For Tuesday October 25, 2005

By Phil Smith                                                    

When is it going to end? Maybe its over and we just don't know it. The 2005 racing season in the Northeast, that is. Recent week-long and weekend rain storms have silenced just about all the racing since October 2 when the Stafford Motor Speedway ran their Fall Final and the Seekonk Speedway ran their D.Anthony Venditti Memorial. Since then itís been raining, big time! One thing is for sure, the upcoming swap meet - flea market at the Thompson Speedway, scheduled for November 5-6, will go on as planned, no matter what! At least the scheduled North - South Shootout at the Concord Speedway in North Carolina, scheduled for November 4-5 won't be in competition for cars that would be committed to races in the Northeast.

Based on the fact that the forecast for last weekend was for more rain the World Series was cancelled again. The decision was made at noon on Friday which should have saved both competitors and fans wasting the time and fuel to travel to Thompson. In a combined statement from NASCAR Director Don Hawk and speedway owner Don Hoenig the World Series has been rescheduled to this coming weekend and will now become a two day program. In what was considered the best of both worlds, the Busch North Series and the Whelen Modified Tour Series double header is now considered the best of all worlds as the Supers have been added as well as all the other divisions originally scheduled for the World Series The Thompson Speedway has also changed their admission prices for this event, considerably lower than previously advertised. For this event Adult General Admission is set at $35, Juniors 6-14, $10 and Pit Admission is only $45. The only downer is that the Whelen Modified Tour Series will lose the make up event that was originally scheduled to run this Saturday. If NASCAR has their Team Player of the Year award this year it should definitely go to Bill Roth of the Waterford Speedbowl who has once again changed the date of the Town Fair Tire Fall Finale so as to avoid a conflict with the World Series at Thompson. The Waterford Fall Finale is now scheduled for November 4-5-6. There is no conflict with the North-South Shootout and no conflict with the Thompson Flea Market. Waterford's admission for adults is $30, Youths $5 and pits with license is $40.

It looks like Whelen Modified Tour Series competitors and fans will be making only one trip to the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island in 2006. Riverhead has not been a favorite with the competitors but the events as far as fans are concerned have been exciting. NASCAR is currently in the process of putting the 2006 schedule together and is expected to announce their dates for next year at the annual awards banquet.

Eddie Partridge and the gang at T/S Haulers in Riverhead, NY are in the process of restoring the 1982 Troyer Modified that was owned by Ernie Wilsberg and won every major race that year. With Greg Sacks behind the wheel that car cleaned house where ever it went. Partridge also owns and maintains the Modifieds and SK Modifieds currently driven by Jimmy Blewett.

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 weeks viewing begins on Wednesday at noon with a full rerun of last Saturday's Busch Series Sams Town 250 that was run at the Memphis Speedway. Later in the day at 5:00pm NASCAR Fast Forward recaps last weekends Nextel Cup and Craftsman Truck events from Martinsville and the Busch Series event that was run in Memphis. The action shifts to the Outdoor Channel at 8:00pm for the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars. Thursday's action begins at noon with a Nextel Cup revisit to the 2004 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 that was run at Atlanta. At 3:00pm last Sunday's Subway 500 from Martinsville gets a complete replay. Fridays viewing begins at 4:00pm with NASCAR Live from Atlanta. Taped delayed Nextel practice goes at 6:00pm with taped delayed qualifying going at 8:00pm. The Speed Channel goes live on Saturday at 1:00pm with NASCAR Live from Atlanta. Live coverage continues at 1:30 with the 2005 Crown Royal IROC Series Round 4 followed by the Craftsman Trucks with their own 200 mile event. At 10:00pm the USAR Late Models from Myrtle Beach, SC take center stage. Daylight Saving Time ends at midnight. Don't forget to set your clocks back! Sunday's action begins at 10:30am with NASCAR This Morning, a 90 minute preview of the Nextel Cup event at Atlanta. The action switches to NBC at noon for the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 that is scheduled to start at 12:40. NASCAR Speed News and Speed News Sunday wrap up the weekendís racing at 7:00pm. 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 had a negative ending for the week. The International Speedway Corporation dropped 0.06 to 51.80 and Dover Downs dropped 0.03 to 6.28. On the positive side, Speedway Motorsports went up 0.02 to 36.00. Nextel dropped 0.59 to 23.00 and Sun Oil dropped 4.73 to 67.55. Action Performance went up 0.35 to 12.50 while Featherlite Trailers dropped 0.04 to 3.06 and Boundless Motorsports dropped 0.30 to 4.50. In the drug sector Pfizer took a digger as they dropped 3.07 to 21.25. Bristol Meyers-Squib was also down as they dropped 0.86 to 21.45. In the home improvement sector Home Depot had a good week as they went up 1.24 to 39.65. Lowes was also positive as they went up 0.01 to 61.22. Parcel carriers Fedex and UPS were also up for the week. Fedex went up 0.93 to 88.53 and UPS went up 1.68 to 71.68. With a lot of cold weather headed our way and energy prices going out of sight an alternate heating and vehicle fuel source has become propane. In the last year or so propane stocks have gained in value plus they pay very generous dividends. Surburban Propane, Energy Transfer Partners and Ferrell Gas are three good ones. The best part of it is the fact that the tax laws have changed and dividends are taxed at 15 per cent.

Thatís 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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