last three years, we've looked around to see what kind of things pop-up that would allow us to make (a fourth team) work," Gibbs said. "But it all has to come together. You have to have a driver, which is key. You need the right partner to sponsor the team (and) you have to have the right crew. If all that comes together, we're good to go. We can go quickly. But we've also learned that if all that doesn't come together, we're better off waiting, instead of trying to force something to go together. That's where we are right now. We can go quickly if it all lines up, and that's our hope." He admitted that a fourth Sprint Cup Series Toyota in 2012 is "probably a long shot, (since) we're not lined up with the right partners. But I also wouldn't rule it out. We don't have to plan something out six months in advance. We can cut it a little closer and make it work. We're in no hurry. There's no panic and we're not going to force it, but if the opportunity is there, we can take advantage of it quickly."(Sirius Speedway)(8-12-2011)
Latest feud - Said vs. Biffle:
NASCAR officials will review an incident in which #16-Greg Biffle took a swing at #51-Boris Said in the garage following Monday's Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International. According to witnesses, Biffle approached Said's car after a wild green-white-checkered finish in which Said got into the back of #6-David Ragan, Biffle's Roush Fenway Racing teammate. After the race, Biffle took at least one swing at Said through the window of Said's Phoenix Racing Chevy. Once Said unstrapped himself and climbed out of the car he went after Biffle, who by then was protected by his crew. "He is the most unprofessional little scaredy cat I've ever seen in my life,'' said an angry Said during a TV interview with ESPN The Magazine's Ryan McGee. "He wouldn't even fight me like a man after. So if someone texts me his address, I'll go see him Wednesday at his house and show him what he really needs." Biffle used his Twitter page to respond to Said's remarks. "Boris,'the roadcourse ringer' caused that wreck," he posted on his page, later adding. "Then Mr. Class pulls in behind my truck after the race today?! Shouldn't you go check on David & David? How unprofessional & disrespectful!" Both drivers left the track before NASCAR officials had a chance to talk to them. "We are evaluating the situation," NASCAR spokesperson Kristi King said. Any potential penalties likely would be announced on Tuesday or Wednesday.(ESPN.com)(8-16-2011)
Biffle tells his side of the story [altercation with Boris Said]:
When it was all
said and done, #16-Greg Biffle didn't have to hide
from #51-Boris Said and Said wasn't forced to find him as he had promised. The
two spoke and aired their differences via phone Tuesday, and then Biffle headed to the SPEED Studios to share his side of the
story with NASCAR Race Hub. Following is a transcript from host Steve Byrnes'
interview with Biffle:
On his response to Said's post-race comments:
Biffle: "Several things to come mind. One he wrecked me there last year. Never called me, never said anything about it. Number two he ran me off in the carousel. That's what ticked me off. Same place we saw the 24 and 31 in that huge wreck ran me off the track there and that was why I was mad at Boris Said. Then he goes and hits the 6 car off the track. We just heard him say (on video replay) that he had no choice. Well, I disagree about having no choice of turning a guy the wrong way into the wall. And then after the race, not concerned about the safety of those guys (David Ragan and David Reutimann), he drives to my truck and parks behind my car. I was fine after the race and that just set me off. He pulled up behind my truck like he had a problem. I didn't act properly there. I shouldn't have been as aggravated as I was. He should have went and parked at his truck, took his gear off and talked to me or whatever he wanted to do."
On whether he was upset with Said that he seemed unconcerned about David Ragan and David Reutimann post-race:
Biffle: "Yeah. That was kind of what fired me up because I had kind of forgotten about Boris Said running me off in the carousel. Let's face it I could have turned him anywhere on that race track that I wanted to. I got more respect for our race cars and other competitors on the race track to do that. Did you see the video footage of his car (with damage) when they were putting it on the lift gate? That was the opposite side of the car that he had the scuffle with the 6 on. So, he had been in a lot more incidents in that race than that one. You can't come and race in this series and race guys with no respect at all. Come race hard, do your thing. Boris has a lot of talent, a lot of skill. He's just not showing it."
On his Tuesday phone conversation with Said:
Biffle: "He understands and he apologized for running me off in the carousel. He didn't know he did. That was probably the whole thing that led to him coming up to my truck because he didn't understand why I was so mad at him. He ran me off the race track in a very vulnerable spot, similar to what he did to the 6. We talked about it and I told him, 'You can very well be where Marcos Ambrose was yesterday. You need to get in a fast car and show your talent, not be beating and banging and running guys off the race track at spots like that.' We kind of said our peace and that's that."
(jokingly) On whether Said is going to give him a black eye as promised Monday:
Biffle: "I don't know (laughing). I felt like it was like fifth grade, right, which means after recess, 3 o'clock on Wednesday, we're going to fight over by the fence."(SPEED)(8-17-2011)”
Note: It’s said that both drivers spoke via a telephone call and things are A-OK now.
SAFER walls to be installed at the Rock:
The Rockingham Speedway, which hosted NASCAR Sprint Cup races from 1965 to 2004, is taking a huge step toward once again hosting big-league racing as SAFER "soft wall" barriers will be installed next month. The energy-absorbing system will be installed in two phases, in mid-September and late December, covering all four turns of the one-mile oval and the inside of the backstretch wall. The most common estimate of the SAFER barrier cost is $1 million per mile. "Yes, that's expensive," said Robert Ingraham, the track's general manager, "but nothing's more expensive than having someone hurt." NASCAR requires racetracks to have the SAFER barrier in place before they can host one of the sanctioning body's top three national series -- Sprint Cup, Nationwide, or Camping World Trucks. Rockingham, then known as North Carolina Motor Speedway, hosted 78 Sprint Cup events and 42 Nationwide Series races, but it hasn't held a NASCAR event since Matt Kenseth's victory in the Subway 400 on Feb. 22, 2004. The track and the 244 acres it sits on were dormant for nearly four years before it was purchased by veteran racer Andy Hillenburg at auction on Sept. 27, 2007. Rockingham officials have had discussions with NASCAR, albeit informal, about the possibility of a Nationwide or Truck Series event returning to the track more commonly known as The Rock. A source within NASCAR, speaking on condition of anonymity, admits as much. However, the lack of a SAFER barrier had always been an insurmountable issue. Without the promise of a NASCAR race, Hillenburg wasn't confident enough to try and secure funds for SAFER installation. That now appears to have changed. Just last month, Nashville Superspeedway announced it was closing, essentially orphaning four NASCAR events, two each in Nationwide and Trucks. Since that announcement, speculation has run rampant as to where those races might end up in 2012. Next season's NASCAR schedules have not yet been finalized.(ESPN)(8-17-2011)
More SAFER at Watkins Glen?
NASCAR is talking
to officials at Watkins Glen International about adding SAFER barriers and
reconfiguring the angle of walls in key areas around the road course following
Monday's Sprint Cup race in which there were two violent crashes. The governing
body also is discussing the situation with engineers at the
Latest on Danica...
to NASCAR in 2012: Danica Patrick next week will formally announce her intent
to move to NASCAR full-time in 2012, multiple sources with knowledge of her
contract negotiations told ESPN. Although her contracts are still being
finalized, Patrick -- who has raced in both the IndyCar
Series and the Nationwide series this season and last
season -- will drive the #7 GoDaddy.com Chevy for the entire 2012 Nationwide
Series schedule for JR Motorsports, sources said. She also plans to enter
select Sprint Cup races next season in cars prepared by Stewart-Haas Racing,
with the intent to move to Sprint Cup full-time in a multiyear deal with
Stewart-Haas in 2013, sources said. Patrick is expected to make the
Last Wednesday, at Kutztown, Molly Chambers was 12th in the Wingless 600 Micro Sprint feature.
Kolby Schroder ran in the
Modified feature at
Danny Creeden had a 5th place finish at Five Mile Point.
Mike Mammana finished 2nd in the Sportsman feature at Big Diamond.
AJ Filbeck, in his first visit to Thunder Mountain Speedway, won the Sportsman feature.
At Wall Stadium, Roger Coss was 3rd in the Modified feature.
Tyler Boniface was
19th in the Sportsman feature at
Davie Franek was 5th in the 358 Sprint Car feature at Williams Grove.
In the 50-lap Super
Modified feature at
Nick Pecko was 4th in the Modified feature at Mountain Speedway.
At I-88 Speedway, last Friday, in the CRSA 305 Sprint Car feature, Josh Pieniazek was the race winner. John Virgilio was 2nd, Danny Hennessy 10th Brittany Tresch 13th and Emily VanInwegen 22nd.
In the Modified feature at Accord, Danny Creeden was 3rd, Mike Ruggiero 19th and Clinton Mills 21st. Anthony Perrego was 10th, Mike Traver 16th and Brad Szulewski 19th in the Sportsman feature. Kyle Rohner won another Spec Sportsman feature with Kyle Van Duser 4th and Tyler Dippel 11th. Matt Hitchcock, after his wild, out of the ballpark, ride - in his heat was a DNS.
Hey, sorry if I missed anyone!
Going back, in time – in racing history:
Note: Most of the following information was found here:
Covering the days from August 19th to August 25th:
Johnny Boyd ... Born ... Boyd drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series
from 1954 to 1966 with 56 starts. He finished in the top ten 31 times, with his
best finish in 2nd position, in 1959 at
Mark Donohue... Died ... Known for his ability to set up his own race car and drive
it consistently on the absolute limit. Donohue is probably best-known as the
driver of the 1500+ bhp "Can-Am Killer"
Porsche 917-30, and as winner of the 1972
Rick Mears won the CART sanctioned Ditzler 150 race on
the 1.5 Mile Paved Oval Trenton International Speedway in
Billy Winn ... Died ... An American racecar driver. Primarily a sprint car
driver, Winn competed in four
Bob Hurt... Born ... USAC driver from the 1960's.
Jonathan Byrd ... Died ... Longtime IndyCar Team Owner.
Byrd campaigned late model stock cars in the early 80’s and once sponsored
NASCAR champion Darrell Waltrip, but turned to USAC
Midgets in 1985. He teamed with the late, great Rich Vogler
from 1985 to 1990. The pairing qualified for 5
Fred Agabashian... Born ... Born in
Elmo Langley... Born ...
Bruce Walkup... Born ... Walkup raced in the USAC Championship Car series in the
1967-1971 seasons, with 35 career starts, including the 1969 and 1970
Indianapolis 500 races. He finished in the top ten 11 times, with his best
finish in 4th position in 1969 at
Gene Force ... Died ... Gene Force raced midgets and sprint cars in the 1950's
and early 60's. He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in
the 1951-1952, 1954, 1956, and 1958-1960 seasons with 33 starts, including the
1951 and 1960
Chuck Stevenson... Died ...Chuck drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1949-1954, 1960-1961 and 1963-1965 seasons with 54 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in 1951-1954, 1960-1961, and 1963-1965. He finished in the top ten 37 times, with 4 victories, 2 of them coming in the 1952 season when he won the AAA National Championship. Stevenson also raced in two NASCAR events -- one in 1955 and one in 1956, picking up a win at Willow Springs Raceway in 1955 driving a Ford. The race he entered in to in 1955 was driving a car owned by Indy winner Pete DePaolo.
Bill Horstmeyer... Died ... Bill Horstmeyer, a veteran of twelve years of racing who sucessfully raced in Badger Midgets, was entered as a
rookie in his first Champ Car race in his newly purchased "big car" -
the former "Central Excavating" vehicle, which he acquired from Pete Salemi. The race, a 100-mile feature event at the 1964
Illinois State Fair's one-mile dirt oval, was dedicated to Tony Bettebhausen, who had been killed in practice at
Bill Sheffler ... Born ... AAA driver from the 1940's. He died in a practice crash for the AAA race at the Trenton Speedway (NJ).
Doc MacKenzie ... Died ... AAA driver
from the 1930's. He was killed in a Sprint Car race on the 1.0-mile dirt oval
Kenny Wallace ... Born ... NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series driver. He has two brothers who are also NASCAR drivers: Rusty Wallace and Mike Wallace, a nephew Steve Wallace, and a niece Chrissy Wallace.
Steve Park ... Born ... Park began racing not in an entry-level class, but in NASCAR Modifieds on Long Island as the son of longtime National Modified Championship contender Bob Park. After establishing himself in weekly Modified racing at Riverhead Raceway, he advanced to the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series. He won several races and became a championship contender before moving on to the Busch and Cup Series.
Carl Williams... Born ... USAC driver from the 1960's & 70's.He ran the Indy 500
6 times with a best finish of 9th in 1970. He was killed in a motorcycle
Roger McCluskey... Born ... McCluskey was one of the most successful drivers in USAC history. McCluskey won the USAC sprint-car championship in 1963 and 1966 and won the USAC stock-car crown in 1969 and 1970. A fifth USAC title came in the Champ Car (Indy car) division in 1972. McCluskey owns 23 victories in both the USAC sprint-car and stock-car divisions, and his five Indy car and four midget triumphs give him 55-all time USAC victories. McCluskey made 18 Indy 500 starts with a best finish of third. He is a member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame. Roger McCluskey lost his battle with cancer just five days before his 63rd birthday on Aug. 29, 1993.
Clark "Shorty" Templeman ... Died ... Shorty drove
in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1954-1962 seasons
with 42 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in 1955, 1958, and
1960-1962. He finished in the top ten 16 times, with his best finish in 2nd
position, in 1961 at both DuQuoin and
Luigi Villoresi ... Died ... Driver from
Doc Shanebrook... Died ... ARDC &AAA driver from the late 1930’s into the 1950's. Real name was Beuford. Worked as a doctor for many years in a variety of different areas, but alwayskept up his racing wherever he could.
News from the AARN:
From their August 9th edition:
One of the first things I read when I get my AARN is the column by Ernie Saxton. This week he says that he thought the Brickyard 400 was BORING!
Note: From my column of a couple of weeks ago, column #66:
This is hard for me to say, but I suppose it has to be said. I watched some of the Brickyard 400 last Sunday. B O R I N G!”
Yes at times, Ernie and I think alike.
We also think alike on this – Danica Patrick is making a mistake by leaving Indycar for NASCAR.
makes mention of a possible F-1 race on the streets of
Ernie also makes note of Jerry Reigel and his difficult time with some rather serious health issues.
Those that have been associated with auto racing and that have passed on are Earl Gaerte, who I imagine you’ve already read or heard about. George Hudick, 84, a dirt modified car owner from the Pennsylvania area, Debbie Hoddick, 53, wife of racer and car owner Trey Hoddick, from the western Pa area, and Dave Scarborough, 74, former racer from Florida.
Brett Deyo, in his column had quite a bit about some troubles at the Delaware International Speedway – problems with oversized bodies, it seems.
He also makes mention of the possibility of Brett Hearn not racing at Accord this coming Friday night, but opting to go run in the Alex Friesen Summer Nationals ($10,000.00 to win) at the Ransomville Speedway.
Note: At 2:35 PM on Wednesday, 8/17, I checked the Brett Hearn website. In two places it showed that he would be at Accord on 8/19. Time will tell.
Jerry Reigel, in his column, does not make any mention of his health issues, but he has cut back somewhat in his column. Where he used to have the “Final 50”, it’s now the Final 40.
He makes mention that Jason Meyers leads Donny Schatz by only 52 points in the WoO Sprint Car Series.
He did make mention of an award that will be named after him – the 410 Sprint Car Sportsmanship Award at the Williams Grove Speedway will be named in his honor.
– the Northeastern Midget Association – are their days numbered? Looking at the results in the AARN from their
show at the Twin State Speedway in
the ARDC in their “Southern tour” down at the Dixieland Speedway in Elizabeth
City, NC and at the County Line Speedway in
Note: It’s been said that when one runs a wing on an open wheel race car, such as Midgets and Sprint Cars, it puts a lot of strain on the entire drive line and also on the engines. Might this be one of the problems with NEMA?
On August 6th, Billy Pauch won feature # 100 at the New Egypt Speedway.
Also on that night, Ray Evernham ran a 305 Sprint Car – winning his heat and placing 22nd in the feature. No mention of his wife, Erin Crocker, racing, though.
By now you more than likely know that Dr. Joseph Mattioli has retired from running the Pocono racetrack. The reins have been turned over to his grandchildren. One thing – the track has been put in trust. That prevents it being sold to anyone. Interesting, to say the least!
On August 30th, with a rain date of the 31st, the “Jersey Rush” 410 - 30 lap Sprint Car race at the New Egypt Speedway, will pay at least $5,000.00 to the winner. Some names already entered: Fred Rahmer, Tyler Walker, Justin Henderson, Greg Hodnett, Daryn Pittman, Lance DeWease, Dave Ely, Curt Michael, Davey Sammons, Mark Smith, Frank Cozze and Steve Buckwalter.
the column by Dave Roberts, he questions who might be the oldest competitive
racer in the
The race rundown for the Modified feature at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway, in the AARN, shows only 10 cars, while at the Albany/Saratoga track, 13 cars are listed. Both tracks went to asphalt for the 2011 season. Methinks they drew a little better, in the past, when they were dirt.
an ad on page 55 for the next
Two nights of Midget racing at the Belleville Nationals, once one of the bigger Midget races in the country, drew 25 cars for the Friday August 5th show and 24 cars for the Saturday August 6th show. Kyle Larson won both nights.
Note: Wow! Only 24 & 25 cars?
What has happened to midget racing in the
More racin’ stuff:
From the Frontstretch:
Matt McLaughlin’s Thinking Out Loud: Watkins Glen Race Recap
Bryan Davis Keith – Tuesday, August 16, 2011”
“In a Nutshell –
After months of anticipation following a
The Dramatic Moment - While Ambrose and Keselowski were storming away from the field to settle the battle for the checkered flag, contact between Boris Said and David Ragan triggered possibly the most violent wreck of the 2011 season. Ragan slammed at full speed into the wall jutting out the exit of turn 1, cutting into oncoming traffic and sending David Reutimann into the fence… and into a flip. Fortunately, both drivers walked away from the wreck, albeit visibly dazed.
Along with these topics:
What they’ll be talking about around the water cooler this week
Will all the talk of road racing needing to increase in frequency cool off?
Racing and television:
Racing on TV - http://www.racefantv.com/USTV.htm
Some non-racing stuff:
Saw this on the news on Tuesday evening:
"Before we get started, let's all say happy birthday to Elvis Presley today!" Bachmann said.
But Aug. 16 is the anniversary of Elvis' death, in 1977, and someone in the crowd shouted back, "He died today!"
Bachmann didn't respond and launched into her speech.
She didn't miss a beat on the Elvis front either. As she signed autographs, she paused for a brief dance with one of her fans.
Bachmann corrected herself later as she spoke with reporters, noting the date marked Presley's passing, not his birth. He was born on Jan. 8, 1935.
"As far as we're concerned, he's still alive in our hearts," Bachmann said.
stumbled over cultural references before. In June, she kicked off her
presidential campaign in
Uh huh, and she
just won in
And, how about this one - Social Security Mistakenly Reports Thousands of Deaths
“More Americans are being erroneously killed off by the Social Security Administration every day.
Of the approximately 2.8 million death reports the Social Security Administration receives per year, about 14,000 -- or one in every 200 deaths -- are incorrectly entered into its Death Master File, which contains the Social Security numbers, names, birth dates, death dates, zip codes and last-known residences of more than 87 million deceased Americans. That averages out to 38 life-altering mistakes a day.”
“Laura Brooks, of
She went to her bank and a representative said her account had been closed because she was dead. Brooks, a 52-year old mother of two, was already on permanent disability because of a severe depressive disorder, so hearing this turned her already difficult world completely upside down.”
“The bank representative told Brooks she couldn't reopen her account until she could prove she was alive. When she went to the Social Security office in January 2001, she found out she was declared dead on Dec. 6, 2000. To correct this, she had to submit the pay stubs she was receiving from a program that helps people on disability get back to work.”
Kinda ridiculous, isn’t it? More on this, and some which is quite unbelievable, I should say, can be seen if you go here:
Note: I might have mentioned this in a column or two, previously, but just for kicks, I “Googled” my fathers name and was surprised to find that in the Death Records in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) which came up, when I clicked on his name, along with others with the same last name, cousins, aunts and uncles, along with a sister-in-law, their Social Security numbers came up!
Is this true?:
Scary, if true – from an e-mail I received:
TWO DIFFERENT DOCTORS' OFFICES ....
Boy, if this doesn't hit
the nail on the head, I don't
know what does! Two patients limp into two different
medical clinics with the same complaint. Both have trouble
walking and appear to require a hip replacement.
The FIRST patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed
the same day and has a time booked for surgery the
The SECOND sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks
for an appointment, then waits 8 weeks to see a specialist,
then gets an x-ray, which isn't reviewed for another week
and finally has his surgery scheduled for 6 months from then.
Why the different treatment for the two patients?
The FIRST is a Golden Retriever.
The SECOND is a Senior Citizen.
Next time take me to a vet!
Something different – how we’re getting the shaft from oil companies.
The four foreign born drivers to win a NASCAR Cup race:
Juan Pablo Montoya, Colombia, 2 (Sonoma, Watkins Glen)
Marcos Ambrose, Australia, 1 (Watkins Glen)
Mario Andretti, Italy, 1 (Daytona 500)
Earl Ross, Canada, 1 (Martinsville)
Ambrose now has four wins across the three NASCAR national touring series -- in Cup, Nationwide and Trucks. That's the second most in NASCAR history among foreign-born drivers -
How many never figured on Mario?
Closing with this:
No jokes again this week, but some helpful - to some - tips on saving dollars for us “older” folks: This is the final part for some of those tips.
Gone are the days of your grandmother’s “early bird special” at the local diner. As our baby boomers reach retirement age, hundreds of retailers are featuring new and improved discounts exclusively for the 60 and older crowd. We have composed a list of senior savings that will help you keep more cash in your pocket. Whoever said getting older was a bad thing, obviously didn’t know about these fantastic senior discounts! This list is not all inclusive. Whataburger gives Seniors over 55 a free drink. I added this to the list. If you don't ask, you won't get it.
AMC Theaters: up to 30% off (55+)
Bally Total Fitness: up to $100 off memberships (62+)
Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)
Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off
Regal Cinemas: 30% off
Ripley’s Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket (55+)
SeaWorld Orlando: $3 off one-day tickets (50+)
AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $29.99/month (65+)
Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service (50+)
Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+)
*Check out our Secret Cell Phone Discounts to view all cell phone discounts available to you!
Great Clips: $3 off hair cuts (60+)
Super Cuts: $2 off haircuts (60+)
Since many senior discounts are not advertised to the public, our advice to men and women over 55 is to ALWAYS ask a sales associate if that store provides a senior discount. That way, you can be sure to get the most bang for you buck.
Looking for a printable version of our list of discounts for seniors? We’ve got you covered! Click this link to view, then just hit “Print” in your browser:108 Stores with Senior Discounts (PDF, 141 KB)
One more thing:
In an e-mail I got Wednesday evening, this little tid-bit was at the very end:
“We are born naked, wet and hungry. Then
things get worse”.
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