Modifieds are the biggest racing class in
the country, and just like stock cars used to be, receive the least attention
and coverage. As things are starting to slow down we can take time to review
what we've done with racing this year and how we've help promote it. To be real
frank, our Modified coverage sucks.
We have five sections for all the different
racing series. They are Late model, Sprint car, Modified, Drag racing and
Asphalt racing. As I look at each section I'm happy with the progress that we've
made in all but the Modified. You can be sure that our Modified coverage is
going to improve.
Last Friday night we went to Tri-City
Speedway in Pontoon Beach Illinois where the Gundaker’s presented Mod Mania. 93
UMP cars from nine states showed up to participate. If you like competition this
was an absolutely great show. The Gundaker’s always have the track in good
shape, fast and smooth.
The same weekend at Deer Creek Speedway in
Minnesota the USMTS had their Fall Jamboree. This show pulled many of the hot
cars from west of the Mississippi. Joey Jensen, who usually comes to Florida for
the Winter Nationals, and kicks the UMP guys butt, was a winner at Deer Creek.
The biggest news in racing this week, I
think, is Kurt Busch signing to drive the Furniture Row car from Colorado. This
team has done great, and I think Reagan Smith has done a great job helping them.
They won the race at Darlington and that's an extremely tough place to win. I
think Reagan is an extremely capable driver and should catch on with another
I think the decision was the right decision
because Kurt Busch is a talented driver. Kurt almost got himself clear out a
NASCAR. My mom used to say rules are made to protect people, but I don't think
Kurt’s mom told him that. She may have. But if she did, he was not listening.
I think his brother Kyle got a wake-up call
when Kurt lost his ride with Penske. He was a lot calmer this year. You think it
affected his driving? If you have thoughts on this subject let me know.
I’m starting to get the show schedule
together. It should be up sometime in early October. Let me know what shows
are in your area and when they are.
I see that the NeSmith Late Model Series has
moved their Championship from East Bay Raceway Park to Bubbas Raceway in Ocala
Fl. It runs at the same time as the PRI show in Orlando. They used to have
their banquet in Florida. It was one of the best banquets I've ever been to with
a lot of big companies represented at their banquet. Bill Martin's, of GM, was
there every year. How often do you get to accept an award for your driving in
front of the person that's in charge of the GM Crate program. I was sorry when
they moved the banquet back to Georgia.
LarrE had coverage at Carolina Speedway in
North Carolina, and the Shrine race at I-77 Chester for Late Models. VADirt had
coverage of the two day show at Winchester VA. Wild Wayne had coverage from the
Supra Late Models at Mountain Creek in Texas. Our newest reporter Curtis Clark
covered Southern Raceway in Milton Florida. Charity covered Diamond Park
Speedway in Arkansas, and Chase covered the $50,000 To Win for Modifieds at
Grandview Pennsylvania. Ina is getting ready to go to Williams Grove for the
Nationals. The Goose is back home in Colorado after a 1400 mile trip.
Things are starting to wind down. I usually
have 650 stories on Monday that go up on the news pages. This week we had 285
with more tracks closing for the winner every week. For the last 10 years I've
been where I can catch a race if I really wanted to. In South Carolina, Florence
Motor Speedway runs until the first week in December. Every week somebody is
having some kind of Ice Bowl Race. In Texas it's warm until the first day of
December when that big old blue northern blows all of the leaves off the trees
and its winter there, just like everyplace else…. until February1st!
As a Budman says “See you at the races!”