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#1 Rich Joslin

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 06:00 PM

Pete, the next time I see you at the track I will issue this apology in person. In case that doesn't happen for awhile I am doing it in this public forum for two reasons; you deserve it and maybe another novice like myself will learn from my mistake.

 

Last Tuesday when I was marshaling turn two I made a mistake. My thought process was, "if cars come off here and I have to lean up under the bank I will not get them back on very quickly so I should make a "track" call." The driver in White came off two times in a short period of time. Both times rather than quickly grabbing his car and getting it out of the way of oncoming traffic I yelled "track" and waited for the power to be cut. I know at least once this caused a crash involving your car. In fact it may have happened both times. The second crash resulted in a broken wire on your car and you were not able to finish the race. I am not sure where you were on the leader board at the time but I know it was the final heat and I know you are usually close to the top if not at the top of the pack. I've thought about this a lot since last Tuesday and I realize I should have simply grabbed the car in White and gotten it out of the way as quickly as possible then made the "track" call if I felt I needed to. Even if it took me a bit of extra time to get White back on the track that is what I should have done. I feel I cost you a shot at a win and I am very sorry. You handled the situation very well and I thank you for that. 

 

Take care,

Rich

 

 

 

 


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Posted 02 December 2019 - 06:35 PM

Rich... It wasn't your fault! 

 

As a marshal you are trying to fix another racer's mistake. YOU DIDN'T MAKE HIM CRASH!!!

 

And Phil should have been watching ahead.

 

I HATE making an error (IMO) marshalling, but don't beat yourself up over it.  You didn't crash,  the driver did. Do your best, and keep trying to improve.

 

Same with your driving. Practice makes perfect.

 

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 07:07 PM

Don't beat yourself up about it Rich. Marshaling is a thankless job and everyone has moments when they could have done better.

 

Yes get the crashed car or cars off the track as quickly as you can deal with it.

 

If possible put the car that started the crash back on last.

 

We are all racing for fun so nobody is going to stay upset for long. 


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Posted 03 December 2019 - 12:54 AM

Rich,for two weeks you were kind enough simply to stop by, hang out, and Marshall a race you weren't even racing in.

As racers, our thanks should be going out to you for being a gentleman.
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Posted 03 December 2019 - 06:20 AM

That's slot racing.

 

At least you were paying attention and trying to do your job. 


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Posted 03 December 2019 - 06:55 AM

That's slot racing.

 

At least you were paying attention and trying to do your job. 

Exactly 


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Posted 03 December 2019 - 09:17 AM

Turn marshaling is as much a part of slot racing as driving the cars. Just like referee's and umpires are as much a part of a football or baseball game as the players are. When the players quit making errors then you can demand that the umpires and referee's quit making errors. Same goes for the drivers in a slot car race, if they didn't make errors you wouldn't need turn marshals.

 

I've known lots of slot racer's that you have to almost twist their arm behind their back to get them to turn marshal and when they do they're talking to someone else and not paying attention. They are usually the one's that bitch the most about the other turn marshals.

 

I remember once a well known slot racer when it was his turn to marshal took a position on the far end of the straightaway on a King track. Nice place to watch the race.


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Posted 03 December 2019 - 09:56 AM

Rich, I hope you won't think this means I consider your apology disingenuous, but I couldn't resist:


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Posted 03 December 2019 - 10:15 AM

Rich, I hope you won't think this means I consider your apology disingenuous, but I couldn't resist:

 

No offense taken Pablo. 

One of my favorite scenes from that movie. 

Thanks for the laugh! 



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Posted 03 December 2019 - 10:52 AM

I remember once a well known slot racer when it was his turn to marshal took a position on the far end of the straightaway on a King track. Nice place to watch the race.

The bank is a turn, it needs a marshal. What's the problem? :D


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Posted 03 December 2019 - 11:18 AM

Yeah, but the straightaway didn't.  :laugh2:


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#12 Phil Hackett

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Posted 03 December 2019 - 12:40 PM

I would much rather have a marshal interfere by being enthusiastic about doing a good job than the lazy, "I don't care", sloppy marshaling I have seen and been subjected to in the past.

 

Don't sweat it. You were trying your best.


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