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4947Re: [TrackChasers] Lowe's Motor Speedway--Inner Oval - Bruce # 458, Pat #456 Gordy #907

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  • Bruce Eckel
    Aug 1, 2003
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      Randy,

      Because 10 is perfect and nothing is perfect. Bruce


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Randy Lewis" <ranlay@...>
      To: <TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2003 4:25 PM
      Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] Lowe's Motor Speedway--Inner Oval - Bruce # 458,
      Pat #456 Gordy #907


      > Bruce,
      >
      > Just curious, if Lowes is a showplace how come only a
      > 9 facility rating?
      >
      > Randy
      >
      > --- Bruce Eckel <bruceeck@...> wrote:
      > > Hi, gang,
      > >
      > > This new track all started with meeting up with
      > > Gordy and Susan Killian at Hagerstown this past
      > > Saturday. We chatted in the grandstands after the
      > > final checker on Saturday to let the traffic thin
      > > out. We all got on the topic of tracks that we had
      > > but the other didn't have. Pat does not have two
      > > active tracks that I have (Mobile, AL and Drummond,
      > > Quebec) while the only one I don't have on Pat's
      > > list was the inner oval at Lowe's Motor Speedway
      > > (Will sent a note last night indicating that he did
      > > not have Pat down for the inner oval which she
      > > picked up a few years ago when she and her mom went
      > > to one of the Winstons which I could not make
      > > --therefore that is why you see in the subject as
      > > she picked up a new track even though she was not
      > > along on this one). Gordy mentioned that he did not
      > > have the inner oval either and I could twist his arm
      > > to go. They run a full show of legends and
      > > bandoleros on Tuesday nights during the summer and
      > > since Gordy did not have to work on Wednesday and I
      > > am on a medical leave from work until Friday it
      > > sounded like a good time to pick this track up.
      > >
      > > So off it was from Gordy's house around 10:30 AM,
      > > destination of the Lowe's Motor Speedway. The
      > > weather forecast was for 40% chance of PM
      > > thunderstorms so that meant that there was 60 %
      > > chance it would not rain. We encountered a big
      > > backup on I-85 around Burlington, NC which slowed
      > > our progress. It started to rain shortly afterwards
      > > and as we would about 40 miles above Charlotte, the
      > > heavens opened up. At one point as I was driving
      > > the Killian housecar Suzuki I asked Gordy if we had
      > > made a wrong turn as the interstate looked more like
      > > a river than a road. Gordy mumbled that he should
      > > have gone to Fonda but we pressed on as our hotel
      > > was in Charlotte anyhow.
      > >
      > > It was still raining at a good clip as we exited
      > > onto Speedway Blvd. We decided to drive over to the
      > > track just to take a look. To our surprise as we
      > > entered the speedway grounds we saw a good amount of
      > > cars parked and I thought I heard race engines. We
      > > couldn't believe it and we even stopped to ask a
      > > parking attendant if they were indeed running. He
      > > almost scolded us as he instructed us to go park and
      > > go inside to see the races!!!!
      > >
      > > We paid the $5 admission and headed into the
      > > grandstand area. They had just completed the
      > > qualifying for all the divisions and it was time for
      > > the opening ceremonies. Announcer, Steve Post,
      > > formally from New York spotted us after the opening
      > > ceremonies and came over to say hello to two of the
      > > trackchasers and welcome us to the races. We were
      > > probably the happiest two campers in attendance this
      > > evening. We were sure glad we had not driven 8 1/2
      > > hours to a rainout.
      > >
      > > This was the 8th race of the summer shoot-out series
      > > and they provide you with listing of the point
      > > standings in all divisions with car numbers
      > > included. They also have a published schedule with
      > > the first heats scheduled for 5:30. Since we
      > > arrived at 8 we missed all the heats but we were
      > > just in time for the 5 feature events. They were
      > > only a half hour off their printed schedule and we
      > > are sure it was due to the heavy rain. The first
      > > feature started at 8:15 and featured the master
      > > legend drivers in the pouring rain. Actually the
      > > first two features in the heaviest rain were the
      > > most entertaining. They were all 20 laps or 20
      > > minutes which ever came first and the minutes won
      > > out in the first two with the distances shortened to
      > > 15 and 16 laps.
      > >
      > > As the night went on the rain lightened and all
      > > divisions went the 20 lap distance and there were
      > > also one on one spectator races, where fans bring
      > > their street cars out and run one lap in a match
      > > race until only two remain. One old car, slammed
      > > the homestretch wall head on but drove away while
      > > one newer truck hydroplaned off turn three, through
      > > the grass and took out several barrels before
      > > stopping short of the wall and a safety truck. Two
      > > divisions (the youngest kids) were canceled due to
      > > the wet conditions and the final checkered waved at
      > > 10:20, two minutes before the posted ending time.
      > > An unexpected good night of racing and another one
      > > in the books.
      > >
      > > Ratings:
      > >
      > > Facility: The Lowe's Motor Speedway is a
      > > showcase and would rank a 9.
      > >
      > > Racing: For the conditions that the drivers ran
      > > under they were able to still put on a good show.
      > > The racing would muster up a 7.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
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      > > removed]
      > >
      > >
      >
      >
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