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December 4, 2007

My Hope for 2008

by Jane Smith

It is really a shame that racing has become so negative. No matter what you do or what you try, someone always wants to put it down and make it bad.

What and who have we become?

What happened to a racer will race for nothing just to race? In a world so full of negative things now, why is it when someone offers a fun time, it is not enough??

There are quite a few classes everywhere that race for nothing but a trophy. They don't complain because they know from the start that is all there is in it for them. They just want to race and have some fun. So why is it when someone gives the racers a place to have fun, it is not good enough? Too many divisions, not enough cars but then again, that is the case all the time no matter where you go.

Saturday afternoon at SpeedWorld, fun was the name of the game. You come, you race no matter if there is one car in your class or fifteen. You have fun. You learn. You enjoy yourself. That doesn't sound bad to me but then again, I am not a negative person by any means.

There is enough cut throat racing during the year. You hit me, I am going to get you back. I don't like you because you beat me so just maybe you will find yourself against the wall and maybe I will win. Your car is illegal, it has to be, it beat me and I am the best. Come on now, who really enjoys that.

I have been around this sport now for too many years to count. I have seen the good and the bad from the grandstands and the pits. And I have worked on all sides from the track's side to the writer's side. But hopefully I have never looked on the negative side and always seen the good in everyone and everything in racing.

Yesterday at SpeedWorld, a complete stranger came up to me and thanked me for my writing and all I do for Florida racing. He wasn't sure it was me, the Jane of karnac and the Jane of FASCAR but when I said yes, it was me, he thanked me. That meant more to me because seldom do we get thanked for bringing good to a sport that everyone wants to put down. No matter the situation, the track, the racer, the fan, I have always tried to be positive and hope people see what I see at a track. Because if your heart is not into making this the best it can be, you have no place in the racing world.

My wish for 2008 is that everyone, fan, driver, crew, officials, track workers, everyone, sees the joy I do in this sport. Lifelong friendships are made at these tracks. Extended families are a gift and should be treasured. That we look inside of each other and not judge so harshly. Racing lasts but minutes, friendships can last a lifetime.

Merry Christmas to all!!!!!!

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