Wow! Itís about time. The racing season is opening up and
Iím excited! I love opening nights, one year I was able to catch 18 different
opening nights at various tracks. New cars, new paint and everyone is even in
points. Every heat race has six drivers who believe they can be the track champ.
Everybody thought about just how fast they can be. Winners in the winter, track
champs in the garage.
Full houses at opening night at Carolina Speedway in NC,
RPM Speedway in TX and Beatrice NE show that racing is still in demand and
strong across the country. Let us know how your openings are doing. The car
counts at the winter nationals were down but the crowd attendance was up.
Cowtown Speedway in Kennedale Texas was closed with an EPA
issue. I didn't get the details on what was wrong but understand that it will
take $250,000 to fix. Three years ago I thought this was best run track in the
United States. I hate to see tracks closing.
Cotton Bowl Speedway in Page, Texas is opening this month.
One of the main people involved is Jim Deeringís Dad. Jim runs the St. Louis
racing website www.stlracing.com. Down in Corley Texas, Timber Line Speedway is
under construction. Bruce has been taking photos as they build the track with a
goal of an April opening.
Let me know of any tracks in your area that are opening or
I've been pretty critical of this new generation six car
NASCAR. The first three races were pretty boring. Then it went to Bristol. The
day at Bristol is never boring. Banging and clanging is what happens at Bristol.
Burton Smith and his crew have done everything possible to get that racetrack
exactly right. However, I was really disappointed in the crowd attendance. There
are full crowds in the stands across the country I don't think that you can
blame the economy with what is happening with that series.
I think they made the right moves with the Chase, and the
new points system. I really like both of them. Their new websites outstanding
and I think this new generation six car may be a great car. Burton Smith spent
millions of dollars to re do the track. And there yet there were less people in
I think the way they treated people in the past is the
problem. From the fans, to the press, to the vendors they have been completely
arrogant. They still did okay with the people that write million-dollar checks
and they know how to wine and dine those people, but what they don't know how to
do is how to take care the race fan. They really didn't want them around. The
guy that drove 600 miles after he got off work and slept in his car, he brought
his own beer cooler and didn't buy the six and eight dollars beers. He had been
so many times he already had his hat and shirt, and he was proud that they were
10 years old. That was the backbone of the sport and they filled the
I really don't think things will change for them until they
change the top management. Not because they haven't been making the right
decisions because I think they have, but because the public perception of them
at this moment. When they change the top management they need to change the way
that they treat the fans. If they don't change the way they treat the fans
they'll never fill the grandstands again.
I want full
If you weren't there you missed out.