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  1. Why did NASCAR buy ARCA if there dumping it ? Does not make sense. Has the fad worn out ?.
  2. I-37 results, 4/7/2018

    And 21 of them are Sport Compacts.
  3. 2018 ?

    I am working on a car I bought in Dallas that used to race at HOT, Kennedale and other Dallas tracks. It is a full on mini stock and hopefully can keep up with you guys if we do get a race at L87. My Sport Compact just isn't fast enough but this one is. If I can the bugs out.
  4. Thank you

    Track owner wants to race mini stocks/compacts as well as dwarfs and mod lights. Just waiting on responses by showing up.
  5. Thank you

    Thank you Larry for the ride. Those cars are amazing. What us mini stocks found out we were not quite ready after all. Also what's amazing to me is how well those Pro Sedan slicks stuck. Lawrence said many cars have tested here with slicks and were vary fast. He recommended do not groove them. Any you Pro Sedans want to see how fast your car is, bring it. No harm no foul. Just speed. The CC Speedway set up works here.
  6. Next race Feb 3rd

    Its confirmed, Feb 10th is big car test and tune. (means not karts) All mini stocks without a track are encouraged to attend and get the cobwebs cleared out. Including any Pro Sedan interested. A CC Speedway set up will work. Some of us are trying to get mini stocks added to the kart program as a support class. Even Sport Compacts from other tracks are invited to test their cars too, a I37 set up also works here. Also a good time to get track experience for anybody in any class especially new or inexperienced drivers. Get a head start on your season. See what your team needs. At $20.00 a head its cheaper than renting a track.
  7. Next race Feb 3rd

    Just to be clear the next regular kart race event is Feb 3rd and the next test and tune day for big cars is Feb 10th. Is that correct ? I understand Feb 4th is some kind of football thing.
  8. Practice went great. Weather was perfect and track was very drivable. For $20.00 I got to run laps until I was tired. Cheapest afternoon of entertainment a person could have. my car, after all, was built to driven not collect dust. Cant wait for the next one in 2 weeks. If I had a kart I would be racing it right now. There is talk (mostly by me) about maybe adding mini stocks to the kart program as a support class. Who is interested ?
  9. Test and Tune

    You haven't seen HiTeck drive ?
  10. Test and Tune

    Lawrence just confirmed its on. HiTec, looks like I get to test my Sport Compact against your Pro Sedan ?
  11. Its official, next Sat, Jan 20 from noon to dark will be a test and tune day At L87 Speedway. $20 bucks a head. Test you car before your season starts. Money in being invested in to facility, great cause. Thumper will be there !
  12. Test and Tune

    Confirmed yet ?
  13. Back to the question. I have raced both asphalt and dirt and love both. The problem as I see it is the same for both, that is the cost of owning/running a race track just got too expensive. With that this cost was somewhat pushed onto to the shoulders of those who are actually the product being sold. This leaves too little for the performers to reap, thus the track becomes more like a club than a contest. The result is the majority of average people are left out of the game. This leads to a diminished interest in the sport overall. After watching the same show a couple of times with nobody to relate to the interest gets lost. The key to success is an open door policy that brings the average Joe back to the competition. With him comes his family, then friends. Each team has a fan base. But look at todays racing and you have a limited number of teams to root for. Back to the cost......a working man or woman with a family usually only has about a hundred dollars a paycheck to spend on entertainment. So how can they spend that hundred at a pit gate to get in and still have money for a car ? Add to that most of todays cars are not built in the junkyard but rather bought from speed shops. Alas the numbers shrink. Now the biggest killer, the prize money. Even cowboys rely on the purse to peruse their sport and for the "average Joe" racer its no different. But look at how its dished out. The top prize money goes to the most expensive cars even though it does very little to enhance their racing budget. The least expensive cars receive the smallest prize money even though a bigger purse would increase the car numbers greatly because more people could afford to get involved. Bring down the entry fee and you will have the numbers needed to make money. Drag racing provides this avenue. Its little cost to enter and most don't need a dedicated car to do it. As far as dirt tracks, they have experienced the same level of closures as the asphalt tracks, there were just more of them so some survived. But for how long will the racers be able to carry them if they cannot make the needed profits by selling the show ? Imagine Willy Nelson being told he must pay a hundred dollars to perform rather than collecting a paycheck. Now imagine ALL musical entertainers having to do the same thing. How many music halls would close ? Some point to northern tracks success but look at their purses. Start money sometimes equals win money at the poorer tracks. Again some of the burden of overhead is lifted from the talent and put on the shoulders of the promoters, as it should be. My solution......host some inexpensive classes like pure stocks, bombers, mini stocks and sport compacts. Make the gate fee low and the purse big. Bring in the big numbers and make profit from selling tickets and concessions along with pictures, T shirts and other related items. Have a band for halftime break and after the races while people are leaving. Change up the show often to make every visit a littler different. We still sell the same show that was playing 50 years ago, only the cars are different. And most importantly have a track with LOW overhead so some of the profit goes to the players rather than overhead. Those tracks up north carve a track into a cornfield, sit on boxes and host a hundred or two cars. We could learn a lot from WWE as they are the absolute best at promoting. They sell out at every event, the longest lasting tv episodically series ever and have more fans on the internet than football, basketball, baseball, soccer combined. And they sell fake feuds and fighting with the same players every week. But the storyline is always changing to keep interest and the performers are really talented professionals. Imagine what they could do with a real competition like circle track racing. That being said the cost of a pavement track has become prohibitive to a larger degree than a dirt track. Asphalt work is expensive and location is expensive as well. With the economy improving now is the best chance for success we have seen in a great while. Lets hope for the best all around.
  14. Test and Tune

    Is the test and tune day still being considered for Jan 20 ?
  15. 2018

    So Im guessing the answer is no.