Racin' & Internet Stuff:
I sure hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and that Santa was able to drop off the kind of presents you desired! In a few more days, 2011 will be history. How it will be remembered is up in the air, for now. Hopefully, 2012 will be a better year for all of us.
More than likely, over these next few months, things will be kind of quiet on the motor sports scene. Hey, I might even take off a week or two.
I did find the following, however, on one of the message boards/forums that I frequent:
“All of us at orange County Fair Speedway would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year. We hope to see you at the Banquet and Opening Day 2012. We are working hard to release our new exciting schedule and new handicapping system within the next week or two.”
Note: Hmmm, new handicapping system? Wonder how that will work?
New Indy car still needs work
The Dallara DW12 Indy car, which has an alarming number of people involved in the Izod IndyCar Series only half-joking that Dallara is Italian for disaster.
The car is named after the late Dan Wheldon, who handled the initial shakedown tests of Italian race car manufacturer Dallara Automobili's first new Indy car design since 2003. But Wheldon was maybe too diplomatic, a PR-minded party-line kind of guy, so he never played up the car's shortcomings. There are many of those, a fact that became obvious when testing moved on to the engine manufacturer phase and the car scared the likes of Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan while resolutely refusing to top 216 mph at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Following another round of testing at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., Scott Dixon gave the most honest assessment of the car to date, calling it "a bit of a pig" with an even more pronounced pendulum effect than the current Dallara IR03, which is already a tail-heavy car. The numbers don't lie; the DW12 has a weight distribution of 41 percent front, 59 percent rear, as compared to the IR03's 45/55."
More on this can be found here:
The Chili Bowl is just around the corner. As of December 28th, there are 255 entrants. Chances are you’ll know some of the drivers that will be in competition. Are there any well-known NASCAR drivers entered? Yes, so far JJ Yeley is entered. I’ve read that Kasey Kahne will be running, although I have yet to see his name listed. I have not seen anything about Tony Stewart, yet – (see “Fifth”, below). Nor have I seen any from drag racing – yet. I really don’t expect to see any from Indy car, which, to me is a shame. At times, in the past, there were some that entered.
As expected, there are quite a few USAC drivers listed. And, from here in the east, there are some from the ARDC, too. Also, the WoO Sprint Car Series has some of its drivers listed as running. I did notice that former Chili bowl winner Tim McCreadie is not listed, and I would imagine that serious accident he had there a couple of years ago has something to do with that. Local modified drivers Brett Hearn and Jerry Higbie have run in the Chili Bowl in the past, but they are not listed for the 2012 event.
The entry list, and who will be racing on what nights, can be found if you go here: http://www.chilibowl.com/entries/manual.aspx?c=1033
Info on the tape delayed telecast of the Chili Bowl is further down in the column, in the TV section.
An update on the above:
Stewart To Lead Chili Bowl ‘Team of Champions’
December 26th, 2011
Stewart made his most recent appearance in the event in 2008, finishing eighth in the A-main finale. After taking a three-year hiatus from the biggest Midget race of the year, Stewart will return in January behind the wheel of the No. 14 Chevrolet/Chevrolet Performance Parts/Spike.
26th annual event inside the typically fan-packed confines of the
Stewart has two Golden Drillers in his collection after scoring Chili Bowl victories in 2002 and 2007. The newly crowned, three-time NASCAR titlist will lead the four-car “Team of Champions” into the 2012 Chili Bowl behind the wheel of a special edition black, carbon-fiber entry that has been dubbed the “Back in Black” car. He’ll look to give Chevrolet its second Chili Bowl triumph.
Clauson will pilot the No. 39c INDYCAR/Indy 500/Spike/Esslinger for co-entrants Corey Tucker Racing (CTR)/Bryan Clauson, Inc. (BCI)/Curb-Agajanian Racing. The four-time USAC champion has made two A-main starts in the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. He scored his best finish in 2008, taking the checkered flag in fourth place. Clauson has also won a preliminary A-main in the Chili Bowl in the Tuesday-night 25-lap qualifier last January.
22-year-old open-wheel standout has a long list of credentials that includes 23
USAC National Midget Series victories, two USAC National Midget Series championship
titles, two USAC Indiana Midget Week titles and two Belleville Midget Nationals
triumphs. In addition to being a two-time USAC National Drivers champion, Clauson has also been named National Midget Driver of the
Year three times in his young career. IZOD IndyCar
Series CEO Randy Bernard recently announced that Clauson
will compete in the 2012
Recently crowned NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Stenhouse Jr., will compete for the Team of Champions for CTR/BCI/Curb-Agajanian Racing in the No. 39i Curb Records/Spike/Esslinger. Fresh off his championship run, Stenhouse Jr., will look to earn his first Golden Driller trophy. While his full-time efforts in the USAC National Midget Car Series ranks were short term, Stenhouse earned five victories and was named the series’ 2007 Rookie of the Year. He enters this year’s event with one A-main start to his credit and will look to put the Curb Records entry in the show again in 2012.
Blackhurst, the 2011 POWRi Rookie of the Year, will drive the No. 39b Kitchen Cooked/Spike/Esslinger entry for the CTR/BCI team. Blackhurst looks to make his first Chili Bowl start and will be vying for event Rookie of the Year honors, as well as a shot at the Golden Driller. The 16-year-old is no stranger to racing success as he won the 2010 USAC Ford Focus Midget Midwest Pavement Championship.
Tony Stewart, Owner and Driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet/Chevrolet Performance Parts/Spike for Tony Stewart Racing
You’re making your return to the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals by leading a very powerful lineup of championship-winning drivers. Are you looking forward to the challenge of making Saturday night’s A-main finale?
taken a few years off from competing in the Chili Bowl, I’m really looking
forward to returning to
Bryan Clauson, Co-Owner and Driver of the No. 39c/INDYCAR/Indy 500/Spike/Esslinger for CTR/BCI/Curb-Agajanian Racing
As a key part of a team that is sure to be a major player in the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, what part of the event are you looking forward to the most?
the last few years I’ve been fortunate enough to add a lot of marquee wins to
my resume, but there’s still one hole I’d like to fill, and that’s the Chili
Bowl. We came so close last year before settling for a fifth-place finish. I’m
definitely looking forward to returning to
“It’s really exciting to be part owner of a team that includes some of the best in the business. Tony Stewart and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., are definitely guys you want to have as teammates and it’s exciting to see a younger guy like Jack Blackhurst make his first start. Ricky has been a long-time friend of mine and I’m really excited to have him in one of our cars for this year’s race. It’s something we’d talked about for the past few years and, any time you can add the NASCAR Nationwide Series champion to your slate of drivers, it’s a great thing.”
The above was found here:
A normal football game – College or Pro, is a contest that is 60 minutes long. Somehow, it is now taking over three hours for the games to be completed. What I can’t figure out is why so long between changes of possession? On the game Monday night it was a good two and a half minutes the one time I thought I’d time it. And as for those “60 second time outs” - no way.
According to reports, the IndyCar Series is supposedly in discussions with Watkins Glen track officials for a possible return alongside the NASCAR Truck Series for the 2012 season.
only 15 tracks on the schedule so far, Michael Printup,
President of the Watkins Glen circuit and IndyCar CEO
Randy Bernard have already spoken about the potential for the series to run at
IndyCar raced at Watkins Glen between 2005 and 2010, but pulled out this year due to dwindling crowds.
NASCAR Trucks last visited the track in 2000.
The above was found here:
Note: From what I’ve been reading, the only Indycar race that is scheduled for the eastern part of the
country is the one for
An interesting thread on the Track Forum with a title: "Ah, the irony".
It's about having American Drivers in the Indycar Series. Some good points made in the discussion, such as:
"Besides the fact that Indycar HAS American drivers (Rahal, Andretti, RHR, Kimball, Carpenter, Hildebrand, Newgarden) and 6/7 are pretty good drivers. Bottom line, 7 isnt enough for some of the bitching/moaning fans we have. If we had 10, that wouldnt be enough either. They really wouldnt be happy unless all but a few drivers, if not all, were Americans.”
“I dont care what country you were born in, I care if you can drive and I want the best in our series. I will bash the foreign ride buyers as much as the next guy, but im not going to give a driver who isnt any good a pass just because they are american, like many on TF do. I evaluate them all with the same criteria, american or not."
"I agree, sort of. Americans want to root for Americans who are winning. And right now most race victories are being shared by a Scott and an Aussie.”
“I don't think that the popularity of NASCAR is derived from the drivers being American. Otherwise the IRL would have been alot more popular wouldn't it? I think NASCAR's popularity is derived from their stars being good marketable Americans with personalities. In NASCAR the only reference you have to nationalism is maybe creating antagonists out of foreign born drivers (JPM, for example).”
“By the same token, in Indycar, you need to have some American protagonists going up against worthy foreign competition. Both of these characters have got to be good marketable personalities.”
“In F1, American's don't watch because there isn't an American worth watching. Scott Speed wasn't worth rooting for because he wasn't at the pointy end of the field. That's where Americans want to see their guys. Daly and Rossi remain our best hopes over there.”
“I think in Indycar, you need both Americans and foreigners to make it interesting and to make it work. A battle of nations, or whatever you want to market it as, arises. We have been very weak on american talent recently because american talent is either going elsewhere or just doesn't match up talent-wise (where are all the IRL drivers now in the combined series? They were on the top rung of open wheel completely artificially. Race fans who knew anything knew that. That can't be the case.). By the same token, the foreigners have got to be electric personalties who can race (Tracy, Zanardi, Franchitti, Montoya, Bourdais etc) instead of subdued F1 ladder washouts who can't (too many names have come and gone to list).”
“Indycar will work with diversity. Call it 50/50 American/Foreign split, but more importantly, make them all be good racers who you can market."
More on this can be found if you go here:
Another young racer that wants to get into Indycar racing - Shannon McIntosh
A thread about her on the Track Forum. One has to give the young lady credit for getting news out about herself and her racing. How good is she? I have no idea, except for what I've read on the thread. In time, maybe she'll make it, then again, maybe not. What will hurt drivers in her position is the economy and lack of sponsorship - good sponsorship.
You can read about her here:
The closings fueled speculation about whether the 125-year-old retailer can turn itself around.
The closings are the latest and most visible in a long series of moves to try to fix a company that has struggled with falling sales and shabby stores as rivals like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target Corp. spruced up their looks and turned into one-stop shopping sources.
"There's no reason to go to Sears," said New York-based independent retail analyst Brian Sozzi, "It offers a depressing shopping experience and uncompetitive prices."
Billionaire investor Edward Lampert purchased Kmart out of bankruptcy in 2003 and bought Sears, Roebuck & Co. a year later. Since 2004 Sears Holdings — which operates both Kmart and Sears stores — has watched its cash and short-term investments go from about $2.09 billion for the year ended Jan. 31, 2004 to $1.34 billion for the year ended Jan. 31, 2011, according to FactSet. The figure now stands at about $700 million."
More on this can be found here:
The photo that I have towards the end in this week’s
column is one of the Kingsbridge Armory that is in the Bronx,
While going over my column, and seeing that photo, I thought I’d “Google” the place. There’s quite a bit about it, with the last things that have come up showing some possible racing returning to the big place. No, not cars, but bicycles. Six-day bicycle races, that is. Way back when, they used to be quite popular.
What I did find kind of disturbing was that reading various things that turned up in the search, quite a few of them did not mentioned the midget races or later on, in the early 50’s, the stock car races that were held there.
Doing more of a search, this time including “Auto Racing” in the search, I found this, below. Yes, the building was H U G E!
From Auto Racing
On April 22, 2008, the New York City Economic Development Corp. announced their selection of The Related Companies to redevelop The Bronx’s Kingsbridge Armory - a former Post World War II indoor midget track venue.
The world's largest armory will be redeveloped into commercial space, including some community space among a big box retailer, a cinema, a bank branch, a fitness center and a local business incubator to fit within the armory’s 575,000 square feet.
The four-block square
The castle-styled building was constructed in 1912-17 to house the Eighth Artillery Rainbow Division but has had various civilian uses into the 1990s.
Local midget car promoter Jack Kochman leased 180,000 square feet of the armory and reopened it as Kingsbridge Speedrome Dec. 4, 1946.
Spectators filed into the 4,000 box seats to watch midgets and NASCAR-sanctioned stock cars race on a concrete one-fifth-mile oval under the armory’s 121-foot-tall roof on winters into 1962.
Bicycle velodrome races, stockholders
meetings and boat shows were also held in the armory until the New York
The Related Companies last proposed
developing the year-round retail part of the International Speedway Corp.’s
2002-06 Staten Island Raceway proposal. Related helped
build and develop the
Sources: Walter Elliott
Since the City acquired the Armory, multiple attempts to find a new life for the site have fallen through. The latest plan, for a mixed-use facility with retail, entertainment, and community space recently came to a halt after the developer and community representatives were unable to reach a community benefits agreement (CBA). (The Center for Urban Pedagogy held a public program on the Kingsbridge CBA on September 14. For more information, go to http://www.anothercupdevelopment.org/news and scroll down).
Kingsbridge Armory Velodrome Design REVEALED
Bicycle racing was a popular spectator sport in
Yesterday NCA CEO Jack Simes announced his plan to stage the six day demo on a temporary velodrome, in hopes of winning over the community to build a permanent facility. The demo would use no city funds, and would also include a vintage bicycle museum and programs encouraging cycling for youth. According to the Daily News, the Kingsbridge Armory hosted six-day races in the 1920s and 1940s. This temporary installation would accommodate over 2,500 spectators and cost $700,000, and be built by Ralph Schuermann, designer of velodromes for the Olympic Games.
The velodrome was one of several ideas suggested by Diaz Jr. as an alternative to the mall, but he hasn't officially endorsed a permanent installation, and the city has not yet agreed to rent the armory to the NCA. But at least some community members are endorsing the idea; Barbara Stronczer, president of one local community association, called the NCA plan “exciting," telling the News, "There are a lot of unanswered questions. But cycling wouldn’t compete with existing businesses and I think it would be great for our youth."
above by John
And this, too:
Call to convert Kingsbridge Armory to bike race hot spot
Thursday, November 03, 2011
The National Cycling Association unveiled its plan on
Thursday to build a world-class velodrome and BMX
park in the
CEO Jack Simes of NCA revealed that the group hopes to rent the landmark building from the city for eight weeks next spring to host a demonstration project, including youth programs and a six-day bicycle race.
“We want to install a temporary velodrome
in the building and bring six-day bicycle racing back to the
And even more:
Lack Of Development At Kingsbridge Armory Draws Criticism From Bloomberg
By: Courtney Gross
Kingsbridge Armory has stood vacant in the Bronx for over a decade despite
proposals that would’ve used it to generate jobs, and after the United States
Census revealed that the
Kingsbridge Armory has stood vacant in the Bronx for over a decade despite
proposals that would’ve used it to generate jobs, and after the United States
Census revealed that the
two years after the City Council defeated a proposal to develop the Kingsbridge
Armory, the project has once again sparked a dispute between City Hall and the
On his radio show Friday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a dig at Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. for letting the project die.
"Related Companies wanted to go and build there. There was this craziness that they had to guarantee that whoever they leased space to would pay prevailing wages," said Bloomberg.
The mayor said the building, which has sat vacant for more than a decade, wastes taxpayer dollars.
The city spends $120,000 on the building's upkeep every year. The project was supposed to bring more than 2,000 jobs.
"The borough president said he was going to find solutions and he was going to find people to come in. Well that went nowhere," said Bloomberg.
Diaz begs to differ.
"I am really confused about what the mayor said this morning. I don't know where it's coming from, and I don't think it's conducive or productive in moving the conversation forward," said Diaz.
Related would have received city subsidies for the project. There is now a bill at the City Council to require living wages at every city subsidized development. Its future is uncertain.
"Having living wage jobs, passing the living wage bill, will make sure people aren't living in poverty," said Ademola Oyefeso of the RWDSU/Living Wage NYC Coalition.
The Kingsbridge debate has particular relevance now because the city is still grappling with unemployment.
Thursday, the U.S. Census unveiled figures showing poverty was at its highest
here in 10 years. It's the highest in the
Nonetheless, the borough president has no regrets.
"I have no regrets about what happened before. There has got to be a better way to develop the armory," said Diaz.
This is not the first time a project has been rejected at the Kingsbridge Armory. Mayor Giuliani also wanted to develop there, but that was rejected because of community opposition. The Bloomberg administration says there are no projects in the pipeline.
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Super Dirt week tickets for 2012 – I found this out on the Internet:
2012 Super DIRT Week Tickets
by jhachmann, 12/28/11 12:06 PM
I hope everyone is having a great holiday season. Following the excitement around 2011 Super DIRT Week I wanted to make sure everyone completely understands the process in renewing and purchasing your tickets for the 2012 Super DIRT Week October 3-7 at the NYS Fairgrounds.
If you are renewing tickets, camping or parking you will have until December 31 to renew by calling 877.395.8606. The renewal deadline has been mid-December in the past, but we have extended it this year to accommodate many customer requests and all the Super DIRT Week loyal fans. If you are interested in additional seats, camping or parking please notify the ticket agent while renewing and they will assist you in accommodating your request.
2012 tickets, camping and parking become open to the public January 3rd for those of you who were unable to attend 2011 Super DIRT Week. You can make your purchase by calling 877.395.8606, calling 315.834.6606 or online atwww.dirtcar.com/tickets
As always please feel free to contact me (Jeff Hachmann) by calling 315.834.6606 or email@example.com if you have any questions.
Something I overlooked last week when I posted the photo of Tony Stewart in his Munchkin Midget, racing with an Open Face helmet – the photo was taken by Dave Merritt.
Some of the new ones:
seeking abortions in
18 and under in
Opponents have filed five potential initiatives to repeal the requirement outright or let parents remove their children while gays' contributions are being taught.
A few laws try to address budget woes. In Delaware, new state employees will have to contribute more to their pensions, while state workers hired after Jan. 1 in Nevada will have to pony up for their own health care costs in retirement.
More can be seen if you go here:
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
Note: As of now, it looks like
I’ll be in
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
Note: While reading over this
column on Wednesday afternoon, I started to wonder – is it too late to order
tickets for this? So I called Bob Perran, down in
If you’re into Sprint Car and NASCAR racing, and are heading to
Short SpeedWeeks Trip
Friday, Feb. 17 – WoO Sprint Cars (Night),
Saturday, Feb. 18 – ARCA Racing Series (Day) & Budweiser Shootout - NASCAR Sprint Cup (Night), Daytona Int’l Speedway
Sunday, Feb. 19 – TBARA Sprint Cars (Day), New
Monday, Feb. 20 – TBARA Sprint Cars, New
Ultimate SpeedWeeks Vacation
Friday, Feb. 17 – WoO Sprint Cars (Night),
Saturday, Feb. 18 – ARCA Racing Series (Day) & Budweiser Shootout - NASCAR Sprint Cup (Night), Daytona Int’l Speedway
Sunday, Feb. 19 – TBARA Sprint Cars (Day), New
Monday, Feb. 20 – TBARA Sprint Cars, New
Tuesday, Feb. 21 – Off Day (Beach Day!)
Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Modifieds and Super Late
Thursday, Feb. 23 – Twin 150 Qualifying Races, NASCAR Sprint Cup (Day), Daytona Int’l Speedway, or All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars (Night), Bubba Raceway Park, Ocala
Friday, Feb. 24 – 360 Sprint Car Winternationals
Saturday, Feb. 25 – NASCAR Nationwide Series (Day), Daytona Int’l Speedway, or All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars (Night), Bubba Raceway Park, Ocala, or 360 Sprint Car Winternationals (Night), East Bay Raceway Park, Gibsonton
Sunday, Feb 26 – Daytona 500 (Day), NASCAR Sprint Cup, Daytona Int’l Speedway
NOTE: This longer vacation can be extended out even further, for those who want to include the USAC National Sprint Car series (Feb. 9-11 at Bubba Raceway Park), and another 2 nights of All Star Circuit of Champions races at Volusia Speedway Park (Wed. & Thurs. Feb 15-16).
The above was found here:
Also, some interesting things about Dave Steele at the beginning of Richards article.
Found on Jayski’s website:
No Trucks or Nationwide races for Kyle Busch in 2012?
#18-Kyle Busch is unlikely to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2012, at the request of Joe Gibbs Racing and their Sprint Cup Series sponsor, M&Ms. Kyle Busch Motorsports General Manager Rick Ren confirmed today that there is "a high probability" that Busch will withdraw from the 2012 Truck Series. "That topic is being discussed almost constantly around here right now," he said, adding, "It is not necessarily something that Kyle chose. If he doesn't run Trucks this year, it will be at the request (of JGR). Not by demand, but by request. Things change on an hour-by-hour basis, but if I had to answer you right now, I'd say he will probably not race in the Truck Series next year. There is a possibility of him running no Nationwide races under certain circumstances, as well. There are a lot of things being discussed right now, which makes it pretty tough on me. I've been trying to figure out whether Kyle's going to be available to run our Trucks and Nationwide cars, then determine whether the individual sponsors will stay around without him behind the wheel. I believe Kyle will drive a KBM Nationwide Series Toyota in a certain number of races next year," said Ren. "I can't swear to it, but that's what it look like today."(Sirius Speedway)(12-24-2011)
#43 driver to be announced today?
No; Almirola? Sources say David Ragan is likely to replace A.J. Allmendinger [who went to the #22 Penske Dodge] in the #43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, with an announcement possible as soon as tomorrow [Friday].(Sirius Speedway)(12-23-2011)
Aric Almirola, who finished fourth in points in the Nationwide Series this season, has emerged as the leading candidate to take over the #43 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series in 2012. The deal, which has come together very quickly, will be officially announced after the Christmas and New Year's holidays and will include a sponsor announcement. Almirola, was set to begin his second full season with JR Motorsports' #88 team in 2012, but his move to the Cup series now leaves his future with that organization unclear. A spokesperson for RPM said Friday night the organization did plan to make a driver announcement for the #43 after the holidays but would have no other comment at this time.(Charlotte Observer)(12-24-2011)
Front Row still working on driver lineup:
Last season, Front
Row Motorsports team owner Bob Jenkins and general manager Jerry Freeze put
together a team of #34-David Gilliland, #38-Travis Kvapil
and #55-J.J. Yeley and were able to deliver solid
efforts for the NASCAR team located in Statesville, NC. Gilliland drove in all
36 Cup races last year in the #34 Taco Bell Ford with one top-five finish -- an
impressive third-place in the season-opening Daytona 500 -- and two top-10
finishes. Kvapil competed in 29 races in the #38 Long
John Silver's Ford [and a few in the #55] car but did not crack the top 10. Yeley ran a limited schedule for the team [in the #38 and
#55. None of the three drivers are under contract for 2012, but Freeze said the
team intends to have all three back because they are the type of drivers the
team needs at this stage of its development. "All three drivers have been
really good for Front Row Motorsports," Freeze said. "They all fit
the same profile. They are drivers with five or six years of Cup experience.
They were all champions in another form of racing but haven't made their mark
yet in Sprint Cup racing. They are all really hungry to make their mark. We
aren't quite set to announce our formal driver lineup yet ... but our plan is
to run the #34 and the #38 car along with a third car [which won't use #55 at
MWR is running that car number in 2012] that will make some other appearances
There are several high-profile drivers without a ride, and Freeze said with their uncertain lineup, Front Row Motorsports has explored the free-agent market. "We've talked to [David] Ragan and [David] Reutimann," Freeze admitted. "Ragan has been in the Ford family and we talked to him after the season was over out of respect for Ford because they really liked him and wanted to see if there was a fit there. We've talked to David Reutimann, too. If there is a place where he might fit along with a sponsor, we could be an option there. But it's been more casual conversations with those guys and our focus has been on David and J.J. and Travis and [working] on the packages that we have discussed with them."(in part from Sports Illustrated)(12-26-2011)
Finch Talks About Hiring Kurt Busch:
Phoenix Racing made
a big hire on Wednesday night as team owner James Finch reached an agreement
with 2004 NASCAR champion Kurt Busch. Busch agreed to drive the #51 car for
Phoenix Racing in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide series. Busch has
had his share of embarrassments in the last few months, getting into a heated
argument with a reporter, amongst other things. That led to his departure from
Penske racing, and the opening for him to sign with
Motorsports Hall of Fame announces 2012 finalists:
Finalists for the next enshrinees into the Motorsports Hall of Fame have been determined. The class of 2012 Inductees will be announced early in the year. Who will be selected? In the Open Wheel category, nominees on the ballot include veteran driver and official Wally Dallenbach, four-time Indy winning owner Chip Ganassi, American auto racing impresario Carl Haas, and two-time Indy 500 winner "The Flying Dutchman" Arie Luyendyk, Other names being considered by the Voting Panel are Pat Patrick who served as the first president of CART and whose teams won 3 Indy 500s, Danny Sullivan who "spun and won" at Indy in 1985, and Alex Zanardi who captured CART titles in 1997 and 1998.(12-26-2011)
Nashville Superspeedway will be available for race team testing in 2012:
Inc. has announced that Nashville Superspeedway, the company's track in
Stewart to race in
will return to his roots to race an open-wheeled midget car in the 14th annual
#14-Tony Stewart will return to
AMP returns to #88
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. is scheduled to run a green AMP Energy paint scheme on the #88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy at Martinsville in April and supposedly run a slightly different version for three races later in the season. AMP Energy has been the primary sponsor for the #88 since Earnhardt Jr. started driving the car. In 2012, the #88's primary sponsors will be Diet Mountain Dew and the Army National Guard. See an image of the scheme on my #88 Team Schemes page.(12-28-2011)
Note: A lot more can be found on Jayski, if you go here:
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 January 1st to January 5th.
Jacky Ickx -- Born -- (F1 & Sportscar Driver)
NASCAR's ban of the Hemi engine goes into effect, a major blow to Chrysler and several drivers, including Richard Petty and David Pearson. Two of NASCAR's greatest drivers, Petty and Pearson will sit out the majority of the season, not returning until July in race No. 34 of the 55-race season. Each will qualify for 14 races in 1965.
Scott Riggs --- Born -- (NASCAR Driver)
Mauri Rose ... Died ... Rose won the INDY 500 three times;
1941, 1947 and 1948. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of
Fame in 1994, and Motorsports of Hall of Fame of
Pedro Rodriguez wins the
first South Africa Grand Prix to be held on the Kayalami
Robby Gordon ..... Born ..(Indy Car and NASCAR driver and Off-Road racer)
... Died ... an American racing driver from
Dan Shaver ..... Died ... Shaver raced in several road racing series before moving to stock cars, mostly ARCA where his best finish was ninth. In the last four years Shaver was a team owner, and he was one of the first to put Denny Hamlin and Aric Almirola in superspeedway cars.
Joe Sostilio ... Born ... Sostilio raced both sprint cars and midgets. He won the New England Dirt Championship in 1935, 1936 and 1938. He also won the Bay State Midget Racing Association Championship in 1947 and Eastern Sprint Car Championship in 1953. In 1949, he turned to Stock Car racing but still continued in open wheel racing. Between 1948 and 1950 Joe won seven races in AAA competition as teammate to Johnnie Parsons. Joe was 5th in the AAA Eastern Sprint Car Championship in 1952, he beat Tommy Hinnershitz to the title in 1953 and finished 6th in 1954. His best finishes on the Champ Car circuit were a 7th at Langhorne Speedway and another 7th at Darlington Speedway in 1954.
Allen Heath ... Born ...
West Coast open cockpit driver who raced for years, despite losing a hand in a
racing accident. He's a member of the Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame, and,
while racing with one hand, won a 500 mile Midget race on the Riverside Road
Mike McGreevy ... Born ... Midget race car driver.
Coo Coo Marlin ... Born ... NASCAR driver and father of NASCAR driver Sterling Marlin
Willy T. Ribbs ... Born ... Sports Car and Indy Car driver
Michael Schumacher... Born ... Formula 1 driver
Wally Meskowski... Died ... Sprint car builder and Indy 500 crew chief
"Joie" Chitwood ... Died ... American
racecar driver and businessman. He is best known as a daredevil in the Joie Chitwood Thrill Show. He was dubbed "Joie" by a
track promoter and the name stuck. Chitwood started
his racecar driving career in 1934 at a dirt track in
Chuck Parsons... Died ...
Sports car driver . Ran one USAC
Sam McQuagg... Died ... Sam was the 1965 NASCAR Rookie of the Year. McQuagg began racing in the 1950s and entered his first NASCAR race in 1962. In 1966, McQuagg claimed his only NASCAR victory, winning the Firecracker 400 at Daytona International Speedway. In the 1965 Southern 500, McQuagg was involved in a spectacular wreck that sent Cale Yarborough tumbling over a guardrail. Footage of the crash was later used to illustrate the agony of defeat on "ABC's Wide World of Sports." McQuagg drove in his last NASCAR race in 1974 and worked as a corporate pilot until retiring in 1997.
Roscoe Sarles ... Born ...( Indy Car driver )
Dee Toran ... Born ...ARDC Midget driver. One of the few, if maybe the only race driver, convicted of manslaughter, when another driver was fatally injured in a racing accident.
Donald Campbell killed
while attempting to break the world water speed record on
Richie Hearn ... Born ...( Indy Car driver )
Graham Rahal ... Born ... Road and Indycar racer. Son of Indy car racer Bobby Rahal
Maynard Clark ... Died ... Thrill show motorcycle rider and Midget driver
Wade NASCAR Grand National driver, died when his Mercury crashed during
Goodyear tire tests at Daytona Intl. Speedway. The 34 year old Wade, a native of
Ottis Stine... Died ... Otis was a Pennsylvania Sprint Car driver who was a founder member of the York County Racing Club in 1979. He drove his first race in 1934. His main claim to fame is that he was the first ever driver to turn a racing lap of the legendary Williams Grove speedway in 1934. He attempted to run at Indy in 1952 in a Scopa-Offenhauser, but failed to qualify. Stine once finished second in the AAA points and when he retired in 1954, he held numerous track records.
News from the AARN:
Nothing this week due to no AARN being published as they annually shut down for two weeks at the end of the calendar year.
Nothing to report on this week.
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:
I get e-mails:
I don't usually forward this type of message, but as it is Christmas, there couldn't be a better time to send it. Merry Christmas to all.
WHAT HAPPENS IN HEAVEN WHEN WE PRAY?
I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around.
We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels.
My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, '
This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in
prayer are received.
I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many
angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and
scraps from people all over the world.
Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.
The angel then said to me, "This is the Packaging and Delivery
Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are
processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them." I
noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working
hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and
were being packaged for delivery to Earth.
Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the
door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel
was seated there, idly doing nothing. "This is the Acknowledgment
Section, my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed
embarrassed." How is it that there is no work going on here? ' I
"So sad," the angel sighed. "After people receive the blessings that
they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments"
"How does one acknowledge God's blessings? " I asked..
"Simple," the angel answered. Just say, "Thank you, Lord. "
"What blessings should they acknowledge?" I asked.
"If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof
overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a
dish, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy. "
"And if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in
the world who has that opportunity."
"If you woke up this morning with more health than illness .. You
are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day. "
"If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of
imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation ...
You are ahead of 700 million people in the world."
"If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest,
torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three
billion people in the world."
"If your parents are still alive and still married ..you are very
"If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm,
you're unique to all those in doubt and despair......."
Ok, what now? How can I start?
If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in
that someone was thinking of you as very special and you are more
blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at
Have a good day, count your blessings, and if you care to, pass this
along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are
ATTN: Acknowledge Dept.
"Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability to share this message and
for giving me so many wonderful people with whom to share it. "
If you have read this far, and are thankful for all that you have
been blessed with, how can you not send it on ??? ? I thank God for
everything, especially all my family and friends
# 2:- Not sure if this will come out on the Dirt Track Digest:
Some non-racing stuff:
Federal Judge Blocks Key Provisions of S.C. Immigration Law (Obama Appointee!)
"The Obama circle of corruption continued to grow, as a Democrat Party hack (see below) appointed to the bench by the President himself just a year ago – and who made political contributions to Obama in 2008 – today blocked the key provisions of South Carolina’s AZ-style immigration law.
With just 10 days to go until the law was scheduled to take effect, U.S. District Judge Richard Mark Gergel granted a motion that Obama’s own Justice Department made. It doesn’t get any more incestuous than this.
The ruling applies to portions that require law officers to check the status of anyone they stop for something else and suspect is in the country illegally. Gergel also halted the implementation of sections pertaining to the transportation of illegal immigrants and immigrant registration cards."
About the Judge:
"Judge Richard Mark Gergel – Ambulance Chaser and Democrat Big Wig
Judge Gergel had never before served as a judge at any level before Obama picked him in 2010. What was he before? An ambulance chaser. Oh, sorry, that was politically incorrect of me – a “personal injury attorney“. In fact he was named a “South Carolina Super Lawyer” several years’ running. Those are the types that bring in the big cash settlements – as John Edwards did across the state line in N.C. for years – bankrupting OBGYNs with phony science.
And like Edwards, Gergel wasn’t shy in throwing his money around: in just 8 years, Gergel gave a staggering $62,450 to Democrat politicans – including Barack Obama. And it paid off, handsomely with a LIFETIME APPOINTMENT to the U.S. District Court."
More on this can be found here:
And, how about this – and the Sheriff?
"A federal judge dealt a new setback Friday to the immigration enforcement efforts of America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff," barring his deputies from detaining people based solely on the suspicion that they're in the country illegally.
The ruling sets the stage for a possible trial in a
lawsuit that alleges racial profiling in the patrols in
Lawyers pushing the lawsuit on behalf of five Latino clients also won class-action status that lets other Hispanics join the case if they have been detained and questioned by Arpaio's deputies as either a driver or passenger in a vehicle since January 2007.
U.S. District Judge Murray Snow hasn't yet ruled on the ultimate question of racial profiling, but notes the case's evidence could lead a judge or jury to conclude that Arpaio's office racially profiles Latinos.
"Sheriff Arpaio has made public statements that a fact-finder could interpret as endorsing racial profiling," Snow said."
More on this can be seen, here:
Is this true?:
More than likely, yes, it is.
Same-sex families pay thousands of dollars more in taxes
Same-sex spouses are paying as much as $6,000 a year in extra taxes because the federal government doesn't recognize gay marriage, according to an analysis conducted for CNNMoney by tax specialists.
While marriage provides tax benefits for many heterosexual couples, same-sex families don't enjoy the same perks because they are not allowed to file their federal returns jointly.
imbalance persists despite increasing acceptance of gay marriage as a legal
right. More than 12 states now grant full or partial marriage rights to
same-sex couples, and a recent
But not the federal government, which is constrained by the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. Even as more same-sex couples are able to file jointly at the state level, they are still forced to file as single when submitting federal returns to the IRS.
This means they can't combine their income and deductions to take advantage of lower tax rates. It's also harder for them to qualify for certain tax breaks because the credits phase out sooner for single filers.
"It's costing these families thousands of dollars a year, as well as the emotional pain and suffering," said Ken Weissenberg, a partner at accounting firm EisnerAmper who is in a same-sex marriage himself.
State tax changes on the way in 2012
Why gay couples pay more: To zero in on the tax bill gap between same-sex families across the country, CNNMoney asked H&R Block to crunch number comparing same-sex and heterosexual families according to a variety of scenarios. (Check out H&R Block's methodology)
One scenario involved families with one spouse earning $100,000 and the other spouse staying at home with the family's two kids.
In the same-sex family's case, the working spouse files as "head of household," and the stay-at-home spouse is considered a "qualifying relative."
Say that couple reported no other income or deductions. In that case, the same-sex household's federal tax bill is $15,199, which includes tax the head of household must pay on health insurance premiums to cover the stay-at-home spouse. That's $4,543 higher than the straight couple's liability.
Why? Because the "head of household" designation comes with some disadvantages.
Filing as "head of household" instead of "married filing jointly" exposes more income to a higher tax bracket. Plus, standard deductions, which are given based on the filing status to taxpayers who don't itemize deductions, are lower for a head of household than they are for married couples filing jointly.
And then there are the kids. When a child tax credit is claimed, the gap between same-sex households and married couples can grow even wider.
The heterosexual couple in H&R Block's example is able to claim the full $1,000 child tax credit for each kid. But the credit phases out sooner for families claiming "head of household." So in this case, the cost of being unable to file jointly comes out to $6,043 for same-sex households.
The one exception where same-sex spouses can actually come out ahead is the so-called marriage penalty. For some same-sex spouses in the higher tax brackets who work and have no children, filing tax returns using the "single" status makes the liability a little lower than that of heterosexual married couples. Still, "single" status is typically less advantageous than "married filing jointly."
Other factors driving up the bill: It's not just income taxes that are costing same-sex couples more.
They tried to deduct what?!
Many same-sex spouses don't qualify for the same marital exemptions given to other families for inheritance taxes and gift taxes. In addition, same-sex households receive lower tax exclusions for capital gains on the sales of a home (unless the home is jointly owned and each spouse qualifies for the exclusion).
All of this is not only costing same-sex couples more, but it's a paperwork and compliance nightmare.
Same-sex families who live in states where gay marriage is recognized typically have to fill out up to four separate returns -- including mock federal returns -- to cover both their state and federal taxes. Plus, hiring a tax preparer to take on these more complicated returns tends to be significantly more expensive.
"But it shouldn't stop anyone from getting married," said Weissenberg, who says he pays an extra $5,000 in taxes per year simply because he is in a same-sex marriage. "If I had to pay twice as much in taxes to be married to my husband, I would."
The above was found here:
Somehow, after I made a promise to put this video on one of my columns - column # 84 on December 8th, I failed to do so. So here is an excellent example of how one must turn right to go left when racing on a dirt track with Sprint Cars and no wings:
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/
Back in the late
1940’s, I’d go to the indoor midget races that were held in the Kingsbridge
Armory, in the
I don’t recall if anything was ever put down on the track, either – like Coke syrup.
Here’s a photo of the Armory:
I realize that this might be a long column, but at around 10:30 PM last night – Wednesday, I received an e-mail from Chris Romano – an e-mail sent out to the Yahoo! Race History Group. I felt that I should include what Chris sent in this weeks column – it’s something he usually does every year around this tine.
For Auld Lang Syne 2011 by Chris Romano
I beg your indulgence once more to pause
before we start the engines for the 2012 racing season and remember those who
left us this year.
Veteran Santa Fe Speedway Late Model driver
Al Johnson succumbed at 68 of a heart attack.
Jimmy “Porky” Edwards Jr., a Fayetteville Motor Speedway regular with
over 400 wins on the dirt passed on at age 57.
car owner who won championships with his son Tim at the wheel. Harold died this year at age 67. At 37 Steven Howard, the 1996 Late Model
champion at Greenville Pickens Speedway died in his sleep from a heart
ailment. And let’s not forget Hal
Fastrak champion, Gary Knollinger was killed at age 39 in a pedestrian
accident. Johnny Johnson, long time
sponsor and Late Model Driver died this year at age 75. Central Georgia Late Model racer Beau Slocumb
lost his battle with cancer at just 26 years of age. Cancer also claimed B.J. Parker, co-founder
of the Southern All Stars Late Model series.
Darrell Brown, the 1984 All Pro Super Series champion died at age 66 in
an industrial accident at his business. At age 73 Charles Keply died suddenly in his
sleep. Charles founded the North South
Shootout which pitted the best of southern modified drivers against their
northern counterparts at Concord Motor Speedway in
year at age 60. Arlene Pittman,
Late Model driver, promoter, and track owner lost her battle with breast cancer
Ray Elder, multi-time Winston West champion, died at 69. Ray won six Winston West championships and
Cup races at
Daytona. And how about Reds Kagle. A mid-Atlantic regular Kagle was a five time
Old Dominion Speedway Late Model champ, despite having lost a leg in a crash at
was a tough year in
wherever he showed up, passed away this year.
Gene Bergin, the veteran New England Modified driver and champion at
MacClaren, a Supermodified legend who mixed it up with Ollie Silva and Howie
Brown, among others. Big Daddy died this
year from complications of diabetes. Jimmy
multi-time Danbury Arena Champion left us as did
Sweet. Dick Beauregard, another
Speedbowl regular and many time feature winner passed on, as did veteran New
DiBurro, a regular at Star,
do without “Nasty” Neil Murray? A
veteran car owner on the Star,
breed that actually had fun in this business.
racer and NEAR Hall of Famer, died at 82, and
Lee died suddenly at age 58. John Hoyt,
Valenti Modified Racing Series director
died suddenly at home, at 37.
Back in 1951 Langhorne held a race for
Modifieds that blossomed into the Race of Champions. The winner on that dusty, fiery day was Hully
Bunn. The veteran shoe left us this year
at age 91.
In open wheel racing a big void was created
with the death of Earl Gaerte, the maestro who put together bulletproof motors
for sprints and midgets. Earl died this
year at 67. Jim Streicher won the USAC
midget car owner title 3 times, including one with his son, Mike. Jimmy passed on this year at age 87. At age
90 Bruno Brackey took the checkered flag.
Sportsman. Bob Miley, multi time midget
Tenney died at 75 in a house fire. Tenney was a multi-time midget champion in his
native state of
Sprints, Midgets and Indy Cars also left us this year. Ricky Moore, supermodified engine builder and Bob
Nowicki, veteran midget owner passed on.
Joe Kennely, the last of the pre-war
Indy 500 riding mechanics died this year at age 97. And let’s not forget Smokey Snellbaker, the
king of the Pennsylvania Posse sprint car gang, who left us this year at age
Chris Griffis, who guided Sam Schmidt
Motorsports Indy Lights team to five championships, collapsed after a
basketball game at age 45. Mark Bridges,
veteran mechanic and chief mechanic for Tom Sneva’s 1983 win at Indy, died of
Jim Rathman swapped the lead with Rodger
29 times on his way to winning the
Across the pond Derek Gardner, the
Formula One designer who gave us the six-wheeled Tyrrell in the mid-70’s died
this year at 79. Martin Bartek, Ford
GT40 entrant in the GT1 series died suddenly at age 44. Bill Boddy, who founded Motorsport Magazine,
kept it going through World War II, and was still meeting deadlines after other
scribes had retired passed away this year at age 98. Longtime Formula Two entrant Roy Winklemann,
who helped launch the career of 1970 World Champion Jochen Rindt died this year
at age 81. Louis Rosier fulfilled a
national dream, winning the 24 Hours of
his father. Louis outlived a lot of his
fellow drivers to reach the ripe old age of 86 this year. Christian Bakkerud, a Formula Three winner
and rising star was killed at age 26, in a traffic accident. Martin Hines, karting guru to the stars, and
the catalyst for many a Formula One career died this year at age 62. Richard Bond, 72, veteran British sports car
racer left us this year as did Australian V8 Touring Car driver Jason Richards,
dying at age 35 to a rare form of cancer. Sergio Scaglietti designed the gorgeous Testa
Rossa, among others. The Ferrari
craftsman died this year at age 91.
And let’s not forget Peter Gethin. A two time British Formula 5000 champ Gethin
got a Formula One shot first with McLaren and then with BRM. In his second race with BRM he won the closest,
fastest Grand Prix ever at
He beat the Formula One regulars again a few years later at Brands Hatch
in a Formula 5000 car, the only man ever to do so. The plucky Brit passed away this year after a
long illness at age 71.
racing on this side of the
lost Walt Bohren, an IMSA veteran who drowned in
faithfully to Watkins Glen each year, but he was a class winner for Lotus at Le
Mans. The perennial northwest entrant
died this year at age 85. Bob Schroeder, Goodyear Tire distributor in
Bill Summers built the Goldenrod with
his brother Bob, who drove it to a land speed record for piston powered, wheel
driven cars in 1965 at 409.277 mph. It
stood for 26 years.
sport remained cruel in 2011. At Eastern
just 16 years old, was killed in the crash of his Formula Vee car. Paul Clark, the 1982 BMARA midget champion
died at age 58, having spent the last 22 years of his life in care after life
threatening injuries in a 1988 USAC race.
Gustavo Sonderman, 29, died in a crash in the Copa Montana series at
veteran Paulo Kunze, 67, was killed in a touring car crash at the same track. Guido
Falaschi, 22, was killed in a touring car race in
Langton, a GT racer gravely injured at Nogaro in 1996 and hospitalized since
died this year at age 44. William Mefford,
an Anderson Speedway Late Model veteran died in a crash at the
Subaru Impreza at the Levoca
BMW-Judd at the Rieto-Terminilli hillclimb in
while racing his Formula Ford at Castle Combe in
Sonny McCoy, 73, died of injuries
suffered in a crash at the Outer Banks Speedway drag strip in
his Pro Mod at Rockingham Dragway, also in
And at 33, Dan Wheldon, two time and
defending winner of the
Naman, former manager of
For decades the distinct voice booming
over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway belonged to Tom Carnegie. A true professional, Carnegie left us this
year at age 90. Seekonk Speedway had their
own voice, Jim Powers, every bit as booming as Carnegie. The voice of the Konk was silenced this year.
The Fourth Estate lost Ciddi Cinnelli,
veteran journalist for Area Auto Racing News.
Area Auto newsroom also lost Jerry Riegle at age
43. Jerry was the go to guy for
Sprint cars. Dick Greenawalt, a long
time AARN contributor and EMPA member passed away at age 71. John Hall covered Seekonk for years for
Speedway Scene, and left us all too soon this year. David E. Davis founded Autoweek and was the
long time editor for Car and Driver. He
died this year at age 80. For years I
shared the press room with Walt Renner covering midgets. The veteran National Speed Sport News writer
died this year at age 90.
And, done in by the Internet and falling
print ad revenue, National Speed Sport News shut down after 76 years of
covering the sport across the globe, from Saturday night racers to Formula
One. Such is the price of progress.
The Northeast Midget Association lost
veteran car owner Blackie LaMaccia late last year. And what will we do without Jim O’Brien? Jimmy was a stalwart of NEMA; veteran car
owner, contest board member, treasurer.
He left us all too soon this year after complications following surgery,
but his Sweet 16 midget, built from the ground up by O’Brien & Sons
Engineering, will continue to be at NEMA events with son Matt at the wheel.
Life and time goes on. We pause to remember the characters, the
geniuses, the Saturday night heroes. We
shed a little tear, and lift our glasses to not just their memory, but how they
lived, for Auld Lang Syne.
Joyeux Noel, bonne annee – Chris Romano.
Closing with these – continued from last week:
A pastor asked a little boy if he said his prayers every night.
'Yes, sir.' the boy replied.
'And, do you always say them in the morning, too?' the pastor asked.
'No sir,' the boy replied. 'I ain't scared in the daytime.'
ALL MEN / ALL GIRLS
When my daughter, Kelli, said her bedtime prayers, she would bless every family member,
every friend and every animal (current and past).
For several weeks, after we had finished the nightly prayer, Kelli would say, 'And all girls.'
This soon became part of her nightly routine, to include this closing.
My curiosity got the best of me and I asked her,
'Kelli, why do you always add the part about all girls?'
Her response, 'Because everybody always finish their prayers by saying 'All Men'!'
SAY A PRAYER
Little Johnny and his family were having Sunday dinner at his Grandmother's house.
Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served.
When Little Johnny received his plate, he started eating right away.
'Johnny! Please wait until we say our prayer.' said his mother.
'I don't need to,' the boy replied.
'Of course, you do.' his mother insisted. 'We always say a prayer before eating at our house.'
'That's at our house.' Johnny explained.
'But this is Grandma's house and she knows how to cook!'
That’s the end of these types of jokes, folks.
May “Guardian Angels” sit on the shoulders of all of our race drivers and race fans, and guide them safely around the tracks!
As usual, you can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org