|Gone Racin' Newsletter by Richard Parks #97 Nov 16, 2005|
*...word from Dr Dave that Sprintcar "Don Brown" died after a long illness. (Don Rudy)
*Just talked to Dana Wilson this afternoon. He called me from the hospital. He was work-
ing around his house when he slipped and fell. His head/neck struck a post and as a result
suffered a broken neck. The break is at C-2 which is the same as actor Christopher
Reeves suffered some time back rendering him paralyzed. Fortunate Dana's break did not
cause any paralysis. The doctor said he was one lucky S.O.B. He is remaining in the hos-
pital perhaps through this weekend although there is a chance he will be released sooner.
When he's released he will be wearing a C-Collar for sometime allowing him no movement
of his neck. 12 weeks is the estimate for the C-Collar. Please say your prayers for Dana
for a full recovery. (Mike Waters)
*Mattel Children's Hospital 2nd Annual Car Show and Easter Egg Hunt, April 15, 2006,
9am-3pm, at the John Force RaceStation, 22722 Old Canal Road, Yorba Linda, CA 92887.
Open to all street rods, muscle cars, classics, trucks, antiques, exotics and sports cars. Food,
awards, entertainment and sponsor's booths onsite. All proceeds go to cancer research. For
more info call Debbie Baker at 949-752-5115x10 or firstname.lastname@example.org
*7th Annual Cruisin' For A Cure, Sept 23, 2006, Orange County Fair and Expo Center, Costa
Mesa, CA. All proceeds go to Prostate Cancer Research at the Jonnson Cancer Center Found-
ation at UCLA Medical Center. Free PSA testing for men. Food, entertainment, sponsor's booth,
drawings, celebrities, 3000+ hot rods, antiques, sportscars, classic and muscle cars on display.
For more info call Debbie Baker at 949-752-5115x10 or email@example.com
*...the November 12-13th SCTA El Mirage Dry Lake meet has been canceled due to stand-
ing water on the course. Depending on the weather conditions, the SCTA is considering
rescheduling for the following weekend, November 19-20th. You can check the SCTA
website at http://www.scta-bni.org (Becca Livingston)
*Nov 19, 10am-3pm, Southwestern Region of the Ferrari Club of America will bring their
Ferraris for display. Automotive art show, at Autobooks/Aerobooks, on Magnolia Boulevard
one block East of Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA. (Doug Stokes)
*...this story is about a most amazing young lady. "Jeannine Johnson plans someday to regular-
ly experience the 'unexplainable' adrenaline rush of racing drag cars at speeds up to 330
mph. But for now, she'll have to settle for a series of high-tech prizes, a visit with Bill
Gates and a starring role in a Microsoft ad campaign." For more information go to:
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/247959_msftdragster11.html (from Skip Young)
*Check the SCTA website for the official notice, unofficially it's on, Cook, Creel, Kalbach,
Waters & others were out here this morning. There are a STILL few wet spots, but in
the center its looking pretty GOOD. (The Mayor-George Callaway)
*...it is looking like the November El Mirage meet MAY be rescheduled for this coming
weekend, NOV 19th & 20th. Please check the SCTA Website for up to the minute inform-
ation. http://www.scta-bni.org (Becca Livingston)
*NOVEMBER 2005 SAN CLUB EVENTS
Nov 19-22, Scottsdale, AZ, 8th Southwest Nationals www.good-guys.com
Nov 18-20, Mountain View, AK, 2005 Super Cruise 870/669-0196
Nov 27, Orangevale, CA, Christmas at the Lake Toy Run 916/369-6376
Nov 19, Vero Beach, FLA, 9th Annual Fall Charity Car Show 772/581-7496
Nov 19-20, Lafayette, LA, 5th Annual Bayou Bug Bash www.cajunvw.net
Dec 2-4, Timonium, MD, East Coast Indoor Nationals www.eastcoastindoornats.com
*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 registrat-
ion, 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.
Nov 18. (Scott Daloisio and Kim Donner)
*SCTA El Mirage Dry Lakes (Southern California) Timing Trials schedule:
*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)
Nov 19, USAC/CRA Sprint Cars – Jack Kindoll Classic 50 Laps
*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:
Dec 3, 8am, Street legals
*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.
November 24 THANKSGIVING NIGHT 2005, 65th Running Thanksgiving Night Grand Prix
Turkey Night for the Agajanian Trophy, and 50th anniversary of the Agajanian Family
promotion of this event. USAC Sprints, USAC Midgets, 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):
2005 Season Review to air Dec 10 and 17 at 8PM
*2005 Southern California Top Comp Season completed: (Gregg Suyenaga)
*2005 Goodguys Schedule of Events. See www.goodguys.com or call 925-838-9876:
Nov 19-20, 8th Annual Southeast Nationals, Scottsdale, AZ
*Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum Reunions. Call 909-622-8562
*Roy Firestone will speak at the perform at the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation’s (JMMF)
“Great Ones”-Murray Scholars Awards Banquet honoring Duke Snider, the former Dodger
Hall of Famer, at La Quinta Resort & Club, Dec 12. The event is part of the Jim Murray Silver
Rock Alumni Challenge, Dec. 11-13, at SilverRock Resort. Comedian/actor Tom Dressen
will serve as the Master of Ceremonies and former NFL referee Jim Tunney will be the auction-
eer during a Live Auction which will offer framed autographed 11 x 16 copies of Jim Murray
columns on Snider, Arnold Palmer, Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, Tommy Lasorda and
others. Tickets are available for $125 per person or $1000 for a table of 10. To get tickets,
please call the tournament office at 760-564-5630. (Linda McCoy/Murray)
*2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule.
Feb 9-12, Pomona, CA
Feb 24-26, Phoenix, AZ
Mar 16-19, Gainesville, FL
Mar 31-Apr 2, Houston, TX
Apr 6-9, Las Vegas, NV
Apr 28-30, Bristol, TN
May 4-7, Atlanta, GA
May 18-21, Columbus, OH
May 25-28, Topeka, KN
June 8-11, Chicago, ILL
June 15-18, Englishtown, NJ
June 23-25, Madison, ILL
July 14-16, Denver, CO
July 21-23, Seattle, WA
July 28-30, Sonoma, CA
Aug 10-13, Brainerd, MN
Aug 18-20, Memphis, TN
Aug 30-Sept 4, Indianapolis, IN
Sep 14-17, Reading, PA
Sep 21-24, Dallas, TX
Oct 6-8, Richmond, VA
Oct 26-29, Las Vegas, NV
Nov 9-12, 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:
See firstname.lastname@example.org and http://www.macsracing.com (Andy Geesey)
*2005 Crown Royal IROC Series schedule:
*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):
Nov 20, Homestead-Miami 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 email@example.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:
Dec 7, Twilight Cruise Night 4:30-8pm. Annual Holiday toy drive.
*AutoZone Super Chevy Show Tour XXV (AutoStar Productions) 2005 SCHEDULE
*2005 Schedule for the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
Nov 24, Las Vegas Bracket Nationals IV (Thanksgiving Day) 7am-9pm.
25, Las Vegas Bracket Nationals IV 7am-9pm.
26, Las Vegas Bracket Nationals IV 7am-9pm.
27, Las Vegas Bracket Nationals IV 7am-5pm.
Dec 2, BFGoodrich Midnight Mayhem 7pm-1am.
3, The Strip at LVMS annual awards banquet location TBA 7pm.
*The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway special event dates for 2006 drag racing season.
Jan 20-22, 2006, Fifth annual Nitro Blast-Off Pre-season Professional Test Session.
Jan 27-29, 2006, Third annual Las Vegas Bracket Championship Kick-Off.
Feb 3-5, 2006, Second annual Last-chance Professional Pre-season Test Session.
Feb 18-19, 2006, Pacific Street Car Association (PSCA) Pro Street Winter Nationals.
Mar 24-26, 2006, Fourth annual Mopars At The Strip.
Apr 6-9, 2006, 7th NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals, NHRA POWERade Series.
Apr 22-23, 2006, PSCA Pro Street Spring Sizzler.
June 10, 2006, Night of Destruction II -- Drag racing and Monster Truck thrill show.
June 23-24, 2006, PSCA Pro Street Summer Nationals.
Sep 2-3, 2006, PSCA Pro Street Labor Day Classic.
Sep 8-9, 2006, Fourth annual NHRA SONY Xplod Sport Compact Las Vegas Nationals.
Oct 1, 2006, Bug-In – All-Volkswagen drags.
Oct 14, 2006, Third annual Rockabilly Rod Reunion. (Morning/afternoon)
Oct 14, 2006, Super Tuner Saturday. (Evening)
Oct 26-29, 2006, 6th NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals, NHRA POWERade Series.
Nov 3-5, 2006, NHRA Division 7 Finals -- Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
Nov 11-12, 2006, All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) World Finals.
Nov 17-19, 2006, Street Car Super Nationals.
Nov 23-26, 2006, Fifth annual Las Vegas Bracket Nationals.
(John Bisci, LVMS Public Relations, 702-632-8231, firstname.lastname@example.org)
*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 email@example.com.
*2005 Stacker 2 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Schedule: (Doc Lehman)
*Founded in 1946, the Burbank-based So-Cal Speed Shop played a key role in establishing to-
day’s performance aftermarket industry and along the way built race cars and hot rods that set
many milestone speed records at Bonneville and dry lakes. So-Cal founder Alex Xydias returns
to his Burbank roots for a special signing of the new book by author Mark Christensen that
chonicles these early California racers that made hot rod history. Every Saturday Morning
Coffee & Donut Cruise 8AM-10AM. Autobooks/Aerobooks, 3524 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505 818-845-0707 (Doug Stokes)
*Media Associations contact points for writers, journalists, photographers, etc:
Automotive Press Association, Detroit - firstname.lastname@example.org,
Detroit Press Club Foundation www.icnpr.net
International Automotive Media Awards - email@example.com,
International Motor Press Association, NYC - www.impa.org,
Midwest Automotive Media Association, Chicago - www.mamaonline.org,
Motor Press Guild, Los Angeles - www.motorpressguild.org,
New England Motor Press Association, Boston - www.nempa.org,
Northwest Automotive Press Association, Port Orchard, WA- www.nwapa.org,
Phoenix Automotive Press Association, Phoenix- firstname.lastname@example.org,
Rocky Mountain Automotive Press, Denver - email@example.com,
Society of Automotive Historians - www.autohistory.org,
Southeast Automotive Media Organization, Charlotte, NC www.southeastautomedia.org,
Texas Auto Writers Association, Red Oak TX - http://www.TexasAutoWriters.org,
Truck Writers of North America, www.twna.org
Washington Automotive Press Association, D.C. - www.washautopress.org,
Western Automotive Journalists, San Francisco - www.waj.org,
*Al DiMora, creator of the Clenet who is now working on the "Natalia" project. George Barris
now has the George Barris Bicycle, called the "Dart." www.Hotrodhotline.com (Jack Lawford)
*The Dirt Nation radio show will spotlight the O’Reilly Battle of the Bluegrass Late Model Series
8–10PM EST on WLRT 1490 THE OUTLAW and can be accessed over the internet at:
http://www.racetalklive.com and is hosted by Dave Seay and Doc Lehman. The following will
be appearing on the show: Mike Jewell, Tim Tungate, Spencer Wilson, Dustin Jarrett,
James Essex, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Bobby Hearn, Scott Bloomquist, Danny Lasoski and
Tim Fuller. Contact the show at 877-899-7223, use AIM, MSN, dirtnationradio on Yahoo,
1490 AM (Hampton, VA), or firstname.lastname@example.org. (Doc Lehman)
*Jeannine Johnson's interview with Bill Gates and her attempts to break into the top echelon
of Top Fuel Drag Racing can be seen at http://www.jeanninejohnson.com/ (Skip Young)
*Nov 12, 2005, Perris Auto Speedway, Lake Perris, CA, race results: SUPER STOCKS-John
Caley, Terry Hershberger, Ed Perry, Ken Searcy, Bill Simkins. 2005 Champion – Terry Hersh-
berger. STREET STOCKS-Jeremy Queener, Richard Barr, Joe Shuagis, Blaine Whitson, Kevin
Busher. 2005 Champion – Jeremy Queener. TRUCKS & SUV’S-Jeff Dunham, Art Peterson,
Kenny Mann, Ron Bartel, Russ Wernimont. 2005 Champion – Art Peterson. HORNETS-
Tony Thompson, Bobby Hogerhuis, Aaron Knox, Mark Howison, John Denver. 2005
Champion – Tony Thompson. PICK-A-PART CRUISERS-Cyndi Garnica/Lynn Lillie, Scott
Urquahart/David Hill, Tom Gillum/Jeff Gillum, Eddie Lagor/Robert Connelly, Dennis Allen/Jim
Ramsey. 2005 Champions – Tyson Talkington/Dillon Lewis. (Scott Daloisio and Kim Donner)
*Gear Grinders Club meeting report: John Rush is doing better and can walk and talk, and is
expected to go home in about 4 weeks. Kenny Parks passed away October 19. Frank
Welsh is in the hospital, for an update check with Bob Stahl. 2005 Awards Banquet 3/11/06,
Joe's Garage, Tustin, CA. Save the Salt Committee reports that Intrepid Chemical Corp will
start pumping bout November 1st. The method will be different from Riley, the water will be
pumped into the ponds and left there until the brine concentration is up to the 20 to 30% before
pumping across the highway to the race course. The pond will be filled again after being drained.
The concentration could not be controlled by the direct pumping method. The target for salt re-
placement is 500,000 tons/year. The pumping will end about April 31st. Mike said that the ponds
are being filled now. Judy Sights is doing the Ad sales for the rule book. El Mirage Property -
Jim Dunn reported that A&A Mobile Homes is still working on the permanent foundation for the
trailer and will move the trainer in the next week or two. The foundation is being dug out, so it will
be a below grade installation. El Mirage Clean-Up Day - Lonnie Martin reported that about 50
people showed up, there were about 35 from SCTA. Most of the work was done around the
visitors center, looks good now. The new BLM Ranger was impressed. Bring toys for the Christ-
mas Party to the next lakes meet. On tires-Mike Cook explained that he has been on the phone
for the last 3 mornings to Cooper Tire about the molds and information that is being sold to a
person in Oregon (Kirk Thomas). Chet Herbert has offered to buy the molds and make the
tires. The 18 inch tire mold is done. Cliff Wheeler asked about Firestone, contact them to see
interest. Down Under is also looking at tires. Chet would buy the molds and contract the fabri-
cation of the tires. Mike Cook said that he is getting two of the larger Dunlap tires ready for spin
tests by Burkland. The shaved Dunlap ties have been spun to 350 MPH (30 inch tires) after be-
ing shaved. Costs of the Dunlap tires is $400.00 plus with tubes. Bonneville Speedweek 2006:
August 12-18, 2006. Bonneville World Finals: October 11-14, 2006. Next SCTA Board/
Rep's Meeting: 2006: January 6th Duarte, February 3rd Anaheim, March 3rd Duarte, April 7th
Anaheim, May 19th Duarte, June 23rd Anaheim, July 28th Duarte, August 25th Anaheim, Sep
22nd Anaheim, October 27th Anaheim, November 17th Duarte, December 1st Anaheim. The
board/reps meetings are open to all SCTA members. (Becca Livingston)
*The 2005 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Awards Banquet will be held during the 18th
Annual PRI Show in Orlando, FLA, on Thursday Night, December 1st. The celebration of the
2005 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 1st Season will take place at the Wyndham Hotel and
Resort located at 8001 International Drive in Orlando. The reception will begin at 6:30 pm, with
dinner at 7 pm followed by the Awards Presentation at 8 pm. Earl Pearson Jr will be honored
as the 2005 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion along with the rest of the top 10
drivers from '05 including: Don O'Neal, Donnie Moran, Matt Miller, Scott James, Freddy
Smith, Tim Dohm, Darren Miller, Brian Birkhofer and Brady Smith. Also the top three in
the Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year honors include '05 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie
of the Year - Scott James along with Tim Dohm and Brady Smith. Other special awards to
be handed out include the '05 Chassis Builders Challenge to MasterSbilt Race Cars. The Weld
Wheels Hard Charger Award will go to Don O'Neal, the VP Fuels Makin' Power Heat Race
Award will go to Scott James and the Oval Craft Fast Time Awards will go to Earl Pearson
Jr. Tickets are $40 per person and must be purchased in advance by calling Rick Schwallie at
(859) 215-0389. For more information on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series you can log on
*Perris Auto Speedway, Lake Perris, CA, race leaders. JACK KINDOLL CLASSIC
CHAMPIONS-1997 Rip Williams, 1998 Cory Kruseman, 1999 Richard Griffin, 2000 Cory
Kruseman, 2001 Cory Kruseman, 2002 Steve Ostling, 2003 Lance Gremett, 2004 Rickie
Gaunt. VALVOLINE USAC/CRA STANDINGS-Damion Gardner 2130, Cory Kruseman
1942, Rip Williams 1894, Mike Kirby 1623, Mike Spencer 1442, Charles Davis Jr 1400,
Rickie Gaunt 1362, Josh Ford 1161, Danny Sheridan 1127, Seth Wilson 1029, Tony Jones
977, R.J. Johnson 828, Alan Ballard 801, Steve Ostling 789, Jordan Hermansader 717, Danny
Ebberts 508, Bobby Cody 488, David Cardey 456, Dave Darland 441, Jimmy Crawford 405.
(Scott Daloisio and Kim Donner)
*NASCAR announced today that the unofficial results of Saturday's Toyota All-Star Showdown
Grand National Division race at Irwindale (Ca) Speedway have been revised, resulting in original
runner-up David Gilliland being declared the winner. The car driven by Mike Olsen, originally
listed as the winner in the unofficial results, failed post-race inspection. Olsen's crew chief, Harry
Norcross, was determined to be in violation of Section 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car
racing) and Section 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components, and/or equipment that do not conform
to NASCAR rules) of the NASCAR rule book. Olsen's car had unapproved right-side wheels
which exceeded the maximum width of 9 inches and were less than the 27 pound minimum weight.
The violations dropped Olsen to 31st in the official race finish. Gilliland and all others in the event
moved up one position as a result. Irwindale Speedway November 12, 2005. Results: 1) David
Gilliland, 2) Matt Kobyluck, 3) Ryan Moore, 4) Sean Caisse, 5) Scott Gaylord, 6) Andy
Santerre, 7) Steve Portenga, 8) Joey McCarthy, 9) Brett Thompson, 10) Johnny Borneman,
11) Sarah Fisher, 12) Andrew Myers, 13) Rick Ruzbarsky, 14) Mike David, 15) Jack Sellers,
16) Jeff Anton, 17) Daryl Harr, 18) Kip Stockwell, 19) Tim Smith, 20) Mike Stefanik, 21) Tim
Woods, III, 22) Eddie MacDonald, 23) Mike Duncan, 24) John Salemi, 25) Joe Masessa, 26)
Andrew Lewis, 27) Mike Johnson, 28) Takuma Koga, 29) Dale Shaw, 30) Bryon Chew, 31)
Mike Olsen. (Jeremy Davidson, NASCAR Public Relations, and Doug Stokes)
*Bud Rose Publications announces 6 books for the fans of vintage circle track racing with great
photos and lots of text, history and names. The Kings of the Hills 1945-1960; The history of
AAA & USAC Big Cars in the Midwest and Pacific Coast, 256 pages, 600 photos, 9x12 inch.
The Eastern Bull Rings; The History of the Eastern Big Car Championships 1945-1960, 256
pages, 600 photos and articles, 9x12 inches. Show Biz Auto Racing; The History of America's
most unusual big car organization, IMCA 1915-1977, 200 pages, 500 photos and articles,
9x12 inch. The Rim Riders; The History of the Central States Association, 256 pages, 600
photos and articles, 9x12 inch. California Hot Shoes Volume 1; The History of the California
Racing Association, 1955-1970, 256 pages, 600 photos and articles, 9x12 inch. California Hot
Shoes, Volume 2; The Wingless Warriors 1970-1994, 256 pages, 600 photos. All Deluxe hard
bound books. See www.roseracingpublications.com for details and prices.