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--News & Updates


I just want to thank everyone for showing up for our Spring Nationals 2015. We truly do appreciate each and everyone who came.
It started with set-up and getting everything ready for the big show. We had a hot dog and chili cook out, that Tuesday evening, everyone got their fill and then more. Captain Jack Sapp made his award winning spicy chili. Karen made her family recipe chili dog chili and every drop of both pots was scraped clean. We had a great time of good food, good conversation and watched a little drizzle and done a little praying for good weather for the rest of the event.
After a good nights rest, we all woke up to a brisk morning and a green track. 
After the drivers meeting the Sprints and Midgets were pushed off, to put heat in there engines. When they were all warmed up the Modified's and stock cars were next on our test and tune Wednesday. The Midgets and Sprint were up first and we continued the rotation, until after our lunch break. Then we started all over again, giving everyone ample, time to get their cars all dialed in and ready for the next day's event.
Thursday, was forecasting for rain. It came through during the early morning hours.  By the time we had our drivers meeting the track was dry and we were ready to go, for the rest of the day.
Round after round, the racing was fast and intense. Then came time, to get some great track food and do a few last minute car adjustments. The afternoon session brought some side by side dueling and great friendly fun. We shut down around 5:00pm. Everyone went their motels and motorhomes and got cleaned up, for  a great time together at the "Stumpknocker's" restaurant, in down town Inverness, FL.  There, we had a little DAARA family  get together, with about 60 of us  meeting there. The food was delicious and we all had a good time. If any of you  have not been to Stumpknocker's, you should go, if you get the chance, it is well worth your time.
Friday came with good weather also. The track was fast and round after round, the fun continued, until everyone was tired and raced out.
We had a little DAARA event, award ceremony.  The "Oldest Driver" award, went to our very 83 yrs. young, Richie Gomes. The "Longest Distance" award, went to new member Ally Amell, who traveled 1500 mi. from Watertown, N.Y. just for the DAARA Spring Nationals. The "Best Appearing Car", went to Charlie Dean and his crew, with his #52 caged Sprint car. The "Oldest Car" award, went to Rick Sanders and his Speedster.  The "Hard Luck" award went to Gordy Wood, who's engine blew, knocking him out of the event.   We also made a presentation to the "Citrus County Speedway" owner Gary Laplant and his staff, for making our event a very smooth and great Spring Nationals.
The drivers spent the rest of the afternoon doing rotations. Then it was time to pack it all up, until next time. 
Looking back over this event, we all need to thank Gary Laplant and his crew for making us a home and keeping the track and grounds in great shape. Then of course Karen , for maintaining the trailer and sales and Judy Morgan for being such a great help as well. Corey Lane and Nancy Pastor for the fine flagging job, and working the back gate. Kevin and Nancy Pepera for being there and photographing the event and making our fine dash plaques. We especially want to thank DAARA's devoted photographer Randy Harbaugh, for once again, coming on his own time and photographing our event.  Randy has been doing DAARA events for many, many years.  Thank you so much Randy, for your time, generosity and devotion!  We would also like to thank all of our team leaders, for the line ups and keeping everything running smoothly. We also would like to thank Ray Le Claire for pushing, the push start cars, he was a great help to us.
( We also need to pray for Ray Le Claire, who cracked a few ribs after a fall. We hope that he heals fast and is able to be back with us for the Fall Nationals.)
We have gotten so much positive feedback from this event. Everyone loved the track and the great relaxed atmosphere. Karen and I both have gotten many phone calls and emails, thanking DAARA for putting on such a fun event.  We have gotten several new members and many of our old members are coming back, after being out for various reasons. 
We had an award winning film producer who was here photographing for an up coming documentary and will probably be filming us at our next Nationals.
 
We are looking forward to starting our new 2015 SVS, season at the Citrus County Speedway on March 14th and hope to see you all there.
(We are also expecting to be filmed for that event, by another filmographer  with Mobil 1 The Grid, so we are hoping for a great turn out.)
JT

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 Guys and Gals, it is that time of year again.  Drag the trailer out of the snow banks (where it applies) and check the tires. Get the car out of the shop, where you have been working on it all winter and get her all loaded up and head on down south to Florida. The weather is great and the short track season is just now getting started.

  Gary LaPlant and his staff, are looking forward to our DAARA event. They have been working on the track and it is clean, beautifully maintained and ready for you all to have a great time.

 The 2015 schedule is not quite ready yet, there are some last minute changes coming up that must be addressed and rescheduled. We will get it done as soon as possible.

    JT Dunn,  DAARA President

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President JT Dunn has set up a discount for our members at all O'Reilly Auto Parts, The code is:  Daytona Antique Auto Race.  Please use if for all of your automotive needs. O'Reilly has been great to donate items for our raffle's in the past and we want to support them as well.

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DAARA 2015 SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING

 

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 New Rule Implemented For DAARA Open Cockpit Cars.
  • All DAARA cars must have roll bars. They must be at least 2” above the drivers head, with helmet on and made to a size appropriate for the car, installed on. It must also be made of at least 16 gage D.O.M. tubing.  
                       The bars are to be installed by the Spring Nationals. (If for some reason you cannot complete installation by then, those cars will be put into a separate slower group.) 
  • The bars must be installed no later than the start of the 2015 SVS season in order to run, with your class.  If not you may show your car, or we may be able to get you into a parade lap with 

    Midgets, Uncaged Sprints as well as Speedsters and or any other car, that runs with the club.

 

(to be clear we are speaking of a roll bar, not a cage)    Your DAARA Board

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DAARA member Jim Passino has very generously donated $200 for the purchase of trophies at the 2015 DAARA Asphalt Nationals. Jim donated this amount in the name of Jim Passino Excavating and Hauling. 

Jim owns and drives the immaculate Jack Johnson origional #12 northeast center steer big block modified. Next time you see Jim please thank him for his generous donation.  THANKS JIM!!!!!!

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In order to avoid any confusion, we would like to inform our DAARA membership that the upcoming vintage races scheduled for Orlando Speedworld December 5 and beyond are NOT sanctioned by DAARA and additionally DAARA is not involved with this groups racing activities in any shape or form.

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2015 Dues....with the New Year arriving, it is also time to renew your DAARA membership.

 The annual dues are the same, $35.00. or $300.00 for lifetime membership.

 

Please make the check out to "DAARA"

You can mail  your 2015 dues to:

                                   Karen Dunn

 

                                   c/o DAARA Treasurer

 

                                   6042 Travis St,

 

                                   Mims, Fl 32754

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 INSURANCE OPTION FOR DAARA MEMBERS

Please check out the insurance info sent by Dudley Balmer below. The DAARA Board feels this is a very goood racing policy for our members. For a $217 flat rate you receive the following.....

  • $500,000 full excess accident medical expenses over the participant's health insurance and track Participant Accident Insurance
  • $10,000 accidental death and dismemberment coverage

The information PROVIDED from Dudley............. 

 Hi folks. Good to talk to J.T. today. Know I pulled him away from working on a project. Sorry about that. We have never associated ourselves with a product or company but when I explored this I immediately came on board. This is new and it takes over when the track or organization insurance runs out. It will pay up to a half million over a two year period. The fellow that started this program was with K&K for a long time. CAP is a subsidiary of Sports Insurance Specialists of Fort Wayne, IN. I have investigated the people and the company and believe this can keep someone from losing everything and provide proper care even for long term rehabilitation. 

 I would hope this would stay in the trailer and never be opened but we all know stuff happens. Three guys hurt in PA in the last week, one critical. I am the only one promoting this for the company at this time. It is affordable and you can run anything, anywhere the entire year. 

Just go to our nationalspeedwayministries.com site and click on the active logo for CAP. You can click on the policy and read the entire thing. Applications can be downloaded off the site. We are working on setting up on line signup. I will answer or get the answers to any questions anyone might have.  I feel anyone that drives anything should have this. Thanks for looking. DAARA and it's family are prayed for every morning. Will be great to see everyone again.

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Jim Passino Excavating and Hauling