Hey Walt, sent you a message.
Western PA Rookie of the Year"Eligible drivers??
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 06:33 PM
so they arent a rookie if they have moved up a class?? wouldnt that count them as a rookie in that particular class?
Posted 09 October 2017 - 06:34 PM
I just feel, then you would have wayyyy more real quality rookies to choose from! just saying
Posted 09 October 2017 - 07:01 PM
They are a "rookie" in that class, but not a rookie driver.
Posted 10 October 2017 - 10:11 PM
You're not wrong, it's just not the intent of the award.
If at first you don't succeed, then maybe you just suck.
Posted 16 October 2017 - 09:21 AM
dirtstudent2 : I think the guy you are talking about is the 31 or 331 car (same guy). No they have never raced in an capacity before.
Posted 16 October 2017 - 05:39 PM
Walt, you should just drop the award all together. You will never please some of these jerks, and its not worth it. Hey, heres a suggestion, Alan Dellinger ran with the "kids" in the sportsman mode this weekend. A rookies in this class, he's won hundreds of features in every class there is, so he eligible??? Just busting your chops Walt, don't see why a driver of his caliber thinks he needs to run with 15 year old kids.
Posted 16 October 2017 - 05:54 PM
maybe the guy just likes to race?..who the hell are you to decide if a driver is too "good" for a certain class of cars?
Posted 16 October 2017 - 07:36 PM
As far as Alan Dellinger running with the RUSH crate engine Modifieds, I think it was mostly a decision by his car owner, Bob Williams. He told me Saturday that he was tired hauling the car so far to race!! So he went to a Modified and of course can run at Sharon close to home. Williams has his crate engine Late Model for sale. If you know Dellinger, he has very seldom run his own cars since the very early days of his running the Street Stocks. He has almost always run someone else's car including the few years he ran Late Models and big block Modifieds.
Posted 16 October 2017 - 08:55 PM
Cool1........at my age I am not going to worry about pleasing everyone!!! IMPOSSIBLE TO DO!!! Been giving this award out for 50 years and at age 78, I won't be doing it too much longer!!
Posted 16 October 2017 - 09:56 PM
Cool, I like to watch Alan drive, have for years, I just don't like what is happening to the Sportsman Mod class. The class was started to be a feeder class for 358 and Big Blocks. Vicki and I had numerous conversations about the class way before she started it. I thought it was a great idea to bring young racers into the sport and give them a chance to learn and develope their skills. I may be wrong, but I never thought it was for guys who have raced 2-3 times longer then some of the kids have been alive. With God knows what happening to Mercer next year, we could have such an influx of 358 drivers, some of the young racers who have supported the class may not ever make a race, it just common sense, 25-30 years experience versus 1-3 just don't seem fair. But that's just my opinion, which doesn't mean shit anyway, but I had to get this off my chest, those of you who know me, know I love racing, but its not going to be very much fun watching the same few win every week, and if I had a youngster, I sure would not want to have them run against some of the slamming banging guys. Again, just my opinion, if you don't like it, don't read it, that's what this board is for.
Posted 02 November 2017 - 07:36 PM
Dale Rubright open 4 Pittsburgh motor speedway
First year ever racing 3rd in points
Posted 05 November 2017 - 11:15 AM
Your right Walt you can never please everyone. But really it shouldn't matter what equipment or team this particular driver comes from-it should be his ability to drive. Yes, if what most are saying on this thread is that if you have a high dollar team and equipment that makes you not as qualified to be a rookie candidate. As I said there are two types of drivers, equipment talent and natural talent. But you still have to have the ability to drive. Some things just make it easier. But that should not be a criteria for this award. Who's more deserving is another story.
Posted 05 November 2017 - 07:01 PM
Walt did you start the award when you were writing for cavalcade or before that ?
Posted 05 November 2017 - 07:14 PM
1968.....My first year of writing for the old CAVALCADE OF AUTO RACING. This has been my 50th year of writing and the 2017 Rookie of the Year will be the 50th winner of the award.
Posted 05 November 2017 - 07:54 PM
Someone please give Dellinger an award to race in the Sportsman Again .. Some people want to race the best ever ( not like there isn't enough great driver's/ car builders in the Penn Ohio series Wittling/ sneider etc etc ) and some want to fix the field from the stands ! But if your a racer ... You want to race the best there is .. or even a hero to some like Dellinger ! there is nothing better for the guy in second than chasing a Legend! ..
So with that above mentality of discussing with Vickie how to shape racing to your mold .. Corey McPherson needs kicked out of Sportsman all together and not aloud to beat 600 HP cars with his Crate motor ! Its not even fair a guy with a crate motor beats the best EVER at Lernerville!
Thanks for all you passion devoted for the better part of 78 years to racing Walt !
Posted 05 November 2017 - 09:04 PM
Who are your top 3 Most successful ( in your opinion) winners over their career of your rookie of the year award ?
Posted 06 November 2017 - 12:54 PM
There have been a bunch of really good drivers to win the award over the years. Having been a voting member for many years I would say picking a top 3 would be hard. Probably the best three years in a row were 1981-1983 when Dave Blaney, Kevin Bolland, and Ed Lynch, Jr won the award. Other top winners included Dave Murdick 1979, Bob Felmlee 1986, Dale Blaney 1990 and Jared Miley 2004.
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