NO PRACTICE THURSDAY, APRIL 20 DUE TO A FAMILY OUTING (that I almost forgot about, lol.)
ALSO PRACTICE ON TUESDAY APRIL 25 WILL NOT START UNTIL 6:30 DUE TO COMMITMENTS ON JANET'S AND MY PART.
Effective immediately, change in Saturday hours at Battle Front: Noon to 5 AT THIS POINT, BASED ON WHAT APPEARS TO BE LACK OF INTEREST IN THE OVAL PROGRAM (HAPPENS THIS TIME EVERY YEAR) AND THE CONFLICT WITH THE CELEBRATIONS ON THE OTHER SIDE (ONE SCHEDULED EVERY SATURDAY FROM NOW UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST), EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, THERE WILL BE NO SATURDAY OVAL RACING UNTIL AFTER LABOR DAY. If there is interest, we can run a program on a Tuesday or Thursday. Tuesday would work best for me but I need enough individuals to commit to coming out for a program or we won't even attempt to schedule it. In addition, we have for the last couple of years closed on Saturdays for the summer. With the suspension of the oval program and most of the non-racers finding places to run outside, (practice drops off drasticly), I will continue Saturdays under a new schedule of practice from Noon to 5. If there is sufficient attendance we will continue, if not we will close on Saturdays until after Labor Day. After looking at the results of the poll that I put up, after going thru all of the entries for last summer, and after serious deliberation I have decided that we will not be operating the outdoor track at Battle Front this summer. We will continue with regular Wed., Fri. and Sun. race days on the indoor track. While I appreciate every single racer that comes out to support us there are those that go above and beyond in the number of race days that they attend. There were for the most part 24 individuals who kept the track open for the summer last year. Of those 24, 11 would prefer running indoors for the summer, 9 are willing to run indoors for the summer, 1 was opposed to running indoors and 3 are still a question. Bottom line that says to me we should be just fine running indoors year round. I am also treating this as a test, given the uncertainty of our current situation, to see if people are really willing to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to running indoors during the summer. At least 40 people responded to the poll saying that they would prefer to or are willing to run indoors year round. While the building we are in HAS NOT been sold, it remains a possibility. If we are forced to relocate I do not plan on looking for a location that will accommodate an outdoor track and even if the option was there I do not plan on investing the time and money that would be necessary to build and maintain it at a new location. I simply can not continue to put in the time and effort on a weekly basis that it takes to maintain an outdoor track for weekly racing. While my health is still very good, going on 10 years since we opened, I just can not do everything I used to and the stamina is not there. In addition with my early retirement I must work during the summers to make ends meet and that and trying to maintain the track just didn't work well for me last summer. Bottom line, I just don't feel right and can not ask for others to pick up the slack and maintain an outdoor track. There are several advantages to running indoors vs. outdoors for weekly club racing. No bugs, no rain, no wind and a consistent surface week in and week out. The programs run much smoother and move quicker due to less required maintenance. We will make sure that there are plenty of fans to circulate the air both in the pit area and the track area. We can mount some up on the walls in the track area to make sure the air is moving. More than willing to make an investment to keep things comfortable.
We can also look at more frequent track changes if desired. With the slower pace of the summer and being closed on Saturdays we could easily cancel a Sunday program take Saturday and Sunday to rebuild the track and be back to racing on Wednesday. I myself see many positives in running indoors year round and hope the support is there for it and that we continue to experience the great racing and turnouts that we have seen during the winter months. Thank you everyone for your continued support!!!!!!
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Monday - Closed
Tuesday 5 to 9 Practice Off-Road and Oval
Wednesday 5 to 9 Off-road Racing at 6:30, Oval Practice
Thursday 5 to 9 Practice Off-Road and Oval
Friday - 5 to ? Off-Road Racing at 7, Oval Practice
Saturday - 2 to 9 Oval Racing at 5, Off-road Practice Sunday: 10:00 AM till 5:00 PM Off-Road Racing at Noon, No Oval Practice