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Old 03-13-2015, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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For those that are serious race fans, (I'm not), do you think dirt track racing is dying. I live in central PA, a hotbed for sprint car racing. I know several people who are die hard dirt track fans, and they seem to always be talking about how as time goes on more and more teams are getting out of it, most cases its a money issue. Which makes sense because dirt track teams are usually sponsored by local "mom & pop" businesses and we all know what's happening to them. I will say, that although I don't go to dirt races often, mainly because I can't stand being around fat, drunken, cigarette smoking rednecks, which is about 90% of the people there, sprint cars going sideways around a dirt track is 100 times better watch than NASCAR. I seriously don't know how people even watch NASCAR. Hell, even NASCAR teams are struggling to attract sponsors these days. So is dirt track racing dying?
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Old 03-13-2015, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Island of Misfit Toys
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I think auto racing in general is in trouble. There's a generation of folks now that don't even want a drivers license so why would watch cars racing? Cars are becoming less popular as a toy. That hurts racing.
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Old 03-13-2015, 01:26 PM
 
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I think auto racing in general is in trouble. There's a generation of folks now that don't even want a drivers license so why would watch cars racing? Cars are becoming less popular as a toy. That hurts racing.
i think this is the more likely scenario. racing in general is declining somewhat, and the local events are the ones that suffer first.
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Old 03-13-2015, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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JonasW and rbohm you are both right. I believe the reason people don't have cars as "toys," (you know like a classic car that only gets out of the garage when the weather is perfect and the occasion is special), is economic. Most people just don't have the extra income for it
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Old 03-14-2015, 12:01 AM
 
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We have a local 1/4 mile dirt track and over the last few years it has become too expensive to put a car in the races. Most of the better drivers have quit.
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Old 03-17-2015, 08:11 PM
 
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Yep; racing cost have gotten out of hand everywhere. F1 use to be a Europeans races series; not anymore. They said many of the new guys entering have to pay 8 million for a third tier ride. Its not just by chance Mercedes won by 35 seconds over nearest rival in third.Many of the manufactures have long turned to cheaper series like GP Proto to develop their engines and other in ideas.
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