Charlie Powell would go to all of the shopping malls in the area and work a deal for drivers to display the cars in the mall he would also have them displayed at Auto Dealers among many other events in town and the Teams were excited and Proud to do it. He didnt win NASCAR National Promoter of the year in 96 for nothing. Humpy Wheeler called him one of the best in the business. We are missing that kind of stuff today
First job I had in racing was working for Royce Miller at Maryland International Raceway. First thing he told me was that the hardest part of the job was trying to please the racers and put on a show for the fans. He elaborated by saying that racers don't want to put on a show, and what makes the fans happy pisses the racers off. Whereas the fans want to see a show, but the show they want drives racers away.
I honestly think, with as many tracks as we have in this region, track managers are so consumed with all the drama in the pits and trying to please the racers that they don't have time to think about the show. I've heard it at some point from every promoter/manager I've worked for, when the show is an hour behind schedule or something, "I don't give a **** about the fans."
Now, they don't really mean that, but it's how frustrated they are in the minute trying to keep the racers happy and stuff.
One night, Langley Speedway asked drivers what the track could do to put on a better show for the fans. The drivers almost unanimously said, "Have us qualify to kick off the feature racing program." They explained that the fans want to see them go out, one at a time, and qualify.
Um, no they don't.
If it's 8pm, you've just finished drying the track after a thunderstorm, and the fans are in the stands, what do you do? The fans came to see a race. They just paid $15 a head to see the race. But all your drivers just demanded that you give them their second practice and qualifying, which takes about an hour to 90 minutes to complete, or they'll load up and leave.
In the Carolinas, the tracks will give it to them. I've been to many races, at many different tracks, where the feature race started 2-3 hours behind schedule so the drivers could get their practice and qualifying in. Pisses me off every time too.