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Old 01-08-2019, 01:40 PM   #11
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Not sure you can compare the 2. Iíve been to a few car shows. Like watching paint dry. Unless you have never raced, then it might be fun.
Let me know if you are still racing when you turn 73. Its not the same unless you have someone else doing all the work and loaning you a car.
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Old 01-08-2019, 03:54 PM   #12
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Over half full now the day before dropping to grade 7. I can still recall all the post of what's wrong with Stock/SS and it's dying......
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Old 01-08-2019, 04:32 PM   #13
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No doubt the 50th Gators is drawing in some folks but recall last year the complaints about being parked over on the road course and ďwill not go againĒ. Class racers may retire or NHRA kills the class but until then the show will continue strong. With every class in NHRA scheduled to run (who knows, they may even throw in snowmobiles) plus all the exhibition passes it sure will be a spectacle. Hope the weather cooperates and no way Iíll have enough grade points but will be there nevertheless, donít want to miss class eliminations and FSS.

BTW, on FB Gainesville has been regularly giving updates on the new concrete pour, looks like itís about done. Many of us have been clamoring on FB that they pave the gravel road between the road course and way beyond where the tire trucks normally park...we shall see. Iím 200 miles from the track but if they run a T&T or bracket deal either I or else someone else here will post how the track looks.
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Or you could just go get grade points like all the other racers. Just because you live in a curtain div why should you get preferential treatment over other racers that spent time and money to earn grading pionts.
Charley: I wasn't asking of any kind of special preference, I know how the system works. So for this years schedule of LODR's in D2, I would have to drive 6000 miles to get 6 grade points and wouldn't have enough grade points to get into the Gators. What I was trying to show is that in certain divisions, they have national opens and divisional races where you can go to work that day and still drive to race in a few hours.

It's not all that bad, I live where people vacation, we race year round here.

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Jim I parked at the road course last year and to be honest I liked it back there but I would not get upset if they put some pavement down on that dirt road! It was good meeting and talking to you last weekend, look forward to seeing you more this year.
I understand the traveling can be long in pur division as much as anyone. Living on the coast in North Carolina has its challenges as far as racing NHRA. For a while the closest race to me was a division 1 race at Dinwiddie but if you're going to do this deal you got to ride. I put over 10k miles on my rig last year and some airline miles also but if you want to get in these "premier" nationals that's what you're going have to do.
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Let me know if you are still racing when you turn 73. Its not the same unless you have someone else doing all the work and loaning you a car.
Lol, guess thatís a shot. Iím not 73, guess I wonít know until I get there. BTW I own a car Incase you didnít know. Do you even have anything to do with racing anymore? When is the last time you were even at a race?
When I turn 73 that will make car shows more fun? Good
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Old 01-08-2019, 10:54 PM   #17
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They will put Stock, Super Stock, Super Street, Super gas and Super Comp on the back road course. If they paved the back dirt road, it may be OK. If not, it was an extremely dirty and bumpy road. The front main pit area will be filled with everything else.
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Old 01-09-2019, 08:59 AM   #18
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Lol, guess thatís a shot. Iím not 73, guess I wonít know until I get there. BTW I own a car Incase you didnít know. Do you even have anything to do with racing anymore? When is the last time you were even at a race?
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I raced beginning in 1963 at Aquasco with an old Ford... Raced a 1965 Plymouth 426 Street wedge after the Ford until I was drafted to be cannon fodder in Viet Nam. Came back and raced a 69 Vette in what was F/S back then. Went to super stock when the rule change hit in 1972. Raced again in 1977-78 in a SS/IA Camaro with my own home built engine. No ported heads back then or elect water pump drive nor those "fugly" Kirky seats. Had a free P/G and converter from ATI when Jim was alive. Its the ONLY thing I ever received free.Ken Keir tubbed it and built the 4 link before he opened his chassis shop.. . Was class runner up in 1978 at the Bowling Green Sports Nationals ($40 entry fee !) against one of Bobby Warrens customers named Phil Hardee. Worked for NHRA under Greg X until I got tired of working for the Gestopo. Worked 22 plus years for IHRA at ALL of their National events. Developed and got the Top Stock program going in IHRA with Mike Keener. I guess you were still pooping in your diaper during most of that time. With all the rule changes making things more expensive I quit racing as I had a family to support at that time. . I guess IF someone gave me a free Hemi car and upkeep I would do it again......Naaaaaaaaaa !

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Didn't we have this discussion and year or two ago. And as I recall whe the field closed a lot of racers pulled out and the racers that complained still did not enter. Just sayin
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I have not been to the Gators since the mid 1980's...

It was basically woods and a swamp in the pits back then...Ö.dirt, scrubby grass and maybe some gravel....


Coming from cold NJ and hitting fabulous weather for at least 2 of those trips made it well worth it....


Great memories from those trips !
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