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Racing Discussion / RIP Dick Mangus
« on: Today at 07:01:28 AM »
Dick Mangus, former asphalt modified owner, and father of modified driver, Tim Mangus, passed away this past Wednesday, as reported in the Rochester, NY Democrat&Chronicle newspaper. A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, March 24th, at the Willard Scott funeral home in Webster.

Godspeed, "Howie"...……..

Paz ... Your post comes from a guy who never turned a wheel in, or wrench on a race car,and has never had a wife or children to support..I know most drivers and crew in the ISMA series are thankful that the tracks we race at are insured and we have Howie Lane to thank that racing without insurance doesn’t happen.

Sean, what's your problem??

One day you're lamenting the fact that asphalt oval track racing is dying, and you don't understand why, and the next day you're ripping people that are connected with racing, as well as the tracks that are trying to put on a show. If it's as easy and inexpensive as you imply, instead of criticizing others for not doing anything, why aren't YOU leasing one of the inactive tracks, and putting on the first class show, that you feel the drivers, crews, and fans deserve?? That way, you can rake in the money that the "greedy track owners", as you've said in your past posts, have been raking in, and you can become a wealthy man....

Racing Discussion / Re: lancaster raceway
« on: March 04, 2019, 05:03:03 PM »
Honestly, in my opinion, just to see the track remain open, in some way, is good news. Considering  that most of the drag race programs are more economical to put on, it at least allows the new owners an opportunity to create some positive cash flow, and keep the facility operating, rather than simply biting the dust.

Racing Discussion / Re: Hillside Buffalo Code of Conduct
« on: February 22, 2019, 01:45:55 PM »

All Complaints and concerns are to be shared DIRECTLY with Hillside Buffalo management and officials, NOT in a public manner via Social Media.

Any person who intentionally and/or maliciously disregards, manipulates, intimidates or otherwise harasses a Hillside Buffalo official decision via Social Media postings, private messages, text messages or in any way electronically that degrades the track, its management or officials will be subject to Team Disqualification and/or Fine, Suspension, Loss of Points and/or other action determined appropriate by Track Management of Hillside Buffalo. Financial penalty to be determined by Track Management.

The use of Social Media by any person to promote negative/derogatory publicity towards Hillside Buffalo in any manner will subject them to Team Disqualification, Fine, Suspension, Loss of Points, Financial Penalty and/or any other action deemed appropriate by Hillside Buffalo management and officials.

I've read this statement, because it has "risen to the top" several times, as people have responded to it. And after reading it a couple of times, I'm not quite sure who it is directed to, competitors at the track or the general public, as it isn't too clear. (mistake #1)

Furthermore, while I understand why you might not want the "dirty laundry" aired in public, as I have seen in the past, here on 'RaceNY', in relation to other tracks, you need to understand that when you operate a sporting facility that promotes a show for public consumption, that automatically opens you up to comment, either good or bad.

Finally, if you intend to really follow through with this "thinly veiled threat" to the public's ability to comment on your facility's operation, be prepared for your track to have a VERY short life, especially if you intend this "policy" to apply to the general public, and not just the racers/teams who MAY dare to race at your track. (mistake #2)

The 1st Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees the right to free speech, and it's part of the bedrock upon which this country was built. It allows EVERYONE, within reason, to express their opinions freely, whether or not others agree. This means not just you, but others, as well. Trying to artificially control reality generally doesn't work out all that well.

Racing Discussion / Re: Aero Season is Here...
« on: February 17, 2019, 12:53:58 PM »
…..This race kind of looks like s shzit show.  Who cares about any of these guys?  My wife is going to kill me.  This could be the most boring race in the annals of racing.

I hear you!  I read the article in today's (Sunday) D&C paper, and they were raving about the "diversity" in today's field of new, young drivers. HUH???  Diversity?? I want to hear about their actual race wins, not where they came from, and how well they do on the "simulator".....

I then watched the rerun of the last 30 laps, or so, of the Xfinity race, oops, I mean parade. Snooze fest....

Racing Discussion / Re: Aero Season is Here...
« on: February 15, 2019, 07:50:29 AM »
I predict that JJ isn't going to be around for too long, in Sunday's 500. Since he's managed to take out someone in the first two races of the season, by "mis-judging" where the front of his racecar is, someone will "park him" early in the race, before he has the chance to do any serious damage to the rest of the field.

Off Topic Discussion / Re: Nancy Pelosi ?????
« on: February 09, 2019, 07:45:21 AM »
That Schumer needs to go. He wants to give away the money from every hard working American that gets outa bed every day of his life and goes to work, to every worthless piece of crap that sits on the couch all day and bitches about how he is oppressed. He got a spine like a wet dish rag.

I agree that he needs to go, but unfortunately he's our very own "Nancy Pelosi". The liberal "tail that wags the dog", New York City, absolutely adores him, as well as all the far out legislation that he dreams up, and they vote for him in a robot-like fashion. Sadly, we'll never be rid of him. And as long as there's enough "other people's money" to re-distribute, he'll remain in place.

Something else to watch out for, is the sudden rise of Kirsten Gillibrand. If anybody remembers, back when she was first running for office, she surprised a lot of people. That was because even as a Democrat, she claimed that her background, from a family of hunters and sportsmen, meant that she fully understood and supported the 2nd Amendment. Then she got elected, and was instructed by Schumer that she had to "go along in order to get along", and suddenly guns became a bad thing. LIAR!!

Furthermore, when running for re-election to her current position, which overlaps the next Presidential election cycle, she assured her constituents that she had no aspirations for the job of POTUS, so if re-elected, she'd maintain her office in New York. The fools believed her, re-elected her, and a short time later, she announced her intentions to become POTUS, screw you, New York. LIAR x2!!

L4:  your response regarding insurance companies "driving" these tests (pun intended!) certainly has merit...but let's not forget about the long-running love affair both entities have had for years whose relationship negatively affects many people in their daily lives!

All I can add is this...after retiring from "full-time" work, in 2008, I relaxed for a year, and literally did nothing more strenuous than cut my lawn. However, I was still rather young, and also felt guilty sitting home, while my wife still worked her part-time gig. I was in one of the local auto parts stores, picking up some supplies for a project, and the store manager, who I kina' knew, asked if I would consider working part-time for the store, driving a delivery truck.

I felt that a little "pocket money" wouldn't hurt, so I took the job. And in 2009, at the age of 57, I had to submit to a drug test, for the first time in my life. It was either that, or no job, and the company's regional manager told me that it was for insurance and liabilities concerns. The store didn't want any possible lawsuits stemming from an intoxicated individual being involved in a crash, while on the job.

Off Topic Discussion / Re: Nancy Pelosi ?????
« on: February 07, 2019, 12:03:41 PM »
The current crop of elected Democrats are, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the rudest people ever to hold a public office. They have allowed their "TDS" (Trump Derangement Syndrome) to fester within them, to the point that they don't even know how to act in a civil manner. Funny thing, however, Nancy's daughter was interviewed after the SOTU, and said something to the effect that that was the same way that Nancy treated her, when she was a teen-ager.

Since we're in the neighborhood, there are a couple of things I'd like to mention....First, it appears that the Mueller "investigation" must A) be wrapping up; and B) as expected, is coming up empty. Why do I think this? If you may have noticed, the weasel-like Rep from California, Adam Schiff has proclaimed that he's preparing all sorts of investigations of Trump's past financial dealings. Russia, Russia, Russia didn't work, so the new excuse for disruption will be money, money, money.

Secondly, keep your eyes open and be prepared to go toe to toe with that fool Alexandra Ocaisio-Cortez. Her liberal, mental fog has her convinced that her "green energy"  program, designed to outlaw fossil fuels, is the wave of the future. However, at least in the short term, it will destroy most phases of the way America currently operates. Which is their goal. ANYTHING that consumes oil or coal is bad, to them, and needs to be outlawed....period.

Think seeing race tracks shut down is bad news?? If she, and her ilk, have their way, we won't even be driving cars, let alone racing them. Think about it, the libs usually go after their agenda, bit by bit. Can't outlaw cars and trucks overnight, but they'll go after it inch by inch. Only critical use of cars and trucks will be allowed, and determined by THEM, what is "critical". Cars going round and round in circles......probably not critical, at least defined by them.

Tread carefully, and vote even more carefully......that's my advice for the day.

Off Topic Discussion / Re: The shutdown
« on: January 23, 2019, 05:38:56 PM »
….He's proven time and again he can't be taken at his word which is really a shame.  The Democrats are willing to negotiate once he reopens the Government...Sounds fair to me.

TRUMP, can't be taken at his word???

Have you forgotten, "If you want to, you can keep your doctor", or "You will save $2500 per year on your medical insurance", or "We have THOUSANDS of shovel ready jobs available", or "I did NOT have sexual relations with that woman", or "Do you mean clean it, like with a cloth"....

Trust a Democrat, you CAN'T be serious!!

Racing Discussion / Re: 2019 Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Schedule?
« on: January 23, 2019, 07:34:34 AM »
Reading these posts just makes me shake my head in wonderment, and sort of brings a tear to my eye. 30 years ago, with 3-4 western NY tracks regularly running a modified class, plus "specials" at a couple of other tracks, an asphalt racing fan would ask him/herself, "which track SHOULD we go to, this week", and today, the same fan asks themselves, "which track CAN we go to this week"...…..

Off Topic Discussion / Re: It's about damn time...
« on: January 23, 2019, 07:28:45 AM »
The Astacio Saga drags on....

According to the latest reports, even though the Judge has been removed from the bench, she still faces charges for attempting to illegally purchase a firearm. Her lawyer petitioned the court to have a change of venue, thinking that she can't get a fair trial in Monroe County.

WOW, they're going through the hassle and expense, to move the trial to another county. What constitutes a "fair and impartial jury"? She was in direct violation of her probation, attempting to buy a gun. A gun is NOT essential to daily life, and she was caught in the act, which pretty much demonstrates, on it's own, that she violated her probation. Why even the need for a trial?

If, on the other hand, she was buying food or clothing, essentials for life, I might see the need for some sort of hearing, because maybe, JUST MAYBE there was some sort of misunderstanding on the terms of her probation. But buying a gun....what kind of nonsense will she dream up next, to waste taxpayer's time and money???

Off Topic Discussion / Re: The shutdown
« on: January 23, 2019, 07:14:38 AM »
My thoughts are quite simple....for many years, the Democrats have ram-rodded their agenda through both houses of Government, because despite all of their big talk, Republicans don't have the "intestinal fortitude" (a polite term for what rhymes with walls), to go toe-to-toe with the Dems. Therefore, when push has turned to shove, the 'Pubs usually buckle, and the Dems are used to this being "business as usual". This has allowed the Dems to push their "quasi-socialistic" agenda on the backs of Americans.

President Trump, thank God, isn't "business as usual", and the Dems simply don't know how to cope with it, so they're throwing a childish tantrum, assuming it will get them their way, as has been in the past. I sincerely hope that he stays the course.

Leadfoot  there are plenty of people who drive a motor vehicle for pay that are NOT required to pee for the government.

 This is a dangerous overreach by the government and is part of a slowly but surely creeping encroachment on our rights.

We citizen better soon wake the F up before they are gone.

"UM", in many cases drivers, or prospective drivers, have to pass a drug test, in order to either maintain or obtain their job. HOWEVER, it isn't necessarily government driven, rather insurance driven.


If you live in "public" housing  would give up your rights then?   

It's just an awful twist of logic that someone in public employment has to pee for their pay while those on the public dole (supported in part by those very public employees) are not required to pee for theirs.   :-\

I agree that living in "public" housing, in other words, subsidized housing, presents a murky situation, since the taxpayers are paying the person's rent, and I, personally, don't feel that I should be required to indirectly help support someone's drug habit. And the idea of drug testing for welfare benefits, again, while a potentially sticky situation, doesn't bother me, because once again, the taxpayers (you and I) are subsidizing someone's existence, so it's only fair that we/they have the ability to put conditions on that assistance.

If you're talking about drug testing for one's job, ESPECIALLY if that job has a person operating a motor vehicle or piece of construction equipment, than I agree that it should be done. I also feel, however, that it's a sad set of circumstances, when so many people feel that they need recreational drugs and/or alcohol, just to make it through their day. Given my somewhat advanced age, I didn't have to be subjected to drug testing during the first part of my working life. However, about a year after I retired from my full-time job of 37 years, I was asked to join one of the "big box" auto parts stores, as a delivery driver.

I had some time on my hands, and SS hadn't kicked in yet, so I agreed to do so. It was the first time in my life that I was subjected to a drug test, at the age of 57. It was eye opening, as I hadn't quite realized how deeply the drug culture had invaded American life.

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