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Fan/Driver 50 aka Rest of the Dirt 50

December 31, 2009 Leave a comment

So, when should our late model special be held?  I don’t know about you, but my old aching bones say sometime when it is warm, meaning June-August in Nebraska.  And, we need to make sure we don’t conflict with any other special in the area or NASCAR races on TV.  Finally, we need to decide whether to host the special on a week night or week end. For now, let’s just think about month and what day of the week.

I didn’t specifically say whether the special should be one night or more. I would love someone to convince me it should be two days, but you would have to have great debating skills to do so. I used to think the more days the better, fitting in nicely with the bigger the steak the better, and a quart of beer is better than a can of beer.  I got over this thinking.  Unless the event is a major, or separate programs are run each night, the opening night of a two day special is a rip for drivers and fans alike.  The drivers pay for pit passes, but get no money for racing their cars, and fans pay for nothing but heat races.

Another decision we need to make is what support class or classes should we run.  Since our event can’t be considered as one of the “major” late model events of the season, we will need at least one support class.  IMCA modifieds have a lot of appeal for me, especially if the race could be sanctioned for regional and national points.  An IMCA modified show with WDRL/MLRA/NCRA late models would be more than enough racing for me.

A lot of promoters schedule two or more support classes with their specials.  Someone may argue, but to me that is to up the back gate, not because fans are demanding it.  I believe that if you can provide a racy track for two highly competitive classes, and if you are serious about promoting the event, you shouldn’t have to worry about the back gate, because the front gate will be good.  I don’t want to anger any of the sport compact crowd, but if two low priced classes are needed for this special, I would rather they be hobby stocks and B-mods/sport mods. 

I still enjoy the Camaro bodied Pro-Ams that were developed in the good old days of Sunset Speedway, probably by the Kelley family, but these cars race at only one track in my area, and I wouldn’t want to get into a spitting match with that promoter.  Really, I wouldn’t.  My philosophy is “can’t we all get along?” Honestly, it is.  Even with winged sprint car fans. So, no Pro-Ams.  I like the IMCA stock cars, but they seem more prevalent in Iowa than in the Cornhusker State .  So, with late models with IMCA mods, or late models with hobby stocks and B mods.  What do you think?

So, your assignment for the next few days is come up with a day and month to host a special and tell me why your date is a good one, and pick a support class (or classes) and tell me why your choice is the best to be made.

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for your help too. I wish you the best of years in 2010.  May your dreams-and mine too-come true.

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Let’s Take Fans Promoting Races A Step Or Two Further

December 30, 2009 1 comment

Jordan Sheehan’s story from yesterday inspired me.  OK, it was more like “if some 19 year old kid from New Jersey can put together a race, my family, friends, and readers ought to be able to as well.”  I have had countless conversations with my son Matt about such a project, and already have some good ideas.  This is all just “what if,” so it is not costing me any cash, and it gives me a topic to write about during the long winter months of no racing.

It won’t be a NASCAR event, and I am not really interested in paying NASCAR Sprint Cup series drivers to “race” in it. It will be on dirt, so why not call this race The Rest of the Dirt 50?  If anyone can come up with a better name, please submit it.  Something like a catchy version of Fan & Driver 50 might work.  However, my editor says it better be damn good to call this race anything but The Rest of the Dirt 50, because The Rest of the Dirt 50 has such a nice ring to it

Actually, the owner of therestofthedirt.com has no money to fork over to be a title sponsor, but he does have valuable time to give to making the race a success.  Since I will be writing about this from time to time over the next three months, I felt the race had to be something I have a passion for, not just words.  Obviously late models would be a good choice, but so would modifieds or wingless sprints. So, what class should be involved in this race?  Make that classes, we need support classes too.

There are a number of good winged sprint car specials in my area, so don’t feel like I am discriminating against those open wheeled fans.  I-80 Speedway does have the Topless TNT 410 Sprint Bandits in August, but rumor has the 410 non-wing sprinters doing an earlier tour as well.  I think they would put on a great show at Eagle Raceway.  Of course, so would USAC sprints and midgets.  The main trouble would be getting other tracks to commit to a program to make it worth while for these tours to visit the Midwest. 

I have become a big modified fan the last few years.  Mod features have been the best races I have seen in both 2008 and 2009.  I like both the IMCA and USMTS style modifieds.  Obviously there are a ton of IMCA mods anywhere in the country.  What frightens me about hosting an IMCA modified special is the turn-out of mods at a $1,000 to win race at Albion last summer.  Less than 15 modifieds turned out as a supporting class to the WDRL at the Boone County Fair race.  Not good.  A USMTS race needs to be part of at least a three or four night swing.  One of the best modified races I ever watched was a USMTS event at Eagle Raceway, and it had plenty of travelers because it was part of a multi-night swing.  The next season a USMTS show at Eagle did not even have a full field because it was a single night event.

Late models?  Rule out WoO late models, partly because of the far too high sanctioning fee, and partly because I have heard too many times that their officials are beyond difficult to work with.  Rule out the SLMR series as well-I am pretty sure the owner of that series wouldn’t be interested in working with me, and the feeling is mutual.  Also, these cars are seen regularly in Nebraska, so that does not make them all that special.  There are still plenty of late model options though.

The Lucas Oil Dirt Car Series would bring in nationally known drivers.  The Deery Brothers IMCA series always puts on a great show, though most of the drivers in that series come from eastern Iowa.  I am a big fan of the WDRL, but for some reason it seems like to get a good car count in the Midwest, a multi-sanctioned event is necessary.  The WDRL would need to be combined with the MLRA and probably the NCRA too for a Nebraska show.

Since I am going to be doing all the writing, I want to do a late model show.  I am hesitant about the Lucas Oil tour because it would be expensive, and the number of travelers it would bring is an unknown.  It would also be an expensive ticket for fans, and I don’t want that.  A Deery Brothers show is intriguing, but there are not a lot of IMCA late models in this area, and how many eastern Iowa drivers would come to Nebraska is an x factor.  I say lets go with a combined WDRL/MLRA/NCRA show.

I am asking my son Matt and our friend Tom McLaughlin to be on a “committee,” but we will need all kinds of input from you.  When Matt was in grade school and junior high I started a basketball tournament in North Bend that we promoted as The Biggest Small Town Tournament in the World.  The reason I started it was because I did not like a lot of what was the norm in other youth tournaments.  I wanted our tournament to be the best, and it was.  What I want from this race is that it be a delight for fans and drivers alike. 

In the coming weeks I will be asking you when we should have the race, how we should promote it, where we should promote it, what we can do to put butts in the grandstands, purse, grandstand admission, what support class (or classes) should be involved, and what we can do to make the race format different and more entertaining than just “another 50 lap race.” I’ll be talking with drivers and share what they would like to see in a race like this-hey, I’ve always wondered what Kyle Berck or John Anderson would have to say about how a race should be run. 

Right now this is all just theory, but who knows, maybe something could turn up to make this a real event, a must for drivers and fans alike.  A promoter might like what we are talking about and want to make a go of it.  Stranger things have happened-men once walked on the moon; Kansas scored 76 points against Nebraska in a football game. Who knows?

Thanks for stopping by.

This Fan Promoted A Race

December 30, 2009 2 comments

Many hard core fans have talked about promoting a race, doing it right.  Matt and I have had countless discussions on this topic, and friend Tom McLauglin has shared his thoughts with us on more than one occasion.  Usually we talk about promoting a late model special, but USAC sprints and midgets have come up too, and so has USMTS modifieds.  My problem is my wife thinks promoting a race is more risky than the stock market for my 401(K).  However, Jordan Sheehan of Haskell, New Jersey took the risk most of us just dream about. No, it wasn’t NASCAR.  It was just one show, not weekly racing.  Who cares? 

On November 7th, Sheehan promoted the Eastern States Pro Stocks Championship at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletowne, New York.  Despite the late date (the show was postponed from an earlier date because of weather), 23 drivers from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut participated.  In addition to a $5200 purse, fans and sponsors donated $1,400 in lap and finish money, and almost $2,600 in contingency awards was handed out, including one day at the Skip Barber Racing School.
TRODT: How old are you?
Sheehan: 19 Years old 18 at the time of the race.

TRODT: Many fans say they want to promote races, but very few ever do. At your age especially, what made you decide to not just talk about promoting a race, but do it?
Sheehan: The biggest thing for me was to get the pro stocks class back to what it used to be. The economy is down as we all know and to run in a support class is rough. The drivers aren’t getting paid as much to begin with. So to give back to these drivers was great. They really deserved it. The fact that the class gets over looked is really something else that made me to give it my all.

TRODT: Did you have any help with marketing or PR?
Sheehan: I actually write for two racing publications, The Racing Times and Race Pro Weekly. Being able to write in these columns helped me publicize the event. I did create a website, eswprostocks.webs.com and I also made a select page and a group on Facebook to help get the fans and drivers together to see what they wanted. I also talked to around 100 people from New Jersey to Canada seeing what their thoughts were. Eric Marin, a pro stock chassis builder, talked to a lot of racers that I couldn’t contact to help me out.  Ashley Fisher talked to people from upstate New York and Massachusetts and Phil Cancel alerted his friends to help as well.

TRODT: Did you find a sponsor for the event?
Sheehan: For the event what I chose to do was have lap sponsors. I figured Big Blocks and 358’s have it so why not pro stocks? I sent out emails, phone calls, and text messages to contact everyone I knew to see if they wanted to get involved. The 30 laps were filled by fans, drivers, crew members, and regular sponsors. The lap money reached well over $1,000. I also collected sponsorship for awards and bonuses and the biggest award was for a day at the Skip Barber Racing School, worth $1800

TRODT: How many people helped you? Officials, Pit Gate, etc.?
Sheehan: I did a lot of work but the orange County Fair Speedway track manager Ken Sands and race director Mike Sanchelli allowed me to be able to do the event. The track put up the payout for the event, including the winner’s share of $1200. Bill Pascual, the 2009 track champion for pro stocks, helped me out a lot, including with the rules. He was absolutely phenomenal along with all the sponsors and fans.  Eric Marin also was another big help traveling to Canada to a pro stock tour race and taking his personal time to talk to the outsiders about coming down. A lot of sponsors and fans helped too.

TRODT: How many cars were entered?
Sheehan: On the original date, October 18th, we had about 25 cars slated to come. The race was postponed due to rain.
On November 7th, the make up date, a total of 23 cars entered. Of the 23, 11 were invaders and 12 were regular runners at the Orange County Fair Speedway.

TRODT:  How many heats and semis?
Sheehan: 3 heats were slated to run, but with low car count and lack of time there was only two heats. No semi was needed!

TRODT: How many people attended?

Sheehan: The Eastern States Weekend event is always a huge hit for fans, and Saturday morning was no different. The stands and the drive- in section were loaded with fans (the pro stocks were part of a bigger show).

TRODT: How was the weather?
Sheehan: On the original day in October it was freezing cold and rainy but on November 7th it was sunny and chilly.

TRODT: Did you break even on the race?
Sheehan: It was even for everybody.

TRODT: Will you promote any races in the future?
Sheehan: Actually two of my friends are talking to some major sponsors about sponsoring the division for a full season next year or a possible independent series. I definitely will be back for another Eastern States Weekend for pro stocks and pure stocks only.

Congratulations on running a great event Jordan! Best of luck with future events.

Thanks to Jordan, and thank you for stopping by.

Does Anyone Do Snow Mobile Races Anymore?

December 28, 2009 5 comments

When I was president of the North Bend Jaycees 32 years ago, we held snow mobile races as a fund-raiser.  I don’t remember much about it because I attended a convention that weekend.  I do remember we made some money off it though. We probably spent more on trophies than we did on prize money (sounds like what race tracks do with hornets/tuners/sports compacts), and we didn’t spend much on trophies. My point is why don’t any Midwest tracks host snow mobile races in the winter?

Some grandstands would not work well, I know.  I wouldn’t want to climb up any rickety wooden stands in the winter.  Heck, I don’t even want to do that in the summer (ala Park Jefferson).  Metal grandstands might be a little iffy too.  But tracks like Eagle Raceway or Lakeside Speedway that have metal planks set in concrete would be workable.  Sweep off the seats, and run a snow blower down each row.

Yes, that does sound a little labor intense.  So does using the track grader to clean off the parking lot and pits.  It’s likely that concession stands and rest rooms have been winterized too.  Sounds like a lot of hassle to me.  Maybe that is why tracks don’t bother.

The idea came to mind because of the two feet of snow we have suffered through this month in Nebraska, but also because Holiday Horsepower Drive is having a snow ball fight fund-raiser at Eagle Raceway in a few weeks.  The track will have to do at least some of what I mentioned above, plus set up tents for people to dry off and warm up.  The promoters will probably have to bring in some porta-potties too.  So, maybe my thinking isn’t so far off base after all.

Clean off the parking and pits, clean off a few sections of the grandstand, set up some porta-potties, and put up tents in the pits and in the walk area between concession stands and seating (both Eagle and Lakeside) have these.  Off course when people are going into the tents to stand by heaters to get warm, sell them coffee, hot chocolate, and chili.

Charge an outrageous amount for pit passes, a goodly sum for grandstand admissions, and gouge the public on concessions.  It would be like a regular Saturday night at most tracks, just that the racing machines would have skis, not tires, and it would be cold, not hot.

Heck, you could even bring in NASCAR Sprint Cup stars.  How about Denny Hamlin or Kyle Busch or Jimmie Johnson?  Forget about Carl Edwards though.  If he breaks a foot playing frisbie, he better stay off snow mobiles. 

Yes, I know this is a crazy idea.  I am suffering from race withdrawal and the most December snow in Nebraska in 61 years, and no, I was not around the last time we had a beyond white Christmas. I also listen to the bizarre promotional thoughts of my son Matt, though this isn’t one of them.  My other idea today would be for the Qwest Center or Civic Auditorium in Omaha, or the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs to host a midgets show like is now done at a number of venues around the U.S. Bring in Kasey Kahne to run-he likes to race midgets, and women think he is adorable. Yeah, pipe dream, and what am I smoking?  I just know that I won’t be going to Tulsa or Arizona or Georgia in January, or Florida in February, and the USMTS show in mid-March at Junction Motor Speedway is a long time from now, and very iffy with the weather we have been getting. 

If there were snow mobile races I would have to go buy a lot of winter gear to ensure my survival.  Heck, I would have to do that just to go to the snow ball fight at Eagle.  Still, knocking a jaunty beret off the head of one certain race fan with a nice, wet snow ball does bring a smile to my face.

Thanks for stopping by for my rant.  Tomorrow we will hear from a 19 year old fan who promoted a November race in New York.

The 12th Day Of Christmas-A Blizzard Of Thanks And Hope

December 25, 2009 5 comments

On the 11th AND 12th day of Christmas the weather forecasters were right again.  We got our Christmas blizzard.  According to the news this is the most snow we have had on Christmas in over six decades.  I looked out my front window and was sickened by the sight of drifts.  The wind is still gusting and the forecast is for snow into tomorrow morning.  It appears that Christmas might be celebrated a few days late this year.  I think it is time to imitate a bear and go into hibernation. If you read this before we talk this morning Matt, don’t even try to come over.

Enough about snow, let’s talk about the 12th day of Christmas.  I want to thank all of my readers for spending some of their time with me in the past 12 months.  It seems like everyone is busy these days and that you share a few minutes with me is greatly appreciated.  This month has been the best month ever for my blog.  On December 10th I had the most visits ever for a single day, and my average per day visits is ahead of my previous best month.  I really enjoy writing for you, and am looking forward to better things in the future.

I have been blessed in many ways.  My wife doesn’t really understand blogs and doesn’t want to know what I am writing, but she does not complain about the hundreds of hours I spend providing quality copy and trying to increase readership working on my Twitter and Facebook sites.  My son Matt gives me great ideas for The “Dirt” blog, and my daughter provides me with thought provoking ideas for “Ron Speaks Out.”  I thank my family for all of their support.  If I get nothing more than their continued support for another year, it will be a wonderful Christmas.

I am also blessed that people sense I will treat them fairly and honestly on my blog. I am thrilled when members of the racing family email me with ideas.  I have stories waiting to be written, and I hope all of you will bear with me on when I get them done.  I have a day job, and I also have assignments for Dirt Late Model and Dirt Modified magazines, and then there is my blog.  My priorities aren’t always in that order but I also like to relax a little with my family, or just read a book. I do wish I could be a full-time blogger, but that may not happen for quite some time.  If we have talked about doing a story and I haven’t emailed you, I will.

I realize that for some of you I use the word NASCAR entirely too often.  I feel the same way.  My site is called The Rest of the Dirt, not The Rest of the Asphalt.  Unfortunately I can’t count on word of mouth to build my readership to a level where someday I might actually make some money blogging.  I have to worry about SEO-search engine optimization.  By using certain words in my titles or the body of my blog, search engines will list my site on the first page of search results and hopefully near the top.  For a blog about auto racing NASCAR is one of the key words I need to use.  Maybe someday I won’t have to. I have to admit I enjoy tweaking the NASCAR bureaucracy, though.

I hope for 12 good months in 2010-for drivers, fans, promoters, family, friends, and me.  2009 was a very bad year for me personally, and I pray 2010 will see all of us walking on the sunny side of the street.  Merry Christmas and thanks for stopping by.

The 11th Day Of Christmas-Something For Fans And Drivers Alike

December 24, 2009 7 comments

On the 11th day of Christmas we have ice and snow and the promise of more to come.  As yesterday, I am using a suggestion from friend Tom McLaughlin for my theme today.   His email stated: 11 promoters who get it-and 989 who don’t.

I can pick out one of my old sermons for this one.  From way too many seasons sitting on broken boards and oddly shaped plastic, I know what fans want, and think I know what drivers want too. Drivers first.

Drivers wanted to be treated fairly.  They don’t want one set of rules for a star driver, and another set for every other driver.  They want a track that can be raced on.  No one likes a one groove follow the leader track.  No one expects to make a living running at a local track, but a decent check at the end of the evening would be a good thing.  And, the drivers would like the respect of a promoter.  A promoter can’t honor every suggestion his driver’s make, but drivers want to be heard by a promoter who cares about what they think.

As a fan, I too hope for a racy surface.  To me, speed is relative.  I don’t care if a car hits 100 miles per hour on the front straight away, or only 90 miles per hour.  I do want to see side by side racing, and packs of 5 or 6 cars battling for position.

I don’t want a show that lasts forever.  When I first started going to races there was only one class of cars in a show.  That changed to two classes.  Then three classes.  Now, four or more classes are common place.  Over four is simply too many classes to finish a show in a timely manner.  From start to finish, a promoter’s goal should be a 3 hour show, with 3 ½ hours the maximum.  Few tracks meet this goal.  And the tracks who have longer shows find fans leaving before the feature race of the feature class.  That is not a good thing. 

A four class show could have as many as 20 races in a night.  When one race finishes, the next race should be taking the track.  Parade laps add time to the show.  Former Sunset Speedway owner Craig Kelley says each lap around the track on yellow adds 45 seconds to the show.  He also believed in the process of stop and send when a crash or spin stopped action on the track.  At too many tracks, cars seem to parade around the oval for lap after lap as officials try to realign the field.  Again, that is not a good thing.

I don’t expect gourmet food at a race track.  I don’t eat gourmet food anyway.  I was raised in a working class Nebraska family, so I am meat and potatoes all the way.  The main things I want from concession stand items is hot items are hot and cold items are cold.  I get irritated when a hot dog is cold and my bottle of soda is warm.  I would hope there is a little quality in the item-i.e. that it is not made from the cheapest ingredients possible.  Finally, despite being a captive audience, I would like a price that I consider fair and not a rip off.

I am a hard core racing fan and am willing to pay too much for mediocre shows.  Many fans are not, especially in an ailing economy.  I think a $10 adult admission to a weekly show is too much.  An $8 dollar charge is more appropriate.  I realize my commenting on admission isn’t going to change anything, but I am not the only person thinking this.  I would like to see a family of four pay no more than $20 to get in the front gate of a weekly show.  I think admission at specials has gotten out of hand. $25 or more is not an uncommon adult admission price.  For a two night event, the preliminary night should have no more than a $15 adult admission charge, and the final night should not cost more than $20.  Shows like the World of Outlaws that routinely require adult admissions of $30-$35 are not worth attending.

I think announcers need to know what is going on.  They need to be able to correctly pronounce all driver names for one thing.  They need to be in the loop of what is happening during a caution, and be allowed to inform fans in the grandstands.  I understand that sponsors need to be recognized and that fans should be encouraged to visit the concession stand.  Please skip the drone like reading of scripts though.  And reading, and reading, and reading.

Finally, I like to be greeted by a friendly face at the ticket gate, and hear an occasional “thanks for attending” when the show ends.  Actually, this is more for the casual fan than the hard core fan like me.  I will be back, but the casual fan will spend his entertainment dollar where he feels he gets the most value, and a thank you is the last impression he will have as he leaves the track.

There are promoters who do get it.  Probably more than the 11 that TMC suggested, though not many.  I get tired of hearing “you have never been a promoter; you don’t know what you are talking about.”  Those kinds of comments come from promoters with mostly empty seats in the grandstand.  I’ve never baked a cake either, but I know what tastes good.  And bottom line what fans want is for the cake to taste good-to be able to walk out of the track thinking “I’m glad I came tonight.”

Thanks for the suggestion TMC, and thank you for stopping by.

The 10th Day Of Christmas, But Maybe It Ought To Be The 40th Day

December 24, 2009 3 comments

After attending the Mannheim Steamroller concert in Omaha last night I am in more of a Christmas mood today.  My idea of a white Christmas does not include freezing rain followed by 6”-12” of snow, but it looks like that is what is headed our way.  We already have the ice.  I’m getting too old for this.

Friend and hard core racing fan Tom McLaughlin of Omaha suggested “ten tracks to visit before you die,” as a theme for the 10th day of Christmas.  I have mentioned several tracks as being on my bucket list, and would love to hear more from others on tracks they would like to visit.  I can’t narrow this list to 10 tracks, so pick your own 10.

 I have been to NASCAR tracks in Daytona, Charlotte, and Sonoma, but never for a race.  Daytona in February is still on my bucket list, and a race at Charlotte would be OK.  If I went to Northern California, I would rather fool around in San Francisco than drive to Infineon Raceway for a road course event. Bristol fascinates me, mainly because it looks like a gigantic football stadium. I would like to go to Kansas City some day, but only just for the qualifying and practice on Friday, and that to attend races at Lakeside Speedway that night.

Eldora has always been at the top of my “to do” list, and it should probably be on every dirt track fan’s list.  Friend Steve Basch has suggested I am “not up to” doing The World 100-apparently I am either too old, or not enough of a partier, but feels I should see The Dream.

I love fairgrounds speedways, mostly because they tend to be old.  Some of my favorites are Buena Vista Raceway in Alta, Iowa, Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa, and West Liberty Speedway in West Liberty, Iowa. 

Some tracks I would like to visit because of the big races they host.  The Tulsa Expo Raceway is one such track, though getting tickets to the annual Chili Bowl is not an easy task.  Batesville Speedway in Arkansas is another. It is not an easy place to get to, but The Topless 100 is a must see race. Florida tracks East Bay Raceway Park near Tampa, and Volusia Speedway Park are two tracks to visit because they provide dirt track racing in February.  Golden Isle Speedway in Waynesville, GA is another place to visit in the winter.  The track hosts the Super Bowl of Racing each January.

Other tracks demand a visit simply because of their name.  Duck River Speedway in Tennessee is one, as is another Tennessee track, Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap.  Devils Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas could be on your must visit list, but so should Devils Lake Speedway in North Dakota. If you visit Devils Lake Speedway, you might as well visit Geographical Center Speedway while you are in North Dakota. Visit Aztec Speedway if you ever get to New Mexico, and how could you resist going to Death Valley Speedway in Nevada? 

A track I would really like to visit is Sunset Speedway in Banks, Oregon.  I understand it is set in a scenic locale, but it also carries the name of my favorite track, the now closed, but forever remembered Sunset Speedway in Omaha.

Surprise, surprise, but two tracks I would like to visit are asphalt short tracks.  Elko Speedway in Minnesota did cover their track for several races in 2009, and if they do that again, or better yet, convert to dirt, I would visit the land of 10,000 lakes. The other asphalt track I would like to visit is Irwindale Speedway near Los Angeles.  From all that I hear, it is the best short track speedway in America.

Deer Creek Speedway is another Minnesota track to visit, with great late model and modified specials.  Other tracks that host big events and seem to have good reputations include Hagerstown Speedway in Maryland, Brownstown and Lawrenceburg Speedways in Indiana, I-55 Speedway in Pevely, Missouri, and Florence Speedway in Kentucky,

If you can guess where Virginia Motor Speedway and West Virginia Motor Speedway are located, you might want to visit those tracks.  Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces and Abilene Speedway in Abilene, Texas are tracks to visit because of late season and very early season shows. 

More tracks with interesting names include 34 Raceway in Burlington, Iowa, Rolling Wheels Raceway in New York, Tazewell Speedway in Tennessee, Whynot Speedway in Mississippi, and Dixie Speedway in Georgia.  Cleveland Speedway is a track to visit, but go to Cleveland, Tennessee, not Cleveland, Ohio.

Maybe I should have saved this post for the 40th day of Christmas.  The important thing about this post isn’t the tracks I have named, it is that list or not, you should visit a local dirt track.  I would like to say that grassroots racing is alive and well, but many tracks are struggling.  Make plans to visit dirt tracks in the 2010-I didn’t list any track that I wouldn’t go to, so visit one of them, and visit your local track regularly.

Thanks for stopping by.