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A Little NASCAR And A Little Illinois Track Too

Four NASCAR Sprint Cup teams will lose 15 minutes practice time tomorrow at Talladega Speedway.  The #43 team of Aric Almirola was late for qualifying inspection, the #4 team of Kevin Harvick and the #83 team of Matt Benedetto were late for pre-race inspection, and the #7 team of Alex Bowman failed qualifying inspection more than three times. While the others may need every minute of practice time they can get, Harvick will not have much of a problem with 15 minutes less on the track.

Apparently Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is in no hurry to get married.  While girlfriend Danica Patrick previously said she would answer ‘yes’ if he asked, in an interview with NASCAR Illustrated, Stenhouse said he is focused on his career, on getting faster in his Roush Fenway Racing Ford. If Danica has to wait for an RFR car to get fast before she can get married, she is going to have a long wait before walking down the aisle.

The famous announcer having a birthday this weekend-tomorrow to be exact-is none other than Joe Proctor, aka Stroker Ace. Happy Birthday Stroke!!

This is so my friend Tony Anville can make vacation plans-Austin Dillon will be driving his dirt late model at Merritt Speedway in Lake City, Michigan on June 10th.

Macon Speedway.  Lucas Oil Late Models.  Don O’Neal, Billy Moyer, Jimmy Owens, Scott Bloomquist, Steve Francis, Eddie Carrier Jr., Jonathan Davenport, Shannon Babb, Brandon Sheppard, Dennis Erb Jr., Earl Pearson, Jr., Devin Moran, and Bobby Pierce.  A 1/5th mile oval. $12,000 to win.  100 laps. UMP Modifieds.  A grandstand full of crazy fans.  AND, B-Mods.

Gotta love promoters who can’t keep B-Mods off of special events.  OK, so I used the B-Mod time on the track to visit TRODT’s concession stand and restroom. Wow-concession stand food is good and cheap and the restroom is the cleanest of any track I have visited.

But I am still irritated that B-Mods were on the program.  A full grandstand at $30 adult admission and B-Mods on the program.  In the name of all that is good about dirt track racing, why?

The Lucas Oil show? Excellent, top notch, borderline outstanding. 14 of the 30 drivers turned in sub-11.00 second laps, and Billy Moyer broke the seven year old track record, wending his way around the speedway in 10.228 seconds as the first driver who time-trialed.

Heats at special events are sometimes ho-hum, but not last night in Macon.  There was plenty of racing in all four heats, with Moyer, Jimmy Owens, Bobby Pierce, and Brandon Sheppard coming home winners.  Devin Moran and Jonathan Davenport won B-Features.

In the feature, Pierce led the first 20 laps, with Moyer taking the lead in lapped traffic on lap 21.  Pierce regained the lead on lap 32 and held it until lap 52 when he went to the pits with a flat tire.  Brandon Sheppard and Moyer went into the pits that same lap, also with a flat tire, and all three tires had holes in them, they were not worn out.  I would say the odds of that happening are greater than the odds of me winning Powerball tomorrow, unless there was debris on the track that cut a tire.  The B-Mod main event was held right before the Late Models raced, so there could have been junk on the track.

Jimmy Owens inherited the lead and kept in for the remaining 42 laps.  Owens was followed by Jason Feger, Devin Moran, Shannon Babb, and Ryan Unzicker.

I have mentioned before that I am not a big fan of Bobby Pierce, but a young driver I really like is Moran. I interviewed him several years ago for a Dirt Late Model article and he was well-spoken and very polite. He showed that again last night in post-race comments to Lucas Oil announcer James Essex.  Obviously he learned how to drive a race car from his Million Dollar dad Donnie, but both his mom and dad did a good job racing him. The Morans are not a high budget team and need a major sponsor to continue on the Lucas Oil circuit.  Some company could do a lot worse than putting their money behind this team. I really hope they find some sponsorship-I would love to see the 99M at the Silver Dollar Nationals in July.

Other thoughts:

-Moran started 17th and finished 3rd.  Without all the late cautions he might have got by Feger for 2nd.

-the track is 70 years old and is co-owned by Bob Sargent, Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace, and Tony Stewart.

-Wallace raced his UMP modified to a second place finish in the A-feature of that division. He’ll go from racing on a 1/5th mile dirt track last night to racing in the NASCAR XFINITY event at the 2.66 mile long high-banked Talladega track this weekend.

-it appeared to be cool, lots of hooded sweatshirts in the stands. While TROTD Speedway is definitely smoke free, Macon Speedway certainly isn’t. I could almost breathe in the second hand smoke 400 miles away. There were times some areas of the stands reminded me of photos I have seen of World War II destroyers laying smoke screens for aircraft carriers under attack.

-I have never been one to call going fast and turning left as ‘racing.’ To me, racing is side by side action no matter how fast the cars go.  Macon is so small that with 25 Late Models on the track there is side by side action, even packs of cars around the track.  Lapped traffic comes into play almost immediately, and trying to move around lapped cars tends to bunch the leaders. It is fun watching racing there.

It looks like I will be going to the Iron Horse in Hooper to eat with my family tonight-heading north instead of south to I-80 Speedway.  After last night’s action I intend to purchase the www.DirtonDirt.com PPV from Tri-State Speedway in Illinois. Sorry Randy, you will have to harass us another time.

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Moyer Makes Himself At Home At East Bay, Plus More

February 17, 2015 1 comment

I have often stated that the SLMR series is Kyle Berck’s petty cash fund.  It seems I should say the same about Billy Moyer and the late model races at the East Bay Raceway Winternationals.  Moyer won three of the six races, with Dennis Erb Jr., Eddie Carrier Jr., and Josh Richards each winning one A feature at the Gibsonton, Florida track. Moyer has won more races in February at this track than most drivers have won at all the tracks they have raced at combined.

At Bubbaland, aka Bubba Raceway Park, Kerry Madsen won all three All-Star 410 sprint car races.  The World of Outlaw late models followed the sprints to Bubbaville, and A features were won by Scott McBride favorite Frank Heckenast Jr., and Josh Richards.

Volusia had five nights in a row of 410 sprint car races.  Talk about cruel and unusual punishment.  Two of the nights were sanctioned by the All Star Circuit of Champions, while the final three were WoO sanctioned.  Greg Hodnett and Daryn Pittman won All Star races, while Pittman, Donny Schatz, and Brad Sweet won WoO features.

Last night’s late model racing at Volusia was rained out.  You can catch tonight’s races on a www.DirtonDirt.com PPV.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin had qualifying times from Sunday disallowed when both failed to pass a post-race inspection.  Earnhardt will have to start 25th in one of Thursday’s Twin 150 qualifiers, and Hamlin will start 24th in the other.

I am not a big fan of Daytona scheduling the Twin 150’s at night.  Yes, it will allow me to watch the races on TV, but racing at the big track at night would have to hurt dirt tracks racing in the area that night.  Well, TV calls the shots when it is putting millions and millions into the pockets of NASCAR and track owners.

In just three weeks, Nebraska will play its first home baseball game of the season.  A few days later Matt and I will be heading to Lincoln again for the NSAA Boy’s State Basketball Tournament for something like the 30th time.  Going on the same time as the tournament is the Spring Nationals at Beatrice Speedway.  So, does that mean winter will be over? I can remember waiting to enter the Devaney Center for late afternoon games when the temperature was in the 70’s.  I can also remember beyond cold temperatures with the wind coming right out of Canada at a few state tournaments. Hopefully the weather will warm up so baseball and racing can start in the Cornhusker state.

Thanks for stopping by.

P.S. I just read about a Boeing 747-800 jet sold to a private buyer.  The jet sold for $350,000,000 and the luxury interior added $250,000,000 to the cost.  Maybe that is why Auburn International Airport is adding 7,000 feet of runway.

 

 

 

 

 

It Wasn’t My Fault/208,000 Laps And Counting/Plus Grow Up

September 17, 2014 2 comments

I am back, though I didn’t go anywhere. I did not forget to pay my web hosting.  My web and every web hosted by IXwebhosting.com was down.  Yes, it did irritate me. It irritated me a lot.  It worried me a lot more than it irritated me though. I am looking into a different web host, but am relieved and happy The Rest of the Dirt is still out there in cyberspace.

 

I receive a lot of strange but interesting offers as a result of this blog. Yesterday I was invited on a media tour of the buffalo round-up at Custer State Park in South Dakota.  Unfortunately it is for Friday, September 26th and I will be in Knoxville, Iowa that day.  Still, I have a fair idea how the round-up goes anyway.  It is similar to the sprint car red flag rush to the beer stand.  The buffalo are a little easier to control is all.

 

The New York Times suggested that the soon to be retired Yankee star Derek Jeter swung his bat 342,000 times during his career. Naturally, my mind leapt from at bats for Jeter to how many laps Billy Moyer has driven a race car around a dirt track.

 

Moyer started racing stock cars in 1977, meaning this is his 37th year behind the wheel. Say he raced 70 nights per year, certainly an ambitious schedule but something that is reasonable for a national caliber driver.  That would mean he has run about 2,600 nights in his career.  Laps driven would include pace laps, parade laps, hot laps, time trials, heats, consolations, pole dashes, features, caution flag laps, and cool down laps. Total laps on any given night could range from 60-130.  If he averaged 80 laps per race night, Moyer has driven 208,000 laps. That would translate into over 60,000 miles on dirt tracks around the country.

 

You could certainly call Moyer an experienced driver. And, unlike Jeter, he has not hinted at retiring yet. I am looking forward to seeing him in action at Knoxville next week.

 

For $50 you can watch WISSOTA Midwest Mods-aka B mods, Street Stocks, Super Stocks and Modifieds, IMCA Modifieds, and unsanctioned Bombers from Jamestown Speedway in North Dakota on Friday and Saturday. It is the 43rd Annual Stock Car Stampede.  If you want to watch in HD, it will cost you $75.00.  Interesting.

 

 

 

 

Some of you might have noticed a Facebook post from a young late model driver who was upset and justifiably so. This young man has a last name that is to dirt late models what Earnhardt is to NASCAR Sprint Cup.  I don’t always agree with what his family does to support the sport, but anyone who thinks they do more to support local racing than this family is badly mistaken.

 

Apparently the last few weeks have been rather tough with petty bitching from a number of people who run late models in a local series, or at least are family members of drivers who race in the series. If you are good at deciphering clues, some of the miscreants could be associated with the Austin and Ty Dillon of Midwest late model drivers.  Bitch and moan, moan and groan. Something petty, something not really worth worrying about, but complain about it anyway.  Back in my college years, this kind of stuff was known as bug shit.  Bitch and moan about Kyle Berck winning, winning, winning.  Hey, if you want to beat him, do something with your car and your attitude. He doesn’t have to be unbeatable. And how clueless and low class is spraying beer in the series trailer?

 

Perhaps instead of all the complaining, drivers in this series-obviously it is the SLMR series-could tell Joe, Lisa, and Lee thank you for all they have done. This series is far from a get rich scenario for any of them.  Like so much in this sport, what they do is done out of love for racing. A thank you or two just might give all you whiners a place to run next season.

 

This was a greatly toned down version of my original rant. Ask Matt how good my rants can really be.

 

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World 100-Need I Say More?

September 4, 2014 2 comments

Is his Quick Time column at www.DirtonDirt.com, Todd Turner mentioned that only 61 drivers have ever led a lap in the World 100.  Since 2014 is the 44th Annual World 100, and since I have no clue how many-if any-of these races were shortened due to weather, I am just going to assume 4300 laps have been run.  Only 61 lap leaders over that many laps is an amazing statistic given the stout field in every one of the races.

 

Guess who has led the most World 100 laps. Hint:  he is a Hall of Famer, he is over 50 years old, and he does NOT live in Tennessee. It would not be a shock if this driver led a lap Saturday night.  It would not even be a shock if he won the race, though I would call it a surprise.  Unlike young Ryan Gustin who goes fast like a wild man, this driver goes fast and you don’t think he is because he is so smooth.  He must be going pretty fast though as he is closing in on career feature win number 800.  Yeah, it is Billy Moyer.

 

Here is another interesting stat From Turner. I make a living with numbers, so of course I love stats.  In the 43 years Eldora Speedway has hosted the World 100, only 318 drivers have made the race. This is one race that every top driver circles on his calendar.  The best of the best are on hand, so just 318 drivers claiming one of about 1,200 starting sports isn’t really surprising.  As Three Dog Night sang “it ain’t easy, it ain’t easy, it ain’t easy when you’re going down.”

 

If my calculator gave me the right answer, over 80% of the drivers who made a World 100 race never led a lap.  Of course between them, Moyer-Scott Bloomquist-Donnie Moran-Larry Moore have led 1,274 of the 4,300 laps. That is almost 30% of all the World 100 laps run.

 

Some stats I would like to know:

-How many cans of beer the track has sold over 43 World 100 weekends?  How many hamburgers? How many pizzas? How many tons of ice have been consumed?

 

-How many gallons of water have been sprayed on the track prior to the past 43 World’s?  If it had been poured in the infield instead, all at one time, how deep would Lake Eldora be?

 

-How many tons of black powder have been exploded in World 100 firework salutes?

 

-Who sold the first t-shirt at the World 100?  How many thousand t-shirts have been sold since? I suppose some of my readers would prefer a wet t-shirt contest, but I think a contest where the winner is wearing the oldest World 100 t-shirt would be interesting.  Yeah, the prize could be a new World 100 t-shirt.

 

-What % of the crowd will boo Scott Bloomquist every time he is introduced this weekend? 50%? 60%?

 

-What year will the Millionth World 100 fan walk through the front gate at Eldora?  Will the track celebrate that fan?

 

-As a popcorn aficionado who once worked for a company that sold 70,000,000 pounds of raw popcorn a year (over 30,000,000 coming from its Nebraska plant), I wonder how many 50 pound bags of popcorn have been popped in Eldora concession stand poppers over 43 World 100’s.  Forget individual bags, I wonder how many truck loads of 50 pound bags have been popped?

 

-How many tons of Ohio dirt have been carried away by World 100 fans?  No, not fans stealing dirt from the track, the dirt they carry away in their hair, ears, eyes, nose, and throat.

 

-How many couples have been married at the track during the World 100 weekend?  How many are still married?

 

-Who holds the record for hitting an Eldora wall the most times in a race, and how many times did he hit?  Same for a career.

 

-Has anyone younger than Bobby Pierce made the race?  Who is the oldest driver ever to start a World 100?  No, it would not be Moyer.  My money would be on Delmas Conley who is 72 though I am not sure when he last made the race-any time in the past 15 years would still be older than Moyer who is currently 56.

 

-What is the fewest cars to finish a World 100?  Last year only 13 were running at the end of the race.  What is the most cars to finish a World 100?

 

This isn’t a stat, but don’t you think it would be nice for family and friends to treat someone who has a birthday on September 16th to a World 100 visit?  Sure the race is always about 10 days before this nice man’s birthday, but he would remember the trip forever, or as long as his soon to be 64 year old mind would let him.

 

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Billy Moyer-Do I Really Need To Say More? I Will Anyway.

July 13, 2014 Leave a comment

Though he may be old in racing years, it is obvious that he is wise in racing ways. Of course I am talking about Billy Moyer, Mr. Smooth. Moyer won his 3rd UMP Summernationals A feature of the week, while setting fast time and capturing his heat at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa. Brian Birkhofer finished 2nd and Chris Simpson was 3rd. Next up for the “Hell Tour” is a stop in Danville, Illinois at the Vermillion County Speedway for a $5,000 to win show.

Moyer won’t be following the tour though. Like the Mamas and Papas song said “you gotta go where you wanna go, do what you wanna do.” That is especially true for 56 year old Hall of Famers. Moyer’s next outing is the Lucas Oil Clash of the Titans at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, and then on to the Silver Dollar Nationals.

Moyer wasn’t the only driver from Batesville, Arkansas to collect a $10,000 check last night. He wasn’t even the only member of his family to do so, as Moyer Jr. won the Butterball Woolridge Memorial at Richmond, Kentucky. A lot of words are being written about the Club 29 race cars of Lanigan, Owens, and others, but perhaps more needs to be written about the Moyer Extreme by Longhorn Chassis.

OK, so the Club 29 hype is proving to be more than hype. Jimmy Owens won the Diamond Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri last night and took over the series point lead. Yeah, surprise, surprise. Forrest Lucas may have built the track, but Owens owns the place, winning six of his last nine starts there. Owens leads Don O’Neal by 5 points with the Kansas City race and the Silver Dollar Nationals on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series schedule this week. Scott Bloomquist finished second in Wheatland, followed by Earl Pearson Jr.

Kyle Berck is certainly showing he is not ready to give up his “best in Nebraska” title, winning again at Junction Motor Speedway against NCRA competition. Berck will be in action tonight in an SLMR series race at Albion, Nebraska. It seems like the NCRA has become Berck’s private playground, and everyone knows that the SLMR is his petty cash fund.

The Gopher 50 at Deer Creek Speedway in Minnesota was postponed until tonight. That should be no problem with all the holes in the WoO Wild West Tour schedule. They could even go tomorrow night if necessary-next up for the WoO is a July 15th date at Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Back to “Hell.” No, not going to Albion tonight, the UMP Hell Tour. I have been concerned about Ryan Unzicker jumping back into his late model the day after receiving a concussion at Florence Speedway. I thought his performance suffered the next few nights, and although I can empathize with his championship desires, I think of Dale Earnhardt Jr. not racing for several weeks after a concussion and the NASCAR concussion policy of mandatory testing. Concussions are a serious injuries and I hope Unzicker is not damaging his future for this short term goal. Driving a late model around a dirt track could never be compared to the family sedan heading along the interstate.

Having said that, Unzicker finished 6th at 34 Raceway last night and Shannon Babb finished 15th. Babb’s point lead is now just 14, with five point races left on the Summernationals schedule. Yes, I am rooting for the underdog.

For those of you not going to Albion tonight-and aren’t you the lucky ones-XSANTV is showing the Hogan Memorial from Benton County Speedway in Vinton, Iowa. It is first of straight five days of racing that includes the Hawkeye Dirt Tour and the Harris Clash. That’s a good thing because my friend Tony Anville was starting to suffer from Dakota Mod Tour withdrawal.

Thanks for stopping by-and it is now officially the week of the Silver Dollar Nationals.

 

 

 

UMP Does An NCRA, Silver Dollar Nationals, And Dakota Mod Tour Thoughts

July 10, 2014 Leave a comment

The UMP Summernationals made a stop at the Action Track in Terre Haute, Indiana.  It was the only late model show of the year at this track.  Actually, the Indiana fairgrounds oval is a specials only venue, and if I counted correctly, it has only seven racing shows scheduled in 2014. USAC remains the name of the main game there.

 

After skipping the Florence race, young Bobby Pierce was back in “action” in Terre Haute. That was a good thing as only 14 other late model drivers signed in. This might have been an all-time series low, though officials expect at least full fields for the rest of the races this year. The bad for the 17 year old sensation?  Pierce and Jason Riggs came together, sending Pierce into the pits behind a tow truck, and relegating him to a last place finish.

 

Ho-hum.  Billy Moyer set fast time, won his heat, and won the feature by a substantial margin.  Moyer is now one feature victory ahead of Shannon Babb for most ever in the series.  Moyer really wasn’t the story of the night though.  Ryan Unzicker was.  Although he finished the race, Unzicker was hit in the helmet by a rock at Florence Speedway the night before and suffered a concussion.  He did race at Terre Haute, but skipped the heats and started at the back of the feature.  Unzicker finished 9th to Babb’s 3rd place finish, meaning Babb took over the Summernationals point lead.  The Hell Tour pulls into Macon, Illinois tonight.

 

Two thumbs up to driver Riggs of Harrisburg, Illinois, though not for the crash with Pierce.  Riggs is one of only five drivers to make every UMP Summernationals show.  Riggs has just one top ten finish in a series where a top five is needed just to break even, so the tour has to be “Hell” on his pocket book, even though he does have a well funded operation.  I applaud his determination.

 

It is just one week until the fun, excitement, and drama of Silver Dollar Nationals IV unfolds.  If you can’t make it to I-80 Speedway you don’t have to miss out on a minute of the action.  www.DirtonDirt.com has PPV’s scheduled for both Friday and Saturday show.  For DOD subscribers, a two day package for $39.99 is available.  For non-subscribers or those who want to watch just one night, single night packages go for $24.99. Both nights will include the USMTS modified racing too.

 

Like everyone except a few big name drivers, I love the SDN qualifying format of double heat races for all late models on Friday. Inverting the starting order of the heats takes away luck of the draw, and passing points scoring means every car is going to race hard every lap.  To me this is by far the best system of determining feature starters of any of the big dollar late model events.

 

While 12 heats of late models and an entire USMTS show make for a busy SDN Friday, I do wish one more race could be added.  Call it a race of the states, or a race of chassis manufacturers.  Limit it to 12 cars, run 15 laps, and pay a purse of $10,000.  Obviously a sponsor would be needed-or sponsors, but it would be a perfect way to finish the qualifying night of the SDN. If TROTD made that much money I would sponsor it in a second.  Unfortunately TROTD makes just about enough to pay for my ticket to get in.

 

Justin Kay is becoming an IMCA Richard Petty copy.  Kay won seven feature races in June, and his Deery Brothers win at West Liberty, Iowa on Tuesday was his third in July.

Kay does occasionally race open late models.  There is no Deery Brothers show next week.  I wonder if the Iowan will head to I-80 Speedway for the Silver Dollar Nationals.

 

I didn’t watch the feature races of the Dakota Mod Tour from Williston, North Dakota on Tuesday.  All the heat races and B features were run before intermission, and intermission was going to feature a Relay for Life walk around the track.  I think the program benefiting the American Cancer Society is a good one, but I figured the intermission was going to be a l-o-n-g one.  Now I wish I had watched.  Jordan Grabouski of Beatrice finished 3rd in a B feature to qualify for the A main, but I figured he had no chance at winning the A because he was starting about 9 rows back.  I was wrong.  The past IMCA national champion won the feature and stands 7th in tour points.  101 modified drivers and 51 stock car drivers have raced at least one of the tour events.

 

I think tour officials need to do a NASCAR and “tweak” how drivers qualify for the feature.  I am OK with just eight drivers qualifying from the eight heat races, but instead of being the heat race winner, I think passing points should determine the top eight. Right now luck of the draw places front row starters in a position that is tough to beat.  I say give drivers starting further back a chance.  Who ran a better race, a driver starting 10th and advancing to 3rd, or a driver who started on the pole and finished 1st?

 

I only watched a few of the heats from Dickinson last night.  It was probably my computer, but instead of coming across as a stream, what I was getting was more like a slideshow and not much fun to watch. Hopefully everything will work better tonight and I will at least watch the heats from Mandan. TROTD Speedway served Pizza Hut pizza fresh from a box last night, and I am thinking sloppy joes will be the concession stand feature tonight.  Since I am poor I have no clue what a private suite would be like, but TROTD Speedway must come close-well, I have to wait on myself for concessions, but that is more than offset by just 15 seconds to my bed. 15 seconds is a lot better than an hour or more from any other track.

 

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Southwest Iowa, North Dakota, Indiana, Illinois, And Catatonic Schizophrenia

July 7, 2014 Leave a comment

I was looking at www.dirtdrivers.com yesterday and noticed no one had posted a message on the Adams County Speedway page since June 3rd, and the last message before that was May 1st.  Is there no interest in the track? I haven’t been there for several years, and don’t have plans to visit anytime soon, UNLESS the MLRA/MARS/CBC late model race is rescheduled. Anyway, I see only 13 late models made Saturday night’s feature.  Rumor has it the late model A feature winner was not overly happy with track conditions, that only 6-7 cars were able to finish a feature that officials decided to shorten. Lots of torn up equipment, but hey, ACS got their fireworks show in, and that is what is important.

 

From the ACS point standings, I counted only eight late models making all the features, and maybe five more that I would call regulars, meaning they have made more than half of the shows.  13 hobby stocks have made all of the ACS features, and maybe one more could be touted a regular.  Pro-Stock totals are nine making all the features and one more regular.  Modified totals are eight plus four.  B-Mod totals are eleven plus six other regulars.  Interesting-if my math is correct, that is only 66 regulars.  Maybe that is why no posts on Dirt Drivers.

 

Until races were temporarily halted for rain, I watched the Dakota Mod Tour action last night from the ‘Playground of Power,’ Nodak Speedway in Minot, North Dakota.  84 mods were on hand, divided into 8 heats.  Only the winner of each heat advanced to the A feature, the rest had to run in one of four B mains.  76 drivers were trying to qualify for the 16 remaining spots in the A feature.  Ouch.

 

The track is hosting a Soccer Mom Van Race later this summer.  That is an even bigger ouch, though I would bet soccer moms have skills that are better than many B-Mod drivers.

 

Austin Dillon couldn’t wait to get out of rain-soaked Daytona.  He flew to Haubstadt, Indiana to run in Sunday’s UMP Summernationals event at Tri-State Speedway.  Dillon qualified 3rd fastest in his time trial group and started the third heat on the outside front row. Perhaps Tony Anville could open his wallet to help get young Dillon to the Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway in a couple of weeks.  The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is not racing that weekend, and Dillon has experience racing on dirt and it would be fun watching him race against top dirt late model drivers.

 

Dillon did not win the UMP feature at Tri-State.  He finished 2nd to Billy Moyer.  No one will “give ‘em Hell” tonight as the series is off until tomorrow at Florence Speedway in Kentucky.  Ryan Unzicker has about a 25 point lead over Shannon Babb in the run for the $25,000 first place point money.

 

Matt is talking of driving to Fairbury, Illinois the week after the Silver Dollar Nationals to see more “good” tour late model racing. Good is a direct quote and I think reflects frustration on the lack of tour races within 150 miles of Fremont.  It appears the Silver Dollar Nationals might be the last of special events in the area-I only hear rumors, but rumors have it that the washed out late June MARS/MLRA/CBC weekend is not going to be rescheduled. Yes, I do think that sucks.  It does not endear I-80 Speedway to me, and you don’t even want to know what I think of the other two chicken **** venues, especially the one in Iowa.

 

On Friday July 25th, Fairbury American Legion Speedway will host the rescheduled semi and feature of their UMP Summernational event washed out on June 21st.  The feature will pay $10,000 to win.  That same night will see qualifying races for the WoO sanctioned Prairie Dirt Classic.  Saturday will have last chance races as well as the $25,000 to win feature.  It is a 7 hour plus drive, even with Matt at the wheel.  Maybe, maybe not for the Meyer family, but it is being seriously considered. It will depend on Steph’s work schedule. I made it to Deer Creek in Minnesota with Matt driving.  I am pretty sure I could make it to just east of Bloomington, Illinois.

 

And regarding I-80 Speedway, no, I do NOT want comments about sprint car specials. I am tired of hearing about them, reading about them, and talking about them, and no doubt will delete any comments about them.

 

Thanks for stopping by.

 

P.S. I continue to delete several dozen spam comments daily from TROTD.  Today I deleted one on catatonic schizophrenia. I have no idea what this disease has to do with TROTD. Perhaps it deals with some of the unusual body positions taken by TROTD detractors, such as sticking their head in the sand, or up some promoter’s, well, you get the picture.

 

 

 

 

 

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