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  1. The obvious answer for my situation is Tri County Race Track. I never would've guessed six months, even two months ago, that my first Modified race of the season would be at some bullring in the middle of the mountains over half a day worth of driving away. If I'm able to find a feasible way to do so responsibly, I'd like to find a way to make one more run down south before things get going up here. Hard to plan things far out with a rapidly changing situation with races scheduled at short notice based on area guidelines.
  2. Heck, that was just a guess. 3 including driver means they're only getting $5,400 in pit money for the week, which means you now have to sell like 800 PPVs per night to break even. That just makes it even harder for Deyo to not lose his savings.
  3. STSS purse for this race is ~$30,000. 30 cars, 5 people per crew, at $30 a head for a pit pass, means $4,500 per night/$9,000 for the weekend in pit pass income. That means in addition to any cost incurred through DTD Tv, Deyo himself has to get $21,000 worth of PPV and sponsor money to simply not lose any money. To get $21,000 worth of PPV money at $25/night, you'd need to sell 840 PPVs over the two days, 420 a night. Now add in the fact that a pretty big chunk of the income goes to the people providing the PPV servers and distribution, we're up to about 600 per night to break even. If you'd like to also cover the costs of the business trip, travel, etc. for the DTD Tv people, we're up to about 650 per night to make ends meet. Cut the price in half, and you're gonna need to sell 1200-1300 individual PPV passes per night to not lose money, and as the person who literally has all the financial records of DTD Tv explained above this post, they have data available that suggests cutting the price in half won't double the subscribers. Possibly not the right numbers, but I'm certain they're close.
  4. Insane isn't the right word for that IMO. There's tracks that charge $30 per ticket, and they don't have to haul people and equipment 12-14 hours away, put those people in hotels for three nights, and cover their food and other needed expenses for those days. As far as I understand it, a good chunk of that $30 heads to the track/series, and another chunk heads to the streaming service provider. Usually you could get away with lower prices and still break even since you have fans at the track, but that luxury isn't particularly available here. I'm just hoping everyone involved breaks even, there's some pretty solid purses being paid out and the only sources of income are pit passes and the PPV.
  5. Good for you! If you haven't heard yet, there isn't any real racing going on, so we have to keep ourselves entertained with something else.
  6. Check out this iRacing event I was fortunate to have a hand in (race control + lineup organization) this past week. Primary organizers included Xfinity part-timer Ryan Vargas, Silver Crown and ARCA part-timer Austin Blair, and my longtime sim racing friend Jon Palmieri. It was wild, a two-day show where we narrowed down 300 sim-racer entries to 20 on Wednesday night through three rounds of heats, then put those 20 up against 23 Cup, Xfinity, Truck, and ARCA drivers for a 43-car brawl on Thursday. Some call it stupid that we're putting so much emphasis on a video game, we call it making the best of a bad situation where real racing is canceled for over a month. We'll be back with another big event shortly, Blair's father owns and operates Gateway (World Wide Technology Raceway), and is definitely urging us to have another race. This Atlanta race came together in 5 days, and with time to plan and a notebook full of what to do and not to do, the next race should be great. Given the time constraint and massive field, everything went way smoother than we anticipated, especially considering real events don't have as many technology issues and barriers to work through as this did. We had to cap entries at 300 just so Atlanta was manageable, but we think we can handle even more the next time around. iRacing isn't cheap ($99/yr membership + $12 one time cost per car and track, which totals $144 for all dirt content, some of it is free), but is miles better than the Big Blocks on rFactor. While I did the best I could on the physics for the Modifieds, took me about 16 months of development before release, the physics engine of rFactor is far too limiting to get where they need to be. iRacing simply blows it out of the water with dynamic surfaces (rFactor is totally static, the track doesn't chance), and their track and car list is growing rapidly (our first NY dirt track will be out quite soon). Its where to be. I know some people think sim racing is annoying and a bunch of no-lifes thinking they're cool on a computer, but where else can fans interact, nonetheless do something comparable to real racing against professional drivers outside of iRacing? This past week I've turned laps with Larson, Bell, Abreu, Kligerman, McLaughlin, even had William Byron ask to follow me in a dirt late model to figure out where he was losing time. That's some serious fan engagement.
  7. That. Brandon Ford plans on running the same rear tires Phelps did in the 200 on his Sportsman at Charlotte, that's how little they actually wore.
  8. https://www.newyorkbusinessgo.com/company/4647745/ Anyone else find it interesting the business was made just one week before they bought the track?
  9. While the DTD Super Late Model Series doesn't start for a couple months, we had time to do a test race to get familiar with the night's format. Ended up being a pretty good race so I made a video.
  10. Said on the PA that Maresca is going to be chasing the WoO LM tour. Safe to assume no SDS for him this year?
  11. Said on DirtVision last night that Maresca will only be in a LM this week.
  12. With CARS switching to UMP Modifieds, DTD has switched their sponsorship over to ISCA. Over the winter, ISCA ran the UMP Modifieds, but we are basically flip-flopping places with cars and now we will be running the Super Late Models, a car we had success with in our first dirt series on iRacing a year ago. This Monday night series will be 10 races over the course of 15 weeks. Three of the weeks off are reserved for nights where issues may arise and we are not able to run a scheduled show, essentially a raindate. However, chances are we will not need any of them and those dates will end up being fun runs and other non-points events. The other two weeks off are for real-life events in the area where many of our members will likely be. While the schedule is far from finalized, expect a start date of May 21st. As of now, I'm leaning towards a show of 10 or so lap heats and 50ish lap features. Full rules will be made available well before the start of the year. Prizes and other goodies are still TBA, but last summer our Late Model champion took home $100. Shoot me a PM if you are interested in running with us. We're not as big of a league as CARS (although we do share most of our drivers), but many members have been racing with us since our beginnings on rFactor in 2013. With DTD jumping on board with us, expect this year to be even better than last.
  13. iRacing recently updated their wingless cars, and man are they fun. Lap times are still too quick compared to their real-world counterparts, but they are most definitely improved and hands down one of the most fun cars on the game. Check it out here.
  14. Eventually, I was able to get my money back. Granted I had to go through a number of people and the whole process took well over half an hour, I got it back. Still, I didn't appreciate the massive run-around I was given in an effort to get back what otherwise would have been a donation. I'd love to go back, but I simply can't due to commitments. I am happy with the effort they gave, not many tracks are willing to wait that long for a weekly show. I guess I'm under the impression that it's relatively standard practice to give fans a refund. Weedsport did it once on a special show this year, and IIRC, Brewerton has given money back after features had started before. If there is an issue, that means there is room for improvement. I couldn't find any information regarding what happens with rainchecks, refunds, or stuff like that on their website. Hopefully the track can clear this up a little so future complications like this won't happen.
  15. So my normal home track rained out tonight, and when I left the house, Thunder Mountain had the most promising forecast to go racing. I head down there, and of course storms pop up during the drive, and it starts raining as I pull it. Apparently the track was determined to run, so I paid $24 admission for the two of us and waited. However, more rain developed and the show was canceled at around 8:20. I won't be able to come to any other race at Thunder this season, so we asked if we could get a refund, as no heats had even lined up, nonetheless ran. If the races are never ran, the fans should be able to get a refund, right? Unfortunately, Thunder Mountain doesn't operate with that logic. After consulting the ticket booth and explaining I wouldn't be able to attend another race here this year, I wasn't given a refund. I called the track office and was told "we can't give you your money back." So I drove an hour one way, paid $24, saw no racing, a refund was refused, and we were told to go away. What type of credible business operates this way? So Thunder, I ask for you to please adopt a modern policy of allowing fans a refund unless half the show is completed. While this situation is not an issue for a weekly fan, this leaves a very bad taste in the mouth of a once-a-year attendee.
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