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guess what ?! Not too hard
to figure, huh ?! What . .
. Dave, Troy and crew racing another year - imagine that ! We really planned on last year being our final, but one of
Dave's arms was twisted by a crew members wife and the other was twisted
by our crew chief, Louie - not to mention the SRL organization and a lot
of the other teams expressing that they wanted us back this year.
It really feels good to know that everyone "luvs" us -
yeah, right. Anyway, Connie
Stewart (John's wife) has offered to take over Dave's much disliked job
of travel arrangements and Louie (our crew chief) told Dave that IF we
were to race again in 2001, he promised to have Dave's go-kart
"race ready" at all times - that was all that it took - we're
racing again. The SRL also
added some incentive by putting together a season of "12-14"
races - that makes a lot more sense to us - thank you.
we are racing the full season (as we know today) and the schedule is
included with this newsletter.
watch our website (www.biswellmotorsports.com) for any last minute
changes or for really quick race results if you are unable to attend the
race. David Anthony (Ethylene Control's President of Sales) is our
computer "wizard" who designed the whole website and keeps it
updated - pretty nice, huh ?! You
are always welcome to call our shop if you have any questions at
559)896-2076 during normal business hours or the guys are usually here
working on the car on Monday and Wednesday evenings (6-10 or so) and
they will usually answer that line.
are heading to Phoenix for the CopperWorld Classic this week - the race
is Saturday. I will get a
letter out as soon as I can when we return and let you know how the race
went. Check our website for quicker information.
yeah . . . this IS our last year
of racing !
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will be the last newsletter of the year, so before we get started with
the racing "stuff" all of us here at BiswellMotorsports would
like to wish each and everyone of you the best holiday season ever and
the happiest of New Years ! Thank
you for being so loyal to us over the years - we really appreciate all
you've done !
Now for the racing
Madera, October 27th
Neither Dave nor I were
able to be there for the race - Dave was in Philadelphia for one of our
largest tradeshows of the season and I was involved in a golf tournament
for an organization I volunteer with - but we hear it was a great race
between Darren Rusconi and Troy. In
reading an article by Gerald Laurie, these are the days events.
Troy qualified with fast time, Eric Silsby second and Rick
Veenstra was third. In the
first heat race, Eric started third and won the event with Jim Birges
finishing second. In the second heat race, Harry Stone spun in turn two on lap
six and Regier "somehow found his way around while Veenstra slid
into the hapless Stone" according to Laurie.
(Seems like Troy always finds a "hole" to go thru,
doesn't it ? I guess that's
why he's the successful driver that he is.)
Anyway, Mike Baisch (in the "infamous black Sprint
car") won the heat race even though "Regier hounded Baisch's
heels for the last five laps".
"Baisch held the middle line and Regier could not find
traction to get by on the low side."
As Gerald Laurie put it "The real tale of the kind of year that Troy had is told by his stats at yearend. He competed in all 18 races, had 17 top 10 finishes, 16 of those in the top 5 and 13 wins. His only DNF was the season opener at Phoenix when he blew an engine while holding nearly a straightaway lead over the eventual winner, Davey Hamilton" (while attempting to make it 4 consecutive CopperWorld Classic wins !).
Our banquet followed the race that night and was held there at the Madera Speedway. It was a nice evening (I made it there for the "party") and everyone really seems to want us to run another season. We pretty much have decided on running next year, but it will depend on the schedule. At this point, we have been "promised" approximately 12 races, if the final schedule is much more - we won't run. We have a strong stand on that issue, feeling that more races hurts our group more than helps it. Too much travel - crews can't make races, too much money spent, not everyone can go to every race and that hurts our car count. Low car count hurts our ability to get the tracks that these cars can put on a show at and also hurts as far as getting television coverage which would promote our group. So, we will see - we would like to race next year, but to be honest the schedule we had this year made racing seem like a job instead of the "hobby" that it is.
Everyone have a fun,
safe and healthy winter and we'll be writing again after the holidays
and let you know what the next year holds for us.
you all again for all of your support over the years - we love and
appreciate all of you !
Fig Garden Golf Club Fresno
Madera, September 24th
This was the week of our 5th Annual Alyssa
Biswell Golf Classic. Thank
you to everyone who attended, played and/or helped out - it was a
huge success! We
would like to thank Rebel Jackson, Jr. and Jeff Helton for coming down
just for the tournament. Rebel
even ended up crawling in his old car and racing - thanks Rebel ! Also, a huge thank you to Rodney Rothgarn, Eric Silsby,
Jim Birges, Ron Berger and Troy for showing up in their drivers suits
and helmets in hand to visit the patients at Valley Children's Hospital
! We know it's a
tough assignment, but it's a great day for the kids !
Thanks, guys ! The
tournament raised $15,662 for Camp Sunshine and will send about 56
cancer patients to camp next year - thank you !
Also, a huge thank you to Tim Martin for his very
generous bids on the autographed football & Sports Illustrated by
David Carr, basketball and Tark's towel autographed by Jerry Tarkanian -
you were a big part of the success - thanks Tim !
Check out our website (www.biswellmotorsports.com)
for some great pictures of the day.
"Thru holes in traffic before they open
- that's how Gerald Laurie described Troy in Madera that night.
Troy qualified fast and drew a "6" for the main event
start. The heat race was a
great show in itself. Troy
wiggled thru about 4 cars (that included Rebel) in one move and had
moved from 6th to 3rd in the first lap and ended
up winning his heat race. The
30-lap main event had 21 cars starting with Troy outside of the 3rd
row. Troy moved thru the field including Eric Silsby, Rebel
Jackson Jr. and Rick Veenstra. By
the 9th lap Troy was leading the race and won it with Eric
finishing second. It was a
great night with a great car count.
Altamont, October 6th
Altamont was a day of hurry up and wait . . . and
wait . . . and wait. The
crew arrived at 8AM when the gates opened.
Dave and I got to the track about 3:30 and the Supers had
qualified with Troy being the fast time, Eric second, Kenny Hamilton
third, Tony Pierce fourth and Rick Veenstra fifth.
There were 17 cars that qualified - great car count considering
our schedule this last month (too many races and all in California - not
easy for everyone to make). Troy
started 7th in his heat race, was in 2nd on lap
two and chasing Jim Birges. He
caught up and passed Birges on lap 5 and won his heat race.
Let me remind you, they qualified at 3 in the afternoon - the
main event started at 12:45 the next morning.
Try setting up a car for that difference in temperature !
If anyone can - it's our crew - they are fantastic !
Troy drew an "8" for the start of the main event.
Troy had moved up to 3rd position by the 10th
lap of the 30-lap main - with Darren Rusconi and Bobby Bigioni in front
of him. "Troy blew by
Rusconi in lapped traffic on lap 20 for the lead" to use Gerald
Laurie's words again. Troy
won the race with Rusconi second, Bigioni third, Kenny Hamilton fourth
and Rick Veenstra was fifth. Eric
Silsby had spun to the infield and wasn't seen by officials in order to
throw a yellow and get him back out.
The main event was ran in 9 minutes compared to the 2 (!) stock
car mains of 100 laps each that took over 1 1/2 hours each.
Oh well, the outcome is what we wanted, right ?!
El Cajon, October 13th
Rick Veenstra and his team were not able to make this
race - sorry, we really missed them.
Eric Silsby qualified fast and he was determined to win the main
event - he hadn't had his first win yet.
Troy qualified second fast, Eric drew a "6" which put
Troy inside of the 3rd row
for the main event. Eric
and Troy each started their heat race in the back and both won their
heat race. Eric was hooked
up and driving to win ! Troy
started the main on the inside and Eric on the outside of the 3rd
row. After the 3rd
lap, Eric was in 3rd and Troy in 5th. On the 5th lap, a yellow flag was thrown for
"debris" on the track - it was one of Eric's front wings.
He had bumped Kenny Hamilton trying to get into second and lost
his wing. Eric's car
definitely wasn't handling the same after that. By the 11th lap, Troy was leading and won the
40-lap main event with only two other cars on the lead lap - Eric and
Jim Birges for second and third.
Troy has won 12 races this season out of 17
events - pretty awesome ! He does
have the Championship locked up for the 4th Championship in a
row ! What a team we have -
what an experience we have had over the last 6 years !
But this is our last . . . well maybe.
It's hard for us to understand but we are getting told that we
shouldn't quit and that we would be missed by a lot of people (some are
even other teams) - we may just sell off some of the extra equipment and
scale down our racing operation some and maybe hang around awhile.
There is one thing that will really help us make that decision -
the number of races next season. We
have a strong opinion that there needs to be a lot less races in order
for most teams to make all of the events and get our car count up. We need the car count up in order to keep the SRL on the road
to success ! So we will see
! Sorry, this is not an
intentional string along - just a possible changing of our minds in
order to support an easier schedule for all to make.
Madera, October 27th Races start at
The last race of the season and the Year End
Awards Banquet immediately following the race there at the fairgrounds -
nothing dressy or formal - so please attend if you can - should
be a lot of fun. Dave is
out of town (Philadelphia) for one of our largest trade shows of the
year and I am involved with a golf tournament for Trauma Intervention
Program of which I am a volunteer and had committed myself to way back
when. Since this race was scheduled late in the season, we already
had made commitments so we probably won't be there. I know Dave won't be, but depending on how many volunteers we
have show up and how my golf tournament is doing, I may pop in (at least
for the race hopefully).
Thank you to EVERYONE for all of your support
over the years - you all are the best!
Stan, Bob ("Ol' Guy"), Louie and Troy
were the only ones that could make the trip this last week - leaving
late Wednesday night and getting back at 5AM Monday morning, showering
and heading off to work. It's
really hard with our schedule this year and all of the time needed out
"on the road" for alot of us to make them all - Dave and I
included. We all know (and
greatly appreciate) all of the prep work done here in the shop the
weeks prior to the race - that definitely helps determine the final
outcome of the race. All of
our guys show up as their personal schedule allows here at the shop on
Monday and Wednesday nights (and sometimes Saturdays) to work on the car
- thanks guys ! We
appreciate all of you and your families who put up with this
"darned" race car !
Well, anyway, here are
TriCities, Washington Friday night, August 17th
Troy had 2nd
quick time with Eric Silsby having fast time - yeah! Go Eric !
(Oh, sorry - he's my second favorite driver.)
Troy won his heat race. Eric
drew a "6" so Troy started inside the 3rd row.
He finished 3rd with Mike Baisch winning the race and
Rick Veenstra finishing 2nd.
(Eric was 5th)
Wenatchee, Washington "Super Oval" Saturday, August 18th
Troy had quick time and
finished 3rd in his heat race.
He drew a "6" for the main invert so he started on the
outside of the 3rd row.
He won the main event ! - Kirk Wartman finished 2nd,
Eric Silsby was 3rd and Rick Veenstra was 4th.
The team has now won 9 out of the 14 events so far this season -
we are so proud of our team
August 14, 2001
We are a little behind in our newsletter - kept thinking I'd have some info to pass on about Troy and an IRL ride . . . not much news yet . . still a possibility from what we're told - so keep your fingers crossed for him. (Sharon!)
Salt Lake City,
Utah - 4th of July 2001
The guys had a fantastic night ! Troy beat his own track record there, they won their heat race and the main event. Couldn't have asked for much more !
Carson City, Nevada - July 7th, 2001
This is another one of those single groove, follow-the-leader kind of tracks. Troy did set fast time, but he drew a "6" for starting position. The crew said they just "missed the setup" and the car was really loose. Troy finished fifth, but he and the car were both in one piece and healthy.
Madera, CA "Triguiero Classic" - August 3rd, 2001
The first annual Triguiero Classic - in memory of Larry, Sr. who passed away last December - was a huge success ! There were alot of "old-timers" present who told a little history and some fun stories involving the Triguieros and we had a 20-car field - it was really nice ! Troy set fast time and won his heat race. He drew an "8" which had him starting outside the 4th row. A lot of cars and a lot of really good racing action. Troy did win the main with Eric Silsby second and Rick Veenstra third. The fans that came into the pits after the race were fantastic. Troy enjoys signing autographs and talking with the fans.
Altamont Raceway, Tracy, CA - August 4th, 2001
Another "hard to pass on" track. Troy did have fast time, but had mechanical problems in the heat race, so he wasn't able to finish the heat. The engine seemed to have some serious problems, but turned out to be just a mag wire - so everything was good to go ! Troy drew a "4," so he started outside, second row. About half way thru the 30 lap main event, Troy got by Kenny Hamilton to move into 2nd place and shortly after that, passed Rick Veenstra for the lead. He finished the race over a straightaway ahead of the rest of the field. Veenstra finished second, Hamilton third and Eric Silsby was fourth. The starting positions were: Veenstra, Hamilton, Silsby and Regier - in other words, Troy was the only one doing any passing that night. It is a tough track !
Troy and the crew have WON 8 out of the 12 races so far this season ! Pretty good stats, I'd say !
Looks like we're leading in points by about 70 (one perfect night of racing) going into this weekend where they're racing in Washington - TriCities on Friday, the 17th and Wenatchee on Saturday, the 18th.
For quick info and racing results, don't forget to check out our website - www.biswellmotorsports.com.
Thank you to our sponsors and fans for all of your support - we honestly could not/would not do it without you ! Thank you !
This weekend was full of extremes ! The weather was one of them with Friday the 1st being a record high of 99 ( it was hot ! ) and then on Saturday it cooled off 30 degrees and was cold and very windy Saturday night, but then on Sunday it was a record low for the high temperature of the day crazy ! Then of course the racing was from one extreme to another. Since it was a 2 day race, Friday night the drivers were a little more cautious making sure that they had a car to race on Saturday. Youll see the difference below in the highlights of our racing.
Friday, Troy qualified 2nd fast behind Davey Hamilton. In Troys heat race, he started in the back of the 8 car field and finished 2nd, behind Jeff Russell. In the main event, Davey drew the 6 pill, so Troy started inside 3rd row. The race was a very clean race with not much action on the track. This track is a very hard track to pass on only one groove and a lot of dirt on the track due to some fun racing event the weekend prior. Basically, the front cars finished as they started, with Troy finishing 5th but in good shape for Saturday night. Mike Baisch ( a new name to our group ) had a great Friday, winning his heat race and the main event. The main event win was due to a little luck since Mike qualified 6th fast and Davey drew a 6, that put him on the pole and thats where he stayed. Mike did a good job, though congratulations to him.
Saturday night, Troy qualified 3rd fast (the car was a little heavier tonight and the thought was that it might slow Troy down, qualify a little farther back and start a little further towards the front but there is no slowing Troy down). Troy actually wanted to go for the track record, but we opted for a little slower car to have a better main event. Davey Hamilton did qualify fast again, setting a track record (sorry Troy) and Rick Veenstra qualified 2nd fast. In Troys heat race, he started 7th and finished 5th. Davey drew a 6 pill again and that put Mike Baisch on the pole again. Troy started outside of the 2nd row and started moving up in the field right away. He had worked his way up to 3rd when there was a pileup in the first and second turns. Apparently one car got a little loose, but because this track is so small, it collected several others in the after math. I just closed my eyes because it happened right in front of Troy and there is no way to avoid missing that on that track . . . or so I thought. Troy just needled his way thru the various cars scattered thru-out the turn and went on about his way. Wow ! no one could believe how he did that we really do have a driver ! There were 5 or 6 cars involved in that mix-up and some were not able to continue the race. Troy moved into the lead in a great move going under the leader (Kirk Wartman, a local favorite) when Kirk got a little high in turns 1 and 2 and Troy maintained the lead to WIN THE RACE ! There was another mix-up that involved several cars again, but Troy finished the race with a nice clean car and no mechanical problems either.
Troy also won the Diamond Cup by accumulating
the most points over the weekend.
They presented him with the Diamond Cup Ring (a gold ring with a
diamond chip in the corner) Saturday night.
Weve raced at Meridian 12 times only winning twice.
Its a tough track for the Supers takes a lot of patience
and following the leader waiting for an opportunity. Troy did a fantastic job of driving. And our crew . . . we were very short handed and the guys
that were there worked very hard I dont know how they do it
thank you all !
Speaking of short
handed - Dave, Louie and Troy have had their hands full these last
couple of days trying to put together a ride to get to this next swing
of races. Mike Raypholtz
(the owner of the tractor that normally pulls the hauler) had told us
way back when that he may not be able to make the out-of-state races
because he needs his tractor for his business, so we knew that we were
working around that. Jim
Birges put together a rig to pull one of our cars over to Meridian for
us last weekend thank you Jim !
Late last night, Dave finally put together the
final details for June 16th thru the 23rd races.
Hoosier Tire West Rick Gerhardt has offered their tractor
to us to pull our hauler for the swing we can not thank Rick enough,
we really appreciate this offer ! We
are going to take Rick up on his offer and we have Stan Turner (one of
our crew members) who can drive the rig to Pikes Peak, Colorado and then
to Dodge City, Kansas but then has to fly home to take care of his ag
spraying business. We spoke
with Slick last night a fan of ours from Boise who drives
truck for a living and he said hed love to come out and help us
out the whole swing. Slick
worked in the pits a couple of races last year, so hell be a great
help in the pits and behind the wheel (of the truck, that is) thank
you Slick !
So, that makes our next races look like this:
June 16th at Pikes Peak in Fountain Colorado, June 20th
in Dodge City Kansas and June 23rd at Magic Valley Speedway
in Twin Falls Idaho. Albuquerque, New Mexico on June 18th has been
cancelled they were talking about maybe making Dodge City a two day
race or something, but as of now I know nothing.
Check our website, we will keep it updated with notes of how
Troys doing and if they schedule anything else.
Thank you all so
much for all of your support ! We
have fantastic sponsors that we can not thank enough thank you !
we hope everyone is doing great and is as excited about Troy as we
are. This newsletter will
catch you up on the races that we have raced so far this season. If you ever want a quicker update, please go to our website www.biswellmotorsports.com
as it is kept current.
Copper World Classic
qualified 2nd quick, behind Davey Hamilton.
He started the main event on the outside of the front row, took
the lead right away and even with several restarts, always was leading
and gaining distance. With
12 laps to go, the motor blew on the front straight at 180 MPH and spun
in his oil, hitting the wall in turn 1.
Troy was okay had a headache, but was okay.
The car did sustain some damage the tail section and the
wing. A win here would have
made it 4 consecutive wins for the team we still hold the record
with 3 consecutive wins though. We
would like to congratulate the Triguiero team on their win Davey
Hamilton (driving the orange #1) won the race after Troys blown
motor. We feel happy for
the Triguiero team since Larry Triguiero, Sr. passed away this past
December and we know that win meant everything to their family !
Congratulations Marie, Larry and families!
Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring, Las Vegas
3/8 mile track has been completely rebuilt the track, the stands,
everything and its beautiful!
Troy qualified 2nd, behind Eric Silsby. The
8 pill was drawn by Eric, so Troy started inside the 4th row.
He quickly worked his way up to the 2nd position,
behind Joe Gosek. On about
lap 12, Troy took the lead and retained the lead to win the event.
Great track, great facilities, great weather and we won what
more could you ask for ?!
is leading in the points standings by 1 point ahead of Rick Veenstra
going into this race. Troy
qualified fast, with Davey Hamilton qualifying second fast.
In the heat race, Troy started 8th. He was hung up in traffic for awhile, but with just a couple
of laps to go in the 10 lap event, he moved into second place behind
Rick Veenstra. Gaining on
Rick, things looked good. On
the back straight of the last lap, Troy got into some oil that was on
the track from Lonnie Adamsons blown engine and it caused him to
slide into the wall with the rear of the car.
At this point, there was nothing Troy could do he was along
for the ride. The car
crashed into the wall in turn 3. Troy
was okay, really disappointed though it was important to Troy to
make a good showing tonight because Dick Simon and Ken Norton, Sr. were
there to watch Troy for a possible Indy car ride.
(Still dont know anything, but they have been in touch with
Troy since the race so keep your fingers crossed.)
The car was taken off the track on the hook looked pretty
tore up ! The guys went to
work they had a bent axle, bent and broken shock tower, damage to
the oil cooler, broken radius rods, broken shocks and front and rear
wing damage. We want to
thank all of the other teams and their crews they were all there
offering anything they could to help us try to make the main event thank
all of you!
the supers were being pushed on the track for the main event, the crew
had the car on the scales hoping to make the main.
From the stands, it looked as if Troy was not going to make it,
they had already closed the entrance gate.
Our rooting section was pretty down and feeling bad for Troy. And then . . . they opened the gate and here comes Troy
we were so excited! Everyone
(I think) was cheering for Troy it was great!
Heres Troy in a car that has practically been rebuilt and no
time on the track to check the car out kind of scary.
Troy got just a few laps of warm up before the starter slowed
them back down for the start. Troy
started outside the 4th row, with Davey Hamilton beside him.
The motor sputtered some for the first 5 or 6 laps not enough
warm up time. Still Troy
was moving up in the field very nicely taking his time and driving
smart. Troy didnt get to
take on Davey one-on-one because Davey pulled in with some mechanical
problems. With 12 laps to
go, Troy was leading and pulling away from the field.
About half way through the race, Troy said the car started
shaking really badly and he wasnt sure it was going to make it for
the whole race, but they made it. Great
show! A lot of work on the part of the crew but probably
the best showing we could have hoped for to show Troy (and our crews)
talent! We can not say Thank
you enough to our crew they did a job that all thought couldnt
be done! And Troy . . .
hes the best! We are very proud of Troy and all he has done
on the track and off!
included a copy of the article that was in The Fresno Bee a nice
article, but a couple of mistakes:
Davey did not qualify fast and Troy did not start at the back in
the main. Oh well, good
Our next race is June 1st and 2nd in Meridian, Idaho well be there!
everyone for all of your support you are the reason we are able to
pursue this dream of Troys (and Daves) thank you!
2001 Racing Season, Biswell Motorsports, Selma, CA
This newsletter is to accomplish
Get the 2001 SRL
schedule to you,
Get a picture of
Troy and his family (and his new tractor) to you,
To let you know
that this is our last season so lets make it our
you will find the SRL 2001 schedule.
As you can see, there are a lot of races and some new locations.
We are not sure if well make all the races - for a couple of
reasons. One reason is that
our guys do not get paid they are all volunteers and they have
full time jobs that are not always easy to take time off of.
Another reason is that Troy is again hopeful of obtaining an Indy
ride with some serious discussions nothing final, yet we will
let you know when he lets us know.
Keep your fingers crossed for him we are! Back to the schedule the June 18th and June 20th
races are probably not's at this point.
Other than that, we will try to let you know of those that we
wont make. Phoenix (CopperWorld)
is a definite! We will be
trying for our 4th consecutive win (3
in a row was a record) so if there is any possibility of
making that race you have gotta do it!
Also, we are including Troys Christmas family picture. This picture has their new baby, Alyssa, in it. Troy and Sherrilyn had always liked the name Alyssa and wanted to name their first baby (Ashley) Alyssa, but some close friends had just had a baby and they named her Alyssa, so they didnt use the name. Then we came along to sponsor Troy and we have our Guardian Angel, Alyssa, always with us. Our Alyssa is Daves youngest daughter who passed away in 1994 at the age of 14 after a hard fought battle with Leukemia. Well, Troy and Sherrilyn still liked the name Alyssa and this baby looked like an Alyssa to them, so Troy called Dave to see if he would mind of course not! So now Troy has an Alyssa and she has dark hair, just like our Alyssa. Congratulations and best wishes to Troy and his beautiful family!
finally, this is our last season of Super racing.
Mid-season, we will put FOR SALE signs on everything and
phase out. Its sad in a
way well miss it but it does take a lot of time (and money)
to do it the way we like to do it.
Our crew guys, Im sure, will be glad to get a real life.
Most have been with us the whole 6 years that weve been with
Troy, but they have all been with us the last three years.
They work every Monday and Wednesday nights (late) and if we are
not racing which takes them out of town at least Friday (sometimes
Thursday) thru Sunday late (or sometimes Monday) they may be at the
shop on Saturday, too. Some have gotten married while on the crews (thank goodness
theres been no separations or divorces, though Im sure thereve
been thoughts!), some have become Dads, others families have expanded
and/or gotten older and some have jobs that are really hard to get away
from to travel to races. Anyway,
Im sure they will enjoy the extra time next year with their families!
Our crew is very loyal and dedicated and we couldnt have done
this as well as we have without them!
Thank you guys!!! Hopefully,
Troy has an Indy ride well buy a motorhome and just be
groupies and follow him around.
So, please, if there is any way you can make a race or two,
please do it you wont be disappointed!
Come in the pits afterwards and give Troy and the crew a bad time
wed love to see you there.
Okay lets make this last year the best!!!! Thank you all for all of your support over the years youve made it possible for our success!
Speedway, Irwindale CA, October 21st
was to be a race "just for the fun of it".
Since Troy already had the Driver Championship locked up and Dave
pretty much had the Car Owner Championship locked up, we were looking
forward to a fun day. We
also had the backup car (the "T car") running.
Eric Silsby had crashed his car last week in El Cajon and was not
able to put it back together in time for Irwindale.
Eric was running 5th in the point standings and could
drop to 6th if he did not run, so we loaned the car to Eric.
It was really fun with two cars racing.
We only have one short track top wing, so Eric used his yellow
#98 wing - so it was easy to tell them apart on the track.
fun - Eric won his heat race and Troy finished second in his.
Eric's car was really set up, but Troy and the crew were really
hustling trying to get Troy's to handle.
They decided to put a different tire on the right rear wheel to
see if that would be the solution.
That meant starting the main event from the back, but they felt
that was their only hope.
drew an 8 for the invert, so Eric started inside the 4th row
and Troy would have been on the outside, but Troy started 13th
due to the tire change. The race was fun, fun, fun!
Eric's car seemed to loose the setup from earlier in the day
(he said the car was really tight) and
Troy - well, he was moving thru the field very quickly.
Troy was leading the race by a good distance and just pulling up
on the pack to start lapping them when there was a yellow flag thrown.
The only thing the yellow flag did was keep Troy from lapping the
field - he won the race by a great distance!
It was great! Troy and the crew needed a win.
They've all been a little down with the events of this season.
were all over at the scales celebrating when the officials told us our
car was 1/2 of an inch too wide. Well,
to make a very long story short, the top 3 finishers were disqualified
for very minor infractions of the rules.
Infractions that by no means were intentional nor an advantage on
the track. There were a lot of unhappy people! (Seems as if there should be different degrees of penalties
to infractions due to the seriousness of the infraction - we'll work on
that this off-season.) So
that means that 4th place "won" the race - but,
they are not sure who's 4th - there is some discrepancy
in the scoring. Eric,
our other car, either "won" the race or placed 2nd. It was a lot of fun having the two cars on the track and Eric
and his "crew" - his Dad and his wife - are great people.
It was extra work for our crew to get the two cars ready, but
they jumped right in and went above and beyond expectations - thanks
year-end banquet was held the next day there in Irwindale.
Too bad there was such a fiasco the night before - was hard for
some people to "celebrate" the season, including our guys, and
I understand that completely! I
felt we needed to support the organization - and I know it was hard -
but, Troy, Dave, some of the crewmembers, some of our great fans and I
2000 season is over - thank goodness!
I only hope that some of these last years' events haven't
tarnished Troy or our teams' reputation - we pride ourselves in our
like Phoenix (CopperWorld) will be in mid-March next year where we will
be running the same weekend as the IRL.
At this point, this will be our first race of the season, but as
soon as we get the new schedule we will pass it along to you . . . along
with a picture of Troy and his family.
As of now, Sherrilyn is on bed rest just waiting for the baby to
decide it's time.
Thank you everyone for everything this past season - we couldn't have done it without you!
El Cajon Speedway, El Cajon CA
weather- Clear, warm and blue skies! (Sorry, Slick) Slick is one of our
newest fans and he was going to fly in for the El Cajon race, but he
waited a little long to get his airline tickets and the price was crazy-
he called and said he couldnt make it and I told him it would
probably rain anyway- sorry, Slick- the weather was the best!
wife, Sherrilyn, is due any time now and on the Friday before El Cajon,
she started having contractions fairly close together. Troys
father-in-law, Eugene, flew him down so they could fly home anytime if
they needed. As of now,
things are quiet and shes trying to hold off until after Irwindale so
they can all relax and enjoy the new little one.
Looks like a third little girl for them.
I will be sure to send the new family pictures to you all.
Okay-racing! Troy qualified fast, didnt necessarily want to, but we
have a hard time getting Troy to slow down.
He started seventh and finished second in his heat race and drew
an 8 for the main event. That
put Troy on the outside of row 4 but since the car that was to start on
the outside of row 1 wouldnt fire- all the outside cars moved up one
row. This put Troy in the 3rd
row, outside. Troy was in
second by lap 10 when a red flag was thrown for an accident involving
several cars. The cars were all stopped on the straightaway in front of the
main grandstands. Someone
noticed our car was leaking fluid from the rear end, so the car was
pushed to the pits where our crew went to work.
Apparently the fluid leaking could even be smelled in the
grandstands because I heard the announcer say Now you know when we
can smell your rear end
clear up here- its time for you to go to the pits, so the crowd
had a lot of fun with that! Troy
was able to bring the car back on the track before the cars were even
restarted- the fans cheered- they wanted him back out there! Due to
crashes and mechanical problems, there were only 8 cars left in the
race. Troy had to start in
the back since he needed to leave the track to work on the car.
Troy was up to 4th place and on the last lap he went
high to get around the 3rd place car, but just couldnt get
it done. In his attempt,
the 5th place car got under him, so he finished the race in 5th
has the Championship locked up. Even
if the second place car won everything at Irwindale and Troy didnt
even start- Troy would win the Championship.
We talked with Troy last night
and told him if didnt want to go to Irwindale ( because of the
baby situation), not to
worry, it would be okay. He
said he wants to go- he wants to win the race.
Going back to the hotel Saturday night, our crew chief ( Louie
Gennuso) asked Troy Did you ever think you would have a Championship
locked up and still feel so down about a season?
Troy said Good question because I am disappointed with my
season. There were several
races that were my races to be had and it just didnt happen.
you look at our stats for the season they dont look that
impressive, but that shows that even with all of the set backs- whether
they be mechanical or officiating- Troy and our crew can still get it
done! We appreciate them
and all of their hard work tremendously!
And I know that they as well as Dave and I appreciate our
sponsors even more because without you, we wouldnt be here.
you everyone for a great season!
will get a newsletter out after next weeks race and banquet in Irwindale
maybe a family picture by then also.
The tournament was held at Fig Garden Golf Course
(one of our sponsors) and, as usual, was terrific! The weather was great, the course is beautiful and the food
was fantastic! Thank you
Dave Knott and everyone at Fig Garden Golf Club for a fantastic day !
We had a great day of golf, raffle prizes galore and a 50/50
raffle. We raised
$6,000 for Valley Children's Hospital ! !
Each year our donation has increased - we want to thank all of
our raffle donors and tee sponsors - you are the best!
Jerry Ishii donated wine, raisins, a basketball autographed by
Jerry Tarkanian - thank you Jerry !
Merv Barcellos from Fresno Framing each year has donated a
beautiful, framed golf course print - always one of the most wanted
prizes. This year, not only
did Merv donate the print, but when he won the 50/50 drawing, he gave
back some of his winnings to make our Valley Children's donation be an
even $6,000. - thank you Merv ! We
want to thank everyone who had anything to do with our
golf tournament - thank you for everyone who helped put it together,
thank you to every one of the raffle prize donors, thank you to all of
the golfers and especially thank you to all of you who purchased raffle
prize tickets - you all made it possible !
Please check out our website for pictures of the golf tournament
as well as pictures taken at Valley Children's Hospital that morning
when the drivers visited patients there. If you weren't involved this year and would like to be next
year - please let us know ! Thank
you again, everyone - we just can't say thank you enough !
Thank you to all of our sponsors that make our racing
team - and Troy's quest for Indy - possible.
We appreciate all of you !
Park - Tracy ,CA
This was a hard trip for the guys - got to their
motel rooms in Merced about 1:30/2:00 AM
after loading up and driving from the Madera race the night
before. The crew (and
driver) were on the road from Merced to Tracy at 6 AM.
Got to Tracy and started getting set up for the days race.
Very hot - as always - in Tracy, but not as windy as usual -
thank goodness ! Troy
qualified with second fast time, Davey Hamilton had fast time.
Davey drew a "10" for the invert of the main event.
During the heat race, Troy bumped into the wall on the back
straight away breaking a part on the front axle.
The crew worked really hard between the heat race and the main
event, replacing the whole front axle - which was not identical to the
one it was replacing, so there was a lot of work involved.
Troy started on the inside of the 5th row and moved up
to 2nd, behind Dale Lamborn.
Troy's car was really loose and he knew he didn't have the car to
pass Dale, but hung close to Dale waiting for a possible opening.
With one lap to go, a yellow flag was thrown.
The race was restarted reverting back to the last completed lap -
two laps to go. The drivers
were not notified via the radios as to the laps left and Troy had
thought there was one to go. He
let up a little (thinking the race was finished) and Lonnie Adamson got
by him - Troy finished third. Troy
is not one to make excuses, but we as a team feel that these two race
weekends are exhausting on the driver and crews.
We are very proud of our driver and all of our crew members !
Troy is still leading in the Driver point
standings by 70 points and we are still leading in Car Owner points,
also - so we are very happy and thank Troy and our crew for all of the
hard work so far this season. We have two more races
left this season - El Cajon on October 14th and Irwindale on
October 21st. If
you haven't been out to see a race, or even if you have, we'd love to
see you at one of these!
Speedway - Madera, CA
The weather was perfect for racing!
Troy qualified with fast time and drew a "10" for the
invert. He started 8th
in his heat race and won the heat race in a great pass going into turn
3. The main event was a
great race with a lot of good racing and the fans loved the race.
Troy started outside 5th row and was in third by the
time a yellow flag was thrown on lap 10.
Jim Birges had a great car that night and was in the lead.
At one point, Troy passed Jim only to have Jim regain the lead
later in the lap. On lap
25, there was another yellow thrown - Jim was leading with Troy in
second and Davey Hamilton in third. On the restart, Troy was down low
coming out of turn 4 and under Jim when he got into the infield grass
enough to spin a complete 360 and take off again.
He fell back to finish 8th due to the spin - but the
fans loved the racing ! Davey
was able to pass Jim Birges and he won the event.
Davey had also won his Heat race so he collected the money that
had been building up for the next heat race and main event winner.
Raceway - Carson City, NV
The weather was warm but very windy in Carson City. Troy qualified 3rd and won his heat race. An "8" was drawn for the invert which put Troy outside 3rd row for the start. At the start in turn 1, George Greenway and Davey Hamilton crashed - they were out of the race due to damage to the cars. Since these two were the 7th and 8th fast qualifiers and on the front row, the SRL Officials thought the proper thing to do was to bring in the 9th and 10th fast qualifiers (Rick Veenstra and Jeff Russell) and put them on the front row. Many of the car owners and teams (ours included) were running around trying to find an official - to no avail. The race was started as stated above. Troy finished second - behind Rick Veenstra (one of the cars put on the front row erroneously). We filed a protest - that five other car owners signed - immediately following the race. The SRL Officials checked with several other racing organizations (the IRL, USAC, NASCAR etc) the next day and did find that what they did was the wrong thing to do. We did receive an explanation and an apology from the officials, but the results remained as was.
Mountain Speedway - Salt Lake City, Utah
Magic Valley Speedway - Twoin
day started out good great weather and the car seemed to be good.
Troy qualified fast time (again!) and won his heat race from the very
back. There were 16 cars that started the main event with Troy starting
on the outside of the fourth row. He was moving up really well and
pretty quickly. He got behind Jeff Russell and was not having much luck
in getting around him, but he finally did and was pulling away to hunt
down the leaders when a yellow flag was thrown putting Troy back
behind Jeff again (since he hadnt completed a full lap since the
pass). The green flag came out and racing was on Troy passed Jeff
(again) and was looking to pass the leaders when the yellow came out
again Troy was put back behind Jeff (again) since there wasnt a
full lap since the pass. After a few laps of yellow, the officials
decided we may be running low on fuel, so there was a red flag allowing
everyone to add fuel. The race started again with four laps remaining.
Not much time to get anything going, so the race ended with the same
lineup as the last restart Lonnie Adamson, Rick Veenstra, Jeff
Russell and Troy. Troy is still leading in points by about 25 points.
Portland Speedway - Portland,
and his family thought this trip could be a nice little family holiday
so they drove Troys parents motorhome. Due to a miscalculation on
driving time (Troy wasnt the only one), Troy arrived just in time for
the last practice session, but that seemed to be enough, since he had
the quickest time we had clocked all day during practice. Troy did
qualify fast and won his heat race. We dont normally have a Trophy
dash for our class, but the Portland promoters wanted one, so we ran in
the Trophy dash good thing! Troy went out for the Trophy dash and the
motor started making these terrible popping sounds. Louie, our crew
chief, said they just changed everything they thought it might be and
crossed their fingers. Well, it worked! Troy started the main from
outside of the fourth row and was moving up quickly. By lap 11, he was
in second place behind Lonnie Adamson (driving for Vernon and Carolyn
Reitz). Coming out of turn four there is a dip where the smaller inside
track joins the larger track and Troy hit that dip just right to break
the drive line so he wasnt able to finish the race. The Portland
track has always been known to be really rough, so nobodys really too
sad to see it being torn out after July 4TH and made into a clay track.
That same corner Troy hit was the same one that Rebel Jackson Sr.
crashed and was killed in 1994. The crew already had the driveline
replaced that night before loading the car for home. Thanks guys!
youre a terrific crew!
the Vuky for a Friend
OUR FANS UP TO SPEED....SEASON 1999
Straight Copperworld Win!