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  1. 20 points
    To those of us who knew Mike's battle, this is the inevitable day we knew would unfortunately come... I last saw Mike on November 22nd at my parents' 50th wedding anniversary party. He was frail and weak but made it a point to get out of the house and spend time with my dad, whom he was best friends with in high school many moons ago. The table he sat at consisted of Mike, my uncle Chuck, my uncle Larry Groover (another former Modified standout), and their spouses. At first sight you would think there were some classic bench racing stories being spewed at that table, but far from it. The conversations I heard were more about their friendships, the passing of time, and the frailty of life. When Mike had left for the evening, Chuck commented to me that all the racing they did together back in the day didn't mean a damn thing at this point.... Anyone that knew Mike only from the grandstands knew he was one tough, aggressive, go-for-it racer. He got under the skin of most everyone at one point or another, lol.... but when you approached him after the race, you couldn't stay mad at him for more than a few seconds. Mike just had that way of brightening the moment even when you wanted to be mad. And he would be the first one to lend you a hand if you needed something in a pinch (although not many people ran Ford stuff so he was pretty safe in that regard, lol). Away from the track, Mike was maybe the nicest man I ever met. I heard countless stories from my dad about the hell they raised in high school, at cross country meets, and tearing up the back roads of Broome County as teenagers. In my early teens I actually raced Microds with Mike's sons Jerry and Mike Jr.... and in the summer when my dad traveled for work to the west coast, Mike would load three carts in the back of his white pickup and fly up Rte 81 so we could race on Wednesday nights at the old Cortland County Microd Club by the airport. We were all convinced that at some point, one of us was going to lose our cart on the highway when the bungee cords broke, but somehow Mike made it work, lol. He always had a way of getting the best from a situation... My sincere condolences to Lea, Jerry, Jenny, Joey, Mike Jr, Julie, and Jason for their loss. Also to the many who are children in-law, grandchildren, and racing family members like Tim Smith.... Mike was a great family man - God fearing, and willing to help anyone he crossed paths with. He will be sorely missed.... God Speed #51
  2. 10 points
    After what he pulled with his nephews who would want to go there??
  3. 8 points
    📢 NEW... DTD... RECORD! 9 whole pages before it became about Fonda! Lol. Classic
  4. 7 points
    Can anyone translate what is going on here for me?
  5. 6 points
    To say that Mike was one of the good guys would be a massive understatement. Thanks to the friendship that he and my father had forged over the past 40+ years, I got to witness what a great person he was, and what a great family the Colstens are, not just at the track, but away from it as well. Mike's courageous fight over the last several years is an inspiration and he will be deeply missed. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts at this tough time.
  6. 5 points
    The first smart post in this whole useless thread..... Rob Hile
  7. 5 points
    This is hilariously delusional.
  8. 5 points
    If you really want Racing to go back to the way it used to be where a Driver that had the skills and talent to win on any night with an EQUAL Playing field then I suggest this. Every team that is registered with DIRT, come up with a budget to run that car in all races for the season and list how much money is allocated to Your Engine program, your Suspension Program, Your tire program, and your Chassis program Et. Etc. Dirt then looks at each budget of each car and comes up with an average cost breakdown for each program that the teams have. Then they make a Salary Type Cap for each car to spend this much money for each program. The way to handle that money is that, each team has to put that amount of money into a separate account that can be monitored by DIRT for every car in the DIRT program. This will make every team and car equal as far as the MONEY SPENDING Goes. So now you have the same budget for every team and it is monitored by DIRT, this will put the high dollar teams on the same playing field as the low dollar teams and then the Drivers Skill Sets will determine who is the best. No one can say that they beat me because they had better Motor or better suspension bah blah blah. I know this isn't perfect, but some how some way this sport we love has to be regulated money wise to make it more competitive for everyone. There are ways to do this and keep it fair so teams DO NOT use any monies that aren't accounted for. Manufacturers Motor Builders and so on all have to be on board and have to report to DIRT the money spent for each team and car. That's my 2 cents and No its not perfect and things would have to be worked out to keep this fair, but something has to be done
  9. 4 points
    Summary of Matt Sheppard's 2019 season: Winnings are close but not exact! SDS = Super Dirt Series. SSTS = Short Track Super Series Attempted to race 98 times. Competed in 81 races with 17 rainouts. Won 35. Raced at 33 different tracks, won at 15 different tracks. Rainouts: Volusia 2/12, Outlaw 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/7 (SDS), Land of Legends 4/20, 6/1, 6/15, 7/6, 7/13, Fulton 4/27 (SDS), Weedsport 6/16, Sharon 7/30 (SDS), Ransomville 8/6 (SDS), Woodhull 8/13 (SSTS-N), 9/1 Utica Rome (SDS), LeRPM 9/7 (SDS). OCFS SDS race was rescheduled. 1 DNQ (Georgetown 3/17), 5 DNFs (Thunder Mtn 5/26, Outlaw 6/14, Outlaw 7/5, Outlaw 8/2, Oswego 10/13). Purse Winnings $287,634 (estimates applied to Utica Rome on 8/4, Albany Saratoga on 9/19, Outlaw on 10/19, Georgetown on 11/1). Hoosier Tire Bonus $5000. American Racer Cup $11000. Short Track Super Series North Champion $12500. Short Track Super Series South Champion $10000. SSTS/American Racer Bonus $25000. Land of Legends Champion $2000 (assuming same as last year).Weedsport Speedway Champion $2000. Total that up and it is $344,294. Add to that second place in the Super Dirt Series and the Outlaw Speedway track championship. Purse winnings by track (# of races in parentheses): OCFS $80219 (7), Land of Legends $26400 (12), Outlaw $24715 (16), Weedsport $21350 (4), Fonda $12450 (3), Devils Bowl $11500 (1), Granby $10050 (2), Can AM $10050 (1), Georgetown $8370 (5), Cornwall $7550 (1), Brockville $7550 (1), Grandview $7500 (1), Oswego $6250 (1), Afton $5825 (1), Airborne $5000 (1), Big Diamond $5000 (1), Delaware Int. $5000 (1), Albany Saratoga $4500 (3), Volusia $4450 (4), BAPS $3500 (1), Port Royal $3250 (1), Charlotte $2800 (2), Mohawk $2500 (1), Brewerton $1800 (1), Eldora $1800 (1), Fulton $1600 (1), Accord $1500 (1), Utica-Rome $1500 (1),Drummond $1300 (1), Lebanon Valley $700 (1), Merritville $575 (1), Thunder Mountain $425 (1), New Egypt $415 (1). Worst SDS finish was 31st at Oswego. Worst SSTS North finish was 16th at his home track Outlaw Speedway. Worst finish on the SSTS-South was 16th at New Egypt, where he is a former track champion.
  10. 4 points
    It's not likely that anyone living within a reasonable traveling distance who has transportation and admission money would favor an internet broadcast over live attended viewing, however... Sometimes things beyond our control happen and attendance isn't an option. If Mommy has to work and Daddy has to stay home to watch the kids, we offer a high quality streaming service that's pretty hard to beat as an alternative. I won't say that Paul Cole's budget is limitless when it comes to upgrading or adding new things to his stream. Obviously he wants and needs to keep costs down. But he does listen to ideas, he comes up with his own, and he surprises the team now and then with a new toy that makes the broadcast better. I'm pretty sure that will be the case for the new season too. The best thing about this service is that Paul watches each one when he gets home and I know he watches what a lot of other services are doing. I really enjoy working with this team because it's fun.
  11. 4 points
    This has to be an intentional troll account. There will always be poor people in racing. I was one, lol. We raced for tenth every night. We came to the track knowing that, and we were happy as a clam when we would squeak out a little better than that. Can't afford to race a modified? Race a street stock or a 4cyl.
  12. 4 points
    After what’s he’s pulled with racers, teams, sponsors and series, what would make his nephews trust him to do business fair in the first place?
  13. 4 points
    We at Accord Speedway just want to thank everyone that came out and supported the 2019 edition of the Gobbler as well as the track throughout the season. We hope you have a great holiday season and we look forward to seeing everyone in 2020. The Palmers
  14. 4 points
    Something a little different for a change! No matter near or far, friend or foe, young or older, wishing each and every dirt car racing fan a Very Merry Christmas!!
  15. 3 points
    Sorry to see Paul change directions away from DTD Tv after a successful 2 year partnership but wish him and Land of Legends well in their new endeavor.
  16. 3 points
    Made it to Tulsa! I am officially “Livin’ On Tulsa Time!!!
  17. 3 points
    You mean the same ESS that wouldn't even give a call back about a $5k to win show?!?! Sounds like they have the best interest of the teams in mind. Politics at it's finest.......
  18. 3 points
    So far I've chatted with Billy Van Pelt (Episode 3), LJ Lombardo (Episode 4) and Matt Tanner (Episode 5). I'm trying to mix it up between well known drivers and other folks. Have some plans with others as well. Would you be interested in one with Utica-Rome Speedway owner Bill Shea? Thinking about heading to where he works for his real job and then talk racing and off track life. Thoughts?
  19. 3 points
    Mike Gular Racing posted their 2020 racing plans on their FB page this morning...Mike and the team will be returning to OCFS weekly on Saturday nights, will run both the North and South STSS schedule, race the Thunder On The Hill races, and WILL BE adding weekly Friday night racing in 2020 at the Big Diamond Speedway...They will be starting the season at the PPB Motorsports show and then will head south to compete at the All Tech Speedway for the STSS Sunshine Swing races. Mike has been super fast and is up front every time he has raced at BDS the past couple of years...He becomes an instant contender for the championship and to park his hot rod multiple times in BDS victory lane next season...BDS already has one of the most talented and competitive weekly modified fields around, and now the addition of Mike Gular just takes it up another notch...April can't get here fast enough.
  20. 3 points
    RIP Mr. Colsten. I use to see him race up at Weedsport and Rolling Wheels through the 70s 80s and 90s. If I remember right he use to race a late model in the 70s. I actually remember him at Weedsport in the early 90's at the season opener. The reason I remember this race was he was usually like middle of the pack kind or guy there. But he put on a show at this race. It was really friggen cold, very windy. But the pits were packed. They had a bunch of guys that had to pit in the infield. The track sucked, it was completely locked down to the bottom. If you started on the outside in your heat you were pretty much screwed if you weren't able to immediately get to the bottom by turn 1. Colsten was one of the lucky ones to qualify. The feature we figured was going to be pretty boring. But it really surprised us. At the start everyone dropped to the bottom just like in the heats. Everyone but Colsten. he actually stayed up top and was just running by that train. Because everyone was stuck to the bottom the speeds were very slow. Colsten took full advantage of that. I don't remember where he finished but I'm almost sure he had a top five out of it. A few other guys went up top after he passed them and we got a little bit of a show out of it. I don't even remember who won the race because all of us were watching Colsten. He was the only reason that the day wasn't a miserable failure of a trip.
  21. 3 points
    For Immediate Release Re: 70th Season Opener 70TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF RACING SET FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 4TH WITH ANNUAL GRIT CRATE SPORTSMAN SERIES “COLD CRACKER” EVENT. KIRKWOOD, NY…The historic quarter clay oval at Five Mile Point Speedway will begin the 70th consecutive year of racing on Saturday, April 4th. The annual “Cold Cracker” for the GRIT Crate Sportsman will headline the opening day of racing. Saturday night weekly racing will continue throughout April and the summer months featuring the Big Block/Small Block Modifieds, Crate Sportsman, Factory Stocks, 600 Modifieds, Front Wheel Drive Four Cylinders and Junior Slingshot/600 Modifieds. Approximately 16 races are on tap with a full schedule to be released in the weeks to come. A big calendar of events and special promotions will again dot the schedule upon it’s release. The 70th Anniversary Season will also see some former stars from the past returning to competition. Fan-favorite, DIRTcar Hall of Fame Member and one of the original 50 Greatest Driver’s at Five Mile Point Speedway, Carl Nagel has recently announced he is expecting to compete in several Modified races this season. This year would remarkably ear-mark his eighth decade of racing at the speedway. This is believed to be a national record. Three-time RPM National Promoter of the Year Regional Award winner Andrew Harpell will return to lead the operations of the family owned landmark speedway. Harpell brings a wealth of experience to the speedway for this big anniversary season. For additional information please log on to www.5milepointspeedway.com. You may also email the speedway directly at fivemilepoint1@aol.com. Five Mile Point Speedway – “The Home Speedway of the Southern Tier” where kids 12 and younger are admitted FREE to every race event! -30-
  22. 3 points
    Im sure everybody can name a promoter that they feel somehow screwed somebody over in some way or another. I have seen some great racing at FMP and I am looking forward to attending a show or two this upcoming season. Why bash a track that seems to be walking a tightrope between staying open and selling to a real estate developer? I like the way the track sits and seating is good. Concessions and admission prices are good. I would strongly suggest checking it out if you have never been there. I would attend more often than 2 or 3 times a year if I lived closer.
  23. 3 points
    Safety isn’t the place to whine about money.
  24. 3 points
    Has anyone heard why the sudden change from NASCAR trucks to full time at Middletown? No haters please
  25. 2 points
    If you knew half of what you think you know, you might actually learn something about modern racing.