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It’s Certainly NOT Race Promoters Misleading..

Mid morning on a rainy Saturday in Owego, New York, Shangri-La Speedway’s beloved and successful speedway promoter Dale Campfield, Robert Echo and myself are in the track office. We’re all about to leave for some lunch. Dale, always a cheery, well spoken gentleman says, “Oh! Hold on a second! I have to change the track answering machine.”

Dale pushes a couple of buttons and starts to speak, “Hello Racing fans! It’s going to be a gorgeous Saturday night of racing here at Shangri-La Speedway! The rain has stopped and the skies are clearing! So bring the family down to Shangri-La Speedway for a great time! Gates open at four pm, racing starts at seven!”

He clicked the machine and played the message back. Once he was assured it recorded perfectly, he set the answering machine in motion and said, “Okay fellas, let’s go get something to eat! I know a great place not far from here.”

This tactic wasn’t the least bit surprising back in the day. Damn near every facility office we had been to had similar practices. Some times it worked, as the rain ceased and track dried. Sometimes the answering machine was changed an hour or two prior to the gates opening as the rain continued to fall.

In the day and age of social media, weather apps and the world wide web at our finger tips, these practices are a thing of auto racing promotions past. The days of no-shows by drivers and teams listed on a series or track roster by way of paid entries, handshake or committing verbally with a promoter however, are still around and will always be a part of auto racing. Anyone who tells you otherwise is leaving out one key element, HISTORY. Not just open Modified show HISTORY.

Every, and I mean EVERY inaugural open Modified event that has started up in the last 10 years has struggled with no-shows. the Seekonk Speedway opens, the SBM125, the Tri Track Series and the latest, Gary Knight’s Modified Touring Series Winchester 200, which was held at Monadnock Speedway.

New events that are off the beaten path of sanctioning bodies and series start off with question marks. Once the teams, drivers and fans see that promoters and management teams are legit the shows grow spines and gather steam. The car counts climb and fan turnouts continue to rise with each season that follows.

The inaugural SBM125 had a car count in the teens and that car count and crowd grew over the following seasons. Seekonk Speedway’s yearly open Modified show, which is now part of the NorthEast Tri Track Open Modified Series, struggled with car counts in the early goings. The inaugural Tri Track Open Modified event at Lee USA Speedway, the Bullring Bash of 2014, had verbal commitments by teams from Long Island and the WMT and none were more disappointed when those teams pulled their no-shows than the series promoters and organizers themselves.

This years inaugural Modified Touring Series event, the Winchester 200, recently held at Monadnock Speedway, had a lesser car count than expected and hoped for. However, the promoters, sponsors and fans appreciated those teams putting their expensive machines on the line to support the event. Additionally, it’s safe to say the teams and drivers who competed were just as grateful for the purse and fan turn out. It’s appreciating the efforts and being positive to those that do support the event which helps the division as a whole.

These promoters work their hind-ends off to put up a great payout and an equally good show for the fans, yet they continue to walk into the same repetitive proverbial one monkey excrement fight at the zoo.

The latest shots started late last season when the NorthEast Race Cars TRI-TRACK Open Modified Series’ organizers were unjustly accused of purposely withholding information from the fans prior to an event at the Nutmeg State’s third mile New London-Waterford Speedbowl’s asphalt oval.. For one single no-show. One.

The accusations were directed at the NorthEast Race Cars Tri Track Open Modified Series organizers and promoters by the same blogger who’s either absolutely terrible with auto racing history or purposely omitting facts of auto racing history to serve his own spiteful agenda.

They were accused of having prior knowledge a certain young talented driver, by the name of Tommy Barrett, Jr., was not showing up for the event. The accuser claimed series organizers and promoters knew a day or so prior to the event that the hot shoe wasn’t coming. So, in the accuser’s eyes, because the promotional team didn’t put out an all points bulletin or sound the alarms in order to inform fans one (a single, uno, unum, yes one..) driver wasn’t going to be in attendance, they falsely threw promoters under the bus by claiming the promoters purposely deceived fans and used misleading and dirty promotional tactics to do so.

These silly accusations towards the NorthEast Race Cars Tri Track Open Modified Series were regurgitated by the same accuser while recently criticizing the advertised roster of the new Modified Touring Series’ big money “Winchester 200”.

In order to make any outrageous claims or accusations such as the aforementioned, the individual slinging said fecal matter would have to be extremely uneducated and oblivious with the inner workings of any series or speedway management and promotions. Thus they would equally have to be terribly lazy in basic fact finding questioning of speedway and series management. To put it mildly the one throwing the stones would have to be poor at paying attention to promotional procedures that have existed since motorsports began.

What about these no-shows? Just as in everyday life, drivers, owners, crew members and their machines experience issues forcing them to change plans. Some avoidable and some unavoidable. These issues and, in some cases, broken promises are guaranteed to happen. It’s a part of the sport. Decades upon decades of history shows that, but then again the same blogger would have to be educated on the history of the sport which as the same short history of the accuser would show, time and time again, they are not.

Rosters for open shows, series and speedways are normally, but not always, based off of pre-paid entries. Everyone involved in the sport is well aware tracks list rosters in their weekly programs, should they have one, and/or on their websites. These rosters are comprised of much the same procedure. A team applies for a license or fills a registration sheet and pays the fee. The teams and drivers are then added to the track or series roster. For some tracks and series it’s a word of mouth type deal. In some cases it’s a cross between paid entries, hand shakes and word of mouth. Usually, where tracks are concerned, as the season rolls along and the occasional newbie shows up to compete, their team and driver are added to the roster.

Everyone involved in the sport is well aware through the years there have been hundreds of scenarios preventing a driver with a paid entry or verbal commitment for an event to no show. In every instance when these scenarios unfolded..

Did the speedways or series promoters make announcements a day or two in advance stating any of these drivers wouldn’t be in attendance? No.

Were these tracks or series promoters expected to announce to the fans, in a short notice press release, of all the rumored or informed no-shows? No.

Were these tracks or series promoters accused of false advertisement? No.

Wouldn’t you think that a blogger who occupies the press box of speedway facilities using the very same procedures for decades would be knowledgeable of this information and refrain from spewing such digital media nonsense?
Yes.

It’s NOT the responsibility of the track, series or promoters in that short of notice..

Just like the fans, the promoters of not just series, but every short track facility across the country hold out hope. Promoters and fans always hope maybe, just maybe a contending team on their roster might show up to their Saturday event after said team wrecked hard on Friday night. The same hope is held out for a driver who is yet to be cleared by a doctor to compete after being injured during the work week or the past race weekend.

In this case, for the accuser, was it honestly so hard to fathom the promoters were holding out hope that the matters concerning the the potential no-show would be resolved prior to race day and thus would allow the one single driver to compete. It would seem so. But based on the blogger’s history of opinionated write-ups and “news reports” on Open Modified shows, it’s highly doubtful and more so would fall under another smear campaign.

It was just far too tasty a morsel for the mud-slinger to pass up an opportunity to drag out the same horse’s rotted corpse and commencing with another round of swings. It was far too easy leaving out obvious long standing key facts of speedway and series management and promotions that have existed since the sports humble beginnings.

It’s not surprising in the least given it’s just another baseless shot against the same series and open shows by the accuser over the years.

How about this..

A day or two prior to a short track racing event, name the last time you have heard any series or speedway PR camp making an announcement (via short notice press release, website, social media post or even radio for that matter) with a list of those on the advertised rosters who are rumored or known to NOT be competing..

Anyone? Anybody?

That’s right!.. It has hardly EVER happened in the past and for that reason IT SHOULDN’T BE EXPECTED in the future.

In that time frame / short notice, the event staff have a race day to prepare for. It’s called WORK and PREPARATION (Something the accuser has chosen to forget in terms of the sport’s history). In these days of social media leave those late announcements to the media and the teams themselves to inform fans. With a couple days left for the show, it’s NOT the track, series management nor the promoter’s responsibility. Heck, back in the day, you only found out by showing up to the track or hearing prior through the grape-vine or rumors.

How about the basic subject by the blogger that promoters purposely mislead the fans? Why is it these accusations are only focused on the Open Modified event promoters? I think we all know the answer. Otherwise, the fecal-slinger would have to throw a tandem load of accusations towards the Northeast speedways and series who list and advertise 2016 Rosters on their sites and have plenty of weekly no-shows, including some facilities and series he himself attend or cover on site.

  • Valenti Modified Racing Series
  • NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
  • ACT
  • PASS
  • Monadnock Speedway (Winchester, NH)
  • Lee USA Speedway (Lee, NH)
  • Star Speedway (Epping, NH)
  • Riverhead Raceway (Riverhead, Long Island, NY)
  • Stafford Motor Speedway (Stafford Springs, CT)

Prime example: Stafford Motor Speedway’s 2016 SK Modified Roster alone lists over 50 SK Modified entries.

How many of these drivers and teams have shown up each week to compete? Certainly not the 50 plus listed.

Does the speedway make a prior announcement as to the rumored or known no-shows?
Nope.

Does this mean Stafford’s Management and Promotional team are deceiving, being misleading or pulling one over on the fans?
Of course not!

It’s preposterous for a veteran member of the media (and I use that term loosely in this case) to believe it’s the track, series, organizers or promoters responsibility to inform in that short of notice. Thus accusations of any misleading by the open Modified event staff is equally as preposterous.

Oh, but damn those evil dirty pool playing Open Modified show promoters!.. Pffffft! Absolute nonsense!

Misleading?.. It sure seems like it, but not from track, series or event organizers and promoters. Then again, by somewhat using a variation of the line the aforementioned blogger is well known for in his many rantings and comments, why let the simple facts of the long standing history of our sports management and promotional side get in the way of a good smear story, right?

Disregard the fecal-slinging-monkey and his repetitive smear campaign. Celebrate the fact promoters like Jim Schaefer, Dick Williams and staff, the team at Seekonk Speedway and the latest gentleman to throw his hat in the ring, Gary Knight and staff, are working their hind-ends off to put on high-dollar pay-out shows for you, the fans, that they themselves as fans want to see.

Modified fans from all over give their hard earned money to not only attend but support the event with sponsorship and lap money. Businesses sponsor not only the racing events themselves, but awards and laps. The money taken in by most of the open shows go directly to the teams and drivers competing. Other than paying for costs of being part of the racing program almost every darn dollar goes back to those who have shown up to put their expensive equipment and lives on the line to compete.

The open shows are nothing, but POSITIVE for the asphalt Modifieds. These folks should be applauded for sticking their necks out on the line for the Modified racing division’s benefit. What should be praised are the teams that show up to compete, fans that show up to support and enjoy the events, staff and speedways that put on the events and media who show up to cover and report on them.

*Rendered photo published prior in a 1981 Speedway Scene issue by Vin Hilliard.

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HISTORY TO BE MADE SATURDAY AT MONADNOCK SPEEDWAY

(PRESS RELEASE) WINCHESTER, NH- Back in time, New Hampshire’s Monadnock Speedway played host to both weekly and special event Tour-Type Modified racing. The history is memorable, with the likes of Jerry Marquis, Reggie Ruggiero, Mike Stefanik and dozens more very talented drivers who have raced at the high-banked quarter mile known for exciting Modified racing.

In recent years, Monadnock has hosted some weekly racing, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Valenti Modified Racing Series events, but none have brought all of these teams together for one event, and none have brought the race winner a minimum $5,000 payday.

This payoff to the race winner could double by the end of 100 green flag laps this Saturday night, June 13. If attendance exceeds 3,000 adults, including pits and grandstand the winners share will double. Any additional lap money or bonuses would push the winners share beyond that.

This “Riverside Park Reunion 100” is race two of the Northeast Race Cars Tri-Track open Modified Series for 2015, and drivers who have proven success at Monadnock are ready to show the influx of newcomers and tour racers the way around the tricky quarter-mile.

Kirk Alexander is perhaps the best here, but Dwight Jarvis, Todd Patnode and Russ Hersey are also proven winners and champions at the historic track. Short track specialist Matt Hirschman, Lee (NH) winner Chris Pasteryak, Andy Seuss, Woody Pitkat, Todd Szegedy, Rowan Pennink and many more figure to be among the contenders for victory.

The number of drivers on this list of talent goes even beyond those “glory days” events held at Monadnock in the 1980’s. Todd Annarummo, Doug Coby, Steve Masse, Zane Zeiner and Andy Jankowiak are just a few of the race winning-champion drivers entered.

Perhaps the most likely of all to be the one to beat however is Ryan Preece, who is on a hot streak, winning both Friday and Saturday this past weekend. He will wheel the TS Haulers entry, representing the NWMT. Preece is a former winner at Monadnock on the NWMT.

Racing at the western New Hampshire track on Saturday begins at 5:00 PM with heat races for the Monadnock weekly divisions, followed by four very competitive Tri-Track Modified qualifying heat races as drivers not only look to put themselves at the front of the 27 car starting field, but to qualify among the expected 40 entries.

The Northeast Race Cars Tri-Track Open Modified Series event on Saturday carries a payoff that will exceed $50,000. That includes the “Red Roof Inn 25” B-Main, which carries a purse payoff as well. The winner will have the option to start the main event or pocket the $1,000 winners share. The Red Roof Inn has several locations in New England, including nearby in South Deerfield, MA., Springfield, MA., Enfield, CT., and also in Salem and Loudon, NH.

Among the bonus money paid out will be $2,000 in lap leader money, sponsored by Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair. Dunleavy’s will also pay another $500 in lap money as part of the B-Main payoff. Race leaders in both event will earn $20 on every lap.

A Waddell Communications Halfway Bonus of $200, $1,700 in Red Roof Tow Money. Hard Charger ($100) and lap 90 leader ($100) will be paid by Diamond and Crown Racing. The 3rd annual Chuck Montville Car Owner Award will also be part of this event, paying a deserving car owner more than $700 in his memory.

A $500 bonus goes to the driver leading the most laps for the overall Tri-Track Series, paid by Joe Duarte and Bridgewater-Raynham Overhead Door. Coil Over Commander has a $300 gift certificate to the B-Main winner, and Seals-It will pay $100 to the feature event winner as well.

These are all a part of what makes this event special, and with Grand Marshall Bob Polverari there to add a historic flavor to this “Riverside Park Reunion 100”, this race is sure to go into history as one of the most memorable Modified events ever held at Monadnock Speedway.

Adult admission for this event is just $25 for adults, $35 for pit entry, $20 for seniors 65 and over, $10 for students with a valid ID and kids under 12 will be admitted FREE. More information on this event and late-breaking updates can be found on the Northeast Race Cars Tri Track Open Modified Series Facebook page, at: http://www.tritrackopenmodifiedseries.com and also at http://www.monadnockspeedway.com.

From the Heart and the Clipboard Incident

Friday, June 1st, 1979 – SPEEDWAY SCENE

NERFer's-CornerRETURN OF THE NERF

Ya all probably been wondering what’s happened to this Ol’ Nerf, eh? Some people most likely thought I’d been fitted with a pair of cement shoes by one of my disapproving readers or maybe ya just figured I disappeared from the face of the earth. Well!!….. No such luck!…. I’m back!…. In living and loving color!….. heh, heh!

I just took a few weeks off until Claremont Speedway was put into motion and now with that feat accomplished we’ll be here with our weekly tiduals and tutatuts,  heh, heh. Bart gave me those wordsout of the Korlacki Unabridged Dictionary. What ever that means.

It’s ironic that my return to the pages of Speedway Scene should bring with it an interesting happening or maybe I should say something that shouldn’t have happened.

Last Saturday night I was behind the microphone at Claremont Speedway as usual and after the show, which by the way was won by Allen Whipple, my wife and I decided to stay over along with our two sons and another young lad who’s helping out at Claremont.

I’ve been co-hosting a racing talk show on WCNL AM-FM with a gentleman by the name of Ron Dunham. I had planned to attend Bear Ridge Speedway Sunday night to cover for WCNL but since Rod had decided to cover for our “Let’s Talk Racin’ Show” I decided to head south to Monadnock Speedway to see the Regal 100, since it was on my way home.

We purchased our tickets, $22 for the five of us, along with CODA (Claremont Owners & Drivers Association) Secretary and flagman Dave Kolenda, his wife Mary, CODA driver Ernie Bodreau, his wife Carol and Rachel Chastenay.

We sat just in front of the rest rooms in the fourth turn bleachers where we planned to lean back and enjoy the late afternoon racing program.

This was not to be as you’ll soon know.

Midway through the warmup session Jim Coppo in his bright red NASCAR jacket and one of Winchester, New Hampshire’s finest summoned me as I sat in the bleachers compiling the point standings for the three divisions we run at Claremont. I was told to bring my clipboard and follow them. With Mr. Coppo leading the way, myself and Kolenda, who I invited along, and the police officer bringing up the rear we headed out the main gate into the parking lot.

When we got to the second row of cars directly in front of the main gate, guess who was waiting to greet me. Track owner Bill Brown gave me some greetings!

I was accused of bringing my clipboard so I could spy on Monadnock for Claremont. When I explained what I was doing with my clipboard it seemed to infuriate Mr. Brown something awful. Since he couldn’t catch me with my hand in the cookie jar or espionage on my clipboard, it made him super mad. He screamed, and I quote; ” I’ll knock your f…… head off.” after which he proceeded to try and attack me. He was restrained by Mr. Coppo. I explained that I had paid my $5 to get in and then along with my close friend Kolenda, I headed back to my seats in the stands.

All the aforementioned proceedings happened in front of a couple of hundred fans in the top row of the bleachers who had forgotten about warmups to watch  the parking lot escapades of Bill Brown and company.

Earlier in the afternoon, Kolenda was conversing with a friend when Mr. Brown asked him if he’d brought his clipboard with him. At the time Kolenda didn’t understand the statement.

I knew it was a no-no to bring alcholic beverages into the track but what’s this thing about clipboards.

There’s no need for anyone to go to Monadnock for the purpose of spying as there’s several ways CODA officials can find out if someone has violated the 60 mile radius rule. A good example of this is everybody and their brother knew Jack Bateman was going to be at Monadnock in direct violation of the rule. So who needs to spy?

I know Mr. Brown was upset with me over somethings I’d written in the past and he should be. It’s only human nature.

Bill Brown has nobody but himself to blame for the situation he is presently in.

A couple of years ago Brown was asked by the car owners competing at Monadnock to up the purse a few dollars. At the time he was paying $400 to win, so he told them he couldn’t afford it. What’s he doing now, paying $700 to win on a regular show and $1200 for a special show. Really makes the guys who supported him for so long know where they stand or stood, whichever. Evidently, the old bunch wasn’t worth anything but the new bunch are.

Mr. Brown has antagonized several car owners and drivers over the years.  Ask Spike Jones, owner of the Donnie Ayer car. Ask Dave Grantz who was Sportsman Champion at Monadnock a couple of times. Ask Fred Felton, owner of the “Radical Racer” driven by Marty Radewick. Ask…. Oh well, I could go on and on but I won’t.

To any of the things I have written about Bill Brown in the past he could have answered by writing a letter or article to Speedway Scene and I’m positive it would have been published.

Anything that is written in NERF’ers Corner is my opinion and not necessarily those of Speedway Scene, Claremont Speedway or CODA.

Checkered Chatter….. While on the subjecty of Monadnock Speedway, it was a super turnout of Modifieds on the high banks for the Regal 100…. Stafford Motor Speedway will host the “Mark’s Auto Parts 100” tonight with a $14,000 posted purse. $2,000 goes on to the winning modified in the NASCAR double point show….. Late Model runnerJerry Marquis had to be the most disgusted gentleman at Monadnock Speedway last weekend. He was close to lapping the second place car when a caution fell. After the green came out, Marquis’ car started missing and he had to settle for second. Tuff luck for the 1978 Riverside Park Speedway Figure 8 Champion….. It doesn’t look like Geoff Bodine’s record of 54 wins in 1978 will stand for long. Richie Evans now has 18 victories and is once again atop the National NASCAR Modified Point Race….. The first Demolition Derby of the season at Claremont Speedway will be run on Saturday night, June 23rd. Anyone interested in entering can call…. One closing note on Monadnock Speedway. It seems that Claremont Speedway is now called “Up the River Speedway” when giving the results of Saturday night action….. Until next week, remember, “NERF’ers like racin’ New England Style!”

 NERF’ers Corner By Robert Echo DISCLAIMER

Punky Caron and an Old School Open Modified Show

On this weekend of the Racearama one of the hot topics of 2014 is the new Tri-Track Open Modified Series.  The series is made up of 3 old school open format Modified events; the “Bullring Bash” at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH. (May 11th), the “SBM 125” at Star Speedway in Epping, NH. (June 14th), and “Modified Madness” at Seekonk, MA. (July 23rd).  So I submit this to you my fellow NERFs..

This is an early column that involves an old school open modified show which took place at the famed Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire.   A track ruled by the “Goshen Ghost” Punky Caron.

Beautifully restored and owned by another New Hampshire Modified legend, Ernie Bodreau, Punky's famous ride sits on display for all to admire. Crystal Snape Photo.
Beautifully restored and owned by another New Hampshire Modified legend, Ernie Bodreau, Punky’s famous ride sits on display for all to admire. Jim Snape photo.

For those unfamiliar with Punky Caron please, I beg you to Google the man or sift through the social racing pages.  What you’ll find are many stories, many hard fought races, numerous on track skirmishes, and tons and tons of respect.  Punky was an aggressive driver.  His fellow competitors might say he would race you just a little “harder” than you might race him at times.  But make no mistake, he was not a dirty driver.  He was a damn good one.

To sum up how it was watching Punky at Monadnock in the open shows, with that trademark Wirkkala Brother’s 121 coupe Modified, would be to describe the baddest World Heavyweight Champion boxer defending the crown in his home arena.  What I mean by that is if you wanted to beat that World Heavyweight Champion in his back yard you have to fight the champion’s fight.  This was his track and you best have brought your “A” game.  He’s beaten invaders like Bugsy Stevens, Geoff Bodine, Ron Bouchard, Maynard Troyer, Reggie Ruggeiro, everyone for that matter on that lightning quick high banked oval.

Outside of the car Punky Caron was one of the most approachable and friendly individuals you would meet.  When Punky retired he had sat upon the king’s throne at the place they call “MadDog” with 9 track championships.  In 2011 he was voted into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame and very deservedly so.

The race this particular column speaks of has Punky falling one spot short of victory, but it’s to no damn slouch.  Believe you me, I’m betting not too far down the road Punky was yet again the first to fly under Jim Hanks’ checkered flag.

-Jared

Friday, May 19th, 1978 – NEW ENGLAND SPEEDWAY SCENE

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As Cousin Minnie Pearl would say, “How-w-w-de-e-e! I’m so happy to be here.” My sentiments completely as this is the second time out of the pits for this writer with NERF’ers Corner.

We’ve had a couple of questions sent into us over the past week and they will be answered a little later in this column.

Just goes to show you that at least two fans read our words of wisdom last week and all I can say is “Jack Anderson watch out!”

Art Linkletter says that: “Kids say the darndest things” and this same term could relate to some auto racing fans.

A few Sundays ago I attended the Granite State Open at Monadnock Speedway and while watching the afternoon’s events from the stands, I overheard a conversation between a couple of fans behind me. In the next paragraph or two I will try to give you the play by play of the conversation but first let me set the scene for you.

Twenty-four modifieds roll out onto the track for the 100-lap feature coming to a stop in front of the stands so that the drivers can be introduced to the fans.

1977 Monadnock Champion Punky Caron of Goshen (NH) sits on the pole in the new Lindblad chassied Wirkkala Brothers #121 Coupe and along side of him is three-time National NASCAR Modified Champion Bugsy Stevens of Rehoboth (MA) in the Brandy Bunch #41 Pinto. The field is filled mostly with home track favorites such as Bob Karvonen, Dunk Rudolph, Donny Miller, Pete Fiandaca, Donny Ayer, Bruce Batchelder and Red Kimball. The challengers in from other ovals were Ron Bouchard, John Rosati, George Savory, Stan Gregor and Bob Stefanik.

Punky Caron at speed in the Wirkkala Brothers coupe bodies Modified. Crystal Snape Photo.
Punky Caron at speed in the Wirkkala Brothers 121 coupe bodied Modified. Jim Snape photo.

The conversation started this way and we’ll call the two fans in question, “A” and “B”. Here goes……

(A) – “No one will catch Punky today.”
(B) – “Yah! He’s really running. Ran off and left everybody in his heat.”
(A) – “He’ll show all those hot shots from them other tracks.”

The race got underway and on lap twelve Bugsy got underneath Caron to take the lead and eventually the victory.

Hence our conversation continues…..

(B) – “It’s not fair to let all these outsiders come in to take away the trophies and prize money.”
(A) – “It sure ain’t. They never come to a regular show.”
(B) – “Yah! They only come when there’s a big payoff.”

Remember fans, the drivers don’t make the shows open events, the tracks do.

Racing fans pay anywhere from $3 to $6 to see one of these open shows and you would think they’d want to see a high quality show.

The home track drivers love the challenge of beating the best in the business and what better place to do it than in front of your own fans. If the home boy loses to a top shoe like the Bugman, he has nothing to be ashamed of as the biggest names in the business have been beaten by the likes of Stevens many time over. With the high cost of the sport today one has to go where he can shoot for the big purse.

By the way, Caron was the second fastest on the track and he did beat all them other “hot shots”.

Let’s face it fans, we want to see the best show we can for whatever the ticket price and that includes seeing all those hot shots from those other tracks.

So fans do sometimes: “Say the darndest things.” Think about it.

We had a couple of requests for addresses of the “Bugsy Stevens and Richie Evans Fan Clubs.” Anyone having this information, drop us a line.

**I know my father would have wanted to make sure that we don’t forget champion driver Jim Boniface who is battling cancer as hard as he ever did fellow competitors on the track.  Jim has given so many fans great memories and we want to keep he and his family in our thoughts and prayers.  Keep up the battle Jim.  We’re all wearing your colors and cheering you on!

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