I spent some time this week helping out at a midget driving school and also
with the NEMA family as the remembered a couple that meant so much to Midget
Racing, Gene and Marilyn Angelillo. I also met some Vintage Midget drivers,
one I wanted to share with you. Greetings in the name of our Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ.
I had just arrived at the credential booth with Ray when a lady
tapped me on the shoulder to thank us for publishing the Racer’s Bible. She
shared that she had received a copy as a gift and was thrilled. She showed
it to her husband and now he is reading it. She introduced herself to us,
Dottie Mann. He husband is, among other things, two-time NEMA champ Johnny
We talked with Johnny as we looked at one of the vintage midgets on
display near the celebration tent set up for NEMA at Waterford. He was there
to compete in the Vintage race, compete at the age of 83. From the smile on
his face you would have thought this was his first and he was excited to get
out there. He shared his memories of the glory days, the smile never left
his face. He truly had found joy and contentment. He, along with his wife
Dottie, has seen many a race day and many a track but based on the look he
had on his face they were all like the first time.
As I thought about all the places and experiences they shared I
wondered how much he had learned. I wondered; had they found the secret?
Have they found peace? There is a verse in Scripture that came to mind;
Romans12:2; Do not
conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the
renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's
will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Somewhere they had found God’s good,
pleasing and perfect will. Their attitude was in direct contrast to the ones
I observed later in the pits. Their minds were not set on Earthly things,
but on things above.
We all need to do a little transformation. We all need to think a
little differently. With that in mind I thought we would have a little fun
this week. I received an email titled “Reflections from the Seat of My
Tractor.” Read them, reflect on them, smile and laugh, it is good for the
“The best sermons are lived, not preached.”
“Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.”
“Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.”
“Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.”
“Words that soak into your ears are whispered…....not yelled.”
“If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop
“The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with,
watches you from the mirror every mornin'.”
“A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.”
“Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.”
“You cannot unsay a cruel word.”
“Every path has a few puddles.”
“Most of the stuff people worry about, ain't never gonna happen
“Don't judge folks by their relatives.
“Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.”
“Always drink upstream from the herd.”
“Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin'
it back in.”
“If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try
orderin' somebody else's dog around.”
“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from
“Live a good and honorable life, then when you get older and think
back, you'll enjoy it a second time.”
“Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and leave
the rest to God.”
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
WEEKEND TRIPLE HEADER AND THEN SOME - I
spent a whirlwind weekend traveling around the state taking in whatever
racing action there was to see. I am thankful to live centrally located to
the three circle tracks in Connecticut. It provided for some great
opportunities to get out and meet some folks last weekend. As you know I
took some time off for vacation last week, we had a wonderful time, thanks.
This week was full throttle.
Thursday found me on my way to Thompson as they wind down the
weekly racing season. They are still struggling to get the car counts up, it
has been a tough year for them. Thursday night went pretty well with Danny
Cates taking down a thrilling Sunoco Modified Victory.
Then it was off to Waterford for driving school. No, I did not have
to go back for a refresher course; I was helping out The First Turn Midget
and the Shane Hammond Believe Foundation,
http://www.shanehammondfoundation.org as they held a Midget Driving
School for two days at the Waterford Speedbowl.
It is a wonderful event that gets potential drivers in the cars and
on the track. It is also a great tool for parents to see how their
youngsters are progressing along in the development of their racing skills.
Bobby Seymour is an excellent teacher and the entire crew put on a great
The plus to all of this is that the proceeds go to help the Shane
Hammond Believe Foundation. Shane’s mom, Deb started the foundation to help
drivers learn how to be safe and to have the proper safety equipment. The
foundation assists those who need help in buying the proper safety
The event was a complete success, 15+ students/drivers experienced
the thrill of driving a midget, received some expert guidance and had a
wonderful time. I also was able to take a few laps and had a wonderful time.
Thanks to all who participated and made this vent a success.
Now it was off to Stafford for the Modified Racing Series Shark
Cycle 100. This proved to be a race that many put on their calendar, as the
field was full with a few whose cars didn’t make the show. In the end TC ran
away with the victory followed by Ronnie Silk, Rowan Pennink, Jeff Malave
and Chris Pasteryak. I think they will be back.
Saturday morning I headed back to Waterford to finish up the second
day of the school and to be with the NEMA family as they remembered Gene and
Marilyn Angelillo with a memorial race and dinner.
As fate would have it Russ Stoehr mad a late race pass and came
home with the victory in Dumo’s Desire, the car Gene and Marilyn had fielded
for over 30 years. Daughter Laura Kibbe now leads the team and this was a
fitting end to a wonderful remembrance of Gene and Marilyn.
We are off to NHMS this week as both tours are in action, but I
will be getting my road work done. Don’t be surprised to see me at Thompson
and Stafford. I leave you with this bumper sticker I saw while traveling on
“Organization is for those who are too lazy to look for their
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DICK & JUDY WIBBELSMAN- Gainesville, FL RWJM Advisor and Counselor wife
share their 43rd anniversary.
BOB & CAROL PRATT- The brother of dirt Mod driver Richie Pratt and wife
share their 33rd anniversary.
EARL & PAM KRAUSE- The Area Auto Racing News Assitant to the Editor and
columnist/ ARDC PR Director/Announcer and budding TV racing personality
along with his best friend wife have their 40th anniversary. September 21
SONNY & AMY STRUPP- Grandparents of Bill Darcy of Darcy Racing and the #24
Micro-Sprint celebrate 63 years together.
BILL WILSON- Fuquay Varina, NC Dash Series driver.
VENETTA NARDUCCI- Wife of Greg, WMT fan.
RONNIE MILLER III- Son of Camp Hill, PA Susky fans Ron and Arleen.
BOB BRUNNELL- Peru, NY NASCAR KNPSE semi-retired driver/ team owner.
TOMMY CLOCE- Canton, NY NASCAR WMT/NASCAR KNPSE driver, son of well-known
team owner, Ed.
TIM ZOCK- Youngsville, PA NASCAR KNPSE driver.
BILL DUGGAN- Belmont, NH LM driver.
DARREN BRASSFIELD- Los Galos, CA IMSA GT driver.
JOE BRADY- Stoughton, MA legendary #00 NASCAR WMT team owner.
TARA MENSCHNER- Daughter of Wall Chaplain Bob Menschner.
PAT SPENCER- Wife of driver/TV personality, Jimmy.
DENNIS SAVAGE- Lisbon, CT Producer/Host of TV's "God's Masterpiece."
DEREK FELTENBERGER- The son of Grandview/ Big Diamond flagger/ photographer
Mike and wife Mena.
BORIS SAID III- Carlsbad, CA NASCAR CWTS/NNS/NSC driver.
LOU CICCONI, JR.- The famous Aston, PA ARDC and more Midget driver.
FRANK JASHEMBOWSKI- Orange County Fairgrounds Speedway dirt Modified driver.
LARRY VASSAR- Southington, CT ProStock team owner.
HAROLD BURDICK- Danielson, CT go-kart driver/owner and Stafford Motor
Speedway announcing team member.
STEVE RUBIN- Owner of the New Thompson Speedway excellent food concessions
from Needham, MA.
HENRY ST. JOHN- Proprietor of Jewett City Service in CT.
SHARON OKULA- Wife of Wayne, Team manager for the #28 King Racing Modified
and Charger Driver for #67 - Riverhead Raceway
BRUNO BRACKEY- the original 'Flying Mailman', who has more wins on Long
Island than any other driver,turns 90 Bruno was driving Legends cars
throughout the Western Tier of New York well into his 70s.
BILL GUERTIN- President and co-owner with Frank Ferrara of Whip City
Speedway in Westfield, MA.
SCOTT LOVELADY- Hartsdale, AL NASCAR All Pro Series driver.
JOE HOUDE- Millbury, MA LM driver.
GEOFF BRANSCOMBE- A son of NASCAR KNPSE team owner/driver Babe and wife Deb.
JIM BRODERICK IV- "Bubba," Whip City 250cc Micro Sprint driver; son of Jim
BRYAN WALL- Derry, NH Road corse KNPSE driver.
SCOTT NEWELL- East Windsor Speedway Modified driver.
LANCE NORICK- Oklahoma City, OK NASCAR CWTS driver.
SCOTT WEAVER- Shelby, NC Dash Series driver.
KYLE GRISSOM- A son of NASCAR driver Steve and wife Susan from Gadsen,AL.
RICHARD CHILDRESS- Welcome, NC famous KNPSE/CWTS/NNS/NSC team owner. ARIE
LUYENDYK- Holland born, Scottsdale, AZ infamous IRL retired driver, now TV
STEVE HODDICK- Cheektowaga, NY NASCAR KNPSE driver.
CURTIS MARKHAM- Fredericksburg, VA NNS/NSC driver.
GARY IULG- Retired Upstate NY driving great.
***IN THE SHOP***
ERIC SAUNDERS- Son of Hoosier Tire’s Irish Saunders had a
motocross accident and is in the hospital in Indianapolis. He has some
medical issues and is in need of our thoughts and prayer. As soon as I get
an address to send cars and letters I will forward it along. Please keep
Eric and his entire family in your prayers.
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