Buffalo native John Bisci, a well-traveled motorsports writer and publicist, has been named an associate editor for UMI Publications, based in Charlotte, N.C. He helps to oversee the writing and production of books that are enjoyed by thousands of readers.
"We produce all the hardcover Winston Cup Series annual books each year and we also do speciality books," said Bisci, the former public relations director at both Lancaster and Holland speedways.
"We also do the NASCAR preview and press guide, which covers all the various NASCAR divisions. UMI does speciality books. We just put the Darlington Raceway 50th anniversary book to bed. We're now working on a book about the history of Hendrick Motorsports and then we will be doing a book on Dale Jarrett."
Bisci will be busy. He will travel to most of the remaining NASCAR Winston Cup races this season. He says he misses the racing that takes place in this area and called it among the best he sees across the country.
Bisci lives in Charlotte with his wife, Judy, and the family dog, Buddy, named after Buddy Baker.
Wyoming draws a crowd
J.R. Kent won the New York State Modified Championship Series event Sunday at Wyoming County International Speedway. Billy Woods and T.J. Petrzbowski were next.
The bigger winner, however, was the Majchrzak family, who drew their largest crowd to the facility since taking over the race track in 1998. Other winners were Ron Williams, Sports-Modifieds; Doc Smith, Vintage Cars and Al Conte, Enduros.
Muldoon moves on
Mike Muldoon clinched his third straight Oswego Speedway championship and then retired from Supermodifieds.
"My crew has been great to me," Muldoon said. "They've done a great job over the 15 years I've been racing. I'm all done at Oswego. My equipment is all for sale. USAC Silver Crown is where I'd like to go."
Muldoon is one of only three men to earn three consecutive Oswego Speedway Super modified titles, joining Doug Didero and the late Jimmy Shampine.
Oswego's Budweiser Classic Weekend begins Friday with open practice at 1 p.m. The races featured during the 4 p.m. Saturday activity will be the ISMA Supermodified 50, ARDC-NEMA Winged Midget 25 and the Universal Joint Sales Limited Supermodified 50. The Budweiser International Classic 200 for Supermodifieds, complete with time trials, qualifiers and B-Main, begins at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Booker having career year
Frank Booker Jr., a four-year driver in the NASCAR Charger ranks at Holland Speedway, has a chance to place a career high in points this season.
Booker, of Orchard Park, is seventh in the standings with two weeks left. He placed 17th in 1996, 14th in 1997 and ninth last year. He won his first career NASCAR Charger feature race at Holland on June 5.
Lancaster Motorsports Park showcases the Labatt's Pro-Modified Shootout Friday. A Top Sportsman Shootout plus LMP's weekly NHRA classes and fireworks will be on the 7:30 p.m. card. . . . LMP's Coors Light Labor Day Extravaganza featuring the points finales for the Modifieds and Sportsman is Saturday at 6:30 p.m. All other divisions plus a demo derby and fireworks are on tap. . . . Ransomville has a double points show on tap at 7:15 p.m. Friday for the Modifieds. A demo derby will also be presented. . . . The DIRT Modifieds will run the 50-lap New York State Fair Labor Day Championship race at the state fairgrounds in Syracuse, Monday at 1 p.m.