This Week in DIRT; Strong Words from Bubba Clem/ASCoC; Davey Johnnson Stuns at Winternationals; BRP Modified Tour Divorces Lernerville;
We took a week off from this segment to put the focus on the start of Florida speed weeks. In the meantime, we came up with a few issues to chew on. So if you’ve been stuck doing your taxes all week and are generally afraid of the outcome pending your return, and haven’t been able to stay on top of the info, the gap where stories have escaped you while your were busy. Don’t worry, we are here to catch you up on anything that you missed here on ……………………This Week In DIRT!
Strong Words From Bubba Clem/All Star Sprints -BRP
DirtCast.com interview with Bubba Clem
Davey Johnson Stuns at Winternationals
Super Late Model legend Davey “the Juice” Johnson scored his first Winternationals win since 2001 Saturday night, besting the Lucas Late Models and a host of competitive locals and true outlaws en route to a $10,000 payday. The Greensburg, PA native had scaled back his traveling in the past few years, but still had been very competitive wherever he ran, and has pledged to travel more in 2014. You can check out the race highlights here:
Race Highlights courtesy of XSANtv
BRP Modified Tour Parts Ways With Lernerville Speedway
The Bicknell Racing Products Modified Tour, located in the Western, Pa-Eastern, Oh area have announced that they will not race at Lernerville in 2014, or in the near future apparently.
Citing an alleged non payment from Lernerville parent company, World Racing Group, of funds from a tire agreement with Hoosier, the amount disputed appears to be $10,000, which was earmarked for the tour point fund payout. And, other factors including BRP Mod Tour sponsors which were not in line with WRG’s corporate partners apparently led to the dispute.
WRG had basically ended a contract with the regional modified organization early last year, an agreement which had been struck as a 3 year contract, signed by both entities in 2010.
There are probably other factors at play here, and surely not every detail has been made public. As of now, Lernerville/WRG has made no formal response, so only one side of the argument is open for debate. And, as we all know there’s two sides to every story.
Regardless, one thing remains clear, communication between the two sides broke down at some point, and it’s clear there was a great deal of assumption at work too.
The short of it is, the modified fans in the Pittsburgh area will now suffer unless they want to travel 1.5 hours at the very least to take in the 2014 BRP slate of races. And to be honest it truly sucks for them, and from our standpoint, this situation was completely preventable. We won’t name names, that would be un-professional, but we have a feeling a few people know exactly who’s responsible.
We certainly wish the BRP success in 2014. There are some tireless volunteers doing thankless jobs so that area modified fans can enjoy full fields with travelers from other modified geographies and competitive racing. We just wish things had gone down differently.
In time, the future of modified racing in the area seems unclear, but remember that one door closes just as one door opens. And that there are some exciting times ahead in the future as this turn of events will force changes for the good of area modified racing as well. Stay tuned…
You can check it out here:
New Title Sponsor and Impressive Schedule set up big year for BOSS Sprints
Here it is:
Florida in Feburary Scoreboard and Calendar
Have a great week folks, stay dirty!!!
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