Bill, I enjoyed reading your article.
I agree in everything you are saying. In fact my son CJ and I talk about the future of even the Vintage Cars and even our own 659. Weekend racing is what I have enjoyed for most of my life. In fact today, if Eddie Bohn were not in Carolina, CJ & I would still be involved each and every week.
But, this all started back in the late seventies when money brought on another factor in our sport. And today throughout all forms of racing, money is the key element in maintaining front running cars.
I do want to thank all of those short track promoters who struggle to fill the pits and the stands each and every week for all of us to enjoy. We have lost quite a few short tracks over the years and that does not make a guy like me happy.
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
Well said Terry, but if you make that into a flower pot, I'd have to smack you upside the head. You also forgot to mention that if you blew a tire, came in the pits and found that you didn't have a spare, you could go to one of the guys you were friendly with and borrow it from him for the night.Not anymore, they now have the tire scanning issue that complicates that scenario. You can't buy used tires from another racer like we used to do, which helped offset the cost of racing for many of us.
A source told me that Bridgeport and EWS run the same brand name tire, yet you cannot run a BP tire at EWS and vice-verse...makes no sense to me. So if you wanted to run both tracks, you'd have to buy two sets of tires and God forbid if you accidentally put the EWS set on the car you were going to race at BPort.
Plus you can't buy the tire from a dealer which would allow you to pay $20 less for the tire than otherwise buying it from the track supplier. Again, this was told to me by someone who is still in racing so feel free to comment if that info is wrong.