MINUTIAE

Minutaie AUGUST 16, 2010

THE “WINGED SPRINTERS” HEADED TO KNOXVILLE, IOWA FOR THE 50TH EDITION OF THE KNOXVILLE NATIONALS AND IN THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT OPENING ROUND OF THE FOUR NIGHT SHOW IT WAS AN EVEN 50 WINGED SPRINTERS TAKING QUALIFYING LAPS AND WHEN THE RACING COMMENCED…IT WAS OKLAHOMA’S SHANE STEWART WHO WON THE ”KNOXVILLE “360” NATIONALS LAST SATURDAY NIGHT COLLECTING THE OPENING NIGHT ”410” WIN…AHEAD OF CRAIG DOLLANSKY…2ND AND CHAD KEMENAH…3RD

GLENDALE’S BEN GREGG FINISHED 15TH IN THE OPENING NIGHT…

“B” MAIN…

57 “DIFFERENT” WINGED SPRINTERS TOOK TO THE KNOXVILLE TRACK ON THURSDAY NIGHT WHICH SAW A FAMILIAR FACE IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE AS 1983 KNOXVILLE NATIONALS WINNER…SMILIN’ SAMMY SWINDELL RECORDED THE WIN AHEAD OF A COUPLE OF NOT SO FAMILIAR NAMES TRAILING IN THE FORM OF BRIAN BROWN…2ND AND SKIP JACKSON…3RD

ON FRIDAY NIGHT…MAKE THAT SATURDAY AFTERNOON…DUE TO NASTY WEATHER…THE 3RD ROUND OF THE 4-ROUND KNOXVILLE NATIONALS SAW THE “PRINCE OF THE OUTLAWS”… KRAIG KINSER EARN THE WIN AHEAD OF JASON MEYERS…2ND AND LUCAS WOLFE …3RD

GLENDALE’S BEN GREGG RAN 9TH IN THE “B” MAIN AND FINISHED 17TH IN THE “A” FEATURE.

AND THEN IN THE FINALE OF THE 50TH KNOXVILLE NATIONALS WHICH WAS A 50 LAPPER FOR THE 1ST TIME IN HISTORY…IT WAS TIM SHAFFER OF THE PENNSYLVANIA POSSE… TAKING THE VICTORY AHEAD OF 4 TIME AND DEFENDING KNOXVILLE NATIONALS CHAMP… RR-AZ ALUM…DONNY SCHATZ…2ND AND KNOXVILLE NATIONALS ”360” CHAMPEEN…SHANE STEWART…3RD

STEVIE SMITH…WON THE…”B” MAIN…

4 TIME KNOXVILLE NATIONALS CHAMP…DANNY “OLD DUDE” LASOSKI… WON THE “C” MAIN…

AND FINALLY GLENDALE’S BEN GREGG FINISHED 10TH IN THE “D” MAIN BEFORE RETIRING FOR THE NIGHT…

LAST WEEKEND…IF YOU WERE NOT AWARE…BRYAN CLAUSON JOINED RR-AZ ALUM STAN FOX & NASCARIAN…KASEY KAHNE AS ONLY THE 3RD DRIVER IN THE 33 YEAR HISTORY OF THE BELLVILLE MIDGET NATIONALS…TO WIN BACK-TO-BACK TITLES WHEN HE FINISHED AHEAD OF BACK-TO-BACK BRIDESMAID…BRAD SWEET… 2ND AND TUCSON’S…JERRY COONS, JR…3RD

THE US.A.C. NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FOLKS RAN A PAIR LAST WEEK BEGINNING TUESDAY NIGHT IN OSKALOOSA, IOWA…WHERE IT WAS A ROUGH NIGHT AS 7 DRIVERS FLIPPED OUT OF THE PLACE INCLUDING…BOB BALLOU…WHO MANAGED TO DO IT…TWICE…

IN THE MAIN EVENT…IT WAS MEXIFORNIA’S BUD KAEDING COLLECTING THE $15,000 WINNER’S CHECK AS HE CROSSED THE FINISH LINE AHEAD OF BRYAN CLAUSON…2ND AND NATIONAL POINT LEADER…LEVI JONES…3RD

TUCSON’S JERRY COONS, JR FINISHED 6TH…AFTER WINNING THE 2ND QUALIFIER WHILE TEMPE’S…CASEY SHUMAN…RAN…11TH

SATURDAY NIGHT…FOUND THE…U.S.A.C. SPRINTERS RUNNING THE HIGH BANKS OF SALEM, INDIANA SPEEDWAY…SATURDAY NIGHT WHERE IT WAS EX-NASCARIAN…SHANE HMEIL PICKING UP THE WIN AHEAD OF TRACY HINES…2ND AND BRYAN CLAUSON…3RD

TUCSON’S JERRY COONS, JR WON THE 2ND HEAT AND FINISHED 9TH IN THE SPARSLEY POPULATED 17 CAR…“A” MAIN.

LASTLY…NATIONAL POINT LEADER LEVI JONES ESCAPED SERIOUS INJURY WHEN HE “MET THE WALL” ON LAP 29 OF THE “A” MAIN…

NEXT UP FOR THE NATIONAL SPRINTERS WILL BE NEXT SUNDAY AT WINCHESTER, INDIANA AFTER WHICH THERE WILL BE ONLY…7 SHOWS TO GO…IN THEIR 45 RACE SEASON…

OUR FINAL SPRINT CAR UPDATE EMANATES FROM THE U.S.A.C. – C.R.A. – “CAL SPRINTERS WHO SPENT SATURDAY NIGHT AT MEXIFORNIA’S SANTA MARIA SPEEDWAY CONTESTING THE 14TH ROUND OF THEIR 25 RACE SCHEDULE WHICH SAW BLAKE MILLER EARN THE WIN AHEAD OFTROY RUTHERFORD…2ND AND IOWA NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES WINNER…BUD KAEDING BACK HOME IN MEXIFORNIA…COMPLETING THE PODIUM…

MIKE SPENCER REMAINS THE C.R.A. SERIES POINT LEADER FINISHING …4TH IN THE MAIN AFTER TRANSFERRING FROM THE SEMI-MAIN WHICH HE WON…

NEXT UP FOR THE ”CAL SPRINTERS” WILL BE A RETURN TO WEASLEY NAMED…PERRIS SPEEDWAY IN A FORTNIGHT WHERE IT WILL REDUCE THE SEASON SCHEDULE TO 10 TO GO.

LAST THURSDAY NIGHT FOUND THE U.S.A.C. SILVER CROWN SERIES AT MARNE, MICHIGAN’S 4/9TH’S OF A MILE…ASPHALT OVAL AND RACING FOR ONLY THE 6TH TIME THIS SEASON…IT WAS A ”BROTHER BEATING NIGHT” AS TANNER SWANSON EDGED BROTHER…KODY SWANSON FOR THE WIN AND PROMPTLY ”STUFFED IT” INTO THE TURN 1 WALL IMMEDIATELY AFTER TAKING THE CHECKERED FLAG…AND THE WIN…

NATIONAL POINT LEADER BUD KAEDING FINISHED…3RD WHILE JERRY COONS, JR…RAN 9TH

COONS, JR HAS 5 MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO CLOSE THE – 42 POINT GAP BEHIND KAEDING FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP…AS THE SEASON WINDS DOWN…

NEXT UP FOR THE SILVER CROWNER’S WILL BE NEXT SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT THE ILL-ANNOYING STATE FAIR GROUNDS WHERE THEY WILL CONTEST A 100 LAPPER ON THE ONE MILE…DIRT OVAL…

THE BUY A RIDE A.R.C.A. SERIES WENT ”LEFTY-RIGHTY” RACING FOR THE 2ND TIME THIS SEASON AT NEW JOISEY’S MOTORSPORTS PARK WHERE IT WAS FIAT DRIVING BILL ELLIOTT…”DEVELOPMENT DRIVER”…CASEY RODERICK EARNING HIS 1ST WIN IN ONLY HIS 4TH CAREER START AHEAD OF JOEY COULTER’S OBAMALET …2ND AND THE FORD OF ROUSH… ”DEVELOPMENT DRIVER”…CHRIS BUESCHER …3RD

48 YEAR OLD…9 TIME SERIES CHAMP FRANK KIMMEL FINISHED 4TH AND MOVED TO THE TOP OF THE POINT STANDINGS AND CLOSER TO THAT 10TH CHAMPIONSHIP…WITH JUST A SEPTUPLE…OF SHOWS… REMAINING…

THE ARCARIANS WILL GO FROM ASPHALT TO DIRT NEXT SUNDAY WHEN THEY JOIN THE U.S.A.C…SILVER CROWN SERIES AT THE 1 MILE DIRT TRACK IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLANNOYING FOR A 100 MILER AND WE PREDICT THAT THE ROAD COURSE WINNER WILL NOT MAKE IT TWO IN A ROW ON THE…ILLANNOYING…DIRT…

OUR FINAL BIT OF FENDERED STOCK CAR NEWS COMES FROM THE NASCAR WEST BUNCH WHO CONTESTED…ROUND # 9 OF THEIR 12 ROUND 2010 CAMPAIGN…IN COLORADO SATURDAY NIGHT…WHERE IT WAS TOYOTA WHEELING…ERIC HOLMES COLLECTING HIS 4TH WIN OF THE SEASON AHEAD OF JERSEY BOY PAULIE HARRAKA’S  TOYOTA…2ND AND LUIS MARTINEZ, JR.’S…FORD…3RD

PARKER, ARIZONA’S GREG PURSLEY WAS THE TOP FINISHING “ZONIE” WHILE TEMPE’S MOSES SMITH…RAN 15TH

NEXT UP FOR THE NASCAR WESTER’S WILL BE A ”LEFTY-RIGHTY” SHOW AT MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK…IN…TOOLEE, UTAH IN A MONTH ON SEPTEMBER 12TH

OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO LONG TIME FRIEND…HOWIE LETTOW AND FAMILY AS THE LEGENDARY CREW CHIEF CONTINUES TO BATTLE…THE “BIG “C”…

F.Y.I…HOWIE HAS BEEN ATOP THE “BOX” FOR MANY…MANY RACERS…TO INCLUDE DAVID STREMME…SCOTT HANSEN…KELLY BIRES…JIMMIE JOHNSON…TED MUSGRAVE…BOBBY DOTTER…TONY RAINES…KENNY WALLACE…MARK MARTIN…AND…MANY MANY MORE

AN OFF-ROAD TRUCK PLOWED INTO A CROWD…MOMENTS AFTER SAILING OFF A JUMP AT THE CALIFORNIA 200 SATURDAY KILLING…8 PEOPLE AND…INJURING 12…AUTHORITIES SAID.

THE CRASH CAME SHORTLY AFTER THE START.

LOCAL NEWS UPDATE TELLS YOU THAT THE ANNOUNCED…AND PLANNED CONVERSION OF TUCSON RACEWAY PARK…FROM ASPHALT…TO…DIRT…WAS APPARENTLY ”MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING”…AS THE LATEST WORD IS THAT THERE IS A CONFLICT BETWIXT THE FAIR BOARD WHICH OWNS THE TRACK…AND TRACK MANAGEMENT…WITH THE BOTTOM LINE…FOR THE TIME BEING ANYWAY…RACING IS…”DEAD”…AT T.R.P…

MORE ”LOCAL NEWS” ADVISES THAT NASCAR IS MOVING THE APRIL PHOENIX RACE TO FEBRUARY 27TH…IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE DAYTONA 500 SEASON OPENING…AIMING SHOW.

THE FEBRUARY PHOENIX RACE WILL ALSO BE REDUCED TO 500 KM FROM THE…600 KM… RUN…LAST APRIL…

THE ARIZONA SOCIALIST REPUBLIC…BIRD CAGE LINER HAS TAKEN POLITICAL CORRECTNESS OR IS IT…JUST WEIRDNESS…TO A NEW LEVEL…WHEN IT TELLS US THAT…”RACE PERSON”… YES…WE SAID…”RACE PERSON”…JEFF GORDON & WIFE…INGRID HAVE WELCOMED A “NEW PERSON” TO THE CLAN AND NAMED THE “SPAWN PERSON” LEO BENNY…TO JOIN OLDER SISTER/PERSON ELLA…AS A SIBLING – PERSON.

GREG FRESQUEZ…FORMERLY OF…P.I.R…HAS BEEN NAMED VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES & MARKETING AT THE BONDURANT SCHOOL OF HIGH PERFORMANCE DRIVING… CONGRATULATIONS…GREG!

MORE EMPLOYMENT NEWS ADVISES THAT RR-AZ ALUM…ROBIN BRAIG…WHO FORMERLY RAN P.I.R…AND MOST RECENTLY…WAS PRESIDENT OF DAYTONA SPEEDWAY…HAS APPARENTLY GOTTEN HIS…“WALKING PAPERS” AND IS BEING REPLACED AT DAYTONA BY ”THRILL SHOW” FAMILY MEMBER…JOIE CHITWOOD, THE 3Rd

NASCAR SPONSOR NEWS…BUDWEISER TO HARVICK…KAHNE TO RED BULL…AND…EXTENZE… AND KEVIN CONWAY…”PULL OUT” OF NASCAR…FOR THE TIME BEING…

REMEMBER…ALL RR-AZ RECAPS CAN BE FOUND AT OUR WEBSITE AT RACING ROUNDUP.COM…

AND THAT’S IT…HAPPY MOTORING…