The Grove had 2 great shows Friday night with the 410's and 360's with 62 total sprints. What do they need USAC for? None of the top 410 teams are gonna run wingless
The car count Friday night was great and yeah none of the top teams are going to change their cars around for one race. Its not about the local guys when USAC comes to town in my mind. For those guys to travel 10 hours to race is asking a lot, but they do it. Even some of the local low budget teams change out their cars to race with them. The car counts averaged 23 cars during the 5 races scheduled, which if you thing about it is pretty good. I witnessed several people who saw their 1st USAC race grinning because the hair stood up on their arms at how the drivers handle their cars. Its a pretty hair-raising experience for sure. Although I don't think the Grove would have an enormous crowd if they were added to the schedule, I do however know that they would be quite happy with the number of people that went through the gates. Especially if your charging $25 admission for the grandstands and $35 for the Pits. Sounds like a no-brainer to me
I see your point but what about all the local teams that support the Grove every week and the fans of these drivers? That's WG's bread and butter and I don't know how they'd feel about having a week off. If Big Diamond knew how to prepare a track that wasn't a dustbowl, USAC would still have a Friday night date. I went to 2 USAC shows at Big Diamond but didn't "see" either one. The drivers couldn't see either and that's why USAC said they'd never come back. It's a shame because BD can be a great track if they can keep the dust issue under control. It is great for mods because they don't kick up the dirt like a sprint does.