debwill Posted May 3, 2005 Report Share Posted May 3, 2005 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: USRA Track Management Group Public Relations Department Bobby Chaffee, PR Director (903) 576-4144, (512) 557-7393 Bobby@digitalgrease.com San Antonio, May 3, 2005 Promoter’s Perspective A letter from USRA CEO Terry Dickerson: Hello All, First, let me start out by saying “thank you” to all of the fans, team owners, crews, drivers, officials and track staff for helping to make the first annual Premier Minerals Spring Fling 75 at San Antonio Speedway a successful event. The weather cooperated with us, and we were able to put on a successful and entertaining show. I was very pleased with the turnout from everyone involved. The fans showed their dedicated support, despite the thunderstorms early in the morning. It was also great to see so many the Late Model drivers come out to race in the special event. Support from the other classes was also evident by the car count in the Sportsman, Road Runner and Women on Wheels classes. All of the competitors put on some outstanding races for the fans. The USRA Track Management Team was very pleased with the support that we received from the teams in moving the enclosed trailers from the pits. We understand how inconvenient it is for the racing teams, and we truly appreciate your cooperation in this matter. The racing for our local classes continue to be very competitive. Robert Barker is coming on strong in the Late Model Class, and the action continues to heat up as drivers like Joe Aramendia and Donny Horelka give him a challenge. In the Sportsman class, Eric Knutson broke through for his first win early in the season. The Sportsman races are very competitive, and some of the drivers in that division are racing pretty aggressively. Mark Mathias chalked up another win in the Road Runner Division, and the racing in that class is some of the best racing action that we have seen at the speedway. The Women on Wheels division produced some great side-by-side action, and the field is wide open for any driver to win on a Saturday night. I want to extend my gratitude to Wayne Norrell and the Texas Asphalt Modified Series (TAMS)staff. The modifieds put on an outstanding show, and we really enjoyed working with Wayne and his staff. I applaud the TAMS folks for their professionalism and the quality of the show that they produce, especially since I understand how challenging it can be to make everything go smoothly. I look forward to working with the TAMS officials, drivers, and teams again in the future. I want to let everyone know that we will listen to what anyone has to say about the speedway. The USRA Track Management Group has heard many positive things to build on for the remainder of this racing season, and we’ve also heard several good ideas for next season. Even though it’s great to hear the positive comments, I want everyone to know that we listen to all comments – good, bad or indifferent. We’ve heard some concerns about the back gate and the long lines to get in on Saturday afternoons. We want everyone to understand that NASCAR mandates part of the time-consuming process, but we are looking at ways to make the back gate traffic flow more smoothly. With the change in the enclosed trailer policy, we understand some of the spotters had difficulty getting back into the pits from the grandstands when their drivers were involved in the Late Model pileup on the Turn 1 wall. We will try to figure out a way to make the transitions to and from the pits work more smoothly. Another point that was brought to our attention was the negative attitude from some of our officials. I want to ensure everyone that we expect two main things from our SAS officials. First of all, our officials and staff must have a good, positive attitude. Secondly, we want the officials to practice good time management. We understand that things can get heated in competition, but we still expect our officials to handle themselves in a professional manner. While some of their decisions may not be popular or convenient, the officials are there to promote the proper safety requirements mandated by our insurance carrier. They also try to keep our racers informed on race procedures to keep everything running smoothly. The USRA Track Management Group will be working with all of our officials to continue meeting our requirements, while recognizing the need for dealing with our fans and competitors in the most professional manner possible. I will take full responsibility for the problems with the track officials. I live six hours away, and I realize that I need to spend more with the officials to help them understand my expectations. All in all, I feel that it was a successful night for the track. I felt a good positive vibe coming from the grandstands. There was excitement when I announced that the USRA would give an extra $150 to Jason Oates if he could win from the back of the field. Oates was running well until he had a problem with the hub. The fans were also excited when we tried the San Antonio Idol contest again. I am committed to giving the fans the best possible show that we can give them. If that means paying extra money to challenge the drivers, I will do that. If it means giving out tickets to fans that help entertain the crowd, I will do that too. The USRA Track Management Group is committed to making San Antonio Speedway the Number One attraction for racing in Texas. Thank you for your time, and we’ll see you at the races! 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