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April 20, 2002

Can Tracks Get Along?

by Sharon Fancher

Florida Short Tracks are being scrutinized against about
the planning of schedules and rules being used. People
are wondering why they can't come to some kind of
compromise. KARNAC as I recollect, set out last year
to try and bring all these tracks together. But
unfortunately, it was short lived.

Why can't tracks work together in a very "BIG" question
nowadays. In reality there shouldn't be a reason why
they couldn't. We are after all just "ONE" big racing
community right?? I've seen so many people literally
begging for tracks to make changes so they can possibly
race elsewhere. Florida racing is somewhat a little
strange to me as I do come from up north.

Rules and scheduling wasn't a problem at our tracks
because the tracks ran basically the same rules and very
seldom was there confusion of scheduling the special
events. We did have certain people who cried "FAVORITISM"
and slso dealt with a few "GRUDGE" matches as I call
them, but there isn't a track around that doesn't
experience this.

But all in all we always had a great time. Track Owners
in the state of Kentucky also weren't afraid of dishing
out fines, suspensions, etc. for what was necessary.
If you didn't pay you couldn't even be a spectator at
the track. So you can bet a lot of pockets emptied quick
as these people thrived on the thrill of racing.

In my opinion these tracks would benefit from making what
I would say to be "Minor" changes. The locals will always
be there, and greed by trying to make it where drivers can
only run their track will cost them more in the long run
than trying to compromise.

I'm around racing basically 24/7. I hear what these racers
would like to see happen. I know of several who haven't
participated at certain area tracks because they would have
to build 2 or 3 cars just to be in line with the rules.

All you have to do is look around when you are at the
tracks now. Fan and driver count is ridiculous, because
of conflict between tracks. This should tell the owners
and operators something.

Racing needs to be brought back to what it once was. A
place for family and friends to enjoy what they have paid
to see.

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