Congratulations to Gordy
I just read in one of Ed's reports you did make the 1,000 club a
six-pack last weekend. Hearty congratulations for this major achievement
and carry on the good work.
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- I too want to say congrats to the Breadman. It is getting very
crowded in the oover 1000 club.
Keep it fun!
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> I just read in one of Ed's reports you did make the 1,000 club a
> six-pack last weekend. Hearty congratulations for this major
> and carry on the good work.
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- The PA TrackChasers were out in force over the Memorial Day weekend. Of the people that Pam and I ran into, Mike got 6 new tracks, Will 5, Pam 4, Guy 3, and Gordy 2.
Pam and I left home on Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. I used my second of two personal days of the school year. Although as a high school teacher I get the equivalent of 14 plus weeks of vacation per year, I only get two scheduled school days to take off as personal days. So I try to use my two per year wisely. This week's audio book was The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabladon. Pam and I both thought is was just OK.
The destination on Friday was the newly reopened Hilltop Speedway in Millersburg, OH. Astute TrackChasers might note that Millersburg is also the home of the Holmes County Fair, where an annual figure 8 race takes place. Hilltop is not in the same location. The track has been closed for 30 years and after three rainouts, they opened on a Sunday afternoon only five days earlier.
On Thursday, the weather forecast took a turn for the worse, and it was for 60% chance of thunderstorms for Friday. As we were going to Ohio for the weekend anyway, there was no doubt we would give it a shot. On the way out, we stopped at DuBois at the Ponderosa for lunch. That is one of the few places they have liver and onions on the lunch bar. I like liver and onions, but only about once a year. Pam won’t make it, so this is a good annual stop for me.
It rained about three quarters of the way across PA and OH. I kept calling the track every time we would get to a road that it would be convenient to head south to Athens, but they kept saying they were racing. We finally arrived at the track at 7:00 for the 8:00 start, and the place was a mud hole. I saw our old friend Steve Stone and he said they had a hard storm at 6:30, but they have no curfew and were determined to get the show in. I have to applaud them for that. Unfortunately, they had no clue what to do to get the track ready. They were completely unprepared, and had only two vehicles to circle the track. This they did for a good hour. Then they tried to bring the grader out to scrape off the mud, but the grader slid down the banking. They finally brought out a smaller grader. During all this time no race cars would help run in the track, and in fact they were almost all still loaded up. I was doubtful that they were going to race.
But they had a driver’s meeting and some of the cars eventually came out to help run in the track. They finally had the track ready, then needed another driver’s meeting. They announced that each class would get three hotlaps, but they ended up breaking the 18 late models into three sessions and giving each session at least a dozen laps. So much for what they said. It was a similar procedure for the other classes. Finally, when all that was over, it was already 10:30. Now they announced that they had a special treat. A lone Mini Sprint was going to come out and run some warm-ups! Going on 11:00! They eventually did race, and for me who drove seven hours to get there I was glad they got the racing in. But in the future, if they have rain in the evening and it means it will take four hours to get the track race ready, it might be better to cancel for the evening, rather that be running heats when it is going on midnight.
Hilltop’s a nice little track though. I hope to get to see sprints there someday. After the race, we still had three hours to drive to get to Athens. Suffice to say we got there much closer to morning then bedtime.
On Saturday we got up in Athens and went biking on a beautiful bike path that roughly follows the mighty Hocking River for 20 miles. We try to visit Athens each year as Pam lived there for two years while attending grad school at Ohio University. Pam met the director of the speech, hearing, and language school and he gave her a tour of their new building, and I met them both for lunch at the former all natural “hippie” restaurant “Casa Que Pasa”, which has changed its name to “Casa Nueva” to try to encourage a more upscale clientele. It's still mostly dreadlocks, tie-die, tatoos, and sandals though.
In late afternoon we headed west to the New 35 Raceway. The new track is about two miles from the old track. The old track was closed when the farmer that owned the land decided he didn’t want the track there anymore. The new track opened last September, and is a bit nicer than the old track.
Gordy and Sue Killian were supposed to be there, and for Gordy it would be his 1000th track. When I got my 1000th track, Allan Brown, a member of the 1000 track club, met me there and welcomed me to the club. I thought that was nice and wanted to try to do the same for future members of the club. I couldn’t even begin to try to meet Randy for his 1000th, as he chooses not to reveal his future plans for competitive reasons. But speaking of Randy and speaking of congratulations, the later to Randy for becoming the number one ranked TrackChaser, a phenomenal effort of planning and determination in the past three years to put reaching that goal above all else. Perhaps we will all be able to hook up at the end of the year for the Pappy Hough TrackChaser Cup presentation. I soon found that I was not the only one that came to 35 Raceway to celebrate Gordy’s accomplishment. Ed Esser woke up in Iowa, but made the tow. Roger and Brenda Ferrell were also there. Pam and I made a sign for Gordy and took pictures to mark the occasion. Maybe Will will put one on the website. And when Gordy eventually showed up after the heats and his 1000th track was official, Jack Erdman congratulated him via cell phone, although I have to admit I fibbed when I told Gordy it was President Bush on the line with congratulations. I think Gordy appreciated it more coming from Jack then he would have from “W”.
New 35 Raceway is a nice little track and it was very well run. The 17 car Mini Sprint feature had only two yellows and was finished by 9:00.
Sunday was the day that Pam and I were going to head over to Indiana to meet up with Will and Mike for the figure 8 race. Unfortunately, last Wednesday I confirmed that there would be no race on Sunday, the race had been held the week before. The poorly designed website made the date impossible for any of us to correctly read.
So instead of going to the races we made Sunday our day off from races and instead added a Monday race to our schedule. Sunday morning we again went for a bike ride on the bike path along the river, but this time we took a longer ride the day before.
In the afternoon I stayed in the room and watched the Indy 500 and tried to piece together a column for AARN, while Pam went for a walk on a new trail that she was shown the day before. After the race, we went swimming for awhile, then met Pam’s friend and her family for dinner back at Casa. We ended the most relaxing day with a trip to Dairy Queen. Gordy started on his second 1000 tracks at Brush Creek. After I got back home I got a note from Norm Wagner that he went to I-70/I-77 on Sunday and they had nine Senior Champ Karts. I could have easily done that one, but I didn't know in time. Thanks Norm.
Originally we had planned one more bike ride in Athens, but since we added the Monday race we had to get up and on the road by 8:00. The destination was the Allegheny Mountain Speedway in PA; where they would be running the trucks on the new off-road course.
We arrived around 2:00 for the 3:00 start, and were soon joined by Will and Mike. The website said there would be off-road truck racing, an couple enduro’s, and a demo derby. This seemed like a decent show, and since both Pam and Mike had never been there before so we all planned to stay to see racing on both the off-road and oval courses.
What we didn’t plan on was two classes of go karts plus micro sprints. The website mentioned nothing about them. The karts had never been there before, and they had to practice, then have heats, then more practice, then features before any other racing took place. It was nearly 90 degrees and for over an hour and a half, there was nothing except kart races with no more than five karts at a time. During this time, all the water they put down evaporated and the karts spun out on nearly every lap on the dry powdery track. And they thought this was a welcome addition to the show??? During all of this nonsense, we did find out about a potential new jalopy car race track in NY. However, the countability has not yet been determined. I do have a phone number and will call and try to get some facts.
Next up were more unadvertised races. They had two heats for the 8 total Micro Sprints in the pits. Even with only four cars racing, the dust was so bad they disappeared in turn one. At least Mike and Pam had seen the oval, and we didn’t have to wait around in the oppressive heat after the trucks raced.
Of course now they had to water the track. When the two truck races were finally held, it was after 5:00. It was more than two hours from starting time before they finally held any kind of event that was on the schedule. Ridiculous anytime, disgraceful in the oppressive heat.
They had 8 total trucks and they were split into two races. The trucks used turns one and two plus the backstretch of the oval, then head out past turns three and four where there is some slight turns and jumps, cross over the oval in turn four, then come through the infield for the big jump right by the start finish line. Andy Ritter had previously described the track layout for us.
After the two truck races, all four of us headed to the parking lot to make an exit, as we all had to work on Tuesday.
I went three for three in planned tracks. We were unlucky on Friday in that all the rain made for an over two and a half hour late starting time, but overall we were lucky that they raced at all and that we don’t have to make returning a priority. I really liked the track and hope to get back some day for sprints. Saturday was by far the best show, as 35 Raceway is a good track and well run. I was glad to be part of Gordy’s 1000th, and enjoyed the time with Ed, Roger, Brenda, Gordy, Sue, and of course most of all Pam. There was not much that I enjoyed about the racing on Monday, but the burgers and fries were good, and of course it was nice seeing Will and Mike. Overall Pam and I had another wonderful weekend on the road.
This coming weekend is the third of a possible 20 straight weeks with a new track. The only one of those 20 weeks that includes a trip of over three nights or an airplane flight is the five day one in July with Gordy. I’m sure I’ll get rained out somewhere along the way though, since many of the weekend plans have only one new track and they are often in areas where there are no options because I have been to almost all the tracks in the area.
This Friday is my last Friday of work, and after work Pam and I are heading up to Brockville, Ontario for the night. Saturday afternoon we plan to see the wheel to wheel off-road races at Augusta Motorsports Park. I’d kinda like to see the ESS Sprints at Brockville on Saturday night, but Pam and I have both been there. Instead we are heading up to Ottawa to take in a Lynx minor league baseball game. I have read that the Lynx are thinking about leaving Ottawa, so I want to get to a game in case they do. Sunday we are just heading home, as Monday will be a long day for me because it’s my last Monday of school and graduation is that night. There is a chance we might go to Big Diamond on Tuesday, though.
Hope everyone had a productive Memorial Day weekend, and have a good first weekend of June.
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From: Andy Ritter <aritter@...>
Sent: Thu, 1 Jun 2006 21:14:19 -0000
Subject: [TrackChasers] Re: Congratulations to Gordy
<<I too want to say congrats to the Breadman. It is getting very
crowded in the oover 1000 club.>>
Six in the world is "very crowded"? I think we have room for a few more :)
Ed Esser in 2007?
Will: Do you have a new nickname to replace the "Fab Five" or are you going with Roland's "Six Pack"?
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