2018 Bowling Tournaments
On 11/18 at Boulevard Bowl on Erie Blvd in Schenectady. Check in begins at 12:15, and bowling at 1:00. On 12/9 at Kelly's Imperial Ln in Amsterdam. Check in begins at noon, and bowling at 1:00.

Both tournaments will be:

9 Pin No-Tap
5 people per team
Cost is $75 per team

Contact Bob James with any questions @ 518-399-0937

Passing of our friend Bernie Heald
NYSSCA and the racing community lost a close friend, and the world lost a true gentleman last week. Bernie (no one ever called him Bernard!) Heald passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Some may remember Bernie through his involvement with NYSSCA while others will undoubtedly remember him for his many years as an official with the CVRA and Albany Saratoga Speedway. His ever-present smile, even-tempered demeanor, and quiet infectious sense of humor were a constant whether working in an official’s capacity, working on some NYSSCA project, or just sharing “a cold one” after a long night of racing.

Many years ago, when NYSSCA was at a perilous point in its existence and the future of the organization was in doubt, Bernie was a mainstay in a small committed group that worked diligently to rescue the organization. He, and they, succeeded in their endeavors and helped build the groundwork for the successful organization that NYSSCA is today. Though Bernie was up to his elbows in work for NYSSCA for many years, he never craved the limelight and always insisted that he stay in the background. Through the years, we are grateful for his dedication to, and his support of, NYSSCA.

There is a wonderfully written obituary for Bernie, http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailygazette/obituary.aspx?pid=188926495,. Reading it will bring smiles and not tears to those who knew Bernie.

There will be a celebration of Bernie’s life on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Albany Saratoga Speedway from 1:00pm to 6:00pm with a memorial ceremony at 2:00. We hope that many current and past NYSSCA members will join in this celebration of a good man’s life.
God bless, Bernie.

A note from NYSSCA
The New York State Stock Car Association would like to issue an apology to the media outlets that cover our sport. The comments made in the president's speech at our annual banquet were his, and his alone. They did not, and do not, reflect the feelings of the remainder of the officers and board members of the organization.

NYSSCA would like to thank you for your continued support of the association and look forward to future endeavors together.

On a separate note, due to personal conflicts, Tom Coughlin has stepped down as president of our organization. Tom was a valuable asset to the organization, and did many positive things for us during his time as a board member and then president. We wish him nothing but health and happiness in his future, and hope that he will continue to be an active member and advocate for the association.

President's Resignation
At this evening's meeting, NYSSCA president Tom Coughlin handed in a letter of resignation. The letter was accepted by the officers and board. Vice-President Dan Wood will step in to fulfill the responsibilities of president until our next election.

April Meeting
Tuesday, April 10th, 7pm at Boulevard Bowl on Erie Blvd. in Schenectady.

Another Successful Bowling Fundraiser
The New York State Stock Car Association held their first fundraiser of the 2018 season, the "Second Annual NYSSCA Bowling Fun Night" at the East Greenbush Bowling Center on Saturday evening, March 24th, and it was a huge success.

90 bowlers showed up (79 adults; 11 children) to enjoy three hours of bowling, pizza, and soda. 35 people showed up just to watch, and enjoy pizza and soda. Everyone in attendance had the chance to mingle with some of the drivers from our local tracks, and take chances on our 50/50 and Silent Auction.

Thank you to the drivers in attendance: Ken Tremont Jr., Keith Flach, Mike King, Kim LaVoy, Whitey Slavin, Ivan Joslin, Brett Horlacher, Dave Stickles, Clinton Bonner, Bobby Hackel, Joe LaFlamme, Ed Hatch, Jeff Meltz Sr., Jason Meltz, Ray Hall, Jr. and Gary O'Brien; former racers Fuzzy Fusaro and Andy Lindeman; and kart racers Alana LaVoy, Alivia Reckner, and Deegan Nichols.

It again appeared that everyone on hand had an enjoyable time, and our profit for the evening appears to be just over $2,000.00. That amount will go a long way in helping to sustain our Member's Benefit Fund which pays out $125/week to any member who is out of work due to an injury sustained at a sanctioned racing event. Annual membership is $25. More information on NYSSCA membership and the benefit fund can be found on our website, www.nyssca.com.

NYSSCA would like to thank everyone who attended, and those who donated gift baskets and raffle prizes. We could not exist if not for everyone's support of the organization and what it does.

We also need to thank Kim Berger, Liz Flach and Chrissie Bradway-Hagen for all the time they devote to making this event such a success.