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Racing Discussion / Re: My 2 cents
« on: June 27, 2011, 12:17:47 PM »
Been reading this thread off and on with much interest, nice to see some really good points and discussion, kudos to all of you...

Here's one thing that somebody pointed out that may not have been addressed as a potential solution to one of the problems, that being interest from the Gen X/Y age group...look at what an asphalt modified is: a carb equipped, rear wheel drive car with an engine that has extensive machining work internally to make horsepower...that doesn't really look like anything that's parked in the parking lot at the track...look at what's in the parking lot at the track, and what these kids are aspiring to have:  tricked out front wheel drive 4/6 cylinder cars with body kits, wings, etc that are fuel injected and get their horsepower from bolt-on ads and hi-perf chips.

I'm not saying that asphalt mods need to morph into replicas of tuner cars, but finding the common ground between the two types of cars, and what pushes the 'hot' buttons of that age group, will go a long way towards finding out how to get them off their duffs, away from the computer screen, and out to the local paved track to see a modified show...anybody ever thought of doing an asphalt mod video game a la the dearth of NASCAR/dirt/F1 games out there?  Give 'em the feel of driving something with a completely different look and feel and it might hook 'em, you never know.

There's one other elephant in the room that needs to be addressed, and that's the quality of racing at an asphalt mod event.  Far too often, asphalt mod racing has the stigma or stereotype of being a 'freight train', where a bunch of fast cars race around, but nobody can pass unless they've got a strong constitution and a stronger front bumper.  Having 20 cars with 10k motors or 10 cars with 50k motors matters little if there's no passing, no racing for the lead/position, and no general excitement on track, and while I don't believe in stereotypes and I've seen my share of asphalt mod races with plenty of passing and action, that stereotype evolved because more often than not, you wind up with freight train racing with little overtaking and not much to talk about.

It's not just the cars and promoters...you also need to fix the marketing of the product, and the quality of that product.  Just my opinion...

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Maybe Lewis will bring Nichole...wait, did they break up?...ah well, never mind...see you all there...

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Racing Discussion / Re: My BADDD!!!
« on: June 10, 2011, 06:11:13 AM »
What Oldguy said.

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Racing Discussion / Re: Looking for announcing help for a friend...
« on: June 02, 2011, 06:32:36 AM »
ttt

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Racing Discussion / Looking for announcing help for a friend...
« on: May 31, 2011, 06:39:24 AM »
Hey all...a friend of mine is looking for someone reliable to announce his Saturday karting events at Frozen Ocean.  This might be a good opportunity for someone who wants to get their feet wet to start a career, or for someone who just wants to work in a fun environment on a Saturday night.

Please contact me via email at drwho941@yahoo.com if you are interested or would like more info.

Thanks in advance!
Paul Szmal
Morning Show Host, WFLK/K101.7FM
Announcer, Canandaigua Motorsports Park

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Oh man...sorry to hear about this...it's always a pleasure to listen to Al spin some of his fabulous tales...get well soon, bud, we're all thinking of you!!

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Racing Discussion / Re: NHRA...a lill bit Modified
« on: April 21, 2011, 06:49:06 AM »
Ditto, Oilman...had the chance to go to final eliminations at the US Nationals a couple of years back...if you've never experienced an NHRA event, I strongly encourage you to go check one out, it's pretty amazing!

On that note, a day at the local drag strip is a nice addition to your racing menu if you get the chance...we're lucky that we have a few choices for that around here!

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Bubba knows his racing...in addition to running his own car, he's been fielding cars for his son, running the USAC .25 Midget Series around the country.  Best of luck to him...running a track is not an easy venture!

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Racing Discussion / Re: No longer able to BYOB to Shangri-la 2??!!
« on: April 12, 2011, 11:04:28 AM »
Like I said, I'm not defending or condemning SL2 for their proposed policy...rather, I'm trying to make a point about the bigger picture.  A colleague in the radio business introduces his weekly radio program with a speech that contains the following quotes:

"Who struts and frets his hour upon the stage and is heard no more...it is a tale told by an *****, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

And here's how this quote relates to the situation...it's easy for any and all of us to pop on a message board and trash drivers/teams/tracks/sanctions...sure, you have a right to do so, but how is this really going to make a difference or change anything?  Rather than stomping your feet and using the 'well, if I can't play the way I want to, I'm not going to play in this sandbox' mentality, it might be better served to let those making the decisions know in a CONSTRUCTIVE, TACTFUL manner that you feel the policies are misplaced, and offer some suggestions that might best serve all parties involved...otherwise, it's sound and fury with nothing backing it up.

Ask questions.  Get answers.  Take a leading role in making our sport thrive, because if you don't, it won't survive...regardless of what type of racing you like or where you go to watch it.

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Racing Discussion / Re: No longer able to BYOB to Shangri-la 2??!!
« on: April 12, 2011, 06:50:09 AM »
Wow, hope SL2 has Kevlar vests to wear, they're takin' a lot of bullets here...

Not to defend or condemn anyone in particular, but think about it...you, as a promoter, want to maximize your profit, and the best profit margin you have is on food and merchandise (far more than ticket sales)...watching people bring in their own food and beverage is cutting into that profit margin...that's why most tracks in this day and age have a no alcohol/food and/or 6 pack cooler limit in effect.

I personally don't have a problem with this, provided that the food and beverage costs are reasonable.  I did a snowmobile hillclimb at a ski hill recently where we had an awards party after the event at the lodge...12 oz draft beers were $4.50 and my tab for 2 beers, 2 sodas, a cheeseburger, and fries was over $25...now THAT'S a bit much.

I won't comment on SL2's policies because I'm not a regular there and it's really not my place to point a finger and say 'this is wrong' or 'this is right'...I can understand people being upset by a track's actions/policies, but it's also important to think about the REASON behind something before jumping on a message board and firing off shots.

Here's a question related to SL2 and the posts here of late:  Anybody bothered to call/email the track and discuss any of this?  Ask questions??  Get answers???  Offer CONSTRUCTIVE criticism or suggestions for ways to make things better????

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Racing Discussion / Re: New Dirt Track in Watkins Glen Area
« on: March 15, 2011, 10:34:20 AM »
Hey all...just to confirm what was in an earlier post in this thread, Jason (operator of Champion Speedway in Owego) has purchased the Seneca Grand Prix facility and will be installing a speedway motorcycle track there, with hopes of being up and running with speedway racing sometime this year.

If you'd like to find out more about the facility, there's a photo album on Jason's Facebook page...

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Racing Discussion / Looking for Daytona 500 parties
« on: February 14, 2011, 09:48:31 AM »
Open call to anyone having a Daytona 500 party in the Finger Lakes region...our station (K101.7) would like to pay you a visit on Sunday!  Go to the K101.7 Facebook page and let us know when and where the party is!

Thanks!

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