Racin' & Internet Stuff:

                                      By Tom Avenengo

                                         Volume # 88





Well, if you’re reading this then I have to figure you’ve survived the New Year?  Personally, I don’t care to watch the “Ball” fall anymore.  Waste of TV time I think.  Then again, I was on the computer at midnight, anyway.  Guess I have a somewhat boring life?



Getting a little difficult to get any racing news now that we are in this time of the year.  Most news, for a while, will be from NASCAR and maybe some from Indycar.  Locally, things are kind of kept quiet with mainly rumors floating around.



Over this past weekend, I received quite a few e-mails from John DaDalt, a well-known photographer and racing “Historian”.  It was Mr. DaDalt that sent me the race records of George Rice when I nominated Rice for the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.  Whether my nomination helped or not, I do not know.  Rice (Viola) was inducted, however, back in 2010, I believe.  Unfortunately, if you were to go to the HoF’s website, and clicked on “Inducted Members” his name doesn’t come up, along with others that were inducted then, and even earlier, like in 2009.

What Mr. DaDalt sent me were the midget racing results from the Bridgeport, Danbury and West Haven tracks in Connecticut, Dorney Park and Yellow Jacket in Pa, the Middletown, Kingsbridge Armory and Menands tracks in NY, the “Bay State” group, some ARDC “Southern” tour results, Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, NJ and a feature-winning list for Ed “Dutch” Schaefer.  He is currently working on results from other tracks, too.

Other results that I’ve just received are some PA & NJ tracks, Stafford, Ct., Cherry Park in Avon, Ct. and Deer Park 1947 results. 

The results start back in the 1930’s and go to the 1950’s.

Here’s part of one of the results that he has sent me:

Bridgeport, CT Midget racing 1935-1950


Newfield Park



15 lap features

National Midget Auto Racing

May 15 1. Bill Holmes 2. Mickey Lowack 3. George Krantz

May 22 race report not found

May 29 no racing

June 5 1. Johnny Duncan 2. Mickey Lowack 3. Pete Canfield

June 12 1. Bill Schindler

June 19

June 26 no race, track being repaired

July 3 race report not found


Racing taken over by the Metropolitan Racing Association, Bill Heiserman

July 31 1. Pete Canfield 2. Bill Schindler 3. Johnny Duncan

Aug. 7 1. Bill Schindler 2. Pete Canfield 3. Bill Morrissey

Aug. 14 1. Ernie Gessell 2. Bill Schindler 3. Bill Scarrince

Aug. 21 1. Walt Fusco 2. Bill Schindler 3. Charlie Miller

While leading on the 11th lap of the main, Pete Canfield crashed into the stalled car of Bill Scarrince, Canfield died from his injuries.

Aug. 28 1. Bill Schindler 2. George McIntosh 3. Bill Troutwine

Sept. 4 rain?

Sept. 11 1. Bill Schindler 2. Ernie Gesell 3. Joey Bocchino

Sept. 18 1. Bill Holmes 2. Bill Morrissey 3. Johnny Duncan

Sept. 25 1. Bill Schindler 2. Ernie Gesell 3. Walt Fusco

The Bridgeport results go up to the year 1950.  Results from the other venues are basically the same as what I’ve put in, up above.

I will have no problem sending them out to you if you’d like to see them.  Just send me an e-mail is all you have to do, with a request for what you want.




As you know, the Chili Bowl is just around the corner – starting on January 11th.  But, were you aware that there is racing  prior to the Chili Bowl, at the same track?  And, those races, featuring different classes, draw a TON of entrants?

I found this, on the Internet:

With nearly 800 entries from throughout the nation and beyond battling it out through 100 heat races and 32 qualifying races on Thursday evening and all day Friday, the stage has been set for Saturday’s 27th Annual Speedway Motors Tulsa Shootout feature events at the QuikTrip Center’s Tulsa Expo Raceway.

A total of 790 competitors mixed it up in Micro Sprint, Mini Sprint and Chevy ECOTec Midget action on the 1/5-mile clay oval with two classes contesting 38 heat races on Thursday before another 62 heat races and 32 qualifying races took place on Friday.

More, if you're interested, can be seen here:


Can you imagine being there for that?  How about trying to score the event?  And we think the Chili Bowl is big with some 200+ entrants??  Well, in a way, yes, it is!



Other forums/message boards and websites:


You might find some interesting reading if you go to the links below.


Track Forum: - http://www.trackforum.com/forums/

Frontstretch.com:  http://www.frontstretch.com/

Jayski: - http://www.jayski.com/

Open Wheel Racers3:  http://www.openwheelracers3.com/

Race Pro Weekly:  http://raceproweekly.com/

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

Syracuse forum:  http://www.syracuse.com/forums/motorsports/ (must register to post)

Victory Speedway:  http://s2.excoboard.com/VictorySpeedwayForum (must register to post & no nonsense allowed)

Yahoo Race History Group:  http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/RacingHistory/ (when one posts something on an e-mail to the group, they do have what is called the “Len Sutton rule” – you put in your name and where you live.  And, yes, things are “policed” too.

New England Tractor:  http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/

Hoseheads – Sprint Car and Open Wheel news:  http://www.hoseheads.com/

Racing photos:  http://www.3widespicturevault.com/3wide_MAIN_VAULT_.htm









Over on the Track Forum, there's an interesting thread that attempts to compare Dan Wheldon to Eddie Sachs.

“Is Dan Wheldon the Eddie Sachs of my era?”

Quite a few interesting posts on the subject, and if you’re interested, you can read them if you go here:





Last week, on Dirt Track Digest, I posted my column two times with the second post having my attempt to put in the photos that appear in the column on the New England Tractor website.  It looked like it was going to work, but the photos are too big and you can’t see what’s on the right side of the photo.  So, I’ll need to do a little more work on the photos.  So, for a while, at least, photos will only be available on the New England Tractor website.




Michele Bachmann quits presidential race following poor showing in Iowa


WEST DES MOINES, Iowa--Michele Bachmann announced her exit from the presidential race Wednesday morning following a sixth-place finish in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa.


"Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice. And so I have decided to stand aside," the Republican representative from Minnesota told reporters during a morning media availability here at the Marriott hotel.


Despite Bachmann's extensive, last-minute tour to visit all 99 of Iowa's counties, her first place finish in the Aug. 13 straw poll, and the state being her place of birth, Iowa Republican caucus voters rejected Bachmann's campaign, handing her 6,073 votes on caucus night--5 percent of the total votes cast in Tuesday night's caucuses.


As recently as Tuesday evening, Bachmann was dismissing questions about whether a poor finish in Iowa would prompt her immediate departure from the race, saying her campaign's travel tickets were already booked for South Carolina--her next major campaign stop after largely passing over New Hampshire, which holds its primary on Tuesday, Jan. 10.


But communications director Alice Stewart told reporters following the news conference that conversations began last night about whether to continue the campaign and the congresswoman asked for time to "sleep on it" and "pray about it." Stewart said she was awakened early Wednesday morning with the news.


Stewart rejected the suggestion that campaign finance challenges factored into the congresswoman's decision.


"She doesn't see where she made mistakes," Stewart said. "None of us, you know, see where there were mistakes made." In response to question about how her campaign dropped from her high at the Ames Straw Poll, Stewart noted that there were fewer candidates in the race at that time.


The congresswoman has not yet discussed whether she will run for re-election in Minnesota, Stewart said.


Link:  http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/michele-bachmann-expected-quit-presidential-race-following-poor-161724564.html






Could be just a rumor, but I’ve heard that there will be a “Crate” Rookie class at OCFS in 2012.  I wonder how that might affect either of the full fendered classes?  I can recall when they first came out with the “Sportsman” class at OC and other tracks in the area.  It didn’t take long for that class to get away from what it was originally intended to be, that’s for sure.






IRS extends tax filing deadline to April 17


By Blake Ellis | CNNMoney.com – 7 hours ago


The IRS is giving taxpayers two extra days to get their taxes turned in this year.


While Tax Day typically falls on April 15, the IRS announced Wednesday that it is pushing back this year's filing deadline to Tuesday, April 17.


The extension was granted because April 15 falls on a Sunday this year, and Monday is Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington D.C. that celebrates the freeing of slaves in the district. Last year, Tax Day was extended until April 18, also thanks to Emancipation Day.


The IRS will also begin accepting returns submitted online through the agency's e-filing system -- which the IRS says is the fastest, most accurate filing option for taxpayers -- on January 17.


If you are requesting an extension, you have until Oct. 15 to file your 2011 tax return, the agency said.



The IRS said it expects to receive more than 144 million individual tax returns this year, with the majority projected to be submitted by the new April 17 deadline.


Link:  http://finance.yahoo.com/news/irs-extends-tax-filing-deadline-202800795.html




Press Releases:

On occasion, I do get some.

News from BD Motorsports Media - No BS. No Politics. Real Racing.

Media Contact: Brett Deyo - 845.728.2781 or Deyo99H@aol.com

For Immediate Release/Dec. 30, 2011

BD Motorsports Media Revs Up For Motorsports Appearance; 2012 Schedule, Information and Apparel Will Be Available

BOYERTOWN, PA - BD Motorsports Media is revving up for an appearance at the region's largest auto racing trade show.

For the second straight year, Boyertown, Pa.'s BD Motorsports Media will occupy an expansive display at the Len Sammons Productions 'mid-winter motorsports happening' - Motorsports 2012 presented by Small Engine Fuel at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa., Jan. 20-22.

Look for the BD Motorsports Media display in booths 216-218 and 316-318 during the 28th annual event. Motorsports 2012 will feature 225,000 square feet of nothing but racing, more than 600 vendors and 250-plus vehicles on display. 

Information on BD Motorsports Media '2012 Tour' events will be available for competitors and fans, outlining events planned for Penn Can Speedway (Susquehanna, Pa.) and Five Mile Point Speedway (Kirkwood, N.Y.).

Lap sponsorships will be on sale for all '12 events at a minimum of $25 per lap. Sponsors wishing to obtain laps in all three Modified races can do so for a minimal investment of $60.

New '2012 Tour' apparel, hot off the press from Bob Hilbert Sportswear in Boyertown, Pa., will be on sale at the show. Tee shirts are $18, long-sleeve $22 and hoodie sweatshirts $25.

The BD booth will include dirt Modifieds driven by Matt Jester and Kevin Albert Jr.

Jester, 26, of Milford, Del., was the 2011 Delaware International Speedway champion with eight victories. He will show off his new Clearview Farms-backed No. 62 Bicknell at the show. The driver known as the 'Joker' was a heat winner at the BD Media co-promoted Big Diamond (Pa.) Speedway 'Anthracite Assault' last July.

The 24-year-old Albert is a 358-Modified feature winner at Big Diamond Speedway and entered three of the four BD Motorsports Media events last season, making the feature field in each of his attempts. Albert, of Lebanon, Pa., recently signed Ollie's Bargain Outlet as a marketing partner for the the second consecutive season. Albert's Troyer No. 3A will be an eye-catcher.

 For further information on BD Motorsports Media, contact Brett Deyo via e-mail at Deyo99H@aol.com, by phone at 845.728.2781 or on the web: www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com.  BD Motorsports Media is also on Facebook.

 Complete information on Motorsports 2012 can be found online at www.aarn.com or by calling the Len Sammons Motorsports office 609.888.3618.



News from BD Motorsports Media - No BS. No Politics. Real Racing.

Media Contact: Brett Deyo - 845.728.2781 or Deyo99H@aol.com

For Immediate Release/Dec. 30, 2011

Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. and Alpine Building & Post Supply Sign On For BD Motorsports Media 2012 Tour Events at Penn Can and Five Mile Point

BOYERTOWN, PA - Continuing an outstanding marketing partnership initiated in 2009, Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. and its affiliate company Alpine Building & Post Supply have signed on to sponsor the the BD Motorsports Media '2012 Tour' events at Penn Can Speedway (Susquehanna, Pa.) and Five Mile Point Speedway (Kirkwood, N.Y.).

 The agreement for the upcoming '12 campaign was recently inked by BD Motorsports Media's Brett Deyo of Boyertown, Pa., and Bob Greene of Pioneer Pole Buildings and Alpine Building & Post Supply, both based in Schuylkill Haven, Pa.

 "Bob Greene is an outstanding supporter of racing on all levels," Deyo said. "From his sponsorship of racing events and a long list of competitors, he has given back to the sport he loves immensely through Pioneer Pole Buildings and Alpine Building & Post Supply.

 "We are looking forward to our continued relationship with Bob and his companies. He is ready to serve customers in the Southern Tier area where we host our events."

Pioneer Pole Buildings is a title sponsor of the three events scheduled in the New York/Pennsylvania Twin Tiers region: the Deyo/Reed Miller/Al Wilcox-promoted 'Clash at the Can' paying $10,000 to the Race of Champions Modified winner at Penn Can on Tuesday June 12 and the signature 'King of the Can'  also at Penn Can Friday, Oct. 12 in addition to the fifth Short Track SuperNationals Friday-Saturday Oct. 5-6 at Five Mile Point.

 Alpine Building & Post Supply, meanwhile, presents the 'Roll the Dice Challenge' during the SuperNationals at Five Mile Point, boosting the winner's share of the big-block/small-block Modified feature event.

 Pioneer Pole Buildings is the premier builder of post-frame buildings in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and New York. Founded in 1998, Pioneer has built its reputation on providing customers with high-quality buildings at very competitive prices. There is an emphasis on customer service before, during and after construction.

 Pioneer Pole Buildings is on the web at www.pioneerpolebuildings.com with a recently redesigned website.

 Alpine Building & Post Supply was established in 2003 as a supplier of post-frame building packages to a network of distributors. Four years later, Alpine opened its retail store with the same high-quality tools and materials used by Pioneer in its building kits.  Visit the Alpine Building & Post Supply website at www.apbuildingsupply.com.

BD Motorsports Media was the leader in special events dirt Modified promotion in 2011, boasting the largest single-day Modified car count of any track or sanction (Five Mile Point SuperNationals Oct. 8 - 79 cars) and largest midweek event car count of any track or sanction (Penn Can 'Clash at the Can' June 7 - 66 cars).

 For further information, contact Brett Deyo via e-mail at Deyo99H@aol.com or by phone: 845.728.2781. BD Motorsports Media is on the web: www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com and can also be found on Facebook.

 Visit BD Motorsports Media at Len Sammons' Motorsports 2012 presented by Small Engine Fuel Jan. 20-22 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center of Oaks, Pa. in booths 216-218 and 316-318. 2012 schedules, information and apparel will be available at the show.

 BD Motorsports Media 2012 Tour (as of Dec. 30, 2011)

Tuesday, June 12 - Penn Can Speedway/Susquehanna, PA - Clash at the Can Race of Champions Modifieds 60 laps $10,000 to win plus Trackside Products Street Stock 25

 Friday-Saturday October 5-6 - Five Mile Point Speedway/Kirkwood, NY - Short Track SuperNationals 5th Anniversary Modifieds 50 laps plus Street Stocks and Four Cylinders (Open Practice Friday)

Friday, October 12 - Penn Can Speedway/Susquehanna, PA - King of the Can Modifieds 50 laps plus Crate Sportsman 25 and Street Stock 25



Devil’s Bowl Speedway Recounts Top Five Stories Of 2011 Season

NASCAR sanction, youth vs. experience, changing of the guard among highlights

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                     DBS-122811-1

WEST HAVEN, VT -- The 2011 stock car racing season was one with many important moments in Devil’s Bowl Speedway.  The West Haven, VT track closes out one era as another begins, but not before a look back at the top five stories of the year.

5. Weather abbreviates racing: Mother Nature wreaked havoc on Vermont in 2011, and Devil’s Bowl wasn’t spared as seven races were lost including the final four events.  Track management has offered Thor, the Greek god of thunder, a 2012 season’s pass in exchange for taking racing season off.

4. Spring Green is an instant classic: The American-Canadian Tour Late Models had a spectacular Devil’s Bowl debut at the Spring Green, and fans were treated to a thriller.  Eleven lead changes highlighted the race including a 40-lap slugfest between Craig Bushey and eventual winner Brian Hoar.  ACT opens the 2012 Devil’s Bowl season with the 112-lap Spring Green on May 6.

3. Youth movement at The Bowl: Watch out, veterans.  Hunter Bates was a two-division star, scoring a mid-year Modified victory two weeks before his 16th birthday and later locking up the Late Model championship.  Sixteen year-old Jessey Mueller and fourth-generation racer Bobby Hackel were Modified winners, and 14 year-old Joey Laquerre, another fourth-generation driver, finished third in his first Late Model start.  Seventeen year-old Eddie Bruno grabbed his first Bomber championship with three wins.

2. Proctor cleans house at NASCAR banquet: Devil’s Bowl was sanctioned by NASCAR in 2011, and Modified veteran Ron Proctor was the chief beneficiary.  The Devil’s Bowl Speedway and Vermont State Champion picked up nearly $11,000 in prize money and a truckload of trophies, helmets, and other goodies at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet in Charlotte, NC.

1. A new era begins at Devil’s Bowl: Devil’s Bowl Speedway founder C.J. Richards and family guided the track to success for over 40 years, but Devil’s Bowl was sold in October to local business owners and former racers Mike and Alayne Bruno.  Devil’s Bowl will remain an asphalt half-mile with NASCAR sanction, but changes include a switch to Friday night racing during the summer months and the return of the iconic “358” Modified class.  Planned improvements to the facility will benefit both fans and racers as Devil’s Bowl works toward its goal of becoming a community entertainment center.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is just 15 minutes from Rutland, Vermont’s second-largest city, and opens its 46th season of stock car racing on May 6, 2012.  The full 18-event schedule is online at www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com along with divisional rulebooks.  For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or email devilsbowlspeedway@gmail.com.


Contact: Justin St. Louis                                                                                                                                                   (802) 355-3282

Email: devilsbowlspeedway@gmail.com

Justin St. Louis

Devil's Bowl Speedway Media

Cell: (802) 355-3282

Email: devilsbowlspeedway@gmail.com


And, from the WRG:

World of Outlaws Late Model Series Adds June Dates At Canada’s Autodrome Granby & Cornwall, New York’s Canandaigua


Trio Of Northeast Events Will Lead Tour To Sixth Annual Firecracker 100 Weekend At Lernerville Speedway


CONCORD, NC – Jan. 4, 2012 – The World of Outlaws Late Model Series will blast into summer with consecutive June dates at Canada’s Autodrome Granby and Cornwall Motor Speedway and New York’s Canandaigua Motorsports Park, tour officials announced on Wednesday.


Adding more excitement to the renowned national tour’s previously-released 2012 schedule, the full-fender World of Outlaws stars will end a one-year absence from the Canadian dirt-track scene with a weekend doubleheader at Autodrome Granby in Granby, Que., on Fri., June 22, and Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway on Sun., June 24. The swing will then conclude on Tues., June 26, at Canandaigua, a longtime DIRTcar-sanctioned facility.


The trio of events will lead into one of the season’s richest and most prestigious races – the sixth annual Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com on June 28-30 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. A pair of 30-lap, $6,000-to-win preliminary programs precede the weekend’s 100-lap headliner that offers a $30,000 top prize.


“We’re very happy to add visits to Autodrome Granby, Cornwall and Canandaigua to the 2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series schedule,” said tour director Tim Christman. “The fans in Canada and central New York always welcome the World of Outlaws teams with open arms so we’re really looking forward to bringing them more of the intense action that’s the hallmark of the World of Outlaws.”


The new dates will set up a two-week-long stretch of competition in the Northeast for the WoO LMS, which enters the region with back-to-back weekend programs on June 16 at Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway and June 17 at Eriez Speedway in Hammett, Pa. Christman said another mid-week event could be added to the schedule between the Eriez and Granby stops.


The 50-lap, $10,000-to-win show at Granby on June 22 will bring the WoO LMS to the half-mile oval for the first time. A top-notch facility that headlines the DIRTcar 358-Modified division on Friday nights, Granby is located one hour east of Montreal and two hours from the American border at Plattsburgh, N.Y.


Granby becomes the second French-Canadian track to host the WoO LMS, joining Autodrome Drummond in Drummondville. The four-tenths-mile Drummond oval has presented tour events won by former series champions Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky. (2007), Rick Eckert of York, Pa. (2008) and Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky. (2010).


Cornwall, meanwhile, returns to the WoO LMS slate for the fourth time in five years on June 24 with a 50-lap A-Main paying $10,000 to win. Previous winners at the quarter-mile bullring promoted by Ron Morin include two-time series champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va. (2008 and ’09) and Francis (’10).


The WoO LMS will close the swing on June 26 (distance and purse to be determined) with its third alltime appearance at Canandaigua, a sprawling half-mile fairgrounds track in its second season under the direction of Jeremie Corcoran. Richards was victorious there in ’08 and Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y. – the ’06 WoO LMS champion and a former Canandaigua DIRTcar Big-Block Modified regular at Canandaigua – scored an emotional triumph in ’09.


The 2012 WoO LMS campaign now stands at 45 confirmed race dates comprising 41 A-Mains – with more events still to be added. Christman said fans should look for several exciting announcements in the near future.


The coming season is shaping up as one of the most competitive in the tour’s nine-year history under the World Racing Group banner. Eleven of the 13 fulltime drivers from ’11 have indicated plans to follow the tour again, including defending champion Eckert, Lanigan, McCreadie, Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y., Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., Pat Doar of New Richmond, Wis., Ron Davies of Warren, Pa., and John Lobb of Frewsburg, N.Y.


Several additional drivers have revealed their intention to attempt a season-long assault on the WoO LMS, including Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., Bub McCool of Vicksburg, Miss., Dan Stone of Thompson, Pa., Billy Moyer Jr. of Batesville, Ark., Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa., Kent Robinson of Bloomington, Ind., and Jill George of Cedar Falls, Iowa.


The 2012 WoO LMS season will begin with the $20,000-to-win ‘Winter Freeze’ on Feb. 10-11 at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. A busy month of February for the tour also includes the inaugural ‘Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals’ on Feb. 16-18 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., and the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals on Feb. 23 and 25 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla.


For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.


Fans can also follow the WoO LMS on Twitter at Twitter.com/WoOLateModels and Facebook at Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws .


The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.





Coming up:

The AARN's annual Motor Sports show - January 20th, 21st & 22nd, 2012.

Greater Philadelphia  Expo Center At Oaks 100 Station Ave. Oaks, PA 19456

For GPS use this address:

1601 Egypt Road  Phoenixville, PA 19460 (Upper Providence Township)





Atlantic City Indoor Race 2012

February 3rd & 4th, 2012

Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall  2301 Boardwalk  Atlantic City, NJ 08401


Note:  As of now, it looks like I’ll be in Atlantic City for the Saturday night racing.



West Springfield, MA Motorsports Expo


Are you aware that the West Springfield, MA Motorsports Expo is returning?  It will be held at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA on March 2, 3 & 4 in 2012.

It’s website:  www.needforspeedexpo.com



Accord Speedway Banquet info from their website:



In an effort to be sensitive to the economic environment a decision has been made to change the venue for the 2011 banquet.
The 2011 Award Banquet is being held at the Brookside Manor in Middletown NY on March 3, 2012. A buffet dinner with cash bar for $40 per person. It will be open seating-with reservations for tables of 10. The top 10 drivers in each Friday division will be honored as well as Mid Week Madness drivers. As per our rules, drivers must be an Accord Speedway member and must attend the banquet to receive their award.





2nd annual OCFS Motorsports Show March 30th - April 1st. Entry forms and vendor applications available soon. Any questions feel free to ask here or call the speedway office at 845-342-2573 or ocfsmotorsportsshow@yahoo.com


Note:  The above was posted on Facebook by Ken Reed.



Found this on Facebook on Wednesday, January 4th, from the Accord Speedway:


“April 6, 2012 is our first practice and opening night is April 20th. All 2012 Membership forms, parking reservation forms, indoor and outdoor reserved seating forms are all updated and can be found on the website.”




Found on Jayski’s website:



McMurray wins Kart race at Daytona:

#1-Jamie McMurray has another Daytona victory on his resume. The 2010 Daytona 500 Champion won the TAG 2 Final Race Friday during WKA Daytona Kartweek events on the 0.7 mile sprint track located at Daytona International Speedway. McMurray, driving the #1 JMK Chassis, captured the pole and lead every lap in the Pre Final and the TAG 2 Final race, an event that features some of the best kart racers from around the world. The victory was especially gratifying for the NASCAR veteran as this is the first victory with a JMK chassis, which was designed and built by McMurray himself. McMurray commented after the win, "This victory is a little more special since I did this on a kart that I designed and had built here in America. Most of the kart chassis in this series are manufactured in Europe, so it was very special to put and American made chassis on the top step of the podium."(EGR)


 #22-A.J. Allmendinger also ran the event, having some tough luck in the TaG Parilla Leopard class when contact shuffled him back to a 16th place finish, but he went on to place fourth in both the TaG 1 and TaG 2 classes.(1-2-2012)


Robby Gordon racing Dakar Rally Day 1:

On the first day of the New Year, the competitors of the 2012 Dakar Rally prepared for an early start, which took them from the beach city of Mal Del Plata to Santa Rosa de La Pampa. The special stage section was only 57km, making it the shortest racing section of the rally.
Nasser Al-Attiyah would start out with an advantage being the first car on the road, and teammate Robby Gordon would follow off the line in fourth. When the auto class got to the special stage, they would find areas to pass the competition along the coast line and drive into small dunes that represented their first hurdle. In this short section, the fastest time would establish each competitors position in the rankings.
By checkpoint 1 of the Special Stage, Al-Attiyah and Gordon were running first and second, only 9 seconds between them with Peterhansel 51 secs behind. The HUMMERs were off to a great start, proving to be a real contender. Unfortunately only 2km from the finish, Al-Attiyah's HUMMER lost power. Seeing his teammate on the side of the road, Gordon had no choice but to help the 2011 Dakar Champion cross the finish. With the SPEED Energy/Toyo Tires HUMMER towing the Qatar/Toyo Tires HUMMER, Gordon ended up losing valuable seconds, resulting in him being the third car to finish. He ended up fifth based on corrected time. Al-Attiyah's finish will be determined at a later time due to the fact he had assistance. Stage 2 will have a Special Stage of 290km and 487km of Liaison starting in Santa Rosa de la Pampa and ending in San Rafael where Gordon will start in 5th and Nasser's position in 30th, 9 minutes and 45 seconds back of the leader.
To follow the team's journey to compete in the upcoming Dakar, and for updated race team coverage, log onto speedenergy.com, toyotires.com, robbygordon.com, planetrobby.com and dakar.com.(1-2-2012)


Death at Dakar:

Today at 11:19 am, Argentinean rider Jorge Boero (motorcycle #175) was the victim of a fall at km 55 of the special of the first stage between Mar del Plata and Santa Rosa. The rider suffered a cardiac arrest following his fall and was attended five minutes after the accident by the medical staff, who reached the place of the incident by helicopter. Despite their best efforts, the doctors were unable to resuscitate the pilot, who died while he was being taken to hospital. 38-year-old Jorge Boero was taking part in his second Dakar. In 2011, he withdrew from the rally during the sixth stage.(Dakar.com)(1-1-2012)


Robby Gordon racing Dakar Rally Stage 2:

Stage 2 of the Dakar Rally was successful for Team Speed; Nasser Al-Attiyah came from a 38th-starting position to win the stage on corrected time while teammate Robby Gordon finished third. Gordon now sits second overall in the rankings. It is the first time that Team Speed had two Hummer's on the podium for a Special Stage finish. The race was so close that it was thought that either Gordon or Peterhansel won the stage based on corrected time. In the end, Al-Attiyah would become the victor, which was very good given the troubles that he had during Stage 1 of the Dakar Rally. Gordon would finish third, putting him second in the overall rankings only 2 minutes and 28 seconds being overall leader, Peterhansel.(RGM)
To follow the team's journey to compete in the upcoming Dakar, and for updated race team coverage, log onto speedenergy.com, toyotires.com, robbygordon.com, planetrobby.com and dakar.com.(1-3-2012)


Robby Gordon / Dakar Rally - Stage 3:

The third stage of the Dakar Rally opened with the #300 car of Nasser Al-Attiyah first off the line and the #303 car of Robby Gordon shortly behind him in the 3rd starting position, giving Team SPEED an opportunity to keep momentum on their side. This stage of the 2012 Dakar Rally went from San Rafael to the city of San Juan, located in a valley of mountains just southeast of the Andes. The stage featured a total of 499km that included a 208 km special stage section that ended at the bivouac in San Juan. Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Lucas Cruz ended up gaining ground in the last section to finish in the 3rd position, also gaining in the overall standings advancing to 6th, 6 minutes and 34 seconds back from overall leader. Robby Gordon, in his Speed Energy/Toyo Tires Hummer, was once again consistent and finished in the lead pack in 5th place, 2 minutes and 8 seconds behind. Stephane Peterhansel, overall leader going into today's stage, had issues allowing Gordon to gain in the overall standings. Gordon will start the 4th stage of the rally only 54 seconds behind new leader, Holowczyc. Team SPEED looks to keep the same game plan going into tomorrow as the 1st car leaves the line at 7:16am for Chilecito.(RGM)
To follow the team's journey to compete in the upcoming Dakar, and for updated race team coverage, log onto speedenergy.com, toyotires.com, robbygordon.com, planetrobby.com and dakar.com.(1-4-2012)



Evernham settles lawsuit with Gillett:

Ray Evernham has settled his lawsuit against George Gillett over money owed from the 2007 sale of his Sprint Cup organization. Evernham, the former owner of Evernham Motorsports and a three-time Cup champion as the crew chief for Jeff Gordon at Hendrick Motorsports, was seeking $19 million from Gillett. The case was settled outside of court and dismissed last week. No details of the settlement were released.(ESPN)(1-3-2012)



Stewart to race in 'Rumble in Fort Wayne' and Chili Bowl UPDATE2 wins again:

#14-Tony Stewart will return to his roots to race an open-wheeled midget car in the 14th annual Rumble in Fort Wayne at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center. Stewart has entered his black #2 Munchkin car for both days of the indoor event on Friday, Dec. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 31. He has won a record seven times on the 1/6-mile track but will be appearing at Fort Wayne for the first time since 2008. More information is available at www.rumbleseries.com.(TonyStewart.com)


 #14-Tony Stewart will return to Tulsa, Okla., to compete in the 2012 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals it was announced Monday. Joining Stewart on his Tony Stewart Racing team at the annual event will be NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., USAC champion Bryan Clauson and 2011 POWRi rookie of the year Jake Blackhurst. The Chili Bowl, held at the QuikTrip Center in Tulsa, Okla., begins Jan. 10. More info at chilibowl.com.(RacinToday)(12-28-2011)


"Those of you who cheered, thank you," said #14-Tony Stewart after winning his record eighth event at the Rumble in Fort Wayne, IN on Friday night at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center. "Those of you who booed can kiss my ass." Yes, it was the same old Stewart on Friday, who outdistanced the competition in the midget feature to earn the victory in a 20-year old Volkswagen-powered Munchkin that was built more than 20 years ago by Roanoke resident Mike Fedorcak. Since 2004, Stewart has stuck with the Munchkin at the Rumble and has won seven times. "This car is 20 years old, but when it was built it was way, way ahead of its time," Stewart said. "This is just a car that's fun to drive, it's easy to work on and set up." After a two-year absence in which Stewart was overseas doing, what else, racing cars, the Indiana native returned this year to the Rumble and other area events, including racing in Indianapolis last week and looking ahead to the indoor Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. "The last two years we took a break (from racing locally), but now we are back to our old schedule," Stewart said. "We are glad to do them again." The second day of the Rumble in Fort Wayne continues today, with gates opening at 11 a.m. Stewart plans to race in the midget events again, going for his second sweep of the two midget features. He also swept both events in 2006. Also featured tonight will be mini-sprints and winged midget features.(Fort Worth News-Sentinel)(12-31-2011)

UPDATE2 - Stewart wins again:

With 56 minutes to spare, Tony Stewart squeezed yet another victory into a year that already was reaching mythical proportions. Taking the checkered flag at 11:04 p.m. on New Year's Eve, the three-time NASCAR champion completed a weekend sweep of the 14th annual Rumble in Fort Wayne indoor midget races, winning Saturday's 50-lap feature in dominating fashion. While he celebrated with a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon, not champagne, Stewart seemed to treasure his latest accomplishment as much as his hard-fought Sprint Cup title. "This is the first time I've ever raced on New Year's Eve," the 40-year-old Indiana native said, a smile creasing his face. "It's been a dream year. I won by first World of Outlaws race and the (NASCAR) championship. Then I won at Conseco (in an all-star kart race in Indianapolis) and won here two times. What a great way to finish the year. It's going to be hard to keep this up, but it's going to be a lot of fun trying." Even Stewart seemed astonished when somebody pointed out that he's won an amazing eight times in his past 13 races, starting with his 5-for-10 charge to the NASCAR championship. His numbers at the 1/6-mile track at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center are similar. After sweeping the two-day program for the second time in his career, he's won nine times in 14 career starts. He's been the fast qualifier in each of his past 10 appearances. Jon Stanbrough finished second in a car that caught fire early in the race. Rex Norris III, Billy Wease and Dave Darland completed the top five, each taking turns coming from the rear of the field.(indianaopenwheel.com)(1-1-2012)


Reutimann joins Tommy Baldwin Racing:

Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) added NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) driver David Reutimann to the team's 2012 driver lineup alongside Dave Blaney. Still seeking sponsorship for both Reutimann and Blaney, details regarding car number, sponsors and team members will follow in the upcoming weeks. "Tommy has built a really good organization from the ground up in a really short amount of time," said Reutimann. "One of the things I like about Tommy and what's refreshing about him is that he is just a racer. There are lots of things he could be doing but instead he is at the shop every day working hard to build the organization from the ground up. There are not a lot of true racers in the garage, and he is one of them. It's the way I was raised with my Dad, so we are on the same page. I'm just really looking forward to the season and see what we can do." TBR competed in every event in the 36-race NSCS schedule in 2011 and raced into the top-35 in NSCS Owner Points, meeting the team's 2011 season goals. Blaney drove to the team's best finish of third in the October event at Talladega Superspeedway. The team also fielded a second car for five events in the second half of the season.
"Reutimann will be a great addition to our program and to Dave Blaney," commented team owner Tommy Baldwin. "Last season, we met our goal of running the entire schedule and making the top-35 in points. This season, our goals is to continue our progress on the competition side. Having two veteran drivers in Reutimann and Blaney is a very important step in our program's growth. We are still working on finding funding for next year, but having a car guaranteed in the first five races, including the Daytona 500, is a big step for our team. We had success last year with our partners. Although Golden Corral will not return in 2012, they were very happy with the exposure they received. We hope they have shown other companies the value of our program and that our program will once again align with their business objectives."
TBR competed in every race and locked the #36 Chevy in the top-35 in NSCS Owner Points. TBR also fielded a second [#35 Chevy] car for select races in the past two seasons with multiple drivers.(Tommy Baldwin Racing)


Reutimann agreed to a one-year deal for 2012. Baldwin will start the season as Reutimann's crew chief, while veteran chief mechanic Philippe Lopez would again work with Blaney. Reutimann said he and Baldwin had discussed their schedule, with start-and-parking not in their plans. "As we talked [Monday] we're looking at 26 races -- not a full season but that's something we're obviously angling towards and trying to do and we're going there to race," Reutimann said. "They have a great group of guys over there who are really working their butts off and it's really cool. It's gonna be a different side of things, but I think it'll be a good fit for me. Baldwin said on Monday that sponsorships for the full seasons and which car numbers his two drivers will use were still being determined, "we've got some things etched on paper and hopefully we can get those announced and move ahead." Accell Construction, which has been with Baldwin in limited appearances the past couple seasons, has already committed to the team. Baldwin said his team would bring a new car to the season-opening test at Daytona Jan. 12-14, probably with Blaney driving "to see how it compares to the field." Reutimann said he has also been talking to some Camping World Truck Series owners about some 2012 races in that series.(NASCAR.com)(1-3-2011)


 Tommy Baldwin Racing has also signed an agreement to run Earnhardt Childress Racing engines for the 2012 season.(FoxSports)(1-3-2011)


MWR could buy Red Bull Racing assets:

Sirius XM NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody has learned that Michael Waltrip Racing is negotiating to purchase the assets of the former Red Bull Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. A spokesperson for the team declined to comment on the story, but multiple sources say Michael Waltrip Racing and Red Bull are close to an agreement on the sale, awaiting NASCAR approval for an owner point swap that would allow MWR to field a third Toyota Camry in the 2012 Daytona 500. MWR finished 18th and 28th in Sprint Cup owner points with drivers #56-Martin Truex, Jr. and #00[now #55]-David Reutimann last season, and holds two guaranteed starting spots for the upcoming Daytona 500. MWR is expected to field three cars in the Great American Race for Truex, #15-Clint Bowyer (no points) and #55-Mark Martin, using one of the guaranteed starting spots held by Red Bull Racing. Those points would transfer to MWR in the event of a sale. Michael Waltrip could also compete in the 2012 Daytona 500, but is believed unlikely to do so in an MWR Toyota. Sources say MWR is also interested in acquiring cars and equipment from Red Bull, including fabrication equipment and a shaker rig. If included in the sale, the former Red Bull Racing building would likely be used by MWR co-owner Rob Kauffman to house his RK Motors muscle car restoration and performance company, as well as his personal collection of classic and vintage automobiles. Red Bull Racing closed its doors last month, after failing to find a buyer to continue operations.(Sirius Speedway)(1-3-2011)


Frye ends up at Hendrick:

Hearing that former Red Bull Racing General Manager and Vice President Jay Frye is now working at Hendrick Motorsports as a consultant in a variety of roles.(1-4-2012)



Richard Petty Motorsports:


Aric Almirola is the top candidate to take over the seat of the famed #43 car with Smithfield Foods as his sponsor at Richard Petty Motorsports. Fourth in the Nationwide Series points standings in 2011, Almirola had another year left in his contract with JR Motorsports but could obtain his release, according to sources, to go to RPM. A JR Motorsports spokesman would not comment on Almirola's status with the team and an RPM spokesman did not return requests for comment. Almirola would not be able to drive for RPM, which Ford has heavily invested in, and continue to drive for the Chevy-backed JRM at the same time. The Almirola-RPM deal is not complete, sources said, but JRM already has talked to drivers about his replacement for the Nationwide Series ride. David Ragan, Reed Sorenson and Cole Whitt are among the top candidates. Air Force and Smithfield Foods are expected to sponsor races on the #43 car next year.(SceneDaily)(12-30-2011)


Supposedly Cole Whitt will drive the #88 JR Motorsports Chevy in the Nationwide Series in 2012.(Florida Times-Union)(1-3-2012)


Richard Petty Motorsports announced today that Aric Almirola will drive the legendary #43 Ford Fusion in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition beginning in 2012. Almirola has made 35 starts in the Sprint Cup Series, his most recent stint coming in 2010 when he finished the last five races of the season in the #9 Ford. During the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Almirola posted a career-high, fourth-place effort. Almirola drove a JR Motorsports entry [#88 Chevy] in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2011 and capped off a successful season with a fourth-place finish in the championship point standings. "One of the things I am most excited about is to have the chance to drive a car as iconic as the #43," stated Almirola. "There is so much history surrounding that number and to have my name above the door will be really special for me. This is the first real opportunity I've had to drive in the Cup Series full time. Last year the #43 team had a lot of speed and was competitive on a weekly basis. Greg Erwin is a great crew chief and I'm excited to work with him. Everyone at Richard Petty Motorsports has a lot of enthusiasm and drive and I'm really looking forward to getting to work."
Almirola will join a team that is poised to compete for a spot in the 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Paired with veteran Crew Chief Greg Erwin, Almirola will get behind the wheel for a team that earned one top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in 2011 en route to a 15th-place finish in the owner point standings.

"We are thrilled to welcome Aric Almirola into the RPM family," said team Co-owner Richard Petty. "We feel extremely fortunate to have had a number of very talented drivers interested in joining our organization, but ultimately we felt Aric would be the best fit for the team and for our current and potential partners. We have had the chance to watch his progress for the past several years and we had success with him in the past. We are really confident in his potential as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver. We think Aric has all the makings to be the next bright star in our sport."(Richard Petty Motorsports)(1-4-2012)


NASCAR Releases 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule:


As previously announced, the season-opening Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway will start one week later with the running of the preseason “non-points” Shootout at Daytona on Feb. 18. The 54th annual Daytona 500 will run on Feb. 26.


#71 team not returning in 2012?:

Sirius XM NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody has learned that the #71 TRG Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team will not return in 2012. Sources close to the team say TRG will announce later this week that it has shuttered its NASCAR operation and will compete only on the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series in 2012. TRG finished 36th in Sprint Cup owner points last season, and would not have been a guaranteed starter for the season-opening Daytona 500. TRG Motorsports made a total of 106 starts since joining the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2009, with a pair of Top-10 finishes to its credit. Bobby Labonte claimed a 10th-place finish for the team at Talladega in the fall of 2009, while Mike Bliss finished ninth in the 2010 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. Team owner Kevin Buckler did not immediately return a call seeking comment today.(Sirius Speedway)(1-4-2012)




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 6th to January 12th




Dick Rathmann ... Born ... AAA & USAC driver from the 1940's, 50's & 60's


Pat Flaherty ... Born ... He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1950, 1953-1956, 1958,1959, and 1963 seasons with 19 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in 1950, 1953, 1955, 1956, and 1959. He finished in the top ten 9 times, with victories in 1955 and 1956 at Milwaukee as well as the 1956 Indianapolis 500.


Jim Hurtubise ... Died ... An American race car driver who raced in USAC Champ Cars (including the Indianapolis 500), as well as sprint cars and stock cars (USAC and NASCAR). He was from North Tonawanda, New York. Despite his limited success, he was a fan favorite throughout much of his career as many characterized him as an "old style" racecar driver. Hurtubise raced in the USAC Championship Car series in the 1959-1968 and 1970-1974 seasons, with 97 career starts. He finished in the top ten 38 times, with 4 victories, in 1959 at Sacramento, 1960 at Langhorne, and 1961 and 1962 at Springfield. In 1964, after suffering serious burns in an accident during the Rex Mays Classic, in Milwaukee, doctors asked Hurtubise how he wanted his hands shaped permanently. "Just make 'em so I can hold a steering wheel," he replied. Hurtubise died January 6, 1989 after suffering a heart attack near his home in Port Arthur, Texas. He was 56 years old.

An article about him:




Sam Schmidt paralyzed after he broke his neck in a crash while testing his IRL car at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Florida.




George Constantine... Died ... F1 driver. Constantine won the SportsCar Race at Watkins Glen in 1956 and NASSAU Trophy in 1959.  He also was one of the main challengers to Rodger Ward when Ward won the Formula Libra race at Lime Rock with the Ken Brenn Midget that was 12 years old.


Bobby Hamilton... Died ... Hamilton had three wins in the former NASCAR Winston Cup series in a roughly-10-year Cup career, then stepped back to the Craftsman Truck Series and turned his own team into a championship effort, winning the 2004 title. Hamilton died of neck cancer, he was 49.




Dick LaHaie... Born ... Drag racer


USAC.. The United States Auto Club (USAC) sanctioned it's first race, a Midget race indoors on a 1/10 mile oval on the concrete floor of the Allen County Coliseum Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The race was won by Indy 500 veteran Gene Hartley.


Bobby Hamilton Jr.... Born ... NASCAR driver and track owner.




Karl Busson ..Born .. USAC Sprint Car driver


Mark Martin ..Born .. NASCAR driver


Russ Klar won the TQ Midget race at the Teaneck Armory, Teaneck, NJ

Race report:  





Russ Gamester ..Born .. USAC Midget and Silver Crown driver




Rodger Ward... Born ... USAC Midget and Indy car driver. 2 time Indy 500 winner, 1959 & 1962


Harry Gant... Born ... NASCAR driver.


Bobby Rahal... Born ... Indy car driver.


Eddie Cheever... Born ... A racing driver who raced for almost thirty years in Formula One, Sports cars, CART and the Indy Racing League. Cheever participated in 143 World Championship Formula One races and started 132, more than any other American, driving for nine different teams from 1978 through 1989. In 1997, he formed his own IRL team and won the 1998 Indianapolis 500 as both owner and driver.


Larry McReynolds ..Born .. One of NASCAR's most successful and recognized crew chiefs.




Carroll Shelby... Born ... legendary racer, car builder.


Quinn Epperly famed Indianapolis roadster builder , died at the age of 87.

Louis Krages Sports car driver, AKA "John Winter", winner of the 1985 24 Hours of Le Mans, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.




Ray Harroun... Born ... winner of the first Indianapolis, 500 was born in Spartanburg, Pennsylvania.


Lloyd Ruby... Born ... He raced in the USAC Championship Car series in the 1958-1977 seasons, with 177 career starts, including every Indianapolis 500 race during 1960-1977

Note:  There has been a "Tribute" video out on Lloyd.  Here's the link:




Robby Unser ... Born ... Indy Racing League driver and son of Bobby Unser






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.




Former Oakland Valley Speedway (Dirt Oval) runners:

Nothing to report on this week.




Racing and television:











As for any telecasting of the Chili Bowl:


"Chili Bowl on TV:

As of now, it looks like it will NOT be telecast on a tape delay on SPEED TV. Kinda figures, I guess? I've seen postings on the Internet and also on Facebook that the telecast will be tape delayed on CBS and then on CBS Sports.  CBS Sports is the correct one.


Asking about CBS Sports on the Track Forum, I was led to this link:


What you have to do is type in your zip code and who is your cable provider. I'm supposed to get CBS Sports on channels 457 & 467."





More racin’ stuff:


To be honest, I am not a fan of the way NASCAR does its qualifying – especially for the Cup races.  I really am not a fan of “Provisional” starting spots, although it has helped some of my favorite drivers make a race on occasion.  “Back in the day” if you weren’t fast enough – you went home.  It didn’t matter what your name was, either.


Here’s an interesting article on the qualifying procedures of NASCAR which I found on the Frontstretch:



Best of 2011: Unqualified Failure: Racing Isn't About Speed Anymore

Amy Henderson · Thursday December 29, 2011


 In part:


"While 43 race teams prepared their cars for Saturday’s last practice sessions and Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway, what was happening to three other teams told an entirely different story. As race preparations began, the No. 90 Keyed-Up Motorsports entry driven by Casey Mears, the No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet driven by Johnny Sauter, and the No. 46 Dodge of Whitney Motorsports and driver Terry Cook were packed up and pushed onto their haulers for the long trip home, having qualified 44th-46th for 43 spots. It happens every week, and it’s never fun to watch. But the slowest cars have to go home, right?




The slowest cars didn’t leave Fontana. Mears, the fastest of the three drivers cut out of the field, was faster than five drivers who raced on Sunday, and would have made a field based on speed and not politics. So would Sauter and Cook, whose runs clocked in at 42nd and 43rd fastest on the day. But politics have shaped qualifying in a sport once shaped by speed, and it only continues to get uglier as time marches on.”


“Compounding the problem was the cars who made the race and then promptly parked-that must have been a real comfort, particularly to Mears, whose team says that they will not start and park. It’s unfortunate that trying to accommodate a few teams’ complaints has turned into a joke. There are options, but does NASCAR want to hear them?”


More on this can be seen here:







I get e-mails:


Here’s one from Dave Zortman – “The Vintage Racer” website, that might be quite important for those that are a part of that site:



10,001 apologies for taking so long to get back to you.  It has been absolutely nuts!


I have finally found the time to start making some much needed upgrades and improvements to TheVintageRacer.com.  Having lost my job almost 3 years ago (like everybody else), I've started my own business.  As a result, that has kept me so busy that the site has been poorly neglected.  Rather than just let it collect dust, I've decided to make the site an interactive, do-it-yourself site via the Member's Section forum.  I just haven't been able to find the time to keep things up by myself.


Now everyone can post their own articles, create photo albums in the Media Section, even post videos.  For frequent contributors, I will even create them their own personal section in the forum, if that interests you.


You can find more information on signing up for the Member's Section at http://www.thevintageracer.com/register.htm#how






Some non-racing stuff:


BREAKING!!! Georgia Court to Hear Natural Born Citizen Case vs Obama

By Craig Andresen on January 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm


In part:


"The liberty Legal Foundation has announced that the case pending in Georgia, challenging Obama’s eligibility, has been ACCEPTED.


This is great news considering Obama and his team of attorneys had been actively trying to have this case DENIED!!


The Georgia court in agreeing to hear the case could well be setting the stage for other states in which quite similar cases are pending. Arizona and Tennessee both have such cases waiting right now.


This case, in Georgia, deals specifically with the Natural Born Citizen issue."


"Since Obama’s father, at the time of Barack’s birth, was not a U.S. citizen, nor did he ever become one, according to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1875…Obama is NOT a Natural Born Citizen.


If not a NBC…then, according to the Constitution, Obama is ineligible to serve as President.


So…how long will THIS take before a hearing will occur?


Not NEARLY as long as you might think.


The Georgia court will hear this at 9am on January 26th 2012."


More can be seen here:








Is this true - # 1:


Keeping America Safe from within!

The following explains why foreign governments want to control your right to keep and bear arms:

This is an excellent point!

The world's largest army... America 's hunters! I had never thought about this....

A logger added up the deer license sales in just a handful of states and arrived at a striking conclusion:

There were over 600,000 hunters this season in the state of Wisconsin .

Allow me to restate that number.

Over the last several months, Wisconsin 's hunters became the eighth largest army in the world.

More men under arms than in Iran ... More than in France and Germany combined. These men deployed to the woods of a single American state to hunt with firearms, and no one was killed. That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woods of Pennsylvania and Michigan 'so 700,000 hunters, all of whom have now returned home. Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia and it literally establishes the fact that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world. (4 states = 2.3 million hunters) The point? America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that kind of home-grown firepower. Hunting -- it's not just a way to fill the freezer.

It's a matter of national security. *********************************

That's why all enemies, foreign and domestic, want to see us disarmed.

Food for thought when next we consider gun control.




Is this true - # 2:



ICE launches hotline for arrested immigrants


WASHINGTON (KPHO) - The Obama administration has launched a new free hotline for people arrested on immigration violations to get help 24/7.


The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is operating the service for people to call if they think they "may be U.S. citizens or victims of a crime."


The number is 855-448-6903.


Translation services will be available in several languages from 7 a.m. until midnight Eastern, seven days a week. ICE personnel will collect information from the individual and refer it to the relevant ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Field Office for immediate action.


Another measure announced Thursday includes a new detainer form. 


The measures are being implemented "to ensure that individuals being held by state or local law enforcement on immigration detainers are properly notified about their potential removal from the country and are made aware of their rights."


The above is from here:  http://www.kpho.com/story/16412772/ice-launches



Read some of the comments under the article.






Video time:


Last week, right after I sent my column out, I went to play some music videos, prior to going to bed.  Yes, I have my favorite singers – mostly all country music, as you probably have figured out, already.  So I click on “Blanket on the Ground” by Billie Jo Spears, who, I guess you could say is my favorite female singer.   And, at times, I’ll check out some of the comments that are put down under the video.  What really caught my eye was a few that had “RIP” in them.  I was both saddened and shocked to see that Billie Jo passed away on December 14th, from Cancer, at 74 years of age.  Billie Jo was quite popular across the Atlantic Ocean, and I’ve read where she was planning on another tour over there this year.  Sadly, that won’t happen now.  While checking out some of her videos, I came to find that there are more songs by her, on video, but with “still” photos, and here singing other well-known songs that were sung by other artist.  On them she did, as far as I’m concerned, her usual excellent job! 


So, here are two videos of her singing “Blanket on the Ground” – one from quite a while ago, and one a little more recent, with Philomena Begley.  As you can see, she has had some health issues when checking out the second video.












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/


After looking through all the race results that John DaDalt had sent to me, I thought I’d try to find a good photo from “Back in the day”, and I’ve decided to put this one, below, in my column.  In the Buck Wheeler # 62 Offy is Johnny Ringger, on the inside, while in the Mike Caruso # 3 Offy, on the outside is Bill Schindler.


Buck Wheeler had a few midgets back then.  He came from Goshen, N.Y.  Schindler, always listed as from Freeport L.I. - N.Y., was born in Middletown, N.Y.


I have no idea as to who the photographer was and I even forget who might have sent me the photo.











Closing with this:


Scotch with two drops of water


A lady goes to the bar on a cruise ship and orders a Scotch with

two drops of water. As the bartender gives her the drink she says,

'I'm on this cruise to celebrate my 80th birthday and it's today..'


The bartender says, 'Well, since it's your birthday, I'll buy you a

drink. In fact, this one is on me.'


The old woman says, 'Thank you. Bartender, I want a Scotch with

two drops of water.'


'Coming up,' says the bartender


As she finishes that drink, the man to her left says, 'I would like to

buy you one, too.'


The old woman says, 'Thank you. Bartender, I want another Scotch

with two drops of water.'"  ' Coming right up,' the bartender says.


As he gives her the drink, he says, 'Ma'am, I'm dying of curiosity.

Why the Scotch with only two drops of water?'


The old woman replies, 'Sonny, when you're my age, you've

learned how to hold your liquor. Holding your water, however,

is a whole other issue.'






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

Drive safe! 

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