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Posted: 03/28/21 04:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bucky wrote:

Here's a view thru the windshield during the truck race from Bristol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr0uj42Qwnk&ab_channel=NASCARonFOX

This isn't going to end smoothly for the Cup cars either.


What idiot decided it was a good plan to race on dirt in cars with windshields and no way to clear them?


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Cloud Dancer wrote:

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Getting plenty of rain now, and wind, and black clouds.
I'm not seeing how they can make todays time trials.
Sunday afternoon maybe.
Our 5th was rocking.

Cloud Dancer.....besides costs, why do not these big event dirt tracks roll out covers/tarps before heavy rains? Like a baseball stadium.
Just south of you in Liberty.

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I was thinking lightweight tarps of whatever material on a large diameter tube (36") maybe 30 ft long that would unroll and cover only the track. Might have to use an overlapping layer to cover the entire width. Water could run off to the infield.


Should work. Wouldn't drain any different from the asphalt.

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The Bristol area had a lot of rain. Not like the Nashville area but a bunch. With low temperatures tomorrow will the clay even dry sufficiently to race tomorrow?

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Yes sir it dried out. It dried out so much I was sitting at the the same level as the flag stand and couldn't see the cars on the front stretch.
I don't know what they did and I don't think they did either.
My dirt track vs. NASCAR is 10 to 1 dirt. That dirt was too fine. It didn't stick together to make a berm. The straightaways had big voids between the high spots. It rubbered up but there was no berm to lean on. I've seen dusty tracks...Eldora and Indy Fairgrounds, but nothing this bad.
They used one water truck. Only watered the high side and down low. The middle needed the water.


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I tried to watch it, but just wasn't getting into it. Guess I was expecting to see World Of Outlaws style racing and got NASCAR on dirt.

Think Tony Stewart right, they should have raced at Eldora.

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It was interesting, but a goat rope at the same time. At least they tried something different.


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For many of us it was all predictable, including some of the drivers. For team owners and for NASCAR, it's THEIR business. Actually, there's only a few racetracks where those Cup cars have a chance of putting on a racing show.


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Texas GearHead: You might be interested to know the view on TV was shrouded in a dust cloud in the turns as well. The bits and pieces I watched left me wondering how fun it was for the drivers between the dust cloud and the sunlight.

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Texas GearHead: You might be interested to know the view on TV was shrouded in a dust cloud in the turns as well. The bits and pieces I watched left me wondering how fun it was for the drivers between the dust cloud and the sunlight.


I was horrified by the cloudy images from the TV cameras; but when they backed the view way out (from a blimp or a drone) - you could see huge clouds of dust rising above the racetrack. So even sitting at home, the race was difficult to watch. Fun idea but the presentation needs tweaking.

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I had red dust on my white truck this morning. We were camped in Start Your Engines Campground at Hwy 394? and Copperhead Rd., so the dust carried a bit.
They're doing it again next year. Without me.
Maybe they need some black gumbo, that red dirt turned into sifted dust.

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