Racin' & Internet Stuff:
By Tom Avenengo
Volume # 27
Well, I guess that Kyle Busch is due some congratulations what with him being the first ever to win all three top tier NASCAR races on one weekend – or at one track with races in conjunction.
This writer only hit OCFS last weekend as far as racing goes. Didn’t even see much on TV, but did see enough, although today’s Indycars on road courses is something I really don’t watch anymore. And, Dammit, I’ve missed some of the NASCAR Modified shows on Versus and SPEED, too. I hear the Bristol Modified race was a real good one. Hope they do a re-play.
Some of my thoughts – part 1:
I did see the finish of the Nationwide race last Friday night. I find it hard to believe that NASCAR did not come out and penalize Kyle Busch after he said he intentionally took out Brad Keselowski. “Hard racing” is what I’ve read NASCAR came out and said. Hey NASCAR, - remember that the next time it happens, OK?
Kyle Busch, too me, acted quite childish, mocking the fans as they were booing him after his Nationwide win, with him wiping away “tears”.
Hey, I have to give the young man credit, though, he can drive a stock car.
Some of my thoughts – part 2:
There’s a discussion on the Dirt Track Digest’s forum about what some might think would be good for this up-coming Eastern States Weekend at OCFS – October 15, 16 & 17. Like – run the same rules for the 358 Small Blocks as were run for the 358 Modified Hard Clay Challenge race that was run a few weeks ago. I agree. Also, maybe opening up the tire rule for most any American Racer tire. Again, I agree.
Keep in mind – ESW is not a DIRTcar sanctioned event. In fact, there is really no sanctioning race body – not DIRTcar or ROC, for that matter.
Note: As for the open tire deal – that might not be possible since OCFS is probably tied into some kind of contract with events they promote and the “OCFS only” tire to be used.
Going back, in time:
Note: Most of the following information was found here:
Covering the days of August 20th to 26th.
Billy Winn ... Died ... An
American racecar driver. Primarily a sprint car driver, Winn competed in four
Jonathan Byrd ... Died ...
Longtime IndyCar Team Owner. Byrd campaigned late
model stock cars in the early 80’s and once sponsored NASCAR champion Darrell
Waltrip, but turned to USAC Midgets in 1985. He teamed with the late, great
Rich Vogler from 1985 to 1990. The pairing qualified for 5
Fred Agabashian... Born
... Born in
Elmo Langley... Born ...
Bruce Walkup... Born ...
Walkup raced in the USAC Championship Car series in the 1967-1971 seasons, with
35 career starts, including the 1969 and 1970 Indianapolis 500 races. He
finished in the top ten 11 times, with his best finish in 4th position in 1969
Gene Force ... Died ...
Gene Force raced migets and sprint cars in the 1950's and early 60's. He drove
in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1951-1952, 1954,
1956, and 1958-1960 seasons with 33 starts, including the 1951 and 1960
Chuck Stevenson... Died ...Chuck drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1949-1954, 1960-1961 and 1963-1965 seasons with 54 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in 1951-1954, 1960-1961, and 1963-1965. He finished in the top ten 37 times, with 4 victories, 2 of them coming in the 1952 season when he won the AAA National Championship. Stevenson also raced in two NASCAR events -- one in 1955 and one in 1956, picking up a win at Willow Springs Raceway in 1955 driving a Ford. The race he entered in to in 1955 was driving a car owned by Indy winner Pete DePaolo.
Bill Horstmeyer... Died
... Bill Horstmeyer, a veteran of twelve years of racing who sucessfully raced
in Badger Midgets, was entered as a rookie in his first Champ Car race in his
newly purchased "big car" - the former "Central Excavating"
vehicle, which he acquired from Pete Salemi. The race, a 100-mile feature event
at the 1964
Doc MacKenzie ... Died ...
AAA driver from the 1930's. He was killed in a Sprint Car race on the 1.0-mile
Kenny Wallace ... Born ... NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series driver. He has two brothers who were/are also NASCAR drivers: Rusty Wallace and Mike Wallace, a nephew Steve Wallace, and a niece Chrissy Wallace.
... Born ... Park began racing not in an entry-level class, but in NASCAR
Carl Williams... Born ...
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
Roger McCluskey... Born ... McCluskey was one of the most successful drivers in USAC history. McCluskey won the USAC sprint-car championship in 1963 and 1966 and won the USAC stock-car crown in 1969 and 1970. A fifth USAC title came in the Champ Car (Indy car) division in 1972. McCluskey owns 23 victories in both the USAC sprint-car and stock-car divisions, and his five Indy car and four midget triumphs give him 55-all time USAC victories. McCluskey made 18 Indy 500 starts with a best finish of third. He is a member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame. Roger McCluskey lost his battle with cancer just five days before his 63rd birthday on Aug. 29, 1993.
Templeman ... Died ... Shorty drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car
series, racing in the 1954-1962 seasons with 42 starts, including the
Indianapolis 500 races in 1955, 1958, and 1960-1962. He finished in the top ten
16 times, with his best finish in 2nd position, in 1961 at both DuQuoin and
Luigi Villoresi ... Died
... Driver from
Doc Shanebrook... Died ... AAA and ARDC driver 1950's
Bobby Ball... Born ... AAA driver from the early 1950's. On January 4,
1953, he was involved in an accident at Carrell
Johnny Parsons... Born ...
Parsons is the son of Arza and 1950
Swede Savage... Born ... Savage started racing 1/4 midgets then motorcycles and karts. He then graduated to NASCAR, Can-Am, Trans-A and finally into Indy cars where he tragically lost his life as a result of injuries sustained in the Indy 500 in 1973.
Jimmy Wilburn... Died ...
He won a non-points Championship Car race at
Track news – (for tracks in my area):
This coming Friday:
$2000 to win 30 Lap Modified Race, plus Sportsman – Spec Sportsman, Pro Stocks – Pure Stocks-Lightning Sprints & Vintage Modifieds
Note: I’ve read that when the “King of the Catskills” Spec Sportsman 50 lap race is run, on September 25th, it will be $3,500.00 to win! And the winner of the ROC 100 lap “King of the Catskills” race on September 24th, will get $6,000.00! Will there be more coming – maybe about the Sportsman class and their price money?
This Saturday – “Accord Speedway Night” - a regular show with Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro and Pure Stocks and a return visit with the CRSA 305 Sprint Cars.
This Saturday – A regular show with Dirt Sportsman, Pro Stock, BMS Modified, Street Stock, 4 Cylinder and Bandoleros
OVRP – the dirt track: http://www.oaklandvalleyspeedway.com/
There’s a practice session scheduled for Friday evening, Karts and Slingshots racing on Saturday and Bike and Quad racing on Sunday. They will be closed the following weekend – Labor Day weekend.
This Saturday: Twin 20's for Slingshots and Wingless 600's ~ Round Robin Time Trials
The History of the Sport:
I imagine you’ve heard of “Formula Libre” races? There have been quite a few of them – mostly being run “Back in the day”, so to say. I went to one of the first – the one that was in Lime Rock, Ct. back in 1959. That’s the one that Rodger Ward won in a midget. Later on, in 1959, my brother attended one that was held at Watkins Glen, in October, with rain/sleet and snow, the weather for that day. They have had three “Formula Libre” races at the “Glen” 1958, 1959 & 1960.
The first one, in 1958, had a total of 14 cars, with some pretty famous drivers. Joachim Bonnier won the 81 lap, 186.3 mile race in a Maserati. He had the fastest lap in the race with a speed of 103 MPH. Dan Gurney was the only other driver to complete all 81 laps, finishing second in a Ferrari. Some four laps behind was Bruce Kessler in another Ferrari. A Porsche, driven by Dick Meinhardt was next, 7 laps behind the winning car. Another Maserati, driven by Lt. Col. Robert Kuhn was next – some 10 laps behind. W.K. Rutan, in a Porsche Special was the last of those running, being 11 laps behind. Dropping out were: Herb Swan, Lloyd Ruby, Bob Said, Loyal Katskee, Ray Saidel, Allan Markelson, George Constantine and Phil Hill.
Photos and a little about the race can be found if you go here:
1959, Sir Stirling Moss came across the
More about this event can be seen if you go here:
In 1960, Moss was back along with Sir Jack Brabham. They were the only two to complete all 100 laps and 230 miles.
2. Jack Brabham (Cooper Climax F-1)
3. Roy Salvadori (Cooper Monaco – 91 laps)
4. Joachim Bonnier (Cooper Climax F-1 – 90)
5. Francis Bradley (Porsche RS 60 – 89)
6. Stutz Plaisted (Cooper Climax F-2 – 88)
7. Paul O’Shea (D- Jaguar – 87)
8. J. Muzzin (Porsche RS – 80) 9.
9. P. Murdoch (
10. Harry Entwistle (Lotus Mk IV – 78)
11. V. Meinhardt (Porsche Special – 74)
12. Herb Swan (Porsche RS – 73)
13. Peter Ryan (Sadler F L – 56)
Oliver Gendebein (Cooper Climax F-1) and Will Bradley (Cooper Climax F-1) both dropped out.
More info and photos on this event can be seen if you go to these two links:
Dirt Oval (
I see where Mike Mammana was 7th in the Sporstman feature at Big Diamond.
Davie Franek was 5th in the 358 Sprint Car feature at and 2nd in the URC feature at Selinsgrove.
In CRSA 305 Sprint Car action this past weekend, Billy VanInwegen was 9th, Josh Peiniazek 11th and Danny Hennessy 20th at Penn Can, while at Five Mile, Josh was first and Chuck Alessi 24th.
Jacob Hendershot was the winner in the 270 Micro Sprint feature at Wyalusing.
Nick Pecko had a 2nd place finish in the Modified feature at Sundance Vacations Speedway.
At OCFS, Tim Hindley was 2nd, Billy VanInwegen 13th, Clinton Mills 16th, Mike Ruggiero 21st and Danny Creeden a DQ in the Modified feature. In the Sportsman feature, Joe Conklin was 3rd, Brian Krummel 4th, John Lodini 5th, Matt Janiak 7th, Matt Hitchcock 9th, Doc Young 10th, Zack Vavricka 18th and Keith Still 20th.
Clinton Mills was 5th, Greg Hastie 9th, Jamie Yannone 13th, Danny Creeden 20th and Jimmy Johnson a DNQ at Accord in the Modified class. In the Sportsman feature, Anthony Perrego was 5th, Brian Krummel 7th, Mike Ruggiero 10th and Kyle Armstrong listed as 22nd, with zero laps scored.
Kyle Rohner was 12th, Kalyla Smykla 19th, and brother RJ Smykla a DNQ in the Spec Sportsman feature.
At Hamlin, Charlie Lawrence was 20th in the Slingshot feature. Rick Casario 6th in the 270 Micro Sprints, while Cait Chambers was 19th, Geordan Farry 20th and Brittany Tresch 21st in the Wingless 600 Micro Sprint feature. Wyatt Clark was 6th n the 270 Micro Sprint Rookie feature while Joe Kata won the 600 Micro Sprint Rookie feature.
Kyle Rohner had a 4th place finish in the Stage One Modified feature at Borgers. Tiffany Wambold was 3rd in the 270 Mocro Sprint Rookie feature – those races being on Saturday. On Friday, Luke Shostkewitz was 2nd in the Wingless 600 Micro Sprint feature.
More racin’ stuff:
Just a reminder about the Racing Expo show coming up at Hnchliffe Stadium in Paterson, NJ on Sunday, September 5th.
There was some information about this show and photos from “Back in the day” sent out via Facebook a few weeks ago. Here’s a link to that:
Information about the Expo is in one of the first photos. I see there has been a change or two.
Directions to Hinchliffe Stadium – with thanks to Ronny Dennis:
Directions from Rt.80:
Take Rt. 80 West to exit 55B Union Blvd./Totowa
go 2 and 4/10 miles on
to Redwood Ave. (there is an Autozone on left) make a RIGHT onto
Redwood Ave. (you will see the stadium in front of you) go
1/10 of a mile to Totowa Ave., make a RIGHT onto Totowa Ave.,
go 1/10 of a mile to Maple Ave. make a LEFT onto Maple Ave.
Hinchliffe Stadium will be on your left.
Coming from Delaware Water Gap area:
Take Rt. 80 East to Exit 54 Minnisink Rd./Little Falls/Totowa
Make a LEFT towards Totowa, go 7/10 of a mile to Totowa Rd.
Make a RIGHT onto Totowa Rd., go 3/10 of a mile to Union Blvd.
make a LEFT onto Union Blvd., go approximately 1 mile to Redwood Ave.
(there is an Autozone on left) make a RIGHT onto Redwood Ave.
(you will see the stadium in front of you) go 1/10 of a mile to Totowa
Ave. make a RIGHT onto Totowa Ave., go 1/10 of a mile to Maple Ave.
Make a LEFT onto Maple Ave. Hinchliffe Stadium will be on the left
A video from a recent Expo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OdsfcNcnEE
Some “Hot laps”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpB5y0zeYHE&feature=related
And, a pretty big race has been scheduled for the Oakland Valley Speedway (the Dirt Oval) for Saturday, September 11th – here’s some info that’s on their website:
$75 entry fee (includes driver pit pass)
Pre-Register by August 20th and save $10.
350lb Flat Head Go-Karts (Medium Class) – Ages 15+
Gates open at 11am Saturday September 11th
Practice begins at 12pm
Qualifying begins at 1:00pm
50 Lap NASCAR style race, with a mandatory pit stop at lap 25.
Pit Stop will require you to change a tire and fill up on fuel.
25 Karts will advance to the feature
Fastest Time from Qualifying – $75.00
1st place at Lap 25 – $75.00
Random position drawn from a Hat at lap 25- $25.00
1st person back on track after pit stop – $75.00
1st place – $500 plus $200 donated to charity of choice in your name
2nd place – $300 plus $100 donated to charity of choice in your name
3rd place – $150 plus $75 donated to charity of choice in your name
???? place (determined that day) – $75.00
Pre-register at the track or by emailing email@example.com
Note: I don’t know if they will have a rain date for this show, or not.
Is another type of racecar really necessary?
Ray Evernham – you’ve heard of him, right? And you’ve also heard of Bruton Smith, too, correct? Well they’ve teamed up for a new venture – Dirt Track Legends cars. Maybe they’ll catch on – who knows, for sure? I know that the Tobias SpeedSTR Series is still kind of having a tough time getting more than a dozen cars at their events here in the Northeast area. There are also Mod Lites, 600 Modifieds and a new class (with only a few cars it seems) – Stage One Modifieds, which are very similar to the 600’s. And one can’t forget about the Legends cars, themselves. Will the magic of the Evernham name help? He was, if you recall, also involved with Tobias and the SpeedSTR cars, too.
Check what’s happening, and maybe what these cars will look like, by going here: http://www.onedirt.com/news/evernham-to-design-legend-cars-for-the-dirt/
Note: Cars look a lot like some plastic model cars that were out in the late 50’s and the 60’s.
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/
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
I’m into watching Professional football and
baseball. Was neat being able to watch
football again, even if it was some pre season games. Sad thing is that the cost of attending a
game, in person, has really gotten out of the price range for a “working” man
with a family, today. Now I’ve been to
major league auto races – NASCAR and Indycar, and, yes, it’s quite different in
person. I’ve never been to a
professional football game and only attended one baseball game, in person when is was a
For all those truck drivers out there that are going to pack it in soon or have already done so – Kathy Mattea - Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses hteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses
Other (non racing) news:
“The summer job used to be a staple of teenage life. Paper routes and ice cream parlors provided work experience, paychecks, and a psychological boost in the form of independence and self-esteem.
The worst recession since the Great Depression has changed all that.
Today, teenage unemployment is at an all-time high, hitting 26.1 percent in
July. According to economists at
Note: I believe I’ve made mention of this in some of my previous columns – kids getting out of school with no job opportunities due to the downturn of the economy.
Link to the article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/soaringteenunemploymentcouldhavelifetimeeffects;_ylt=AtWRRgi9xTb2UgNfbVh1UJdH2ocA;_ylu=X3oDMTRkdGc0bmplBGFzc2V0A2xpdmVzY2llbmNlLzIwMTAwODIyL3NvYXJpbmd0ZWVudW5lbXBsb3ltZW50Y291bGRoYXZlbGlmZXRpbWVlZmZlY3RzBGNjb2RlA21vc3Rwb3B1bGFyBGNwb3MDOQRwb3MDOQRzZWMDeW5fdG9wX3N0b3JpZXMEc2xrA3NvYXJpbmd0ZWVudQ--
And, in a way, to go along with the above, and our economy:
Nearly half of the 1.3 million homeowners who enrolled in the Obama administration's flagship mortgage-relief program have fallen out.
The program is intended to help those at risk of foreclosure by lowering
their monthly mortgage payments. Friday's report from the Treasury Department
suggests the $75 billion government effort is failing to slow the tide of
foreclosures in the
It's starting to feel like another recession.
Businesses are ordering fewer goods. Home sales are the slowest in decades. Jobs are scarce, and unemployment claims are rising. Perhaps most worrisome, manufacturing activity, which had been one of the economy's few bright spots, is faltering.
More than 3 million seniors may have to switch their Medicare prescription plan next year, even if they're perfectly happy with it, thanks to an attempt by the government to simplify their lives.
The policy change could turn into a hassle for seniors who hadn't intended to switch plans during Medicare's open enrollment season this fall.
Scientists discovered the new microbe while studying the underwater dispersion of millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf following the explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.
And the microbe works without significantly depleting oxygen in the water, researchers led by Terry Hazen at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory reported Tuesday in the online journal Science Express.
Is this true?:
Another long one this week – again from an e-mail I received about our future and taxes:
In just six months, on January 1, 2011, the largest tax hikes in
the history of
They will hit families and small businesses in three great waves.
On January 1, 2011, here’s what happens... (read it to the end, so you see all three waves)...
Expiration of 2001 and 2003 Tax Relief
In 2001 and 2003, the GOP Congress enacted several tax cuts for investors, small business owners, and families.
These will all expire on January 1, 2011.
Closing with this:
A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor's office.
'Is it true,' she wanted to know, 'that the medication you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?'
'Yes, I'm afraid so,' the doctor told her.
There was a moment of silence before the senior lady replied, ‘I'm wondering, then, just how serious is my condition, because this prescription is marked
May “Guardian Angels” sit on the shoulders of all of our race drivers and race fans, and guide them safely around the tracks!
As usual, you can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org