Charlotte, N.C. – Officials with the ASCS Carolina Sprint Series in conjunction with the FSCA Series were forced to cancel this weekend’s Southern Sprint Car Showdown at Oglethorpe Speedway Park and Needmore Speedway in Georgia.
ASCS Series Director Tom Baker didn’t mince words as he made the announcement after talking with both track promoters.
“As of Tuesday night we had a dozen cars committed between the two series and the possibility of more who were still working to get their cars ready. Unfortunately, FSCA had a tough weekend last weekend with torn up equipment and it became apparent over the past two days that they weren’t going to be able to guarantee all of their cars they had anticipated. We had a couple of our top racers dealing with last minute motor issues and other challenges that put their participation in jeopardy as well. I humbly apologize to the staff and fans at both Oglethorpe and Needmore who looked forward to us racing this weekend as much as our staff and racers did. You gear up, spend advertising dollars and get fans excited for a race and then at the 11th hour it goes away. There’s no easy way to explain that except for the truth. It’s not fair to bring a half-dozen or eight cars and call that a show. That’s a heat race. That’s not what we’ve been working for the past six or seven months building here and it’s not what the tracks and fans deserve.”
Baker said the decision was especially hard because the buildup was so strong and it’s not how he hoped his series would kick off its’ first season. “Oglethorpe was the first track to step up and have faith in us last fall by booking us for two shows. They run weekly on Friday nights. John King at Albany and Keith Stith at Needmore agreed last month to step in and each take one Saturday date for us so that when we came to Oglethorpe we’d have a second show the next night for our racers. I’ve been a track promoter. I understand what this last minute decision does to them and to the fans and I hate it. Sprint cars have a bad reputation in the south and we are a new series working as hard as we can to change that. This obviously sets us back. This is not the tracks’ fault and I hope each track’s fans will understand that. It’s not ASCS’s fault. I own this regional series and chose ASCS as my sanction because it’s the right model to build success from. This is my responsibility and regardless of the circumstances this falls on me. We’re determined to build a top-notch regional series for affordable and exciting sprint car racing and we have a solid base of drivers in the region with which to begin that process. We’ll learn what we can from this, keep our heads high and focus on moving forward.”
The rest of the ASCS Carolina Sprint Series schedule remains intact. July 5th is the $1000 to win show at Antioch Speedway and the series moves to Harris Speedway on July 19th. September 5th and 6th will be their second Georgia swing of the season for shows at Oglethorpe and Albany. October 17th and 18th they return to Harris as part of their “Monster Mash Weekend” where $1000 will be on the line for the winner once again.
County Line Raceway hosts the series’ “Fall Finale” on November 14th and 15th as part of the track’s huge “Racing for the Kids” to support Victory Junction Gang Camp weekend and $1500 will be on the line to win in that two-day event.
For more information about the series, visit their website at www.Carolina305.ASCSRacing.com or email ASCScarolina305@yahoo.com.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
I am personally one to never shy away from life lessons. I can see a potential learning lesson in everything and compare these experiences to my own life. Being in racing for as long as I have it has taught me some of the most important lessons of my life. Not everyone can see things as I do but I tend to like this trait in myself because I always have something new in life to see, learn from, and experience. Life is never static for me. Racing is ever-changing and growing but still at the heart remains the same. I feel the same way. It has many complexities, many rooms for improvement but to it's core it's still rooted, deep, and consistent.
One of the things racing has taught me is that some friendships can come and go but the real and true ones never leave when you have a bad night at the races. So many drivers I've seen can have a huge group of what they call friends around and in their pits when things are going good for them but when the hot streak ends those 15-20 people that were hanging around will be dwindled to about 5. Those 5 people are what you hold on to. Those are the real, true friends who are with you good or bad. They are the ones who are priceless. I've had people come and go in my life as friends and I never hold ill will toward them. I know the ebb and flow of these things but in my hardest times there have always been those people who never left me and stayed there for my "bad night at the races". They are my treasures here on Earth. Friend can be a relevant term for those who only want to be around for the winning streaks but for the true definition look for those in the pits of the ones who are down on their luck and you'll see what I mean.
Scenery. It changes from week to week and from track to track. The scenery of life will always change from day to day. Traveling to different tracks I've seen the scenery change. I am one who prefers it. I'm not a girl to shy away from change. I enjoy the differences in the way things are looking from one place to the next. You go to one race track then load up and head to the next one. You always are moving on to a new place. Leaving behind the scenery of one to enjoy the scenery of another. You have to let go of what was behind you and enjoy what's in front of you. Pay attention to where you're at and enjoy your surroundings but know things will look different at the next place you go to. Learn to appreciate it for the moment but don't be afraid of the new view coming.
Racing has also taught me that those who handle change best are the ones who usually come out more successful in the end. A driver may enter a race track and think he or she knows what to expect but like we all know, a track can be temperamental and will change on you in a heartbeat. Now there's the one driver who will throw his hands up in disgust not able to handle the change and will end up ruining his own night because he couldn't deal with it but then there's the other driver. The one who looks at it not as a problem but as a potential for growth and learning. He will be the one at the end of the night who may or may not finish first but he will definitely be in the top. Change will happen throughout our lives but it's those of us who can handle change and look at it as growth who will be the ones that will survive and carry on.
This next point may hit some people wrong and some not but it's the truth. There's no room for whining or crying when things don't go your way. I can't count the number of times I've heard in racing people whining about this or that and crying when it doesn't happen the way they want it to. In the end they all have to realize it won't be your way every time and the crying about it will never change the outcome no matter how much you want it to. The race will still carry on with or without you and no matter how hard you growl, fuss, or gripe, you only make yourself unhappy and those around you unhappy. Life will carry on whether you are having a bad day or not and bellyaching about it won't stop life from moving and it won't stop whatever problem you are having. It will only make those around you and yourself miserable.
Recently in the racing world there have been things happen that have shocked and saddened us all which brings me to my next lesson. You can prepare all you want but sometimes things happen and there's nothing you can do about them. Drivers are constantly working in the shops day and night to prepare for the next race and all that preparation and all that work will not be for anything when you have two laps to go leading and the second place car takes you out and completely demolishes your car. Preparation is always a good thing and you can prepare for the race till the cows come home but when the race has started you can't help what will happen next. You can prepare in life for every single moment that you see in your head but what life does is throws a monkey wrench in your plans and all that preparation and work will be for nothing. Life can be hard and racing can be hard. Never just expect things to go the way you plan because life is funny and will kick you in the butt. You can't control it and you can't know what to expect. You just hold on to the steering wheel and ride the ride as best you can.
The last and most important lesson I've learned is the word "hope". I recently sat down and watched a movie called "The Shawshank Redemption". I recommend it to everyone. One of the main characters, Andy, gets sent to prison for murder and eventually does some time in solitary confinement. When he gets out and tells them it was the easiest stretch of time he's ever done they don't believe him but he tells them that hope can sustain them. A truly remarkable moment and one you can apply to everything. In racing I've seen so many downtrodden drivers who've had a bad night with a wreck or mechanical failure who look like all is lost until you see something change in them. Maybe a look in their eye, maybe a way they carry themselves, maybe a tone to their voice but they all realize there will be another race, another chance to win, and another chance to prove themselves. They have hope for the next race and that makes them carry themselves taller, put a gleam back in their eyes, and a more confident sound to their voice. Hope can sustain us through all the bad days, all the problems we face, all the times we want to give up but never do. We need hope to get us through to the next day or race or week or minute. It's a precious resource that shouldn't be taken lightly and should be used in abundance. So many times you can give up the race or the race life but hoping for a better week the next week can pull you through the most difficult of times. Keeping hope alive isn't easy, it can be so much easier to just give up, but what if you win the next week? What if all your dreams come true the next race? You will have given up on what you wanted most and all because you gave up hoping. Never lose hope, never give up.
I don't claim to be a life coach. I only know how racing has affected my life and what it's taught me. Things can be gritty, dirty and ugly but they can also be lessons, truths, and some of the most beautiful experiences of your life. I always keep my eyes out for the next new thing racing will bring to me and it's brought me some tough lessons and it's brought me some truly beautiful things in my life. I have hope for racing and I have hope for life in general. I don't ever want to give up, I want to be that driver I see at the track struggling but never giving in because that driver, he's my hero and he's what I want to be. You can take all I've said for what it's worth but what I've learned from racing I can never ever pay it back and to racing I say, "You have given me more than I ever expected and taught me more than I ever thought I could learn and to that I will always be your number one fan".
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The Deep Dixie Racing crew had the opportunity to visit Smokey Harris Speedway this past Saturday night over in Haleburg, Alabama. Here are videos of feature races held that night starting with the Limited Sportsman feature.
Open-Wheeled Modified Feature
Open-Wheeled Modified Feature