Earlier this year, Rick Young told us of a new class called V-Twin Dirt Demons that would be alternating between the small tracks at Cornwall on Tuesdays and Brockville on Wednesdays. Rick went to both tracks. Before this week, I had only been to Cornwall when I drove up earlier in July to meet up with Rick and Roland. On Wednesday I headed north of the border for the second track.
The Manager of Steel, Mike Knappenberger, worked a half day then met me at my house for the drive to Brockville. This was a tough call for Mike, who up until today had a perfect record of seeing every show at Kutztown this year. He's a race fan too. We arrived just before warmups were scheduled to start. Admission was $5. Even though the Brockville small track is inside the infield of the big track (Cornwall is not), they do not allow spectators to sit in the grandstands to watch the races. That was disappointing. They do have the main concession stand open, and use the same restrooms as for the Saturday stock car races. I had a mediocre burger and excellent fries with gravy.
Before the races, I talked to the guy in charge of the Dirt Demons. He said they were going to race at a third track, Can-Am Speedway's kart track (also located outside of the main track) this year, but the date he gave me of August 24 is a date the Can-Am website says the kart track is closed for Monster Trucks. He also said they have been invited to race at the Mini Drome Drummond, a track I have been trying to get for several years, but no date has been set for that and it might not be until next year. Granby was also mentioned as wanting them, but I didn't even know they had a small track there.
There were ten of the Dirt Demons ordered last winter, and all were quickly sold and are racing. The guy in charge said that this winter he will be ordering another ten cars so next year there will be 20 in action. I mentioned to him that they would be great racing indoors and he said they were very open to that if given the opportunity, so we can keep our fingers crossed about that.
Overall they had a great turnout of over 70 entries in the various flat kart divisions, lawn mowers, and Demons. I was told they expected 8 of the Dirt Demons to race on this night, but only six did. They started pretty much on time and ran a basically efficient show. The Mowers and Dirt Demons, much more powerful than any of the flat kart classes, raced last in the rotations. They had two sets of small bleachers in the infield by the track, but let people stand in front of them right against the Jersey Barriers blocking the view from even the top row. It annoyed me, since they had the big grandstand sitting right there unused. OK, it would have annoyed me anyway. My only other complaint was that they ran too few racers in each heat if the numbers in that class were low. Once they hit six in a class, they split into two heats of three. I thought we were good as there were five Demons for hot laps, but a sixth arrived late and that meant two, three car heats.
Overall a good little show, and I really like the Dirt Demons. They are great on these little kart tracks. I was told that due to the tubing thickness of the frames, they would not run on any tracks bigger than the kart tracks. Hopefully I will get to see them on a couple of more different tracks in the future.
The Brockville inner track was my 194th in Canada. As of now, I only have one more planned new Canada track for 2013, later this month in Quebec at Notre Dame. But 200 in a single foreign country hasn't been done by a US TrackChaser, so that's probably something I'll look to as a 2014 goal. Another good trip with Mike.
Guy & Pam Smith 2013 Summary
2013 New Tracks--Guy 44 / Pam 29
2013 Events-- Guy 64 / Pam 35
2013 Total Tracks-- Guy 65 / Pam 36
2013 Additional new Non TC Tracks--Guy 5 / Pam NA
Lifetime Total Tracks--Guy 1,521 / Pam 866
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