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  1. I can't believe I picked this to take a few days off the interwebs.....WHO could have EVER predicted that Danny F'in Johnson might be out of a ride??? Impossible!! That NEVER happens! Wait, didn't we have a pool on this earlier in the season? I swear we did. I'm going to have to search when i have a minute.
  2. Exactly. No REAL project of this magnitude totally hinges on a few million of state funding. You don't start a project you claim is going to cost up to 50 million (and we all know costs overrun all the time too....) and get stopped stone dead over 7 million in state welfare money.
  3. I laugh so hard the delusion that dirt track racing has anything to do with major stick/ball sports. I love racing too but we're just not very important to anyone but ourselves. Those sports can get public funding for stadiums because they tend to have a proven history of generating that money back into the economy on a regular basis. As far as I can tell dirt tracks don't, at all. Shoot most places are lucky if dirt tracks are even paying their taxes properly and not squirreling away half of the cash from the concession stand and gate into someone's pocket before the tax man gets their cut. I would bet the farm that one single Bills home game generates more revenue back to the state in taxes than every dirt track in the state of NY combined any given weekend. Ya'll were snake oiled.
  4. I didn't say he had no money invested. I said he had no money to fund the project. He tried to seed it with just enough to make it look like a real thing, and it appears nobody took the bait and filled in the gaps. You can try to snuggle him all you want, but he's a liar.
  5. This thing never had a chance. Never. They managed to leverage the emotions of the northeast race fan to get some public support, and I don't blame any of ya one bit for being excited about it. On paper it looked awesome. But nothing they have ever said about the place made any cents, as in dollars and cents. My theory is that it was all bullplop, but it was good-intentioned bullplop. I think the idea was that the money was never in place at all, for any of it, but if they could snowball excitement for it (by booking events like SDW and AMA before they even broke ground) that they could possibly have the required cash fall from the heavens and get it done. But nothing they ever said made any sense. The employment numbers were total BS, the money numbers were all over the place.....it's all BS.
  6. As I've said so many times..... I told you so. Over and over.
  7. And that is a very valid question to ask!
  8. I can't possibly see what the DQ'd car and people involved have to complain about. It seems like this particular rule is clear as can be, and they were on the outside of it. To whine and cry about some sort of favoritism when you clearly ran an illegal part (helpful or not) is a little pathetic.
  9. The now closed Hidden Valley speedway in Clearfield, PA had exactly this and it did work well. Car tires buried halfway. It created enough of a berm that you did not want to hit it (like i did...many times....) but they stayed in place and they weren't destructive if you did clip them.
  10. Sure you can. Do it right the first time, and everyone wins.
  11. luke81

    Bristol

    I don't always agree that the product is as bad as peanut gallery says it is. I think some of that comes from it being the "popular thing" to say it ain't good. And besides if people aren't watching how would they know? Bristol was actually a really good race. I'm not fully convinced the on-track product itself is the main reason people have lost interest. But I think a lot of the live attendance issue comes down to Nascar just isn't a very fun event attend live. It's just not, to me. I'd far rather sit still home and get all of the info on the live broadcast and actually be able to see what's going on.
  12. luke81

    Bristol

    Yeah, it was way more empty than in the past. Why?? Because the place is drastically overbuilt. We all love racing, that's why we're here....but dudes, any form of racing is still nothing more than a niche sport in this country. NASCAR enjoyed a 10 year or so run where somehow, i have no idea how, NASCAR became a cool thing to do. Now it's fallen back to the niche sport that it really is. I truly think the attendance that we're seeing right now is more in line with the reality of how popular NASCAR (and racing in general) really is. But the next thing that absolutely has to happen is costs need to get in line with the value that can be delivered to sponsors in this era. By many accounts Hendrick employs over 600 people to run a race team with 4 cars, an engine shop and a chassis shop. That's F'ing insane. That operation needs to be able to run with less than half of that. That's your cost savings right there, and I'm sorry to the people who will lose jobs but thats just reality.
  13. No you're totally right, regardless of whether or not someone is a fan of any specific driver or person really doesn't matter - I'd like think most people are smart enough to at least respect what people who have been around that long have to say. The problem with any of these changes is they all benefit someone, and they all hurt someone. Would a new, cheaper engine package get more guys to move into the big block ranks, thus helping them? It certainly could, in theory. But would it hurt people already there? Certainly could, in theory. I stand by my constant thought that the solution is to eventually shift to the late model engine package. Oh and my comment about Mr. Spraker was all in good fun, that was an interesting side convo on that FB thread!
  14. Well that was a read and a half, lol. All I took from that is that Jake Spraker doesn't know anything about engines
  15. The only way rules like this work is with a long enough grace period to use up your existing stuff. If this new engine was an available option one it came time to replace an engine, that could save money. But yeah i agree, if you were to force people's hand to get it that's how rules cost people money.
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