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  1. Great photo, Bob. Not sure it was taken at Susquehanna Speedway, though. I'm thinking this was at Penn-Can Speedway (located in Susquehanna PA). According to the stats in the back of "Barefoot", Bob's bio by Andy Fusco, McCreadie didn't score a feature win at Susquehanna Speedway until '97. However, in '86 Bob did have six feature wins at Penn-Can . Plus Dan Bury was a photographer at Penn-Can back in those days.
  2. Yes, Joe Scamardella was the promoter at East Windsor who changed the track name to Acella. He owned a car dealership on Staten Island, Acella Chrysler-Plymouth. He also owned the 121 modifieds that Billy Pauch drove.
  3. I think the plans evolved to a stock car speedway as the project got going. As far as the exact location, I'm going to back track (again) and say it was to be built further north of your map. Looking at the story that accompanied the plans, the land to be used was the "Rainbow's End Poultry Farm". Digging around a little bit, I discovered that farm was near State Park Road (County Route 8 on the satellite map). Where the Virginia City Mobile Home Court is now makes the most sense as to where the race track was going to be. There's a lot of land there to fit a half mile track. Plus, according to your story, the developer was considering putting in a trailer park.
  4. The track would've been a bit further north up Rt 369. The property today is the Virginia City Trailer Park. (Edit: Bob-after viewing the maps, I think you may be right. It looks like the track would’ve fit in the lower part of that area close to where that gravel pit is today) The original plans were drawn up in 1949. Total cost: $500,000.
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    Cayuga 1989

    Bob and Danny wrecked...
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    Cayuga 1989

    I’m sure there’s quite a few people reading this thread think “Why the heck did DIRT force their teams to race pavement? That had disaster written all over it.” It really wasn’t a bad idea. You have to remember, in 1988, when that first race at Cayuga was held, things were booming. It was the go-go 80’s. DIRT was sanctioning most of the dirt tracks in the Northeast. Weekly crowds were strong. Super DIRT Series crowds were huge. Super DIRT Week was a sell-out. Racing highlights were starting to be shown on television with This Week on DIRT. Sponsorship money was flowing in. DIRT had pretty much grown as much as it could. To keep the business growing it had to find new venues and markets. The next logical step was to go to paved tracks. Those tracks were nicer and cleaner (easier to impress sponsors) and had more seating (potential for bigger attendance, more eyeballs to impress sponsors). And I think Glen had his eye on those different markets too. Having a race at Thompson got a toehold into the lucrative New England market. And I’m sure there were discussions to have a race at Stafford too. Who knows, he probably thought about bringing the series to pavement tracks in the Southeast and the Midwest as well. You can blame the end of the series on the specialized cars and ringer drivers. Those things did play a huge role. The biggest downfall was the economy. The US economy got itself in a nasty recession in ’90-’91. Some would argue that the Northeast didn’t pull out of that recession until much later. Frankly, I was surprised as many teams were able to add a pavement car and follow the pavement races as they did with money being as tight as it was. In the end, it just went poof.
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    Cayuga 1989

    I went to the Oswego and Nazareth races. I also went to a non-sanctioned dirt modified race at the paved Shangri-la Speedway in Owego. That race was in 1989. It was won by Chuck Akulis over Billy Decker. Went to a DIRT-Asphalt Series race at Flemington in April of ‘92 as well. There were a few pavement specialists racing with the series. After Flemington was paved, Wall Stadium regulars like Ray Evernham and Lenny Boyd had acquired DIRT-Asphalt Cars. Some of the NASCAR modified drivers were getting involved too. You’d sometimes see Mike Stefanik and Reggie Ruggiero racing in DIRT-Asphalt Series events. I want to say Stefanik was even starting to build DIRT-Asphalt cars. I enjoyed all of the pavement races. They were different. And I thought the racing was really good.
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    pavement sprints

    Prepare to do some traveling. Most of your pavement sprint car racing (with wings) takes place in Michigan and Indiana. Some in Florida. A few shows in Ohio. That's pretty much it. There are only about three pavement sprint car series East of the Mississippi right now. In the Midwest there's: Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints: http://www.supersprints.com/schedule.htm and Must See Racing: http://www.msrxtreme.com/index.php/schedule-registration-information.html The series in Florida is called the Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series: https://southernsprintcarshootout.com/schedule/ Of course, the biggest pavement sprint car race in the country, which is non-wing, is the Little 500. That takes place every Memorial Day Weekend at Anderson Speedway in Indiana: http://andersonspeedway.com/little-500/ If you're willing to do some real traveling, there are a couple of more series, like the NSRA, which race in the Western US - Washington, Idaho, California, Utah, etc.
  9. If you're sitting in the stands, about the only way you’re going to tell the difference between a 410 and 360 is by looking for the fuel injection down nozzles. Fuel lines will come down from the injectors and hook into the cylinder heads. A 410 will have them. A 360 usually won’t. That’s primarily because most 360 organizations don’t allow that set-up. You’ll have to look at one up close to really see the biggest difference: A 410 is going to have an aluminum block. A 360 engine block is generally steel.
  10. Not a video, but here's a pic of the cars being refueled outside the Dome on Cole Street downtown (Allen Horcher Photo).
  11. You might’ve seen pictures from the Pontiac Silverdome, maybe? Prior to the event in St Louis this past weekend, the last time late models raced on dirt indoors was at the Silverdome in 1982. It was an NDRA race won by “Black Jack” Boggs. ASA late models also competed at the Silverdome the following year but that racing took place on the stadium’s concrete floor. The World of Outlaws sprint car race indoors at the Suncoast Dome actually took place in 1992. It was the week before the Daytona 500. From what I remember, the promoter spent a ton on appearance $ for NASCAR drivers to be there as he shuttled them back and forth from Daytona to sign autographs. The World of Outlaws were accompanied by the TBARA 360 sprints. I don’t think they got paid either. The first Chili Bowl took place in 1987.
  12. I’d say… Spring Sizzler at Stafford (Just because of the history of the race and because its Stafford which is a legendary track, one of pavement modified racing's cathedrals I guess you could call it, it's Yankee Stadium) The August NWMT race at Bristol (It just looks plain awesome. I plan on getting there next summer) Any modified show at Bowman-Gray Stadium (Been there. It really is as crazy as you’ve seen or heard) I admit, I hadn’t seen a pavement modified race in over 20 years. That is until a couple of weeks ago. I was visiting family in Myrtle Beach and took in the Myrtle Beach 400 at the Myrtle Beach Speedway. It's primarily a big super late model race. For the past two years the late models have been paired with a 125 lap Tour-type modified show. Even though they only pulled 18 modifieds, a mix of Northern and Southern cars, I was impressed. The track is a 1/2 mile D-shaped oval and it produces some great side-by-side racing. In fact, it was probably one of the best modified races I’ve ever seen. Give this race some time to develop more of a following among the modified crowd and I would rank it as a must see in the very near future.
  13. The same kind of thing happens in other parts of the country. Lots of micro drivers out there. And they transition to non-wing sprints pretty easily. This doesn’t mean every micro driver in the Northeast is going to run out and buy a sprint car, but I bet a few consider it now. Plus, the open wheel vibe in the Northeast seems a little different today. Look at the Super Sportsman division in PA. They’re running more non-wing races too. That’s another potential source of cars/drivers for URC’s non-wing division. Carmen Perigo, a PA Super Sportsman driver, got himself a non-wing sprint car this year and has been traveling to Ohio/Western PA to run some BOSS races. The fact that the ARDC midget group isn’t drawing cars like it used to, I see as a positive for URC, not a negative. There’s no denying that the ARDC was energized when they removed the wings. I suspect their current plight has more to do with teams parked because of the cost of motors, rule changes and club bickering. I don’t think you’ll find anyone who thinks putting the wings back on would actually bring car counts back up. The non-wing URC could be an attractive alternative for these ARDC teams on the sidelines now. It's happened in the Midwest. Guys just got fed up with their midgets and bought themselves sprint cars. Lots of pieces need to come together to make this URC deal work. It's easy to speculate. Only time will tell.
  14. Midget racing is not doing well anywhere these days. I've seen my share of 15 car midget fields in the Midwest this summer. A better comparison is sprint car racing in the Ohio/Western PA region right now. The fastest growing series there is BOSS (Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series), a non-wing sprint car group. They are in a region that has traditionally been wing country. The nay-Sayers there have said for years and years that a non-wing series in Ohio wouldn't work. Don't get me wrong, BOSS's success didn't happen overnight. The series had some shaky seasons when they first got going. In a short amount of time though it's become a solid organization, consistently pulling 30, 40, even 50 cars per show. Some guys in the BOSS roster are Ohio wing converts (but not as many as you might think). A small handful are non-wing vets from Indiana. Many though, moved up from other divisions like karts and micros. That's why I think the URC's Curt Michael is on the right track when he says he could see micro guys moving up (I'm thinking the Kutztown Speedster crowd too). That particular talent pool wasn't nearly as large 20 years ago when URC tried their last non-wing experiment. This URC non wing series probably won't seem like a success right off the bat. I'm sure their early shows will have less than stellar fields. Don't be surprised if shows are cancelled when promoters get cold feet. The URC is really going to have to work hard to to convince people they're in this deal for the long haul. Whatever happens, it'll be interesting to see how it develops. I'm glad to see them take a chance and try something different. What's the saying about insanity? “Doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”?
  15. Not sure what the rules are going to be for this non-wing series, but it might grow faster if URC were to open up their engines rules a bit and allow 305s/PA 358s to compete. URC has an ASCS spec head rule. That rule excludes 305s/PA 358s engines from competing. If they opened the rules up, they might get a few more cars depending on where they book the shows. Without the wing, a 305 can be competitive with a 360. I've even seen 305s run well against a field of 410s.