Rules, Announcements ... and More.

The Season Begins! Yeah, a little snow is still on the ground (hasn't it be just a lovely winter?) but Saturday, April 19th, marks the opening of the racing season. Racing begins as close to 7:30 as we can make it with the pit gates opening about 4:30 and the main stands opening at 5PM. Front gate adult admission will be $12 on 'regular nights' and $15 on 'special nights.' Kids will remain at $5. A season grandstand pass can be obtained for $220. Pit passes remain at $25. In probably the best deal of the year, a family pass for two adults and two kids is only $25! If you have questions you can drop me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can call the office at 989.235.5200.

When I sent out the email blast to tell people that practice had been cancelled, I got roughly 20 emails bounces. If your email has changed, drop me a note. Please tell me what it was and what it is now. Thanks!

SPECIAL NOTICE!!!!
It probably won't come as a surprise to you after the winter we've had but the extended forecast says the endless winter and its cold weather won't abate until almost June. After careful consultation amongst the Ron and the staff, after the first night of racing, start time will move to 7PM to help get everyone home before the 'really' cold weather hits at night. Please come prepared during Test and Tune to finish your registrations and such to help speed things up for opening night.

Starting on the second night, drivers and their cars must be checked no later than 5:45PM. Due to the tight time schedule, you may only 'call in - check in' once a month. Opening night, we will start as soon as possible, trying to maybe start before 7:30 on opening night. We hope this will help keep the fans in the stands as long as possible. In June, the start time will revert to 7:30PM.

Unfortunately, front gate admission prices will rise to $12 on 'regular nights' and $15 on 'special nights.' Kids will remain at $5. A season grandstand pass can be obtained for $220. Pit passes remain at $25. In probably the best deal of the year, a family pass for two adults and two kids is only $25!

I have received draft versions of the revised versions of the the Pro Truck rules, Street Stock rules, and the Pro Stock rules.

As announced at the banquet, there is a new rule for the Pro Trucks:

OPTIONAL TRANSMISSION RULE Bert type transmissions will be allowed. If a Bert type transmission is used, you must add an additional 50 lbs on each side in front of the engine plate. Weight may be adjusted for competitive quality. NO BALL SPLINE TRANSMISSIONS WILL BE PERMITTED.

If you can't make it to the track, you can use our exclusive DVR option to see all of the LIVE action or see the replay immediately after the race by visiting this page and then using the slider bar to jump around by visiting this LINK

Special thanks to our long time partners,Engine Pro and ARP for their continued support in bringing you live coverage of the race night events. If you haven't filled out your "Pay Dirt" application from Engine Pro, now is a good time to do so! CLICK HERE for info!


For those that intend to have minors entering the pits, here is the minor release form to have pre-filled out. PLEASE NOTE! "Legal" people say you need to do one of two things. Fill it out and have it notarized or fill it out but don't sign it until you are at the track so track officials can countersign it. Other forms will be posted here shortly.

 

Coming "Home"

You never realize how much you will miss something until it isn’t available every time you want to go there. Well, alright, I suppose the proper way to say that is it isn’t easily available when I want to go.

I have been a regular at Crystal Motor Speedway since way back in the early 80’s, first as a fan, then as a car owner, and then as an employee. I don’t have to tell most of you how addictive the track can be. My first extended time away from the Crystal clay was in 2005 when I worked with the ASA series and traveled across the eastern half of America with some really great racers and I got to meet and work with some current NASCAR drivers. It was a real thrill to work with these guys but I can remember looking at my watch and realizing that it was race time at CMS and wishing I was “home.”

I came back to CMS in 2006 and worked two more years but in 2007, I spent half of nearly every week in Florida, coming home to be at the track Friday night for Saturday and going back to Port Saint Lucie on Monday. My wife had already moved to Florida full time and I was commuting each week. It was arduous but I wanted to do it… for that summer. As soon as Great Lakes Nationals was in the books that year, I was gone for the winter.

Since then, I have come ‘home’ for the season opener, around Memorial Day weekend, the Fourth of July weekend, and in August. This year has found me much busier in my new home area and with a business that seems about ready to really break loose. I work with a television station and two radio stations here and we are about to launch our own Roku TV stations… three of them to be exact!

 

We’ve been testing it the past few weeks (which is why the chat on the ROTW board has been closed) and it seems to be working perfectly. It’s been a ton of work but we think it will be worth it shortly. Two years of dreaming, planning, and work are about to spring to life… kind of like an elephant pregnancy. If all goes as planned, our sports channel, StreamNet Sports, will be available on Roku this week. Instead of watching it live on your computer, you can watch it live on your television.

Getting back to the original subject… coming ‘home.’ All of this stuff kept me from getting back for the season opener, the first I’ve missed in years. I intended to be back for the first race in May but that isn’t going to happen either. I thought I’d for sure I could make it for the Memorial Day weekend but again, I’ve got a schedule conflict with my other businesses.

So what to do? I am looking at coming up on a Friday and leave on Sunday to get back for a Monday meeting. I was explaining this to a friend who promptly asked me why I would travel on such a tight schedule for such a short period of time. The answer is obvious. It’s kind of like going home for Christmas… you just gotta do it. I hope to see you all then!

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