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Went to the ToTH Speedweek Show at Grandview...  

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Author: IC-Tay...   Date: 7/4/2018 5:52:42 PM   

Went as an unaffiliated fan in the stands... Took three nephews... For two of them (ages 18 and 21) it was only their second-ever race... For one (age 30) it was his first-ever race... Bought us all pit passes so they could get the full experience... Walked the pits and sat in the pit stands for warm-ups and hot laps, then went to our seats, (my fav'rites: a few rows from the top, dead center between the third and fourth turns) for the rest of the show... It was, of course, a good thing that we'd put our blankets down as soon as we got there (around five-thirty) 'cause the place was *packed*...

For me, the only dislikes were the expected and unavoidable ones... The heat, especially 'til the sun started to drop behind the trees, was friggin' *brutal*... (I'm prone to sweatin' like a pig, and my nephews were genuinely concerned for me, but I was a'ight!)... One biiig advantage to paying the extra seven bucks for a pit license was avoiding the looong lines, baking in the sun, for grandstand tickets... The other expected and unavoidable dislike is the amount of track prep needed for a sprint-car show on a sunny day... I get it, of course, but it's a little tough to justify to newbies why the track crew needed to take what seemed like at least a half hour to re-groom the track (in advance of the sprinter time trials and heats) after just a few laps of sprinter warm-ups and mod hot laps...

There was a fair amount of (entirely necessary) track prep throughout the night, but it paid off... The track crew did a great job and provided a great track throughout the night... Dry/slick, of course... And the ever-present Grandview Grit... But not a bit of dust... We could see all the way to the first and second turns, and even into the pits, all night...

I liked just about everything about the show... It helps that I *love* Grandview... In a (good) way, going there is to me always a bit like like stepping back in time... Pigged out, throughout the night, on the three Grandview food groups -- a sausage sammich, a steak sammich, and french fries -- and they were as tasty as ever... Twenty-plus years ago, I rarely missed a ToTH show... But it had been several years since I'd been to Grandview, and I enjoyed the hell out of my long-overdue return...

Good fields for both divisions: 31 sprints and 27 mods... Good racing in the heats and the sprint B-main... A wise move by the management team to dispense with a mod consi and just start an extra (25th) car in the feature... Great racing in both features... Just one caution early and one late (setting up a great restart) for the sprints... Great to see the winner of the mod feature (Strunk) work through the field all the way to front, in the closing laps, from his 23rd-starting spot... Very clean racing throughout the night... Very few cautions (and nearly all of them for single-car incidents)... Only one sprinter got upside-down (while time-trialing!)...

It was a plus for the newbies to see a few guys whoes names they'd heard on TV (Kyle Larson, Miss Maybelline, an' The Killer!)... And, for the newbies, the great racing in the features finally made up, I think, for a long, hot evening of relatively uneventful time trials, seven-or-eight-car qualifying events, and track prep... 

Lastly, as an aside, I'll add that I ended up taking the old-tried-'n'-true route (Rte 73 to Hoffmansville Rd) and was *amazed" at how light the rush-hour traffic was... Dunno if the holiday was a factor, or if perhaps alternate routes have emerged/improved for commuters heading NW out of Philly in the evening, but the traffic was *much* lighter than I remember... From Trevose-Feasterville, it took us only 1hr/15min to get there... And, once I made the turn off Passmore Rd (at eleven-thirty) the return trip took us only 1hr/5min...




 
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Went to the ToTH Speedweek Show at Grandview... IC-Tay... 7/4/2018 5:52:42 PM