Tuesday March 7, 2006

By Phil Smith
With Speedweeks in Florida now history its time to look ahead to spring in the northeast. Not to push the season but as of this weekend its only three weeks until the Waterford Speedbowl opens with their Nationals and four weeks until the Thompson Speedway goes green with IceBreaker ’06. In six weeks it will be the Spring Sizzler at Stafford. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures in the high 50’s to low 60’s this coming weekend. With a little bit of luck when Waterford opens on April 2 we will have all the cold and snow behind us.
It appears that Racearama has made the transition to Foxborough Mass. From all reports it was a great show at its new location. Among the cars on display was the 1982 Troyer Modified that was owned by Ernie Wilsberg and driven by Greg Sacks. The car, now owned by Eddie Partridge, is the one that made Richie Evans sit up and take notice as Sacks won just about every major event that year. Partridge also brought along his SK Modified championship car from New Smyrna, that was Jimmy Blewett.
Last Tuesday, February 28, was the day that Terry Eames was to be in court in reference to his failure to make mortgage payments on a $1.7 million loan with the Washington Mutual Bank, which has headquarters in Seattle, Wash. Eames claims that the suit that has been filed in court is no big deal, just of lawyers filing papers in court. Eames made no secret that he is in need of revenue as he stated that he is looking to sell some acreage, which is part of the Speedbowl property. He is adamant that the Speedbowl will open on schedule despite the many rumors circulating that his coffers are empty.
In NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series news it has been announced that Mike Christopher will drive the Bear Motorsports No.14 in all events this year. Christopher formerly drove the Hill’s Enterprises No.79. Dennis Charette will enter the Connecticut tour events. Ricky Fuller was strolling and on patrol at Racearama and is still without a ride for the upcoming season.
In some sad news it was learned that former driver Bobby Sprague is gravely ill with lung cancer and could use some cheering up. Sprague raced and won for years at the Seekonk Speedway and at the Norwood Arena. Cards of cheer can be sent to 1350 County Street, Lot 95, Attleboro, Mass. 02703.
In TV land, this week’s viewing will consist of mostly Speed Channel programming. This weeks viewing begins on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8at 8:00pm on the Outdoor Channel with the World of Outlaws Sprint cars from the Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, AZ. On THURSDAY, MARCH 9 at noon the Speed Channel replays the NASCAR Busch Series, Tecel-Motorola Mexico 200, from Mexico City. On Friday, the action switches to FX at 1:30pm for NASCAR Busch Series FINAL PRACTICE for the Sams Town 300 in Las Vegas, NV. Speed goes live at 6:00pm from Las Vegas with NASCAR Live followed by  NASCAR Nextel Cup QUALIFYING for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. Saturday’s action begins at 4:30pm with NASCAR Busch Series QUALIFYING for the Sams Town 300. The action switches to FX at 6:00pm for the NASCAR Busch Series PRE-RACE SHOW Sams Town 300 followed by the actual race at 6:30PM. On SUNDAY, MARCH 12 at 11:00am NASCAR RaceDay, previews the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The event gets the green at 4:00 PM. Speed News Sunday wraps it up at 7:00pm followed by NASCAR Victory Lane at 8:00pm. Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain goes at 9:00p.m.
On the Speedway Stock Market Scene last week two of the three speedway stocks were up for the week. Leading the way was the International Speedway Corporation, which went up 0.85 to 47.92. Speedway Motorsports went up 0.13 to 35.99 and Dover Downs dropped 0.17 to 4.88. Nextel dropped 0.09 to 24.20. Sun Oil also dropped as they went down 0.11 to 77.85. Featherlite Trailers went up 0.05 to 4.99. DIRT, which has a new management team in place including former NASCAR vice president Tom Deery, went up 0.20 to 4.00. In the drug sector Pfizer dropped 0.03 to 26.34Bristol Meyers-Squib was also down as they dropped o.07 to 22.90. The home improvement sector had a positive week. Lowes went up 1.89 to 67.39 and Home Depot went up 0.57 to 42.20. Parcel carrier Fedex had another outstanding week as they went up 4.34 to 111.50. UPS also had a positive week as they went up 0.19 to 75.51.

That’s about it for this week from 40 Clark St, Westerly, and R.I.02891. Ring my chimes at 401-596-5467 or days at 860-433-5250.E-mail  

Phil Smith has been a columnist for Speedway Scene for over 3 decades.
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