Now that was one fine stretch of racing! I ended up taking in 12 nights at 6 tracks during the whole Winternationals/World Series scene. My class was not on anyone’s schedule this year, so I didn’t get to drive a lap. But I made the best of it by being a fan or a crew member.
The best show that no one saw? NeSmith LM at BRP. Night 2 was excellent, but no more than 150 fans were on hand to see it.
Best event? Believe it or not, the Rolex 24 was the most fun I’ve ever had as a fan. That event has atmosphere by the bucket full!
I really enjoyed the World Series at NSS this year. On the 4 nights that I was there, the super LM and Pro LM were consistently good. The car counts were high, the destruction was low, but the traffic and competition made each race memorable. Well done!
I love the tour modified cars, and the fact that there were no start and parkers this year was neat. What will it take to get their car counts higher? They need more traffic.
What did everyone think of the USAC midgets? The fans didn’t seem to respond and the car count didn’t rise above “ok”. I think they sound really cool, and look hard to drive. Yes, they are fast, but they are also slower than the sprints they replaced. I am a sprint car fan, and I hope the TBARA returns to the World Series in 2014.
Prediction for the Battle at the Beach: it will be back, and may include a few tweaks. Maybe the track straights need to be in better proportion with the curves. It will be back with the TV, the prestige, and lots more out of state cars than we would have had otherwise. The key is figuring out a way to get those cars to stay and be involved in the World Series…
I don’t think there is anything wrong with the Gen 6 cars at Daytona. When the drivers decided to get out of line and race to the end, the cars could pass and run side by side. They just have to be driven like its the last 5 laps.
Regrets? I’ve had a few. But then again, too few to mention. For the first time in many years I didn’t get to Volusia at all. The Wednesday and Thursday rain-outs did it, then I had a last minute change of plans on another night. I’m sure they put on some excellent races, as usual, but now it will be dark all year…