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Racing Discussion / Re: Racing Websites
« on: Today at 08:05:55 AM »
Getting back on to the original intent (I think) of this topic, I'll add this. I've always been more inclined to follow the asphalt racing, over the dirt venues. And if you look around, Spencer Speedway (if it still legally goes by that name) is now running a "part time" schedule, Shangra-La #1 closed, "Shang 2" is constantly in limbo, Oswego Speedway, I hear, is also down to a limited schedule, leaving only Lancaster Raceway running what appears to be a full card of racing. (My apologies to Chemung, but I'm not at all familiar with that track)

With that little bit of asphalt racing going on, what is there to talk about? I remember one of the first posts that I composed for this site, YEARS back, in the 'RaceNY' generation #1. It was how the high costs involved, were killing off oval track racing. Apparently those of us who participated in that discussion were correct, and racing is indeed, dying off.

Racing Discussion / Re: hearing lost in my left ear
« on: Today at 07:53:40 AM »
I would say Oswego Speedway under the front grandstand roof was the loudest track noise I can remember.

I agree!

I think the absolute loudest "noise" I ever heard was a 'Jefferson Airplane' concert in 1970, at the Rochester War Memorial Arena. I thought I was a big deal, because I scored 3rd row seats for the show. I could barely hear anything, right after the show, and my ears were ringing for 3-4 DAYS afterward. In retrospect, I think that standing at the end of an airport runway, with a jet taking off, would have been quieter!

But I'm sure that working around loud equipment at Kodak, for extended periods of time, didn't help either, and being in the pit area of several race tracks, over the years, didn't help, either. The strange thing is, my hearing is still quite good, except for the faint "buzzing" that goes on forever.....

Racing Discussion / Re: Racing Websites
« on: July 13, 2018, 05:46:52 PM »
Both you guys must be retired.  You're not supposed to hit the bottle until at least 10AM

I've been retired for over 10 years, but I still don't start drinking until at least 2-3 PM.....

Racing Discussion / Re: Racing Websites
« on: July 11, 2018, 08:34:20 AM »
i can give you some insight to the problem. most people in racing aren't college edjumicated and got tired of being lectured and sculed on grammer spelling, nouns and verbs. they solved this by not posting anymore.
it was all caused by a finger. if not the one they type with, its the one they flipped as they left.
see post #s 1 & 2 here above and you will see the point of this reply.  :)

Do you have a problem with the use of proper spelling and grammar?

Racing Discussion / Re: Racing Websites
« on: July 11, 2018, 07:27:28 AM »
"Goggles", it's with a great deal of sadness that I have to agree with you. Automobile racing, as we "greybeards" knew it, has faded into the ast. The reasons are numerous, and have been thrashed pretty well on this webSITE, as well as many other automotive oriented webSITES, with no real conclusions or solutions.

As you mention, however, it appears that "social media" activity is rendering many former communication methods obsolete. As an old timer, I still like to read a newspaper as I eat my breakfast. I just finished that activity, and have to say that the local newspaper (Rochester, NY's 'Democrat&Chronicle') has become pretty much a joke. The entire newspaper has about the same number of pages, as the "want ads" used to have, 20-25 years ago. And considering that it's now considered "obsolete", I'm somewhat surprised that the paper can still find folks willing to deliver it to subscribers' homes. Instead, we have 4-5 "cable news" channels on our televisions, that barrage us 24/7 with news reports (both fake or otherwise), with "up to the minute" stories.

It's somewhat the same with automobile racing.....sadly, it's fading away. I remember going to the track as a youngster, and seeing the pit areas FILLED with race cars. Every local track had 5-6 prominent "stars", that were dominant winners both there, as well as at other tracks, when they travelled around the area. Every regular race night was a virtual "who's who" of racing. Today, not so much. For us old timers, it's rather disappointing to go to the track and see 10-12 cars in 3-4 divisions, when we used to see only 2 classes of cars, but there were 30-35 cars, vying for the 24 starting spots, in those two divisions. The younger generation just isn't in to it, and with 5-6 divisions, each with only 10-12 cars, it's just not as entertaining.

During the evening's racing activities, social media has the running order posted every couple of laps. Combine this with a lessening interest in the sport, and you have declining attendance at the races themselves, therefore less interest in talking about the little bit that's going on. People may disagree with me, but I'll conclude with this....With regard to RaceNY, I've noticed a lot less "race chatter" by posters and far more "press releases". There must be a reason.

Racing Discussion / Re: Racing and Licensing (merchandise)
« on: July 01, 2018, 08:42:51 AM »
..And even if you're doing something just for yourself, the companies may still come after you if they find out.  I heard the story of a guy in the Vestal, NY area who painted an image of Snoopy on the side of his barn just for his own amusement back in the '70s or '80s.  Somehow a picture of it got back to United Feature Syndicate, who had their lawyers tell him in no uncertain terms to remove the image from his barn.

Too many lawyers on staff and on retainer willing to drop the hammer on the little guy just to make an example of them.

This reminds me of what happened to Avon, New York "burger joint" owner, Bill Wahl, a few years back. The Wahl family had been operating their restaurant for DECADES, and had been calling their featured sandwich a "Wahlburger" for all those years. About 5-6 years ago, the acting brothers, the Wahlbergs, decided to open a restaurant, I believe it was in New York City. Naturally, they decided to play off their name, and called their sandwiches "Wahlburgers".

After a while, they found out that the restaurant in Avon, NY, was also using the monicker "Wahlburger", and they investigated. And even though Bill Wahl had been using this term FOR 50 YEARS, the Wahlberg brothers sued him, and won the case, because they had copyrighted the name, and the originator, Bill Wahl, didn't....

Racing Discussion / Re: auto racing saying
« on: June 28, 2018, 04:53:32 PM »
Deep down, I'm a through and through asphalt fan, so I don't necessarily agree with this saying, but I do remember a number of people saying it...."Dirt is for racing, and asphalt is for getting there".

lively discussion! I am quite surprised at the posts in favor of drugs being ok in your system. Not that I am perfect,, I drank heavily in my early years,, but never raced while under the influence,, no doubt I had much alcohol still in my system. But as we age and learn we understand racing better, NO drugs should be in your system that means the ones I didn't mention. How can I be more clear?  Why are such people thinking its ok to match drugs with racing? I have seen the effects of alcohol and other drugs in racing, on friends families and lifestyle... it wasn't good. MY feeligs are that no drug has any place in racing,, Very sorry it does not agree with yours, your opinions are only yours and mine are only mine....drugs of any kind have no place in racing...I am very lucky to have raced most of my life,,,, motorcycles, boats (outboards and Inboards) sports cars, 600sprints, gokarts. 395sprints  and I have competed in Clay target shooting events since I was 8 yrs old. I know competition and love it,,,,, there is no room for drugs,

Excellent post!

Racing Discussion / Re: NYSS #5 Sam Rotunda?
« on: June 24, 2018, 02:23:37 PM »
Good for Sam!

(he's almost as old as I am...)

Racing Discussion / Re: "Celebration of Life" for Maynard Troyer
« on: May 27, 2018, 03:25:16 PM »
RIP, Maynard, and thanks for the memories!!

Racing Discussion / Re: Can Danica Win the 500?
« on: May 27, 2018, 03:24:26 PM »
NOPE!!!! Same result as cup. least she didn't take anybody else out, with her.

Racing Discussion / Re: Shang 2 results May 19th
« on: May 24, 2018, 08:21:35 AM »
RE/ post #2, a simple yes or no, would have been more than sufficient...………...

Racing Discussion / Re: Maynard Troyer 1938-2018
« on: May 17, 2018, 07:16:38 AM »
To the best of my knowledge, Maynard did not "leave Troyer Engineering", to open a bar. The bar, 'Oldfield's', was located on Lyell Avenue, on the west side of Rochester, and was in operation in the mid-70s. A high school buddy of mine, managed the business for Maynard....

Racing Discussion / Re: NASCAR for sale?
« on: May 13, 2018, 08:41:57 AM »
RACEANNOUNCER,,, I do not agree with anything you said in the post. I remember Dale Earnhart and always will. Your opinion about others is just yours ..... it makes me mad that you would even voice that on this website,,, especially considering your position.......   YOU SHOULD STEP DOWN!!    (boy... does this ***** me off)


Racing Discussion / Re: NASCAR for sale?
« on: May 11, 2018, 05:21:07 PM »
That is a great article and couldn't be more true. NASCAR has completely screwed all racing look what has happened to the local tracks such as Spencer and others. the Modifieds are a thing of the past in New York.

While NASCAR didn't exactly help the local, short tracks, the initial high cost of a competitive modified (around $40-45,000), plus the expense of putting it on the track for a night of racing ($500 or so, for tires, plus close to $100 for fuel), and competing for a purse from the 60s, because the stands are 20-30% full, and that's why the modifieds are kind of dead.....

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