Monday, December 31, 2012

Seven Things I Love About the Buffalo-Niagara Area

For nearly 40 years now (it’s coming very quickly!), I’ve been a firm believer in the Buffalo-Niagara area for a number of reasons. This is my home, and on the rare occasion I thought about leaving (mostly in high school and college for education and career purposes), I always managed to come back to my senses and realize there’s really no place else for me. The following seven things are what keeps me here, and keeps me writing about the awesomeness of the Buffalo-Niagara region.
·         Four seasons – OK, yeah, I know – IT SNOWS HERE! But the beauty of the snow: eventually it goes away! I can’t imagine living with the constant threat of hurricanes or tornados. It does get cold in the winter, but springtime is glorious, summer can’t be beat and autumn is beautiful.
·         Music from two countries – I’ve been listening to “Canadian music” for nearly 30 years – and yes, there’s a difference. There are some great acts dating back to the 1980s – artists like Luba, Spoons, Parachute Club and Gowan – that I listened to that no-one I went to school with had heard of, and even today, bands like The Tragically Hip, the Headstones and Chantal Kreviaziuk have a limited following in “the States,” mostly in border towns like ours. Listen up America – there’s some cool music north of the border.
·         Foodie-ness – Chicken Wings. Sponge Candy. Beef on Weck. Just a few of the things we have to offer in Buffalo – along with numerous “Taste of” food festivals, a growing food truck market, a number of wineries in Niagara county and two popular restaurant weeks during the year.
·         Proximity – This place is close to sooooo much. Toronto – two hours (on a good traffic day). Cleveland – three hours and change. Wine trails – scattered through the Finger Lakes region and southern Ontario (about three hours at most). Pittsburgh – about four hours. NYC – hop on a plane and be there in about an hour – same with Philadelphia, Boston and Washington D.C. Want to take a road trip? Plenty of action to be had.
·         Gardening – We are the home of the National Garden Festival, GardenWalk Buffalo and some beautiful public gardens, like the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, the Erie Basin Marina Trial Gardens and Delaware Park’s Rose Garden and Japanese Garden. As a gardener, I love seeing the color come up in the spring – of course, I hate when it leaves after first frost, but that just means it’s time to plan next year’s garden!
·         Festivals and fun all year long – winter festivals, food festivals, outdoor concerts, sporting events, fall festivals, lawn fetes, county fairs, charity events, car shows…the list of things to do in Buffalo is nearly endless! There is literally something for everyone in the Buffalo-Niagara region.
·         Sports – we take a bad rap for the Buffalo Bills (often well-deserved!) and less of one for the Buffalo Sabres (remember them? They play hockey…), but we support them because they’re part of us, as are the Buffalo Bandits (four-time indoor lacrosse CHAMPS!!), the Buffalo Bisons (now the Triple-A club for the Toronto Blue Jays) and our many local college teams. We’ve also got numerous running events (like the Turkey Trot) and special events (the Pond Hockey Challenge – when the lake freezes, that is!), plus those crazy Polar Bear plunges.
Those are just a few of the reasons I – and many others – live, sleep, eat and breathe Buffalo.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Visit to The Podge

The Podge on Main Street
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I’d been past it at least a hundred times (NOT an exaggeration!), but until 2011, I had never stopped into The Podge – probably because I thought it would be dangerous…me and all those cookie cutters…
I finally broke down and dragged my mom (with whom it would likely not be as dangerous) to the store, located at 10205 Main St. in Clarence, New York. The Podge specializes in gourmet foods, teas and coffees, kitchen gadgets and Jelly Belly jellybeans – and has a HUGE back wall full of cookie cutters! That wall alone made me feel like the proverbial kid in a candy store (not the Jelly Bellies!). All kinds of cookie cutters – large, small and tiny – as well as miniature numbers and letters and others that I can't remember. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, it might not be available! (If it isn’t, check out this trick from the blog Bake at 350!)
The staff was very friendly, and I was able to get out of there without doing too much damage – just a couple of – you guessed it! – cookie cutters. Had I not been with mom, it might have been a completely different story (I was seriously looking at the olive oil bread dip mixes…). On my second visit (I stayed away for a year!), I ventured in alone...but I was too overwhelmed to buy anything - just looking takes most of an hour!
Check out The Podge’s website and Facebook page, and don’t wait as long as I did to stop in if you’re in the Buffalo area.

Friday, November 23, 2012

2012 Season Champs

The 2012 auto racing season is over for me :( Thankfully, there are plenty of new champs to talk about during the off-season as well as plenty of news relating to 2013 already in circulation. Here are some of my favorite moments from 2012.
NASCAR – two new champs and a repeat champ in NASCAR’s top three series, as Brad Keselowski (Cup) and James Buescher (Trucks) took their first titles and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. repeated as Nationwide Series champion. Kyle Busch failed to win in either the Nationwide or Truck Series for the first time in many years, and failed to make the Chase after cutting back his schedule to focus on the Cup Series…hmmm…
NHRA – three first-time champions and a repeat in the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car) and Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) were first-time winners, while Ed Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) took his third title. Ron Capps finished second again and Courtney Force took home a Wally in her rookie season, as well as the Road to the Future Award as rookie of the year.
IndyCar Series – Ryan Hunter-Reay took home the title as Will Power finished second for the third-straight year. Dario Franchitti won another Indy 500, and James Hinchcliffe showed up at the first race of the year wearing a Danica Patrick wig :)
World of Outlaws – Donny Schatz took the Sprint Car title while Darrell Lanigan won the Late Model Series title. In the Super DIRTcar Series, Matt Sheppard became the first driver to capture three-straight Super DIRTcar titles.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Botanical Gardens Mum Show – November 5th, 2012


I don’t know how I stayed away from the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens for as long as I did (the last time I was there prior to this year was probably back in elementary school – like 30 years ago!), but I’m glad I rediscovered it. My mom and I made our second trip to the Gardens (since I’m now a member, I’m going to take advantage of it!) this year for the annual Chrysanthemum Show – some of my favorite flowers.

I couldn’t believe the size of some of these mums – they were huge and tall! In speaking to one of the volunteers following the visit, we found out a secret – the tall mums were actually “regular” mums that were snipped back and trained to be that tall (I guess the constant trimming of leaves from the stem will force all of the plant’s energy into that one stem, making it taller and the flower bigger). This gives me a project to think about for next year… (have to find this information online!).

The "Tall" Mums
Next up is the Poinsettia Show and Garden Railway Exhibit in December – can’t wait to go back!



I think she's left over from the Succulents Show!
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

New Star Wars films? Umm…

A little bit of background first: one of my earliest childhood memories is of my mom and grandma taking me to the drive-in to see one of the Herbie movies, and me being turned around the entire night in the back of the station wagon watching Star Wars (the original) – I didn’t care that I couldn’t hear it, it just looked cool! From then on, I’ve been a proud Star Wars geek – the movies, the books, Club Jade online…my sources for entertainment and useless pieces of trivia that make people go “Really?”
Having the back story of what happened in the five to 40 years following ROTJ (that’s Return of the Jedi in geek-speak) thanks to the awesome books, the announcement made Tuesday gave me…well, there was a disturbance in the Force: Disney is buying Lucas Films and other entities for $4 billion-plus, and with it comes another trilogy – Episodes 7, 8 and 9.
While I’m always happy to see new Star Wars anything, I’m having trouble coming to terms with how they’re going to make new movies, using the original characters (Luke, Han, Leia, etc), when so much of the post-ROTJ story has been told – quite well – in the books. A lot of the back story in the books can’t just be glazed over in movies, no matter what time frame they’re making them in. For example: Han and Leia’s marriage – and the prince who was supposed to marry her; their three kids, and what becomes of them; Luke’s marriage to the Emperor’s Hand – and how many people know who – or what – the Emperor’s Hand was? And, depending on the time frame, how will Chewbacca be dealt with?
So, yeah, I’ll go see them, and add them to my movie collection when they come out on DVD, but I have a bad feeling about this – could a new trilogy be delusions of grandeur?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at Rolling Wheels – October 6th

After not seeing a World of Outlaws Sprint Car race in nearly 20 years, I’ve now seen them three times in just over a year, all at “The Fast Track,” Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, New York. The track is about two hours from Buffalo, and nearby is the DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame – someplace Dad and I will be finding next year when we head back to Rolling Wheels!
Yep, it was cold – about mid-40s – but we weren’t the only crazy ones there – in fact, the grandstands were PACKED! This race was part of Super DIRT Week in Syracuse, a five-day event at three tracks in the area, featuring 358 and Big-Block Modifieds along with a few other classes and the World of Outlaws Late Models and Sprint Cars. The Late Models raced at Rolling Wheels on Thursday night; I have yet to see them live, so that’s going on my bucket list!
So I grabbed a hot cocoa from the concession stands (I’m sure that and coffee were big sellers, but I did see some people walking around with ICE CREAM!  BRRRRRR!!!!) and caught some of the best racing action in the country. After a couple trips around the pits (where Dad got Sammy’s autograph), we headed to the stands to watch the early action, then headed back to the truck for the Big-Block “Win and You’re In” race and the WoO “A” Main – there’s a parking area in Turns One and Two that affords the best view of the frontstretch; it costs a little more to park there, but on cold nights like that, it’s a great option to heat up AND catch the race!
Here are a few more pics from Saturday – check out my FLICKR album here!

In the pits: Joey Saldana and Cody Darrah, Kasey Kahne Racing

Steve Kinser, Tony Stewart Racing

Jessica Zemken

Friday, September 7, 2012

Southgate Plaza Car Show – September 2nd

One of the car shows I love going to is the Southgate Plaza Labor Day Car Show, which gets over 400 cars easily every year, and this year was no exception. Another fun aspect of the Southgate show: Buffalo’s own super-Elvis impersonator, Terry Buchwald (a lot of people come to see him and not the cars!).
It's amazing what you find in the parking lots at some of these shows!
Street-legal Midget

Roush power
More Roush power

This is too funny...
...but very serious lol!
All photos: Paula Thompson Freelance

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Botanical Gardens – August 31st

As much of a gardening freak as I am, I haven’t been to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens in AGES (read: elementary school!). I picked up a Groupon for a membership earlier this year, intending to get there this summer…well, summer was almost over, and the Groupon expired on September 1st…oops! So I picked up Mom after work Friday (I took half of a vacation day! :) ) and set off for the Gardens.
The Botanical Gardens

The Palm Dome

Bonsai tree

Dinosaur Topiary

Hibiscus

Peace Lily


All photos: Paula Thompson Freelance

Friday, August 31, 2012

NY Yankees at Cleveland Indians – August 26th

The hectic summer continued (I’m calling it the prelude to my epic 40th birthday year!) with my annual bus trip to Cleveland for the Yankees game. I have to say I was a little disappointed – not in the Yanks, they won – but in the bus trip, which might be the first time I’ve ever been disappointed.

John Glenn

First off, it was an “all-you-can-eat” seat game, which I thought (from a past bus trip) would be in the Bud Party Zone on first base line on the first level…WRONG GONG! Try the 500-level, behind home plate…not very good for player pics :( It did, however, provide a great view of the pre-game ceremony with former astronaut John Glenn, so I did get to see an American legend – and it provided a nice overall view of the stadium (which I tried to upload here but to no avail :( )…that was about all (I made sure I pigged out on baseball food – I have to splurge once in a while!).

Yep, that's the view from behind home plate :(
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Then, following the game, all ready to go home…the radiator on our bus blew :( There was nothing that could’ve been done to prevent it, but when they determined it was going to be a while until the mechanic from the area got there, I would’ve started looking for other alternatives to get us home…as it was, we didn’t leave Cleveland until the time we were supposed to be returning home – 8:30 p.m. :( That made for a long night (and a longer Monday!).
I’ll still go on bus trips in the future, but I’ll definitely pre-plan for problems (I was supposed to get some stuff published Sunday night – OOOPS!!).

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Amherst Highway Department car show – August 25th

Dad had wanted to take the ponies (Mustangs) to a few more car shows this year, but the summer escaped us and the only one we took them to was the Amherst Highway Department car show on Saturday, August 25th. Last year, Sally (blue) won a people’s choice award, so this year (we hoped) it was Sam’s (black) turn – and it was :)

Mustang Sally

Mustang Sam
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The Highway show is only in its second year, and the number of cars grew from last year, so that’s a good sign that it will continue.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Druar-Jankowiak Memorial 110 at DTRP – August 18th

My third Modified race of the season – not officially an ROC event, but with the same cast of characters – was this past Saturday at Lancaster…er, Dunn Tire Raceway Park (old habits die hard!). Much better than the first one at DTRP in June – the right guy won this time (that would be Matt Hirschman!). Here are a few pics (I’m still experimenting with night racing photography!).

Matt Hirschman

Lined up for driver intros

Third and fourth turns (I need a longer lens!)
 All photos Paula Thompson Freelance

Thursday, August 23, 2012

What the heck is a firematic tournament?

For those not in the know, the sport of firematic drill team racing has its roots in New York State, where fire companies compete against other companies across the state to see who's fastest in a number of skill areas. (It looks like drag racing, but there are a lot of other skills in play.) Western New York (that’s where I am) is one of the four regions in New York competing in firematic tournaments.
3-Man Ladder - Paula Thompson Freelance

There are two categories of drill team racing: old-fashioned, where competitions take place on foot; and motorized, using one of two classes of truck ("B" trucks look like modified older-model pickups and "C" trucks resemble dragsters). Competitions take place on training strips with an arch at the far end used for ladder and bucket events.
"C" Ladder - Paula Thompson Freelance
The main events are broken into hose competitions, which are run on foot and with the "B" and "C" trucks; ladder competitions, also run on foot and with the "B" and "C" trucks; and the final event of the competition, the Bucket Brigade. (I remember, as a kid, we used to be allowed to stand under the arch during buckets – especially fun on a hot summer day!)
Portions of this previously posted on Examiner.com.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Sheryl Crow at Artpark – August 14th







The summer of concerts continues…back to Artpark, this time with Sheryl Crow on stage. I got worried since, shortly after I got the ticket, it was announced that she had a brain tumor  :(  There were no ill effects of any problem, however, Tuesday night – she was awesome! I still can’t believe we get all these amazing shows in the Buffalo/Niagara area every summer :)

Both photos: Paula Thompson Freelance

Thursday, August 16, 2012

NY Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays – August 11th

Alex Rodriguez



I’m not a huge baseball fan, but I do love my Yankees – another one of my father’s brainwashing effects on my youth. A few years ago, I started taking bus trips to baseball games through a couple of local tour groups – I wanted to see my Yankees live! I’ve been to Toronto, Cleveland and Yankee Stadium for Yankees’ games, as well as Pittsburgh for a Pirates/(UGH)Red Sox game (which happened to set the stadium’s attendance record, so I was at least part of history!).
Last Saturday, I made my annual trek to Toronto’s Rogers Centre to see Derek, Nick and the boys, and was quite impressed with Alex Rodriguez, who is rehabbing with the team, who signed autographs for 15 minutes.
Here are a few pics of this year’s Toronto game.

Derek Jeter



Mark Teixeira
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Friday, August 10, 2012

Pocono – Day Two (August 4th)

Saturday was another early start, getting to the track a little after 8 a.m. No pits today – once we checked out Fan Fair it was almost time for Truck Series qualifying, followed almost immediately by Cup Series qualifying. We had general admission tickets, so we tried something new – sitting in the very front section of bleachers along the frontstretch. We sat on the top row, which was nice for two reasons: 1) it was about 10 degrees cooler down there then it was in the upper levels, and 2) if I wanted to stand on the bleachers for pictures, I had a (rather sturdy) railing behind me.
After qualifying and a quick break, it was time for the Truck Series Pocono Mountains 125 race. As I’ve said numerous times already, I love the Truck Series, and was really excited when it was added to the Pocono weekend that I attend every year. This year’s race did not disappoint on the action scale, with Joey Coulter taking home his first win for RCR after Nelson Piquet Jr. led much of the first part of the race. I also discovered another thing I like about the lower bleachers – these were the best seats I’ve been in during the last three years for getting victory burnout pictures!

Coulter celebrates with his crew -
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Dad and I watched about half of the ARCA race before he decided to head home – Amherst, NY is a five-ish hour drive from Pocono, and Dad wanted to get home and into a comfortable bed!
I’m ready to go back next year, and possibly twice – there are a lot of rumors circulating that the IndyCar Series could be returning to Pocono next year…I need to see an IndyCar race!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Pocono – Day One (August 3rd)

Race weekend Friday at Pocono is one of my favorite days of the year: that’s when Dad and I spend half the day in the pits, Dad talks tires with crew guys, I pick on him about it and I take lots of pictures (and sometimes Dad picks on me about that!).
The pits at Pocono are somewhat akin to a zoo…There’s a big black wrought iron fence between us and the animals…er, race teams, and once in a while you get to see an animal…er, driver…up close – some will come up to the fence to sign autographs.

The Fence...Copyright Paula Thompson Freelance
Since the Truck Series was added to the August schedule, things are much different out on pit road – and even more fun for fans! Many of the Truck Series drivers were very gracious about signing autographs, including the “big guns” – Ron Hornaday Jr., Todd Bodine and Timothy Peters among them. As I said in a previous post, it always helps to have your own Sharpie in case you catch them on the run.
After Truck practice and the first Cup practice, Dad and I headed back to the grandstands to find Mom, and dropped some cash at the souvenir haulers. I also checked out the Chevy display in Fan Fair (where the vendors and souvenirs are), since there were some Truck drivers on the schedule (check out some of the pics in this previous post).
Around 4:30, after about eight hours at the track, we headed back to Wilkes-Barre and dinner at Friday’s (it’s attached to the hotel – and I had a coupon!) and to relax before Saturday’s action at Pocono.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Four things I love about Pocono Raceway

Tim George Jr.
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Just got back from my annual expedition to Pocono Raceway for Sprint Cup Series, Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series action – we only go for Friday and Saturday, because, well, it rains on Sunday…it’s like a God-given element of the August race weekend, and we just gave up on Sunday. In spite of not catching the Cup race, there’s still plenty of fun in just two days – here are four of my favorite things about this year’s adventure.
Joey Coulter
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French fries – Pocono has awesome French fries. That’s all, just awesome.
Fan Fair – Fan Fair, where the souvenir haulers and vendor displays are set up, changes from year to year – some years there were goody bags available from Giant Supermarkets and Target, some years food samples and one year, the Budweiser Clydesdales were there. This year seemed lacking in haulers and displays, but I still got some cool shots of Joey Coulter, Tim George Jr. and Ty Dillon at the Chevy display during Q-&-As on Friday.

Ty Dillon
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The pits – spend the $50 and get the pit pass – it’s awesome back there! I do wish they’d put steps in the tunnel under the track, because going down the slope is a crazy experience (why anyone would want to wear sandals to the pits is beyond me!), but once you get there, it’s a lot of fun, made even more so by the recent inclusion of the Truck Series…

Truck Series racing – I love the Truck Series, and at Pocono, it’s awesome – especially on pit road. I was in total fan mode with my father, because the Truck Series “garage” is pit road – and most of the drivers are gracious when it comes to signing autographs (very much like my favorite thing about the NHRA!). Tip for the pits – bring your own Sharpie!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Heart at Artpark – July 24th

I often say that, personally, there are only two genres of music: that which I like and that which I don’t like. That’s because my musical tastes run the gamut – ABBA to ZZ Top is NOT an exaggeration! You’ll see what I mean this year, as the four concerts I've had tickets for this summer (there may be a fifth – we’ll see…) are from a pretty wide range of music. I already saw Huey Lewis earlier this month, and this past Tuesday, once again at Artpark in Lewiston, I saw a group that I’ve wanted to see for many years – Heart.


Ann Wilson and Craig Bartok - copyright Paula Thompson Freelance
 
Nancy Wilson and Kristian Attard - copyright Paula Thompson Freelance
Ann Wilson is amazing – I can’t believe she sounds as good as she does after more than 30 years in the business! I could’ve closed my eyes and thought “Crazy on You” and “Barracuda” were being played from the record…and “Alone”? Absolutely amazing! Nancy Wilson is a diva on guitar, and still sounded great as well on “These Dreams.” All in all, another fine evening at Artpark.


Nancy Wilson - copyright Paula Thompson Freelance

Sunday, July 22, 2012

24 Hours in a Buffalo Summer – July 20th and 21st

I love living in the Buffalo area, and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, especially in the summer, when we squeeze every little bit we can out of the beautiful weather. Here’s one example of weekends in Buffalo during the summer – a 24-hour period from 6 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Saturday, when I think I drained the batteries on a couple of cameras!
·    Friday night – Firematic tournament at Main-Transit Fire Department – a firematic tournament is a little like drag racing, but the teams practice firematic skills to see who’s the fastest. It’s pretty interesting, and I’ve been around it since I was a kid…it was also a great excuse to try out some new “night racing” camera settings! :) (more photos here)

Ladder competition - Copyright Paula Thompson Freelance
·    Saturday morning – “Man Up!” car show at East Amherst Fire Department – Dad was going to take the Mustangs up, but he didn’t :( We still walked around and checked out the 100-plus cars at the show, which was a charity event.

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·    Saturday afternoon – Amherst Garden Walk – checked out nine of the 35 gardens participating in the Walk this year…maybe someday my gardens will look good enough to enter! Lol
The Flip-Flop Flower Pot - I have one, just haven't done anything with it yet!
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There was plenty more going on in the Buffalo area this weekend, but I needed to get some work done online and around the house…there’s always next weekend! :)


Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Heart of Rock ‘n Roll is still beating – July 3rd

Hi, I’m Paula…I’m a child of the 80s and I love Huey Lewis and The News.

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Now that that’s out of the way – Artpark in Lewiston has a great outdoor summer concert series on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. All the shows used to be free, but with the names they were drawing and the crowds that went with them, they started charging for the Tuesday shows this year – like, barely charging.
It cost me $13.25 to see Huey Lewis and The News kick off the Independence Day holiday (I almost didn’t go, thanks to crazy ol’ Mother Nature!) - $5 for the ticket (like I said, barely charging!) plus $1.25 service charge, $5 for parking and $2 for tolls on the Grand Island bridge – I’d pay that for Huey all day long!! In fact, I’ve paid more to see him!
Huey Lewis for me is the pop version of George Strait – you know he’s good, you know the songs, and even if the show doesn’t change much, you know it’s gonna be a good one just because of the music. That’s what I happily got from Huey :)

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Friday, July 6, 2012

DIRT 358 Mods at DTRP – June 26th

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DTRP tried this last year, and only seven cars showed up (there was supposedly a rescheduled points event, so I can’t hold that against the drivers running for points). This year, they teamed up with Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburg, NY for a four-race series…and they had a few more cars – like a dozen.
Dad and I went to check out this year’s first race at DTRP, the second race in the series. It was pretty cool, but they need to work on the tire compound – WAAAAAY too many blown tires for a 50-lap event. – I even got to a point where I could tell they were going two or three laps prior.
Not sure if I’ll make the second race at Lancaster – er, DTRP (some old habits die hard!) – but since Dad’s cars are running, I might end up there.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

RoC Modifieds at Holland Speedway – June 30th

   
Hoping for much better results than the previous week’s race at DTRP, Dad and I headed to Holland Speedway last Saturday to watch the RoC Modifieds. In spite of my seemingly life-long involvement in auto racing through Dad, I had never been to Holland…see, they race the same night as Lancaster…er, DTRP, so Dad’s priority has always been his own teams (totally understandable). Through some stroke of luck (or maybe good scheduling), the weekly Saturday show at DTRP was “Crashorama” that night, and Dad is on a Modified kick – lucky me!! :)
Unlike last week’s “demo derby,” there were fewer cautions at Holland, but just as much action! No last lap craziness this time – Matt Hirschman took the lead convincingly from Chuck Hossfeld with a number of laps to go and didn’t look back.
I’m hoping some of these same drivers head back to DTRP for the Druar/Jankowiak Memorial 110 in August – ‘cause I’m on a Modified kick now! :)

All photos: Paula Thompson Freelance