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A Second Monday Post-One I Should Not Have To Write In 2014

March 31, 2014 1 comment

I got an email a few minutes ago with a link to the Junction Motor Speedway Facebook page that showed what I felt was a very offensive post. I am not going to provide the link-if you really want to see it go to the page. Dirt track racing has always had an image problem, basically that all people who go to races at a dirt track are rednecks, and not particularly bright. All the JMS post did was add fuel to that fire.

 

JMS is a NASCAR weekly track. I really do not think that anyone running NASCAR would be pleased to see the sanctioning body in any way linked to a post like that. This kind of advertising was stupid 50 years ago. It is shameful today. That a number of people clicked ‘like’ to this post has me wondering what I am even doing blogging about the sport.

 

I assume it was a track employee who posted to the Facebook page. If that was my track and my employee that person would be severely reprimanded and told in no uncertain terms if it ever happened again they were history. If that post stays up on the JMS Facebook page I will not only not be attending any races at the track, I will not say another word about the track on this blog. And I am really good at not mentioning tracks that irritate me.

 

If you don’t like my reaction, I would suggest that you read someone else’s blog. I don’t need readers that think like you.

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Categories: March 2014

Just Another Blogging Monday

March 31, 2014 1 comment

One of my LinkedIn connections is Randy LaJoie.  I received the following message from Lajoie:

 

“I have been around racing my whole life, from victory lane behind the wheel of a racecar and everything in between. The sport of racing has lost many friends over the years, which is where my passion for safety comes from.

Through my years of experience traveling to over 100 racetracks in America, I have noticed that racers are not educated in the latest and greatest of safety systems. They do not know how to help themselves be safer.

My goal is to travel and educate racers at every track from coast to coast to hopefully keep racers from getting hurt or much worse.

Would you please help by contributing to my Safer – Racer campaign?”

 

Thank you.

 

Randy LaJoie

 

Below is a link that gives more information to the project.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/safer-racer-tour

 

IMCA Frostbusters won’t be busting any frost this week.  Because winter weather prevented proper track preparation-say that fast three times-the races at Oskaloosa, Marshalltown, Boone, and Vinton, Iowa have been postponed until April 10th-13th.

 

I spend the afternoon yesterday switching from NU baseball on BTN to Michigan State vs. UConn basketball on CBS to the Martinsville race on FOX.  NU won, unfortunately so did UConn.  If one of my readers thinks I dislike Big East basketball now, he doesn’t know how much I disliked it up until this year.  Two thumbs down to Syracuse, UConn, Pittsburgh, and Georgetown, though Georgetown is the only one of the four remaining in the new Big East.

 

Kurt Busch managed to win the Sprint Cup race, with Jimmie Johnson right on his rear bumper.  TROTD’s jinx appeared to be taking Sunday off as Jimmie Johnson led the most laps and seemed to have the race in hand.  Then Clint Bowyer-who managed to keep from spinning this race-took the lead from Johnson.  A caution saw Johnson emerge from the pits with the lead and Busch coming fast behind him.  Busch took the lead, Johnson took it back, and finally Busch took the lead for the final time and held off the 48 car.

 

No, I am not a Busch fan-not Kurt, not Kyle, not Lite. Still, I would rather a Busch win than a member of Roush-Fenway Racing.  I wouldn’t mind going to a baseball game at Fenway Park, but that is even less likely than me going to Wrigley Field this year. Anyway, my favorite moment of the race was seeing Carl Edwards spin out late.  I realize that sounds terrible.  Hey, I haven’t been sleeping well lately anyway, so one smart comment won’t cause me a lot more lost sleep.

 

I received an email today stating that Friday in eastern Nebraska was going to be sunny and dry with highs in the mid-50’s. Sounds like propaganda to me. I hope this person is right. I would rather go to a Husker baseball game on Saturday afternoon than freeze my whatever off at the race track on Friday and Saturday nights.

 

My writer friend Salley Shannon from Maryland-she was President when I was Treasurer of ASJA-commented about a Plato reference I made and about the Margaret Atwood comment I use.  No, Salley is not the new reader who suggested the Atwood quote to me.  Actually she and my other writer friend Russ Wild from Pennsylvania-he was also President part of the time I was ASJA treasurer-encouraged me when I first had the ridiculous idea to do a racing blog.  Anyway, she stated she agreed that if Plato blogged he would do The Rest of the Dirt.  Personally I think Plato would do his own blog, but write like me.  In case anyone wondered, I am being self-deprecating here.  She also stated that Margaret Atwood’s novels were very weird.  That’s OK, like I said another time, when something is right, don’t change it. I will continue to say “in spring, at the end of the day you should smell like dirt.”

 

I actually gave this saying some thought from about 3:30 a.m.-5:30 a.m. today.  Perhaps Atwood was suggesting we all take up gardening.  Or maybe it was for anything to grow we need to get down in the dirt, embrace something new and work hard to make it happen.  I doubt she was suggesting that dirt race track prep become more of a science than a hit and mostly miss art, but maybe. Hopefully I-80 will make it science and not art on Friday and Saturday.

 

Thanks for stopping by.

 

P.S. Since some of you aren’t basketball fans, here is a guide to the Final Four by comparing the teams with dirt late model drivers.

 

Wisconsin-Brian Birkhofer

Florida-Billy Moyer

UConn-Chris Madden

Kentucky-Jared Landers

 

Obviously I am not rooting for Connecticut or Kentucky.

 

Moyer And Erb In LM’s, Sanders In A Mod, Me Down In The Dirt

March 30, 2014 Leave a comment

Whenever Hall of Famer Billy Moyer wins a race, I feel just a little younger. That is a good thing because the past few days I have been feeling old. Very old. Last night the 56 year old Arkansas driver bettered 38 WoO late models at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock. It was the 4th win of the 2014 season for the driver known as Mr. Smooth. Obviously his switch to a Moyer Xtreme by Longhorn Chassis is still a work in progress, but the results have to be satisfying. For fans and driver alike, every Moyer win has to mean retirement is put back a few more races.

The WoO late models are back in action next Friday and Saturday with the $20,000 to win Illini 100 on the 1/4th mile Farmer City Raceway in Illinois.

I also feel good when a driver I have written about wins a big race. Heck, when a driver I have written about wins any race I feel good. Well, Dennis Erb Jr. won the weekend’s biggest race, the Thaw Brawl at LaSalle Speedway in Illinois. Young Bobby Pierce finished 2nd and young Devin Moran-another driver with a Dirt Late Model story by me-finished 21st. In his 2014 debut, Brian Birkhofer finished 15th. Erb earned $15,000 for his effort.

After two nights of stellar qualifying, Texan Rodney Sanders earned the pole position for Saturday’s USMTS modified King of America feature. Jordan Grabouski-OK, I wrote about him for Dirt Modified magazine-started on the outside of the front row and the two battled for 93 laps of the 100 lap event at Humboldt Speedway in Kansas. As happens often enough on America’s dirt tracks, the leaders came together with just a few laps remaining in the race. Sanders was able to continue the race while Grabouski took his car to the pits, done for the night. Check out the USMTS site for very different viewpoints of the incident. Anyway, Sanders went on to take the checkered flag and win a trophy nearly as tall as him, along with a check for $10,000.

Next up for the modified traveling circus is a Friday night race at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City. It is a Major League Bow Hunter USMTS Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports race. Yeah, that is quite a sentence. I am torn between being facetious and being envious that the series has so many sponsors. Heck, one big buck sponsor would be more than The Rest of the Dirt can claim.

Once again a NASCAR event is threatened with rain. Weather forecasters say there is a 60% chance of showers today in Martinsville. The predicted high is in the mid-50’s. Tomorrow’s forecast shows a sunny day with a high of 70.

“In spring at the end of the day you should smell like dirt.” Maybe some days you gotta feel like dirt to smell like dirt. If so, I got it at least half right.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

It’s 1:00 A.M. I Couldn’t Sleep.

March 29, 2014 Leave a comment

 

 

From Jeff Broeg on yesterday’s post:

 

“Ken Stout and Verne Lundquist force me to watch TV with the Mute button on……”

 

In fairness to TV racing commentators, there are most definitely announcers in other sports that tend to irritate me-Brent Musberger and Marv Albert to take two.  As long as it doesn’t affect ratings, TV doesn’t mind a love/hate relationship between commentators and fans.  While NASCAR ratings haven’t been great for several years, it is more of the on track product driving people away than any announcers.  I haven’t stopped watching races because Waltrip, Hammond, etal bug me. 

 

I have said it before, but Jeff is one of my favorite race writers.  Check out his Positively Racing site-link below.  There are nine different columnists writing about Midwest racing, and it is free.  Jeff is a glutton for punishment in that he compiles late model results from around the country and plugs them into a point system and presents National Dirt Late Model Points for Positively Racing.  Jeff lists 106 drivers.  As a voter for the http://www.dirtondirt.com Top 25, I am keeping track of 35-40 drivers at most. That includes well-known national drivers and a few regional drivers making a lot of noise in their series. It does not include any local drivers. What Jeff does includes everyone and that takes a lot of effort.

 

http://www.positivelyracing.com

 

Jeff never goes for the throat in his columns, like some bloggers do.  Ahem. However, there are few dirt track writers that I give more credibility to than Jeff.  Read his stuff.

 

Marcos Ambrose, Kyle Busch, Brian Vickers, Tony Stewart, and Jeff Gordon were NASCAR lucky dogs this week.  No, I am not talking about getting a lap back on the race track when a caution occurs.  The five drivers got to tire test at Sonoma Raceway on Tuesday and Wednesday.  The drivers logged about nine hours of track time over the two days, which will certainly help them prepare for the early summer northern California race, but they also got to spend time around my favorite place on planet Earth, the San Francisco Bay area.  If I ever win the lottery, only watching a young fellow named Henry grow up would keep me from moving there.  I still would buy a condo in San Francisco and visit often though.

 

Sprint Cup drivers will be racing at Martinsville this weekend.  Hendrick Racing has dominated events at this track, and I see no reason this trend won’t continue.  My pick for Victory Lane on Sunday is Jimmie Johnson. Given a certain blog’s jinx factor, Johnson just had a 900 pound gorilla loaded into his #48 race car.

 

This weekend is the big King of America Modified Nationals at Humboldt Speedway in Kansas.  Thursday night saw 16 heats of qualifying with over 90 cars taking to the track.  Wow, 16 heats of USMTS Modifieds, that is a Tony Anville dream come true.  The event copies Silver Dollar National late model qualifying with two qualifying heats for each driver each night.  Results from Friday heats were combined with Thursday heats to lock in 12 drivers for tonight’s $10,000 to win feature. Check the USMTS site for more information.

 

Occasionally I write my posts early. This was one of the early efforts. I left a space to write about the Thaw Brawl at LaSalle Speedway. Wet and cool weather forced a schedule shift. The Friday night $2,000 to win show has been postponed until Sunday afternoon. Tonight’s $12,000 to win race is still on as of now-though I couldn’t sleep and am finishing this at 1:00 a.m.

 

Occasionally I write my-oh, yeah, I just said that. Well, here is the space I was going to write about the WoO race at Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas. Mother Nature won-a late afternoon thunderstorm cancelled the event. Hopefully the series will be able to race in Little Rock tonight.

 

Since I am playing weatherman, long range weather forecasts call for temperatures in the 50’s for highs and 30’s for lows next Friday and Saturday in Greenwood, Nebraska.  I am hoping that weather will be better than predicted for what Matt and I intend to be our first nights of “live” racing this season with the Spring Meltdown at I-80 Speedway.  Even with just three classes on hand, you have to figure both nights will be late with sprint cars on the bill, so temperatures at the end of the night could be chilly.  Perhaps Matt can talk with his friend Joe and get the sprint car features scheduled last.

 

“In the spring at the end of the day you should smell like dirt.” Sometimes when something is right you stay with it no matter what. If I end up smelling like dirt at the end of today it is from the Haymarket Park infield. Matt and I are going to the NU vs. UNLV baseball game in Lincoln this afternoon.  Go Huskers.

 

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Two Thumbs Up, Two Thumbs Down, A Thumb In The Eye-Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk

March 28, 2014 2 comments

The link below rated 16 NASCAR announcers. The link includes a slide show of the 16 with comments from fans about why they think a particular announcer is the best or the worst.

http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar/story/2014-03-21/nascar-tv-announcers-best-worst-networks-fox-espn-tnt-darrell-waltrip-kyle-petty/slide/16

My take on the announcers-as well as some other fan comments I enjoyed:

Mike Joy-FOX lead announcer. I don’t have much positive or negative to say about him. He is able to tolerate McReynolds and Waltrip, so that ought to be worth something in rating him.

Allen Bestwick-Like with Mike Joy, I don’t have much positive or negative to say about him. Of course I have nearly 17,000 LinkedIn connections, many in the racing industry, and Mr. Bestwick did not accept my invitation to connect, so I can’t rate him too high.

Larry McReynolds-probably the most knowledgeable of the commentators, but his butchering of the English language drives me insane. Here is a comment another fan made:

“Larry seems like the nicest guy, but the way he slays the English language gives the entire sport a black eye. It reinforces negative stereotypes that NASCAR fans are ignorant rednecks. I’ve heard some people find his inarticulate nature to be quaint and genuine. It might be, but it makes me cringe and can’t do anything to help the sport’s image outside of the Deep South.”

I totally agree with that fan.

Darrell Waltrip-I used to cheer for Waltrip as a driver, and was thrilled when he finally won the Daytona 500. As an announcer he comes across as a total NASCAR homer, and then of course there are the three infamous words he just won’t quit using. As a fan who rated him worst said:

“… So tired of hearing ‘boogity, boogity, boogity.’ I loved him as a driver, can’t stand him as an announcer.”

Amen, brother.

Dale Jarrett-Not as good as his dad was, but to me as good as any other NASCAR announcer today and better than most.

Rusty Wallace-I wasn’t a huge Rusty fan, so I suppose I am somewhat biased. I don’t care for his prerace banter.

Kyle Petty-He wants to come off as controversial, but to me he just comes off as irritating.

Jeff Hammond-I can easily picture him as a spray-tanned, gold chained used car salesman, so no, I am not much of a fan. Whenever he is on TV I always reach for my wallet to make sure it is still there.

Ray Evernham-I wish he was back as crew chief for the 24 car.

Andy Petree-I liked him as crew chief for the 3 car back in the day, and I think he works well with Bestwick and Jarrett.

Wally Dallenbach-Oh my God. If I really got started I could write pages about this announcer. Instead I’ll let what fans said speak for me:

“Overreacts to non-incidents on the track. Gasping and yelling ‘whoa’ to nothing seems like fabricated drama and keeps me on edge as a viewer, in a negative way.”

“I’ve never been impressed with his credentials compared to other ex-driver commentators. Has never seemed particularly insightful to me.”

“The ‘driver’ on a broadcast team can’t be a guy who has the same amount of Cup wins as me.”

Kenny Wallace: A really loud version of Dallenbach. Others I agree with said:
“Annoying laugh, always raising his voice over others. Yuck!”

“Talks incessantly without saying anything. Means well but I can’t listen to him.”

Michael Waltrip-I have never been overwhelmed by Darrell’s younger brother, not as a driver, not as an owner, not as an announcer. When he said he was talking with Donna Summer on pit road last week, it made me want to start a petition for FOX to take him off the air.

Adam Alexander-he is the play by play version of Wally Dallenbach, so it seems appropriate they work for the same network.

Brad Daugherty-He was a good, not great basketball player. He is neither good, nor great as a race announcer. I suppose he is adequate, but his bias against Jeff Gordon angers me. Yeah, I know I am biased too. That is obvious in almost every blog post. If this blog made what all of these announcers do, I would say you had more reason to make that point.

Enough about asphalt announcers. Let’s talk about dirt track announcers. No Stroker, not you. Not Stan Cisar either. Not Trenton Berry. No one on http://www.DirtonDirt.com. Almost no one on XSANTV either, except the Renegades of Dirt announcer. He is a screamer, and sorry, an 8 car B feature of a regional Modified series just is not as exciting as the final laps of the World 100. To paint it like it is just takes away all credibility. Or, like a fan said about Wally Dallenbach:

“Overreacts to non-incidents on the track. Gasping and yelling ‘whoa’ to nothing seems like fabricated drama and keeps me on edge as a viewer, in a negative way.”

I’ll still watch the Renegade races this season, but I am hitting the mute button first.

For those of you who want to condemn NU football coach Bo Pelini when he goes apoplectic on the sidelines, here is another side of the man:

“In spring at the end of the day you should smell like dirt.” Being somewhat of a poet though not a good one, I would probably come up with something like “In spring you should smell like a sea breeze blowing across the deck of a cruise ship.” No, I have never been on an ocean cruise. I did go on a cruise in San Francisco Bay once when the wind was blowing ridiculous and white caps bounced the Red Lines ferry so much I went below and prayed we didn’t sink. I think I will stick to good old American dirt, or the airplanes that fly above it.

Thanks for stopping by.

When I Say “The Rest Of The Dirt,” I Mean It

March 27, 2014 3 comments

I am going outside my comfort zone with an upcoming Dirt Modified article on Santa Maria, California driver Josh Vogt. Vogt drives an IMCA Modified and won the FVP Showdown held in conjunction with the WoO Sprint Car visit to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 6th. Normally I try to do stories on Midwest drivers I know and have watched run, but I am enjoying working with this up and coming driver.

I am also working on a Dirt Late Model story on a well-known Nebraska driver. Thanks to Matt for coordinating the interview. I don’t want to say I suck as an interviewer, but in all honesty I am about as good of an interviewer as Dale Earnhardt Jr. is an interviewee.

If anyone has story ideas for either Dirt Modified or Dirt Late Model magazines, please email me at brutonnb@yahoo.com. No, I am not doing articles for Flat Out magazine. I will let those more qualified and interested in writing about open wheeled racing take care of that publication.

When I finally finish the two stories mentioned above, I hope to convince the Three Wide Media people to let me “build a race track” in DLM, talking with drivers, fans, and promoters about their ideas of what would make a perfect dirt track. I think they will be interested in the idea, but if not, I am planning to do it on the blog. While I intend to interview some national drivers for the story, I will also be interviewing local drivers, promoters, and fans. Maybe you.

For the first time tiny Macon Speedway in Illinois will host the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on May 1st. The 1/5th mile track will run a 100 lap event that will pay $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start. Add a group of hard to beat local and regional drivers to the already star studded Lucas Oil field, and you have the makings of a great race. I would try to talk a certain son of mine into heading east on I-80 if this was a Saturday race, but Thursday makes it tough logistically.

The race at Macon is part of a three day Midwest swing for the LOLMDS. On Friday the series will be at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois, and Saturday will find the cars and stars (I really don’t like that phrase) at Paducah International Raceway in Kentucky. The Granite City and Paducah races are both $10,000 to win shows.

Lucas Oil drivers have the weekend off, but WoO late model will race at Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas and I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Arkansas. Both shows pay $10,000 to win.

LaSalle Speedway in Illinois will hold ALMS sanctioned events this weekend. The Friday show will pay $2,000 to win, while the Saturday night race winner will receive $15,0000. If you subscribe to http://www.DirtonDirt.com check out the video on Brian Birkhofer who will be racing for the first time in 2014 at LaSalle.

I am not sure which is bigger news-Dario Franchitti driving the pace car at the Indy 500 or Jim Nabors singing “Back Home Again In Indiana” for the final time. Probably Nabors singing during prerace activities. The 83 year old will be accompanied by the Purdue University Marching Band as he has 34 other times at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

http://www.nationalspeedsportnews.com/media/videos/video-smoke-is-the-bandit-complete-series/

If you are a Tony Stewart fan check out the above link. Or maybe if you aren’t a Tony Stewart fan check out the above link. I am thinking most of the people involved need to stick with their day job.

Denny Hamlin has been cleared to race in Sunday’s Sprint Cup event at Martinsville. While Hamlin did have a sinus infection, the cause of his vision problems at Fontana was a small piece of metal lodged in one eye. Doctors at a California hospital discovered this on Sunday, and a CT scan done then found no other complications. So, why all the secrecy surrounding this incident?

David Stremme will be back in a Sprint Cup car at Martinsville. The sponsor of the car will be Mace. Yes, that Mace. The product a certain reader threatens me with every week, although the company makes many other products than what it is famous for.

“In the spring, at the end of the day you should smell like dirt.” However, if you are old and have a messed up knee due to previous indiscretions, it is OK to smell like a mixture of dirt and Deep Heat.

Thanks for stopping by.

Speedy Funeral Information Plus The Usual TROTD

March 26, 2014 Leave a comment

From Jim Hitzemann:

Here is the information for Speedy’s visitation and funeral service.

The Hill family has requested that we post the following funeral notice for Speedy:

We are saddened to report that Carroll L “Speedy” Hill has passed away. Speedy dedicated his life to ensuring the safety and well being of racers and race fans throughout the Midwest for over 50 years. He will be greatly missed.

Viewing will be Saturday March 29th, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Westlawn-Hillcrest Funeral Home located at 5701 Center Street in Omaha. All are welcome.

Funeral services will be held at St. Matthew Lutheran Church on Sunday March 30th at 2:00pm with internment to follow at Westlawn Cemetery. There will be a luncheon at the church following graveside service. The church is located at 60th and Walnut Street in Omaha. Service is open to anyone who would like to pay their respects.

Special Request From the Speedy Himself

Those of you who knew Speed know that he was not a “suit and tie” type of guy. Speedy’s favorite clothing was his nomex fire suit and a pair of extrication gloves. He was in his element and at his happiest when working a racetrack, a fire scene, or similar form of public service. He made it quite clear before his passing that he did not want to peek out from his casket and see a crowd of people wearing suits and ties while shedding tears over his passing.

What Speed wanted was for everyone to wear the attire they normally would be in during a normal interaction with him. Racers should wear their driver’s suits, firefighters should wear their fire gear, track officials should wear their official’s uniform, law enforcement, tow crews, medical crews, etc. should wear their respective uniform. If you don’t have a uniform, casual dress is fine.

Speed loved machinery of all types – fire trucks (his favorite, of course), ambulances, tow trucks, race cars, police cruisers, aircraft, etc. He wanted his funeral procession to include as many of the above as possible. If you have access to anything of this nature, by all means bring it and help send Speedy to his final resting place with a show of warning lights and horsepower! The neighbors may not approve – Speedy would LOVE it.

Speed wanted the many good friends and valued acquaintances he had made over his lifetime to come together for one last story swapping session and celebration, a time of joy rather than sadness. Everyone who wishes to do so is welcome to join us in a final celebration of Speed’s life.

The Hill Family

Thanks Jim. I thought of sending just the above as today’s blog, but as with shirt and ties, I know Speedy would not want me to do it that way.

A certain friend of mine has already crowned Carl Edwards as 2014 Sprint Cup champion in “a runaway.” Checking the standings I found:
186 pts.-Carl Edwards
185 pts.-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
184 pts.-Jeff Gordon
182 pts.-Brad Keselowski
179 pts.-Matt Kenseth

Obviously my friend’s definition of “runaway’ is quite different from mine. With Martinsville next up on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule anyone of these drivers could be on top of the standings at the end of the day next Sunday.

I would also like to point out to my friend that without Clint “Spin” Bowyer’s late lap misfortune, the standings would show Jeff Gordon with 199 points and all the drivers listed except Keselowski with one less point.

I was looking at the XSANTV schedule of events and several caught my eye. On April 12th, XSANTV will show the NDRL sanctioned King of the Commonwealth race from Virginia Motor Speedway. On June 25th-26th, the Clash at the Creek will be shown. This event run at 141 Speedway in Wisconsin is a $10,000 to win Modified race. XSAN will show 11 Hawkeye Dirt Tour races over the summer months, as well as all six nights of the Dakota Classic Mod Tour. Check out the XSANTV website for subscription prices.

“In spring at the end of the day you should smell like dirt.” And in the summer and fall too. And yes, I have been waiting for some reader to ask “if dirt smells, what is the scent of The Rest of the Dirt?” Well, as Juliet said to Romeo: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
by any other name would smell as sweet.” Ron Meyer-the Shakespeare of dirt tracks. That is funny.

Thanks for stopping by.

P.S. Wow, I forgot about my http://www.DirtonDirt.com Top 25 for this week. Check out the site for the actual results, though 96% of my drivers made the Top 25, and the other one was 26th. If you do look at the website, you might be able to figure out why I think five other voters are as smart as me.

DirtonDirt.com Top 25 Voting Ballot

Voter Name: Ron Meyer
Please Enter Date Below
Position 03/24/14
1 Scott Bloomquist
2 Darrell Lanigan
3 Billy Moyer
4 Chris Madden
5 Brandon Sheppard
6 Don O’Neal
7 Steve Francis
8 John Blankenship
9 Jonathan Davenport
10 Jimmy Owens
11 Dale McDowell
12 Eddie Carrier Jr.
13 Brady Smith
14 Shane Clanton
15 Rick Eckert
16 Earl Pearson Jr.
17 Bobby Pierce
18 Gregg Satterlee
19 Billy Moyer Jr.
20 Ray Cook
21 Tim McCreadie
22 Kent Robinson
23 Dennis Erb Jr.
24 Mike Marlar
25 Casey Roberts