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    I've been in this sport for a long time now, and I was wondering why asphalt racing has really never caught on it the Carolina's. I have few dirt track's within reasonable distance from the house, but its seems that they all cant get on the same page when it comes to rules, and I'm getting burned out.
    I done a couple of asphalt races last year, but they really weren't organized except on the engine rule. This year they increased the weight so 425 guy's like myself would have a better chance.
    I would really to find somewhere that has regular asphalt races, because I don't have to deal with tire prep, and its cleaner.
    any help is welcomed.

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    Asphalt oval racing really never took off anywhere, mainly because of the cost to build an asphalt oval

    You could probably build 3 dirt ovals for the cost of one asphalt facility.
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    I owned an asphalt oval track back in the 80's and the guys loved it. clean for sure. Asphalt is expensive to build like what was said. Bad thing is, when you go upside down on asphalt you know it the next few days. Flagman needs to be really aware of rough driving for safety reasons especially on an oval.
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    Quote Originally Posted by krtrcn View Post
    I've been in this sport for a long time now, and I was wondering why asphalt racing has really never caught on it the Carolina's. I have few dirt track's within reasonable distance from the house, but its seems that they all cant get on the same page when it comes to rules, and I'm getting burned out.
    I done a couple of asphalt races last year, but they really weren't organized except on the engine rule. This year they increased the weight so 425 guy's like myself would have a better chance.
    I would really to find somewhere that has regular asphalt races, because I don't have to deal with tire prep, and its cleaner.
    any help is welcomed.

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    Simple reason. There is lots of money to be made on dirt, not so much on asphalt.

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    Prep is still a factor as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by krtrcn View Post
    I've been in this sport for a long time now, and I was wondering why asphalt racing has really never caught on it the Carolina's. I have few dirt track's within reasonable distance from the house, but its seems that they all cant get on the same page when it comes to rules, and I'm getting burned out.
    I done a couple of asphalt races last year, but they really weren't organized except on the engine rule. This year they increased the weight so 425 guy's like myself would have a better chance.
    I would really to find somewhere that has regular asphalt races, because I don't have to deal with tire prep, and its cleaner.
    any help is welcomed.

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    Everyone is replying as if you asked about asphalt oval and I don't see that in your post.

    Asphalt sprint or road racing though the same skills and knowledge are required, JUST AIN'T MUCH FUN compared to dirt oval racing. And in asphalt sprint or road racing there's a HUGE discrepancy or line between the haves and have nots. Though there are also multimillionaires racing dirt oval, what you need to succeed against them it far more obtainable racing dirt oval then asphalt sprint or road course.


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    Geewiz,. I should appoligiz to all my costomers for not having a fun time for 25 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DynoDon View Post
    Geewiz,. I should appoligiz to all my costomers for not having a fun time for 25 years.
    If you feel the need, yes you should. ...

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    I know that there's a learning curve on both dirt and asphalt racing. I guess my point is I see on here that oval asphalt racing is healthy other parts of the state's,just not here in the Carolinas.
    Then if anyone knows of any place close to Charlotte nc, where someone could do some asphalt racing please let me know.

    Thanks

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    BS 45 years on ashtabul as much fun as I could stand. I quit playing in the sand box when I was 4

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWL8k5m9oEg

    Watch this and tell me it isn't fun. I race dirt but would love to do this.

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    One thing I've learned about 'REAL' racers; they will race anything. As T-Mez (Tom Mezeral) recently said in Speedway magazine, "you learn if your a real racer when Mom and Dad pull the plug'. Racing oval dirt is too much fun but, sprint/road has gotta be a blast as well.

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    Isn't the small track at Concord running some asphalt races now?

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    Most people that say asphalt racing isnt fun, have never raced asphalt (oval or sprint).

    Having done both, it's a blast. Sprint racing is like golf and sex...you dont have to be good at it to enjoy it.
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    We race both asphalt and dirt ovals, usually back to back nights with different karts. There’s the fun factor in both, but if you mess up on asphalt you don’t recover as quick which takes away some of the fun. There’s pros and cons to both. I can’t say that my kids like either one better, except we all agree it’s easier and faster to wash tires than to scrape them.

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    I would never do nor recommend laydown because of zero head protection if you back it into something. Get bumped or loose it backend first into something and your !DEAD MAN RIDING!.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulkish View Post
    I would never do nor recommend laydown because of zero head protection if you back it into something. Get bumped or loose it backend first into something and your !DEAD MAN RIDING!.
    That's the chance with any racing. I raced sprint cars for over 20 years with a roll cage and still broke my neck twice. They do have rear bumpers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulkish View Post
    I would never do nor recommend laydown because of zero head protection if you back it into something. Get bumped or loose it backend first into something and your !DEAD MAN RIDING!.
    It's all relative. I have seen some pretty bad wheel hops. Driver got chain rash from one.
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    I race dirt on flat karts and a champ buggy and asphalt in the enduro sprint road race series. Dirt is fun, but tire prep is a real chore. The cool part about road racing is running tracks like Daytona, VIR, Mid Ohio, AMP, Summit Point, Roeblin Road and more! Running at speeds approaching 100 mph is quite an adrenaline rush. Racers you meet in both are great folks, but you get much more respect on the asphalt track at those speeds. If you are an every week racer, dirt is probably for you, but if you want to run 10 -12 times per year and run for 30 minutes per race, turn left and right and go up and down hills, come try it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulkish View Post
    Everyone is replying as if you asked about asphalt oval and I don't see that in your post.

    Asphalt sprint or road racing though the same skills and knowledge are required, JUST AIN'T MUCH FUN compared to dirt oval racing. And in asphalt sprint or road racing there's a HUGE discrepancy or line between the haves and have nots. Though there are also multimillionaires racing dirt oval, what you need to succeed against them it far more obtainable racing dirt oval then asphalt sprint or road course.


    ... and did I say it AIN'T AS MUCH FUN EITHER? ...
    I've run dirt oval, asphalt oval, street courses and asphalt road courses and have experienced "fun" pretty much equally on all of them. Although the physical pain was much worse on street courses.

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