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I Didn’t Win Mega Millions; Sammy Swindell Wins Merced; Berck Schedule; And, I-80 Sprint Melt Down

March 31, 2012 Leave a comment

I did not win the Mega Millions lottery last night.  People in Kansas and Maryland will share the prize.  I would have taken the cash option-meaning I would have paid well over $100,000,000 in taxes, or about what Tony Anville’s net worth is.  Well, there is still Powerball tonight.

I may not have won Mega Millions, but came out a big winner last night anyway.  My 7 month old world traveler grandson and his mom came home from a week in Phoenix, and I will get to see the handsome and intelligent Mr. Henry tonight when we go out to eat to celebrate my daughter Amanda’s birthday. 

Veteran Sammy Swindell won his 277th World of Outlaw sprint car feature last night in Merced, California.  No, I don’t often write of this series, but I like it when any of the over 50 crowd wins a big race.  Swindell was the 6th different feature winner on the circuit this year-Donny Schatz(I wonder if Randy Palmer is still advising him) has won two, Tim Kaeding has won two, and Joey Saldana, Craig Dollansky, Danny Lasoski, and Swindell have all won one.

Matt sent me a link to Kyle Berck’s 2012 schedule.  As of now there are no weekly shows among the 32 nights listed. 

http://www.kyleberck.com/index.php?view=article&id=86%3A2012-schedule&tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page=&option=com_content&Itemid=53

There is not much traveling with 23 of the nights at tracks in Nebraska, and no venue further than Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City.  One show I am really looking forward to is an SLMR race at US 30 Speedway on Thursday, July 5th.  I am not sure the last time the super late models visited the Columbus, Nebraska track, but my favorite cars at my favorite track should provide plenty of fireworks the day after the 4th of July.

There are 23 A Mods and 37 B Mods pre-registered for next week’s Spring Meltdown at I-80 Speedway.  If I have it correctly, on Friday April 6th, ASCS Midwest 360 Sprints, SLMR late models, and A-Mods will race.  On Saturday night the sprints will return-darn, with B-Mods, and CBC/MLRA late models also running.  Matt and I will be there Saturday.

It is early in the season and the winner of Saturday’s late model feature gets a qualifying spot in the Silver Dollar Nationals II feature.  I look for at least 40 super late models to fill the pits on Saturday.

Weather forecasts are for summer like racing this weekend.  I suppose we will finally get some winter weather in April as the racing season hits the gas. I hope not, because with every new season I am becoming more and more a fair weather fan.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Chicken, Hormel Lard, Popcorn, Beer, Pit Pads, Martinsville Sprint Cup

March 30, 2012 2 comments

Check out comments from the “other Boy Genius,” TMC, and Raving Lunatic regarding yesterday’s concession food blog.  No I am not this particular raving lunatic, though some of you may consider me A raving lunatic.  RL is not Matt either, though Matt does have his loony moments.  I actually don’t see RL as a lunatic on much of what he says.  So, Rave On Buddy Holly.

Lunatic’s mentioning of Sunset Speedway jogged my memory.  I failed to mention what may have been the best concession stand food of any race track in the US-Sunset’s broasted chicken.  There were people who would drive to the track on Sunday just to grab a table at the Sunset Inn and eat chicken, never bothering to watch a race. 

TMC mentioned in his comment that most concession stand food comes from food service vendors, but I wish more tracks would come up with a signature item like Sunset’s broasted chicken, or the pork chop sandwiches at Fairmont Speedway in Minnesota.  A prime rib sandwich sounds good.

TMC also mentioned Colby Ridge popcorn.  I suspect I have been spoiled when it comes to popcorn.  When I was a youngster I popped corn in my grandma’s cast iron skillet using melted Hormel lard for the oil.  That was far better than the product Colby Ridge puts out.  And for 13 years, from 1973-1986 I was assistant plant manager at Blevin’s Popcorn Company inNorth Bend, Nebraska.  Every year we processed and shipped millions of pounds of raw unpopped popcorn around the world.  Anytime I wanted I could walk across the street from my office to quality control in the processing plant, where dozens of batches of corn were test popped each day-a measured amount of corn with the correct amount of coconut oil produced popped corn better than any theater. Yeah, coconut oil, not the politically correct “tofu” oils theaters use today. That was the super late models of popcorn, while Colby Ridge is like the sports compacts of popcorn.

I wonder if tracks sell so much beer they don’t worry about the quality of their concessions.  Ice down the beer and make a good profit on that commodity, and do all the other items as cheap as possible.  Matt used to work part-time at a liquor store and has mentioned to me how much the store paid for a case of beer.  I suspect that race tracks would purchase a much greater volume and their cost would be less than the liquor store.  Multiplying what a track charges for a can of beer times 24 cans in a case, and subtracting what they likely pay for the case leaves me with a “wow” factor.  Beer sales can cover for a multitude of promotional sins.

I received an email list of I-80 concrete pit pads rented for the 2012 season, and it includes 25 late model drivers.  Kyle Berck and Glen Robey are on the list.  I mention Berck because his racing weekly at the Greenwood, NE track would put a lot of butts in the stands, butts that have not been to I-80 on a regular basis for quite some time.  The Berck rumor I heard was he would be racing all the late model specials and an occasional weekly show, but perhaps that has changed. Robey seems to be auto racing’s version of the Energizer Bunny-he just keeps going and going and going and going.  The man has raced through all or part of eight different decades, and has to be closer to 90 than he is 80.  I know there are plenty of old-timers racing, but I wonder how many in the US are older than Robey.

According to a Sporting New article by Bob Pockrass, owner Bruton Smith has ordered changes made to the configuration of Bristol Motor Speedway. 

“The race fans have spoken,” Smith said in a news release Wednesday. “We had input that included a wide range of opinions. But the majority we heard from said they wanted to see changes made.

“As a result, I have ordered the equipment and work will begin within the next two weeks to allow time to have everything ready for August.”

The work is scheduled to be completed in early July to allow for Goodyear tire testing before the track’s August night race.

Who do I want to jinx in this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville, Virginia?  Let’s go with the golden horseshoe up his posterior boy, Jimmie Johnson.  Of course as lucky as Johnson seems to be, he’ll probably overcome my jinx and win the race anyway.

Thanks for stopping by.

Rednecks, The Usual Suspects, Paid Parking, And The Impossible Dream-Tasty Concessions

March 29, 2012 3 comments

According to the Last Angry Fan website, fans of the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville basketball teams got into a fight at a dialysis treatment center.  Hey, you don’t have to be a race fan to be a redneck.

The top seven from the www.DirtonDirt.com Top 25 late model drivers of 2012 reads like a list of the “usual suspects.”  Don O’Neal heads the list, followed by Darrell Lanigan, Steve Francis, Dennis Erb Jr., Billy Moyer, Scott Bloomquist, and Jimmy Owens. All but Lanigan and Moyer should be in Nebraska for Silver Dollar Nationals II.

From Ivan Tracy regarding the $8.00 parking at Perris Speedway in California:

“Talked to the promoter at Perris when we were there this winter, and he told me the parking and concessions are all controlled by the Fair Board! The track gets no revenue from those!! There is also a rodeo arena, moto-cross track, casino, and drag strip which they charge to use. Concessions include $8.00 nachos and $7.00 draft beer!”

I guess such pricing is all about “location, location, location.”  Several years ago I attended a writer’s conference in New York City and paid $9.00 for a bottle of beer, and $25 for a hotel buffet breakfast-no way do I consume $25 worth of bacon, scrambled eggs, orange juice, and coffee at one setting, but the hotel was in Manhattan, and comparing Manhattan prices with Nebraska prices is like comparing sprint cars with late models. So Southern California has paid parking at dirt race tracks-that does NOT mean it is a workable idea in the Midwest.

Ivan mentioned concession prices in his comment. I would willingly pay extra for concessions that actually tasted good.  The last time I had really good pizza at a race track was Godfather’s Pizza at Sunset Speedway.  I had a wonderful pork chop sandwich at the track in Fairmont, Minnesota-years ago.  At a World Dirt Racing League event in Ft. Dodge, Iowa I discovered sports concessions really can provide a good hamburger, but that was also years ago.  It isn’t just race tracks-I love watching baseball at Haymarket Park in Lincoln, but that venue may have the worst concession food in the US.  How do I loathe their concessions?  Let me count the ways-Pepsi products instead of Coke.  I have never and I mean never liked Colby Ridge popcorn, and yes, I do know popcorn.  Luke warm Valentino’s pizza is not a culinary delight.  Neither the brisket nor pulled pork was as good as I-80 Speedway’s BBQ sandwich.  The hot dogs at Haymarket have twice as much bun as needed, and the hamburgers also have more bun than meat. I don’t like having to buy french fries with my hamburger.  Need I say more?

Maybe I should become an American version of Don Quixote and go on a quest to find good, reasonably priced concession food.  I could travel the country stopping at race tracks, minor league and major league baseball parks, college and professional football stadiums and basketball arenas. I could get Prilosec to sponsor me and I could do a book featuring the best concession stand food in America.  Ah, to dream the impossible dream.

In 2003, my first article for Dirt Late Model racing was titled “The Beer Is Cold, The Hot Dogs Are Hot, Let’s Go Racing.”  If I was writing that article today it would be titled “The Beer Is Warm, The Hot Dogs Are Inedible, And We Are Still Stupid Enough To Buy Them.”

So, tell me about your concession stand experiences-good, bad, and ugly.  It doesn’t have to be just race track concessions.

Thanks for stopping by.

NASCAR All-Stars, My Frustrations, Dull Minds

March 28, 2012 2 comments

NASCAR has once again tweaked the format of their May all-star race in Charlotte.  The race will now consist of 4-20 laps segments, a mandatory pit stop following the final 20 lap segment, followed by a 10 lap wild scramble to the finish.  Pit stops after segments 1-3 are optional.  Each segment will have a winner and that winner will be guaranteed a top four starting spot in the final segment.  If a driver wins more than one segment, the second place winner of that segment will get a top four guaranteed spot.

Yes, that is almost as confusing as I-80 Speedway’s ticket policy for specials.  Basically it boils down to two of my least favorite thoughts regarding NASCAR Sprint Cup races-track position and pit strategy, but only for the drivers with a guaranteed top four start in the last segment.

For example-a driver who did not win a segment can decide to take gas only on the mandatory pit stop and leave pit row first.  However, since he did not win one of the 20 lap segments he can start no better than fifth.  A driver who won a 20 lap segments can take fuel and change all four tires-a lengthier stop than fuel only, but still end up ahead of a driver who only took fuel, but did not win a segment.

Supposedly tires don’t fall off much at Charlotte.  However, it seems to me that a driver starting no worse than 4th with 4 new tires is better off than a driver starting no better than 5th with 4 old tires.

Matt and I watched Nebraska defeat Kansas State 6-3 at Haymarket Park in Lincoln last night.  The game started at 6:35 p.m. as scheduled.  We walked to the car during K-State’s last at bat in the 9th inning, and were a mile away from the stadium when the last KSU batter struck out at 9:00 p.m.  An entire show was finished in 2 hours and 25 minutes-what a unique concept. We arrived home before 10:00 p.m.

A race night scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. will likely start at 6:45 p.m. or later.  It won’t be done before 10:30 p.m., more likely much later.  That puts me home at 11:30 p.m. or later.  Did the racing provide me with 90 minutes more entertainment, or was it an hour and a half of my life wasted?

In baseball there are no delays in between inning (races)-teams run out to the field or into the dugout and the pitcher has a set number of warm-up tosses.  The right fielder does not decide that he would rather play second base and delay the start of the game as coaches try to get him to the correct starting position.  There are no “short” intermissions that turn into 30 minutes of down time.  Yes, some innings do take longer to complete, but that is because of action on the field, not inaction or delays. Most dirt tracks are terrible in organizing and running a program, really they are the worst in the entertainment business. 

I suppose I am harping on this now because I will be going to my first race of 2012 next week, and the comparison between how the baseball and racing programs are run is just sickening.  I harp on this and will continue to as long as I keep plunking down my hard earned money to spend a night at the races.

A ticket to the ball game costs no more than a ticket to the races.  Racing has grabbed my imagination for over 50 years, but damn it frustrates me how promoters never make a serious effort to accomplish what should be an easy task-run a quick, organized  program.

Thanks for stopping by.  Oh, and for my friends Tom and Tony, the famous baseball announcer Red Barber once said “Baseball is dull only to dull minds.”

Madness, Golden Horseshoe, A Long Ago Train Ride

March 27, 2012 6 comments

Springfield Raceway had a touch of March Madness during the MLRA/MARS co-sanctioned event Saturday night.  The top six drivers in passing points did not run a dash to determine the pole sitter, they shot three point baskets.  Brad Looney actually made a shot, garnered the pole position for the feature and managed to hold off Will Vaught for the victory.  There were 37 late models in the pits.

According to AARN, Perris Auto Speedway in California is charging $8.00 for parking at the track.  I fear mentioning this, lest certainMidwest tracks decide this is a good idea.  I would rather not pay for parking, but do so quite often.  Anywhere within a mile of Memorial Stadium in Lincoln is at least $10 to park on football Saturdays.  We paid $3 to park at the Devaney Center during the state basketball tournament.  We did not have to pay to park at the NU baseball game at Haymarket Park on Saturday, but parking close to the stadium is for season ticket holders/donors only.  I pay to park at the airport.  I have mentioned how outrageous off-track parking near the Daytona International Speedway can be.  So, is Perris Auto Speedway merely following what is done at other events? Maybe so, but I see it as short-sighted and causing a lot of ill will for the track.

The weekend before the Formula 1 race in Austin,Texas, a two night stay at the Austin Howard Johnson costs less that $200.  The weekend of the Formula 1 race, the room goes for over $1300.  Now that is Texas size price gouging.  However, the only F1 fan I know is Tony Anville, and he can afford to pay whatever the hotel decides to charge.

I watched more basketball than NASCAR on Sunday.  I did switch over in time to watch Jeff Gordon leaving the pits dragging his gas man holding on to the gas can.  The NASCAR stop and go penalty and the rain dropped Gordon from a solid top five to a mid-pack finish.  The man has no luck at all-mainly because it all went to his teammate Jimmie Johnson.  Johnson’s engine started smoking as the rains came, so instead of having to go to the garage for repairs, Johnson was able to stay in line and get a top ten finish.  This after earlier in the week  NASCAR’s mediator was so flummoxed by the Knaus story he gave the 48 team back all the points it was penalized at Daytona. And this week the Sprint Cup series goes toMartinsville, where Johnson has won five of the last 12 races. Or as Kevin Harvick said in the past, Johnson has a golden horseshoe up his —.

For maybe the first time, I agree with car owner Jack Roush.  While he refused to comment directly regarding the Knaus penalty waiver, he did say he had “strong feelings.”  I suspect those feelings were not strongly in favor of reducing the Knaus penalty to a slap on the wrist. Roush did state that NASCAR arbitrator John Middlebrook should have removed himself from the appeal due to his long time friendship with 48 car owner Rick Hendrick.  Ya think?

My grandson attended his first major league baseball game last Saturday.  Yes, it was only a spring training game, but he isn’t even 7 months old.  I was 14 years old before I saw my one and only big league game in person.  Fremont News & Travel sponsored a train trip to Kansas City every summer to watch the Athletics play.  Yes, a travel agency, riding the Burlington rails, the Athletics in KC, not Oakland.  It was indeed a long time ago as the A’s played the Harmon Killebrew led Minnesota Twins.  Anyway, Henry went to Phoenix with Steph-no crying on the plane-to visit Steph’s mom and they went to a Cubs game.  I am not sure if Henry was tired from the trip or not, but I know the Cubs have made me tired for years.

In addition to the baseball game, Henry has been to several basketball games. Matt says he is totally mesmerized by basketball games on TV, which certainly pleases his grandpa. According to his mom, it will be “a long time” before Henry goes to a car race.  And I don’t disagree with her. Despite what his “Uncle” Randy says, Henry is not racing go-karts.  Well, I guess there is a slight chance if Palmer was car owner, pit crew, and paid for all the other expenses too.

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A New NASCAR Theory; Zach Hensley; Hall Of Famers

March 26, 2012 1 comment

Tony Anville sent me the following link which is an NPR-National Public radio article by Frank Deford regarding NASCAR.  You can read it or listen to it, but baseball writer Deford suggests that American’s love affair with the automobile is over and this has as much to do with declining attendance at race tracks as does the economy. Anville added it is not just a NASCAR problem.

http://www.npr.org/2012/03/21/148773520/americans-hit-the-brakes-on-nascar

I don’t know if I agree with Deford or not.  I enjoy watching cars go fast around paved and dirt ovals and I have never been one to tinker with a car.  There are probably others like me, but I suspect the vast majority of racing fans are one helluva lot more technically savvy than me, and Deford might have something saying that today’s youth would rather play with electronic games than automobile engines.

My son Matt agrees with Deford about today’s youth.  He suggested that many owners and drivers have a difficult time finding good pit help because the electronic game generation doesn’t want to leave the couch to work on race cars anymore.  Maybe.

How many WoO-late model or sprint car, Lucas Oil late model, or USMTS modified drivers are under 35?  How many are over 45?  How many crew members on teams in the national touring sanctions are under 35?

The following email came from Will Hensley, father of modified driver Zach Hensley who happens to be a racing hero of mine.  I did a story on Zach for Dirt Modified magazine last year, and Zach’s attitude and courage far surpass any of the so called “best” drivers in theUS, NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers.  From Will:

“Hey Ron,
It’s been a long while, sorry I haven’t written. Zach raced Super Nationals last Sept and that is where things turned for the bad. We returned home from Boone and two days later I had a heart attack and was life flighted to Salt Lake City where I had to have a triple bypass. Was really tough for a few months. I am doing great now and gearing up for a new season. Zach did race the Las Cruces, NM USMTS show the first of the month. He is shooting for IMCA Utah and Wyoming state titles this year. There are pics of his 2012 ride on his website. I now work for Zach’s sponsor WARCO. It is cool getting paid to go racing. Also he landed Lucas Oil as a sponsor for 2012. We have also been helping former racers that are now in wheel chairs for one reason or another get back in the car by designing their hand control systems. We get emails from people that read your blogs and want to know more. Thanks for that my friend. Talk to you soon.
Will”

There are days when I am discouraged not just about blogging, about writing at all.  An email like that from Will reminds me why I spend so much time typing words that appear on a computer screen.  Thank you Will.

Finally, Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame board member Craig Kelley emailed me with a list of the 2012 hall of fame inductees:

NEBRASKA AUTO RACING HALL ANNOUNCES SEVEN NEW MEMBERS

The Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame will be inducting seven new members on October 12, 2012 at the Fireman’s Hall in Lincoln, Nebr.This is the 15th class for the Hall of Fame which was created in 1998 to honor Nebraskans, both native and adopted, for their contributions to the sport of auto racing.

 The seven newest associates in the Hall of Fame are:

Chuck Bosselman, Grand Island, got the racing bug in late-1960s, starting with a 1955 Chevy, competing around theMidwest. Bosselman became one of the few people to successfully race an AMC product onAmerica’s short tracks, winning an IMCA national race at the Nebraska State Fair in 1974 with his red, white and blue AMC Hornet.

 Dave Chase, Omaha, in a career spanning more than 30 years, Chase scored in excess of 300 feature wins and 20 track championships. He also ran in ASA and NASCAR with great success.

Bob Elic, Omaha, was a major force inOmaha area drag racing in the 1950s and 1960s, driving the career of Howdy Williams and several others.

John Gerloff, Lincoln, was a championship winning late model driver before turning his attention to sprint cars in the mid-1980s. Gerloff won point titles at Eagle Raceway seven times and is the all-time leading feature winner there. He also racked up victories at the Jackson Nationals in 1988 and the Short Track Nationals in 1994.

Keith Hightshoe, Ashland, started his career at Arlington Raceway in 1955 and ran with some of the top organizations including, IMCA and BCRA, during a 45-year career. He won races inColorado andKansas in addition to his home state.

Bob Hubbard, Wymore, was a winning crew chief at the Daytona 24-hour event four times, 1985-’86-’87-’88. He also scored national wins as a driver in 1964 and 1965 in Formula Veer and won six national titles in F production.

Homer Macklin, Minden, starting out as a driver in the early-1950s, Homer really found his niche as the mechanic of the famed Mighty Mouse stock car team. With drivers such as Cliff Sealock and Willie Hecke, the Mighty Mouse ran wild for two decades. In 1972, Macklin and Hecke teamed up with the “Go Big Red,” sprint car and continued to dominate for several years.

I attended last year’s banquet inLincoln, and it is certainly an event all race fans should go to at least once.

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Let’s Get Ready To Rumble. Lucas Oil vs. WoO For $1,000,000 To Win At Knoxville

March 23, 2012 3 comments

 

The following came from Chris Long who will be undergoing kidney transplant surgery this spring:

“Thanks Ron for the well wishes. They say 3 weeks no driving, so my plan is SDN II will be my first race after surgery. I’m hoping that the cohorts that I went with last year will be available. Although at the twin 125 or gator duels party I attended, (with 5 or 6 racecar drivers, so you can imagine the crapola stories flying around) it was mentioned that million dollar budget racer Ricky B was willing to drag out the RV for the SDNII……

This goes out to Jeff Broeg, I know you’re a reader of TROTD Thank you for the NKF Heartland tour you did a few years back, I think we met one time when I worked on the bright Orange #9 of B Edels stockcar. It’s guys like you and people who support research for CKD, cancer and Juvenile Diabetes that make it possible for a guy like me at the age of 39 to have the means to receive an extension on life.
Thank you everybody.”

TRODT:  I know what you mean about “crapola” stories when members of the racing family are involved.  I will be getting my fair share of such stories next Wednesday at Sortino’s Pizza inOmaha when members of The Irregulars meet for a pre-season luncheon.  The main speaker at the event will be Randy Palmer.  In this case, main speaker means the person who talks the most.

I also agree with the comments Chris made about Jeff Broeg.  He is one of racing’s good guys.

According to Scott McBride, www.RacingDirt.com is now a premium site.  You can join for $3.99 a month or $45.00 per year.  Once the 2012 season is in full swing I will join for a month just to check it out.

Let’s Get Ready To Rumble.  Lucas Oil vs. WoO late models.

Todd Turner’s Quick Time column in www.DirtOnDirt.com mentioned co-sanctioned races he would like to see.  One was Lucas Oil vs. WoO showdown at Bristol.  Supposedly Bristol officials have been considering hosting such an event again-perhaps the lost revenue from 60,000 empty seats at a NASCAR Sprint Cup event could be made up by dirt track fans. 

I don’t see this happening though. Track owner Bruton Smith seems intent on bringing back the old Bristo lconfiguration. On the surface-pun intended-ripping out the current configuration to bring back the old Bristol configuration would seem a perfect time to bring in thousands of yards of dirt to temporarily cover the track.  If the resurfacing would be done after the August night Sprint Car series race, this would be workable.  A big, and I mean BIG dollar event could be held in October-no points, just lots of bucks and series pride on the line.  Then tear up the surface and put down the new/old surface in time for the spring 2013 race at the world’s fastest half mile track.  Unfortunately, Smith’s plan is to accomplish resurfacing before the August night race, and I don’t see how there would be time to accomplish that and run a dirt race before.  I don’t see dirt being put over a brand new surface either.

Of course putting dirt on a paved track might be the easiest problem to solve in bringing these tours together.  A right, rear tire that would stand up to the pounding of Bristolwould be a problem, but the biggest issue would be the egos involved, and I am not talking drivers.  Tour officials prefer the other sanction not be on the same continent, so getting them to agree to appear at the same track at the same time would be difficult.

If Bristol is a no, what other facility could hold a battle of the egos?  Two come to mind immediately-Knoxville and Eldora.  Both can hold over 20,000 fans, but a late fall race at either doesn’t seem feasible.  How about a mid-July $1,000,000 to win event?  Could sanctioning body egos be set aside for such an event? Would I pay $100 to attend a two night show like that?  Darn right I would.  Are there enough other crazy, hardcore fans that would?  I think Earl Baltes proved that over 10 years ago at Eldora. Baltes may have made Donnie Moran the “Million Dollar” man, but he did OK for himself too.

Limit the event to 60 cars, the top 30 in points in each of the series.  This could add to car counts for both series in events prior to the co-sanctioned event. 26 will qualify for the big race, 34 will end up receiving $2,500 appearance money.  Make the payout:

1,000,000-250,000-125,000-75,000-60,000-50,000-35,000-25,000-20,000-15,000-12,500-10,000-9,500-9,000-8,500-8,000-7,500-7,000-6,500-6,000-5,500-5,000-5,000-5,000-5,000-5,000. If I added correctly-and I am an accountant, with appearance money for the non-qualifiers, the total paid to drivers would be $1,855,000.  Yes, there are other expenses involved, but 20,000 + tickets @ $100 per ticket, plus beer and other concessions, sponsorship, camping and RV site rental, and t-shirt/souvenir sales could mean a better net for one weekend than most tracks make in a year. Much better.

The trouble withKnoxville or Eldora is that both have their own late model crown jewel events already scheduled.  Eldora has not wavered from their tried and true specials. Perhaps with Toby Kruse as the new promoter Knoxville might show interest in bringing the warring factions together for a battle royal. Are there other dirt tracks or paved ovals that could be covered with dirt that might work? I think to bring together Lucas Oil and the WoO a pay-out like I mentioned is a must, and  to pay $1,000,000 to win the facility must have either 20,000+ permanent seats, or be able to add temporary bleachers to bring capacity to 20,000.  Does anyone have idea about other tracks  that might work?

If Tyler  County Speedway in West Virginia can do the Bullring Bonanza, a $1,000,000 to win show at Knoxville or Eldora is not so crazy.  And I believe I called it Tyson County Speedway in a previous blog-my apologies.

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