Regarding "vlad", the only thing I can say is that he and I did have a series of "PM's" while he was up at Mountain Creek NJ, and openly extended an invite to come up and ski.
Keeping a kid racer on the road and teaching three or four days (and nights), right up to Sugar Slalom at Stowe ... it couldn't happen, but there was a Bear or two who did meet up with him if I recall. He would have been sticking his neck out real far to invite "a local" if he wasn't the real deal.
BillA is on staff up there and can probably at least confirm if there was indeed a "vlad", without revealing his name.
NASTAR or NASCAR .... the rumors of who's cheatin' .... hell they even found one guy in F-1 using part of his roll cage system for fuel .... nothihg comes as a shock where there is $$$$ on the line.
And yes .... I even found cheating in NASTAR .... pretty pathetic huh?