at home; his children, Daniel P. Mitchell and his wife, Pauline of Bloomingburg, Dana Marie McCormick of New Windsor, Michael Mitchell of Las Vegas, Nev. and Dara Unruh and her husband, Daniel of Las Vegas; stepdaughter, Tina Moore of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; brothers, Clifford Mitchell and his wife, Mary; brother-in-law, Harry Romer; grandchildren, Stephanie McCormick, Ethan and Trevor Unruh, Cathy and Daniel Mitchell, and Matthew Mitchell; and one great-granddaughter.
FASTRAK MODIFIEDS: GOODYEAR GIVES A BOOST
An agreement has been reached between the open wheel division of the FASTRAK Racing Series and Larry Robinson Enterprises of Goodyear Tire & Rubber co. to actually DOUBLE the point fund for the 2007 racing season. Originally $5000 has now grown to $10,000.
Larry Robinson Enterprises Inc is located in Atlanta GA and has been the East Coast Rep for Goodyear Racing Tires for over twenty three years. "I want to see the Open Wheel Division of FASTRAK continue to grow.
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TVMRS: BONIFACE’S HEROIC ACTIONS
True Value Modified Racing Series competitor Jim Boniface found himself in the middle of a major traffic accident over the holidays, and while the end result was tragic for a Florida man, Boniface’s risked his own life in an attempt to save him.
According to the Daytona Beach (FL) News Journal, Bruce Edward Rudt went through a red flag on International Speedway Boulvard in Daytona Beach, while Boniface was turning into the intersection driving a tractor-trailer rig. Rudt’s Pontiac Grand-Am drove under Boniface’s truck and became stuck. Then, the fuel tanks of both vehicles caught fire.
The News Journal then reported that “witnesses told police they watched as Boniface jumped from the tractor-trailer and then both he and the witnesses tried to pull Rudt from his burning car. But the rescuers were unsuccessful, hampered by the growing inferno.”
MOD TOUR: PREECE TAKES STEP UP
Speed51.com has learned that 16-year-old Ryan Preece will take the step up to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2007, running the full Tour schedule for his family’s team.
Preece is the grandson of legendary Modified car owner Bobby Judkins. In 2006, he competed in a partial schedule of True Value Modified Racing Series and RoC Modifieds events.
DIRT: TROYER REOPENS
Troyer Race Cars began its 30th Anniversary season in memorable fashion, staging a grand re-opening celebration on January 6 that attracted hundreds of faithful clients and loyal customers to the recently restored shop. The all-day ‘open-house’ marked the official return of TRC to its familiar 4555 Lyell Road location after a year of temporary occupation next door to the Greater Rochester International Airport.
“Its great to be back home again,” beamed TRC President Billy Colton, who came to work at Troyer and was quickly elevated to a managing partner in 1989. Colton also had a successful career in asphalt Modified racing during the 1980s but chose to hang up his helmet in order to focus strictly on the business, which he became sole owner of in 1999. “A little more than a year ago we were desperately trying to find a place to build race cars. We stuck it out through the 2005 build season and made the most of what we had. We ended ‘06 with some big wins on the DIRT circuit and the entire Troyer work force has been back here since November 6. Everybody jumped right in at the start of the busiest build season Troyer has had in a few years, barely missing a beat.”
(NEMA) and the USAC Ford Focus Midgets. The entire schedule will be announced in the coming days.
TVMRS: TC TO CRASH PARTY IN 2007
When the gates swing open for a new season at Winchester, NH’s Monadnock Speedway, the high banked ¼ mile facility plays host to the True Value Modified Racing Series and that means large crowds, the standing room only variety, race fans in search of the sights, sounds, and smells of short track racing after a long winter season. When the new campaign kicks off April 14, fans may want to consider an even earlier arrival, as the opening night crowd is sure to get bigger.
foundation covering the same amount of space only with a new layout. Its more of the parts area that has undergone the biggest change and is proving to be very efficient and functional as well as very impressive.”
TRACKS: NEW MANAGEMENT TEAM AT WATERFORD
The New Waterford Speedbowl LLC has taken over the promotional responsibilities at Waterford. Principals Jerry Robinson and Bill Roth have signed a multi-year lease with the track owner Terry Eames.
“It’s now full speed ahead,” said Roth who continues as the General Manager. Roth said he and Robinson expect to announce in the near future the continuation of the NASCAR weekly sanction. The Speedbowl has been under the NASCAR banner since the 2000 season.
The new management begins Saturday night with the annual Awards Banquet at the Groton Inn and Suites. SK-Modified champion Dennis Gada heads up a long list of honorees.
The racing season will open on March 31-April 1 Modified Nationals which features a 150-lap SK-Modified race. The season will run through the last weekend of September. The SKs, Late Models, Sportsman, Mini Stocks and Legends cars will remain the standard fare.
Roth said that dates have been established with the International Super Modified Association (ISMA), True Value Modifieds, Northeastern Midget Association
Billy Colton (Jeremiah Fish Photo)
Son of the late William and Bertha Davis Mitchell, Danny was born November 30, 1932 in Warwick, N.Y. He was a past owner of Citgo Gas Station in Bloomingburg, the Mobil Station in Wurtsboro and the owner of D&J Auto Body for many years as well as the OCFS pace car driver following his retirement from racing. He was also in the towing services for both the Orange and Sullivan county areas. Mitchell was already preparing for the 2007 race season after purchasing a brand new Teo Pro Car numbered 1 for Tom Hindley to chauffeur on the ‘Hard Clay’ during the upcoming open-wheel campaign.
He is survived by his loving wife, Cathy R. Crotty Mitchell
Ted Christopher (#00) races with Bobby Grigas (#09) at Canaan in 2006. (Jim DuPont Photo)
Waterford hosted one of the closest Modified Tour events in 2006, featuring a battle between Eddie Flemke (#10) and Donny Lia (#18). The Tour won't be back at the track in 2007, but there will be plenty of ther action there. (Howie Hodge Photo)
The Westfield, MA based Czarnecki, Bros modified team announced this weekend they’ll return to the series in 2007 with Plainfield, CT, ace Ted Christopher piloting their car for six race events on the schedule. In addition to the opener, Christopher will compete in three other dates at the Granite State race track and will also compete in two events at the Connecticut based Waterford Speed Bowl April 21 and June 9. The team has also shown interest in the September race at the Thompson CT Speedway’s second annual "Modified Madness."
DIRT: MITCHELL PASSES AWAY
Former Orange County Fair Speedway driver Danny Mitchell, known as D&J #1, a contributor of maintenance
and equipment as well as sponsor at Orange County, passed away on Friday, January 5 at O.R.M.C. Horton Campus in Middletown (NY) at the age of 74.
A consistent contender downstate as well as on the Penn-Jersey circuit beginning the 1960s, Mitchell won a pair of big-block Modified feature races at Orange County with his last coming on July 24, 1971 --- the same year he posted a career-best fourth-place finish in the prestigious Eastern States 200 at the historic Middletown oval. Mitchell also frequented Nazareth (Pa.) Raceway, where he raced until its closing in 1979, and the now defunct Reading (Pa.) Fairgrounds and Olivebridge (NY) Speedway.
Troyer Race Cars was almost beaten on Friday night of Super DIRT Week ’05 when an accidental fire blazed through the Rochester, New York facility only an hour away from the Syracuse Mile. The cause was determined to be a neon sign transformer that overheated causing flames that quickly spread into the second floor attic, igniting the material in storage and eventually engulfing most of the building. Destroyed completely were Colton’s office, the H&H Motorsports shop and the assembly & sheet metal department. More than half of the area used for fabrication was lost, the chassis shop suffered water damage and the parts room was affected by heavy smoke damage.
"We secured some space near the airport and worked out of that office most of last season," said Colton, who had spearheaded operations out of a camping trailer in the make-shift Troyer parking lot since October of 2005. The Buell Road set-up offered only about half the square footage available as at the Lyell Road shop. “Now with the new facility we’re using the same basic
teams and weekly sanctioned tracks. We receive calls everyday from teams concerning the open wheel cars". As of now FASTRAK has weekly sanctioned Wythe Raceway VA, Lakeville Speedway in OH and Modoc Speedway in SC.
"Open wheels cars in the Southeast are a much wanted division by the fans. It gives the fans a chance to see something different race. A lot of tracks have similar looking cars in several classes but the open wheels are entirely different with no front fenders and the eight inch tires. It makes for some exciting racing. I have found the open wheel teams to be very easy to work with and we look forward to the 2007 season".
"What a great way to get the season started" stated FASTRAK open wheel director Jeff Saylor. "I knew this season was going to be exciting but doubling the point fund before the season gets started was something I never dreamed of. I know our teams must be excited. It just goes to show that Goodyear has a REAL interest in the Open Wheel class".
The FASTRAK open wheel cars are a GM 602 crate engine with a 5 inch spoiler and feature the Goodyear G40 and G60 tires. Other cars with larger engines are allowed to compete at 2600 lbs and a 6300 RPM chip.
PASS MODIFIEDS: 2007 SCHEDULE RELEASED
PASS has released their 2007 schedule for their Modified division, along with schedules for their other three Northern-based tours. Please click here to view them.
DIRT: ENDERS ANNOUNCES NEW POWERPLANT
Kevin and Kim Enders, proprietors of Enders Racing Engines, a long-time supplier of high-performance engines to all segments of the sport, are now shipping their new "Super Sport Engine" for 2007 DIRT big-block competition. Developed as an alternative to "crate" motors, the Enders SS is also seen as an affordable powerplant for Sportsman and 358-Modified teams wanting to advance to DIRT Motorsports’ headline division.
"Our original goal was to offer a low cost alternative to the ‘crate engine’ and give promoters more options as they try to make racing more affordable," Kevin Enders explained. "But we’ve also noticed a huge disparity between the cost of a Sportsman engine and the big-blocks and many teams that would like to move up just can’t afford the initial cost. The SS motor is priced under $20,000, substantially less than our top of the line big-blocks, but is fully upgradeable and can be improved in stages. After the driver gets accustomed to racing at that level and needs more power, both the cylinder heads and the oiling system can be upgraded as part of the regular rebuild cycle."
A number of other advantages were cited by the respected builder, whose powerplants have propelled such DIRT Modified stars as Billy Decker, Brett Hearn and Tim Fuller to victory lane at tracks ranging from quarter-mile bullrings to the Syracuse mile.
"The SS uses high quality, American-made aftermarket racing parts rather than the leftover GM parts found in Chevrolet’s ‘crate’ motors," Enders said. "And the engines are designed for DIRT racing, they’re not a ‘one size fits all’ combination used for everything from drag racing to stock cars. They’re also ‘driver friendly,’ with enough power to be competitive but with a power curve that’s perfect for big-block rookies."
Enders has long been associated with teams racing on a limited budget and is proud of the fact that they win races by combining a talented driver with a skilled crew fielding a car that handles well and has a reliable, competitive engine. "It’s the right combination that wins races, not the biggest budget," Enders added. "We feel that the SS engine can be a vital part of that winning combination."
Ryan Preece (Jamie Williams Photo)
The Mods will no doubt pick up speed in this year's Florida Speedweeks.
The Late Model division of FASTRAK has exploded in the last three years and there is no reason the Open Wheels cannot do the exact same thing. Goodyear along with FASTRAK designed a brand new tire for the 2006 season for the open wheels and the teams love the new tire. Its super fast but at the same time the wear factor is very, very good".
"I appreciate what Larry and Goodyear have continued to do for the series" stated FASTRAK Founder Stan Lester. "The additional $5000 from LRE is great news for our