When the winner tells you they are down to one engine and it's not running quite right, Lafferty blows up, not sure what happened to Montieth (engine?), Dietrich sounded flat for a couple of laps before he pulled in (might have been Lafferty we were hearing), Layton trashes a car big time (huge wreck), Little Esh blows up in the 358's, Barger's done for a while after Port last week, Mark Smith only runs 410's every now and then, Rodney Westhafer has gone thru two cars the last two times out, a couple of big time owners have called it quits over the past couple of years and I'm hearing a couple of guys only have one motor - alot of guys are racing on shoestrings and it appears to be getting worse.
I'm worried that we'll start seeing 20 410's (and a half dozen of them will be field fillers that will be two or three seconds off the leaders lap times) and 15 358's on a normal Friday night - alot of these guys are wearing stuff out.
The thing that really opened my eyes was that Trailways has been drawing what - less than 10 358's on Friday nights.
At the end of the day, the economy blows and there are only a very few owners with deep pockets anymore.
In my business everyone is doing more with less (equipment and people) and it doesn't seem to be getting much better.
Come to selinsgrove, have had close to 30 cars every week , winners from as deep as 8th place, it aint perfect but the racing has been pretty **** good.