The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour came to Holland Motorsports Complex on Saturday, July 11th for a 100-lap event, and as a long-time racing fan, I have to honestly say it wasn’t one of the better shows I had been to.
One thing that has to be taken into account for an event like this is time, and that was the biggest thing they seemed to have forgotten. Starting a 100-lap Modified event at 10 p.m. when your track curfew is 11 p.m. isn’t smart. Neither is having a “10 minute autograph session” that goes closer to 30 when you know about the curfew.
Something (someone) else that wasn’t smart – the “roving reporter,” who was constantly referring to drivers by the wrong names during face-to-face interviews – that’s unacceptable.
A smarter move would have been to start the Mods show at 8:30 p.m. and continue the other classes at the conclusion, or just have fewer classes (there were four support classes). Another smart move – give the roving reporter a cheat sheet of names and car numbers so as to avoid looking like a fool.
The racing itself was pretty good – the Mods are always fun to watch, and the Chargers race got a little dicey at the end (especially when the driver who was wronged went after the driver who wronged him!). Patrick Emerling won the Modified race, and that was also cause for some controversy that’s too much to get into here. I just hope everyone involved learned a lesson from all the criticism they received on Facebook and the RaceNY forums.
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