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Racing Discussion / Re: Madhouse
« on: December 06, 2018, 07:35:11 AM »
Ö..BTW, the mods run ten inch tires on the narrow track.

I watched another episode, and did take note of the narrower tires. And that brings up what I find to be an interesting observation. You're on a quarter mile "bullring" (LITERALLY!) on 10" tires, and have mega-dollar engines? With that little amount of "rubber on the road", I would think that a $5000 crate motor would be adequate.

And those "mega dollar", 18 wheel rigs that the Meyers brothers and Tim Brown show up with....WOW!!

Are the modifieds still on display there, and if so, how long will they be there? East coast SCCA legend, Gary Morgan, is a long time friend of mine, and has mentioned to me, that some of his racing memorabilia is on loan and on display at the Museum, and this would give me an even better excuse to take a ride down there.

Racing Discussion / Re: Madhouse
« on: December 03, 2018, 07:48:03 AM »
Tried to watch another episode,  Being blocked as my Spectrum user id is not recognized.  Want to cancel Spectrum.

Saw your other post, too, and don't understand what problem you're having with Spectrum. Yes, I have Spectrum, too, as a cable TV and internet provider, and while I'm not totally overjoyed with them, I haven't had any major issues with them, either. I don't understand your need for a password, in order to watch the Bowman-Gray "soap opera". For me, at least last week, all I did was go to the "on demand" feature, then bring up Madhouse, or whatever they're calling it this year, click on it, and watch it.

Racing Discussion / Re: Madhouse
« on: November 30, 2018, 07:23:40 AM »
Well, I watched a couple of episodes of the latest rendition of 'Madhouse', yesterday, using the "on demand" feature provided by my cable TV provider. It was rather cold and damp outside, and I didn't feel like leaving the house. The show wasn't as hokey as the original show was, at least in my opinion, but one thing still stands out to me. And that is, how do you race "full tilt modifieds" on a quarter mile track, and furthermore, how can those guys afford to tear up the cars, like they invariably do, and fix them every week, just to go out and tear them up, yet again??

Racing Discussion / Re: RIP David Pearson
« on: November 14, 2018, 06:09:17 AM »
Godspeed, to a NASCAR legend..

Off Topic Discussion / Re: A heartless response
« on: November 13, 2018, 07:31:08 AM »
I would be the first to agree that Trump is sometimes brash, and a little tactless, as he frequently speaks "off the cuff". However, he is frequently, FUNDAMENTALLY correct, and in this case, he does have some strong evidence to back up his claim. I happen to participate in another automotive based website, which has a very large group of members, all across the US, California included. And while some of them had their feathers ruffled by Trump's comments, many of them, the HONEST ones, agreed with what he was getting at.

It appears that the "tree huggers" and "eco-weenies" in Kalifornia have their priorities a bit skewed, and will not allow even basic brush removal and "fire gap" creation. In other words, they have created a "perfect storm" for even the slightest errant fire, to immediately feed itself, and continue on a rampage, destroying the area.

In other words, stupid is, as stupid does. Trump was just pointing that out....

Racing Discussion / Re: Madhouse
« on: November 08, 2018, 07:05:46 AM »
....Face it car racing is boring to the average person and sometimes itís a bore to people who have been involved for awhile...... Also having a packed grandstand week after week is impressive and something all promotors should take notice of...and last the quality and appearance of the crowd AT BGS really??
...hmmm have ya ever been to Spencerís?? 😀

I agree with your sentiments, and what I thinks it all comes down to, is regional tastes and preferences. It appears that in the southeast United States, automobile racing is still a sport that the people enjoy, so it thrives. Look at the number of ovals and drag strips that still operate, compared to how they've died out in this area. But do they have as many "east end festivals", "St. Patrick's Day Parades" and "fringe festivals" as there are in western NY? I don't think so, but 50-60 years ago, there were 12-14 operating oval tracks, as well as 4-5 operating drag strips in this area, indicating that times, or should I say people, have changed.

And with respect to Spencer's, when I was a teen-ager, back in the mid-late 60s, if you weren't in the stands by at least an hour before the races officially started, you sat way down in the first 3-4 rows of the stands, and watched the races by looking through the legs of the people walking back and forth to the concession stands. The crowds started tapering off in the late 70s-early 80s, and haven't come back...

Racing Discussion / Re: Spencer Speedways Future ?
« on: November 03, 2018, 01:17:24 PM »
Who ACTUALLY owns the track, at this point?

A number of years ago, when the Spencer brothers first started looking for buyers, they thought that the track was a "gold mine", and priced it accordingly. I was speaking with someone who, back then, was an associate of an "interested party", and he told me that the price was $1,000,000 FIRM....and if I understood it correctly, that did NOT include the property that makes up the parking lot (which is essential to the operation of the facility) because at least back then, the Spencers supposedly didn't own it, they just had a 99 year lease on it. I'm not sure if that's still the situation. (My friend's "associate" balked at the Spencer's offer, and walked away)

Supposedly, as the story went, back then, the Spencers (as well as a few others) thought that Xerox, and another fledgling Webster business or two, were going to grow at an exponential rate, chewing up the eastern side of Monroe County, as well as the western side of Wayne County, and the land that the track is on would become extremely valuable both for residential housing as well as retail business, to support those houses, and they priced it at what they thought was appropriate. Obviously, that never happened, as Xerox is now on a path that somewhat parallels Kodak's.

My point is, now that didn't happen, what the land is worth today. Would an apple processing plant actually spend serious money, just to acquire the land?? Secondly, while the track has enjoyed a somewhat contentious relationship with it's neighbors over the years, it does only operate about 12 weeks a year. I assume the apple processing plant would operate year round, which might not be something the people would want to have close by.

Off Topic Discussion / Something Interesting in the Election Campaign
« on: November 01, 2018, 06:40:08 AM »
It was very recently brought to my attention that in many of the televised campaign ads, the candidates are not mentioning their party affiliation. I suppose that on one hand, they're trying to draw attention to their past accomplishments or future goals. OR, depending on your point of view, they're trying to distance themselves from other members of their political party. Personally, if I were a candidate for public office, I wouldn't want to be associated with Schumer, Gillibrand, Pelosi, Waters, etc, either......

Racing Discussion / Re: He's Got a Ticket to Ride... Maybe...
« on: October 29, 2018, 06:03:58 PM »
Long story short, Truex started at the rear of the field, due to some issue during "tech inspection". He patiently and skillfully worked his way up to second place, and then CLEANLY passed Logano with a couple of laps to go. Logano then "did what he had to do", as they now call it, and dumped Truex, as they entered turn 4, on the final lap. Logano "won", or should I say crossed the finish line first. Truex recovered, but still got nipped to the line by Denny Hamlin.

Logano, in the post race interview, is all beaming, crowing that he's going to Miami. Truex, in his interview said, "He WON'T be the champion, I assure you".....

Personally, I think that Truex should "hire" Matt Kenseth, to administer a little payback.

Racing Discussion / Re: Lancaster possibly closing
« on: October 25, 2018, 06:36:41 PM »
We had a similar scenario at Merrittville circa 10-12 years ago where Pete Bicknell and Randy Williamson stepped up to buy the track knowing that closure would adversely affect their chassis and parts business at BRP. In a similar vein, anyone think perhaps a certain chassis manufacturer near Rochester could do something similar to maintain their customer base?

As we've all witnessed, over the years, the rise and fall of local race tracks. And as race fans, as well as New York Lottery players, many of us probably have considered purchasing Spencer's, or Shangra-La, or even Lancaster, as all of their fate's have been in question, over the years. This is assuming that we won a very large jackpot, such as the $1,600,000,000 (is that enough zeros?) that was recently the winning jackpot.

I fantasized about it a couple of times, over the years, HOWEVER, my rational side kicked in, and here's what I concluded....buying the track is the easy part. After that, you have to run it. In order to do that, you'd need A) 4-5 HONEST people to run the ticket booths; B) a track announcer; C) a scorer, maybe 2; D) a handicapper; E) A race director; F) 2-3 tech inspectors; G) 4-5 people for a track crew; H) 2-3 tow trucks, and crews; I) a flagger; J) 12-14 people to run concessions; K) an electrician; L) some sort of security crew; and probably another 6-8 people I haven't thought of, M) an owner and/or promoter, to generate publicity, as well as oversee all of the previous mentions.

If Pete and Randy took on all of this added responsibility, in an effort to sustain their primary business, I applaud them.

Congrats to all!!

Off Topic Discussion / Mid-term Elections
« on: October 23, 2018, 07:55:27 AM »
I don't want to start any sort of mud-slinging here, so I'll keep it brief.....

Unless I'm dead wrong, it appears that many of the posters here, are a pretty "conservative" bunch, if you know what I mean. Therefore, I'm urging all of you to get out and vote, in the upcoming mid-term elections. The liberals seem to be determined to tear down the long standing traditions of our great country, and unless we vote for representatives that share our values, we could be in trouble for generations to come.

This election, and the 2020 Presidential election, could be the most important elections in our lifetimes. Please, don't sit home, and then later be upset about how things turned out. Do the right thing, and vote!!

Racing Discussion / Re: Spencer, Chemung, and Lancaster
« on: October 23, 2018, 07:48:50 AM »
One thing about today, it is easy to qualify for the feature and finish in the top ten.

Sad, true, and a little humorous, all wrapped up in one sentence!

Off Topic Discussion / Re: It's about damn time...
« on: October 19, 2018, 07:14:20 AM »
And for some stupid and unexplained reason, she has been ordered to pay back "one day's pay".....ONE DAY'S PAY?


On a side note, I don't think that I've ever seen a more arrogant woman than Judge Astacio, except for maybe the infamous Hillary Clinton....

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