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Old 03-21-2021, 12:08 PM
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Default Is it better to start with a bang?

Who wouldn't want to be a race director sometimes? I can assure you of this, the requirement to put on a show for the fans would trump all other concerns.

Here are a few examples of what not to do, in my opinion, that happened yesterday at Florence Motor Speedway in SC.

They ran a 6 division, afternoon show on a chilly and windy day. The racers did their part, and showed up in the featured classes in good numbers. The fans responded too. A solid crowd showed up to brave the chill.

Tell me if this makes sense.....the Allison Legacy division started off the all-feature show with their 20 lapper. All the excitement that the announcers pumped into the fans evaporated when the four car field put on a green-to-checkered snoozer. At least it was over quickly. Why wasn't this race moved to the end of the show?

The late model stocks ran a 75 lapper. In typical Carolina style, all cars in all divisions qualify, and of course they start straight up. The LMS race ran green to checker with minimal action toward the front. What a lost opportunity for an excellent race!

One thing that went well was the main attraction of the day, the Southern Modifieds. They had a 75 lapper that was run in segments. Between a competition caution, a strict limit of tires, and an abrasive old surface that ground up rubber, they put on an interesting and unpredictable race.

Moral of the story: Florida racing is better than in the Carolinas because of handicapped starts, or at least inverts. Please race directors, put the snoozers at the end and the best classes first, even if it means a last minute change to your printed schedule. The FANS will appreciate it.
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Old 03-21-2021, 03:06 PM
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Default Concession Stand Race

Basically is what it is.Pretty much every track does this on some nights during their season.Its mainly just a chance to sell more before the races the bigger portion of the crowd will leave after.Citrus County last night was a great example.To the tracks credit they ran the Pro Trucks third and not last (and the two previous races were decent races)but the bulk of the crowd departed right after the truck race ran.My bigger gripe is when they do that when they know rain is coming.And just about every track I've ever been to has been guilty of that.I felt bad for my buddy last night.He went to get a hot chocolate before the Pure Stock feature and missed the entire race.And the first 5 laps of the next race.He kept hoping for a caution that didn't come.

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