Restrictor Plates Are Off: Trucks To Eldora!!

I’ve been tossing around several idea’s for some off season editions of my weekly column but when the news broke a few minutes ago that Eldora was officially on the 2013 truck series, well, I knew what my topic was! A long time dirt track fan I must say I am pumped to see Nascar race on dirt again! For the first time since the 70’s might I add! Eldora is the perfect place to provide some good racing with the trucks and the truck series is the perfect platform to return to dirt. I don’t see the Sprint Cup Series ever going back but for the trucks its a perfect fit. Its back to the good old days, or as far back as we will get. With the rumor of Greenville-Pickens Speedway and Myrtle Beach Speedway possibly joining the schedule in 2014 the truck series is truly headed back to Nascar’s roots. Maybe, just maybe this move will be enough to bring back some of the older fan’s that have quit watching over the years. Either way I’ll be glued to my TV for every lap of Eldora in what is sure to be an exciting and historical race. Check out the you tube footage from the test a few weeks ago!

CLICK HERE for the official release from Eldora Speedway.

Looks like the trucks are getting around pretty good. Of course there are still a lot of unknowns involved with dirt track racing but I think Tony Stewart is the man to get the track right. It will be interesting to see how many of the truck series regulars come to the front on dirt and how many of them can’t keep it out of the wall. It will also be interesting to see how many dirt superstars show up to try there hand at a Nascar race. Screw waiting on the Daytona 500, July can’t get here fast enough I’m ready for Eldora!

For the entire 2013 Truck Schedule CLICK HERE

(Restrictor Plates Are Off is a weekly column written by Jeff Southard and managed by, it is not or is not portrayed as a professional media column or outlet. Simply the views, thoughts, and opinions of one long time Nascar fan and amateur writter/blogger. It is meant for entertainment purposes only.)

2013 Nascar Camping World Truck Series Schedule

Here is the 2013 Nascar Camping World Truck Series Schedule.

Feb. 22 Daytona
April 6 Martinsville
April 14 Rockingham
April 20 Kansas
May 17 Charlotte
May 31 Dover
June 7 Texas
June 27 Kentucky
July 13 Iowa
July 24 Eldora
Aug. 3 Pocono
Aug. 17 Michigan
Aug. 21 Bristol
Sept. 1 Canadian Tire
Sept. 8 Iowa
Sept. 13 Chicagoland
Sept. 28 Las Vegas
Oct. 19 Talladega
Oct. 26 Martinsville
Nov. 1 Texas
Nov. 8 Phoenix
Nov. 15 Homestead

Vintage Race Car Pictures Taken @ The Turkey Rod Run

I thought I would highlight these vintage race car pictures I took at The Turkey Rod Run in Daytona Beach, Florida at Daytona International Speedway. I figured they deserved there own blog entry for those who just read the site for Nascar related things! Didn’t want you guys to miss out on them!

Road Trip!: Daytona Beach, FL & The Turkey Rod Run

It was an early morning roll out on Thanksgiving morning to Daytona Beach and the 39th Annual Turkey Rod Run. I had a picture of the clock in the jeep but I can’t find it now but it said 3:45. Any way it was early but it was also early the last 23 or so times we headed out on Thanksgiving morning for Daytona!

Our first stop was for the traditional Hardee’s breakfast in Baxley, Georgia. Why its a tradition I’m not sure, but it is. We just always stop there, always have, probably always will.

After that it was on to the Sunshine state! We crossed the Florida line sometime right before 11 am according to my facebook check in time.

Our first gas stop was just outside of Jacksonville right before turning onto 985. The Jeep did great on gas on the way down. It got 23.6 mpg’s according to the on dash monitor. Gas was 3.29 a gallon.

From there it was all open roads to Daytona Beach. On those roads, I have my first real complaints about my Jeep after having it for almost a year. Number one, the stock hood latches suck, I felt like my hood was going to fly up at any minute. I’ve never noticed it before because around home 60-65 is about as fast as I ever get but 75-80 is when the problem really starts to occur. Number two anything past 80 and this thing hard to keep in the road if there is any wind at all blowing. Thankfully I don’t have to drive on the interstate very often in it!

We arrived in Daytona about 12:30.

I REALLY wanted to drive the Jeep on the beach but when we got there it was high tide and the ramps were closed. Actually I think it must be high tide in Daytona all the time now. I remember for years there was plenty of beach to drive on, walk on, etc. But now the water is so close it would have been hard to walk on the beach without getting your feet wet let alone drive on it.

Hard to see but the high tide/ramp closed sign is off in the distance.

We were staying at the Makai in Ormand Beach. While I am glad to say they finally installed separate ac units in each room if you want a good internet connection STAY SOMEWHERE ELSE! I’m not sure what was going on but I couldn’t even get my Verizon Hotspot to work. No internet=bad when you are trying to upload pictures and update a blog with daily event coverage!

The Jeep @ The Beach!!

Had to make my customary trip out to see the ocean and make sure it was still there. Not much of a beach fan myself but I do like to look at it.

From the house to the motel it was 506 miles. I ended up averaging 21.9 miles per gallon. I’m not sure if the difference was from running 60-65 to 75-80 or if it was the fact that I had premium in it on the first tank and regular in it on the 2nd. Either way its not horrible gas mileage.

After a quick rest in the room it was time to make the quick drive up to Bellair Plaza for a little hot rod action. For those not familiar with The Turkey Rod Run Bellair Plaza is the some what unofficial gathering of cars each night in a huge parking lot in Ormand Beach. In years past it was pretty wild with tons of burn outs and street racing but now things have calmed down just a little but it is still lots of fun.

For the event coverage from Thursday night at Bellair Plaza CLICK HERE

After that we were off to find something for Thanksgiving Dinner. That is always a fun task when most places are closed for the holiday. But like I said after 20+ years of Turkey Rod Run’s I am used to it. So we finally settled on the Starlite Diner. Its a 50’s themed place, pretty cool. Decent food but way overpriced!

The next morning we were up bright and early and heading out to the track for the main part of the show!

After a quick traditional stop at Roosters Cafe we were ready to hit the show! We’ve been eating at Roosters since the late 90’s when they were still doing the Corvette Expo when it was in Knoxville, TN at Chilhowee Park.

I posted this picture on twitter @jdsmotorsports and I will share it on here. This is my idea of black Friday shopping!

There was a big crowd at the Turkey Rod Run. Defiantly the most packed I have ever saw it on a Friday spectator wise anyway. You could hardly walk!


Keeping with the sharing of food tradition these trip blogs seemed to have taken on. Here is what was for lunch! Roasted corn, believe me it looked a lot better than it tasted!

We battled the crowd till about 2:30 and then it was back to the motel room. Didn’t buy a whole lot this year but I will share what I got, after all swap meet finds buys are always cool to look at!

Yes, I know, I have a sticker problem.

Battery disconnects, gotta have ’em!

Those who watch my video’s on youtube will be proud that I got some new oldies CD’s!

And of course the pile of flyers and business cards of stuff I will probably never buy.

Remember those stickers from a minute ago? Well I put part of them to use. I am collecting vintage state decal’s for every state the Jeep has been to and putting them on the inside of my top. I am also collecting event and special location stickers for the rear hatch. Added a couple!

Had to have this cool vintage Jeep sticker when I saw it!

Gotta have the moon eyes!

After a quick rest it was off to Bellair Plaza for some more fun.


Did someone say food? You gotta have a little seafood when you come to the beach!

Whew, after that meal it was time to head back to the room and pack up and get ready for home!

I mentioned our early morning roll outs, well I lost the first picture but here is proof of the second one!

We had an uneventful ride home. Made it in about 1pm just in time to head to the deer stand for a little afternoon deer hunt.

After hunting, with no luck I might add, me and a couple of buddies decided it would be a good night to do a little back woods trail riding. So after all the on road highway miles the Jeep got over the weekend she got to play a little bit off road as well. When I rolled back into the house I had put 1099.5 miles on it and according to the trip timer had spent exactly 25 hours behind the wheel.

Well that is all for this Road Trip! Blog. Hope you enjoyed it!

Christmas For Kids @ Hendrick Motorsports Event Recap

Finally posting up the recap from Hendrick Motorsports’ Christmas For Kids from the other weekend. I still don’t have all the stuff posted from the event but I felt like I was taking forever and wanted to get this one wrapped up. So here is everything, including the link to where the final post will be, when I post it, which will hopefully be late tonight.

Main Photo Post

Top Ten Picks

Hendrick Motorsports Museum Pictures

Race Shop Lobby Photos

Event Video

Road Trip! Blog Entry

Museum Video (still uploading, check back later if the link doesn’t work)

Ebay Find Of The Week: Mr Norm’s 69 Hemi Charger Survivor

Any Mopar that has Mr. Norm Kraus’ name to it, better known simply as Mr. Norm, is a desirable piece. Throw in the words Hemi and survivor and you’ve got our Ebay Find Of The Week.

Here is the article from the ad.

Mr. Norm Kraus was the owner of a Dodge dealership back in the 60’s, trading under the name of Grand Spaulding Dodge. They built a worldwide reputation taking stock Dodges, already strong running pieces, and markedly improving their performance. Mustang had their Shelby, Camaro had their Yenko and Dodge had its Mr. Norm. Many of the car’s critical performance components including the distributor, carburetor, springs, etc. were modified to bring enhanced performance. Norm himself autographed the Charger’s deck lid.

This amazing, low mileage, historical piece is completely number’s matching and perfectly documented. The paint you see is mostly original along with the interior, vinyl top and all of the sheet metal. This one’s components are as close to the day it was sold as you will find. Even the spare tire, never used, is still in the same spot as the factory placed it. The exhaust system is a reproduction however but does come from the experts at Year One. Turn the ignition and the Charger sounds like 1969 all over again. The car wears 15” dog-dish hubcaps along with the correct F70-15 firestone Wide Oval Redline tires. If you prefer the updated look of 15” mag wheels, as individually pictured here, they can be purchased separately.

This Charger started its life in Texas but much of its time was spent in Canada, changing hands there a few times. The last collector to own her from up North is one of the finest gentleman I have crossed paths with in this hobby. Frank cared for this ’69 like the rare trophy she is and its current condition and high value is mostly thanks to him.

Last, regarding the car’s documentation. Our own Vice President, Galen Govier, completed a Physical Inspection Report of the Charger a few years ago. The report is available for prospects to review and will of course go to the next owner. Mopar Collector’s Guide did a comprehensive write up on the ’69 and its existence has been well catalogued over the years with numerous other articles. We also have the original invoice from Grand Spaulding Dodge along with other dealership paperwork and the Owner’s Manual. If you are in the market for a rare survivor, there is none better than our “Mr. Norm’s Charger”.