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Spudman

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  1. I saw him at the supercross at Daytona walking around.
  2. When my wife and I went a few years back; they had a deal where you could show your GA tickets; pay $10 and go in the infield with your vehicle. That was awesome. Nice view....still had food in there and you got to talk to the drivers who were either staged to go out or staged after doing time trials. I had lawn chairs .
  3. Paul, When we bought our FM transmitter; you had a choice of 2 different wattages. the lower one is below FCC limits for Radio Transmitters. Wattage #2 they request you buy an FCC license and they check local radio stations to make sure you don't bleed over. If that happens you have to get the different part to change the frequency.
  4. I think Bob Miller could attest to this. We used to camp at Weedsport on weekends and many drivers came there after racing Saturday nights and would camp over . Weedsport used to run every Sunday. We used to all be around a campfire shooting the breeze late Saturday nights with drivers such as Billy Decker, Tim Fuller, Tim McCreadie, etc. Even Brett used to show up every once in a while.
  5. This is from my buddy Jim Reese; who raced flat track motorcycles at Silver Speedway: I raced there from 78-80 ?? Don't remember much about it....the bike races didn't last very long. He tried to put in a Dragstrip and the town gave him a huge hassle and basically shut it down before it got started. That was most likely the problem with the bikes too. A couple of small car classes tried to do the same thing but face the same fate.. His son drives by it every day and never knew there was a track in there. The sign still hangs . I'll try to get him to take a pic of it.
  6. I have an older Flat Track Motorcycle friend from the Elmira Area. I'll ask him what he knows .
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    Gary Balough

    He looked like he was really enjoying himself at Orange County pacing the field. The strangest thing was seeing the Batmobile up front with Gary in it and Dickie Larkin's back up car in the rear with Wiley Will Cagle at the wheel. I had goosebumps for a bit...then was scared when Cagle hit the wall coming out of 2. Glad he pulled in. No need to ruin a LEGEND.
  8. Chris Akulis explained this in an earlier post a few years back and I agreed completely. Todays Modified are a big wing. Just look at the way the dust "rolls' in the air about 20 feet above the cars. The added downforce from this wing effect blackens the groove that much quicker. Todays parts are much lighter....and equally weaker than yesterdays piece parts. I used to go to Brewerton weekly in the 90's and the track was very tacky. Barefoot Bob and The Cobra would both pelt you with clay balls in the 1st turn. A front end loader would come out and scrape the cushion up and dump it on the extreme outside. It was balls out-----kick ass racing at its best. When the Sportsman are within a 1/2 second of a 850hp big block then there is something seriously wrong. Just my 10 cents here. Look at the AMB lap times...Early in the night compared to the features. Pathetic.
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    You Build It

    I second that MOTION !!!!!
  10. The reason I said what I said is that these guys share a wealth of knowledge that may never be equaled again. Todays kids are not the race junkies like Paul , Bob; and I do dare say myself. While I took a different route in racing toward the 2 wheeled type. It is still going around an oval. I share the same passion as these men do; and hate to see them questioned about a subject that they have forgotten about more info than most of us will garner in our lifetime. It really was not a reference to their age.
  11. Unbelieveable !!!!! Paul and Bob have been around since most of us were born. I remember as a kid watching This Week On Dirt and seeing Paul standing in the middle of the front straightaway at the now defunct Fast Track. Bob has been a lifelong fan and Videographer from here to Dodge City ,Kansas to cover the World of Outlaws. I think they have adequate experience and I would listen to their input.
  12. It's very; very unfortunate. I believe both parties should come together and bury the hatchet for the good of the sport. People who have been in knockdown dragout fist fights have gotten together and became the best of friends. In no way does it mean I think they should be friends but they should be equal competitors. Modified Racing in the Northeast is in rough enough shape without having disagreements of this magnitude in front of all of us.
  13. Hey Dundeedm, Did you hang out at the first turn? I used to do the same thing ( Bet nickels and dimes) with some kids up there back in the early 70's. I sure do miss the Gabriel/Castle/Late Models. You could see the same cars on the streets the next day. They were very easy to tell what was a ford and what model cars they were. The mini-mods were awesome.
  14. On my way to the rained out race at Weedsport...I had to stop at the "Fast Track" and reflect. It is a shame that the place is in trouble and may never open again. Like the mile; there are so many wonderful memories there. The Northeast Showdown, The Firecracker, The Petrocci Memorial......man it makes me sick to see the place in shambles.
  15. My brother took me to Twin Valley...long after it closed. We were fishing close by and he showed me the lace. We were still able to go around the track...even though some of the trees had grown in the track.
  16. Racerguy....early on the track was never hard to pass. You could run anywhere Top...bottom...middle... I've seen many nights where a driver won the race from the back.
  17. So I won't post my pic . I just took one of the sign out front. It hurt too much to take any of the actual track and property.
  18. Ronnie Ford is desperately trying to keep a Southern Tier Friday Night tradition going.....and all you people can do is bitch about a Nerf Football. WOW !!!!! You should all be ashamed of yourselves. Even Paul Szmal tried to bring it back on topic and it still went back. Unreal.
  19. Thats awesome Bob.....I'm glad to know a fan that still has the enthusiasm .....good stuff !!!
  20. It's a sign of the times. When I was young...I had a dirt track under my front porch of my house. I would groom it.....water it ( With a cup of water)., and change the banking; length, from time to time. Today kids play with joysticks and don't get dirty. I had a guy that raced late models at FMP lived just down the street and even though I would have my ass whipped if my parents caught me there; I would go check it out and listen to the noise and smell the race fuel. Your not gonna change this epidemic overnight. Things will get much worse before it gets better.
  21. I don't want to miss this race !! with the forecast the way it is does anyone know what the raindate is ??? I'm thinking positive thoughts but have to plan ahead just in case. Thanks to anyone who has the info.
  22. I feel sorry for Ronnie Ford. That tracks poor surface is certainly not due to his lack of trying. He thought he was getting good clay from an area near the track and it turned out to be trash. I personally will volunteer my time to run a grader for him if he does find some good clay to spread....but he doesn't have the funds to purchase and truck the clay there.
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