Went to OCFS as a fan in the stands (took the bride with me.....sorta like seeing a unicorn)
Called a day prior to the race to firm up actual start time. Was told hot laps will start at 5pm and the new qualifying format will be timed hot laps to choose top 12 fastest cars during hot laps to start in the first 12 positions. Was told to be there on time if I wanted to see that. Arrived at 4:25 to wait In Line until gates opened at 5. Apparently the track was over watered, and hot laps didn’t start until 6:30. Opening day problems....sorta get a pass from me.
Incredible field of cars.....a great problem to have, but really TOO many sportsmen cars. Don’t know the solution, but definitely strung out the night with so many cars. Maybe have a rotating third class of cars every other week ? SS/sportsman ?
The Warden enjoyed the backs on the seats, the updated restrooms, the clean concession areas and the overall historic but “classy updated feel”
Downside was the overall length of the show. Seven hours and forty five minutes after I was told that timed hot laps would start is when the show ended. ENTIRELY TOO LONG !! Had a first time fan with me last night and the lenghth of the show probably prevented her from ever returning.
Dont this honk that I will return within the next month, but may return for nostalgia night, 100g to win race and of course, ESW !
Overall grade for show...C