For all of you, a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving! Once we get through all the food there is one more race to complete for the 2005 season in the Northeast. The Thanksgiving weekend Turkey Derby at the Wall Township Speedway in New Jersey has become a tradition with it being a season closer. Starting back in the early 1970ís, the Turkey Derby has provided one last shot for both fans and competitors to get that one last fix of racing in before old man winter sets in. The Turkey Derby will run for two days, Friday and Saturday. On Friday, features for Three Quarter Midgets plus a 30-Lap Truck,35-LAP Sportsman, Legends, Street Stocks and Factory Stocks will be run. On Saturday, Legends, Bandolora, Race Of Champions-TOUR TYPE MODIFIEDs, Street Stocks, Factory Stocks followed by Triple 50 LAP WALL Modifieds (similar to SK Modifieds). Admission for Friday is $20.00 for Adults, $6.00 for Children 6-12 and under 6 free. Admission for Saturday is $25.00 for Adults, $6.00 for children 6-12 and under 6, free.
It looks like the International Supermodified Racing Club will spend a considerable time in New England in 2006. The Supers will be at the Waterford Speedbowl on May 27, at the Seekonk Speedway on June 24, at Stafford where they will be part of Open Wheel Tuesday on July 11, Lee Raceway in New Hampshire on August 18, Star Speedway in New Hampshire on September 9 and at Thompson on October 15 for the World Series.
The word from the TS Haulers Race Shop in Riverhead, NY is that Jimmy Blewett will be racing SKís at Thompson on Thursdays and Stafford on Fridays for 2006, as well as running the Whelen Modified Tour scheduled in their Tour car full time. On Saturday nights when there are no Tour races scheduled, team-owner Eddie Partridge stated that he may very well show up at Riverhead Raceway. John Blewett III will also be back on the Tour full time in the Blewett family-owned #76 Modified.
In other Thompson Speedway news Ricky Shawn who just finished up his first full year in the SK Modifieds has ordered a new Troyer Car from Brad Lafountaine. Shawn, a Late Model competitor for many years finished sixth in points at seasonís end.
Bo Gunning, who previously drove for Partridge, has now teamed up with Bob Parker Jr. for a two-car effort that will concentrate on racing at Stafford in 2006.
It looks like Ron Yuhas Jr. will run a limited Whelen Modified Tour schedule in the former James Civale No.29.
In TV land, this weekís viewing will consist of an extensive amount of Speed Channel programming. NASCAR Nation now airs on Monday 7:00pm. At 9:00pm its Monday Night NASCAR with Geoff Bodine on ESPNews. Also on a weekly basis is "Back Seat Drivers" which looks at hot topics circulating in the garage area. "Back Seat Drivers" airs on Wednesday at 7:00pm. This week's viewing begins on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 at 4:00P.M. on SPEED with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ford 200, run in Homestead, FL, on Friday, Nov 18. On WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23 at noon the Speed Channel will rerun the NASCAR Busch Series Ford 300, Homestead, FL, run last Saturday, Nov 19. At 5:00P.M. its NASCAR Fast Forward which recaps last weekend's action in the Nextel Cup Series, the Busch Series and the Craftsman Truck Series from the Homestead-Miami Speedway. At 7:30P.M. the SPEED Channel will have a NASCAR Nextel Cup Replay of last Sundayís Ford 400 that was run at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Thursday and Friday will be quiet. On SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26 at 5:30P.M., SPEED presents Racing Across America: NASCAR West Series, from Mesa Marin Speedway in Bakersfield CA. On SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 at 8:00AM the SPEED Channel shows NASCAR Performance, the Season in Review. At 3:00P.M. on Speed itís Rush Hour on Dirt, the 358 Modified Super DIRT Series 150 that was run on the Mile in Syracuse, NY. Reruns of the 2005 season Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series start next week.
NASCAR Speed News and Speed News Sunday wrap up the weekendís racing at 8:00pm. Subscriptions for Louís Motorsports TV Calendar are now by e-mail only and can be had for $12.00 per year. The all-new version features larger type, better accuracy and more detailed. Checks can be sent to LMTVC, 27 Bayberry Drive, #2, Sharon, Mass. 02067.
On the Speedway Stock Market Scene last week two of the three speedway stocks finished out the week in the green. The International Speedway Corporation went up 0.72 to 54.51 and Speedway Motorsports went up 0.22 to 38.10. On the negative side was Dover Downs, which dropped 0.07 to 6.32. For the fourth straight week Nextel had a positive finish as they went up 0.19 to 24.94. Sun Oil also has a four-week streak going as they went up 2.56 to 75.95. Action Performance went up 0.11 to 12.41 and Featherlite Trailers gained 0.13 to finish out the week at 4.14. On the down side was Boundless Motorsports, which dropped 0.40 to 4.60. In the drug sector, Pfizer has announced massive layoffs. Their stock dropped 0.83 to 21.60. Bristol Meyers-Squib went up 0.21 to 22.30. The home improvement giants continue to slug it out both on and off the track. Home Depot went up 0.53 to 42.44 while Lowes vaulted up 3.98 to 65.95. Parcel carriers Fedex and UPS also had good weeks. UPS went up 1.89 to 78.15 and Fedex went up 1.80 to 97.80. UPS and Fedex provide great service but their recent rate increases may drive some of their business back to the Post Office.