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Author Topic:   Pits in the center of the track
jammin
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posted August 03, 2001 12:56 AM  
As with anything, it has its good and bad points. We have a near by 1/4 mile track that pits in the middle. Theres nothing like sitting on the tire rack watching a good feature from that angle.(even though your neck gets tired..lol) But it does pose a problem trying to visit friends and family in the grandstands and leaving the track in the evening...But who wants tracks that are all the same. Variety is the spice of life!!

Bluebomber
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posted August 03, 2001 10:56 AM  
I've never been to a track with the pits in the middle(infield) that must a different experience


jammin
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posted August 03, 2001 11:20 AM  
We have both situations. There are pits inside the 1/2 mile but outside the 1/4 mile. For the 1/2 mile events it works out well for entering or exiting the pits. The upper classes of cars get the pads on the inside, these rent for $150 for a season. Bomber and Figure-8 cars, and overflow are on the outside.

We have a continuous wall when the 1/2 mile gate is closed.

Pickel
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posted August 18, 2001 01:15 PM  
The 1/2 mile asphalt track in San Antonio, Texas has the pits in the middle but the big rigs are not allowed to park in there. This was difficult at first but they have all learned to deal with it and the spectators can see all the race track now.

AJ GARBE70
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posted August 19, 2001 09:57 PM  
all the tracks in iowa have pits in the middle at most of them like southern iowa speedway i now live in tennessee and have never seen pits in the middle

jammin
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posted November 11, 2001 07:35 PM  
Where we race at the pits are in the infield there is also spectator seating in the infield.It is nice because your family and friends can be next to where we pit,it gets them closer to the team.we make a big picnic out of it.The drawback to the deal is you can't keep you're tow rig in the pits'you have to unload what you need,spares.tools generator,etc,and park the truck/trailer in a designated lot,you are there till the racing program is done for the day,the spectators can leave during intermissions,but they don't open the track so you can bring your truck and load up and leave,but the wife's,kids,grandkids,and friends become more a part of the team it becomes more of "a family thing".

racer17j
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posted November 14, 2001 12:38 PM  
I say no to the pits in the middle - I have seen races from both angles from the pits nad the stands. The big problem with the pits in the middle is the big rigs. Can't see squat unless you bring a ladder to sit on the trailer. I like the pits on the outside with stands in a turn dedicated to the pit spectators. This allows you to see the entire track. Only thing in the middle are emergency vehicles etc..When my wife and kids come to the track they can sit in the stands and see the races and I don't have to worry about them getting run over or anything else that can happen in the pits. They also have a playground and picnic tables in a dedicated area so families can come early and enjoy themselves before the dirt starts flying. I have talked to the owner and he only has to use the flagman and another man in the flag stand to watch the track during the race. He said he took the two that were on the corners and put them doing other things that helped the facility grow. He also used the infield and made it a multipurpose area. He has had demolition derby events, monster truck shows, tractor pulls, Atv/supercross racing, and roll over events. In the off season he has made a kart track. Any event that takes a large open field could be done in the middle.

jammin
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posted November 17, 2001 02:23 PM  
i have to say in the middle,,,lots of fans like to keep track of whats goin on with who,,and its nice to keep up with whats goin on while u are in the pits working on the car,without takin a hike and stop'n your work to do it.

Racer14K
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posted December 06, 2001 01:13 PM  
I like the pit area in the infield. At I-55 Raceway in Pevely,Mo. they have the modifieds and sportsmans(streetstocks) pit in the infield til there full. The overflow of the mods and sportsmans along with all the latemodels pit outside on an asphalt parking lot which was used for parking when the 1/8 mile drag strip was running. It is nice out there on the pavement but I prefer the infield.

 

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