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March 13, 2000

Adding My Two Cents - Jane Smith

Jack Smith is right in his article and the truth should
always be told without having to walk on toes to do it.
I have never been to DeSoto Speedway but I have heard
alot about it. And I do know some racers there. And the
sooner track owners realize that the truth is not told to
hurt them but to make them see that it is time to change,
we will all be better off. Jack does not set out to hurt
anyone, none of us do. But when you actually care about
people and this sport, your tongue and fingers sometimes
definitely do the walking.

No track is perfect, that is for sure. But some tracks have
better owners than others, some even care about their
tracks. It should be a law that if you want to own a track,
you have to take care of it and the people who work there
and race there. It is your second family and you do OWE
it. But if you take care of it and run it right, just like in
everyday life and God, you will see rewards in more ways
than just money and your life will be much happier. But
as always, sometimes you just can't see the forrest for the

And maybe the solution to it all is what a friend of mine has
done, build your own dirt track and all the cars for that
track and just go out and race for fun, not money, not
trophys, fun. Because if tracks don't wise up, they
may just find themselves with no cars and no fans and
no profits.

People do care in racing but as in anything, it takes
numbers to change anything. So carers, you are on
notice. Let's try and make racing what it should be
not what it has become.


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