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  1. Given the situation, I can't imagine a better decision by NASCAR, FOX, the teams and drivers, etc etc in deciding to do this. These races have been great fun so far and I'm looking forward to more of it. I get that it's not everyone's cup of tea and thats ok. But for those of us that can enjoy the sim racing it's been great! I decided to order stuff to go iRacing myself, I should have it running this weekend. Anyone here racing?
  2. Rules for the sake of rules have been hurting racing for the last 30 years. Unless there is something behind the scenes that we dont know (and i'm not sure what that could be...) this doesn't seem to make any sense to me. From 30 years of being around racing I've learned something about sanctioning bodies and their rules. They love to make two specific kinds of rules: 1: rules that are super simple to enforce but serve no positive purpose at all so they can look like they're doing something useful. And 2: rules that are very difficult, time consuming or require a judgement call to enforce - which they typically don't enforce but they can say the rule is there.
  3. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. I know he has not been every driver's favorite person for a long time.
  4. I'd assume you were reaching for ways to defend WoO with things that might or might not have happened. I'm not saying Erb is totally without blame here, but I don't think it's unreasonable to say that a series as big as WoO should have a person who makes sure the winner of the race ends up in the right place. Especially when there were only what, half a dozen officials around during vicotry lane? And then (if 4m is to be believed...if...) Erb drove to where they did tech previous nights, and then drive to the WoO trailer looking for where tech was being done.
  5. There's a first time for everything, and that doesn't make it less stupid that it happened. But I have real doubts it's never happened.
  6. So stupid....this shouldn't even be possible. With a RaceCeiver and all of the people they have around there is no reason a guy gets back to the trailer in this case, and if he does there should be an official on a 4 wheeler or golf cart right behind him turning him around to go back to tech.
  7. Coming soon, Short Track Super Sprint Car Series ....lol......No really, I can't imagine what cause anyone would have for legal action here though?
  8. First day using the internet I see
  9. On the topic of testing at Volusia being applicable: I believe if you want to test some new, wild unpredictable thing it would be a valid test. If you've got some totally out of the box new chassis or engine idea you can run your usual setup once, and run the wild thing next, and compare the difference in how the car reacts. And Volusia can certainly be a test bed for engine ideas. Those sort of testing plans could translate to your northeast season. But overall I don't think most of these teams are doing that, and I'm not sure the rules really allow for that level of creativity anyhow. As to why people do it, because they want to! Why do 99% of racers lose money every single week, but keep showing up? Why do people buy expensive boats that lose all of their value before they're paid off? Because they love it!
  10. I think you could sweep the entire thing at Volusia and still only break even financially on the Florida trip. I think it has value as a shakedown and testing weekend in true race conditions, but given the weak payout I don't think anyone has ever made money doing it.
  11. That's all other racers can ask, an even standard. And also the PARENTS need to understand that their little kid is now going to be held to a level standard with adults and they have to be able to mentally handle that. Someone might flip your kid the bird, tell him he's a D#%khead, bang his bumper or feed him a wheel because those are all things that actually happen in racing. If a parent is going to hand the kid the responsibility to drive a race car, the kid also needs to have the responsibility to handle his racing situations without mommy and daddy doing it for him. Watching your child crash or get crashed is something you have to be able to handle without losing your mind. I've seen parents run out on to a still-live racetrack and I've seen parents physically attack an adult driver who they feel just crashed their kid. I started racing 358's when I was 16. In my opinion now at 38 I was not mature enough to have done that. I made moves that maybe weren't the smartest thing to do, because I had the typical teen brain where I thought everything would work out exactly as i planned. Thankfully I typically tore up my own car and not everyone else's. There's a maturity in knowing when to make a move and when it's not worth it. One of my few negative interactions with kid drivers was one night I was tooling around the back after at early crash and on the last lap this kid throws a wild slider on me that had almost no chance and wiped out the entire front end of my car. The kid wadded up a grand or so of parts trying to make a pass for 16th or something stupid like that. In the course of 4 years of racing with ages 12 (or less...) to 70 I have many examples of situations where the age of a young driver was some kind of issue. But I also have many more examples of times where the drivers age made absolutely no difference and we all raced together like it didn't matter.
  12. I'm not really for or against this situation, but having raced against young kids I can guarantee you that it does create a certain level of "percieved" problem most of the time. When I ran mini sprints we had kids as young as 12, and I'm fairly sure a couple of them were 11.9 years old if you get my drift. Some of them raced in a way that you'd never guess their age, and some raced like they had no concept of the value of money - which they don't. One kid crashed a ton of cars out one night and when his dad was confronted (because you can't really confront a 12 year old kid) the excuse was "he's just a kid". No. He's a racer on equal terms with everyone else if you're going to put him out there, and you have to accept what he gets. As long as this kid's family is ready to hold him equally accountable for his actions as any other adult would be, let him at it.
  13. I wasn't even able to get into the pit area at 12 years old!!
  14. Because the only winners WOULD be the promoter and the chosen builder. What you're talking about is essentially the same thing as crate racing, and look at what goes on with that. I think the IDEA of this is fantastic, but I think the execution would be a mess.
  15. This sounds great in theory, but often doesn't work. I was part of a mini sprint club like this down here. Because most of the time in this situation the people who run the club are racers in the club, there is always an undercurrent of favoritism. Sometimes it's real, sometimes its actually not real, but the feeling is always there. ESS is a rare exception to how this usually works, most of the time it goes down in flames.
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