I think to be an Indy Car owner, you have to have a desire
to ruin the sport. These guys have a super great product and their infighting
and bickering are keeping their sport from getting to where it needs to be. I
wish someone would tell me what Tony George did that was so wrong. I sat back
and looked and all he tried to do was develop racing. He brought NASCAR to
Indianapolis. He spent millions of dollars to bring Formula One to the Speedway
NASCAR just screwed him totally by running a race that went
10 laps and then had a yellow flag to change tires. When racing started you had
to figure out how to manager tires. The guy that won the first race at
Darlington Raceway the first Southern 500 had the slowest qualifying time in the
field. He went out and he bought six ply truck tires and he put him on the car
and I think he lapped everybody twice. He used his brain to win.
Real racing people which is what the crowd was at in Indy
for the NASCAR race would never accept this 10 lap farce. They want to know why
they don't have people in the grandstands built to go back and look at what
When they had the Formula 1 race they all decided it was to
dangerous to run. They only fielded cars for tow or three teams. It was
building every year. The crowd and the interest. They say F1 needs to be in the
USA and then they do this. They just totally screwed Tony.
Both series do not understand where they're market is.
There market is in the local short track racing across the country. A guy used
to go out and build up a following, fan base if you will, and bring them to the
races as he moved to the higher series from his local track. I can remember when
there were buses parked in a special area for just buses. from Texas, at the
Indianapolis 500. These people came to see Foyt and Rutherford and Lloyd Ruby
and Jim McElroy. These drivers had created a substantial fan base before they
ever got to the big racetrack.
Now both of these series think they can create the
personalities. The concentration in the IRL the personalities of the drivers.
Man let me tell you if you can't speak English you don't have enough roads from
Brazil to fill up the frigin grandstands.
I'm glad that the part of the sport that I love, and
promote so hard, is so fractured that one person can't ruin it. You just have a
crappy promoter that comes in to your track and runs everybody off, because he
don't know squat. They think They know everything. Y'all know what I'm talking
about. How many promoters have you seen at your track? When the dunce comes in
and runs everybody off good promoter can get it all back within a year. So you
can't ruin the whole sport, as these guys in the IndyCar and the head guys at
NASCAR seem bent on doing to there's. I would be interested in anybody's opinion
on what I just said please write me.
My grandson Kiefer and I went to paragon Speedway Saturday
night. It was a cool crisp evening. It was their last points night. It has a
large seating capacity. It is located about 50 miles from Indy in the middle of
the country. The place was about 75% full. There are so many Sprint cars they
ran two features. Kevin and Judy Ford have been running the track for 26 years
and they know what they're doing. If you can't get there on a regular race which
is quite good, then you should schedule it for you USAC Sprint week next year.
Lots of great coverage this week.
The Goose cover the World Of Outlaws Sprint cars at Clay
County Speedway in Iowa and Deer Creek Speedway Minnesota. He said both shows
were great. Everybody I've ever had go to Deer Creek came away impressed with
the facilities, and the way they run the program, and how friendly everybody is.
See his photos in the Sprint car section. VADirt got two
nights of the Lucas Oil Late Model series at Virginia Motor Speedway. The USA
100 was won by a local racer Jamie Lathroum. You can see his joy in the photo
on the front page. You can see VA’s coverage by going to the writers and
LarrE got in two nights of late model racing. Friday
night at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia NC for the NDRA. Saturday night at one of
my favorite South Carolina tracks Lancaster Speedway for the same. You can see
is coverage in the late model section.
Gotta new reporter in AL, Curtis Clark. Check his visit to
Deep South Speedway out on the AL Racing Photos Page.