It's attention to details like this that makes or breaks a track. But history and clean air alone can't make any facility successful forever. At some point in time, money must be spent on renovations and upkeep. I would have moved the flag stand to the center of the front straight for no other reason than to allow the spectators to be able to see who won. As it is, the left side of the stands can't tell who crosses the finish line first because it is so far down the track.

The racing is very fast here and unfortunately one lane. One slogan for this track states that, "Where Three Wide Is A Given." What we saw was a fast top groove and no chance for any of the cars to pass down under without losing speed and not being able to complete the pass. After the first couple of laps, the field was frozen and there was no change in the order.

Seth spoke about plans to change and lower the banking angle as a way to slow the speeds and increase the ability to pass. We agree that would be a great way to make the racing more exciting and provide opportunities to drivers who, for whatever reason, end up having to start at the rear, but are fast enough to win. And as we will see with our next track, renovations don't necessarily have to break the bank.

Dillon Motor Speedway
We were scheduled to visit Anderson Motor Speedway on our swing through South Carolina for a Friday night race the week after Cherokee, but that race was rained out. We had arrived at the track at 3:30 p.m. and not a soul was there. The next day we traveled down to Dillon, South Carolina, to the race at Dillon Motor Speedway, an ASA Member track. Ron Barfield and family took over this track only four years ago.

Dillon was established in 1964, and then abandoned around 1998. Ron and his gang purchased it in 2006. They did a complete overhaul and it's now a wonderful example of what a short track should be.

Ron told me that when they bought the track, it was completely overgrown and they even had to remove trees from the infield. In the process of doing all of that, he decided it would be a good idea to cut the elevation of the infield by around 4 to 5 feet. This makes the view from the grandstands better and the fans are able to see all of the action down the back straight.

Ron had run a trucking business before buying the track and had saved up damaged siding and roofing material that had been discarded from some of the loads he carried. When it came time to erect the various buildings that would be needed in the infield, he utilized those materials and saved a ton of money. The units look great, like they were built from new materials.

The timing and scoring sign was another secondhand purchase but again looks like new. The light poles were obtained in the same manner and do the job quite well. All in all, Ron spent a lot less money than would have been required if someone had come in there and purchased all of the amenities new. The key to profitability is to keep a low cost of construction so the note on the property is low or non-existent. Then you need to maintain the property in first-class condition. That way, the fans enjoy coming to visit a clean and well laid out facility and the racers appreciate having a nice place to race. And this track is a racy one. There was plenty of action with passing and fighting for position. As is always true on these types of tracks, the better setup was the one that was more consistent and ended up winning in each class.

What Next
To complete our 2010 AMSOIL Great American Circle Track Tour, we will be traveling around the westerly portion of the Southeastern U.S., making our way up through Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama and winding up at Rockingham Speedway for the season finale of the ARCA series.

We'll take in Eldora for the World 100 Dirt Late Model cars, the Topless 100 in Batesville, Akansas, the USAC Sprint and Midget show at Salem, Indianna, as well as action at many more racetracks across this rich racing region. We will continue to study how each track is run, what the racers are doing, and the general health of our sport within this region. And we will report all of that back to you. Stay tuned.

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