I spoke with USARacing's Larry Camp, the managing partner of the series, and the group that purchased this series is continuing to build it from near extinction into a strong representation for what short track racers can aspire to become. After all, these cars are as close as you can get to what is run in Sprint Cup or ARCA.

With the TV coverage and the ability to run a variety of tracks including the mile-long Rockingham Speedway, drivers and teams who desire to go further find this a very good stepping stone. Not only do the driver and crew chief build confidence and experience, but they also gain knowledge of public speaking through interviews, online promotions, and other media coverage.

As a side note, we were supposed to visit Winchester Speedway on this leg of the Tour, but unfortunately, we got rained out. This was to be our first dirt track of the Tour with many more coming during the second half of the 2010 Tour including the famed Eldora Speedway and the World 100 race.

Analysis What we are continuing to see on this tour are the practices of combining classes, combining engine rules, introducing what used to be considered "lower class" cars running motorcycle engines, and the drivers are getting younger and younger.

Do these trends appear to be favorable to the fans and will they save the sport? Only time will tell. But for now, it all seems to be working out. I usually sit in the stands for the races because I want a fan's eye view, first of all. And secondly, I can gauge the crowd's reaction to, say, a Legends car race or a Mini-cup race. I'm interested in how the changes that are going on affect the success of the front gate attendance.

Sure, racers are racers and racing is racing-from karts to Cup. How many of us have had a good measure of thrill beating our buddies on a commercial go-kart track in an amusement park? I know I have. It's no different to the driver and teams who run the various classes, but we need to be considerate of the families who attend.

And maybe these trends attract more youngsters who see drivers their age competing on a big track against, sometimes, much older drivers. If the tracks we have visited so far are any indication, something is drawing the younger generation, because there is definitely an influx of youth in short track racing today. That is healthy for the sport by all indications.

What's Next? In our next installment we visit Bowman Gray Stadium and Carolina Speedway, our first dirt venue on the Tour. With us not able to visit Winchester, we are excited about looking into how dirt racing is going and what trends and adjustments are taking place on the dusty side of short track racing.

There are some very interesting things to report in the next issue of CT, so stay tuned. Our major sponsor, AMSOIL, has been great and the reception we get from the tracks, fans, and racers to its products has continued to amaze me. The fact is, AMSOIL is out there big time and the users and distributors are very passionate about the product.

It's high time the stock car racing community was made aware of this unique product that boasts being the very first synthetic oil to come to market. And the nice thing about the company is that it has always supported racing in various forms with a complete line of products specially formulated for racing engines. Now, fortunately, we are able to spread the word about AMSOIL.

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