As has been discussed at length, there is a three way deal between a track, the car owners, and the fans. And much has been discussed about who “should” do what.
Here is my latest take:
In the last few years it seems like a new trend has been taking place. Everything looks like a light late model field.
The cars are fast. And stuck. And there are a limited number of them.
The “sideways” is gone, and the packs are gone. Not always, but more and more. Everyone is hooked to the track, and either Car “A” is slightly faster or Car “B” is. The field settles out in that order, and…around and around they go.
If two or more cars are close, around and around they go, a few feet apart.
And the car count is down. Six or eight cars wheeling around are just not going to get it, imo. For that matter, NASCAR and a field of 40 doing the same is pretty boring.
How many times have you seen a field of mods run like the Showtime Eddie Braun race of five years ago recently?
And the Street Stocks are looking more like Sportsman every day, and the Sportsman cars are looking more like late models in the style of racing they produce every day.
Do we think this is sustainable? Do we think car owners really are enjoying spending more jack all the time to follow someone else?
Folks are going to come out for that indefinitely–even are bargain gate rates?
Eventually, to throw a decent weekly show it will be tough for a track to break even. How long will that last?
So…what to do?
I do not have “the” answer. Others are owners, chassis and engine tuners, tech men, and on and on.
But some of them are fine tuning existing rules, and some are trying to beat existing rules. Who is looking at the Big Picture?
As I see it, a lot could be accomplished with a big old right front spring.
And simple rear suspension technology, perhaps mid 70’s A-body four link specs, with no tricks.
Hard tires that last a long time.
And 602 spec engine rules. Build it if you like, but it has to meet those same approximate specs.
In short, I think that full fields with side by side racing should be the end game. If the rules–whatever they are–are not producing that, somewhere things need to be re-thought.
Share your thoughts or harpoon mine, your choice.