01/23/14 (South Bend, IN) NASCAR driver David Stremme hosted a Short Track Roundtable at the Double Tree Inn in downtown South Bend, Indiana where several race track owners and employees gathered to discuss ideas on how to improve racing shows and fan attendance.
Plymouth Speedway was represented as well as Kalamazoo, Anderson, Fort Wayne and South Bend Speedway, plus representatives of other racing entities.
The length of a regular night’s show, the product (racing), the networking of drivers and track personnel and fan involvement were discussed. Driver interaction and ways to cater to the fans were also highlighted. All of the participating track attendees agreed that these suggestions will be taken back to the track employees and volunteers and incorporated in some fashion.
Track workers, drivers and team regularly work hard to entertain and to spark interest in fans of all ages.
On the other side of the flag, why should someone attend a short track race? David Stremme said there’s no other experience like it.
“Go for excitement,” Stremme explained. “If you want to see a great show, there’s no other place you can get as close to the action. See it and take it in! TV doesn’t do justice for what kind of energy is at a local short track. It’s amazing what you see people do with equipment.”
By: Anita Soltis