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Archive for April, 2009

Postponed Again!

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Opener POSTPONED

Racing is postponed until May 8th and 9th

NEW TIME!  Racing @ 7:00 PM

Streets, Supers, *Mods, Pure Stock and Late Models

Both Nights

*Mods will be awarded Wissota Points, but NO track points since they were not scheduled to run this weekend.

Slinger has Super Deals in 2009

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

(Slinger, WI) April 29, 2009 – The 2009 Race Season at Slinger Speedway is just around the corner and Slinger Speedway is rolling out great values for their fans.  Track owner Wayne Erickson understands it can be challenging these days for folks to stretch a buck.  “We are going to do our best to put on the best racing event in Wisconsin and try to save our fans a few bucks while doing it,” Erickson stated.

The latest issue of Clipper Coupon Magazine will have great 2 for 1 deals.  Simply cut out the coupon and bring it to the Slinger Speedway ticket booth for a 2 for 1 admission.  Check your mailbox for the May issue of Clipper!

You can also cash in the next time you pick up an 18 pack of Miller Lite Bottles.  For each case of Miller Lite purchased you can receive a 2 for 1 Ticket voucher for regular Sunday races.  Check your local stores, and stock up!

Action starts this Saturday May 2 with the annual Slinger Speedway Test and Tune day from Noon to 4 pm with FREE General admission.  The season officially kicks off Sunday afternoon May 3rd with the Miller Lite 120 Spring Opener.  Qualifying at Noon with racing at 2pm.

Tickets are on sale for the 30th Annual Miller Lite Slinger Nationals.  Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch highlight the event that takes place Tuesday evening July 21.  You can call the track office to order tickets at: 262-644-5921, or go to our website for on line ticket sales at www.slingersuperspeedway.com.

There are select advertising, sponsorship, and group outing opportunities available for the 2009 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR and Marketing at: 262-370-0440, slingerspeedway1@aol.com, or visit our web site at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com

Theatre review: Tradin’ Paint

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Tradin’ Paint
Written by Catherine Bush
Directed by Jessica Phelps West
Theatre in the Square, Marietta, GA
April 29 – June 7, 2009
www.theatreinthesquare.com

Review by Dale Terry

It’s a racing comedy – and the first line is “Dale Earnhardt is dead. Number Three. The Intimidator. Gone.”

And although the sainted Earnhardt makes a cameo victory lap in the second act, the play is a romantic comedy about an auto parts clerk who finds redemption at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

“Stock cars bang into each other all the time.  It’s called tradin’ paint,” says the Flagman, one of four characters happily and well played by Bart Hansard. The Flagman’s monologues give the audience, many of whom may have never seen a race, a quick drivers’ meeting on race action, flags, and characters.

Darla Frye (well-cast and played by Veronika Duerr) and her redneck boy friend Coty Webb (thinks fast food is hitting a possum at 65 mph) have a relationship in which Darla’s fried chicken and turn two at Bristol Motor Speedway are two-thirds of a love triangle. Webb’s affable loser is played by Erik Mendenhall, who has the slouch demeanor and foul language perfect.

The racing hero is local boy Skeeter Jett (Chad Martin), who is about to lose his redneck support after hiring a “gee-dee woman” crew chief, Lucky Tibbs, slickly played by Kate Donadio.  Jett’s crew is dressed out in Zaxby’s firesuits, provided by Zaxby’s and RAB Racing.

Every scene has great laughs, many provided by Cody Webb, the dogcatcher for the town of Pine Gap, who starred in his mind as a quarterback for the Poca High School Dots.

Another interesting restart comes with the arrival of Halley Smoot, probably the greatest black and gay race fan ever from Kannapolis, NC. He finds Darla and Coty in Bristol’s turn two stands, where Coty is exercising his freedom to throw chicken bones at drivers he hates. Neal Ghant, the AJC’s 2005 Actor of the Year, drives the Halley Smoot character very well.

There’s no way to have a real stock car on stage, but a trio of drivers in fire suits and helmets makes laps around the set, crashing as needed.

Part of the realistic language for the redneck includes multiple gay slurs, and a few F-bombs.  The play is advertised for “age 14 and older.”

Author Catherine Bush, who lives near Bristol in Abingdon, VA, is an award winning author of  several plays and musicals.

The cast and crew spent a Saturday night in the pits and stands at Lanier National Speedway, and visited Bristol Motor Speedway, which has a large but wordless role in the play.  None of the cast or crew had ever been to a track.

The non-race fans in the audience when I saw the play (a few laps after the crashfest at Talladega) enjoyed it as much as I did.  One did a backflip following the standing ovation, when he won the prize tickets for Lanier’s next show.trading-paint2.jpg

Van Horn Captures First Career Big Diamond Raceway Modified Feature Win

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Forestville, PA – David Van Horn Jr. of Phillipsburg NJ drove to his very first career 358 Modified 25-lap feature victory Friday night at the Big Diamond Raceway. Van Horn became the 96th different Modified A-Main winner in the 38 year history of the Coal region based racing facility. In doing so, Van Horn was the third different winner in three point race events held thus far.

Paul Kline of Reading has returned to full-time competition in the Sportsman ranks this year, and it only took him three races to
record a 20-lap feature win. Kline, who ironiclly won his first career Sportsman race nearly three years ago April 25 1999, captured his fourth career victory. Joe Hendricks of Auburn led all 15-laps of the Wooden Keg Roadrunner main event and scored his first triumph of 2009. It was his tenth career BDR victory and first of the season.

David Van Horn has been around racing his entire life. His grandfather Carl “Fuzzy” Van Horn achieved much success in dirt
Modified Racing for many years. David was victorious in a BDR 50-lap Sportsman race back in 2002 and has only made a few appearances since that time. Van Horn’s season started with tough luck, as his machine experienced engine problems. The 26-year old racer was certainly in need of a turnaround.

Second generation racer AJ DeSantis led the opening two laps of the 358 Modified feature until Dan Hineline took command on a lap two restart. Van Horn started from fifth and abruptly challenged Hineline for the top spot. Van Horn placed his Teo #71 powered by a Van Horn Racing Engine past Hineline on the seventh circuit. During caution free laps 9 through 17, Van Horn remained the race leader. Mike Gular, who started 14th, vaulted into the runner-up spot on the lap 9 restart. Van Horn and Gular distanced themselves from the field.

After the event’s final caution with five laps to go, Van Horn made no mistakes and throttled his machine to the winner’s circle.
Gular (Green Lane) followed up his fourth place finish on April 17 with a season’s best of second in the Terry Fasnacht fielded #44 Teo. Craig Von Dohren (Boyertown) started from 20th in Mike Harvery’s #1c Teo and grabbed third on lap 21. Former five-time track champion Doug Hoffman (Allentown) began from 13th in Norm Hansell’s #357 Bicknell and finished fourth. Defending two-time point king Jeff Strunk (Mohnton) powered Vince Gagliardo’s #41 Teo to a fifth place finish after starting from sixteenth.

Doug Manmiller (Shoemakersville) worked into the sixth position during the final laps. Rick Laubach (Hellertown) posted his first top ten of the year for seventh and former Sportsman competitor Earl Paules (Palmerton) enjoyed his finest 358 Modified event to date with an eighth place effort. Keith Hoffman (Whitehall) raced from 17th to 9th and Richie Pratt Jr. (Woodury Heights NJ) started from the back of the field after a lap two caution, grabbing a final finish of tenth.

Another stellar field of 40 drivers signed in for the evening’s festvities. The list of former track champions in the pit area grew to
five on Friday as legendary Modified competitor Kenny Brighthill made his first ’09 start joining Strunk, D. Hoffman, K. Hoffman, and Duane Howard (who stuggled after April 17 victory, dropping out of this week’s feature).

After missing the previous week’s race, Pete Phillips Jr. returned in the Sportsman division and led the opening five laps. Jarred Miller passed Phillips on a lap six restart and powerfully paced the field. At the event’s half-way point, Miller led over twelfth place starter Mike Mammana and Kline, who started from tenth. Miller’s machine began to lose power, and the field abruptly closed on his rear tire tracks.

Mammana grabbed the race lead on lap 14, with Kline in quick pursuit. The duo raced closely until the caution flag waved with 17 laps in the record books. On the restart, Kline tossed his K & W Racing #14 (a car co-owned by 358 Modified racer Gary Wagner Jr.) into the number one position. Kline, 45, led the closing moments and became the third different Sportsman winner of the season.

Mammana (Nazareth) grabbed his third top ten finish and season’s best result of second. John Stangle (Neshanic Station NJ) continued his impressive ’09 season with a third place finish, after starting from 14th. Early leader Phillips (Lebanon) held on to grab fourth and Tim Apgar (Flemington NJ) steered to a fifth place effort. Rounding out the top ten were Kevin Beach (Llewellyn), Miller (Barto), April 17 winner Ryan Moyer (Schuylkill Haven), first ’09 starter Brian Puckett (Old Forge), and Ebby Ridge (Upper Black Eddy).

After dropping out of the race lead with mechanical problems on April 17, Joe Hendricks would not be denied a victory in this week’s Roadrunner main event. Hendricks started from outside pole and immediately stretched his lead out on the backsretch of the contest’s opening circuit. His victory was no easy task, however, as Marc Berzowski and later Elvn Brennan III applied the challenges.

Brennan, looking two make it two wins in a row, started 11th and gained the second spot on lap 11. The caution flag waved with two laps remaining, which set up a dramatic late race battle. Brennan drew close to the deck lid of Hendricks as the pair raced out of turn four to grab the checkered flag. Hendricks, a co-point champion last year, held on to become the third different feature winner of ’09 behind the wheel of his quick #11X Nova.

Brennan (Forestville), returning behind the wheel of his primary #555 car this week, settled for a close second. Defending co-champion Kevin Olenick (Forestville) began from tenth and did race in the runner-up spot for a short while. He ended up third. Joey Zvorsky (Orwigsburg) continues to turn heads in his weekly return to Friday night competition. Zvorsky finished fourth. Berzowski (Branchdale) rounded out the front five.

Jeremy Becker (Pottsville) started twelfth, pitted on lap four, and rebounded for a sixth place finish. Rounding out the top ten were Gary Renninger (Pottsville), Davey Nester (Bernville), Ed Kuperavage (Port Carbon) and Butch Lesher (Minersville), who was making his first ’09 start. Chris Holland crossed the finish line in the top ten but was placed back on a last restart jumping call.

The Advance Auto Parts Super DirtCar Series returns to Big Diamond for the first time since 2003 this upcoming Sunday April 26.
The mighty Big Block Modifieds are competing in a 75-lap main event, paying $6000 to the winning driver. It is the third appearance of DIRT to the 3/8 mile clay oval. Brett Hearn and Alan Johnson are the previous two DIRT winners at BDR. Pit gates and grandstands open at 2:00PM, with practice beginning at 5:15PM. Time trials and qualifying will follow hot laps. Adult General Admission to the grandstands is $20, pit admission is $30.

Next weekend, Big Diamond returns with another Friday/Sunday combo. Friday May 1 is a three division show of 358 Modifieds,
Sportsman, and Roadrunners. Gates open at 5:00PM and racing begins promptly at 7:45PM. Grandstand ticket price is $12. On Sunday May 3,the Savage 61 Dodge/Dan Drobnick Tracker Welder Nutty Buddy Enduro Series holds their second event of the year. The first enduro begins at 5:00PM and Adult General Admission is just $5.

For more information on the speedway, visit their website located at www.bigdiamondraceway.com

“Memory Lane” Alive and Well at Volusia Speedway Park

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Barberville, FL – Saturday night at Volusia was nothing less than what it was intended to be, a walk down memory lane. With almost twenty vintage cars in the pits and the one and only ELVIS in the grandstands, everyone had fun. The Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association cars turned out in full force in three divisions – Stock, Midgets and Sprints.

Fans got up close and personal during an on-track meet and greet session with the cars and drivers and were fascinated by the old race cars. While fans got autographs and photos, Elvis made the ladies swoon and sang a fewtunes including “Love Me Tender, Love Me True.” A perfect walk for everyone down “Memory Lane”.

While Elvis made his way thru the grandstands hugging the ladies and giving away his famous silk scarfs, it was time to go feature racing.

First up were the Midgets with Bill Wendt on the pole. As the green was waved, Wendt quickly took the point over Josh Rynd, Fred Strickland, and Ed Johnson. Lap 2 saw Rynd take over the pole from Wendt but Wendt was determined and took back the point. This battle between Wendt and Rynd continued thru most of the race. Rynd seemed to have more power in his machine on the straightaways but Wendt outpowered Rynd in the turns. By lap 5, fans saw some awesome three wide racing between Wendt, Rynd, and Strickland. With very little rollcages in these Midgets, fans held their breath as they went around the speedway.

Rynd was finally able to take over the point from Wendt and take the checkered followed by Bill Wendt, Fred Strickland, and Ed Johnson. Janis Strickland and Scott Winter were unable to make the feature race. Fred Strickland took the heat win.

Next were the Sportsman division for a twenty lap feature. Alan Peacock had the pole for the twenty car field but it was Steve Shead who pulled ahead on the green followed by Peacock, Shane Nichols, Garret Stewart and Ken Hall, Sr. But Shead was overpowered by Peacock by lap 2 as Peacock took the control over the field followed by Shead, Hall, Sr., Nichols and Shaun
Daugharty. Daugharty puts pressure on Nichols and takes over fourth as the caution comes out for Hall, Sr. who spun but kept on in turn 4. Also spinning were Drew Smith, Marc Kinley and Benita Allman.

Since Hall, Sr. never stopped moving during his spin, no cars were sent to the rear for the restart although Allman did show alittle damage to the car for the spin. With Peacock on the inside and Shead on the outside, the green was shown as Peacock takes the point over Shead, Nichols, Hall, Sr., and Daugharty. As Peacock continues to lead the way, Daugharty is moving up
taking over third as Nichols goes to fourth and Hall, Sr. fifth. Peacock has built up a 10 car lead over the field. Hall, Sr. gets loose and has to let off to correct the car and slides back to sixth. Daugharty has passed Shead and taken over second and sets his sight on Peacock.

Just as the race between Peacock and Daugharty is really got hot, the caution comes out on lap 9 for Scott Kerr who has lost his drive shaft high in turn 3. With Peacock on the inside and Daugharty on the outside for the restart, Peacock takes the point however not for long. By lap 10, it is Daugharty, Peacock, Nichols, Shead and Hall, Sr. leading the way. Hall, Sr.
passes Nichols for third as Nichols settles into fourth followed by Shead, Stewart, Drew Smith, Sammy Dale, Dan Lane, Sr., Timothy Miller, Benita Allman, Josh Byrd and Kent Corbin.

Shead passes Nichols for fourth as Nichols goes to fifth but not for long as Stewart puts pressure on Nichols and takes over fifth putting Nichols in sixth. Stewart not begins to look on Shead for fourth but Shead shuts the door and holds his position. Hall, Sr. puts pressure on Peacock but Peacock will have nothing to do with it and holds on to third. Stewart takes over fourth followed by Nichols, Smith and Shead who now rides in seventh.

Shaun Daugharty takes the checkered for his second win of the season followed by Alan Peacock, Ken Hall, Sr., Garret Stewart, and Shane Nichols. Heat wins went to Shaun Daugharty, Ken Hall, Sr., and Garret Stewart.

The DAARA Sprints were up next. Heat winner Dave Jarrett, who is 74 years old, has put his grandson Matt Jarrett into his Number 9 Sprint. Jarrett has used all his “go juice” winning the heat and has faith in his grandson who runs a Modified at Orlando SpeedWorld on Friday night. Young Jarrett has never run on dirt and this is his first time.

Jack Sapp has the pole for the Sprint feature and quickly takes the point on the green over Dave Cash, Matt Jarrett, and Don Biglow. As the fans watch young Jarrett get his feet wet on dirt and figure out how it feels to race on dirt, Jarrett slowly begins to figure out the car and the dirt passing Cash for second.

Once Jarrett has a hold on how it feels in the car and on dirt, he takes the point away from Sapp on lap 6. Jarrett never looks back and takes the checkered for his first win in the Sprint car and his first win ever on dirt. In Victory Lane, Jarrett tells the crowd that this was the hardest thing he has ever done in his racing career but loves the dirt and yet another asphalt fan has found out that dirt is for more than growing potatoes, it is for a lot of fun.

Ronnie Kohn took the DAARA Stock division heat win and had the point for their feature race. Kohn quickly took the point on the green followed by Roger Herbach, Clint Hamilton, Hank Baker, Jr., and Gene Vitiello. Baker wastes no time as he takes over second and then first. Vitiello takes over fourth. The top three cars are old Chevys and they are definitely racing each other hard and the fans love it. Kohn and Baker change positions a number of times as Hamilton builds up a 15 car length lead over Baker, Kohn, Vitiello, and Herbach.

With only one caution in the race for JT Dunn who spun in turn 3, Hamilton takes the checkered over Hank Baker, Jr., Ronnie Kohn, Gene Vitiello, and Roger Herbach.

Eighteen Street Stocks were on hand for their feature race. David Kinsey and Michael Tovet took the heat wins with Kenny Sowers on the pole for the feature. On the green, Sowers takes the point over Steve Oldaker, Grady Christian, Bubba Christian, and Michael Tovet. Grady Christian takes no time to pass Oldaker and take over second but finds his hands full of his
nephew Bubba right on his tail. Bubba gives Uncle Grady a good fight and takes over second as Grady goes to third with a hard charging Tovet going side-by-side with him for the position.

By lap 3, Sowers and Grady Christian are doing some great side-by-side action with Sowers holding his point. By lap 4 it is Sowers, Grady Christian, Bubba Christian, Tovet, Oldaker, David Kinsey, Charlie Macnichol, D.J. Nobles, Steve Mooers, James Smith and Randy Moon leading the way. Lap 6 sees Grady take the place he loves best – the point follwed by Bubba Christian,
Sowers, Tovet and Oldaker.

Lap 10 sees Randy Moon and James Smith in the pits as Grady continues to lead the way over nephew Bubba, Tovet, Sowers and Macnichol. By lap 17, Tovet tries to put pressure on Bubba Christian as they fight for second but Bubba holds the position. Once again, Grady takes the checkered followed by nephew Bubba Christian, Michael Tovet, Charlie Macnichol, and David Kinsey.

RJ Glaser had the pole for the 4 Cyl Challengers. The Challengers did not run a heat race so everyone is ready to race when the green is shown. Glaser takes the point followed by Gilbert Epsy, Gilford Williams, Brian Smith (the only truck in the field), and Daniel Laird. It takes no time for Danny Lunn and Tony Laporta to show their heads in the top five as they take over third and fourth followed by Laird in fifth.

Brian Smith brings out the caution on lap 2 as he spins in turns 3 – 4. Glaser is on the inside, Epsy on the outside for the restart as once again Glaser takes the point on the green followed by Epsy, Lunn, Laporta, and Laird. Lap 5 sees a new leader in Espy as Glaser goes to second. Just as it is really getting HOT, the caution comes out on lap 5 for C.J. Johnston who has spun in turn 2.

With Glaser on the inside, Espy on the outside on the restart, Espy takes the point followed by Lunn, Laporta, Glaser, and Laird. Laporta passes Lunn for second and sets his sight on Epsy for the lead. Laporta goes high but Epsy is determined not to give up the point and does not. Epsy holds his position and takes his first checkered flag for his first feature win of the 2009 season followed by Tony Laporta, RJ Glaser, Danny Lunn and Daniel Laird.

Thunder Stocks did not run a heat race either and with the most they have had this year thus far, seven, they were ready to rumble on the green. James Sullivan, III had the pole but it was Dave Burttram, Jr. who took the point. But before a lap was down in the books, the caution came out for Luke Sadler who spun on the backstretch. With a complete restart in order, the field was realigned to the original starting field.

Once again Burttram takes the point on the green followed by Sullivan, Sadler, Richard Calmes, and Jason Gamble. Gamble takes over fourth with Calmes going to fifth as Sadler passes Sullivan and takes over second. By lap 9, Sadler has the point followed by Burttram, Sullivan, Gamble, and points leader Scott Mooers.

Sadler holds on and takes the checkered for his first win followed by Dave Burttram, Jr., James Sullivan, III., Jason Gamble, and Scott Mooers.

Eighteen Late Models were in the field for their 25 lap feature as Mark Whitener had the pole. Whitener, who won the second Alabama Clash the week before, looked to be unbeatable and everyone said if he had the pole, the rest of the field might as well go home now. But with Rob Underwood on the outside pole, Whitener had a good run for his money.

Whitener quickly took the point on the green however before a lap was down, the red flag was thrown for David Clegg and Shane Williams, Williams car rested on top of Clegg’s car in turn 4. Clegg thankfully was unhurt but was unable to race the feature. Williams faired better and was able to continue. But thankfully, no one was hurt although Clegg was not happy about
not being able to race.

A complete restart was in order since no lap was counted. With Whitener on the inside and Underwood on the outside for the green, it was Whitener who took the point followed by Underwood, Jason Davis, Lawton Michew, and Jeff Phipps. Richard Ferry took no time to take over fifth as Phipps went to sixth.

Lawton Michew brings out the yellow on lap 3 as he has a flat tire and is stopped at the top of turn 2. Michew quickly pits for a new tire and the race goes back green with Underwood on the inside, Whitener on the outside for the restart. Whitener wins the race and takes the point followed by Underwood, Ferry, Davis and Williams. Ferry wastes no time and passes Underwood for second and sites his sight on Whitener. Lap 10 sees Joe Kump and Shane Williams do alittle too close side-by-side as Kump runs somewhat over Williams in turn 1. Williams’s car has already seen too much action and by lap 12, Williams is off the track and in the pits for the night. The caution comes out on lap 16 for Larry Anderson who has spun at the bottom of turn 2.

With the halfway point already behind the field, it is a single file restart as Whitener continues to lead the way over Ferry, Underwood, Davis and Stanton Mills. Mills puts pressure on Davis and takes over fourth as Davis settles into fifth. Ferry has been very busy and has caught up to Whitener. It is very obvious that Ferry has a fast race car but with all his good efforts, cannot pass Whitener for the point. Whitener takes the checkered for his second win of the season followed by Richard Ferry, Rob Underwood, Stanton Mills, and Lawton Minchew. Heat winners were Lawton Michew and Donnie Chappele.

Volusia Speedway Park will be closed May 2 but join us on May 9th when we celebrate “We Love You Mom” Night with Sportsman for $1000 to win, Modifieds, Street Stocks, 4 Cyl. Challengers and Mini Stock $500 to win.