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Racing Discussion / Re: Bumpin' and Blocking Made Me a Fan Again...
« on: February 18, 2020, 10:58:11 AM »
First point:  Thankful to hear that Ryan survived this crash.  Very thankful.

It's hard for me to understand that winning a race by blocking is called racing.  Think I'll go hang out at the Mall by myself and think about it...

Respectfully submitted,

J. Langford Ratzso

I agree, especially the highlighted.   I know that technology has drastically changed the face of oval track racing, but I think that one big factor that has changed things, is when the "drivers" stopped becoming car owners and chief mechanics, and simply became "hired guns". This, along with teams growing to afford 3,4,5 (or more) cars, so when one gets "wadded up" through aggressive driving, it's no big deal. When you got "aggressive" on Sunday, you were fixin' it on Monday. Makes a difference, I think.

Racing Discussion / Re: Bumpin' and Blocking Made Me a Fan Again...
« on: February 18, 2020, 06:12:59 AM »
There seemed to be plenty of "bumpin and bangin" for the bloodthirsty fans. Good thing nobody was killed!! These speedway races are simply getting out of control, especially a couple of drivers that I won't name.....

Racing Discussion / Re: Newman
« on: February 18, 2020, 06:10:40 AM »
Prayers for a quick recovery.

Racing Discussion / Re: Bumpin' and Blocking Made Me a Fan Again...
« on: February 16, 2020, 06:52:29 PM »
Looks like the only "bumping and banging" today, was done by the jet dryers.  Damn.......

Off Topic Discussion / Re: NYS Drivers License
« on: February 15, 2020, 07:25:54 AM »
......End of rant.....until some other, unforeseen wrinkle, crops up over this.

Well, to update this rather "sleepy" topic, yes, another "unforeseen wrinkle" cropped up. A few weeks after we got the drivers license fiasco straightened out, the license plates on one of her cars came due for renewal. We then had to go through a bit of "red tape" due to the change in her legal name, and both cars had to be re-registered. That wasn't too big a deal, and was handled right at the DMV office in Rochester. HOWEVER, this, in turn, required the titles for the cars be "corrected".

It's kind of scary, changing anything on a title. You send your title, the only true proof that you own the car, to Albany, hope they receive it, and then wait for it to be processed. You then hope that the post office correctly processes and delivers it to you. In our case, it took over 2 months for us to receive the new paperwork....

Racing Discussion / Re: New Smyrna Healthy Mod Field
« on: February 07, 2020, 08:23:27 AM »
First of all, considering the less than stellar support for the modified class, from sanctioning organizations, and track promoters, 29-30 cars is a good showing. Factoring in the towing costs, and time away from full-time jobs, as previously mentioned, makes this a daunting task, for most of the modified teams.

One thing that hasn't been mentioned, is weather. I was viewing the 'Weather Channel' last evening, to see how severe the snow storms will be here, in the northeast, and I was quite shocked to see the thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flooding that's occurring in the southeastern United States. It looks like some of the racing may be affected, as well as the ability of the teams being able to return home, as some major roads are being heavily damaged by overflowing streams and rivers.

Be safe, everyone!!

Racing Discussion / Re: 2020 ROC MOD SHEDULE
« on: January 18, 2020, 11:11:13 AM »
  I believe that's how the English pronounce it.


With respect to the schedule, it's good to see the 3 dates at Spencer. Hopefully, neither the "neighbors" nor the track owner put the squash on them.

Racing Discussion / Re: Lancaster Speedway article
« on: January 12, 2020, 09:38:53 AM »
Disagreements aside, I find it amazing that the Buffalo newspaper covers motorsports to the degree that this link demonstrates. In Rochester, the paper BARELY covers even the national NASCAR races, let alone anything on a local level.....

Racing Discussion / Re: Bring the ROC weekend back to Oswego!!
« on: January 04, 2020, 08:12:57 AM »
Wouldn't new BLACKTOP,  PAY FOR IT'S SELF,  in the long run... It is truly SAD that such a Famous and historic  track could just slowly CRUMBLE AWAY...   Some times you have to spend a LITTLE  TO MAKE A LITTLE.   I think it would be a VERY  good investment for the brothers, AFTER ALL THE MAIN REASON , FOR POOR CROWDS AND BORING MOD RACES ( FREIGHT TRAIN RACES ), Sorry just my Opinion...  i KNOW just keep  SPRAYING THE TRACK WITH   G R I P , yes, that is the answer .  Again, just my opinion .

I have a feeling that repaving Oswego, which is what it really needs, would cost a LOT more that the "little" that you refer to. Maybe 20 years ago, the costs could be justified, as there were still good crowds attending the races there, but if you consider that the money that's being generated there, goes way up when the track gets covered in dirt, it spells out the future for a former, long time icon, of short track racing.

In other words, unless the track's current owners win the 'Mega Millions' lottery prize, it seems that the "Big O" is just going to fade into obscurity. It had a really good, 70 year run.....

Racing Discussion / Re: ive been out of the loop for awhile
« on: January 04, 2020, 08:07:36 AM »
3 divisions thats it, cut the rest, bring stock back in racing. Racing needs a  reset and now is a good time. tracks struggling ROC touring series dying a slow painful death, low crowds. time for a reset.

I understand your point, and pretty much agree. However, back in the "glory days" of the 50s-70s, a "stock car" had it's beginnings as a full-framed, V-8 powered, rear wheel driven, 2 door sedan, created by one of the Detroit manufacturers. Those cars were last produced in the mid-late 1980s, almost 40 years ago. The supply of them has dried up.

The readily available, raw material for a "stock car" today, is either a 4 or6 cylinder, FWD, unit bodied, 4 door sedan. Hardly what we "old timers" would consider to be a good starting point for a "race car", and hardly something that would draw me out to the race track.

Racing Discussion / Re: Lancaster 2020
« on: December 30, 2019, 09:20:00 AM »
Why can't these tracks run an open show? No ROC or sanctioning body involved, just show up and race

Although I agree with you, I think the "die was cast" a number of years ago, that would prevent that from happening. Many years ago, there were indeed 2 classes of cars, late models and modifieds. And the rules, as few as there were, were pretty uniform across the region. And there were a large number of cars in the area, so te individual tracks/promoters never worried about drawing a good field.

As the cars, especially the modifieds, became more specialized, and more importantly, much more expensive, the promoters did two things. They first began instituting rules like tire and gear rules, in an effort to cut expense costs. While somewhat successful, the costs still escalated, so they then wrote even more rules, which brought on the "sport mod" or "B-mod", which while well intentioned, really diluted the field of cars. And another intention of some of these rules was to keep the cars "legal" for one track only, in a promoter's effort to keep the field full at HIS track, other tracks be damned.

And to run an "open show", as you suggested, could potentially still not draw a really big field, because in order to get ALL the "modifieds" out for a show, would potentially require the drivers/owners to make modifications that wouldn't be practical for 1-2 races in a season.

Just my $0.02 worth......

Racing Discussion / Re: ROC @ LAKE ERIE IN 2020
« on: December 25, 2019, 08:21:10 AM »
The ROC mods will not race at Lancaster in 2020 according to another post.

Any rumors (or, more so than normal) about any shows being scheduled at Spencer's?

Racing Discussion / Re: Bring the ROC weekend back to Oswego!!
« on: December 25, 2019, 08:19:25 AM »
I agree, as I think that there are more fans living either really close, or at least relatively close to Oswego. If the weather on race day looks "iffy", you'll get more people willing to drive an hour or two, understanding that they might have to make a second trip, if a rain-out occurs, rather than the 3 hours, or so, to Lake Erie.

One of my friends and I were discussing this recently, and the weather issue was a big factor in what we were talking about, as we're just about at the 3 hour point from Lake Erie. In fact, at 3 hours of travelling each way, even if the show isn't affected by weather, and gets completed in a reasonable amount of time, it makes for a long that would certainly give me second thoughts about making the trek.

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...Ö..

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 sportís 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.

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

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