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Welcome to the home site of ARRA - Auto Racing Research Associates.  Auto Racing Research Associates (ARRA) is dedicated to the research, documentation and the maintaining of a library of the racing accomplishments of drivers, the weekly history of race tracks and racing series and organizations for archival purposes so that this vital information is not lost to time.

  While the members of ARRA have done their own personal research and compilations and can with a definite degree of confidence - back the information in their efforts with certainty to be complete and accurate...there is always the chance of a missing statistic due to our research sources.  They are compiled to the best of our ability and to the limits of our research material.  The original intent of this website was to feature our research work alone.  However, we have also included research material from sources outside of our own work...in an effort to become the "one stop historical database shop".  With that in mind, we cannot extend the same level of confidence in that work as we have in our own work....simply because we didn't do the work ourselves.  That is not in an effort to cast doubt on the reliability of others work....simply to point out that it is the work of others who have done the research and it was simply our choice to include it on our website.  We welcome getting notified of any inconsistencies and omissions in any of the work and will take each inquiry to task and try to look it up and resolve the issue.  It's all about the facts and adding to the documented history of our local sport.


 ARRA historian Bill Hanna wrapped up a very long project on the Reading Speedway and presented it to Reading Fairgrounds Racing Historical Society's President Galen Koehler and group historian Craig Ray at this weekends Motorsports show on Saturday.  Just one of the things we here at ARRA try to do to aid in the effort to cement our sports history!


 I was reminded recently, about something I haven't mentioned in quite a while about our "process" of researching subjects.  We all have our different ways of achieving the end means of  compiling a research project.  Personally, what I do is try to collect as much information that I can gather from the internet and also take note of any information I can glean from any of my many publications in my research library.  Then comes the real work....going week by week through each and every issue of sometimes as many as three different racing publications....for the entirety of a drivers career if the subject is a driver.  After I have completed that...its on to comparing that information up against what can be found on the subject for irregularities, discrepancies and any other kind of information that will add to the spreadsheet file.  Lots of cross checking along the way.  When I am done with this phase...I will usually contact any number of fellow ARRA historians to see if any of them can help to "fill in the gaps".  From there....if at all possible...we all like to put the research into the hands of the subject and have them inspect it.  After they have inspected it...you make any changes after reaffirming the information by going back again into your library for specific dates.  After all of that...you go back...check all of your formatting...making sure numbers are correct...dates are all in order...just a general cleaning up of the entire file and formatting it to make sure it takes up as little "space" electronically on our website and then...it gets posted.  However, and this is the fact that I haven't mentioned in a long time and that is that once a research file is posted up...that doesn't mean things are done with it.  In rare cases...we never consider our work complete.  All to many times, someone will contact us with a bit of information that leads us to a vague win from somewhere.  Such is the case with my Bob McCreadie project.  Mike Hayslett had Bob credited with two wins at the Edelweiss Speedway in Canada.  I could not come up with them.  Within a day or so of Bob's page  being created....race fan Murray Lynch contacted me with the information for both of those Edelweiss wins.  I have always stated that putting the work out there in front of the fans is like the final stage of the research because so many times...once the fans had it in their hands...someone out there had access to information.  So....you, the fans...have a part in all of this also!  We always try to emphasize that we are always open to investigating something if someone does not feel it is right, or they have information on a win that hasn't been counted....by all means...contact us...we all benefit by having our sports history just that little bit much more accurate.  We are all in this together.

 
    Wanted to drop in tonight and add a little something to the front page.  Why?  Because I think it is warranted.  While I began to attend the local racing at the Flemington Speedway in 1963, it wasn't until later years that I really think were the "Golden Years" of racing here in the Northeast.  A big part of that era was Stan Ploski.  The memories I have of the battles between he and Billy "O" Osmun..Stan in the  Brenn #24 and Billy in the #81....I hope those memories never fade from my frail and fragile mind in my ancient years.  They are treasured.  Stan was feared...he raced in some of the top line equipment and there is a reason for that.....he was just that good.  Happy Birthday to Stan....another of our superstar lineup of researched drivers here at ARRA.  Stan was a part of what made those times.....the best there ever were and will never be duplicated.  The next birthday driver celebrating another year older and wiser is Billy Pauch Sr.  Happy Birthday to The Kid as he has become known.  Stan's and Billy's careers overlapped a bit, but Stan was definitely part of an older era.  Billy came later.  They were both two of the most successful drivers to ever wheel a modified at the Flemington Speedway.  Billy was one of the very first drivers of our roster that had been researched and to a degree...is a part of the story on how ARRA came to be.  Happy Birthday to both Stan Ploski and Billy Pauch and many thanks for the dozens of years of excitement you guys brought us fans!

    

  It's with great sadness that I have to report that Cathy Patrick...wife of former Gator News editor Joe Patrick passed away recently after a brave battle with cancer.  The Patrick family...through their Gator Racing Photo News, gave our Fred Voorhees his breakthrough in automotive racing writing goals when they took him on to write a weekly column, race reports and editorials for their weekly newspaper.  Families don't come any nicer than the Patrick family.  We wish to let them know that Joe and his entire family is in our thoughts in this time of sorrow.





  ARRA members are proud to announce that we have been joined by Sister Website Race Stat Central to our fold.  Race Stat Central webmaster and creator Dennis Clapperton and his associate Jeff Zimmerman come on-board as "Associate Members" and will continue to maintain their excellent statistical website, but will collaborate with ARRA members to further the streamlining of racing statistics and therefore assure even further accuracy in the numbers.  We are proud to welcome them aboard and look forward to what we can all accomplish together!  Find a link to Dennis' website on our new "Friends of ARRA/Links" page.



 The four original founding members of the ARRA group gather at a Flemington Speedway Historical Society meeting.  Bill Braga Jr., Steve Barrick, Bill Hanna and Fred Voorhees all get together for the first time as a group.  Missing is later added member Bill Skinner.
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