By Tom Stephenson – May 19, 2010 – There was a good turnout at the drivers meetings this week. All divisions have many familiar faces returning, and a few new ones. The consensus was to postpone the season opener by one week to allow drivers additional time for car preparation. So our season opener will now be on Tuesday June 1st.
Of greatest concern before the meetings was the number of cars in the Factory Stock division. Fans that were in attendance last year will remember the division started off slowly with only a handful of cars attending on any given night at the beginning of the season. At the driver meeting this week there were a dozen drivers in attendance, and there were a couple others that were unable to make it. It looks like the Factory Stock division is alive and well.
The complement of Late Models is about a dozen as well. It should be a good division to watch. In attendance were favourites like Michael Gold, George Wilson, Jeremy Van Hoek, Rick Leonard, Rob Hiiemma, and more.
The modified division is also doing well. Many familiar drivers are returning in that division too. Of particular interest is that there will be some “Outlaw Modified” races this season. These are the mods that run under the Michigan rules. This isn’t being considered as a new division at LIR, rather it is more of an invitational divsion. The Outlaw cars will run when there are 8 or more drivers attending.
There are also some changes in how the races will be run and officiated this year. All drivers will be using a “Raceceiver”, a small radio that is used for one way communication only. This will allow track officials to communicate with the drivers to inform them of proper lineups, and to advise when there is a hazard on the track, such as a caution, and in some situations to provide warnings to drivers that are not racing properly. The radio system will allow the program to run more smoothly.
Also being implemented is a new “Race Director” position. The race director will oversee all races, looking for infractions and driver issues. The race director will be making the official calls instead of the flagman. The flagman will now be able to concentrate more closely on the job of flagging and light control.
The spin to win derbies were a hit last year. Most fans found they had much more action than the regular demolition derbys. The also advantage is that the cars can usually be used through multiple races, and are not destroyed in one run. Also to be run again this year is the Race for the Cure, to benefit he Cancer Society. Last year the ladies racing raised over $12,000 for the cause. Laird is looking for cars suitable for these spin to win races, and for the Race for the Cure. If you have an old car you want to part with, that is in running condition, LIR will pay you $200 for it and pick it up, or $250 if you bring it to Lakeway Truck. Contact JoAnn at 759-5149.