Feeling left out?
In this modern day of including everyone and being politically correct, it seems race tracks have went the other way.
Today more than ever we are seeing race tracks lock in one tire brand, or one crate brand, what’s next? Only drivers who’s name starts with a G?
I mean really, Neismith Crate Series, yes its sponsored by a Chevy Dealership, but to only allow GM crate motors seems like 2 things, 1) they are scared of the Ford Crate motor, or 2) they don’t want the BEST crate racers in the country.
What difference does it make if both motors are sealed and built to make the same horsepower? If anything it generates more fans! It generates the Ford VS. Chevy crowd and puts more fans in the seats.
You watch and mark my words, the series that will allow both motors and even the Dodge if and when they ever get it done, will be the series who attract the large fields and huge car counts. Not everyone is a Chevy Fan…….
Or tires…. I just seen where Smokey Mountain has jumped on the Hoosier only bandwagon, really? Why? Because Hoosier is paying part of the purse? Or is it just a kickback to the promoter/track owners, does the money Hoosier pays the track make its way into the purse?
Race car drivers are out to get the best deal they can, and sometimes they have to lock into a tire deal to be able to afford to race, so if a driver locks into a deal with American Racer and a track won’t let him run those tires he goes elsewhere, does that help the race track? Lower car count eq uals less money for the track… someone please explain to me how this benefits anyone other than the person who is getting the kickback?
Last time I checked the name of the game for race tracks was to make money, and if the gate money falls then the prices go up, prices go up, prices go up then fans stop coming, where is the money in that?
In my mind, the way to make money at a race track is to get as many cars and fans there as possible, by doing this you can turn a profit and everyone is happy. BUT if a track insist on only allowing one tire brand or one crate engine type, how can they be looking at the big picture? They aren’t, they are looking at lining the pockets of the person who pulls the trigger on making rules. They are not looking out for the fans or the racers, they are looking out for themselves, and that is called greed, and greed is what has killed race tracks all over the place.
It is how a promoter can tailor his field to suit his sponsors, not the tracks sponsors but the ones who pays him.. show me a track who is boosting the pay out with rules that pick a select brand of tire or motor make. Can you name one? I can’t. and that is why it seems race tracks are falling all over the place. Something has to be done and soon.
I guess the time for racer unions is at hand, racers banding together to work toward an equal playing field at every race track. No matter where they go. It is a topic I have avoided for a long time, I am not pro union in the work place never have been but it seems that in the world of racing unions may be the only answer to bring promoters in line with the real world.
Now what do you think?