What will auto racing look like in the immediate future? Will it live entirely in the fantasy draft, or are we set for a new renaissance on the strip and oval tracks?
In this roundtable, hosted as part of “No Shows No Problem,” Clint Doll, Co-Owner, DirtDraft.com; Publisher, 1Motorsport.com and Keith Haney, Owner/Operator, Tulsa Raceway; Owner/Operator, Midwest Drag Race Series join RacingJunk.com Managing Editor Andreanna Ditton to discuss the past year in racing, and to look forward at how lessons learned during the pandemic will shape the future of the sport.
Tulsa Raceway and the Midwest Drag Race Series have both been active during a time when many other tracks and series were victims of the lockdown, and part of that is due to an early embracing of contactless entry points, and technology in general, many apects of which were in place or on their way, prior to the lockdown. Keith Haney discusses some of the ways in which smaller tracks and series can follow this lead to guarantee safe, secure racing and prizes.
Clint Doll talks about the addition of a fantasy league to dirt racing, and how that has allowed fans to feel even more connected to racers and events.
More than anything, both panelists are struck by the sense of hope and optimism they’re seeing within the race community, despite closing and struggling tracks and series. The sport isn’t going away, particularly on a grass roots level, as more and more people figure out new ways to engage crowds and develop new fans.