with permission from Gary Gasper @ http://www.racestarpublications.com/
DEC 7 2012
A Day to Remember those Who helped give us what We have today,
They are to easily forgotten.
Dec 15 2011
Hare are some photos taken at this years USAC Midget Grand Prix at Toyota spdwy in Ontario Ca.
I didn't receive any titles or they were lost in the mess with the Gremlins?
They were all taken by Robert Snow, So if any one can contact Him We would love to title them.
July 30 2011
Sent in to us by Austin Texas William Stone
Ed Stuck's Bonneville Salt flats Roadster
Some of you have asked for a copy of this pic. It was taken by a professional photographer in 2006 at Bonneville and is being considered for the cover of the Southern Cal. Timing Assn. magazine. Not that you can tell, but the crew grunts are me and Bob Davis pushing our friend Ed Stuck's car from the trailer to our work canopy very early in the AM. We were working hard - - this thing is a real heavyweight - - a slow hard push by hand - - even on flat smooth salt. Later the next day Ed set a new class record - - 253 mph - - exit speed on his second run 262. A year later he bumped his own record up to 271 - - exit speed 275. The car is powered by a Donovan V8 (a custom aluminum Chrysler hemi). For safety, to keep the car from going airborn, weight is added - - imagine - - a Model A roadster that weighs approx. 5500 lbs! I have no idea the actual horsepower of this machine - - we've never measured it - - probably well over 1000 hp - - it's fuel was 92% nitro 8% alcohol.
Last year Ed commissioned some custom heads, added a supercharger and moved up a class - - his quest - - to be the first high boy open top roadster to run 300 mph. As luck would have it though, at about 280 the car spun out, did multiple 360's, wiped out several batteries and a bunch of timing lights. We cleaned up the mess - - including the poop on the car seat - - but damages to the car were bad enough that it couldn't be repaired out on the salt - - the 2010 campaign ended.
He plans to try again in 2011
May 22 2011
A few pictures from Indy and surrounding areas, none are to important but are about Indy .
All photos by aXe unless other wise named
1911 Winner's car
photo by Kevin Triplett
What Andy NO KISS For Mario? I Guess the party is over
Brownsburg Ind. Salute to the 500
The View most see of this fast Hot wheels? Seen behind the Pagoda
Did anyone of you ever have this Hot Wheels car? Well this one is full size
Willie T Ribbs
I met this guy when He was a chubby little kid back in the mid 60's That was over 50 years ago. His Dad Bunny Ribbs used to bring Him by the shop I worked at. Now after a few stints way back in SPORTS Cars, INDY-car and NASCAR Racing He is a Firestone Indy Lights car owner.
Another Race Car Driver in His own right this is STEVE KRISILOFF, Working with the Firestone group?
Now We all have heard of the Canadian Winner Paul Tracy, He has tough row ahead of Him Bump day today
Robin Miller interviews T Sheck on live TV
If You wander around most any indy car race pit area You will find this guy working on a crew ? It is Indiana's infamous Trevor Mitchener
Jan 17 2011
May 22 addition ,the picture below is The Mike Ryan Kurtis midget He races in SCCS Vintage Races You are looking at the 6 speed transmission.
Picture question of the day, just what is this thing and what is it in ?
Send your guess to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan 15 2011
A few words by aXe & A few pictures by Kevin on the Chili Bowl from Thurs & Fri.
Kevin Triplett Dennis "aXe" Sylvia
Live Oak Ca. Austin Tx.
Contributor to owr3 Not sure yet??? of owr3
all photos by Kevin Triplett
My money says Cole Whitt wished this gadget was on the front of his car in wednesday nights main event? check it out ,His car seems to be over the line? With the best angle I have found of it so far on youtube.
Below A couple of California boys not faring so well yet this year at the CB so far?
Above Last years BCRA champ David Pricket, in the Never Lift Motorsports entry
BCRA champ a couple years ago Justin Grant in Bruce & Dave's, Well its also Wendy Thurstons entry
above What a start last night from second row to the front on the first lap of the main event
then never to be passed for the win The Throttle Shane Cottle!
Stratten seems to still be looking for the short way around this year?
Last years A feature winner Kevin Swindell smiling for the Speed Cameras, I hope?
How much more expensive can it get? New Carbon Fibre wheels
Built by the company shown below. I wonder how much they cost?
Every year at the Chili Bowl recently there is held
National Midget Hall of fame induction ceremonies .
Kevin attended this years, I hope he writes a short article on it.
Jan 14 2011
From the Chili Bowl time for some Serious ?
Contributor to owr3
Hidden in the dark recess's of the Quick Trip center out of the view of most prying eyes Kevin spotted this creation, What in the world is it?
I am not quite sure what to make of this creation? But my guess is when they finish it there wont be one in that bunch that could drive it around the block! And another thing after they get done buying all the new supplies to finish it off there wont be any money left for the real racing.
They sure dont seem to be picky of the brands of that stuff?
Is that a wing laying on the ground left side of photo?
what is it a Bud or Busch car? I prefer bush Myself
it must have crashed before see the bent main frame rail just inside the wheel.
Both photos by Kevin Triplett, I sure hope the fumes didnt get to him?
Jan 12 2011
The Dynamic Duo from the Chili Bowl
time for some Serious Bench Racing
Kevin Triplett Sparky Hegwer
This Years Chili Bowl Contributors to OWR3
Sparkey didnt get to make this trip as He is in the Crash house after haveing an arm upgraded.
Hey Man get well soon, PS listen to the docs they know best!!!
Jack Zink Memorial "The Museum"
Kevin got on the bus at 10 am at the Quick Trip center compliments of Emmett Hahn to go out to the Zink Ranch museum. Here are some photos He took, Hopefully when the B.S. Exscuse me, Bench Racing stops out there and He comes back into town we will get a written story to go with these photos He took.
According to Kevins photo title this is where all the money came from for the Zink enterprises to make it into big time (indy Car auto racing), Seems I recall reading some where that the OK. crude was very thick and couldnt be pumped very easy? Zink came up with this heater and vola instant millionaire. Well that may or may not be true? We will have to wait for Kevins take on that one.
A couple of the Zink racing teams shirts
The name above John Zink TRACKBURNER well they had an indy car outfitted with one of those Turbine's back then. It was said they could run that engine on any kind of fuel, So the diehards who didnt want any turbines at the spwdy voluntered to call it the Zink TRASH Burner. Well it didnt matter as it never got a real shot at making the race before they made it useless by rules changes for the 500 race.
Zink indy roadster taken to the Monza Wall racing events in 1958
The Fruits of thier labors ,The owners 1956 winning Indy 500 Yrophy.
Compliments of Pat Flaherty's Win
The 1955 Winner painting Bob Sweikert on the Bricks
They also played with the little cars here is their 1947 Kurtis offy midget
Emmett Hahn and the 100inch wb dirt car He drove for Zink
Then they got down to some serious B. S.ing? Well it was supposed to be some serious bench racing but You know how OLD racers are the older We get the faster we was!!! Oh yea it was some serious lunch though .
Jan 11 2011
The Dynamic Duo from the Chili Bowl's Practice day
Kevin Triplett Sparky Hegwer
This Years Chili Bowl Contributers to OWR3
The word from the guys is as of today put your money on Tracy Hines He passed every car that was in front of Him. He was wicked fast said Triplett.
Also showing some speed was Sammy as usual, on RAILS again! But maybe the light weight car may be old enough to show some wear now ? or is that another new car? As it was hidden back in the trailer for some work on it?
J Drake, K Swindell and the Loyet cars seemed to be fast. Way to many cars to watch them all and compare them. A few more photos from the Duo,
Part of the Chili Bowl is the Trade Show area, Lots of great stuff for sale, including T's there,
Here is the front of the Double D, Dave Darland T looking like it is worth every cent the want for it.
Ya better get one before they run out of them!
Also in the Trade area they always have some race cars on display.
Here is the 1969 Knoxville Nationals winning car
This Spike 1/4 midget must have been left over from last weeks races?
Well the are ready for practice wheres your $30 pit fee?
Hey look the Bondio cars have big front wheels this year. there is a lot more tubing on the front end.
However Word was this Bondio car crashed early?
The McQueen team was thrashing to keep the 3 cars in top shape.
Jan 9 2011
Sunday Chili Bowl Pre-Race fun – They are in the Building!
The Dynamic Duo from the Chili Bowl
Kevin Triplett Sparky Hegwer
This Years Chili Bowl Contributers to OWR3
With snow coming they got them all, Well most that are there got into the building. You might wonder how the heck they get all those 18 wheeler trailers and the other trailers in there, they are crammed in so tight it is hard to walk by some of them?
Well this little gadget is a god send in moving them in and out of there.
Talk about a long shot for the A Feature next saturday this Ecotech may be one of the longest there?
Now that guy above is a lot younger than this guy, "Floyd Alvis", Perennial West coast BCRA champion, He has been going there for some time now. I dont think He has made the sat A feature yet?
Lately there seems to always be some Team competition in there here are just two of the teams there this year.
Keith Kunz has always got several cars there some very spectaculer, Here is this years group, With Cole Whitt, Brady Bacon and young Alex Bowman up in them, I listen to some of the Real old timers and they say this kid Bowman is the real deal, someone to watch for sure in there this year.
Now comes the McQueen stable of 3 cars this year, allmost completly funded out of the Little lass's own pocket, Shannon is no slouch in a midget. Hopefully they will have better luck this year, theTeams Handlers are,Ty Hindman and Dewayne Mcqueen(Shannons Dad).Driving for them is Shannon and Michelle Decker and TJ Smith
Driving this car is Brad Kuhn
In One of the Keith (Blackie) Blackwell cars is Nick Chivello
Tracy Hines in the Bob Parker entry
JJ Yeley is in a Triple Crown racing entry
Jay Drake in a Scooter Ellis entry
THE Deamon Damion Gardner in a Loyet entry
Sammy Swindell in a Swindell entry
There is a new trick look on the hood of this car, and that fuel cell sure looks high?
Not to sure about this car & Driver not listed on official entry but driver is called Limp Johnson?
check out how low that fuel cell is.
Some are saying this is the best looking car there,
The Mike Minarik carTaking an old Agjanian scheme to it? With Chad Boat doing the driving chores.
Mike Minarik car again
Not sure whats going on here?
Some have had the main roll cage out this far back,
This one just has some carbon fibre panel sticking out this far?
Chili Bowl Pre-Race fun – looking for race tracks
The Dynamic Duo from the Chili Bowl
Kevin Triplett Sparky Hegwer
This Years Chili Bowl Contributers to OWR3
With several days yet to go before the Chili Bowl, the Dynamic Duo spent Friday exploring race tracks north of Tulsa; some abandoned and some active. Our trip began early Friday morning with a stop at the 66th Street North exit off Highway 75 North, the site of the second and last Tulsa Speedway, which opened in 1985 and held its last race in 2005. The 3/8-mile slightly banked track, grandstands and grounds are seriously overgrown with small trees, but the concessions stands and control tower appear in good condition. The wooden seating surfaces are rotten which is understandable as unsafe grandstands were claimed to be a major problem in the track’s last season.
The intrepid explorers continued north on Highway 75 into Kansas, stopping at Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kansas. Originally built in 1968, this semi-banked ¼-mile dirt track finished its 42nd year of existence in 2010, with a schedule featuring micro sprints, two classes of modified stocks, late models, supplemented with factory stock, pure stocks and street stocks.
Headed back south, Sparkey recalled having once visited a dirt track south of Coffeyville, Kansas, so the hunt was on to find this elusive track. Turning west off Highway 169 just north of the Oklahoma state line, and following a gravel road, we spotted an abandoned track through the trees.
The ¼-mile slightly banked Stateline Speedway was built by Bud and Wanda Purkey over a period of several years, and operated from 1993 through 2003, until Bud Purkey was tragically stricken with cancer. As can be viewed in the photos, many of the track facilities are still in place, including the track motor grader and lighting system, although the parking area and pit area have been taken over since the track’s closing by inventory for Purkey’s Auto Salvage. During the track’s ten year history, Wanda Purkey told us, the track hosted weekly events for street stocks, with occasional modified stock car or sprint car special event. In 2010, the inaugural Bud Purkey Memorial Race was held at Mid-America Motor Speedway. The Dynamic Duo spent several hours exploring the salvage yard and Al Purkey’s race shop, which will be the subject of an upcoming feature article.
A few miles further south off Highway 169, in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma was our final visit of the day to Mid-America Motor Speedway, which features a weekly program including USRA modified stock cars, street stocks, factory stocks and pure stocks. MAMS has its annual ASCS Sooner
Region event scheduled for April 2, 2011.
More from the Dynamic Duo
A visit to Al Purkey's Late Model Racing Shop
Friday afternoon, the Dynamic Duo visited the spacious shop of Al Purkey Racing, located on County Road 1200 in Coffeyville Kansas, right on the Kansas-Oklahoma border, the site of Stateline Speedway. For those who are not familiar with the name, Al Purkey is the 2010 Lucas Oil Midwest Latemodel Racing Association (MLRA) champion, driving the #33 Larry Shaw Camaro late model stock car, and the son of former Stateline Speedway owners Bud and Wanda Purkey.
In being crowned the 2010 champion
This marked Al’s seventh MLRA championship, having previously won the top point title in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2009. In addition, Al scored O’Reilly Auto Parts National Championship Racing Association (NCRA) Late model championships in 2003 and 2004. Al’s #33 is powered by a Hatfield Racing Engines 455 cubic inch all aluminum small block engine developing 810 Horsepower on the dynamometer bolted into a Larry Shaw chassis, and the Hoosier Racing Tires are controlled by Integra Racing Shocks.
Al Purkey, whose nickname is “the Shark” is more than a successful race driver, in addition to operating Purkey’s Auto Salvage and Car Sales during the week, in 2010, Al promoted the inaugural Bud Perkey Memorial Race held at Mid-America Speedway in nearby South Coffeyville Oklahoma. The Dynamic Duo wish to thank Al’s mother, Wanda Purkey for allowing us free rein during our visit to,
Al Purkey Racing's shop.
Larry Shaw chassis
a Hatfield Racing Engine 455 cubic inch all aluminum small block engine
all Kevin Triplett photos
Jan 6 2011
Rumble in Fort Wayne Ind.
Jan 1 2011
Art of stuntman crashing at Rumble in Fort Wayne
Stuntman Henry "The Pit Bull" Rife escapes serious injury when he crashes while attempting to set a world indoor record by jumping 10 cars on an all-terrain vehicle. Rife, 42, of Van Wert, Ohio, made his attempt at the "Rumble in Fort Wayne" auto racing event on Friday, Dec. 31 at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center in Fort Wayne, Ind. The record remains seven cars because Rife did not complete the jump with a successful landing, a spokesman said.
all Photos by Kevin Lillard
Dec 29 2010
I got this picture in an e-mail I have no idea who took it? It states it is an OFFY powered dragster? not to clear a picture but here is the title,
Back in the day, anything was possible.
How about an Offy with a side-mounted blower on Ed Donovan's dragster?
Any information about this car would be appreciated.
If you want to see all the pictures in that e-mail let Me know, there are some neat old dragsters in it.
Dec 21 2010
Great set of pictures from Walter Zoomie land, credits at end of photos.
Walter seems to always be telling stories, And there is more than one in these pictures ,That is if you know the chracters in this collection, The white #9 car shown going over the wall and then a guy in a garbage can is the Johnny white carrear ending crash with White in that garbage ending up in that can.
Sept 26 2010
Racer Rich's IMOD car won the Championship at Kankakee County Speedway for 2010. Champion writer AND car owner!
Gary Gasper photo
Sept 7 2010
Racer Rich's Modified
Our racing season is almost done out here in Indiana/Illinois.
These two shots are of Racer Rich's pride and joy!, He got a feature win and his young driver is in a tight battle for the IMOD championship with a few weeks left.
Aug 7 2010
Early this weeks problems left some pictures out of some write ups, Here are some from the ASCS Series by Lonnie Wheatly.
Dustin Barks Stuns ASCS Sooners at Springfield!
Lonnie Wheatley, SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (July 31, 2010) – Dustin Barks snared his first career American Sprint Car Series feature win by racing to victory lane in Saturday night’s 25-lap American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region main event at Springfield Raceway.
all Photos by Lonnie Wheatly
Barks started fifth, front row outside starter Sean McClelland outgunned pole starter Joe Wood, Jr., and paced the early rounds
Dustin Barks snared his first career American Sprint Car Series feature win by racing to victory lane in Saturday night’s 25-lap American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region main event at Springfield Raceway.
Toby Brown carried the No. 29 on his wing at Saturday's night's ASCS Sooner Region event at Springfield Raceway in tribute to Travis Rilat, who continues his recovery in a Seattle hospital.
The Team Travis Race for Recovery logo on Toby Brown's wing
Goularte San Jose speedway Modified , Hardtop Reunion in Gilroy Ca.
My last trip out to Ca I was given these pictures by Vic Cesena, He was the Goodyear Racing tire rep for San Jose and surrounding areas for quite a few years way back then. I dont know who took them but the one with all the drivers on it was a compilation by Dennis (The Menace ) Arnold done in the last few years. The others were traken a couple of years ago at the Gilroy, Goularte Ranch SJ Reunion , which I have heard that last weeks reunion will be the last one? Unless someone else takes it over
Paul RED Bender SJ Starter & The announcer Kenny Tekauchi
Big Al Pombo at San Jose back in the early sixties
The Campbell Comet Howard Kaeding
The old villian Clyde Palmer
June 25 2010
Gary Gasper shoots USAC Sprint cars Week at Kokomo spwdy July 11 2010
A few photos from Friday's POWRi Midget action
Belle Clair Speedway in Belleville, IL.
Photos from ASCSED@aol.com
POWRi Midget action.
Austin Brown (7) and Brad Loyet race for the lead in the feature event
Brad Loyet in action
Brad Loyet celebrates
Brad Loyet and crew enjoy POWRi victory lane at Belle Clair Speedway
June 12 2010
Images from Wednesday's opening leg of Illinois Sprint Week at Pierce's Vermilion County Speedway....
TWC Photos ASCSED@aol.com
1 - Jon Stanbrough in victory lane after topping the opening night of Illinois Sprint Week at Pierce's Vermilion County Speedway in Danville, IL.
2 - Jon Stanbrough and crew in VCS victory lane.
3 - Jon Stanbrough in feature action.
4 - Chris Windom (11) holds off Jon Stanbrough (53) for the lead in the mid-stages of Wednesday night's non-stop 30-lapper.
5 - Chris Windom (11) races underneath Hunter Schuerenberg (35) for the lead on the ninth lap of Wednesday night's feature at Pierce's Vermilion County Speedway.
6 - A heat race goes green at VCS.
7 - Heat race action at VCS
8 - Jon Stanbrough drove the Fox Brothers No. 53 to victory lane Wednesday night at VCS.
Unofficial top eight: 53-Jon Stanbrough, 11w-Chris Windom, 4g-Casey Shuman, 35-Hunter Schuerenberg, 7x-Korey Weyant, 23-Mitch Wissmiller, 2-Wayne Johnson, 14-Hud Cone.
Lap leaders: Hunter Schuerenberg 1-8, Chris Windom 9-20, Jon Stanbrough 21-30.
No cautions in the feature
Images from Thursday night's Illinois Sprint Week event at La Salle Speedway.
From TWC Photos ASCSED@aol.com
Terry Babb in Illinois Sprint Week victory lane at La Salle Speedway
Terry Babb and crew in Illinois Sprint Week victory lane at La Salle Speedway
Casey Shuman (4g) & Terry Babb (21x) battle for the lead in early rounds of Thurday's feature at La Salle
Wayne Johnson (2) and Terry Babb (21x)
Casey Shuman (4g) and Wayne Johnson (2)
Casey Shuman (4g) and Justin Grant (5) battle in heat race action
Heat race action at La Salle Speedway
Heat race down the frontstretch at La Salle
June 10 2010
Star Mazda Series @ORP May 29, 1010
Live Oak California
Contributor to OWR3
Saturday evening, May 29, 2010, O’Reilly Raceway Park hosted the 65th annual NOS Energy Drink “Night before the 500” presented by Comfort Suites of Brownsburg, featuring the USAC National Midget series. The history of this event dates back to the 1940’s, when drivers would compete at the old 16th Street Speedway (now the site of the Brickyard Plaza Shopping Center) the night before competing in the ‘500’ the next day. This year, the racing program also featured the USFF200 series and the Star Mazda series, both of which are considered steps in “the road to Indy.” Unfortunately, this author missed the USFF2000 event, so this article will focus on the 125-lap Star Mazda race. A later article will focus on the USAC midget event.
The cars raced in this series are all manufactured by Star Race Cars of California, using a carbon fiber chassis and 19-gallon fuel cell and as –raced weight of 1900 pounds. The cars are all powered by 250 HP Mazda rotary engines, mated to a six speed sequential transaxle using Goodyear slick tires. These cars have considerable adjustments: shocks, front and rear sway bars, adjustable brake bias, and wing angles, which will enable the drivers to learn car set-up skills that they can put to use as they move up the racing ladder. The Star Mazda series has been competing since 1991; this race featured drivers from ten different countries.
While visiting the pits, the author met Tatiana Calderon, a 16-year old lady driver from Bogota, Columbia, making one of her first starts on an oval track. Although she had tested at ORP several weeks earlier, she is still learning how to be fast on an oval track 2010 is Tatiana’s rookie year in the Star Mazda series; she was the 2008 Snap-on Stars of Karting divisional champion, the first female ever to win such a prestigious event, and was the IAME International Challenge Champion in 2008. Ms. Calderon is a teammate to Indiana resident Conor Daly, son of former ‘500’ competitor Derek Daly. Look for this young lady in the starting field at the big track on Georgetown Road sometime soon.
Daly led every lap of the event, for his third straight win. Tatiana Calderon placed eleventh, retiring after 67 laps. The race featured minimal passing, and had only one yellow flag, at lap 25, for Carlos Linares’ crash in turn four.
The Star Mazda Series competes next on June 19 at Iowa Speedway.
All photos by Kevin Triplett
“Drivers awaiting introductions before the big crowd.”
“Tatiana Calderon getting set to go racing.”
“Eventual winner Conor Daly suiting up.”
“Rusty Mitchell of Midland Texas runs a clean line through turn one of the ORP oval.”
“Front row starters Mikeal Grenier of Canada and Conor Daly battle through turn one on the opening lap. Grenier finished second to Daly.”
“Like most modern rear engine cars, the Star Mazda cars do not have gauges, instead using steering wheel mounted digital readouts
June 3 2010
Indy shop tours part one
Live Oak California
Contributor to OWR3
While in Indianapolis for the ‘500,’ this author was fortunate enough to make visits to several shops in the Brownsburg, Indiana to learn about what goes into building modern race cars. Near Johnson Lane in Brownsburg, there is a complex of several shops of particular interest to racers.
“The entrance to Composite Specialties.”
Composite Specialties, operated by Jeff Burnett, an Australian by birth, manufactures carbon fiber parts mainly for the drag racing industry; the day the author visited, injector “top hats” were the focus of fabrication. Well-known customers using Composite Specialties products include Pedregon Racing, the 2007 and 2008 NHRA funny car champions, Morgan Lucas, and Tim Wilkerson. In addition to injectors, Composite Specialties also builds carbon fiber fuel tank vents, side window vents, dragster wings, spill plates, and sidepods. Jeff is also the exclusive US distributor for NRE billet cylinder heads for alcohol drag racing applications, which are manufactured in Australia.
Many racers and fans have seen carbon fiber parts and pieces, but the author learned the steps of the process during the visit. Similar to fiberglass (glass reinforced polymer); the composite material is commonly referred to by the name of its reinforcing fiber, in this case, carbon fiber. Parts used in less critical areas, such as injectors, are manufactured by draping cloth over a mold, with epoxy preimpregnated into the fibers (known as prepreg). The alignment and weave of the cloth fibers is chosen to optimize the strength and stiffness properties of the resulting material. The parts then cure in an autoclave, because even small air bubbles in the material will reduce strength.
For more information on Composite Specialties, visit their website at www.compositespecialties.com
The author thanks Composite Specialties for their hospitality.
photos By Kevin Triplett
“A finished injector top hate ready to ship.”
“A different style injector top hat being completed.”
“A injector top hat mold waiting for the prepeg fibers.”
“The Composite Specialties autoclave, with some injectors in the foreground.”
“Two carbon fiber dragster air scoops.”
“The author holding one of the very lightweight injector top hats.”
May 23 2010
Photos from Lonnie Wheatly. They were taken sat 22 of may at Lawton Ok.
Tyler Thomas (91) and Blake Hahn (52) battle for the lead in the latter portion of Saturday night's ASCS2 Midget main event at Lawton Speedway.
The youngest driver in the field, 14-year-old Tyler Thomas of Collinsville, OK, completed a sweep of the inaugural weekend of ASCS2 Midget competition with a Saturday night win at Lawton Speedway after taking Friday night honors at Creek County Speedway near Tulsa.
A Chevy ECOTec ASCS2 Midget heat race under Saturday night's sunset at Lawton Spdwy
May 16 2010
When ever I get to Speedway Indiana I try to stop by Jim Linders shop, In case You dont know it has moved from gasoline alley shops to Main street in Speedway;
Hot Roding with Jim Linder at www.Bubbashotrodshop.com
If You ever get to Main street in Speedway over by Charlie Browns Restaurant You have to visit Jim Linders Fuel Injection and more shop.
He is severely devoted to Hot Roding and has open house I think still on Wednesday nights if He is in Town?
WATCH out for that HOT Food though, I saw Him pour a whole bottle of Hot Sauce one night into one of their creations, I just smelled it and My Mouth was burning!!!
Linder is one very Qualified guy in Electrics and more his specialty is Fuel Injections though.
He also gives classes in Auto ignition systems check it out on His web site.
Here are a few pictures from the shop
The shop on Main st in Speedway
Jim has also got a challenge out for that Big Brown Truck with this Tow Rig.
Challange made is on the side of the tow Rig
Something must be top secret in the Fuel Injection part of the shop?
Story and Photos by aXe
May 13 2010
Follow up to story below this one.
Denny Jamison's "Hammer Art" Aluminum pounder!
Don Smiths Sumar Logo
Denny and Crew is as we speak finishing up on the Sumar Streamliner Replica 1955 Indianapolis speedway car. He is going to take it to the Indianapolis speedway on this saturday to unviel it. It will be displayed in one of the F1 garages.Check it out when You go out there.
I stopped by their shop and checked out how they were coming along with it,
It should be wrapped up and ready to show by Saturday.
Here She is with Denny along side, part of the body work is in place.
Here is the more of the Aluminum body ready to mount.
Next project up for Denny and the Hammer Art shop is this Sumar streamliner Street Car. They will move the driver to the left siode of the casr and add a passanger seat. Not much more known about it at this time but stay tuned as it gets off the drawing board.
Photos AND STORY by aXe
May 8 2010
Denny's Hammer Art, Sumar replicar, Built for Don Smiths collection.
Here in Indiana one of My first stops every May is always to Dennys Jamisons, Hammer Art shop.
This is a continuing story of the replica car Sumar streamliner built for the indy 500.
It is getting close to being finished. They are to have it on display at the Indianapolis spdwy for the week starting on the May 15th in one of the F1 garages? Lots of work left to do on it. The first body parts were in the paint booth this morning. Here are a few pictures of how it looked today.
Chassie is all painted and ready for the body, which is being painted.
Front view Xed trosion bars Front view long stearing link on left with arm
Side view huge stearing wheel rear view with fuel trank bay for 75 gal tank
Offy Engine Jos Hunt Mag
Front body view ready to paint Body is on frame mockup
body rear views
rear and side view of body Tail fin
May 5 2010
Photo Contributor to OWR3
The racing season has finally started here in Indiana and Illinois! Saturday night racing May 1st including OWR#'s correspondent Racer Rich's IMOD car and driver and also the feature winner's car and victory lane. I will be covering IMOD's, UMP Modifieds and occasionally sprint cars as far as open wheel cars go at 4 different tracks this year.
April 15 2010
more from, Lone Star Rod & Kustom Roundup Rats & Drag race car pictures
Rat Rod Hearse complete with its own casket below it
Not sure what this is, but it came with its own Bullet Holes, maybe not a true Rat Rod because it is primed?
About ten Bullet holes in the door
They drove this old T pickup with the Original WOODEN wheels to the show
Ford Powered rail
Willys with huge engine
Bantam the owner told Me he couldnt keep it straight after the first 100'
Those were just a few pictures of the over 3,000 Rats, Kustom, Show and Race Cars there. Way to much for these old eyes and Brain to comprehend in 2 days.
all photos by aXe
April 14 2010
First set of Lone Star Rod & Kustom Roundup pictures, I am not into Hot Rods so I cant tell you much about them.
I am not sure what this is??? Kustom for sure
Do you remember these 61? Cadddies Bullet tail lights, they seemed to be stolen a lot
This 49 or 50 merc had a late model engine stuck in it
This 49 or 50 merc was keeping with its eras Flat Head engine with triple carbs
Below One of the nicest roadsters there a very high doller investment
All above photos By aXe
April 4 2010
Pictures from Shasta California speedway BCRA midgets sent in by Robert Haugh
Thanks to MMRACINGPHOTOS
Chad Nichols passing ?
2nd Nick Foster Winner Chad Nichols 3rd Snake Livernash?
Mar 28 2010
St Pete IZOD pictures from Sat 27 Mar
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All photos below by Rich Golardi
AJ & Vitor Golardi Photo AJ Vitor
Ryan Hunter-Reay Miss Izod
Cooper Tire Girls
Will Power Verizon #12 Ryan Brisco Team Penske #6
Takuma Sato rookie #5 Lotus KV racing Technologies
USF car of Sage Karam Andretti Autosport driver
more ST Pete Pictures from Sunday 28 Mar
Mar 25 2010
INDY TRACKVIEW – A CLOSEUP LOOK AT THE
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Rich fufills a dream kiss's the Bricks
Early on a Sunday morning, I roamed the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with my camera in hand. I was on a mission. I wanted to see those things that others might consider mundane, or uninteresting. For me, they were fascinating.
My love affair with this event, known as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, began in 1964, when I was just 6 years old.
My father took me to my first auto race in June 1964, at Langhorne Speedway in
At the end of that race, I was hooked for life.
500 logo on the chevorlet pace car
In 2009, with my childhood many decades in the past, I was fortunate to have press credentials for the “500”, thanks to the late John LeVan.
From the outside looking in
At on the morning of the race, I was able stroll down to pit road, just as the wisps of early morning mist still wrapped the front straight. A few pit crew members were busy in the pits, but most of the pits stood empty. I spoke to them to learn about their jobs, and to learn more of what the day ahead would bring. I watched as they carefully placed tape strips in the pit stall, to mark the positions of crew members, and the precise spot for the driver to stop in his stall. With fuel hoses being stretched, then carefully placed along the top of the pit wall like a snake ready to spring to life.
I saw air guns being prepped,
The swing gate leading from the pit area to the asphalt of the 5/8 mile front straight was open, and I walked through it.
I could only imagine the intensity and bravery needed to wheel a high speed open wheel car into the narrow cavern of turn one at well over 200 miles an hour. I turned in all directions, down to turn four, far in the distance, and looked up at the flag stand. I noticed cameras placed by the TV crews near the track.
Front stretch looking into turn one
Yard of Bricks at the start and finish line
I knew this would be the time to take some photos of the track itself, and whatever caught my eye. I had promised to get an answer to the question regarding the “Formula 1 start lines”, which appeared to either be painted or imbedded in the asphalt of the front straight. Why were the lines still there, several years after the departure of Formula 1 racing from the speedway? Could they be removed? I found that the lines were painted on the track surface, and appeared to be heavily worn, but still visible. If I had a steel brush and water hose, I thought, I could get rid of them.
F1 start lines showing the grooves diamond cut into them.
A couple of views of the Safer Barriers foam material
But, I knew that I must observe and report on the events of the day, and not be a part of them. That leads me to the “Balloon Tent Incident”.
Rich sneaks a peek in the Baloon tent there are thousands of baloons above the bottom of that pile
To spend a day at the speedway will always be a privilege to me, and the honor to have media credentials, as I did in 2009, only made it extra special. To occupy the same space in the media center as Sid Collins, and Chris Economaki, and Jim McKay, has always filled me with pride. I can still hear my own footsteps as I walked along pit road in the early morning quiet of race day. My solitude was interrupted by the occasional sounds of tools and tires from the few pit crew members already scurrying around their assigned spots.
But the sounds were only brief interruptions, to be replaced by the high pitched roar of the 33 cars that were to arrive, about 6 hours later.
I could wait. After all, I had waited a years for this moment.
Borg Warner Trophy Vukovich and Foyt
Mar 13 2010
I got an e-mail from Stan Lobitz a while back with some pictures taken in 1924. It also had this short note accompaning them addressed to.
Stan / Mal
These photos were found in a suitcase on a rubbish tip in New South Wales probably 12 months ago.
The Australian 6 manufacturing plant in Sydney early 1924. Interesting to notice the workmen’s clothes and the early production line.
Thought you guys might be interested in having a look at them.
Believe motors gear boxes and diffs were imported from America and the rest of the car assembled here.
They were big pictures and I wasnt to sure what to do with them? I just found them again and I decided to let you look at them and send us any information you might have about them.
There were a couple of things that struck Me in the pictures, One was Henry Ford had already got an assembly line up and running about ten years previous to this in about 1914, Why it hadnt transfed over there is a good question.
Another was notice how much wood there was being used in the cars construction,It almost makes you think they are doing wood work of some kind not building cars?
The front of the Australian Motors plant 1924
Are your sure they arent building cabinets or some other wood products?
If it wasnt for the car on the left I would still be thinking it was a wood products plant.
Steel Frames and wooden wheels!
Guy in the suit looks lost? the rest of them have on aprons,check out the size of that scissors in his hand!
They sure have them cramed in there in this spot there are 7 or 8 different jobs going on in this picture
A hoist? Well block and tackle it really is. and a guy working under that car on the left,
check out the vests on the other workers.
This guy must be the touch up guy?
Nearing compleation look at the hoist in back? Another block and tackle rig.
and look at the couple of different body styles.
Well there they are a few of the finished cars.
Our Thanks to Stan Lobitz for the unidentified pictures, As to who took them?
please, Send any information You might know about them to
Jan 17 2010
2010's Biggest Midget race Down under in New Zeland at Western Springs Speedway,
American Jerry Coons Jr won his first 50-Lap World Midget Championship on Saturday night 1/7/2010 at Western Springs Speedway, and in the process also won the 2010 Samsung International World Midget Series title.
"Was not the best track (all but Kevin Swindell running the bottom) but always a good night when the American drivers come down & put on a show.
Good size crowd, lots of cheering throughout all 4 night racing.
Jerry's car owner [Danny Lendich] has been a car owner for 3 (or four) decades & was car owner for all 9 of Sleepy's "50 lap world Championship" titles.
This is without doubt the Southern Hemisphere's most prestigious race. "
Here are a selection of shots I took on the night"
James Selwyn NZ
Samsung International Midget World Series Points
Final (top 6)
1. Jerry Coons Jr. 127
2. Kevin Swindell 83
3. Brad Mosen 78
4. Shaun Insley 70
5. Michael Brunt 69
6. Bill Clarkson Jr. 56
The huge crowd to witness the Yanks take on the Kiwis and Aussies
The frist midget to win a race down under in NZ in 1935 it paced the main event this night
Tony Elliott representing the USA
Kiwi Brad Mosen tough competitor
Michael Kendall, Brad Mosen ,Jerry Coons Jr hard at it
Jerry Coons Jr take home all the marbles
Jerry Coons Jr wave the American flag as the winner of the 50 lapper
The top 3 finishers, 2nd Kevin Swindell, The winner Jerry Coons Jr 3rd Michael Kendall
2010 Chili Bowl Wed night Jan 13
2010 Chili Bowl Tues night Jan 12
some pictures from the nights races by David Cochran text by aXe
After all there is more to it then Just Race cars!
The Kunz team with Jon Stanbrough in the doorway
Add Excitment as Chad Fredwaldt settles down afer flipping!
Then Shannon McQueen escapes after getting hit by the white car who flips.Shannon had bent rear axle ending chances for this night.
Loyet draws the ball that puts Him on the pole leading to the Race of Champions Win.
Loyet and ROC winners trophy
The MAIN event left to right 2nd was Michael Pickens, Winner Zach Daum and 3rd was Shane Golobic
Shane Golobic interviewed after His 3rd place finish
2nd place Michael Pickens interview He was on board a New Zeland car powered by a V8 Kawaski
And the WINNER is Zach Daum
Sept 9 2009