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9/08/2018 12:38 pm  #1

Sundays Car Count

What are we expecting for Sundays car count. Is anyone gonna have to leave early and head back home. I honestly think it was a good move on the track and Kevin's decision.  It was gonna rain all day. So dont make the drivers and teams and fans sit around wait good job Speedrome. Hope we have at least 40 cars.


9/08/2018 1:04 pm  #2

Re: Sundays Car Count

This'll be the first Three Hour I've been able to attend in fifteen years.  We've been going to Eldora for the World 100 and the bad weather will allow me to see both races.

This being said it's a bummer to see talk of only 40 cars.  I do miss the days when they'd start 45-50 cars on the eight every Saturday night.


9/08/2018 1:21 pm  #3

Re: Sundays Car Count

Well I believe 51 was registered. See I'm with you we pick the 3 hour over the world 100. And now we will be able to go to world 100 in october.

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9/08/2018 3:28 pm  #4

Re: Sundays Car Count

Not to get off the subject but what do you think it'll take to restore a decent car count at the Speedrome?  Friends and I have discussed this for years and I'm curious what y'all have to say about this.

Obviously the weekly car count is a big factor in the number of participants in the Three Hour. 


9/08/2018 3:43 pm  #5

Re: Sundays Car Count

Have you been there since Kevin bought it things are working new drivers coming in


9/08/2018 3:54 pm  #6

Re: Sundays Car Count

Car count is good. No issues there.

What will it take for these people on Facebook whining continuously about the way the Speedrome has handled this and possibly losing $40.

The Speedrome could not have handled this any better imo.


9/09/2018 2:06 am  #7

Re: Sundays Car Count

Weekly car counts are back up and doing spectacular compared to most short tracks...the late models easily had 18 to 20 each week except for a couple races this year and several races with 22 cars at least. And I'm with fig8fan these people on Facebook whining and crying about the way things have been handled need to suck it up...Kevin has done everything he can to try to get this in...he bought a freaking jet dryer for Christ sakes lol and had other things to help dry the track Friday but just wasn't possible. I think we might only lose a few if ran on Sunday and then probably a few more if ran on Monday. Yea it sucks and this is the worst weather we have ever had for the 3 hour but what can you do against mother nature? The fans and driver's here from 1000 miles away or more are losing out the most and trying to get it in still is probably the only way any of these people get to attend, local people bitching about 30 or 40 bucks lost when I bet some others are going to be eating several thousand not to mention how much Kevin is eating...hell Thursday night free pits alone probably cost him several thousand dollars. And I bet the ones who can't race due to having to head home still get to start money , just how Kevin is. Really hope it doesn't hurt people coming a distance next year, cuz I want to see more west coast, east coast, Florida, or cars from everywhere come for this one.


9/09/2018 6:38 am  #8

Re: Sundays Car Count

I was in the middle of a post last night around 10:30 when the power went out (again).   After a night of dancing with the generator the power just came back on.

Anyway I went to a race last fall to help one of the youngsters in the late model division and the ninety minute figure-8 this past spring, the first times I'd been to the track in awhile.  Before that the last time was for a weekly show several years ago.  After that one I walked out thinking the Speedrome was history.  There were only about a dozen starters on the eight and again I thought back to the days when we'd start 45-50 every Saturday night.

Giving credit where due the current owner has indeed improved the track all around.  I'm no longer embarrassed to bring newbies to the track, the food is great and best of all the rest rooms are clean.

The level of craftsmanship and technology in the current late models is very impressive and the cars have become unbelievably fast.  Unfortunately with this increase in technology the cars have become so expensive very few people can afford to race them anymore.  You can no longer build a car with parts from the junkyard, a trend that started in the early 90's with the loosening of car construction rules and got worse (in my opinion) with the advent of expensive "track tires" that increased grip.  With more traction you could put more power to the ground.  Prior to that when they ran on skinny street tires grip was in short supply but it also helped keep the costs down.  Racing was never cheap but at least then it was affordable.

A good friend/racing mentor left the Speedrome to instead follow the "traveling" figure-8 series that became popular in the nineties.  He hated the weekly destruction of his car and having to rebuild it after every Saturday night.  The traveling series, with smaller car counts, eliminated most of the usual damage to his car and he could again make money racing (or at least make enough to keep his operation going).  It was rare when he'd have to even replace sheet metal, a weekly thing at the Speedrome.

I can appreciate this and, as someone who only ran the Stock figure-8's back then (and seeing how much work it took to keep a car going to race even just once a month) I can understand where he's coming from.

From a spectator's point of view it's a whole different thing especially for those of us who sat in the snow and watched the first Three Hour in '77.  We watched the popularity of this game grow to the point where it seemed like about every third house had a Speedrome car in the yard and entries for the Three Hour grew close to ninety in the early '90's.

Not anymore.  All the alternates are on the track almost immediately and at the end there's only a handful of cars still running.  The racing has become pretty intense for the win and it's become a three hour sprint race but I guess I just miss the days when it was more of an endurance race with the track full of cars and just surviving the insanity of it all was something to brag about.  I feel the same way about the weekly shows.

Rant over.  Everyone have a great time whether the race is run today (fingers crossed!) or tomorrow.


9/09/2018 7:35 am  #9

Re: Sundays Car Count

Have you been to the 3 hour say since 2012 each yr you have something that never happened you can’t leave with 20 mins left and the leader up 6 Laps it started the yr mark won but got better when the Harmon Tunny wreck happened it goes down to the checkered something we have no seen


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