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Everything posted by Bobby

  1. Send a Google car around it?
  2. Supers are *required* to have spotters, as with all of the Pro classes. As far as transponders, the track has had them available for rental in the past, so contact Gina (Gina@txarp.com) to see what is happening this year.
  3. http://usraracing.com/tracks/
  4. https://4t4racingphotos.com/hmp-2019
  5. Safety first

    I think the amazing part is seeing the driver crawl out before the safety crew arrives. Keep in mind that he's coming out the passenger side because the driver's side is against the wall and burning. Fire suits weren't a thing back then, I can only recall one person who wore one (I think.....). Safety crews didn't wear them either (and usually still don't, at tracks I've attended).
  6. New track in Livingston

    Yes. Slightly south, in Goodrich. If you are on Facebook, follow either Battleground Racers or Marlon Mcgown.
  7. Interesting

  8. Interesting

    I've heard rumors there might be some dirt on the track at some point....
  9. FORD vs. FurrrrRoy?

    I liked the one-thousandth endplay in the piston pins causing nasty harmonics.
  10. FORD vs. FurrrrRoy?

    Very interesting. Excellent article!
  11. TSTRS Question

    Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore, Devil's Bowl in Dallas, would be two of the mainstays. Heart of Texas in the Waco area clearly has a very successful program. This website may help, although it is not kept current - https://www.racingin.com/track/texas.aspx
  12. Memories of San Antonio Speedway

    Frank Torres has passed on. His son Johnny is on this forum and has been actively running dirt for quite a few years now.
  13. TSTRS - Car Counts

    But that one was there. Paid car entry, pit passes, etc. A last minute technical difficulty shouldn't be interpreted as lack of cars, or. interest.
  14. TSTRS - Car Counts

    Maybe revisit that June 8 Super Stock count? https://www.race-monitor.com/Results/Session/6685933
  15. TSTRS - Input needed

    Low to mid 17 second - https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/1463927
  16. TSTRS - Input needed

    I think if you allowed Novas, eight or ten inch tires, any non-quick change rear end, and headers, and reduced the allowable cam to what is in the Factories, the classes would combine.
  17. TSTRS - Input needed

    I've been curious (and skeptical) on how the life of 10" pulloffs would compare to new 8" tires so I queried a team that's run Factory Stocks and other metric cars on dirt and at HMP. The initial response was positive, that the pulloffs would definitely be a cost savings. I invited them to this thread, so I'll not say any more for the moment, but I thought it relevant to this point in the conversation.
  18. TSTRS - Input needed

    I think Texas Tom and Nick will attest that it used to be used at Pan American every night.
  19. TSTRS - Input needed

    Exactly! And if you are willing to do that to attract classes from other forms of racing, why not for the ones already established? The governing and economic factors are no different. If you keep bringing the same logic to bear, you will get the same results. And in addition to the suspension changes, there are probably gearing issues too...
  20. TSTRS - Input needed

    Good to know! Thanks.
  21. TSTRS - Input needed

    On those cheap tires - at a dirt track for a typical local purse, no one checks to see if you are running on second-hand asphalt tires, because it doesn't make much of a difference. But in the context of an asphalt track, what defines a "pulloff" and how do you tech for it? Because if you can't do both, there goes a major part of your justification for the class, as opposed to others. And if you disregard the tire cost angle, the argument for one class vs another just reduces to how much purse do you have to pay to draw each class, as it always has been. I don't think $5K as paid for big Factory Stock races is going to happen in the local asphalt world, at least not in the near future.
  22. TSTRS - Input needed

    "I'm not trying to be mean here to Scotty9 and MetroRacer but didn't they give the super stocks a chance and not enough showed up? " Was this you ?????? And the broader point, which I was trying to make in the bracket race discussion, is when you just add and delete classes willy-nilly, with no consideration of how you are effecting other classes, you drive racers away, often permanently. People can't afford to spend thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours just to throw it away because the promoter changes. One of the participants in this thread has been hit once by that, and may be hit again.
  23. TSTRS - Input needed

    Nathan - It shouldn't be an either/or, there is room for both, if things are handled correctly (emphasis on correctly). I can tell by your statement there is plenty of HMP history on Pro Stocks and Super Stocks you aren't aware of. Very obviously there is a large pool of Factory Stocks out there, which should be clear to anyone who has gone to a dirt race in the last few years. What is not so obvious is what should happen with the pool of Pro Stocks sitting around from the Mandalback days, and the Super Stock class which more recent management has tried to get going, with mixed success. The most obvious issue, which has effected Super Stocks, Pro Stocks, and will effect Factory Stocks too, is the tire cost vs purse issue. If you pay Factory Stocks enough to offset the tire bill, yes, they will come. But the same could be said for Supers and Pro's (and I think accommodations should be made in the rules for Pro's, it wouldn't be that hard). But even the Factorys aren't going to come for Ecostock purses, which is pretty much the situation you've had recently. And if the purse could be reasonable for Factories, why not the other stock bodied classes? Tires vs purses for the stock bodied form factor *is* the issue. Previous management decided they weren't real race cars and didn't pay accordingly. And for $5K to win, as you mentioned, cars will turn out for ANY class.... And if you want a place for all of those cars, irrespective of tires, keep the bracket race idea in mind...