Racin' & Internet Stuff:

                                      By Tom Avenengo

                                         Volume # 69

                                           08/25/2011

 

 

 First:

I have one of those big desk calendars – the kind you can write stuff on for references.  For some unknown reason, I failed to make an entry for the date of August 9th, other than the mention of a daughter’s birthday.  What I failed to put on that date was the fact that it was on August 9, 1910 when we lost Eric Koster.  It’s on my calendar, now.

I happened to find this about Koster, after doing a search -

Here’s what was said about him from Old Dominion University:

 

“Eric Koster's Death Leaves Void in Engineering College: 'He Really Loved Working with Our Students'

 

As another school year starts in the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology, faculty and staff in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering are sad about the void among their ranks.

 

Eric Koster, the Old Dominion University director of motorsports, died last month of cancer. He was 59.

 

Bob Ash, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at ODU, said Koster's passing is a huge loss to the entire college.

 

"In 1999, Eric responded to a help wanted ad to work at the Langley Full Scale Wind Tunnel, and when he interviewed with Jim Cross and Bill Swart, they hired him on the spot," Ash said.

 

"During Eric's shortened life, he drove race cars, built race cars and specialized in building racing engines. When he joined the ODU wind tunnel staff, he brought a level of motorsports racing knowledge and enthusiasm that was contagious. He also found out that he really loved working with our students."

 

The ODU Research Foundation hired Koster in 1999 as director of motorsports operations and marketing for the Langley Full Scale Tunnel at Langley Air Force Base. He laid the foundation for ODU to build and operate a rolling road wind tunnel in Southside Virginia. He also made significant contributions to the vision for and development of the Virginia Motorsport Technology Park, bringing university research to the commercial sector.

 

"Eric had a passion and dedication to student projects and motorsports academics in general," Ash said. "He was a major factor in defining the graduate degree content in motorsports engineering and in our recruiting efforts."

 

Ash said Koster's biggest contribution was in support of the Society of Automotive Engineers competitions, which ODU teams of engineering students have entered across North America. Koster was also pivotal in the effort to bring a Formula SAE student competition to Virginia International Raceway (VIR).

 

"He was often the sole source of encouragement and technical support, not to mention the substantial contributions of time and money he made to our program. He personally sustained that activity for many years with little credit," Ash said.

 

A byproduct of Koster's work as director of motorsports is the relationship ODU enjoys with the VIR in Danville.

 

"Through his work, ODU now operates a chassis dynamometer laboratory at the VIR track and our motorsports engineering students are able to test their projects on that track," Ash said.

 

Efforts are continuing to incorporate the university's rolling road system into a world-class wind tunnel, now that the Langley Full Scale Tunnel has been decommissioned.

 

"It was only through Eric's efforts that ODU was able to acquire this pivotal state-of-the-art piece of testing equipment, positioning us to sustain a national leadership role in ground vehicle aerodynamics," Ash said.

 

Koster is survived by two daughters and their families, two sisters and five grandchildren.

 

This article was posted on: September 14, 2010

 

Old Dominion University

Office of University Relations

Room 100 Koch Hall Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0018”

I also found a photo of him while doing a search.  Here it is, below.  For those of you on DTD, you’ll have to go to New England Tractor’s website to view it.  http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/

 

 

 

Second:

It seems that “Mother Nature” always seems to mess up our weekends, doesn’t it?  This past weekend it was Friday night, and again, in some places, on Sunday, too.  What hurts, in a way, is that in a lot of cases, point battles are coming to an end and when races get lost, they don’t get made up. Still, when a driver is leading in points, you really can’t take it away from him – he earned it. 

Now, it looks like “Irene” might do a job this coming weekend.  Somehow I have the feeling that the forecast for Sunday – rain/wind will get here a tad earlier.  Time will tell.

 

Third:

 

This past Saturday I went to OCFS.  Prior to going into the stands, I had an opportunity top have a nice chat with Gary Palmer, the owner of the Accord Speedway.  Some things, for now, were told in confidence, and some were discussed where I can make mention of them.  Mr. Palmer, as it is probably pretty well known, is a big fan of open wheel racing – Midgets & Sprint Cars – in fact he is now the owner of a 305 Sprint Car.  Does that mean we’ll see more 305 Sprint Car races at the “Big A”?  No, not really.

 

This past season, Mr. Palmer tried running Legends cars every other week, with the Lightning Sprints in action when the Legends were not scheduled.  Somehow, the Legends really didn’t get many cars – maybe three at the most on a given Friday night, and if I’m not mistaken, they are now off of  what remains of the 2011 schedule.  Well, for next year Mr. Palmer will try something else instead of the Legends cars – 4 Cylinder powered cars.  He’s had some input from some of those that run at Lebanon Valley, being interested in running at Accord, too.  So, look for that to more than likely happening in 2012.  The Lightning Sprints, as it stands now, will also be on the every other week schedule.

So, if you think you might be interested in running a 4 Cylinder car at Accord, or maybe even interesting in obtaining one – contact Mr. Palmer.  He might be able to help ya out.  One thing Mr. Palmer and I seem to agree on is that the low turnout this past year, on Friday nights, for the Legends cars is that locally, they run at the Bethel Speedway on Saturday’s and in a way, most of them did not want to risk the possibility of having problems on a Friday night that might hurt their racing at Bethel, on Saturdays, where they run there every week for points.  I just hope that Accord will be able to pull some cars from Bethel, too, although part of the Legends problem was that if they were running for points at Bethel on Saturday, I tend to figure that’s what kept a lot of them away on Friday at the “Big A”.

 

As I said, he’s an open wheel-racing fan.  While we were in the stands, I had Pete Kessler behind me, and Mr. Palmer in front of me.  I happened to make mention to Pete about a possible bus trip to Richmond, Va. in 2012 IF they have an Indycar race there.  Then I ran my mouth, loud enough for Mr. Palmer to hear, that “Maybe Gary Palmer would want to go, too”.  Hearing his name mentioned, he turned as asked what I was talking about.  When I  mentioned a possible bus trip to Richmond for an Indycar race, he nodded in the affirmative.

 

 

Fourth:

 

I usually start on these columns on Sunday afternoons.  This past Sunday, I had my TV on and was checking out all the aluminum that was showing at the Michigan Speedway.  Granted, Michigan has been hurt real bad with unemployment and the economy being the way it is, so I really wasn’t too surprised to see the empty seats.  It’s a common thing anymore, today – not only with NASCAR, either.  It was neat, however, to see “Victory Lane” between pit road and the grandstands, where the fans could get a glimpse of the celebrating.

 

 

Fifth:

 

Tomas Scheckter on dirt: 

 

Indycar driver Tomas Scheckter had the opportunity to drive a 410-winged Sprint Car on a ¼ mile dirt track.

 

In part:

“The first problem for me was getting into the car. I did not know the standard process of legs first, arms first, body first and it was an awkward experience. After getting in everything felt good. There is a fuel line that runs past your legs that you have to turn on as they push you off. I thought to myself- “this is a car that takes me at least 30 seconds to get in and out and I have a fuel line running over my knee… forget about it dirt racing.” This is a pure raving machine made from Molly chrome bars, a 900 hp engine, and a huge wing that weighs about 1400 pounds. You are pretty much strapped to a rocket ship. The first couple of laps were for me to pack the track some more and get the engine temps into the optimal range. As most of you know, I get bored quickly and was so anxious to see what this beast had. I started to get on it in a couple corners and then brought it in. As a result I was told off because the engine temps were not right.”

“I had a brief conversation with Jimmy Vasser and he was proud I gave it a go but hesitated when I said I wanted to race. I know I still have a ton to learn but having a great team with great equipment and being able to cross over from Indy to dirt would be awesome for both sports. Maybe we would see more Indycar drivers, instead of playing tennis, golf, and sitting at their country clubs, getting out and mixing it up at their local dirt track.”

http://blog.indycar.com/2011/08/12/tomas-scheckter-sideways-in-the-dirt/

 

Sixth:

The Don Edmunds Independent Suspension Midget

 

Scroll down to the eighth entry and you’ll come to the video.  Maybe if this car weren’t outlawed right off the bat, we’d still have Midgets and Sprint Car drivers as a good part of the “Road to Indy”, instead of mostly road racers getting into it.

 

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=236178&page=775

 

 

Seventh:

Wow!  Per my thinking - not nice, at all.  What follows is on the Dirt Track Digest’s forum.  It’s about an ad that a track put out to kind of entice fans to come – an ad that really didn’t tell the whole story, as you’ll see if, and when, you go to the link supplied.

Just when you think Malta has turned over a new leaf, they go back to their old tricks! The website enticed spectators to the great race place for racing plus a chance to win a 42 inch TV with a purchase of a general admission ticket. But the joke was on the fans! The old tactic of bait and switch occurred once through the gate. In order to have the opportunity you needed to purchase a 50-50 ticket and once again, who made out! It certainly was not the fans or drivers, and do we really need to wonder why the fans and drivers have found a new track to call home on Friday nights!!!

http://www.dirttrackdigest.com/DTD/index.php?/topic/40557-malta-does-it-again/

 

Eighth:

Probably old news by now, but two racetracks are for sale.  Whether they remain as racetracks – time will tell.

WEST HAVEN -- One of Vermont’s three weekly short tracks is for sale.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway, a paved half-mile track operating in 2011 under NASCAR sanction, is for sale, according to founder and owner C.J. Richards. Richards, 74, built the West Haven facility in 1967 and operates another track, Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y., under the Champlain Valley Racing Association umbrella. Albany-Saratoga is also for sale.

Devil’s Bowl opened as a dirt track in 1967, was paved in 1972, and reverted back to dirt in 1975. Richards and CVRA acquired Albany-Saratoga in 1977, and also operated Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, N.Y., during the mid-1980s. Under the guise of Richards’ sons Bruce and Jerry and daughter Sharon, both tracks were paved in 2010 and joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series last January.

Richards insists, despite declining car counts this season and weather-related cancelations in each of the last two weeks, that both Devil’s Bowl and Albany-Saratoga will finish their 2011 racing seasons as originally scheduled.

“We’ve made a commitment to NASCAR and our supporters, and we will see those through to the end of the year,” C.J. Richards told Vermont Motorsports Magazine on Monday. “Hopefully someone will pick up the Vermont track and keep it going.”

Richards says the decision to sell the New York facility is mostly due to pressure from land developers in the Capital District area.

“The business climate has really been on the forefront in Malta lately,” Richards said. “Malta is in one of the hottest areas in country in terms of growth.”

Albany-Saratoga Speedway’s next event is scheduled for Friday at 7:00pm; Devil’s Bowl Speedway is scheduled to run at 6:00pm on Sunday.

 

Ninth:

While I was getting things out of the AARN for this column, Ernie Saxton made mention of some “Junior” tickets that are available for the Dover weekend of NASCAR racing.  To clarify something, I contacted the track with an e-mail address that Mr. Saxton furnished me.

Here’s the low down on those “Junior” tickets:

Junior tickets for Dover

 

Dover International Speedway expands junior seating options

for Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2011 race weekend

 

Tickets for juniors, ages 14 and younger, start at just $8

 

DOVER, Del. – In an effort to make the sport of NASCAR and Dover International Speedway more accessible to young fans, the Monster Mile has expanded its junior ticketing options for its fall 2011 race weekend. Fans now have more seating areas to choose from when taking advantage of the $8 junior tickets for the Sept. 30 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race and Oct. 1 “OneMain Financial 200” NASCAR Nationwide Series race, and $10 junior tickets for the Oct. 2 “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

 

Junior seating for the Oct. 2 race has been expanded to include Turn 2 and Turn 3 at the Monster Mile, in sections 137-144, rows 1-15, and sections 194-207, rows 1-15. The available seating areas include seven alcohol- and tobacco-free sections. For the Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 races, junior seating is available in all sections of Dover International Speedway.

 

“Due to high interest in our reduced-price junior seats, we are increasing availability to meet demand,” said Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. “Our junior seating sections sold out for our May 15, 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, so we want to be ready to accommodate the young NASCAR fans of tomorrow this fall.”

 

With the purchase of one adult ticket in the designated junior seating sections, there is no limit to the amount of junior tickets that can be purchased.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets to the Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2011 race weekend, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.

 

# # #


Dover Motorsports, Inc. is a leading promoter of NASCAR sanctioned motorsports events whose subsidiaries own and operate Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tennessee. For further information, log on to www.dovermotorsports.com.

 

 

 

Tenth:

It is possible, maybe even late on Monday nights, to go to the AARN’s website and get a glimpse of what might be in the coming weeks edition.

On Tuesday night, I thought I’d check the AARN’s website out and found these news items:

North/South Shootout Asphalt Modified racing on the move again

VP Racing Fuels has been sold. Find out what that means to the racing community.

 

Cayuga County Speedway will re-open this year for two races under new promoter Jeremy Corcoran.

 

Is Utica Rome Speedway for sale?

J.J. Grasso finds a new ride for the remainder of the URC Sprint Car season.

 

Note:  Nothing mentioned as to whether Ted Christopher has a ride, though.

 

 

Eleventh:

Found this on Jayski’s website on Wednesday, but I imagine you might have already heard about this:

Kyle Busch has pleaded guilty after he was cited for speeding more than 128 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone in Iredell County back in May. Busch pleaded guilty to speeding charges and "no contest" to charges of careless and reckless driving on Tuesday afternoon in an Iredell County Courtroom. He was sentenced to 30 days suspended and was given a one-year unsupervised probation. He was fined $1,000 in the case and the court took his driver's license for 45 days. Busch was given a prayer for judgment on the reckless driving charge.(WBTV)(8-23-2011)

 

Twelfth:

Famous race driver Ray Tilley has passed away.

This, from the Selinsgrove Speedway’s website:

“Gentleman. Dedicated Family Man. Devout Christian. Armed Forces Veteran. Champion. Racing Legend. All are fitting tributes to Ray Tilley, Selinsgrove Speedway’s four-time sprint car track champion and all-time career leading feature winner who passed away on Friday, August 19, at Hershey Medical Center following a sudden illness. 

“It was an honor and pleasure when Ray would visit Selinsgrove Speedway in recent years,” said speedway communications director Steve Inch. “He was a true gentleman and always very humble when asked about his extraordinary achievements in racing. Ray was one of the legends of our sport whose legacy was accomplished in just a few short years. Our condolences go out to the entire Tilley family.”

Driving the famous Ford-powered No. 88 owned by Maryland businessman Bud Grimm, Tilley established a single-season win record in Pennsylvania when he won 47 races in 1965. The following season he won 41 races. During this time, sprint cars had not yet become weekly fanfare but were then called “bugs” or “30 x 90s” before evolving into the present-day sprint cars. Tilley had the distinction of racing one of the only Ford-powered race cars against a competitive field of Chevrolets.

Tilley currently holds the all-time win record at Selinsgrove in the bug/sprint car division with 69 victories, a record that may never be broken. Second on the win list is the late Mitch Smith with 58, followed in third by Fred Rahmer with 54 victories. He clinched back-to-back track championships at Selinsgrove in 1965-66 and again in 1968-69.

Tilley’s racing career started shortly after he was discharged from the service in 1957. He raced sportsman cars at Myrtle Beach then moved into the coupes at Silver Spring Speedway. In the early 60’s he started racing at Williams Grove Speedway. He raced at Williams Grove and Susquehanna Speedway before he became a weekly competitor at Selinsgrove in 1963.

Tilley won 178 bug/sprint car features at Selinsgrove, Williams Grove, Susquehanna, Bedford, Port Royal, Hagerstown, Lincoln and on the URC tour. His career win total among all divisions surpasses 200. In addition to his titles at Selinsgrove, he won four track championships each at Williams Grove and Susquehanna Speedways and a single title at Myrtle Beach.

In 1969, Tilley was critically injured in a modified championship race at Langhorne Speedway. Following his recuperation and sitting out a year from the accident, Tilley attempted a comeback but ultimately decided, with input from his family, to retire from racing.

In 2002, Tilley returned to Selinsgrove Speedway for his first visit in more than 30 years and participated in an autograph session with fellow champion Lynn Paxton. In recent years, he would make periodic visits to the track and always take time for interviews on the speedway’s public address system.

Tilley is survived by his wife, Ruth, and sons Bryon, Thurmon, and Roger. Cards can reach the Tilley family at: 580 Honeysuckle Court, Pine Grove, PA 17963

http://www.selinsgrovespeedway.com/

 

 

Thirteenth:

Looking at the point chase at the Lebanon Valley Speedway, in the Modified class, I see that Ken Tremont, Jr. has 682 points, while Brett Hearn has 680.  Three point races remain – at least I believe their “Mr. Dirt” race is a point show – that being on August 25th, then a regular show on the 27th and September 3rd closes out the point chase.  Tremont has yet to win a feature in 2011.

 

Fourteenth:

Uh oh – might “Mother Nature” mess up Lebanon Valleys MR. DIRT Track U.S.A.100-Lap Modified race on Thursday?  Weather forecast is more like it would be for a Friday or Saturday, not a Thursday!  This, from 5:30 PM on Wednesday:

Tomorrow: Showers early then scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day. A few storms may be severe. High 77F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tomorrow night: Scattered thunderstorms during the evening followed by a few showers overnight. A few storms may be severe. Low 63F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Note # 1:  Word I’ve seen on the Internet is no rain date set – yet – kinda like ESW – you never see a published rain date for that event, either.  Come to think about it, I think that the “Big Show” SDS races are really the only ones that actually mentioned a rain date – except for maybe the Modified race at SDW, which most everyone knows would be on Monday.

Note # 2:  As of 10:00 PM on Wednesday, the forecast for West Lebanon, NY has not changed.

 

Fifteenth:

As I was finishing up this column early on Wednesday evening, I had my TV on and had it on SPEED TV to catch some of the Truck race from Bristol.  Sadly another “singer” had to screw up our National Anthem, again.  Why can’t they just sing the song as it was written?  Maybe all races should have a military band playing it, instead of the ones we’re forced to listen to.

 

Sixteenth:

I was rather surprised to see Matt Hitchcock driving one of the Sherlock # 10 Modifieds at OCFS last Saturday.  As far as I know, if you move up to the Modifieds from the Sportsman class, you must stay Modified.  I wonder what Matt will be driving, if anything, at Accord this Friday?  He’s right up there in the “Spec” point chase, I believe.

 

Seventeenth:

I’ve noticed that the NASCAR Truck Series race at Bristol, and at other tracks, uses a female starter.  Any idea as to how many female starters there are in racing, today?  Might she be the only one?

Doing a search on female starters (flaggers) in auto racing, I found one - Lisa Simoni, who is Starter / Flagger Infineon Raceway 2001 – Present (10 years)

Oh, that starter at Bristol, and for the Truck Series – her name is Kim Lopez.  Believe it or not, she grew up in the Bronx, NY.

A little about her can be read, here:  http://www.nascar.com/2007/news/features/conversation/11/06/kim.lopez.truck.starter/

 

Eighteenth:

Credit/Debit cards – most of us use them.  How often do you actually give your card to someone, and they have to leave to take care of the transaction?  When they return with your card, do you check to make sure that it is yours?  I read the other day how sometimes your card can be replaced by one that is outdated.  Just a helpful tip for ya – check to insure that the returned card is actually yours.  Hey, ya never know!

 

Coming up:

Accord:

 

August 24th:

 

Mid Week Madness.

 

August 26th:

 

Tom’s Auto Repair Night – Racing all divisions plus Lightning Sprints.

 

August 31st:

 

Mid Week Madness – last of this season, I believe.

 

September 2nd:

 

Orange County Fair Speedway Night – Racing in all divisions – Eastern States 200 qualifier.

 

September 9th:

 

Taylor Rental Night – Last night for points.  Racing in all divisions plus Lightning Sprints.  Short Track Super National qualifier.

 

September 16th:

 

Rain date for last night of points – if needed.

 

 

OCFS:

August 27th: 

Accord Speedway – Accord Speedway King of the Catskills Qualifier - M/SP/PRO/SS

September 3rd: 

WLR Construction - CHAMPION'S NIGHT - End of Points - Kids Club - Officials Race - M/SP/PRO/SS

September 10th:

Superior Remodeling – Eastern States qualifier for Modifieds.  CRSA 305 Sprint Cars.  Northeast Vintage Modifieds.  Old Erie Powder Puff Race.  Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Street stocks.

September 17th:

Middletown Auto Wreckers – Spectrum Auto Body – Route 94 Auto Sales – Eve of Destruction – Demo Derby and Fireworks.

 

 

Lebanon Valley:

August 25th:

CARQUEST Auto Parts & General Tire Present
$17,500 TO WIN “MR. DIRT Track U.S.A.” 100-Lap Modified DIRTcar Series Race Plus Budget Sportsman, Gates Open @ 5pm | Racing @ 6pm

August  27th: 

V.P. Race Fuels S.E.F. & Heavy Hauler Present “BACK TO SCHOOL” With Kiddie Rides, Weekly Divisions & 4-Cylinders

September 3rd:

J.H. Financial & 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 (LV PROSTOCK POINTS CONTINUE)

September 10th:

Jim Langenback Memorial Race – 54 lap Pro Stock Main Event – Ssportsman, Budget Sportsman, Pro Stock, ECHO Series, 4 Cylinders and the 8th Annual Boomer’s Performance 20-lap Pure Stock classic.

September 17th:

2011 Season points final – Sportsman, Budget Sportsman (LV & Accord 602 chase), Pro Stocks, 4 Cylinders and Vintage Modifieds.

 

Bethel:

August 27th:

 

Nostalgia Night

Sportsman, Pro Stock, Bandoleros, BMS Modified,

Street Stock, 4 Cylinder

Northeast Vintage Dirt Modifieds

 

September 3rd:

Sportsman, Pro Stock, Legends, Bandoleros,

Street Stock, 4 Cylinder

 

September 10th:

Sportsman, Pro Stock, Bandoleros, BMS Modified,

Street Stock, 4 Cylinder

Special Show – TBA

 

September 17th:

Sportsman, Pro Stock, Legends, Bandoleros,

Street Stock, 4 Cylinder

 

September 24th:

Sportsman, Pro Stock, Legends, Bandoleros,

BMS Modified, Street Stock, 4 Cylinder

Empire Sport Trucks

 

 

 

Hinchliffe Stadium:

 

This years Hinchliffe Stadium Expo is on Sunday, September 4. The show coincides with The Great Falls Festival. Admission is free and entering a car or exhibit in the show is free. Come out and show your support for Paterson's rich racing history. See you at the show...

 

For last years “Expo”:  http://www.carlsign.com/hinchliffe.html

Note:  Excellent directions in the above link.

 

 

 

 

Found on Jayski’s website:

Toyota to announce new Camry:

Toyota is scheduled to introduce the completely redesigned 2012 Camry on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 beginning at 1:00 pm/et. This first-of-its-kind webcast reveal for Toyota will include a presentation by Bob Carter, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager, live from Hollywood, and a visit to the Camry plant in Georgetown, Ky. to view the first vehicle coming off the assembly line. In addition, a special NASCAR-related announcement will be made as part of the program. Toyota is engaging the public in this unique event by offering consumers the opportunity to view the program live on Toyota.com and, following the webcast, Bob Carter will be hosting a TweetChat via Twitter at 4:00 pm/et.(Toyota)(8-22-2011)

 

Jack Roush ready to resume flying:

It was a year ago when Sprint Cup car owner Jack Roush arrived at MIS with facial injuries, making his return to the series after he had crash-landed his plane in Oshkosh, Wis., the previous month. Roush, 69, enjoys flying his planes as much as he loves motor sports, and that is why he's so excited to return to piloting this week at Willow Run Airport for the first time since the crash. "I'm totally recovered," said Roush, of Livonia, wearing his trademark Panama-style hat while signing autographs. "I just got my medical back from the FAA, indicating that I'm medically sound and I'm without restriction. I have one more validation flight for the (injured) eye and I have that Tuesday. Once I get that done I can fly anything I did before. I plan to fly Tuesday." Roush suffered a ruptured left eyeball, broken jaw, damaged left cheekbone and had a compression fracture in his back from the crash. He said at the time "that everything will come back except the sight in my left eye."(Detroit News)(8-22-2011)

Note:  I dunno about this one!  He’s had two (strikes) crashes over these last few years – one more and he might be out.  Personally, I’m surprised that the FAA is allowing him to go back to being a pilot, again.

 

Ford proposing NASCAR version of the X-Games?:

A NASCAR version of the X-Games? Something like that is what Ford Motor Company is proposing to NASCAR executives, as a way to use NASCAR to promote new small street cars, to the $14,000 MSRP youthful demographic. How much interest other car companies might have in any such NASCAR/X-Games venture is not clear. Chevrolet racing boss Jim Campbell, who is using Sunday's Michigan 400 to promote GM's new small-car Sonic, as pace car, says he is "open" to using motorsports to push Chevrolet's new small car line. While Toyota and Honda made their names as purveyors of small cars, Ford and Chevrolet on the other hand have been more to the muscle-power side of the game, with powerful trucks like the F-150 and sporty cars like the Mustang, Corvette and Camaro. NASCAR once had a four-cylinder national touring series, the Baby Grands, back in the 1970s, which proved highly popular, and then fairly inexpensive. Precisely what Ford is proposing to NASCAR isn't clear.(MikeMulhern.net)(8-22-2011)

 

Kyle Busch Qualifies for Sprint Summer Showdown:

With his win in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400, #18-Kyle Busch is qualified to be a finalist for a chance to earn a $3 million payout in the Sprint Summer Showdown. If Busch can also win the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Labor Day weekend, he will claim the Sprint Summer Showdown title and win $1 million for himself, $1 million for his designated charity, Kyle Busch Foundation, and $1 million dollars for a lucky race fan. Later this week a fan will be randomly selected from the pool of entrants who correctly picked Busch to win the Pure Michigan 400 at sprint.com/speed. That lucky fan will enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to Atlanta Motor Speedway and be there in person to see whether Busch can win at Atlanta. If he claims the Sprint Summer Showdown, the fan will win $1 million.
Fans should visit sprint.com/speed before the final qualifying race next Saturday evening to choose which driver they think will win at Bristol Motor Speedway. A different fan will be randomly selected after each race and will be in Atlanta for the final event of the six-consecutive-race series to cheer on their driver as he vies for the $3 million payout. Fans can change their picks until the scheduled start time for each event.


Name, Race, Designated Charity
#27-Paul Menard, Indianapolis, Habitat for Humanity
#2-Brad Keselowski, Pocono, Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation
#9-Marcos Ambrose, Watkins Glen International, Victory Junction
#18-Kyle Busch, Michigan, Kyle Busch Foundation
Bristol Motor Speedway
Atlanta Motor Speedway
(Sprint Summer Showdown PR), for more info see Jayski's Contest page.(8-21-2011)

 

Stewart still mum about Danica:

Tony Stewart met with members of the media at Michigan International Speedway and discussed a few items, and was asked about Danica Patrick, the transcript in part:


CAN YOU ADDRESS THE DANICA SITUATION?
Stewart: "It's like I've always said when we have something to tell everybody we'll tell them but there's nothing to tell yet. I know there's a lot of speculation but there is nothing to really talk about yet."


I'VE HEARD FROM MANY SOURCES
Stewart: "I don't care about your sources. When we have something to talk about we'll talk about it. I promise we won't leave any of you guys out I promise."


DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE SOON?
Stewart: "What will be soon? I don't know. I don't know. If we knew that we'd already be talking about it wouldn't we. When we have something to talk about I promise you I will not let any of you be late for the deal."


YOU'RE STILL OBVIOUSLY LOOKING TO ADD A THIRD TEAM
Stewart: "We've said that from day one. We've never wavered from that, never said anything different from that. We're definitely to a third team and want to be a four-car team eventually."(Team Chevy)(8-20-2011)

 

No 2012 plans for Martin yet:

Mark Martin is emphatic when talking about his lack of 2012 plans and he isn't looking for a full-time ride anyway. "I have nothing, and it don't matter," Martin said Friday at Michigan International Speedway. "I'll have nothing until I have something. You guys don't even need to ask because there is absolutely goose egg going on. There ain't no hiding [information], no nothing. I think there will be shuffle, but it will be late. There's going to be something for me. I'm not in a running for a full-time Cup ride; I never have even really wanted one." He knows he won't be back at Hendrick Motorpsorts, and he said he has always raced in the moment, not thinking about building for years to come. Obviously one of the possible scenarios is Martin sharing a third Stewart-Haas Racing car with Danica Patrick, who is expected to run at least seven or eight Cup races for the team in 2012. Martin and SHR would need to find sponsorship for him to run the races Patrick doesn't.(SceneDaily)(8-20-2011)

 

 

 

Former Oakland Valley Speedway (Dirt Oval) runners:

At Lebanon Valley last Saturday, Clinton Mills was 11th in the Modified feature, Kyle Armstrong 15th and Kolby Schroder 17th.  In the Sportsman feature, Bobby Hackel, IV was the feature winner.

Danny Creeden had a 3rd and 13th place finishes in the Modified features at 5 Mile Point.

At Fonda, in the CRSA 305 Sprint Car feature, Josh Pieniazek was 8th, Brittany Tresch 10th, Danny Hennessy 12th, John Virgilio 18th and Emily VanInwegen 22nd.

At OCFS, in the Modified feature, Tim Hindley was 5th, Mike Ruggiero 12th, Michael Storms 16th, Matt Hitchcock 18th (moved up from Sportsman) and Billy VanInwegen 24th.  Brian Krummel was 3rd, Anthony Perrego 6th, John Lodini 7th, Matt Janiak 11th, Zack Vavricka 14th, Jason Roe 16th, RJ Smykla 19th and Keith Still 22nd in the Sportsman feature.  Kyle Redner was a DNQ.

Tiffany Wambold was 6th in the 270 Micro Sprint feature and Luke Schostkewitz 2nd in the 600 Micro Sprint feature at Borgers.

Note:  The 600 finish was unofficial due to an impending fuel check.

Johnny Guarino returned to the New Egypt Speedway and was 25th in the Modified feature on 8/20.  He went back on Tuesday, 8/23 and had another 25th place finish in that nights Modified feature.

Rich Coons won the regularly scheduled feature and was 9th in the held over feature at Bethel.

At Utica/Rome, in the ESS Sprint Car feature, Josh Pieniazek was 22nd.

Brian Sobus had a 14th place finish in the Super modified feature at Oswego.

Jacob Hendershot was 4th in the 270 Micro Sprint feature and 6th in the 600 Micro Sprint feature at Wyalusing.

Thirty one names this week.

Sorry if I missed anyone!

 

 

 

Going back, in time – in racing history:

Note:  Most of the following information was found here: 

http://www.wheelsofspeed.com/history.html

 

Covering the days from August 26th to September 1st.

 

AUGUST 26

1925

Bobby Ball... Born ... AAA driver from the early 1950's. On January 4, 1953, he was involved in an accident at Carrell Speedway, Gardena Calif., which left him with terrible head injuries. He remained in a coma and died 14 months later.

1944

Johnny Parsons... Born ... Parsons is the son of Arza and 1950 Indianapolis 500 winner Johnnie Parsons. His parents divorced, and Johnny was raised with half-brothers Dana and Pancho Carter, the product of Arza'a marriage with Duane Carter. The Carter's grew up racing quarter-midgets in Indianapolis. Parsons started twelve Indianapolis 500 races. His last Indy 500 start was the 1996 Indianapolis 500. His best finish was fifth in 1977 and 1985. Parsons finished second in the 1977 USAC National points. Parsons has also twice finished second in the USAC championship dirt cars. Parson won 29 midget car features (as of 1994), including major wins at: the 4-Crown Nationals midget car feature twice, the 1979 Hut Hundred, and the 1986 Copper Classic midget feature. He has won two Silver Crown and five sprint car features. When Davey Hamilton decided to come out of retirement to run in the 2007 Indy 500, Parsons replaced him as the driver expert for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network's broadcasts of race activities. Parsons was inducted in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1994.

1946

Swede Savage... Born ... 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.

1984

Jimmy Wilburn... Died ... He won a non-points Championship Car race at Lakewood Speedway in March of 1946 which is the first known Champ Car race to be held after the end of World War II. Later that year he drove in the 1946 Indianapolis 500 driving an Alfa Romeo and started 16th and retired after 52 laps with engine trouble, credited with the 19th finishing position. He was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1994

 

AUGUST 27

1910

Famous midget racer Johnny Ritter was born in Austria.

2007

Ebb Rose... Died ... USAC racer from the 1960's

 

AUGUST 28

1924

Jimmy Daywalt ... Born ... Jimmy drove AAA sprint cars and in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1950, 1953-1957, 1959, and 1961-1962 seasons with 20 starts. He finished in the top ten 3 times. His best finish was in the 1953 Indianapolis 500, where he finished 6th and was named Rookie of the Year.

1961

Art Malone drove the 'Mad Dog IV' to a world record speed of 181.561 mph at Daytona International Speedway. Bill France had posted an award of $10,000 to anyone who could post a speed in excess of 180 mph on a closed course speedway. Bob Osiecki of Charlotte, NC took up the challenge. Osiecki installed a super charger Dodge 413 cubic-inch engine in an Indy roadster. Then he designed and installed a vertical stabilizer and a pair of inverted air foils, or upside down wings, to the chassis to aerodynamically stabilize the vehicle at speed.

 

AUGUST 29

1988

A granddaughter, Angelina Rizzo was born.  Sadly, she left us three months later.

1993

Roger McCluskey... Died ... 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.

 

AUGUST 30

1937

Bruce McLaren ... Born ... He was a race-car designer, driver, engineer and inventor. His name lives on in Team McLaren which has been one of the most successful in Formula One championship history, with McLaren cars and drivers winning a total of 19 world championships. McLaren cars totally dominated CanAm sports car racing with 56 wins, a considerable number of them with him behind the wheel, between 1967 and 1972 (and five constructors’ championships), and have won three Indianapolis 500 races, as well as 24 Hours of Le Mans and 12 Hours of Sebring.

1959

Ed Elisian ... Died ... Ed was an American racing driver, mainly competing in the National Championship. He died in a crash at the Milwaukee Mile. n the 1955 Indianapolis 500, he stopped his car in a futile attempt to help Bill Vukovich when Vukovich's car crashed and burned during the race. He is the only driver in Indy 500 history to stop a non-damaged car to help another driver. He received a sportsmanship award for his efforts, as well as the wrath of the car owner. In the 1958 Indianapolis 500, Dick Rathmann and Elisian started the race on the front row, with Jimmy Reece on the outside of the front row. Elisian spun in turn 3 of the first lap, and collected Rathmann, sending them both into the wall, and starting a 15-car pileup. According to AJ Foyt, Pat O'Connor's car hit Reece's car, sailed fifty feet in the air, landed upside down, and burst into flames. Although medical officials said that O'Connor was probably killed instantly from a fractured skull, he was incinerated in the accident, in full view of fans and drivers. Widely blamed for the accident, Elisian was suspended by USAC for the accident (reinstated a few days later), and was shunned by the racing community. Rumors spread that Elisian tried to lead the first lap in order to pay gambling debts owed to a syndicate. In June, 1958, Elisian was involved in a multi-car sprint car crash at New Bremen Speedway in Saint Marys, Ohio, which claimed the life of Jim Davis. While absolved of blame in the incident, Elisian's unpopularity with drivers deepened. In August 1959, Elisian entered the USAC Indy car 200 mile race at the "Milwaukee Mile," known in those days as Wisconsin State Fair Park. Driving a metallic green Watson-style roadster owned by Ernie Ruiz, he crashed on lap 29 when he spun in oil from AJ Foyt's engine. The car hit the wall, rupturing the fuel cell, and rolled over. Some sixty gallons of fuel caught fire, and took over 9 minutes to extinguish. Allegedly, the other drivers failed to slow down in order to prevent fire fighters' effort to extinguish the flames, but the red flag was not displayed until the fire was well underway. Elisian burned to death in the flames.

1969

Johnny Coy won the ARDC Midget race at the Flemington Fair Speedway, Flemington,NJ. (Afternoon Fair Show)

Johnny Coy won the ARDC Midget race at the Wall Township Speedway, Belmar,NJ. (Night race)

Note:  I'm willing to bet he won both races, one on dirt, the other on asphalt, with the same car.

 

AUGUST 31

1918

Bill Homeier ... Born ... AAA and USAC driver. In the Championship Car series, racing in the 1953-1955 and 1958-1960 seasons with 14 starts, including the 1954 and 1960 Indianapolis 500 races. He finished in the top ten 5 times, with his best finish in 5th position, in 1959 at Sacramento. He holds a unique record from the 1954 Indianapolis 500; he finished in last place, but completed 74 laps, the most for a last place finisher.

1947

Bob Muhlke ,in front of 24,342 fans, won the 25 lap Chicago Auto Racing Association Midget race at the Soldier Field in Chicago, IL.

Note:  As you can see by the attendance, midget racing was real big back then.

 

1963

Billy Vukovich III... Born ... He was a three-time starter of the Indianapolis 500. The grandson of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bill Vukovich and the son of Bill Vukovich II, Vukovich III was the 1988 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year. Billy was killed in a sprint car race at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, California, in 1990. His grandfather was killed while leading the 1955 Indianapolis 500..

2006

Mike Magill... Died ... Three time United Racing Club champion 1950, 1951 and 1953. Ran AAA and USAC from 1955 to 1961

 

SEPTEMBER 1

1941

Rex Mays won the AAA sanctioned Syracuse 100 Race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, New York. Tony Bettenhausen was second followed by George Connor, Mauri Rose and Floyd Davis.

1957

Van Johnson and Ralph Ligouri won the 50 Mile USAC sanctioned Sprint Car races on the 1-mile dirt oval at the Langhorne Speedway, Langhorne, PA.

Note:  When is the last time there was a 50-mile Sprint Car race run?  Any idea?

 

 

 

News from the AARN:

 

From their August 16th edition:

 

In this issue, there was a somewhat thicker – paper wise, center page (two pages) that featured, in photos, the career of Brett Hearn.  Truly something that a Brett Hearn fan would surely want and enjoy.  The only drawback was that a nice full page write up, on the two wins at Fonda - # 799 & # 800, by Toby LaGrange was on the back of the right side of the center page – something that one might want to put next to the center page.  So, if you’re a Brett Hearn fan and have not seen this center page and might want one, I can only suggest you contact the AARN at:  http://www.aarn.com/

There are color photos of Brett in his # 20 Pinto, The VanIderstine # 20, The Freightliner # 6, The Budweiser # 3 and his current Wentworth # 20 – black car, along with a pretty good sized photo of Brett, himself.

 

Hey, are ya rich?  Can ya afford to spend $150.00 on a ride in a two seat Supermodified?  You can do it at Oswego.  It’s said that on one day they had 26 people do it.  If you want to go an other $100.00 in an upgrade, you can even take the green in the nights feature – at the tail end, of course.

 

Ernie Saxton had quite a lot in his column about his association with Dr. Joe and Dr. Rose Mattioli.  He also makes mention of Gary Mondschein having quite a collection of restored racecars, and how he has approached the ATQMRA about having a Vintage TQ division.  So far he has 15 cars.  (I know where there is at least one more)

 

Mr. Saxton was questioning how many short track drivers use the HANS or other type of neck/head restraint.  He (and I do, too) thinks that all drivers should have some kind of restraining device when racing.

 

Did you hear that Ted Christopher and his car owner, Ed Whelan, have parted?  Mr. Whelan says that he needs to take a break.  Christopher was worried about getting a decent ride for the Bristol Modified race (held on this Wednesday night – hope ya caught it on live TV).

Note # 1:  Christopher was offered the car by his car owner, for Bristol, but there wasn’t enough time to get it ready.

Note # 2:  I found this on the Internet:  A few SDW tidbits, Ted Christopher will attack Syracuse for the first time and will be driving the Bartemy Racing big block modified.” 

If I’m not mistaken, that’s the same car - a Bobby Hearn built TEO, that he drove on the road course in New Jersey and won with – it being a former Syracuse car.

 

When they have the indoor Atlantic City races, on February 3rd and 4th, the TQ’s must have a certain muffler – a steel 600/1000 cc muffler sold by Beyea Headers.  The cost:  $100.00.  Beyea can be reached at:  315-497-1215 or at:  www.beyeaheaders.com. 

 

The 600 Micro Sprints will have two 20-lap features, one on Friday and one on Saturday.  All 600’s must have a straight front axle.  Any 600 that enter the 600 races cannot enter the TQ races, though, but a 600 driver can run in both the 600 and TQ races.  (I guess that means he’d have to use a different 600?).  More info can be seen at:  www.aarn.com

 

Jerry Gappens is looking to possibly making some changes to the Saturday part of the Indycar weekend in 2012 at New Hampshire – IF the Indycar race is run.  From what I’ve been reading, it has to get renewed by the end of August.

 

Indycar has signed a six year contract with ABC, starting in 2013 and going through 2018.

 

Jerry Reigle says that JJ Grasso, the URC point leader, has lost his ride when car owner Pat Palladino put his car in the trailer after JJ & he had a discussion when JJ arrived at the track – Big Diamond, prior to warm-ups and practice.

As for Jerry and his health situation, he had this to say:  “A recent CT Scan produced a less than desirable outcome”.  This past week, he had cut back his “finals” to 25.

Maybe you know Jerry, maybe you don’t.  I’ve met him at the EMPA Conventions when I was a member and know that Jerry just loves racing.  So, if you don’t mind me asking – how about keeping Jerry Reigle in your prayers, ok?

 

Donny Schatz won $151,150.00 when he won the Knoxville Nationals.  Shane Stewart won $86,270,00 – Sammy Swindell won $54,400.00 – Tim Shaffer won $37,280.00 and Brian Brown won $27,100.00

 

John Snyder had a page and 2/3 and Toby LaGrange 1/3 page on the racing history of Brett Hearn.  His record speaks for itself, that’s for sure.  What is really something I show many extra distance (50 laps or more) races he’s won over the years.

 

Don and Jo Ann Davies, in their column, make mention that the winner of the Jim Langenback Memorial Pro Stock race at Lebanon Valley on September 10th, could win a possible $9,000.00 – so far.  $5,400.00 to win, plus lap money, plus a NYSSCA  dollar bonus.  To get that bonus, one must be a member of the NYSSCA.  Contact Lebanon Valley Speedway for details.

 

Ralph Capitani – I imagine you’ve heard of him – right?  Well, he’s retiring as Director of Racing at the Knoxville Raceway after 44 years.  John McCoy will be taking over.

 

Are you thinking of having a booth or something at the 2012 AARN’s Motor Sports show?  If so, you should contact the paper or call 609-888-3618 so you can get a space.  Not too many left.

The Nazareth Speedway will be the center of attraction when a Nazareth reunion is presented during the show.

 

Guy Smith hit track # 1,392 at the Arcadia Carnival Grounds dirt Off-road circuit at Arcadia, MD.  No, I have no idea how he does it!

 

 

 

 

More racin’ stuff:

 

Found this one over on the Frontstretch:

 

Boys, Have At It? NASCAR Sending Mixed Signals With Penalties

By Summer Dreyer · Wednesday August 24, 2011

 

In part:

 

"Consistency. The word is not typically associated with NASCAR higher-ups who do the decision making when it comes to penalties, yet they’ve managed to at least remain consistent in one area this year.

 

And it’s an area I wish they wouldn’t.

 

“Boys, have at it” has been a policy NASCAR has supposedly kept since the beginning of last season, allowing the drivers to police themselves and only reigning them in when absolutely necessary. For a while they did very well with that. Many feuds broke out over the course of the 2010 season and if NASCAR reacted, it was with a proverbial slap on the wrist. Otherwise, it was essentially a free reign and fans were treated to some fantastic rivalries and some of the best sound bites in years. Heck, fans even got some cool t-shirts out of it!

 

The most recent example of this comes in the form of one Jerry Baxter, crew chief for Patrick Carpentier in last weekend’s Nationwide Series race in Montreal. Carpentier, who was competing in his final race before retirement, was turned by Steve Wallace on lap 56, ruining his day. Post-race, an infuriated Baxter walked up to Wallace while he was still seated in his car on pit road, grabbed a handful of hair, and yanked. Whatever he was trying to accomplish didn’t work, as Wallace seemed unfazed by the action and even called Baxter out on it to reporters, saying, “I thought only girls pulled hair.”

 

Apparently the apology wasn’t enough for NASCAR as they announced on Tuesday he had been fined $5,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until December 31st. That was a rather light penalty in comparison to some previous incidents we’ve seen this year. For example, Richard Childress was fined $150,000 for an altercation with Kyle Busch that only a few people saw and Kevin Harvick and Busch were both fined $25,000 and placed on probation for their “fight” on pit road in Darlington.

 

Which brings me to my previous point regarding on-track vs. off-track altercations. Apparently NASCAR is all about maintaining a safe environment in the infield, which leaves drivers the option of “having at it” on the racetrack. Yes, NASCAR, let’s have them exact their revenge on the racetrack while they’re going 200+ mph, endangering their fellow drivers who are not involved in the feud. Makes PERFECT sense!

 

Let the drivers have at it off the racetrack, and they are endangering no one but themselves and providing the “have at it” mentality NASCAR is pushing so hard. Let them “have at it” on the track, and there is much more at stake.

 

After all, every driver occasionally needs a good whoopin’! Just ask Boris Said!"

 

More on this can be found here:  http://www.frontstretch.com/sdreyer/35160/

 

 

 

 

Racing and television:

Racing on TV - http://www.racefantv.com/USTV.htm

 

Here’s a heads up about this coming Saturday nights Cup race from Bristol.

 

Found this on Jayski’s website:

ABC alternative TV coverage of Bristol race - NFL games affects some markets:

 WKRN, Nashville's News 2, will NOT air the Bristol Sprint Cup race due to Tennessee Titans preseason game against the Chicago Bears. The NASCAR race at Bristol on August 27, 2011 will air on ESPN 2 from 6:30pm to 10:00 pm/et [assuming that is just local Nashville for ESPN2].(wkrn.com)


MORE:

Due to some ABC affiliates carrying telecasts of NFL pre-season football games or other programming on Saturday night, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol will air regionally on ESPN2 in eight markets: Nashville, Tenn.; Duluth and Rochester, Minn.; Phoenix; Casper, Wy.; Sioux Falls and Rapid City, S.D.; and Weslaco, Tex. In Houston, the race will air on the local ABC affiliate's digital tier station.(ESPN)(8-22-2011)

 

 

 

Some non-racing stuff:

Is Chevy Volt Running Out of Juice?

In part:

“Is the Chevrolet Volt running out of juice?  Even as the maker begins its long-promised production ramp-up, a new study suggests that potential buyers are rapidly losing interest in the plug-in hybrid vehicle.

Introduced last December, Volt is one of the first new vehicles to test the potential market for electric propulsion.  It has been going head-to-head with Nissan’s pure battery-electric LEAF.  Sales of the two vehicles have been marginal, at best, though the makers insist that has more to do with limited supply than buyer demand.

Through the end of July, Chevy has sold about 3,200 of the plug-in hybrids compared to 4,500 Nissan Leafs.  But both makers have begun ramping up production, General Motors forecasting sales of around 16,000 for the year as a whole – including a small number of Volt clone Opel Amperas targeted at markets abroad.

But a new study by CNW marketing raises a red flag, finding that the potential buyers GM is most counting on are rapidly losing interest in the Volt.  In March, 21% of so-called Early Adapters said they were “very likely” to consider buying a Volt, while 38.1% said they were “likely” to do the same.  That slipped to 14.6% saying “very likely” in July, and 31.1% “likely.”  Among EV Enthusiasts, reports the CNW study, the number of those likely or very likely to consider Volt fell from a combined 71% to 51% during the same four-month period.”

http://autos.yahoo.com/news/is-chevy-volt-running-out-of-juice-.html

 

This might be old news by now, but I thought I’d still put it in the column.

Social Security disability on verge of insolvency

In part:

“WASHINGTON (AP) — Laid-off workers and aging baby boomers are flooding Social Security's disability program with benefit claims, pushing the financially strapped system toward the brink of insolvency.

Applications are up nearly 50 percent over a decade ago as people with disabilities lose their jobs and can't find new ones in an economy that has shed nearly 7 million jobs.

The stampede for benefits is adding to a growing backlog of applicants — many wait two years or more before their cases are resolved — and worsening the financial problems of a program that's been running in the red for years.

New congressional estimates say the trust fund that supports Social Security disability will run out of money by 2017, leaving the program unable to pay full benefits, unless Congress acts. About two decades later, Social Security's much larger retirement fund is projected to run dry as well.”

http://news.yahoo.com/social-security-disability-verge-insolvency-090119318.html

Hmm, looks like with this huge backlog of applicants some hiring of more employees would seem rather practical.  Question:  Might it be possible to put some of those that are on Social Security Disability to work for the department? 

Also, why were we, who are on Social Security now, threatened by our President at the end of July about there being a possibility of us not getting our Social Security monies on time, due to the problems that our government was having – with the monies apparently in there at that time and until at least 2017?  I think with him coming out and saying that sure didn’t help him any as far as the voters go. 

 

And:

GOP may OK tax increase that Obama hopes to block

In part:

“WASHINGTON (AP) — News flash: Congressional Republicans want to raise your taxes. Impossible, right? GOP lawmakers are so virulently anti-tax, surely they will fight to prevent a payroll tax increase on virtually every wage-earner starting Jan. 1, right?

Apparently not.

Many of the same Republicans who fought hammer-and-tong to keep the George W. Bush-era income tax cuts from expiring on schedule are now saying a different "temporary" tax cut should end as planned. By their own definition, that amounts to a tax increase.

There are other differences as well, and Republicans say their stand is consistent with their goal of long-term tax policies that will spur employment and lend greater certainty to the economy.

At issue is a tax that the vast majority of workers pay, but many don't recognize because they don't read, or don't understand their pay stubs. Workers normally pay 6.2 percent of their wages toward a tax designated for Social Security. Their employer pays an equal amount, for a total of 12.4 percent per worker.

As part of a bipartisan spending deal last December, Congress approved Obama's request to reduce the workers' share to 4.2 percent for one year; employers' rate did not change. Obama wants Congress to extend the reduction for an additional year. If not, the rate will return to 6.2 percent on Jan. 1.”

http://news.yahoo.com/gop-may-ok-tax-increase-obama-hopes-block-124016578.html

 

New Homeland Security rules allow illegal immigrants with no criminal record to stay in U.S., apply for work permit

 

In part:

Many illegal immigrants who were facing deportation despite having no criminal record will be allowed to stay in the country and apply for a work permit under new rules from the Homeland Security Department. Republicans are balking at the change.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Thursday that the department will focus on deporting illegal immigrants who are criminals or pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Napolitano announced the plan in a letter to a group of senators who support revamping the immigration system. Under the change, approximately 300,000 deportation cases pending in immigration court will be reviewed case by case.”

More can be found if you go here:  http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2011/08/new_homeland_security_rules_al.html

 

USA becomes Food Stamp Nation but is it sustainable?

 

In part:

Genna Saucedo supervises cashiers at a Wal-Mart in Pico Rivera, California, but her wages aren't enough to feed herself and her 12-year-old son.

Saucedo, who earns $9.70 an hour for about 26 hours a week and lives with her mother, is one of the many Americans who survive because of government handouts in what has rapidly become a food stamp nation.

Altogether, there are now almost 46 million people in the United States on food stamps, roughly 15 percent of the population. That's an increase of 74 percent since 2007, just before the financial crisis and a deep recession led to mass job losses.

At the same time, the cost doubled to reach $68 billion in 2010 -- more than a third of the amount the U.S. government received in corporate income tax last year -- which means the program has started to attract the attention of some Republican lawmakers looking for ways to cut the nation's budget deficit.”

More on this can be seen here:  http://news.yahoo.com/usa-becomes-food-stamp-nation-sustainable-160645036.html

 

 

 

Is this true?:

 

Dunno, but looking at the very end, where it references “Snopes”, and foxnews.com, maybe it is true?

 

 

Times are changing....

TYSON FOODS ELIMINATES LABOR DAY IN FAVOR OF MUSLIM Holiday .

CONSIDER WHAT MAY HAPPEN IF YOU DO NOT BUY ANY FOOD PRODUCTS FROM TYSON....

We all need to heed this message!!!!!

TYSON FOODS ELIMINATES LABOR DAY IN FAVOR OF MUSLIM HOLIDAY

Tyson Food in Shelbyville, Tennessee has eliminated Labor Day as a paid holiday in favor of the last day of Ramadan because they have 700 Muslim employees. The fact that they have almost that many non-muslim employees is beside the point apparently!

I will NO longer purchase any Tyson products.

It's just one more little chunk of America that's been bitten off.

If you wish to join me, then let your e-mail friends know this.

If we don't stand up for something we will fall for anything. All it takes for "evil to triumph" is for GOOD men/women to do nothing.

Let's see how many paid holidays you can afford if 300 million Americans don't eat your chicken!!!

 

This was verified:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/outrage.asp

I did not believe even Snopes, so I checked it out myself:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,397645,00.html

 

 

 

 

Video time:

 

Video # 1:

 

The art of turning right to go left:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-_7lhhfySo

 

Video # 2:

 

If you recall, in last week’s column (On the New England Tractor’s website) there were a couple of still photos of Matt Hitchcock’s accident at the Accord Speedway.  Here’s a video of it:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtPbyTy7hXI&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 

 

Closing with this:

 

An old nun who was living in a convent next to a construction site noticed the coarse language of the workers and decided to spend some time with

them to correct their ways.

 

She decided she would take her lunch; sit with the workers; and talk with them.

 

She put her sandwich in a brown bag and walked over to the spot where the men were eating.

 

Sporting a big smile, she walked up to the group and asked: "And do you men know Jesus Christ?"

 

They shook their heads and looked at each other.. very confused.

 

One of the workers looked up into the steelworks and yelled out,

"Anybody up there know Jesus Christ?"

 

One of the steelworkers yelled down, "Why?"

 

The worker yelled back,

 

"'Cause his wife's here with his lunch."

 

 

 

 

 

 

May “Guardian Angels” sit on the shoulders of all of our race drivers and race fans, and guide them safely around the tracks!

 

Drive safe! 

 

As usual, you can reach me at:  ygordad@yahoo.com