They're not very clear, but hopefully they're good enough to give you guys an idea of what it was like to attend the show Saturday night's Indoor Dirt Track Nationals at the Trenton Arena:
Cars all over the place.... Folks were pitted in hallways, tents, etc... It's all part of indoor racing, and everybody finds a way to make it work
Here's a few in the hallway getting ready to go out for their last chance at qualifying... the "B Mains."
Even those with the highest of expectations couldn't have envisioned how well the clay surface would work out... Dust free... multi-grooves... Couldn't ask for more. Lots of credit has to go to those who sourced the clay, and those on hand to keep it in check throughout the entire 3 day event. Here's what it looked like early in the night, before the start of the "B Mains."
Cars are lined up for one of two B Mains.
Whitey Kidd in the green and yellow #46 leads the pack out of turn 1 and into turn 2... and would go on to the win the B Main, earning a spot into the A Main.
The event was put on by the Sammons (AARN) Family, with lots of help from many of racing's good guys. That's Kevin Eyres who kept the show moving in his role as Race Director for the 3 nights.
The A Main is lined up and ready to go... The field was split with 12 on each of the straigtaways to give the drivers a chance to wave to the crowd as each of their names were read during driver introductions.
The field bunches up for their parade lap in front of a good sized crowd for the inaugural event. (Those who decided to wait this one out to see how the clay would hold up, will want to find a way to be at future events!)
The fans give a wave to the field prior to the start.
The green is out, and already they are 2 and "3Wide"....
#711 Mike Isles climbs the wheel of another competitor...
... and begins a series of high flying flips....
The #711 comes to a stop with the wheels up....
Track rescue personnel righted the car, and although Mike said it was a rough one during his interview after the accident, he was able to walk back to the pits unassisted.
Back to green flag racing... 3 Wide going into turn one!
Whitey Kidd, #46, with the "Staten Island Setup" rarely had all 4 wheels on the track at any one time... Here he looks for a possible line to track down fast running leader Alex Bright.
Still running 2nd, Kidd's "wheels up driving" thrilled the crowd as he continued to look for the best way around....
Just as they were catching lapped traffic, the yellow came out, setting up a 2 to go restart, with Bright on the inside and Kidd on the outside.... Here both drivers make their way through turns 1 & 2 with the white flag 3/4's of a lap away...
Kidd carries a lot of momentum out of two and onto the backstretch, and makes a move for the lead going into turn 3...
Kidd then got a great run off of 4, and drove hard into turn 1....
... and keep on the gas for the final lap, taking Warren Alston's checkered flag in what was a very memorable night of short track racing.
Whitey Kidd III gives a victory wave to the thrilled fans.
Whitey Kidd III is joined in victory lane by others, including driver and friend Anthony Sesely in the gray plaid shirt, and others for a very, very popular victory.
Who would have thought it.... Dirt short track racing in NJ, on a December night!
Thank you to all who were responsible for putting on the show!