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Racing Discussion / Here we go.....AGAIN!
« on: September 22, 2020, 07:57:27 AM »
Lengthy article in today's edition of the Rochester, NY newspaper, the 'Democrat&Chronicle', outlining yet another group of griping neighbors wanting to curtail/shut down a long standing race track. This time, the target is the Canandaigua, NY dirt track. Although the article didn't come right out and support the track's operation, at least they mentioned that the track had been in operation since the 1950s, and was using a "grandfather clause" to remain in operation.

Racing Discussion / Re: Shag 2
« on: September 17, 2020, 07:03:37 AM »
I am confused,exactly whos girlfriend is a drag racer?

My interpretation of that comment, is that the "interested party" has a girlfriend who is a drag racing enthusiast....but that wouldn't make sense, if Tony Hanbury was on the oval, running laps....unless he, Tony, needed some practice, too!!

Racing Discussion / Re: LAKE ERIE ROC WEEKEND
« on: September 02, 2020, 08:11:22 AM »
RaceNY sure is dead these days.

I agree, but it's kind of tough, when there's no racing going on within the state..........

Racing Discussion / Re: EVERYONE should support this
« on: September 01, 2020, 07:34:21 AM »
I signed the petition....

Racing Discussion / Re: SPENCER SPEEDWAY
« on: August 15, 2020, 07:19:06 AM »
Sadly, I think that this is a preview of most of the motorsports facilities in New York. Unlike the "stick and ballers", short tracks around the state and country aren't owned by millionaires with deep pockets, that enable them to weather a storm, such as what we're engaged in now. Combined with "Commandant Cuomo's" draconian bans on activities, as well as his apparent disdain for motorsports, I think the "death knell" for automobile racing, at least in NY, has been sounded.....

Racing Discussion / Re: My view from turn 4
« on: July 31, 2020, 07:48:27 AM »

A "peaceful protester"??

Sorry, I couldn't help myself..............

"BOZO", do you happen to live within Monroe County? While many of the libraries are closed, as you mentioned, they DO offer "drive up service". You can call ahead, and they'll get the book for you. Also, if a book is within the Monroe County Library System, it can be transferred between libraries within the county, under "normal" circumstances, but I'm not if they're doing that presently.

Good luck with your quest.    I, too, ordered a copy of Lew Boyd's book, and received it a few days ago. So far, I've only skimmed through a couple of chapters, but it looks interesting, and has some good pictures.

Racing Discussion / Genesee Speedway "busted"
« on: July 28, 2020, 07:33:59 AM »
A list of bars/restaurants in the Rochester area, was posted in today's (07/28) Democrat&Chronicle newspaper, citing various infractions of the state's Covid-19 restrictions, with respect to their operating procedures. Genesee Speedway, in Batavia was also listed as one of the violators, but none of these violations were specifically spelled out, at any of the establishments. A generalization of "patrons not socially distant" was mentioned, however.....

At the risk of sounding naive, is the valve spring rule designed to keep the engines below a certain RPM range?

ROC legal valve springs are not legal at Chemung?  Now that's intelligent.

They're regulating valve springs?? What is this, NASCAR Monster Cup racing?

I certainly hope so!! if there were cars going at full speed and some DUMD ***** did that. its like trying to kill someone!!!

I agree!!

WAY back when, that happened a couple of times at Spencer's, but it was most definitely accidental. That old generator that they had, set up in the old Dodge milk truck, in the center of the infield, would get a little "cranky" at times....

Did they get to race and if so who won?I know the New York Super Stocks were supposed to be there.I would also like to mention that all of this infighting on this site should stop and all racers be it drivers ,fans,promoters,etc band together for the good of the sport.

"BOZO", it's not infighting, it's discussion. Unfortunately, the "supposed experts" can't seem to come to a unanimous conclusion, which most certainly leaves the general public hanging in the breeze. Furthermore, it's not just for the good of the sport, that the situation gets resolved, it's for the good of the United States, as well as the rest of the world....

As we all know, there is still a lot of Covid Deaths going on in OUR COUNTRY & the rest of the world. Strong 
 Racers & Fans, We have to HELP STOP the Spread and Think about the Big Picture for now!

"countrydave", there is more than a single viewpoint, when discussing the "big picture". Let me offer a few..........

A) the financial survival of the racetracks, meaning their promoters and staff members. Think along the lines of restaurants, travel agencies and the "corner grocery store", too. They are all "small businesses" that don't necessarily have deep enough pockets to survive, without their usual income stream;

B) the racers themselves. Some actually support themselves with their winnings. No winnings, no income;

C) the parts and tire suppliers. They depend on being able to sell their goods and services, to generate income. AND I'm pretty sure that many of these businesses spent money to bring in inventory for the 2020 season. That inventory has been paid for, and is now sitting;

D) the logistics of most race tracks. Obviously, they are outdoor venues, with plenty of air circulation. Furthermore, most tracks, these days, don't "pack them in" like they used to, in the 60s and 70s. I went to the 3 ROC modified shows at Spencer, last year, and although a majority of the fans were seated between the start line and turn 1, if necessary, people could have EASILY spread out much further, and maintained some distance between each other, and still there would have been some room in the stands;

E) the overhead, even without operating. Race tracks in NY, at best, could get in 10-12 shows. But the track sits there 52 weeks, accruing taxes, etc. Same with the other businesses I mentioned, as they have rent and utilities, etc.

If this crap continues much longer, too many businesses will simply run out of money, and NEVER re-open. Which means hundreds of thousands more people will become unemployed, unable to support themselves.


Sadly, I think this "Kung-flu" fiasco is going to sound the death knell for many of New York's motorsports tracks....

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