Drivers had a meeting at Wacky Wings Thursday to discuss what’s needed to be done to keep the current racers and fans attending stock car racing at Laird International Raceway and to entice former drivers and fans to come back.
Organized by Robert Hiiemaa, a long time racer at Laird and at the old 5th Line speedway, along with Keenan Spurway, a former modified racer who is now in the Factory Stock division headed up the meeting.
There were a number of suggestions brought up at the meeting which would be taken to Donnie Varcoe in the next few days and hopefully racing will resume next Thursday, but no promises were made.
Some key items included were:
– When cars go through tech that the rules would apply to everyone and the decision by the tech man would be final.
– Start money should be paid to all drivers, even if it meant that it would be a lower pay out for the top finishers.
– It was suggested that Laird could run opposite Sundays of Kinross Speedpark.
– Rules for the divisions should be out on paper and made available to all drivers.
– There should be a representative for each division and the racers in that division would talk to the rep if there are issues.
– Donnie Varcoe shouldn’t race, even though he doesn’t get any points or winnings, the car could affect the outcome of a race.
– The drivers suggested that they park their race cars at their sponsors on Tuesday to help assist in getting more fans out to the race track.
As these are only suggestions, which the drivers think would keep Laird International Raceway operating for the remainder of the 2015 season, it is unsure if all or any would be considered.