Gimmick rules are another topic I hear from time to time. Things like the "tap out" rule. Back in the eastern states they use the same rule we use of "all cars involved in an incident go to the back," but they also allow a driver to admit fault by tapping his roof above his window (tapping out) and allow the other driver to remain in his spot. This builds a level of respect between drivers and adds some accountability. Will every driver be so honest? No, probably not. But I think the end result is something the fans can enjoy watching and cheering for.

Cone restarts are another gimmick rule. The cone restart should be implemented at all tracks. It adds another dynamic to the race and can change the outcome of a race in a matter of seconds. This type of excitement is exactly what the fans come to see. Some drivers don’t like the cone restarts because they feel double file restarts tear up cars. Again, make them learn how to drive cleaner. The excitement for the fans is paramount.

I could go on and on with ideas that I feel will help Late Model racing in the Northwest. In the end, I think what I’ve outlined is more the start of a conversation than an ending. I’m also sure there are plenty of people out there who have more great ideas about how we can change things for the better.

Maybe they don’t voice their opinions because they don’t know where or how or to whom. Maybe this will be the start of that conversation and provide them with a means to build on the things I’ve outlined.

The challenge for you, the promoter, is to listen to these ideas and improve your product. In the end it should benefit everyone involved.

About the Author
"Terrible" Tim McDougald is the driver of the #68 HayWire Racing/KMB Design/Print-Northwest/Cornwell Tools/Ringers Gloves Toyota Camry in the Whelen All-American Late Model series at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington. When Tim isn’t driving the car, he helps the family owned team on the pit crew of the two-car team. Tim also handles the spotter duties for his brother, Tommy Rasmussen who drives the #92 RPM Sales & Service/Vital Signs/Dan’s Automotive/Mauritsen Enterprises Pontiac Grand Prix racing in the Whelen All-American Series at Evergreen Speedway. Tim is the HayWire Racing team’s website editor and Media Relations Director handling all team PR, media obligations, and sponsor relations.