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This Friday, June 20th will be the first NORA small block supermodified race at Spencer Speedway since 2007. The NORA group is known for putting on some great races at Spencer, and this event should be no different. Around 20 small block super teams have committed to “heading west” for this event.
The NORA race is sponsored by the excellent website www.sbsracingnews.com, and is a huge show for the speedway. In addition to the NORA race, several other divisions will be in competition. Besides NORA, the track will host the RoC Modified Tour for a 75 lap feature, along with their weekly modifieds, Street Stocks, Super Six, and 4 Cylinders.
Some of the drivers expected in competition are: Jack Patrick, Brian Sobus, Dave Gruel, Dave Cliff, Dave Danzer, Tim Barbeau, Rob Pullen, Guard Nearbin, and Steve Abt. Rookies Dennis Rupert and Mark Castiglia are expected to make the haul, along with George Knight, if he can get the time off from work. (If not, Stan Gates will probably take his car.) Terry Solazzo, owner of the Mike Bond and Rob Pullen cars has entertained the thought of driving, but I’m told that Mike Bond will be on standby in case Solazzo “chickens out”.
But all of those guys are in big trouble. They might as well stay home. If they’re looking for a win, they’re screwed. Why?
Because I’m bringing a three car “posse” that will hog all three podium positions, much to the chagrin of our peers.
Barry Kingsley anchors our group, also known as “The Three Amigos”. Barry has the most recent experience, as he has competed weekly at Oswego Speedway the last couple of years. Don’t let the “Marvin the Martian” voice fool you. When the green flag drops, Barry turns into a cold-blooded killer on the speedway. Hence the name “Killer Kingsley”.
Chris Lupa has been on hiatus for a couple of years, while he let Kreig Heroth wheel his #46 Hedger Chassis small block supermodified. But don’t kid yourself. He has been focusing on a special regimen of diet, exercise, and coffee enemas, designed specifically to improve on his already cat-like reflexes and hand-eye coordination. Sure, he destroys his car every other time he races it. But since he demolished it last time out, he’s due for a non-crash evening this time. Watch out for Chalupa, whose racing / rap star name is now “DJ On-the-gas”.
J.J. Andrews has been on semi-retirement since last September. I laid low last year, only running three times with my Hedger Chassis #93. Out of courtesy, I let other guys win every time I raced last year. But since I finished in the top ten every time, I proved to myself that “I’ve still got it”. This off-season, I kept my car right in the garage at home, firing it up every now and then for the thrill and smell of it. (A leakdown test verified recently that no damage was done during the 12:05AM New Year’s Day rev.)
But this weekend, it’s no more Mr. Nice Guy. As retired great Larry Muroski once suggested in an inspirational speech when he was driving, “I might be using the bumper more this year.” Do with that information what you will.
And to my teammates: thanks for all of the fellowship, friendship, and support. I accept that we may no longer be friends after this Friday’s performance. Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful. It’s been a great ride.
Team motto: GAME ON!
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As a driver/owner in the Limited Supermodified division, JJ Andrews covers mostly Oswego Speedway events, from a driver's point of view.