NickHolt Posted December 29, 2016 Report Share Posted December 29, 2016 Years ago, asphalt short tracks flourished across the country and were the place to be on Saturday night. A whole segment of the population couldn't wait to see if their favorite driver would be challenged for the win or if the kid down the street would make the "main" this time out. Of course, there wasn't a whole lot of competition for the almighty "entertainment" dollar back then. Sure, there was always the movie show, or you could go "out on the town," or simply sit at home in front of the TV or behind a book, but a lot of folks headed straight to their local track - be it asphalt or dirt - on Friday or Saturday nights. And you knew that if you wanted to occupy your usual bleacher spot, you had better get to the track early. It was really a social hub – even a way of life - for a whole bunch of folks. I miss those days, but times change and we have to change with the times. While there are still a few pockets where asphalt short track racing still flourishes, many tracks are struggling to compete for a piece of that entertainment dollar. Quite a number have not survived and are now overrun by weeds or buried under city sprawl. Others are barely hanging on. I guess there are a few asphalt short tracks that seem to be faring well, but they are few and far between. Right here in good old Texas we’re facing the prospect that there might be no asphalt short tracks operating in 2017 unless something dramatic changes in the next few weeks, It’s pretty obvious that the business model that worked so well for so many years is history and that the model needs a basic revision and not just some version of a tweak here and a tweak there. Paving the parking lot, raising the purse, adding classes, shortening the program, etc, are all good things, but nowhere did those tweaks stop the downward spiral except in rare cases. We need a new business model. Over the next few weeks, there may be opportunities to flesh out the business model that Tim Self envisioned and began to develop. Rodney and I understand where Tim was headed with this new model and it will be interesting to help bring about the next level. Frankly, the future of asphalt stock car racing in Texas is at stake here and we are asking for your patience and understanding as things develop. More thoughts to follow... Stay tuned. Nick Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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