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Coca-Cola race, Springfield, OH

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#51 Hermit #1

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 04:02 PM

It was known as Paul's Raceway and was owned by Paul Duckett.  Despite comments to the contrary the track did not close the very next day.  It was open for another year or so.  The reports of it being in a rundown part of downtown were however accurate....very much so.

For those that are curious, the track was a Purple Mile (American Raceways Sovereign), cut down from 220' to about 180'-190' by removing one finger.  That made it into something like an oversize American Red track.  Here's a pic of an unmodified Purple (note the elongated donut):


I attempted to race as a semi-pro, but simply couldn't get a car to consistently navigate the main straightaway.  It would frequently lift out of the slot partway down.  The bank had a mismatch between the two middle sections, causing the braid to lift out of the recess in that area - resulting in a short circuit with sparks every time my car went over that part of the track.  Those were just a couple of the problems with the track, I won't go into all the other more minor issues.

I was so bummed out by my total lack of any success, I just pulled my car and decided to spectate the rest of the race program.  I'd previously had decent results racing in Ohio, but I left this one with a sour taste in my mouth.  Bleck!  :bad:

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 05:12 PM

It was a horrible race and horrible track.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 10:22 PM

I think Gilbert wore the same clothes for YEARS! Great shots of that, uh event.


As a side note, always liked talking and racing with Bogut. Good guy.

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