I can remember sitting on the concrete bleachers about 4 rows up around 1993. A front wheel assembly off a sprinter came flying over my head and nailed a bunch of people behind me. What a thrill that was. The kids made me take them to the infield for the rest of the night, and they all swore they would never go to a race again.
Funny, they all went again, eventually!
I was there too. I wouldn't exactly call it a thrill but I'll never forget it. Obviously the bleachers and grandstands had to go. I don't think anyone would argue that they were a safety concern but that doesn't mean that we can't remember all of the good things because from my experience, there was way more good than bad.
I agree, there were alot of good times and great memories. That memory just really stands out in my mind. I have a large framed picture of the covered grandstand at The Port on the wall in my music room. It used to be above the bed, but the wife was not as happy about it as I was.
I remember my dad cutting out a wooden wing for his sprint car. I am sure wings changed for the better, but I think seeing a Super Sprint with a wooden wing on top just looks better than todays big aluminum wings.