gotta agree, I had talked with Gary about putting together my old hobby to go play with the Hobby/Street guys later this year, but now that floaters and beadlocks are allowed, I guess i will re-evaluate.
I have always felt that if you want a rule change it must cause at least two of the following three things:
1- it must make things safer
2- it must make things more affordable
3- it must lead to increased car count
i agree the beadlocks make it safer but for me (the driver who has never had aright rear flat in over 35 races) it is an added cost. and i do not see it ever adding cars because beadlocks are allowed, only keeps em home. Secondly, the rear end thing just blows my mind. Maybe i do not understand it, yep, i definatly do NOT understand it, so i will jsut stay out of that one.
True, I can radce my car "as it sits" and still be legal, so technically, the cost of racing the class is not any more than it was... however, the cost to compete jsut went up significantly! The cars taht ALREADY had an advantage on me have an even greater advantage now.
While there are probably 100s of reasons as to why this will be better, I am 100% true that there are 100s against it as well... the difference??? The two i stated above: it costs more to compete and is not going to lead to increased car count.
This class is well on its way to becoming Super Stocks...
I know that nothing we say or do can change the rules that are made for 2012, so i will just hope for the best.
Most importantly, this is why sanctioning is so important (other than insurance and points funds etc). A set of rules that protects the track and drivers interest. A couple people cannot change a rule, it must go through several stages of checks and balances to protect the sanctioning bodies reputation within the racing community. Also, had we been sanctioned USRA, we probably would ahve seen twice the number of modifieds. The cruces guys are chasing national points all the time and this would have been an easy drive for them to come up and get some points when NONE of their tracks down south races last week. Rather than come up here, they chose to stay home. (just a thought for upcoming years)
I am not complaining, even though it might sound like it, just stating another viewpoint)
Will it keep me home? no- i will be out there watching
Will it keep me from racing? yes probably so. And remember, someone will win.. but SOMEONE ELSE has to be out there to finish last... I have been there many times, THAT DRIVER... the one who finishes last, paid YOUR winnings... They take home 20 bucks or less usually and paid in a whole lot more. So dont forget about the little guy and all will be fine.
Sorry for being so long winded (again)