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12/8/09 10:38 A

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I'm pretty sure the WoO and the O'Rielly touring late model series go somewhere near Dodge City a couple times a year. Maybe Hays or somewhere like that but I'm sure they hit Wichita. Go to http://www.virtualthunder.com/series/categ
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12/7/09 11:15 P

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Good thing is you have a few months after Christmas to try saving the money to go to Talledega. That is a neat track just from watching races ther.Good Luck to you

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We have a race track here where I live. The last couple of years it has even had I think the Outlaw races here & they have been televised later on Speedtv. I have never gone to them though. I should go, but just haven't. I even work with a lady that her 2 sons race all summer long. They have bus races, modified, outlaws I think. I think next year I will go to one of the races.

I looked on Speedtv yesterday but they don't have the countdown on yet as to the starting of the qualifying or Speedweeks yet. I don't know what to do with myself on Sundays. Can hardly wait for April either. Just got to raise some more money for the trip to Talledega.

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12/7/09 8:06 P

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My husband used to race some on dirt track when he was a young teenager. That was about 50 years ago. He got to meet some of the racers. He decided to join the service and that is where we met. We went to the races in Miami a few time but that was before they had the tracks like they do now. The distruction Derbys were the thing back then.Then he gave it up when the children started coming. He was really hurt when Fireball Roberts was killed.

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12/7/09 7:44 P

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One of them sounds like it's not much of anything, but the other two are halfway decent short tracks. I think I'm going to check all 3 tracks out next summer, and then I'll let you know how it all looks.

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12/7/09 7:12 P

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Wow 3 tracks that close. the closest one is almost an hour and a half from me. Gosh I wish it was race time. Sunday is so boring.



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12/6/09 7:18 P

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We actually may have two of them within 30 minutes to an hour of where I live. There has always been a track at the south end of Albuquerque and I think that there may also be one on one of the reservations between here and Santa Fe these days, too. I'll have to check all of that out once the weather gets warm again.

Okay, I just checked and there are THREE small tracks within about half an hour of where I live. Maybe one of them will turn out to have some decent racing next summer. emoticon emoticon

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Amen Val Hope you do decide to go out and give it a try.

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Our local dirt track isn't really worth that much. I know that some areas of the country have really great local racing, but where I live it's just not really worth much. It's too bad, because the local track isn't that far from where I live and I'd love to go out there during the summer if the racing was actually worth going out and watching. I might give it a try next summer anyway. The racing's never going to get any better if we don't get out there to support it and encourage more drivers to race there.

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Guess I will spend the day watching Christmas Movies on Hallmark Channel.

Nitewalk wish I lived closer to a dirt track. I would go just to be watching some racing.



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12/3/09 10:19 P

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About the only place to see real cars anymore is the local weekly tracks. The Midwest has some of the best dirt track racing in the country and look at he names that have come from the Midwest.
Boyer, Edwards (both have brothers still raving in NE,Mo & KS) Shrader, Wallace, Martin.
Even the "Alabama gang" had strong roots and local sponsors.
Seems to all be about the money now. It's really interesting here watching the stories about Brian France's divorce. Even Jeremy Mayfield wants some of the action.

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12/3/09 10:18 P

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I'm the same way. There is a football game on right now. It is between Buffalo & NY Jets. I haven't even been watching it. I keep looking online for any Nascar news. Maybe I should be looking online on Speed TV to see the countdown till Daytona. Then at least I will know when I can start "living" again. LOL

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Oh no what am I going to do with my sundays till Feb. I used to love football but that does not really interest me that much anymore.


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I agree something has to be done. I think that one of the worst things to ever happen is to have a cookie cutter car. You can't tell the difference between a Chevy or a Toyota except for the logo. I also agree that the smaller teams need a chance to go testing for tires or whatever. I don't want to see just Roush, Childress, Gibbs or Hendrick cars at the track. Nascar was made up of guys just trying to get in that got sponsorship from local people just to get in. They have gotten way to far away from the roots. I love Robbie Gordon & Joe Nemechek trying to get in with only their one car but can't seem to get any sponsorship. I also don't like start & park. I know that they get money, but you can't call that racing. I could go on & on, but figure that we can still gripe for 3 more months until Speedweek starts in February in Daytona!!!!

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What I liked is that its not just us fans on here saying this. Its from Fox Sports.



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Hallelujiah!! These are all the things I've been saying for the past couple of years. In my mind, the only recent positive change that NASCAR has made has been the double file restart. ALL of the other changes made in recent years have been just HUGE steps backward as far as good racing is concerned. I'd work harder to stay awake to watch entire races (or maybe not even get so darn sleepy) if NASCAR would make a few of these changes. (And I'd jump for joy if they'd just dump the damn Chase altogether....)

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AMEN NITEWALK. That sports writer is right on as far as I am concerned. Now if Nascar would just listen. Naw I dont think they will but hope they do with some of the things. Making a start shows they realize that something is wrong.




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This is from FOX sports published today. It pretty well sums up the feelings of most fans AND is somewhat critical (like some fans = me). I like the Ronald Regan quote.

"Now I know when I mention talking turkey, you probably are thinking about a big ol' Butterball on the dining room table ready to be carved up. That's not it this time. I am talking about NASCAR turkey.

Talking turkey means you speak plainly about difficult NASCAR subjects or issues.

To me, that is where we are as far as next year is concerned. I still like the concept of town hall meetings. However, my vision is to have them not just with the elite but with a cross-section of people all having a vested interest in the health of the sport. I think it would help to get their opinions of what they are seeing and hearing that is outside the bubble. Sometimes being inside the bubble prevents you from seeing and hearing all sides of an issue.

Talking turkey to me means reaching out and listening. Stop telling me that the racing, the competition, the Car of Tomorrow, the TV ratings, the attendance, the economy and the Chase for the Sprint Cup are great.

The problem as I see it is that the message and reality don't match up. There are areas in this sport that have to have leadership. We need someone to stand up and say we know there are problem areas and here's what we are going to do about them:

I still believe the car needs to be tweaked. Trust me, the first thing I would do is get rid of that wing. I have said it since Day 1; a wing simply doesn't belong on a stock car. The COT also needs a nose job. I have mentioned before that what I have seen and heard from drivers is the Nationwide Series COT is a thing of beauty. It's like they took everything that is wrong on the Cup car and fixed it on the Nationwide car.
Folks, it's pretty simple. If the drivers have a car they are comfortable with and have trust in, plus it drives really well, then they are going to put on a better race. The Cup car we have today is too finicky. They are just too evil to drive. So let's tweak the car. It doesn't need a major overhaul, but it does need tweaking.

For the life of me, I still do not understand why they won't listen and accept the fact that the Chase needs changes to it. We have to quit trying to act like the NFL. We aren't the NFL. NASCAR has thrived and grown for 61 years being different.

It wasn't that long ago, maybe 15 to 20 years, that all the other sports laughed at us because of the logos we wore or had on the cars. They thought we were a bunch of hillbillies. But look around. What are they all doing today? They are trying to implement the same strategy. They are trying to be more like us and we need to quit trying to be more like them.

One of the major problems with the Chase is that when it starts, the last 10 races quit being about the racing and start being about the Chase. You've taken 12 guys and separated them from the other 31 guys out there. It's made it into a show in of itself. If that's the course they are set on then they have to make changes to make the Chase more exciting.

I have always said there should be elimination. If you are in the top 12 you are locked in. You can't be knocked out. That means you can finish 43rd in all of the last 10 races and guess what? You are going to finish 12th for the season. Huh? I am sorry, but that is just not right. There's no elimination or even brackets like there are in college basketball or drag racing.

You also can't use the same point system in the Chase that you used to get into the Chase. They have to come up with a better scenario for those 12 guys.

Now I can sit here and point out a handful of things that need to be different, but you know what? It doesn't matter what I say.
What does matter is the folks in charge have to step up and say they are going to do things differently. This isn't about me. When I am either in the TV booth or at home on the couch, I can clearly see the car and the Chase needs to be worked on. I see the empty grandstands just like you. What's being done about it? I dunno.

We've also become predictable with debris cautions to bunch the field up or stopping the race with those red flags. If you know who is going to win or be in the top 10 every week, isn't it common sense that folks are going to lose interest and find something else that excites them?

We have to get back to the place where we were so unpredictable. Remember how it was when you couldn't wait for the race to start because you didn't know what was going to happen? That is what our sport dearly misses.

Ronald Reagan once said, "Just because I disagree with you some of the time, doesn't mean I am your enemy all of the time." I have always been an advocate for constructive criticism. I have never been one to complain simply to complain. I have always tried to point out things that I didn't like but, at the same time, offer an option to consider fixing it.

All this isn't trying to hurt anyone. It's trying to help everyone. Look at the positive impact from something as simple as implementing the double file restarts had on racing. Everyone says it was probably the best thing NASCAR has done in years, but it about took an act of Congress to make it happen.

Collectively we need to blow life into areas of our sport that have gone stale and not going anywhere. Let's be proactive and blow some excitement into it again. Let's liven it up. Go back to February of this year. When NASCAR eliminated testing and took the teams off the road, everyone couldn't wait to get to Daytona. They were pumped up and excited to get there and get going. They weren't already burnt out from testing so much.

Again, this isn't about me telling NASCAR about all the things they are doing wrong. This is about me as a race fan pointing out areas that need looked at and worked on. I am no different than any other fan that is screaming for change. What's wrong with wanting to make the sport better when there are some pretty simple things that will accomplish that? Nothing, in my book.

I just don't want to continue to be told that everything is rosy. It's not. You see it and I see it. We have to make this sport more affordable. Fix the Chase. Fix the car. That's a great start. Also, just don't say you are going to go do something. Show me by going and doing it. Make the event worth the buck. Some of these tracks need to seriously work on making it easier for fans to get in and out of the event.

The one thing that used to be said about our sport was dollar for dollar, it was the best buy in all of sports. Collectively we have to make sure it is and if it isn't then we have to do whatever it takes to get it back to that.

This isn't some kind of Thanksgiving hangover. This is simply talking turkey. Right now, today, our sport needs to start talking turkey."


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