Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Auto City 07/31/2010, the next week and how to get new blood.

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If you want to see working men and women at play go to a stock car race.

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.,072710sptcronin.article
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.,0,771416.story

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.


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

Friday, August 6th


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.

Qualifying: 5:15p.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

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