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Keepin’ it Short – Short track road trip

Being a short track racing fan can frequently lead to road trips to exotic locations like Asheboro, NC and Greenville, SC. There are all sorts of exciting happenings that can take place along the highways and byways as you travel to and from race tracks. This week I thought I’d share some of those events that have happened to me and some of my friends a couple of weeks ago.

Traveling with the gang from Race22.com to Richmond for the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown ended up with some humorous activities on the way back home. After a full day of covering racing we were headed back towards North Carolina and I was trying to get some work done along the way. As we headed away from Richmond, Langley, our driver, pulled us into a Golden Arch restaurant and put in an order for a large quantity of McDoubles with fries and sweat tea. Apparently that is the customary meal of Frank Deiny, a car owner and local racer. We worked over the vast quantities of reheated meat and potatoes while washing them down with the ridiculously sweetened water.

We headed on down the road and began the long cruise back towards the operating headquarters of Race22 when Langley noticed some flashing lights behind the Race 22 transporter (that would be a Chrysler Town and Country minivan) and immediately suggested I find a hiding place for the radar detector that was on the console since they’re illegal in Virginia. I quickly relocated the detector to one of the pant leg pockets on my cargo pants as the police officer approached the transporter. The officer asked for license and registration, took a quick look and then asked if we knew why he’d pulled us over.

None of us had any idea so he pointed to the laptop I had on my lap and said “What he’s doing over there.”. Mind you, I’ve looked at some interesting things on the Internet in my time but I was merely pulling pictures off of my camera and beginning to write Keepin’ it Short. As I stared at the screen to try and figure out what could possibly be illegal about moving pictures the law enforcement official informed us that it is illegal to have a video screen that is not part of a GPS system forward of the backs of the front seats in a vehicle in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

We informed the officer that we were unaware of this legislation but that we would immediately cease and desist violating this critical ordinance. While he returned to the squad car we discussed the irony that we’d done this hundreds of times in the past and had never had any issues with local law enforcement, although most times it was in the states of North Carolina and Tennessee. As we waited for the officer to return with the citation we noticed that two other law enforcement vehicles had arrived on the scene and, based on the sounds from one of the cars, at least one of them was a K9 unit. We stared at each other in disbelief wondering exactly what could be wrong that so many reinforcements would be necessary for a traffic stop.

Shortly after the supporting cruisers arrived there was another officer at the window who told us that he only had one question. We asked what it was and he replied “Was that race fixed?”. It caught us somewhat off guard but we quickly ascertained that the officer who had responded as backup was a racing fan. We told him we felt that Kyle Busch would never, under any circumstances, allow Denny Hamlin to beat him willfully. The officer then asked if we were at the event as fans and we told him we were there as members of the media covering the event. He immediately asked us where the free stuff was that media folks always have. A scavenger hunt for the Race22 T-shirts in the back of the transporter quickly ensued and while we looked we inquired as to what size shirts he might like. After hearing that he was interested in two extra large and one medium shirt we located them and handed them over to the officer. He told us that he’d be right back with the license and registration.

The other officer quickly returned and gave Langley his driver’s license and registration back. He also informed him that he might want to slow down a little since he was doing 70 in a 55. We promised we’d slow down and not use the computer in the front seat again. We headed on down the road and immediately recalled how humorous that entire exchange had been. As we laughed along the road we realized that we’d missed our exit and were pretty much east of Raleigh. We analyzed the local road maps and plotted a new route to get us home.

Once we entered North Carolina I returned to my work on the laptop and wrote what I could until the Verizon Mifi ran out of juice. Unfortunately we only had one plug on the power inverter so I had to give up the computer while the wireless device recharged. While the charging activity took place Langley suggested we attempt to find a gas station because the light had come on suggesting we might be low on petroleum byproduct. For the next five or six exits we looked for a station and repeatedly found establishments that were closed.

Fortunately, as the fumes were all but gone from the gas tank of the transporter we found that amazing oasis that is a Sheetz gas station which allowed us to refuel and also get a cup of the glorious nectar of the gods that is a frozen orange sickle slushee. After an hour of charging the Mifi I returned to my writing as Langley turned over the driving duties to Cory because getting up before sometime in the afternoon was too much for Langley and he was running out of juice. I did my best to continue my writing while Cory put the hammer down and we barreled towards the homestead.

Eventually we made it back home, only a couple of hours later than we’d anticipated, having been stopped once by law enforcement, nearly running out of gas once when we were unable to find an open gas station for several exits and consuming large amounts of fast food. As the sun rose over the horizon we unloaded the transporter after reaching the world headquarters for Race22 and headed to our own homesteads. As I pulled into my driveway and composed the final thoughts I wanted to put on paper for my column I couldn’t help but smile and chuckle over a Virginia police officer who asked us if the race was fixed.

Short Track Schedule for the Upcoming Week:

Fri : May 13 – Ocean Speedway ; Watsonville : CA – Taco Bravo Ocean Sprints
Fri : May 13 – 34 Raceway ; Burlington : IA – Lucas Oil Late Model
Fri : May 13 – Belle-Clair Speedway ; Belleville : IL – POWRI Midgets
Fri : May 13 – Belle-Clair Speedway ; Belleville : IL – POWRI Micro Sprints
Fri : May 13 – Bloomington Speedway ; Bloomington : IN – American Modifieds
Fri : May 13 – Gas City I-69 Speedway ; Gas City : IN – King of Indiana Sprint Cars
Fri : May 13 – USA Speedway ; Sterlington : LA – Mid-South Racing Association
Fri : May 13 – Dixie Motor Speedway ; Birch Run : MI – Michigan Legend Cars
Fri : May 13 – Chateau Speedway ; Austin : MN – Upper Midwest Sprints
Fri : May 13 – Callaway Raceway ; Fulton : MO – United Late Model Association
Fri : May 13 – Canaan Fair Speedway ; Canaan : NH – Sprint Cars of New England
Fri : May 13 – I-88 Speedway ; Alton : NY – Capitol Region Sprint Cars
Fri : May 13 – Ace Speedway ; Altamahaw : NC – Late Models
Fri : May 13 – Ace Speedway ; Altamahaw : NC – Limited Late Models
Fri : May 13 – Wake County Speedway ; Raleigh : NC – Super Late Models
Fri : May 13 – Wake County Speedway ; Raleigh : NC – Limited Late Models
Fri : May 13 – Wake County Speedway ; Raleigh : NC – Modifieds
Fri : May 13 – Toledo Speedway ; Toledo : OH – Buckeye Super Sprints
Fri : May 13 – Outlaw Motor Speedway ; Muskogee : OK – Midwest Late Models
Fri : May 13 – Cottage Grove Speedway ; Cottage Grove : OR – ASCS Northwest Tour
Fri : May 13 – Clinton County Raceway ; Lock Haven : PA – Pennsylvania Sprints
Fri : May 13 – Williams Grove Speedway ; Mechanicsburg : PA – World of Outlaw Sprints
Fri : May 13 – Black Hills Speedway ; Rapid City : SD – Championship Late Models
Fri : May 13 – Park Jefferson Speedway ; Jefferson : SD – Jackson Sprint Touring
Fri : May 13 – Kingsport Speedway ; Kingsport : TN – Late Models
Fri : May 13 – El Paso Speedway Park ; El Paso : TX – Renegade Sprint Cars
Fri : May 13 – Golden Triangle ; Beaumont : TX – ASCS Gulf South Region
Fri : May 13 – Manitowoc Expo Raceway ; Manitowoc : WI – Midwest Sprint Cars
Fri : May 13 – Manitowoc Expo Raceway ; Manitowoc : WI – Wisconsin Dirt Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Huntsville Speedway ; Huntsville : AL – Southern Superstars Short Track
Sat : May 14 – Mobile International Speedway ; Irvington : AL – Pro Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Drew County Speedway ; Monticello : AR – Mid-South Racing Association
Sat : May 14 – USA Race Park ; Tucson : AZ – ASCS Canyon Region
Sat : May 14 – All American Speedway ; Roseville : CA – NCMA Sprints
Sat : May 14 – All American Speedway ; Roseville : CA – USAC Western Classic Racing
Sat : May 14 – All American Speedway ; Roseville : CA – USAC Western Sprints
Sat : May 14 – Chowchilla Speedway ; Chowchilla : CA – BCRA Midget Lites
Sat : May 14 – Chowchilla Speedway ; Chowchilla : CA – Western AllStar DIRTcar Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Santa Maria Speedway ; Santa Maria : CA – California Lightning Sprints
Sat : May 14 – Thunderbowl Raceway ; Tulane : CA – Golden State Challenge
Sat : May 14 – Thunderbowl Raceway ; Tulane : CA – USAC 360 Sprint Cars
Sat : May 14 – Thunderhill Park ; Willows : CA – National Auto Sport Association
Sat : May 14 – Thunderhill Park ; Willows : CA – US Touring Car Championship
Sat : May 14 – Ukiah Speedway ; Ukiah : CA – BCRA Midgets
Sat : May 14 – Ukiah Speedway ; Ukiah : CA – BCRA Vintage
Sat : May 14 – Pueblo Motorsports Park ; Pueblo : CO – National Auto Sports Association
Sat : May 14 – Auburndale Speedway ; Winter Haven : FL – Florida United Promoters Late Models
Sat : May 14 – North Florida Speedway ; Lake City : FL – Florida Mini Sprints
Sat : May 14 – Ocala Micro Speedway ; Ocala : FL – Sunshine
Sat : May 14 – Lanier National Speedway ; Braselton : GA – Super Six Pro Late Models
Sat : May 14 – North Georgia Speedway ; Chatsworth : GA – Volunteer Racing Series
Sat : May 14 – Cochran Speedway ; Cochran : GA – National Late Model Series
Sat : May 14 – 441 Speedway ; Dublin : GA – Nesmith National Dirt Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Toccoa Speedway ; Toccoa : GA – Ultimate Super Late Model
Sat : May 14 – Stateline Stadium ; Past Falls : ID – MMRA Baby Grands
Sat : May 14 – Avcom Park ; Avon : IL – IMRA TQ Series
Sat : May 14 – Blackhawk Farms Raceway ; Rockton : IL – SCCA National
Sat : May 14 – LaSalle Speedway ; LaSalle : IL – Lucas Oil Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Route 66 Raceway ; Joliet : IL – Midwest Super Comp Series
Sat : May 14 – Anderson Speedway ; Anderson : IN – CRA Late Model Sportsman
Sat : May 14 – Angola Motor Speedway ; Angola : IN – Great Lakes Outlaw Late Model
Sat : May 14 – Angola Motor Speedway ; Angola : IN – MCR Dwarf Cars
Sat : May 14 – Baer Field Speedway ; Fort Wayne : IN – Hoosier Outlaw Sprints
Sat : May 14 – Brownstown Speedway ; Brownstown : IN – Indiana Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Brownstown Speedway ; Brownstown : IN – UMRA TQ Midgets
Sat : May 14 – Lawrenceburg Speedway ; Lawrenceburg : IN – Midwest Sprint Cars
Sat : May 14 – Paragon Speedway ; Paragon : IN – Midwest Mini-Sprints
Sat : May 14 – Illiana Speedway ; Schererville : IN – JEGS/CRA Crate Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Shelby County Speedway ; Shelbyville : IN – Midwest TQ Racing
Sat : May 14 – Winchester Speedway ; Winchester : IN – USA Modifieds
Sat : May 14 – Great American Dirt Track ; Jetmore : KS – United Rebel Sprints
Sat : May 14 – Bluegrass Speedway ; Bardstown : KY – American Modifieds
Sat : May 14 – Baton Rouge Raceway ; Baton Rouge : LA – Cajun Sprinters
Sat : May 14 – Champion Park Speedway ; Haughton : LA – Ark-La-Tex Winged Modifieds
Sat : May 14 – I-96 Speedway ; Lake Odessa : MI – ASCS Sprints
Sat : May 14 – Norway Speedway ; Norway : MI – Mid-American Stock Cars
Sat : May 14 – Brainerd Raceway ; Brainerd : MN – SCCA National
Sat : May 14 – Central Missouri Speedway ; Warrensburg : MO – United Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – United Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Scotland County Speedway ; Memphis : MO – United Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Springfield Raceway ; Springfield : MO – MARS DIRTcars
Sat : May 14 – Springfield Raceway ; Springfield : MO – Midwest Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Jackson Motor Speedway ; Byram : MS – Mississippi State Championship Challenge
Sat : May 14 – Junction Motor Speedway ; McCool : NE – Super Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Monadnock Speedway ; Winchester : NH – Pro Four Mods
Sat : May 14 – Star Speedway ; Epping : NH – PASS Modifieds
Sat : May 14 – Star Speedway ; Epping : NH – PASS North Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Star Speedway ; Epping : NH – PASS Sportsman
Sat : May 14 – The Bullring ; Las Vegas : NV – SRL Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Reno-Fernley Raceway ; Fernley : NV – 24 Hours of LeMons
Sat : May 14 – Concord Motorsports Park ; Concord : NC – Frank Kimmel Street Stocks
Sat : May 14 – Concord Motorsports Park ; Concord : NC – Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Coastal Plains Raceway ; Jacksonville : NC – Limited Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Twin Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Limited Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Rockingham Raceway ; Rockingham : NC – UARA
Sat : May 14 – Rockingham Raceway ; Rockingham : NC – USAR Pro Cup
Sat : May 14 – Orange County Speedway ; Rougemont : NC – CCS Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Bowman-Gray Stadium ; Winston-Salem : NC – Whelen Modifieds
Sat : May 14 – Columbus Motor Speedway ; Columbus : OH – Super Cup Stock Cars
Sat : May 14 – K-C Raceway ; Chillicothe : OH – American Mini Sprint
Sat : May 14 – Sandusky Speedway ; Sandusky : OH – Buckeye Super Sprints
Sat : May 14 – Lorain County Speedway ; South Amherst : OH – TBRA Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Toledo Speedway ; Toledo : OH – ARCA Trucks
Sat : May 14 – Oklahoma Sports Park ; Ada : OK – Oil Capital Racing
Sat : May 14 – Lawton Speedway ; Lawton : OK – ASCS Sooner Region
Sat : May 14 – Mid America Speedway ; South Coffeyville : OK – Show Me Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Flamboro Speedway ; Freelton : Ontario – Can-Am TQ Midgets
Sat : May 14 – Flamboro Speedway ; Freelton : Ontario – Canadian Vintage Midgets
Sat : May 14 – Cottage Grove Speedway ; Cottage Grove : OR – ASCS Northwest Region
Sat : May 14 – Mahoning Valley Speedway ; Lehighton : PA – ATQMRA TQ Midgets
Sat : May 14 – Pittsburghs PA Motor Speedway ; Imperial : PA – United Force Race Championship Tour
Sat : May 14 – Pittsburghs PA Motor Speedway ; Imperial : PA – ULMS Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Pittsburghs PA Motor Speedway ; Imperial : PA – ULMS E Modifieds
Sat : May 14 – Selinsgrove Speedway ; Selinsgrove : PA – United Racing
Sat : May 14 – Susquehanna Speedway ; Newberrytown : PA – Central Pennsylvania Legends
Sat : May 14 – Williams Grove Speedway ; Mechanicsburg : PA – World of Outlaws Sprints
Sat : May 14 – Dillon Motor Speedway ; Dillon : SC – ISCARS Dash
Sat : May 14 – Dillon Motor Speedway ; Dillon : SC – Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Florence Motor Speedway ; Timmonsville : SC – Allison Legacy
Sat : May 14 – Greenville-Pickens Speedway ; Greenville : SC – Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Clayhill Motorsports ; Atwood : TN – Southern All Stars
Sat : May 14 – Riverview Speedway Park ; Cartage : TN – Southern Superstock
Sat : May 14 – Smoky Mountain Speedway ; Maryville : TN – Nesmith Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Newport Speedway ; Newport : TN – Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Thunderhill Raceway ; Summertown : TN – USCS Sprint Cars
Sat : May 14 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway ; Mesquite : TX – Sprint Series of Texas
Sat : May 14 – Lone Star Speedway ; Kilgore : TX – Southern Thunder Sprints
Sat : May 14 – Texana Raceway Park ; Edna : TX – ASCS Gulf South Region
Sat : May 14 – Franklin County Speedway ; Callaway : VA – Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Lonesome Pine Speedway ; Coeburn : VA – Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Langley Speedway ; Hampton : VA – Twin Modifieds
Sat : May 14 – Old Dominion Speedway ; Manassas : VA – Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Old Dominion Speedway ; Manassas : VA – Sprints
Sat : May 14 – South Boston Speedway ; South Boston : VA – Late Models
Sat : May 14 – South Boston Speedway ; South Boston : VA – Limited Late Models
Sat : May 14 – South Boston Speedway ; South Boston : VA – SV Modifieds
Sat : May 14 – Winchester Speedway ; Winchester : VA – World of Outlaws Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Grays Harbor Raceway ; Elma : WA – Northwest Wingless Sprints
Sat : May 14 – South Sound Speedway ; Tenino : WA – Washington Midgets
Sat : May 14 – Angell Park Speedway ; Sun Prairie : WI – Badger Midgets
Sat : May 14 – Angell Park Speedway ; Sun Prairie : WI – USAC Midgets
Sat : May 14 – Plymouth Dirt Track ; Plymouth : WI – Midwest Sprintcars
Sat : May 14 – Plymouth Dirt Track ; Plymouth : WI – Wisconsin Dirt Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Wisconsin International Raceway ; Kaukauna : WI – ASA Midwest
Sat : May 14 – Tyler County Speedway ; Middlebourne : WV – Fastrak Late Models
Sat : May 14 – Gillette Thunder Speedway ; Gillette : WY – Championship Late Models
Sun : May 15 – Thunderhill Park ; Willows : CA – National Auto Sport
Sun : May 15 – Thunderhill Park ; Willows : CA – US Touring Car Championship
Sun : May 15 – Pueblo Motorsports Park ; Pueblo : CO – National Auto Sport
Sun : May 15 – Blackhawk Farms Raceway ; Rockton : IL – SCCA National
Sun : May 15 – Quincy Raceway ; Quincy : IL – USMTS Modifieds
Sun : May 15 – Kokomo Speedway ; Kokomo : IN – UMRA TQ Midgets
Sun : May 15 – Salem Speedway ; Salem : IN – USAC Mopar D1 Midgets
Sun : May 15 – Winchester Speedway ; Winchester : IN – Must See Xtreme Sprints
Sun : May 15 – Winchester Speedway ; Winchester : IN – USA Modifieds
Sun : May 15 – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford : ME – ACT US Tour
Sun : May 15 – Brainerd Raceway ; Brainerd : MN – SCCA National
Sun : May 15 – I-80 Speedway ; Greenwood : NE – Good Ol’ Time Racing
Sun : May 15 – Big Daddy’s Speedbowl ; Wentworth : NH – Granite State Mini Sprints
Sun : May 15 – Big Daddy’s Speedbowl ; Wentworth : NH – Northeast Mini Sprints
Sun : May 15 – Big Daddy’s Speedbowl ; Wentworth : NH – Sprint Cars of New England
Sun : May 15 – New Hampshire International Speedway ; Loudon : NH – 24 Hours o LeMons
Sun : May 15 – Shangri-La II ; Tioga Center : NY – Race of Champions
Sun : May 15 – Millstream Speedway ; Findlay : OH – American Late Models
Sun : May 15 – Millstream Speedway ; Findlay : OH – All Star Late Models
Sun : May 15 – Toledo Speedway ; Toledo : OH – ARCA Late Models
Sun : May 15 – Angell Park Speedway ; Sun Prairie : WI – Badger Midgets
Sun : May 15 – Slinger Super Speedway ; Slinger : WI – American Super Cup
Sun : May 15 – Wisconsin International Raceway ; Kaukauna : WI – ASA Midwest
Tue : May 17 – Marshalltown Speedway ; Marshalltown : IA – IMCA Deery Brothers Late Models
Tue : May 17 – New Hampshire International Speedway ; Loudon : NH – New England Antique Racers
Wed : May 18 – New Hampshire International Speedway ; Loudon : NH – New England Antique Racers
Thu : May 19 – New Hampshire International Speedway ; Loudon : NH – New England Antique Racers
Thu : May 19 – Concord Motorsports Park ; Concord : NC – USAC Midgets

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