Would LESS add up to MORE in these examples?

Would LESS add up to MORE in these examples?

My last column generated some great input from our readers and it seems like the ones responding fit in two categories: they still race or they have a race car that is sitting because they lost interest. We also had several email us and they have quit supporting local tracks in favor of running Regional races, be it Nostalgia events, Index races or Big Bucks bracket races.


My concerns center around the local drag strips and whether they will survive off bracket racing or not. For me, at almost 65 years of age, it isn't that important personally but I would hate to see something that has been a big part of my family's life disappear or become unrecognizable.


I mentioned in the last Dead-On column maybe there are a few things I think local tracks could do rebuild their bracket program and make it profitable enough to become important again. Seems most tracks are paying their bills and mortgages off of Test & Tunes, Midnight Madness events and other non-bracket racing events. The tracks must survive and that is what pays the bills. From the results I read about at NHRA and IHRA Divisional and National events, it indicates most of those events are shrinking every time they have one.


Here are a few more details of the random thoughts I want to share on "How Less might add up to MORE" for bracket racing.

1. LESS emphasis on track prep could bring in MORE cars. Look, I don't want unsafe conditions. I know the fast cars can spin their tire almost anywhere on the track. Do, or should, local tracks need to spend $1,000 a weekend on these cars at weekly events?

How about this plan: Allow 10 gallons of Traction Compound for the event. Keep the staging lanes and track as clean as possible. Sure, some cars will not "dead-hook" anymore. We will likely see new faces in the semis and the finals. Is that a bad thing or a good thing?

2. LESS entry fee expense could bring in MORE cars. I think, without exception, the entry fees have increased to the point where the guys who are coming will always come because a couple hundred bucks a weekend isn't that important and they love their racing. No problem with that; I race every weekend I can and I work hard so I can pay for it.


BUT what about the guy who either likes racing or wants to move up from $25 Test & Tune days to real racing? Now he has to spend $60-$80 to enter a race he literally has no chance to win. If he is 30-40 years old with a family this might simply be too much expense to "learn about bracket racing", so he stays home. BUT what about the bracket racer who has "lost interest" because of the COST he knows he will have to make to bring his bracket car up to a competitive level? Would he come back out if the costs were lower and the track wasn't prepped for the faster cars in his bracket?

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