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  1. I'd like to see SuperDIRT week truly start with Outlaw 200 weekend. Maybe a 358 race on Sunday and bring in the ESS for a couple of satellite shows? Maybe work with the All-Stars or Outlaws to have 410 Sprints come up after the Williams Grove National Open for Sunday-Wednesday? You have Utica-Rome, Weedsport and Brewerton for Monday-Wed, make them "win and you're in" races, you get into the redraw. Oswego, night racing only, each class has heats, consis and main on one day: Thurs -- Sportsman Fri -- 358s (100 green flag laps, scheduled stop for fuel lap 50) and Pro Stocks Crate Late Models Sat -- Big Blocks (150 or 200 green flag laps, scheduled fuel stop at half way). Maybe Pro Stocks or move Pro Stocks up to Thurs or Friday. Use the standard DIRT format group time trials to set heats. Everyone who qualifies in heats (and "win and you're in" events) redraws -- how many redraw? 12-15-18 -- pick a number. Sunday as a rain date.
  2. If you don't have live pitstops and instead go for the mid-race break for refueling, it doesn't matter if everyone is in exact order because only a handful of cars will be pitting at any given time (to repair damage/change tires as a result of crash damage. I like the Fonda 200 rule -- at break, stop the cars on the track. Crews can refuel only, no tire changes. If you want to change tires, you have to pit and go to the rear. It does put some strategy in, but keeps the pits a lot safer and you don't need as many crewmen. And you don't need to spend 4+ laps every single caution getting everyone in line. GC got it right, the more we get away from NASCAR's way of doing things, the better off we are. We'd be better served looking at how Late Models and Sprint cars handle these kinds of things because that's a lot closer to our type of racing. I don't see hardly anybody on Hoseheads whining about how the Knoxville Nationals is ruined because of a half-way fuel stop. Last time I checked, that was a pretty successful race. Run at night even.
  3. Quit counting caution laps. Run the race at night so the track is raceable. Cut the SuperDIRT race to 150 green flag laps, with a scheduled break at lap 75. (Works for the Outlaw 200 and Knoxville)
  4. Some folks: Yeah, if you can't afford it you should get out. A couple of years later: Hey, why are there only 12 Modifieds here tonight? * * Pretty regular occurence in my neck of the woods.
  5. That is 100% the truth. And race teams do it too -- it seems they'd much rather drive hours to a "big" show with 40-75 cars and struggle to make the show than go to their weekly track where they know they are going to start the feature every week. I think a big part of it is the excitement of being part of a big event ... but it sure doesn't seem to make much financial sense if you don't make the cut half of the time.
  6. Weekly shows are starting to look a lot like weekly shows in the South in terms of car counts. In Late Model country down south, the touring series do "great" (meaning a full field, a large field at some shows), but weekly shows really struggle, most tracks struggle to get more than a dozen cars in any class (so naturally, they add more classes -- 7, 8, 9 classes a week in some cases, time trials for every single car, racing well past midnight ... no wonder the stands are empty at a lot of places.) I've always believed that if you wrote the rulebook to ensure plenty of cars for weekly shows (by keeping cars affordable), the touring series events will take care of themselves. Provide a good weekly show at an affordable price, you build a fanbase that is there every week ... and the extra fans coming for specials are just gravy. Tightening up the rulebook means that the same guys will still win, they will always find an edge, but tracks need to be worried about making sure the guys that finish 15-30th every week keep on coming back. Classic example was Silver Spring in Central PA -- it ran as a headliner what would be considered a "support class" anywhere else in Central PA. But they got 50+ Super Sportsmen a week, plus 30-40 358 Late Models and Street Stocks. Grandstands were *packed* every week. Admission tickets were $8 in 2001 compared to $12-15+ for the Grove, Lincoln and Port. GREAT shows. Only reason the track is gone is that it was worth more for commercial real estate than as a racetrack. But it also had one of the most competitive, exciting shows anywhere, even without 410 Sprints. Once you start depending on specials to keep the track open because the weekly show is underwater, you are in big trouble.
  7. I do think it is great that so many cars show up for the big shows and it's cool that there are enough cars to go around. What concerns me are the anemic car counts for weekly racing at a lot of tracks and nobody seems to be willing to tackle that bull by the horns.
  8. I gotta admit, I am a LOT more interested in SuperDIRT Week at Oswego. The Mile was big and fast and scary, but the racing at Oswego is fantastic.
  9. 4/10 "sounds" bigger than 2/5. Lots of people can't do fractions anymore.
  10. Um, that's an interesting press release.
  11. You guys are right on both counts -- I was thinking of Legion and Canaan. I've been out of the loop for a while.
  12. Monadnock has been pavement forever, it's a lot further north. I remember seeing photos in Gater from it in the 1970s. Keene, NH is down in the southern end of the state. I know it had both a dirt track and a pavement track at the same site. It shut down a few years ago, but used to partner with Bear Ridge. I think there is another dirt track in New Hampshire, called VFW or something like that (don't know if it is still in operation but was running a few years ago). All I know is that they had the SCONE 360 Sprints there a few times a year.
  13. I saw them at Sanair (QUE) and it was a pretty good show. The 358s at Airborne were pretty thrilling, but it was frightening at times because impacts were just a lot harder. Glenn's thinking (as I remember reading) was he wanted to make the Modifieds go into a major league type series with big television coverage and all of the biggest tracks, biggest grandstands were pavement -- so he was shooting for Cayuga, Oswego, Stafford, Thompson, Flemington (Which had a Truck race at the time), Sanair, Nazareth, etc. At the time there was talk of all kinds of new racetracks, too -- a big paved mile in Ontario, repurposing the old Air Force Base in Plattsburgh into a big roval type course for Indycars, you had Indy at the Cleveland Airport, NASCAR was talking about trying to build a track in the NY Metro area, Pocono ... The problem was that, race car engineers and mechanics being what they were, it didn't take long for specialty cars to come along that made it so that a Saturday night DIRT car was just uncompetitive. Airborne had a good 5-6 years with Mods on pavement ... it lasted longer than I thought it would. Guys were building cars that were totally DIRT legal but they designed specifically to perform well on pavement, so you had cars that dominated on one track, so nobody from the outside would come in, while they couldn't/wouldn't take their cars to a dirt track because the cars would be so off. At least that's how I had it explained to me.
  14. Came across an old CRC Series schedule from 1977 or 1978. I don't remember the details, but I swear I saw a listing for a dirt track in Maine, of all places, holding a series race. Is Barnyard in Rhode Island still running? (They used to run Enduro cars something like 20 years ago, I remember Guy Smith doing a writeup in AARN. He was not impressed but thrilled to add a new track.) Too bad Keene, NH couldn't get going again ... Bear Ridge seems to be hanging on pretty well and the tracks seemed to be a good local circuit when they were both running. While I'm not a pavement fan, I'm glad there are few tracks like Star and Seekonk hanging on, even though that's definitely not my thing.
  15. If there's a big crowd, Deyo will be the big winner. And good for him if it works going out on a limb with that monster purse. As for the Fonda vs LOL debate, I agree with GC -- enjoy the race you go to. Both are going to have quality fields of cars. As to which is going to be the better show, you will never know until after the checkered flag has fallen. Make your choice, enjoy a beautiful fall weekend of racing because we don't have many more left this season.
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