Racin' & Internet Stuff:
By Tom Avenengo
Volume # 33
If you recall,
last week I started out mentioning the threatening weather that was due a large
portion of the Northeast. I hope
everyone had as much luck and success as I did.
Even thought I’m only two blocks from the
Do you realize
that the 2010 racing season, here in the East, has only one more month to
go? Oh, there will be some indoor
racing, like the Karts up in
Some of my thoughts:
Somehow, I think I’m one of a majority that think that Clint Bowyer and the Childress race team got shafted by NA$CAR. I feel that once a car goes through pre-race inspection, and is deemed to be legal, the post race inspections should be minimal and not so “technical”. I don’t think that anyone from Childress was at that NA$CAR post race inspection of the number 33 car or was there? The final say so on the whole deal is due this past Tuesday, October 5th.
And, the verdict didn’t change, but some penalties were reduced, some.
From Jayski’s website on Tuesday evening:
Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel Statement - #33 Penalty Upheld, adjustments
made: Following an appeal hearing earlier today in Concord, N.C., the
National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer has upheld the penalty for
the #33 Chevy in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, with the following revisions:
Crew chief Shane Wilson's fine has been reduced from $150,000 to $100,000 and Wilson and car chief Chad Haney's race suspensions have been lowered from six to four. Both are suspended from NASCAR until Nov. 3 and are on probation until Dec. 31.
The loss of 150 championship owner and driver points remains intact.
The #33 car was penalized by NASCAR on Sept. 22 as a result of rule infractions discovered during post-race inspection at the NASCAR Research and
I doubt I’ll be alone in saying that I really don’t agree with what has happened, here. Another nail in the NA$CAR coffin, maybe?
Going back, in time:
Note: Most of the following information was found here:
Covering the days of October 1st to October 7th.
Richard Petty announced that he will retire after the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup season.
Born ... AAA driver He raced midget cars, sprint cars, and IndyCars.
He was nicknamed "Iron Mike." He won the track championships at
Paul Goldsmith... Born ... A motorcycle Hall of Famer and former USAC and NASCAR
driver. Goldsmith was a famous AMA motorcycle racer during the late
1940s through the mid-1950s. He was the winner of the final stock car race at
Lucky Lux... Died ... AAA driver from the 1940's.
John Force became the first NHRA
Funny Car driver to run the 1/4-mile in less than 4.8 seconds when he clipped
off a 4.787 second pass at the
Edwin Keith "Banjo" Matthews... Died ... A NASCAR driver, car owner and builder.
... Born ... USAC Sprint & Indy Car driver from the 1950's and 1960's . Hulse raced in the USAC
Championship Car series in the 1959-1964 and 1966-1968 seasons, with 60 career
starts, including the
Max Papis ... Born ... Formula One, CART Champ Car and NASACAR driver from the 1990's into the 2000's.
Jim Epler became the first man in NHRA history to break 300 mph
in a Funny Car when he ran 300.40 mph at Topeka,
Barney Oldfield ... Died ...
AAA driver from 1905 to 1918. He was the first man to drive a car at 60 miles
per hour (96 km/h). His accomplishments led to the expression "Who do you
think you are? Barney Oldfield?" Oldfield was suspended by the AAA for his
"outlaw" racing activities and was unable to race at sanctioned
events for much of the prime of his career. Speed records, match races and
exhibitions made up most of Oldfield's career. He was reinstated and he
competed in the 1914 and 1916
Curtis Turner ... Died ... One of NASCAR's earliest starts and among its most controversial drivers....won 17 poles and 17 races in his career, which spanned 1949 through 1968....he won the fourth Winston Cup race of its inaugural season of 1949, then won 16 more, almost all of them during the '50s....he was suspended fron competition by NASCAR president Bill France, Sr. in 1960 because he tried to organize the drivers for the Teamsters Union...was the first president of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and needed a loan from the Teamsters in 1960 to repay creditors....when France got wind of it, he banned Turner until late in the 1965 season. During the time that he was banned from NASCAR Turner raced in the USAC stock car series....he died in a plane crash in 1970.
Sarah Fisher ... Born ... As a
child, she raced quarter midgets and go-karts until she was a teenager, winning
the 1991, 1993 & 1994 World Karting Association Grand National Championships,
the 1993 Circleville Points Championship and the 1994 WKA Grand National
Championship. From 1995–99, she raced in the sprint car and midget ranks,
winning the 1995 Dirt Track Racing Round-Up Rookie of the Year award. She had a
very successful career racing in the World of Outlaws. In 1997, she was named
to the 62-race All-Stars Circuit of Champions series, earning a second place
finish at Eldora Speedway. She held the track record at historic
Died ... A
Blaise Alexander ... Died ... Blaise was killed in a racing accident during the ARCA RE/MAX EasyCare 100 at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Alexander had raced in several series during his career, including ARCA, NASCAR Busch and Truck Series.
Michael Andretti ... Born ... Retired CART, Formula One, IRL driver , IRL Car owner and the son of Mario Andretti and the father of Marco.
J.J. Yeley ... Born ... USAC Midget, Sprint, Silver Crown, IRL and NASCAR driver.
Tony Bettenhausen won the AAA sanctioned George Robson Memorial
100 Race on the 1 Mile Dirt Oval Good Time Park in Goshen,
Buzz Barton... Born ... Raced in IMCA & USAC Sprints and Indy Cars
Grandson, Brett Allen Avenengo was born.
Brett ended up being the one in our family that did the most, racing
wise. He now lives down in
Louis Meyer... Died ... American Hall of Fame race car driver best known as the
first three-time winner of the
Track news – (for tracks in my area):
From their website:
WRECKAGE IN THE CATSKILLS!
ENDUROS-$1000 to win!*
*Based on 25 entries for each division
*Based on 25 entries for each division
“Run What Ya Brung”
$1000 TO WIN!**
**Based on 15 entries
Pro Stocks- 30 Laps
Pure Stocks- 30 Laps
Powder Puff Enduro
Powder Puff Pure Stock Race
Registration Form & Rules are in the “Files” Section above
Pit Gates open at 11 AM Spectator Gates open at 12
Adult Admission $12 Kids (11 & under) $3
Family 4 Pack $40-2 adult & 2 kids admission & $20 in food vouchers
OVRP – the dirt track: http://www.oaklandvalleyspeedway.com/
Just another heads up: The practice session that was scheduled for this coming Friday evening has been cancelled. For this coming weekend, there will be Kart and Slingshot racing on Saturday, with Bike and Quad racing on Sunday.
The History of the Sport:
As noted above, this week a little about
the Indy car race that was held in
There were only three Indy Car races held at the
triangular shaped one-mile dirt track in
The total purse for the 1946 race was a whopping $12,000.00 for the 100 miler. Prior to the 100 mile race, there was a 5 lap match race between Rex Mays and Ted Horn which was won by Mays by about a foot. Emil Andres won the pole with a speed of 83.799 MPH. There was quite a difference in qualifying speeds, with the average qualifying speed being only 77.417 MPH. Only 10 cars started the race, out of the twelve that had entered. Ironically, Mays was one of those that didn’t start, having broken a connecting rod. The other non-qualifier was Zora Arkus-Duntov, who’s ignition failed. No, not too many cars were entered that day. Andres led the first two laps then was passed by Tony Bettenhausen. Tony led the remaining 98 laps for the win. Ted Horn would finish in second place, being one lap down. Duke Dinsmore and Andres would be next, also a lap down from Bettenhausen. Charlie Rodgers and Eddie Casterline would be next, both two laps down. Those, believe it or not, were the only finishers! Fred Carpenter lasted 70 laps until his car overheated. George Metzler got as far as 59 laps when he hit the fence. George Connor lost oil pressure in his engine on his 55th lap. Bringing up the rear, in tenth place was Bud Bardowski, who’s day ended on his 47th lap with a cracked engine block. Bettenhausen averaged 77.644 MPH for the 100 mile distance.
Bettenhausen returned in 1947 to again beat Horn in the final Indy Car race on the
Former Dirt Oval (
With the racing season winding down, this section sure is getting smaller, isn’t it?
In the “Outlaw 200” at
David Webb had a 15th
in the SK Light feature at
Tiffany Wambold was a DNS in the 270 Micro feature at Borgers.
In the CRSA 305 Sprint Car feature at Woodhull, Billy VanInwegen was 3rd, Danny6 Hennessy 9th, Brittany Tresch 13th and Josh Pieniazek 16th.
Again, I hope I didn’t miss anyone!
More racin’ stuff:
I’ve never been a fan of NASCAR’s new point system – the “Chase”, so from this column on, I hope to show points as I feel they should be (per Jayski’s website) and how the “Chase” points are, weekly.
How they should be:
Sprint Cup Driver 'Classic' Points Standings:
[after Kansas, race 29 of 36....the OLD way]:
rank, car#, driver, points, behind
1) #29-Kevin Harvick, 4166
2) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3938, -228
3) #18-Kyle Busch, 3906, -260
4) #99-Carl Edwards, 3877, -289
5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3870, -296
6) #31-Jeff Burton, 3792, -374
7) #14-Tony Stewart, 3783, -383
8) #11-Denny Hamlin, 3777, -389
9) #2-Kurt Busch, 3750, -416
10) #17-Matt Kenseth, 3700, -466
11) #33-Clint Bowyer, 3622, -544
12) #16-Greg Biffle, 3585, -581
And, the “Chase”:
Found this on Jayski’s website this past Tuesday:
“Sinkhole on the
property of Charlotte Motor
And this, too on Jayski, which is, in my opinion, way, way overdue!
Note: I sure hope this is just the tip of the “Iceberg” so to speak, about having to buy tickets for races that you really can’t or probably won’t attend.
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
Late on Wednesday
night, while watching TV, I told the wife that most everything was done on this
week’s column except for a video. I was
tempted to put on one that showed a man getting arrested up in
But number one son, Tom, Jr. came through when he sent me what follows, in an e-mail. Note to all you “Hot Rodders” and “wannbe race drivers” out there – I suggest you do NOT attempt any of this stuff!
Other (non racing) news:
From October 1st:
“Bank of America is delaying foreclosures in 23 states as it examines whether it rushed the foreclosure process for thousands of homeowners without reading the documents. The move adds the nation's largest bank to a growing list of whose employees signed documents in foreclosure cases without verifying the information in them.”
The document problems could cause thousands of homeowners to contest foreclosures that are in the works or have been completed. If the problems turn up at other lenders, a foreclosure crisis that's already likely to drag on for several more years could persist even longer. Analysts caution that most homeowners facing foreclosure are still likely to lose their homes.”
OK, maybe I’m being to fussy here, but when I hear our National Anthem being sung, I usually “cringe” when the “singers” have to change and go to a higher octave when singing the word “free”. And also how some have changed the word “fight” to “night”. Why on this last one – I have no idea as to those words being changed. And I also “cringe” when the singers have to do it “their way” and not the way it was written.
Here is what might happen if you sing the Philippines National Anthem improperly:
“In the Philippines, a land of passionate singers, taking on the national anthem is about to get a little more daunting -- get it wrong and you could land in jail for a couple of years and be fined more than $2,000 (1,260 pounds).
A ban on the improper singing of Lupang Hinirang (Beloved Land) and unpatriotic displays of the Philippine flag is a Senate vote away from becoming law after the lower house voted 196-0 in favour of it on Monday.”
Well, to be honest, I don’t think I’d go as far as having them jailed, but, gee, I sure wish that someone would check out how some of those that do our National Anthem actually will sing it, and if not done correctly – as it is written, then send them on their way with a nice “Thanks, but no thanks”.
these last years, there’s been quite an exodus from
“Personal incomes fell in the
They tumbled "almost twice" as much in New York as in the rest of country - a 3.1% dent to local wallets totalling a staggering $908 billion in lost income, according to state Controller Thomas DiNapoli.”
“Some 90,000 jobs have been added in
The federal bailout rescued The Street and enabled it to achieve record profits last year of $61.4 billion after the securities industry lost a record $54 billion in the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008, DiNapoli reported.
But that did not offset the income losses statewide as industries shed jobs and the bottom lines of many New Yorkers took a beating.”
Note: How about a three bedroom, two bath house for $745.00/month?
Is this true?:
From the Las
Vegas Review Journal, June 6, 2010Overwhelm
Wayne Allyn Root
Barrack Obama is no fool. He is not incompetent. To the contrary, he is brilliant. He knows exactly what he's doing. He is purposely overwhelming the U.S. Economy to create systemic failure, economic crisis and social chaos -- thereby destroying capitalism and our country from within.
Barack Obama is my college classmate (
Universal health care. The health care bill had very little to do with health care. It had everything to do with unionizing millions of hospital and health care workers, as well as adding 15,000 to 20,000 new IRS agents (who will join government employee unions). Obama doesn't care that giving free health care to 30 million Americans will add trillions to the national debt. What he does care about is that it cements the dependence of those 30 million voters to Democrats and big government. Who but a socialist revolutionary would pass this reckless spending bill in the middle of a depression?
-- Cap and trade. Like health care legislation having nothing to do with health care, cap and trade has nothing to do with global warming. It has everything to do with redistribution of income, government control of the economy and a criminal payoff to Obama's biggest contributors. Those powerful and wealthy unions and contributors (like GE, which owns NBC, MSNBC and CNBC) can then be counted on to support everything Obama wants. They will kickback hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions to Obama and the Democratic Party to keep them in power. The bonus is that all the new taxes on Americans with bigger cars, bigger homes and businesses helps Obama "spread the wealth around."
-- Legalize 12 million illegal immigrants. Just giving these 12 million potential new citizens free health care alone could overwhelm the system and bankrupt
-- Stimulus and bailouts. Where did all that money go? It went to Democrat contributors, organizations (ACORN), and unions -- including billions of dollars to save or create jobs of government employees across the country. It went to save GM and Chrysler so that their employees could keep paying union dues. It went to AIG so that Goldman Sachs could be bailed out (after giving Obama almost $1 million in contributions). A staggering $125 billion went to teachers (thereby protecting their union dues). All those public employees will vote loyally Democrat to protect their bloated salaries and pensions that are bankrupting
-- Raise taxes on small business owners, high-income earners, and job creators. Put the entire burden on only the top 20 percent of taxpayers, redistribute the income, punish success, and reward those who did nothing to deserve it (except vote for Obama). Reagan wanted to dramatically cut taxes in order to starve the government. Obama wants to dramatically raise taxes to starve his political opposition.
With the acts outlined above, Obama and his regime have created a vast and rapidly expanding constituency of voters dependent on big government; a vast privileged class of public employees who work for big government; and a government dedicated to destroying capitalism and installing themselves as socialist rulers by overwhelming the system.
Add it up and you've got the perfect Marxist scheme -- all devised by my Columbia Universitycollege classmate Barack Obama using the Cloward and Piven Plan.
Note: Apparently, what is above, and what was sent to me via an e-mail (same person that sent the “Up” info, below) is true, since I did a search on the author – Wayne Allyn Root.
Closing with this:
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