More of Why Racing Is In Decline
I'm glad to see someone finally figured it out. We race in a small community where there are a lot of other things to do for fun. No one wants to pay to watch the same person win by a mile. However, people will cheer for that very person when he or she is coming down the finish line three wide.
I blame the promoter for this—he/she should be aware of what is going on with his/her people. If you're going to bend the rules for one then why have any rules at all? At the same time, the promoter must stand by the decision his/her techs make when someone is caught cheating.
We have fines for drivers who cheat, why not for techs and promoters who look the other way? Have the people who sanction that track make unannounced visits to see how things are done. There are all kinds of cheaters in our world today. I don't know about other tracks but ours seems a little too hometown, and that keeps drivers from surrounding areas from wanting to come and play.
Promoters need to understand local boys can't support a track by themselves. This is what is killing racing, I feel. Even in the depression era people had money for recreation, look at horse racing in that era.
Well said. There is a wide line between hard work and innovation causing winning and cheating. We all appreciate a winner who honestly defeats his/her opponents. We have no respect for those who cheat to get there. If we're sure a winning team is legal, we can all cheer for it each week, no matter the margin of the win.
And Then There's This One
In my opinion, cheaters and big money guys who buy results are the reason why the car counts are so low. Where we live, the oil fields are the economy, and they're booming. The car counts are good here and the fans pack the stands.
We have been a racing family for going on four generations. My grandfather raced, my dad raced, I raced when I was a kid. I raced when my kids were small and then again when my son reached high school. We raced as a family. From the beginning, the track here was lax in how it inspected and in who was inspected. The obvious cheats were mostly up front and on the tech pad, but they didn't get disqualified if the track considered them the favorites. This was one of the reasons that we quit the first time.
The track was sold just before my son and I started back into racing. I thought it would be better and they swore that it would be fair. No matter what, the tech would be the same for all. When my son and I started out we were out in the garage every night and weekends building our own car—no help, no sponsors, just for fun. For the first year we were on the tech pad most every weekend (in the Top 4), and the rules were being followed because they were being enforced for the most part. It didn't last long. They effectively changed the rules, not by the book but by what guys were allowed to get away with.
One of our greatest joys was being on that tech pad most weekends and knowing that we were completely legal. We wanted to teach and prove to our son that it could be done without cheating. We left the track and racing because we were no longer competitive. We couldn't keep up with what the track was allowing the others to do and we didn't want to be cheaters just to win.
We're rejoicing that there are others out there who feel and think the same way we do about the sport. We love everything about racing, just not those who cheat at it.
James and Angela Perry
James and Angela,
I sure hope our readers take this letter to heart and show it to the management at their local tracks. This scenario could be playing out across the country, and in some cases, is.
If you cater to only five teams out of 20, in a few years you'll only have five teams racing. If you make it fair and tech the way it should be done, then in a few years you might see 25 teams. That's how it works.
This family won't be back to racing. Sadly, more and more teams and families will be making the same choice. It's not necessarily the economy or spending restrictions that hurt racing, it's the non-enforcement of rules and the generation of excessive rules that are hurting our sport.