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x83fan
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July 14, 2018 at 06:28:51 PM
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Posted By: YungWun24 on July 11 2018 at 04:15:10 PM

Are we in another golden age of sprint cars? It seems that where ever the WOO travels the place is packed, plus with how many drivers are on the tour this year, it seems like at least the traveling series, and not just the WOO is in a good place.

With that said, can the WOO get any bigger right now? So many people can now see a world of outlaw race across the country every single race night, sponsors can see their drivers race every single race night, and then go watch them in person when they're close to their home. 

What would happen if every race paid $20k to win and we had multiple $100k to win races? 

Can the WOO get any bigger than it currently is right now? 



first off, great thread yung wun, & no obscenities!  i started going to gold cup in chico, ca. the 1st time in 02, & to me that was the golden era. car counts were 80-90, travelers were 25+, and the finale paid 50k. this went on thru 2010 or thereabouts, but as car counts dwindled, so did purses. and here we are today. so my own answer to your question is yes, i think they can get bigger with just what you suggested, better paying races, etc... i realize things are not the same economically & other pertinent reasons, but if you look at the way the SCCT does it's deal here in ca. they seem to get large car counts every race by offering better $ to those who show up every race with a season ending payout. we get one Trophy Cup a year, i know its a 360 race , but its a kick-ass 3 day race. it would be great if we could have a spring, summer, & fall type of race each year. anyway, probably dont know what the hell im talking about, but its ok to dream



dsc1600
July 15, 2018 at 09:27:36 AM
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Golden age of WoO or not, we are in the golden age of Schatz.

Last night was his 20th "crown jewel" race win (Knoxville, Kings Royal and NAtional Open) behind only King Steve's 23. At the rate he's going, he'll hit 24 in 2020.



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July 15, 2018 at 09:52:14 AM
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Posted By: YungWun24 on July 13 2018 at 09:57:48 AM

I had a good laugh at the 3pt shot comment. You'd have a cow then for a start up 3 on 3 league that has a 4 pt shot. 

 

Stan,

I understand your comments regarding guys behing able to build a car back in the day. And you would already know that with anything advances are made on the car's components, including safety, which slowly eliminates many guys who built cars out of the garage. 

Lets not forgot how popular gaming is today, and the rise of iRacing, which isn't the only online sprint car simulator. I don't think this brings in droves of new fans due to, again, costs, but I think opens up the window for people who  may of heard about sprint car racing. 

I can honestly see down the road 15, 20 years, that major tracks have to pay higher paying weekly races to pull cars in from further away. 

But not to get away from the original post, and into another cost of racing thread, with all the things going on POSITIVE with the WOO, despite what seems to be a lower car count regionally, I'm happy we have such a solid tour(s) right now. 

 



My cousin started with home built Supermodifieds but eventually moved on to full up Sprint Cars so they survived in the sport for a while before the costs of the fabricated stuff, specifically motors, got too high. 

Here's an example of one of their cars in the early 70s.

 


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July 15, 2018 at 10:13:53 PM
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Posted By: StanM on July 15 2018 at 09:52:14 AM

My cousin started with home built Supermodifieds but eventually moved on to full up Sprint Cars so they survived in the sport for a while before the costs of the fabricated stuff, specifically motors, got too high. 

Here's an example of one of their cars in the early 70s.

 



Would have loved to see some of the early generation sprint cars race. I feel like it would be very eye opening and interesting. I've been to nostalgia races before but those guys make sure the car is coming home in one piece usually. I want to see guys all from the same era with home built cars putting it all out there. If only...



YungWun24
July 16, 2018 at 08:17:14 AM
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If you want to see old sprint cars putting it all out there look up Pikes Peak and Unser. 


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July 16, 2018 at 11:50:50 PM
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Are you suggesting sprint cars should consider all wheel drive for better traction? Lol.

Interesting video. I never knew there was such an event.


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