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We have a great show coming July 2nd and 3rd.

 

Here is the schedule:

 

July 2nd: Heats, B mains if necessary and Open practice till 11:30pm. We will have a band on the outdoor plaza stage.

 

July 3rd: A Main qualifiers, We will have Riptide on the out door stage. We also will have a fireworks show.

 

Drivers: Your car must be registered for both days to receive payout. If you do not race Saturday you will start scratch Sunday.

 

Pay out will be posted payout x2 (Double pay)

 

Thank you,

 

Ken Hobbs

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Is it still up in the air if the track going to let the sport compact class run in the two day show.

 

Debbie Metcalf #94DG

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Yes I can but I cant speak for anyone else. Sounds like a fun weekend. Let us know ASAP. Points mean nothing at this point, exposure does.

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It would be helpful if someone with the driver information called these teams, some do not do internet stuff. I will contact who I can.

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I have talked to most of the teams that I can get in touch with. I have 5 yes, 4 maybes and 3 nos. The nos are because of other plans. There might be others, cant confirm.

 

This year it seems the ministocks/compacts are being allowed to define themselves. Basically it comes down to...... stock bomber style cars or modified stock cars. I can see the advantages of both. What we lack is organization and leadership. I think its a good idea the track is allowing us to figure this out.

 

What I do know is how important it is for us to be seen. In that respect thank you STS for giving us a stage. As difficult as it is to make a successful and profitable race track its important to include everyone interested, like our little group. Its tough for us because we have the least amount of resources and talent.. But to us our cars mean as much as the most expensive modified or late model. It would be a shame to loose this group as almost none of us will ever race anything else.

 

The potential here is unlimited. Either way we end up we still have the most affordable race cars requiring the least investment of time and money. And lately we have seen these cars can actually make a real race. 3 different winners from 4 races by 3 different cars. More to come.

 

While most classes are so predictable, meaning they have been around for so long most everyone knows what is needed to create success. The chassis tuning info, engine building info and driving techniques are well documented. It becomes more of resources. With our cars its more of creating ideas and learning.

 

An exciting time for me was the early days of modified racing in McAllen. We started near the end of 1989 by removing front fenders of super stocks and beginning the process of defining what a modified will be. It was exciting to the point I bought my first car, a once pavement car converted to dirt that ran well. I learned the hard way you cannot race one niggardly like a small car. I went through the growing pains even as I received great help from some of the best. By the end of the second year I was extremely frustrated and had secured a driver so I could wrench 100% of the time. At the end of 1991 RGS had the basis for the first Modified Nationals, paying $2000 to win. It was all local cars, about 19. I really did not know squat about chassis then.

 

I then built the closest thing to a mini stock I could have a place to race. With a Force 4 chassis and a Chevy front clip I built a modified with an air cooled front mounted VW engine. At that time modifieds at RGS were using Marsh 11 inch recap tires and powerful engines but when the track got slick (seldom back then) I ran fairly well. Later it was time to become one of "them" and bought a legal IMCA chassis, built a 347 small block Ford and my learning began.

 

The exciting part of this period was invention. Lots of people had different ideas of how to make a car handle on a smooth slick track that was now RGS. With the hard hockey puck tires and little traction it was about car control rather than horsepower. The "Nationals" was a 4 day event with the track open for practice about 10AM daily to race time I must have ran a couple thousand laps of testing and practice like many other teams. I saw dozens of different constructed ideas.The rules did not allow for a lot of aftermarket stuff so imagination was king. Nowadays you just buy a car or kit.

 

Now to my point. The mini stocks and compact today are at that stage of development that the early modifieds were way back. To race one means you build one or buy somebody elses car. Adding front wheel drive cars has opened an entirely new concept that is open for invention. With the new cars the factory builds power is no longer the ultimate device as most new cars with twin cams and multi valves make as much power as the older built up cars for no additional cost.Right now we have several old style cars and a few modern ones. But the potential is wide open for new ideas. That's why its so important to not let this series fade away.

 

Compacts are the closest thing to old school racing today. Remember in the 60s and 70s to race on an oval you bought an old car with the correct platform, gutted it, add the safety equipment and go race? Remember adding 3/4 ton RF spindles? Headers, cam, big tires and all the things you could invent to make the car better? And the car looked like most of the cars in the spectator parking. Compacts and minnies are that today. And don't think they are slow turtles creeping around.

 

Which leads us to us today. For a mini stock the car of choice is a Mustang. There are tons of parts both used and aftermarket to build a real race car and on a budget if done right. Its a shame Mustangs were never allowed to compete with Camaros on an equal basis but ours is a place to bring your RWD hot rod. Instead of Camaros the challenge is beating FWD units.As far as a Compact its been proven a modern FWD car CAN be tuned up to race with the best Fords.It was done both here and the neighboring pavement track . The mini stocks up north are considered the ultimate go fast 4 cyl. The most popular compact up north where the car count averages 30 is a Chevy Cavilier by the numbers. The twin cam Saturn is another popular choice. The Honda guys already know what parts to swap from other Honda models. The Neons have a proven track record. Plus many other models are showing up. The builder has a wide open field to explore their ideas.

 

The now generation has grown up with the "Fast and Furious" group for upgrading their cars. In my day it was big engines and light chassis with bolt on power. The cars drag raced good but would not stop or corner and tires sucked. Today the hot rodders add headers, nitrous, turbos big rims and low profile tires to not only drag fast but to road race as well. So when these guys (and theres a lot of them) happen to go to an oval track what can they identify with? Adding this generation would greatly increase the head count and car count. That's what we can offer.

 

Finally, you know how many tracks are now just a memory. No problem if racing is not your thing. But if it IS, its up to all of us to make it happen. Every car is just as important to the show as another. For us, minnies, compacts, and ecos it might be our last track to build race cars and race. The owners and managers of South Texas Speedway have shown more determination for success than I have seen from promoters of late. Not once have I heard that bullcrap "we don't make money so you guys have to help out.. Don't ask for money or cheap pit passes. Feel lucky you even have a place to race!" One day STS will be the best known track in the region. Its all about attitude.

 

The fourth of July weekend promises to be an event not to miss. A 2 day party with some racing thrown in. Weather your a part of a race team or a racing fan this is where to be for music, fireworks and loud cars. Don't miss out!

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Yes sir ,any time the Pure Stocks are on the STS schedule is a great time to come! Especially on a double purse weekend as it usually draws over 30 cars! Not only is the car count large but the racing is great ! E-Mods and Street Stock have also been good. So don't miss July 3 &4. To get the weekend off to a great start check out the Spazmatics at Brewster Street July 2.Only $10 in advance. Now that is a fun weekend!

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There is a group from Tyler Tx Armadillo Speedway interested in coming. 400 miles one way.

I read this thread from Ken we are added but jj&s says we are not. Unsure now and cant confirm.

I will try to keep posts short for the reading challenged.

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jj&s isn't affiliated with the track so I wouldn't be worried about what he says. Id be worried more about Ken and the tracks decision to let y'all race that weekend before I worry about someone who races asphalt saying y'all aren't on the schedule.

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It is like this I came to Ken and asked him if our class could run. We were told we could run for non-points. So everyone needs to read the whole thread before saying anything first. You can pm if you want to. I work during memorial races doing line up with the track.

 

Debbie Metcalf #94DG also known as Mssexycruze2011

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OK, its official, our motley crew of minnies and compacts are indeed on the schedule for July 2 & 3. Sorry about the confusion, just another example of what we deal with as a group. Bring anything you want to showcase the type of car you want to see become the track car.

 

While Im here, if my long posts bother you just skip over. I thought this IS the place to promote your track and series. I put my promo where I thought it belonged. Im not sorry!

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Bring your car and sell your ideas. That's how. The majority will have influence. Too many just talk and find excuses to do nothing. Looks to be quite a collection for this special race.

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Since nobody is answering, for the long distance travelers (racers only) the track will be open for camping Friday night. ONLY towing trucks will be allowed in the pits, no personal vehicles.

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