Hot temps, lower car counts

July 23, 2012 13 Comments

The long, hot summer has been taking a toll on car counts at the Bullring. While this year’s numbers are still way ahead of 2011, as the thermometer has climbed in recent weeks the car counts have gone a bit south.

In fairness to the pit counts, this is the time of the year when you normally begin to see a drop-off due to a variety of circumstances. Some drivers run out of money after one too many crashes, some travelers don’t find the track to their liking or some drivers simply get mad. It’s all part of the dirt soap opera we love to watch unfold each summer.

Here’s a look at how the 2012 car counts have gone month by month:

April (2 shows, 3 rainouts): 88.5 average car count.
May (4 shows): 90.3 average car count.
June (4 shows): 88.3 average car count.
July (3 shows, 1 “heat” out): 75.3 average car count. (UMP Summer Nationals not included)

Here’s a look at how the 2011 car counts had gone month by month at the same point of the season:

April (2 shows, 2 rainouts): 54.0 (Deery Brothers show not included)
May (2 shows, 3 rainouts): 67.0 average car count.
June (3 shows, 2 rainouts): 54.0 average car count.
July (3 shows): 59.0 average car count.

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  1. GMF says:

    High of 87 for Sunday well at least thats what they are saying today, we all know tomorrow it will be different. But shoot someone bring me a snuggie might get a little chilly!

  2. just a fan says:

    http://www.speedwaydigest.com/index.php/news/camping-world-truck-series-news/item/6183-mb-motorsports-review-american-ethanol-200-at-iowa-speedway

    Slow week so if anyone wants to read an article on Justin Jennings and his experience in the 65 truck up at Iowa the other week here it is.

  3. Ursa fan says:

    i think everyone needed a week off. hot or not, though, i’m ready to go racin’ again sunday night!

  4. dirtcheap says:

    IS IT TRUE THAT DUNKER IS PAYING DRIVERS MONEY TO COME RACE QUINCY. WHAT A CLASS ACT. SORRY BUT THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DROP DOWN TO A LOWER LEVEL CLASS AND WIN EVERY WEEK. PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO LEARN AND BUILD THEIR CONFIDENCE AND YOU ARE LAPPING THEM. THEY GET TIRED OF IT AND DONT COME BACK. IF YOU WERENT THERE WINNING EVERY WEEK WITH YOUR UNLIMITED FUNDS THERE WOULD BE MORE CARS AND MORE EXCITEMENT. SAY WHAT YOU WANT BUT THATS THE TRUTH. WHY DONT YOU MOVE UP TO AMODS. OH WAIT YOU ALREADY TRIED THAT.

  5. TEAMFOURBOSS says:

    DIRTCHEAP – A.K.A “MR KNOW-IT ALL” 1ST OF ALL ITS NOT “PAYING” DRIVERS ITS SIMPLY OFFERING THEM SOME EXTRA MONEY TO HELP OFFSET THE COST OF RACING. COULD YOU ALSO EXPLAIN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC WHY LEE COUNTY SPEEDWAY GETS 16-20 CARS EVERY FRIDAY NITE IN THE SPORTMODS WHEN 2 CARS HAVE WON ALMOST ALL THE RACES??
    AND…..BEGINER CLASS?? I HAVE EXPLAINED TO MANY OTHERS, YES ITS A NEW CLASS IN QUINCY BUT HOP YOUR HAPPY LIL (blank) IN YOUR CAR & HEAD UP TO IOWA AND CHECK OUT THE SPORTMOD DIVISION AT OTHER TRACKS, BETTER YET LOOK ON IMCA NATIONAL SPORTMOD POINTS AND DO SOME RESEARCH ON A FEW OF THE TOP 10, SO YES I WILL SAY WHAT I WANT AND IT IS TRUE.
    AND YES I STILL HAVE AN OPEN UMP CAR, MAYBE YOU CAN “MOVE UP” FROM THAT 20″ SCHWINN AND COME DRIVE IT FOR ME??

    AND NOT THAT I NEED TO FURTHER EXPLAIN MY CHOICES TO YOU BECAUSE YOUR OPINIONS ARE NOT REQUIRED NOR NEEDED

    TA-TA FOR NOW

    “I AM NUMBER THREE”

    YOU ARE……………………………………………..NOBODY !!!

  6. 3-5 MAFIA says:

    HEY CHEAPSKATE OR DIRTCHEAT OR WHICHEVER UR CALLED. HOW U SUPPOSED TO GET BETTER BY NOT SHOWIN UP OR RACIN AT ALL. MAYB HE WANTS EM THERE SO HE DOES HAVE COMPETITION. AND TO OFFER THEM MONEY IS A CLASS ACT. IF U HATE MONEY THEN DON’T ACCEPT THE OFFER AND DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT. MAYB SOME OF THE ACTUAL DRIVERS WILL B ENCOURAGED BY THE HANDOUT.

  7. Ursa fan says:

    mr. dunker,

    i applaud you for trying to help build the sport mod class. don’t let a few comments like that bother you. in some classes it appears there is a thinking “if you can’t beat ‘em, just leave,” rather than trying to better their own program. and about the money thing, i’d suggest looking at the top 10 points leaders in the various divisions. there are plenty of drivers winning who do not have unlimited budgets. it all boils down to knowing how to use what you have and asking for help. i have read here how dave wietholder has thanked other drivers and people for helping him with setups, etc. like i said, don’t let a few knuckleheads get you down.

  8. Joe Boom says:

    does it really matter the reason skipp put up the extra money he done said the 3 car will not recieve it so wth thanx skipp us sportmod guys appreciate ur commitment to the class as for bone well he got forced to the A class along with alot of us in 06 so i dont see what the problem is there you say unlimited budget well hate to tell ya gillenwater,larson,oliver and a few others have a pretty healthy budget dont hear people complaining bout them what dunker does have is knowage of his car hes in a chassis that he ran for many years in the b mods and that helps

  9. Just a fan says:

    Now that we’ve established that most of the Dirt commenters are third graders trapped in adult bodies. I can only assume that the heat has effected some or that we haven’t seen a phenomenal race yet that leaves you panting and wanting for more and talking bout it for ages. Fingers crossed we witness that race Sunday. We probably would of got to see it last Sunday but word is Mr Skipp not only offers racing bonuses, but paid off track officials to cancel cause his hair just wasn’t up to the humidity. Everyone knows he can’t race without his beauty coaches why that’s damn near like racing without a helmet. Absolutely unheard of. Good luck this weekend to all the racers hoping a homefry can bag the $1000 @ LCS! ;-)

  10. dirtcheap says:

    ALL IM SAYING IS YOU WINNING EVERY RACE IS WHAT IS KEEPING THE CAR COUNT DOWN. HATE IT OR NOT ITS THE TRUTH. THERE WOULD BE 15 CARS A WEEK IF PEOPLE THOUGHT THEY HAD A CHANCE TO WIN. THE CLASS WAS MADE AS A BEGINNERS-LOW BUDGET MODIFIED CLASS. YOU ARE NEITHER. SIMPLE AS THAT.

  11. Dave Moore says:

    This is my opinoin and you can have yours. Both the Sports Mod and Stockcar class don’t pay enought to travel very much. If you finish lower than 4th then you are paying the bills out of your own pocket. I hope Skipp’s adding to the Sport Mod pot will bring more racers in this class. It appears to me that his move is in the right direction. I wish we had someone do that in the stockcar class. You that have raced know that at a certain point in your program you have to bring the dollar and cents factor into your decisions.

  12. SKIPP says:

    ……AS THE MIZ WOULD SAY ……….REALLY ??????

    AND AS ANDREW DICE CLAY WOULD SAY ….”UN – #$&$@!* – BELIEVEABLE” ! ! ! !

    LIKE ME (US) OR NOT ….. I …….AM……..D U N K E R ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    SEE YA TONITE

  13. SKIPP says:

    JAF …… YER CRACKIN ME UP GIRL ….. ITS LIKE , YOU KNOW ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    OFF TO WALMART FOR SOME “ANTI-HUMIDITY GEL”

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