I took the ride over to the Trenton Arena to watch practice, and to see how the 600's were taking to the dirt track, and to see how the "dirt track" was handling the 600's, and from what I saw, I think it's going to a great show. (Actual racing is Friday and Saturday night.)
They put down the black gumbo clay sourced from EWS's Butch Jones, and it looks pretty darn good!
They had a few cars take some practice sessions and the bottom and middle grooves were fine. Then they tilled the high groove in the corners, and tamped it down with a heavy roller, and from then on, the track looked racey from the very bottom to the very top, with some guys really finding the fast way around by coming out of the corners up near the wall. The track stayed smooth, and there was absolutely not even a hint of dust.
A lot of guys were having difficulty in the middle of 1 & 2 resulting in some spinouts, so there will be a little bit of a learning curve, but once they get that figured out, I think there's going to be plenty of side by side action, and plenty of passing, which is something that I think those of us who go to the indoor shows will really enjoy.
Here's a few blurry cell phone pics, but you guys will get the idea...
I hear they've got something like 100 "600 Micro Sprints."
Former indoor series winner Anthony Sesely
That's Dave Bodine with his #99 - His son's flying it to give it go this weekend.
With the clay down, look for Billy Pauch Jr to be near the front.
Early on, drivers worked the bottom and middle grooves.
Even without the top groove really in play yet, cars were able to go side by side.
Staff has the right equipment on hand to do whatever they need. Here they tilled and then rolled the very top groove...
The result is a smooth, multi-groove surface, with plenty of passing.
I'm going to try to go both Friday and Saturday nights... Hope to see some 3 Widers/Dirt Track fans at the show!
More info: http://www.indoorautoracing.com/