Expansion Begins On Eastern Museum of Motor Racing
York Springs, Pa. – Constructions crews from Lobar Inc. are busy constructing the new addition to the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. The building is expanding with the adding of a new wing.
The museum continues to grow and the ever-increasing donations are filling the current facility. The Eastern Museum of Motor racing embraces all form of motorized competition and this ambitious effort is straining the confines of the complex.
Due to the financial donations of those in the sport, the construction began on a new wing that will house the research area. The new addition will be on the west end of the current facility.
The greatly appreciated donations to the research facility created the need for a bigger room. The new room will have plenty of room to house all the current research materials. There will be extra room for future donations.
When finished, the Jerry Reigle research room will be one of the leading facilities for motorsports historians. The room will contain over 6,000 racing programs from current and former speedways across the United States. There will be hundreds of old photographs, along with access to old racing newspapers.
The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing library has several hundred racing books on every form of motorized competition. The library also contains large collections of known magazines such as Hot Rod, Open Wheel, and much more.
Lobar Inc. has the flooring complete on the new wing and will soon begin erecting the walls. The goal is to have the new room ready by the start of 2017.
The museum just received a donation of Bill Elliott’s 1994 NASCAR Ford Thunderbird. Included with the donation were Elliott’s helmet and driving uniform. The pit crew fuel can and catch can were also donated.
Beginning with the start of November, the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will be open on just Fridays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum will resume normal weekend operating hours in April.
The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing is a non-profit organization founded in 1975, dedicated to the preservation of America’s great motor racing history. EMMR not only honors significant people and vehicles of racing’s past; but also, the historic speedways, fairgrounds, drag racing organizations, and the Gettysburg Region Antique Auto Club of America.
For more information contact us at www.emmr.org. The museum and Latimore Valley Fairground are located at 100 Baltimore Road, off Route 15 midway between Dillsburg and York Spring. The telephone number is 717 – 528 – 8279
U.S. District Court Dismisses Case of Suspended Dirt Late Model Dream Drivers
Drivers can return to competition with payment of fines and reinstatement of suspended DIRTcar membership
CONCORD, N.C. - Oct. 18, 2016 - U.S. District Judge Mae A. D'Agostino today issued a stipulation of dismissal in the case of plaintiffs Scott Bloomquist, Gregg Satterlee, Jimmy Owens, and Ricky Thornton vs World Racing Group and subsidiary DIRTcar Racing, Eldora Speedway, and its owner Tony Stewart regarding suspension following tire analysis after Eldora Speedway's Dirt Late Model Dream.
Drivers will be allowed to return to competition with payment of the fine and fees imposed, following a request for reinstatement of their suspended DIRTcar membership.
"We're happy this is over," said DIRTcar Racing COO Tom Deery. "It is a waste of resources that should have been invested in the sport rather than damaging it and polarizing fans."
The attorney for the five plaintiffs and their team owners, R&W Motorsports, LLC, W.G. Satterlee & Sons, Inc., Best Performance Motorsports and J.R. Motorsports, LLC, filed a voluntary motion for dismissal on Monday.
Brandon Sheppard, among the five drivers originally involved, voluntarily withdrew from the case on September 9, 2016.
The New York law firms of Lester Schwab Katz & Dwyer, LLP and Ahmuty, Demers and McManus represented DIRTcar Racing, Eldora and Stewart in the Northern District of New York. Counsel from IceMiller, LLP (Indianapolis) and Apollo Sports & Entertainment Group Law (Charlotte) complemented the team.
On June 20, 2016 DIRTcar Racing officials disqualified five competitors following failed post-race inspections at the Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway.
Tire samples collected from the #B5 driven by BSheppard, #22 driven by Satterlee, #20 driven by Owens, #33X driven by Thornton and #0 driven by Bloomquist and tested by an independent laboratory did not meet established benchmarks in a chemical analysis. A total of 32 samples were taken throughout the weekend, June 9, 10 and 11, from participants.
All five competitors were found to be in violation of rule 15.11-G and were fined in accordance with rule 11.1.
Rule 15.11-G.) Chemical alterations, vulcanizing, tire softening, defacing and/or altering the face of the tire lettering and/or tire stamping will not be permitted. Chemicals or tire softening is not permitted at any time. Tires may be inspected at any time. Any violation with any tire presented for competition may result in immediate disqualification from the events and/or other penalties including but not limited to; loss of money, fine, loss of points and/or suspension.
All five drivers were disqualified from the event, including the loss of all purse money and championship points earned during the event, fined $1,000 and penalized 1,000 DIRTcar Late Model points for the 2016 season. The total penalty, including loss of money, fine and the cost of the tire analysis was $19,630 for Sheppard, $4,655 for Satterlee, $7,630 for Owens, $10,930 for Thornton and $6,105 for Bloomquist.
Each was also placed under a three-month suspension from all DIRTcar sanctioned events, but this was delayed by their appeals.
On June 29, 2016, the World Racing Group Commission upheld the penalties issued. The three-member panel heard appeals in Indianapolis, and after deliberation, panel members agreed that the collection and testing of the samples followed accepted protocols and the samples did not meet accepted benchmarks.
As stated in the rule book, DIRTcar members in good standing can request a final appeal be heard by the World Racing Group Commission Commissioner Potestas. The five plaintiffs pursued this option.
On July 23, 2016, World Racing Group Commission Chairman Potestas, motorsports executive John Darby, again upheld the penalties issued by DIRTcar Racing.
Darby interviewed all five competitors, DIRTcar Racing Officials, and visited the testing facility to inspect the testing procedure.
In an effort to promote consistency for the length of suspensions, Darby decided that the final suspension should be defined by weeks, not months as prescribed in the original penalty. The original three-month suspension became a 12-week suspension from all DIRTcar sanctioned events, including World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series competition. The suspensions commenced on June 21, 2016 and concluded on Sept. 13, 2016.
COASTAL 181 ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF KEVIN OLSON MEMOIR
Newburyport, Mass., October 10, 2016 – Motorsports publisher Coastal 181 announced today the release of its latest title, “CAGES ARE FOR MONKEYS: Unleashed with Kevin Olson, Racing’s Zaniest Hall of Famer,” by Kevin Olson with Lew Boyd.
As his good friend Tony Stewart says in the Foreword, “Racing has never had a character quite like Kevin Olson, and it will never have another. I’m sure about that. This was a mold that only got used one time. Once it produced him, that mold was broken up and thrown away.”
Olson is the classic “identity of contraries.” On one hand, he is one of America’s most talented and enduring open-wheel champions, a 2016 inductee into USAC’s Hall of Fame. His story weaves through a half-century of Midget racing history, from New England to New Zealand, tallying wins and tragic losses, as well the gritty ways traveling racers struggled to keep on going, no matter what.
And then there is the infamous “KO” – the chronic jokester who recalls in delighted detail his endless antics and pranks, perpetrated on unsuspecting stranger and best friend alike.
This is a book that will make you laugh out loud, the perfect gift for any one who loves racing and doesn’t take life too seriously.
“CAGES ARE FOR MONKEYS” is available online at www.coastal181.com or by calling Coastal 181 at 877-907-8181 toll free. The website, updated daily, includes over 1500 other motorsports books and DVDs, as well as hundreds of photos.
Continental Acquires Hoosier Racing Tire Corporation
Fort Mill, SC., October 4, 2016 — The international technology company Continental today announced the acquisition of Lakeville, IN-based Hoosier Racing Tire Corp., a manufacturer of specialty tires for racing applications.
“This acquisition showcases the consequent execution of our long-term growth strategy Vision 2025, characterized by strategic planning and systematic implementation of technological progress. The acquisition of Hoosier Racing Tire is an exciting next addition to our product portfolio and will support our growth strategy, especially in the ultra high performance segment,” said Nikolai Setzer, Executive Board Member for Continental’s tire business.
Dr. Jochen Etzel, CEO of Continental Tire the Americas, LLC (CTA) added, “Hoosier’s management team has built an impressive business. We believe Hoosier Tire is well-positioned to continue its strong growth, and we look forward to supporting that development through our complementary knowledge and extensive footprint. Hoosier’s management team will continue to run the racing tire business. We are committed to the employees, and the communities in which Hoosier operates. We look forward to the future of working together to accelerate growth.”
Hoosier was founded in 1957 and has a legacy of technical product knowledge, quality manufacturing, outstanding service and consistent performance. Hoosier supplies tires for most racing applications throughout the world, with an emphasis on high performance and quality. The company currently employs nearly 500 people.
Joyce Newton, Hoosier’s president and CEO said, “Continental and Hoosier share a similar vision for continued growth and sales excellence. Hoosier has fantastic brand recognition, a high-performing team, established customer relationships and a great lineup of products. This acquisition will provide a stronger and more sustainable organization for Hoosier moving ahead.”
Continental and Hoosier have worked together over the past several years on a variety of technical and motorsports projects. Continental is constantly looking to add talent to its team. The transaction will create significant opportunities for the employees of Hoosier and CTA.
Terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.