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  1. Moving one of the two marquee races from Saturday to Friday night would really hit DirtCar in the wallet. The Saturday / Sunday arrangement still makes the most sense money wise. Unless fans get so turned off by the product on the Speedway (stands looked packed Sunday) the current schedule will remain. But just too much wear and tear on the track with multiple divisions running during the day is a correctable issue. Don’t know why we need three features on Sunday. The scheduling of the races in the day also gives you a window to race later in the day if there is inclement weather like they were able to do Saturday.
  2. The temperatures were pretty moderate this weekend but having endured Arctic like conditions at SDW at the Mile during the day, the prospects of Oswego at night is one that this Jersey boy would not relish. Can’t imagine how cold sitting in the Lakeview grandstands would be with the wind off the lake.
  3. Bridgeport's 5/8 track was just too big. It was a legitimately long and wide track. There was never any side by side / wheel to wheel racing there and that's a lot of track to illuminate which they did not do well. They are shortening to less than 1/2 mile, supposedly adding some banking and relocating the existing lighting to illuminate the smaller track. They have a nice large grandstand, big midway, and covered picnic area where they often have live music. It's a good setup but the racing itself was never really that compelling. Hopefully, it will work out for them. Although I live in Jersey it's a long haul to get there but I'm intrigued and look forward to checking it out. Grew up going to Flemington but having traveled to a ton of tracks in my adulthood I've come to appreciate the smaller tracks for weekly racing.
  4. If anyone hasn’t watched the OCFS Centennial documentary episode 10 on YouTube I’d advise you to watch it. I posted it on another thread. It has footage of the cars piling up when the rain hit, Sheppard’s tirade, interview with Gurda and Sheppard, Hearn and others about the contradictory announcements post accident, Friesen’s hitting the wall on lap 157 and even footage of a member of the Behrents team complaining about Friesen not going to the rear after bringing out the caution,
  5. Bingo!!! In the OCFS Centennial documentary Sheppard mentions that if he had known he'd get "penalized" by having to go to the rear for working on the car under the red then "maybe" he'd wait until they restarted the race and he'd go in and try to fix his car then. Who here believes he'd wait 2 hours to fix a damaged racecar and try to fix it when the cars were back moving on the track? If he waited until they restarted he'd obviously be going to the rear anyway. Bottom line is that Sanchelli's decision that was announced over the loudspeaker was a great deal for Sheppard and the others who were unfortunately caught in the cloudburst. If you want to be upset that they were caught on a wet track that's one thing but once it happened then they were always going to have to fix their cars under red so verbally abusing a track official for the reversal was over the line. About 10 or 12 years ago I saw Sheppard stop his car on the frontstretch at New Egypt, get out of his car up the stairs past the flagger, around the grandstand, and up the stairs of the tower and into the control center to berate the race director (one assumes). Also was there to see him physically go after Larry Wight at Utica Rome when they tangled after Wight's car actually flipped and he could've already been injured/concussed/who knows? So this is the third public spectacle I've witnessed in person from this guy so forgive me if I'm not going to get the violins out for him. FYI, I was sitting in the half covered grandstand and although I had seen lightning in the distance before the green flag dropped, I had no idea it had started raining until after the pileup in turn 1 and it started to pour. If the lightning was that close, you can be assured I and everyone else would've been out of the metal bleachers ASAP.
  6. The final episode of the OCFS 10 part documentary actually has an excellent recap with footage of the Lap 12 wreck, footage of the Sheppard kerfuffle in the pits and they actually interview Sheppard afterwards. Also good footage of Friesen bouncing of the Turn 4 wall at lap 157. Check it out.
  7. That is the best point right there. They published a schedule and were not close to following it. The published start time for the feature was 8:30 which was easily doable with only one division. If the race started on time and was 90 minutes the race would’ve finished right before any showers. But they didn’t follow the schedule at all. Why not?
  8. Did something change? It was advertised as Modifieds, Crate Modifieds, and URC Sprints not Modifieds and Sportsman. Actually, New Egypt site says Modifieds, Crate Modifieds and URC Sprints. STSS says Modifieds, Crate Sportsman, and URC Sprints So, three different things on three different sites.
  9. Whatever you’re trying to say, it’s nonsense.
  10. But there isn’t better testing around this area so this what has to be done until there is. These rules aren’t a secret so the driver who chooses to roll the dice must pay the price. No excuses.
  11. There are support columns for the roof of the half covered grandstand that may be an issue visibiity wise depending on where you sit in Rows M or N though. If you don't want to roll the dice, get Row L if available.
  12. To each his own. Modifieds are what I go to see. Two big block features and 1 small block feature. I’m in. Jimmy Phelps is here. Godown is here. Assume Pauch and Dunn are here in addition to the other OCFS regulars.
  13. Just buy online through OCFS app or their website. Got tix in Red Half covered grandstand Row M. Row N I think is the highest row but with the beams for the “half cover” you could get an obstruction in front of you there so I played it safe. I looked at covered grandstand but I think they only had row I left (O is highest row) so I think half covered is the best bet now.
  14. B-Train


    This is the largest winning payout in dirt modified history and a historic event for this kind of racing and people are complaining that $65 is too much. Okay. All I can say, is a lot of people don't get out too much. Does anyone have any idea how much a crappy seat for a run-of-the-mill concert costs or a regular season MLB or even college basketball or football game? Not to mention the prices for food, drink, parking, t-shirts, etc. The biggest stars in modified racing will be there on a Summer Saturday. If that isn't something that you're interested in then I would question how much you really like modified racing. And of course, that's your right. But as a fan, if someone is trying to actually make our kind of racing an event I think they should be praised not lambasted.
  15. Couldn't make out what the PA announcer said (talks too fast, usually) but I THOUGHT he said Perrego would not be scored, lose all points, and wouldn't get paid for the night. Not sure if heard that right (hope not) but if that were really the case, he would've lost the $6,000 prize for the holdover feature win too. Did anyone catch exactly what the penalty will be? First prize for bad behavior though goes to the crew guy for the Sportsman driver that flipped on the front stretch. Both driver and crew guy were dropping f-bombs and berating OCFS staff out on the track that were out to administer to the wrecked car. From a LONG distance away they could be heard complaining about the "the 33" who they believe has gotten away with a lot of rough riding in previous weeks. While still in the pit lane, this mature crew fellow dropped his pants to moon the track crew. Classy.
  16. They called the show around 9:30-9:45 not 10:28.
  17. They just had intermission BEFORE the memorial and you’re saying they scheduled another intermission for AFTER the memorial which is why no features were staged? Convenient that evidently they didn’t bother checking the radar before the intermission. If they legitimately wanted to run a feature they would’ve skipped the intermission before the large green blob allegedly appeared over Middletown.
  18. There is a difference though. Having been there Saturday night and subsequently reading the posts in this thread from people that know a lot more than I do, it appears more and more that mother nature was given the blame when it was really the incompetence of track management that was to blame and THAT is not an acceptable excuse to take people's money and not offer refunds. Most of us have been to enough races to know that if we pay our money to get in on a night where rain is possible, we have a chance of missing out but this seems a bit different. They cut the SBM consi short, had an intermission, a National Anthem, a memorial presentation and never had a SBM or BB feature in the staging area. They CHOSE not to try and get at least some of the features in and made Ma Nature the scapegoat. They should make it right for the fans that paid the money. Maybe they will - we shall see. But don't B.S. us. Lastly, are they going to actually make up the BB (6K to win), SBM (6K to win) and Sportsman features or are they going to just pretend this night didn't exist? If the track conditions are that bad, how they going to run even more features on another night? To be continued, I guess. I'm rooting for this track. I hope they get things fixed ASAP or this could be an ugly Summer for all parties involved.
  19. It was strange. The PA cut out several times so maybe they were explaining things that I couldn't hear. They had an intermission. Then they had the National Anthem. I felt literally a couple spritzes from the sky while standing. Then, the PA cut out from my section midway through the Anthem. They had no feature lined up in the staging area except for 4 cars which paraded around the track evidently in honor of the driver who died in a traffic accident last week. Then, a little past 9:30, the PA began to work again and the PA announcer stated that there was a heavy rain showing up on the radar over Middletown and that it would be dangerous if they put cars out on the track if it started raining and, therefore, all of the features were postponed. No one in the crowd seemed angry or booed or grumbled or anything. No one seemed to care. They just sort of picked up their stuff and sauntered back to their cars and left. It was weird. It's a long haul for me to get there and I'm willing to forgive some long shows in the early season when track conditions are always a bit dicey but when you give an excuse that you're cancelling all of the features due to rain appearing on radar AFTER you just had a long intermission, it feels like someone is trying to put one over on you.
  20. B-Train


    You can sit in the top row of the OCFS grandstand and still have a mostly obstructed view of the track. When the feature comes, most of the race is a rumor for the fans with people standing on top of the haulers. If you want people to pay money to watch the races, they need to be able to see more than the cars sprinting down the front stretch. As a fan, when I go to OCFS I have to commit to an extremely long day because I have to get there very early to to secure a seat otherwise it's not worth it. Not always possible when you have a bunch of normal life things to take care of on your day off. This is a good, small first step for the fans.
  21. Friesen and Duane Howard made contact while battling for 2nd. Friesen dropped back immediately and never recovered and a couple of laps later Howard was in the pits with a flat. Not sure if there was other contact with The Doctor that might've contributed also. There's a lot of contact on that track. As far as the facility itself, I mean, yeah, it is, well...not good. I've been to a lot of tracks and most aren't palaces but Grandview is probably the dumpiest of them all. My first race there was 2000 and it was bad then and with the exception of a new exterior shell/wall around the bathrooms, don't think they've done a single thing since. Except they painted the men's bathroom wall blue although Ray Charles may have done the painting because half of the blue paint was splashed on the urinals themselves. Worst food of any track I can think of too. It is what it is. I usually get there once or at most twice a year for a special event even though it's about the same distance or closer than the other tracks within reasonable driving distance from me - OCFS, NES, and Bridgeport. Racing has always been consistently good as well as the attendance and tailgating scene for those special events I've attended though so that counts for something. It's a family business so it may not be here forever so just glad there's still another track running modifieds south of NY border.
  22. It's not really an article in a major newspaper. It's a "Paid Post" written by OCFS and posted to the online Daily News site. In other words, it's online ad. The Daily News is barely any kind of newspaper anymore. They have been gutting their writing staff for several years including coverage of sports to the point their sports staff is down to 9 people. The New York Daily News doesn't even have a beat reporter for the New York Yankees anymore.
  23. Does anyone have info on the schedule / results of what actually ran? Remember the last Bridgeport race scheduled for August was mysteriously cancelled and then the last ever race was during the NY State Fair. And all I remember was that Brett Hearn was DQ’d for being light but don’t recall who was granted the win.
  24. Yes, USNA had a race a Williams Grove on August 12, 2000. Billy Decker was the winner.