Racin' & Internet Stuff:
I’d like to take this time to wish all of my readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
If you recall, last week, towards the end of my column I had this, about some problems at home:
“A few more problems on the home front. It seems that for the second time in a couple of weeks, the little lady isn’t quite feeling up to snuff. I’m, in a way, cutting this weeks column a little short because we’re hoping to get her to see a doctor on Wednesday morning to see what is what.
Note: The doctor thinks it is just some kind of intestinal virus. He’ll know more when he gets more results back from the blood work. We have an appointment for noon this coming Friday so she can get a CAT scan on her neck, above the thyroid gland.”
The results of the blood work were great. That viral “bug” seems to finally be going away. The CAT scan shows the problem to be a cyst, and no cancer. An appointment for January 4th to another doctor on that deal and what will be done is scheduled.
As for me – the results of my going to see the Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon yesterday, Wednesday, are: He sees no problem with the up-coming procedure of having the stent put into my aorta, inside the aneurysm. It actually is in two parts so it can go from the aorta then branch into the arteries that lead to the lower extremities. Date for it is February 9, 2012, and it’s about a two-hour procedure. I should be able to return home the next day.
I’ll have a CAT Scan done this coming Tuesday so a more up to date measurement of the aneurysm can be made.
Johnny Heydenreich news:
Anyone who would like to send John Heydenreich a get-well
card or note is encouraged to do so and may address it to him at 137
Proprietors Crossing, New Canaan, Conn. 06840. He is staying with his
girlfriend there while he recuperates. For those who don't know, John was
injured in an auto accident in the early-mornin...g hours of Monday, Dec. 5
Sheriff Joe Arpaio:
I know you’ve heard of him, right? Well, it seems that our government isn’t all that happy with what the Sheriff is doing, and they are really into busting his b*lls. Guess what? I’m with Representative Steve King on this one!
Rep. Steve King Defends Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio
"Prominent Congressman Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is
defending Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio against Justice Department charges of
committing “civil rights violations” against Latinos in
Thomas Perez, head of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division – and a former board member of Hispanic hate group CASA de Maryland, unexpectedly released the report on December 15. Some observers, including Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, believe the sudden release of results of the 3+ year investigation was timed to distract from the one-year anniversary of the murder of Border Agent Brian Terry, for which Eric Holder’s DOJ was directly culpable, through their disastrous ‘Operation Fast and Furious’. 57 Congressional Representatives and one senator have called for Holder’s resignation over the bloody debacle.
King rejected allegations that Arpaio has been engaged in
and carrying out strong-handed patrols along the
King characterized the Justice Department allegations as “a political agenda that’s working against a man who stands up for the law.”
King said that the allegations from department’s civil rights division were the latest attempt to destroy Arpaio by the “open borders crowd” who oppose any and all attempts to secure the border and enforce immigration laws. King singled out La Raza and MALDEF as being among those behind this war on the Sheriff.
“I defend Joe Arpaio,” King said. “I think he needs to continue with the tent city. And I think the Department of Justice should not be using themselves as a tool, a political tool, to push back against people that are working to enforce the law.”
Thank you Rep. King, for standing with Sheriff Joe and the rule of law!”
Then, there’s this, also in favor of the Sheriff:
ICE agency report puts serious dent in Eric Holder’s DOJ case against sheriff Joe Arpaio
"On Thursday Eric Holder and the Department of
Justice filed suit against
Eric Holder and the Obama Administration are applying the
full weight of the federal government’s resources into trying to stop the new
Arizona immigration law, but that’s only one of the multi-front attacks they’ve
setup to make sure states are stripped of their ability to enforce U.S.
immigration laws. Now the DOJ is suing the most active and largest sheriff’s
Back in March of 2009 the DOJ informed sheriff Arpaio that a probe was underway to investigate what the DOJ claimed were “alleged patterns or practices of discriminatory police practices and unconstitutional searches and seizures.” This is where things get sticky for Eric Holder and the Obama Administration.
Six months prior to this investigation the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) had already conducted its own investigation of sheriff Arpaio’s office and not only gave it a clean bill of health, they actually gave a raving review. The report said things like “The OI and DRO supervisors consider the conduct and performance of the MCSO … officers to be professional and meeting the requirement of the MOA.” And that they considered the working relationship between the feds and the sheriff’s office to be “excellent” and that cases brought by the sheriff’s office to be “high quality.”
The DOJ then got caught with its pants down when more government documents were uncovered under the Freedom of Information Act that suggests politics may be at the root of the investigation. Sheriff Arpaio’s lawyers found a March 11, 09 e-mail, that was sent just after the Justice Department investigation was announced, from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency employee to John P. Torres who was at the time the acting assistant secretary of ICE. The email said: “Did you see this?” attaching a news report on the investigation. “Yes,” Torres responded a few minutes later. “Interesting politics at play.”
Thursday’s DOJ lawsuit against sheriff Arpaio is for Arpaio’s allegedly failing to cooperate fully in the probe, despite the fact there has already been an ongoing probe for over a year and a half now and not a single charge has been levied against Arapio or his office by the DOJ for violating anyone’s civil rights.
With the new evidence found in the case by Arpaio’s lawyers including the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s raving reviews, emails hinting at this being a politically motivated case and the fact a year and a half investigation has not found one civil rights violation, Eric Holder and the Obama Administration appear to be legally and politically in trouble again."
There’s been an investigation into the accident that took the life of Dan Wheldon – the one at the Las Vegas Speedway.
Well, maybe. As far as I knew, it was supposed to be finalized by now.
Here it is, as of 12/19/2011:
1) March 25:
2) April 1:
3) April 15:
4) April 29:
5) May 27: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (oval)
6) June 3:
7) June 9: Texas Motor Speedway (oval)
8) June 23: Iowa Speedway (oval)
9) July 8:
10) July 22:
11) Aug. 5: Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course (permanent road course)
12) Aug. 19:
13) Aug. 26: Infineon Raceway (permanent road course)
14) Sept. 2: Baltimore (street circuit)
15) Sept. 15: Auto Club Speedway (oval)
Note: From what
I've been reading, there has to be at least 16 races for the IZOD sponsorship
to continue. As you can see, there are
only 15 shown. Of those 15, I (and a lot
of others) can't see
Keeping with the Indycar stuff – here’s a PR I received from Anne Fornoro concerning the A.J. Foyt race team:
AJ Foyt Racing Hires Mike Conway To Drive No. 14 ABC Supply Indy Car
Conway, who won the Long Beach Grand Prix in his 26th IndyCar start, brings strength on the road courses to the team. In 2011, he qualified in the top-10 six times on the road and street circuits, which is also where his four top-10 finishes came.
“With the Series having twice as many road courses as ovals, we looked for a driver who is fast on those tracks and Mike has certainly proved himself in that area,” said A.J. Foyt. “I’m looking forward to working with him,” adding with a chuckle, “I may even be able to give him a little advice when it comes to the ovals.”
“First of all I’d like to thank 2MB Sports Management and AJ Foyt Racing for making this deal come together. I can't wait to start work with the AJ Foyt Racing team and to drive the No. 14 ABC Supply Car. It's going to be an exciting season with the new cars and multiple engine manufacturers. Hopefully we can hit the ground running with off season developments and be quick out the box. I’m counting the days until the first test and the start of the season,” commented Mike Conway.
In 2010, he was in position to post his fourth top-10
finish in six starts but on the final lap of the
Signing with Andretti Autosport in 2011,
The British Racing Drivers Club recently awarded the
Innes Ireland Award to
En route to
In 2007 and 2008,
"We all have big expectations for the upcoming season, and Mike shares our passion for getting the team back in victory lane,” Larry Foyt said. “There is no doubt he has a ton of talent and, when combined with A.J.'s experience, I think we can accomplish great things together."
Foyt’s ABC Supply team will take delivery of its 2012 Dallara this week and expects to start testing in early February.
OK, I’m an old phart, and I can recall when we had the Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl and a few others, but man, I kinda think they’ve gone overboard with bowl games.
Teams in bowl games coming up, as of 12/20/2011 with records of 6-6:
Marshall, Arizona State, Purdue, Iowa State, Mississippi State, Wake Forest, Texas A&M, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Illinois, Florida, Ohio State and Pittsburgh.
Teams in bowl games with records of 7-5:
Nevada, North Carolina, Missouri, Western Michigan, North Carolina State, Louisville, Air Force, Texas, California, Washington, Iowa, Utah, Auburn and SMU.
And, believe it or not, UCLA, with a record of 6 wins and 7 losses is in a bowl game, too!
Question: Really, is that the best they can do as far as getting teams with winning records into bowl games?
Paving Underway Ushering In A New Era At Borgers Speedway
Construction is well underway at Borgers
Speedway and crews from Northeast Site Contractors are at this moment touching up the
stone work and paving will start Monday morning. The track looks awesome and when finished
will take on the appearance of a mini NASCAR track. There will be a
eight foot inside apron with a white line and grooved area eliminating the need
for tires in the turns. The entire first
turn exit lane will be paved and there will be
Anyone planning on stopping by please stay out of the pit area. There may be construction vehicles working and there are open trenches where the drains were laid and construction work has started on the garage. Everythng can be seen if you drive up the road to your left to the spectator area. By all means please do not enter the track or infield area.
Divisions and rules are being discussed and will be posted as soon are they are finalized. The Wingless 600 Sprints will be run with the dirt car rules. I have been flooded with requests from the Indoor 600 Sprints and there will be a seperate division for the Indoor 600 Sprints. Slingshots will also be headlined along with the Sprints. TQ Midgets are also in the plans.
The track has not been enlarged and the banking has not increased. There have been concerns by some people of excessive speed and if this is an issue it will be addressed. The speeds will increase but people in the know that I have talked to feel the increase will not be that dramatic. If it is an issue we can impliment a gear rule if necessary. Private testing will be done prior to the two weeks of practice in April and any determinations will be made prior to the first race. We absolutely will not let speeds get out of control as to pose a danger to the racers.
The early show will consist of Karts and Micro-Stocks and the feedback from these racers has been overwhelming. Keep in mind it is crucial to finish the early show by 3:30 p.m. The tow vehicles and trailers will have to clear the pit area but anyone wishing to stay will not have to pay for an additional pit pass or grandstand pass.
Glenn Borger is determined to make Borgers Speedway a state of the art facility and the "Greatest 1/7 Mile Asphalt Speedway In The United States. Plan on being a part of a "New Era" of racing in the northeast in April of 2012.
There’s a thread on the Dirt Track Digests about how those that subscribe to area racing papers are getting late deliveries. Here’s what one poster had to say:
“the reason the post office is going under is
congress.the usps is mandated to pre fund retirees health benefits 75 years
into the future over a 10 year period. thats a cost of
5.5 BILLION DOLLARS per year the post office has to give to the government. this law was passed in 2006 when social security was tapped
out and about to go under, so president bush decided to tap the postal service.
IF the usps did not have to prefund that money they
would have shown an average profit over the last 5 years of 2.5 BILLION
DOLLARS. As far as your aarn being late 99% of the time the blame can be put on
the usps, jobs have been cut so that now people are doing the work that 3
people were doing and if certain work doesn't get done it gets pushed back to
the next day or whenever they get to it. I SEE the delayed mail daily,advertisements for sale that ended last week are getting
delivered the following week as far as the aarn your best bet is to call your
local postmaster and ask for a publication watch to be put on the paper it the
has to be logged when the paper is received in their office and when it's
here is ralph naders take on how the usps is being abused by its own government
Some thoughts on health:
Is a Low-Salt Diet Healthy Or Harmful?
Are Antibiotics Making Us Fat?
Dangers of Energy Drinks
Surprising Facts About Smiling
Do You Really Need a Yearly Checkup?
What Does Your Tongue Say About Your Health?
Not such good news, I'd say!
House Republicans wage pushback on payroll tax cut as political power grab continues
in Congress wants to extend the current payroll tax cut, which affects 160
million Americans. But the issue over how long to extend the
cut--and how to fund it--has set the stage for a last major political battle in
Republicans are now arguing that Senate-passed legislation to extend the cut for two months beyond its scheduled expiration on Dec. 31 is insufficient, and simply "kicks the can down the road," in the words of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). And to express their disapproval formally, House Republicans elected to bypass a vote Tuesday on the Senate's plan, calling instead for the House and Senate to form conference committees to reconcile the chambers' dueling versions.
But is this fight worth it for the Republican party?
"I'm honestly speechless about the whole thing," Republican consultant Matt Mackowiack wrote in an email to Yahoo News Tuesday.
"I think that many people agree with [political observers] the politics are extremely dangerous," Ron Bonjean, Republican strategist and former House advisor, told Yahoo News.
Republicans in the House are taking a major risk by blocking legislation that has already received bipartisan approval in the Senate--something Democrats have been noting at length as the standoff continues.
"Republicans in the Senate voted for this--39 of them did," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on the House floor Tuesday, referencing Saturday's 89-10 vote in favor of the Senate legislation. "Ninety percent of the Senate voted for this in a bipartisan way... they're afraid it will pass," she said of Republican House leaders. The notion that "Republicans are afraid the bill will pass," became a widespread talking point among Washington Democrats this week.
"Stop playing politics with peoples' lives," Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said Tuesday.
President Obama made a surprise appearance Tuesday to hammer that message home during White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's press briefing.
"We have more important things to worry about than politics right now," "saving face," or "figuring out internal caucus politics," the president said. "People are counting on us to make their lives just a little bit easier... We owe it to them to come together right now and do the right thing."
Republicans, meanwhile, are arguing that Democrats and the White House are doing the bare minimum by settling for a two-month extension.
"We believe all Americans deserve certainty," Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said on the House floor Tuesday. "...The president himself said it would be 'inexcusable' not to extend the payroll tax cut for a year."
the Senate in recess, Republican House members are able to contrast their work
"You have said many times that Congress must do its work before taking vacation," Boehner wrote in a letter Tuesday to the president asking him to call on the Senate to produce a year-long deal.
Republicans are also making the case that the two-month extension is potentially dangerous.
Republican members are using an ABC News story published Monday to bolster that argument. "Officials from the policy-neutral National Payroll Reporting Consortium, Inc. have expressed concern to members of Congress that the two-month payroll tax holiday passed by the Senate and supported by President Obama cannot be implemented properly," ABC News White house correspondent Jake Tapper wrote.
So how does this end?
If both chambers of Congress convene a conference and hammer out a compromise, then Republicans can claim a big victory--and proceed to make the argument on the campaign trail that the GOP pressed for long-term results in the quest to secure greater economic certainty for Americans.
But Democrats in the Senate on Tuesday signaled they would not bend to the House Republicans' demands and have no plans to take part in a cross-chamber conference on the bill.
And if a conference does not come to pass, several scenarios might emerge. Republicans could wait on the conference, let the tax cuts expire and blame Democrats for deciding not to hold a conference and remain on vacation. Or GOP lawmakers could wait on the conference, let the tax cuts expire and field flak from Democrats for creating gridlock. Alternatively, Republicans could elect not to let the cuts expire and vote on the Senate-passed version in the 11th hour--an outcome that Bonjean called a "remote" and "very unlikely."
Meanwhile, Democrats' resistance to the conference plan demonstrates that they believe they have the upper hand and this will work out in their party's (as well as the president's) favor.
"Boehner needs to get his House and Tea Party in order or the Republicans will feel the wrath of the middle class at the ballot box," Democratic strategist Jill Alper cautioned in an email to Yahoo News. "This debate will no doubt buoy the President's standing and the Democratic party."
The White House estimates that if the cut expires Dec. 31, middle-class American families will pay an average of $1,000 more in taxes in 2012.
The above was found here, on Tuesday, December 20, 2011:
Did you realize that yesterday, Wednesday, December 21, 2011 was the first day of winter and also the shortest day of the year? Well, let me say that it has always been so – December 21st. My large desk calendar says the 21st is the first day of winter, but tonight on the news on TV, they were saying that tomorrow – Thursday is the first day of winter. Hmmm???
On Wednesday, both the wife and I got our 2012 increases in our Social Security monies information. We’ll end up with $88.00 more a month over what we received this past year or two. I, like most of those on Social Security was hoping for a little more, but hey – at least it’s a little more.
The AARN's annual Motor Sports show - January 20th, 21st & 22nd, 2012.
For GPS use this address:
Atlantic City Indoor Race 2012
February 3rd & 4th, 2012
Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall 2301 Boardwalk
Are you aware that the
It’s website: www.needforspeedexpo.com
Orange County Fair Speedway Banquet from their website:
2011 OCFS Awards Banquet - January 7th, 2012
Posted: November 21st, 2011
Saturday, January 7th @ 5:30pm
@ Kuhls Highland House
For ticket info contact Bob Perran at 352-503-3847
Accord Speedway Banquet info from their website:
Found on Jayski’s website:
Zippy back with Stewart? UPDATE 3 as Competition Director: hearing that Greg Zipadelli, currently the crew chief for #20-Joe Logano, could be headed to Stewart-Haas Racing in the future. Greg Zipadelli would take over as the crew chief for #14-Tony Stewart, who he won two Sprint Cup titles with [2002, 2005]. Current #14 crew chief, Darian Grubb, would move into Bobby Hutchens old position of director of competition [NOTE: Grubb didn't and left the team and is now at JGR as #11-Hamlin;s crew chief]. Hutchens and Stewart-Haas recently parted ways. Hutchins was Stewart-Haas Racing's Director of Competition and Stewart said they are looking for a replacement. Matt Borland was promoted to vice president of competition and is serving as Stewart-Haas Racing's interim director of competition. Stewart said recently that "once that position is filled, the director of competition will report to Matt."(6-21-2011)
See past denials and news on my #20 Team News page.
UPDATE 3 –
Zipadelli Named Competition Director for Stewart-Haas
Racing: Greg Zipadelli, winner of two championships and 34 victories as a crew
chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been named competition director at
Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). He will work with Vice President of Competition Matt
Borland and oversee the #14 and #39 teams, while also building the #10 team for
which Danica Patrick will run a 10-race Sprint Cup schedule with in 2012.
Zipadelli comes to SHR from Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) where he served as crew
chief for the #20 team since 1999. It's where the 44-year-old from
The addition of Zipadelli to the SHR family is a reunion on two fronts Stewart, of course, but also with Steve Addington, who spent 2004-2008 at JGR and is now Stewart's crew chief at SHR with the #14 team. (Tony Gibson serves as crew chief for the #39 team and driver Ryan Newman.)
"Joe Gibbs always says that you win with people, and Tony Stewart is a winner," Zipadelli said. "We won a lot together at Joe Gibbs Racing, and it was a sad day when he left. But Tony had an unbelievable opportunity with Stewart-Haas Racing, and he's obviously made the most of it. To become a part of what he's already built, but to do it in a new role with a new set of responsibilities, was a challenge I wanted. I really appreciate Joe and J.D. Gibbs for all that that they've given me over the years and for allowing me to seize this opportunity."(Stewart-Haas Racing)(12-16-2011)
announcement that Greg Zipadelli will be the new competition director at
Stewart-Haas Racing was not a surprise, but the veteran
did drop one major bombshell: Zipadelli also will be Danica Patrick’s crew chief
in the Daytona 500.
Patrick will run a 10-race NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule in 2012, starting at Daytona in February. Ultimately, a permanent crew chief for Patrick will be hired, but initially Zipadelli will pull double duty until the right crew chief is found. That could be in the middle of 2012 and could be after the 2012 season is over, Zipadelli said Friday morning.
SHR’s decision to have Zipadelli on the pit box was a very recent one, he said.
“I have not talked to her. It’s been talked about,” Zipadelli said of the move to have him work with Patrick. “But a lot of this stuff just happened in the last 48 hours.”
As for Patrick’s prospects, Zipadelli was bullish.
“She’s got more determination than most people, she has confidence in her own ability,” he said. “... The big thing is the want and the desire and there’s no question she has that.”
As for being a fill-in crew chief, Zipadelli added, “It helps with the withdrawal of being off the (pit) box.”
New Crew Chief for Logano: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced that Jason Ratcliff has been named crew chief for its #20 Sprint Cup Series team, replacing Greg Zipadelli who is leaving the organization to pursue an opportunity with Stewart-Haas Racing [Competition Director]. "We appreciate everything Greg has done for us here at Joe Gibbs Racing. He has been a big part of our success, but we felt the timing was right to make this transition for our race team which allows Greg the opportunity to pursue a director of competition position with Tony (Stewart)," said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. "We also felt that the timing was right to bring Jason (Ratcliff) to our Cup operation. He is a proven leader with a tremendous track record in our Nationwide program and we think he and Joey will work well together."
Ratcliff spent the previous seven years as crew chief for JGR's #18 Nationwide Series team. No team has been better over the past three seasons as the team won two consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series Owner's Championships in 2009 and 2010. They narrowly missed out on a third consecutive title this past season finishing just a few points off the pace in second. Over the past three seasons JGR's #18 Nationwide Series team has won an incredible 30 races, with 68 top-five, and 85 top-ten finishes. In addition, they have led an astonishing 6,124 laps over that time.(Joe Gibbs Racing)(12-16-2011)
Best Buy to sponsor Kenseth?:
Roush Fenway Racing and #17-Matt Kenseth appear to be well on their way to securing the Best Buy sponsorship for 2012, according to sources familiar with the situation. The Roush organization has pledged to run Kenseth, the 2003 Cup champion, without sponsorship but has been working hard to find funding for the driver coming off a three-win season where he placed fourth in the Cup standings. Kenseth's primary sponsor Crown Royal opted not to sponsor a race team in 2012. Best Buy's sponsorship of #43-AJ Allmendinger at Richard Petty Motorsports was for 24 races in 2011. RPM has not announced any sponsorship for the #43 car for next season. An RPM spokesman said the team would have no comment on its sponsorship search.(SceneDaily)(12-15-2011)
Best Buy Co., Inc. announced a new sponsorship deal for the 2012 Sprint Cup Series Season. Best Buy will serve as primary sponsor of Carl Edwards' #99 Ford for two races and the Matt Kenseth #17 Ford for nine races. In addition, Best Buy will serve as associate sponsor for each. "Best Buy is thrilled to announce this new NASCAR sponsorship deal with Roush Fenway Racing," said Drew Panayiotou, senior vice president of marketing for Best Buy. "Roush Fenway Racing is a great fit for Best Buy Racing. NASCAR continues to be a relevant way for us to connect with our customers. Our goal is to reach our target audiences in a meaningful way, while maximizing the value of our marketing and sponsorship investments." Best Buy has been a NASCAR sponsor for the past 7 years.(Best Buy)(12-20-2011)
Richard Petty Motorsports statement: "We have had a successful and rewarding relationship with Best Buy for the past few years and appreciate all they have done for us," stated Richard Petty, co-owner of Richard Petty Motorsports. "Although it is very disappointing that Best Buy is changing directions at this late date, we wish all of our friends there the best in their future endeavors. Our plan has always been to run a two-car team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2012 and we are continuing down that path," said Petty. "We have several partners that remain committed to the #43 team. We will move forward and explore all of our options in regard to the #43 program in the coming weeks."(RPM)(12-20-2011)
TAG Heuer Eyewear sticks with Kurt Busch:
TAG Heuer Eyewear announced Thursday that it has re-signed 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch to a multi-year contract extension in his role as an ambassador for the company and its eyewear products. Busch, who joined the TAG Heuer family at the beginning of 2010, works effectively to bring exposure to the brand and its products as well as aid in retailer development. Busch exclusively wears TAG Heuer sunglasses and is featured in Eyewear print, billboard, in-store and Internet advertisements. He will continue to display the TAG Heuer Eyewear logo on the racing helmet that he wears in NASCAR competition (as well as in other forms of motorsports). In 2011, TAG Heuer created a Kurt Busch collector edition sunglass that was made available at
NASCAR looking at banning driver-to-driver communications:
NASCAR is expected
to revise its policy on in-car radio communications, including a possible ban
on drivers communicating with other drivers over their in-car radios for at
least restrictor-plate events in 2012. The sanctioning body is reviewing its
current policy, which does allow driver-to-driver radio contact, a series spokesman
said, and expects to have a revised policy in place in 2012. The practice was
used heavily during the restrictor-plate races as drivers worked in two-car
tandems. The drivers would use one spotter and be able to communicate with each
other. NASCAR is expected to make other rule changes in hopes of getting rid of
the two-car drafts at Daytona and
Lender begins foreclosure proceedings on Mayfield's property:
driver Jeremy Mayfield's financial troubles got worse this week as his mortgage
lender has begun foreclosure proceedings on his approximately 400-acre property
restrictor plate racing at Preseason-Testing: Preseason Thunder Testing for the
Sprint Cup Series is Jan. 12-13-14 at Daytona International Speedway for final
preparations for 2012 Speedweeks, in particular, the running of the 54th annual
Daytona 500 Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. Rules package is a result of
information gathered during recent tests at
Smaller radiator - Maximum of 2 gallon capacity
Smaller overflow tank - Maximum capacity of ½ gallon
Radiator inlet is moved up closer into the front center bumper area
Rate reduction in the springs softer springs
Smaller rear spoiler
Base line restrictor plate of 29/32 inch (1/64 inch larger than plate size for the 2011 Daytona 500)(NASCAR)
AND NASCAR has issued a new technical bulletin to its Sprint Cup teams, detailing major changes to cooling systems for 2012 Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway in an effort to better regulate tandem drafting. According to Chris Paulsen, president and owner of C&R Racing Inc. -- which manufactures nearly all of the radiators used in NASCAR's premier series -- the sanctioning body will be significantly reducing the size of the radiators and changing the location of the grille openings before the cars return for Daytona testing in January. "[Sprint Cup Series director] John Darby is implementing a two-gallon maximum radiator size," Paulsen said. "So in other words, the big, huge five-gallon radiators everybody's running will be down to two. And that accumulator can was a one-gallon max volume. It's going down to a half-gallon-sized can." The idea is to make the cooling systems less efficient, Paulsen said, forcing the cars to run in open air to keep water temperatures down. "We'll probably see some result from that, but it's not going to be huge, mainly because they've got these things figured out now," Paulsen said. "But it's still going to have an effect. The bigger effect is going to be moving the grille opening up to the bumper fascia area. Because now when they're tucked up behind another car, they're really going to kill all the air. So I think they're on the right track with that. They'll get the result that way."(NASCAR.com)(12-16-2011)
NASCAR looking to regain digital rights:
NASCAR is close to
reaching an agreement to buy its digital rights back from Turner Sports, a move
that could see the sanctioning body manage its own digital business as soon as
2013. Specific terms of the pending agreement were not available, and sources
said the deal is not expected to be official until next year. It's not clear
how much NASCAR will pay to reclaim its rights, but sources said it would be in
the mid-eight figures. The move puts NASCAR in a stronger position to sell its
media rights, which are expected to go on the market next year. NASCAR's
current eight-year, $4.48 billion media deal with Fox, ESPN and Turner ends in
2014. The company is preparing to put those rights up for sale, and its
executives know that any network that bids on TV rights will also want digital
rights to stream races online. Though NASCAR is moving now to reclaim its
rights, Turner will continue to run NASCAR.com for at least a year. That will
give NASCAR time to build up an infrastructure that can support and manage its
digital assets independently. The group will hire staff to oversee the site and
likely base the group in
Max Jones joining Earnhardt Ganassi:
Max Jones is joining Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. Jones most recently was president and general manager at Richard Petty Motorsports but left RPM in the fall of 2010. He is expected to serve as team manager at EGR, a role previously held by Tony Glover from 2000 until he was released at the end of the 2011 season. Jones was a longtime general manager at what is now Roush Fenway Racing and before then had a successful road-racing career. He was also a former co-owner of Yates Racing.(Fox Sports)(12-20-2011)
Allmendinger to Penske? Ragan to the #43? UPDATES:
Rumors floating around that A.J. Allmendinger could be headed to the #22 Penske Dodge and David Ragan to the #43 RPM Ford. If true Allmendinger moves over from the #43 RPM ride and Ragan moves from the sponsorless possibly closed up #6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford.(12-21-2011)
AJ Allmendinger will be named the driver of the #22 Sprint Cup car at Penske Racing on Wednesday, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com. Allmendinger finished 15th in points this past season driving the #43 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports. He became available after RPM lost primary sponsor Best Buy to Roush Fenway Racing. Allmendinger will replace 2004 Cup champion Kurt Busch, who reached a "mutual'' agreement to leave Penske Racing after a 2011 season in which he had several profanity-laced run-ins with the media and his team. He was picked over David Ragan, who interviewed with the Dodge team and sponsor Shell Pennzoil shortly after Busch was released. Ragan could be a candidate for the 43. He also could drive for Phoenix Racing, with which he had a tentative agreement before pursuing the 22.(ESPN)(12-21-2011)
Penske Racing has named AJ Allmendinger as the driver of
the team's #22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger for the
2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Allmendinger, who has competed in the Cup Series
since 2007, is coming off a strong season that saw him finish 15th in the
series standings while battling for a position in the Chase for the
Championship. The 30-year-old native of
"AJ is a very talented and motivated driver and we
believe he will be a terrific fit with our team," said Roger Penske.
"He has shown great promise and consistent results on the track over the
last few seasons and working with Todd and the Shell-Pennzoil Dodge team will
allow him to take the next step and compete for race wins and a spot in the
Chase in 2012."
"Shell and Pennzoil are extremely pleased by Penske Racing's selection of AJ Allmendinger to drive the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge," said Lisa Davis, President of Shell Oil Products U.S. "AJ has consistently demonstrated great potential and continuous improvement as a driver, and with Penske's track record, our employees and customers can look forward to seeing him contending for wins and ultimately a championship in the NASCAR Cup Series. We know he will represent our brands well on and off the track and we look forward to a successful 2012 with AJ behind the wheel."(Penske Racing)(12-21-2011)
Statement from Richard Petty Motorsports: "Richard Petty Motorsports has released AJ Allmendinger to pursue other opportunities within the sport," stated team Chief Executive Officer Brian Moffitt. "AJ is a talented driver whom we all enjoyed working with and we wish him the best." Our plan remains to run a two-car team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2012 and we are continuing down that path," said Moffitt. "We believe there are several very talented drivers who are still available and would embrace the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the legendary No. 43 Ford Fusion. We continue to move forward and are optimistic about the future of this race team."(RPM)(12-21-2011)
Computer theft compromises NASCAR driver & crew info:
NASCAR has informed more than 1,000 drivers and crew members that a laptop computer containing social security numbers, driver's license numbers and other personal information was stolen last month from an employee of Aegis Laboratories, the company that oversees the sanctioning body's substance abuse testing program. Aegis administers planned and random drug tests to NASCAR license holders throughout the season, screening samples for banned substances and reporting back to the sanctioning body. The laptop computer was reported stolen on November 22nd, but many licensees were not informed of the theft until this week. NASCAR Director of Communications Kerry Tharp said the stolen laptop contained no medical or lab records, only driver's license and Social Security numbers. He said there have been no reports of any identity theft, adding, "in all likelihood, the person who stole the laptop sold it at a local Pawn Shop without ever knowing what was on it." Since the computer file in question was created in 2009, NASCAR and Aegis have instituted a new data-processing system that prevents such an incident from happening again. Aegis is revising its security procedures, encrypting data on laptop computers, and retraining affected employees on confidentiality and security procedures. Aegis has also agreed to supply all involved parties with two years of complimentary credit monitoring. NASCAR said it "apologizes to the affected individuals for this unfortunate incident involving one of our vendors, and we are pressing Aegis to do everything necessary to mitigate this situation."(Sirius Speedway)(12-22-2011)
Could Kurt Busch run Nationwide for Kyle?
Word is Busch declined RPM's offer to be considered for the # 43 ride ending speculation the controversial driver would bounce back from his Penske departure with at least a 1A-type team ride. Busch has remained publicly quiet on what exactly he does have up his sleeve for next year and behind. He went on a very aggressive media blitz immediately after he and Penske parted ways and assured everyone there was interest on many fronts for his talents. There is speculation he is indeed following through on his thought of walking away from NASCAR for at least a year and running an NHRA Pro Stock car for the 2012 season, an off-shoot of his enjoyable time at last year's Gatornationals. But with little brother Kyle's Nationwide Series ride still open, many believe the Busch boys will indeed team up for next season in a combined NWS-truck series program out of the KBM stable.(Motor Racing Network)(12-22-2011)
Bruno Senna considering NASCAR?
Bruno Senna is considering NASCAR as a back-up option should his F1 journey end for now. That is the claim of the Italiaracing website, in the wake of the Brazilian's loss of his Renault/Lotus race seat. It is rumored Senna, 28, could return to the team's reserve role for 2012, but Italiaracing said NASCAR is another option, where his countryman Nelson Piquet Jr headed after his own F1 career foundered in 2009. Senna's fabled uncle Ayrton was F1's last fatality in 1994, when Bruno was 10.(SPEED)(12-22-2011)
Going back, in time – in racing history:
Note# 1: Most of the following information was found here:
Note: 2: Yes, most of this info is mostly from Open Wheel racing from “Back in the day”.
Covering the days from December 23rd to December 31st – might as well finish out the year, right?
Jim Packard ... Born ... Driver from 1956 to 1960. Ran IMCA Sprints, ARDC and USAC Midgets, USAC Sprints and Indy Cars.
Todd Gibson ... Born ... Supermodified, USAC Sprint and Indy Car driver from the 1960's to 1979.
Bob Cicconi ... Born ... ARDC Midget, USAC Midget, Sprint, Mini-Indy Super Vee and Silver Crown driver from the 1970's to 1990's.
Will Kreitzer ... Died ... Wilbert A. Kreitzer passed away at the age of 59
from cancer. Will built, managed and promoted the famous Silver Spring Speedway
Crocky Wright ... Died
His Obituary: http://www.wheelsofspeed.com/report/12_23_2009-1.html
Wimpy Ervin... Born ... A former midget and sprint car driver from
John Hubbard... Born ...
Eddie Leavitt... Born ... Sprint car driver from the 1970's & 80's. He was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2001 and was in the Knoxville Raceway Hall of Fame. He was a two-time National Sprint Car Champion.
Bobby Olivero... Born ... A former driver in the USAC Championship Car series.
He raced in the 1976-1978 seasons, with 17 career starts, including the 1977
Johnny White... Died ... USAC sprint & Indy car driver from the 1960's.
He was paralyzed from a Sprint Car accident at
Louis Chevrolet... Born ... AAA driver 1905 to 1923. He was a co-founder (with
William C. Durant) of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company, which was acquired by
General Motors and is their bestselling brand nationwide and in many cases
synonymous with General Motors itself. Louis also competed in the
Peters ... Died ... Jiggs started racing Midgets in 1948, winning the ARDC
championship in 1951. He then moved into Sprint Cars. In 1955 he unsuccesfully
attempted to qualify for the Indy 500 in a Scopa-Offy. Equally at home on dirt
or asphalt, he tried to qualify for Indy again in the Lee Glessner Offy in
1957. Short on speed on the first weekend, he was fast enough on the second to
qualify but he chose to come home to NJ to run locally to make money as opposed
to sitting in Indy for the whole month of May without an income. He was very
good in long distance races and won numerous times at long tracks like
Budd Olson ... Died ... New Jersey Stock Car driver from the 1940's, 50's and 60's. From local dirt tracks to NASCAR, Budd Olsen built a solid reputation, first as a driver and then as one of the leading race car builders in the region.
Joe Russo ... Born ... AAA driver from the 1930's.
Greg Leffler ... Born ... A
former driver in the CART Championship Car series. He raced in the 1980-1983
seasons, with 13 career starts, including the 1980
Ralph Mulford... Born ... AAA driver 1910 to 1926.
Stubby Stubblefield... Born
... AAA driver from the 1930's Ran the Indy 500 from 1931 to 1934. His best
finish was 5th in 1933. He was killed in a practice crash for the 1935
Steve Truchan... Born ... AAA driver 1946-50
Nelson Stacy... Born ...
Stacy was ARCA Champion for three years 1958, 1959, 1960, prior to entering
Winston Cup racing when he was over 40. An "Old Man" for a rookie by today's standards. He still managed to win the World 600 and
two races at Darlington and
Tony Bonadies... Born ... A very popular midget car driver, Tony Bonadies' career spanned over twenty-four years during which he competed in more than one thousand races. Although he never won the ARDC Midget Championship, he was ranked amongst the top six in seven out of his last eight seasons in the series' final classification table, and he was twice the title runner-up. He entered the Indy 500 three times, but failed to qualify in all attempts: in 1955 and the following year his times aboard a Kurtis 3000D - Offenhauser were simply not quick enough, and in 1957 he wrecked his Kurtis 500C - Offenhauser at the Turn 4 at the northwest end of the track during practice and had to withdraw from the race. Bonadies was taking place in an ARDC midget race at the Williams Grove Speedway on 05 July 1964 when, as he pitched his Frankenfield - Offenahuser into a slide at the entrance to Turn 1, the right rear axle of the car snapped. The vehicle barrel rolled several times and then got airborne. Tony was thrown to the ground and died instantly.
John Rostek ... Died ... A
NASCAR driver from
Note: I’m not positive, but I’m pretty sure that
race at the
A.J. Fike ... Born ... USAC & NASCAR driver.
Walt Brown ... Born ... AAA driver from the 1940's and early 50's who ran in 3 Indy 500's with a best finish of 7th in 1947. He died in a race at the Williams Grove Speedway (PA) July 29, 1951.
Johnny Moorehouse... Died ... USAC driver from the 1950's
Johnny Herrera won the
Roger McCluskey Classic Sprint Car race over Charles Davis Jr, Jerry Coons Jr,
Damion Gardner and Josh Pelkey at the United Sports Arizona USA,
Jesse Hockett won the Roger
McCluskey Classic preliminary Sprint Car race over Casey Shuman, Jerry Coons
Jr, and Jon Stanbrough at the United Sports Arizona USA,
News from the AARN:
From their December 13th issue:
The December 13th issue is the last one for the AARN for 2011.
There was a head-on photo of Tony Stewart racing the “Munchkin” Midget, indoors, on page 26. That same photo has also come out on Facebook, and I’ve saved it. It will be copied and pasted at the end of this column – the second photo. Surprisingly, Tony is wearing an open face helmet. Hmmm?
Santee is the new promoter at
Note: It’s rumored that Hoffman will be promoting
Joe Padula, Jr. has a 3-year contract to promote the races at the Bedord, Pa. Speedway.
Si Allen has executed a purchase and sales agreement for the Legion Speedway in NH. Wally and Janine Brown will run it and Sunday twi-light programs will be the norm. Sportsman, a mid-level class and 4 cylinders will run weekly, with Sprint Cars and Mini Sprints on occasion.
Chad Knaus and John Roberts, from SPEED TV will both be attending the AARN’s Motor Sports Show in January. And late word out is that Matt Kenseth will also be there on Saturday the 21st.
been seven years since the mile track at
Sprint will be here in the East in 2012.
In this weeks AARN, they had point standings from 500 different classes and 100 different race tracks, along with some short articles about some of the champion drivers.
The two-page center section had the whole schedule for the up coming AARN Motor Sports show.
Sammons makes mention that Jimmy Horton is looking for a ride for 2012, since
Dick Biever has parked his # 14 Modified.
He also was questioning whether
In the past, Mr. Saxton hasn’t fared all that well when he attempted to race. So, racing a car has dropped down to # 2 on his “Bucket” list, with Bungee jumping taking over the # 1 spot.
Michael Waltrip has been practicing on the Daytona Road Course, getting ready for the 24-hour race. He’ll co-drive a Ferrari 458 GT with Travis Pastrana and Rui Aquas, a road racing veteran.
Saxton was making note that the promotional team for the Indycar race last year
Brett says that Ryan Godown will be a regular at New Egypt in 2012 and will be in the seat of the John Chemidlin owned # 747 Modified.
continues the discussion on how the Pennsylvania Sprint Car tracks will do
their handicapping for 2012. My head
spun a little trying to figure out what was what with that. He also continued his review of the 2011
Sprint Car season in
His column was titled: “Merry Christmas Jerry Reigle”. Quite a bit in it about how he and Jerry became such close friends over the years, and how he (along with countless other, I’d say) miss Jerry.
Stephen goes on to say that the Grove will keep admission at $5.00 in 2012 for the Saturday Night Series. There will be weekly “meet & greet” with the drivers and some drivers, along with their cars will be available for the fans to talk to and check out their cars, prior to the nights racing. On that Saturday Night Series, the cast MUST be legal. If a team gets caught with illegal equipment, they’ll lose their points for the whole season.
Note: I’d love to see more tracks do that.
Toby has a “Christmas Wish List”.
1. Control money in racing. Instead of say - $2,000.00 to win a feature, make it $1,000.00 to win and $500.00 to take the green.
Note: Somehow, my simple math comes up with: Once two drivers get $500.00 to take the green, you’ve used up that extra $1,000.00. Dunno if that one would work.
2. Car counts continue to increase.
3. Quick and efficiently run programs.
4. Promotion – every track should have a “Kids Club”, spectator races, “Pack the Track” nights and even bicycle races for the kids.
Note: Not sure about the spectator races – might be an insurance problem there.
5. Unity is needed and more on that when the AARN returns in January.
Covered a good part of the racing career of Alan Johnson.
There were two listed from racing that have left us –
racer Joy Fair, 81, winner of over 700 short track features in 12 states and
It seems like I
missed one for last week – one I never even thought of checking out – the
Indoor Go-Kart race that was out in
This, from Bob Krummel, father of Brian Krummel:
“Tom, old man Krummel here. I'm always amazed at how you find out what former OVRP racers do weekly at the various tracks that they now race at and report it in your column. Just to bust your chops (for fun), but you missed one this week. I know you like going to mylaps, so check out the results for 2011 Indy Karting Classic, Yamaha supercan heavy class. They spelled his last name wrong, but it's him. Don't feel bad, he didn't even tell me he was going.
He went with Mike Doty racing to help two Indy Car racers in the Pro Race. Brian brought his tire grinder to clean the rubber and coke syrup off the tires. Apparently no one else did, nor did they know how. A.J. Almindinger noticed the enhanced performance of the Indy guys as a result of grinding the tires, and wanted to borrow the grinder. No problem, take it, only he was doing it all wrong. The kid had to give him lessons on the proper way. Almindinger went faster. Tony Stewart took notice and borrowed said grinder from A.J. And, well, the rest is history. After the races, Brian went to get grinder from J.J., he sent him to Tony's pit for the grinder, only to find Stewart telling everyone how "he" discovered tire grinding. Brian didn't say much, but got Tony to autograph his trophy. I think all the guys with the 9 second laps had tires cleaned with that grinder. So, there ya go, a local boy helped Tony win at "Indy".
Just a little racing story for you.
My Laps for the above: http://www.mylaps.com/results/showevent.jsp?id=739699
Also: I’ve heard
rumors that Billy VanInwegen might be driving a Tobias Slingshot in the Indoor
Racing and television:
CLICK HERE FOR U.S. LISTINGS WITHOUT THE SPEED CHANNEL (PDF FORMAT)
And this: CLICK HERE FOR U.S. LISTINGS WITHOUT NASCAR (PDF FORMAT)
Also this one: CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE PDF VERSION
As for any telecasting of the Chili Bowl:
DIRTcar charter member track continues affiliation for 36th straight season under Corcoran
Canandaigua, NY – December 21, 2011 – As it has done faithfully for the past 35 years, Canandaigua Motorsports Park will once again fly the DIRTcar banner when the Ontario County Fairgrounds' gates swing open to kick off the 2012 race season in April.
to headline the action-packed Saturday night show at the '
“There were a lot of factors that affected the decision to stay with the DIRTcar rulebook,” remarked Jeremie Corcoran, who officially begins his sophomore season promoting CMP as soon as the new year arrives. “Maintaining a top-flight field of cars, providing an entertaining program for our fans and doing what was in the best interest of my family are the primary concerns. All these were met and much more, so our only direction right now is fast forward until the cars hit the track in April.”
With the Dec. 17 awards banquet officially bringing the 2011 campaign to a close, the beginning of a brand new season is less than four months away. The 2012 CMP opener has been tentatively set for April 14, with practice held during the week prior.
Check out www.canandaiguamotorsportspark.com often as further information for the upcoming season will be posted throughout the winter months. Send along a note to firstname.lastname@example.org to join the e-mail list, or register with http://www.twitter.com/Canandaigua_MSP to keep up-to-date on-line and through text messages on cell phones via Twitter.
To discuss marketing opportunities available at the track in 2012, please contact Jeremie Corcoran via cell 315-374-2839 or e-mail email@example.com.
I get e-mails:
I can’t recall just when it was that I received the following – has to be maybe 4 or 5 years ago? A short comical story of “Christmas with Louise”
Christmas with Louise
As a joke, my brother used to hang a pair of pantyhose over his fireplace before Christmas. He said all he wanted was for Santa to fill them.
What they say about Santa checking the list twice must be true, because every Christmas morning, although Jay's kids' stockings were overflowed, his poor pantyhose hung sadly empty.
One year I decided to make his dream come true. I put on sunglasses and went in search of an inflatable love doll.
They don't sell those things at Wal-Mart. I had to go to an adult book store downtown. If you've never been in an X-rated store, don't go. You'll only confuse yourself. I was there an hour saying things like, "What does this do?" "You're kidding me!" & quote: "Who would buy that?"
Finally I made it to the inflatable doll section. I wanted to buy a standard, uncomplicated doll that could also subsistute as a passenger in my truck so I could use the car pool lane during rush hour.
Finding what I wanted was difficult. Love dolls comes in many different models. The top of the line, according to the side of the box, could do things I'd only seen in a book on animal husbandry. I settled for "Lovable Louise". She was at the bottom of the price scale. Hey, I am cheap, you know! To call Louise a doll took a huge heap of imagination.
On Christmas Eve, with the help of an old bicycle pump, Louise came to life. My sister-in-law was in on the plan and let me in during the wee morning hours, long after Santa had come and gone. I filled the dangling pantyhose with Louise's pliant legs and bottom. I also ate some cookies and drank what remained of a glass of milk on a nearby tray. I then went home and giggled for a couple of hours.
The next morning my brother called to say that Santa had been to his house and left a present that had made him VERY happy, but left the dog confused. She would bark, start to walk away, then come back and bark some more. We all agreed that Louise should remain in her pantyhose so the rest of the family could admire here when they came over for the traditional Christmas dinner.
My grandmother noticed Louise the moment she walked in the door. "What the hell is that?", she asked. My brother quickly explained, "It's a doll." "Who would pay for something like that?", Granny snapped. I had several candidates in mind, but kept my mouth shut. "Where are her clothes?" Granny continued. "Boy, that turkey sure smells nice, Gran", Jay said, trying to steer her into the dining room. But Granny was relentless. "Why doesn't she have any teeth?" Again, I could have answered, but why would I? It was Christmas and no one wanted to ride in the back of an ambulance saying, "Hang on Granny, Hang on!"
My gandfather, a delighful old man, with poor eyesight, sidled up to me and said, "Hey, who's the naked gal by the fireplace?" I told him she was Jay's friend. A few moments later, I noticed Grandpa by the mantel, talking to Louise. Not just talking, but actually flirting. It was then that we realized that this might be Grandpa's last Christmas at home.
The dinner went well. We made the usual small talk about who had died, who was dying, and who should be killed, when suddenly Louise made a noise that sounded a lot like my father in the bathroom in the morning. Then she lurched from the pantyhose, flew around the room twice, and fell in a heap in front of the sofa.
The cat screamed. I passed cranberry sauce through my nose, and Grandpa ran across the room, fell to his knees, and began administering mouth to mouth resuscitation. My brother fell back over his chair and wet his pants, and Granny threw down her napkin, stomped out of the room, and sat in the car. It was, indeed, a Christmas to treasure and remember.
Later, in my brothers garage, we conducted a thorough examination to decide the cause of Louise's collapse. We discovered that Louise had suffered from a hot ember to the back of her right thigh. Fortunately, thanks to a wonder drug called duct tape, we restored her to perfect health.
Louise went on to star in several bachelor party movies. I think Grandpa still calls her whenever he can get out of the house.
This article was submitted to a 1999 Louisville Sentinel contest to find out who had the wildest Christmas dinner. This won first place.
Some non-racing stuff:
A column or two back, I made mention of how one might be forced to give monies back to those that run Medicaid, after one passes away, in New York State, that is.
Here’s a little something on that, and why it might not happen:
“Better With Age: New state law means new strategies must be devised
"Public outcry from seniors, their families, advocacy groups and even public officials may well lead to the repeal or modification of the new regulations expanding the state's right to demand repayment for Medicaid regardless of your intentions to leave your estate to your wife and children. In line with my overriding strategy to "hope for the best and plan for the worst," it is now time to look at our estate planning and elder law planning assuming that the new burdensome regulations are here to stay. In my previous column, I discussed how the new regulations seem to point to the Irrevocable Living Trust as the most beneficial planning tool. But there are many other vehicles that need to be looked at anew.
Placing children on the deed
By far, the most common method for avoiding probate and protecting your home from Medicaid liens is placing your children on your deed while you retain a life estate allowing you to live there for life. This also has the bonuses of allowing you to keep your STAR exemption and giving your children a "stepped up basis" when they inherit your home, minimizing high capital gains taxes for them if they later sell the home. While there is some minor downside, these are far outweighed by many benefits of the deed with retained life estate.
Apparently, with the new regulations, the state showed that it thought this was too good a deal for seniors. So now, when you die, before your children can get your home, the state can use that life estate to pay itself back for services you might have received from Medicaid. This is especially brutal since the No. 1 reason that people come to elder law attorneys such as myself is so that they can pass on their most valuable asset, their home, to their children.
The state can take a lot away
How much can they take? The state can take up to the value of your life estate in your home at the time of your death. Since a life estate is worth much more at age 60 than at age 95, the exact percentage of the value of your home that is at risk will be determined by your age when you pass away. It could be 30 percent, it could be 10 percent. To add to the uncertainty, the state has no specific time limit for asserting its claim, which may make it difficult or even impossible for your children to sell the home if you have ever been on Medicaid.
At this point, when you visit your elder law attorney to review plans that you have in place or to commence planning (which should now be done as soon as possible), your age may be determinative. If, for example, you are well into your 90s, the lower value of your life estate would point to simply keeping it as part of your elder law plan.
One ingenious solution
There are other options to be considered that can, at least at this point, eliminate government intrusion into your life estate, such as placing your home in an Irrevocable Trust.
The negatives here would be the five-year look-back period for Medicaid (since it is considered a gift) and placing your STAR exemption at risk.
An ingenious solution was inspired by our superb tax attorney, Mark Krohn, of utilizing a family Right-to-Occupy Agreement instead of a deeded life estate.
According to Krohn, this would not only allow you to live in your home for life but also retains your STAR exemption and your stepped-up basis saving potential taxes for your children.
From an elder law point of view, if you already have a deed with a retained life estate and exchange it for a family Right-to-Occupy Agreement, my position is that this should not be considered a gift for Medicaid purposes since, value-wise, it's an even exchange.
If it is not a gift, there is no Medicaid penalty and no waiting for five years."
A little more on this can be seen if you go here:
Is this true # 1:
From an e-mail I received:
We keep waiting patiently for the Media to open this bag of worms, which most seniors are aware of,,. and have reached that point where we feel we must send this reminder on to one and all.
Don & Betty
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
THE ONLY THING WRONG WITH THIS CALCULATION IS THEY FORGOT TO FIGURE IN THE PEOPLE WHO DIED BEFORE THEY COLLECTED THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY!!!! WHERE DID THAT MONEY GO ?????????????
This was sent to me, I am forwarding it because it does touch a nerve in me..
This is another example of what Rick Perry called "TREASON in high places" !!!
Get angry and pass this on!
Remember, not only did you contribute to Social Security but your employer did too. It totaled 15% of your income before taxes. If you averaged only $30K over your working life, that's close to $220,500.
If you calculate the future value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer's contribution) at a simple 5% (less than what the govt. Pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of working you'd have $892,919.98.
If you took out only 3% per year, you'd receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years (until you're 95 if you retire at age 65) and that's with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit! If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year, you'd have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month.
Entitlement my butt, I paid cash for my social security insurance!!!! Just because they borrowed the money, doesn't make my benefits some kind of charity or handout!!
Congressional benefits ---- free healthcare, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days, now that's welfare, and they have the nerve to call my social security retirement entitlements?
We're "broke" and can't help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless
the last months we have provided aid to
Our retired seniors living on a 'fixed income' receive no aid nor do they get any breaks while our government and religious organizations pour Hundreds of Billions of $$$$$$'s and Tons of Food to Foreign Countries!
KEEP PASSING THIS AROUND UNTIL EVERY ONE HAS READ IT.....
They call Social Security and Medicare an entitlement even though most of us have been paying for it all our working lives and now when itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s time for us to collect, the government is running out of money. Why did the government borrow from it in the first place? Imagine if the *GOVERNMENT* gave 'US' the same support they give to other countries.
Sad isn't it?
99% of people won't have the guts to forward this.
I'm one of the 1% -- I Just Did.
In God We Trust
Is this true # 2:
“In one of the most stunning reversals of human rights in modern history the Federal Security Service (FSB) is reporting today that the Obama regime has issued a blunt warning to all American citizens that, in essence, states that any one of these once free people who dare to oppose their government they will be immediately killed and offered no chance to defend themselves before a Court and/or jury of their peers.”
More on this can be seen, if you’re interested, by going here:
Video time # 1:
USAC Silver Crown Series | DuQuoin (IL) Fairgrounds | September 4th, 2011
Video time # 2:
For Christmas – John Berry and Oh Holy Night.
I’m posting a photo - or more, a week for a while. Majority of them will be from “Back in the day”.
Note: The photos are not available on Dirt Track Digest, only on New England Tractor - http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/
Here's a photo of the start of a 100-mile Midget race at
the mile track in Milwaukee, from “Back in the day” - late 50’s maybe early
60’s. Notice the crowd. Under that, I've put in a link to a 25-mile
midget race at
And, the photo of Tony Stewart with open face helmet:
Closing with these – continued from last week:
Nine-year-old Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned in Sunday School.
'Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission
lead the Israelites out of
he got to the
Then he radioed headquarters for reinforcements.
They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved.'
'Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?' his Mother asked.
'Well, no, Mom. But, if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd never believe it!'
THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD
A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorize
one of the most quoted passages in the Bible – Psalm 23.
She gave the youngsters a month to learn the chapter.
Little Rick was excited about the task - but he just couldn't remember the Psalm.
After much practice, he could barely get past the first line.
On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation,
Ricky was so nervous.
When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly,
'The Lord is my Shepherd and that's all I need to know.'
The preacher's 5 year-old daughter noticed that her father always paused and bowed his head
for a moment before starting his sermon. One day, she asked him why.
'Well, Honey,' he began, proud that his daughter was so observant of his messages.
'I'm asking the Lord to help me preach a good sermon.'
'How come He doesn't answer it?' she asked.
A Rabbi said to a precocious six-year-old boy,
'So your mother says your prayers for you each night? That's very commendable.
What does she say?'
The little boy replied, 'Thank God he's in bed!'
UNTIMELY ANSWERED PRAYER
During the minister's prayer one Sunday, there was a loud whistle from one of the back pews.
Tommy's mother was horrified. She pinched him into silence and, after church, asked,
'Tommy, whatever made you do such a thing?'
Tommy answered soberly, 'I asked God to teach me to whistle and He did!'
May “Guardian Angels” sit on the shoulders of all of our race drivers and race fans, and guide them safely around the tracks!
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