Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Auto City 07/31/2010, the next week and how to get new blood.
Being new to my status as a short track stock car fan I wonder where I have been. Lets just say it was in part that I was uninformed.
Uninformed about the following that drivers have, the battle on the track, no sense of the personal efforts required of drivers to put a car on the track and no knowledge of the rules and technical requirements of racing.
I read with interest the national news about the decline of NASCAR and the young male fans base. No time to educate me here about series, and the culture of the local track. I do not know if it appies to the local tracks.
I will point out there is little to read to "learn up".That was a mouth ful to get to this.
If you want new fans to stay make an effort to explain what is happening during a race to a new fan. There is a presumption we know.
How are classes decided? Engine size etc.
What inspections can result in a disqualification and what are these inspections.
What is the point system?
What does the driver top in points get at the end of the year? Whats the prize.
What does a driver get when they win a figure 8 or a feature. When the big "series?" come in like Legend, how is that organized?
Are they owned by one corporation putting on a show or is this a national race. Get my point. If you want new fans coming back let them know whats going on. Don't talk to the fans like your a private club.
If you want young men get young women there. Show the battle of driving and provide access points for new drivers to learn how to put a car on a track and drive.
Well that just my opinion.
Is it time to send Dale Earnhardt Jr. packing?
After some early success with his new team, Earnhardt has really done nothing. He stole a race victory at Michigan on fuel millage, but outside of that the results have been pitiful.
Two of Michigan's top dirt Late Model drivers are scheduled to make their return to the Mt. Pleasant Speedway tonight.
Rusty Schlenk, a Jackson native and driver of the No. 91 UMP Late Model, along with Pinconning native Jeep Van Wormer, who drives the No. 55, are those slated to compete in tonight's Sunoco American Late Model Series' $2,000 to win special.
Remember when stock car racing was a big-time sport? Considered major league in every aspect, from the quality of the drivers to the number of the sponsors to the inability to get a good seat for a big race?
Those days are gone.
Speculation is mounting that Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, which has seen sagging attendance for its two Sprint Cup Series races each year, might lose one of the stock-car events as NASCAR prepares to shuffle its schedule for 2011.
NASCAR is losing young men? What, and pigs fly? It's true, though, and that's one reason the owner of 13 speedways is seeing its stock down for 2010. Other rural businesses are doing better, however........
When the flag dropped at Daytona last February, there wasn’t a single rookie behind the wheel. The last time that happened, the New York Times reported, was never.
AUTO CITY SPEEDWAY
Saturday August 7
Tribute Topless Mod Race to Greg Yost
“Mod 50” featuring the Dart Mods,
Modern Concrete Street Stocks,
Mt .Morris-Clio Herald Pure Stocks,
Spaulding Insurance Virtual 6 & Bob Kern’s Krazy 8’s
Special VIP Guests are Dart Machinery, Budweiser, &
O‘Guinn Family Funeral Home
Grandstand prices are $15 Adults, $5. kids 12-6 & 5 and under FREE
First 100 people who Wear purple will get a
hat sponsored by Hoosier Tire
Happy hour is between 5:00-7:00pm
Come Early and Stay Late
DIXIE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Friday, August 6th
BIG ONE VIII
Dixie Cup Triple Crown
Series Round III - Outlaw
Super Late Models
4th Annual Mid-Michigan
Dixie Challenge 100
Auto Value / Bumper to
Bumper Super Sprints
PLUS: Street Stocks,
Bombers, and Figure 8s
Pit Gates Open: 12:00p.m.
Practice Begins: 3:00p.m.
Grandstands Open: 5:00p.m.
Racing Starts: 7:30p.m.
Adults (18-59): $22.00
Seniors (60 and Over): $20.00
Teens (13-17): $18.00
Children (6-12): $8.00
Kids (5 and Under): FREE
Pit Passes: $25.00