Hope all the race fans that just had to see a race today enjoyed what they saw. Lots if torn up equipment and $ wasted for no reason. We all could have waited 1 more week for better track conditions to race under. Now teams are going to scramble all season to have the money to race. Hope it was worth it. I know i damn sure didn't think it was.
My God the reaction from fans was down right hostile. First excuse fans claimed was all the wrecked equipment came from driver error and drivers being to aggressive. Now there is a lot of truth to that statement. Chase Dietz and Freddie Rhamer where involved in a lap 1 wreck that saw Dietz and Adam Wilt both exit the track for the day. Tim Gladfelter was a flip victim after getting together with Chris Knopp.
The track conditions played a big part in what we saw yesterday. The track was very wet, heavy and tacky the entire afternoon. Lance Deweese parked the Dietz 14 after his heat race because of the conditions. Jim Seigel decided to just tag the rear and run 2 laps before pulling into the pits because he did not want to tear anything up because of the track as well. Other drivers voiced their displeasure with the racing conditions on twitter after the race as well.
But you couldn't stop the fans from seeing it in an entirely different way. Here are just a few of the responses I received on twitter yesterday...
"Most of it was drivers being too aggressive just like they have been on every other opening day."
" it's to the point where it's expected."
" Well then don't go, you bitched about it all week on Facebook and Twitter and still went.
" then stop complaining and don't go ever a game weird how all the what we consider class A drivers didn't have a problem"
" wait. You said "we" didn't need to race? Did you wreck your car too?"
In regards to Lance not racing because of track conditions... " lance needs to learn to stay in the groove in his heat race"
" I understand ur frustration Bill but if Lance didn't wanna race then why even show up? It was to be expected"
" Go back and watch the past few openers, they've all been like that. You act like this was a surprise to you"
" Here's a tip, skip the 2016 IceBreaker30 because you probably won't like it."
" he always but he's about tracks, it's always something...don't like it, stay home or go somewhere else"
"They all know that that is a risk they take on an Icebreaker. It sucks that a lot of equipment got tore up, but they could have stayed home and waited until conditions were more suitable."
Now I don't know about any of you but a few of them are good points, but some are just down right sad. As all of this was going down I had a winning 410 driver contact me with his thoughts on what people where saying on social media. As we where winding down our conversation I asked him if I could print this and use it on here he said he was cool with it. So take a few minutes and see what a 410 driver thought about the fans response to the demolition derby yesterday...
ME - Have you been seeing the reaction from the fans about today's race? They are actually arguing with me..
Driver - Imagine that. "Me" society, all about what I want" Screw the race teams, I want to see a race right now"
Me - It should be expected because it's what happens every year.
Driver - To me that supports your point. Happens every year yet nobody cares to change it. Nobody learns or cares from their mistakes, This is why by August there are 24 cars left. People have to argue with you. To not argue would be a validation that they have a selfish view, aren't they "experts" on the sport? They think they are, and most importantly to not argue would be missing a chance to demonstrate how supremely "passionate" they are compared to everyone else. Can't risk loosing the all important superficial imaginary passion contest. It's just stupidity. Maybe next time Lincoln can agree to pay for all the damaged equipment and pass the bill along to the fans through ticket prices...wonder how "passionate" they would be then."
"I think it comes down to that. People create these online persona's and it becomes a contest. God forbid someone else care more about sprint cars then "I" do. Can't have that. Screw the teams and everyone else....I need to fill my super fan niche. Great you are so passionate....buy a low buck team a tire, go to their race shop and lend a hand, hell start a point series and raise money to help. THAT'S PASSION!!!! Sitting at home arguing on social media isn't passion, it's lazy and convenient without having to actually do something."
"It's also public so you get attention. Helping Jay Galloway until midnight doesn't get attention....so in some warped way isn't as "Passionate" a display of love for the sport. It's warped. Need less voices and more"action. Do you agree?"
Me - 100% brother. People arguing with me right now are the ones who do nothing for this sport but sit in the stand and post updates, yet hey think they do so much for this sport. I'm being told I should have just stayed home because all I did all week was bitch because I didn't think we should race.
Driver - "Exactly they post updates....woop de doo, join the club. Anybody with a cell phone can do that....which limits us to what....90% of society over the age of 12? Years ago Deb Rice on the WG message board got a little extra money, she split it up and gave it to Todd Zinn, Scott Geesey, and a 3rd team. That's passion!!! That's useful. That's something that helps the sport. You should have stayed home. What we saw today validated your point all week and they don't want to be reminded of it through first hand accounts. "
"You should have stayed home because You complained all week....what does your complaint have to do with that "Survival race" we watched? Hodnett's words....not mine. Guess he should have stayed home to....Whiner. How dare they...guess Seigel and Dewease just aren't as passionate. I'll have to look at their Face Book pages to verify. Just think about that....the audacity of these fans. the winner said he was trying to survive. Two drivers tweet they wouldn't run due to track conditions. Half the cars don't finish the race.....yet these people will not accept that maybe another week may have helped. Just think about that....It's absurd." "
"Again you going is not the point. You going doesn't suddenly make it a caution free race. That's simply an attempt to deflect and avoid the point you where trying to make. My response to the complaining is simple.....Deflection. I heard the track was great, 3 lanes.....Greg was only one that used them. This whole thing is ridiculous. Again....Just think about that....the audacity of these fans. the winner said he was trying to survive. Two drivers tweet they wouldn't run due to track conditions. Half the cars don't finish the race.....yet these people will not accept that maybe another week may have helped. Just think about that....It's absurd....That needs to be repeated lol."
Me - Nah I'm just a cry baby who loves to bitch about everything. Was told by quite a few fans to just stay home next year since I wont enjoy the race anyway.
Driver - "So it's better if you stayed home and complained? Still would have happened with the same results. Not about you....That's the problem when you argue with stupid people. They refuse to see the reality of what we watched, which was not good racing, and instead of admitting that and jeopardizing their #1 fan status they choose to deflect and focus on You. YOU being a lesser fan. While I do not always agree with what you have to say or how you say it, in this case YOU have absolutely nothing to do with what we watched today and should not be the center point of the discussion."
Me - But it's easier to do that.
DRIVER - That's whats important. Easy and convenient and risk free. "Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups!!!"
With that we shared a few laughs and got off the phone to take care of our family's. I didn't share this with you to try and make me look good, because anyone that knows me knows that's impossible. I asked if I could share this so that maybe next time we have a heated discussion about the sport we all love, maybe we can leave the name calling on the sidelines, and actually focus on the issue at hand. Only thing that pisses me off worse is the idiots who bash Trail Way Speedway thinking it's going to offend me. Guess what it's not, but 1 thing to think about , and this might be another column for another day......Why they hell would you wish for any race track to close? Think about that for a few days.
With that I want to say Thank you to everyone who choose to take a few minutes out of your day and read this. I do this for fun, and it's just a way to expand on my twitter post a little bit more. 140 characters is hard to get a point across sometimes. Please feel free to leave your feeling on this subject in the comment section of this post, just don't be a chick and leave your real name. You can also hit me up on twitter @ or even send me an email at email@example.com
Until next Saturday when we are all back at Lincoln Speedway, Hope you all have a great week.