Gone Racin'  Newsletter by Richard Parks #98  Nov 23, 2005


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*Best wishes to Neil Thompson (Gear Grinders) who is scheduled for surgery.  (J. Underwood)
*Harry Breck Jr, known affectionately to all of us as Yankie Breck, passed away on Monday,
  November 14, 2005.  He was born in 1935.  Injured in a racing accident, Yankie was confined
  to a wheelchair, but his spirit always was free.  One of the most congenial and pleasant of people,
  he never let his infirmnity change his wonderful spirit.  A good friend with Jack Mendenhall and
  a long time resident of the Santa Barbara area, Yankie will be greatly missed by all of his friends,
  family and neighbors.  The following comes from www.oilstick.com;
     "Yankie passed away Monday morning, 11/14/2005, on his seventieth birthday.  This
     Thursday, Nov 17th, there will be a viewing at Welch-Ryce-Haider funeral chapel,
     located at 15 East Sola Street in Santa Barbara, beginning at 8 AM-9:30 AM.  At 10
     AM there will be a service at Our Lady of Sorrows Church located just down the
     street at 21 East Sola Street.  Yankie will then be taken to the Santa Barbara
     Cemetery, off of Channel Drive in Montecito, to be laid to rest next to his father,
     Harry Breck Sr.  With heavy heart, Cynthi Bacon."
*Nov 24, Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, CA, 64th "Turkey Night Grand Prix" USAC
  National/Western Midget race.  Wally Pankratz, USAC's 2000 Western Midget Champion is
  also slated to make the final appearance of his lengthy USAC career in Thursday's event. Wally
  has amassed an amazing 453 total starts in USAC's Western Midget series since its 1983 debut.
  Jr 822, Brad Kuhn 687, Ron Gregory 640, Tom Hessert III 612, Teddy Beach 591, Cole
  Carter 570, Darren Hagen 563, Bobby East 475, Jay Drake 449.  (Doug Stokes)
  Rodela 760, Tyler Brown 650, Ryan Kaplan 556, Scott Pierovich 475, Stephen Graves 469,
  Garrett Hansen 459, Brad Galedrige 432, Dallen McKenney 428, Shannon McQueen 387. 
*Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. leads a trio of drivers competing for the 2005 Valvoline
  USAC Western Sprint Car Championship into Thursday night's series finale at Irwindale, Calif.
  The race is part of the 64th "Turkey Night Grand Prix" program.  Swanson is the son of for-
  mer USAC Supermodified standout Mike Swanson.  Thursday night's Sprint car feature race
  will be 40 laps around Irwindale's 1/2-mile paved oval.  (Doug Stokes)
  565, Mike Murgoitio 561, Tony Hunt 501, Cody Veenstra 485, Michael Trimble 459, Brian
  McClish 457, Shauna Hogg 367, Brad Bumgarner 343, Chris Petersen 304.  (Doug Stokes)
  Sasselli 689, Chase Barber 671, Robbie Whitchurch 634, Benny Moon 630, Jace Meier 611,
  Chris Veach 546, Jeff Sakowicz 541, Lindsay Kernohan 455, Cameron Veach 419.  
*2006 Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Cars schedule at Perris Auto Speedway, Lake Perris,
  CA: Feb 4 (daytime), Feb 18, Mar 4, Mar 25, Apr 15, Apr 29, May 13, May 27, June 10,
  June 24, July 1, July 22, Aug 5, Aug 19, Sept  2, Sept 16, Sept 30, Oct 21, Nov 2-4 for the 
  11th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals, Nov 18-10th Annual Jack Kindoll Classic.   (Kim
  Donner and Scott Daloisio, call 951-940-0134, or email them at racesatthepas@aol.com)
*2006 Street Legal Drag Strip at The PAS (Perris Auto Speedway, Lake Perris, CA) will be
  on Friday, January 6.  Drag racing will continue on every Friday thereafter.  The Perris Auto
  Speedway is on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Take the 215 Freeway, exit at the Ramona
  Expressway and go east two and a half miles to the fairgrounds. For info call 951-940-0134, or
  email them at racesatthepas@aol.com   (Scott Daloisio and Kim Donner)
*Ralph Foster has a Louie Unser built 400 c.i. racing engine for sale.  See editor for phone#
*Bob Schilling and Joe Henning will be at Autobooks/Aerobooks, on Magnolia Street, in
  Burbank, California, on Friday morning to sign books and talk about their work.  (Doug Stokes)
*The 2005 IAMA awards announced that my “FUEL FOR THOUGHT” column trouncing the
  FIA on behalf of land speed racers worldwide has earned GOLD recognition. This is the very
  same column that was awarded the James T. Valentine Award by the Society of Automotive
  Historians earlier this year. Further, the Gold Coast Racing and Roadster Club shares the
  SILVER honor with me for the 2004 total design of the Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame program
  that unfolds at the GAS-UP each year.  The purpose of the International Automotive Media
  Awards (IAMA) is to recognize and encourage excellence in all forms of automotive media. Jud-
  ging is by peers, to a standard; entries may earn up to 100 points. The Foundation IAMAs,
  Bronze (85-91), Silver (92-96) and Gold (97-100) medallions, are presented for those works so
  qualified.  If no entry in a category meets the minimum standards no award will be made in that
  category.  E-20, Commentary -- Gold to Louise Ann Noeth, for “What’s an FIA Land Speed
  Record Worth?” -- Goodguys Gazette.  F-40, Design: Total Publication--Silver to Louise Ann
  Noeth, 2004 Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame program.  This is a very tough competition – the
  judges don’t bother with you unless your work earns a minimum of 85 points – so I am very
  pleased that my assault on the FIA has once more made an impression outside of the sport.  Of
  course I live in delusional hope the FIA will stand up and do right by the land speed racer, but
  until then it is my pleasure to focus a very harsh light on their shameful shenanigans.  I accept the
  GOLD on behalf of all land speed racers who tirelessly toil with hopeful dreams of speed and
  look forward to the day when the FIA learns to respect your efforts.  In closing, if you wish to
  review the aforementioned FUEL FOR THOUGHT, you’ll find it on the home page of my web-
  site.  Speedy Regards, "LandSpeed" Louise Ann Noeth www.landspeedproductions.biz
*Media Associations contact points for writers, journalists, photographers, etc:
  Automotive Press Association, Detroit - jdgilbert@cbs.com,
  Detroit Press Club Foundation   www.icnpr.net
  International Automotive Media Awards - whaessner@earthlink.net,
  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- ledsall@cox.net,
  Rocky Mountain Automotive Press, Denver - vince@theweekenddrive.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,
  Nov 27, Orangevale, CA, Christmas at the Lake Toy Run  916/369-6376
  Dec 2-4, Timonium, MD, East Coast Indoor Nationals www.eastcoastindoornats.com
*Dirt Racers Radio airs every Sunday evening on WQKT 104.5 FM from 6–8PM. The show is
  hosted by Doc Lehman & Ryan Pearson, and can also be heard at: www.wqkt.com  MACS
  Late Model series racers will be invited on the show.  (Doc Lehman and Ryan Pearson)
*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.
  SEASON OVER FOR 2005                       (Scott Daloisio and Kim Donner)  
*SCTA El Mirage Dry Lakes (Southern California) Timing Trials schedule: 
  SEASON OVER FOR 2005     
*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)
  SEASON OVER FOR 2005     
*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 OVER FOR 2005       (Gregg Suyenaga)
*2005 Goodguys Schedule of Events.  See www.goodguys.com or call 925-838-9876:
  SEASON OVER FOR 2005     
*Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum Reunions.  Call 909-622-8562
*2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule.  SEASON OVER FOR 2005     
*2005 King of Indiana Sprint Series Schedule: For info call Mike OLeary 812-825-9614 
  SEASON OVER FOR 2005     
*SEMA Club Newsletter is at www.semasan.com
*Mid-Atlantic Championship Series (MACS) 2005 racing schedule: SEASON OVER FOR
  2005    See macs1@verizon.net and  http://www.macsracing.com  (Andy Geesey)  
*2005 Crown Royal IROC Series schedule:  SEASON OVER FOR 2005     
*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):       SEASON OVER FOR 2005      
*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:
  Dec 7, Twilight Cruise Night 4:30-8pm.  Annual Holiday toy drive.
*AutoZone Super Chevy Show Tour XXV (AutoStar Productions) 2005 SCHEDULE
  SEASON OVER FOR 2005     
*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.
  (John Bisci, LVMS Public Relations, 702-632-8231, jbisci@lvms.com)
*Special Reunions and events during the year: 
  Walt and Dottie James' CRA Reunion in January
  Hila Sweet's Car Racers Reunion in April     
  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.
  SEASON OVER FOR 2005     
*2005 Stacker 2 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Schedule: (Doc Lehman)
  SEASON OVER FOR 2005     
*15-year-old race car drivers Matt Lee and Robert Thorne are pleased to announce that they
  will join Team Autotecnica for the 2006 Formula BMW USA series. Team Autotecnica, based
  in Toronto with a U.S. shop in Lake Park, Fla., won the series championship in 2005, posting 3
  victories and 6 poles in the 14-race season.  www.twintooth.com, www.autotecnicagroup.com,