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  1. Is this new asphalt track really happening ? If so, will they race 4 cyl cars ? And will they be real race cars or mini bombers ? I have a SCCA pavement car that would be a good oval car is why Im asking.
  2. Publication

    Does anyone know of any publications about how to set up and tune a FWD car's chassis ? There's a ton of info fro RWD but I have not seen any tunning guides for Compacts. Steve Smith makes mini stock manuals but again its RWD. Seems like an untapped market. Thanks.
  3. Another NASCAR discussion

    NASCAR has lost touch with todays car enthusiasts as they still use dinosaur technology Push rod engines are obsolete. Cookie cutter cars are boring. RWD doesn't exist much anymore. Racing in general is still selling the same show for 50 years. The "fast and the furious" crowd are todays hot-rodder.. What oval track has cars that interest them ? They are at the drag strip. All we do is preach to the choir. Now with this in mind and seeing what's going on around the Country, I think a new series is badly needed. It would be a 6 cyl, front wheel drive car like we drive today. The cars would be set up to race oval, suspension and tires. Soup up the engines and make them race cars. Then more people might be interested because they can relate, just like the old days. Modern cars with modern parts including fuel injection, overhead cam, multi valve and VTEC. They would be very fast, cheaper and have more variety. No modern cars race today except for Sport Compacts.. This new series could be the new "street stocks" or something like that. New challenges for builders, mechanics and drivers. Unpredictable performances. "NEW" is what's missing.
  4. General Rules Question

    I don't see a problem with any car running with a higher class if it conforms with the rules. Sometimes you need the car count to make a show. Making a show is what sells tickets. Sometimes a written rule needs to deal with intent. If a rule is unfavorable, petition the track for a change just like I have been doing to try to get our 2017 Sport Compact Champion permission to race compacts again, seeing he has a ready car and we need more cars. I don't agree racing a pure stock is "moving up" from a winning compact, a fact that was proven at STS when some compacts actually raced with them. To me it would be like a Frontrunner running with the Sport Compacts and placing high up. If its fits, go for it. Every class can use more cars, there's never too many. JMO. Now the STS/ compact deal was not fair because of the weight requirement so that's different.
  5. I still like NASCAR. Not a fan of using such outdated equipment like push rod engines but at least Cup had moved to the 21st century with fuel injection. Its hard for a new fan to relate to outdated technology when there's so much new stuff going on in the car building today. Only Sport Compacts are really like the cars of yesterday by racing what dealers sell today. Its catching on in the East Coast. Nascar finally realized they and all of us missed the boat by not promoting the biggest car rivalry in history and that's the Mustang v/s Camaro. Next year an attempt but still nothing like todays Mustangs and Camaros. Might as well watch Indy cars, they all look the same. I like the World Rally cars myself. And watching what the NASCAR drivers do in a race.
  6. TOMS at I-37 Speedway, June 16!

    Latest weather shows clear for Sat night. Thumper is loaded and ready for battle. Good money for Sport Mods and Pure Stocks too.
  7. Why did NASCAR buy ARCA if there dumping it ? Does not make sense. Has the fad worn out ?.
  8. I-37 results, 4/7/2018

    And 21 of them are Sport Compacts.
  9. 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.
  10. Thank you

    Track owner wants to race mini stocks/compacts as well as dwarfs and mod lights. Just waiting on responses by showing up.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 ?
  15. Test and Tune

    Is the test and tune day still being considered for Jan 20 ?
  16. Test and Tune

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

    Lawrence just confirmed its on. HiTec, looks like I get to test my Sport Compact against your Pro Sedan ?
  18. 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 !
  19. Test and Tune

    Confirmed yet ?
  20. Drag Racing and Dirt Tracks better than Asphalt?

    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.
  21. 2018

    So Im guessing the answer is no.
  22. 2018

    I am curious if there are any plans to run mini stocks at this track in 2018.
  23. Mini Stocks

    Most people thought they were done with me but not so. I have been talking to people around the state about the small cars. What I have discovered is the attitude toward us has improved greatly. Many tracks are supporting us like I37, 281 and Rosebowl where they have 2 classes. Very encouraging. That being said it seems that old school mini stocks have given way to stock front wheel drive "pure stock" type of cars and that's great but leaves out a lot of older race cars for a place to race. So I'm asking if there is any interest by both racers and promoters in again hosting/participating in small cars that actually are race cars. Not necessary high dollar fire breathers but more in the line of Thunder cars that were so successful at RGS, CCS, and STS in the past. Done properly this could include Pro Sedans as well as the Mustangs that are sitting about. I have raced with all level of small cars and have discovered the modern car can make a wonderful mini stock that can compete with the fast RWD cars of the past and only need small modifications. At I37 it was a stock Saturn that won most races against a few mini stocks including myself. Considering I run in the top 4 or 5 at outlaw events by only changing tires, this tells me a car like that can also win an outlaw race with a few minor changes. So what I'm asking for is opinions and to see if there is any interest in resurrecting a series like Thunder Cars before I start petitioning promoters for an opening. Or is mini stock racing really finished. If so, is there any interest in a Sport Compact series in Corpus Christi ? Or is I37 the closest track south for small cars ? It is alive and doing well there. Nationwide ,Sport Compact racing is booming. Like the SCDRA traveling series purses paying 5 grand to win for the most part. Every track should have a small car series as most involved will never become big car teams. Why leave that part of society out ? Happy New Year everybody. Hope its great for you.
  24. Kart racing this weekend

    Hoping great success for L87 race track. With the closing of Gator in Houston we are reminded how fragile our sport is and the opening of this track brings with it new optimism that the sport can survive and flourish. The location is perfect and the people are wonderful and I am hoping for the possibility for the mini stock world could do a Phoenix and resurrect itself at such a great new beginning. Most of us just want to have a place to be a part of. Happy New Year.