Mini Stock Mayhem
I’m writing you in regards to the new Mini Stock series Schaffer Oil Monster Mini Stock Association we have in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. In less than a month, we have more than 40 drivers committed to racing our full schedule. At this time we a signing races at tracks within 150 miles of Greenville, South Carolina.
We have a 12-race schedule kicking off with Lavonia Speedway in Lavonia, Georgia on March 8. This area is the home of two of the biggest four-cylinder races in the U.S.—the Monster Mash (Harris Speedway) and The World 4 cylinder Nationals at Cherokee Speedway. We also have the top four-cylinder engine builders that sell motors all over the U.S.
Our series is made to help the tracks, not necessarily as a profit to the owners of the series. Most traveling Late Model series ask the tracks for all the entry fees, leaving the tracks to pay the purse. We give the tracks all the entry fees and ask for $10 per car to cover our travel expenses. Our races are a minimum of $1,000 to win, with the Monster Mash paying $5,000. Our champion will get a huge trophy, plus a title belt (like WWE), $1,000, plus contingencies from sponsors Schaffer Oil, Esslinger, Hoosier Tire, and others.
I know you guys do articles on all types of racing. I think it would be nice to see some of the up-and-coming guys and girls in your magazine. Plus it would be good for four-cylinder racing in general—not everyone can own a Late Model. If you’re interested in an article on us or just four-cylinder racing in general, I’d be glad to help with pictures anything you need. Our website is www.monstermsa.com. Thanks for your time.
—Steve Massey; MMSA
Steve, We have seen a couple of new Mini Stock sanctions pop up in the last few years with great success. The market is certainly there. The racing landscape in this country has changed, and the majority of it is economy based. Track and race promoters need to step up and change to find a way to keep the racers and the fans coming back every week. With the Great American Circle Track Tour, we’ve seen some interesting strategies to accomplish this. We’ve seen everything from free admission for spectators, to making the track more kid-friendly, to amending rules so cars fit into classes at different tracks and they run the same cars on different nights.
The long and short of it is we need to find ways to sustain car counts and fan attendance, and it’s not an easy task. It’s going to take people doing it for the love of the sport and the love racing, and not the love of money to turn it around for the long run. Finding ways to have larger payouts like your series is certainly going to attract racers, and that’s a great thing! Hopefully, it turns into a long-running series where both new and seasoned racers can come out and race their four-cylinders in a healthy racing environment with a great crowd to cheer them on!
This young racer has all the right equipment. His gear includes G-Force’s GF525 single pie
I just wanted to drop you a quick note regarding safety from your editorial of February. I raced Late Models and Modifies back in the ’80s-’90s in the northeast, mostly at Thompson, Connecticut. I was lucky and only had one bad crash that left me with a broken foot, cracked ribs, 12 stiches over the eye, and a broken nose. The car was impounded by the DMV and was said to have been built safe—it was just an exceptionally hard hit straight into the wall. Having said that, had I been wearing a head-and-neck restraint, I would have not had the stiches, or broken nose. Anyone racing anything today that doesn’t use one is just plain stupid!
This brings me to the main reason for writing. I moved to North Carolina some years back and still go to many of the local tracks in the area and I can’t believe how many drivers are still out there without gloves, and I’m talking some big buck teams with transporters as big as Cup teams, so I know it’s not a money issue. All you drivers out there, or anyone that knows a driver that doesn’t wear gloves, please get on them hard to wear them! How about in one of your up coming issues you show some photos of drivers hands after a fire, there not pretty. Remember, it’s not easy to pick your nose with your elbow!
Keep up the good work.
—Roy Ethier; Newton NC
Roy, we preach and preach, but a testimony like this is sometimes the only way to get through to racers. People need to listen to the stories from the guys that have been through the bad stuff so they can be better prepared. I can’t speak for anyone else, but fire is not something I ever want to play with! This isn’t the ’40s or ’50s. We have loads of great companies that make incredible, technologically advanced safety gear that is specifically designed to save you in a crash or fire. Use it!
CT’s New SLM
I have been following the series in the magazine on the new Super Late Model for the Kimmels. I had the chance to look at the car at the PRI show, and it’s a great looking car! Whoever been working on it really knows their stuff and it’s a sharp car. It’s almost too bad your have to race it and bang it up.
—Brad Royal; Denton, TX
Brad, first off, thank you for the kind words! The guys at Kimmel Racing thrashed to get the car ready for PRI. The bulk of the build was done in the four days leading up to the show. But that’s just racing!
Secondly, it is a shame it is going to get banged up a bit. On the positive side, we are hoping with the chassis and engine, starting in the back and fighting our way through a field is never going to be an issue. Everyone involved with this project has been amazing to work with and the work is nothing short of top notch. We can’t wait to get it out on track!