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  • Randy Lewis
    GREETINGS FROM TULSA, OKLAHOMA, Editor’s note: Photos from the April 1-3, 2005 Texas-Oklahoma trackchasing trip are now uploaded at www.ranlayracing.com.
    Message 1 of 4 , Apr 6, 2005
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      GREETINGS FROM TULSA, OKLAHOMA,




      Editor�s note: Photos from the April 1-3, 2005 Texas-Oklahoma trackchasing trip are now uploaded at www.ranlayracing.com.







      PEOPLE/TRAVEL NEWS



      You�re reading stuff in the people section of the trackchaser report. People can be funny. People can see the same thing from a very different viewpoint. In the world of trackchasing, we�ve tried to keep everyone on the same page, by having a list of trackchaser rules. I expect that all trackchasers will play by the rules.



      Our group has evolved over time. The rules have evolved over time. Trackchaser Guy Smith, the Thomas Jefferson of trackchasing, wrote the first trackchaser rules. Back when the first pen was laid to paper some 10 years ago, Guy�s writings were often referred to as guidelines. From what history tells us, Guy shared his ideas with several trackchasing friends (my airplane seatmate has a death grip on my typing hands to prevent me from typing the word �cronies�) for their input. Guy even kept a record of the feedback he received from others on his proposed rules.



      In all honesty, I commend Guy 100% for taking the initiative to come up with the first rules and ask others for there input. Keeping a record of others input is exactly what I would have done. I was a fledging novice trackchaser at the time trying to raise a young family with a very committed equally young and beautiful wife. I had only 200-300 tracks at the time.



      I�m about to tell you a story that has never been told. I came across a racing paper describing Guy�s efforts in organizing the first band of trackchasers. Guy�s mailing address was given. The story said that if you were interested in being part of the group, Guy would love to know about it. I�m pretty sure I ranked in the top 20 worldwide trackchasers back then even though my track total was in the 200s.



      I wrote Guy a note. I told him how much I was interested in trackchasing and how it would be great to be part of his fledgling group. I eagerly awaited a response. I never got one. Maybe Guy never got my letter. Maybe, he did and felt that my trackchasing resume was simply too meager to merit consideration. Maybe, he looked at my west coast address and decided that it might be best if the folks admitted to the group were local.



      Nevertheless, I was permitted to join the group as the years wore on. When I did gain formal admission to the group, I was a little older, a little wiser and our young family had grown up. As the kids went on to college, there was more time to travel and trackchase. By this time, those preliminary trackchaser guidelines had morphed into a hardnosed set of legally tested rules. I have even been given the opportunity for input and voting privileges for some of the more recently proposed amendments to the original rules.



      The trackchasing group appointed a trackchasing commissioner. His name is Will White. Will had long been the webmaster of the world-renowned Trackchaser.com website. Will has close geographic ties to some of trackchasing�s original members. I believe Will does his very best to make objective calls when rules questions come into play.



      I have found myself straddling the grey line of the rules probably more often than anyone else. I don�t know why that is. Nevertheless, the reason I bring up this rules topic in the first place is because of today�s racing activity. You can read about the potential problem in the Race Track News section.









      RACE TRACK NEWS:





      JRP SPEEDWAY - TRACK #829 � TULSA, OKLAHOMA



      The JRP Speedway is my 10th lifetime track to see in Oklahoma. The track is my fifth countable track for the three-day weekend. I have patented the three-day fly in and fly out trackchasing trip. It�s a very efficient cost effective way to get from 3-5 tracks.



      The trackchaser rule in question today comes from the �CARS� section of the Trackchaser Official Rules. Here�s what the rule states:



      �Any car or truck type class that allows adult drivers is countable. There needn't necessarily be adults racing in each particular race in order to count the track.�



      Only six mini-sprints showed up to race in the evening portion of JRP Speedway�s race program today. When I first walked into the pit area, I saw some very young drivers. One stood about four feet tall. I would later learn that this driver was 11 years old. The next two team cars had drivers that I estimated to be 14 years old. The fourth car was a black #99 micro sprint (some would call them mini-sprints) driven by Brady Bacon. Brady was a good enough driver to compete in the Chili Bowl, aka the Super Bowl of midget racing, this past winner. Although a good driver, I was told he was only 14-15 years old.



      The rule we have in place calls for the drivers to be adults. That�s a very vague rule when it comes to a specific age cutoff. As a child, I was very tall for my age. The movie theatre charged adult admissions for anyone 12 years of age or older. My mother always carried my birth certificate to prove that even though I was 5 feet, 6 inches tall I was only 10 years old. On the other hand, now I carry my driver�s license to prove that I am old enough to qualify for senior citizen discounts!



      We�ve already had the #1 trackchaser in the world ask to be removed from all trackchaser record books and communication over an age related flap. His request was denied. He was found guilty of counting a track where drivers, who were younger than adults, were racing. When informed that the drivers were not adults, his track was removed from the list and he quit. I believe the trackchasers did the right thing is this situation and the world�s leading trackchaser did the trackchasing community a disservice by loading up and heading down the road.



      I certainly did not want to meet a similar fate. I had seen four of the six cars and they were all driven by what most level headed folks would call �kids�. I asked one of the track security people if adults were allowed to race with the kids. I think he thought it an odd question. Who was I, Michael Jackson trying to hang out with a bunch of minor aged children?



      I quickly moved on and found the father of the 11 year old boy. I felt a little like Johnny Cochran trying to phrase my questions in a manner than might solicit a favorable answer. I was told that yes, indeed, drivers of all ages were permitted to race in today�s group. With that, he pointed to the far end of the pit area. Down in that corner were the fifth and sixth cars in today�s race.



      One was driven by an older gentleman with shockingly white hair. He had just come in from hot laps. After taking off his helmet, his white hair was flowing in every direction, as he looked the part of the eccentric mad scientist. I would later learn that this driver was 63 years old and had just taken up micro-sprint racing during the past few years. I even took a picture of the older driver for the skeptical among you. Yes, I had a countable track��.or did I?



      With only six cars, the track�s management decided all the drivers would get their money back and race for �free�. Now I was faced with another trackchaser rule from the �RACES� section that reads:



      �To count a track you must see actual racing competition.�



      Even in my past rules squabbles with the trackchasing sanctioning group, I had never been faced with two potential rules conflicts at one track.



      If they were racing for �free�, was that competitive racing? Of course, there is no requirement that the drivers be paid for the track to count. Was this an exhibition? Brady Bacon�s mother quickly answered that question doing her best to imitate a stereo-typical little league parent.



      Editor�s note: I was always a very well behaved �little league dad�. I coached the kids in both baseball and basketball and never ever had a problem, except once. It was a pleasant Saturday afternoon on a beautiful Southern California day. I was seated in a beach chair down by the left field foul pole. Maybe I was having a bad day, I don�t remember. A call went against our team and I yelled from my outfield position to the home plate umpire, �You�ve got to be kidding�. As soon as I made that remark, the umpire stopped the game and began to walk from home plate down the third base line. To be dramatic, he took his time. By the time he got near my beach chair, every eye in the place was on this out of control little league dad, me. I make one comment in my entire little league father career and now I�m sitting a foot off the ground in my beach chair looking up at a twenty something little league umpire. He begins to tell me that if I uttered one more word I will be thrown
      out of the Laguna Niguel Little League. It would make a great story if I told you I went out to the car, grabbed a baseball bat and beat the umpire into a lifelong stupor. Of course, I did not. I accepted the verbal rebuke as a lesson learned and moved on.



      Anyway, Brady�s mother insisted that the website stated that if there were six cars in attendance the drivers would be paid. She ranted, raved, and stomped her flip flops. She even said she had been screwed last night in Oklahoma City in a similar circumstance. I�m not sure if she was referring to a track in Oak City or her sex life. Nevertheless, the promoter quickly retreated and said that �Brady will be paid for whatever position he earns�. Whew!



      After some discussion, they decided to run two 10-lap heat races for the six cars. The second heat was fully inverted based upon the finish of the first heat. They then ran a 20 lap feature event. (Brady finished a close second).



      I was on the road by 7:30 p.m. and made it back to the Dallas airport area by a little past midnight. Getting five tracks in three days was all I could ask for.







      RACE TRACK FOOD:



      The JRP Speedway is located in a somewhat rundown light industrial area. There are many 25 dollar a night hotels and several rundown fast food shops. I had spent the weekend in Texas and Oklahoma. I wanted BBQ. For the longest time, that prospect did not look good until I came across the �Rib Crib�. This 40 outlet chain has locations primarily in Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri. If you come across one, they have my five star recommendation.







      RENTAL CAR UPDATE:



      I learned that the only folks making money on my rental car is the group that gets the rental car tax money. National Car Rental got $48 for the three-day rental. The taxing agencies received $30 for the three day rental. You will rarely hear me complain about taxes. I consider taxes a redistribution of wealth.





      LIFETIME TRACKCHASER STANDINGS UPDATE:



      The battle for positions that could change in the near future is as follows:





      5. Guy Smith � 949

      6. Jack Erdman -869

      7. Randy Lewis 829

      8. P.J. Hollebrand � 804

      9. John Moore � 787

      10. Ed Esser - 754







      2005 TRACKCHASER STANDINGS



      1. Ed Esser � 26

      2. Randy Lewis � 20

      3. P.J. Hollebrand - 16









      CUMULATIVE DRIVING DISTANCES:



      Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport, Fort Worth, Texas � trip begins

      Boyd, Texas � 91 miles

      Tulsa, Oklahoma � 477 miles

      Oktaha, Oklahoma � 534 miles

      Jennings, Oklahoma � 622 miles

      Tulsa, Oklahoma � 682 miles

      Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport, Fort Worth, Texas � 1,012 miles � trip ends







      TRACK ADMSSION PRICES:



      Boyd Raceway - $8

      Port City Raceway - $20 (includes pit pass)

      Outlaw Motor Speedway � Free

      Hallett Motor Racing Circuit - $10

      JRP Speedway � Free



      Total racetrack admissions for the trip. $38









      Thanks for reading about my trackchasing,

      Randy Lewis

      The #1 trackchaser living west of the Mississippi



      That�s all the news that�s fit to print from San Clemente where the women are strong, the men are good-looking, all of the children are above average and the real estate prices are way above average.








      My past trackchasing stories are available on the following website:


      http://uk.geocities.com/trackchaser2001/ (photos from my racing trips are also available on this Scotland based site)




      Official trackchaser standings can be viewed at:


      www.trackchaser.com














      Planned new racetracks (on the last day of each racing trip I will post my tentative plans for my next trip)






      April 9 � Charlotte County Speedway � F8, Punta Gorda, Florida



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    • RTRYFBAR@AOL.COM
      In a message dated 4/6/05 12:39:16, ranlay@yahoo.com writes:
      Message 2 of 4 , Apr 6, 2005
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        In a message dated 4/6/05 12:39:16, ranlay@... writes:

        << We’ve already had the #1 trackchaser in the world ask to be removed from
        all trackchaser record books and communication over an age related flap. His
        request was denied. He was found guilty of counting a track where drivers, who
        were younger than adults, were racing. >>

        This is a complete misstatement and/or understanding of the rule. In fact,
        what was stated above is the exact opposite of the actual rule. The issue was
        not or has never been counting a track where children were racing, it was
        COUNTING A TRACK WHERE ADULTS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO RACE in a countable class.

        Here is the rule taking directly off the website: "Any car or truck type
        class that allows adult drivers is countable. There needn't necessarily be adults
        racing in each particular race in order to count the track."

        I can't see how it could be written any clearer than that.

        GuySmith
      • Rick Young
        Message 3 of 4 , Apr 6, 2005
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          << "To count a track you must see actual racing competition."



          Even in my past rules squabbles with the trackchasing sanctioning group, I had never been faced with two potential rules conflicts at one track.



          If they were racing for "free", was that competitive racing? Of course, there is no requirement that the drivers be paid for the track to count. Was this an exhibition? Brady Bacon's mother quickly answered that question doing her best to imitate a stereo-typical little league parent. >>

          Randy
          I would`nt open that can of worms .... Did you realise that most of the "quality" oval racing classes racing in the UK dont pay to race, in fact the promotors pay the drivers to race... It`s called "Start Money" ... In recent years promotors have tried to wriggle out of this, and in some cases they`ve suceeded and the drivers do have to pay , but I believe START MONEY still excists in BriSCA F1... I think when I quit racing them in the mid 80`s it was about 14 quid (pounds)
          Rick



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        • colin herridge
          Rick Young wrote: Randy I would`nt open that can of worms .... Did you realise that most of the quality oval racing classes racing in the UK
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            Rick Young <stox@...> wrote:

            Randy
            I would`nt open that can of worms .... Did you realise that most of the "quality" oval racing classes racing in the UK dont pay to race, in fact the promotors pay the drivers to race... It`s called "Start Money" ... In recent years promotors have tried to wriggle out of this, and in some cases they`ve suceeded and the drivers do have to pay , but I believe START MONEY still excists in BriSCA F1... I think when I quit racing them in the mid 80`s it was about 14 quid (pounds)
            Rick

            Rick,

            You were good value for 14 pounds buddy lol

            As for the rule definition on children/adult racing i must admit i had read it different to you Guy,so to clear the air say one formula has 100 drivers registered and 99 are under 16 and just 1 is say a white haired old man of 63 even if he never races all year because he could race any other race would be countable,is that correct ?

            Colin H.

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