That might not sound like much, but it’s huge. It gets more exposure for the team and sponsors, it is exciting for the fans, and it helps move the program along because the next race can get underway more quickly. No one benefits when the program runs long and the racers and fans get home very late.

The next item of interest is a lane stripe Wayne painted on the track. When two cars are racing two wide, there is a potential for one getting into the other, either the outside car coming down to block or the inside car moving up and into the outside car. What Wayne has done is painted a lane stripe to divide the natural lanes where the cars would run at speed side-by-side. It’s not one of those stripes that divides the track into equal segments and where the cars can’t follow it, this one is precisely placed along the racing groove and it works.

It took him several tries to get it in the right place, but from watching the races that night, he did get it right. The line runs exactly between the lanes where two cars would run if racing side by side for position.

The rule is, if you cross the line and someone gets spun, then you go to the back and the other driver keeps his position. It’s as simple as that. This line provides a visual reference to all of the drivers and I believe it teaches the newer drivers how to run a side-by-side race cleanly. And, it gives the track officials a way to monitor behavior.

The track itself is a perfect length track, not too long and not too short. There is a large, paved infield that is currently not being used that Wayne might convert to a smaller track to attract Quarter Midgets and other small-car classes. The track has a very nice kid’s area, a must for every track, and the fans are allowed into the pits after the show.

I find it interesting when someone who has not been a track promoter, and actually sat on the opposite side of the fence literally, goes about organizing and running the track like he used to imagine it should be run all along.

One car racing in the Sportsman class really stood out. I talked about it last month in my “Track Tech Q&A” column, but it bears repeating. This car was a stock clip Buick frame car underneath, but the team had installed a late-model Mustang body on it and it looked fantastic. I really thought for a while that they had converted a late-model car to this class. The body was perfect and looked like a street car. This is what we have been saying for some time now, the cars that race need to look like the cars on the street. Since then, I have seen a few more of these converts, but we need more.

The Dells is a showcase and the new owner has plans for more improvements as well as creating a new, low cost class of fabricated Late Model type of cars. But Wayne is still putting that together and when it is introduced, we will do a feature article on the class and car.

From what he told me about how it would go together, I think it might just be a winner. And if we could get Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger bodies on those chassis, all the better. We’ll work on that too.

Our next race “weekend” is a four race run from Thursday till Sunday making up four of the nine racetracks we will visit in Wisconsin. We’ll be reporting on State Park Speedway and Madison Speedway in the next issue and both have a story to tell as well. Stay tuned.

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