A recent question and discussion on Facebook was “what is wrong with short track racing?” Some things still work, but others do not. Care to discuss?
“Something that works” means it has a good car count, draws paying fans, and attracts new participants. It also needs to be viable in 10 years, so a class based on 1971 Monte Carlos would not qualify as viable any more. Sorry to break that sad news.
What is growing? What is working? Lets start a list.
Chumpcar - This is on a strong growth curve. The equipment is readily available, and things can still be done on a budget. The big events and famous venues are super cool too.
drifting - Is this still a thing? I am not a fan, but it is at least viable and could be inexpensive enough to draw new entry level drivers.
street drags - almost as boring as drifting, BUT there are LOTS of new, young participants, drawn from many races and nationalities, and able to use just about any type of vehicle. Yawn…
SCCA - Their car counts have been strong, but is it true they are dropping off? Last time I went to observe at Sebring, most of the teams looked pretty old (like me).
sprints/midgets - Purpose built cars that use no street parts, so they are viable. Cost can be a factor, but rules have a strong impact on that. Lots of bang for the buck!
Legends - I still like this class: they are viable parts wise, flexible enough to run on dirt, pavement or anywhere, they fit in a small garage and are excellent for the weekend hobbyist.
Autocross - Not much of a spectator draw, but is getting increased attention from TV. Go figure that one out.
Rally cross - Combine motocross with enduro/junk stock cars and you have rally cross. This SHOULD be a success, but is it growing?
Pocket bike/pit bike racing - Novel and interesting, I hope this catches on. The costs are low, the challenge is high, and they can run virtually anywhere.
Mud stuff - It is painful to see the number of former racers who now own one of those damn mud dragsters or monster trucks. They don’t float my boat at all, but we can’t ignore their popularity. I guess it is just a big redneck party atmosphere.
Supermotor - It is a combination track: part pavement, part dirt with dirt bikes racing on it. This can be wild, and has a lot of spectator appeal. The equipment is inexpensive, a track can be made anywhere (think part infield, part oval). Is it catching on?
What else works? What type of racing is OVER?