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  1. 14 points
    Why hate on someone that is trying to help the sport? Whether you like her or not, she is doing a lot more positive things for this sport than those who constantly post negative things on here.
  2. 8 points
    Nobody is saying they aren't, what people are saying is there aren't 8 more just like them competing against them like in the 80's and 90's.
  3. 7 points
    Final checkered falls at 10:03. Good car counts, good racing, first time mod winner, a meet and greet and a huge crowd. What more can u ask for in a 3 hour show.
  4. 7 points
    You want opinions? Let's see how far this one goes.... There shouldn't be a rookie class for a class that is already a rookie class to start with. Let me clarify that. The Sportsman class as a whole is already a rookie class for the Modifieds. The original intent of this class was to give guys a chance to get some seat time before they moved into the Modified class. This is my opinion. Jack Johnson, Frankie Schneider, Will Cagle, Dave Kneisel, Alan Johnson, Dutch Hoag.... the list goes on forever, but they are the all time greats who never had an entry level division to get to Hall of Fame status. They dived in head first and got both feet wet when they decided to go racing. I love the Sportsman division, I really do. I follow as many of the various series events as I can. There are nights when the Sportsman cars put on the best racing of the night. The downside in the class is the guys with overinflated egos who don't remember how bad they sucked when they first started. And for some reason, everyone who is financially able to buy a Sportsman car these days thinks they should be winning races immediately. It doesn't work that way. You should be earning your way into the regular Sportsman feature by qualifying. The wins you get in the Rookie class only means you beat other rookies. If you want a REAL sense of accomplishment, start last in your heat race and win it against guys like Marcuccilli or Warner.
  5. 6 points
    We need to thank the tracks for putting up some high dollar events early in the season!!!!!!
  6. 6 points
    The most important thing you said was that the stands were 80% full. Even if it was 60% that’s a good improvement over recent years at Fonda.
  7. 6 points
    I don't understand the premise of the original post. The field had Matt Sheppard, Danny Johnson, Billy Pauch and Ryan Watt as outsiders. Those are quality invaders. Do you think those guys would have showed up for a $2,000-2,500 to win show? The Valley and OCFS were also racing.
  8. 6 points
    ...tell them to get bent. August 29th, 2018 was the last event I saw at Canandaigua. August has 31 days, which leaves... August - 2 days September - 30 days October - 31 days November - 30 days December - 31 days January - 31 days February - 28 days March - 31 days This is now April 20th. We won't race again until at least the 27th. April 27 days. Add it all up and you get 240 days, which leaves 125 days left in the season, right? Wrong.... we can't race every day of the week, so it leaves just Saturdays and a couple of mid week shows. The Canandaigua schedule is 25 events this year. Today we lose one making it 24. So when anyone says the racing season is too long (usually wives or girlfriends), tell them bullshit... it's only 24 days long.
  9. 6 points
    He was involved in a crash on the backstretch and wasn't happy with how it happened so he got out of his car and decided to go after another driver still in his car while cars were still moving on the track around the wreck. He should be put down for the rest of the year not just DQ'd.
  10. 5 points
    Counting Big Block wins only, the numbers don't lie... Alan Johnson's first BB win was on May 5th, 1975. His 100th BB win came on 9/4/82 at Canandaigua - after 8 years of competition. His 200th BB win came on 6/3/87 also at Canandaigua during his 13th year of competition. His 300th BB win came on 6/18/99 at Brewerton during his 25th year of competition. Alan's first Syracuse win was in 1983 - in his 9th year of competition. Brett Hearn's first BB win was on May 20th, 1978. His 100th BB win came on 7/8/86 at Drummond - also in his 8th year of competition. His 200th BB win came on 9/14/81 at OCFS - during his 14th year of competition. His 300th BB win came on 4/24/98 at Lebanon Valley - during his 21st year of competition. Brett's first Syracuse win was in 1985 - in his 10th year of competition. Matt Sheppard's first BB win came on May 3rd, 2003. His 100th BB win came on 6/9/12 at Canandaigua - during his 10th year of competition. His 200th BB win came on 9/1/16 at Lebanon Valley - during his 16th year of competition. Matt's current BB win total is roughly somewhere between 272 and 275 and COULD break 300 in his 19th year of competition. Matt's first Syracuse win was in 2009 - in his 6th year of competition. We've never seen these numbers before... In the 10 years from 2009 through 2018, he has racked up 245 BB wins. He is saying on his facebook page that he was undefeated in April of 2019 (I assume that means BB). The money he has won thus far this season in incredible at somewhere in the $40,000 ballpark. This is just the beginning of the season and he's already won at least 5 times. Had it not been for rain outs, he likely would be tiptoeing in the 10 to 12 range. I don't like the term "GOAT," because you can't use the same criteria fairly for all considerations. But when Matt Sheppard hangs up his helmet and retires from racing, it's entirely possible that people will look at him as the Tom Brady of Modified racing. I just want to point out 1 thing... I have been a fan since before Alan and Brett's racing careers ever started. Fans my age have always considered these two guys for being in the running for best ever and people from both sides have good arguments. But these numbers that Matt is racking up are not only on par with Alan and Brett in most cases, but ahead in some others. I really do think we are seeing something special here.
  11. 5 points
    In the last 30 years of modified racing there is a top tier of drivers, these guys are not only incredibly gifted with talent, but they work extremely hard and have some of the best funding available. These guys are always going to excel and win more. Matt and stew are in that highest echelon of drivers. They seem to dominate the bigger shows consistently at higher rate than those before them because those guys had 6 to 10 of the greats all in their prime all together, only so many wins to go around. Where as now it’s seems to be the matt and stew show each time they unload together. If they were both set back 25 years ago, they would still win plenty of races, but so would bob, jack, alan, dr., Brett, billy, etc. Neither are cheating, both are probably more basic with their cars than anyone, they have no loose ends, and limited variables. Their driving talent overcomes a bit of an ill handling car, where most guys can’t get the most out of a good handling car. They rarely unload out to lunch, and they limit mistakes. That’s what the great ones do.
  12. 5 points
    I have been attending Fonda as a 6 year old in 1953, a modified driver & owner from 1968 to 1972 & a fan after that & I'm here to tell you that the track has been rough thru 1 & 2 due to drainage problems ALL those years.....not anything new. Last nite was one of the best opening nite track conditions I have seen there
  13. 5 points
    And look at the bright side. We got to see a race. If this was the last 3-5 years it would have been canceled at 7am. We complain if there isn’t full fields now we are complaining that there was more then a full field but not enough to send people home
  14. 5 points
    I can answer that. It started when it became popular to jump on the "Hate DIRTcar" bandwagon and criticize everything.
  15. 5 points
    I see we have a new Village Idiot.
  16. 5 points
    Fulton has plenty of seats zero to few bad ones. I would not even consider paying for reserved. Heck You could show up at 8pm and find a good seat. I do get the old ones were much better. But getting the reserved was part of your issue. There is room to stretch out everywhere else. And no obstuctions. The track is below in a bowl
  17. 5 points
    rescheduling to tuesday is awesome! wish my local tracks would do the same
  18. 5 points
    In uncle toms world not cancel, everyone shoulda showed up, put their ass in a seat, got soaked, come on here and bitched cause they didn't cancel. Too bad the racing world didn't have more know it all wanna be keyboard promoters like Uncle Tom. Us racing fans would never miss a race at our local track.
  19. 5 points
    The Hoosier dirt modified tire is a "control" tire. It is not designed for optimal performance, but rather the ability with only 3 compounds, 2 for the left side, to be able to run a variety of tracks, and usually have pretty good longevity. The American Racer dirt modified tire is a "performance" tire. It's designed for optimal performance, and there are more compounds available to fine tune the performance of the car to a certain track. Yes an AR is faster, but it usually doesn't last as long as a Hoosier tire would. They both have contingencies for using their product. So it's usually a matter of personal preference. I know some racers that love AR's and hate Hoosiers and vice versa. But I will say this, I think spec tires have helped save racers money, especially if you are racing tracks you know pretty well because then you will need less of a selection of tires then you would with an open tire rule. I never raced a modified before the tire rules were implemented, but I did race a Sportsman car and we would have certain compounds we ran in the heats and then usually harder tires for the feature. The tire bill was brutal (btw I never bought used tires, why buy 1/2 a tire for half price, what are you really saving?). I can't think of any major division or sanctioning body that doesn't have a tire rule, and I have yet to hear any racer complain about that.
  20. 4 points
    Ironically... thats what Perrego actually said in the post race interview
  21. 4 points
    So, you're saying the only modified track still running as of now is Big Diamond?? This is going to be awkward for Uncle Tom...
  22. 4 points
    I agree with a lot of that. Obviously, the best drivers would win in any era. But a generation ago, there were so many more guys out there that were capable of dominating or putting together big seasons. Many of the same stars of the 1980s are still out there today, except now they are old men. In 40 years of following Modified racing, I can't ever remember a time when it was seemingly so boring or predictable to me
  23. 4 points
    If you run Hoosiers against A/R your guaranteed to have zero shot at running well, don’t bother showing up.
  24. 4 points
    Ahhhh the official sign that the racing season is underway: A Creeden DQ.
  25. 4 points
    Early in the year when literally every other track in NY cancels gives you a great opportunity to get a big car count because racers are itching to get out there.
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