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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2002

    The travesty of a modified race......Saturday, May 26, 2012

    The feature race of May, 26 2012 was as poor a piece of modified racing entertainment as I have witness at Riverhead.

    I put fairly substantial dollars into a modified and into a late model, and so I expect to see the opportunity for these cars to compete week in week out. This season has brought a firmer and stricter tone of officiating. I applaud this shift. We long to see this track administered as consistently as possible.

    That being said, last night's modified scoring and race administration was horrid. Simply put, the officials and scorers had little competance in efficiently getting cars racing. We wound up with what I believe were 15 laps of green flag racing.

    Let me ask / pose the following points:

    1. Why could NOT the scorers quickly relay information to the officials? Monitoring the NASCAR frequency during yellow yielded a comical degree of ignorance. One could view certain track officials during this chatter and see their frustration. Moment after moment was wasted away.

    Please everyone, let's get this taken care of going forward.

    2. Why did 25 cars start during a handicapped race? This is a recipe of chaos! Let's go back to heat races, if we're blessed with such turnout. Its hard enough to officiate 10, 15 or 20 cars, but officiating 25 cars?

    3. Since there was only a demo derby afterwards, why couldn't the mods continue? Aren't we the premier division? Has the Daytona 500 ever become the Daytona 212 due to excessive yellows and reds?

    Douglas Corwin
    Eastport Feeds

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Well put. As stated they are the premier division in which i believe many people come to watch. Let em race.

    With modified car counts as they are, heat races would be good, however cars can get caught up and wrecked there too. I only think the Cromarty's are trying to do the right thing and put everyone in the show and not send one or two home.

  3. #3
    with heat races, you dont have ALL the slow cars in front of the field. You'd be handicapping 15 cars, and the remainder of the slow cars would be at the back of the field.
    I Love The Modifieds!!!!!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Quote Originally Posted by Teds Race Tours View Post
    with heat races, you dont have ALL the slow cars in front of the field. You'd be handicapping 15 cars, and the remainder of the slow cars would be at the back of the field.
    heat races worked for forty to fifty years why change something that is not broke.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Heat races also give seat time to the people who need it most and that goes for ALL divisions and not just Modifieds. If people want to complain about the cost to run heat races than make the rule that you can only buy 1 set of tires a week and either make each team start the feature on the same tires that they ran in the heat race or some other type rule that would keep every team on equal tires without adding costs

    " A Dollar and a Dream"


    Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional!!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    To help the officials a little, they were having trouble with the radios so info comming from the upstairs was not being heard.
    With that being said with some cooler head in those helmets there would have been more green laps then yellow, given the problem with the radios taking that time away it still took 1 hour to go 15 laps.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    50 minutes of that hour was spent by the SCORERS trying to figure out the lineup ( THEY DON'T HAVE A CLUE! ). What about the 8X stopping in his favorite spot off turn 2 TWICE. The second time he could easily have gotten off the track and didn't. This was the 4th caution and no penalty was issued. The rest of the field and the spectators were penalized with single file restarts. The 03 spins the 59 and no penalty, the 99 spins the 2 and he's put down a lap. What happened to the consistent officiating we were promised at the beginning of the year? Each time we get a new chief steward we hope for change, it just doesn't happen.

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