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Racing Discussion / Re: R.I.P. RACENY
« on: Today at 04:47:13 PM »
Man this corona will delay the season to start in mid july/ estimate being first US death January peak of virus as of now April 30th then the other side of the bell curve EST Last death in July// PER CDC// China started in december by lying to the world about this disease then 6 months later are starting to come back to normal

With all due respect to those who have/will perish due to this "cluster", and condolences to their families, if the racing season has any chance of getting in, the promoters are going to have to use the old "rain date" philosophy, and run on Wednesdays, too.  Can you imagine the "old curmudgeons" near Spencer's flipping out????

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Racing Discussion / Re: iRacing
« on: Today at 04:41:22 PM »
I agree with you, 100%, about the "races" not being as long as an actual race. Secondly, showing the broadcast at 1PM makes it more "watchable". What I enjoy the most, is some of the banter between the hosts and some of the drivers, especially Clint Bowyer.


I'm also amazed at the realism that's been incorporated into the video images. Since NASCAR is fighting to regain market share, my suggestion to them would be to invest in a few of the simulators, as well as a video display, and take it around the country. Charge $5-10 for racing enthusiasts to run a 10 lap race, with 8-10 guys at a time.

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Racing Discussion / Re: R.I.P. RACENY
« on: March 28, 2020, 07:40:09 AM »
IMHO, this Covid crap is a "double whammy" to us western NYers. We're just coming out of our normal, 4 month hibernation called winter, and now this crap hits us, threatening to keep us cooped up for an indefinite amount of time......might even kill off the 2020 racing season!!      >:(

I know that this isn't a political discussion site, for the most part, so I'll just say this....it seems to me, that the way and rate at which this virus is spreading, is VERY suspicious. Too quickly and too widespread. I'll let it go at that.

Anyway, I wish the best of health to everyone.

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If there is a need to attract newer or younger fans (and, there obviously is!) things have to change...while we much prefer to stay in our "comfort-zone" and leave things as they have been, much more user-friendly cell-phone apps are the"New normal" for younger fans...it's not as easy as one might think to develop "apps"...

True, but are these new "apps" going to be more difficult for we older fans, who in many cases, still use a laptop to access the internet?

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FWIW, I haven't had any issues..........

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Racing Discussion / Re: Bumpin' and Blocking Made Me a Fan Again...
« on: February 25, 2020, 05:05:49 PM »
C'mon Mike: Just because you can find many incidents from the past involving stock cars, you know the open wheel cars (INDY, F1, Sprint both wingless and winged, and the many modified/sportsman clases), are more likely to fly because if or and when the wheels touch, they instantly become a launching "ramp". 

I agree, and my comment goes back to the late 1950s.....My father and our next door neighbor got talking about "stock car races", one evening, and unfortunately it was past my bedtime. I was 6 or 7 at the time ('58-'59), and they didn't want to wake me and get me dressed, as time wouldn't permit, and on the spur of the moment, they headed out to the Monroe County Fairgrounds, to watch the races. The next morning, my father mentioned that someone "caught a wheel", went over the fence, and landed in the parking lot.....it happens, and has been happening for decades.

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Moments In Time / Re: When the flagger was on the track
« on: February 21, 2020, 07:19:27 AM »
I remember them setting a barrel on a painted "X" at Shangri-La on the front stretch during pace laps and every once in a while a car would clip it and send it flyin LOL!!!

It's been a LONG time since I attended any races at the now closed, 'Monroe County Fairgrounds', but I seem to recall that they also used a barrel, at the beginning of each race. It was placed at the start/finish line, in such a manner as to keep the cars "in line" until they passed the barrel, then they were free to pass wherever they could.

There was a long rope attached to the barrel, and once the last car in the field passed the barrel, someone in the infield would pull the barrel off the track.

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Racing Discussion / Re: Newman
« on: February 19, 2020, 05:58:42 PM »
Pictures posted late today, show Ryan walking through the hospital door, with his two daughters in tow. If this was a picture of him being released, or just going outside, briefly, for "some fresh air", wasn't mentioned. But no matter, just seeing him up and walking under his own power, is simply amazing and heartening.

 :)        :)


Correction.....He was released!!

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Racing Discussion / Re: Bumpin' and Blocking Made Me a Fan Again...
« on: February 19, 2020, 05:54:33 PM »
Drivers need to be black flagged for such behavior on the track, if you bump (hit) someone and spin them out of the race, (Stenhouse on Byron for a big example) you should be liable

Or Logano on EVERYONE, as another example................

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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.

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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.....

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

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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.......

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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....


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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!!

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