Wow, what a difference a week makes! Joe and the staff put in a ton of work last week to get the track turned back around and into what we saw on Saturday night. I feel even without the rain, that the track would’ve been in great shape to race. Greg Gokey said that the track surface was easily one of the best he has raced on in many years, win or not. So we are thrilled with the direction of the track surface already.
The disappointing part, was how many of the regular drivers that have been with us since the start of my ownership in 2015, that left to race elsewhere after just one week. The interesting dynamic to that is we still had over 100 cars, including 21 fast Late Models and 19 great Modifieds. This might be the changing of the guard, but hopefully we see many of our previous regulars return to us again and make for some even stronger fields. Thank you so much to each of the drivers that came to the track and raced on Saturday and stuck by our side. We cannot express our gratitude enough to all of you, fans, drivers, teams, sponsors, and anyone else who was there.
Rain stopped us right in the middle of Late Model qualifying, and ended up putting us an hour behind schedule. With that delay, we decided it best to cut heat races for some of the classes and just add 5 laps to most features. The Factory Stock Feature was the first race event out, and it was a bit challenging as the surface was still pretty slick, even with almost the entire property of race cars helping us to pack the track after the rain. Due to the slick track that the Factory Stocks raced on, we want to make it up to them this weekend by paying $500-to-win and $100-to-start!
Everybody put on a great show for the race fans from start to finish. The Late Models where 3-wheelin and 2-wheelin it at times since the track had so much grip. It was a ton of fun to watch all the races and we once again want to thank you all for coming to Merritt to race with us.
One more cool announcement for today… Pro Stocks beginning this weekend, will pay $500-to-win every event for the rest of 2016, regardless of car count. Sweet Grafix has stepped up to be the division sponsor and is making this possible.
TOMORROW… Announcements regarding the Merritt Showdown payout, which is right around the corner! Stay tuned for that and other neat things that we have going on as well.
I hope to see you all at the track Saturday! Have a great week!