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WoO Finals Mean Big Bucks To Someone, Plus Halloween As The Money Man

October 31, 2013 Leave a comment

There are thousands and thousands of reasons why drivers like Josh Richards, Darrell Lanigan, Shane Clanton, and Rick Eckert follow the WoO Late Model tour, from Florida to Canada, from February to November. Start with the $100,000 that goes to the WoO point champion.  Although there are still two nights of racing on the WoO 2013 schedule, that check can be made out to Josh Richards right now.

 

OK-I know picking winners in this blog is a harbinger of bad luck and I probably jinxed Kid Rocket with that last paragraph.  Still, the only drivers who can catch Richards are Lanigan and Clanton.  For Lanigan to capture the tour championship he would have to win both of the WoO finals features and have Richards finish worse than 26th each night.  For Clanton to win he would have to win both features and have Richards finish worse than 27th each night.

 

Even with TRODT’s jinx factor, the odds are far greater that I will get an assignment from Speedway Illustrated than Lanigan or Clanton will be the 2013 WoO Late Model champions.  First, the only driver to win both nights of the WoO finals in the six years of its existence is Jimmy Owens. Plus, in Richards 350 WoO starts he has finished 20th or worse only 12 times, and the last time he did was in 2011. Jinx or not, the check is in the mail to the Richards home in West   Virginia.

 

Lanigan and Clanton do have a real battle going though.  Lanigan leads Clanton by a mere four points.  Second place in the WoO point standings is worth $60,000 while the third place finisher gets $40,000.  I can’t say I am a big fan of either driver, but of the two, I hope Clanton manages to finish in second. If Clanton is on the rear bumper of Lanigan as the laps wind down in Saturday’s feature, would he spin him out?  $20,000 is a lot of money unless your name is Tony Anville.

 

Rick Eckert could better both Lanigan and Clanton, but both would have to have horrible weekends for the Pennsylvania driver to finish second in point standings. He appears to be locked into fourth in the standings, and will receive a $35,000 check at the WoO banquet.

 

Thanks to National Speed Sport News for most of the above information. Call it research.

 

Speaking of Tony Anville, my Halloween costume is an Anville mask combined with a Geico Money Man outfit.  Unlike Anville, my Money Man costume will be covered in fake money, not the real thing.  This should be scarier than going as Dracula, though vampires and auditors are related.

 

I know this has nothing to do with racing-that never stops me-but I wonder what Bo and Carl Pelini will be wearing as costumes tonight.  It hasn’t exactly been a good week for the Youngstown, Ohio natives. Bo can put on a Taylor Martinez mask and limp around like Igor.  Carl?  I think Carl should have stuck with a sugar high from M & M’s.

 

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Where There’s A Will, I May Be Dumb But I’m No Lug Nut

October 30, 2013 Leave a comment

My writer friend Russ sent me the list below.  Funny how many of them seem to apply to people who sit near me at races (2, 3, 4, 9, 11, and 16 for sure).

PARAPROSDOKIANS (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous.

From

  1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.

    2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list.

    3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

    4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

    5. We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.

    6. War does not determine who is right – only who is left.

    7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit… Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

    8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

    9. I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

    10. In filling out an application, where it says, ‘In case of emergency, Notify:’ I put ‘DOCTOR’.

    11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

    12. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

    13. I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure..

    14. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

    15. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

    16. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

    17. I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

Here is my Top 25 ballot for this week.  Either I am getting dumber, or the other 17 voters are, as three of my drivers did not end up in the Top 25.

2013 WEEKLY DRIVER POLL BALLOT
 

Name

Ron Meyer

Please Enter Date   Below

Position

10/29/13

1

Darrell   Lanigan

2

Josh   Richards

3

Jimmy   Owens

4

Steve   Francis

5

John   Blankenship

6

Brandon   Sheppard

7

Tim   McCreadie

8

Scott Bloomquist

9

Billy   Moyer

10

Shane   Clanton

11

Don O’Neal

12

Jason   Feger

13

Bobby   Pierce

14

Dale   McDowell

15

Rick   Eckert

16

Chris   Madden

17

Terry   Phillips

18

Jackie   Boggs

19

Shannon   Babb

20

Gregg   Satterlee

21

Dennis Erb   Jr.

22

Earl   Pearson Jr.

23

Brian   Birkhofer

24

Mike   Marlar

25

Tony   Jackson Jr.

Over 40,000 tickets have already been sold for the World of Outlaws finals in Charlotte next week.  48 states were represented in that total-only Idaho and Montana were not.  The track is offering 4 free tickets to the first people from those states to call in, so that someone from every state would be on hand.  Gee, my mom was born in Twin Falls, Idaho; I wonder if I could pass for an Idahoan.

I am not a great fan of the Charlotte track, but the idea of seeing Late Models, Sprint Cars, and Big Block Modifieds does appeal to me.  The event is on my “if I win the lottery” bucket list.

My NASCAR blog will be appearing on 365 Sports Report in a few days.  I was at a loss for a name-The Rest of the Asphalt does not ring quite like The Rest of the Dirt.  I asked some friends for names and got some I can’t use, one I won’t use-“Views From A Lug Nut,” and some good ones too.  I sent “Ron’s ‘Phalt,” “Caution For Debris,” and “A Round of Wedge” to the site owner to see which he preferred.

The NASCAR blog will be written with the same attitude as TRODT.  I know that bothers some ostriches, but NASCAR already has even toadies writing and talking about it.  If something is good, I’ll praise it. If it is not so good, well, you’ve all read what I write when I don’t like something.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

Gordon, Goofy Sports Mods, Gun-Toting Mama’s, and Good News For Birky

October 28, 2013 1 comment

Rumors of Jeff Gordon being over the hill have proven false as the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase winds its way to Homestead, Florida.  With three races left Gordon is now in third place in The Chase standings.  He is still a long shot to win the championship-neither Jimmie Johnson nor Matt Kenseth show any signs of folding, but those who placed Gordon in the same territory as Nebraska football might want to serve themselves crow for Thanksgiving instead of turkey. Certainly not because of NU football, just because of Gordon.

 

Gordon’s team is giving him good race cars each week, so yesterday’s Martinsville win might not be a fluke. While the future NASCAR Hall of Famer has never won at Homestead, he has won in Texas and Phoenix, the next two races on the schedule.

 

After watching the Martinsville race I logged into XSANTV to watch the last day/night of the King of the Carolinas.  There were times I felt I needed a translator to understand the announcers, but I would swear the first race I watched was the feature of a division called Thunder Sports Mods.  Now they looked more like IMCA Stock Cars or Hobby Stocks and nothing like Modifieds, but the race action was exactly like what is the norm for Sports Mods. There were only 14 cars in the feature but the race took 42 minutes to complete, using up nearly all of the 45 minute time limit.  And typical of Sports Mods in the north, most of the problems were created by drivers in the back of the pack.  Amazing.

 

I would say only in the south, but I might be wrong-a North   Carolina organization was selling raffle tickets at $10 a shot at Carolina Speedway yesterday. Yes, pun intended, because the three raffle prizes were all guns.  The lady in charge of the raffle was interviewed about a self-defense program and made a comment that she always carried her .357 Magnum.  I swear this is true. There is something about the thought of gun-toting fans at the track that scares the hell out of me.  And you wonder why the general public sees all race fans as rednecks?

 

Shane Clanton picked up a $15,000 check winning the Coors Light Fall Classic at Whynot Motor Speedway in Mississippi.  Don O’Neal finished second and Steve Francis came home third.  Brian Birkhofer ran a Ray Moore owned race car and finished 22nd.

 

Both Birkhofer and his I-80 Speedway nemesis made news this week.  Jared Landers is out of his Clint Bowyer Racing ride, and will be replaced by Don O’Neal in 2014.  There was not a lot of crying in Fremont, Nebraska when this came out.  Bigger news though is that Birky will NOT be racing an MB Custom Chassis in 2014.  Yes, the Muscatine, Iowa driver is the B in MB Custom, but he has sold both of this MB Custom cars and ordered two Rocket Chassis for next season.  Birky sees the move as trying to regain confidence in his driving ability. Per Birky, he remains friends with Jimmy and Chris Mars, the M in MB Custom Chassis. There is a rumor that Birkhofer will start his season in January in Tucson.

 

While tracks in the north are shuttered for the year, there was plenty of racing in warmer climes last weekend. Mike Marlar won $10,000 at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Tennessee, Jackie Boggs claimed $5,000 at 201 Speedway in Kentucky, and Chris Madden picked up $4,000 at Tacoa Speedway in Georgia.

 

Coming up this weekend is the $20,000 to win National 100 from East Alabama Motor Speedway.  If you are like me and still want to see some racing, you can go to www.DirtonDirt.com and order the site’s PPV.  For DOD subscribers, a two night package is available for $32.99.  For non-subscribers or those who only want to watch one night of racing, Saturday’s program can he had for $17.99, while Sunday’s show will cost $19.99.

 

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Time Trials Try My Patience

October 27, 2013 1 comment

If you are a regular reader of TRODT you know how I feel about time trials-simply a waste of time, and at my age every minute counts.  Time trials are more like hot laps than racing. When a few laps of less than a handful of cars on the track determine the outcome of the night, I do cry “foul.” And I am talking of time trials for the feature class alone.  Until Friday night I had never watched an event where all classes racing held time trials. 

I watched the King of the Carolinas on XSANTV Friday night.  There were four classes of racing that night, and all four time trialed.  In one class the top eight were locked into the feature and did not even have to run a heat. Maybe that is how racing is in the Southeast.  IF so, I am glad I live in the Midwest.

Once the racing on the red clay Gastonia, North Carolina speedway actually started it was not bad. However, sitting through100 cars “qualifying” left my butt tired and I turned the computer off after watching Modified heat races.  Fans were bundled for the chill, and if I had been sitting outside on a cold night I would have been more than a little pissed watching support class time trials.

To show what I thought of the “performance” of the Nebraska football team against Minnesota yesterday, I quit watching the game and turned on XSANTV again to watch the activity at Carolina Speedway-after the cold Friday night promoters decided to move up the starting time to mid-afternoon on Saturday. Even knowing time trials would open the show I figured this was better than the sickening show NU was putting one.

After babysitting the most amazing young man last night, I turned on XSANTV again to watch some of the racing from Kings Speedway in Hanford, California.  The feature for a class called West Coast Super Stocks had just begun.  The cars have a Late Model look but run a Modified engine. There were only 11 cars racing, and though the announcer and later drivers interviewed swore the cars usually put on a good show, last night they did a wonderful imitation of B-Mods. How 11 cars can produce at least 11 caution flags is beyond me, but they did.  It was already late, so that was the end of my California Dreamin’ last night.

XSANTV is covering the final day of the King of the Carolinas, with racing starting late in the afternoon-well, with the time difference, it will be more like mid-afternoon in the central U.S. Yes, I will probably log in after the NASCAR race from Martinsville.  I suppose some of my fascination has to do with actually visiting the track in person some years ago, and the rest is that there is not much racing left to watch this season.

Starting next week I am going to be doing a twice a week NASCAR blog on http://www.365sportsreport.com.  No, I will not be quitting my day job, but hopefully it will lead to other writing opportunities. At some point in time I might also do a college sports blog for the site. I’ll let you know when I do my first post.

Thanks for stopping by.

P.S. Sammy Swindell won the $15,000 ASCS Sprint Car Short Track Championship in Little Rock.

 

 

 

Categories: October 2013

Torture-No I Am Not Talking About B Mods This Time

October 25, 2013 2 comments

I have had a song stuck in my mind the past few days.  It happens on occasion, but it is never one like ‘Free Bird,’ a song I wouldn’t mind having in mind for several days.  No, in this case it is ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ by The Foundations, recorded in the late ‘60’s.  It has been torture.  “Why do you build me up buttercup baby,’ just to drive me insane? Tiny Tim’s greatest hit couldn’t be much worse.

 

In 2014 NASCAR will require baseline concussion testing in 2014.  The baseline test will be made prior to the start of the season and used to compare when a driver receives a head injury.  I know some of you see this as intruding-“Goddamn Obamacare wrecking NASCAR,” and yes, I do know the government has nothing to do with this, I was being ironic.  Anyway, it provides doctors with more information in determining whether or not a driver should be allowed to race and given the nature of the sport, if a driver is a danger to himself he is also a danger to other drivers and should not be on the track.  So, in a lot of words I am saying that I see this as a good thing.

 

Of course doing brain scans on Brad Keselowski, Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse and others might produce some interesting results.  Maybe NASCAR should do brain scans of someone normal-like me-and compare them to the “normal” of drivers.

 

It is Martinsville weekend for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and that should mean it is payback time.  “Should” is the key word.  After last week in Talladega I wouldn’t be surprised at all if any spin-outs are not retribution, but mistakes.  I realize the phrase is now “Drivers start your engine,” but even Danica is being a gentleman.

 

Here is a link to subscribing to National Speed Sport News.  You get 12 issues of the magazine for $29.95 plus you also get a free t-shirt.  The magazine is a good one for all race fans and $2.50 per issue makes it an even better value:

http://www.nationalspeedsportnews.com/nssn-store/subscriptions/speed-sport-magazine/?utm_source=T-Shirt+Subscription+Offer&utm_campaign=forums+invite+tee+shirt&utm_medium=email

 

 

Here is another National Speed Sport News link.  This one is to the magazine’s new forums.   No, I am not a shill.  If I think something is good I’ll say it.  If I don’t think it is any good, I won’t mention it.

 

http://forums.nationalspeedsportnews.com! 

 

Almost heaven, Little Rock, Arkansas? Not according to John Denver, but I suspect Ivan Tracy thinks so with nearly 100 ASCS Sprint Cars on hand for the Short Track Nationals.  Danny Lasoski won the night one A feature, while Sammy Swindell captured the night two checkered flags. Maybe I didn’t look close enough, but I did not see any Cornhusker state names among the competitors. Interesting.

 

I won’t be watching the sprints tonight, but I do plan to log on XSANTV and watch some racing from North Carolina and California. You could do a lot worse than spending some time with XSANTV on a cool fall night.

 

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redneck Carpet And Someone Who Is Not A Hillbilly

October 24, 2013 2 comments

Red carpet-where glamorous celebrities walk to be ogled, interviewed, and praised beyond what is deserved.  Called on the carpet-what you don’t want to happen in today’s economy because your boss is upset with your work.  Redneck carpet?  Called on the redneck carpet?

 

NASCAR driver Corey Lajoie-son of former driver Randy Lajoie-has been called on the redneck carpet by NASCAR because of an insensitive tweet.  You can Google if you want to know what he wrote.  After reading what he wrote, the young driver is certainly not one of the brighter stars in the NASCAR constellation. Anyway, Lajoie has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR and must take a sensitivity course.

 

I would like to believe that NASCAR is serious about racism in the sport.  The trouble is that probably 100 others in the garage thought what Lajoie thought, but only Lajoie was dumb enough to go public with his thought.  It makes me wonder if the suspension was for the thought or if it was due to the fact that NASCAR really does not want to continue to be perceived as a bunch of illiterate rednecks and Lajoie’s remark just merely cemented what the general public thinks of the sport.

 

It hasn’t been a good week for Richard Petty Motorsports.  Lajoie is an RPM developmental driver.  As bad as the Lajoie issue was, the team had a far bigger problem in that Todd Parrott, the crew chief for Aric Amirola failed a NASCAR random drug test.  Under a zero tolerance policy, Parrott was fired by RPM and will be replaced by Greg Ebert for the rest of the 2013 season.  Parrott entered the NASCAR Road to Recovery program yesterday.

 

Two of my favorite TV shows are the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Wild Kratts.  Snicker if you will, but the shows teach little children lessons that need to be learned, PLUS they are far more intelligent than most NASCAR prerace shows, especially ones that include Kenny Wallace.

 

Wild Kratts portrays wild animals in a natural setting, but is also part cartoon to hold a youngster’s attention.  My grandson is totally focused on the show and if anyone makes too much noise when the program is on they are told “not so loud” by a two year old.  Yesterday the show went undersea and was basically about an octopus.  I was going to tell Henry what was on the screen was an octopus, when he turned to me and said “octopus, grandpa.”  I am not sure how many two year olds have octopus in their vocabulary, but it became my new favorite word last night.  I said it often enough last night when we went home that I irritated my wife.  Steph and Matt do a wonderful job raising this intriguing young man and I am proud of all they do.

 

And yes, I do think that Henry Ross Meyer is much smarter than Corey Lajoie. Todd Parrott too.

 

My spam software caught the following:

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No, I won’t show the link to where you can buy NFL jerseys cheap.  When have I ever mentioned Ryan Tannehill or Terrelle Pryor in this blog?  Well, before now?  Henry is smarter than this spammer too.

 

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Who Is Number One, Orange Dirt, Barbed Wire, And B-Mods

October 23, 2013 1 comment

Listed below is my Top 25 for October 22nd.  Once again 24 of the 25 on my list made the overall Top 25, and I don’t know why everyone else was wrong about Dennis Erb Jr.  Erb was 27th in the overall poll.

2013 WEEKLY DRIVER POLL BALLOT

Name

Ron Meyer

Please Enter Date   Below

Position

10/22/13

1

Darrell   Lanigan

2

Josh   Richards

3

Jimmy   Owens

4

Steve   Francis

5

John   Blankenship

6

Brandon   Sheppard

7

Tim   McCreadie

8

Billy   Moyer

9

Scott   Bloomquist

10

Shane   Clanton

11

Don O’Neal

12

Jason   Feger

13

Bobby   Pierce

14

Dale   McDowell

15

Rick   Eckert

16

Terry   Phillips

17

Chris   Madden

18

Shannon   Babb

19

Gregg   Satterlee

20

Jackie   Boggs

21

Brian   Birkhofer

22

Earl   Pearson Jr.

23

Dennis Erb   Jr.

24

Tony   Jackson Jr.

25

Dennis   Franklin

Who is the driver of the year in 2013?  That is a tough call.  Josh Richards and Jimmy Owens will win their respective national tours.  Darrell Lanigan, John Blankenship, Tim McCreadie, Scott Bloomquist, Don O’Neal, and Terry Phillips all won big races, as did Richards and Owens.  Young Brandon Sheppard just won the Dirt Track World Championship and had already claimed both the UMP Summernationals and Weekly Series crowns. Any of these drivers could be the best of 2013.  Maybe there should be a five way tie.  Whoever is crowned the best will have plenty of detractors from supporters of other drivers.

There are still nine races with purses of $10,000 or more and another six races of $5,000 or more remain on the 2013 schedule, though some of them are limited late model events, and less than a handful of “name” drivers will show at any of the races, other than the WoO finals in Charlotte, so the results of the WoO finals will go a long way in determining the top driver of 2013.  Maybe.

XSANTV will be hosting three nights of racing this weekend.  On Friday and Saturday you can watch PPV’s of King of Carolinas from Gastonia, North Carolina, or the Dirt Nationals from Hansford, California. The North Carolina racing starts at 6:00 p.m. Central Time, while the West Coast racing begins at 9:00 P.M. Central Time.

I have mentioned this a number of times in the past, but Matt and I visited Carolina Speedway when we went to the MikeDuvallRacingSchool.  Orange dirt was a sight to behold, but I still shake my head every time I picture the barbed wire on top of the infield fence at this track.  The King of Carolinas ends on Sunday and will also be shown on an XSANTV PPV, beginning at 6:00 P.M. Central Time.

The California event lists “Mods, etc.”  The etc. worries me some, since the Mods are IMCA style, the etc. likely includes B-Mods.  There will be six classes racing in Gastonia, including Late Models and Crate Late Models. Yes I do plan on watching some racing this weekend, likely from both tracks, though I’ll have to get permission from Matt to watch on Saturday as we have the good fortune to once again babysit Mr. Henry Ross Meyer.

Thanks for stopping by.