Gone Racin' Newsletter # 75  June 15, 2005

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*The May issue of Hot Rod mag had a short article about the passing of Don Francisco and
  how he was inducted into the Dry Lakes Hall of Fame.  My stepfather and his best friend
  both ran cars under SoCal during the late 40's thru early 50's at the dry lakes in California. 
  My step dad, Loren (Lory) Miller became a Ford mechanic after serving in the Pacific dur-
  ing WWII for the next 40+ years.  He passed away in Carson City, Nevada several years
  back.  His best friend and fellow racer was Clyde Sturdy.  Clyde owned his own industrial
  and automotive gear business in L.A. for years. He was an avid boater and water-skier. I'm
  not sure what became of Mr. Sturdy. At the local So Cal shop in Las Vegas there is a poster
  from a magazine that has Lory Miller and his car along with three other cars at a Dry Lake
  all painted with the So Cal colors.  If you have any other information about Lory or if you
  have anyone who knew of him, let us know, please.  Sincerely,  Steve Brooks  Las Vegas,
*Gear Grinders (SCTA) Report: Bob Sights Sr reported that Bob Brogy was involved in an on-
  track motorcycle accident that required a day and a half in the hospital.  When coming on the lake
  bed at El Mirage,on the new blacktop road, watch for speed bumps, and remember - the speed
  limit is 25 mph. The BLM will ticket speeders.  Lakebed repair date is July 9. Meet at George
  Calloway's at 8 am. Bring plenty of water and something to eat. All club members need a CB to
  communicate with Lonnie Martin.  The Patrol Meeting will be held before the Driver's Meeting
  at 7 am on the day of the time trials.  Patrols must sign in prior to the meeting.  Contact George
  Vose for a Gear Grinder loaner CB.  All patrols must stop by George Vose's Truck (The Mother
  Ship) for fire bottles and small tool boxes before attending the patrol meeting.  Let George Vose
  know who is standing your patrol if you swap. Call George Vose 760-868-9101 home number.
  Date selected for the next year's Awards Banquet was 3/11/06 at Joe's Garage
*2005 Stacker 2® World of Outlaws Late Model Series Schedule: (Doc Lehman)                                             
  6/17-18 “The Masters”/Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, WI                             
  6/27 Ransomville Speedway, Ransomville, NY                     
  6/28 Fulton Speedway, Fulton, NY                              
  6/30 Bridgeport Speedway, Bridgeport, NJ        
*Dry Lakes HofF Inductees are at: http://www.oilstick.com/rparks/blltnbrd/gasuphofame0567.htm   
*June 5, Graham Rahal won the Formula Atlantic SCCA National race last Sunday at the Mid-
  Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.  Rahal won the post and then led all 20 laps to beat
  40 other racers.  (Linda K. Mansfield)          
*SCTA/BNI 57th Annual Speed Week, August 13-19 (Vehicle Inspections begin on Aug 12) 
*SCTA/BNI World Finals October 12-15 (Vehicle Inspections begin on Oct 11)
*SCTA El Mirage Dry Lakes (Southern California) Timing Trials schedule: 
  July 17, September 11, October 23, November 12-13.
*NHRA Street Legal sanctioned drag racing every Thursday night at Irwindale Speedway,
  January to November.  See www.Irwindalespeedway.com for Summit schedule and Junior
  Dragster program.  (Doug Stokes) 
*2005 Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, CA schedule of upcoming races.  For more information on
  the 2005 Perris Auto Speedway schedule, please call (951) 940-0134.  (Scott Daloisio)
  June 18, PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, Extreme Trucks & SUV/Hornets/Cruisers
  June 25, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
*2005 California Dragway schedule at the dragstrip, California Speedway, Fontana, CA. 
  Contact Dave Danish at 909-429-5060 or go online at www.Californiaspeedway.com.  All
  dates and times are subject to change:  June 18, Noon, Street legals  June 25-26,
8am, Summit Series Team #5 & #6, SCEDA
*Irwindale Speedway programs, see www.Irwindalespeedway.com for schedules and updates.
  2005 Irwindale oval track racing schedule:  Gates open 4:30, races start at 6pm.
  June 18  NASCAR Elite Division South West Tour, Grand American Modifieds, Late Models,
            West Coast Pro Trucks, Legend Cars,
  June 25  Super Late Models, Super Stocks, West Coast Pro Trucks, Dodge Super Trucks,
            Pick Your Part Figure 8s, Ford Focus Midgets.
  July 2  NASCAR Fireworks Night, Super Stocks, Late Models, Mini Stocks, Pick Your Part
            Figure 8s.
*July 17, Irwindale Dragstrip NHRA Summit Series; Gates open 9AM, time trials 10AM (3
  timed runs - time permitting - run cards will be used), eliminations 1PM, track closes 6PM. Entry
  fee is $45 for each division entered and the purse structure will be prorated based on the number
  of entries in each class.  Those racing for TIME ONLY will be available at these events for $20
  and all spectators are $10 each.  Each divisional champion will receive a track champion's trophy
  and a champion's gold card (good for a free entry at any 2006 season Dragstrip event) at the
  Irwindale Speedway annual awards banquet.  Each champion will also be invited to represent
  Irwindale at the Summit Finals drag racing event in the fall. SUPER PRO (electronics allowed 6 -
  7.99 et), PRO (8 and slower), SPORTSMAN (8.59 and slower), and MOTORCYCLES (6
  and slower).    (Bob Klein and Doug Stokes)
*Irwindale Speedway offers Thursday night drag racing.  Pro's and street legal racing welcome. 
  1/8 mile track.  Entrance fee $20. Spectators are $10.   See Dragstrip track manager Bob Klein
  626-358-1100 x 211.  (Doug Stokes)
*August 7 Irwindale Speedway NHRA JUNIOR DRAGSTERS.   Three events are scheduled.  
  NHRA Junior Drag Racing classes will be offered with the track gates opening at 9AM, time
  trials 10AM, and eliminations beginning at 1PM.  The races will be held on three Sundays:
  drivers will get three practice runs and trophies will be awarded as per the guidelines in the
  NHRA rulebook.  Entries will be $50 per car.  Spectators and Crew members are $20 each
  and kids under 12 admitted free.  Run under NHRA rulebook.  (Doug Stokes)
*2005 ASA Speed Truck Challenge Schedule   
  June 18, Mesa Marin Raceway, Bakersfield, CA             Broadcast Sept 24, 8PM PST   
  July 2 Orange Show Speedway, San Bernardino, CA      Broadcast Oct 8, 8PM PST   
*2005 Southern California Top Comp Schedule:   (From Gregg Suyenaga)
  Race 5 August 20 Fontana Mike's Transmission
  Race 6 August 21 Fontana Mike's Transmission
*2005 Goodguys Schedule of Events.  See www.goodguys.com or call 925-838-9876:
  July 1-3, 14th Annual Heartland Nationals, Des Moines, IA
  July 8-10, 8th Annual Goodguys PPG Nationals, Columbus, OH
  July 15-17, 18th Annual Pacific Northwest Nationals, Puyallup, WA
*Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum Reunions.  Call 909-622-8562
  June 17-1, Holley National Hot Rod Reunion, Beech Bend Park, Bowling Green, KY
  Sept 30-Oct 2, Automobile Club of Southern California, California Hot Rod Reunion, Famoso
        Raceway, Bakersfield, CA
*2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule.
  June 16-19, 36th Annual K&N Filters Supernationals, Englishtown, NJ
  June 24-26, 9th Annual Sears Craftsman Nationals, Madison, ILL
*2005 King of Indiana Sprint Series Schedule: For info call Mike O’Leary 812-825-9614 or
   moleary@bluemarble.net   KISS is at www.kissracing.com and www.Elliottbrand.com.
  June 25, Paragon Speedway
  July 2, Terre Haute Action Track
*2005 Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour www.hotrod.com/powertour.
  June 7-Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville, Tennessee
  June 8-Birmingham Race Course, Birmingham, Alabama
  June 9-North Florida Fairgrounds, Tallahassee, Florida
  June 10-Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, Florida
*SEMA Club Newsletter is at www.semasan.com
  June 17, Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Model T Club Car Show   253/922-6804
  June 17-19, Warrens, WIS, The Wizards of Rods 24th Annual Fun Run   608/388-5582
  June 17-19, St. Paul, MN, 32nd Annual Back to the 50¹s Weekend  651/641-1992
  June 17-19, 3rd Annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion Bowling Green, KY
  June 17-19, Medford, OR, Medford Cruise 2005     541/648-8527
  June 19, Cazenovia, NY, Eurocar 05  315/342-3234 
  June 19, Holliston, MA, Father's Day - Celebrate It Your Way  civilizeds@aol.com
  June 22-24, Carlisle, PA, Carlisle All GM Nationals   717/243-7855
  June 23-26, Fryeburg, ME, 20th Annual Rod Run  207/346-6611
  June 25, Rancho Cordova, CA, Mopar Day at the Park XII  www.capitalcitymopars.com
  June 25, Hershey, PA, Tenth Annual Expo Car Show   717/566-7100
  June 25, Trexlertown, PA, 12th Annual Classy Cruisers Club Show   610/758-9111
  June 25-26, North East, MD, 18th Annual Mid-Atlantic Chevelle Show  301/464-7618
  June 26, Bridgewater, CONN, Antique and Classic Auto Show  203/775-4719
  June 26, Hammonton, NJ, Cruisin Classics 19th Annual Auto Show  www.cruisinclassics.net
  June 26, Liverpool, NY, Annual Car Show and Swap Meet www.cnystreetrods.org
  June 26, Woodlawn, NY, Motoring For Mercy Flight Car Show www.southerntierautobuffs.com
  July 1-3, Fontana, CA, SAAC-30, Shelby American Automobile Club  www.saac.com
  July 1-3, Des Moines, IA, 14th Heartland Nationals  www.good-guys.com or 925/838-9876
  July 2, Grafton, WIS, 15th Rods-n-Relics Car Show www.rodsnrelics.org or 262/242-3834
*Mid-Atlantic Championship Series (MACS) 2005 racing schedule:                
  June 24, Lernerville Speedway, 50 laps                
  June 25, Hesston Speedway, 50 laps        
  July 2-3 Portsmouth Raceway Park, 50 laps     
  Raindate Oct 21-23 See macs1@verizon.net and  http://www.macsracing.com  (Andy Geesey)  
*2005 Crown Royal IROC Series schedule:
  Sept 9, Richmond International Raceway
  Oct 29, Atlanta Motor Speedway
*2005 Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series schedule (Linda K. Mansfield)
  June 29-30, Daytona International Speedway, 250 miles
  July 29-31, Barber Motorsports Park, 400 Km
*2005 Nextel Cup Series schedule (NASCAR):
  June 19, Michigan International Speedway
  June 26, Infineon Raceway
*The John Force Cruise Night is held on the last Wednesday of each month from 5-8 P.M. at
  the shop in Yorba Linda, CA 92887.  Contact Craig Hoelzel for details about vendor space, how
  to show your car, or for directions.  Craig is at craig@johnforceracing.com  While you are there,
  check out the Force Racestation gift shop next door.  It is a fascinating store filled with all sorts
  of collectibles, including broken parts from John's Funny Cars, autographed by the 13 time NHRA
  Funny Car Champion himself.  You'll find artwork, paintings, photographs, hats, jackets, apparel,
  pins, die cast cars, souvenirs and just about anything that you could want.  If Force is in town and
  not on the race car circuit, he will be glad to sign your collectible.  See hundreds of hot rods and
  vintage cars, rock to the music of the '50's, purchase some delicious food, and meet your fellow
  hot rodders.  Celebrity racers and hot rodders are known to show up for this one of a kind hot
  rod cruise night at the legendary John Force Racestation.
*The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum's schedule of events:
  June 17-19, Holley National Hot Rod Reunion, Beech Bend Park, Bowling Green, Kentucky.
  June 18-20, L.A. Roadster Show.
  July 6, Twilight Cruise Night 4:30-8pm.  Top four cars will appear on Nov 14 parade.
  August 3, Twilight Cruise Night 4:30-8pm.  Top four cars will appear on Nov 14 parade.
  Sept 7, Twilight Cruise Night 4:30-8pm.  Top four cars will appear on Nov 14 parade.
  Sept 10-26, Los Angeles County Fair.  Special admission price of only $1.
  Sept 30-Oct 2, California Hot Rod Reunion, Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, California 
  Oct 5, Twilight Cruise Night 4:30-8pm.  Top four cars will appear on Nov 14 parade.
  Nov 2, Twilight Cruise Night 4:30-8pm.  Top four cars will appear on Nov 14 parade. 
  Nov 11, Night of Champions, FREE admission from 6:30-10pm.
  Nov 13, Street Rod Parade, at Pomona Raceway, 9-9:30am.
  Dec 7, Twilight Cruise Night 4:30-8pm.  Annual Holiday toy drive.
*AutoStar Productions, 1226 Pike Street SW, PO Box 310, Etna, Ohio 43018, 740-964-2350
  Roger Gustin, President/Owner,  roger@superchevyshow.com,
  G. Susan Gustin, Exec VP,  susan@superchevyshow.com,
  Rose Guagliardo, Event Dir, rose@superchevyshow.com,
  Greg Baumer, Sales/Ad Mgr, greg@superchevyshow.com,
  Hank Schmitt, Ad/Media Relations, hank@superchevyshow.com,
  Paul Meikle, Controller, paul@superchevyshow.com,
  Sandra Hanna, Executive Assistant,  sandy@superchevyshow.com,
*AutoZone Super Chevy Show Tour XXV (AutoStar Productions) 2005 SCHEDULE
  June 24-25-26   SBR Bristol Dragway T  Bristol, TN
  July 14-15-16-17   SBR Indianapolis Raceway Park Indianapolis, IN 

*June 17, Skyline Speedway, Stewart, Ohio, 740-989-0567, www.skylinespeedway.com, Late

   Model Special, VINTAGE RACE CARS, DOUBLE POINTS, All Classes.   (Dustin Jarrett)
*June 24, Skyline Speedway, Stewart, Ohio, 740-989-0567, www.skylinespeedway.com,
   Regular Show, AUTOGRAPH NIGHT, All Classes.      (Dustin Jarrett)
*July 1, Skyline Speedway, Stewart, Ohio, 740-989-0567, www.skylinespeedway.com, AMRA
   Modified Special, "Road Warrior Tour, Triple Crown Challenge." All Classes.   (Dustin Jarrett)
   "POWDER PUFF," 4-Cyl and Pure Stocks ONLY.  All Classes.  (Dustin Jarrett)
*Dirt Nation Radio show, Monday nights 8-10 P.M. at  www.racetalklive.com. June 20, guests
  are "Young Guns 6"  (Doc Lehman)
*Special Reunions and events during the year: 
  Walt and Dottie James' CRA Reunion in January
  Hila Sweet's Car Racers Reunion in April
  Boat Racers Reunion in June       
  Gold Coast Club's Gas-Up Party and Dry Lakes Hall of Fame in September
  Wally Parks' NHRA Motorsports Museum's California Hot Rod Reunion in October
  Don Weaver's Legends of Ascot Reunion in October
*2005 Schedule for the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
  June10, GlobePC.com SHOW ‘N’ GO FRIDAYS race No. 2 -- 6 p.m.-midnight.           
        11, Meadow Gold NHRA Jr. Dragster Series  points race No. 8 -- 8 a.m.-1 p.m.                
        11, Jerry’s Nugget Drag Racing Series points race #8, LV Corvette Club, 5pm–midnight.
        11, NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION – Bigfoot vs. Snakebite, Jet Cars, fireworks – 8-10pm.
        17, Test ‘n’ Tune – 6-10 p.m.
        17, BFGoodrich Midnight Mayhem No. 8 – Summer kickoff cruise night -- 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
        23, Thursday Night Street Wars No. 5 – street-legal grudge drags – 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
        24, PSCA Calvert Racing Summer Nationals qualifying (www.pscaracing.com) 5pm-1am.
        25, PSCA Calvert Racing Summer Nationals eliminations – 5 p.m.-midnight.
*Leroy Neumeyer is in the hospital.  If you would like to write a note to cheer him up you can
  reach him at: PO Box 275, Pinedale, Wyoming  82941  (Bobby Sykes)
*The RACING SCENE - By Tim Kennedy.  A surprising announcement on Wednesday, June 8
  at Buck Owens Crystal Palace in Bakersfield shocked the racing world. Mesa Marin Raceway
  vice-president Larry Collins addressed about 100 attendees at a media luncheon and told them
  the 2005 season will be the final season for the 28-year old paved, half-mile banked oval. The
  28th annual October Classic will be the last event at the Kern County track. Marion Collins, the
  68-year old patriarch of the Collins clan built, owned and operated the track in northeast Baker-
  sfield from day one in 1977. It was a labor of love for Marion, his wife Shirley and their sons. In
  his remarks, Larry said the family never solicited offers for their property, but they had received
  numerous offers over the past 18-months. The Collins' realized Marion and Shirley needed to
  slow their pace and enjoy life without the pressures of operating Mesa Marin. Marion is a hands-
  on owner the way track builder/owner/operator Earl Baltes, 84, was through 2004 at his Eldora
  Speedway in Rossburg, OH. The Collins family realized that if Mesa Marin was operating Marion
  and Shirley would be involved actively. Reportedly, land near the track is selling for $100,000 an
  acre, so the sale of 40 acres could be worth $4 million. The reported assessed value was $1.9
  million for 2004-05. More than 3,400 homes are already planned in the rolling hills north and south
  of the track. With the sale of 40 acres the northeast area likely will have an additional 5000 homes
  and condos in coming years. A lucrative offer for their property came to them from a housing
  developer and the Collins family decided the time was right to retire. They collectively made a
  business decision to sell 40 of their 56 acres, including the race track land. The Collins family will
  keep the land beyond the backstretch where racing shops are located. Home building in the area
  has encroached on the Mesa Marin property for years and resultant complaints about track noise
  have resulted in friction. City Hall politicians had to listen to voters and the track's conditional use
  permit was not guaranteed. It seemed like legal battles and efforts to reduce noise would be
  necessary to keep the track operating indefinitely and it could be a losing battle with so much
  residential housing coming into the area.  The decision to close Mesa Marin was a tough one to
  make because it affected many people. Fans, racers, track staff (15 full-time and 80 to 120 part-
  timers on race day), racing-related firms and businesses, such as driver Dan Holtz' race driving
  school at Mesa Marin, are affected by the loss.
*1929-2003, Pete Millar was a great drag racer, brilliant cartoonist and a best of friends to those
  who knew him. We lost Pete on February 28, 2003 but his work lives on. His loving wife Orah
  Mae and daughter, Robin will continue to offer the works available on this site and more "neat
  stuff" Pete did that was previously unavailable.  WWW.LAFFYERASPHALT.COM
*Irwindale Speedway results, June 11, 2005.  Justice Brothers Pure Stocks-Jimmy Rouse, John
  Mattie, Mark Whitson, Michelle Rouse, Peter Bryk.  Mini Stocks-1st main: Kevin Bernhardt,
  Steve Rogers, Eric Reed, Bob Reed, Tom Dye. 2nd Main: Bernhardt, B. Reed, S. Rogers, E.
  Reed, Ross.  Dodge Super Trucks-1st Main: Ron Peterson, Pat Mintey, Jr, Cory Fancy, Eric
  Hardin, Dana Higgins. 2nd Main: Peterson,    Fancy, Mintey, Hardin, Kondziela.  Lucas Oil Super
  Late Models-1st Main: Andrew Phipps, Todd Southwell, Russell White, Mike Price, Rod Johnson.
  2nd Main: Phipps, White, Moore, Johnson, Conaway.  (Doug Stokes and Tim Kennedy)
*This guy was out cruising around with Mike Cook yesterday. Anyone got Speed Channel? If so,
  could you tape? Thanks, Nab http://www.myclassiccar.com/  (Karen Davis)
*Perris Auto Speedway $5 Admission, all tickets this coming Saturday to celebrate PAS 10th
  Anniversary.  All kids 12 and under are free.  Points standings: MC BUILDERS SUPER
  STOCKS-Terry Hershberger-438, Brian Pannone-353, Ed Perry-309, John Caley-309, Ron
  Meyer-295.  RAMONA TIRE STREET STOCKS-Jeremy Queener-289, Kevin Busher-221, Joe
  Shuagis-187, Richard Barr-186, Joe Falduto-179.  RWD EXTREME TRUCKS & SUVS- Art
  Peterson-290, Jeff Dunham-283, Mike Hixson-268, Kenny Mann-261, Virgil Haney-221.
  HORNETS-Tony Thompson-396, Tom Hess-293, Dave Yungen-273, Kris Stauffacher-260,
  Mark Howison-254.  PICK-A-PART CRUISERS-Talkington/Lewis-225, Allen/Ramsey-209,
  Brown/Bates-209, Bundy/Holdridge-196, Fengler/Heaton-191.  www.perrisautospeedway.com
*Arash Markazi is taking a six months leave of absence from Sports Illustrated for treatment of
  Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  http://www.aztexcorp.com/expressionengine/index.php/motorsports
  (Walter Haessner)
*Dirt America Online has been updated with 10 new articles, news stories, photo galleries, New
  Columns By: Doc Lehman, Don Rivers & Paul Pittman  http://www.DirtAmericaOnline.com