Short Track Racing | A Vision Of Our Sport’s Future – Part 10: The Movement and Communication Between Tracks

The Movement and Communication Between Tracks

There are many racing regions in the country that seem to lack communication and collaboration. The greatest proof of this is the disconnection of rules, divisions, and schedules. This divide is possibly the most tasteless attribute of short track racing. When people from the business community recognize this lack of unity it become a massive anchor in building progression in the sport. Tracks also seem to not realize the potential benefits from working together with other speedways in the area.

Speedways have very similar operational equipment necessities but it seems that tracks don’t work together to acquire these items. Certain high-dollar purchases put undue strain on individual race tracks. Cooperative purchasing with other facilities not only provides financial relief to each track but also provides cohesive solutions to problems that tend to be repetitive. One example is to share technical inspection equipment such as templates, gauges, and tech manuals to create a more standard inspection that remains consistent throughout the region. Tracks with similar rules can work together to build a technical information database to save valuable time and resources by avoiding redundancies in inspection.

Track maintenance equipment can be jointly purchased by multiple tracks to reduce financial strain. Landscaping equipment, track cleaning and maintenance machines, track preparation machinery, and painting supplies are just a few small examples of items that tracks can share. Facilities could also share trusted contractors for certain jobs to help reduce costs.

Entertainment equipment purchases could become a joint effort between surrounding race tracks. For example, a large screen television for fan viewing would be a major benefit to any racing facility. Incidentally, the cost of such a piece of equipment is prohibitive and the rigorous required maintenance is often a barrier that makes its purchase impractical. However, if this expense was shared by multiple speedways and a mobile video unit was purchased rather than a permanently fixed unit, the financial burden would be reduced to a more practical figure. Furthermore, the same film crew could be hired for multiple tracks to create a more efficient product.

Beyond the joint efforts of cooperative purchases it is vital for short track racing to work towards a movement. The movement would show progression of having similar rules and divisions throughout the country. This would be a system that could take 20 years to get to an ideal situation but the sooner tracks realize the benefits of common rules, the sooner we can reach that goal and build a more practical and appealing sport. Obviously, dirt and asphalt divisions have evolved in separate directions and some regions have different followings. However, there are many divisions that can be slowly altered until common ground is reached. Then, at some point, it would be appealing for a racer to have the option to voyage to different race tracks without committing to a traveling series.

Track management quick reference

-Are you spending a substantial amount of time in the off-season communicating with speedway owners and promoters within your region?

-Are you spending a substantial amount of time communicating with your technical crew and chassis and engine builders?

Our regions of track owners and promoters should be meeting up during off seasons to discuss short and long term objectives in speedway collaboration. Open communication between race tracks also includes aligning schedules so tracks don’t have important events on the same dates.

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