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10/06 2011

MINUTIAE

MORE NEWS…RUMORS…MINUTIAE…AND…
OTHER ASSORTED “PEARLS…OF…RACING WISDOM”…
…AS USUAL…IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER…
(FROM THE…RACE-TOBER 3, 2011…SHOW…) 

AND NOW… NEWS OF THE GOOD…THE BAD…AND…THE BIZZARE… PREPARE TO BE…”RACE-U-CATED

THE WORLD OF OUTLAWS WINGED SPRINTERS SPENT THE WEEKEND AT WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY IN PENNSYLVANIA SQUARING OFF AGAINST THE PENNSYLVANIA POSSE…WHICH SAW THE FRIDAY NIGHT “OPENER” GO TO POINT LEADER…AND REIGNING SERIES CHAMP JASON MEYERS  AHEAD OF GREG HODNETT…2NDAND ”FAST” FREDDIE RAHMER…3RD

ON SATURDAY NIGHT NO ONE ”SQUARED OFF” AS RAIN…RAIN… AND MORE RAIN POSTPONED THE  FINALS OF THE 49TH ANNUAL MORGAN HUGHES NATIONAL OPEN UNTIL…THIS FRIDAY NIGHT  OCTOBER 7TH WHEN THEY’LL TAKE ANOTHER SHOT AT IT…

WITH JUST 7 RACES REMAINING ON THEIR 2010 SCHEDULE BEGINNING FRIDAY NIGHT’S ”MAKE UP SHOW”…AND THEN NEXT SATURDAY NIGHT’S SHOW AT ELBRIDGE, NEW YAWK’S  ROLLING HILLS RACEWAY…HERE IS HOW THE WORLD OF OUTLAWS CHAMPIONSHIP POINT BATTLE LOOKS…

2011 DRIVER STANDINGS (Through Williams Grove Speedway, 9-30-2011)

Pos. Driver

Total

Diff

W

T5

T10

QT

1 Jason Meyers

8037

 

6

36

50

10

2 Donny Schatz

7856

-181

6

29

48

2

3 Steve Kinser

7854

-183

9

28

46

3

4 Paul McMahan

7704

-333

4

20

43

10

5 Craig Dollansky

7629

-408

9

25

41

2

THE U.S.A.C. NATIONAL SPRINT CARS SPENT SATURDAY NIGHT ENGAGED IN AN INDIANA RACING TRADITION…AS THE SERIES HEADED TO LAWRENCEBURG TO RACE…NEXT TO THE HIGH SCHOOLIN THE SHADOWS OF THE…SEAGRAM’S WHISKEY PLANTAND ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE HOLLYWOOD CASINO…WHERE IT WAS REIGNING SERIES CHAMP AND CURRENT POINT LEADER…LEVI JONES  INHERITING THE LEAD WHEN JONATHAN HENDRICKS GOT TANGLED UP IN A CRASH AND ”FLIPPED” OUT OF THE JOINT…

JONES PREVAILED ON THE RE-START AND CAPTURED THE WIN  AHEAD OF CHRIS WINDOM AND HUNTER SCHEURENBERG IN THE 3RD SPOT…

HERE IS A LOOK AT THE POINTS AS THE U.S.A.C. SPRINTERS HAVE JUST A “SEXTUPLE” OF RACE’S REMAINING BEGINNING WITH A PAIR  RIGHT HERE IN ARIZONA AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK ON OCTOBER 28TH & 29TH. 

  Driver Points
1 Levi Jones 1257
2 Chris Windom 1215  – 42
3 Jon Stanbrough 1190  – 67
4 Hunter Schuerenberg 1109  -148
5 Robert Ballou 1058  -199

THE INDY LITES SERIES LIKE THE INDY CARS…SPENT THE WEEKEND IN KENTUCKY ON A “BIGGER” THAN A MILE OVAL FOR THE VERY 1ST TIME AND IT SHOWED…AS THE VERY FIRST CORNER OF THE 1ST LAP THINNED THE HERD OF 13 DOWN TO JUST 8 AND WHEN IT WAS OVER…THERE WERE JUST A SEXTUPLE (6) OF RACE CARS UNDER THEIR OWN POWER WITH 5 ON THE LEAD LAP…

ALL THAT SAID…STEFAN WILSON TOOK THE WIN FROM THE POLE AND WAS FOLLOWED BY JOSEF NEWGARDEN IN 2ND…WHO “CLINCHED” THE 2011 SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP WHEN HE TOOK THE  GREEN FLAG AT THE START OF THE 67 LAPPER…JORGE GONCALVEZ COMPLETED THE KENTUCKY PODIUM…

THE INDY LITES FOLKS WILL END THEIR SEASON IN  LAS VEGAS IN A FORTNIGHT…

THE ”LEFTY-RIGHTY” A.L.M.S. SERIES CONCLUDED THEIR 9TH AND FINAL 2010 SHOW ON SATURDAY WHEN THEY CONTESTED THE 14TH  ANNUAL 394 LAP…1,000 MILE…”PETITE” LE MANS AT ROAD ATLANTA…WHERE IT WAS THE ”WEASLEY FRENCH” PEUGEOT LMP-1 TEAM OF FRANCK MONTAGNY… STEPHANE SARRAZIN & ALEXANDER WUHR BRINGING HOME THE 1,000 MILE CHALLENGE WIN IN 9 HOURS AND 34 MINUTES…WHICH WAS 24 MINUTES LONGER THAN LAST YEAR…

THE TOP FINISHING LMP-2 HPD ARX-01G CAR…19 LAPS BACK WAS DRIVEN BY SCOTT TUCKER…CHRISTOPHE BOUCHET…ANDJOAO BARBOSA.

THE TOP FINISHING GT CAR WAS THE FERRARI…DRIVEN BY GIANCARLO FISICHELLA…GIANMARIA BRUNNI…AND…PIERRE KAFFER WHICH FINISHED 27 LAPS BEHIND THE LMP-1 WINNER

KEN DOBSON…HENRI RICHARD…AND RYAN LEWIS WERE THE TOP FINISHING LMPC CAR IN THEIR ORECA FLM-09…FINISHING 26 LAPS IN ARREARS TO THE WINNER…

TRACY KROHN…NICLAS JONSSON…AND MICHELE RUGOLO  DELIVERED THEIR FERRARI TO THE WIN IN THE GTE AM CLASS…

AND LASTLY…SEA-BASS BLEEKMOLEN…TIM PAPPAS PUT THEIR PORSCHE IN VICTORY LANE IN THE GTC DIVISION…

RUNNING WITH THE A.L.M.S. .FOLKS AT ATLANTA WAS THE TRANS AM SERIES…WHICH SAW OHIO’S CORVETTE DRIVING AMY RUMAN  LEAD THE FINAL 4 LAPS (LAST 3 UNDER CAUTION) TO EARN THE WIN AND BECOME THE 1ST WOMAN IN THE 45 YEAR HISTORY OF THE TRANS AM SERIES TO CAPTURE A WIN…

FOLLOWING RUMAN’S WINNING CORVETTE ACROSS THE LINE WAS THE JAGUAR MIKE LEWIS…2ND AND FOR THE 2ND CONSECUTIVE YEAR TEXAS’ DOUG HERRINGTON…3RD ALSO IN A “VETTE”…

P.I.R…RICHARD PETTY DRIVING EXPERIENCE…(COMMENTS?)

RACE FANS EAGER TO SEE THE STARS OF NASCAR TAKE ON PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY’S NEWLY REPAVED AND RECONFIGURED 1-MILE OVAL WILL HAVE THEIR FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO DURING A NASCAR CUP SERIES TESTING SESSION AT PIR TOMORROW OCTOBER 4TH WHEN  GATES WILL OPEN AT 8 A.M AND THE PUBLIC TESTING SESSION WILL RUN UNTIL 5 P.M…

A SUBSEQUENT DAY OF NASCAR TESTING ON OCTOBER 5 WILL BE OPEN TO MEDIA, BUT CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC…

HOW ABOUT THAT ”CUP SHOW”…ON SUNDAY?

MATT KENSETH’S WIFE KATY LEFT CHARLOTTE SPEEDWAY BY STRETCHER LAST MONDAY AFTER CRASHING A BANDOLERO CAR INTO THE PIT ROAD WALL  DURING A PRACTICE SESSION FOR A CHARITY RACE NEXT MONTH.

MATT KENSETH TWEETED: “THAT DIDN’T TURN OUT SO WELL. KATIE AND I ARE HOME, SHE HAS A BROKEN SCAPULA AND SOME BUMPS AND BRUISES.

OTHER NASCAR WIVES & GIRLFRIENDS WHO DID NOT CRASH  INCLUDED JOEY LOGANO, CASEY MEARS, MICHAEL MCDOWELL AND DAVID RAGAN…

KRUSTY WALLACE MAY PUT HIS RACE ORGANIZATION…R.W.I. “INTO MOTHBALLS” FOR A COUPLE OF SEASONS UNTIL THE SPONSORSHIP LANDSCAPE IN NASCAR IMPROVES.

R.W.I. IS LOSING 5-HOUR ENERGY AT THE END OF THE SEASON AND HAS YET TO SECURE FULL SPONSORSHIP FOR THE TEAMS FOR NEXT YEAR.

“I JUST WANT TO FIND A GOOD RIDE FOR STEVEN,” WALLACE SAID OF HIS 24-YEAR-OLD ”BLIND STEVIE”…AND WE SAY ”GOOD LUCK” WITH THAT… UNLESS YOU CAN PROMISE…MASSIVE ”FREE T.V. TIME LIKE HAS OCCURRED SINCE ”BLIND STEVIE” LANDED THE FAMILY RIDE

3-TIME INDY 500 WINNER HELIO CASTRONEVES CALLED INDYCAR RACE DIRECTOR…BRIAN BARNHART A “CIRCUS CLOWN” DURING A TWITTER RANT LAST WEEK THAT COST HIM…$30,000.

CASTRONEVES WAS FINED AND PUT ON PROBATION AFTER COMPLAINING ABOUT A PENALTY IMPOSED ON THE FINAL LAP AT JAPAN MAKING HIM THE 1ST  DRIVER IN SERIES HISTORY TO BE DISCIPLINED FOR COMMENTS POSTED ON TWITTER….CASTRONEVES WAS DROPPED FROM 7TH TO 22ND PLACE AFTER HE MADE AN ILLEGAL PASS UNDER CAUTION DURING THE FINAL LAP THE INDYCAR RACE IN JAPAN.

THE FINE AROSE FROM CASTRONEVES TWEETING…“MAKING THE FAMOUS @PAULTRACY’S WORDS MINE: BRIAN BARNHART IS A CIRCUS CLOWN!”

HE ALSO CALLED BARNHART INCONSISTENT…BECAUSE HE PENALIZES SOME DRIVERS AND NOT OTHERS…CHANGES THE RULE BOOK WHEN IT’S CONVENIENT…AND BLAMED BARNHART FOR “BRINGING DOWN AN ENTIRE SERIES.” AND AT THE END OF THE DAY…CASTRO-NEVES IS RIGHT EXCEPT THAT BARNHART OWES “CIRCUS CLOWNS” AN APOLOGY BECAUSE HIS ACTIONS ARE NOT COMICAL…BUT RIDICULOUS…

MORE…INDY CAR SERIES…CIRCUS CLOWN NEWS ADVISES THAT 2-TIME INDY 500 WINNER…AL UNSER JR…THE GUY WHO ASSISTS ”CIRCUS CLOWN” BRIAN BARNHART IN SCREWING UP RACE CALLS…WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK ON CHARGES OF DRUNKEN AND RECKLESS DRIVING IN NEW MEXICO IN HIS OBAMALET SUBURBAN…AFTER AUTHORITIES SAID HE WAS DRIVING MORE 101 MPH…

UNSER WAS CHARGED WITH RECKLESS DRIVING AND AGGRAVATED DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED.

ACCORDING TO A SHERIFF’S REPORT…UNSER’S BLOOD-ALCOHOL CONTENT WAS TWICE THE LEGAL LIMIT OF 0.08

IN 2007 UNSER PLEADED NO CONTEST TO A DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE CHARGE STEMMING FROM A JANUARY 2007 CRASH ON A NEVADA FREEWAY.

IN 2002 UNSER ALSO UNDERWENT TREATMENT FOR ALCOHOL ABUSE AFTER HIS GIRLFRIEND SAID….HE HIT HER IN THE FACE  WHILE HE WAS DRUNK IN INDIANAPOLIS.

THE 2011 TOTAL SEAL LATE MODEL CHAMPION WILL BE CROWNED AT CANYON SPEEDWAY FOLLOWING THE 2 DAY… $2000 TO WIN COPPER STATE 50-LAP FEATURE ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NOVEMBER  11TH & 12TH.

AND THAT’S IT…HAPPY MOTORING