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PEDDLER
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 148
posted June 23, 2001 11:17 PM
Ya know, I've been in and out of this racing game in Central Texas for some thirty or more years, not always the best or sometimes not ever close to good.

The track we have here has been run by the same person for almost that long. The improvements to the track for the most part are good, decent restrooms,,decent clean concession stands,,a good size pit area,,only fair bleachers,,.

The problems we have here are most likley the same as other parts of the country. A track that is not consistent (sloppy wet and rough as heck one week,,,powder dry and slick the next),,calls from the officals (or lack of)that really need to be addressed,,and to many classes each night.

It seems to me that 5 classes would be plenty (instead of 7 or 8)but the idea is more thru the pit gate and to heck with the grandstands.

Also a little more consistent track work insteat of a lick and a promise and it will be OK mentality.

A racer has always wanted to know where he stands and if he knows if he uses a bumper too much,,causes to many cautions,,gets out of his car to coverse with another driver after an altercation and so on that he will recieve the BLACK FLAG. No questions and no discussion. Some are afraid that they will loose a car and the pit funds that the car generates (sometimes that might be good).

As I said eairler this is just my opinion, not trying to make anyone mad. There will never be an ideal track or conditions or calls, but I would like to see a little more consistency.

Yours
The Peddler.

jammin
Dirt Administrator

Total posts: 3279
posted June 23, 2001 11:44 PM UIN: 16262997
How do we contribute to make it better? Take a little time out of the week and help or show the track officials what is going on. Most of the time, track officials have not raced as much as everyone that is still racing. Track owners, some don't have a clue as to what is going on. We as drivers, if we want to see our track progress, have to contribute and educate the tech, officials, etc to what is going on and sometimes even maybe make suggestions to make things better. Numbers always make a difference, so if you want to make an impact on a track, gather the drivers and discuss changes and things you might want. We all know that tracks are there for us to run, but if we don't contribute to their well-being, they won't be around very long. I personally feel this is one reason that there is such a turnover rate in tracks. If the people that want the tracks to be there will contribute and do what it takes to make the track better, safer and more competitive will benefit in the end. Being loyal is the key to a successful track. If you want a track to succeed, support it. Let's say, it looks like it may rain, well...the track is still set to run, support them, show up....you never know about the weather. If you get rained on, there isnt anything you can do about it, but enjoy everyone's company and chat racing. It does cost money for fuel and other expenses to make trips, but dont you think that in the end if the track is doing well, and you are able to run for some decent money that you will be able to recover a little of that? I do.

Just my two cents,

jammin

PEDDLER
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 148
posted June 24, 2001 04:10 PM
Not arguing your point but been there and done that. When promoters don't listen,,,don't agree to discuss,,,don't accept suggestions and are the only game in town,,,,,,THEN What?
You either quit racing or drag out of town a hundred miles or better or you do like us and live with it and gripe about it. It don't do any good but it makes us feel better (HE HE).

Thanks for the reply.
The Peddler

jammin
Dirt Administrator

Total posts: 3279
posted June 24, 2001 04:54 PM UIN: 16262997
Well....if the promoters wont listen, more than likely the track's days are numbered anyway. I agree, I have been on both sides and do see your point. I just feel that if you have a track that you want to make sure stays around, contribute, that is the only way to make sure it will be around for a long time.

jammin

wheels13
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 26
posted June 25, 2001 09:13 AM
jammin, You make a very valid point. We, as racers need to contribute to help tracks in other ways than just pit fees at the back gate. Sometimes , input can be offered as food for thought, and perhaps bring a good change. Promotors are businessmen too, while they may have a genuine love for this sport, they stil have to make it profitable as well, or the track closes and no one wins. Too often, our suggestions are made in the heat of anger or disappointment and fall upon ears already burning and covering a mind unreceptive at that moment. Well thought out suggestions may meet with a more open mind. Just a thought.

jammin
Dirt Administrator

Total posts: 3279
posted June 27, 2001 03:31 PM UIN: 16262997
I agree wheels....if you are able to make it out and make some suggestions during the week or show track officials or management something, then things wont have to be displayed during the weekend at the wrong time. It also familiarizes the track owners/officials with the things that are going on that next weekend without making waves in the pits. I just think it is something that all of us should contribute to our favorite tracks for the sake of making our tracks a little better. If everyone did this, just imagine, how much better things would be.

jammin

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