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Racing Discussion / Happy New Year
« on: December 31, 2020, 07:07:28 AM »
I wish a happy new year to all, and sincerely hope that 2021 is a whole lot better than 2020 was!!

Racing Discussion / Merry Christmas
« on: December 24, 2020, 07:28:07 AM »
Merry Christmas and hopefully, a Happy New Year to all the race fans in the country. Hopefully 2021 will bring better times, as well as a return to some sort of "normalcy".

Racing Discussion / Happy Thanksgiving!
« on: November 25, 2020, 06:59:33 AM »
This has been a rough year, for both we racing enthusiasts, as well as the population in general. Fortunately, if you're reading this post, you've managed to survive the uproar, although not necessarily in a joyous fashion. Nonetheless, I sincerely wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving, urge you to stay safe, and hope that 2021 brings better times, and a resume to racing.

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.....

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