(an open letter from the owner of Tater Town Dragstrip)
If you don't realize it, bracket racing is dwindling down to nothing! All tracks everywhere are having trouble with low car counts and very few spectators. All of these tracks, including mine have tried all kinds of pay schedules and nothing works! Lots of tracks have already gone out of business. Most racers think the track owners are making big bucks. If they were, they wouldn't be closing down! Most are extremely lucky if they break even!
I think there is going to have to be some major changes in the way tracks are run to try to turn this around, if this can be fixed. It's not the way it used to be (yes, I know I am old). The other day, a person said that this is the way tracks have been run as long as he can remember! The bottom line is: IT'S NOT WORKING! People used to plow their fields with mules too, but how many are still doing it that way? I believe a lot of racers need a small entry fee because they cannot afford a $40 - $50 entry fee. These racers cannot afford to buy back even once, let alone twice! They also don't have the money to double enter. What chance do they have against someone that brings 4 cars and double enters all of them, buying back whenever he wants to? THINK....If you were to beat him every time he runs, you will have to beat him 24 times to put him out! (Best of luck!)
I've had people tell me that if I don't have buy backs, they won't be back to my track. My question to them is: "What's the matter? Can't you win a race when the playing field is level and the little guy (with less money) has an equal chance?"
The bottom line is this: I think the best car and driver should win the money when the race is over, not the person who happens to have the most money to start with!
I know that if you come a long distance and then lose the first round, you would like to have a second chance. I agree! I am thinking about having 3 Foot Brake races every Saturday night. If you lose in the first race, you can enter the second one, and if again you lose, you can enter the third race. We will run 3 rounds of the first race before we start the next one and so on. After 3 rounds there will only be 2 rounds left. You can enter one or all races as long as they haven't started yet.
The first race would have a $25 entry fee with $500 to win, the second, a $50 entry fee with $1,000 to win, and the third race, a $75 entry fee with a winner's prize of $1,500!
So if you think the money sounds low for the entry fee, remember, NO buy backs! Once you beat a person, he is gone! You only have to beat 5 cars to get the money! It works out that I have to have 20 cars in each class to break even! THAT MEANS I HAVEN'T MADE A PENNY YET!
However, I will need 20 cars in each class to pay the full amount. That shouldn't be a problem in the Foot Brake Class.
I've been told that I will lose a LOT of money on "No double entry's" and "no buy backs." They could be right! But something has to be done or the track will go under. I cannot keep losing the amount of money that I have been losing!
Remember, this is $3,000 every Saturday night in Foot Brake! Doing what I am planning, I realize I may lose some drivers (the big spenders) but I hope to gain more of the average racers! So, I hope you dust off those cars and bring them out. Remember, everyone will now have an equal chance to win! Thank you!
NO buy backs in Foot Brake
and NO double entry in ANY class!