I’m not sure who I should be angry at, the person who was quoted in the Emo Speedway article in the Sept. 28 issue of the Times or the reporter for not getting his facts straight before going to print.
In the article, it was written, “Whatever WISSOTA says, the local Speedway must do, like having all drivers wearing regulation helmets. Not too many complained about that one, but there were disagreements from drivers in the Street Stock class when they had to change the kind of tires they race with.”
We have never brought this subject to the public but now that you have, I would like to clarify a few things.
What WISSOTA says has nothing to do with our Street Stock class! Unlike the Modified and Midwest Mod classes, the Street Stock class is not now—and never has been—sanctioned with WISSOTA.
The tire rule change you mentioned came about at an executive meeting when the directors decided to introduce eight-inch racing tires for the Street Stock class.
This action took place less than two weeks after the Street Stock class members voted 9-3 in favour of keeping those eight-inch racing tires out of the rules and to remain with the more economical seven-inch street-style passenger tire.
No disagreements or arguments took place when we heard about the new rule. We received a phone call from the president of our club informing us about the new rule and I thanked her for letting us know—that was it.
Our decision not to race this season was not because of the rule change but because of the way it came about. If the Street Stock class had voted in the eight-inch racing tires, we may not have liked it but we would have accepted it.
Ken Perry was quoted as saying. “The guys that you see here every week, and the guys that are working every week, complain very little, but the bitching comes from the guys that don’t do very much for us.”
Our first full year of racing was in 1989, and from 1989 to the end of 2003, I missed exactly three nights of volunteering for the Emo Speedway. For about 10-straight years, our group had a minimum of seven volunteers on a nightly basis.
Many of those years also were with up to five directors on the executive.
I remember hammering nails to put up the board fence, running around with a tape measure for the insurance company, etc. I know how hard your wife works with the canteen (been there, done that).
For years, we didn’t have the luxury of radios, so I’ve probably made more miles running back and forth on the horse track than you’ve made tearing up the race track.
Now that you’ve had your say and I’ve had mine, let’s agree that overall, there was some excellent racing and fun times this year and it is time to move on to next season.
Yours in racing,