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  1. Being such a big track and having so many obstructions (seems like an inordinate amount of poles and wires), and dust issues even the improved production of streaming from the last race I saw (the cornfield race) was poor. The shows I've seen from DTD have been very good but they also had the benefit of smaller, well lit tracks with few obstructed views. Not sure if DTD would make a difference or not but I still think whoever was doing OCFS streaming didn't really know how to present a show. Long winded way of saying purchasing another OCFS event, even Eastern States, is not something I would jump at.
  2. Saw the one on Hinchcliffe Stadium in Paterson, NJ. Was excellent. Had interview with famed midget and modified car owner Ken Brenn, Sr.
  3. I'm going to differentiate between whatever State Policemen were on hand and the Governor and his advisors. I think it's probably safe to say that most police officers and the current administration don't necessarily have matching ideologies. Nor do I know whether they have been asked to be enforcers of the mandates or just do whatever they're normally tasked to do at a racing event. The limit as far as I know for outdoor gatherings is 500 people. I have no idea how many people were at previous races and Bridgeport does have one of the larger grandstands where, frankly, in past years you could probably socially distance without trying. But Bridgeport made zero attempt to limit the crowd and obviously they let their patrons go maskless even though bunched together. They knew what they were doing. And by and large race fans attending these things don't give a damn about social distancing or wearing masks anyway so it was completely predictable what would happen when SDS came to town.
  4. Maybe not, but they don't seem to give a damn about about other people's health or about this country and economy having a chance to get back to somewhat normal. I was honestly taken aback by what I saw on FloRacing at Bridgeport last night in a state that has done a pretty good job the last months containing the spread. Add that in with the huge house party in Jackson and the sight of packed boardwalks with unmasked people, I'm afraid we're going to go backwards and never get back to normal in this densely populated state.
  5. I'm sure the powers that be in Trenton don't even realize racing exists. And Bridgeport obviously completely disregarded the state mandate on public gathering limitations so it's not like the state "allowed" them to pack the stands with a bunch of unmasked spectators for 5 hours. If the state became aware, Bridgeport would be done for the season pronto and their proprietors would probably be in legal hot water.
  6. I hope that is just an attempt at humor since anyone with a brain should know by now that the mask is meant to protect others not yourself. Which is why not wearing one is inconsiderate and selfish.
  7. And Pennsylvania is going in the wrong direction. I went to OCFS 3 times but got increasingly uneasy because people were pushing the envelope and more and more fans were showing up with cars parked pretty close together. No one in the pits looked like they were following any protocols. Wouldn’t step foot at a track in Pennsylvania. I saw the packed stands at Big Diamond on video and no one wearing masks or social distancing. That’s just as much on the track operators as the selfish fans for allowing that to happen. If more people just wore masks (and wore them the right way) then no one would have anything to complain about but, you know, freedom. Forget making a small sacrifice to get this economy and life more back to normal. Saw a story from the Jersey boardwalk and no one on the boardwalk was wearing a mask either and another about some impromptu block party in NYC where no protocols were being followed. Selfishness and stupidity is the reason why Europe is recovering and America is going in the opposite direction. No one to blame but the people.
  8. If someone from OCFS is not monitoring forums like this to see what people are saying then they are not doing their job. This is the "word on the street" year 2020.
  9. Sadly, I agree 100%. I didn't watch the Sportsman feature but watched everything else from about 7:15 on. I realize that there was a lot of dust and it's inevitably going to be more challenging dealing with dust at night on a big track but to say it was total amateur hour would be an insult to amateurs who have captured action on their iphones. My sense was that the director and/or the camera crew had no experience attending races or watching them as fans and didn't know what or who was important to show. And then when it got dusty they completely lost their bearings. Stewart Friesen started in 5th position and was at least in 2nd most of the race. I did not see one shot of him until lap 24 (briefly) and after that shot another 7 laps went by. While Sheppard and Friesen were 1-2 for a long stretch we didn't see them but saw plenty of shots of Andy Bachetti running alone in 3rd place seemingly because his paint scheme was easy to identify. Time after time the director fell in love with a stationary shot of every car going through the 4th turn (where you couldn't distinguish one car from the next anyway) while Tim Pitts was giving a spirited play by play of a battle with Sheppard and Friesen happening somewhere else on the track. They're not going to make a dime on streaming with a production crew like this. It's really too bad and a missed opportunity. I hope they brought in few bucks on the drive in because they're not going to get too many repeat streaming customers that's for sure.
  10. Signed up 1/2 hour ago while Sportsman heats were going on. Had to allow redirect (was blocked) from OCFS site to Pay Pal to allow me to pay that way. Quality of stream is good so far. No buffering or interruptions. I think this video crew is new to racing and it kinda shows. Not as professional as I’ve seen with other streams (although I’ve not watched a lot of live streams before) and camera positions aren’t great either. The scoreboard bug on the side is annoying but could live with it if the overall production and transition from one view to the other was more professional. If the PA announcer is going to be the live stream announcer too which is the main way to watch this race now it doesn’t do any good for him to be describing action we are not watching on the screen. All that said, glad this an option and hope it works out for the track.
  11. First time I ordered the pay per view and through no fault of DTD or the racers (but because I'm old and tired) I dozed off after the second pileup early on and when I woke up there was Friesen in victory lane! Considering he caused the first wreck it must've been a great show getting to the front. Hoping a replay will be posted soon so I can see what I missed.
  12. I guess you don't then. There's no one near the guy. And when I've gone on walks, I have a mask and gloves in my pockets in case I come anywhere near anyone. Nice try though.
  13. I just can't envision any racing happening in NY or NJ this year. Social distancing at a sporting event is just not practical. All you have to do is read those Dirtcar guidelines to see that. And what kind of enjoyment could you have at the races if everyone could actually comply with those rules? A lot of tracks have a hard time attracting good crowds under the best of circumstances. Then you put these restrictions in? I'm really missing the races now, but, no I won't be there even if someone tries to put on a show. It's not just old people that are at risk. People with "underlying conditions" are at great risk. Any, let's be honest, a lot of the people I see in the grandstands at the races have a bunch of underlying conditions. Streaming? No way could that provide any level of meaningful revenue to any tracks that actually try to put on a show. Dirt racing is not the NFL, MLB, or NBA where they could conceivably stage events and generate revenue through TV ratings. I work in NYC (well, 100% from home since March 10) where I have to take a NJ Transit train and take another crowded PATH train from Newark to World Trade Center and I live in Northern NJ so this virus is not an abstract thing to me. I lost my father in February (non-Covid-19 related) and have only seen my 84 year old mother once in the past 6 weeks because of the precautions I'm taking. I'm honestly not really too concerned with my own health but the possibility of infecting a family member, co-worker or some stranger that I don't even know because I decided to go to the races is not something I'm willing to gamble on. We're nowhere close to being out of the woods with this thing and the clock is ticking on the racing season already. I'm resigned to the fact that I won't be seeing any modifieds in person and that includes Super DIRT Week where I had already renewed my tix in the top row last October.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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,
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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?
  21. 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.
  22. Whatever you’re trying to say, it’s nonsense.
  23. 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.
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