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  • GLSS racing at... Beckley WV?

    So, last year they ran quite a few cosanctioned NRA races down in OH and when they initially released their schedule for 2018 they ran all but 2 races in MI (Plymouth speedway in Indiana for both). Recently they released that they will be racing at Beckley Motorsports Park in West Virginia and I've gotta say I just plain out do not understand that. Firstly, their are no other 360's to join in the race down there. Secondly, from Detroit, MI it is a SEVEN HOUR drive. No offense but even if I was following for points there is no way I would be traveling seven hours. Thirdly, the OVSCA hosted an event at Beckley WV on a one off event as Lizard Creek rained out before travellng occured. There were 8 cars. If southern OH drivers aren't willing to drive there why in the world would people so far away do it? I don't get it. That is all. Hope they get in a good show but I highly doubt many will make the trip.

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    I went to run a Friday nite show @ beckley many years ago, maybe late 80's?? It was $4K to win. It rained out and the promotor decided to run the show the following day. It was not announced in print and this was pre internet. My logic then was that the only ones who knew about the change were those that were there Friday and he'd end up cancelling Saturday due to lack of cars/fans. I left to go run atomic. ....he ended up running Saturday with 4 cars and far as I know he paid the purse. Seems I remember Danny smith won it.

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    • #3
      This is one of those things that everybody want to make their little series bigger than what he should be, needs to be, etc... everybody wants to be the next WoO, All-Stars, etc... we have seen it in Ohio way to much the past couple of years where series went from two local tracks to benefit the local racers to trying to run all over Ohio on "off weekends" and parts of PA. We have seen a series that was based at one track and then tried to explore northern Ohio to then go out of business or later bought by somebody else.

      GT ... as you stated it makes no sense to make these guys drive that far for a one day show, but on their web-site they are making it a fun, family activity that all the teams, drivers, and family wanted to do by going to a new event every year, but couldn't pick say Lima who runs 360's or a couple of other tracks in Ohio that would be less than half of that drive? The only one that might make money that weekend might be the winner because of what their purse is along with the amount just to start the race will be less than traveling to this event one-way.

      Good luck to them ... let's hope they don't have about 3-4 trailer issues on the way down there or that might be a good excuse to tell the series when they cross the Michigan border that we have trailer issues and won't be able to make it this year.

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      • #4
        Well that's a neat Idea to sort of have a vacation to a new event each year. They ran both Lima, Waynesfield, Attica, and maybe Fremont last year so if they wanted a new track really couldn't do that. Think it would be neat for them to co-sanction a race with NRA at Baer Field's dirt track. Not too awful far from both groups and would be a good race on a short track I'd think.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by GTigers55 View Post
          Well that's a neat Idea to sort of have a vacation to a new event each year. They ran both Lima, Waynesfield, Attica, and maybe Fremont last year so if they wanted a new track really couldn't do that. Think it would be neat for them to co-sanction a race with NRA at Baer Field's dirt track. Not too awful far from both groups and would be a good race on a short track I'd think.
          I could maybe understand it if it was a 2-day show some place, but not one day. Sounds like they are using the "new track" just to make it look good ... like they couldn't find another track within 250 miles so they had to go to one that is roughly 430 miles from Detroit and 7 hours away and likely for a lot of these Michigan followers a lot longer than that distance since most live on the western side of the state and a little further north some of them.

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          • #6
            Although I'm skeptical that many teams from Michigan will go I do believe GLSS will do everything they can to make it work. I feel like GLsS is a pretty tight nit group. My guess would be he talked to some of the teams. In the past I believe he offers insentives for trips. Whether it be money or a free place to stay. It sounded from the press release they aren't trying to expand traveling but do 1 trip a year.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MIRacing View Post
              Although I'm skeptical that many teams from Michigan will go I do believe GLSS will do everything they can to make it work. I feel like GLsS is a pretty tight nit group. My guess would be he talked to some of the teams. In the past I believe he offers insentives for trips. Whether it be money or a free place to stay. It sounded from the press release they aren't trying to expand traveling but do 1 trip a year.
              Good points ... just seems like a long way to go to race a 360 for one night and 300 to start the feature.

              Going from their home base of Merrill, Michigan ... it is 513 miles... by car is roughly 8 hours, 53 minutes ... again seems like a long trip for a 360 race that is a 1 day event. That means most teams have to leave Friday night and stay some place or get up very early Saturday morning and try and make it there by 4:00pm when most tracks open the pit gates.

              Understand they can only go where they are wanted as well so maybe some tracks turned them down and this might be way they had to go this far, but seems unlikely.

              Does WV or southern Ohio even have many 360's in the area? Realize they might be hoping or thinking a lot of the NRA guys will go down there since they aren't racing that weekend or at Lima, but wonder if they will especially coming off a 5 day races possibly in a row for their own speedweek shows going from June 29th through July 3rd?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ErocWolverine View Post

                Good points ... just seems like a long way to go to race a 360 for one night and 300 to start the feature.

                Going from their home base of Merrill, Michigan ... it is 513 miles... by car is roughly 8 hours, 53 minutes ... again seems like a long trip for a 360 race that is a 1 day event. That means most teams have to leave Friday night and stay some place or get up very early Saturday morning and try and make it there by 4:00pm when most tracks open the pit gates.

                Understand they can only go where they are wanted as well so maybe some tracks turned them down and this might be way they had to go this far, but seems unlikely.

                Does WV or southern Ohio even have many 360's in the area? Realize they might be hoping or thinking a lot of the NRA guys will go down there since they aren't racing that weekend or at Lima, but wonder if they will especially coming off a 5 day races possibly in a row for their own speedweek shows going from June 29th through July 3rd?
                Racing is expensive. Also remember Michigan is a very large state

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MIRacing View Post
                  Although I'm skeptical that many teams from Michigan will go I do believe GLSS will do everything they can to make it work. I feel like GLsS is a pretty tight nit group. My guess would be he talked to some of the teams. In the past I believe he offers insentives for trips. Whether it be money or a free place to stay. It sounded from the press release they aren't trying to expand traveling but do 1 trip a year.
                  Without the OH guys coming to run GLSS last year the car counts would have been 10-15 cars. Going to interesting this year when there is no NRA support and they are running against each other. Could be some slim fields for GLSS.

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                  • #10
                    Reminds me of the Auto Value Super Sprints (AVSS) back in the day when they took a summer weekend off and had a camping/canoe trip to Northern Michigan. Many of the teams and drivers were from Indiana also. Maybe same concept for GLSS and figured, hey....why not bring the cars along and have some additional fun. Also, the NRA Sprints are not scheduled that weekend either. I am not sure how many of the Southern Ohio sprint teams have 360's but I know Danny Smith and believe several others do down that way so who knows. Great to get out to a new track and wish them all the luck for success with the show. The GLaSS is half full in my eyes!

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