Posted 22 May 2005 - 03:33 AM
I attended the races at Waynesfield's 1/4 mile track last night. It was the first time I have been there, and I have some suggestions/opinions of the facility.
First I need to say Thanks! to the owner of the track, for spending the money and time to build a racetrack. And the $10 ticket price is great.
Also Thanks! to the track workers for being there and doing what you do.
However.................Here is a list of some things I saw that the owner and promoter might want to consider:
1-The lawn chair area outside of turn 4.
a-It seems to be too low, and with the 3 rows of guardrail, it is tough to see any race cars on the frontstretch from a sitting position.
a-The walkway at the front of the grandstand is way too narrow. With people sitting in the front row it is difficult to get from one side of the stands to the other...and when someone is coming the other direction it is a pain in the butt!
b-The 'U' bolts on the top hand rail (on the front at the walkway) are tough on a persons fingers!!!!! Also the angle iron that the U bolts attach to sticks up above the rail, and as you are trying to wade through the walkway with people sitting there and people coming the other way, the angle iron busts you in the elbow!
c- There needs to be a place to get into the grandstand at the 1st turn end. And since the only way to get to the middle grandstand entrance is to walk under the bleachers, there needs to be a 'roof' to prevent people from getting hit by pop/beer cans etc. as they are walking. (Winchester Speedway has similar grandstand entrances, and they have these 'roof's')
3- The P.A system, and traffic light wires.
a- The wires are strung is the raised sections of the guard rail, between the guard rail and the posts. In the case of a crash on the frontstretch, it is a really good possibility that the wires will be damaged/severed.
4- The restrooms/concession stand.
a- They are too far away!
I understand that the owner is probably trying to get the big track up and going, and is trying to use what he already has. However it is tough when younger kids need to go to the restroom and it is so far away!
5- The racetrack itself.
a- The big tires around the infield are a bad deal!
Car tires, halfway buried (like Limaland has) is alot easier on the front ends of race cars. Also they wont be getting 'punted' out of position, or on to the race track. The big tires destroyed a couple of front ends on Mini-Sprints, and a stock car, along with causing the mess in the trucks.
b- >The track needs to be prepped differently if you expect to have sprint cars.<
The track can't be prepped like a Kart track...watering just around the bottom, close to the tires!!! With the banking that is in place, there should be no reason for sprinters to be in a parade around the bottom!! The sprint races last night looked like indoor midget races...single file, right around the tires, the only way to pass is to give the guy in front of you a shot in the ass to 'move' him. The only time they could get in the throttle was coming off of the turn to half way down the straight, then it was stand on the brakes and try to keep from stalling the engine or sliding way out..until it was time to come off of the corner.
The Modifieds were similar.
The other classes were really good races, but keep in mind, they are -lower horsepower- classes.
I realize there is a lot of blood sweat and tears that has already been shed to make the track what it is now. And Eldora and Limaland didn't always look like they do now either....LOL. I just wanted to offer a few suggestions/opinions.
I also want to say.....
Dan Kelly's #31 truck is sharp!
I didn't stay for the features past Kent Wolters flip, but Dan ran a nice heat race, nearly winning!
Keep plugging away Waynesfield, you have the start of a great track!