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BACK IN THE DAY….

HERE WE ARE IN 2013 AND RACING IS STILL ALL ABOUT GETTING TO THE CHECKERED FLAG FIRST (OR AS CLOSE TO FIRST AS YOU CAN GET) AND IT IS GREAT WHEN DRIVERS BATTLE RIGHT DOWN TO THE WIRE LIKE WE HAD LAST SATURDAY NIGHT IN THE SK MAIN EVENT BETWEEN KIETH ROCCO AND TYLER CHADWICK.WHAT GETS ME IS THE ALL THE STUFF THAT GOES ON BEHIND THE SCENES AND I JUST WONDER IF ALL THAT HAS CHANGED IN RECENT YEARS.AS A LIFE LONG RACE FAN IT SEEMS LIKE IT HAS CHANGED.THE SOCIAL MEDIA IS FAR MORE REACHABLE THAN EVER BEFORE AND PEOPLE LIVE OFF THAT STUFF THAT THEY SEE EVEN IF IT MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL.DRIVERS ,OWNERS AND TEAMS HAVE JUMPED SHIP AND HEADED OFF FOR BIGGER AND BETTER TRACKS OR JUST GAVE UP RACING BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT A CALL SHOULD GO TO THEM INSTEAD OF THE OTHER GUY OR THEY HAVE BEEN WRECKED AND IT IS THE RACE TRACKS FAULT.YOU DON’T SEE NFL TEAMS LEAVING THE CITY THEY PLAY IN BECAUSE A TOUCHDOWN CALL GOT CALLED BACK AND THEY LOST THE GAME BECAUSE OF IT,OR AN UMPIRE MAKE A BAD CALL IN A MLB GAME AND THE TEAM JUST UP AND LEAVES THE BALL PARK,BUT IN RACING WE DO LEAVE AND SOME NEVER RETURN.IT JUST SEEMS THAT BACK IN THE DAY CALLS WERE MADE AND DRIVERS DELT WITH IT THE NEXT WEEK AT THE TRACK BY SHOWING THE OFFICIALS THAT THEY WERE WRONG AND I CAN DRIVE THIS CAR AND DO A GOOD JOB OF IT.OR IF YOU GOT CAUGHT CHEATING TAKE CARE OF IT AND MOVE ON LIKE THE SPRINT CUP TEAMS DO.I WOULD NOT RACE AT A TRACK OR TOUR I DID NOT LIKE IN THE FIRST PLACE BECAUSE AS SOON AS THE GOING GETS ROUGH YOUR GONE ,LEAVING THE FANS WHO PULLED FOR YOU WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT BEHIND.WHEN I WAS A KID THE DRIVERS WERE MY HEROES AND I THINK THAT STILL GOES TODAY FOR KIDS WHO ATTEND A TRACK WITH MOM AND OR DAD ON A REGULAR BASIS,SO THAT KID HAS LOST THE DRIVER HE OR SHE LOOKED UP TO WHEN THAT TEAM PACKS IT IN.TOO BAD BECAUSE THE KID NEVER KNOWS WHY YOU LEFT AND REALLY NEITHER DOES THE FAN IN MANY CASES. AUTO RACING FOR MOST IS JUST A HOBBY AND YOU GOT TO KNOW GOING INTO THIS SPORT THAT THINGS COULD AND WILL HAPPEN BOTH GOOD AND BAD MOST EVERY WEEK AT THE TRACK OR YOU JUST AREN’T THINKING THIS THING OUT.TAKE A LOOK AT MIKE STEFANIK WHO GOT DUMPED ON THE FINAL TURN OF THE LAST LAP AT DAYTONA IN FEBRUARY WITH ALL THE RACING FANS TO SEE UP CLOSE AND IN HD,HERE IS A GUY WHO VOICED HIS ANGER ON NATIONAL TV, BUT WHEN THE NWMT MODIFIEDS RACED AGAIN (IN APRIL AT THOMPSON) HE WAS RIGHT THERE IN THE MIX RACING AND WINNING AND TO TOP THAT OFF HE JUST WON WEDNESDAY NIGHTS BRISTOL “TITAN ROOF 150” NWMT RACE TO WHAT HE SAID WAS” AT THE TOP OF HIS LIST FOR ALL TIME WINS”.IT WOULD HAVE BEEN TOUGH TO SEE GUYS LIKE BOB POTTER,DICK DUNN,TED STACK,HANK STEVENS,DENNIS GADA,BILLY GRECO,BUGS STEVENS,MOOSE HEWITT,ALEN COATES,BILLY HARMAN,DICK WATSON ,JERRY PEARL,TOM FOX ,SAL DEE,DON LAJOIE, TEDDY CHRISTOPHER AND THE LIST GOES ON JUST UP AND LEAVE THEIR HOME TRACK UNLESS THEY WERE MOVING UP TO TRY SOMETHING ELSE LIKE A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OR SOMETHING.I JUST THINK IT HURTS THE SPORT WHEN TEAMS LEAVE AND I FOR ONE MISS THEM WHEN THEY GO,OTHER THAN THAT THE RACING IS GREAT AND I CAN’T WAIT FOR SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE SPEEDBOWL!!! J.GATES

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