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  1. 46 points
    I think it's time for everyone here to take a minute and think.  I have to admit I don't read the forum daily because I don't have time to read every single thing when I'm traveling.  It seems to me over the past month or so when I do have the chance to read, things are heading in the wrong direction.  It's one complaint after another and that needs to change.  It seems like everyone hurries to get here or Facebook so they can complain about what happened at their local track instead of being thankful they still have said track.  There are plenty of places around the country where the local track is gone because of the negative attitude that sadly seems so prevalent in our sport and society today. Everyone feels like they have a right to complain about everything because they have an avenue to do it whether it's Dirt Track Digest or Twitter or Facebook.  I'm doing this is the nicest possible way but it's time for people to think before they post or we will no longer have a need for them on this forum.  We are no longer giving warnings, just time off.  We here at DTD have to constantly deal with promoters and people coming after us because of what is written in this forum and its our reputation on the line.  If you can't be positive or constructive, we have no need for it.  Even more so if you post using something other than your real name.      Now to those who have the need to constantly blame DTD for what's wrong the sport I have this to say to you.  There is nothing on Dirt Track Digest that I haven't seen written on Facebook or twitter a million times so to say everything that is wrong with the sport is ALL OUR FAULT simply isn't the truth.  If you don't like our forum, so be it, but a lot of good has come from the forum in the past as well.  Everyone seems to forget that while only looking at half the picture.  When race tracks are putting together events and need sponsorship of laps or other things, DTD steps up and does what it can.  Several times we've provided a place for people to talk about an event.  Read through the threads leading up to the Jack Johnson Tribute event.  There was tons of positive talk about the race and how people were excited to go to Fonda.  We aren't the root of the problem with what is wrong in racing.  If we are the cause of the issue, why are crowds around the country falling? The owners of this site as well as those that help us out with photos and stories bust their butts day in and day out to put a product out there for everyone.  Yet for some reason there is a core group of folks that continue to believe we are nothing more than a forum and as a result we are a detriment to the sport.  I ask each of you to take a moment and check out the news and stories on the front page as well as the the photo gallery so you can see what else we are besides a forum.   And if you want to know what else we do the for the sport, take five minutes to chat with me and find out what we do instead of making comments on Facebook about our forum.  We may not always make it known, but we do go out of our way to give back as much as we can.  I love this sport as should everyone else here.   If things don't start to change we will be left with no recourse but to shut the forum down for a period of time or go to a moderated post system where everything that is posted must be approved by a moderator.  Neither of these options are something we want to do, but may be necessary to get things back on track.   In closing I simply ask that those here remember why we go to the races and keep that in mind before you hit the post button.  Lets try to get things headed in the right direction.  Remember the old adage, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." 
  2. 29 points
    Have to laugh at these posts.. Dave is a great guy and a hard worker for his money. I'm sure this is his way of having fun and getting away from the hectic work environment, much as it is for me and my team/family. The series field is a tough group of guys. We've been fortunate enough to have some great runs, but we've also had races where we struggle and get lapped once or twice when we completely miss on setup. Does this mean myself, and anyone who's struggled at times should hang it up and hire someone? Much like Dave, and many other teams who drive for themselves or fund themselves, we do it because we are blessed enough to do so and enjoy the heck out of it.
  3. 26 points
      I have been biting my tongue in this thread and everything related to this subject, but I can't let this comment slide. First off, your definition of "respectable" and mine differ immensely. The video was posted on youtube while Kevin still lay on the track and hadn't been pronounced dead yet. The family had still not been told of his condition, but could have seen video on the internet that might have given them a good idea. Sorry... that's not respectable in any shape or form. There is a second video of the incident... mine. I did the unrespectable thing and didn't post it on the internet. I turned it over to the Sheriff's Department, who used it as part of their investigation. I also didn't cave in to any of the media outlets who want to license my version and are willing to pay me for it.  
  4. 25 points
    I'm with KB19 on this one. Just give the damn thing a chance before we start pissing and moaning about it. Okay it's DIFFERENT and people don't like change. Syracuse is GONE. We can cry in our beer about it or we can pick ourselves up, wipe off the dust and try to embrace this new event. Give it a chance and who knows, it might be awesome or it could suck. At least give it a try before we sit here and say how awful it is etc. Why can't anyone ever be happy anymore? All we do is bitch! If they didn't do it at Oswego or there was no alternative you'd all be mad there wasn't a DIRT Week. I guess in this day and age everyone would rather complain, complain, complain than look at the positives...They are trying to do something. Hell I'm happy a part of my tax dollars are going to revitalize Oswego Speedway. At least it's going into racing and not some football/basketball/baseball arena that I'll visit 5 times in my life. Just give it a chance, if it flops it flops, but we won't know until October. I for one will go into it with an open mind. You can't compare it to what he had, that's gone. Time to make a new tradition. One that the next generation can help make their own.
  5. 24 points
    I'm not one to comment but I had a little time here waiting to pick up my wife from her treatments today. Just for the record, I did not hire John Baumes as my new accountant. When I started in this business in 2006, I had just $220 to throw in. Pat Jordan at the time took a chance on me that ultimately paid off with the Short Track SuperNationals. Here we are 14 years later and we are far from a large corporation but we are a very stable LLC with not only racing but marketing services to small businesses in Delaware and other projects. The fact is, this year's racing was almost entirely funded by me, with my own money. We started the year at All-Tech financially as partners with the track. We have leased Tri-County (NC), Cherokee (SC), Potomac (MD) to hold events and partnered financially with Port Royal (twice), Delaware International, Big Diamond, BAPS and of course funded the events at my own two tracks at Fonda and Georgetown. I am personally leasing both Ark-La-Tex and Chatham for the upcoming events in Louisiana. Only once all year did we operate on a sanction fee model where the series (i.e. myself) was not financially responsible for expenses and that was the late-season addition at Penn Can. As for the comparison between the two series, I think we need both the STSS and SDS. It keeps both groups working hard and leads to bigger purses for racers when we compete, i.e. WoO Late Models vs. Lucas Oil, WoO Sprints vs. All-Stars, etc. It's healthy for the sport and the racers and tracks to have options and I like that the two series are different.
  6. 24 points
    You're right I did say that. I got tired of the same comments about the track being crap over and over and over and over and over and over. It was obvious the track was crap, why do we need to beat the horse to death. No one was telling me what to type, If that was the case I wouldn't have posted pictures of trashed raced cars or the holes. But enough was enough. I was getting 9000 comments about the crappy track. What good was it going to do to sit and piss and moan about it? Why is it every time one of the owners of this site takes a different stance we are in DIRTcar's pocket or we do this or we do that or we are this. All because we chose to try to take a different stance, stay positive and actually promote the sport we are in someone's pocket. We do this because we love racing, period, bottom line. Have I worked for DIRTcar at events, YES. Am I currently. NO. No one at this site is. Do I disagree with some stuff, yep and I tell them all the time. I told people to stop because I was tired of reading the comments over and over and over. Yes the track was crap, but you know what? I haven't seen a race at Super DIRT Week with that much passing in my lifetime. I enjoyed every race, the drivers did the best they could and at the end of the day I left with some pretty cool memories of witnessing history. It was far from perfect and I commend all the drivers for what they did on Sunday. They knew the risk, they knew the reward, some chose to stick it out, others to to park it. I completely understand both sides. Everyone had a choice, they made their to race or not race, I made mine to stay more positive and I got sick of the same tiresome comments over and over.
  7. 23 points
    I drive the 34c. So I'll answer that question. I attended the driver's/owners meeting back in January at the winner's circle restaurant. At that meeting the rev box setting was discussed and decided on 6200 rpm at both tracks. Apparently sometime between that meeting and tonight's race the rule was changed to 6000 rpm at Fonda. I never saw any Facebook posts, boards at the track, or heard any announcement of the change. I ran 6200 rpm on the rev box tonight. I know that negligence of the law is no excuse, however making drivers fully of the rule change should be a high priority. It was a simple miscommunication of the rules. THAT'S IT! when I left the track tonight, I was told not DQ'ED, but fix it. Trust me, I would never knowingly cheat. I was misinformed. I'll adjust the box for next weekend. Not a big deal! I'm sure I wasn't the only driver still thinking it was 6200 rpm. Chris Schaffer Ps: I'm not going to turn this into a big debate or fight. Just clearing my name
  8. 22 points
    I don't comment on here a lot, but we wanted to correct a few things. First off, the events in Louisiana, while using STSS rules, are not run by us. Brandon Hightower did offer the opportunity for myself and a couple STSS officials to go down for the event. However, I am running on a skeleton crew until racing gets back in full swing, so I have been on the seat of a John Deere this week mowing at Georgetown Speedway and preparing for track rentals this weekend. As much as it would have been fun to go down to Louisiana, it wasn't in the cards for me. I will be watching on DTD though! Secondly, the NC/SC events were not point events. No one was forced to go. Some invited drivers, like Craig Von Dohren and Ryan Watt, said it didn't work for them. But for a lot of people looking to get out and shake off Cabin Fever, it did work. At one time our waiting list to go included over 40 drivers. Thirdly, the purses paid were far from paltry. Over three nights, including two where fans were not in attendance, we paid out $55,710 to the STSS Modified teams. That was just the base purse for two 40-lap and one 50-lap features. On top of that, fans donated $1,100 which was added to positions in the middle and back of the field. Another $5,195 was added in various bonuses sponsored by businesses and fans. So, in total, drivers received $62,005 in cash plus contingency awards. 10th-place averaged between $550 and $800 dollars at these events. Our visit to NC/SC will definitely open doors for future, full series events possibly in conjunction with our Florida swing, etc. The locals were very impressed with our style of racing. Was it a big money-maker for anyone? Not really, us included having no fans. But we got back racing, gave people some entertainment and got some exposure for our sponsors. The atmosphere was upbeat. It was something I will never forget. As I have said many times before, racing is a portion of my livelihood. I also handle marketing/advertising for the Melvin Joseph companies in Delaware. It was not a "desperation" move to go south. It was a "we all miss racing move" and it definitely got the sport buzzing again. The upcoming event at Potomac Speedway on June 7 is a South Region points-paying event and carries the full series payout of $5,000 to win, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to start ($25,570). For the base of our racers who support the South Region, Potomac is a three-and-a-half-hour ride, even closer (2 and a a half) for our Delaware teams. My goal is to complete all 8 South events so our drivers get their full point fund since we started the series on March 7 at Georgetown before the virus situation. Everyone is entitled to an opinion of our series and me personally, good or bad, but I wanted to put the truth out there. I hope we can be back in full swing in the Northeast very soon, but going south was a lot of fun. -Brett Deyo
  9. 22 points
    What is it with you people and the name calling? Within the last 6 hours we are calling people liberal morons, conservative morons and assholes. Talk about a joke... I suspend members for 30 days for the offense and they cry to the owners begging for mercy and reinstatement. We wonder why kids act the way they do these days? Look no further than their parents.
  10. 22 points
    He won because he had a fast car and took advantage of an opportunity that was presented to him, congrats Peter!
  11. 22 points
    Here we go again, DTD is worrying about their free pass etc. I'm honestly tired of it. We all work our asses off here to provide this service for everyone to talk about the sport that most of us here enjoy. We don't charge a dime for people to come on here and say what they want to say. Then when people come on here and make statements about drivers, tracks, officials etc we are the ones that take the heat and have to deal with it. We get the phone calls from screaming promoters, the nasty messages in emails and Facebook etc. We do our best to take the high road on things when we can. I'm sorry, we do work with tracks and try to make things easier for them. At times we call them out when we have to, but we also understand that sometimes we have to give them the benefit of the doubt. Which we do. We aren't facebook, twitter, etc. We aren't making a million dollars. For all of us that own and operate this site, we do it because of the love of the sport. This isn't my full-time job, it isn't George's full-time job or GT's or anyone else that we are lucky enough to have contribute to this site. If you don't like how we run it, honestly you can take it to facebook or go back to Syracuse.com. At the end of the day I don't want people not to visit this site but at the same time it gets frustrating defending people that won't even defend us. Again we do this because we love racing, bottom line. Sorry if that isn't enough for some people. Lastly, THANK YOU to the people that do come here, that do say thank you and that do appreciate what we have to offer. I've been lucky to meet a ton of you and it means a lot to hear that at times. A lot of you have also become great friends over the years and that's what this site is all about; making friendships, talking racing and enjoying our sport.
  12. 22 points
    OK. I have had enough of all you keyboard cowboy's with your shoulda, wouldka, coulda. The wreck in the sportsman feature last night took place approximately 60' past the green flag. The entire field had not even passed before the yellow/red came out. There are 0, ZERO laps recorded  in this race. 13 of the nineteen sportsman cars needed to be towed off the speedway. It was going to take about 45 minutes to clear the speedway because cars were locked together and to let the safety workers do their due diligence looking after the drivers. I made the decision to cancel a race that really had not yet even started. Where is it written in any book or rule book that a race HAS to be run. Fans will get what they paid for next week. The drivers will be paid next week. And life will go on. They MAJORITY of the people exiting the grandstands told me I did the right thing. Have you all forgotten who helps pay you racers for your efforts each week? It's the FANS. We continually strive to involve the racers in decisions concerning rules and rule changes and make this a friendly track to race at. All the aholes that constantly come on here and bash Glen Ridge do not have a dime invested. You want to race at I- 88 ? GO. Jamie is a great guy. You want to race at Albany Saratoga? GO. I have all the respect for Howard and Lyle in the world. Howard wrote the instruction manual on short track racing. People who don't even attend the races at Glen Ridge on Fridays somehow feel they have a right to discredit and bash us each week because they can hide behind a screen name (except Jake). I personally think you all have small ball syndrome similar to small man syndrome except that the small man still has the balls to say it to your face . If you do not race there or attend the races there your opinion means squat to me(except Jake).  We try to promote a family atmosphere at the speedway and as we all know families all have their own set of problems.  Dirt Track Digest will soon be loosing another customer as I do not want to advertise any more with an entity which promotes this type of negative environment for our sport.    Facts; 64 car was the leader and as such deserves that respect ( a lot of what's wrong with racing today is that LACK of respect). There was a nice even start, the 64 pulled ahead and tried to move up the speedway and was caught by the LEFT front tire of the 49 car in the edge of the rear bumper. And I will say at this point the 64 HAD POSITION over the 49. If the 49 car did attempt to miss the 64 it is not obvious in the video but it does look like the car behind the 49 was pushing him. The result the 64 was turned in front of the entire field eliminating 13 cars from the field (of a race which was 60' past the flag stand).   Next- handicapping 101- the 49 car started on the outside pole by virtue of being the second lowest in handicapping points from the last three weeks and qualifying through the heat race, the 64 being the lowest handicapped number from the past three weeks and qualifying thru heat race started on the pole for the feature. What's the problem?  Our handicapping is pretty simple and even posted on the web site. To further squash any more controversy on the handicapping, the last three weeks handicapping points and totals will be posted with the points standing each race night. Finally if anyone wants to take a course on handicapping Joe Achzet will be available (for a small fee) to refresh your handicapping skills.   I do not like the constant controversy as it takes away from the real goal which is to provide great entertainment for the FANS and I will purge any person who does not share my same goal and vision.   I have a couple of race teams that are upset right now, but I have more with significant damage to their race machines. Everyone has to ask them selves if the shoe were on the other foot would I want the same consideration? Has any other track ever thought of the racers or the fans? I have been to a lot of tracks and races and its always the show must go on. Any one remember Dave Buanno laying in the dirt in the pits and having to wait for the safety crew to get there because the show HAD to go on??? How about sending the next race out while the safety crews were attempting to stabilize the man? My rant is over. Peter Demitraszek
  13. 22 points
    Just my two cents... I will start by saying, I understand peoples frustration with not getting the show in. Heck, I would have loved to get it all in and not have to worry about coming back as well. I feel they moved the show along the best they could from the pit side of the evening. They needed something to break up the modified action in between events and ran a sportsman feature between to do so. It was hard to notice since we were working on the car, but those features didn't seem to take longer than normal, and gave teams like me who completely botched time trials the time to do what we had to. Between the heats and B-mains, and B-mains to features I had just enough time to make necessary chassis changes, refuel, clean my helmet and gear, and use the facilities before climbing back in to compete. This also gave the officials the short time necessary to figure lineups and get them back to us. According to my competitor note schedule, we were actually ahead, as the feature was set to go out around 9:10 pm or so, and we were loaded up ready to leave at that time after running around the track under yellow to try and hold the speedway surface for a bit. To sit there and say they didn't care about scheduling and time, to me, is an invalid statement. As teams in general we cannot just pull in from the 5th heat and roll right back up for the consi, nor the consi to the feature without minimally cleaning our sheild/tearoffs, and refeuling. To fill that gap from just sitting around with no action, they gave you sportsman features. I don't really see the complaint in that. The only way they could have guaranteed completion was to move the start time up, but you can't expect them to do that when they've advertised for weeks/months a 7pm start time for racing. Once again, this is just my opinion from the other side of the fence.
  14. 21 points
    My sympathy stopped with their implication that Tony murdered their kid.
  15. 21 points
    I wanted to bring a little fact in to this conversation vs some of the usual nonsense that gets thrown about Five Mile Point Speedway. Five Mile Point Speedway was built in 1951 by my grandfather Irving Heath. I never had the opportunity to meet him as he passed away in 1965 and I wasn't born until 1969. His original vision for the track was to have a multi-use property for minor league sports and the race track. At one time many years after his passing the T.C. Jets actually had discussions about playing their games in the infield area at the speedway. That never materialized. When the track was built there were only two or three houses in the entire neighborhood. Interstate 81 didn't exist, in fact when it was built it divided the property in half. The Southern Tier Stock Car Club promoted the track for a number of years while my grandfather was sick and after his passing. My grandmother kept his dream alive for decades despite having multiple opportunities to sell the property to developers. I can still hear her say, "Where would the boys race if I sold the track?" She kept the track alive and operating by leasing it to different track operators. As a single woman she kept the speedway alive, paid the property taxes, dealt with liability issues from 1966 until the time I purchased the speedway in 2005. She passed away that spring before I promoted my first race as the owner of Five Mile Point Speedway. My grandmother could have cashed in on the property to developers and the speedway would have been gone in the 1970's. She chose to keep it open as she was loyal to the supporters of the track and quite honestly she loved racing. In the 70's and early 80's Art Bonker and Gordie Cunningham promoted the speedway. Art passed away years ago and Gordie (a relative of mine) lives up the street form me. They did a great job with the track. As a kid I idolized Art Bonker. He treated me like an adult, let me run around the pits when I was only 7 and 8 years old. He worked for a local printing company and was one of the first to print driver t-shirts. Teams from out of town would get their shirts made by Art including the likes of Jack Johnson at that time. Art was a great marketer. Gordie prepared the track and back then the track was a bullet, a lot of calcium was used and tires weren't "expensive racing tires". Tires were recaps and street legal tires on many of the cars and would still last many weeks. The track was always smooth and racy, much like today. Gordie at that same time was developing his mason and construction company with his brothers. To this day they own the concrete building off from the spectator parking lot as you enter the speedway. Like all promoters Art and Gordie put a lot of hard work and effort in to the speedway and making it a success. As they got older and the demands of their own businesses got more and more, they opted not to return after the 1983 season. Alan Johnson won the last race that fall at the speedway and as a young man I thought A.J. might be the last winner at the track. Jim Randall contacted my grandmother that off-season and wanted to lease the speedway. Jim and his wife Nancy had a young family and made a lot of personal sacrifices for their enjoyment and love of racing. Jim also promoted Penn Can Speedway and Afton for a while. I credit Jim for keeping the speedway going during a time of uncertainty. Jim had some very good success at the speedway and really focused on the concession side of the business. He had a good variety of food items and I consider him to be one of the best over the years at that end of the business. He also wasn't afraid to try tractor pulls and even had a rodeo at the speedway. In 1989 my brother Dan took over the speedway lease after working at D.I.R.T. for a couple of years. During the 1989, 90 and 91 seasons Five Mile Point Speedway had the biggest crowds in the history of the speedway. The local economy was booming and the spectator crowds were huge. Much of what he introduced to the local racing scene is still being duplicated today. Dan also raised purses in the area and had the original "Triple Crown" I believe in 1990 and 91. Brett Hearn walked away with over $23,000 for a one day event after sweeping the triple crown. During this time I was driving back and forth from college doing the press releases and painting walls and whatever at the race track. Fred Osmun was the voice of FMP and I was the assistant announcer. I was the guy that did the wave every week at the speedway as the backstretch was open and the speedway never saw better attendance or energy. In the early 90's the southern tier area began to take an economical beating. IBM, Singer Link, GE and a number of other large plants closed in our area. These were all high paying jobs and the job force began to relocate to the south. Things have never recovered locally with the economy. In my opinion if the area currently didn't have Binghamton University there literally would be little to nothing left. If you drive down upper Court Street from the race track you don't have to be a genius to see all of the closed businesses and buildings and understand the economy and taxes in the area have killed it. After I graduated from college at SUNY Oswego I had the opportunity of a potential job with the Orlando Magic in their Public Relations Department but the job wasn't going to be immediately filled. During that same time the owners of the old Shangri La Speedway were looking for a track operator. In 1993 I took over that speedway (Tioga Speedway) and at the time was the youngest promoter in the country at the age of 23. I operated the track through the year 2000 and had very good success. My first race in 1993 at the speedway had 11 Modifieds by the time I left we were averaging low 30's for Modified car counts and running weekly consolations. That was something that hadn't been seen in twenty plus years at that time. At the same time the NYS Modified Series became the RoC Asphalt Modified Series and I recognized that we had a lot of potential growth with that program. When the property owners wanted to raise the lease of Tioga to over $70,000 a year I decided not to renew my lease and focus on the RoC program. During my period at the Tioga the owners of the property always treated me well. I would have never even been involved with the RoC program if Alex Friesen hadn't talked me in to it. He and I started promoting Modified events together at Oswego Speedway after the Modifieds had been dropped from their schedule. The Caruso Family treated us great in the sense that we were young and they trusted us enough to basically turn the keys over to us for those races. When Joe Gerber ran his last RoC at Flemington Alex wanted to obtain the rights to the event. I honestly did not think we needed to. Our Modified races at Oswego were going well but it was Alex that convinced me it was the right move. After Alex passed away I continued with the RoC at Oswego and worked hard to develop in to a touring series. My greatest friend in racing was Stan Friesen and he was a huge supporter of everything we did. My personal greatest racing compliment was anytime Stan would ask my opinion on a racing matter. The fact that he thought enough of me to call me about something always meant the world to me. At one point our RoC 200 at Oswego had 81 Modifieds on hand. Soon after the B-Mod/Sportsman class began to run Modified chassis and it did cut in to the northeast Modified fields as that class took off. I leased and promoted over 20 200 lap Modified events at Oswego along with our season long touring events there and throughout the northeast like at Thompson and Lancaster Speedways. I will start to wrap this up but I do want to shed factual light on some things as there are people that want to re-write history. Back to Five Mile Point Speedway - my brother Dan continued to operate Five Mile Point Speedway through the 2004 racing season. With the economy it was a struggle. He did drop the Modifieds for two years out of necessity and from a business standpoint it was the correct move. The Sportsman became the headline class and evolved in to the 358 division. The racing was good and a couple of teams made some huge money as Sportsman as part of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Sanction. At the same time my brother was raising three boys as a single parent and working a job locally at Modern Marketing Concept. This was while he was promoting the race track. His boys were and always have been number one and for him to juggle all of that and keep the track open was remarkable. These are the facts that I feel are important. At the end of 2004 he decided that he needed to focus more on his family and job away from the track and opted not to renew his lease. That fall I approached my grandmother and asked if she would be interested in selling the speedway. I purchased the speedway that winter and we ran our first races that spring in 2005. We brought the "Big Block Modifieds" back which was purely in name as everyone prefers to run a Small Block anyway. During this same time I continued to run the RoC Asphalt Modified Tour. Shortly after we began the RoC Dirt Modified, Sportsman and Street Stock tour. Cory Reed initially was going to partner with me on the dirt side of the program but he had other opportunities that he decided to pursue. We would have never even gotten it off the ground if wasn't initially going to help. We actually announced the program in March and had our first RoC Dirt race at Fonda that same April. We are still friends to this day. For a few years things for me personally were absolutely out of control trying to run a weekly track, make improvements and run essentially four different series at the same time. Sleep was little but my love for the sport I grew up with fueled me. I found out that you can only run on adrenaline for so many years. After purchasing Five Mile Point Speedway these are the improvements we have made: (despite people wanting to say there have been none). Every single bleacher seat on the property has been replaced. I purchased portable bleachers that are now on the backstretch pit area as well. We put in an all new stadium lightning system with all underground conduit in the event we ever had an emergency and had to land a helicopter on site. We have actually had hot air balloons land in the infield on race night. There is only one wire above ground that runs to the backstretch to supply power for the pits. The pits were off of turn 4. I have brought in tons of fill and built the backstretch pit area. We put in all new fencing on the homestretch, repositioned the flaggers stand and put in a timing system. The victory lane is on top of the homestretch wall in front of the spectators. We filled in the moats off of the turns and widened the turns to over 100 feet. Since 2005 I also purchased over 350 concrete blocks for retaining walls, ripped out the old infield guard rail and replaced it with concrete blocks. We have installed foam safer blocks in the turns. I have resurfaced the track several times since 2005 and did so again this winter. We put in a Whelan caution light system. We put in all new poles and fencing and elevated the backstretch pit viewing area. We built a new backstretch pit concession, expanded the main concession, put in a new ticket booth, "chicken coop - concession building, new pit sign-in building. We paved the walkways along with putting down thousands of dollars in asphalt millings in the parking lot and entrance ways. To say we don't work hard at our speedway is simply ignorant. We have continually put money and improvements in to the speedway. The teams that race at Five Mile Point Speedway weekly are extremely loyal to us. They love the wide, clean weekly racing and the fact that we don't tolerate rough riding and poor behavior in the pits. Our car counts were up last year in all classes and we have a lot of new teams that plan on competing with us this season. We are very thankful for the teams that support the speedway. We are the only track that I know of that has a Travelers Program that gives a free pit pass or two (based on mileage) to long traveling teams. We even spell it out in writing what the criteria is so that it is legitimate. On the spectator side we donate to dozens and dozens of charities each year with free passes and t-shirts. We have free community nights where entire township residents get in free. We were the first to do a "Pack the Track Night" with free or discounted admission. Kids 12 and younger are free to every event. We even did a fund raiser last year for the B.C. Humane Society. For "Wickerman" - to time and time and time again take personal shots at my family is chicken shit. I'm happy to identify myself feel free to do the same. I would also be happy to talk with you face to face and address your concerns. I have found out over time that teams that have had success at Five Mile Point Speedway aren't the one's taking shots. Usually it's the teams that have not found success and have to find a crutch to lean on. This spring we open for our 68th consecutive season of racing. I'm proud of what we have accomplished over the years. Quite honestly for anything in the southern tier area to be around that many years I feel is pretty impressive. Thanks for reading - Andrew Harpell
  16. 21 points
    As usual people talk and dont know the whole story, The Tractor was owned by Gypsum and as sponsorship they got to use it the same deal with the trailer it was owned by Tracey Road Equipment. In the grand scheme of things almost every race team is "low buck" compared to the few big dollar teams... that doesnt make them bad. You would be surprised how many low buck teams race out of the Gypsum Shop, From used engines/cars/parts ect... I can tell you right now my brothers race team wouldn't be where is is without all the help of LJL Racing. I am very good friends with all of those guys (Ryan,Roger) and it wasnt a money issue, Racing takes up ALOT of time and as hard as it is to believe people sometimes want to do other things with there lives other than race 24/7. Im sure you will see a 99 with Ryan in the car in the future, Its hard to kick the habit 100% because racing is always in your blood. Rob Hile
  17. 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
  18. 20 points
    More often than not, you continually see people on here writing "we need new drivers on the tour" and "you can't keep promoting the same guys from the '80's and '90's", but when a bunch of new guys sign up for Platinum status and intend to follow the entire tour, you hear "they're a bunch of nobodies", "they just aren't that interesting", "why is [insert name here] even bothering following the tour", etc. Well, what do you want; the same old guys from the '80's or do you want new blood in the series? You can't have it both ways. It takes time for these new drivers to build the skill and notebook that is required to be successful on the tour. Matt Sheppard has been around for a while and is arguably the top driver in the Northeast. You can't expect these new drivers to show up, first year on the tour and de-thrown somebody like Matt. We are so quick to criticize everything and everyone on here... it's almost disturbing. What did you all do before the days of the internet?
  19. 20 points
    Here's your bi-weekly reminder that you're allowed to be a fan of the STSS and the SDS! Hell, you can even be a fan of weekly racing, too! We've had so much good news this off-season, yet when every single announcement comes the thread on here gets hijacked. Everyone just uses it to knock this track or that; this series or that series. I can't be the only one that just gets excited when stuff like this comes out, right?
  20. 20 points
    About 4 or 5 weeks ago it occurred to me that I was rapidly approaching my 10,000th post and I hoped that it would be about something special, so I've been reserved in what I've replied to until I got there. Then came the unexpected. My little brother - who I've done just about everything with my entire life - was having trouble breathing about 4 weeks ago and acted like he was suffering through a bout of pneumonia. As all men do, he brushed it aside like it was no big deal. He still lives with my mother and she was keeping an eye on him. When he got to the point of not being able to walk any more than 10 or 12 steps at a time, she told him he needed to get checked out because something wasn't right. She called his regular doctor and described what was going on and he said she should take him to the Emergency Room at Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua. They determined that his left lung was not working and that he had a severe case of pneumonia. They packaged him up and sent him to Highland Hospital in Rochester This was on May 26th. He's been in ICU on a ventilator ever since. The doctors said that if he hadn't come to the emergency room when he did, he probably would have stopped breathing. Immediately they started doing all kinds of tests and weren't very liberal with what they were finding. After 2 full weeks, they called us in to have a meeting with his doctors. They found a tumor on his left lung the size of a softball that has completely blocked off his left lung. This is also preventing him from coughing up the excess fluid in his lungs. And to complicate matters even more, the tumor tests positive for cancer. His doctors say he is too sick to start chemo, but they need to shrink the tumor so he can cough out the fluid. If you are still reading this, you are probably wondering what this has to do with racing. It has EVERYTHING to do with racing, read on... This past Saturday night I was making rounds in the pits with video. My brother used to ride around with me on my golf cart, but he's in the hospital so I've been taking Mom. There was an announcement in the pits about a mandatory drivers meeting, so I headed over that way to listen like I usually do. Only this time I was asked to leave, so I did. After the heat races were done, there was a brief track grooming session. And while that was going on, Steve Paine, Justin Haers, Matt Sheppard and Alan Johnson all came to the grandstand section while Paul Szmal and Matt Guererri stood under the flagstand. Matt yelled up to me to record it, so I fired up my camera as requested. I had no clue whatsoever what was about to take place. Absolutely no idea. I found out in a hurry though that the drivers were there to walk through the stands with helmets in hand, taking up a collection - - - for my brother Kevin. Matt told the story over the PA of what I just said. And Kevin Ridley, Matt Guererri, Paul Guererri and Nick Guererri passed helmets in the pits. My mom was sitting in her normal spot near the bottom row behind the flagstand and started crying. As I see my mom wiping her eyes with kleenex, I started getting misty and couldn't speak. At the end of the night, almost $2,100 was given to us in an envelope to help out with expenses, along with this sign... I have always thought I belonged at CMP, but I never really felt I belonged there until this past Saturday night. From the bottom of my heart and for my brother Kevin and my mother, thanks to everyone who had anything to do with orchestrating this event, and especially to everyone who contributed. It is just over an hour one way from my house to Rochester and the fuel and parking bill is already up to $150. We don't expect Kevin to be released from the hospital much before the end of September - if ever.
  21. 20 points
    Ok so we've all heard different ideas for the replacement of SDW. Yes I know nothing can replace Syracuse and this idea isn't an attempt to. I think it's time to start a tradition that's a little more in tune with what modified racing is all about. I'd like to see a race on a short track with no pit stops, maybe 75 or 100 laps. Also no radios, let the drivers fight it out themselves. Also it should still have the purse that Syracuse had $50,000 to win $1,500 to start. I think a race like this would bring all the stars and cars from all over the Northeast. I've heard people say that having any race on a short track would be like "going to any regular race on a 1/2 mile" but I think a race like this would feel different. For example the Knoxville Nationals are run on a track that runs Sprints weekly, yet it's a completely different deal when that much money is put up for grabs and I think a race like that for big block modifieds would be the same way. At Syracuse in reality there were only a few cars that had a legitimate chance to win every year. A race like this on a regular track without having to have special equipment would make that pool of possible winners a lot bigger! Anyway that's another idea, it's something I think would work, a few others I have talked to think so too.
  22. 20 points
    For the past several months on here, I have voiced the opinion that DIRT Week isn't the same race I grew up with in the 1980s, and it is time to let the mile die. I guess that is probably still how I feel deep down inside. All along, I knew that the desperate petitions and public meetings were only forestalling the inevitable. Over the past several decades, I have seen so many tracks in Pennsylvania and New Jersey disappear that I knew there was no saving the mile.   I just just didn't really expect to feel emotional at the end of the race on Sunday and for several hours afterward. I didn't really have any sense of dread or overwhelming sadness as I drove to Syracuse on Sunday morning. But I guess the end really hit me with about 25 laps to go. Stewart Friesen made the winning pass and the race was largely over at that point.   I love history; nearly all of my college electives were history courses. As the race ended on Sunday, I silently thought of Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Upon seeing the mortally wounded President draw his last breath and fall silent for eternity, an emotional Stanton has been recorded by history as saying "Now, he belongs to the ages." The fact that Stanton most likely said "Now, he belongs to the angels." has mattered little over the past 150 years. As Sunday's race ended, I silently told myself, "Now, it belongs to the ages."   I knew exiting the Fairgrounds would be a nightmare, given the large crowd, so I was in no hurry to leave. I first attended Syracuse in 1987, and have seen every Sunday of DIRT Week since then with the exception of 2005's November raindate and 2012's rain-shortened event. In all the years I went to Syracuse, I had never walked the track at any point. I don't really know why I did Sunday evening, either, other than hundreds of people were doing the same thing. I bent over and tried to break off a piece of the rock-hard surface to take along, but had no success. I then walked toward the wall in the first turn and grabbed a small piece of loose dirt to take along. I also grabbed several small pieces of crumbling concrete wall and stuffed them in my pocket.   When Flemington had its final days dirt weekend in 1990, the track handed fans baby food jars of Flemington dirt. I kept that jar of dirt for nearly 20 years. I finally got rid of the tiny momento while doing some closet cleaning. I had not thought about that jar of dirt in many years, and I no longer needed it to make me feel better. I had moved on. Same thing with several of the food stand signs that I grabbed as souvenirs on the last day of the Nazareth Half-Mile. They also went in the trash a few years ago.   In time, I suspect the small items I picked up from the track at Syracuse on Sunday evening will also find their way into a landfill. But it felt comforting to at least grab something tangible to hold on to Sunday night.   It's weird how indelible certain memories can remain, even decades later. The last race in the history of the Nazareth Half-Mile was an enduro on Labor Day 1988. To this day, that remains the only time I have ever attended a track solely for an Enduro. As the dust settled for the final time at Nazareth in 1988, the loudspeakers played a song from the day -- Richard Marx's "Hold on to the Nights." Nearly thirty years later, I remember struggling to hold back tears as I considered the lyrics of the day:   "Hold on to the nights Hold on to the memories I wish that I could give you something more"   Like Syracuse, the Nazareth Half-Mile was worn out and had seen better days. But I thought about that Richard Marx song on Sunday evening. The lyrics still read like the opus of worn-out, closing racetracks everywhere.   As I drove home Sunday night, I didn't really think much about the Syracuse races of decades past. I thought about how I lived and died for that race when i was in high school and all through my 20s.. I thought about all the different friends and acquaintances I went to Syracuse with over the past 28 years. A couple of them are dead, several moved on with life and no longer have room for racing in that life. Several others attend races only sporadically these days, and there are still others who I have not seen or heard from in enough years to constitute a couple decades.   In some weird way, I almost wish I would not have went to Syracuse on Sunday. The crowd was the best I have seen there in many years -- it's just a shame that it took the closing of the track to bring out such a crowd. The race I grew up with in the 1980s has been gone for a while. I just didn't expect Sunday to rekindle old memories of people I had not thought about in a long time and racetracks that a Secretary of War could eulogize.   Like Abraham Lincoln and the Nazareth Half-Mile, the Syracuse mile now belongs to the ages. And that hurt more on Sunday than I ever thought it would.
  23. 20 points
    A big race in the beginning of October at any other track besides the Mile at Syracuse is not going to be a Super Dirt Week even if you called it that. SDW is special because of what it is and where it is. I want to win Syracuse not just because of the $50,000, but because then no matter where I go I will be known as a former Syracuse winner. It is by far the hardest race to win.    Maybe if people flooded the County executives office with calls and maybe even the Governor's office also that there might be some second thoughts??.
  24. 20 points
  25. 20 points
    When Bad Things Happen To Good People...   It has been a devastating week for the racing community here in Upstate New York as well as nationally.   The loss of Kevin Ward Jr. & the circumstances surrounding it have shaken everyone in the dirt track racing world, me included! My heartfelt sorrow goes out to the Ward Family, his friends, crew & racing buddies who shall forever be effected by that fateful Saturday night.   With that said, Tony Stewart, whom I admire, is also effected by this tragic set of circumstances and will be for along time to come I'm sure, what happened is not something you just over with quickly. My thoughts go out to him, his family, his racing family & all his friends who also have been touched by this.   This wasn't & shouldn't be the Hatfields against the McCoys, not the cowboys against the indians... why do we have to choose sides... it was 2 hard nosed drivers doing what they love, if nothing had gone wrong they may have been drinking beers after the races together talking racing.   What happened, happened, who's right, who's wrong, the pendulum has swung from one side to the other, against Tony & now swinging the other way, media hype took Tony to the woodshed & back, experts who don't know a sprintcar from a cup car, all chiming in because it was TS & headlines sell TV time... how sad!  A Rush to Judgement!!! How to make a bad situation worse for everyone.   Out of most all racing tragedies comes some good to make our sport a safer one. I believe this will hold true in this one as well. If new rules or regulations help prevent another horrible instance, his loss will not have been for naught.   As far as the rule changes or enforcement of them should be done with some caution & oversight, not all situations concerning a driver exiting a stopped racecar are the same... fire, hot fluids, struck by a rock, broken driveshaft, fumes, sparks etc....remembering a driver is safest inside his car until all moving cars are stopped or under reduced speeds, the real problem exists in retaliation or the attempt to retaliate. If a driver exits & shows a form of retailation by approaching, throwing things or any covert acts towards another driver, track official or staff should warrant disqualification at that point.   If a driver uses his or her car as a "weapon" in a effort to damage someone else's race car, try to hurt or mame another driver or render his car unraceable should be suspended immediately &indefinately!!!   Lets do what we can to keep bad things from happening to good people!        
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  27. 19 points
    You do realize comparing DIRTvision and DTD Tv is like comparing an elephant to an ant. DIRTvision is a NATIONAL company, DTD Tv is local. DTD Tv shares revenue with the promoter unlike other sanction bodies that by rights and the promoter gets NOTHING. We are a regionally based series. Whether anyone likes to admit it or not, we are Northeast based. Our fan base is in the 100,000's not the millions that DIRTcar/Flo and others enjoy. If big-blocks were national and our ability to get thousands of subscriptions was possible, things could be different. We are living a different reality. Comparing us to other PPV providers is not a fair comparison. The purse for this event is $30,000 with 30 cars in the pits and no fans. It's going to be a tough nut to crack. We thank Brett Deyo for taking the chance with us that we can help him get it done and hopefully get to that number. It's a HUGE risk for all involved. And one final thought. DTD offers this site for free with constant updates etc. We've looked at going to a subscription base like most media has gone as far as the site. We just don't like that model. We have to keep paying the bills. Like a promoter, track etc, we need to make money to pay bills. We have great partners thankfully, but when you look at work vs reward, most people would have quit this gig a long time ago. We are fortunate to have passionate fans that own this site, that write and shoot photos. Without them working for nothing, we'd be done. We hope that you watch, but if you chose to not to watch, we understand that as well.
  28. 19 points
    Now picture this scenario, the mods are out packing the track at Charlotte. As I come down the back stretch I see Bob Miller standing at the opening just before turn 3 waiting to cross. Now would any of the DTDer's be mad at me if I just happened to gas my car a little, throw it sideways and cover him in clay???? I know a lot of people that witnessed that first hand thought it was quite funny!!!! And isn't racing entertainment?? Who wouldn't be entertained by that?????
  29. 19 points
    I am somewhere between 70 and 80% health wise and getting better every day. You've listened to me whine on facebook throughout this whole ordeal and you've all given me encouragement. I am listening to my doctors and doing everything they tell me to do. No shortcuts other than trying to beat rehab through physical therapy. I've never felt more at home than I did tonight. Thank you all - each and every one of you for everything. It was good to be back home tonight... And thank you Mike Yawney for taking this picture tonight.
  30. 19 points
    Pretty typical of this forum. People bitch and complain that the SDS purse is too low. It then gets raised and all then its bitching and complaining about that the price at the gates are going to go up. You friggin people are unbelievable.
  31. 19 points
    Johnny Racer wins going away just about every event. In post race inspection, Johnny Racer is found to have parts on his car that were deemed illegal and gave him an unfair advantage - so they DQ him. The 2nd place car was also teched and passed post race inspection and was awarded the win. Now my question... Why isn't 2nd place getting first place money then? This is my idea of being fair... if the 14th place car is the first one that passes tech, then he should be getting the winner's share of the money because all the rest of the cars were illegal. This nonsense about adding first place money to the points fund when winners are caught cheating is a bunch of crap. You still have a winner... pay them like one.
  32. 19 points
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  33. 19 points
    Everyone here is an expert on how much tracks make and how the little guy is getting screwed? I don't see drivers handing over money to tracks when the weather is iffy and they have 50 people in the stands. They watch $10,000 go down the crapper. Tracks are struggling to stay afloat but all these promoters are greedy. Come on now, get a clue. Most of you that complain about this or that have no idea what it actually cost to run a race track. Jake knows the cost obviously, but there is a reason he isn't at Glen Ridge anymore. I can only guess he was making so much money that he wanted to share it with Pete so he gave it up hahah. To owners/drivers It doesn't matter what they pay it's never enough, then tracks do pay money and no one shows up. Utica-Rome paid $10,000 and $1,200 for tenth in points a couple seasons ago to average 15 Modifieds. So by everyone's logic they should pay more. Hate to tell you, it won't matter. everyone will complain about the track is too slick, this, that, and the other thing. All everyone does is complain. Everyone will complain about Fonda, but eventually it will be gone and everyone can thump their chest and feel good that it went away. No one stepped up, Pete did. He pays his nearly $50,000 lease and does what he has to do at Fonda. Does he make all the right choices, maybe not but where was the line of people signing up to take over? If he does something good he gets crapped on, if he does something wrong he gets crapped on, he breaths he gets crapped on. I don't know why anyone anymore would want to be a promoter, no one is ever happy.
  34. 19 points
    I will go on record as saying there is no way in hell a dirt Modified is going to get around that track faster than a Supermodified.
  35. 19 points
  36. 19 points
    Any of you who know me, know that I don't cheer for my friends or the guys who win all the time. There's nothing I love more than seeing a first time winner ... especially when it's a long time coming.   For years I've watched Dave Baranowski at Lebanon Valley and thought, wouldn't it be great if one night he blew past Tremont and Hearn and won a race? I never got that wish, but I got the next best thing at Malta this Friday night. I got to see his kid, Dave Jr., put the 112 in victory lane for the first time ever.    I can't imagine how happy Dave Sr was. I bet he was happier than if he'd finally got one. I know I was like a kid at Christmas.    Anyway ... it reminded me all over again ... this is why I come back. I'm not there to see Brett add another win to his collection or see Tremont get past him. I'm there to see the guy who isn't expected to win. And that's not a knock on anyone's talent. Peter Britten is a phenomenal driver, and I was on my feet cheering when he got by Brett for a moment.   It's all about the unexpected happening. It's what keeps me hanging on.   Oh and one other thing ... A lady and her kids were sitting near me. The kids were wild and jumping around and making noise and asking a million questions and getting in my way and I thought, "Isn't this awesome"? Kids at the races and excited to be there.  Yep. That's what it's all about.
  37. 19 points
    Definitely sorry to see Joe go. From a driver's viewpoint, Joe always tried his best to make things fair, I didn't always agree with his decisions but I respected them. He tried to keep things organized and running smoothly. Even stuff like the way he handled being on the one way radio, he did a good job of keeping calm even while things might not have been going well on the track which helped by not making things worse. He also listened to the drivers, he didn't always do what they wanted, but at least he let the drivers give their opinions.    The fact that there are more races on the big block SDS this year, with a couple of new tracks, and seemingly more interest from drivers has to happen for a reason, and I think Joe had a big hand in making that happen.
  38. 19 points
    Just wanted to shed a little light on the American Racer deal.   In our last three series races, we have had 150 cars compete (Accord, Penn Can, I-88). We had one entry on Hoosiers, 149 on American Racers. It has been overwhelmingly in favor of the Racers.  So it only makes sense as a business to sign an agreement that will help us with our point fund, attendance bonuses, marketing support, etc. There will certainly not be a stamp exclusive for the series, we will outline compound options as we have in the past.   We remain a very small business compared to other groups in the industry, any help we can attain is only going to benefit us going forward.   As far as the DIRTcar article, I can only control my own business and make it the best that it can be. I always say I have four bosses to answer to 1) our racers/car owners/crew members 2) fans 3) our track operators and 4) our sponsors. If they remain happy, we our doing the right things.   Good luck and enjoy wherever you are going racing this week.
  39. 19 points
    Then go be bored elsewhere, ya troll! Just about every post you have made has been in a negative light about the very sport and division we love. So much money, time, sweat, and INGENUITY is invested that these teams deserve a little more respect. I understand you are entitled to your opinion but, man, get off the negative crap already! We all have seen your posts. Something positive would be welcome.
  40. 19 points
    I wouldn't normally bother posting on this matter but there are a few inaccuracies I'd like to clear up.    First it would have been hard for me to cut off Marc during the Big Show when he was running ahead of me. We restarted the race in 24th and were making good progress up through the field when I got to Marc. At the same time I was trying to pass him he was trying to pass the 66. I followed him for around 10 laps or so and there were numerous times I could've easily punted him out of the way but I didn't because I really try to not race that way if at all possible. There was a restart that I got a good run on the inside of him down the backstretch. He dove to the bottom entering turn 3 and we banged into each other. I immediatlely got off the gas and let him gather his car back up. The next lap I got a run on the outside of him and finally got around him in 3 and 4. Shortly thereafter we broke and were out of the race.    In the final feature we were leading on 2 restarts that Marc was next to me. Each time I took off on the restart I didn't see him anymore. I will be the first to tell you we probably didn't have the fastest car. We were a little loose, BUT that does not mean I wasn't going to try and win the race. I never saw Marc and the one thing I have learned racing with the best in the business, Bob McCreadie, Alan Johnson, Jack Johnson, Brett Hearn, etc. is that if the driver of the front running car can't see the car trying to pass him he has the right to drive where he wants on the track. Once I got the lead I ran a few different lines in the turns trying to find speed but I pretty much exited the same way on each end of the track and it was the same line pretty much everybody else runs there. If there was any way that I would've known Marc was there on the outside of me I would've given him room. I wasn't being niave, I assumed Marc was fast but until I could actually see him I had no idea where he was running.
  41. 18 points
    We are a laughing stock..how fucking hard is it to wear a mask? I can't imagine if we had something way more serious going on, we would all be dead because of arrogant, prick assholes. I heard "we are the envy of the world" . Seriously? We should lead by example, yet we lead the world in cases, deaths and embarrassment.
  42. 18 points
    This is the correct ruling in question. This is also a rule made for both a series and drivers that are either to lazy to learn the new technology we have at hand or just plan incapable to read up on it. Over the past 3yrs we have made huge advancements in setup and chassis changes in order to run with 9S, because he had set the bar for everyone for the better part of a decade. During that time there were now rule changes other than some safety additions, but none that involved suspension components. Now after the 88 team had a great year in 2019 and we went down to Volusia and shared the stage with Mat, the whiners come out. In the ERA of Participation Awards, Dirtcar feels the need to take away options so that we have have the same cookie cutter Bicknell and in doing so built barriers to entree for other chassis manufactures. I am not going to name who else is affected by this rule, hopefully they will grow a set and speak up as I have and show Dirtcar that they are not the only ones who can call the shots in a series that we make the investment and they just collect the prize. And for the ones doing all of the bitching (^) we never complained about the use of pull down rigs and private test tracks that put someone on top. So please let us keep our $50 springs and $30 spring rubbers and look into the extra $1,400 sportsman and small block guys put into just the rearend if you want to saves us all money. Thank you for your time, Larry Wight
  43. 18 points
    Threads like this make my blood boil, mainly because so much of what has been said on here is simply not true. I read some of the posts and as someone who builds engines for a living I just sit here and shake my head. 1st off in the BB vs STSS debate you are spending just as much on a “open small block” as you are on a big block. We just did one and it was $49,000, a brand new big Block is 49,500, both were built with the absolute best of the best parts, the big Block you turn 7500 rpm, the small block you turn 8500-9000+ rpm so the people on here saying it’s cheaper to rebuild a Sb than a bb you are WRONG. A big Block will run 1500-2000 laps before freshening, a small block at 9000 rpm, 1000 laps is a safe number. The harder you turn it the more stress on the parts. I can guarantee you all the fast guys in “the working mans series” are not racing with a $10,000 used latemodel engine that they bought a steel block and put the parts in... they are all running the latest and greatest mikes 13° head with all the bells and whistles. I’m sure there are guys who are running old latemodel stuff and are competitive but the same argument can be said with guys with older big blocks. Open rules are good and bad, the small guy can build a nice engine or buy a used one for a fair price but the big guy is going to have a engine built that the small guy will never be able to afford even if he sold both kidneys on the black market. Anthony Perrego debuted a 358 ci pro power ford a few weeks ago at Fonda, turned it 9100 rpm in heat race and as a engine builder myself I loved hearing that thing scream.... oh yea it was also $55,000. That’s what everyone in that series is racing against. There’s no good answer to this but i atleast want facts to be learned in this thread vs the he said/she said stuff that is said in this thread. Please don’t take this the wrong way but I would be curios as to how many people that have replied to this have a nickel invested in a actual racecar vs just being a fan in the stands who likes to weigh in on topics like this. Dan Dan, tell your friend whoever quoted him 70 grand for a big block to call that person to tell them to pound salt, while I know my engine at $49,500 is no where cheap I know exactly to the penny how much we have just in parts and you cannot buy any better than what we put into that engine. Between parts/machine work and labor you definitely aren’t taking wheelbarrows of money to the bank as a engine builder. We could probably build a big Block for $30,000... run a cheap crank, cheap rods, stock GM Block, timing chain, cheap camshaft but it’s not going to last. We build a killer piece from the start with the best parts that will last for years and years. I said it before, we just used dart block serial #37,465 and We have a customer with serial number #256 and it also has the first original prototype Mike’s Racing heads on it. That engine is about 13 years old and won a few races last year. Any other engine related questions ask away and I’ll try my best to answer. all I do is build badass engines Monday-Friday 8-5 😎 Rob Hile
  44. 18 points
    "What could we have done to keep the track from closing". 1) Not take advantage of the fans. Rinse, repeat.
  45. 18 points
    Remember when this was a Canandaigua topic?
  46. 18 points
    When I hear the heyday I always have to chime in... Folks, let's face it...Life was at it's heyday back in the 80's. Plain and simple. It was a lot easier to live, do business, thrive etc.. in the 80's. But, let's not throw stones at today. Is racing perfect? Nope and quite frankly other than Brett Deyo, it's still the same people involved in this sport since the 80's and 90's. Ummmm...me. Why? Reason? Life is harder, doing business is harder, you have to work twice as hard to make the same amount of money has been the slogan. In this sport, find me someone willing to do all this. It's ALOT of work for very little return. I have had the same staff basically for over 10 years and the people we brought on recently have been in the sport for a while. Why? Ok, you want to come aboard ESS? Be prepared to take off work early, travel around the Northeast and Canada, work hard hours and oh by the way...I will pay you next to nothing. Look at the herd lining up at my door!! World of Outlaws, heyday, that was 3 drivers that dominated for nearly 15-20 years. I get it, they are the best ever and then throw in that Mr. Schatz from today. But, let's not get out of reality. WoO had names like Brubak, Hillier, Gee, Blandford, hell I can go on (You are saying who??) . There were many a year when the followers were less in numbers than today and the talent pool was a lot less than today. And guess what, it was easier to do it then than now. Everyone goes, "Well, the payoff hasn't gone up, the point funds aren't the same as before...etc. Racing today sucks". There's a reason. The cost to operate racing has never been higher and bringing in the dollars has never been less. Everyone always critical of the crowds saying racing isn't what it used to be. Folks, racing has never been better. The good ole days weren't that good. Richard Petty used to win races not by car lengths, but laps! Watch the Daytona 500 from the 80's, you're lucky to see 5 cars on the lead lap, remember when Bob McCreadie won over 50 races a year? I loved CNY mods, but damn, it got boring cause he was so dominate. Oh..Mr. Kinser. People think Schatz wins to much now, you didn't live in the Kinser days. Reason why stands were packed? There was basically nothing else to do! When I grew up, I picked up a baseball and then I also couldn't wait for Saturday night to get to Orange County. But, that was the list!!! Now, look at what the new generation has to do, the choices are endless. Find a kid that puts down their phone for 15 minutes (Thank god!! Lol), Xbox, X-Games, X this, X That. Glenn did indeed have TV, and sponsors were plentiful oh I agree. But again, was a bit easier to do it then. TV was more affordable to get. I know. Labor Day I could have had a 1 hour show on Speed Sport which is on MAVTV. I could have...at a $12,000 price tag. You give me 12 G's and I will give you half my tour. I can ramble on and on... I just get all worked up when folks just want to say today is so much worse than yesterday. It's not worse, just harder. Ok, I am done...it's 2:30 AM, back to getting my work done for PRI where I will take 2 days off the real job without pay. 2:30 Am, I've been working since 11 and will be for another 2 or so hours, oh and NOT GET PAID. Again...look at the herd!!
  47. 18 points
    No Meier was not. Meier and his crew wanted to be and asked to be but Dini called it off. I do not believe it was Deyo's doing. It all created quite a stir. OCFS is really the only Deyo show that has more rules for weights and engine displacement, and also body panel styles. His rules were simple and the top 5 should have been teched. They were all certainly there and ready to be teched. It all happened really quickly. The rest of the top 5's willingness to be teched tells me there probably was no issues with them. However, the more rules made, the more tech is required. I KNOW Brett Deyo will take this situation and learn from it. Im sure he will have his own tech team next time or something. All in all I thought it was a great show. Brett and Stew put a good show up front. The big blocks struggled a bit, tire wear was extreme. That was due to the weather. Hope this clears some of the fuzz up. Brett Deyo is a hard working promoter doing his best and sticking his neck out there for fans and racers alike. We should not lose sight of this.
  48. 18 points
    NOTE TO OTHERS READING THIS: I do not mind others contributing to this thread, but it is not written as an opportunity to bash Johnnie. It is written as an attempt to fix what is wrong and maybe wring some good out of an ugly situation.  Mrs. Gokey -   I'm not going to be rude and disrespectful to you, because you have never been that way with me.   You speak as if  the world has brought this current situation on Johnnie, even though you know it's not the case. Everyone,... including you ... knew that someday he would go too far. And, he's finally done it. He's crossed lines that people are not going to overlook.   Do you honestly expect the world to just forgive him? Seriously? Would you feel that way if it was your kid who he assaulted, or your kid who he threatened, or your kid he said such unspeakable things against? I understand that, as his mother, you feel compelled to stand behind him and defend him no matter what. And that is commendable. Regardless of any mistakes a mother makes in raising a child, a good mother will protect her children. The trouble here is that Johnnie has been an adult longer than he was a child. Wiping his nose and drying his tears are probably not the best course of action at this point in his life. He's closer to being a senior citizen than he is to being a child. You must remove your emotion from this matter and look at it logically. Can it really be that several thousand people at several dozen different race tracks ... most of whom do not even know each other ... all hate Johnnie for no reason? Is it not more logical to accept that he has offended and enraged all of these people, and that it is is his actions ... not theirs ... that are the wood that kindles this fire? He has Lebanon Valley, Fonda, Glen Ridge, and Albany Saratoga speedways all agreeing for the first time in history. I hope you can grasp the depth and magnitude of that. He needs help. Professional help. You know this better than I do. You are his mother, and have seen these situations played out for over 40 years ... over and over and over and over again. In school. On the playground.  At the race track. It has gone on forever. When you step forward and defend him like this, it is called "positive reinforcement".  In his mind, you are telling him that what he did was acceptable behavior. I'm not making this up. It is textbook psychology, and it's entry level information.   Do you understand the damage you are inadvertently causing by supporting his actions? As long as he can find someone to condone them, he has a green light. When it's someone he loves, it's compounded.  Knowing that he needs help, knowing that he is guilty, and  knowing that he is wrong, then coming here to fight off the world and deny what you know is true, is making him worse. It really is that simple. As you know, I used to defend him with you. I was guilty of the same thing that you are guilty of. Do you remember why that ended? He went off about this site and everyone who runs it. When I said, "Hey ... I'm your friend and I'm on DTD", he went off on me, said some extremely vile things to me, and promised to knock my teeth down my throat when he saw me..  Think about that. All I did was interrupt his tirade long enough to point out that he was attacking me ... someone who always defended him ... and I became the target of his venomous hatred. Does that sound normal to you? Hasn't this gone on long enough? I'm guessing Johnnie is at least 45 years old, and that you are at or near retirement age. Do you really want to spend your golden years cleaning up his messes and fighting with people every time they point out that he's done something wrong? Would it not be better for you, him, and everyone else, if you were to use your resources to get him the help that he so desperately needs? If he gets help and rehabilitates himself, I'll be the first one to petition a track to give him another chance. I sincerely mean that. We all make mistakes and we all go off track at some point. If a person sees the error of their ways, and sincerely wants to make things right, I am right there to lend a hand and offer forgiveness. However ... as long as he believes what he did was right, and you and Robyn continue to feed into his delusion, I am going to carry on this crusade to get him out of racing. It is a just and reasonable punishment for his actions ... past and present. All he has to do is take steps down the right [path, and all you have to do is open the door and push him down that path. The alternative is waiting for him to completely snap and possibly take someone's life. You don't need that. No mother does. But it is the direction he's been headed for the last 45 years.   It's time to change the path.   You know it as well as I do.   - Jay
  49. 18 points
      Seriously?    I just don't understand the mentality of some fans. Someone explain how DIRTcar is the bad guy for scheduling a race on a rain date (which--knock on wood--most times aren't needed) even though Brett has scheduled a few of his races on the day of previously scheduled Super DIRTcar Series events.    As I've previously stated, I have absolutely no problem with Brett scheduling against Super DIRTcar Series events, just like I have no problem with DIRTcar scheduled on the rain date of a Short Track Super Series race.   There's nothing preventing DIRTcar from scheduling that race on May 19th, directly against Accord, but they didn't. It just blows my mind that they STILL somehow get backlash for that?    I guess I'll just be in the minority that hopes both Accord and Canandaigua have packed pit areas and full grandstands that week. 
  50. 18 points
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