Despite the cold, wet weather over the course of the last month...Attica Raceway Park has managed to race each of the last three weekends. The crowds have been incredible...and the racing has been also.
Finally, this Saturday, Fremont Speedway, "The Track That Action Built", will open for its first race of the season. And I think what will be different this Friday at Attica, and Saturday at Fremont, will be the LACK of Carhart overalls...which we've seen a lot of at the track over the last three weeks!
On Wednesday of this week, a handful of the "Cars and Stars" from the two tracks came up to Toledo for a short media tour. While interviewing Byron Reed who hails from Monclova, he said something that really hit home.
He was comparing the ever popular NASCAR racing to our local dirt, short track racing. He's been to several NASCAR events...and has watched, like most of us, those races on TV. The two he said are the perfect fit for each other because the race takes so long to evolve. A typical NASCAR race on TV will take 4, sometimes 5 or 6 hours to complete. If you get up to do something...or, potentially, fall asleep during the race while watching from the couch, you don't miss much.
What is so great about local short track racing is that the entire night's program will take just 3 to 4 hours to complete...and those minutes are so action packed, that you don't dare blink, because you will certainly miss something.
Depending on what kind of short track racing you are watching, teams will have to qualify for time...compete in a heat race...possibly a dash or scramble...then the main event. In short track racing, you have to run as hard as you can each and every time you are on the track. If you don't, you likely won't make the main event. Some 10 lap heat races can be over in just a couple of minutes...and how you finish in that heat determines whether or not you make the big show.
And once you make the main event, they mostly only run 20 to 30 laps. Again...no time to sit back and "strategize"...you gotta go when the green flag drops and push hard each and every lap.
It's that kind of racing that has addicted fans like me. Once you get used to 30 hard run, hard fought laps...the prospect of watching 500 laps with caution flags and pit stops just seems...well...long.
So...the invitation stands. Bring the family out for some dirt track racing. You'll find it to be a VERY affordable night's worth of entertainment. The food is good...and it's reasonably priced. And trust me when I say that kids absolutely LOVE to watch a bunch of loud race cars tear around a racetrack...boys and girls alike.
Below you'll find links to Attica Raceway Park's 2009 schedule...and Fremont Speedway's 2009 schedule.
At both tracks, regular shows cost right around $12 for adults, 11 to 16 years old get in for $6...and kids 10 and under get in for free. It's not impossible to take two adults and two kids to the track...put some darn good food and beverages in your bellies...pick up a trinket or two for the little ones...and still leave only spending $50. Compared to a night out bowling...going to the movies...or out for a nice dinner, local short track racing is hard to beat.
We'll see you out at the track! And if you do happen to go to Attica or Fremont this year, and you have never been before, please...drop me a note and tell me about your night at the racetrack. I'd love to hear your thoughts. My guess is that once you've gone once...you WILL be back again.