Since NGS held it’s last race Oct 23, it seems like it has been forever since I had seen a race car, so when I heard that Cleveland Speedway was holding a swap meet and that it would be followed by open practice I called a friend and off to Cleveland we went, I might add that it has been over 5 year since I had been to Cleveland, I just could not get along with the promoter, Monty Morrow, so I stayed away. Well after last Saturday I wish I had stayed away then………
In my 30 plus years of being around racing I have had the joy of going to well over 200 race tracks from sea to shining sea, I think I looked each one up a long time ago and I decided that I had been to race tracks in 28 different states. Never in all my years have I seen such a mess. It looked like the track has been watered with 4 small bottles of drinking water, and what water did make it to the track ran off in the huge ruts .
I saw frontrunners hitting holes in the track and the back of those poor cars were bouncing 2 feet in the air! The promoter sat and watched, doing nothing… I watched as driver after driver loaded up race cars and left, and the whole time Monty sat there like “Why you guys leaving?” the man didn’t have a clue…. what a shame too that could be one fast race track if someone who cared would take it over. I saw the pebbles and rocks, the ruts , the dust, it was horrible. I have seen dirt roads that didn’t have that much dust. But they kept sending cars out on it.
That was bad, but it wasn’t the thing that really got me, what got me was the flags….. 3 United States flags in such poor shape I had to really look to make sure that is what I was looking at. As a Vet, this really made me mad, to see “Old Glory “ in such disrepair. Then when I got to checking, I found out that the local VFW had donated 7 brand new flags to the track over the past year! And I also found out that a few Vet’s had went and bought flags and taken them down to Monty but he has yet to put any of them up. My contact at the local VFW told me they had received many many complaints about it and that the people who had complained had first spoken to the track and got the the “oh well” attitude.
This is one of the problems with people and tracks today, they just don’t care, veterans lay down their lives for the right to go race and tracks can’t honor them with a simple flag.
I will NOT be going back to the Gobbler race this year in protest of just that. Now maybe next year IF things change I will venture up the road a few more times, but if things remain the same…. well I may of just seen that track for the last time.