I want to add one more story about Paragon Speedway. First and foremost I am a dirt track racing fan and have been all my life. I am no track chaser but I have been to numerous tracks in many states, and that goes back to Langhorne, Vineland, and Allentown. I had a friend (now dead) and we went to both the Indy 500 and Brickyard 400 every year. But it was a forced march across PA, Ohio, and Indiana. The Indy junket started with a ten hour drive to Anderson for a USAC sprint race on Wednesday night. Thursday afternoon was qualifying for the Little 500, that night we went the Veledrome or the 16th St. Speedway that Tony George built. Friday night was the Hoosier Hundred, Saturday night was the midgets at IRP, Indy 500 on Sunday, and then we would drive to Eldora for the sprint races there.
In August we would go to dirt tracks in PA and Ohio (like Attica or Lima). Then onto Gas City, Bloomington, or Paragon, and after the Brickyard we would drive to Chillocothe on the same day and watch the sprints.
At Paragon they had 60 (!!!!) USAC sprints one night! 5 heats with 12 cars in each heat. That is when heat races really mean something!!! I was rubbing my hands together with glee, and anticipation of the feature event. It was not to be. Paragon ran about 12 other classes of junk cars, and well after midnight there was no end in sight. My 12 year old son was sound asleep, we had a fairly long drive back to the motel in Greenfield, and up early for the Brickyard. It was one of the most disappointing and irksome nights I ever spent at the races. So, not only should tracks START ON TIME and push the show along, they should never run more that 3 clases of cars. I completely understand the need for a driver to begin somewhere and I support that, but promoters have to be savvy and and shrewd - they HAVE to be aware of how far to push a fan. If a track can piss me off then they must be doing something wrong. I AM A FAN!! Just don't take advantage of my good will. End of topic, I will let it drop.