CASTRONOVO said, the younger group seemed more inquisitive throughout the four weeks. One fifth grader asked whether any racing cars use four-wheel drive (only experimentally, said Castronovo). Another fifth grader wanted to know what :wheelie bars" are made of (usually aluminum, explained the instructor), while another asked about regulation car weights in drag racing.
Seventh grader William Williams was most happy with the racing movies and car engine mechanics, while fellow seventh grader Joe LoPiccolo felt he has learned "the basic things involved in driving safety." Both agreed Castronovo was "a nice guy."
Castronovo expressed definite enjoyment in teaching the course. "It was a lot of fun." he explained, "especially answering all those questions."
More important, the nationally prominent driver felt the youngsters received some beneficial knowledge. "I think they will be curious about signs and safety rules when they drive in years to come," he noted.
Sixth grader Rock Femia agreed. "When I'm old enough to drive," he explained, I'll know the right thing to do."
Vernon - Three Chevrolets, two Dodges, one Pontiac, and a Triumph motorcycle roared to victory Saturday at Utica-Rome Dragway.
Fred Mijka's Chevy powered Henry J C/Altered captured the top eliminator title as his competition, the D/Altered of Sam Spatuzzi, was disqualified. Majka's time for the eighth was 7.11 seconds at 95.45 mph.
CHUCK DAPRICE won his second Street eliminator title of the season, defeating favored Doc Sgambellone's "Bits and Pieces" E/Modified 57 Chevy. Dapices "Kong" Camaro lofted to an 8.83 second clocking as Sgambellone's axles justified his car's name.
Cathy Schremmer of Oriskany defeated Utican Mike Jacobs for the Super Stock crown. Cathy's SS/FA Dodge recording a 7.88 second run to Jacobs' SS/EA Dodge's 3.25.
Bill Russell of Endicott downed Al Keyes of Yorkville for the Junior Stock crown, as his 57 Chevy wagon "Magic Bus" torpedoed the red-lighting Keys 8.57-81.81 mph to 8,85 seconds and 79.64 miles per hour for the "Western Union" 57 Chevy.
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I used to take Hinkcley and Wurz's ambulance down there about twice a month. We got into the stock car OR the drags for free, and it was fun to sit in the infield during the stock car races. I don't think Jr. got paid for it, but we always took the second rig and went "off the payroll" .
Bobbiez, I remember Fonda very well! I used to go there every Saturday night with my mother & (asshole) step-father to watch the stockcar races. Lou Lazzaro blew everybody away back then.
I can still feel the grit in my teeth from that dirt track...
Hey Tauni! How are you? I miss Cavenaugh's too.... It's been a good while. Man, we used to have so much fun there! I haven't been to any of the old places we used to hang at. Tina is doing well, it will be 19 years for us this April 21st! I think the last time I was at Fonda was with your Stepdad and his brother.... I was still in my early teens. I don't remember if you came with us or not.... that was a very long time ago.... and yes, I still have my Hot Wheels collection! Stop by www.MikeZarnock.com and check it out!