The sports off weekend poses many challenges for some. Mine has been full of construction dust, carrying things up flights of stairs, shoveling ice off the driveway, attempting to do taxes (thank you tax slayer for being down until 7am), followed by starting taxes and realizing my wife never received her W-2 from her former employer (one big final F-you I guess). I also finalized the schedule for our fantasy game this season. Many of you I have seen much of the same mixed in with scraping the bottom of the barrel for sporting events on tv, streaming short track races on the coasts, or becoming an addict of social media.
Some short track things that popped in my head this off-season.
I am a big fan of twin feature nights, skip the heats. I hated when they got rid of heats at Slinger and extended features back some 15+ years ago. Now that Slinger brought them back and I can say skip the heats is ok with me.
Although, tracks like Jefferson and anything on dirt for the most part heats do work. As a general rule, (Slinger the exception) if your track is larger than 1/4 mile on asphalt, larger than a third mile on dirt, I am perfectly fine with skipping the heats.
How many new fans did you invite to go with you to a race track in 2016? I asked a few. My goal is to ask even more this year. Is it yours too? I read a article this morning and it was written that short track racing is becoming a participant driven sport. Most tracks will not survive if that continues. Are you doing anything to help? Don't be afraid to take that opportunity when it presents itself.
I sometimes wonder how many people have the ability to post to @URFWI or to our facebook page when they are at the track, but don't. Is there a reason why?
If I won the lottery I used to think about owning a race track. Now I think I would much rather start a race team and own a touring series. Would I need 100 million or 300 million dollar win to make that work?
Why do some think it is a good idea to broadcast live sporting events of any kind for free on social media. The product is dying, are we trying to put it in its grave? Twitter broadcast TNF games on NFL network, goes who did not update his cable package again, this guy.
Why are all race cars Black, grey, and white? Seriously, is the goal to be blend in with every other car out there? How does your sponsor feel about that?
I still think the Slinger Nationals is the premier short track event in the county. I understand the snowball's popularity, but if it was easy to get around Slinger more drivers would show up. Bubba Pollard and Bill Balog showed last year it takes the talent of guys like Kenseth and Jones to be successful there.
Beaver Dam Raceway should be a main stop for anyone in SE Wisconsin on Saturday nights.
Same for WIR on Thursday nights.
What are the must see up north?
Dells and Tomah bringing back the modified, great idea, if they can get the car counts.
Where have all the entry level classes gone? Do I need an engineering degree to drive a bandit and win?
Best race of 2017 will be one that I least suspect.
Less beer, more water .
Staying closer to home, unless someone can hook up a guy with a ticket.
Or if you run ages 10 and under free.
If you were smart 17 and under would be free.
I pledge to go to at least as many races as my wife will allow me to. How many does that make for you?
I had no intent when I started writing this blog today, hence the "random blog" title.
Sometimes you have to challenge yourself. I promise there will be no more challenges until 2018.
Grab a buddy and take them to a race track!
Rich Zimpel has been attending local race tracks for the past 30 years.