This is a question that has been on my heart recently. How much do you love racing? Do you love racing enough to become a track owner and gamble your finances each week? Ask any owner and they will be paying attention to the weather forecast for their night of racing.
How much do you love racing? If asked to pick up trash will you pick up trash? I know a couple of years ago a Hall of Fame and Museum non-profit organization were offered money to pick up trash and turned the racing facility down. So how much do they love racing?
I know of a couple who loaned a local racetrack the money to open and finish the season. So how much did they love racing? This same couple bought trophies for two years in a row so drivers would have trophies at the banquet. So how much do they love racing?
I know of officials one year who were asked to take a pay cut so the season could be completed, some were willing and some were complaining, so who had a love for the sport and who did not?
I know of an owner who is at his racetrack each and every day working on always improving the facility. How much love does he have for racing?
I know of pit crews who meet weekly to work on the racecar. How much love do they have for the sport? What about the racecar drivers, how much love do they have for the sport? I know of officials who plan their vacation days so they can be at the racetrack, how much do they love the sport?
I also know of officials who are the first at the track and the last to leave, how much do they love the sport?
I know of wives who prepare meals for the crew while the crew readies the car(s), how much does the wife love the sport? I know of pack truck people who prepare their vehicles to help at the track, how much do they love the sport? I know of fire and tow personnel who arrive early, supply their own equipment for the love of the sport, we can see how much they love the sport!
Years ago I was asked why I did what I did at the tracks, the answer was simple I do this for the love of the sport! I was then asked if I would do this for no pay and again the answer was yes! If someone is working at a track just for the money then I will show you someone who does not love the sport.
So I ask how much do you love the sport? If asked to work for free would you? If asked to pick up trash would you? If asked to paint would you? If asked to buy equipment and not get reimbursed would you? So just how much do you love this sport and how much work will you do to support this sport?