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Hello, It’s Me-No, Not Todd Rungren, Ron Meyer AKA Bruton

December 23, 2017 1 comment

Wow, I am doing a blog post. That hasn’t happened in quite some time. I have reasons, but if I am honest, they are just excuses. I can say I will try to do better, but being honest again, I know that isn’t so. Anyway, quality is better than quantity, right?

It is still not too late to get someone special a Christmas present, and you don’t even have to fight all the nut cases at the mall. I have three suggestions that any race fan would appreciate.

First, is a subscription to www.DirtonDirt.com. First because I just happened to do what I am saying you should, give a subscription. If you love late models, and most of you reading this blog do, this site is a must. Day after day all the information you could possibly want about the sport is on display. The articles are great, even though they don’t think I am good enough to write for them, and the videos are top quality. DOD also does PPV’s, and does them professionally-to me they do live late model races better than the networks cover NASCAR races. And often subscribers get a package deal that is better than what non-subscribers get. For example, DOD is covering all six days of the Wild West Shoot-out from Phoenix in January. Non-subscribers have to purchase the races each day, but subscribers get a package deal that saves them more than $50 off the non-subscriber package. Check out the site for more information. And yes, I am a subscriber. Actually I am to all three of these sites.

The next subscription you could give that race fan of yours is to Lucas Oil Racing TV. LORTV is going to provide live coverage of 17 nights of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including 8 nights of racing in late January and early February from Georgia and Florida. That alone makes a subscription a great deal, but as the commercials say, “wait-there is more.” For open wheel fans-and there are a few reading this, LORTV will air one night of the Chili Bowl, and 8 nights of the Lucas Oil ASCS 360 sprint car series. 10 ARCA races will be shown live, including races from Nashville, Toledo, Elko, Madison, and Berlin-that is in Michigan, not Germany. There are 16 other live events scheduled, meaning 53 live events will be aired. AND, there are over 80 different shows covering any division of racing you can imagine. This is a great value-like DOD and Speed Shift TV.

Yes, Speed Shift TV is the other site you can subscribe to. Thanks to Speed Shift TV I watched more sprint car racing in 2017 than I ever have. And yes Speed Shift does late models, modifieds, and midgets too. The site has 23 events scheduled for January and February-starting with the Ice Bowl from Talladega, and every month has 10 or more live events.

I know some reasonably intelligent people who do not like the onset of racing coverage on the internet. I like it. I never stay home and watch an event on the computer that I would otherwise go to-OK, the Beatrice spring and fall races are ones I might attend-rather, I get to see races at tracks around the US that I would never visit otherwise. Sprint cars in Washington, modifieds in California and New Mexico, USAC sprint cars in Indiana and Pennsylvania, late models in Arizona and Mississippi, and midgets indoors in Oklahoma. I watched them all in 2017 and will again in 2018. Do these races keep me from going to weekly shows at a local track? NO. With the advent of 6 (or more) weekly classes at most tracks, I have no desire to go to weekly shows.

As far as specials Matt and I will attend in 2018, there are only three for sure-the Silver Dollar Nationals in Nebraska, the Prairie Dirt Classic in Illinois, and the Knoxville Late Model Nationals from Iowa. A USAC sprint car race-if there is one-in Nebraska is a possibility, as is a USAC midget race from Fairbury-in Nebraska, not Illinois. Matt seems to think a show from Park Jefferson and one from Junction Motor Speedway are musts for us, and I go, reluctantly. Matt also has been talking up a WoO Sprint Car race at River Cities Speedway in North Dakota. That is a far away track, but no further than FALS in Fairbury, Illinois and like the journey to FALS, all but about 75 miles are on Interstate highways. Who knows?

2018 is going to be an important year in my life. Yes, the Sunset Speedway book. Yes, my grandson’s activities-personally I which he had games every night as I would rather watch him play than watch any pro event. I don’t know if I will still be working full-time as I am now in Omaha or if I will be working part-time, temporary, or not at all. I do know that January 25th is a big day, and one I am concerned about. My left knee will be replaced that day, and I am more than a little worried. But I survived prostate cancer in 2016 and I know I will get through the knee surgery too-but keep me in your thoughts in late January.

I am not real hung up on making sure I say Merry Christmas. If someone says Merry Christmas to me I say the same to them. If they tell me Happy Holiday, that is what I say to them. No one has ever said Happy Hanukkah to me, but I am saying that now to several of my readers. Mainly just enjoy the season is what I have to offer. That, and a big thanks for stopping by.

 

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A Knoxville Wrap, Plus For Your Viewing Pleasure

September 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Before calling it a wrap on the 2017 Knoxville Nationals, I would like to make a not so bold prediction for 2018. Josh Richards will finally add a Knoxville victory to his impressive resume. I would say the track owes him one, but in reality it owes him more than one. Richards led much of Saturday’s 100 lapper only to be passed by Mike Marlar on lap 92 and tire trouble ended his night a few laps earlier. Last year Richards was running second and ran out of fuel, and the West Virginia driver does have four runner-up finishes at Knoxville. Yeah, snake bit, Heartbreak Hotel, or any other cliché for a tough loss you want to add.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series heads to Brownstown Speedway in Indiana for two shows this weekend. Richards continues to lead the series point standings, followed by Tim McCreadie and Scott Bloomquist.

The World of Outlaws late models have a three night swing through the nation’s heartland. On Friday night the outlaws will be at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City. On Saturday they venture into Oklahoma for a $10,000 to win show at Salina Highbanks Speedway. They finish the weekend with a Sunday night race at 81 Speedway near Wichita, Kansas. Brandon Sheppard holds a commanding lead in the series point battle, with Chris Madden and Shane Clanton trailing.

Lucas Oil Racing TV will show all three nights of the Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial from Wheatland Missouri, starting on Thursday. The Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Cars and the WAR Sprint Cars will be featured. Speed Shift TV has multiple events this weekend, starting with 410 Sprints from Susquehanna Speedway on Thursday then going to Williams Grove Speedway on Friday and Lincoln Speedway on Saturday for more winged wonder racing.

If sprint cars aren’t your thing, Speed Shift TV will also show the IMCA Septemberfest from Beatrice Speedway on Friday and Saturday. What will I be watching? Some of the sprints and some of the IMCA action, especially the IMCA stock cars.

Although the 2017 season is coming to an end, Speed Shift TV still has 27 nights of racing on its schedule. Lucas Oil Racing TV has 10 live events scheduled through November. And www.DirtonDirt.com will be showing 11 nights of late models, including the season ending indoor Gateway Nationals in December. Yes, TROTD Speedway will be open for business no matter how cold the Nebraska weather may be.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

Is Speed Shift TV Turning Me Into An Open Wheel Fan??

June 25, 2017 1 comment

For the past two weeks Speed Shift TV has tried to turn me into an open wheel fan. First it was the Indiana Midget week, with both Midgets and Sprint Cars being shown. Speed Shift followed that up with the Eastern Storm tour-featuring USAC Wingless Sprints, but also Midgets and the Silver Crown Series cars. That was 10 different shows from tracks in Indiana and Pennsylvania. And they followed that with 410 sprints from Jackson, Minnesota.

Oh, and give an assist on this project to Lucas Oil Racing TV. For the past three nights, LOR TV showed the ASCS National Sprint Cars in action from Skaget Speedway in Washington. In two weeks I watched more open wheel racing than I had in the last two years. Maybe the past five years. Maybe more than I ever have.

I would give my experience a solid B. I enjoy the Midgets bouncing around dirt tracks, I like the Wingless Sprints, and I very much enjoy seeing tracks I have never been to and likely will never visit in person. Then there was the three nights at Skaget Speedway. Without question this has to be the most scenic race track around. It is surrounded by forest and hills, and in the distance you can see snow-capped Mt. Baker.

I also liked the Skaget Speedway fan viewing area. I have often thought that if I built a race track it would include grassy berms for fan seating. Skaget Speedway has grandstands from the middle of turn three to the end of the front straightaway, and a grassy berm area in front of the turns 3-4 stands. The berm area was far enough away from the track to be safe, yet a great spot for families with small children to watch the races. Two thumbs up.

I did watch a Lucas Oil Late Model shown on LOR TV, and am also watching the Wild West Modified Shoot-Out on Speed Shift TV.  I would have watched more Late Model action, but the Firecracker 100 preliminaries scheduled for Thursday and Friday were postponed due to rain. One of those shows was made up in the afternoon yesterday, but I am not a big fan of dirt track racing in the day. Brandon Sheppard won the Saturday afternoon preliminary, collecting $6,000 for his efforts. Brandon Overton won the 100 lap event last night, earning $30,000. And I am not a big fan of either Brandon, so enough of that. Mike Marlar had a decent weekend finishing second to Brandon in the afternoon, and then finishing second to the other Brandon that night.

For someone who is 99% retired, Billy Moyer is certainly doing a lot of racing. He is second to Bobby Pierce in the UMP Summernational points, and has claimed two feature wins in the opening week of the Hell Tour. I am hoping Moyer will show up for the Silver Dollar Nationals, but his website schedule only shows through 6/27. If you are willing to grind on this tour for a chance to win $5,000-$10,000, it would seem like spending a few days in Nebraska in July would be worth the opportunity to net $53,000. Keep your fingers crossed.

I’ll be watching Speed Shift TV this week for Modified action from the Northwest, including a night at Sunset Speedway Park in Oregon. Matt and I will be going to Columbus on Thursday for the SLMR race at US 30 Speedway, and my son is also suggesting we head south to I-80 Speedway for the SLMR event on Friday. Maybe. I certainly am not thrilled with watching five support classes that night, the trade-off being the track’s famous pork tenderloin sandwich.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Corning And Eldora

June 11, 2017 1 comment

This has been a big week of watching racing for me. Thanks to Speed Shift TV I watched racing on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, and last night Matt and I made the long haul to Corning, Iowa to watch the SLMR Late Models and USMTS Modifieds race at Adams County Speedway. Tuesday was Deery Brothers Late Models, Hawkeye Dirt Tour Modifieds, and IMCA Stock Cars from Marshalltown, Iowa. Wednesday was USAC Midgets from Gas City, Indiana and Friday was again USAC Midgets from Bloomington, Indiana. And tonight will be USAC Midgets from Kokomo, Indiana.

One member of the Meyer family likes ACS far better than the other. One member of the Meyer family reluctantly goes with the other because he enjoys doing things with his son. One member of the Meyer family has stated “I can’t remember seeing a good race at Corning.” That person is still not a big fan of Adams County Speedway, but after last night can’t say he hasn’t watched a good race there.

I have been calling Southwest Iowa Steve King territory, but I was wrong. This part of the state is represented by David Young. OK, that is bad, but not as bad as Steve King. And that will be my political statement for this blog.

Random Thoughts:

-106 cars filled both the inside and outside pit areas at ACS. There were 16 B-Mods, 20 Pro Stock, 21 Sport Compacts, 21 USMTS Modifieds, and 28 SLMR Late Models. I think that adds up to 106.

-To me, the admission charge of $25 was a little steep, especially since only 21 USMTS cars were on hand. I still paid it though and did not complain to the ticket seller.

-The Pro Stock class at ACS is similar to I-80 Speedway’s Pro-Ams and IMCA’s Stock Cars. As with those classes, the Pro Stocks at ACS put on a good show. In fact, the 15 lap feature was one of the best races I have watched in quite some time. You don’t see four wide racing very often, and this feature had that early on. The middle laps were more single file, but the last few laps were outstanding, with the top five finishers taking the checkered flags in the blink of an eye.

-The SLMR race was decent too. Tad Pospisil and Corey Zeitner battled for the win, while Kyle Berck and J.C. Wyman raced for third. Pospisil won, followed by Zeitner, Berck, and Wyman.

-Promter Joe Kosiski has put together a great local tour. I call it local because all the drivers are from Nebraska and Iowa, but the car count is better than most regional tours, and there is not much of a drop-off in talent from regional tours. The rules package allows drivers to use various engines and still be competitive, and it is a fun group to watch.

-As I mentioned, only 21 USMTS Modifieds were on hand. These were mostly drivers racing for points in the USMTS Central Region. I suspect next Friday and Saturday there will be far more cars on hand at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin, where drivers will be vying for a $50,000 winner’s share of the purse.

-Call it “Instant Carnage,” but a less than full field was whittled even more in the three USMTS qualifying races. Six cars finished the evening early, with the ride of Norfolk, Nebraska’s Kyle Prauner viciously rolling off the track in turn 3. Prauner was transported to the local hospital for observation, but reported later that he was OK.

-Zack Vanderbeek had the USMTS field covered. He started from the pole and led every lap of the feature. He wasn’t challenged at all, and actually was pulling away from the field late in the race. Cade Dillard started 15th and last in the feature after being involved in the Prauner incident. He advanced from 15th to 2nd place at the finish.

-As I mentioned, the Pro Stock race was great, and the SLMR race was decent. I would only give the USMTS feature a C for lack of cars and the dominance of Vanderbeek. Still, that was about as racy of a night as any we have spent in Corning. My one complaint was the same as I have complained of on every trip to the Iowa track-they simply cannot go without a lengthy intermission. With three LONG red flags in heat races, I do not think a 35 minute intermission is necessary. On specials, not everyone is from the surrounding area-we have a 2 hour drive home. A 15 minute tops intermission would have been plenty. And no, watering the top and bottom of the track did not do anything to make the track racier for the features. It just added to the length of the intermission.

Yes Tony, I will mention that Scott Bloomquist won The Dream at Eldora. This was Bloomquist’s 7th Dream win, starting with a victory in 1995. Not that many drivers even race for 23 years, and winning dirt late model’s richest event that many times and in that lengthy of a time span is impressive. Bloomquist has also won the World 100 four times, and finished 2nd in the Dream and World 100 ten times. Of course who can forget the 2015 Dream when he won the race but was disqualified for crossing the scales light?

I always like to look at the list of drivers who do not make the Feature at one of the big Eldora events. This year’s list included Eddie Carrier Jr., Jackie Boggs, Jimmie Owens, Jeep Van Wormer, Gregg Satterlee, Billy Moyer Jr., Brian Shirley, Steve Casebolt, Steve Francis, and Jason Feger. It almost included Show-Me 100 winner Bobby Pierce. The young Illinois driver started 25th in the second consolation race, a race in which only the top four qualify for the $100,000 to win feature. Pierce was fortunate to have some cautions in the race, and he gained the final transfer spot on lap 19 of the 20 lap race. Pierce started the A-feature last on the grid, but moved up to 13th at the end of the 100 lapper.

Chassis breakdown of the starters:

8-Rocket

5-Longhorn (all in the top 11 finishers)

4-Club 29

3-Sweet Bloomquist

2-Moyer Victory

2-Black Diamond

1-Pierce

1-MB Custom

1-Barry Wright

1-Schwartz

Yes, one of those Moyer Victory chassis cars belonged to the man himself, the 99% retired Hall of Famer Billy Moyer. The Batesville, Arkansas driver finished a respectable 12th.

No, I won’t be watching the NASCAR race from Pocono today. After the trek to Corning, I think a nap is in order. Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

 

 

A Real Hodgepodge

June 4, 2017 1 comment

Here is an interesting article on why some fans have stopped attending NASCAR races:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nascar/2016/07/01/nascar-fans-attendance-cost/86587042/

A variety of reasons was listed, including cost-not just of tickets, but also the cost of transportation and the price gouging of hotels. Decisions made by NASCAR was mentioned often. I have visited four NASCAR tracks, but never for a race. The closest to a race was a qualifying day at Kansas Speedway. Kansas City is not really a bad trip from Fremont, the tickets were reasonable for that day, and we didn’t have to worry about a hotel.

One person who no longer attends NASCAR races commented on how tough it was the first year, but then “things just evolved.” That is true of when Matt and I stopped heading to the race track for weekly shows all summer long. It was not easy at first, but now I don’t even think about it. Of course B-Mods influenced those feelings. And a plethora of classes-ah for the good old days of just 2-3 classes instead of 5-6 classes racing.

My entertainment yesterday: a David Baldacci novel, Nebraska baseball on the radio-not entertaining at all, the movie “Captain Underpants” with Jane and Henry-enjoyed this, and Speed Shift TV’s showing of the All-Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprint Car show from Mercer Speedway Park in Pennsylvania.

I enjoy seeing tracks I have never visited and probably won’t, but I just could not get into the ASCOC show last night. I will be watching Speed Shift TV tonight as they will be showing a WISSOTA LM Challenge race from Casino Speedway in South Dakota. And I very much will be watching Speed Shift TV on Tuesday, as they will be at Marshalltown Speedway in Iowa to cover the Deery Brothers IMCA Late Models AND the Hawkeye Dirt Tour IMCA Modifieds. Two good regionals series at a great track makes for a very good special. Check out the Speed Shift TV website for details.

Also, check out Speed Shift’s June schedule. The site will be showing 23 different events in June, including USAC Midget, Sprint Car, and Silver Crown series races. Actually, if you are an open wheel racing nut (and all open wheel racing fans are nuts), 10 open wheel events are included in the 23 June shows.

If you are on Facebook, there are a number of interesting racing sites you can check out. I Miss Sunset Speedway is one. And boy do I ever miss that place. Midwest Dirt Track Racing Legends, Central Nebraska Dirt Track Racing Memories, All Late Models from Yesteryear to Today, and Good Ol’ Racing Association are others I visit. I love the photos from the past, plus there are plenty of videos as well.

20/20 Racing Page is more current, but another page for fans. My Canadian friend Anthony Leeks posted results and a video from Emo Speedway today. I would love to visit that Canadian track, but wonder if I would not be allowed to re-enter the US if I did-I am only half kidding.

On a three night swing through Missouri and Iowa, the MLRA had car counts of 21-25-18. Interesting-only one night with a full field (I define full field as 24 cars). The SLMR series is averaging almost 34 cars per night, and most features pay $1200 to win, versus the MLRA’s $3,000 to win norm. Until this week the MLRA did have full fields, so I am not sure what happened on this swing. As a fan I don’t think 18 is a good count for a special, but this was a series low for the season.

Finally, I would like to give two thumbs up to SLMR announcer Anthony Ainslie. He is enthusiastic, he gets the details right, and most importantly he pronounces the names correctly. Good job Anthony-but when you post on www.dirtdrivers.com, please leave a blank line between paragraphs.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MLRA Late Models On Speed Shift TV

June 2, 2017 Leave a comment

I watched the MLRA race from Scotland County Speedway on Speed Shift TV last night. It was supposed to start at 7:00 p.m., but do to track prep-imagine that-it did not. In fact, the first support class race did not even start until 8:00 p.m.

In addition to the MLRA feature class, four support classes ran-stock cars, sport mods (of course), modifieds, and sport compacts. The four support classes had a car count of 55, and there were 20 MLRA late models.

With the late start I was pleased to see that the late models ran before two of the support classes. Heat winners were Jesse Stovall, Tony Jackson Jr., and Chris Simpson.

Chris Simpson jumped to an early lead and ran away with the feature. Stovall finished 2nd, Jackson finished 3rd, Terry Phillips was 4th, and Rodney Sanders rounded out the top five.

The series heads to Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa and Randolph County Speedway in Moberly, Missouri tomorrow night. Both shows are $3,000 to win events.

It was 90 out at noon when I finished working out at the YMCA in Fremont. It appears tonight will be just the opposite of when Matt and I visited I-80 Speedway about 10 days ago. I am still taking a jacket along just in case.

Yeah, just a short one today. Going to go see my grandson before Matt and I head to the track. Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

Garbage, TV Races, And USAC

May 30, 2017 Leave a comment

What happens to the trash left behind by 300,000 people attending the Indy 500? It is cleaned up by volunteer groups who are paid by how many sections they clean up. Many groups have been doing this for years, even though it is a tough, nasty job. I am not sure why, but a number of groups said this year the mess was worse than ever.

What happens to the trash left by 1,000 people (or less) at a local dirt track? Good question. Mostly the trash is picked up, but there are plenty of times the seats themselves are dirty. Too bad the tracks don’t assign people to do a top to bottom power wash of the seats and aisles, or at least have someone wipe off the seats with a towel the evening of a race. My favorite ball park does both before every game.

One good thing about having a Speed Shift TV subscription is the events they show are archived. Since Matt and I went to Norfolk on Saturday for the SLMR race, I did not get to watch the Little 500 as I had planned. I watched some of it yesterday. The video was 4 hours longs and though I love open wheeled race cars, especially those without wings, I didn’t feel up to watching everything.

I did watch the start, jumped ahead an hour, watched some more, jumped ahead, watched more, jumped ahead, and finally watched the end. The start was interesting-33 cars in 11 rows on a 1/4th mile track isn’t something you see every day. I figured a big wreck would take out half the field, but it didn’t happen that way.

Here are a couple of Speed Shift TV dates. Thursday June 1st will be MLRA Late Models from Scotland County Speedway, and Tuesday June 6th will feature Deery Brothers IMCA Late Models and the Hawkeye Dirt Tour Modifieds from Marshalltown Speedway. Both should be great shows.

I will be watching all of a wingless sprint car race on Friday at I-80 Speedway. USAC Sprints will be in the house. Below is from the USAC website:

UPCOMING USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT

DATE: Friday, June 2, 2017

SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

TRACK: I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, Nebraska) – 4/10-mile dirt oval

EVENT: Malvern Bank I-80 Dirt Classic featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, Super Late Models and B-Mods.

STARTING TIMES: Pits open at 4pm. Grandstands open at 5:30pm. Racing: 7:15pm.

TICKETS: Adults: $23. Children Age 6-12: $5. Pit Passes: $40.

TRACK ADDRESS: 13909 238th St, Greenwood, NE 68366

TRACK PHONE: (402) 342-3453

TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.i-80speedway.com/i80/

MEDIA COVERAGE: Watch the race one day later, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.  Live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus available on the Race Monitor app on your phone.

I have no idea what drivers will be at I-80 Speedway on Friday, though Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, and Dave Darland are several that come to mind. I would like a full field, but this region isn’t exactly a hot bed of 410 non-wing sprint car racing, so who knows?

 

The Malvern Bank SLMR series will be back in action, and I expect 30 late models to be on hand. Coming off a feature win at Raceway Park on Sunday, Jesse Sobbing leads the SLMR points. Sobbing is followed by Tad Pospisil, Bill Leighton Jr., and Kyle Berck.

 

Sport mods will also be part of Friday’s show. For me, the fewer the better of these misconceived, evil machines. But that is just me. There are 15 Sport mod drivers who have made all of the 2017 Sport Mod features at the track and another 7 have raced in 2 features, so look for a full field. Too bad.

 

That’s all I have today. Yes, I am surprised that I keep blocking every day. I do thank you for stopping by-AND having patience with me when I didn’t blog much.