Thanks Alton, That's pretty much what we've done.
That is why this thread was started and still exist is to see if there are truly enough racers that would run PS in the existing form.
I have remained silent in this just to see what the response would be.
To stop any rumors, here is the track's position:
We have told the PS racers that we would potentially have a class that would run for their combined entry fee if they can put together an eight car field. If they don't, they will be combined with ProMod. The ball is in their court.
The decision to combine Big Tire and Pro Street was not an easy decision. The car counts in both were down last year. We feel like it was due to a poor economy and high fuel prices. Although fuel prices are dramatically down, the economy is still very poor. By combining the two classes, we hope to have a full field in ProMod.
I have been at OIR/ORP for the past 4 years and PS has been nothing but a match race for a couple of cars. In 2008, one car entered PS points and was awarded a Gold card (free entry for 2009). Pretty smart on his part, pretty stupid on the track's part. BTW, We are honoring it.
We've asked the potential PS cars to show up and run in 2009. Not showing up in 2009 will accomplish not having PS in 2010 either.
For obvious reasons, we couldn't have made any annoucement about combining classes any sooner.
Now for my personal feelings:
At my first race at ORP, Street Machines 2005, I entered Big Tire. I had my bro's injected 540 bbc in my car and it ran 5.50's. I didn't qualify so Phil ask if I'd consider running PS since they only had 3 cars (in a great economy) . I said ok and got eliminated 1st round and ended up 3rd. WoooHooo !!!! I got next to last !!!! is the way I looked at it.
Well, three weeks later I had my BAE blown hemi in it and ran 4.30's. They didn't invite me then...what happened ??? Anyway, I've been getting my butt kicked ever since and haven't won a single round. But I'm having a blast and plan to run as hard as I can this year and who know's what will happen. Eddie has been track champ for the past two years running consistent 4.16 to 4.25. He has proven that you don't have to be the fastest. I vote that we change his name from Fast Eddie to Steady Eddie !!!
It would be great in 2010 to have two classes....but my idea would be a blown class and a nitrous class. I'm not in any way saying that will happen but I really like the ADRL set up.
I poofed a thread today that was basically running down the track and IMO out of line. Constructive post like Alton's are fine. Differing opinions like Dustin's are fine. Running down the track will get you poofed and eventually banned. The Chance's have spent alot of $$$ on the track and this board. This board is their property, you might even call it their house.....Don't trash ORP in their own house.
We are doing our best in these tough economic times. There are alot of difficult decisions that are made and being made because of the economy. People are passionate about racing and that's the way it should be but try to look at the big picture and realize that just because things are the way they are right now doesn't mean that they won't change when the economy picks back up. How many business' out there haven't had to make tough decisions ? I know I have...it ain't easy to lay-off your employees especially when they are your friends too. It ain't easy to basically eliminate a class when some of your friends are running that class either.
OK, I feel better. I'm off my soapbox now.
Let's race !!!!
Keep David Goolsby in your prayers.