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  1. Mini Stocks

    I read on the Pro Sedan page that 105 Speedway is adding Mini Stocks to next years line up. KMSA rules but allowing tube chassis and FWD. Sounds like fast cars. Houston has always the fastest race cars even way back in 1971 with the Houston Mini Stock Association that was a traveling series biased at Almeda Speedway. We raced Houston, Navasota, Lufkin, China (near Beaumont) and other places. Sounds like the Pro Sedans will have a place to race again as well as the Mini Late Models from Houston. Should be interesting.
  2. Friday the 13

    Racing is on for tonight. Friday the 13 with a full moon. Come see some great racing by all age groups.
  3. Friday 8/16 come on out

    I got to run my first kart race. It is exactly like a big car track on a smaller scale. These guys are fast and fearless. I was slow and scared but I think I got the hang of it. My sponsor Joey DeLeon said it best, :we showed up as nobody and kept that position." We are fixing our karts like anybody who buys a built car has to do. Learned a lot and will be a factor soon enough. So here's a couple of old Thunder Car racers ( Thumper and Cookie Man) getting our racing fix. I recommend this for anyone interested. It is real racing, not a toy thing. Thank you Lawrence and Owen for your hard work.
  4. L87 New Kart Track

    I'm glad my test drive was with beginners. These guys fly and I still walk. It will take a lot of practice for anybody to get up to racing speeds, I believe. Its good that time is available. I'm afraid I'm too old now. Might be a pit crew member.
  5. L87 New Kart Track

    I made it out to watch last night and was really impressed with this facility. It reminded me of the Modified Nationals in McAllen on a smaller scale. Pits were full, lots of racing for all ages but especially interesting watching the well known big car racers battle it out in the stock predator class, the equivalent of the big car pure stocks. So many there were 2 features. This is not a play track, it is a RACING track. I believe this track is destined for big things and overall in the Country, Kart Racing is becoming a really big deal. A really big National event is not out of the question. Anyone with a kart owes it to themselves to try this track. It has everything the big tracks have. Good lighting, very smooth track with little dust late, and a winners circle. It was refreshing to see how everybody respected each others skillset regardless of age. Flat out all the way around. And the science is already in full swing. Try it, there nothing like it that I know of. Karts are not a filler class, they are the ONLY class but many divisions of them. Around 80 cars last night.
  6. Practice at L87 Speedway

    I am not a spokesman but have permission to invite any and all circle track drivers to the next open practice day at L87 Speedway near Corpus Christi. Its a very smooth 1/4 mile track with medium banking that has tremendous grip even with asphalt slicks. This track already races Karts on kart day on its kart track with great success with karts being the show. Averaging 50 or more karts per show with classes for everyone including grown ups. Privately owned with owner and operator being the same person. So regardless of what you race, if you want to test your racer and get seat time this is your opportunity Entry cost in $20.00 per head, period. No radios or transponder required but full racing safety gear is. Belts, net, suite, etc. I don't know about you guys but to get to drive my race car 100 or so laps is well worth 20.00 to me. For kart information or big car practice contact Lawrence Mickluncak or Owen Pitman at the L87 Speedway website. Now for why am I posting this..>leave now if you have no interest in small car racing. A lot oy you still have mini stocks, thunder cars and compacts. Maybe. you don't fit anywhere and gave up. Well this is a possible opportunity to rekindle a series that's become extinct but very necessary for the success in todays oval track racing. Or perhaps you are already racing an Eco or Compact but really need more track time for testing or just want seat time. This is an opportunity for both. The owner has expressed an interest in adding our class to the kart program or with a big car series if they do adapt one. Fresh start, no politics, no bullshit. Just come play with your race car (any kind) and spend an afternoon with your peers. I'm hoping this practice thing is regular and will lead to full racing. If your car is not running yet come out anyway for a picnic. Lets all do our part to help this fledgling promoter keep our sport alive. More IS better. Next practice will be within a couple of weeks, to be announced when established. Thanks for reading. , G.B.Carter.
  7. I hope this becomes a reality and the management is open minded enough to realize success will come with INVOLVEMENT of the masses, not just the elite. There's already private clubs for racers that want to show off their shinny stuff. Racing is not about the race, its about the SHOW. Remember it started as only a part of Country Fairs as an added show. A successful promoter will be a professional promoter, not unlike Vince McMann who sells fake fighting all over the world with great success. He creates a story with every entrant and every entrant plays a role. Their independent success depends on how well they sell their story. In my opinion every car needs to be a character with its own story. None of us are professional racers but we do create a show that we expect people to pay to watch. Unfortunately racing has become too pompous where the lesser entrants are looked down on and scoffed at. Shame because most of the "lesser" teams indeed have an interesting story relating to how and why they got there. Yet too many promoters overlook their plight when that could draw interest to many. In short, its my opinion that a successful track needs to have a great promoter, not necessarily a great race director. Speed does not do it all anymore. Drama never gets old. Pay attention to the shows that draw big attendance in todays world, not the same old show that cant sell tickets anymore. Your drivers and crew are the show, not the cars. Don't overlook any of them, each one has a following. Don't try to sell their possessions, sell their PASSION ! Share it with the audience. So everyone make fun of me now. My show is no longer interesting to promoters. Shame.
  8. Any new track to be successful is going to need a new approach. Doing the same thing that's been around for the last 20 years did not work for the tracks now closed. A new show that involves more people will work. Todays money is in the numbers, not the gifted. The most successful promoters I have raced for understood this.
  9. 2019 Nascar

    Nick, I think the biggest reason a person becomes an EX racer is because of finances. Second would be time, then things like age, kids and in Texas the so many miles between tracks. McAllen had a huge family of racers and the Valley had some of the best drivers in the state. Most are EX racers now because of at least one of these reasons. Has nothing to do with bashing, unlike how NASCAR is abused here. A non involved fan is more knowledgeable with NASCAR than any local racing. Seeing other "racers" bash it is cause for wondering if racing is an accepted sport. But believe me NASCAR still has a great following. In spite of our biased opinions. As the leader of a racing forum I would think you would support ALL forms of motorsports, politics notwithstanding . Not the case evidently. But its your forum to lead. Like Bobby Maupin often says...... "the view never changes" .
  10. 2019 Nascar

    Its not NASCAR's fault Texas has so many closed tracks. I don't know the real reason, only what I have experienced. Texas is not really an oval track community, its more about High School football and sports. I think that's because more people are involved personally that at the "local" track. That being said, racing has only a finite population yet many promoters are still looking for the magic that will bring all those "new" fans and competitors when the real answer is under their feet. I have watched serious racing families leave the sport primarily because they become "undesirables" due to structural changes of the politics. Loosing these families reduces the potential fan and participant base yet I have never seen ANY promoter actively attempt to recover these people. As a racing fan I would rather watch NASCAR than ANY local racing where I don't know anyone. So would the "average" fan. I believe this is because NASCAR makes a huge effort to promote the identity of their drivers. Meanwhile local tracks support their "correct" racers while shunning anyone that dares to be different or opposing views. So what we have is a few private clubs trying to get fans to appreciate their affluence, thus preaching to the choir., while wanting the product being sold to be responsible for the production costs. And also trying to sell everywhere the exact same show. Almost 100% race your Chevrolet and show off how much you have or pain you can absorb. Dinosaur designs that have no reflection of the cars on the road today, thus no identification with the average working class person. Those people are the ones that appreciate cars. There's no way to identify local racing with NASCAR, even the unsuccessful driver could afford to buy most local tracks. Texas people as a rule don't make the money other states have, thus we have less to spend as a State for recreation. The solution as I see it is not to only host those with great resources but create a place where a little goes a long way and use the numbers game to create profit. The old adage "build it and they will come" does not work with a person with a family making $400 a week but is expected to spend $100 or more to bring his family to race and watch. Or especially spend $60 to bring the family only to watch other flaunt their resources. Yes even NASCAR is making an attempt to reduce ticket costs to attract more families. Its easier to blame NASCAR that find new ideas. I'm watching L87 growing with absolutely NO expensive cars but instead hosts a venue where a working stiff CAN get involved in the sport. Other tracks treat them like a necessary diversion. With 50 entries last race it will be interesting to see where this goes. So go ahead an mock NASCAR and hope it is destroyed because its not how your own experiences are reflected. I personally have spent 49 years of being involved in racing without any budget other than race winnings. Like the movie 6 Pack, the last race paid for the next one. Now all that is gone but I don't hate NASCAR only because they are still going strong. Instead I'm looking for a way for a poor guy to continue with the sport or will another racing family fade away in the distance. The population is shrinking. I'm curious how many people are EX racers and why. I believe this is the place to start. JMO, as always.
  11. Pit stall ?

    I don't know what most think but taking away Hamlin's pit choice to aid Bush win a Championship was a chicken crap deal for Denny. I'm hearing this is Denny's last race and he got screwed. I'm betting Bush does not win because karma usually even things out. If he does the black mark is there. Now NASCAR is trying to improve their show and most things are an improvement. I like the chase thing, its kind of like qualifying races at a big show like the Modified Nationals were at McAllen. The last race has the 4 best qualifiers running for the Championship. and one race to win it. All big races have only one winner and NASCAR has equaled the competitors better than any other venue. For the casual fan its a show that is not already determined the winner like so many times the old system afforded. Just like the truck race nobody could predict the Champion, again decided by a single race. I picked Sauder because of his experience but his team gave him a turd so he had no chance even though he was a factor all year. It was great Moffatt won as an underfunded team, gives everyone hope its possible. Now Custer (00) has taken the p[ole for today's race and has not necessarily been the dominate team all year. On a side note its great the Cup guys are not involved, this makes the teams more equal. Should be a great race too. NASCAR is trying to fuel the feud between Truex and Logano but that out as Truex is running for the Championship and cannot waste it on a "revenge" deal. It would be cool to end this team on the top. Harvick might be a favorite because he took over for Earnhardt. I don't think Bush will win because karma seems to sneak in sometimes Taking Hamlin's earned pit stall will bit him, I think. And nobody like Lagano but he had luck and some skill. So who knows who will be the 2018 Cup Champion ? Nobody knows and that's the story. So all you NASCAR haters can tell everyone reading how much racing sucks and still try to lure casual fans to your own personal racing deal How's that working out ? You guys making a good profit at your local track ? Or are you actually funding their operations? NASCAR drivers don't have to pay to park or enter the pits. Plus they make a few dollars. And the Cup guys have the kind of car all of you would love to have if you had the best everything money could buy. Snubbing them sounds like sour grapes. Don't sour the sport in general by snubbing the top tier of the sport itself. JMO.
  12. Now with all this they are trying to do sounds more like a deal to get public money like COT got. Using the passion racers have to gain support. I'm not holding my breath now. I'm afraid there's not enough support to operate 2 tracks, has not worked in the past. Hope I'm wrong.
  13. Sport compact for sale -- $1,900

    It would be cool to have Thunder Cars again. Its was very successful. Now days 4 cyl cars are only mini bombers at the few tracks that have them. This car would do great at Rose Bowl in Tyler TX.
  14. When

    When is the next show ?
  15. Congrats to Jamie Garner in the #33 Sport Compact for the Championship win. He proved an old guy in a VW can still get it done. Volkswagen has won EVERY feature race in the Compacts since Oct 2017. And Jamie knows his way around a track
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