Last Saturday Mike and I headed to Georgia and a visit to Screven Speedway. Pam and I had been there about a decade ago but were rained out. This was a chance to erase a thorn.
We arrived early, and found a very nice facility and perfect weather. In addition to the dirt track, there is a large refreshment stand serving dinner, a rental race track, and a drag strip. Ten bucks got us in to both the stock car races and the drags. One of the items on the refreshment stand menu was catfish stew. That's a track first for me. I did not try it.
The drags started first so we watched a few of those while waiting for the stock car races to start.
The dirt track seems like an excellent track, with good clay and a great design. The pits are not in the infield, so you can see great. There are seats on both the frontstretch and in turns one and two.
Unfortunately, the car count was very low, with only 37 cars in five classes. None of the classes had ten cars, all falling between six and nine. The headline Late Models had eight. Only five started the Limited Sportsman feature.
Despite the very small car count, the track is not well managed and still started over a half hour late. There is not even a sign with the track name anywhere either inside or outside the grounds. This was the worst crowd I have ever seen for a show with a top class (Late Models) competing. There were less than 50 people at one time in all of the spectator stands combined.
There were two heats in two of the classes and one heat in two of the classes for a total of six heats. The Late Models time trialed, then five ran a Dash. Each of the five classes ran a feature, making for a total of 12 races. With no class having double digit car counts, it meant none of the races had more than nine cars. Corey Fletcher took the win in a Late Model feature that lasted seven minutes.
In a couple of weeks, the track has scheduled the Nesmith Dirt Late Model Series - $2,500 to win. With no fan base to start with, I can't see how they are going to pay that kind of purse. Even more absurd is the October 2 race. It features the World of Outlaws $12,000 to win - All Star Sprints $10,000 to win combo show. I don't know how this track can continue in the fashion we saw on Saturday night. Too bad, because it's a nice facility and a nice track.
Guy Smith 2011 tracks--28 New, 38 Total. Lifetime total tracks--1,364
Mike Knappenberger 2011 tracks--20 New, 33 Total. Lifetime total tracks--788
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