One big event drag race that I attended about 11 years ago had money added to the purses. There so many people showed up that we where using the road course track for pit space. There where several fights that broke out over people handling other people's cars. I had to call my son to the track to guard my box.
And several times the racing had to be stoped because after a racer had prepped his lane someone had put oil on the track in an attempt to slow him down.
We started racing at 9 AM and the last run was at 12:50 AM the next morning. Many racers got tired of all the crap that was goinig on and just withdrew.
Does that sound like fun?
Worst experience ever.
I'm going to go out a limb and suggest the race wasn't managed well.
The track shouldn't be accessible for folks to apply oil between races. No crowding the track, in drag racing the track is like the putting green in golf. Folks stay back and stay quiet.
Pit space is always hard to manage.
If you are renting you want every sq ft to be profitable. You want to fill it with track, too. Regular weekly racing sees 10 or maybe 20 folks using pit space. Then you have a big event and everyone wonders why you don't have 50 tables for pit space. It's because you pay monthly rent for unused pit space between those big events.
So he used his road course as pit space. I wouldn't do that myself because I love my tracks and can't imagine damage from pit boxes but that was his solution.
Racers gotta behave and be patient.
Cheaters have to be called out and invited to repent or leave.
Owners need to plan ahead of time to maximize the floor space and track management as best they can.
We all have to do this together. 50 racers can't look to one overwhelmed owner on event day to police everyone. Racers need to govern behavior internally and diplomatically. Lots of fragile egos in slot racing. Correct with kindness. Remember a gentle answer turns away wrath.
And one last observation about this money stuff.
There are a handful of guys on disability or simply unemployed for whatever reason. Some it's unfortunate circumstances and for others it's low skill sets. They enjoy racing drag or slots so figure they might be able to pay the light bill if they win a race or two. They can't make a living doing drag racing. Heck, the owner of the track isn't making a living. These hurting souls need to be helped to see that they need to keep a right perspective on this hobby/sport. And they need to find a way to earn revenue through legitimate work. I'm afraid cash prizes might be an a temptation for the desperate folks out there. And that might drive them to cheat.
Enough philosophy. Don't know what got into me.