NEWBOMB TURK wrote:
360's will rule the entire country it's just a matter of time. 410's are only in certain area's of the country. Pa, Ohio, Indiana, and California are the strongholds, but are fading.Why were 305, 358' and 360 classes started? Easy answer! Cost to run a 410 is too high. 358 rules were never enforced and they ran themselves out of business. Simple as that. I hope the 305's can keep things under control. ASCS rules are pretty straight forward and I don't see that getting out of hand. I know 410 die-hards don't won't to hear it and can't accept it, but absolutely nothing is being done to control costs. When the money is no longer available or the desire is gone to spend the money to field a 410, "the ball games over!" I watch the wingless 410's in Indiana on MAV TV as well as the ASCS. The ASCS have full fields. The wingess 410's are getting 14 to 18 cars on average from what I've been seeing. Great racing buttttttttttttttttttttttttttt.
I hope the 305 divisions keep themselves in check too. It seems to happen way too often that a good idea gets turned sideways and the whole thing just crashes and burns.
As for the 360s taking over, I don't think so. 410's are the top dogs and as long and the Outlaws run em they will be. Simple math on this they have top paying events (Kings Royal, Knoxville, National Open, and much more) that market will self regulate as long as they can keep people coming into the gates and keep the purses up. Even on the local level the 410 divisions will always pull in more sponsor dollars and get more attention from a sponsor base. But with the 410 divisions you can't pay peanuts for the purses. Which is a indicator of how healthy the area is financially.
Bottom line though is you can't run any of those cars for peanuts and the 360/358 division isn't really a bunch better than the 410s. You're still paying $40k+ for a motor. That's a ton of money. You can get into a 410 for about $50k (actually way cheaper). So ultimately how much are the 360 teams really saving over the 410 teams? While I'm sure it is cheaper to run a 360, I wonder which one is easier to stay out of the red with. The 410 or the 360? Yeah lower costs, but lower purses.