Mostly Racin’ Stuff – Volume #256
By TOM AVENENGO
Recognize the track & stands? Yep, it’s OCFS from 1948, I’d say. Notice the packed 1/2 covered stands? Notice the empty covered stands? The midgets are lined up on the small track that was inside the track they use now. We spent a few days/nights back in the late 40’s at this track. For a while, a short time ago, there were thoughts of putting another smaller track inside the 5/8 mile track, but that ended up not happening.
This Wednesday, June 15th, this writer is due to go to the hospital. Nothing serious! But on occasion I have to get excess fluids removed from my old body. This is accomplished by the insertion of a fairly long needle being inserted in the right side of my abdomen. Basically, I just lay there and watch the containers the fluids go into.
Some results for some that ran on OVRP’s dirt oval in years gone by:
Outlaw Speedway from June 8th – Danny Creeden was 4th, Billy V 6th and Anthony Perrego 24th.
Accord: Anthony Perrego was 6th and Danny Creeden 7th, in the modified feature.
Thunder Mountain: Danny Creeden was 20th in the modified feature.
Kenney Johnson was 5th in the USAC DMA midget feature at A/S
At A/S, In the modified feature, L.J. Lombardo was 9th and Bobby Hackel IV was 13th. In the Sportsman feature, Cody Bleau was 5th and Hunter Bates was 14th.
At Big Diamond Speedway, Mike Mammana was a DNF in the Sportsman feature.
At Devil’s Bowl, Bobby Hackel IV won the first Modified feature and was 5th in the second Modified feature.
At 5 Mile, Anthony Perrego was 5th, Brad Szulewski 8th and Danny Creeden 15th.
At Utica/Rome, In the 602 Sportsman feature, Cody Bleau was 18th and Hunter Bates 20th
At Utica/Rome in a mid week show, AJ Filbeck was 3rd in the Sportsman feature.
At OCFS, in the Modified feature, L.J. Lombardo was 9th, Matt Janiak 10th, Mike Ruggiero 12th and Billy V 16th. In the Small Block feature, Brian Krummel was 1st, Zack Vavricka was 6th, Tom Hindley 9th, Matt Janiak 16th and Joe Falanga 23rd. In the Sportsman feature, Joe Conklin was 6th, Joe Falanga 7th, Jimmy Johnson 8th and Johnny Illanovsky 19th. In the CRSA Sprint feature, Tyler Jashembowski was 1st, Brian Krummel 2nd, Emily VanInwegen 3rd, Billy V 4th, Bobby Hackel IV 8th and Danny Hennessey 11th
At OCFS on 6/18:
Twin 20’s for the Modifieds
Crane Golf Challenge Series Point Race #2 for Street Stocks
At Susquehanna, Justin Grosz was 9th in the ARDC feature. Sad to say, but at Williams Grove the ARDC only had 13 cars, while at Susky, they had an even dozen.
Kyle Redner was 4th in the Sportsman feature at Bethel.
At Grandview, Tyler Dipple was 12th in the Modified feature.
At U/R, Davie Franek was 24th in the Sprint Car feature.
Joe Kata, III was 21st in the 410 feature.
Rich Coons was 2nd in the Dirt Modified feature at Wall Stadium.
At Wiscasset, Maine, NEMA had 8 midgets and 13 Midget Lites in action. Hate to say this, but it sure looks like midget racing here in the Northeast is really dyeing out – especially with the ARDC and NEMA.
As you can figure it out, this photo, by Harry Cella is of Bob Shoenberger. Bob always had nice clean cars that were amongst the best, back in the day.
RACING NEWS FROM. .
THE BIG SHOW 8 – A BRETT HEARN/DRIVEN MARKETING PRODUCTION
CONTACT: JOHN SNYDER
SPOTLIGHT ON SPORTSMAN AT THE BIG SHOW 8
FOX Presents “The Big Crate Show” with Contingency Awards for Competitors
SUSSEX, NJ (June 13)……..FOX, a leading manufacturer of high performance shock absorbers, has signed on as the title sponsor of The Big Crate Show, the Sportsman support division of the Tuesday, June 28 The Big Show 8 Super DIRTcar Modified Series 100 at Malta, New York’s Albany-Saratoga Speedway. “The Sportsman teams have really supported our Big Shows,” says event organizer Brett Hearn. “So we’re extremely happy to have FOX come on board as the title sponsor of the Twin-20s Sportsman races.” FOX Racing Shocks are products of Fox Factory Holding Corp. of California.
The field for The Big Crate Show will be divided in half for a pair of 20-lap feature races, each with its own payout including $1,000 to each winner. Should the winning cars be equipped with FOX shocks, and carry the appropriate FOX decal, a $250 contingency bonus will be awarded.
This is an open event for all Sportsman cars and will be run under the jurisdiction of the Albany-Saratoga Speedway Crate Sportsman division rules with one notable exception: rev limiters will not be required. The aluminum wheels of the Sportsman cars from Albany-Saratoga Speedway may be used and all Sportsman cars may use either the Hoosier Sportsman tire or the Hoosier 300 or 400 Modified tire.
Presented by Recovery Sports Grill restaurants, Halmar International, Ferris Industries, VP Racing Fuels,Cedar Peaks Enterprises—and now joined by FOX as the title sponsor of The Big Crate Show for Sportsman—The Big Show 8 is bound to be an exciting evening of dirt track racing at its very best
General admission for The Big Show 8 is $24, children under 12 just $5.00. The spectator gate opens at 4:00 pm. Pit admission with DIRTcar or Albany-Saratoga Speedway membership is $30; non-members $35. The pits open at 3:00 pm.
Brett Hearn is a champion professional race car driver with 888 feature race wins to his credit. He has captured 88 track and series championships including seven point titles at Albany-Saratoga-Speedway and is the defending Modified division champion at Lebanon Valley Speedway. In 2013, Hearn was named “Area Auto Racing News 50 Years Greatest Driver.” Driven Marketing is Hearn’s team that promotes special motorsports events.
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Orange County Fair Speedway
239 Wisner Avenue
FOR RELEASE BEGINNING MONDAY, JUNE 13
TWIN-20S FEATURES FOR THE MODIFIEDS SET FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 18 AT ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY
Scout Night Welcomes All Boy and Girl Scouts
MIDDLETOWN, NY (June 13)……The racing program originally scheduled for May 14 and then May 21, featuring Twin 20-lap features for the headline Big-Block Modifieds is now set for this coming Saturday evening, June 18 at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York.
Led by defending point champion Jerry Higbie, the earth-shaking, 800-horsepower Modifieds will have two chances to win on the lightning fast five-eighths-mile Middletown “Hard Clay” oval. Also on the evening’s program are the Sportsman division, the fast-learning Rookie Sportsman, and the always unpredictable Street Stocks. The night’s activities are sponsored by Dana Distributors, Middletown Collision, and Halmar International.
The winner of each 20-lap Modified feature race will earn $2,500. Should a driver capture both features, he’ll take home an extra $2,500 bonus. The purse enhancements have been made possible by the continued generosity of Chris Larsen and Halmar International.
With two features on tap, there’s bound to be a shakeup in the Modified point standings. In five feature races to date, there have been five different winners, the latest Steve Dodd. The season’s other Modified features were won by Bob McGannon, Tommy Meier, Jeff Heotzler, and Mike Ruggiero. With Higbie, along with nearly two-dozen other Modified drivers, still looking for their first 2016 victory, the Twin-20s race night is bound to be action-packed from first lap through to the evening’s final checkered flag!
It’s also Scout Night and Kids Club. All Boy and Girl Scouts, their leaders and chaperons will be admitted free. Scouts are asked to wear uniforms, or have membership cards. Consult the Orange County Fair Speedway website for additional detains.
Admission prices for the June 18 race meet remain at $15 adults, $13 seniors, and $1.00 for children 12 and under. The full night of racing begins promptly at 6:30 pm.
Information for all Orange County Fair Speedway action is available at the speedway website,www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net, or from at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours.
June 25 – Arkel Motors and HIG FAB Night. Modifieds, Small-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, and Street Stocks. Added Holdover Small-Block Modified Feature from May 21
July 2 – NO RACING
Back to midget results from Hinchliffe Stadium:
Racing results for Midgets at the Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, NJ for 1948, 49 & 50:
May 4 1. Bill Schindler 2. Chet Gibbons 3. Dutch Schaefer
May 7 rain
May 11 1. Bill Schindler 2. Tony Bonadies 3. Dick Dowd
May 14 rain
May 18 1. Dee Toran 2. Dutch Schaefer 3. Ernie McCoy
May 21 1. Bill Schindler 2. George Rice 3. Russ Klar
May 25 rain
May 28 1. Bill Schindler 2. Rex Records 3. Al Keller
June 1 1. George Rice 2. Bill Schindler 3. Rex Records
June 4 1. Mike Nazaruk 2. Dutch Schaefer 3. Bob Disbrow
June 8 1. Al Keller 2. Joe Barzda 3. Rex Records
June 11 rain
June 15 1. Al Keller 2. Dee Toran 3. Bob Disbrow
June 15 1. Bill Schindler 2. Andy Van Heusen 3. Len Duncan
June 18 1. Bill Schindler 2. Mike Nazaruk 3. Al Keller
June 22 rain
June 25 1. Bill Schindler 2. Al Keller 3. Joe Barzda
June 29 1. Art Cross 2. Bill Schindler 3. Joe Barzda 50 laps
July 2 1. Al Keller 2. Bill Schindler 3. Rex Records
July 6 1. Mike Nazaruk 2. Bill Schindler 3. Mike Josephs
July 9 1. Mike Nazaruk 2. Bill Schindler 3. Bob Disbrow
July 13 rain
July 16 1. Al Keller 2. Buddy Chase 3. Tony Bonadies
July 20 1. George Rice 2. Joe Barzda 3. Art Cross
July 23 rain
July 27 1. Rex Records 2. Mike Nazaruk 3. Al Keller
July 30 1. Bill Schindler 2. Henry Renard 3. Mike Nazaruk 75 laps
August 3 rain
August 6 1. Bob Disbrow 2. Bill Schindler 3. Art Cross
August 10 1. Bill Schindler 2. Tony Bonadies 3. Art Cross
August 13 1. Dutch Schaefer 2. Bill Schindler 3. Bill Baker
August 17 1. Al Keller 2. Mike Nazaruk 3. Andy Van Heusen
August 20 rain
August 24 ran 2 heats, races canceled not enough cars
August 27 1. Bill Schindler 2. Stan Disbrow 3. Lloyd Christopher
August 31 1. Len Fanelli 2. Art Cross 3. Mike Nazaruk
Sept. 3 1. Don Morris 2. Art Cross 3. Mike Nazaruk
Sept. 7 1. Bill Schindler 2. Art Cross 3. Len Fanelli
Sept. 10 rain
Sept. 14 1. Art Cross 2. Mike Nazaruk 3. Vernon Land
April 10 1. Len Duncan 2. Stan Disbrow 3. Dee Toran
April 17 1. Don Morris 2. Joe Barzda 3. Andy Van Heusen
April 24 1. Art Cross 2. Tony Martino 3. Vernon Land
May 3 1. Mike Nazaruk 2. Bill Schindler 3. George Flemke
May 6 rain after 4 heats
May 10 rain
May 13 1. Ernie McCoy 2. Art Cross 3. Bob Disbrow from 5/6
May 13 1. Ernie McCoy 2. Art Cross 3. Joe Barzda
May 20 rain
May 27 1. Bob Disbrow 2. Art Cross 3. Henry Renard
June 3 1. Mike Nazaruk 2. Art Cross 3. Bob Disbrow
June 10 1. Bob Disbrow 2. Mike Nazaruk 3. Art Cross 50 laps
June 17 1. Bob Disbrow 2. Lloyd Christopher 3. Art Cross
June 24 1. Jiggs Peters 2. Bob Disbrow 3. Lloyd Christopher
July 1 1. Art Cross 2. Bob Disbrow 3. Mike Nazaruk
July 8 1. Mike Nazaruk 2. Art Cross 3. Henry Renard
July 15 feature rained out
July 22 1. Jim Reed 2. Steve McGrath 3. Bob Disbrow from 7/15
July 22 1. Stan Disbrow 2. Jim Reed 3. Andy Van Heusen
July 29 1. Bob Disbrow 2. Ernie McCoy 3. Buddy Chase
100 laps Johnny Ritter Memorial
August 5 1. Don Morris 2. Dick Dowd 3. Art Cross
Last weekly midget race at Hinchliffe due to poor attendance
Champion: Art Cross
Jan. 1 1. Art Cross 2. Hawley Kight 2. Nick Fornoro
“Gasoline Bowl” 2000 spectators. Stock cars were also on the program that day.
Notice the packed drive-in? Yes, it was usually like that every Saturday, a few years ago. The grand stands were also quite filled up to, back then. The car pictured is “Minerva” – Bob Greens Big Block modified. Sadly, Bob was involved in an accident at the Accord Speedway which eventually led to his passing. During that race, we were in the pits, and I had a chance to speak with Bob after he had pitted to change a flat tire. I might have been the last one that spoke with him that fateful night – prior to his accident.
Anyone remember Red Reigle? It’s been 50 years now since he and Jud Larson got together at Reading for their final race ever. You might like to check out this article on Reigle: https://www.facebook.com/paul.weisel.3/posts/610170332494773
Things we race fans hate to read:
“Got dragged out a bit last night as well. Two red flags didn’t help . But waaay too much downtime.”
Found it on Facebook this past Sunday. The track was Williams Grove and they’re talking about the Silver Crown/Champ Car racing. Pretty sure the ARDC midgets were also a part of the show, too.
Youngest top 3 finishers in NASCAR history:
#22-Joey Logano plopped into a seat, getting a much-needed break, when the 26-year-old driver found out he was just a part of history. Logano pulled away from the pack to win the FireKeepers Casino 400 and was followed by 20-year-old #24-Chase Elliott and 23-year-old #42-Kyle Larson, the youngest top three in NASCAR Sprint Cup history. The trio’s average age of 23 was younger than the 24.7 of the top three finishers at a race in 1951 and two races the previous year. “The future of NASCAR is present,” Logano said. “It’s going to be big. It’s amazing to see.”(Associated Press)(6-13-2016)
RACING NEWS FROM
THE BIG SHOW 8
A BRETT HEARN/DRIVEN MARKETING
CONTACT: JOHN SNYDER 845.216.8103
KENNY WALLACE TO APPEAR AND RACE AT THE BIG SHOW 8
Former NASCAR Driver and Current TV Racing Analyst Kenny Wallace Joins a Banner Field for the Super DIRTcar Modified Series 100 June 28 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway
SUSSEX, NJ (June 6)……..Since he retired from NASCAR competition, St. Louis native Kenny Wallace has been racing his IMCA-type Modified at tracks across the country. On June 28, he’s set for his first time behind the wheel of a Northeast Big-Block DIRTcar Modified in The Big Show 8, a 100-lap Super DIRTcar Series race at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, New York.
With $10,000 posted for the winner, Wallace will have plenty of completion as all the touring DIRTcar drivers, weekly racers at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, and other outside invaders will be aiming for the big money and the prestige of winning one of Modified racing’s summer classic events.
“Kenny’s a great guy, fun to be around,” says long-time friend and Big Show organizer Brett Hearn. “But he’s serious about racing. So we’re going to be sure he has a top-running car for his debut with our form of Modified racing.”
Wallace won the first race he ever entered, the 1982 Illinois Street Stock State Championship. Moving up racing’s pyramid, he was the 1986 American Speed Association (ASA) Rookie of the Year. Three years later, Wallace won similar honors as NASCAR (then) Busch Grand National Rookie of the Year.
Over the course of his long NASCAR racing career, Wallace made 904 starts in Sprint Cup (344), Xfinity (547) and Camping World Truck (13) series races. His Xfinity record includes 9 victories, 60 top-five finishes, and 173 top-tens. In Sprint Cup racing, he posted six top-five finishes, the best known a second-place while pushing Dale Earnhardt to his last victory in the fall 2000 race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Wallace was also frequently called on to fill in for injured or suspended drivers. Among others, he was the “super sub’ for Steve Park, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Petty, and Ricky Rudd. He also qualified Brian Vickers’ car at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; Vickers drove the car in the race.
The Big Show 8 is presented by Recovery Sports Grill restaurants, with generous support from Halmar International, Ferris Industries, VP Racing Fuels, and Cedar Peaks Enterprises.
Brett Hearn is a champion professional race car driver with 885 feature race wins to his credit. He holds 88 track and series championships including seven point titles at Albany-Saratoga-Speedway and is the defending Modified division champion at Lebanon Valley Speedway. Driven Marketing is Hearn’s team that promotes special motorsports events. Hearn may be contacted during business hours at 973-702-0819, or go towww.bigshow8.com or www.bretthearn.com for additional information.
Once the midget craze dropped off, quite a few midgets were “stretched” so they could run as sprint cars. Pictured is Joe Barzda in his stock block powered stretched midget. Eventually Joe had a Chevy V-8 under the hood. From what I can see, the car was “stretched” by just moving the front axle forward.
Last week’s “mystery” driver was Clarence LaRue. Photo was taken on the Goshen, NY mile dirt track back in September 1947. I’m pretty sure it was the only midget race held on the Goshen mile. I was kind of surprised that no one responded to this – not even erroneous tries.
As I was getting ready to watch the Xfinity race on TV last Saturday, I’m wondering – would it be better if those Xfinity races were at a different venue when there’s a Cup race? Looking at the grandstands at Michigan, at 1:25 PM, there sure as heck are not many fans in them. I have to wonder, might it be better to have the Xfinity Series and Cup series at separate venues on the weekends? Face it, the expenses for tickets alone, are not the cheapest.
Pocono: Did you notice in the ad for the rain date that was scheduled for Monday, that the very last line made mention that no food would be available on Monday?
Orlando’s ‘Pulse’ Gay Bar Was a ‘Gun-Free Zone’ by State Law
Yes, it’s rather long, time wise, but quite interesting, to say the least.
Would you deny Jesus?
Check this out:
Gene Watson – You Gave Me A Mountain.
That’s it for this week. Catch ya next week!