The UMP Summernationals, the Lucas Oil late models, MLRA late models, and USMTS modifieds were in action last night. Yeah, I am sure there were a few sprint car races somewhere too.
Two Arkansas non-rednecks finished first and second in the Hell Tour race at Granite City, and both have the same name. Of course the winner was already in the Hall of Fame, and the runner up has years of winning before he might even be considered. Moyer first, Moyer Jr. second, Brandon Sheppard third, and Brian Birkhofer finished fourth. Bobby Pierce continues a mediocre Summernationls, with a 17th place finish. 43 cars were on hand. The band marches on to Fairbury, Illinois tonight.
Don O’Neal is certainly on a hot streak, winning his second Lucas Oil series race in less than a week. O’Neal won at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina. The car count was only 28, so plenty of “locals” made the 23 car feature field, including second place finisher Brandon Overton. Jonathan Davenport finished 3rd. Moyer and O’Neal winning on the same night-let’s hear it for veteran drivers.
Ryan Gustin has won at Humboldt Speedway in Kansas in a USMTS modified, and last night added an MLRA late model win there to his resume. Veteran Terry Phillips finished second, Dave Eckrich was third, and Travis Dickes-the Travis Dickes who someone needs to get his posterior in gear writing a story on-finished fourth. It is on to Mayetta tonight for the MLRA supers. Matt talked of going, I think I sufficiently discouraged him.
It was stormy all evening in Fremont last night, and it was Stormy at Elk City Speedway in Oklahoma too-Stormy Scott. Rodney Sanders finished second, giving him two seconds and a win in the first three races of the USMTS hell tour. In 8 hours 33 minutes 21 seconds, the USMTS mods will be racing at Route 66 Speedway in Amarillo, Texas.
Scott McBride is “looking forward” to my review of Park Jefferson’s reopening. If there is a review it will have to be second hand, or Matt will have to come up with a compelling argument for me to travel to PJ-especially with I-29 currently closed north of Sioux City because of flooding. My intent is to visit I-80 Speedway next Friday and Sunday, and enjoy NOT going to PJ on Thursday or Adams County Speedway on Saturday. As with PJ, Matt would need a compelling argument for me to venture into southwest Iowa too.
I get plenty of requests to promote on my blog. Most don’t have anything to do with dirt track racing so I just delete them. OK, I realize that some of my posts don’t have a lot to do with dirt track racing either. Anyway, the following may not have a direct connection to racing, but I figure most race fans like pancakes:
As IHOP prepares to celebrate its 56th birthday anniversary, we wanted to reach out and let you know that participating restaurants plan to give away a 56 cent short stack of their famous buttermilk pancakes on July 8th. The original cost of an IHOP short stack when the restaurant was founded in 1958 was 60 cents!
We are contacting you in hopes that you will help spread the birthday love to your readers, and let them know of this awesome promotion! If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to reach out.
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Unfortunately, Fremont doesn’t have an IHOP but for those of you with an IHOP nearby, the .56 deal for a short stack of buttermilk pancakes is from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on July 8th. I suppose I could drive to Omaha for some pancakes.
Anyway, the IHOP press release also contained some interesting facts and figures:
In 1958 a gallon of gas cost 24 cents, and a loaf of bread cost 19 cents.
In 1958 the average income was $5,000 and a house cost $30,000.
IHOP serves 700,000,000 pancakes and 100,000,000 cups of coffee per year.
I can remember paying 19 cents for a gallon of gas in 1968 during what was called a “gas war.” Of course my 1960 Chevy Bel-Air got less than 10 miles per gallon, but a dollar’s worth of gas was plenty for a night of cruising the square in Fremont .
And there were plenty of times in the late ‘50’s when my mom gave me a quarter and sent me to Haines Store to get a loaf of bread. The mom and pop store was less than a block away from our house and I would walk the graveled street barefoot. When I went to the store I would usually spend a nickel of my weekly allowance to buy 5 Topps baseball cards, each one coming with a piece of bubble gum.
In the past few days I have written of mind boggling travel, rattlesnakes, modifieds, pancakes, and gas wars-I defy you to find another blog anywhere that gives you what TROTD does.
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I am now posting about NASCAR on Boston Madness. Go to www.bostonmadness.com. Click on ‘more.’ Then click on “Caution for Debris.” And there I am. Or at least there is my NASCAR blog. I will be posting there about twice a week-once before weekend races and once after, more if there is some important news to comment on, less in the off season. I say NASCAR blog, but it is really just about the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Arkansas driver Robert Baker made a big splash in the MLRA sanctioned Cowboy Classic ran the night before Show-Me 100 qualifying at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. Baker set fast time, won his heat and finished second in the feature. He qualified for the Show-Me and finished 19th, but the finish won’t stand. Samples taken from his right front tire after the Show-Me were found to be illegally altered. Baker was placed on indefinite suspension by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and must pay back the $1,800 he earned from the race as well as a $425 testing fee. He also faces a $10,000 fine and his crew chief faces a $5,000 fine, though both could be abated depending on Baker’s co-operation with the series on this matter-basically providing the series with information on the substance used to alter the tire as well as the process.
Baker commented: “We’re just gonna move forward, put this behind us and put on a show.” Baker also stated he hopes to run for the LOLMDS Rookie of the Year in the future. There is nothing like an Arkansas redneck.
UMP Summernational drivers raised a little “Hell” at Farley Speedway in eastern Iowa last night. Mr. Smooth set fast time, won his heat and led 41 laps of the feature. Unfortunately a blown right rear tire relegated Moyer to 12th place when the checkered flag flew. Shannon Babb benefited from Moyer’s misfortune to the tune of $10,000. I vaguely recall that right rear tires have been a problem at Farley forever. It’s on to Spoon River Speedway in Banner, Illinois for the UMP traveling band. Spoon River? Didn’t Henry Mancini have a song by that name?
Because of the threat of rain, UMP officials decided to “push through the program as quickly as possible.” Can someone please make me understand why this is done only when bad weather threatens? Far too often it is just the opposite, with ridiculously long intermissions as icing on the mud cake. Please do not try to tell me this is to give crews time to prepare the cars for feature races. 99% of the population in the pits is doing nothing but talking during intermissions. With most tracks having 4-5 different classes running there is plenty of time between heats and features to do what needs to be done to get a car race ready without a 45 minute intermission. I assume long intermissions are to sell more beer, with promoters assuming the longer they can keep fans in the stands the more beer they sell. However, the promoter’s own Bible, the RPM newsletter says long shows make for smaller crowds. Wouldn’t it be better to have bigger crowds to sell beer to over a reasonable amount of time? Why is this concept so difficult to grasp?
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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.
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I have not tried to hide the fact that I am a Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series fan. I remain a fan, though perhaps a little less so today that at the start of the day yesterday. This from http://www.DirtonDirt.com
“Fans did not get to see Billy Moyer of Batesville, Arkansas, the winningest driver in Winternational history, take a shot at his third victory of the week. The Hall of Famer loaded up after setting fast time, protesting a series penalty that put him in the fifth starting spot in his heat race instead of on the pole.
Moyer and his son Billy Moyer Jr. were among drivers penalized for missing their spots in the qualifying order after series officials required them to lower their rear deck heights in pre-qualifying inspection. Both Moyers loaded up.”
I have no problem with series officials requiring the Moyers and other drivers to lower rear deck heights. However, I do have a problem with them being penalized when they are complying with the rules. Either do the pre-qualifying inspection earlier, allowing them time to comply without missing their spot, or allow them to miss their spot.
Yes, I totally understand that others had no problem with rear deck heights. If officials had discovered a too high rear deck after qualifying-well, shame on them for not discovering it before hand, but also, penalize the driver. But no one cheated-Moyer corrected the problem and then set fast time, so he really didn’t need whatever benefit the rear deck height was supposed to give him. It seems like Moyer was penalized for not cheating, and I can’t blame him for loading up.
I think I will stir things a little more. National tours should give Hall of Fame drivers like Moyer, Bloomquist, Donnie Moran, and Chub Frank provisionals-yes, I suspect there are other Hall of Famers still active, and they merit a provisional as well. These drivers helped make big time dirt late model racing what it is, and frankly a provisional is a way to honor them for doing just that. Plus, it guarantees that fans will see the drivers they paid a lot of money to see.
Brady Smith captured night one of the WoO late model programs at Bubbaville in Ocala. Brandon Sheppard finished second, followed by Darrell Lanigan, Rick Eckert, and Tim Fuller. Unlike the WoO sprint car divas, there was no whining about the track. Smith and Sheppard changed positions on night two, with substitute Sheppard winning. I have no clue who Ivedent Lloyd Jr. is, but he finished in third place. Tim Fuller came home fourth and Lanigan was fifth.
Steve Francis and Don O’Neal of the Clint Bowyer racing team will run in Ocala tonight, and Gregg Satterlee and Dan Stone also journeyed to Bubbaland after finishing up in East Bay last night.
http://www.DirtonDirt.com is once again offering a PPV package for this week’s WoO late model racing at Volusia Speedway Park. A six night package costs $64.99-this is for DOD subscribers only, while individual nights run $21.99. Early in the week UMP modifieds will be the support class, while the last three days will see DirtCar Big Block modifieds racing.
I was at Fremont High School basketball games last night-and it was a very good night for the Tigers-so I did not see the wild and crazy crash fest at Daytona, nor did I see the pace vehicle catch on fire. Was Juan Pablo Montoya driving it? You gotta love all the crazy things at Daytona that so effect the racing there-one year it is pavement breaking up, another year it is a jet driver hit by a race car and burning up the track, and then it is the pace car catching fire. Amazing-crazy, but amazing. I’ll still be watching next Sunday though.
Check the above link. Every time Stenhouse does this-and it seems fairly regularly-I wonder when a NASCAR beat writer is going to pen a naughty little line like “Stenhouse rear-ends girlfriend.” If you check out the link, Danica is way ahead of the pundits.
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I enjoyed a nice lunch at Sortino’s Pizza yesterday-great pizza and good conversation with 10 rabid race fans. No, seriously, I am pretty sure that 1 or 2 of these people do have rabies. There is a quote from the movie “Hoosiers,” that goes “nothing ever changes, people never change. It makes you feel real solid.” These guys never change. I won’t go so far as saying everyone at the table is totally full of b.s.-Matt and I aren’t completely full of it, but the others? They don’t change, and I am pleased to call each of them friend. It is always good to hear the latest news, spread rumors, and tell lies with these guys. Thanks Matt for setting it up.
Once again, I woke up in the middle of the night thinking weird thoughts. Probably the fact that I had onion rings and pepperoni pizza for lunch. No, I was not in Melbourne, Australia or Melbourne, Florida, though I wish I was. Anyway, why is it that whenever you hear anything about space ships, men from Mars, or flying saucers, the location is always the desert? If the aliens are studying us, why would they go where no one is? I have a more plausible theory. There are parts of Nebraska that do not have a lot of people, but more than the deserts of the southwest US-think Sand Hills. The creatures from the far side of the universe are landing near Valentine, Nebraska-and I did not use that town to remind most of you that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day.
My thinking is that the space ships from the far side of the universe drop off their invasion force in rural Nebraska and these creatures then take the shape of the average Nebraska male-overweight, and dress like him too, a John Deere or NU ball cap. They become friends with other Nebraska males, and then “zap” them, downloading everything from the hapless Nebraskan into their memory bank, though they have a difficult time with Gobie Gred. Then they toss the done in Nebraskans to the mountain lions who are so infesting Nebraska that there is now a hunting season on them-I mean the guesses are there are 12 male mountain lions in all of Nebraskaland.
Sorry, off topic. Anyway, the space aliens looked for the simplest creatures to take over and do away with, and eureka, they discovered a dirt track AND B Mod drivers. My contention is that many B Mod drivers are actually aliens from outer space. It’s insidious. I don’t understand how they could travel billions of miles to find Earth but can’t travel once around a ¼ mile oval race track without hitting something, but it is true. I am afraid of being abducted by these aliens for revealing their secret, but someone had to.
And yes, Randy, I do know that if the men from Mars were looking for the simplest creatures to take over there are likely hundreds, if not thousands of them in Fremont, Nebraska. We agree on that.
I know I have been badgering Bubba the Love Sponge, Burp-BRP- Bubba Raceway Park, and the Bubba Winternationals, but after listening to a Bubba interview yesterday, the man is obviously a great intellect, and I am not saying that just because I have said things like he did in the interview. Matt sent me a link to the interview, and yes, it is worth your time to listen:
I am not the only person who thinks XSANTV is doing a great job covering dirt track racing. Bubba happened to be watching the XSANTV production of the last sprint car race at BRP and he raved about the quality of the show. With 200 nights of events already on tap, fans really need to check into subscribing to XSAN.
Yet again, the Florida weather bettered promoters, fans, and drivers. Last night’s East Bay Lucas Oil late model show was postponed and will be made up on Saturday afternoon. Tuesday night saw some good racing at the track though. The ageless wonder Billy Moyer passed veteran Steve Francis to claim his 22nd East Bay Winternationals feature win. May he never grow too tired of all the highway window time required to race a late model at this level. He is simply a joy to watch. Young gun Brandon Sheppard, subbing for Josh Richards in the Rocket house car finished third. Eddie Carrier Jr. backed up his Monday win with a solid 4th, while Don O’Neal came home 5th and Scott Bloomquist took 6th. Yes, TRODT Raceway will be open tonight for my viewing pleasure, as XSANTV will have yet another PPV. I am crossing my fingers that Mother Nature will co-operate.
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After almost seven years running a Victory Circle Chassis, Billy Moyer is switching to a Longhorn Chassis in 2014. While this doesn’t seem to equate with Brian Birkhofer leaving MB Custom Chassis to run a Rocket in 2014, it is interesting on a number of levels.
First, Moyer has sold over 170 Victory Circle Chassis since 2008. He will continue to sell VC chassis and support those he has already sold. Second, Longhorn has not exactly run away from other chassis in the last few years. Moyer must see something in what this chassis has to offer, or he would not be making a switch.
That Moyer is making a switch means the 56 year old Hall of Famer still has the competitive desire to go to the track and win races. While 2013 may not have been a banner year by Moyer standards, other drivers would call it a career year. The transplant from Iowa to Batesville, Arkansas driver won seven features in 2013 and captured the NDRL point championship. To me, Moyer making a change suggests he still wants to battle with Josh Richards, Jimmy Owens, Darrell Lanigan, et al. I for one am glad we will see him back in action in 2014.
Exactly when Moyer will be on track with his new Moyer Xtreme by Longhorn Chassis is unknown. He was bruised, battered (concussion), and broken (two ribs) by his season ending crash in Charlotte, and how you heal as a 50-something is a lot different from how you heal as a 20-something. Plus, Moyer will be having hernia surgery yet this month, so add one more item to his recovery list.
It may be March before Moyer races again, but that won’t keep him from helping his son-the one and ONLY Billy Moyer Jr. Moyer Jr. is also making the switch to Longhorn and will be racing the NDRL events in Tucson in January.
Speaking of the NDRL, the sanctioning body continues to show it intends to be the third national dirt late model series. NDRL officials announced a lucrative 2014 point fund that will pay $65,000 to its point champion. The runner-up will receive $45,000 and from there it goes to $35,000-$25,000-$22,500-$20,000-$19,000-$18,000-$17,000-$16,000 for 10th place in points. The series Rookie of the Year will receive $7,500, with the ROY runner-up getting a $5,000 check, and the third place rookie will garner $2,500.
In addition to a hefty point fund, the sanctioning body will implement a program called Royal Rewards which will pay drivers in top ten in points who make all series events $750 per race travel money. The top finishing rookie in each race will receive a $200 bonus, as will the driver who leads the series point standings after every race.
The NDRL schedule shows 6 nights of racing in Tucson in January, and three more January race nights in El Paso. After that four events with 11 nights of racing are listed, but with a point fund like the above, there is no way the series will race just 20 nights.
Tomorrow, some NASCAR and whatever else is fit to print. Thanks for stopping by.
A person on my LinkedIn net writes a blog titled “How The !@# Did I Get This Old?” Very few days go by that I don’t think that, and having read that the Beatles “I Want To Hold Your Hand” will be 50 years old this week makes me feel very old.
I’m not sure what to think about the Pittsburgher 100. I did not order the PPV but followed the racing on www.DirtonDirt.com. The pole sitter won each night-Jason Feger won Friday’s preliminary event and Scott Bloomquist won the 100 lapper. Billy Moyer started near the front each night and finished fourth on night one and runner-up last night. Obviously starting the feature near the front was important, which at least hints that it wasn’t a racy track.
I do like seeing Bloomquist and Moyer finish 1-2 though. Some forum jockeys have been a little premature writing off the hall of famers. Moyer’s finishes clinched the NDRL point championship, adding $20,000 to his Batesville, Arkansas bank account.
Jimmy Owens was banned from competing with the NDRL because of an early season tire test that showed a banned substance. Owens raced in the Cotton Pickin’ 100 at Magnolia Speedway in Mississippi, and won $20,000. Billy Moyer Jr. finished second and Bobby Pierce came home third in the event.
Chris Simpson and Denny Eckrich each won $3,500 at the Liberty 100 in West Liberty, Iowa. Simpson won the open late model feature, while Eckrich captured the spec-engine 50 lap main event.
In a stunning upset-not-Kyle Berck won Saturday’s SLMR race at I-80 Speedway. It was Berck’s 10th SLMR victory of the season. Jason Danley of Lincoln won the Sprint Car feature.
And speaking of I-80 Speedway, I got an email last night about 11:00 p.m. saying this person had heard from a friend at the track and there were still three features left to run. The gentleman added that the Bank of America 500 was already finished and fans were probably home in bed already. My reply was that the NASCAR driver’s only had to run 500 miles and there were no B-Mods, Hornets, or Sprint Cars on the bill.
I don’t know if there were still three features to run at I-80 Speedway at 11:00 p.m., and certainly most fans were still in a traffic jam leaving Charlotte Motor Speedway at that time, not home in bed. Still, the idea that I-80 still had three features to run at that time is not far-fetched. I cringe at an event that lists four classes, become irate at one that includes five classes racing, and complain loudly when six or more classes take to the track in one night. Eight classes? I just shake my head. For years I have called the Cornhusker Classic the “Back Gate Classic,” and can’t remember the last time I went to every night of the event. Some years I did not go at all. I am going tonight-there are ONLY five classes racing this evening and it will be the last night of racing for Matt and me. With SLMR late models featured again tonight, I am hoping to see some Sunday Night Irregulars in the stands.
After this blog I shouldn’t be asking any favors from the I-80 promoters, but darn, I would love to have the B-Mod feature run after the late model main event.
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