],

Racin’ & Internet Stuff By Tom Avenengo Volume # 110 09/20/2012

 

 

First:

 

Damn!  The racing season is getting mighty short now!  Another 5 weeks or so and it will be done in this area – NY, NJ Ct & Pa.  Unfortunately, auto racing is not a cold weather sport, like football.  I believe there are plenty of die-hard race fans out there, but not as many as there are for football.  Who wants to sit in a grandstand and watch a bunch of cars go in circles, in the cold, anyway?  Back in the late ‘40’s, here in the Northeast, Midget racing went on year round, believe it or not.  During the late fall and into early spring, racing was held indoors at the Kingsbridge Armory in theBronx, NY.  I have results from those races, and only one time does it show racing cancelled due to snow.  And they raced twice a week, too. And, back then – 1947 & 1948, we had some pretty good snow storms too, if I remember right.

 

 

 

Second:

As you might recall, I’ve made mention of a Racing Expo that was planned for the Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, NJ – the cancelation of the first date – the Sunday of the Labor Day Weekend, with a hoped for date of October 7th.  Well, sad news for you if you were planning on attending.

Here’s the latest:

Messages I’ve received:

 

From Ronnie Dennis:

This years Hinchliffe Stadium Racing Expo has been cancelled. We were not able to obtain the Columbus Day date of October 7th. I’m sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

I received this from Ed Duncan and am putting it out for anyone that might be interested – show is on Oct 7th:

 

Hi Tom,i am sorry to hear about the cancellation of the Hinchcliffe Reunion.If any body is free that weekend there more than welcome to come to the Old Bridge Speedway Reunion.

Note:  This is the second year in a row now that the Expo has had to be cancelled.  Last year it was because of the flooding in Patersonover the Labor Day Weekend.  “Politics” was part of the problem on the October 7th date, along with the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.  Kinda puts the kibosh on any future Expo shows too, maybe?

 

 

Third:

On Facebook, last Sunday:

 

come saturday october 20th the orange county fair speedway will have the 305 sprint cars as part of the saturday activities, they will be non sanctioned but follow the 305 racesaver rules, tires for the class will be open, thus no tire rule for this race will be in effect. the 305’s will have a full show on saturday with time trails locking the top 6 into the 25 lap feature and all other cars will transfer though heat races and consolation. The race will pay $750 to win with 24 cars and last place paying $100.00 and all position in between will have an increase in payout. for more information call the track or check the official websight

 

 

 

Fourth:

 

I’ve been reading in the AARN, and on the Internet, of race drivers being injured lately.  Quite often I’ve made mention of insurance that is out there for race drivers, as long as they are racing in a vehicle that has a roll cage on it, and are belted in.

 

Link:  http://www.stida.com/

 

 

 

Fifth:

 

Ed Carpenter.  Ever hear of him?  A while back he raced Midgets and Sprint Cars with USAC.  He has since gone on to race Indy Cars.  He owns his race team.  This past weekend, he won the 500 mile Indy Car race out inCalifornia, the last race of the year.  Not one word about it in my local paper.  News on the Internet is all about Ryan Hunter-Reay winning the Indy Car championship, but, in most notices, no mention of Ed winning the race.  Gotta love it!

 

 

 

Sixth:

 

A video that might be taken off of You Tube:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Jhx_2TqffE

 

 

Seventh:

From the History Vintage Sprint Car part of Jalopy Journal, this was posted the other day, by Bob:

“I hope this is not O/T, if it is please remove.

I am working with Arlen Kurtis regarding bring back old Kurtis Kraft items and marketing them. This would include the old Indy Roadsters his dad built. If there is enough interest and demand we will try and make this happen.

Thank You”

Note:  If anyone reading this column is interested, kindly e-mail me, please.  My address is at the end of the column.

 

Eighth:

I caught a good portion of the NFL game that was played this past Monday night –AtlantaandDenver.  Both teams were using the “no huddle” offense, and were moving the ball up and down the field, quite easily.  Then, in the fourth quarter, withAtlantahaving a somewhat comfortable lead, they went to a huddle offense.  They got no where. Denverscored two TD’s.  So why didAtlantago with the huddle and stay with it?

And while on the subject of football, I can’t see anything wrong with the “horse Collar” tackle that is now a no-no, unless the quarterback is in the pocket, and then it’s legal.  Huh?

 

Ninth:

Just around the corner there will be some debates coming up with those that are running for President and Vice President.  How I hope the questions that will be asked will actually deal with questions we’d like to ask and have answered.  Also, if one of those that are in the debates has to answer by going in circles, I sure hope the moderator will stop him and ask him to ANSWER THE DAMN QUESTION        !

 

Tenth:

Eastern States Schedule:

Thursday, October 18, 2012:

 

12:00 PM RACE CAR HAULERS CAN BEGIN PARKING

IN PITS

2:00 -6:00PM INSPECTION ON EARLY ARRIVING CARS

2:00 PM CAMPERS CAN BEGIN TO ENTER

FAIRGROUNDS

10:00PM GATES CLOSED FOR EVENING

 

Friday, October 19, 2012:

 

10:00 AM FAIRGROUNDS OPEN

PIT GATE OPENS

12:30 PM INSPECTION OF ALL CARS

3:00 PM  SPECTATOR GATES OPEN

3:00 PM  DRIVERS MEETING

4:00 PM  OPEN SPORTSMAN HOT LAPS

358 MODIFIED HOT LAPS

PRO STOCK HOT LAPS

4:45 PM              MODIFIED HOT LAPS

5:30 PM    MODIFIED TIME TRIALS

TOP6 VICTORY LANE

PRO STOCK QUALIFYING HEATS

OPEN SPORTSMAN QUALIFYING HEATS

MODIFIED QUALIFYING HEATS

TOP 6 MODIFIED DASH FOR CASH

OPEN SPORTSMAN CONSI

PRO STOCK FEATURE 25 LAPS

BREAK

OPEN SPORTSMAN FEATURE 50 LAPS

 

Saturday, October 20, 2012:

 

8:00 AM  FAIRGROUNDS OPEN

PIT GATE OPEN

358 MODIFIED INSPECTION

CRATE SPORTSMAN INSPECTION

SPRINT CAR INSPECTION

11:00 AM SPECTATOR GATES OPEN

12:30 PM DRIVER MEETING AND DRAW

1:00PM  SPRINT CAR HEAT IN MOTORS

1:30 PM  358 MODIFIED HOT LAPS

CRATE SPORTSMAN HOT LAPS

TIMED SPRINT CAR HOT LAPS

358 MODIFIED TIME TRIALS

TOP6 VICTORY LANE

CRATE SPORTSMAN QUALIFYING HEATS

358 MODIFIED QUALIFYING HEATS

305 SPRINT CAR HEATS

CRATE SPORTSMAN CONSI

MODIFIED HOT LAPS (ALL CARS)

SPRINT CAR “B” MAIN

358 MODIFIED CONSI

CRATE SPORTSMAN FEATURE 30 LAPS

BREAK

358 MODIFIED FEATURE 100 LAPS

305 SPRINT CAR FEATURE 25 LAPS

 

Sunday, October 21, 2012:

 

8:00 AM  FAIRGROUNDS OPEN

PIT GATE OPENS

9:00 AM  SPECTATOR GATES OPEN

STREET STOCK INSPECTION

9:30 AM              STREET STOCK DRIVER MEETING & DRAW

PIT PARTY

11:00 AM STREET STOCK HOT LAPS

VINTAGE CAR HOT LAPS

11:15 AM MODIFIED HOT LAPS (B MAIN CARS ONLY)

11:30 AM MODIFIED HOT LAPS (QUALIFIED CARS)

12:00 PM MANDATORY MODIFIED DRIVERS MEETING

12: 30 PM STREET STOCK HEATS

MODIFIED BMAIN

VINTAGE CAR FEATURE

STREET STOCK INTRODUCTION

STREET STOCK FEATURE 25 LAPS

2:45 PM  MODIFIED INTRODUCTION

3:00 PM   51st

ANNUAL EASTERN STATES

MODIFIED FEATURE 200 LAPS

 

http://www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net/FILES/ESW%20Schedule%20&%20Price%20List%202012.pdf

Note:  The link above also has grand stand prices, camping prices and pit pass prices.

 

 

Eleventh:

Allmendinger reinstated by NASCAR

In part:

 

“The first phase of his comeback complete, an optimistic AJ Allmendinger is ready to get on with his life.

He’s hopeful that includes another job in racing.

Allmendinger on Tuesday was reinstated by NASCAR, which said he successfully completed its rehabilitation program after testing positive for a banned substance. The process took a little over two months, and Allmendinger said he learned a lot about himself while participating in the “Road to Recovery” program.

“I knew I didn’t have a problem, I knew it was a one-time mistake,” Allmendinger said. “I’m going to use the word “educated” because I feel like I was educated on a lot of things and a lot of things about myself. I just needed to get my priorities straight and my life straightened out.

“And learn to be happy as a person away from the racetrack,” he added. “If you are not happy away from the racetrack, you aren’t going to be happy at the racetrack. So much of what I was doing at the racetrack was dictating the person I was.”

He was released by Penske Racing after his “B” sample failed, and participating in NASCAR’s program was his only hope at reinstatement.

Now that he’s done it, he may find a home sooner than anyone expected back in July.

“The first thing is what options are out there for me? I don’t know the answer to that,” he said. “But I’ve learned this is life, and everything is an option.”

Team owner Roger Penske had Allmendinger as his guest at the IndyCar season finale last weekend and said the 30-year-old driver is a viable candidate for rides in both NASCAR and IndyCar. Penske even said he’d consider hiring Allmendinger again.”

http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120919/SPORTS90/209190324/-1/NEWSLETTER100

 

 

Twelfth:

I was watching the news on TV the other night, and they showed some trees being cut down out inLos Angeles.  Seems like they have to cut down 400 of them just so they can get the Space Shuttle moved to it’s destination in LA.   Supposedly it’s cheaper to cut down the 400 trees than take the wings off the shuttle?  Huh?

 

Thirteenth:

REPORT: NUMBER OF ‘ABLE-BODIED’ ADULTS ON FOOD STAMPS HAS EXPLODED WITH SUSPENSION OF WELFARE REQUIREMENT

 

In part:

 

“In case you haven’t heard, President Barack Obama has been accused of trying to “gut” the landmark 1996 welfare reform law (a claim some on the left have dismissed as “racist“). By granting states waivers to redefine the work requirements for welfare recipients, his critics argue, the president has created a situation where people will be tempted to remain on government assistance.

But is this true? Well, considering the increase in the number of “able-bodied” Americans on food-stamps, a new report from the Washington Examiner argues the Obama administration has already done this with its 2009 suspension of a separate welfare requirement.

“In addition to the broader work requirement that has become a contentious issue in the presidential race, the 1996 welfare reform law included a separate rule encouraging able-bodied adults without dependents to work by limiting the amount of time they could receive food stamps,” writes the Examiner’s Philip Klein (of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz wrongly accused him of misquoting her fame).

“President Obama suspended that rule when he signed his economic stimulus legislation into law, and the number of these adults on food stamps doubled, from 1.9 million in 2008 to 3.9 million in 2010,” he adds.”

More can be seen here:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/report-number-of-able-bodied-adults-on-food-stamps-has-exploded-with-suspension-of-welfare-requirement/

 

 

Fourteenth:

Those of you that have been reading my columns know of the health issues my wife has had.  So far she’s had two IV Chemo and has gone through two batches of Chemo pills.  Things – “Ill effects” have been nil until this past Sunday when diarrhea set in.  I’m putting this in my column on Wednesday at 3:30 PM and the diarrhea is still “in action”.  In another hour, if what she’s been taking to stop it doesn’t work; we’ll have to call the doctor so she can call in a prescription.  No idea if this is Chemo related or not.

 

Fifteenth:

Vince Young is broke

In part:

“Six years ago, quarterback Vince Young became the third overall pick in the draft, signing a contract with the Titans that paid him $26 million.Now, Young is out of the NFL — and out of money.”

More on this can be seen here:  http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/09/18/vince-young-is-broke/

 

 

Coming up:

 

Accord:

 

Sept 21 & 22:

 

KING OF THE CATSKILLS

 

2 Jam Packed Days of Racing!

 

FRIDAY

 

ROC Modifieds 100 Laps  $7000 to win!

 

Sportsman  $1000 to win

 

Lightning Sprints $500 to win

 

All payouts based on 25 entries per division

 

Adults $24  Kids $5   Reserved Outdoor $27 Indoor Seating $30

 

Family 4 Pack $68   Admission for 2 adults, 2 kids & $20 in food vouchers

 

Pit Gate opens at 3:30  Spectator Gate 5:00 Warms ups 6:00

 

SATURDAY

 

CRSA Sprints

 

Spec Sportsman  $1000 to win

 

Pure Stock $500 to win  Pro Stock $500 to win

 

Jr Slingshots $400 to win   All Star Slingshots  $400 to win

 

Xcel 600 Modifieds

 

All payouts based on 25 entries per division

 

Adult admission $22  Kids $4  Reserved Outdoor $25 Indoor Seating $28

 

Family 4 Pack $62

 

Pit Gate opens at 3:30.  Spectator Gate 5:00 Warms ups 6:00

 

2 Day Adult Combination Spectator Ticket $40

For advance ticket sales call 845-626-3478 or email accordspeedway@yahoo.com

 

 

Drivers:  Registration Form in “file” section

 

Note:  All of the above is from their website.

 

 

 

OCFS:

 

September 22nd:

MiddletownAuto Wreckers “EVE OF DESTRUCTION”

 

October 19th:

Arkel Motors Presents…51st Annual EASTERN STATES WEEKEND

October 20th:

Arkel Motors Presents…51st Annual EASTERN STATES WEEKEND

October 21st         :

Arkel Motors Presents…51st Annual EASTERN STATES WEEKEND

 

Note # 1:  So far, no schedule has been released for ESW.  I do know there will be two Sportsman races – one for Crates and one for Open engines.  305 Sprint Cars are mentioned above.

 

Note # 2:  As usual, I imagine the “Eve of Destruction” will have a packed house.  It’s a shame that a class of racing could not be included in that nights program, so those in attendance could see what goes on every Saturday night at OCFS.  What would it take – half an hour to 45 minutes?

 

 

 

 

LebanonValley:

 

Sun. Nov. 4

 

The L.V. 29th Annual SUPER SWAPMEET With Over 500 Vendors | Vendor Gates @ 6am | Front Gate @ 8am – 4pm RAIN OR SHINE!!

 

 

 

The Lobitz affair:

 

November 11, 2012:

 

The annual Stan Lobitz Movie party, lunch, auction and sit down dinner, with all of the proceeds going to the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR).

Lobitz Caterin Hall – Route 940 Hazelton,Pa.– located directly behind the Fairway Chevrolet dealership on Route 309 North.

One never knows who might show up – like Eddie Sachs, Jr. or Arlen Kurtis, son of noted race car builder Frank Kurtis – who have been guests in recent years.  A good time is had by all with lots of bench racing and b*ll busting being done throughout the day.  Vendors are also present.

Things get off to a somewhat slow start at around 9:00 AM, then it’s an all day thing that ends with the sit down dinner usually a little after 5:00.

When we go, it’s I-84 West to I-81 South.  I get off on Route 80 East, then hit Pa Route 309 South – the first exit after leaving I-81.  From PortJervis,N.Y.it’s an hour and a half drive.

Best part:  it’s FREE.

 

 

 

 

Found on Jayski’s website:

http://www.jayski.com/

 

 

#27 team penalty upheld on appeal:

On Sept. 14, 2012, National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook heard and considered the appeal of the six-week suspension penalty of crew member Grant Hutchens, team engineer for the Richard Childress Racing #27 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. Upon hearing the testimony of both parties and carefully reviewing the facts, it was the Chief Appellate Officer’s decision to uphold the original penalty assessed by NASCAR. Therefore, Hutchens’ suspension from NASCAR is effective immediately until Oct. 25 and his NASCAR probation will continue until Dec. 31.(NASCAR), see past news about the penalty and more on my 2012 Penalties page.(9-14-2012)

DietMountainDew cutting back sponsorship of Earnhardt, Jr.:

#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won’t have Diet Mountain Dew as a sponsor for as many races in 2013 as he did in 2012, but he’s not worried about Hendrick Motorsports finding sponsors for those races. NASCAR’s most popular driver will have sponsorship from the Army National Guard for 20 races next year and Diet Mountain Dew for an unspecified number. Mountain Dew sponsored 16 races this year while another Pepsi product, Amp, sponsored four. The National Guard had 18 races this year. Earnhardt is not worried about having an unsponsored car at Hendrick. The organization has had Hendrickcars.com on Kasey Kahne’s car for select races this year when it didn’t sell sponsorships. “We have more demand than we have supply pretty much,” Earnhardt said. “We’ve got a majority of the season with the Guard and Diet Mountain Dew is going to back off a little bit and that makes it a bit of a challenge to fill that small of a gap. If it were a bit larger gap, it would be easier to fill.”(Sporting News)(9-14-2012)

Bass Pro to sponsor Stewart?

Bass Pro Shops is expected to be a co-primary sponsor for #14-Tony Stewart’s NASCAR Sprint Cup effort next season. Office Depot, which supported Stewart since the inception of Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009, will withdraw its sponsorship at the end of the season. The company was the primary on 22 of the 38 NASCAR Cup races this season. Mobil 1, which was a co-primary with Office Depot this season, will continue in that role in 2013. Bass Pro Shops has enjoyed a long relationship with NASCAR. The outdoors company sponsored Martin Truex Jr. in a limited run at Dale Earnhardt Inc. when the driver won his first Nationwide Series title in 2004. The company took over as a full primary the following year and graduated with Truex to the Sprint Cup Series for his first full season in 2006. When DEI merged with Ganassi Racing prior to the 2009 season, Bass Pro Shops accompanied Truex and then remained with the team with Jamie McMurray when he returned to Ganassi in 2010 and has been with McMurray since.(Fox Sports)(9-13-2012)

Ryan Pemberton leavesBaldwinfor JR Motorsports:

Ryan Pemberton, a former crew chief for several Sprint Cup teams, has joined JR Motorsports [Nationwide teams of #7-Danica Patrick & #88-Cole Whitt]. Pemberton takes a similar role to what Tony Eury Sr. had as competition director for the organization, although the team has not yet announced whether he will hold that title. Eury Sr., the uncle of team co-owners Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kelley Earnhardt-Miller and the father of co-owner Tony Eury Jr., was released last week. “He started Monday and he’s come in to help Kelley, help us with some ideas on what direction we can go to get better,” Earnhardt Jr. of Pemberton. Pemberton was most recently was crew chief for #36-Dave Blaney at Tommy Baldwin Racing. TBR has not yet named a replacement for the 43-year-old Pemberton, the younger brother of NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton.(Sporting News)(9-13-2012)

Petty expects to stay with Ford; Ambrose and Almirola to return:

Richard Petty is busy lining up his team for 2013 (and, hopefully, beyond), and he is moving in waters that remain choppy and with changeable tides. Discussions about Richard Petty Motorsports’ future continue, but the landscape as it currently is painted appears to keep the RPM cars in the Ford camp for the next season, although the King has been talking with more than a few other possible partners. “It looks like there is not going to be a lot of change there for next year, but there’s no concrete stuff yet,” Petty said Friday at Chicagoland Speedway. “We’re figuring on staying in exactly the same place, with the same operation from a manufacturing standpoint. We don’t see a change unless somebody else comes up with something.” Petty said he expects drivers #9-Marcos Ambrose and #43-Aric Almirola to return but admitted the die is not cast.(SPEED)(9-15-2012)

Changes coming to roll cages in 2013:

NASCAR has issued technical bulletins in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series that address a safety enhancement to the driver’s roll cage and will take effect beginning in January 2013. The cars in both series will feature an additional forward roof bar and a center roof support bar that will intersect near the front center of the roll cage. This addition comes following extensive testing at theNASCARResearch & DevelopmentCenterand is an effort to strengthen the roll cage and help make it an even safer compartment for the driver.(NASCAR)(9-15-2012)

 

Penske willing to rehire Allmendinger:

 

Roger Penske would consider re-hiring AJ Allmendinger, the suspended NASCAR driver who was at the IndyCar season finale as his guest. Allmendinger failed a NASCAR drug test in July and was released by Penske Racing when his backup “B” sample also tested positive. He’s currently participating in NASCAR’s “Road to Recovery” program, and Penske said Saturday he felt the driver has been too reclusive during the process. “I told AJ I wanted him to come to a race; I think he had been kind of undercover for quite a bit of the time, and I thought it would be good for him to get out and see people here, talk to some of the team owners,” Penske said before the IndyCar finale at Auto Club Speedway. Penske said once Allmendinger’s suspension is resolved with NASCAR, he’s a viable option for owners in both NASCAR and IndyCar. Allmendinger spent three seasons in Champ Car, and won five races in 2006 before moving to NASCAR. “I think hopefully we’ll get some answer from NASCAR as quickly as possible because the Chase has started now, hopefully they’ll give him a clean bill of health and he can move on,” Penske said. “This is a speed bump in his career, but he’s certainly an option for people on the NASCAR side and the Indy side. He did a great job when you think about what he did in Champ Car.” Asked if he’d hire Allmendinger again, Penske said: “He could be an option for us, for sure.”(Associated Press/ESPN)(9-16-2012)

 

 

Kyle Busch will run more Nationwide races after missing Chase:

 

Kyle Busch has added one Nationwide Series race to his 2012 schedule and may add a few more after missing the Chase in NASCAR’s premier series. Busch was a late addition to Saturday’s Nationwide race at Chicagoland Speedway. He replaced his brother, Kurt Busch, who was scheduled to run most of the final eight races in the Kyle Busch Motorsports #54. Kyle’s website lists him as the driver for the rest of the Nationwide schedule with the exception of next weekend atKentucky. “We’re playing it by ear, seeing what Kurt wants to do, what [sponsor] Monster Energy wants to do,” the 2009 Nationwide Series champion said of the remainder of the season. Busch said “it sucks” not being in the Chase. He hopes adding more Nationwide races will help his KBM program that has won only one race — Kurt atRichmondin the spring — this season.(ESPN)(9-16-2012)

 

 

Blaney to practice & qualify the #22; #36 to be driven by Raines:

 

With #22-Sam Hornsih Jr. enthralled in a “full court press effort” to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series title, he will be at the Kentucky Speedway through Saturday night’s race focusing solely on the Kentucky300. He’ll make his way to New Hampshireafter that race goes into the record book. “We’ll have Dave Blaney helping us at Loudon from Friday on until Sam gets there,” said Shell-Pennzoil Dodge crew chief Todd Gordon. “Dave will be in the car from the first practice on Friday, through Friday afternoon’s qualifying and in both of Saturday’s practices, We are confident that Dave can help us get the car as prepared as possible for Sam to race on Sunday. It’ll be another ‘hop in the car and race’ situation for Sam.” With Dave Blaney qualifying the Shell-Pennzoil Dodge and Sam Hornish Jr. climbing into the driver’s seat for Sunday’s race at New Hampshire, the Shell-Pennzoil Dodge will have to start from the rear of the field for the 300-lap battle. “We know he’ll have to start from the rear in the race and maybe Loudon is not the best place to be in that position, but we’re prepared for it,” offered crew chief Todd Gordon. Dave Blaney has made 423 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1992. Blaney is the regular driver of the #36 Tommy BaldwinChevy. Tony Raines will be behind the wheel of that car this weekend at NHMS. Blaney has recorded four top-five finishes and 28 top-10s through the years. He has two career poles, winning the pole at Rockingham in 2003 and at New Hampshirein 2007.(Tom Roberts PR)(9-19-2012)

 

 

Going back, in time at OVRP’s Dirt Oval:

Back to September 20, 2003:

 

http://www.whowon.com/Results.asp?TrackID=1904&StoryID=102790

 

Some names from then that are now racing more expensive stuff:

Joe Kata, Brad Szulewski, Kyle Armstrong, Johnny Guarino, Joey Falanga, Roger Coss, Wyatt Clark and Keith Still.  That night they also had a Mechanics race and a Powder Puff race for the ladies, too.

 

 

Going back, in time:

 

This week I’m covering the Midget races that were held atCherryPark, inAvon,Ct.-during the1946 season.  1947, 48, 49 & 50, will be covered in later columns

 

CherryParkSpeedway

Avon,CT

 

12 miles west ofHartfordon RT 177 between Unionville and RT 44

 

1946

Opened as a dirt track

July 28

1. Bill Schindler Harry Hull Ford

2. Jeep Colkitt

3. Johnny Carpenter

4. Lloyd Christopher

5. Art Cross

Note:  A photo of Schindler is towards the end of this weeks column.

 

August 4 no racing-track being paved

 

Aug.11

1. Bill Schindler Caruso Offy

2. Ray Nestor

3. Don Morris

4. Chet Conklin

5. Jeep Colkitt

22 laps halted, accident no time

 

Aug. 14

1. Lloyd Christopher

2. George Rice

3. Jeep Colkitt Hough V-8

4. Art Cross Hough V-8

5. Don Morris

25 laps 6:32.50

 

Aug. 18

1. Ted Tappett Bourgnon #12 cycle

2. George Rice Hagedorn #9 cycle

3. Charlie Miller John Schloeder #30 cycle

4. Art Cross Hough V-8

5. Lloyd Christopher Hough V-8

25 laps 6:31.25 NTR

 

Aug. 25

1. Bill Schindler Caruso #2 Offy

2. Jeep Colkitt Hough #81

3. Dutch Schaefer

4. Johnny Rice

5. Rex Records

25 laps 6:56.56

 

Sept. 1

1. Bill Schindler Caruso #2 Offy

2. Chet Gibbons Wheeler Offy

3. Ray Nestor John Schloeder cycle

4. Lloyd Christopher Hough #82

5. Jeep Colkitt

25 laps 6:32.40 11,000 attendance

 

Sept. 8

1. Ray Nestor John Schloeder #30 cycle

2. Jeep Colkitt Hough #81 V-8

3. Johnny Rice

4. Don Morris

5. Art Cross

25 laps 6:37.04

 

Sept. 15

1. George Rice Curtis #5 Offy

2. Bill Schindler Caruso #2 Offy

3. Len Duncan Caruso #4 V-8

4. Ray Nestor

5. Ted Tappett

25 laps 6:30.20 NTR

 

Sept. 22

1. Chet Conklin Harry Hull V-8

2. Art Cross Hough #81 V-8

3. Al Keller

4. Dee Toran

5. Lloyd Christopher

25 laps

 

Sept. 29 rain after consi

 

Oct. 6

1. Al Keller Cresbaugh #28

2. Lloyd Christopher

3. Harry Fanelli

4. Johnny Zeke

5. Bob Disbrow

25 laps 6:43.13 feature from 9/29

 

Oct. 6

1. Art Cross Hough #81

2. George Rice

3. Ted Tappett

4. Dutch Schaefer

5. Al Keller

25 laps 6:35.40

 

Oct. 13

1. Chet Conklin Hull #37 V-8

2. Ted Tappett Bourgnon cycle

3. Rex Records Willetts Offy

4. Don Morris Caruso #4 V-8

5. Bud Tatro Tatro #15

25 laps 6:35.31

 

Oct. 20

1. Chet Conklin Hull #37 V-8

2. Tony Bonadies

3. Don Morris

4. George Rice Caruso #4 V-8

5. Larry Shurter

25 laps 6:33.50

 

Oct. 20

1. Johnny Carpenter Hough V-8

2. Chet Conklin

3. Bert Brooks

50 laps 13:01.50

Conklin overall winner of “Atlantic States Midget Championship”

 

More fromCherryParkcoming up in following columns

 

 

News from the AARN:

http://www.aarn.com/

 

From the September 11th issue:

 

Oswego Racing, Inc., a subsidiary ofCentralNew YorkRacewayPark(Glenn Donnelly’s track) received unanimous approval on 8/30 from the threememberStateRacing & Wagering Board to incorporate.  They can now start the process of applying for a Harness Race Track inNew YorkState.  If approved, racing on it’s ½ mile synthetic surface track can start.

 

The top 50 drivers of the AARN’s first 50 years have been voted on by a panel of judges – writers and photographers.  Drivers must have competed in the AARN’s weekly coverage area.  Last week drivers from 50th to 41st were listed.

Here are drivers from 40 to 31:

 

40.  Bentley Warren  39.  Billy Decker  38.  Ed Flemke, Sr.  37.  Doug Hoffman  36.  Lou Blaney  35.  Ray Tilley  34.  Gary Balough  33.  Kenny Weld  32.  Keith Kauffman  31.  Mike Stefanik

 

 

Lenny Sammons:

Some Sprint Car tire stuff:

All Star Circuit of Champions & WoO Sprint Cars will run the same American Racer tires in 2013.  Some 15,000 tires are used by 410 Sprint Cars annually, in races across the country.  A right rear will cost $194.00.  This year, the Goodyear tires cost $220.00.  A left rear will cost $185.00 – saving $20.00.  But some are complaining that you can currently buy an American Racer MC Series right rear for $175.00.  By taking away some of it’s point fund this year, the URC marked MC Series right rear tires for it’s racers down to $159.00 this season.

 

Ernie Saxton:

Ernie has announced every Freedom 76 race, starting back in 1968.  Back in that year, it was $750.00 to the winner.  This year:  $50,000.00

 

Brett Deyo:

The American Racer East Coast Modified Cup for 2012 – tracks inNew York,New Jersey,PennsylvaniaandDelawarehave listed as the top five:

Duane Howard – $10,000.00

Stewart Friesen – $5,000.00

Andy Bachetti – $3,500.00

Ryan Godown – $2,500.00

Rick Laubach – $2,000.00

 

Tracks:

Accord, Big Diamond, Brewerton,Bridgeport,DelawareInternational, Five Mile Point, Fonda,Fulton,GlenRidge,Grandview, NewEgypt, Penn Can, Utica/Rome and Woodhull.

At each track the track tire vendor distributes free right rear tires to the top five – 1st gets 10, second gets 6, third gets 4, fourth gets 2 and fifth gets 1.

Plus 10 randomly at each participating track to American Racer Cup member drivers during 2012.

 

Steve Barrick:

Steve had quite a lot about the sale of Weedsport and Rolling Wheels.  Yes, it’s still in the works.

 

Don and JoAnn Davies:

Made mention that Brett Hearn, for the future, envisions continued involvement with racing, possibly promoting a special show two or three times a season.  “I can bring (my promotion/show) to a track where big blocks are not the norm and make it a special event.  I want to be successful at every element of it (racing)”

“I don’t have anything to prove” said Hearn.  “But failure is not an option”.

 

And, from the issue of September 18th:

 

In AARN 
This Week:
Jeff Strunk Leaves Grandview 
With 50,000 Reasons To Smile; 
Wins Classic Freedom 76’er

Controversial 
NASCAR WMT Restart 
Dooms Blewett, Enables Preece

Big Lucas Oil Late Model Score 
For Lathroum At VMS

Ceravolo Wins Speedbowl 150 
But Rocco Gets The Credit

Bolland’s Suspension Battle 
With DIRTcar Heats Up

Super Matt Hirschman:  
Fifth RoC Pavement Win 
In A Row Comes At Dunn Tire

Mohawk International 
Hosts Four Race DIRTcar Weekend

Sitterly Closes 
Oswego Supermodified Season 
The Same Way He Opened It

PPMS’s Pittsburgher Weekend 
Not Devoid Of Controversy

 

 

Former Oakland Valley Speedway (Dirt Oval) runners:

 

This past Saturday, at Hamlin, Rick Casario was 6th and Jacob Hendershot 10th in the 270 Micro Sprint feature.  Molly Chambers was 18th and Kyle Rohner a DNF in the Wingless 600 Micro Sprint feature.  Tyler Pirone was 17th in the All-Star Slingshot feature.  Tighe Sherlock was 10th in the Junior Slingshot feature.

 

In CRSA 305 Sprint Car action, at I-88 Josh Pieniazek was the feature winner with Billy VanInwegen 3rd, Danny Hennessy 9th, Brittany Tresch 10th, Benny Rizzo 17th, while Emily VanInwegen was a DNS.

At Fonda, Brittanywas 2nd, Josh 8th, Chuck Alessi 21st and Emily 23rd.

 

Alex Bell was 6th in the 100 lap Modified race at Devil’s Bowl in their Vermont 200 Weekend.

 

Kenney Johnson was 14th in the NEMA Light feature at Beech Ridge.

 

Nick Pecko won the Modified feature at Mountain Speedway.

 

Roger Coss was 21st in the Modified feature at Mahoning Valley, while BJ Wambold was 17th in the Street Stock feature.  His sister, Tiffany, was a DNQ.

 

At Bethel, Bobby Morris was the Sportsman feature winner, while Rich Coons placed 3rd.

 

Bobby Hackel, IV won the “Run What Ya Brung” Budget Sportsman feature at Albany/Saratoga.

 

Danny Creeden was 3rd, Brian Krummel 10th and Tyler Boniface 18th in the Modified feature at the Accord Speedway.  Anthony Perrego was 2nd and Tyler Dippel 8th in the Sportsman feature.  Kyle Rohner was 1st, Perrego 2nd, Kyle VanDuser 3rd, Dippel 9th, Matt Janiak 11th and Andrew Reeves 12th in the Spec Sportsman feature.  Jason Roe was 15th in the Lightning Sprint feature.

 

At OCFS, Tim Hindley was 5th, Billy VanInwegen 9th, Mike Ruggiero 12th, Matt Hitchcock 18th and Clinton Mills 25th in the Modified feature.  Brian Krummel won the Sportsman feature with Tyler Dippel 3rd, Anthony Perrego 5th, RJ Smykla 14th and Keith Still 20th.  Seth Pacella won the Rookie Sportsman feature, with Joe Falanga 9th and Kayla Smykla 16th.

 

Note:  Seth Pacella is a Facebook friend of mine.  Many years ago, when I was employed with the Grand Union Company, as a Produce Manager, I worked with a store manager named Rocco Pacella.  I asked Seth if he might be related to Rocco.   Seems Rocco was his grandfather.  This past Sunday, Seth posted on Facebook, RIP grandpa.  Last nights win was for you.  Yes, Rocco passed away this past Sunday.  That feature win for Seth was his first ever.

 

Hey, sorry if I missed anyone!

 

 

 

 

More racin’ stuff:

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s moving letter to his 16-year-old self

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has had a life that few of us could even imagine, and there are times when even he doesn’t seem to be able to believe he is where he is. In a moving segment on “CBS This Morning,” Earnhardt reads a letter to his 16-year-old self, advising him on family, racing and confidence. It’s some powerful stuff, and it might just inspire you to think a little differently about the 88.

 

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nascar-from-the-marbles/dale-earnhardt-jr-moving-letter-16-old-self-225114618–nascar.html

 

 

 

 

 

Press Releases:

News from the Short Track SuperNationals – ‘The Working Man’s Race’

Media Contact: Brett Deyo – Deyo99H@aol.com or 845.728.2781

For Immediate Release/September 17, 2012

 

747 Landing at Five Mile PointSpeedwayfor Pioneer Pole Buildings-VP Racing Fuels Short Track SuperNationals: Ryan Godown Files Entry for Oct. 6 “Working Man’s Race” of 2012

KIRKWOOD,NY- A 747 is set to land on a quarter-mile strip inKirkwood,N.Y.

Ryan Godown, the Ringoes, N.J., star enjoying a breakout season in Northeast dirt Modified racing, has filed an entry for the Short Track SuperNationals presented by VP Racing Fuels and Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. on Oct. 6 at Five Mile Point Speedway.

The fifth anniversary SuperNationals rewards drivers with $455 to take the green flag plus a growing list of bonuses and special awards!

Godown plans to drive a John Chemidlin-backed Troyer for his second career attempt at the SuperNationals, headlined by a 50-lap big-block/small-block Modified main event.

It has been a year to remember for Godown, who has won events inNew York,New JerseyandPennsylvania. He leads the New Egypt (N.J.)Speedwaypoint standings with six feature wins at theGardenStatehalf-mile oval. He has three Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour victories in ’12: the March visit to Bridgeport (N.J.)Speedway, a June stop at Selinsgrove (Pa.)Speedwayand an August event at N.Y.’s The Ridge Speedway, his first-ever visit to the quarter-mile oval.

One of Godown’s most memorable performances came at Pa.’s Penn Can Speedway in June when he marched from 26th to finish second in the $10,000-to-win ‘Clash at the Can’ RoC Dirt Modified Tour event, passing many of the best in the business with ease on the one-third-mile oval. Godown has indicated he will be back at Penn Can on Oct. 12 to challenge for the ‘King of the Can’ 50-lap gold.

The nephew of dirt Modified legend Stan Ploski was able to clinch the RoC Dirt South Region crown and will chase the overall title during the autumn months.

Godown was a top-five finisher at Five Mile Point in his most recent visit to the track for a RoC Dirt Mod Tour event in a July 60-lap event. He placed fifth. His only previous SuperNationals start came in ’10 driving Norm Hansell’s No. 357. He charged from dead last into the top-10 only to suffer a flat tire on the race’s final lap.

The fifth ‘Working Man’s Race’ at Five Mile Point is shaping up to be the richest to date for Modified racers. A large number of bonus and award sponsors have signed on to support the SuperNationals in 2012. A complete list, updated frequently, can be found online at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com.

Registration is currently underway. Entry forms have been posted to the BD Motorsports Media website. Brian Malcolm ofLake Ariel,Pa., earned two free pit passes to the SuperNationals via a drawing of the first 10 early entries received. The drawing took place inVictory Laneat Penn Can Speedway Aug. 24.  All remaining pre-entered drivers who file an entry prior to Sept. 30 will be part of a second drawing to be held at the drivers’ meeting on race day for a pair of $50 gas cards. Registration in advance is just $15: $20 less than it had been in 2006 when the SuperNationals was first contested!

Modified rules allow for big- or small-block engines, gasoline or methanol, sail panels or windows, an open tire rule (run weekly at a Northeast dirt Modified facility), with a draw for position setting the heat-race starting orders. Complete rules and race procedures have been posted on the BD Motorsports Media website.

The Comfort Inn of Binghamton, N.Y., 1000 Front Street just miles from the speedway off Interstate 81 Exit 5, serves as the host hotel with a group rate of $99/night. Contact the Comfort Inn by phone at 607.724.3297 and mention “SuperNationals” to receive the discounted rate.

Joining the Modifieds on the program are Street Stocks (under 2011 Race of Champions rules, 25 laps) and a Four Cylinder Open event (18 laps). ALL racing activity takes place on Saturday (Oct. 6) with an open practice on Friday (Oct. 5) evening.

Admission Prices

For Saturday’s (Oct. 6) program, Adult grandstand admission is $19. For Seniors (ages 62 and over) and Youth (Ages 13-17), admission is $15. Kids 12 and under are admitted FREE.

An affordable ‘Family Five Pack’ promotion returns this year. For $45, a family receives two Adult tickets, three Senior and/or Youth tickets, five hot dogs and five sodas.

Pit admission on Saturday is $30 with any speedway or series license and $35 without. The $2 Five Mile Point weekly ambulance fee will not be in effect.

For Friday night’s (Oct. 5) open practice, pit admission is $20. There is no charge for the grandstands.

Schedule

For Saturday’s event, pit gates open at 2 p.m.  Grandstand will be unlocked at 3 p.m. Support-division (RoC Street Stock and Four Cylinder) hot laps hit the track at 4 p.m. Heat races for RoC Street Stocks and Four Cylinders begin at 4:45 p.m.

The Modified portion of the program kicks off with hot laps at 5:45 p.m. Modified heat races begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.  Support-division feature events will be run as part of the night program to allow Modified teams time to prepare their equipment for subsequent events.

On Friday, pit gates open at 5 p.m. for practice. The speedway will host practice from 6-9 p.m.

Camping

Camping is permitted and encouraged at the Short Track SuperNationals on Friday and Saturday nights. Camping is FREE of charge. There are no hookups. Those wishing to stay with their campers on the backstretch must purchase a pit pass as the area is an active pit during Saturday’s event.

All individuals planning to camp must use the grassy area off the backstretch. Camping will not be permitted in the turn-four pit area or spectator parking lot with respect to the neighboring community.

Previous Short Track SuperNationals Modified winners include Duane Howard of Oley,Pa., (2011),Holland(2010), Kevin Hirthler ofBoyertown,Pa.(2009) and Mike Ricci ofRosendale,N.Y.(2006).

Marketing opportunities, lap sponsorships and contingency award opportunities are available now. To learn more, contact Brett Deyo by e-mail at Deyo99H@aol.com, by phone at 845.728.2781 or log onto the official BD Motorsports Media website at www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com. BD Motorsports Media can also be found on Facebook.

The Short Track SuperNationals is presented by VP Racing Fuels, Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., Alpine Building Supply, Racers Preferred Models, Dale Smith Photography, Manmiller Electric, Touch of Green Landscaping, Fariello Landscaping, Crunchco Snacks, Vogel Designs, Selinsgrove Speedway/JGK Motorsports, Lias Tire/American Racer, Shiley Fabrication, BFP Specialty, Long Family/MTL Motorsports, Four Star Lettering, S&D Bodyline, S&W Awards, Harford Subway, Penn Can Speedway and BD Motorsports Media.

 

And:

 

Justin St. Louis, Devil’s Bowl Speedway Media/Marketing

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dear Racers, Fans, and Friends,

 

The weekly 2012 racing season has come to a close here at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, and now there’s some time to finally take a breath and soak it all in.  We want to extend our deepest and most sincere thanks and appreciation to each and every one of you for your belief in and support of our new undertaking at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

To be honest with you, we didn’t really know what to expect after our first “town meeting” last October, but the first real indication was when 30 dedicated race teams and a couple dozen die-hard fans showed up for practice on April 22 in a 25-degree wind chill with a touch of snow – that’s when we knew we really had a special group behind us.

The racing was outstanding in all four of our weekly divisions all year, and the personalities really shined on both sides of the pit fence all year.  There was a feeling of both competitiveness and community every week, and you were all an integral part of it – from the first heat race on opening day to the pancake eating contest to the final checkered flag at theVermont200 last weekend.

We thank the officials from the NASCAR Home Tracks and Whelen All-American Series programs, the more than 50 local companies that committed sponsorship and support to Devil’s Bowl Speedway and its racers, and the amazing group of people working here behind the scenes keeping things running smoothly and successfully.

Our racers are our backbone, and there would be no racing without the drivers, teams, and families who pour their hearts and souls into this sport.  Thanks to you and every one of your sponsors.  Likewise, every time our fans cheer for a winner or boo someone who makes a mistake, that’s enough of a payoff for us to keep going.  Your passion for this sport and Devil’s Bowl Speedway is obvious, and it’s why we’re here.  Thank you all.

Asphalt racing wasn’t supposed to work at Devil’s Bowl, right?  We are proud to be the ones who are helping to prove that theory wrong.  All it takes is a little work and a lot of belief in what you’re trying to accomplish.  We believe in our program, and thankfully, so do you.  That means everything to us.  We’re already working on the 2013 racing season, and we can’t wait to bring it to you.

 

 

Thanks again,

Mike & Alayne

Mike & Alayne Bruno

 



————————————————————

Justin St. Louis

Devil’s Bowl Speedway Media

Cell: (802) 355-3282

Email: devilsbowlspeedway@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

I get e-mails:

 

From: “Accord Speedway” <accordspeedway@yahoo.com>

To: “ygordad@yahoo.com” <ygordad@yahoo.com>

Hi Tom,

The reserved seat section is the top row of the grandstand that is to the right of the tower (facing the track) you may reserve them or purchase on the day of the race.

Thank you

Donna

 

 

 

 

Found on Facebook:

 

Interesting – CBS gives an honest, but disturbed, assessment.

CBS Scot Paulsen on “2016: The Movie” The Right Politics

This past week, 2016: The Movie about President Barack Obama opened in the Chicago area, and I chose to get more of an education about Obama by seeing the movie. After the inundation of canned hype for the movie on conservative talk shows across the Chicago radio dial that sounded more like commercials than honest endorsements of the movie, I was skeptical of what I was going to see.

While some talk show hosts sounded like they were genuinely impressed with the documentary and honestly endorsing the film, there were those who were obviously reading a commercial script which was not coming across as sincere to the regular listener at least not to this often-skeptical listener. Perhaps, in future promotions of the film, it would be wise to have pre-recorded commercials done by the professional commercial-makers rather than having the likes of Mark Levin and Sean Hannity doing script after script to promote the movie. After all, the listeners aren’t stupid and resent any attempt at being conned. After many reads by the talk show hosts, the readings of the commercial script were no more enthusiastic than another Life-Lock commercial read another commercial that ought to be professionally done.

Yet, I’m glad I saw the hyped-film because it was more informative than I had thought it would be and included less propaganda than I had predicted. If anything, it was nearly too informative as there was an enormous amount of information condensed into the nearly one-hour-and-a-half documentary. Fact after fact is put forth which shows that President Obama definitely has many skeletons in the closet that have not been released prior to the nation’s trust in him with the Oval Office.

To watch this movie and realize or simply be reminded of all that is unknown about President Obama is of concern. Much of the information has been ignored by the American media totally. When appropriately reminded as to what is still unknown about Obama to date, one has to ask: How can any logical-thinking person give a damn about Romney’s taxes while not asking any questions regarding our current President’s past? The man influences the entire globe, but liberal Americans want to know how much Mitt Romney paid in taxes in the past rather than learn about the man who they have entrusted with the country. Unbelievable.

The movie undeniably links Obama to persons of suspicious-interest due to their past actions and statements, such as former radical activist and Chicago educator Bill Ayers. While the media and blinded-liberals cast such facts aside, the movie does not. No, this portion of the movie is not propaganda it is the display of factual information about relationships between people that cannot be denied. Yet, the left does deny the facts that are right in front of them.

Quite disturbing is the talk of the United States economy in the film. The current national debt which has increased two-fold during Obama’s presidency and the horrendous economy is suggested to be part of the plan to strip the nation of democracy reasonable cause to make citizens totally dependent on the government. The left is aghast at this suggestion of the current economy. They actually believe that Obama is unintelligent enough to let this economy just happen. Ironically, it’s many of the people on the right who know Obama’s not stupid, and much of what has happened to the United States in the past four years is part of Obama’s plan.

How could one so-highly educated and intelligent as Obama not know what he was doing when he incurred such debt? I left the movie thinking more strongly than I had in the past that the current debt and this economy was part of Obama’s plan all along. Increasingly making Americans dependent on the government is the plan. What’s more, he knew his blind followers would believe it was not the plan and, of course, was all Bush’s fault.

He must be laughing at his blind followers all the way to the new America they’re allowing him to create. My belief is that Obama continues to prey on his die-hard followers stupidity to accomplish his personal goals for America.

The most disturbing part of the film to me was the interview with President Obama’s half-brother George Obama from Nairobi, Kenya. How can Obama claim to want to help people when he has done absolutely nothing for his own family? It makes me wonder if he really cares about anybody if he can’t find it in his heart to help his own family.
As the closing credits started to role upward across the screen, the audience applauded. Me, I just walked out reasonably upset.

Those who have already decided to vote for Obama will probably not even see the movie. It’s sad but they probably don’t want to know the truth when it is laid out so clearly for them in this documentary. The independents who are still deciding who they are going to vote for ought to see this film. I’m quite confident that any undecided voter who sees this film will know who to vote for after viewing this documentary. If you know you’re not going to support the left in this coming election, see the film out of interest if you like. But, fair warning, it’s disturbing and quite frightening to say the least.

 

 

And this:

 

This deserves repeating

Bruce Goacher
Kinda glad its getting cooler out i buy coats at yard sells all summer long when its 100 degrees out for 2 to 3 dollars a piece then when its this temp and i see homeless wearing t shirts i stop and fit them in a warm coat.Got probably 30 this year in big pile.I also pick me a couple out and wear them.Been doing this for years.They think you gave them i million dollars.Plus it gives me a great feeling no matter what there story is.When your towing all day long and on the streets its easy to pick them out.Gave 2 out this morning by the city cematary on rockingham.I carry 4 in my tool box all the time till gone.

 

 

This, too:

 

CBO raises estimate of those hit by Obama health care tax

In part:

“Six million Americans will pay the health care tax rather than obtain coverage under President Obama’s health care law, according to a new Congressional Budget Office estimate Wednesday — a 50 percent increase over CBO’s estimate of just two years ago.

CBO also said there will be 30 million people without insurance, though all but the 6 million will be exempt from the tax. The exempt residents are a combination of illegal immigrants and those with incomes too low to pay income taxes.

The agency said the government will collect about $7 billion from the tax in 2016, and $8 billion a year thereafter.”

 

More can be seen here:

 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/sep/19/cbo-raises-estimate-those-hit-obama-health-care-ta/

 

 

And even more:

 

Welfare Reform as We Knew It

 

In part:

 

“It’s hard to remember now, but this summer Mitt Romney opened a useful debate about “dependency”—concerning President Obama’s regulation to rewrite the 1996 welfare reform. Democrats deny any such intent, but as early as this week the House plans to hold a vote to override the new rule.

So it’s a good moment to dissect what the Administration is really trying to do, because in this case Mr. Romney is right: The Administration has made welfare’s work requirements far weaker, and for ideological reasons that the press corps has failed to report.

***

The 1996 welfare landmark is among the few serious bipartisan reforms of government since the Great Society. State innovators like Tommy Thompson’sWisconsingave Contract-with-America Republicans a model, while Bill Clinton promised to “end welfare as we know it.” Their insight was that both welfare recipients and the bureaucracies built around them needed better incentives to end dependency, such as time limits on cash benefits and asking the able-bodied to work or train to prepare for work.

Unreconstructed liberals—then about half of Democrats in Congress—predicted a return to Bleak House. SomeClintonofficials resigned when he signed the bill. They were wrong in every way. Caseloads plunged by half, to 5.9 million in 2000 from 12.6 million in 1996. Health and Human Service Department studies show that most found work and saw their incomes rise.

The anti-reformers have nonetheless looked for an opening to resurrect the old system. They have now found a way via an HHS regulatory “information memorandum” in July that said the agency would waive workfare requirements if states asked.

HHS is selling this under the guise of “flexibility” and says the point is to get more people working, not fewer. But recall that the joint state-federal welfare program has always had “work” requirements. Prior to 1996, they included such demands as journaling, bed rest and massage therapy.

Link:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304388004577528931414701856.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

 

 

Some non-racing stuff:

 

Obama wins right to indefinitely detain Americans under NDAA

In part:

“A lone appeals judge bowed down to the Obama administration late Monday and reauthorized the White House’s ability to indefinitely detain American citizens without charge or due process.

Last week, a federal judge ruled that an temporary injunction on section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 must be made permanent, essentially barring the White House from ever enforcing a clause in the NDAA that can let them put any US citizen behind bars indefinitely over mere allegations of terrorist associations. On Monday, the US Justice Department asked for an emergency stay on that order, and hours later US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Judge Raymond Lohier agreed to intervene and place a hold on the injunction.

The stay will remain in effect until at least September 28, when a three-judge appeals court panel is expected to begin addressing the issue.

On December 31, 2011, USPresident Barack Obama signed the NDAA into law, even though he insisted on accompanying that authorization with a statement explaining his hesitance to essentially eliminate habeas corpus for the American people.

“The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it,” President Obama wrote. “In particular, I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists.”

 

http://rt.com/usa/news/obama-lohier-ndaa-stay-414/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Could this be true:

 

Probably is.  Almost as bad as the stuff I hear about Target.

 

Walmart apologizes for rejecting school chorus on 9/11

 

PEMBROKE PINES—

On the 11th anniversary of 9/11, students from Coconut Palm Elementary in Miramar showed up at a local Walmart, clad in patriotic red, white and blue, to sing “God Bless America” as part of a prearranged tribute.

The 75 young chorus members, ages 7 to 10, were born after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. But they had learned from their families and teachers the significance of the date and what their singing meant.

The group’s excitement turned to disappointment Tuesday evening when a Walmart representative refused to honor an agreement allowing the chorus to sing inside the store at12800 Pines Blvd., according to Coconut Palm Elementary Principal Terri Thelmas.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/pembroke-pines/fl-walmart-school-singing-20120912,0,2314425.story

 

And this, too?

 

Test: Most students not proficient in writing

Just a quarter of eighth and 12th grade students in the United States have solid writing skills, even when allowed to use spell-check and other computer word processing tools, according to results of a national exam released Friday.

Twenty-four percent of students at each grade level were able to write essays that were well developed, organized and had proper language and grammar. Three percent scored as advanced. The remainder showed just partial mastery of these skills.

“It is important to remember this is first draft writing,” said Cornelia Orr, executive director of theNational Assessment Governing Board, which administers the Nation’s Report Card tests. “They did have some time to edit, but it wasn’t extensive editing.”

Students who took the writing test in 2011 had an advantage that previous test takers did not: a computer with spell-check and thesaurus. Previously, students taking the National Assessment of Educational Progress writing test had to use pencil and paper, but with changes in technology, and the need to write across electronic formats, the decision was made to switch to computers.

 

http://news.yahoo.com/test-most-students-not-proficient-writing-150219766.html

 

 

 

 

 

Political:

Doctor Diagnoses Obama In One Sentence

http://www.westernjournalism.com/doctor-diagnoses-obama-in-one-sentence/

Case Closed: If Moderate Voters See This Video, It’s Over for Obama

http://www.ijreview.com/2012/09/15290-case-closed-if-moderate-voters-see-this-video-its-over-for-obama/

 

 

 

Video time:

 

Might you wonder why Junior only races Cup and Nationwide?  Heck, I’ve wondered why he’s never been in the “Prelude” race.  It’s not like he’s never raced dirt before.  Methinks this is one of the main reasons why he doesn’t “wander”.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGR0KWLs51c

 

 

 

 

 

Photos:

Note:  The photos are not available on Dirt Track Digest, only on New England Tractor – http://newenglandtractor.com/racereport/

 

With Bill Schindler listed as the winner of the feature at the Cherry Park Speedway, inAvon,CT.back on July 28, 1946 in my “Going back in time” section, I thought I’d post a photo of Bill as he sat in the Earl Beal black # 2 Sprint Car – the car he was fatally injured in on 9/20/52 – sixty years ago from the date of this column.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closing with these:

 

MURPHY’S OTHER 15 LAWS

 

1. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

 

2. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

 

3. He who laughs last, thinks slowest.

 

4. A day without sunshine is like, well, night.

 

5. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

 

6. Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don’t.

 

7. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

 

8. The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.

 

9. It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end-to-end, someone fromCaliforniawould be stupid enough to try to pass them.

 

10. If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.

 

11. The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

 

12. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat all day drinking beer.

 

13. Flashlight: A case for holding dead batteries.

 

14 . God gave you toes as a device for finding furniture in the dark.

 

15. When you go into court, you are putting yourself in the hands of twelve people, who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.