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turn4guy
November 07, 2017 at 03:04:33 PM
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Posted By: Centralpa410 on November 06 2017 at 08:18:04 PM

Last season Port Royal posted photos of them “repairing” the front stretch wall, they didn’t just paint it. They also replaced the wall on the pit lane leading onto the speedway. They added 3200 seats and added Musco lighting around the entire speedway and in the entire pit area. That ain’t lipstick. The big wall was not to emulate Knoxville, it was to keep clay and sprint cars from going into the town.  And as the original topic states, this has nothing to do with racing, just the facility.  And I guess this is a facility thing, so go to about the 1:08 mark of this video and tell me how this facility can be called elite with this problem.

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=B1V5Y7TImKI

 



If the the woo teams made a list of top 5 facilities in the country I guarantee you port royal wouldn't be in the top 25. People need to get of central PA and some  of these places. Eldora, Knoxville, Charlotte, Lucas, Las Vegas, Devils Bowl, Calistoga, Jackson, Husets. The list goes on and on. You can't compare port royal to any track that has new seating, concrete walls, best lighting, best catch fences, video boards, suites etc. 



dryslk
November 07, 2017 at 03:16:43 PM
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I was at Dodge City  Kansas & was very impressed with Facility  



HoldenCaulfield
November 07, 2017 at 03:31:15 PM
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Posted By: turn4guy on November 06 2017 at 07:35:58 PM

Why are people putting port royal on here. Yes they've made improvements but it's not even close to being one of the nicest facilities.  Jersey barriers are ugly. The copycat "Knoxville style" wall is nothing like Knoxville. The tin is all mismatch and with different shades of white. The front stretch wall is falling apart and they tried to cover it up with a bunch of paint. Lot of lipstick on a pig up there as far as how the place looks. Track surface is excellent though. Before people start ripping me apart, I love port and the improvements they've made up there. It's a great track. But not near as nice of a facility as Eldora, Jackson, Charlotte, husets, Lucas oil, Knoxville. Etc etc. Let's chill out on the port royal thing guys. It's much improved but not anywhere near elite. 



Haven't been to Eldora in a decade so I'm not sure what they've improved over the last 10 years but Port Royal is now WAAAY nicer than the last time I was at Eldora. The seating for one is no comparison. Have they put in aluminum high rise bleachers with backrests at Eldora? Only thing better at Eldora is the parking/camping. Having a bar is cool but I prefer BYOB. Port could use an upgrade in concessions(Bring back OIP!) Knoxville is certainly a better facility than both.



beezr2002
November 07, 2017 at 03:34:24 PM
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These are all tracks that I have visited, no internet races.

1. Bristol (when it was covered with clay)

2. Knoxville, first timer this year, a bit fancy for me but its a wonderful place and was glad to finally visit there.

3. Lawrenceburg, first timer this year, just loved that place.

4 Lernerville, haven't been there for a few years but I liked the place.

5/6. Port Royal, they have came a long way since I first visited there in the late 80's and have made huge strides in the last few years.   Eldora, haven't been there since 94 and I know the facility has improved but it seems the track just aint what it used to be.

I'm really not a fan of fancy race tracks its just not where I came from. I prefer good racing and just don't care if the facility is a dump or not.

Next topic for conversation could be, Dumpy tracks with awesome racing.



HoldenCaulfield
November 07, 2017 at 03:45:52 PM
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Posted By: turn4guy on November 07 2017 at 03:04:33 PM

If the the woo teams made a list of top 5 facilities in the country I guarantee you port royal wouldn't be in the top 25. People need to get of central PA and some  of these places. Eldora, Knoxville, Charlotte, Lucas, Las Vegas, Devils Bowl, Calistoga, Jackson, Husets. The list goes on and on. You can't compare port royal to any track that has new seating, concrete walls, best lighting, best catch fences, video boards, suites etc. 



Not sure the last time you were at Port Royal but here's a newsflash: Port Royal DOES have new seating, new musco lighting, new concrete walls on the inside and outside frontstetch, plus suites and also new restrooms (with attendants). I wouldn't say it's in the top 5 nationally or not but it's easily the nicest dirt track facilty-wise in PA. 



egras
November 07, 2017 at 03:57:17 PM
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Posted By: blazer00 on November 07 2017 at 01:33:19 PM

I don't know TQ personally, but from what I do know of him he will keep the place up, and then some. I do know those that run the place and they will not let it slip in cleanliness and appearance. In fact, there are still plans in place that will result in even better fan experiences. I still pinch myself everytime I walk in to the facility, not only because it's so close to home, but because a dirt track facility like that even exists.  I was initially against shortening the 1/2 mile down, but after seeing the plans and understanding what the goals are, I am really excited about the racing to come. It's going to measure out right at 4/10 of a mile, so not all that much shorter. That distance will tighten up the racing, and give the engines a bit of relief, also. But I will say the old half mile had plenty of great racing action, and that does include the past couple of years with the return of the 410's, and larger 360 fields. The banking will be altered slightly and they are putting down quite a bit of new track surface. The campground continues to grow, and creating a family type atmosphere remains high on their priority list to attract more fans.



I'm hoping the stars align and I am able to make the trip for the Jackson Nationals.  If so, we can hook up for a cold one!  (or 12)



blazer00
November 07, 2017 at 05:01:15 PM
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Posted By: egras on November 07 2017 at 03:57:17 PM

I'm hoping the stars align and I am able to make the trip for the Jackson Nationals.  If so, we can hook up for a cold one!  (or 12)



You're on! And......can't go in to details, but it sounds like this years Nationals will be very special!



turn4guy
November 07, 2017 at 05:31:38 PM
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Posted By: HoldenCaulfield on November 07 2017 at 03:45:52 PM

Not sure the last time you were at Port Royal but here's a newsflash: Port Royal DOES have new seating, new musco lighting, new concrete walls on the inside and outside frontstetch, plus suites and also new restrooms (with attendants). I wouldn't say it's in the top 5 nationally or not but it's easily the nicest dirt track facilty-wise in PA. 



Port royal does not have concrete walls like the other tracks I've mentioned. Front stretch has crumbling concrete walls. The inside of the turns are jersey barriers. Just because they add bleachers doesn't mean the shit is new or as nice as Eldora or Knoxville or the other 25 tracks I mentioned. Williams Grove has had musco lighting for 15 years. Jersey barriers are a poor man's concrete walls. Look at the big white wall in 1 and 2. It's mismatch tin and different shades of white. I'll argue all day. Is it improved? Absolutely. Is it as nice the premier facilities around the country? Not even close. No track in PA is. 



ThePurple73
November 07, 2017 at 05:38:08 PM
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This message was edited on November 07, 2017 at 05:38:56 PM by ThePurple73

1. Knoxville

2. Lucas Oil - Indy Raceway Park

3. Perris

4. Terra Haute Action Track

5. Any of the state fair tracks ie  Duquoin, Indianapolis(Indy Mile), Springfield Mile, Sedalia
 

Others Kokomo Indiana, Charlotte, Lawernceburg IN

 



motorhead748
November 07, 2017 at 05:58:31 PM
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I can appreciate a nice facility but as long as I don't have to stand in urine when going to the restroom I'm fine.  And it sounds like I need to get to Jackson. 



BStrawser26
November 07, 2017 at 06:27:49 PM
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My top three are

1. Knoxville - No other track is even close. 

2. Eldora 

3. Lincoln, PA

 

 


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GTigers55
November 07, 2017 at 07:15:38 PM
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Out of tracks I've been to personally my top 5 would be

1. Lawrenceburg

2. Mansfield

3. Eldora

4. Attica

5. Fremont



sprintcarfan101
November 07, 2017 at 10:43:45 PM
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1. Knoxville

2. Eldora

3. Las Vegas Dirt Track

4. 34 Raceway

5. Beaver Dam Raceway



blazer00
November 07, 2017 at 11:00:31 PM
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Posted By: motorhead748 on November 07 2017 at 05:58:31 PM

I can appreciate a nice facility but as long as I don't have to stand in urine when going to the restroom I'm fine.  And it sounds like I need to get to Jackson. 



I don't make a dime off ticket sales....Smile.....but yeh, you do need to get to Jackson for a race. Check their website and keep an eye open for the 2018 schedule and pick your date.



revjimk
November 07, 2017 at 11:51:59 PM
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Posted By: beezr2002 on November 07 2017 at 03:34:24 PM

These are all tracks that I have visited, no internet races.

1. Bristol (when it was covered with clay)

2. Knoxville, first timer this year, a bit fancy for me but its a wonderful place and was glad to finally visit there.

3. Lawrenceburg, first timer this year, just loved that place.

4 Lernerville, haven't been there for a few years but I liked the place.

5/6. Port Royal, they have came a long way since I first visited there in the late 80's and have made huge strides in the last few years.   Eldora, haven't been there since 94 and I know the facility has improved but it seems the track just aint what it used to be.

I'm really not a fan of fancy race tracks its just not where I came from. I prefer good racing and just don't care if the facility is a dump or not.

Next topic for conversation could be, Dumpy tracks with awesome racing.



"I'm really not a fan of fancy race tracks its just not where I came from. I prefer good racing and just don't care if the facility is a dump or not.

Next topic for conversation could be, Dumpy tracks with awesome racing."

Got to agree with you there. Some of the worst racing I've seen has been at nice facilities (none of the ones mentioned here), while Path Valley is a dump & always fun

I'm not looking for a 5 Star hotel, I like hillbilly tracks if the racing is good.....



alum.427
November 08, 2017 at 06:30:26 AM
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Posted By: motorhead748 on November 07 2017 at 05:58:31 PM

I can appreciate a nice facility but as long as I don't have to stand in urine when going to the restroom I'm fine.  And it sounds like I need to get to Jackson. 



You better not go to golden aisles then. Stunk so bad it was disgusting.  To top it all off was same bldg they were serving food. YUK.



Nick14
November 08, 2017 at 09:01:36 AM
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Taking Racing out of the equation and just rating the facilities as a whole, my top 5 that I have personally been to would have to be:

1) Knoxville 2)Eldora 3) Lawernceburg 4) Sharon 5) Lernerville. Hoping to get to Central PA one day, as well as I-55, Jackson Nationals, World Finals, and Florida one year.



NKC
November 08, 2017 at 11:17:52 AM
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Posted By: MoOpenwheel on November 07 2017 at 08:15:43 AM

I can't imagine any facility being nicer then Lucas Oil Speedway.  Possibly similar but no way better.  The biggest negative I can give it is where its located.  There's almost no amenities anywhere close.  But I suppose that's how Eldora is too.  Other than that it's quite amazing what they've built, and continue to add to, out in the middle of nowhere.  From the dirt track to a drag boat lake to a new off road track with covered grandstands, it's first class all the way.



Second that.  LOS is closer to a minor-league baseball stadium than a dirt track.  Worth the drive if you can make it.



Centralpa410
November 08, 2017 at 11:19:47 AM
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Posted By: turn4guy on November 07 2017 at 05:31:38 PM

Port royal does not have concrete walls like the other tracks I've mentioned. Front stretch has crumbling concrete walls. The inside of the turns are jersey barriers. Just because they add bleachers doesn't mean the shit is new or as nice as Eldora or Knoxville or the other 25 tracks I mentioned. Williams Grove has had musco lighting for 15 years. Jersey barriers are a poor man's concrete walls. Look at the big white wall in 1 and 2. It's mismatch tin and different shades of white. I'll argue all day. Is it improved? Absolutely. Is it as nice the premier facilities around the country? Not even close. No track in PA is. 



Williams Grove has Musco Lighting on the front stretch only. 



DakotaKid
November 08, 2017 at 11:37:14 AM
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Posted By: blazer00 on November 07 2017 at 01:33:19 PM

I don't know TQ personally, but from what I do know of him he will keep the place up, and then some. I do know those that run the place and they will not let it slip in cleanliness and appearance. In fact, there are still plans in place that will result in even better fan experiences. I still pinch myself everytime I walk in to the facility, not only because it's so close to home, but because a dirt track facility like that even exists.  I was initially against shortening the 1/2 mile down, but after seeing the plans and understanding what the goals are, I am really excited about the racing to come. It's going to measure out right at 4/10 of a mile, so not all that much shorter. That distance will tighten up the racing, and give the engines a bit of relief, also. But I will say the old half mile had plenty of great racing action, and that does include the past couple of years with the return of the 410's, and larger 360 fields. The banking will be altered slightly and they are putting down quite a bit of new track surface. The campground continues to grow, and creating a family type atmosphere remains high on their priority list to attract more fans.



On top of that, they are moving the announcer's booth up to the very top of the suites, and building a crows nest! I personally am very excited for this change in particular! 


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