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Racing Discussion / Re: NASCAR Opinion
« on: October 14, 2019, 10:46:03 AM »
A big ask IMO...while it may break it away from the NFL/NCAA, it would put them against the NHL/'s a saturated sports market...and while it's not technically a 'sport', pro wrestling now features in prime time on cable and over the air networks on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday...and there's some serious audience share between the two.

One would also have to consider the logistics...many over the wall pit crew guys have regular jobs and it's far easier for them to get to the track over a weekend vs. midweek.

I'd say cut the distances, the number of races, and wrap it up by mid to end of September.  I also don't think the 'doubleheader' weekend concept will work at all, IndyCar tried it and dropped it like a hot potato on bare hands...and while previous generations of Cup drivers could easily handle 2-4 races a week, the newer more coddled generation of driver will whine and moan loud and long.

Racing Discussion / Re: 2020
« on: September 11, 2019, 11:06:40 AM »
I think social media is an important tool that, if utilized effectively and with a proper strategic plan, can pay positive dividends.  Unfortunately, you can't control it completely.

I can forsee special event schedules for Holland/Lancaster as being the chosen route and would hope that the same would continue for Spencer...I really enjoyed working the shows that I did there, the atmosphere and racing were fantastic!

I think we've reached a 'shakeout' period where only a handful of operations can succeed with an old-school style weekly program...

Regardless of schedule, diversifying your platform is essential...that means doing motorsports-related things (like crash a rama style events, monster trucks, etc) as well as things that, while not necessarily competitive-based, will draw new audiences to a venue where they can be exposed to the racing elements in an attempt to cross over customers.

Racing Discussion / Freedom features moved to Saturday afternoon
« on: September 06, 2019, 11:17:10 PM »
Due to an area power outage, the remainder of Friday night's program could not be completed.  We apologize for the situation.  The remaining features from the Friday night of Fall Classic weekend will be completed Saturday, September 7th at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets and pit wristbands from Friday night WILL be honored for admission for the remaining features.  The pits and grandstands will then be cleared, and Saturday's evening program will race as scheduled.

Racing Discussion / Re: Fulton
« on: July 18, 2019, 09:44:41 AM »
I remember that orange Ford Torino #12 from back in the day...:)

Racing Discussion / Skyline Raceway July 14th-karts and more
« on: July 08, 2019, 09:52:41 AM »
Sunday, July 14th
Skyline Raceway LLC-Blodgett Mills, NY (south of Cortland)
1/10 mile paperclip flat clay oval

Clone Light/Heavy/Super Heavy, Rookie Red, JR1, JR2, JR3 (Starlite Speedway rules and weights)

HURRICANES (per Starlite Speedway rules)

Registration Opens at 9am
Hot Laps at 11am racing to follow

For details please call (607) 657-8222

For those of you who may have run a previous event at Skyline (and for those that haven't), the track is back in the hands of the original owners, the Payne family. The previous kart track was wiped out and a new track constructed that sits entirely in the infield of the 3/8 mile stock car track (they do not share a common frontstretch). This is their first attempt at doing this type of event, but they have some experienced people helping them get going. It's not a series-type's not high paying...but if you're looking for a new track to try where you can enjoy racing without a lot of stress and pressure, this would be the place!

You can find the track easily via Google maps or GPS or search for 'Skyline Raceway LLC' on Facebook.

Racing Discussion / Re: SPENCER SPEEDWAY
« on: June 06, 2019, 09:08:13 AM »
Believe it or not, last Friday was the first show I've worked at Spencer in a 33-year career and I really enjoyed it!  Dave and I have worked together before and had a blast...I'll be back to sit in with Joe Marotta on the 28th, looking forward to it!

Racing Discussion / Re: Tribute to Don Pratt Memorial
« on: May 31, 2019, 01:27:01 PM »
See you all out there tonite...I'm battling cleanup.

Racing Discussion / Freedom cancelled 5-10
« on: May 10, 2019, 09:23:06 AM »
Too wet (a common but unpopular theme this year!) so we'll try again next Friday, May 17th...season opener with Super Late Models, DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Bandits.  Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. presented by JRM Equipment and R.G. Mason Auction.

Racing Discussion / Re: 2020 NASCAR SCHEDULE -- WOW
« on: March 29, 2019, 12:24:27 PM »
Seems from a travel standpoint it would have been better to put the spring Texas race after ISM and then go to Atlanta/Miami/Bristol.

Charlotte/Kansas/Michigan/Sonoma could have been routed a bit better as well.

Racing Discussion / Re: Hillside Buffalo Code of Conduct
« on: February 26, 2019, 10:51:24 AM »
Anybody can complain, gripe, fume, or vent.

Some can make constructive arguments with well thought out points.

Some can listen and engage in intelligent conversation.

It all means nothing if no actions are taken.

So I ask, where do you fall among the above?

Racing Discussion / Re: He's Got a Ticket to Ride... Maybe...
« on: October 31, 2018, 04:03:35 PM »
Debating whether it was right/wrong seems to be irrelevant, because NASCAR has the final say and said/did nothing.  Not sportsmanlike for sure, though, especially if you live by the 'race how you want to be raced' mantra.  Not much honor among racers at the Cup level nowadays.

Dale drove people dirty, but for some reason (maybe charisma, maybe the historically rose colored glasses) we were willing to accept it more from him and far less from today's crop of drivers who whine better than their engines do.

Racing Discussion / Re: Hillside Buffalo
« on: October 16, 2018, 10:45:50 AM »

It was not the best move of track management to choose not to return repeated calls, texts, or emails regarding the situation.  I normally don't condone discussing business dealings in a public forum, but I am a for-hire professional who 99% of the time makes an agreement with a group (big or small) and it's honored with respect and integrity.  Unfortunately, this is not one of those cases, and I will not affiliate myself with a facility that conducts its business with me in this manner.  I won't say anything about the facility and its management except for this case, because it directly involves me...I do not, nor will I, spread second-and-third-hand information that may/may not be's not my place.  I hope the competitors enjoy this weekend's banquet and have a successful 2019 at the track, as well as the staff that I worked with, who were all fantastic quarrel is not with them.

Racing Discussion / Hillside Buffalo
« on: October 15, 2018, 01:47:31 PM »
Due to non-payment for services rendered and no communication from management to resolve the matter, I am ending any and all affiliation with Hillside Buffalo effective immediately.  Any questions or concerns regarding the track should be directed to management.  Thank you.

Racing Discussion / Re: There's still racing this season!
« on: October 11, 2018, 10:13:58 AM »
Add Utica-Rome to the list with Sportsman/Pro Stocks and Monster Trucks on Oct. 27th...same day, Adirondack is doing a couple of Enduros and a train race.

Racing Discussion / Re: It seems odd to me...
« on: September 27, 2018, 09:26:30 AM »
The Paynes were hoping to get off the ground before the end of the season but I think there was too much work to be done...I"m expecting them to hit the ground running in 2019 while they look for someone to lease/buy the facility.

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