Mississippi Motorsports Park, Long Beach, MS - Track #473
- Greetings from on the way to Gulfport, Mississippi,
Today�s racetrack will be the Mississippi Motorsports
Park in Long Beach, Mississippi
(http://www.msmotorsportspark.com/). This track
replaces the Queen City Speedway in Meridian, which
was part of the original plan. The new approach saves
more than 100 miles of driving and provides a similar
type of racing program.
The day started with a tour of Louisiana State
University in Baton Rouge, LA. This is a beautiful
campus with lots of oak trees, which have just come
into bloom during the past couple of weeks. It�s a
gorgeous spring day with temps in the 70s and hardly a
cloud in the sky. This is �Tiger� country as in LSU
I got a chance to tour the Pete Maravich Assembly
Center named after the basketball legend at LSU from
the late 60s. In addition to Maravich two other LSU
players have their jersey retired�Bob Pettit (my
favorite pro player as a kid) and Shaquille O�Neal
currently of Laker fame.
By the time I left the campus it was too late for
breakfast and a �New Orleans Style� PoBoy had my name
on it. The Save More Market advertised that they had
the biggest PoBoys anywhere so I had to stop. Their
18-inch hot sausage PoBoy was a winner on delicious
French bread at just $2.79. This was an unusual
market to say the least. You might want to check
these prices: 5 pounds of the following, Pigs Feet
$3.69, Pig Tails $6.49, Turkey Necks $3.69 and Pickled
Tips $6.49. I stuck with my PoBoy!!
I wanted to buy an LSU t-shirt but the bookstore was
closed for spring break. I had one other minor
problem. I lost my credit card somewhere this
morning. You should know that I do lose my credit
card(s) from time to time. I�m always trying to test
new ways of carrying them and like most tests some of
them don�t work. I don�t mind calling the credit card
companies to let them know I lost the card but the
call to Carol is always a tough one. She always wants
to know where I lost it and if I looked there. If I
knew where I lost it I would go immediately to that
spot and bend over and pick it up and be on my way. I
had to settle paying cash at WalMart for a Southern
University (remember I was lost there last night)
Next effort is the 120-mile drive over to the
Gulfport, Mississippi area for tonight�s racing. On
the way I had to stop at the Hidden Oaks Golf Driving
Range in Slidell, Louisiana to hit a bucket of balls.
All my golfing friends are busily practicing and
playing while I�m gone so to stay competitive I have
to drag a couple of clubs with me. Driving down the
interstate you can see several pickup trucks pulled
over into the grass off the interstate. At first I
thought they were broken down but there were too many
of them. It turns out they simply stop on the side of
the highway with their small boats and go off into the
dense forest bayou. It looks to me that area has so
many trees and swamp that you might never come out,
but I guess they do.
After entering Gulfport it was time to decide what
would be dinner. I happened across a Krispy Kreme
donut establishment and couldn�t get my Avis Chevy
Malibu to go by without stopping. I did learn that in
Mississippi each KK donut is 65 cents and the same
donut in California is twice that price. I bought
three and ate two.
The track contact said they would begin practice at 6
p.m. with racing at 8 p.m. I decided to check into my
hotel, unpack and relax until 7:45 p.m. since the
track was just 7 miles down the road. Although there
was a good-sized crowd (this was opening night) I was
able to park near the ticket window (there�s always
room for one more theory). General admission was $10.
A pit pass would cost $20.
Dinner at the track was a cheeseburger and diet coke.
Now I ask that you help me judge the quality of my
weight loss program. Do you think a PoBoy sandwich,
two Kristy Kreme donuts and a Cheeseburger (no other
calorie items for the day) is overeating from a
caloric standpoint? No, I�m not asking any questions
about nutrition. By the way I have one more Kristy
Kreme Chocolate icing, white icing filling in the car
for the drive to Alabama tomorrow morning. I�m giving
the over/under at 37 minutes before that KK item
The track announcer has announced that after two hours
of hot laps that qualifying will begin for the late
models at 8 p.m. Please�do the fans want to see time
trials at 8 p.m? Fortunately they decided only to
time the 11-car late model field. This took just 15
minutes. Then�.the driver�s meeting took 30 minutes.
Now it was 8:45 p.m. and they were starting the first
heat. They had 6 classes: pure stocks, street
stocks, Mississippi modifieds, late models and two
other classes that looked and sounded like an
aforementioned class. They all ran one heat except
the street stock and late model groups, which ran two.
The final heat checkered at 10:18 p.m. The announcer
said they would be taking a 15-minute intermission.
That was it for me. Too many classes, too late
starting and too late of a finish if I tried to stay
til the end�.I was out of there.
The track is a � mile red clay/sand track. The
surface is smooth and there was only a little grit
when the more powerful late models raced. The
refreshments were �racetrack traditional� and it took
a long time to stand in line. They do a have a $10K
to win race on November 17. This race will replace an
event that was cancelled by wet weather earlier this
month. They had a nice crowd but I want to know why a
promoter would want to keep families and children out
so late. I�ve got to believe the feature program
would go past midnight. I�d give the track facility a
6 and the racing a 2.6. The best thing about this
track is that I will never have to go back to it, but
it still counts at #473.
Don�t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour
tonight. I always hate waiting up until 2 a.m. just
to change my watch but if that�s what the government
says you�ve got to do then I do it. Am I the only one
that thinks we have to move our clocks ahead (and lose
one hours sleep) about 80% of the time and move them
back (gaining an hours sleep) just 20% of the time??
Tomorrow it�s off to an asphalt race in Opp, Alabama.
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