This week on Speed Talk we start the show With Ben Smith Sports Writer for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazzette. Ben wrote an article on closing of short tracks and he talks with us about it. Ben also previews the events at the Brickyard. We talk IRL NHRA and Nationwide. We also discuss and continue the lawsuit saga for Williams Grove Speedway. Check out Chasin’ Racin’.
Thank you, Thank You, Thank you to Angola Motorsport Speedway Fans, Staff and Racers. A great time for the Speed Talk crew Cliff Tanner, Kenny Barr, Tom Wolf and the Silent Ninja. We met a ton of great fans and friends both old and new. To the staff thank you for allowing us to participate and mingle.Although nervous I was asked to deliver the Invocation. I had the opportunity to wave the green flag twice. Thank you to Dave and the Tops Speed Modified group for letting me wave the flag for the Dean Best Memorial feature.
Bottom line we had the opportunity to spend the evening with the greatest fans and the greatest races in North East Indiana.
Thank you We Parrish, Matt Swander and the rest of the Angola staff. You guys rock!!!
Thank you all for your support overt the years. Hope to see you all again soon.
This week on Speed Talk we hit a hot button. News of a lawsuit from a driver injured to a race track surfaced. Discussions and thoughts with Cliff, Kenny, Tom and Mac as well as listeners. Great show and topic. We will be keeping you up to date as details proceed. We also talked to Eric Jones driver of the KBM Camping World Truck Series truck. Eric won at Iowa on Friday night.
This week on Speed Talk Cliff, Kenny, Tom and Mac discuss NASCAR, NHRA IRL Nationwide and ARCA as well as local and regional racing. Bill Venturinni Sr. talks with Kenny and Cliff at Winchester Speedway. Thank you all for you support
Sad Day For Racing.
Ok race fans as promised it is time for me to chime in on the closing of Baer Field.
Before I do that I want to make a couple of things clear. This is the opinion and the feelings of Cliff Tanner and not necessarily that of everyone at Speed Talk. I need to make that clear. Also all of the bickering back and forth is doing nothing but hurting local racing. We need to step back and show some maturity.
A couple of sayings I remember as a kid come to mind.
1. You can take the spots off of the leopard but it is still a leopard.
2. If you can’ say something that your mother will not be proud of you probably shouldn’t say it.If she would not want to read it you should not write it. If you don’t want her to hear it then don’t record it.
With everything that has been written and spoke on the Baer Field situation is both right and saddening at the same time. The last time I looked we were all adults.
After talking with people who have been involved over the years and recently there is a ton of sadness. Hurt feeling seem to have taken center stage through this whole ordeal.
First and foremost promoters, track owners, car owners and race car drivers your biggest responsibility is to the fans who come out to see you. Just like business of any kind if you can’t sell the product you have nothing period. What is the deal here? Seems to me that if you want to have a successful track and racing series you would remember that. Yeah I know each side is blaming the other on this deal. If you ask me it makes it even sadder.
Now I am going to break my thoughts down for you. Keep in mind I am for great successful local racing venues. Speed Talk has done nothing but support the local and regional guys. There will be two sides of my thoughts both for against each side. I know some of you will be madder than hell at me but hey this is my page. I am for making racing successful in Fort Wayne period.
On the owner and promoter side I have a few things to say. Since I have been doing Speed Talk I have had many opportunities to see the behind the scenes of tracks and series owners.
I have said all along that in order to make a track work, the number one priority is to make the fans happy and wanting to come back.. Without them you have no races or you have no beer and food sales.
When someone becomes a promoter or owner they are just that. Last time I looked this is America and when someone owns a business they have every right to run it the way they see fit as long as it it legal. It is their choice to make the rules, decide who to hire and all of the other items needed to run the track.
They can decide what classes to run. They can decided what rules they want to have. They all know that safety is the key. Working in the line fo work that I do full time rules and such change all the time. Now with that being said, a lot of the rule changes are at the hand of the insurance company. They do have a big say in the way things are run in this day of the frivolous law suits. Another important thing for an owner or promoter to do is use the resources around you that are offered especially free ones. Don’t refuse to use them and expect them to jump when you finally need them. You are doing nothing but hurting the race fan.
At the same time how someone explains and changes that rule or rules then that is a different story.Owners make mistakes just like everyone else. None of us is God here. How the general public and racers deal with it is another thing. Remember it is their venue and all you do is entertain in it. If you want to help the promoters to be successful you need to help promote it as well.
A few months ago on Speed Talk we discussed this very thing. When we were younger the guys racing would always help promote the track they were racing at. It wasn’t nothing for race teams to park somewhere on a busy road and let people stop and look at their cars. Promoters should also have venues that allow different cars to be shown. This my friends is what creates interest..
Now for the race team owners and drivers. Stop using Facebook Muscles to address issues to owners and promoters. Social Media is killing a lot of things in America. Going on Facebook and other avenues and airing the ‘dirty laundry’ will do nothing but cause problems. It creates a hostile environment for fans. Take a moment to reflect and think about that. Would you want your little ones around to hear the talk and possilby be subject to violence around them?
Yes I believe the stories that violence and threats were used.int this whole scenario. Really? What did that accomplish? Where did that get you? Oh yeah that is right a non working track. Good job on all sides for that one. All I can do is shake my head.
As I said earlier for the owner is that this is America. That goes for the car owners and drivers as well. I have seen this happen at ton of tracks across the country so I have seen it. This is America ladies and gentlemen and if you don’t like the way a track is run there are two thinks you can do here. One is you can go somewhere else and race. Two do it the civilized way and get a group together and request a meeting with the promoter and his staff. Work it out or compromise. Both sides need to stop flexing their muscle.and use common sense.
If some have tempers that bad then you probably shouldn’t be racing anyway. Everyone needs to step back look at what happened and do the right thing. What is the right thing you ask? Pull the egos in check and get together and fix this situation at Baer Field. It is not too late. It is the Race Fan who is suffering here. It is the guys and gals who raced before you and made Baer Field what it is today. A lot of them put their blood, guts and souls in that track. They lived and breathed Baer Field Speedway. Hell they are Baer Field Speedway.
Yeah maybe I am a little harsh in my thinking but it is not just my thoughts. I have talked to a ton of people.both who are or have been in racing and the casual fan. They are all hurt by this development. Fort Wayne is suffering for this display of cowardness and ego muscle flexing.. It is about the FAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Even I am smart enough to know that without all of you fans out there Speed Talk would not have survived as long as it has. IT was the FANS who kept us going. It is you that will keep it that way.
There is rumors going around that this will be made into a dirt track. I will not address this too much at this time. They only thing I will say is “You can take the spots off the leopard but he is still a Leopard” If you don’t change what is wrong then it don’t matter if you race on asphalt, clay, dirt or in a cornfield it wan’t work. So with that being said what do you all think of that?
Feel free to post anything you want to say on here both positive and negative.. Apparently unlike a lot people involved in this I have thick skin. All I ask you to do is before you make a negative comment think it through. Your comment could damage local racing even more. Is that what any of us want? I think not. Keep it clean.
Thank you all for your support of Speed Talk!!!
Last thing I want to say. Shut up and let us all figure a way together to get Baer Field up and operating again and make one the best damn tracks in the area.
And the fun continues for Kenny and Cliff. Part 2 of some great interviews. We start part two off with Bill Venturinni Sr. as he gives some great insight to the Venturrini Mototrsport driver development program. Chad Poole Modified driver with the Top Speed Modified Series. Jon Wes Townley ARCA driver with Venturrini Motorsports in the 15 car. We finish the day with Merle Bettenhausen great friend of the show. But it don’t stop there. He is also Gran Marshall for the Herr’s 200, Ambassador of the Bettenhausen family and self-proclaimed fastest
one armed driver around. Great to talk with Merle again. Enjoy the shows
Cliff and Kenny grab some awesome interviews from all facets of racing. We start with Al Blixt with Racing History and Vintage race cars. Justin Boston ARCA driver with Venturinni Motorsports in the 25 car. Cody Coughlin ARCA driver with Venturrini Motorsports in the 55 car. JJ Haley ARCA driver with Venturinnin Motorsports in the 66 car. Make sure you catch Part two for more great interviews.