There was a recent post on Facebook which noted the problems facing NASCAR in the coming months and years. A lot of the problems facing them are much the same facing the NHRA. But I get a little tired of hearing the problems. What I want to know is how can they be fixed. And maybe – just maybe – a lot of the concerns can’t be fixed. But once again, I get a little tired of hearing the problems – I want to hear the cures.
As an example, we all know the problems facing the Pro Stock class and while there are a lot of people chiming in with their ideas, but I believe what most people might not understand are the problems associated with the fixes they suggest. As a simple example, it might seem easy to just let the Mountain Motor PS guys come in, but as I’ve mentioned many times before, attempting to find some sort of neutral ground to achieve parity between the two different cars is probably impossible.
The bottom line is that things might not be as easy as they seem.
I came across this photo of a weekly results page from 1972 at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. It was posted on Facebook on the Englishtown Memories page and I apologize for not noticing who posted it but it illustrates just how different the local scene was from what we see today at local events.
Today’s local weekend races will usually see competition in five or six different classes, all bracket style. Back then, you had all of these different class winners in addition to eliminator winners, some in what today are the Pro classes. What’s amazing is that you had all of these classes with at least a couple of cars if not more in each one adding up to hundreds of cars showing up for a simple weekly event. Nowadays it’s hard to get 100-200 cars at some local tracks and that directly affects cash flow for track owners, part of the reason we see some places closing up. Is this one of those issues which can’t be fixed?
I guess the scary part of this list of winners are the names who I recognize. I guess that means I’ve been around a while. Not sure if that’s good or bad but it is what it is.
Something else to note is that we also had spectators! People would show up just to watch ALL the racing. Class winners received a trophy while it was only the eliminator winners who got money. Although I can remember some tracks changing the class trophy win to a trophy or ten bucks. After a bunch of plastic trophies, I started opting for the ten bucks!
Pretty surprising about this week’s announcement from General Motors about the cutting of the workforce along with ditching three models of cars; the Volt, Cruze and Impala; which weren’t selling well. I probably don’t care much about the Volt as I’m not an electric car kind of guy, and the only connection to the Cruze was as I drove by the Cruze plant in Lordstown, Ohio, on my way to Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk. But the Impala…
The top of the line car in the Chevrolet line-up has gone on a hiatus several times since they began building them back in 1958. And as can be expected, not many of them made their way into drag racing, yet their less expensive and cheaper brethren; Biscaynes and Belairs; have done well especially in the Stock and Super Stock classes. I guess it’s not the end of the world and maybe we’ll see them resurrected as they have done before, but it does mark a change in our society. And naturally of more importance might just be the losing of jobs related to these car models.
What do “they” say? The only contant in this world is "change."