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Racing Discussion / Here we go.....AGAIN!
« on: September 22, 2020, 07:57:27 AM »
Lengthy article in today's edition of the Rochester, NY newspaper, the 'Democrat&Chronicle', outlining yet another group of griping neighbors wanting to curtail/shut down a long standing race track. This time, the target is the Canandaigua, NY dirt track. Although the article didn't come right out and support the track's operation, at least they mentioned that the track had been in operation since the 1950s, and was using a "grandfather clause" to remain in operation.

Racing Discussion / Genesee Speedway "busted"
« on: July 28, 2020, 07:33:59 AM »
A list of bars/restaurants in the Rochester area, was posted in today's (07/28) Democrat&Chronicle newspaper, citing various infractions of the state's Covid-19 restrictions, with respect to their operating procedures. Genesee Speedway, in Batavia was also listed as one of the violators, but none of these violations were specifically spelled out, at any of the establishments. A generalization of "patrons not socially distant" was mentioned, however.....

Racing Discussion / They staged a "protest".
« on: June 08, 2020, 06:49:30 AM »
Many race fans are wondering when race tracks will re-open, based on the various states' mandates, regarding the gathering of sports fans at sporting events. As we all know, people are getting quite frustrated over this. Ace Speedway, in Elon North Carolina decided that they had had enough.....

Instead of having "races" this past Saturday evening, they staged a protest, according to a report that was published in today's (6/8/20) Rochester NY, 'Democrat&Chronicle' newspaper. Racers, and about 2000 "protesters", showed up in protest of the state's "anti-gathering" regulations.

Racing Discussion / RIP Ted Appleton
« on: May 13, 2020, 07:05:52 AM »
Although I'm not familiar with this young modified driver, I read in the Rochester newspaper a few days ago, that Ted Appleton had passed away, about a week ago. May he RIP.

Racing Discussion / Don't know if this is news.....
« on: April 30, 2020, 02:55:09 PM »
A buddy of mine just e-mailed me......he was browsing through the 'Racing Junk' website, and lo and behold, he saw a "for sale" listing for Spencer Speedway.

Racing Discussion / Tonight's race
« on: December 24, 2019, 07:19:10 AM »
Early reports are that a certain driver, identified as S. Claus, on the entry form, has won the "pole position" for tonight's "Toyland 500". The green flag will be thrown sometime around midnight...…..

Merry Christmas to all!

Racing Discussion / RIP Junior Johnson
« on: December 20, 2019, 07:28:58 PM »
Junior Johnson, a stock-car racing giant whose career spanned the sport’s history from its moonshining roots to its modern era as a fierce, hard-nosed driver and an innovative mechanic and team owner, has died. He was 88.

 Johnson’s passing was confirmed by the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He had been in declining health and entered hospice care earlier this week.

Racing Discussion / It's mid-December...
« on: December 11, 2019, 06:58:57 AM »
...which means that in New York, automobile racing has ended for the season. It also means that Christmas is just around the corner. And since there hasn't been any activity on this site for several days, allow me to "rev it up", a bit and be the first to wish all you race fans a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Racing Discussion / Catalano Racing
« on: November 30, 2019, 12:33:37 PM »
For those who still choose to read printed material (like this old timer), the December 2019 issue of 'Speedway Illustrated' magazine has an multi-page article on the Catalano family. It's an interesting read, with decent depth,  but IMHO, it could have made more mention of the multi-generational racing participation of the family, that became the "seeds" of the current generation.

Racing Discussion / Rochester newspaper obituary
« on: November 24, 2019, 01:53:53 PM »
The passing of an 86 year old Webster resident, by the name of William Schutt, was published in the D&C today. Would that possibly be the former driver of the #05, "candy striped" Chevy late model, that ran at Spencer's, back in the 70s? If so, may he RIP....

Racing Discussion / Something light hearted
« on: October 09, 2019, 07:47:03 AM »
As we're all too aware, the racing season, here in western NY, is winding down, and as a result, the "traffic" here at RaceNY is also winding down. I know that this post isn't exactly racing related, but since things are slow, I thought I'd toss it in here, just to keep the discussions alive.....

Ever have a really vivid dream? If so, was it something plausible, or something outrageous? I had a really vivid, but somewhat crazy dream, last night (honestly!), and I thought I'd share it. The easily believable component of the dream was that I was at Spencer Speedway. The wild part was that A) the track was now enclosed by a newly constructed, concrete wall; B) there were several "old fashioned, open cockpit, race cars on the track; and C) I was watching the races along with a girl that I dated, a LONG time ago. Then I woke up...…….

OK, I'm done, back (somewhat) to reality.

Racing Discussion / Why there aren't more race cars on the track.
« on: September 21, 2019, 08:50:52 AM »
There have been many discussions, over the years, about the ever increasing cost of fielding a race car. None, however, have ever spelled it out. I just received the current issue of 'Speedway Illustrated' magazine in the mail, and it contains an interesting article involving what it costs to purchase a complete, brand new oval track car. In a single work, it's shocking, considering their discussion involves "short track cars", the cars that we see on our local tracks.

I didn't have time to read the entire article in depth, rather I just skimmed it. I'll get back to it either later today, or tomorrow. However, the article laid out a chart that approximated what it would take to purchase a brand new race car, from 4 different divisions, assuming that you A) wanted to start racing, and had some money to fund it; B) you were starting with nothing to "carry over"; and finally, C) you were purchasing "name brand" equipment.

Bottom line, the totals ran from the high $90,000 to the low $100,000 range. Think about that.... a competitive race car, one that we see on our local asphalt and dirt, half-mile ovals, on a Friday or Saturday night, has become THAT expensive. And some who are involved with this sport, wonder why they can draw only 16-18 cars out to the track.....

Off Topic Discussion / NYS Drivers License
« on: August 13, 2019, 07:49:45 AM »
Have any of you had to renew your drivers license lately? Have you "enjoyed" the process?? My wife's license recently came up for renewal, and it was a pain, to say the least.

The license's expiration date now coincides with your birthday, and with my wife's birthday in the first week in September, she got a renewal notice a few weeks back. The "instructions" are somewhat jumbled, since there are 3-4 types of licenses, from a simple picture ID, to a CDL, and whoever wrote these instructions managed to intertwine the details for each level of license. Bottom line, the state is "highly recommending" the "enhanced" license, because according to them, it will be required for future ID purposes (and it's $40 more, added to the state's coffers!!)

Here's where I found it to get sticky and very frustrating. One of the necessary documents needed, to get the enhanced license, is a "birth certificate". My wife didn't have one....all she has ever had, for the last 67 years, is a document called a "record of birth". She has registered for high school and college, obtained a NYS drivers license in 1967, obtained a Social Security card, obtained a NYS Teacher's License, applied for a marriage license, and most likely a number of other things that required proof of who she was, all with this document. NYS DMV won't accept it, and they were QUITE rude about it, when she and I went to DMV to renew her license.

At this point, you're probably asking why we're so upset. Let me explain.....We contacted the Monroe County Office of Vital Statistics, in order to procure a BC that would be satisfactory to DMV. This was done online, and get this, no ID or proof of who we were, was required!! All we did was type in my wife's name, a valid address, enter a valid credit card number, click on the icon, and a BC was on the way. 10 days later, the BC arrives.....and then the real fun begins.

Like most Christians, my wife was Confirmed, at the age of 12, and took a middle name, a middle name she has used ever since. Come to find out, her parents, as shown on her BC, also gave her a middle name (this is news to us), and it doesn't match the name that my wife took at her Confirmation, and has been using for the last 50+ years. DMV goes into convulsions, over this "conflict of information", and refuses to acknowledge her Confirmation middle name. After much wrangling, they do renew her license, however, it's using the middle name on her BC. Furthermore, they advise us that we'd better contact everyone else (especially the SS Administration), and get this straightened out.

ALL THIS, JUST TO RENEW AN EXISTING DRIVERS LICENSE!!   Bet if she was an "undocumented alien", we wouldn't have had to put up with all of this crap!!!

Racing Discussion / Spencer Speedway Schedule
« on: May 26, 2019, 03:28:03 PM »
There's a schedule posted on their website, however, the dreaded "subject to change" notice is tacked on, at the bottom. I haven't attended any races there in a while, and a couple of my friends have contacted me about getting together and going there this coming Friday, as a race is scheduled.

My question is this....there hasn't been any discussion, lately, about the status of things at the track. Does anybody know for sure, if there will be a race run this Friday, the 31st?

Off Topic Discussion / Since this section has "dried up" lately....
« on: May 20, 2019, 07:04:24 AM »
I thought I'd post something to possibly get some discussion going.

Have you ever noticed how these "look up someone's name sites", on the internet, have SO much incorrect information? Security "experts" suggest that you search your own name, just to make sure that something illicit isn't being done, using your name. So yes, I've searched my name every once in a while, and I've found some really "off the wall" stuff about myself.

For instance, I've lived at the same address, with my wife, for the last 29 years. A couple of these sites, however, have me at my former address, and have my current address as my former. They have my parents, my wife's parents, as well as my wife's brother, all living with us. This is rather comical, as all of these people never lived with us at any time, and all of them have been dead for at least 5 years. They also list some family with the same surname as my wife, as relatives of hers, but she has no idea who they are.

There are even more inaccuracies, if you look a little deeper, but these are the obvious errors, the ones that jump right out at you. But in today's "information driven world", this information, accurate or not, may be used against you at some point in your life. Gives you a real sense of security, doesn't it??

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