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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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?????
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 17 points
    So let me get this straight, because he vlog doesn't pump up other drivers its bad for the sport? So when a news paper covers the local team and doesn't talk about the other teams its bad for that sport? You don't have to like Mandee, Mike, their vlogs or the shoes they wear but to say they are bad for the sport is asinine. Of course it focuses on her and Mike, they obviously benefit more than most but she often calls out the winner and talks about other drivers. The goals is to promote yourself, your brand and your skills. If they get sponsors or other revenue they are doing their job. The fact that they didn't call out the other driver and talk him down shows that they are still looking out for the sport.
  10. 16 points
    I've had to clean up political nonsense out of three different threads tonight. If we are unable to maintain the request to keep political opinions off of this message board then I'll just start handing out 90 day vacations to people. No more warnings. The next posts I have to "Hide" or "Delete" because of political nonsense are also going to carry a 90 day suspension for the person who posted it. And if you get suspended don't even think of complaining for a reduced sentence. We've asked multiple times and have been ignored. At this point i'm two steps away from taking the forum down completely.
  11. 15 points
    This forum has become more political than ever. I come here to get away from all the political BS....
  12. 14 points
    A circle track body is a compromise of different things. Yes straight line speed is important, but not nearly as important as corner speed and stability. The best areas to get down force on a body are at the very front and very back. It's actually rotational force around each axle more than actual down force. Wish I knew where the drawing is that an aero engineer named Rod Eishenberg (sp) did for us when we were designing the first of the big style bodies when I worked for John Birosh, because it illustrates this quite well with the equations and everything. So on the current body, the nose area ramps up which pushes down on the front end. The area around the shock towers is flat and as low as possible. This is so that when the car is sliding through the corner as much air as possible can move across and hit the front of the left side door. This creates side force and actually some down force in this area which is beneficial for performance. The V shaped area in front of the radiator pushes air over onto the side "wings" or as some people call them "chutes". Keep in mind the front tires, which create an enormous amount of turbulence, the air pushed into this area takes some of that away and straightens out the air that heads towards the back of the car. Now is there a lot of air pushed into the cabin area? Yes there is, if the car is going absolutely straight, but for the amount of time that the car is actually straight, the penalty is very small. Then the air arrives at the rear deck, and is shoved almost vertically up. There is most likely some stall of air in this area when the car is going straight, but again the penalty isn't that severe. It has been shown that using as much side panel on the car as possible helps greatly for side force when negotiating the corners. The current bodies have a great effect on the performance of the car, and have been refined to be beneficial on all areas of the track, but more so in the corners than the straights. When they had the race at OCFS with sail panels and teams took them off for the feature, it was because the track was rubbering up and they needed the cars to be able to turn without throwing them into the corner so they could save on tire wear. Sail panels would've made the cars too tight at that point.
  13. 14 points
    The people who choose to not wear a mask are holding back the re-openings, not Cuomo. As soon as everyone accepts wearing a mask, all businesses will be allowed to reopen.
  14. 14 points
    What happened to the Halmar/Cuomo conspiracy ?? Face it ! The Governor is doing what he thinks is right for the goid of ALL NY state residents. Not just the race fans ! I applaud him for thinking about the whole of NY state. Do I wish the star was in a position to safely open up race tracks......hell year ! I LOVE going to the races ! It’s simply not safe now.....deal with it !
  15. 14 points
    You've been riding a unicycle on a tight rope with your political rants for quite some time now. Tonight you fell into the net. Nothing permanent, but you need to give it a rest. See you on 8/15. For everyone else... It's the opinionated stuff like this post right here that gets you in trouble. We see it all day - every day on every form of social media that exists. This website/forum should be a sanctuary. A place to get away from it all and as long as I have keys to the control room, it's going to stay that way.. This one is locked.
  16. 14 points
    You guys are so right. Thank you for straightening me out.... Tonight if someone talks with me about the Big Blocks I'll change the subject and maybe talk about the weather.
  17. 14 points
    Just put a train around your christmas tree, that will tide you over..lmao
  18. 13 points
    I’d much rather have it at one location, SDW has always been about the build up to the big main event on Sunday, I myself have always liked that, plus I’d rather stay at the same location for lodging, having the options for satellite shows is great, honestly I hope they never change it, jmo that’s all.
  19. 13 points
    I guess the idea of fielding a Sportsman in order to have some fun with your friends and family is stupid. Fun is the reason that the team I'm associated with races. We all love racing in general and we all have a ton of fun most weeks. We have a budget we have to stick to in order to keep racing but the money we make most weeks just fills the cooler with ice & drinks. We have no expectation of even coming close to breaking even. We all do it for the love and fun of it. Sometimes I think the fans worry more about what a race pays then most drivers/car owners do.
  20. 13 points
    On the other hand, in some cases not having it may be the luckiest day of your life!😀
  21. 13 points
    I swear I'm not trying to be a PIA here. I appreciate you listening to everyone's feedback. and experimenting with a lower price point and I was about to say I'm 100 percent in on purchasing this but then I realized it's not the modifieds. It's not comparing apples to apples if you're offering a show at a discounted rate that doesn't include the class that carries the fan base. (I'm not saying this is right or wrong as I fully am aware the effort that goes into the sportsman/pro stocks/four cylinders etc. is just as much and I enjoy watching those classes too.) But you can't make an honest comparison for a show that doesn't include the modifieds and use that as data against your traditional pricing because it's not a like comparison. If this had a 30 lap mod race included, then we're talking and I think it'd be a fair comparison. Lastly, thank you once again to all of DTD.TV for their efforts to bring us live racing during this time and thank you to Bill and Kim Shea for agreeing to this. I look forward to tuning in to a broadcast in the near future!
  22. 13 points
    I'm so sick of the non medical people say the regular flu is worse than the corona virus, This virus is new and the MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL'S say this is serious so just stop spouting the BS. A very close friend caught the vius and passed from it and she was in her early 30's and healthy. So don't say just old people are at risk. That's the problem in the US right now it's all about me and f everyone else. We as a country need to work together for the better of the US cause I'll be dam if we can get the government to work together. That's all I have to say be safe everyone and please take care of yourself so we all can get back to racing.
  23. 13 points
    I will second Rob's assessment about fans that don't normally see the big blocks run. Almost every time we've raced at Charlotte I've had somebody come up to me after the Friday night feature or before racing starts on Saturday and say that they were blown away by the sound that the mods make when they all hit the throttle at the start of the feature. And they always seemed to be impressed with the racing the mods put on too. It's funny how a perception of something never changes when in reality it's either not as bad as it seems for the most part or, in this case New York, the only place that sees that "problem". Case in point, ONLY New York tracks get slick. All Tech (in Florida) just had some modified racing there and just judging by the video, it seemed like it got slick. BUT the racing seemed like it was pretty good was it not?? The last SDS race at Weedsport, the track had bite all night, even Matt Sheppard, who usually favors the bottom, was running the cushion. I know we had to loosen our car up for the feature because the track had so much bite. There have been times that the surface hasn't been the greatest, but I know they've been working hard on different things to get a handle on that surface.
  24. 12 points
    For the love of God... everyone please ignore the posts from pdracing and NHmodfan so this thread doesn't turn into a political debate (I use that term loosely, it's more just people calling each other names if they share a different view point), I was actually enjoying reading people debating about racing for once.
  25. 12 points
    I believe the majority of the blame for no new track next to Brewerton goes to Glenn Donnelly , not Andrew Cuomo .
  26. 12 points
    I knew exactly how this thread was going to go the minute it started. I used to enjoy learning about events, learning from people who know things about the cars that I don't know, hearing stories of old drivers and racetracks. But I don't know how much more of this stuff I'm willing to see. Over the past month and a half I've learned that the users of this forum believe the n-word is fine to use (especially if it was in a phrase that's been used for a long time, doesn't matter it originated in a racist way), are completely fine with calling our 1 black president a religion he isn't, complained that the only reason the 1 black nascar driver was in the cup series was because of the diversity program (despite the fact that he has a very similar career so far to Ty Dillon, who used his grandfather's connections to get his ride. I doubt anybody on here really cares about that though because at least he didn't have to "use" a diversity program). I don't see the humor in "All white lives matter too", I guess I'm in the minority here. I know I can't convince a group that is most likely all older white guys that racism exists. And that I'm probably a "snowflake libtard" for pointing this stuff out. What's sad for me is this forum could be used for people to become new fans of dirt racing. I've learned so much on this site. But imagine a black man coming to this forum and seeing what has been said on this thread and other threads over the past few weeks. Do you honestly think that they would become dirt racing fans? Or even if they loved the racing, ever return to this website again? I would like to believe that both dirt fans and those that run DTD would love to welcome any racing fans, of all cultures and races, to join in and become fans of the sport and continue to help it live on into the future instead of die out. But I just haven't seen that. Then again, who knows if anyone really cares on here about that anyways.
  27. 12 points
    I had Lew Boyd's book "Toby: The Star-Crossed Story of Am American Racing Family" sitting on my nightstand for several months, but finally got around to reading it this week. https://speedsport.com/more/toby-biography-dick-tobias-available/ I guess this is just personal bias, but my expectations for the book were rather constrained. I have always been a huge Bones Bourcier and Dave Argabright fan when it comes to reading about short-track racers. But Boyd's book exceeded my expectations. The oversized book is at least somewhat mistitled. Exactly half the book is dedicated to Tobias family patriarch Dick "Toby" Tobias. The rest of the book contains chapters on all three of Toby's racing children (Ronnie, Scott and Richie) and Toby's son-in-law, Paul Lotier. The overarching theme of the book are the horrendous misfortunes, the high cost that racing has placed on the family. and how the family continues to persevere in spite of those tragedies. Who would have ever thought after seeing Richie Tobias' wild days of youth that he would be the only one among Toby, Ronnie Scott and Paul Lotier not to be dead or permanently disabled before age 50? * Toby Tobias killed in a USAC Sprint Car crash at Flemington (N.J.) in 1978 * MIddle son Scott Tobias put in a coma for a month and continuing to deal with a traumatic brain injury to this day from a 1986 Port Royal (Pa.) Sprint Car crash. * Son-in-law Paul Lotier (married to Toby's daughter, Debbie) permanently paralyzed in a 1991 Sharon (Ohio) Sprint Car crash. * Oldest son Ronnie stricken by a fatal heart attack at age 43 while racing at Susquehanna (Pa) in 1998. The reason the book is so much better than I was expecting is that Boyd really did his homework. He talked to dozens of sources for quotes about the family and the tragedies that have befallen them. I saw Richie and Ronnie do a ton of racing in the 1980s and 1990s, and there was still lots I learned that I did not know about the family. Some of the things that stood out to me in the book: * By the mid 1970s, Toby's Tobias Speed Equipment shop had $130,000 (a mind-blowing $680,000 in current dollars) in credit on the books owed to him by just the racers at the Reading (Pa.) Fairgrounds. If not for Toby's extremely lenient credit policy, how many of the drivers at Reading would not have even been racing? *The shock of Toby's fatal Flemington crash is covered in depth -- and how Toby dying reverberated through the sport. For those unfamiliar, Tobias was killed at Flemington racing a B-main that he did not even have to take part in. The field was extremely short, and Tobias went out in a meaningless race to try and add more value to the show. The book does touch on the long-bandied speculation that steel on Toby's roll cage was compromised during the heat treating process. * The Flemington race that killed Toby was a Friday night show. I had always known that Ronnie Tpbias was racing a Modified at Reading that night and 11-year-old Richie witnessed his father get killed at Flemington, but I never knew the story of Toby's mother, Beulah. Toby's mother knew he was either dead of hurt very badly when he did not make his weekly visit to her house early Saturday morning. Unless he was racing many hours from home, Toby always stopped in to visit his mother on Saturday mornings. * Toby had always disliked Flemington, and turned down numerous ride offers to race there over the years, because the track was dark and Toby's eyesight was not good. * To this day, Scott Tobias is still unable to retain any information as a result of his head injury. He usually keeps a pad and pen with him, lest he forget conversations he had just moments earlier. * The first 10 days of Paul Lotier's medical bills after his crash ran up costs of $80,000 in 1991 money. He then needed an additional eight months in a rehab hospital at $50,000 a month (covered at 80 percent by insurance until the insurance cap was reached). To this day, Lotier has some feeling but no movement in his legs. He has limited movement in his hands and arms, but not enough to feed himself. * An autopsy of Ronnie Tobias showed that he had the heart of a 80-year-old man when he died at age 43. So much of the book is about how the family somehow, some way, soldiers on in spite of everything racing has taken from them. Both of Toby's daughters, Debbie and Tina, say several times throughout the book "We're Tobiases; racing is what we do." The book isn't perfect, but it is very good. There are some weird typos and mistakes included. For example, Richie Tobias' hometown is repeatedly referred to as "Anvil" instead of "Annville," long-time Lernerville promoter Don Martin is referred to as "Paul Martin" and Dave Blaney is erroneously credited with finishing second at Syracuse in 1981 rather than his father, Lou. Those minor mistakes notwithstanding, the book is one of the better short-track racing biographies a fan can pick up. Boyd talked with drivers ranging from Mario Andretti to Kenny Brightbill to Fred Rahmer to Brad Doty and dozens more for their insights about the Tobias family and the tragedies that have befallen them.
  28. 12 points
    The Whole expensive motor deal is something that was blown way out of proportion by people who have no idea what they are talking about. Yes a new complete big block from my shop is 50k, but we sell freshened used big blocks that are just as competitive for under 30k. The big block market has finally reached a point in which there is good used 18deg. motors in circulation, so the last thing that we need to do is add another POS w16 smoke and mirror show into the mix. When we let the so called "haves" build a $50k engine with good parts that are capable of 4-6+ rebuilds then that will eventually fuel the used market with some good reliable pieces that someone can buy for %50-60 the cost of new and still be very competitive. Rather than add yet another motor combination and waste everyone's money with an engine that will never win a race, or even worse one that has an advantage so that you have to have one of each depending on the track (w16). Last year I put in our ECO Small Block and won 2 races at Fulton, The Centennial SBC race, and the Weedsport SDW race. This Engine cost $17,500 and comes just like a Create Engine would so that a sportsman guy or girl can take the front assembly of of their create and put it right on the ECO. To prove that it truly is and ECO Engine that I run if you want it after the night is over i will gladly pull the engine out for $17k and put it in the back of your truck for you. If you take anything from this rant that i have been holding in for a long time please see that NEW RULES COST EVERYONE MORE MONEY, they don't save money like some may think. Thank You, Larry Wight
  29. 12 points
    The face of dirtcar modifeds should not be the face of ess...... HUGE conflict of interest.
  30. 12 points
    Aren’t Walmart and Target open on the same days?
  31. 12 points
    Thanks everyone, I appreciate the compliments! I would love to be back at LOLR next year full time, but it comes down to money, as it always does. I've been very fortunate to be able to race all of these years because of the generosity of others, and hopefully we can continue that next year!
  32. 12 points
    I have them on speed dial but i prefer asking a question here and getting a smart ass remark back..
  33. 11 points
    We can remove Cuomo from the equation if we have a leader who will lead the country instead of playing on twitter like a child. Someone who will listen to advice from the experts who study infectious diseases. Following guidelines might be a good place to start. Leadership is key to having all businesses open.
  34. 11 points
    Jeff Strunk was not panicked at seeing upstart Grandview regular Brett Kressley roar from 20th to the lead in 24 laps Saturday night during Grandview's 50th annual Freedom 76. Kressley a three-time winner at the track this year, drove around the outside of some of the Northeast's biggest Modified names (Strunk, Bobby Varin and Matt Sheppard) to go from fourth to first. But Strunk had already won the Freedom 76 seven times prior to Saturday night, and he related after the race that he did not think Kressley's pace was sustainable for 76 laps. Of course, Strunk was right. Saturday's Freedom 76 went caution-free from lap 38 until the finish -- and Strunk drove past the fading Kressley for the $35,550 win in turn two 13 laps from the finish. Over the final 10 laps, Strunk pulled away to a half-straightaway margin of victory in an event that saw the top four finishers race through slower traffic in a tight bunch for the better past of 20 laps in the race's closing stages. After dominating much of the race's mid stages, Kressley faded from the lead to fourth over the final 13 circuits, dropping over $30,000 in the process. The top five finished as follows: 1. 126 Jeff Strunk (12th starting spot) 2. 9s Matt Sheppard (5th starting spot) 3. 2a Mike Gular (24th starting spot) 4. 19K Brett Kressley (20th starting spot) 5. 5 Bobby Varin (2nd starting spot) * Teenage pole start Briggs Danner led the event'a opening circuit before ceding control to Bobby Varin (Clay Realty No. 5). After Kressley powered to the lead on lap 24. he would officially lead until lap 64, when Strunk became the fourth and final leader. For many circuits following the race's final caution on lap 38, the top four cars battled nearly nose to tail through slower traffic. * Sixty-nine cars attempted to qualify for the event, which featured New York track champions from Fonda, Lebanon Valley, Orange County, Outlaw and Thunder Mountain speedways. * The feature was slowed six times by caution, all of which were single -car incidents of cars slowing or spinning. * Among the night's three biggest non-qualifiers were Billy Decker, Billy Pauch Jr and Ryan Watt (coming off a $17,000 Big Diamond (Pa.) win two weeks earlier). All three drivers were hampered by poor starting positions in one of the six heat races. Decker started last (11th) in the second heat, and could advance only to sixth. That placed him in eighth starting spot in the Minuteman 20 last chance event that qualified five cars to the feature. * The Minuteman 20 last chance race has traditionally been a crash-laden mess of mishaps that is often shortened to a time-limit conclusion. Saturday's Minuteman 20, amazingly, went non-stop for the second straight year. * Mike Mahaney, who owns one career Saturday-night Grandview feature win, was handily leading his heat race before going up in smoke. * One -time Freedom 76 winner Stewart Friesen was especially quiet Saturday night. After drawing 25th starting spot among the 27 drivers to draw for feature starting positions, Friesen was instead forced to start last in the 32-car field following a pit stop during the pre-race pace laps. Friesen ultimately moved from last to an eighth-place finish. * Six-time Freedom 76 winner Duane Howard was forced to the Minuteman 20 after failing to transfer by one position in his qualifying heat. Howard advanced from 29th starting spot to a sixth-place finish in the feature, and certainly would have benefited from a caution at some point in the final 39 laps. * Row three in the feature looked like an obvious place to find the race winner before the event began. Matt Sheppard drew fifth starting spot and did challenge for the top spot at various points in the event. Sheppard passed Kressley for second on lap 67, but gained no ground on Strunk over the final 10 laps. Eleven-time Grandview track champion Craig Von Dohren drew sixth starting spot, but was not much of a factor. Von Dohren was falling through the field before dropping from the event on lap 21 following contact with the outside wall. * Fonda champion Mike Maresca (Hirthler owned No. 117x) won the Minuteman 20, but did not make any progress from his (28th starting spot). in the feature. * Just from walking through the grandstand parking lot during the evening, lots of New York license plates were visible.
  35. 11 points
    Haha, NODOORS... deep breaths, my friend. Nobody said anything about your originally post being concrete. However, you went into a tirade about "Why is it that someone always has to come out with some SMART A** Comment about an announcement that was made to maybe bring someones hopes up and have something to look forward too" (that's your exact quote) after Outlaw made his reply. All I'm saying is when the announcement comes out re-read Outlaw's response, see if you still think it's a "SMART A** Comment." You're getting plenty of clues on what the actual announcement is going to be... just be patient, settle down, and stop freaking out at those of us that are giving you clues. -Yours Truly, "The Bud King" Kenny Bernstein's #1 Fan that has a 6th grade reading comprehension level and doesn't know jack SH*T
  36. 11 points
    Unfortunately, Florida doesn't seem like the optimal place to visit any time soon.
  37. 11 points
    Alright... everyone head to the beer cooler, grab a cold one and cool down. I didn't take offense to anything anyone said here, I understand that I opened myself up a bit and that a lot of folks in the Northeast care about mostly the modifieds. The purpose of my original post was twofold: I wanted to do is advertise a show that, in my opinion, was being offered at a more than reasonable price and, I wanted to call the DTD faithful to action to purchase that show and support Bill and Kim Shea at Utica Rome DTD Tv was born at the Utica Rome Speedway under their ownership. Without them being willing to take that initial leap I'm not sure DTD Tv is even in existence today. They are extremely close friends of us here at DTD and its no secret that they've had a tough go of it over the past few years thanks to mother nature. At $9.99 we needed to sell a lot of subscriptions to turn any kind of profit. Last night's show was the most viewed event at Utica Rome in the history of DTD Tv being there. So let me just say THANK YOU to everyone who purchased a pass last night. I laid down a challenge and y'all accepted. I respect that. I hope everyone enjoyed what they saw because the racing in both the pro-stocks and sportsman was fantastic. Our focus now shifts to Can-Am and Outlaw on Friday night before heading to BAPS on Saturday, then down to Potomac on Sunday for the STSS South Region show. No rest for the weary...
  38. 11 points
    Im not a fan of being at the track and wondering whos running what engine combination, but Brett Deyo puts on one hell of a show and has proven to be the best right now at promoting. Aside from the uncontrollable aspects (weather, track surface) , the dude has it figured out. Hed be a welcome addition anywhere he wishes to promote. Appreciate what hes doing and what he will do.
  39. 10 points
    Are you on a dial up connection by any chance?
  40. 10 points
    https://www.facebook.com/flagmanlarry/videos/10217269535153561/ No words...
  41. 10 points
    I'm not pro Democrat or Republican. I'm pro American. That used to mean that you had the freedom to live your life the way you wanted. If you are scared to get a virus then you stay home. I don't recall telling some jackass that I have never met that he now makes all the decisions in my life. I have a wife for that. So if I get a vacation for saying it. Then I can live with that.
  42. 10 points
    I think its CNYRP. The gentleman on the ladder is Glenn Donnelly.
  43. 10 points
    I think if we run every small business into the ground and close all the race tracks permanently we can finally beat this virus. Then what? All the places that you used go, closed. The restaurants, bars, racetracks. That's ok, because most people won't have a job to pay go anywhere. Just hang around at the shelter with all the others who couldn't pay their rent or mortgage. Just keep believing king Andy will save us.
  44. 10 points
    NY, NJ, Mass and CT are the only states in the US that have death rates over 1,000 per million people. The US as a whole is around 400 per million people. NY had an absolutely disastrous response to COVID including an absurd nursing home policy that led to thousands of deaths. But sure, he's doing fine now....
  45. 10 points
    It's time to go racing with fans in the stands. Lets face it, the riots have put an end to social distancing. If people can loot together we can watch the races together.
  46. 10 points
    I've put a little 'Racing Stimulus' post up on my facebook page. Any driver planning to go to this event can comment on my post and their name will be eligible to win a gas card donated by my race team. The gas card started at 100$, there have been 2 donations of 25$ each, making the total 150$ now. I'll do a live facebook draw to determine who gets the gas card. If anybody here is racing the event or knows someone who is, please send them my way. I'd like everybody to get a chance to win and hopefully we can get the donation amount higher!!
  47. 10 points
    My favorite races usually involve a local racer beating national tour drivers in spectacular fashion, such as Pauch’s WoO win at Syracuse in 1994. But there is one race day I am most grateful for. In 1992, the CRA made an eastern swing into Pennsylvania. I was too young to drive but had a real passion for the wingless sprints. They were racing at Susquehanna on a Sunday night. My dad had recently been laid off in the economic downturn that year, but also knew how badly I wanted to see the wingless 410s in person. We hopped in the car and he drove us the three hour stretch to see the CRA sprints. We arrived and what do you know, it started to rain. After warmups, the race was cancelled and we were left to drive three hours back into the night without having seen a race. A couple of years ago I had the chance to make it up to my dad on Father’s Day. He’s suffering from an aggressive case of Alzheimer’s and I had already known that each time in the stands with him could be the last. This time, I drove my dad three hours to BAPS (Susquehanna) to watch the USAC sprint cars with him in person - nearly the same show that he so generously took me to see in 1992. This time, it did not rain, and I was able to watch the show with my dad. I will always be grateful to him for taking me that day in 1992 (and so much more), and for having the chance to experience it with him more than 25 years later. His health has continued to deteriorate since that Father’s Day USAC show at Susquehanna and it will likely be the last race that we attended together.
  48. 10 points
    I'm completely amazed and happy to see this picture. I'd say it's a close miracle.
  49. 10 points
    Sorry Gasket, but once again you & I are going to disagree on a young racer.....I firmly believe that this young man has a ton of talent, but to put a kid at this age behind the wheel of a BB Modified is just plain foolish....their brain which controls reasoning among other things is not fully developed until at least age 17 & IMO is a danger to the adult racers at that age, let alone his own safety....this is just my opinion, but is sure something to think about
  50. 10 points
    After what he pulled with his nephews who would want to go there??
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