News Stories From 2003 - 2005
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Most Rules Remain Unchanged For New Egypt Racers     posted 12.27/05

New Egypt, NJ (December 27, 2005) -- After reviewing the current rule book and vendor contracts, New Egypt Speedway management has made very few changes in existing rules for the 2006 season -- a fact that should please most of the racers who regularly compete at the half-mile dirt tri-oval.

The same tire rules will remain in effect, with American Racer spec tires mandatory in the Modified, Sportsman and Super Stock classes. Hoosier will continue to supply the tires for the SS Sprint division. Both NES spec tire brands can be purchased through Pit Stop Tire Service in Frenchtown, NJ, (908) 996-7288. As has been the case for the past eight years, Pit Stop Tire Service will also have a tire truck at the track on all race nights.

One major change for 2006: the speedway will no longer seal Sportsman or Super Stock engines.

"Motors will be teched at the race track on a random basis,throughout the season," stated promoter Jim Swanson. "And any competitor who is found to be running illegal components during any of these spontaneous tech sessions will be dealt with severely: he or she will lose all points acquired to date for the year, plus any monies won on the night of the infraction. Depending on the
violation, a substantial fine may also be imposed."

All Sportsman and Super Stock motors are required to have a one-inch diameter inspection plug in the oil pan.

Updated 2006 rules for the Super Stock and SS Sprint classes are now available for download on the Driver Standings page of the official track website, www.newegyptspeedway.net. Modified, Sportsman and any procedural rule changes will be updated and released by January 20.

For more information about the 2006 rule book, call the track office at (609) 758-1900 and leave a message. The office will be closed for business until January 11.


ROBERT "HOOP" SCHAIBLE Passes Away   posted 12/24/05

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Sad news from Vault Contributor Clint Bush:


Reading the Express this morning and in the obits was ROBERT "HOOP" SCHAIBLE.   According to the article, Hoop passed away Thursday (Dec 22nd, 2005) in Doylestown.   No services.   Contributions to be sent to The Upper Black Eddy Fire Company

Our Condolences go out to the Family of Hoop Schiable - 3Wide


From Ned Stites III:
I read in the morning paper (The Daily Journal) of the passing of William "Wimpy" Tasnady. He was Al's brother. He came to the gathering at Elmer, NJ sometimes.
  (See story below):

WILLIAM N. 'WIMPY' TASNADY, 74
Retired maintenance mechanic for Casa di Bertacchi

William N. "Wimpy" Tasnady, 74, of Vineland died Saturday evening, Dec. 17, 2005, at Kindred Hospital in Philadelphia.

Born Dec. 9, 1931, in Manville, he was a son of the late Steven and Margaret (Batcho) Tasnady and was a lifetime resident of Vineland. Wimpy was a service manager for several automobile agencies and a maintenance mechanic for several food processing plants in the Vineland area, retiring from Casa di Bertacchi in 1998. He served in the Korean War from 1952 to 1954 as a United States Army corporal, and received the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, a United Nations Service Medal and a National Defense Service Medal. Wimpy's joyful laughter, sense of humor and love for his family always will be missed.

He is survived by nieces and nephews, Claudia Tasnady Federowicz and husband Richard of Flemington, Roger Tasnady and wife Betty of Kenvil, Carolyn Lawrence of Lowell, Mich., Peggy Chambers of Clovis, N.M., Gail Proulx of Pennsylvania, John Tasnady of Netcong, Karen Uhlig and husband Dave of Centreville, Ohio, Robert Tasnady and wife Ina of Hampton, Va., Virginia Pickering and husband Terry of Flemington, and Kami Tasnady of Winston-Salem N.C.; a stepsister, Dora Mock of Flemington; and many grandnieces and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Steven, Joseph, Edward, John and Alex; a niece, Adrienne Tasnady; and a stepbrother, Daniel Chonko.

Private graveside services will take place at the convenience of the family at Keokee Chapel Cemetery in Paradise Valley, Pa., where he will be buried with his brother, Alex.   Arrangements are under the direction of William H. Clark Funeral Home, 1003 Main St., Stroudsburg, Pa.  Condolences may be sent to www.wmhclarkfuneralhome.com.

Our condolences to the Tasnady Family.


Muti Championship Owner A.T. Consoli Passes
from Mike Schaub: 

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On Dec 8th, 2005, A.T. Consoli passed away in the Reading Hospital shortly after being admitted. He over saw the operation of car #54 through the flathead and modified years. He won four track championships at Reading in 1966 & 1967 (Friday) with 'Toby" Tobias and, 1969 (Friday & Sunday) & 1970 (Friday) with Bobby Gerhart. A.T. Consoli was the only owner to have 5 Point Championships at Reading. Other drivers that drove the "Car 54 Where Are You" were, Hal Reifinger, Gary Wolford, Jan Opperman, Shorty Kerschner and others. The number 54 was competitive at dirt tracks throughout the East Coast

He is survived by a daughter, Janel, two sons, A.T. Jr. and James. He is also survived by two sisters.

Friends may call on Monday from 7 to 9 pm in the Kuhn Funeral Home, West Reading. Contributions can be made to:

St Margarets RCC
925 Centre Ave
Reading, Pa.
19601

or

Gethsemane Cemetery
3139 Kutztown Rd.
Reading, Pa.
19605

Our condolences go out to the Consoli Family.


Teo Fabrication Seminar Session Educates Hundreds (posted 12/4/05)

VERNON, NJ (December 2, 2005) -- Bobby Hearn’s Teo Fabrications, the innovators of the most dominating chassis on the dirt modified circuit, with just
under 600 victories during the 2005 racing season. Who in the racing world wouldn’t be interested in gaining a little bit of the knowledge that they’ve
acquired in almost thirty years of action? On Saturday, January 21, owners, drivers, and crew chiefs will have the opportunity to gain the winning edge
over the competition, as Teo Fabrications hosts “Get Smart… Get Quick: An Advanced Chassis Seminar.”

The seminar starts off early at the Vernon, NJ home of Teo Fabrications, where participants are invited to browse around the fabrication shop, exploring
the various parts and products offered by Teo Fabrications; and where they are created. The assembly then moves to the luxurious Minerals Spa and Resort, where racers of all levels will gain education in an array of motorsports applications. Including:

  • Chassis Set-up live with Bobby and Brett Hearn, Shock Selection and Adjustment presented by Bilstein Racing Shocks, Tire Preparation and
    Technique with Jay Castimore, Brake Adjustment and Maintenance presented by Wilwood Brakes, Marketing and Sponsorship, and a special Question and Answer Round Table with Dirt Racing’s Top Stars!

“This gives us an added opportunity to ‘give back’ to our customers,” Teo’s Bobby Hearn said. “We can help teach them some of the things we have
learned, not just in the past season but in the thirty years we have been doing this.” “Racers rarely get in a situation where they can have a lengthy in-person
discussion with their chassis builder – This not only gives racers the opportunity to do that, but to also pick the brain of some of our drivers.”

On hand to display the hottest new products and answer any and all questions presented to them will be representatives from Bilstein Racing Shocks,
Kirkey Racing Seats, Art’s Radiator, Wilwood Brakes, Winters Performance Products, The Joie of Seating and JD3Graphics.

In 2005, over 250 racers took part in the first annual seminar. Among them was Mike Colsten who took home the 2005 Teo Stage 2 Frame – Participants will once again be able to participate in a drawing for various door prizes including a 2006 Teo Stage 3 Frame – the same adjustable torsion rack car that has been the buzz of the industry. Almost half of the seminar has been filled already and the other half is filling up quickly!

For more information on “Get Smart… Get Quick: An Advanced Chassis Seminar” is available by contact Teo Fabrications at 973-764-5500 or on the web at
www.teopro.com  for a downloadable form that you can fax to 97-764-5510


$1000-to-win Weekly Sportsman Event Highlights 2006 Action at Bridgeport (posted 11/23/05)

BRIDGEPORT, NJ (November 24, 2005) - Hot off the heels of a successful season at the Bridgeport Speedway, officials took the time over the Turkey Chase weekend to discuss and go over the 2006 rules and scheduling package. The current package not only introduced a new 358 Spec Small Block motor but bolstered the division with the opportunity to almost quadruple the current payout.

"We are very excited about the things that are going to happen next year at Bridgeport," Promoter Dave Adams stated early Wednesday morning. "We are
taking a huge step in the right direction when it comes to cost vs. payout in certain divisions - while still maintaining the high level of competition and 'top notch' modified action in our premier Big Block Modified class ."

The 358 Spec Small Block (nicknamed "Crate 2"), which was tested in an actual racing environment last year, will see solo action; co-headlining Friday Night competition with the Limited Sprint Car Division (formerly the Jasper Sprint Cars). The 600cc Micro Sprints along with the 270cc Micro Sprints and 4-Cylinder Stock Cars will seek action on the 1/4 mile speedway from April 14th to September 1st, whereas Friday Night action on the 5/8 mile speedway will take place from May 26th to September 1st. The Champions in all Friday Night Divisions will be crowned on September 1st.

The 358 Spec Small Block boasts a $5,500 motor and options to increase performance include an open carburetor, open shock package, aluminum wheels and a 2400 lbs. weight minimum - while a $1,200 winners share will entice competitors to participate in the newly created division.

In Saturday Night action, a substantial Small Block Modified bonus will be awarded to the highest finishing Small Block in each Big Block Modified feature event. The GM Crate Sportsman will make the move to Saturday Night and the Outlaw Stocks will remain in their current time slot.

The most significant change will be to the current Sportsman division. Re-dubbed "358 Small Blocks," competitors in the Friday Night Spec Small block class will be given the opportunity to compete against the current Sportsman on Saturday -- while both classes maintain their normal rules packages. In an added twist, events in the newly re-named "358 Small Blocks" will see the winner's portion boosted to $1000 - making it the highest paying Sportsman win in the area.

"We want to give these guys the opportunity to race for some decent money," Track Owner Jay James stated. "The guys purchasing our 358 Crate 2 Small Block will be given the opportunity to race for $2200 over the course of a weekend, without making the unnecessary tire, wheel, shock and carburetor changes - and at the same time, those that were our Sportsman competitors will receive a 25% winners payout increase."

Bridgeport fully supports the investigation of decreasing cost in the racing community; however we have made a promise to our fans to maintain a superior level in the Big Block Modified division.

"We want to keep our Modifieds in the top level of competition without hindering speed," Track Owner Jay James explained. "The idea to keep costs down has been the primary concern for us since we started here, which is why we've looked to economical motors to do that, but the costs necessary to reduce the weight of a Big Block Modified are un-reachable to many low budget teams - and the thought of adding weight to the open Big Block Motors is detrimental to the speed that attracts fans to the Bridgeport Speedway."

Similar to 2005, various touring series' including the URC Sprint Cars will be brought in to highlight 2006 racing activities.

For more information pertaining the 358 Spec Small Block motor please contact the Speedway Office at 856-467-4408, rules packages for all divisions will be available online at www.thenewbridgeportspeedway.com in the upcoming weeks.

Friday Night Events
5/8 Mile Speedway in operation from May to September
$1200-to-win 358 Spec Small Block
Limited Sprint Cars

1/4 Mile Speedway in operation from April to September
600cc Micro Sprints
270cc Micro Sprints
4-Cylinder Stock Cars

Saturday Night Events
Big Block Modifieds including a Small Block Modfied Bonus
$1000-to-win 358 Small Blocks (Spec Small Block/Sportsman)
GM Crate Sportsman
Outlaw Stocks

Website:
www.thenewbridgeportspeedway.com


New Egypt Stars Celebrate on $54,500+ Night   posted 11/6/05

New Egypt, NJ (November 5, 2005) -- New Egypt Speedway racers celebrated the end of the 2005 season in high style on Saturday night, with $54,500 in point fund awards being distributed during the track's gala annual banquet, "Evening with the Stars," at the fabulous Bally's Park Place Casino in Atlantic City.

Thirty-eight drivers in five divisions shared the all-cash point awards and the night's honors. Modified champion Frank Cozze of Wind Gap, PA -- who hightailed it to the awards ceremony after finishing sixth at the Syracuse mile earlier in the day -- was the top honoree: Cozze's consistent string of 21 top 10 finishes in 23 starts won him the $10,000 point fund bonanza and his second New Egypt track title in the past three years. Young Rich Rutski of Somerville, NJ, claimed the $3,000 Sportsman division title, his first at New Egypt. Wall, NJ's Rob Ormsbee repeated in the Super Stock ranks, taking the $1,500 championship for the second year in a row. Also claiming back-to-back titles was Art Liedl Jr. of Flemington, NJ, in the Haldeman Ford DIRT SS Sprint division, while Randy Yaple, Ewing, NJ, topped the Rookie Sportsman Series and collected $750 from sponsors Advantage Financial and Cradle Rock Developers.

In addition to the cash awards, the top guns in all divisions also received trophies courtesy of Sunoco Racing Fuels and championship jackets from American Racer distributor Lias Tire and Hoosier Tire East.

Before a crowd of over 450 celebrants, New Egypt's "dynamic duo" of Nick Leach and Pete Wortman served as black-tie masters of ceremony for the evening, which also honored many drivers in special award categories.

Most Improved Driver Awards went to John Keller (Modified), Fred Dmuchowski Jr. (Sportsman) and Al Boytis (Super Stock). Drivers Sam Martz (Modified), Lou Farina III (Sportsman) and George Quinlan (Super Stock) received Determination Awards for their perseverance throughout the season. Ron John Koczon (Modified), Jeff Geiges (Sportsman) and Spider Ensinger Jr. (Super Stock) were named New Egypt's Stars of Tomorrow in their respective divisions. Best Appearing Car Awards went to Tim Tanner Jr. (Modified), Mike Krachun (Sportsman) and Kevin Bifulco (Super Stock). Super Stock driver Jake Roveda was awarded Best Victory Lane Interview.

For triumphantly battling back after suffering a broken arm in a nasty early-season wreck, 2005 SS Sprint titlist Art Liedl Jr. was presented the track's first-ever Spirit Award. Rich Roveda Jr., crew chief for his brother Jake and key man at the speed shop that produced three of the top 10 Super Stocks, was presented with Mechanic of the Year honors. For his positive attitude and weekly support of the track's fan programs and Kids' Club, Sportsman driver Chad Barney was the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award.

In addition, 47 drivers were presented with Loyalty Awards for perfect attendance in 2005.

Corporate sponsors and others receiving special recognition for their support and involvement in the speedway's continued success were Vespia Tire & Auto Care; Perlmutter Family ShopRite Superstores; Haldeman Ford; Racing Electronics; Advantage Financial; and Cradle Rock Developers.

A New Egypt Speedway Employee Recognition Award, along with an American Racer jacket, was presented to pit steward Clay Butler.

Saturday's banquet concluded all racing activity at the speedway for the season. Earl and Doug Megill will be hosting their annual Fall Racer's Flea Market on the track grounds on Saturday, December 3 from 7:30 am to 2 pm. For more info on the flea market, contact Earl Megill at (732) 681-3776 after 6 pm.

Over the winter months, news will be forthcoming regarding the 2006 schedule for New Egypt Speedway's "big" half mile track, and also the newly added Quarter Midget dirt oval -- Little "E" -- and a yet-to-be constructed one-fifth mile inner track. For all the latest updates, sign up for the track's free "Friends & Family" email news service on the official website:
www.newegyptspeedway.net . For further information, contact the speedway office at (609) 758-1900.


Reading Fairgrounds Racing Historical Society Historian Mike Shaub sends us the following:

Co-Owner of the Kennedy Race Team Brooke Kennedy Passes Away

On Sept 28th Brooke Kennedy, 78, passed away in his residence in Birdsboro, Pa.

Brooke was co-owner of the Kennedy Race Team. Beader Kennedy, Glenn Fitzcharles and Sammy Beavers are just a few of the drivers that raced for the Kennedy Race Team. The #98 and #56, participated at tracks throughout, PA, NJ & NY from 1965 to 1977.

The viewing will be held on Sunday, Oct 2nd from 6:00-7:30 pm in the funeral home.   Services will be held on Monday Oct 3rd at 11:00am in the Dengler Funeral Home in Birdsboro, Pa. Internment will be in the Birdsboro Cemetery, Union Township.


Al Alston Passes    posted 09/27

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Many will remember Mr. Alston in the stands many years ago, encouraging young Warren to pursue his dream of being a Flagman. 

Services were held on Sept. 28, 2005 at Huber-Moore Funeral Home in Bordentown, NJ.

Our condolences go out to the family of Warren Alston on the passing of his father Al.


Race Car Owner Walter "Pete" Clark Passes    posted 09/06

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The #026 above driven by Jackie McLaughlin was one of many cars sponsored by Pete Clark.  (Above photo by Bob Sweeten - Provided By Ralph Richards)

Walter “Pete” Clark, 86 years, of Glassboro, N.J., died on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005 in the SJ Hospital System-Elmer Division.  Pete sponsored many cars including the #026 pictured above from the 50's with Jackie McLaughlin behind the wheel, the #026 driven in the 80's and 90's by Newt Hartman, and many others.

We thank Ralph Richards for making us aware of Pete's passing.  For more information, and for arrangements, please click the link below: 
http://www.legacy.com/GLOUCESTER/LegacySubPage2.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonId=15016837
Our Condolences go out to the Clark Family.


..from Ralph Richards:
Racer Bill Thomas Passes    posted 08/05

It is with sadness that I must inform you that a Pitman Centennial Alcyon Speedway Reunion attendee has passed away. Pitman resident, Bill Thomas, who raced from the late 1940's into the mid 1950's, passed away earlier this weekend.

Bill's family is having a private memorial service at the Gloucester County Veteran's Cemetery. Those desiring may make a contribution in his name to the Trinty Episcopal Old SwedesChurch, 1208 Kings Highway,
Swedesboro, NJ 08085.

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40's & 50's Driver Bill Thomas


 Run-Rite® Sponsors Danica Patrick 

SAYLORSBURG, PA – APRIL 1, 2005 - C.A.T. Products, Inc. (RUN-RITE®) is proud to announce its sponsorship of IndyCar® driver Danica Patrick as the featured part of its 2005 "Driving Business To YOU!" advertising campaign.

As a leader in the professionally installed, automotive preventative maintenance industry, RUN-RITE® recognizes the need to create greater consumer awareness of the need for regular fuel system cleaning. "By utilizing Danica’s world-wide exposure as an up-and-coming driver in the IRL, we hope to create more consumer interest in fuel system cleaning and greater awareness of the RUN-RITE® brand," said Gilead D. Stallard, president and chairman or C.A.T. Products, Inc. "Danica is a remarkable driver with amazing composure and unmatched determination to be the best. We couldn’t be prouder to have her as our 2005 spokesperson."

For more information call 1-800-872-8921 or send email to Info@Run-Rite.com

About Danica Patrick:

This attractive 5-foot-2, 100-pound woman, battles in a man's world with amazing success, and shows the determination to become one of the nation's brightest sports stars. Considered by many as the first female driver capable of winning the Indy500, Danica is one of the nation's best young auto racers, and currently drives the #16 car for Rahal-Letterman Racing in the IndyCar® Racing League (IRL). She also hosts SpikeTV’s "Power Block" which airs on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings.

Brief summary of racing accomplishments:

  • Finished third in the 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship, the highest finish by a female driver in the series history. Posted 10 top-five results and three podium finishes in 12 starts. She finished second in Round 4 at Portland and claimed third place results in Round 2 at Monterrey, Mexico and Round 6 at Cleveland.
  • Became the first female driver to lead an open-wheel championship when she took the points lead of the Toyota Atlantic Championship after Round 4 of the 2004 season.
  • Captured the pole position for Round 5 of the 2004 Atlantic Championship. She is the first female to capture the pole position for an Atlantic race.
  • She became the first female to claim a podium finish in the 30-year history of the Atlantic Series with her third place finish in the 2003 season opener at Monterrey, Mexico.
  • Finished second at the Formula Ford Festival in England, the highest ever finish for an American in the event.
  • Won the 2002 Long Beach Grand Prix Pro/Celebrity event in the pro division, topping four-time Trans Am champion Tommy Kendall and former IRL driver Sarah Fisher.
  • Three time national karting champion and ten time Great Lakes/Midwest regional karting champion.

For more information about Danica Patrick, contact O. Lynn Roach, Jr. at (703) 648-1717.

 About C.A.T. Products, Inc. (RUN-RITE®):

Founded in 1994, RUN-RITE® is a leading provider of professional automotive preventative maintenance products. They provide specialty cleaners, treatments, lubricants and equipment to the professionally installed automotive service and quick-lube markets. Their complete "Vital Signs™" program encourages maintenance of the following key automotive components: the Fuel System, Transmission, Engine, Cooling System, Power Steering System and Brakes.

In addition to industry-leading chemistry, RUN-RITE® provides its customers with excellent customer support, onsite training, certification programs, and hi-impact sales material - including a new interactive waiting room DVD.

For more information about RUN-RITE call 1-800-872-8921 or visit www.Run-Rite.com


Dover Track Builder, Car Owner Melvin Joseph Passes Away
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Vince Conrad at the wheel of a Melvin Joseph owned Sportsman at Old Bridge, NJ.

As reported by the Courier-Post Friday April 8th, 2005:

Dover Downs Track Builder Dies

Melvin Joseph, who was instrumental in building the dual purpose Dover (Del) Downs facility, including the high-banked one-mile oval, died Wednesday at age 83 after a brief illness.

The Georgetown, Del., native oversaw construction during the late 1960's of the auto racing facility and the 5/8 mile horse track.

Joseph has been a constant fixture at Dover International Speedway events, giving drivers the command to start their engines at every NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race since 1969.

At the time of his death, Joseph served on the board of directors for Dover Motorsports Inc., as vice president and director of Auto Racing for Dover International Speedway.   He also served on the board of Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc., Joseph was originally appointed to the board of what was then Dover Downs, Inc. in 1969.

"Over the years Melvin contributed a great deal to our organization", said Denis McGlynn, CEO and president of Dover Motorsports, Inc. and Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc.  "We are grateful for his willingness to share his knowledge on our behalf, and for his lifelong dedication to our efforts.  He was a most valuable contributor to our success."

Eleven years ago, Joseph, who was owner of Melvin Joseph Construction, oversaw the complicated repaving project at Dover that transformed the asphalt into the current concrete surface.


The following information is provided by Russ Dodge: 

Melvin Joseph fielded cars as far back as the Beach Days at Daytona. His cars were always a force with great drivers like Joe Weatherly, Fonty Flock, and Banjo Mathews, to name a few. In the later 50's Ken Marriott and Reds Kagle drove fairly steady for Melvin.

The picture above shows Vince Conrad at the wheel of a Melvin Joseph Sportsman at Old Bridge. (White car with Red trim).

Joseph's engine builder Bob Wallace from Baltimore, who Melvin would always call Robert, told me how in the Daytona Modified race they had Banjo Mathews destroying the field and the engine came up "lame".  When they were ready to head South with the race car they needed a battery. Melvin had one he carried in his car to be used in equipment on his construction sites, if needed in emergency. He made them use it because it was his "lucky" battery! During the race the pole/terminal broke loose from vibration and caused the car to falter. Not a "lucky" battery after all.

No matter how successful Melvin Joseph became with businesses, he was a "racer" at heart. Thanks, Russ Dodge


Atlantic City Speedway Driver Richard "Job" Adams Passes

2_Adams.jpg (40330 bytes)Richard "Job" Adams, 54 of Egg Harbor Township passed away on April 5th.   Job built and drove his #2 coupe at Atlantic City Speedway in the 70s.  He also was a model stock car builder, many of which he proudly displayed at the track.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3pm on April 9th at the Adams and Perfect Funeral Home, 1650 New Road, Northfield, NJ.
(Information provided by Tom Flanagan - www.atlanticcityspeedway.com )

 

 

 

 


Website Welcomes B&B Machine as Newest Sponsor

3 Wide’s Picture Vault (www.3widespicturevault.com ) would like to welcome B&B Machine Shop, Inc., of Toms River, NJ as their newest sponsor.

Barry Hulse is the owner of B&B Machine, and is a former competitor of the Sportsman division at Wall Stadium (1979 through 1983). Barry also ran with the NASCAR Modifieds on the asphalt of New Egypt Speedway and was Wall Stadium's Chief Technical Inspector from 1985 through the 1990 season.

As owner of B&B Machine Shop, Inc, Barry also built numerous winning race engines for the old Street Stocks and MADS in the early 1990's.

Barry is a frequent contributor to the website and describes himself as excited and proud in becoming the site’s newest sponsor.

"3 Wide’s Picture Vault is performing a wonderful service in preserving and documenting the rich and storied history of short track racing here in the northeast" explained Barry. "I am very pleased to sponsor the site. It is, by far, the best on the web for old time Modified-Sportsman racing!"

Barry describes B&B Machine Shop as the automotive machine shop that the local auto parts stores all used to have in the back of their store. Everything from complete engine overhauls, flywheel grinding, cutting drums and rotors, cylinder boring, valve jobs and more. Discounted auto parts, hard to find antique engine parts and lots of industrial and tractor parts are all available at the shop.

You can reach Barry at B&B Machine Shop, Inc. at 732-905-9558 for all of your Automotive Machine Shop needs. Mention that you saw B&B’s ad on 3 Wide’s Picture Vault and receive an additional 10% discount off the labor of your first job! (Job parts purchase required for discount.)

B&B Machine Shop, Inc., is located at 2345 Rt.9, Unit 7, 1/4 mile south of the intersection of Rt. 9 and Rt. 70 in Toms River, NJ


Posted 3/19/05
Development Company Target's Registered Wall Twsp. Residents with Mailer Calling for the Closing of Wall Speedway
Click below to open the 6 page mailer that the residents received:
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Click Here for additional information on the campaign to close Wall Stadium

In a related story:
Operations Manager Jeff Gravatt Resigns

From Jeff Gravatt:  "As of today, March 24, I am no longer the operations manager at Wall Speedway.  At this point any future questions or dealings about the track should be directed to the office where Stacey or Fred will handle them."

From the Vault:  Jeff has given a lot to the sport over the years and I'm sure that nobody is more upset with the recent events at Wall than Jeff.  I understand that Jeff has accepted a request by current track ownership to stay involved in a Public Relations capacity, howver, Jeff has a lot of experience in outside sales in the Automotive Industry, along with a good background in public relations.  

  If you or someone you know is in either of those industries and is looking for a great guy to get on board with your team, you can contact us here at the Vault and we'll pass the info on to Jeff.  In addition to securing a new sales and/or public relations position,  we hope Jeff continues his involvement in the sport at a speedway and/or with AARN.  


Posted 3/17/03
Ray Mount, Wall & NES Car Builder/Owner, Passes Away

Ray Mount passed away Tuesday. Ray built and owned a few different cars from Wall and New Egypt in the 70's and 80's that Rick Sendzik and Eddie Geibel drove, and my father (Barry Hulse) and Ray built my #34 Sportsman in his garage.

One of the cars that Ray built and owned was the #68 driven by Eddie Geibel as pictured below:
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For more information, please click below:
http://app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050317/OBITUARIES/503170406/1076

Our condolences go out to the Mount Family.
Information provided by Barry Hulse


Posted 02/23/05
Atlantic City Speedway Car Owner Jim Habermehl Passes

Jim Habermehl passed away on March 10th, 2005. Jim built and owned the #73 modified that Tom McAndrews drove at Atlantic City Speedway.  Jim also drove the #73 at Pleasantville Speedway and recentely helped Tom McAndrews build his newest car (also #73) that was on display at this year's Pumpkin Run held at Fleming's Auto Parts in October 2005.

Jim lived in Farmington and was past chief of the Farmington Fire Department.
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Services for Jim will be on Tuesday evening from 6 to 9pm and Wednesday from 9 to 10am at:

Adams and Perfect Funeral Home
1650 New Road
Northfield, NJ

Jim was a close and dear friend.  I will miss him very much.  (Information and photo provided by Tom Flanagan)


Posted 02/23/05
Atlantic City Speedway Competitor Bud Boekenkamp Passes Away at Age 75

William (Bud) S.Boekenkamp, the third driver of the #65 modified at Pleasantville, passed away on 3-3-05. Bud was 75 yrs old.
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According to www.AtlanticCitySpeedway.com 's host Tom Flanagan, Bud
lived in Egg Harbor Township and drove both modified and late model cars.

Racing Historian Russ Dodge provided the 1970's photo of Bud at the Atlantic City Speedway below.
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Russ added "He wasn't a feature winner but loved to be part of the sport. What most people won't know is that he was a scorer of the races at Vineland speedway along with his sister Joyce (Clark) Thomas."

We will miss you Bud.  Tom Flanagan


Posted 02/23/05
Atlantic City Speedway Competitor Joe Schmutz Passes Away at Age 62

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Joe Schmutz has passed away.  He was 62 years old and was from New Gretna,   where he owned and operated the New Gretna Gulf Station.  Joe drove the #58 car at Atlantic City Speedway.  We will miss you Joe.
(Above information and photo provided by Tom Flanagan  (
www.atlanticcityspeedway.com

Additional Information from South Jersey Dirt Racing posted 2/24/05

SCHMUTZ, JOSEPH, 62 - passed away February 19, 2005. Born in Camden, he lived in Pennsauken before moving to West Creek in 1960 then to New Gretna in 1969. He worked for Hanselman and PHA Inc. on and off for 35 years. Mr. Schmutz also owned and operated Schmutz Gulf Gas Station from 1978 to 2001. Mr. Schmutz is an army veteran. He loved stock car racing, building and driving his own cars at Atlantic City Speedway and Wall Stadium. He leaves behind a wife Barbara and a son Joseph.


A funeral service will be held at Maxwell Funeral Home, 160 Mathistown Rd., Little Egg Harbor, on Thursday at 10 a.m.. Interment to follow at Miller Cemetery, New Gretna. Friends may call at the funeral home, Wednesday, 7-9 p.m. and Thursday morning 9 to 10 a.m. Donations may be made to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, 4500 Adam's Way, Randleman, N.C. 27317, which is a camp for children with life threatening illness


Posted 01/23/05
Flemington Starter Harry Dee Passes Away

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Harry Dee in Victory Lane with Mario Andretti

Sad news has reached us that Flemington Starter Harry Dee passed away on Friday morning, January 21 in a Tampa hospital. His health had been ailing for the past couple of years.  (Additional information can be found on page 5 of the January 25th Area Auto Racing News.)

One of the visitors of our site passed along the following information:  "Harry was a very caring man. He often showed me his scrapbook of his midget racer #25 that Mario Andretti drove. I became very good friends with him, since he lived near me in Piscataway here. Me & my wife spent many Sunday afternoons at his house watching Nascar races & eating his pasta dinners. We spent many February speedweeks staying at his Tampa home. A lot of great memories. Now they have a great flagger up there with all those great drivers."

 

 

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Flemington Starter Harry Dee in Victory Lane with Ken Brenn

We at The Vault send our condolences out to the Dee Family and can only add that Harry will always be in our memories, having been such a big part of our nights at the Speedway.

As the late Bill Singer said so many times each night at Flemington, "Harry Dee looks them them over...."

Harry has a great view now as he takes his place with so many that we will always remember. 

 

 


 

Posted 01/10/05
Race Driver and Flyer Earle Collins Passes Away

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Race driver Earle Collins, (driver of the #62 at many South Jersey Speedways) passed away on Jan 7th at the age of 89. 

Earle is pictured here behind the wheel of his #62 hobby sportsman in this Walt Chernokal photo taken at Pleasantville Speedway in 1958.

Earle passed away on January 7th at the age of 89. Racing Historian Russ Dodge notes that Earle was a flyer and maintained his by-plane at Cape May County Airport up until his death. "Earle invited me down to see his plane several years ago."   Russ also adds, "His cars were alway nicely maintained and sported the Wildwood - by- the - Sea theme. Earle's cars often had wave shapes painted on them to look like the ocean. He owned a fence company and was at the reunion in Elmer... a real nice gentleman."

Our condolences to the Collins family.  (Info provided by Tom Flannagan and Russ Dodge - Photo provided by Russ Dodge - Photo by Walter Chernokal)


Howard Leaves Dover Downs $10,000 Richer at Bridgeport Banquet (posted 1/9/05)

DOVER, DE (January 7, 2006) - Racers from nine divisions celebrated in style
at the luxurious Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, where over 140 awards and
presentations were made in celebration of the 2005 racing season, as Bridgeport Speedway presented "A Night of Champions."

The Keystone Racing #126 team; led by car owner, Glenn Hynemann and driver,
Duane Howard walked away with the bulk portion, collecting a whopping $10,000 in cash awards for the third time in four years - the #126 team, which will dissolve at the end of the season, as Hynemann steps out and Howard heads to the BPG Racing stable of Chad Sinon, ended the season with six wins and 21 top five finishes. Bridgeport Speedway Young Gun, Sean Carman of Stockton, NJ, was set in the spotlight after capturing the Sportsman Championship on the final night of action - the twenty-one year old, Carman, gave much of the credit to his parents, Dean and Nancy for helping him capture his first championship. Pat Conaway dominated the Outlaw Stock division and captured the championship easily after collecting 13 wins, 11 of which came consecutively.

Neshanic Station, NJ's Jimmy Horton headed the Friday Night championship
roster, collecting the Friday Night 358 Modified Championship, and Richie Pratt
Jr. was honored among 358 Modified competitors for leading the DIRT point
standings. Eight feature victories led Eric Kormann of Vineland, NJ, to his
first title in the inaugural season for the GM Crate Sportsman division. Jim
Hughes was the Friday Night 4-Cylinder Stock titlist, Glenn Heverin took home
the 600cc Micro Sprints crown and Jim Wyers captured the 270cc Micro Sprint
championship.

Wyers was a top honoree in 2005, winning the 270cc Micro Sprint and the
Jasper Sprint crowns on back-to-back nights, becoming the first driver to win two titles in two separate divisions in the same season.

In addition to cash awards, drivers in all divisions were presented American
Racer Jackets emblazoned with a 2005 Track Champion icon on behalf of Lias
Tire.

Over 550 celebrants crowded the Rollins Center Ballroom, as Jeff Ahlum, who
was among the honorees, emceed the event with his Friday and Saturday Night
partner 'ODB' Bill Sasser.

Dave Adams, Track Promoter, acknowledged the Speedway's staff, sponsors,
drivers and crews; and gave insight as to what was expected during the 2006
racing season. Adams also noted that Bridgeport will be participating in the
Motorsports 2006 presented by VP Racing Fuels event and Division Rules, Pit
Licenses, Pit Stalls, Season Passes and Crate Motors will be available at the
event - all of which, including the Crate Motors will be available for payment
and pick up at the event.

For more information about all of the events at the Bridgeport Speedway
visit our website at www.thenewbridgeportspeedway.com

Specialty Awards

Friday Night Awards
Hard Luck
4 Cylinder Stocks Dave Damiano
270cc Micro Sprints Mike King
600cc Micro Sprints Robbie Nixon
GM Crate Sportsman Lee Nardelli
358 Modified Tommy Beamer

Star of the Future
4 Cylinder Stocks Brian Crisman
270cc Micro Sprints Jessica Lindmeier
600cc Micro Sprints Robbie Stillwagon
GM Crate Sportsman Chad James
358 Modified Ken Meisner

Most Improved
4 Cylinder Stocks Jim Hughes
270cc Micro Sprints Shaun Ratchford
600cc Micro Sprints Bill Thomas
GM Crate Sportsman Chuck Hopkins
358 Modified Jesse Hill

Best Appearing Car
4 Cylinder Stocks Ian Wray
270cc Micro Sprints Jeff Hartman
600cc Micro Sprints Mark Harkleroad
GM Crate Sportsman Todd Kuhl
358 Modified Jesse Hill

Saturday Night Awards
Hard Charger
Outlaw Stocks Ken Watson
Jasper Sprint Cars Jim Wyers
Sportsman Eric Kormann
Modified Mike Iles

Hard Luck
Outlaw Stocks Terry Griffin
Jasper Sprint Cars Jeff Mueller
Sportsman John Salvatore, Jr.
Modified Don Barone

Most Improved
Outlaw Stocks Jeff Dirkes
Jasper Sprint Cars Mike Piersig
Sportsman Sean Carman
Modified Steve Bottcher

Star of the Future
Outlaw Stocks Gary Klimeczak
Jasper Sprint Tim Iulg
Sportsman Mark Forte Jr.
Modified Tommy Beamer

Best Appearing Car
Outlaw Stocks Bill Miller
Jasper Sprint Cars Mares Stellfox
Sportsman Sean Carman
Modified Rick Laubach

Rookie of the Year
Outlaw Stocks Mike Panza
Jasper Sprint Cars Bill Jackson
Sportsman Jimmy Horton IV
Modified Kevin Hahn

Sportsmanship Award
Outlaw Stocks Joe Trumbetti
Jasper Sprint Cars Joe Thuet
Sportsman Tom Miller
Modified Don Thornton, Steve Durand and Thornton's Gulf #5D

George Wingate Memorial Mike Cassidy

Walt Chernokal Memorial Jeff Ahlum

Bridgeport Appreciation JD3Graphics
Bridgeport Appreciation Cherylann Siple
Bridgeport Appreciation Bob Brown, Sr.


Soil to Be Re-Tested at EWS to Make Way for $600K Homes
Link provided by Jeff Gravatt Provided By Jeff Gravatt - Thanks for keeping us in the loop Jeff)


From Mike Monnat:
Photographer Fred Smith Passes
I don't know it anybody told you guys or not former Shangri-La, Penn-Can, Nazareth, Langhorne, etc, etc. photographer Fred Smith recently passed away at the age of 68 in Windsor, New York.

A lot of Northeast racing people knew Fred as a jovial, fun loving guy who took racing photos. His wife Miriam still has a number of his photo albums from the 50's thru the 80's although most of his racing negatives were sold to John Grady.

Fred was a fun guy and had a lot of fun doing what he did. Just thought you guys might like to know this. Thanks.

Mike Monnat
Gater Racing News


Racing Supporter Barbara Towels Passes
We are all saddened at the news of the passing of Barbara Towels.  Many race fans will remember Barbara and her smile week after week rooting for her favorites at New Egypt Speedway. 
Our condolences go out to husband Harvey and the Towles Family.  Racing has lost one of its best.


Posted 12/30/04

Former Student's Visit Inspires Shop Class
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Posted 12/06/04
JD3Graphics: Your 2005 Design Headquarters

HAMILTON, NJ—Now in its fourth year, JD3Graphics of Hamilton, NJ has successfully established itself as one of the premier design companies in the motorsports industry. JD3Graphics is fully owned and operated by the Dugan family, whose perseverance has expanded the company from a part-time hobby into an all-inclusive graphics provider.


“Here at JD3Graphics, we always strive to provide our customers with the most unique designs. This year we are proud to be able to offer our customers artwork that not only can be applied to their racecars, but also to a number of new products—including t-shirts, autograph cards, and embroidery.” says Jay Dugan, proprietor.


These items will not only complement the customers' existing products, but will make several other options available in order to increase driver recognition, create a unified team identity, and develop a greater sense of professionalism among owners, drivers, and crews.


“We have also recently become a distributor for Awesome Racewear. Their race suits and uniforms are available with many options and a variety of customizable designs.” Awesome Racewear products are worn and recognized in virtually all types and levels of motorsports, from local go-kart divisions to national NASCAR touring circuits.


“What we feel sets us apart is our ability to show our customers renditions of their racecars, racesuits or other products before they buy them. That way, we can get our ideas closer to what was in the mind of our customer and take the guesswork out of the whole process.


“We want to provide a professional atmosphere for our customers and their race teams. By using unified designs on a number of products, their team automatically becomes more visible and more recognizable. Even better, the customer ends up saving time and money by getting all of their products in one place,” comments Dugan.


Further, JD3Graphics can extend the logo designs on the racecars to the sponsors themselves, providing the same integrated design concept for the commercial consumer—including: logos, business cards, letterheads, signs, brochures, company vehicles, and websites.


With top race teams such as Lowe’s Dirt Track Winner Ricky Elliott with the Jake Marine Megateam #85, New Egypt Speedway Modified Champion Jimmy Horton with the Hewlett Motorsports #901, Delaware Int’l. Modified Champion Craig Mullins, as well as the M&M Motorsports #711 of Mike Iles, JD3Graphics is wrapping up a successful 2004 season and is looking forward to an even more successful 2005 season.


JD3Graphics is located at 78 Atkins Avenue in Hamilton, NJ 08610. You can reach them by phone at 609.584.7172 or visit them on the web at:
http://www.jd3graphics.com


Posted 12/10/04
Bob Wertz, Owner of the #57 Cars Passes Away

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Mike Shaub sent along the following:
I just want to let everyone know that on Monday Dec 6th, Bob Wertz, owner of the #57 cars that ran at Reading from 1955 to 1975, passed away at the age of 69.  Such great drivers as Hal Reifinger, Dave Cordier, Bill Williams, Bobby Gerhart and Kenny Brightbill drove for Bob. His funeral was held on Friday Dec 10 at the Milkins Funeral Home in Temple Pa.

Our condolences go out to the Wertz family.

 


Posted 12/05/04
Car owner and Co-Owner of Raceweld William Mataka Passes Away

William B. Mataka, 74, of Clinton Township, N.J., died Friday, December 3, 2004, in Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, N.J. Born: July 20, 1930 in Maplewood, N.J., he was a son of the late John and Susan Kubek Mataka.

He had lived in Maplewood until moving to Clinton Township in 1976. He was co-owner of Raceweld, a welding and fabrication shop located in Lebanon, N.J. He was heavily involved in Silver Crown Auto Racing and in 1963, his car, driven by Mario Andretti, won three races in one day.
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With Frankie Schneider at the wheel, The Mataka "3N1" takes a few final laps around the Flemington Speedway.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Union, N.J. He was also a Life Member of the United States Auto Club Antique Car Club and the 200 Club Police Benevolent Association.

He is survived by two brothers, Charles and his wife, Elizabeth, of Short Hills, N.J., and Edward, of Clinton Township, N.J., and a sister, Helen Mataka, of Clinton Township, N.J.

Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, Lebanon, N.J. Call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Entombment will be in Hollywood Memorial Park, Union, N.J. Memorials: Contributions may be made to Seeing Eye, P.O 375, Morristown, NJ 07963-0375, or to SPCA Animal Shelter, 576 Stamets Rd., Milford, NJ 08848.

Additional Information
(Above information provided by John Hanna)


Posted 08/25/04

Local Racing Loses a Great Supporter

Chuck Lamb passed away this past Monday night after a long battle with cancer. He was a “trooper” to the end. Many people who met Chuck in recent years had no idea he had health problems. He was able to handle all the health problems (the chemo treatments), his daily job and his PHILLYRACING.COM website without skipping a beat right up to the last couple months.

Chuck was a big booster of local short track racing as could be seen by his
www.PhillyRacing.com website. 

He was a regular visitor to many of the area short tracks and was a very active member of the Eastern Motorsport Press Association.

His parents, oldest sister and his wife were with him in the final moments.

The family has requested that donations be made in Chuck’s memory to Colon Cancer Research c/o American Cancer Society, 1615 West Chester Pike, Suite 102, West Chester, PA 19382.

The viewing will be at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Stretch Funeral Home, Eagle and St. Dennis Rds. Havertown, PA. The funeral will follow at 11 a.m. Additional information and directions can be found at www.stretchfuneralhome.com.

All of us who knew Chuck will miss him and, as we told his wife Susan, we express our deepest sympathies to his family and friends and will remember him fondly in our prayers.

ERNIE SAXTON 



Posted 12/26/03

Passing of Chip Cresse - Former Bridgeport Starter and "One of the Most Active and Most Dependable Volunteers in the History of Gloucester County"

(We thank Ralph Richards for providing this link to the story of a man who did for our sport, but who also did so much - for so many - in a short time.  (Please click below for the full story as it appears in the Gloucester County Times)

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