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  1. I'm wondering where Rolling Wheels would fit into the market. Personally, I would think a series of mid-week shows featuring Mod & 360 Sprint doubleheaders could bring out the fans. Add in the occasional Sportsman show.
  2. I've read here that it's about $1500 for the quick fill. But the add-on issues -- it's really not safe to have guys running to fuel a race car with other cars hurtling around pit road. It was not uncommon to have a lot of near misses with guys almost getting run over on pit road back when the ran the 200s for the last few weeks of the fall. And you have to train your pit guys to do live pit stops -- it really is an advantage to the better funded teams that can wrangle and train a full pit crew for the whole weekend. I prefer the halfway stops for the safety aspect alone, but I'm all for anything that doesn't actively hurt the small budget weekly racer.
  3. I think policing a rule like that would be hard and I really don't agree with the idea of "cause a caution and you're out." Sure, it will cut out a lot of unnecessary cautions, but it really penalizes the guy who legitimately has an issue. IMCA has been using that rule for years at the IMCA Nationals and it works there ... when you have hundreds of cars in the pits, you really not to make the show move along ... but I really don't like it. I also don't have a solution to the problem. I just don't know if penalizing a guy is it. Maybe have a # of single-car cautions for a year at a track or on a series. Like, after three over the course of a season, you're done for that race if you draw a single car caution. That's a lot of bookkeeping but it would cut out the unnecessary cautions and penalize the serial offenders while not overly penalizing a guy who legitimately has a bad break once in a while. But I really don't see any track wanting to bother with the bookkeeping.
  4. I would love to see Stewie win the championship, then crap all over NASCAR in victory lane about how badly they have screwed him over and say he is going back to real racing with the DIRT Modifieds. Won't happen but one can dream.
  5. That kind of dedication is admirable ... but there aren't a lot of folks willing to do that every week. I personally want to see great racing, I don't care if it is mini-stocks, Pro Stocks, Sportsman, Micro-sprints or Legends. I've been to a lot of tracks on a lot of nights where the Street Stocks or Sportsman put the Modifieds to shame in terms of racing ... every night is different, that's the nature of racing. I love the Modifieds but I worry about their viability as a weekly division up here -- car counts are great for the big special events, but for weekly racing in Northern NY, the 358s are really dwindling. 20 years ago, Can-Am and Frogtown both pulled full fields competing head to head. Now, you would barely get a full field some nights if you put both tracks' fields combined together. It's a little concerning.
  6. I hate to indulge in conspiracy theories ... but Good Lord does NASCAR seem to screw over Stewie all the time with bad calls. There seems to be a pattern there.
  7. Well, in places like Plattsburgh, that means get used to driving 1-1\2 hours one-way to another track or getting a new hobby. You could go out and buy a race track and show everyone how it's supposed to be done.
  8. I don't think the issue is whether guys "can" or "can't" move up to 358 ... it's the fact that they WON'T move up. It's just not happening in this area. Honestly, I think most consistent top 5 Sportsman guys could move up to 358 and be very competitive but they feel that they can't make the jump. I think most of these guys assume, "why move up to be a sometime top 10 guy when I can finish top 5 half the time where I am." The tracks don't have a lot of options if the drivers don't want to move up and I can't blame them rethinking the wisdom of shelling out the highest purse for a class that draws 12-15 cars and about 10 by the end of the season when they can draw more than full fields for a class that costs them half the money to pay out and brings in 2-3 times the pit revenue. Unless the grandstands are overflowing with fans to offset that purse, it doesn't make sense to have a premier class that is not drawing a premier crowd.
  9. Agreed that Rob Knowles did a great job. It is not a question of promotion, the cars are simply not there. As I said, Mohawk and Can-Am are facing the same anemic car counts. People are staying in Sportsman because it is what they can swing and are competitive in. 5-6 well-timed specials -- likely around mid-week or holidays, could bring in a nice mix of Quebec, Cornwall-Mohawk and Capital District cars, but there are just not enough 358s to support the class weekly. Besides, if 358 car counts rebound in a big way, they can always bring them back.
  10. It sounds like they are looking at the Devil's Bowl model ... which seems to be working. About 40-50 Sportsmen a week between the two classes, they have a lot of talent there weekly. Run a few big specials a year ... I think it is hard to justify a Modified purse for 12-15 cars and it just seems that nobody can afford to move up. Mohawk and Can-Am are in the same boat.
  11. I was thinking the Tim Richmond Super Modified myself. That thing is a piece of history ... would have been legendary if it ever got into a race. A really cool car to come across would have Bob McCreadie's black 9 Falcon. It's a shame that car got destroyed, it was amazing on the track.
  12. Seriously, DIRT cannot move SuperDIRT week out of NY state. Where else would they draw the fans and cars? If they tried to hold it in Central PA or Eldora or Charlotte, the grandstands would be much more sparse than NY. And NJ or Eastern PA is a possibility, but likely they would rather insist on their rules, not DIRT. So SuperDIRT Week is going nowhere ... while it is nice to see NY state supporting racing, the fact is, the event is not going to be a success anywhere out of this area, so I really wonder if spending tax dollars on that is wise. On the other hand, I'd totally love to see the NY Racing Association (horses) gutted and get no state money. Total waste of money for a barbaric "sport".
  13. Actually, Glenn really was getting tens of thousands every week ... add up the total attendance of the 20 or so member tracks and you are probably at 30-40,000 weekly. It just sounds a lot more impressive that way than "20 member tracks that draw 1-2,000 people every week." Times a 20 week season, plus the big specials and SuperDIRT week, add in pit attendance and you can easily argue that DIRT drew a million paid admissions a season. Or a 15-20 million dollar gross annual business. THAT is probably how he sold it.
  14. Glenn? Exaggerate? But I thought NY state was going to pay for CNYRP? In all fairness though, this was at the end of the NASCAR powercurve of growth, just before the FOX TV deal. And there was a real vacuum after ESPN got rid of Thursday Night Thunder and we were in the middle of the IRL/CART split, so open wheel racing was struggling to find its place. Everybody was waiting to see what the next big thing would be. DIRT was still dominant here in the Northeast and while it wasn't the go-go-go 80s, the organization had a solid product and was prettymuch the only show in town in this area. Glenn also had his TV production team and live broadcasts. It was a well-established and popular brand., the organization had been successful and stable for a long time -- this was while the Outlaws couldn't keep a TV package together. Glenn was probably selling his vision of where he could see DIRT going ... and he had been very successful building DIRT to where it was at the time.
  15. In that vein, the first (I think) USNA race, held at Syracuse. Huge purse, reports were there were about 150 people in the stands. All of a sudden the guys that were going to "replace DIRT" looked like they were in way over their heads and it seemed like it killed all the momentum they'd worked to build up as soon as they got started.
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