Gone Racin'  Newsletter by Richard Parks #92  051012

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*Pat Miranda passed away on September 29, 2005.  Patricio Miranda served as Mayor of
  Irwindale, California, when the track was opened in 1999.  Pat Miranda served 44 years in
  public office in the city of Irwindale.  Adding to the loss was the fact that Pat's wife of 50 years,
  Mercy Miranda, passed away 3 days after her husband.  Our condolences go to the Miranda
  family who have helped the racing community over the years at Irwindale.  (Doug Stokes)
*Attached is a note from Jim Snyder regarding the loss of one of his partners on the Salty Cudy. 
  Bear (Gary Smith) was also a test pilot for McDonnell-Douglas and Boeing.  Glen Barrett
*Very sad, we lost Gary (Bear) Smith yesterday! Bear was a key member of the Salty 'cuda
  team back in 1990 when we set the record.  He was the one who talked me into putting a
  Big Block in my Plymouth, his boat motor!  I haven't talked with Karen yet.  I will let you
  know what I find out about services etc.  Jim Snyder
*Dear Flight Test Friends, I received a call from Ralph "Guch" Yaguchi last night sadly
  informing me that Gary "Bear" Smith and another person were killed in a plane crash
  yesterday.  Guch was informed by Fred Hamilton.  I do not have any details regarding
  this tragedy except for the attached news article that I found on the web regarding an
  airplane crash in the vicinity where Bear had lived. Bear will be dearly missed by all who
  had the pleasure of knowing him and working with him.  Sincerely, Michael L. Shim
*Don Weaver has scheduled his Legends of Ascot Reunion for October 22, 2005, at Perris
  Auto Speedway, Lake Perris, California. This year's honorees will be Bob Hogle, Ted Halibrand,
  Alex Morales, Hal Minyard and Danny McKnight.  This event honors the legendary Ascot Track
  that J.C. Agajanian and his family made famous over in Gardena, California.  The last two events
  had over 600 racers in attendance.  Contact Don for tickets at LegendsofAscot@aol.com or call 
*Oct 30, Open House at Autobooks/Aerobooks to welcome their new General Manager, Doug
  Stokes.  Refreshments will be served as long as they last from 2-5pm. Please call in your RSVP
  at 818-845-0707.  Autobooks/Aerobooks is located at 3524 W. Magnolia Avenue, Burbank,
  CA.  (Chet Knox)
*The North American Eagle Land Speed car will be exhibited at Edwards AFB Open House 
  on Oct 22-23.  See http://www.landspeed.com   (Jon M. Higley)
*Perris Auto Dragstrip, Lake Perris, CA, racing schedule for 1/8 mile dragstrip. Racing will take
  place every Friday night and is open to anyone 16-years old or over with a valid registration,
  drivers license and a helmet. Cars, trucks and motorcycles are allowed.  Gates will open at 4 PM
  every Friday with racing from 5-10:30 PM.  Tech will close at 9 PM, and you cannot run if you
  do not go through tech inspections.  Admission: spectators $10, competitors $20. (Kim Donner)
  Oct 21, Oct 28, Nov 11, Nov 18.       
*Walt and Dottie James will hold their CRA Reunion at Knott's Berry Farm Hotel on the 2nd
  Saturday in January.  More details as they become available.    
*SCTA El Mirage Dry Lakes (Southern California) Timing Trials schedule: 
  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)
  Oct 8-15, Southern California Fair
  Oct 22, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
  Oct 29, PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, Extreme Trucks & SUV, Hornets/Cruisers
*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:
  Oct 21-23, 8am, Edelbrock Fall Nationals-Pacific Street Car Association (10am on the 21st)
*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.
  October 15  Super Late Models, Super Stocks, West Coast Pro Trucks, Dodge Super Trucks,
            Ford Focus Midgets.
*Irwindale Speedway offers Thursday night drag racing.  Pros 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)
*2005 ASA Speed Truck Challenge racing/television schedule (Pacific Standard Time):
  Oct 15 race at Orange Show Speedway to air Nov 26, 8PM, Repeat Broadcast TBA   
  Oct 29 race at Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway to air Dec 3, 8PM, Repeat Broadcast TBA
  2005 Season Review to air Dec 10 and 17 at 8PM      
*2005 Southern California Top Comp Schedule:   (From Gregg Suyenaga)
  Race 7 October 15 Las Vegas Mike's Transmission
  Race 8 October 16 Las Vegas Mike's Transmission
*2005 Goodguys Schedule of Events.  See www.goodguys.com or call 925-838-9876:
  Oct 28-30, 12th Annual Southeastern Nationals, Charlotte, NC
  Oct 29-30, 7th Annual Fuel & Gas Finals, Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, CA
*Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum Reunions.  Call 909-622-8562
*2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule.
  Oct 20-23, 5th Annual ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals, Las Vegas, NV
  Nov 3-6, 41st Annual Auto Club Finals, Pomona, CA
*2005 King of Indiana Sprint Series Schedule: For info call Mike OLeary 812-825-9614 
*SEMA Club Newsletter is at www.semasan.com
*Mid-Atlantic Championship Series (MACS) 2005 racing schedule:                                                                                         
  Raindate Oct 21-23 See macs1@verizon.net and  http://www.macsracing.com  (Andy Geesey)  
*2005 Crown Royal IROC Series schedule:
  Oct 29, Atlanta Motor Speedway
*2005 Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series schedule (Linda K. Mansfield)
  Dec 2-4 Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez 400 Km-1000 Km
*2005 Nextel Cup Series schedule (NASCAR):      
  Oct 15, Lowe's Motor Speedway
  Oct 23, Martinsville Speedway       
  Oct 30, Atlanta Motor Speedway
*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:
  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.
*AutoZone Super Chevy Show Tour XXV (AutoStar Productions) 2005 SCHEDULE
  Oct. 21-23  Gainesville Raceway T Gainesville, FL
*2005 Schedule for the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:    
  Oct 14, Test n Tune 6-10 p.m.
       14, BFGoodrich Midnight Mayhem 10pm-2am.
       15, 2nd Rockabilly Rod Reunion (www.rockabillyrodreunion.com), 9am-5pm. Pre 1965
             hot rod/custom car show, kustom kulture celebrities, pin-up girl contest, vendors and
             swap meet, rockabilly/surf bands  (Cadillac Angels, Dragstrip Riot, DJ Flattop Tom),
             pre 1965 nostalgia bracket racing.
       15, BFGoodrich Super Tuner 6pm-1am. Buick Grand National Racing Assn, Supras Invade
             The Strip 2005, Euro Entertainment Super Tuner Car Show.
       16, W Coast Top Comp Assn, ET bracket race, LV Corvette Club, Diesel Hot Rod Assn
       20-23, NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals (www.nhra.com)
       27, NHRA Lucas Oil Series Test n Tune 9am-5pm.
       28-30, Short Line Express Markets NHRA Lucas Oil Series Finals 7am-9pm.
*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
*Industry Hills Speedway Motorcycle Races at the Industry Hills Event Center, in the City of
  Industry, CA.  Wednesday Nights, AMA Sanctioned. Adults $12, Juniors $8, Children $4, and
  those 5 and under are FREE!  Tapes Up 7:30 PM. Contact: Freddie Orosco at 909-681-4911,
  For rider signup see Ryan Evans at 626-643-7598 or email sideways31@aol.com.
*2005 Stacker 2 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Schedule: (Doc Lehman)                                                                                
  10/28-29  Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway, Calvert City, KY   
*The following is from Www.Hotrodhotline.comDick Dean to have a retirement party/yard sale,
  Nov 19, 4pm, plus a Grand Opening of South End Kustom, 1433 Mesa View, Hemet, CA. Call
  951-634-3763.  Christopher Titus/Chip Foose built car that appeared in the television show
  TITUS, can be seen on Www.Hotrodhotline.comGrand National Roadster Show, Pomona, 
  CA, in January.  Oct 28 is the 7th Fuel and & Gas Finals at Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield,
  CA, with nostalgia race cars, rods, customs & classics, vendor and exhibitor midway, swap meet,
  and 1/4 mile nostalgia drag racing.  See www.Good-Guys.comRight Coast Association '05
  Myrtle Beach Fall Cruise, Oct. 21-23, Inlet Square-Murrells Inlet, SC.   2006 NSRA Show
  Schedule now available. Southwest Street Rod Nationals Southwest Street Rod Nationals
  April 7-9, Oklahoma City, OK.  April 28-30, Western Nationals in Bakersfield, CA.  Aug 3-6,
  Streetrod Nationals, Louisville, KY.  (Jack Lawford at  Www.Hotrodhotline.com)
*World's Fastest Indian http://www.chevyasylum.com/bsf2004/wfi/Welcome.html   Last year at
  the World finals we were there during some of the filming. Earlier I had provided photos of Otto
  Crocker's timers in the old open air scaffold used in the 50's and 60's. They made mock up
  duplicates of them. A lot of the early lakes and Bonneville cars were there for the back ground.
  The rear engine roadster the Black Widow I drove there in 1957 was near the front of the start-
  ing line. They duplicated the pits with the old Bell tent, the Firestone tent and several others. Talk
  about remembering the way it was, wow.  Lots of pictures were taken by us.  Wes Potter and
  Ron Christensen may have some they can forward to you guys.  I can't wait to see the movie,
  sure want a copy of the tape if it ever comes out.  (from Glen Barrett, resent by David Parks)
*NARA/Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Points Standings after Oct 8: Earl Pearson Jr 5885,
  Don O'Neal 5830, Donnie Moran 5665, Matt Miller 5300, Scott James 4920, Freddy Smith
  4480, Tim Dohm 4265, Brady Smith 2880, Brian Birkhofer 2725, Darren Miller 2700.
*Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Dixie Speedway-Woodstock, GA, Oct 8. Mason Racin'
  Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main:  Don O'Neal, Tim Dohm, Donnie Moran, Mike Marlar,
  Rodney Martin, David Payne, Brandon Rose, Kenneth Westmoreland, Kent Hicks, Don Farmer,
  Chuck Laney, Scotty Chatham, Devin Sebree, Jody Davis, Lamar Haygood, Ronnie Payne, Steve
  Casebolt Jr.  PPM Racing Products Second B-Main:  Ricky Williams, Dale McDowell, Joe
  Armistead Jr, Rex Richey, Jeff Smith, Jeff Cooke, Vic Hill, Laddie Fulcher, Mike Head, Derrick
  Rainey, Brett Wyatt, Tyson Herrell, Shane Fulcher, Craig Scott, Tracy Pearson, Matt Hubbard,
  Sam Ruff, Johnny Chastain, Scott James, Mark Douglas.  16th Annual Lucas Oil Dixie Shoot
  out Feature Finish:  Shannon Babb, Earl Pearson Jr, Jake Knowles, Ray Cook, Darren Miller,
  Frank Ingram, Billy Ogle Jr, Freddy Smith, Randy Weaver, Scott James, Jonathan Davenport,
  Skip Arp, Ricky Williams, Don O'Neal, Donnie Moran, Marshall Green, Shane Tankersley, Tim
  Day, Aaron Ridley, Tim Dohm, Gary McPherson, Wendell Wallace, Dale McDowell, Wayne
  Echols.    (James Essex)
*2005 Final Championship Points Standings NARA Battle of the Bluegrass Open Wheel
  Modified Championship: Joey Kramer 2965, Justin Rattliff 2590, Kelly Warren 2520, Joe
  David Turner 2175, Adam Cole 2080, Dustin Linville 1595, Shon Flanery 1350, Jason Perry
  1270, Jimmy Payne 1265, Hank Bradley 1170.   (Dustin Jarrett)
*Perris Auto Speedway, Lake Perris, CA, points standings:    RAMONA TIRE STREET
  STOCKS-Kevin Busher 611, Jeremy Queener 608, Richard Barr 590, Curtis Dietzsch 540, Joe
  Falduto 531, Kyle Gomez 526, Dave Vreatt 516, Joe Shuagis 485, Jim Coates 452, Hap Veritch
  407.   PICK-A-PART CRUISERS-Talkington/Lewis 528, Allen/Ramsey 440, Martin/Hunsaker
  430, Bundy/Holdridge 428, Fengler/Heaton 405.  (Scott Daloisio and Kim Donner)
*DIRT NATION™  is on every Monday night from 8–10 PM EST over www.racetalklive.com
  and 1490 WLRT The Outlaw in Hampton, VA.   (Doc Lehman)