"I know you're reading these, but I don't know what you think about what you're reading. So, speak up and let me know. Tell me about some experience that whatever I'm spouting off about reminds you of. Call me names. Whatever.

You know, it's a blog? So blog me."

No to the Exeter Fall Festival 

It turns out that I will not be able to participate in this year's Exeter Fall Festival, October 13. My apologies to anyone hoping to see me there. My next appreance is with ARIA's Authors' Expo, December 1 at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston, RI.

See "Where is Thom" for details. Just ignore the previous listing.

ROVALS???????? 

I don't make it a habit of watching Monster Energy Cup races. Now even NASCAR and the tracks are admitting that more and more racefans are breaking the habit themselves. So they keep looking for innovative ways to create more exciting racing - or sometimes, any racing at all. Like stages, you know?

Had you ever heard of a roval? I guess Charlotte introduced this hybrid between road course and oval to bring all the excitement of road racing to stock cars. But most stock car fans I know consider road racing boring, so I don't know what Charlotte was thinking.

I thought Charlotte already had a road-course loop. Many ovals have some sort of road-course as part of its whole operation. NHMS, a mile, combines pieces of its oval with a road course extending outside of it. Superspeedways like Daytona routinely are built with road-course sections in the infield. The track's 24-hour road race is an important part of its Speedweeks racing extravaganza.  Indeed, Thompson in Connecticut is busy every weekend with some sort of road racing event now that it rejuvenated its road-course.

But I've said it before, and I'll (need to) say it again. You want better racing? How about better cars? Fans don't need to believe (falsely) that NASCAR drivers are racing cars like the ones in the parking lot. And how about shorter races? Admit it, NASCAR. You lengthened races to sell more ads. No, a 200-mile race, and 300 on superspeedways, will make the racing better, not worse. Sure, there'll be fewer ads, but maybe more fans will see them.

Thompson's Summer mid-week special... 

...is Wednesday evening, otherwise known as August 8.  I'm there with books to sign, including my new chapter-book, RACING JUNK, and RING AROUND RACING, a collection of my favorite and most newsworthy newspaper columns, magazine feature-stories and other odds and ends I wrote covering motorsports at very level. Plus the books of the RED RACECAR series, of course. I'll be set up behind the front-straight grandstands, continually trying to sneak a peek at the action on the track.

Check it out. It's modifieds and midgets and -- oh my! Rain date is Thursday evening, but let's not think about that.

TURN RIGHT TO GO LEFT 

A heads up that I've started work on my next RED RACECAR SPEED READER novel "TURN RIGHT TO GO LEFT." It continues the adventures of Tyler Means, our hero in RACING JUNK. He already has proven he can drive at the two road courses in his area, but now he'll get a chance to try his hand at dirttrack racing.

Of course, he will. After all, if you're not sliding, you're not driving.

Keep you eyes peeled for its release, hopefully some time before the end of the year.

Open Wheel - THURSDAY 

Was set up with the RED RACECAR books for Seekonk Speedway's Open Wheel Wednesday. Sold some books, met some fans, and also renewed acquaintances with a few vets of racing still plying their trade, either behind the wheel, behind the camera, or behind the pen.

After too many Saturday night rainouts already this season. it was great that Seekonk got MOST of its show done -- before the rains came once again, postponing the final laps of the 10-grand-to-win open modified race.

I've bored enough of you gushing about midgets at Seekonk Speedway, but the mods are just as good. I really would love to see Seekonk create a division for modifieds for their weekly show. They already have three lookalike divisions in the pro stocks, late models and sportsmen. Why not something at least somewhat different?

And one addition to Open Wheel Wednesday I'd love to see? ISMA's supers, the wildest racecars running without fenders.

But wait, I've bored enough of you over those two subjects as well.

The mods return to finish their feature Tuesday, July 3. Your ticket's still good, and if you weren't there for the green, Seekonk will offer discounted tickets so you can be there for the checkered.

RACING JUNK IS RELEASED! 

Just a note to announce the release of my latest RED RACECAR book and my first RED RACECAR SPEED READER: RACING JUNK.

The new SPEED READERS are targeted at less-experienced readers, but they're also great stories that more experienced readers can knock off in a couple of sittings while enjoying the adventure as much as the other RED RACECAR books. RACING JUNK follows a young race-fan as he digs an old racing kart out of a pile of scrap metal and tries to turn it into a competitive racer. Readers will learn about setting up any racecar as well as skills needed to rebuild, repaint and otherwise make their dreams come true.

 

Two in a Day? 

Yeah, after months of nothing...

But I just found out that the Foxwoods casino-resort (or whatever it is) is adding a "multi-level kart track" to its attractions. Finally, a reason to go to Foxwoods.

Usually, karts for hire are a disappointment, although things have gotten better. Of course, we'll need to see what "multi-level" means. It could be some gimmicky trick to make a kart track an amusement-park ride -- like an elevator, or a hall of mirrors.

I've had fun at a variety of kart-concessions, but in my experience there's only one where what you do could actually be considered racing. That's F-1 Boston in Braintree, Mass. If "multi-level"means elevation-changes on a real and challenging road circuit, I'll be there. And nowhere nears the tables or slots.

Spring is here! 

Yeah, I know. It's summer. I spent the Memorial Day weekend mowing grass, putting in screens on our porch, dragging out and cleaning the grille; you know, stuff you do in April.

Maybe that's why I haven't even made a race yet. I've also been finishing up the first of my new RED RACECAR "SPEED READER" books, RACING JUNK, the story of a kid who tries to rebuild a kart he pulls from a pile of metal-scrap, hoping he can race it.

The SPEED READER series is for younger readers, kids still mastering the art, and any racefan who wants a quick and entertaining read. We hope to have RACING JUNK out by the time I hit Seekonk Speedway for Open Wheel Wednesday June 27. Check and see. After all, it's midgets racing at Seekonk. I mean, c'mon!

A new post from THE WORST BLOGGER EVER!!! 

Yeah, but what has there been to write about? It's April, the Icebreaker already happened at Connecticut's Thompson Speedway ("Motorsports Park"), and they actually had to -- break ice!

But the racing season has come to New England whether it's ready or not. And I'm making plans to hit at least the tracks in my neck of the woods to sell THE RED RACECAR books. Right now I plan to return to Seekonk Speedway, likely for its Open Wheel Wednesday show in June. Unofficial visits always are on the agenda. After all, I'm a still a fan, and Seekonk still is special..

Thompson's summer midweek show in August is a planned destination as well. I'm at Thompson for all sorts of events, oval track racing on its 5/8-mile oval, road racing by cars and bikes, and a couple of neat vintage shows. I hope to ride one of my vintage Yamahas to the motorcycle event in June. I'll throw some books in my bags, if you see me.

I'd also like to return to Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut. I don't care about the guy who owns it. Plenty of fine people put on a pretty fine race show there -- have for decades. I'd like to return for its own open-wheel show. I'm partial to open-wheel racing. Fenders are for Hyundais.

I'd love to get up to New Hampshire this year -- and maybe Vermont as well. Bear Ridge in Vermont would be perfect. The cover of The Red Racecar was modeled after a photo of me from Bear Ridge (Check the "Stuff to Look At" page). As for New Hampshire, I sure would like to visit Star Speedway again -- maybe for the Star Classic.

This July, in a first, I plan to set up at "The Wick," the motocross track in Southwick, Mass. It's another track where I've raced, although the term "raced" is a generous description. I barely survived. Motocross is hard!

No Global Rally-Cross at Thompson 

I was sort of hoping this series would return to Thompson Speedway in Connecticut, ten minutes from my house, in 2018, Kept checking their schedule and noticing July 9 & 10 as open dates without a track listed.

That was about when the 2017 edition happened at Thompson. Of course, there was not a big crowd there. This is New England. We take a racing series with a grain of salt.

But the dates now list Los Angelis as the venue.

Fret not, racefans. That will be when the Sports Car Club of America holds one of its "majors"  on Thompson's road course. That's more fun, anyway.