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Racing Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Paul Szmal !
« on: June 08, 2016, 02:10:02 PM »
Thanks guys...a year older, maybe not wiser, cause I'm still doing this stuff LMAO!

Racing Discussion / Re: INDY returns to WGI
« on: May 19, 2016, 09:17:47 AM »
As a guy who's been to quite a few IndyCar shows, I'd encourage people to go check it's a different flavor, but different is good...and along those lines, the 6-Hour is one of my favorite events to go to.  Because the grandstands are all open, you can view from a number of different places during the's a lot of walking, but it's really neat to check out the action from so many different locations, and the fan walk on pit road is a must.

Racing Discussion / Re: Chemung speedrome
« on: May 16, 2016, 05:17:10 PM »
When I did events for 600 Racing in Kentucky/Ohio/Indiana, the regional/national point events had age group splits for Bandos and Legends were broken into Young Lion, Semi Pro, Pro, and Masters.  That's not entirely practical when they're a support class on an already full card of racing...I've seen 30+ car fields of mixed abilities go caution free for 20-30 laps and I've seen Pro classes not be able to run 10 laps under green in a half hour.  Tough call to make re: splitting out the field, criteria would need to be established and posted, then followed (kind of like what several tracks are doing with a Novice/New Legends Sportsman class).

Racing Discussion / Re: Obama's EPA Threatens Grassroots Racing
« on: February 10, 2016, 04:14:31 PM »
Other than 4 cyl cars and 6 cyl cars/trucks, how many models from 2000 and up are being converted into race cars in the short track world?


We live in a time bubble...carbed 8 cyl RWD cars have long been going the way of the dinosaur...and the answer to cost affordable racing has been a dearth of purpose built spec race cars with spec chassis/bodies/motors/tires etc etc.  That's simply diluted the pool of racers and every year or so, another one of these 'cost affordable' ideas is floated...and the hot cycle on these is usually 1-3 years before they fizzle out.


I can remember when tracks that were running 4 cyl stock cars were getting 40-50, even 60 cars a night in, they've dwindled into the teens and 20's...some of that can be attributed to lack of enforceable rules (or lack of rule enforcement), but IMO a lot of it comes from the fact that (no matter how good the racing is) fans gravitate to SPEED and POWER.


How does this relate to the EPA topic?  Simple...for far too long, short track racing has been in a 'bubble' of existence that failed to recognize a lot of things...changing times/tastes, competition for the entertainment dollar, costs, classes (way too many), and perhaps most critical of all, a complete failure to engage in the political process unless it was in purely defensive mode (fighting noise/dust claims).  If you don't actively participate and make sure your dog is in the fight, the fight will take you over by force.


This is what happens when you decide to coast and be reactive instead of PRO-active.


Goggles, I agree that Formula E leaves a lot to be desired, but that's the Euro-based motorsports population at least making an effort to join up with today's technology and political mindset.  Some of the street circuit venues that they run would NEVER allow fossil-fuel based motorsport anywhere near their locations (Hyde Park in London comes to mind) so in that context there are some benefits to it.


Welcome to the reality of 21st century America and 21st century politics...and which political party is running the show is woefully irrelevant because either side would run with this...IF it meant DOLLARS would come their way.

Racing Discussion / RACING THIS SATURDAY at Limerock Speedway (NY)
« on: December 16, 2015, 09:37:40 AM »
Limerock Speedway is hoping to have a December race on Saturday December 19th. (weather permitting)
This is for all Limerock classes from the karts to the 600 opens and all the cars in between.
To get in the pits it is $13.00 plus a toy
to race a car it is $20.00 plus a toy
All toys will be donated to Golisano Childrens Hospital
Gates open at 10:00 AM
Racing Starts at 12:30 PM
Sign up at for any last minute info (in case of weather)
We hope to see you there!!
*Please share on your own FB page, get the word out!!!!

Racing Discussion / Re: Get well soon Ron Hills
« on: December 15, 2015, 09:42:12 AM »
Feel better soon Ron!

Tuesday, December 8th

Pole Position Raceway, Market Place Mall, Rochester

The DORSCHEL UPSTATE CHAMPIONSHIP...the culmination of the Pole Position Raceway LIVE Series!

9 drivers compete for a $1,000 cash prize for the Dorschel Upstate Championship!

Qualifying begins at 6pm...main event slated to begin approx: 7:05pm


Live radio coverage begins at 7pm on the following radio stations:

Sports Radio 1270 The Fan (Buffalo)

Fox Sports 1280 (Rochester)

Finger Lakes News Radio 96.1FM/1240AM (Geneva) and 98.1FM/1590AM (Auburn)

Fox Sports 1490 (Syracuse)

Live audio stream available at:

Racing Discussion / Re: The Big Blocks are back....
« on: November 18, 2015, 10:03:33 AM »
My understanding is that tickets go on sale 12/14/15.  The added date at Sharon on 7/21 was a smart one as well, making the trip much more worthwhile for the teams (with 2 full point shows and an invitational event).

Racing Discussion / Re: The Big Blocks are back....
« on: November 16, 2015, 05:12:12 PM »
Getting the DIRT Mods on TV from Eldora requires a simple tool : $$$$

The question is, would WRG/Eldora put the $$$ up to put it on TV?  Plus:  You already have a full crew there to shoot the NASCAR event, so quite a bit of overhead cost is eliminated.  Minus:  You'd have to fork over $$$ for the crew, then fork over MORE $$$ for a time slot on a national cable outlet like CBS Sports Net/MAV TV.  Without a title sponsor to foot the bill, that's gotta come out of someone's pocket, and there's no guarantee that the TV exposure would generate enough revenue through (sold) commercial spots to offset the cost...OR generate enough of a ratings blip or buzz to entice a sponsor to come on board.

Racing Discussion / Re: 2016 ROC 200
« on: November 04, 2015, 02:28:46 PM »

110315 Pole Position Raceway Live

Joe Skotnicki was our guest.

Racing Discussion / Re: Indoor Racing Series!
« on: October 20, 2015, 10:18:26 AM »
We begin the series TONIGHT...join me for our LIVE radio broadcast at the Rochester location from 7-8pm featuring guests Darryl Ruggles and Mike Leaty!

Participate in the first-of-its-kind RACING COMPETITION


8 week racing series taking place simultaneously at Syracuse, Buffalo and Rochester. Compete for the Upstate Championship or join any night for highly competitive racing!

•   Qualify from a minimum lap time from previous Arrive & Drive race
•   3 Qualifying Races per hour, 3 main event races per night

Series Dates and Times at Syracuse, Buffalo and Rochester
(Tuesdays) from 6-9pm starting October 20th through December 1st 

Championship Night Date – December 8th in Rochester
Top 10 racers from all 3 tracks race for championship based on Main Event scoring.
Must compete in 5 Pole Position Raceway LIVE Main Event nights to qualify for Championship.
Qualified racers eligible to join any of the 7 nights without competing for Championship.

Members:      $51 for 3 Races  /    $96 for 6 Races /    $135 for 9 Races
Non-Members:      $74 for 3 Races  /    $135 for 6 Races /    $180 for 9 Races
    $40 Entry Fee for inclusion in Championships Points Tracking

   Championship Night: 1st Place: $1,000 CASH / 2nd Place: $500 / 3rd Place: $250

Weekly Prizes (each location):   Main Event Winners (3 per night): $50 in prizes
Fastest Lap of the Night: 2 FREE RACES
Spectator giveaways at the top of every hour

Radio Prizes – Text to WIN:      1 Year Supply of Monster Energy: $525 value
Monster snowboard OR wakeboard: $450 value
Traxxas RC Car: $350 value
Weekly motorsports radio show LIVE from one of 3 tracks hosted by Paul Szmal, featuring news and guests from the motorsports world
   Buffalo: Sports Radio 1270 The Fan
   Rochester: Fox Sports 1280
   Syracuse: Fox Sports 1490 Wolf
   Finger Lakes: Finger Lakes News Radio WAUB 1590 and WGVA 1240

Guests and Location:
   October 20th, Rochester: Darryl Ruggles (CMP Sprint) and Mike Leaty (Spencer Speedway)
   October 27th, Syracuse: NAPA 200 Winner from Super Dirt Week (TBD) and Jeff Hachmann (World Racing Group)
   November 3rd, Buffalo: US Open RoC Winner (TBD) and Stewart & James Michael Friesen (DIRTcar)
   November 10th, Rochester: Chuck Hebing (Patriot Sprints) and Mel Thomas (announcer/videographer)
   November 17th, Syracuse: Jimmy Phelps (DIRTcar/Weedsport) and Dan Kapucinski (Oswego Speedway)
   November 24th, Buffalo: Joe Skotnicki (RoC Promoter) and Larry Ott (Buffalo News Writer)
   December 1st, Syracuse: World Finals/Charlotte Winner (TBD) and Joe Marotta (DIRTcar/Oswego Announcer)
   December 8th, Rochester: Jon Beckman (Watkins Glen International) and SPECIAL GUEST (TBA)

Racing Discussion / Re: no more sl2
« on: July 20, 2015, 05:16:31 PM »
Y'know, if I had a nickel for people who had good, smart people around them and instead of listening to them they stayed in that wonderful region called "de Nile"...I'd have enough nickels to pave my own track!  LOL

Would like more info myself...anyone to contact?

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