FEEDBACK FRIDAY – FROM THE GRANDSTANDS: TWO TRACK OPERATORS WHO GET IT
This From The Stands article seems to have very little do with a specific spectator view or angle on or about drag racing and spectator interests or situations, and more like a public relations article. The last From The Stands article also felt this way, but less so compared to this one which seems almost totally P.R. work. While I thought the initial articles spectator think-pieces were interesting perspectives, these now seem merely ingratiating to the business interests. I fail to see what that shares with us from a unique spectator view, and I find this article boring. From A Reader's Perspective. - Ken Tesoriere
Thanks for your letter. While we respect your opinion of the most recent From the Grandstands columns, the latest commentary has everything to do with the view of drag racing from a spectator’s point of view. Tim Charlet merely pointed out how refreshing it is to go to a drag strip where the management/ownership understands the importance of the paying spectator. If it sounds like a PR piece, it’s only because the Baders and Bandimeres understand the value of entertaining and comforting their customers. The previous column was a Father’s Day tribute column. That column pointed out the importance of fathers and their children from what he saw while sitting in the grandstands. We are sorry that you found them boring. The first one was from the heart. The second was from experience. – Editor
Nice to see folks that get it and understand something other than seeing how badly they can rip off spectators and racers alike. - Mike Walker
After moving away from the Denver area to chase a dream (being closer to more NHRA drag strips that hold national and/or divisional racing events), I find myself missing one track...Bandimere Speedway! After racing at "The Strip at Las Vegas", Fontana, Bakersfield, Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, plus Southwestern International Raceway (Tucson), Bandimere has a valuable asset that none of these tracks has---a cool down island!!! Not only can a racer (mainly door car) drive his/her racer to this island and enjoy mountain to cool your race car down with (I wouldn't advise drinking it though, lol), but the island is wide enough that 10-12 cars can drive up to as many water spouts (with short hoses attached), and run water through/over their engines to cool them down! Nowhere else can you do that. - Gary Hampton
Wow, to have such an NHRA event track. While the track employees are great, the owners/managers at Route 66 in Joliet, IL are clearly not "Track Owners Who Get It." Maybe after this article they will. I hope. - Bill Anderson
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