Agree on all points, but I think aside from people being influenced by what they are used to seeing as the "top" class at their local tracks, there's an aspect of how it's promoted that comes into play. If the promotion tells the crowd that the 410s are the feature attraction, it implies that whatever comes after is something worth missing. Also, I expect that at least some of the people leaving after the 410s are family or friends of the 410 teams, heading to the pits or to otherwise go to their post-race activities. If the roles were reversed and the "support" class ran before the 410s, people who were just there for that class would likely also leave before the 410s, because "their" race would be over for the night.Warthog wrote:bcy505 wrote:I guess what I don't understand is, if SLM are so much better than 358s, why does half the crowd leave Port Royal (my most attended track) after the 410 feature? The way I see it is, racing is very regional. Meaning, central PA is sprint territory, where as Virginia/Maryland is more Late Models, no right or wrong, just location and what people seem to enjoy the most, in that area. Eastern PA, to me, seems to be more modified territory etc.
But what if the track promoted (and paid) the 410s and SLMs as "co-headliners", without designating one or the other
as the "top" class? (Maybe Port does this - I live south of Baltimore,and have only been there once). Maybe even switching the order of the features on alternate weeks so that fans of one would stick around to see "their" class when
it runs last, and maybe build an interest in the other class to the point where they might stick around on the nights
when that class runs last? Or maybe run some sort of points thing where a 410 team is linked to an SLM team for a
combined points championship - will Hodnett and Yoder beat Dewease and Covert for the title?
Part of good racing promotion is the art of convincing people that they want to see something that they didn't know
that they were interested in. It means trying new things once in a while, not just sticking to "the way it's always been".[/
Excellent post !!!!!!!