Racin' & Different Stuff:
By Tom Avenengo
Please don’t forget:
More and more there’s stuff on
Oh, and another thing: Hillary is EVIL!
Note: This will be the last by-weekly column. They’re just too big every two weeks. I do this in Times New Roman and size 14. This weeks column is – you ready? At least 60 pages. That’s way too much! So, effective next week, it will be weekly, again.
Some personal/family stuff:
I’m starting this weeks column on Friday, January 31st. This past Monday, February 3rd, the wife will have cataract surgery on her left eye. Prior to the surgery, and after it, she needs eye drops. Good thing we have Medicare Part D. Without the insurance, costs for the three were: $152.08, $169.08 and $206.88. With insurance, and some coupons from the eye doctor, they were: $39.00, $39.00 and $35.00. Surgery on her right eye will more than likely be the following week. Heck, she’ll be seeing so well, I guess I won’t be able to get away with anything. Damn!
Note: First surgery went very well. She came through it like a champ. I’m proud of her! First check up went very well. She was able to read most of the eye chart.
Looks like we’ll be heading back home come Monday, April 7th.
Racin’ & other stuff:
I’ve had some thoughts lately about auto racing, how it is, today, compared to back in the day, and I do believe that one of the problems today is sponsors. Think back to when we had tons of cars in the pits every week, compared to what we have today. Yes, back then it was basically only two classes here in the northeast – modifieds and sportsman. Today, some tracks have upwards of six classes a night, just to get more back gate dollars. Further on in this weeks column I make mention of Jeb Burton and his saying he needs sponsor dollars to compete. Yep, once sponsors – mainly corporate sponsors came into local racing, the teams that had them were able to get the best equipment, and, barring accidents, constantly ran up front. This, in a way, forced the smaller teams out of the sport. My thoughts, of course.
And, I’ve also been thinking about that Brett Deyo/Mike Gurda/Howie Commander promoted opening race at OCFS, and how they’ll be using “passing points” to see how they’d be getting into the feature event. Hey, I’ve been to OCFS and in the heats, in many instances, once they hit the second turn, after the green flag, it’s basically follow the leader. I’m not sure how those “passing points” are going to work. Sure wish I was back north in time to see that race, but I won’t be back until about the second week in April – dammit!
Another thing – there was a ton of security for the super bowl, right? Wanna bet the same isn’t done for the Daytona 500? Why?
On Tuesday, I checked the weather forecast
Remember the Open Wheel Racers/Racing websites?
Remember Open Wheel Racing.com or Open Wheel Racers.com? Between the late Lenny Calinoff and the late John LeVan, they were considered to be outstanding websites devoted to Motor Sports.
Now, Craig LeVan, son of John, is bringing back an Open Wheel Racing website again!
Craig would love to have anyone that was associated with them to re-join OWR in whatever capacity you would like, with racing results, feature articles, press releases, photographs and maybe even advertising. Interested?
You can contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Craig at: email@example.com
Oh, and now, in it’s infancy:
More to come!
Thanks in advance for giving this some consideration!
Back on January 24th, Cub Scout
Pack 41, in
Pine Bush, N.Y. held it’s annual Pine Wood Derby. Erwin Benz, commonly known as “Benzee” a Cub Master, put out a request to have some race
drivers to make an appearance at the
Note photos can only be seen on http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/
My friend, Richard Golardi, has this, on Hoseheads:
Sprint Car Racing is Back in
ARDC ANNOUNCES 2014 SCHEDULE & PURSE INCREASE
Posted on January 24, 2014 by admin Posted in General News
75th Anniversary Season Full of Promise for Midget Racing in the East
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The American Racing Driver’s Club has released their schedule for the 2014 season when one of the oldest race sanctioning organizations in the world will celebrate their 75th Anniversary.
There will be several major changes for the 2014 season which should enable the club to build car counts and a fan base for the organization.
As announced in November, ARDC has adopted national midget rules in regards to engines for the 2014-2016 seasons, following the guidelines set forth by POWERi.
ARDC events will all pay $1,000 to win during the 2014 season and $125 to take the green flag.
ARDC has also endeavored to schedule
more than two thirds of the 2014 schedule in an area determined to be within
the club’s home foot print. There will
be a total of eight shows at the Grandview Speedway including three Thunder on the Hill events, four Sunday night race events
that will see the return of midget racing to the 1/3 mile banked oval in a
double header show with the TriState Race Saver 305
Sprint cars. ARDC will also be part of
the Friday night doubleheader that will feature Race of Champions Sportsman
competition on Friday night, September 12th – the night before
ARDC will appear with the USAC Sprint Cars
in June when Eastern Storm comes to town at
ARDC will appear twice at Williams Grove –
once in April with the All Stars and again on August 15 as part of an
Anniversary Celebration weekend sponsored by the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing
There are two Friday night race dates scheduled at the Big Diamond Speedway on May 23rd and July 25th. The quarter mile track at the Bridgeport Speedway will welcome the wingless midgets back to action on Saturday, July 12th.
Two travel weekends are included in the
2014 schedule. ARDC will travel south to
There will be a lot of excitement as ARDC celebrates it 75th Anniversary season in 2014!
Contact – Deb Smith
phone (610) 972-6176
email – firstname.lastname@example.org
From Brett Deyo:
SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES FUELED BY VP FAN PLAN ANNOUNCED
The details of our Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP 'Fan Plan' are as follows. Starting this week, we will be offering 100 raffle tickets at $50 each. These tickets can be purchased by anyone: fans, media, sponsors, owners, crew members, drivers, etc. We will limit the number to 100 for the first drawing.
The raffle tickets will be sold throughout the season. Once all 100 are sold, we will do a drawing in public view at our next Series event (you need not be present to win). Two lucky winners will receive $1,250 cash. The other $2,500 will go directly into our driver point fund for the series.
In the event that we sell 100 tickets quickly, we would start a second, separate raffle at that point so as to not dilute the pool and a participant's chances of winning.
This is a great way to get involved, possibly earn some cash and boost our series point fund for the drivers putting on the show, as well. Contact Brett Deyo at Deyo99H@aol.com to purchase your tickets.
The FIA Formula E Championship electric-vehicle racing circuit has added eight drivers to the competition to bring its total to 16. Ex-Formula One driver Bruno Senna from Brazil, French Champ Car Series racer Sébastien Bourdais, Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyan from India and American Formula One driver John R. Heldebrand, Jr. are among the newer batch of drivers to sign onto for the debut season of really fast, really quiet races.
With 16 drivers in tow (so
far), the Formula E Championship has a healthy field in advance of its first
races later this year. Other new racers include Spaniard Oriol
Servia and Daniel Abt from
Last summer, Formula E
released its provisional calendar for its debut season, which starts this
Formula E reveals next eight names to join Drivers' Club
The next eight drivers to join Formula E's new Drivers' Club have today (27, January) been revealed with Bruno Senna, Sébastien Bourdais, Oriol Servia, Daniel Abt, Narain Karthikeyan, Christijan Albers, Franck Montagny & John R. Hildebrand Jr. all showing their support for the new global electric racing series.
Unveiled earlier this month, the new scheme features a pool of top, international names that all officially endorse the new FIA Formula E Championship and have expressed a willingness to race in the future.
Today's drivers join those previously announced bringing the total to 16 (see full list below) with further names to be released over the coming weeks via the championship's official website www.fiaformulae.com. In addition, the Formula E Drivers' Club will allow each member to experience the new fully-electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E car which recently made its public debut driving along the iconic Las Vegas Strip.
Bourdais is one of the most successful drivers in the
history of the Champ Car World Series, having won four successive titles from
2004 to 2007, as well as racing for Toro Rosso in
Formula One in 2008 and the start of 2009. Spaniard Oriol
Servia has been racing in the
Christijan Albers is a Dutch racing driver who after enjoying
success in DTM drove in Formula One from 2005 until 2007 before returning to sportscars. Frenchman Franck Montagny
has competed on a variety of platforms from Formula 3 and World Series to
Formula One, including three podiums in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Finally,
Sébastien Bourdais said: "Formula E is a really exciting project and a really big innovation in motor racing. You don't get to be a part of such technological advances very often in a career. I would be extremely happy to discover the car and begin racing next September, and I believe the best way to achieve that is to be part of the Drivers' Club."
Bruno Senna said: "I'm very excited to be part of the Formula E Drivers' Club as Formula E and electric cars are the path for racing and motoring for a better future."
"I'm happy to be a member of the FIA Formula E family," said Daniel Abt. "I've been following this project for quite a while and I'm very enthusiastic about the new ideas in terms of racing and regulations. For me as a young driver Formula E clearly marks racing of the next generation. And as my family's company is involved with the only German team, it makes things even more exciting. Of course my focus in 2014 will be on the GP2 series, but I'm proud to be involved in Formula E from the very beginning, be a member of the Drives' Club and now have the chance to follow things very closely. And of course I can't wait to try the car at sometime!"
"Sustainability is the current buzzword in automotive technology, and its application in a gruelling motorsport environment like Formula E will definitely help at many different levels," said Narain Karthikeyan. "On the racing front as well, the series is breaking new ground by taking the sport to the fans in an unprecedented way across the world. I am happy to be named as a part of the Drivers' Club and eagerly look forward to the experience."
Oriol Servia added: "I have followed the Formula E developments from the very beginning with great interest. I have loved the sport all my life and I am a firm believer that racing not only provides superb entertainment for the fans but also plays a big part in how technology will progress and improve everybody's daily quality of living. Formula E will entertain and become a worldwide platform to showcase the advances in electric vehicles. I am proud to be a part of the Drivers' Club."
Final driver signings for the inaugural Formula E season will remain up to the individual teams.
FIA Formula E Championship – Drivers' Club line-up (to date):
Daniel Abt (GER)
Christijan Albers (NLD)
Marco Andretti (
Sébastien Bourdais (FRA)
Sebastien Buemi (CHE)
Lucas di Grassi (BRA)
J.R. Hildebrand (
Ma Qing Hua (CHN)
Narain Karthikeyan (
Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA)
Franck Montagny (FRA)
Takuma Sato (JPN)
Bruno Senna (BRA)
Oriol Servia (ESP)
Adrien Tambay (FRA)
For more information on the Formula E Drivers' Club click on the tab in the main menu.
News Source: Formula E
Note: I don’t know how well these cars will do as far as attracting fans. Racing is a noisy sport, and I’m not sure how fans will react to a bunch of silent cars out there on the race tracks.
Round the track: Denny Hamlin's 2013 fine for negative comments looms over drivers during media tour
I don’t know if this might ever make it into auto racing – a Rotary Engine. There were some in midgets some years ago, but were “outlawed”.
Medical exemption marks 'new day' for NASCAR
As you’ve probably seen or heard, Jeb Burton lost his NASCAR Truck ride, due to a sponsor defaulting on a payment. Here is one sentence – from Jeb, in an article that was on Yahoo! this past Saturday: “We've got to find those sponsor dollars to get on the race track, that's what it seems to me right now.”
That today folks, is a major problem in auto racing. In a way, sponsorship has hurt the sport – even down to the local dirt tracks. If you recall, or maybe you’re too young to have seen it in person, but back in the 70’s, most tracks had an abundance of cars – all basically with no major sponsorship. Then, some pretty good sponsors came along, and the teams with those sponsors were able to SPEND. In a way, this kind of forced the little guy out of racing. Yes, from that one little sentence above, one can see how sponsorship affects the sport. Sad, isn’t it? My thoughts, of course.
Mario Andretti: Current TV package is the only thing keeping IndyCar from mainstream popularity
Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick: Changes at
Note: Don’t count on “Princess Sparkle Pony” to run the Indy 500 anytime in the future.
ERNIE SAXTON RESIGNS PUBLIC
RELATIONS POSITION WITH
Date: 1/30/2014 6:08:39 PM
Ernie Saxton Communications Inc.
Contact: Ernie Saxton @ 215.52.7797
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PLEASE WITH OUR THANKS
ERNIE SAXTON RESIGNS PUBLIC
RELATIONS POSITION WITH
LANGHORNE, PA January 30,
2014 . . . “I was trying for 50 years at Grandview but we (my wife and I) have
decided it is time to retire after 47 years of handling the public relations,
advertising, program book publishing and sponsorship efforts,” said Ernie
Saxton. “I had given up the announcing at the end of the 2013 season after 45
years and thought that I could continue as part of the
Over the years the NASCAR sanctioned track, located in Bechtelsville, PA has become one of the most successful short tracks in the nation and just recently announced a very busy schedule of events, offering a lot of variety, for the 2014 season.
“Having just celebrated another
birthday, I am realizing that there are a lot of things I would like to do on
my bucket list and being at
Saxton will continue to operate his
public relations, marketing and sponsorship consulting firm, Ernie Saxton
Details on the newsletter and the services provided can be found at www.saxtonsponsormarket.com.
In addition Ernie will continue to pen motorsports columns for seven different publications including daily newspapers, trade publications and monthly magazines.
Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc. will continue to work with Len Sammons Productions with their indoor racing events and annual Motorsports show.
Saxton also works with race teams and promoters to assist them in their efforts to secure sponsorship with proposals, contact letters, media releases, and more.
The veteran marketer can be reached at 215.52.7797 or on his cell phone at 267.934.7286.
Found on DTD’s Forum:
Posted by Brett Deyo
Our newest Orange County Fair Speedway Sunday, March 23 'Hard Clay Open' bonus is a special and unique one in memory of Judy Tuit from 673 racing. Positions 6, 7 and 3 at the finish will each receive cash bonuses at the finish of 50 laps. Third place will take home $200 cash, while sixth and seventh will both pocket an additional $150. Thank you Ray and Debbie Tuit and Mike Sparta Trucking.
Also, McGannon Excavating and owner Bob McGannon have posted a Hard Charger Award for the Modified division worth $210.
Our lap money program continues to increase. Laps are on sale for a minimum of $20/lap but many are over $100. The lap money will rotate among the top-seven running positions during the event.
The GRIT Series staff is also working hard on Sportsman incentives and lap money.
All 'Hard Clay Open' information has been posted on the web at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com.
Rochinski Enterprises has signed on to divide $200 among the final 10 finishers during the 50-lap main event.
I found this on the Dirt Track Digest’s Forum, on Monday, February 3rd:
Posted by Brett Deyo:
2014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Contingency Award Sponsors & Bonuses
*as of February 3, 2014
Allstar Performance: At each Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event, the third- and eighth-place finishers will receive a $50 Allstar Performance product certificate. At season's end, the third- and eighth-place point finishers in the point standings will receive $150 certificates plus custom jackets. An Allstar Performance decal must be displayed on the car to be part of this incentive and Allstar certificates can be redeemed at any Allstar Performance dealer. Find Allstar Performance online at www.allstarperformance.com.
American Racer: At each Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event, Lias Tire, the regional distributor for American Racer, has donated a pair of American Racer tires to be given away. Random drawings of the drivers finishing 6th-10th and 11th-15th will determine the free tire winners at each race. Lias Tire is on the web at www.liastireonline.com.
Art’s Radiator: Art’s Radiator has donated a brand-new radiator, worth more than $600, that will be distributed to the highest-finishing Art’s customer in the point standings at the conclusion of the 2014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP. Art’s Radiators can be found online at www.artsradiators.com.
ATL Fuel Cells: ATL Fuel Cells will reward the fifth-place finisher at each Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event with a $100 certificate redeemable toward the purchase of a replacement bladder or fuel cell. At year end, the fifth-place point finisher in the Super Series standings will earn a $200 certificate. ATL is on the web at www.atlfuelcells.com.
BFP Specialty: Jason Bashore’s BFP Specialty of Bethel, Pa., offers a $100 credit for shock servicing (specializing in Integra products, other brands as well) for a driver finishing sixth back in each 2014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event. At year-end, a driver placing sixth back in the final Short Track Super Series standings will be eligible for $1,000 off the purchase of a dirt Modified body. BFP Specialty is online at www.bfpspecialty.com.
Bicknell Racing Products: The highest-finishing Bicknell driver in the 2014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP point standings will receive a $500 product sponsorship redeemable at BRP thanks to Pete Bicknell, Randy Williamson and staff. Bicknell Racing Products is online at www.bicknellracingproducts.com.
Bob Hilbert Sportswear: At each Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event, three finishing positions in the Modified main event will earn $100 credits redeemable toward purchases at Bob Hilbert Sportswear. The ‘prize positions’ will be announced prior to each event. To learn more about Bob Hilbert Sportswear, visit www.bobhilbert.com.
‘Deek’ Decker Memorial Bonus: The second-place driver in the final 2014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP point standings will receive a cash bonus of $222.22 thanks to Pete Gardner and John Stangle in memory of late driver and car owner Duane ‘Deek’ Decker. The bonus brings second place in the standings to $3,222.22.
DRACO Springs: DRACO Springs has signed on to sponsor the ‘Spring Forward’ award at each Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event in 2014. The driver advancing the most positions in each series race earns a certificate for a free DRACO Spring (maximum $150 value). At year-end, the Most Improved Driver on the series will have the option of $500 cash or a $750 DRACO product certificate. DRACO is on the web at www.dracospring.com.
ERK Steering: Eric Kormann’s growing ERK Steering business will reward the 2014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP champion with a $200 gift certificate. The sixth-place finisher will receive $100, with the 11th-15th finishers each earning a $50 certificate. Drivers finishing 20th on back will all be eligible for a $25 certificate.
Finish Line Web Design: At each Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event, Finish Line Web Design’s Craig Revelle has donated a $150 credit toward the purchase of a website. The recipient will be a driver finishing in positions 1-5 via a random draw. Finish Line Web Design is the official website provider for the Short Track Super Series. Find Finish Line Web Design on the web at www.finishlinewebdesign.ca.
Henry’s Stainless Steel Exhaust: Henry’s Stainless Steel Exhaust has signed on to provide a complete stainless steel exhaust assembly, worth $700. The exhaust assembly will be given away at season end to a driver with perfect attendance on the season through a random draw.
Hig Fab Chassis: The highest-placing driver in the final Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP utilizing a Hig Fab Chassis will receive a $1,000 shop credit for use at HFC thanks to Hig Fab founder and owner Jerry Higbie Jr.
Jack’s Used Race Car Parts:
Jack’s Used Race Car Parts, based in
Kirkey Racing Products: The top-three drivers in the final 2014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP point standings will earn product certificates for Kirkey Racing Products. The champion will receive a $300 certificate, with $150 for the second-place finisher and $100 for third. Kirkey Racing Products is online at www.kirkeyracing.com.
Schaeffer Racing Oil: Schaeffer Racing Oil will provide the winner of each Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event in 2014 with two free cases of racing oil. Schaeffer Racing Oil is online at www.schaefferoil.com.
Shiley Fabrication: At each 2014 Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP, Shiley Fabrication owner Gary Shiley will reward the ‘Hard Luck Award’ recipient with a complete set of bumpers and rubrails. At the conclusion of the series, Shiley Fabrication will reward one team finishing sixth on back in the final standings (via a drawing) with a kit to include inner jigs, door mounts, quarter mounts, roof mounts, front and rear bumpers and rubrails. To learn more about Shiley Fabrication, visit www.shileyfabrication.com.
Simplicity Designs: Ryan
Sacco of Simplicity Designs in
Teo-Pro Car: The highest-placing driver in the final Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP utilizing a Teo-Pro chassis will receive a $500 Teo-Pro Car shop credit for use at Teo-Pro thanks to Matt and Bobby Hearn. Teo-Pro Car is on the web at www.teopro.com.
Troyer Race Cars: The highest-placing driver in the final Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP utilizing a Troyer chassis will receive a $500 Troyer shop credit for use at Troyer Race Cars thanks to Billy Colton. Troyer Race Cars is on the web at www.troyerracecars.com.
Valken Wheels: At every Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event in 2014, the driver placing fifth will take home a free beadlock wheel courtesy of Valken Wheels. Valken is online at http://valken.com/sports/racing-wheels/
Remember Felix Baumgartner's 2012 jump to Earth?
Well, Brian Caruso, grandson of the late Mike Caruso, the famous race car owner, was somewhat involved with that jump. I sent him an email asking just what it was he did, and he came back with this:
“I designed and Micar built the 3 pressurized camera housings/ yokes that were mounted on the capsule and also the electrical cage and pressurized housing that held all the electronics for the camera system that was mounted inside the capsule.
If you go on the RedBull Stratos website Micar is listed as one of the Global partners. Check out links below.”
Jayski – the new point system:
NASCAR Announces Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship Format Change: NASCAR announced a new championship format today that will put greater emphasis on winning races all season long, expands the current Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field to 16 drivers, and implements a new round-by-round advancement format that ultimately will reward a battle-tested, worthy champion. We have arrived at a format that makes every race matter even more, diminishes points racing, puts a premium on winning races and concludes with a best-of-the-best, first-to-the-finish line showdown race all of which is exactly what fans want, said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO. We have looked at a number of concepts for the last three years through fan research, models and simulations, and also maintained extensive dialogue with our drivers, teams and partners. The new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will be thrilling, easy to understand and help drive our sport’s competition to a whole new level.
Changes announced by
- A victory in the first 26 races all but guarantees a berth in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup a change that will put an unprecedented importance on winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race all season long
- Expanding the Chase field from 12 to 16 drivers, with those drivers advancing to what now will be known as the NASCAR Chase Grid
- The number of championship drivers in contention for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship will decrease after every three Chase races, from 16 to start in the Chase Grid; 12 after Chase race No. 3; eight after Chase race No. 6; and four after Chase race No. 9
- The first three races of the Chase (27-29) will be known as the Challenger Round
- Races 30-32 will be known as the Contender Round
- Races 33-35 will be the Eliminator Round and race No. 36 will be the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship
- A win by a championship-eligible driver in any Chase race automatically clinches the winning driver a spot in the next Chase round
- Four drivers will enter the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship with a chance at the title, with the highest finisher among those four capturing the prestigious NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.
Eligibility for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup: The top 15 drivers with the most wins over the first 26 races will earn a spot in the NASCAR Chase Grid provided they have finished in the top 30 in points and attempted to qualify for every race (except in rare instances). The 16th Chase position will go to the points leader after race No. 26, if he/she does not have a victory. In the event that there are 16 or more different winners over 26 races, the only winless driver who can earn a Chase Grid spot would be the points leader after 26 races.
If there are fewer than 16 different winners in the first 26 races, the remaining Chase Grid positions will go to those winless drivers highest in points. If there are 16 or more winners in the first 26 races, the ties will first be broken by number of wins, followed by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver points.
As was implemented in 2011, prior to the start of the Chase, all Chase Grid drivers will have their points adjusted to 2,000, with three additional bonus points added to their total for each win in the first 26 races.
Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Structure After the third Chase race, the Chase Grid will be left with 12 drivers. After the sixth Chase race, the field will drop to eight drivers, and following the ninth Chase race, only four drivers will remain in championship contention for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title.
The first round (races 27-29) will be called the Challenger Round. If a driver in the Chase Grid wins a Challenger Round race, the driver automatically advances to the next round. The remaining available positions 1-12 that have not been filled based upon wins will be based on points. Each will then have their points reset to 3,000.
The second round (races 30-32) will be called the Contender Round. Likewise, if a driver in the top 12 in points wins a race in the Contender Round, the driver automatically advances to the next round. The remaining available positions 1-8 that have not been filled based upon wins will be based on points. Each will then have their points reset to 4,000.
The third round (races 33-35) will be called the Eliminator Round. If a driver in the top eight in points wins a race in the Eliminator Round, the driver automatically advances to the next round. The remaining available positions 1-4 that have not been filled based upon wins will be based on points. Each will then have their points reset to 5,000.
Additionally, drivers who are eliminated in the Contender and Eliminator Rounds will have their points readjusted. Each eliminated driver will return to the Chase-start base of 2,000 (plus any regular season wins bonus points), with their accumulated points starting with race No. 27 added. This will allow all drivers not in contention for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title to continue to race for the best possible season-long standing, with final positions fifth-through-16th still up for grabs.
Four Drivers, First-to-the-Finish Championship Finale The 36th and final race of the season will be the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. Simply stated, the highest finisher in that race among the remaining four eligible drivers will win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title. Bonus points for laps led will not apply in the season finale, so the official finishing position alone will decide the champion.
All rules outlined above also apply to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner championship structure.(NASCAR)(1-30-2014)
Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship Format Change FAQ: NASCAR Q&A about the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup:
Q. Does this new Chase format emphasize winning?
A. Absolutely. The easiest way to make the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is to win. And winning is also the fastest way to advance in the Chase and become one of the four drivers competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Q. How will the Chase Grid drivers be selected?
A. Positions 1-16 on the Chase Grid will be determined by the drivers with the greatest number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins after the first 26 races. However, the 16th position is reserved for the points leader if he/she does not have a win.
Q. How will the Chase Grid be seeded?
A. All drivers will have their points total reset to 2,000 points. Drivers receive 3 additional bonus points for each win during the fir st 26 races.
Q. Is there a minimum points standing that a driver who records a win during the first 26 races must achieve to make the Chase Grid?
A. Yes. A driver must be in the Top 30 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points following the first 26 races AND have attempted to qualify for all of the first 26 races.
Q. What if a driver is prevented from competing in one or more of the first 26 races due to injury or illness?
A. NASCAR, for rare instances, can waive the requirement of attempting to qualify for all of the first 26 races as long as the driver is in the Top 30 in points.
Q. Which races are the advancement races?
A. Once the field is reset
after the 26th event, there are advancement races following the 29th event (
Q. Will lap leader bonus points still be applied?
A. In all but the final race, bonus points for laps led still will be awarded in the Challenger, Contender and Eliminator Rounds. However, at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship, the four drivers will start the race tied and there will be no bonus points .for laps led, etc. The highest finisher among that group will be the champion.
Q. What happens to a Chase Grid driver’s points if he/she doesn’t advance to the next round?
A. Drivers who don’t advance to the next round will have their point totals reset to the Chase-start base of 2,000 (with any regular-season wins bonus points), plus the additional points they’ve earned during the Chase.(NASCAR)(1-30-2014)
New points system, Earnhardt Jr. would had won championship in 2013: In announcing major changes to the Chase for the Sprint Cup on Thursday, NASCAR chairman Brian France touted an emphasis on winning as a primary reason behind the format. But it turns out last year's champion, if the new rules were applied, would have been #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., who didn't win a race. According to economist Andrew Maness, who runs the nascarnomics.com site, Earnhardt would have made the final race along with Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon. NASCAR's Mike Forde confirmed the lineup. The driver who won the most races last season, Matt Kenseth with seven, would not have been eligible for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.(USA Today)(1-31-2014)
Note: So are you confused?
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Stewart cleared to return at Daytona:
Fox Sports Tom Jensen tweeted that #14-Tony Stewart has been cleared to be back behind the wheel for the first practice in the Sprint Unlimited. That practice is scheduled for Friday, February 14.(1-26-2014)
UPDATE: Tony Stewart says his
broken right leg will only be 65% healed by the time he's cleared to drive for
Daytona Speedweeks, but the three-time NASCAR
champion still believes he'll be fine once he gets back in the car. Stewart has
a titanium rod in his leg, which will provide it enough strength to press the
pedals -- which he said he's done "a million times already" in the
race shop. But Stewart still won't be cleared to drive until Feb. 14, the day
before NASCAR's season-opening Sprint Unlimited exhibition race. Because
Stewart's leg isn't fully healed, the driver acknowledged there's a risk he
could aggravate the injury to his leg, which he badly broke in an Aug. 5 sprint
car crash in
NMPA inducts Hall of Fame members:
Mario Andretti, the only
driver to win the Daytona 500, the
Andretti was named on 80 percent of the ballots cast by the NMPA membership, Evernham 75 percent and Waid 67 percent. Receiving votes but not named on the required 65 percent minimum for induction were team owner Joe Gibbs and former Busch Series competitor L.D. Ottinger. The NMPA Hall of Fame is located on the grounds of Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. The first class was inducted in 1965, and this year's group brings its membership total to 94.(NASCAR.com)(1-27-2014)
Dodge not planning return to NASCAR anytime soon:
It's the question all Dodge stock-car fans want to know: When will the manufacturer return to NASCAR? Not in 2014, that's for sure. While Dodge continues to discuss stock-car racing, according to Ralph Gilles, president and CEO of SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC, "the timing isn't right." But Gilles is well aware that stock-car enthusiasts miss the Dodge brand in NASCAR's garages” so never say never. "We haven't forgotten about NASCAR," Gilles told FOX Sports on Friday. "We have a lot of pressure on our capital right now. The Dodge brand has a new chief (Timothy Kuniskis, president and CEO of Dodge Brand), right? He's an enthusiast. He owns a Charger himself, it's his daily drive. He has an older one and a new one. He gets it. He understands. But timing is everything. To get back in the sport is not an insignificant investment. It's something that we've said no to. This year is out of the question, but the future, anything could happen. The fans want us back, so we'll see."(FoxSports)(1-25-2014)
Kurt Busch still considering Indy 500 run:
Sprint Cup driver #41-Kurt
Busch said he expects to have "a pretty good indication" by the end
of January if he will make what he expects is his last attempt to enter the
Indianapolis 500. The 2004 Sprint Cup champion completed IndyCar's
rookie orientation program for the race last season in a car prepared by
Andretti Autosport and said he has a standing offer
from that team -- plus another -- to enter the May 25 spectacle. Doing so would
make the Stewart-Haas Racing driver the first since Robby Gordon in 2004 to
contest both the
UPDATE: Kurt Busch says there
is a "70 percent'' chance he'll compete in the
Danica not interested in running Indy 500:
Even though new Stewart Haas
Racing teammate Kurt Busch hopes to realize his lifelong dream to race in the
Dale Jarrett unsure of future plans:
Dale Jarrett stepped right out of a racecar and into the ESPN broadcast both, having worked as ESPN's lead NASCAR analyst since 2008. He has one more year left on his contract before ESPN ends its NASCAR race telecast rights. The 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee isn't sure what he will do in 2015. "Obviously this sport of NASCAR has been my world and I don't know (about 2015), honestly," Jarrett said. "I don't have any feelings as to what may happen. I would love to (stay). I don't think I need to look at moving on and trying anything else." But what will he do? NBC already has announced its broadcast team and Fox seems fairly set with its group. "There doesn't look like there's going to be anything in the broadcast world," Jarrett said. "I'll have to figure something out. If it's going and working with a race team or something like that, that's something I'm going to have to start putting some feelers out there and talking to some of my friends and see what may be available."(Sporting News)(1-28-2014)
Daytona 500 Can Be Viewed
For the first time ever, FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, is set to offer live, streaming coverage of the DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 23. FOX Sports GO features two separate live streams of the 56th running of the Great American Race: the customary FOX Sports broadcast in English and the FOX Deportes telecast in Spanish. Customers of participating video providers may access the live streams of the Daytona 500 through the FOX Sports GO app for iOS devices, as well as on desktops through FOXSportsGo.com.(FOXSports)(1-31-2014)
Michael Schumacher leaving
coma: Michael Schumacher's doctors have started trying to wake up the former
Formula Champion from the medically induced coma he's been in since a skiing
accident last month, his manager said Thursday. The 45-year-old Schumacher
suffered serious head injuries when he fell and hit the right side of his head
on a rock in the French resort of Meribel on Dec. 29.
The seven-time F1 champion has been in an induced coma in
From Track Forum:
Per Jenna Fryer: Kyle Larson wants the double
Note: As of Friday, January 31st, there were 4 pages of comments on the Track Forum. Personally, I don’t see this happening – not in 2014, anyway.
As of Monday, it was 5 pages worth of comments. This was found on page 5:
“So I asked Kyle about it today at NASCAR Fan Appreciation Day and since he doesn't know me from Adam, I'm sure I'd get nothing but his innermost thoughts. Anyway, he said maybe in a few years for the double but not right away.”
From the AARN:
TQ Midget Features
Under New Ownwership,
With New Partners Involved
Darland Scores Big
In USAC Winter Challenge,
Taking Two Of Three
Double File Restarts
For All Races
Brian Leppo, Zemco Racing
NYSCCA Gala Draws Big Crowd,
Dozens Receive Awards
Sentenced In 2012 Assault
At Penn Can
Eyes Ninth URC Crown
Ice Racing Season
Devil’s Bowl To Run
Late Season Slate
Of Dirt Races
Ernie Saxton Resigns
NASCAR Sprint Cup
Chase Changes Announced,
Checkered Flag Fan Club
Kart, Slingshot Indoor Race
Weekend Is At Hand
Josh Richards To Miss
WoO Late Model Opener
Mark Kielblock Hired
For Saturday Night
Releases Ambitious 2014 Schedule
Darland Tops USAC Midgeteer
Ready To Tackle
Wall Stadium Modifieds
News from the
Media Contact: Brett Deyo – 845.728.2781 or Deyo99H@aol.com
For Immediate Release/January 29, 2014
Note: In part
West Point Golf Course Signs On As Associate Marketing Partner Of March 23 ‘Hard Clay Open’ At Orange County Fair Speedway; Bonuses & Awards Continue To Add Up; Lap Money Total Surpasses $1,600 For 2014 New York State Modified Opener & Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Lid-Lifter
The inaugural running of the
‘Hard Clay Open’ at the Middletown, N.Y., facility – promoted by Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC via an agreement with
speedway operators Michael Gurda IV and Howard
Commander – on Sunday, March 23 continues to grow. The event, which serves as
the first on-track activity at
Marketing support has
blossomed since the event’s official announcement in November. Most recently,
West Point Golf Course has signed on as an associate sponsor of the Sunday
soiree. The West Point Golf Course, located in historic
Narrow fairways, water features, dog-legs, up- and downhill par-3s, greens that demand precision, elevation changes and breathtaking views are all part of the West Point Golf Course experience. The course features a professional staff, large clubhouse, top-of-the-line pro shop, small restaurant and ample dining space for post-tournament awards. To learn more, call 845.938.2435 or visit www.wespointmwr.com/golf.
West Point Golf joins United
Pump & Tank of
Bonus money is piling up for the special event. Ray and Debbie Tuit of 673 Racing, in conjunction with Mike Sparta Trucking, have posted three special awards in memory of Judy Tuit totaling $500. The extra cash will be distributed to the drivers finishing sixth ($150), seventh ($150) and third ($200) in the 50-lap main event.
McGannon Excavating of Garnerville, N.Y., has signed on to support the Modified division’s Hard Charger Award – presented to the driver advancing the most positions from their scheduled starting position to the finish – worth $210 cash.
Rochinski Contracting Services of Dickson City, Pa., will distribute $200 total amongst the final 10 finishers in the main, sending each of the 10 drivers home with an additional $20 in their pocket.
The 17th-place finisher earns
a $50 bonus courtesy of Elmo’s Auto Body, with locations in
The lap money total has now topped $1,680 and continues to increase. All lap money at the ‘Hard Clay Open’ will rotate through the top-seven running positions during the main. Lap sponsorships remain on sale at $20/minimum per lap by contacting Brett Deyo at Deyo99H@aol.com or by phone at 845.728.2781. A lap sponsorship form has been posted on www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com.
Among the more lucrative laps are 25, which offers $400 in cash thanks to Rock Fantasy Concert, Smoke Shop & Pinball Room and lap 31, paying $310 thanks to Zubi’s Racing. Teo-Pro Car will reward a $500 product certificate to the 25th-lap leader, as well.
BD Motorsports Media LLC
Contact: Chris Dolack
DIRTcar Nationals PR
704-467-7643 | email@example.com
Fans Encouraged to Vote Their
Favorite DIRTcar UMP Modified or Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Driver into ‘Six Pack
Challenge’ at DIRTcar Nationals Presented by
BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Jan. 29, 2014 - See your favorite DIRTcar UMP Modified or Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified driver take on five others in a six-lap, winner-takes-all showdown at the DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment, which runs Feb. 11-22 at Volusia Speedway Park.
Now is your chance to vote! The top six DIRTcar UMP Modified and Big-Block Modified vote-getters will battle in the Six Pack Challenge - a six-car, six-lap dash for cash.
Fans will fill the field with drivers who earn the most votes at http://www.DIRTcarNationals.com. The drivers with the most votes at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 10 will be eligible to compete in the events, which pay $500-to-win and $100 to the other five finishers.
The DIRTcar UMP Modified Six Pack is slated to run on Tuesday, Feb. 18, while the Big-Block Modified Six Pack will be Friday, Feb. 21.
Vote once a day for your favorite driver and you might just see him in a special Six Pack Challenge. For tickets to the Feb. 11-22 DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment, click http://www.DIRTcarNationals.com or call 877-395-8606.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway to Host Asphalt and Dirt Racing in 2014
Dirt events in fall, track to remain asphalt long-term
For Immediate Release DBS-020214-2
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series pavement season will open on Sunday, May 4 with the historic “Spring Green” event. The Bond Auto Parts Modified, Renegade, and Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock divisions will open their championship schedules, and will be joined again by the exciting American-Canadian Tour Late Models.
The weekly Friday night season kicks off one week early in 2014, on Friday, May 16 at 7:00pm. Special events dot the summer schedule, beginning with the first of two appearances by the Vermont State Late Model Championship Series on Friday, May 30. The Coca-Cola Firecracker extravaganza returns on Friday, July 4, with the double-points Mid-Season Championships on Friday, July 18. There will be two “off weeks” during the season, on Friday, June 13, and again on Friday, July 25.
The third annual C.J. Richards Memorial 67, a special Modified event run in honor of the track’s late founder and in tribute the inaugural 1967 season, has been scheduled for Friday, August 1. The Friday night schedule ends on August 22 with a double-feature blowout for all four weekly divisions.
The asphalt season draws to a close with the blockbuster Vermont 200 Weekend on September 13-14. The event includes championship finales for all regular classes as well as the Vermont State Late Model Championship Series, and has quickly become a “must see” event in the Northeast.
Following the completion of the regular season, a professional team of dirt track preparation experts will transform Devil’s Bowl Speedway into a newer version of its former self by laying natural clay over the existing pavement. The track operated with that same dirt surface for its first four years and again from 1975 to 2009. The Richards family paved the track in 2010 as part of a long-term vision of overall growth at the speedway.
Dirt events will be held on Friday, September 26, on Saturday, October 4, and on Saturday, October 18, with the division lineup to be announced soon.
Track co-owner and promoter
Mike Bruno has stressed that Devil’s Bowl Speedway will forever remain in its
current asphalt layout, but that he realizes that a strong segment of local
race teams and fans enjoyed dirt racing at Devil’s Bowl for many years. Two years of extensive research combined with
the recent closure of nearby Canaan Fair Speedway in
“We are proud of the growth of our asphalt program over the last few years, and we remain committed to weekly NASCAR asphalt racing at Devil’s Bowl. Nothing will change that,” Bruno said. “We have one of the best paved facilities in the area, and it happens to be surrounded by 75 acres of the best natural racing clay in the country. We will keep supporting the outstanding asphalt racing that we enjoy every week, but we also want to give back to the dirt fans that supported Devil’s Bowl for almost 40 years.”
Bruno has sought advice from
industry experts including dirt track promoters Lyle DeVore
of Albany-Saratoga (NY)
“[Corcoran] told me that the
clay is removed from the asphalt almost immediately after the race [at
Devil’s Bowl Speedway is
located on Route 22A in
Devil’s Bowl Speedway –
2014 Schedule of Events
No. Day Date Event Time Surface
1. Sun 5/04 Spring Green/American-Canadian Tour 1:30pm Asphalt
2. Fri 5/16 Regular Event 7:00pm Asphalt
3. Fri 5/23 Regular Event/Enduro Series 7:00pm Asphalt
5. Fri 6/06 Regular Event 7:00pm Asphalt
Fri 6/13 OFF – No Racing
6. Fri 6/20 Mini Stock 25 7:00pm Asphalt
7. Fri 6/27 Regular Event (Late Models OFF) 7:00pm Asphalt
8. Fri 7/04 Late Model Triple Crown/Enduro/Fireworks 6:30pm Asphalt
9. Fri 7/11 Modified Twin 25s 7:00pm Asphalt
10. Fri 7/18 Mid-Season Championship (Double Points) 7:00pm Asphalt
Fri 7/25 OFF – No Racing
11. Fri 8/01 3rd Annual C.J. Richards Memorial 67 7:00pm Asphalt
12. Fri 8/08 Regular Event/Enduro Series 7:00pm Asphalt
13. Fri 8/15 Regular Event/NEAR Antique Racers 7:00pm Asphalt
14. Fri 8/22 Double Features – All Divisions 7:00pm Asphalt
15. Sa-Su 9/13-14
16. Fri 9/26 Dirt Event #1 TBA Dirt
17. Sat 10/04 Dirt Event #2 TBA Dirt
18. Sat 10/18 Dirt Event #3 TBA Dirt
Contact: Justin St. Louis Phone: (802) 355-3282
Phone: (802) 265-3112
Going back, in time to February 6th in:
Cliff Griffith... Born ... AAA and USAC driver from the 1950's & 60's. He drove in four Indy races, '51, '52, '56 and '61 with his best result, a 9th place finish in 1952.
Frankie Schneider won the
Modified Stock Car race at the Sunshine Speedway,
Doug Craig won the TQ Midget feature at the indoor Atlantic City Convention Hall.
Mario Andretti and Jacky Ickx drove a 312P2 Ferrari to victory in the 6 hours of Daytona at the Daytona International Speedway.
Cantrell... Died ... Nicknamed the "Silver Fox" because of his gray
hair and the sly tricks he used to win races, Cantrell came to Southern
Chuck Gurney won the USAC
Midget race at the Phoenix International Raceway,
Kenny Irwin Jr. won the USAC
Silver Crown race at the Phoenix International Raceway,
Davey Hamilton won the USAC Supermodified race at the Phoenix International Raceway,
Mike Dunn sets an NHRA Top
Fuel 1/4 mile ET record of 4.503 seconds at
Tony Stewart won the USAC
Midget race at the Phoenix International Raceway,
won the USAC Silver Crown race at the Phoenix International Raceway,
It was on this date when we
lost Ted Tappett, who’s real name was Phil
Walters. He used the Tappett
name throughout his entire midget and stock car racing careers. What I found remarkable is that he did that
for all those years – he used the Tappett name so him
family would not know of his racing – and his mother knew about his racing
about two weeks after he started his racing.
If that LeMans disaster in 1955 hadn’t
happened, who knows how high he would have gone in racing since he was about to
drive for Ferrari in their Sports/Racing cars and also their F-1 cars in Grand
Prix racing. Oh, and he never attempted the
Going back in time – various dates around this time of the year:
Mark Donohue and Chuck Parsons drive their Penske prepared Lola T70 coupe to victory in the 24-Hours of Daytona.
Dick Rathmann ... Died ... AAA & USAC driver from the 1940's, 50's & 60's
... Died ... He was a lifetime member of United States Auto Club and
Indianapolis 100 Mile An Hour Club. He competed in the
USAC Sprint and Midget Car Series and raced in the
Billy Boat... Born ... USAC midget, sprint and IRL Indy car driver. Seven Indy 500 starts with a best finish of 3rd in 1999.
Bob Glidden is the first NHRA
Pro Stock driver to run the 1/4-mile in under 7.6 seconds (7.557), at
Chuck Gurney won the USAC
Western States Midget race at the Phoenix International Raceway,
won the USAC Silver Crown race at the Phoenix International Raceway,
Tony Stewart, driving the
Steve Lewis #9x, won the USAC Western States Midget
race at the Phoenix International Raceway,
Jimmy Kite won the USAC
Silver Crown race at the Phoenix International Raceway,
John Heydenreich won the American Midget Racing feature race at the Volusia County Speedway, Barberville, FL. Frankie Kerr was second followed by Nick Fornoro Jr., Scott Hatton and Doug Craig.
Dale Van Johnson... Born ... USAC driver
Malcolm Campbell sets a Land Speed Record of 174.833 mph in his Bluebird at Penpine.
Carl Williams... Died ...
USAC driver from the 1960's & 70's.He ran the Indy 500 6 times with a best
finish of 9th in 1970. He was killed in a motorcycle accident in
Bruce Jacobi... Died ... USAC driver from the 1960's and 70's. After coming
out of retirement to drive, he came to the 1983 Daytona Speedweeks
without a ride but picked one up with a smaller independent team by the time of
the Twin 125 Qualifiers. During the first Twin 125 qualifying race , he lost
control of his car at the exit of Turn 2 and flipped upon entering the grass
infield, eventually coming to a stop near the inside dirt bank. The car flipped
end over end and it is speculated that his roll cage failed during the crash.
Jacobi suffered extensive head injuries from the crash and was in a coma for
almost four years before passing away at
becomes the first man in NHRA history to record a speed greater than 290 mph in
the quarter mile when he runs 291.54 mph at
Ernie McCoy... Died ... Eastern midget, sprint and Indy car driver.
Malcolm Campbell sets a Land
Speed Record of 256.09 MPH in his Bluebird on the beach at
Ted Johnson ... Born ... He briefly drove a midget in his early years before settling into a career as a china salesman, never could shake the racing bug and in 1978 he unveiled the World of Outlaws, a collection of the biggest names in sprint car racing that traveled around the country trying to swipe purses from local competitors. The series drew huge crowds, attracted national television audiences and major sponsorship all while competing nearly 100 times a year with Johnson calling the shots every step of the way
Darrell Waltrip... Born ... A three-time former NASCAR Winston Cup champion, the 1989 Daytona 500 winner, current television race commentator.
won the USAC Western Midget race at the Phoenix International Raceway,
Davey Hamilton won the USAC Supermodified race at the Phoenix International Raceway,
Ken Schrader, in the Louis
Seymour # 29, won the USAC Silver Crown race at the Phoenix International
Mike Skinner wins the first
ever NASCAR Supertruck race, at
won the USAC Western Midget race at the Phoenix International Raceway,
Davey Hamilton won the USAC Supermodified race at the Phoenix International Raceway,
Mike Bliss, in the Del
McClure # 69, won the USAC Silver Crown race at the Phoenix International
Speedway formally opened. 13 cars were on hand for the first qualifying round,
but 6 failed tech inspection. "Fireball" Roberts turned in a speed of
140.581 mph in a
III won the USAC Supermodified race over Bob Bigiogni and Wally Pankratz at
the Phoenix International Raceway,
won the USAC Midget race at the Phoenix International Raceway,
Joe Cooksey, ARCA stockcar driver, wrecked himself and the pace car during the Firstplus Finacial 200 at Daytona International Speedway at Daytona.
won the USAC Midget race at the Phoenix International Raceway,
Brian Tyler won the USAC
Silver Crown race at the Phoenix International Raceway,
Some “other” stuff:
The so called “Affordable Care Act”:
Watch: Employees in Pennsylvania Company Learn of Increased Health Costs Due to Obamacare
Posted 01/30/2014 | In The News
Found on the Internet:
From the moment Obama and the Democrats began pushing for healthcare reform, they repeatedly emphasized the notion that 46 million Americans lacked insurance. This bogus figure included 14 million low-income Americans who were already fully eligible for government insurance programs but simply had never taken the time to enroll; 6 million who were eligible for employer-sponsored insurance but chose not to take advantage of it; more than 10 million (including many illegal immigrants) who were not U.S. citizens; and millions of young “invincibles” who chose not to purchase insurance because low-cost, bare-bones plans without a litany of mandates were not available in their states.
So the real number of Uninsured is at most 16 million that needed to be addressed, but instead they have literally trashed the healthcare of the other 290 million Americans by raising our premiums on average by 41%, raising deductibles on average by 71%, drastically cutting Medicare services and forcing millions more to be without healthcare because Obamacare cancelled their existing plans and now they cannot afford the more expensive Obamacare plans.
On the State of the union speech:
How much you want to bet he's not going to talk about the 900 executive orders he has passed so far and how he has already said he will pursue more executive orders to bypass Congress this year. Here are a few samples of Obama's executive orders and see if you can find a pattern:
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995: allows the government to seize and control the communication media.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997: allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998: allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000: allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11001: allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare functions.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921 -- allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. Financial institution in any undefined national emergency. ...
Class war at its best.
The folks who are getting the free stuff don't like the folks who are paying for the free stuff, because
the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.
And the folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop.
And the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!
Now... The people who are forcing the people who pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING
the free stuff that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.
So... The people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the
free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff and giving them the free stuff in the first place.
We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the
Now understand this.
All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded.
The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give
them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.
The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff.
Failure to change that spells
the end of the
ELECTION 2014 IS COMING
A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!
For all our sake PLEASE Take a Stand!!!
Language: English only
Culture: God, Constitution, and the Bill of Rights!
Drug Free: Mandatory Drug Screening before Welfare!
NO freebies to: Non-Citizens!
NFL fans collapse at
Absolutely no need for this kind of sh*t.
Found on Facebook.
Stop making stupid people famous.
Love your parents and treat them with loving care. For you will only know their value when you see the empty chair.
Everyone has someone in their lives who isn’t quite right in the head.
Let’s immediately fire member of congress who applauded when Obama said he will do whatever he can do without legislation. After all, they admitted they’re irrelevant.
I’ve been very clear on this matter. You must buy the insurance you don’t want, on my website that doesn’t work, or I will fine you.
The easiest way to bring back jobs is by purchasing American made products. It is no secret!!!
One of the recurring frustrations is constantly being asked to pay more for things that aren't as good.
Has the world turned upside
A step back in time: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=332482190102130
When I joined the Navy in 1950 they promised me lifetime medical care in return for 20 years or more of service. When I retired in 1973 they said, well we have Medicare now, and when you turn 65 you will go on medicare. Oh, by the way that will cost you, not much, but a little. Well I turned 65 a while ago, but the government decided to institute Tricare. Oh, by the way, you have to qualify for medicare to get Tricare. Now Medicare costs my wife and I a little over $5000 per year. So much for the free medical care for life. It is no wonder that veterans don't much trust the government.
Chick-fil-A gives free food to motorists stranded in Southern snowstorm
This is by a daughter of a
murdered couple in
who had a Bible and Bookstore on
She says: When I had to testify at the murder trial of my parents a
week ago, I was asked to raise my right hand ... The bailiff started out
"Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the
I stood there and waited but she said nothing
She said "Do you?"
I was so stunned I blurted out "What happened to "so help me God'?"
She came back with "Do you?"
I replied yes, but I was perplexed.
Then the judge said. "You can say that if you want to."
I stopped, raised my right hand, and finished with: "So help me God!"
I told my son and daughter that when it came time for them to testify,
they should do the same. *
I don't know what can be done about it, but it's time for us
to step up and DO something. *
NBC this morning had a poll on this question. They had
the highest number of responses
that they have ever had for one of their polls, and the
percentage was the same as this:
86%to keep the words,
That is a pretty 'commanding' public response.
I was asked to send this on if I agreed ...
Or delete if I didn't.
Now it is your turn. It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God.
Therefore, I have a very hard time understanding why there is such a
mess about having "In God We Trust" on our money and having God
in the Pledge of Allegiance.
If you agree, pass this on, if not, simply delete ...
Me? I'm Passing It On.
It seems to get worse daily.
I get emails:
From someone that went to the
indoor races in
The Trump didn't have heat on the first floor.
Last time I'm staying there, at the valet trying to get your car was 50 people in line and I thought we were going to have some fist fights.
We've heard all about Obama's vacations and the gross excesses
of Michelle and her entourage numbering in the hundreds - all
of it at taxpayers' expense . . . . but not much discussion
or media attention about KY Senator Rand Paul's summer break.
He and a partner teamed up to do pro bono eye surgeries for the poor.
People who came to the surgery center, legally blind or
much worse, were all seeing before they left.
Isn't it interesting what the media considers newsworthy?
Do you ever Wonder why the media isn't interested in this
huge American patriot story? Guess it doesn't fit the image
they try to create for conservatives.
But we can spread the word. Will you help do it?
My Grandfather watched as his friends died in WW I...
My Father watched as his
friends died in WW II and
I watched as my friends died
None of them died for the Mexican Flag...
Everyone died for the
Guess who was expelled... The kid who took it down.
Kids in high school in
Enough is enough.
The below e-mail message needs to be viewed by every American;
And every American needs to
stand up for
We've appeased the America-haters long enough...I'm taking a stand...
I'm standing up because the hundreds of thousands who died fighting in wars for this country, and for the U.S. Flag can't stand up...
And shame on anyone who tries to make this a racist message...
Let me make this perfectly clear!
THIS IS MY COUNTRY!
And, because I make This statement
DOES NOT Mean I'm against immigration!!!
YOU ARE WELCOME HERE, IN MY COUNTRY!
To come through legally:
1. Get a sponsor!
2. Get a place to lay your head!
3.Get a job!
4.Live By OUR Rules!
5.Pay YOUR Taxes!And
6.Learn the LANGUAGE like immigrants
Have in the past!!
AND 7.Please don't demand that we hand over our lifetime
Savings of Social Security Funds to you.If you don't want to forward this for fear of offending someone, Then YOU'RE PART OF THE PROBLEM!
When will AMERICANS STOP giving away THEIR RIGHTS???
We've gone so far the other way... Bent over backwards not to offend anyone...
But it seems no one cares about the
AMERICAN CITIZEN being offended!
Pass this on...
If You don't agree...
Then Just Delete It -
But Shame On You!!!!
Subject My Building Permit:
My Building Permit:
Some have asked what I've been doing in retirement. Well, I applied for a building permit for a new house.
It was going to be 100 ft tall and 400 ft wide, with 12 gun turrets at various heights, and windows all over the place and a loud outside entertainment sound system. It would have parking for 200 cars, and I was going to paint it snot green with pink trim. The City Council told me; "Forget it...AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN! So, I sent in the application again, but this time I called it a 'Mosque'. Work starts on Monday.
I love this country. It's the government that scares me.
This was shown on “60 Minutes” a few weeks ago. Disgusting !
Starkist Tuna is now owned by
There have been several
articles on Google about this, and even one that was defending the eating of
tilapia said to avoid the fish that came from
Read all the way down...
Recently a Food inspector on TV said he had lived overseas and he had seen the filthy conditions their foods are raised and processed in.
It is enough to make you
throw up. Some foreign workers have to
wear masks as they work in these places, because the
food is so rotten and filthy, it makes them want to throw up. Many of their Fish on Fish Farms are fed Raw sewage daily. He
said he has seen so much filth throughout their food growing and processing
that he would "never" eat any of it.
They raise this filth , put some food coloring
and some flavorings on it, then they ship it to the
Imported food we eat and the junk we buy
Green Giant frozen vegetables
Never buy the grocery store
garlic unless it is clearly marked from
Buy only local honey, much
honey is shipped in huge containers from
Cold-FX is grown and packed
If the country of origin is not clearly marked beware.
If produce, ask an employee.
Watch out for packages which state "prepared for", "packed by" or "imported by". I don't understand the lack of mandatory labeling, especially the produce.
The country of origin should be clearly shown on the item in the store. I go to the local farmers' markets in season and keep a wary eye open the rest of the year.
Please read this very carefully, and read to the very bottom. It's important for all of us.
How is it possible to ship
FOR EXAMPLE THE "OUR
FAMILY" BRAND OF MANDARIN ORANGES SAYS RIGHT ON THE CAN 'FROM
GOLD BRAND OR THE DOLE IS
Beware, Costco sells canned
peaches and pears in a plastic jar that come from
ALL "HIGH LINER"
AND MOST OTHER FROZEN FISH PRODUCTS COME FROM
Recently The Montreal Gazette had an article by the Canadian Government on how Chinese feed the fish: They suspend chicken wire crates over the fish ponds, and the fish feed on chicken s--t.
If you search the internet
about what the Chinese feed their fish, you'll be alarmed; e.g., growth
hormones, expired anti-biotic from humans.
Never buy any type of fish or shellfish that comes from these countries:
Check this out
personally. I did. Steinfeld's Pickles
are made in
Another example is in canned
mushrooms. No-Name brand came from
Also check those little fruit
cups. They used to be made in
While the Chinese export inferior and even toxic products, dangerous toys, and goods to be sold in North American markets, the media wrings its hands!
Yet, 70% of North Americans believe that the trading privileges afforded to the Chinese should be suspended!
Well, duh! Why do you need the government to suspend trading privileges?
SIMPLY DO IT YOURSELF,
Simply look on the bottom of
every product you buy, and if it says 'Made in
THINK ABOUT THIS:
If 200 million North Americans refuse to buy just $20 each of Chinese goods, that's a billion dollar trade imbalance resolved in our favor... fast! The downside? Some Canadian/American businesses will feel a temporary pinch from having foreign stockpiles of inventory.
Just one month of trading losses will hit the Chinese for 8% of their North American exports.
Then they will at least have to ask themselves if the benefits of their arrogance and lawlessness are worth it.
START NOW and don't stop.
Send this to everybody you know. Let's show them that we are intelligent, and NOBODY can take us for granted.
4 Simple questions from a reputable attorney:
This really should get your "gray matter" churning, even if you are an Obama fan. I wouldn't want my hero to be made out to be a liar, would you?
For all you "anti-Fox News" folks, none of this information came from Fox.
All of it can be verified from legitimate sources (Wikipedia, the Kapiolani hospital website itself, and a good history book, as noted herein). It is very easy for someone to check out.
4 Simple Questions
1. Back in 1961 people of color were called 'Negroes.' So how can the Obama 'birth certificate' state he is "African-American" when the term wasn't even used until the 1980s?
2. The birth certificate that
the White House released lists Obama's birth as August 4, 1961 & lists
Barack Hussein Obama as his father. No big deal, right? At the time of Obama's
birth, it also shows that his father is 25 years old, and that Obama's father
was born in "
( You may need to cut & Paste )
3. On the Birth Certificate released by the White House, the listed place of birth is "Kapi'olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital". This cannot be, because the hospital(s) in question in 1961 were called "Kaui Keolani Children's Hospital" and "Kapi'olani Maternity Home", respectively. The name did not change to Kapi'olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital until 1978, when these two hospitals merged. How can this particular name of the hospital be on a birth certificate dated 1961 if this name had not yet been applied to it until 1978?
(CHECK IT BELOW)
Why hasn't this been discussed in the major media?
4. Perhaps a clue comes from Obama's book on his father. He states how proud he is of his father fighting in WW II. I'm not a math genius, so bear with me. Barack Obama's "birth certificate" says his father was 25 years old in 1961 when Obama was born. That should have put his father's date of birth approximately 1936 - if my math holds. Now we need a (non-revised) history book to verify that WW II was basically between 1939 and 1945. Just how many 3 year olds fight in Wars? Even in the latest stages of WW II his father wouldn't have been more than 9 years old.
Very truly yours,
RICHARD R. SILVERLIEB
Attorney at Law
......and yet he still sits in OUR White House !!!!
> January 12, 2014 3:31 PM
> Subject: Fwd:
> : Target Stores
> If you shop Target, might
> want to re-think that after reading this
> TARGET STORES ARE NOW IN
> SINCE MARCH OR APRIL OF 2013.
> THEY HAVE TAKEN OVER THE ZELLERS STORES. TARGET
> IS LOOKING FOR NEW AREAS AS THEY ARE GETTING A VERY BAD RECEPTION IN THE U.S. MAINLY DUE TO THEIR NON-CHRISTIAN ATTITUDES AND POLICIES.
TARGET STORES HEAD OFFICE IS IN
WE SUPPORT CANADIAN TIRE, HOME HARDWARE, ETC.
THOSE WHICH ARE CANADIAN OWNED AND OPERATED.
> Stores What a
> surprise! Wasn't it last Christmas that Target refused
> to let the
> Salvation Army ring their bells in front of their
> Association wrote:
> Recently we asked the local TARGET store to
> be a proud sponsor of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
> all during our
> Spring recognition event. Remember, there are
> also Canadians
> occupying space on these walls.
> received the following reply from the local
> TARGET management:
> "Veterans do not meet our Area of giving. We
> only donate to the arts, social action groups, gay
> & lesbian causes,
> and education."
> So I'm thinking, if the
> Memorial Wall, and Veterans in general, do not meet
> their donation
> criteria, then something is really wrong at this
> TARGET store. We were
> not asking for thousands of dollars, not even
> hundreds, just a
> small sponsorship for a memorial remembrance.
> As a
> follow-up, I e-mailed the TARGET U.S.
> Corporate Headquarters and their response was
> the same...That's
> their National policy!!!
> Then I
> looked into the company further. They
> will not allow the Marines to collect for 'Toys
> for Tots' at any of
> their Stores. And
during the recent
> they would
> not allow families of employees who
> were called up for Active duty to continue
> their insurance
> coverage while they were on military service..
> I'm thinking again.. If TARGET cannot
> support American (or Canadian) Veterans, then why should
> my family and I
> support their stores by spending our hard earned
> American or
> Canadian dollars in their stores??? and, have their
> profits sent
> Dick Forrey
> Veterans Helping
SNOPES NO MORE! - Obama/Chicago Politics?
SNOPES NO MORE!
Many of the email's that I have sent or forwarded that had any anti Obama in it were negated by Snopes. I thought that was odd. Check this out. Shades of Krystalnacht, Snopes,
Soros and the Supreme Court's Kagan. I guess the time has come to check out Snopes! Ya' don't suppose it might not be a good time to take a second look at some of the stuff
that got kicked in the ditch by Snopes, do ya'?
We've known that it was owned by a lefty couple but hadn't known it to be financed by Soros!
Snopes is heavily financed by George Soros, a big time supporter of Obama and many other left wing organizations! In our Search for the truth department, we find what I have
suspected on many occasions.
I went to Snopes to check something about the dockets of the new Supreme Court Justice. Elena Kagan, who Obama appointed, and Snopes said the email was false and there
were no such dockets.
So I Googled the Supreme Court, typed in Obama-Kagan, and guess what?
Yep, you got it; Snopes Lied! Everyone of those dockets are there.
So Here is what I wrote to Snopes:
Referencing the article about Elana Kagan and Barak Obama dockets:
"The information you have posted stating that there were no such cases as claimed and the examples you gave are blatantly false.
I went directly to the Supreme Courts website, typed in Obama Kagan and immediately came up with all of the dockets that the article made reference to.
I have long suspected that you really slant things but this was really shocking.
Thank You. I hope you will be much more truthful in the future, but I doubt it.
That being said, I’ll bet you didn't know this...
Kagan was representing Obama in all the petitions to prove his citizenship."
Folks, this is really ugly. Chicago Politics at its best and the beat goes on and on and on.
Once again the US Senate sold us out!
Now we know why Obama nominated Elana Kagan for the Supreme Court. Pull up the Supreme Courts website, go to the docket and search for Obama.
She was the Solicitor General for all the suits against him filed with the Supreme Court to show proof of natural born citizenship. He owed her big time.
All of the requests were denied of course.
They were never heard.
It just keeps getting deeper and deeper, doesn't it?
The American people mean nothing any longer. It's all about payback time for those who compromised themselves to elect someone who really has no true right to even be there.
Here are some websites of the Supreme Court Docket:
You can look up some of these hearings and guess what? Elana Kagan is the attorney representing Obama!
Check out these examples:
These two short sentences tell you a lot about our government and our culture:
1. We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. Funny how that works.
And here's another one worth considering.
2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. How come we never hear about welfare running out of money? What's interesting is the first group "worked for" their money, but the second didn't.
Think about it.....
This weeks photo:
It was posted at the beginning of this weeks column!
Not a racing video this week, but a video of some of the better (?) Super Bowl commercials. Just move the arrow on the bottom right to advance.
It says 1982 under the video.
And this supposedly is from a year ago.
More non racing stuff:
Democrat Senators Say Obamacare Should Trump Religious Liberty
Rep. Stockman Walked Out of Obama’s “State of the
Joke of the week:
Written by a third grader, on what his grandparents do.
After Christmas, a teacher asked her young pupils how they spent their holiday away from school. One child wrote the following:
We always used to spend the
holidays with Grandma and Grandpa. They used to live in a big brick house, but Grandpa
got retarded and they moved to
They ride around on their bicycles, and wear name tags, because they don't
know who they are anymore. They go to a building called a wreck center, but they must have got it fixed because it is all okay now, they do exercises there, but they don't do them very well.
There is a swimming pool too, but they all just jump up and down in it with hats on.
At their gate, there is a doll house with a little old man sitting in it. He watches all day so nobody can escape. Sometimes they sneak out, and go cruising in their golf carts.
Nobody there cooks, they just eat out. And, they eat the same thing every night - early birds.
Some of the people can't get out past the man in the doll house. The ones who do get out, bring food back to the wrecked center for pot luck.
My Grandma says that Grandpa worked all his life to earn his retardment and, says I should work hard so I can be retarded someday too. When I earn my retardment, I want to be the man in the doll house. Then I will let
people out, so they can visit their grandchildren.
Until the next column – NEXT WEEK!!!
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