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August 14, 2003

Rainy Day Blues

by Jane Smith

Boy, we thought last season was bad for rainouts, this season has been nothing but rainouts. Racing two out of eight weeks, that really sucks for everyone especially when you get to get just alittle taste of speed in hot laps only to have the bottom drop out before heat races.

What do you do when you are rained out?? Well, some go out to dinner and some get together with a few of their rained out friends and some just go home and pout.

Yes, we have a greener Florida and much less fire danger but we don't have that need for speed fulfilled or the companionship of our other family that we also love, our racing family. We don't just go to the track to race but to see each other, to spend time together with friends that we only see at the racetrack.

This year the rain has not only affected asphalt tracks but also the dirt tracks. Even dirt tracks have a hard time running when they are flooded. Maybe the only racing that we can do is mud bogs but even mud bogs can get too wet and all you see is "stuck" trucks. So where do we go??

Well, airboat racing could be the thing for rainy day rainouts. Rain does not affect airboats and the water and mud could only make the racing better. Even swamp buggies would do at this point. Anything that has some speed and thrill will fill the bill for the fans. But drivers, well, that is another story. They need that "behind the wheel" thrill which only comes from their racecars.

Keep the faith family because rainy season won't last forever and sooner or later we will get to race. May be this week or could be a month from now, but we will get to race. In the meantime just remember, we are definitely ALL in the same boat this year.

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