Trackchasers, greetings from Flint, Michigan,
Tonight's event originated from the Auto City Speedway
in Clio, Michigan. This was my 428th track and should
move me to the inside of the seventh row (that's lucky
13th place worldwide in the trackchaser standings).
This was the first Thursday night event of the season
and featured Super Late Models (20) and Modifieds
Highlights: I was able to meet up with my racing
buddy, Jim Sabo from Cleveland. As Gordy previously
predicted the real race was from O'hare Airport to the
track. It took about 6 1/2 hours also accurately
predicted by Allan. Also, great directions Allan.
The facility is a good one. There is a lot of seating
which runs from the middle of turns 3 and 4 all the
way to the end of the front stretch. They had a wide
selection of nuts available. I went for the cinnamon
almonds at $5.00 for about 900 calories. The track
offered a scoreboard and lap counter. After the
event was over they played "God Bless America" over
the PA as everyone headed toward the parking lot. I
remember another track playing "Happy Trails" which
provided a great ending.
Lowlights: The $12 general admission and $25 pit pass
was a little steep. It's 13 hours from my driveway in
San Clemente (leaving at 4 a.m.) to the ticket window
at Auto City (arriving at 5 p.m. PDT). The show
started at 7:30 p.m. on time. The six heats (three
for each division) finished by about 8:30 p.m.
Unfortunately, the two features didn't checker until
almost 11 p.m. The late models ran 75 laps and had a
fire and some other wreck related delays. There was
also very little passing the entire night. A 17 oz.
bottled water cost $2 (I estimate they paid 25 cents
Overall, I give the racing a 4. The cars were good
looking but not much passing. The overall facility
gets an 8. Good PA, lots of seating with great
sightlines, good parking and refreshments. This was
also the location of one of my all time favorites
movies "Roger and Me", a story about how corporate
America, in this case General Motors was exploiting
its workers. If you've never seen it, track it down
you'll enjoy it.
# 1 trackchaser West of the Mississippi, from San Clemente where the wind chill hovers around 72, all the women are good looking and the children are above average.
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