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A LITTLE ABOUT A LOT

–  FRIDAY, AUGUST 18TH, 1978  –

Somebody asked me last weekend, in reference to this column, whether I ever said anything nice? I told the person, sure and just to prove it, here goes. Ready?… Anything nice, anything nice, anything nice, anything nice. There I said “Anything Nice” four times and I hope that clears up the problem as to whether I can say anything nice. Yuk! Now I have to go wash my mouth out with soap.

Now on to other things of more importance… I hope.

In 1978 Tom Rosati had a winning streak in the Limited Sportsmans at Stafford Motor Speedway that rivaled the Modified's point leader, Geoff Bodine. Howie Hodge photo.
In 1978 a young Tom Rosati had a winning streak in the Limited Sportsmans at Stafford Motor Speedway that rivaled the Modified’s point leader, Geoff Bodine. Howie Hodge photo.

…1977 Stafford Motor Speedway Limited Sportsman Champion and Rookie of the Year, Tom Rosati, is presently the leading candidate for Rookie honors on the Northern NASCAR Late Model Sportsman circuit. Rosati, who turned 18 recently, leads this years Ltd Sportsman ranks by 64 points over Jeb Balise and has recorded 10 wins in 13 starts. Rosati’s closest competition for the Rookie award on the Northern circuit is 17 year old Randy Corey. I’m sure that Southern New England hopes ride with Rosati while the Northerners are rooting for young Corey.

…While on the subject of the Northern NASCAR Late Model Sportsman, Catamount Stadium’s Multiple Sclerosis – Burger King Classic on September 9th has real fan support. Fans, for the price of one penny per ballot, can vote for their favorite LMS, Grand American or Mini Stock star. The top vote getter in the three divisions will start on the pole with the second point man starting outside the front row and so on down the line. The LMS leader as of last weekend was Bobby Dragon with Robbie Crouch in second. Rounding out the top five were Dick McCabe, Langis Caron and Tom Rosati. The Grand American leader is Bruce Jaycox while Jay Yantz is in second. Harry Gammell is the top man in Mini Stocks with Steve Mishkit running right behind.

Richie Evans has increased his lead to 32 points over defending champion and cross-town rival Jerry Cook, as of August 12th, in the battle for the National NASCAR Modified Point Championship. The “Rapid Roman” now has 2,715 points to the “Cookie Monster’s” 2,673. It is a good bet that Rome, NY will be able to boast of having the top two Modified runners in the country. Wayne Anderson is presently third in the points race followed by Geoff Bodine, Fred Harbach, Paul Radford, Billy Middleton, Johnny Johnson and Melvin Swisher. Others well known to New England that are listed in the NASCAR points battle are: Gary Cretty (14), Satch Worley (15), Bob Park (18), Brian Ross (21), Charlie Jarzombek (22), Maynard Troyer (24), Ron Bouchard (27), Bugs Stevens (29), Greg Sacks (33), George Kent (34) and Roger Griffith (35).

Charlie Jarzombek
Chargin’ Charlie Jarzombek was 22nd in NASCAR National Modified Points in mid August of 1978. Howie Hodge photo.

…Here’s my pick for “Rookie of the Year” and “Most Improved Driver” at both Stafford Motor Speedway and Riverside Park Speedway, The Rookie at Stafford should be Ray McTeague while Most Improved honors should go to Dave Monaco. Frank Mich is a slight favorite for Rookie of the Year at Riverside while Jim Whipple should get the Most Improved award hands down.

…Speaking of Riverside Park, at the pre-race drivers meeting on August 5th, it was revealed that plans were underway for a third division of cars for the 1979 season at the quarter-mile oval. I wonder if officials have a feeling that the Modifieds are going to become an extinct breed, which they are, and want another division to pick up the slack as a main event class if this happens. My guess would be a Late Model Sportsman division, but you could see a Limited Sportsman or Street Stock class. Right now only the Grand Mucky-Muck knows…

…You talk about top Limited Sportsman drivers, well Stafford Motor Speedway has Tom Rosati, Jeb Balise, Bud Peckham and Jim McCallum plus many others, but Stafford doesn’t have Diane Teel. Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia can boast of having Mrs. Teel, the only woman driver in the division at the track. She is presently leading the Limited Sportsman class, has two feature wins to her credit, has finished 10 of the divisions 13 races in the top five and all 13 in the top ten. According to NASCAR, she is the first woman to win a NASCAR feature anywhere in any division. She’s also recognized as the first female NASCAR driver to lead a class this far into the season. All those Stafford Ltd. shoes had better watch out or Mrs. Teel may just come North and show ’em how a lady does it…

Cale Yarborough leads the NASCAR Grand National point race with 2,982 points over second place man Dave Marcis who has 2,824. Rounding out the top ten are Benny Parsons-2,801, Bobby Allison-2,579, Darrell Waltrip-2,568, Richard Petty-2,515, Lenny Pond-2,391, Buddy Arrington-2,328, Richard Childress-2,278 and Dick Brooks-2,245.

…The first turn wall at Stafford Motor Speedway is definitely New England’s answer to the Rock of Gibralter. The wall, like its counterpart, has never moved, not that some haven’t tried over the years. Those who have tried the durability of the wall this season and have come away losers are Leo Cleary, Eddie Flemke, Lou Tabone, Jack Bateman, Moose Hewitt, Brian Ross, Bob Polverari and Doug Zigadio. There have been other’s who’ve tried the wall and I’m sure there will be more. No matter who tests the Stafford Rock of Gibralter, we all know who will come out the winner, don’t we?

…This Sunday at 6pm Monadnock Speedway will host the “New England Classic 100” which has been sanctioned by NASCAR as a National Championship event. The track has posted $9,265 in awards with the winner taking home as much as $1,550 and 175 points towards the NASCAR National Modified Point Championsip. Present point leader, Richie Evans and defending point champion, Jerry Cook along with Wayne Anderson, Geoff Bodine and Fred Harbach are expected to appear. Southern drivers who could put in a possible appearance are Paul Radford, Satch Worley and Jimmy Hensley. Other chauffeurs who may be on hand are Maynard Troyer, Ron and Ken Bouchard, Brian Ross, Gary Cretty, Bob Park, Bugs Stevens, George Kent, Ray Miller and Bob Polverari. Don’t miss this show as it is one of only two National Modified Championship shows in New England. This is a must see show…

Richie Evans
Point leader, Richie Evans did indeed show up for the NASCAR National Modified Championship points show. Here seen at speed at Winchester, NH’s Monadnock Speedway in 1978. Mario Fiore collection.

Stafford Motor Speedway has to head the list for having one of the best weekly racing programs around, even though there has been a shortage of Modifieds. Three divisions of racing always fill the program, but what really makes the Friday nights at Stafford’s so special is a little man in a funny suite with red hair, a big red nose and a miniature replica of a Gremlin Modified. I’m talking about a clown named Seymour who puts on one hell of a show for the young and old alike. If you haven’t seen Seymour explain the racing flags and what occurs with starter Frank Sgambato following, then you’ve really missed sumthin’. If you haven’t seen Modifieds, the Limited Sportsman, the Street Stocks and especially Seymour, the mayor of the speedway, then you’ve missed probably the finest show in New England or anywhere else for that matter.

…We’d like to send out a belated pat on the back to some first time winners from a couple weeks ago. Heavy pats to Pete Fiandaca, who beat some of the best at Seekonk Speedway and to Stan Greger, who won his first ever at Riverside Park Speedway after three straight second place finishes. We also send out a hearty pat to Lenny Pond, who captured his first checkered flag in the Grand National ranks after many years of trying. He took the win in the “Talladega 500” by a scant foot over Donnie Allison

…The Northern NASCAR Late Model Sportsman point race shows Bobby Dragon out front with 532 points and Robbie Crouch is in close pursuit with 508. Rounding out the top ten are Claude Aubin-494, Dick McCabe-488, Langis Caron-464, Beaver Dragon-456, Stub Fadden-410, Jean Paul Cabana-352, Hector LeClair-346 and Tom Rosati-330.

…Add the scorers to the list of officials at Riverside Park Speedway who continue to show their ignorance. They let the fifth place car move up two positions putting him ahead of the fourth place car on a twentieth lap restart and then tried to rectify their mistake on a lap 46 restart. Who knows what might have happened in the 26 lap period if the restart had right, but now we’ll never know. This is nothing new as it seems that all the officials at the Park including the NASCAR Officials, Flagman and Scorers have been terrible. Three teams, including the one that took the checkered flag, still all lay claim to the “500” title. After watching last Saturday’s fiasco it makes one wonder who really won the “500”.

Marty Radewick
Yet again, driver Marty Radewick and Fred Felton’s Radical Racer Modified were turned away at the Park. Jim Snape photo.

The Fred Felton “Radical Racer” was not allowed to unload last Saturday at Riverside Park Speedway because it’s not built in accordance with an unwritten rule, which we’ve covered before. A rule which is written in the Park’s Rule Book or whatever is the 340 CI Motor limit. So why were three cars allowed to run with motors larger than 340 CI. I wonder how track regulars Gary Davilli, Ted Chalmers, Frank Minch, Roland Bombadier and Mike Hornat feel about not qualifying because three cars with motors above the limit were allowed to make the starting field. If that’s not enough, what about the guys who took home less money because they finished behind the illegal cars? Evidently, rules mean nothing at Riverside, written ones that is.

‘Til next time… “Keep on Track’n”.

Is NASCAR Too Big For Its Britches?

This Classic NERF’ers Corner is a continuation of the Marty Radewick, Fred Felton, and Radical Racer versus NASCAR officials ordeal.  Due to the initial column on the same subject two weeks prior, Robert Echo was going on his second straight race weekend without NASCAR press credentials.  It should be noted that a couple local NASCAR sanctioned facilities decided themselves to reinstate his credentials the week after this very column was published.

Robert earned a couple of good friends in Marty and Fred during this period of investigative reporting.  It was a friendship which he enjoyed for years to come.

– Jared

–  Friday, August 11th, 1978 – SPEEDWAY SCENE  –

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IS NASCAR TOO BIG FOR ITS BRITCHES?

I just know that you have been waiting for this weeks NERF’ers Corner and the continuing saga of NASCAR and the “Radical Racer”.

Before I get back into the controversy of the “Radical Racer” I’d like to point out that Fred Felton and Marty Radewick aren’t the only ones who are upset with the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing.  It seems the list of disenchanted drivers and owners has grown beyond belief this season.

Ed Flemke Sr. in his familiar #10 at Stafford Motor Speedway 1978. Howie Hodge photo.
Ed Flemke Sr. in his familiar #10 and Dick Caso stepped away from Stafford Motor Speedway over disagreements with NASCAR officials in 1978 . Howie Hodge photo.

Eddie Flemke, Sr. and Dick Caso have both vacated Stafford Motor Speedway because of disputes with NASCAR officials.

It seems “King Richard” is being victimized by the very organization he helped build to it’s present proportions.  NASCAR’s winningest Grand National driver, Richard Petty, recently shifted from a 20 year association with Crystler, except for one year with Ford, to Chevrolet because of NASCAR’s refusal to change some rules that would have enabled his Dodge Magnum to become more competitive.

Rules right now show NASCAR leaning toward the General Motors cars.  NASCAR changed the rules for GM a couple of years ago to make them more competitive.  The 41 year old Petty, who has 185 career wins and has won more than 3 million dollars, stated;  “They wouldn’t change the rules for me even though they promised they would if the Magnum didn’t prove competitive.”

“It’s been most frustrating.” said Petty, who hasn’t visited victory lane in more than a year.  His last win came at Daytona in the 1977 Firecracker 400.  Petty added;  “I’m upset with NASCAR and most disappointed in them.”

It’s nice to be able to shit on the people who have probably been the most instrumental in helping build the organization.

Could NASCAR be at a point where they think they are the only organization around?  This is the feeling that one gets with some of the decisions that are being handed down by so called competent NASCAR officials.

"The King" Richard Petty in his 1978 Grand National (now Cup). Howie Hodge photo.
“The King” Richard Petty in his 1978 Grand National (now Cup) experienced issues with NASCAR. Howie Hodge photo.

Although USAC (United States Auto Club) has had their own division of cars equivalent to that of the NASCAR Grand National cars for many years, they have recently moved their events to the longer superspeedway tracks.  Could this mean that NASCAR had better cleanup its act and treat the competitor with a little more respect and dignity or they, the competitor, might jump to the other guy?

What would a Richard Petty or a Cale Yarborough or a David Pearson defection to USAC do to the mighty NASCAR?  This organization had better wake up and realize that they need the competitor, the competitor doesn’t need them.

The evidence of this is that two central New York tracks continue to operate after either breaking or losing their affiliation with NASCAR this season.

NEARA (North East Auto Racing Association) is the strong sanctioning body in central New York with 6 tracks under its wing while NASCAR now shows none with the departure of the Chemung Speedrome and Utica-Rome Speedway.  The latter had to be a hurting blow for NASCAR as the two top point runners, Richie Evans and Jerry Cook.  An interesting fact is that NEARA sanctions the Modifieds at 6 speedways, while NASCAR only sanctions 10 Modified tracks on a regular weekly basis in the entire United States.  These stats were taken from the National Speedway Directory, Northeast Speed and Show Directory and the 1978 NASCAR Official Record Book.

NEARA has given NASCAR more than it can handle in central New York, especially if you consider the fact that most of the tracks under NEARA now were once under the control of NASCAR.  Another couple of years could find NEARA here in New England with NASCAR on the outside looking in.

The downfall of NASCAR will come from its illegitimate rule book and wishy-washy officials who make up their own rules for lack of them from NASCAR.

Driver Marty Radewick and Fred Felton's Radical Racer Modified. Jim Snape photo.
Driver Marty Radewick and Fred Felton’s innovative Radical Racer Monza bodied asphalt Modified. Jim Snape photo.

Now to get back to the NASCAR / “Radical Racer” controversy.  A radio show on August 1st had a commentary directed toward the Felton owned and Radewick driven #11 Mass Monza bodied Modified.  It was compared to another Modified that was involved in a serious accident recently.  The car used in the comparison has been outlawed by NASCAR for sometime because of it’s right hand drive and some other things.  The Felton car hasn’t got a right hand drive and is built from the best materials money can buy.

“The man who did the commentary was definitely off base” stated Felton.

The two NASCAR inspectors involved with the ousting of the car, complained about the roll cage being too narrow.  You don’t have to be an engineer to know that a short piece of material, whether metal or wood, is stronger than a long piece.  I believe the gentleman who did the commentary should put his brain in gear before putting his mouth in motion.

The same individual asked Radewick if he’s brought his car on the night of the All Star League show at Stafford.  How ridiculous!  The car is safe for an open show at Stafford, but not for the weekly program?

People up North where Radewick captured his first victory recently, think the whole thing with NASCAR is a joke.  Boy do them Northerners sure know their stuff or is it their race cars?

NEARA Executive Director, Francis Gitchell stated;  “We would let the car run this season if this type of problem arose here, we’d then amend the rules and at the time tell the car owner that the machine would have to conform to the rules next year.”  He also added;  “It’s not right that a man who has spent that much money can’t run.”

One closing remark about NASCAR inspectors.  I asked a popular named driver recently who won’t divulge for obvious reasons, about the breaking down of an engine for NASCAR inspection when a tear down is requested.  His reply was, and I quote;  “The idiots NASCAR has for inspectors wouldn’t know what to look for if it was staring them in the face.”  Unquote.

If you, as a fan, would like to see the “Radical Racer” running at Stafford and Riverside, you can help by voicing your opinion in a letter to NASCAR – Daytona Beach, Florida 32015 – To the attention of Bill France, Jr..  With the shortage of cars at these two tracks, even one missing hurts.  It’s a chance for you, the fan, to be heard.

Geoff Bodine gets a victory smooch from the Mayor of Stafford, Seymour the Clown. Howie Hodge photo.
Geoff Bodine in victory lane gets a “victory smooch” from the Mayor of Stafford Motor Speedway, Seymour the Clown. Howie Hodge photo.

Checkered Chatter.. “I don’t want anyone to think I’m agitator just because I’ve been ousted from Riverside.” stated Marty Radewick, referring to the Riverside Park Speedway Car Owners meeting being held at his Speed Shop this week.  The owners will try to figure out how to lower the cost of racing at the Park…  Seymour the Clown was elected Mayor of Stafford Motor Speedway for the umteenth year last week in a close battle Geoff Bodine.  At this point I would like to inject the fact that I’ve had my little off track battle with Mr. Bodine, but I do you have to give credit when due and I think Bodine has been a gentleman in contributing much of his time to this little or should I say big event.  Even though Seymour got my vote, Geoff gained some points in my book and that’s sumthin’…  Several names related to Northeastern Mods and Late Model Sportsman were in the Coca-Cola 500 field at Pocono on July 30th. Satch Worley finished 9th in the Bob Johnson Oldsmobile.  Dirt tracker Kenny Brightbill placed 23rd while Jocco Maggiocomo, Jr. took 37th in his father’s Matador. Jocco, Sr. was a star at Riverside Park in the 50’s and 60’s. Northern Late Model Sportsman star Dave Dion finished 38thin his Green Mountain Ford…  There’s an excellent write up on the late Toby Tobias in the September issue of Stock Car Racing Magazine by it’s editor, Dig Berggren. In fact, the entire magazine is filled with some fantastic reading and super six…  Anyone interested in buying a T-shirt in support Dick Taylor who drives his own #79 Modified at Riverside and Stafford can contact Marge Larocca in the back row of the section 4 from the left end of the grandstand at Riverside…  How about that National Points Race between the “Rapid Roman” and the “Cookie Monster”? As of August 4th, Richie Evans leads Jerry Cook by a mere 4 points after who knows how many races…  Well after 12 weeks of frustration with the beautiful new #711 Vega, Polverari and crew have put the car in moth balls and brought out last years Vega which looked good in its first outing last week…  Our NBC TV affiliate here in Western, Mass.  Has done it to us again by televising the Red Sox game instead of Sportsworld.  We missed the Martinsville Mods, the Spring Sizzler, and now the National Motorized Barstool Racing Championship last Saturday.  Darn it! Till next week, Keep on Track’n!

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I hope you enjoy these classic NERF’ers Corner columns as much as I do sharing them.  If you would like to share any memories of days gone past that relate to these columns please feel free to do so in the comments area under any of the columns published.

Thank you all for visiting each and every week.

– Jared

Railroading of the Radical Racer

When Robert Echo caught wind of team owner Fred Felton and driver Marty Radewick being singled out by a group of tech inspectors he refused to stand by and watch.  Much like his colleagues back then who filled the pages of auto racing news papers, Robert Echo didn’t just report the news nor did he step over to bypass the real issues for fear of rocking the boat.  He wasn’t afraid of the heat.  He welcomed it.

After this story published in New England Speedway Scene, Robert Echo’s press credentials were suspended by the sanctioning body.  Did this stop him?  No.  It had the exact opposite effect on his writing.  His reaction to the suspension of his press credentials;  “They want to take my press pass, fine by me.  They can have them.  I’m a fan.  I have no problems paying to get in every week like my fellow racing fans.  It won’t stop me from writing.  It won’t stop me from sticking up for what’s right.  Anyone who allows something like this to effect the way they write is just working for their press pass.”

Robert Echo had the stones to stick his neck out for what was right in the sport he loved and never thought twice about the consequences that might follow.  He cared about the fans, the teams and the speedways.  So rather than stand by the wayside and watch a team get “railroaded”, as he put it, he chose to fight for their cause by investigating the issues surrounding them.

Integrity.

– Jared

Friday, July 28th, 1978 – SPEEDWAY SCENE

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Somebody told me recently that we should change the name of this column to “Controversy Corner” and so in keeping with the weekly trend of this little corner in NESS, here we go again!

Can you tell me what Fred Felton, Marty Radewick, railroading and NASCAR (National Association fro Stock Car Auto Racing) have in common?

Marty Radewick crouches beside Fred Felton's 11MA Monzo bodied 'Radical Racer' Modified in the pit area at Claremont Speedway in Claremont, NH. - Jim Snape photo.
Talented asphalt Modified driver Marty Radewick with Fred Felton’s 11MA Monzo bodied ‘Radical Racer’ Modified in the pit area at Claremont Speedway in Claremont, NH. – Jim Snape photo.

Well, car owner Felton and driver Radewick are being railroaded out of two Southern New England speedways by a couple NASCAR technical inspectors.

Frank “Bunky” Skawski of Riverside Park Speedway and Bruce Watt of Stafford Motor Speedway have joined forces to keep Radewick, Felton and the No. 11M Monza bodied Modified, which has become known as the “Radical Racer”, out of those two tracks.

Neither inspector has been able to give a straight answer as to why the car will not be allowed to compete at the two facilities except that they feel the car’s roll cage is too narrow therefor making it a supermodified. They will also tell you that it is probably the most well-constructed and safetest race car to enter the pits at either track.

Doesn’t make much sense does it?

The funniest thing, if there is one, about the whole situation is that no where in the NASCAR Rule Book does it say how wide the the roll cage has to be. It sates the size and thickness of the material that can be used in the construction of the cage. It also states that there has to be at least four bars on each side of the car plus additional bracing added at specified areas in the roll cage. The Felton built Modified has all of these required bars and then some. (See photo inserts)

Robert Echo photo 1978.
From the pages of Speedway Scene 7/28/78. Robert Echo photo.

In a telephone conversation with Skawski on July 20th, I was told that it states in the rule book that the roll bars can be no farther than 4 inches from the body at any point. I replied that I’d read the complete Modified section of the rule book plus the roll bar paragraph in each of the other seven divisions included in the book. Mr. Skawski then told me that if I wanted to take a ride to his house he would be glad to show me the 4 inch rule.

I took the 10 mile trip to the Skawski residence where he told me he had the page marked so he could show me. He tried to pass off the four bars on each side of the car as the 4 inch rule. I pointed this out and he replied it was somewhere in the book which he would show me. As of this time I have still not been shown the rule.

Robert Echo photo 1978.
From the pages of Speedway Scene 7/28/78. Robert Echo photo.

Ralph Ouderkirk, racing director at Riverside Park Speedway, said the roll bars must follow the configuration of the car’s body, but again it doesn’t state this in the rule book. Ouderkirk then added we should look at the picture in the back of the rule book. All fine and dandy, except that Felton didn’t build a Grand National car, as pictured in the rear of the book. He built a Modified by the NASCAR Rule Book or to the way it reads.

Early in the season, Mr. Skawski gave Felton a check list of 4 things he had to correct and a period of three weeks to do them in. They were completed in the specified time. Later Ouderkirk added a couple of things he wanted done and they too were finished by the next racing program. The car then ran for a couple of weeks after that at the Park up until the time they had problems with their 340 ci engine. For three or four weeks they went north to run Claremont Speedway with a 356 ci mill, which is legal at Riverside.

Robert Echo photo 1978.
From the pages of Speedway Scene 7/28/78. Robert Echo photo.

Upon returning to the Park on July 15th, they were told not to unload the care by Mr. Skawaski because they wouldn’t be allowed to run with a Supermodified roll cage. It was at this time they found out that the NASCAR people at Stafford had contacted Skawaski and told him that since Radewick wasn’t allowed to run at Stafford he shouldn’t be allowed to run at the Agawam, Mass. Oval. It’s nice to know Stafford now runs the racing program at Riverside Park.

An irate Radewick, the 24 year old Riverside Park Speedway Rookie of the Year, stated; “They are insulting my intelligence. I wouldn’t get in the car if I thought it was unsafe.”

Robert Echo photo 1978.
From the pages of Speedway Scene 7/28/78. Robert Echo photo.

Felton added this comment; “My conscience wouldn’t allow me to put anyone in the car if I thought there was the slightest chance he should be hurt because of the construction of it.”

Two Modified car builders, including Richie Evans, stated they felt the car was as safe as any Modified they’d seen at either speedway.

In my phone conversation with Mr. Skawski, he first stated he didn’t give Felton a check list and moments later admitted he had. He also said that none of the other drivers and owners were jealous of the car, but later referred to thirty Riverside Park Car owners that were on his back about the “Radical Racer”. When I brought up that there were many rules in the NASCAR Rule Book that were not being adhered to, he stated he didn’t give a damn about them and he still wasn’t going to let Radewick run at the Park.

Robert Echo photo 1978. From Speedway Scene 7/28/78.
From the pages of Speedway Scene 7/28/78. Robert Echo photo.

Ouderkirk, in a phone conversation on July 20th, told Radewick that Skawaski had told him that if everything on the checklist was completed he could run. In a return call Skawski moments after the Ouderkirk conversation, Skawski denied ever saying such a thing.

Sounds like a whole lot of double talk and run around being handed out by what are supposed to be qualified NASCAR officials.

To add to all of this, Skawski told me that both Riverside and Stafford had a serious shortage of Modifieds, but that he wished Felton would take his car and run somewhere else.

Watt stated; “I’m afraid that others, in seeing the Felton car, will take the role cage to extremes.” he’s most likely right, but why should they penalize Felton and Radewick now? Change the rule over the coming winter and state that the roll cage can be no narrower than so many inches. That would keep this problem from arising again.

Robert Echo photo 1978.
From the pages of Speedway Scene 7/28/78. Robert Echo photo.

 It’s not right that two tech inspectors can bend the rules in their favor just because. “They don’t like the car” is no reason. It is not right because there are rules in black and white in the NASCAR Rule Book that are not being enforced at either track.

How would you like to spend 15,000 hard earned dollars to build a Modified to the way the NASCAR Rule Book reads only to find out that you can’t run it because some guy working for NASCAR, who thinks he’s a genius, doesn’t like the car. By the way, the Modified section in the NASCAR Rule Book is only nine (9) pages long in a book that measures 4” x 9”. “Ya gotta be kiddin’!” How can you build anything as complex as the Modified today with only nine pages of rules, regulations and specifications to go by in a book that leans almost entirely towards the Grand National division?

There will probably be more on this in weeks to come, but in the meantime what we’d like to know is this; “Has NASCAR gone into the railroad business?”

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Next week comes a new RELOADED.  Until then, take care everyone!