Start things off; let’s get NASCAR Cup out of the way. Last year was the “Bad Year 400”. They couldn’t possibly make that mistake again, so it was more or less back to business as usual for NASCAR Cup at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this year’s Brickyard 400. I guess the main difference would be the automatic double file restart coming to Indy. I thought the race was a bore. It started out looking good but that didn’t last long. Seems like the same drivers keep winning this one. But I guess come this time next year, I’ll be marking out for it again. Wouldn’t it be something if this coming weeks Pocono race winds up being better? I placed Pocono as the absolute bottom of the barrel when it comes to the Cup tracks. That’s even ranking below the cookie cutter tracks because Pocono came before they did and I always thought that Pocono was the pits. And just in case you might be thinking that ole Jalopy Jack don’t know what he’s talking about because he’s never seen the race at Pocono, the fact is that I’ve never seen Cup race there but I took advantage of a free ticket last year to see an ARCA race there and I wasn’t disappointed. How could I be disappointed when I knew what to expect? There’s one point in the race that there was a red flag. The sightlines were so bad that I couldn’t even see where the cars had lined up. And just to prove to me that it was big league; it took an hour to get out of the parking lot after the race. The only nice thing I could say about the place was that there were plenty of bathrooms. I do wish I could’ve been there when they used the 3/4 mile track. Just one of many things I have missed in racing.
In the stands at Wall Stadium this past Saturday, I was asking some people if they ever heard of, or remember Modified drivers like Bugs Stevens, Leo Cleary, Rene Charland, etc. I didn’t get one positive answer. The reason I brought this up is because I thought they might’ve been interested in a little story I’m about to tell you. Up in New England is a fine organization called “Pro Four Modifieds”. I still call them “Mini-Modifieds”. They’re hurting in car counts this year, but they put on one hell of a show and every car’s a work of art. In a recent race at Seekonk, Norm Wrenn was looking to remain undefeated for the season. Upsetting Wrenn for the win for the grandson of Leo Cleary, Cory Cleary. Just thought that would interest somebody and I’m sure some of you readers know what’s going on.
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