TBARA – Discuss It.

It wasn’t too long ago that the TBARA brought big fields of sprint cars and played to packed houses, but times have changed.

It is no secret that the 2012 racing season has proven to be a bumpy one for the TBARA. While the racing at the pointy end of the field has been good, car counts have ranged from good to poor and there have been race cancellations, first with the event at Watermelon Capitol Speedway in Cordele, GA and now it appears that the TBARA races at Desoto Speedway are being removed as well.

While the economy is certainly not good, it’s not worse than last year, and certainly not worse than 2009, when we actually had higher car counts, but it’s also not going to get much better any time soon. Prosperous times are not within sight for quite some time.

This is not a pretty chart, but GDP shows insight into recession recovery. Toward the end of a recession, you want to see 3% growth to move things in a positive direction. That is not happening right now.

So what is the point of this article then?

Well, we like to think our readers are an intelligent lot and most of you have supported the TBARA for many years on end, including us. But as Albert Einstein once famously said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting different results.”

I’ve always said I would like to see concessions for spec and crate engines to get them into cars and out on tracks, and yes there is one out there now with the TBARA, but I look at the blended rules packages that are popping up around the country in pavement late model racing to get more cars out into one class with each other.

And since diesel prices don’t look to be getting cheaper any time soon, I would say look at the pavement tracks within close proximity of the driver base and just work those tracks for 2013.

Wings? I don’t know that I’m sold on them at the moment.

Diesel? Not cheap.

Obviously participation of all parties – drivers, owners, tracks, fans is key for 2013. So we say, while things are slow at the moment, lets all put our heads together for some ideas for 2013 and get things pointed in the right direction.

Hell, maybe we should organize a town hall meeting some Saturday at high noon in the Tampa area, invite all of the above and throw ideas at the wall and see what sticks.

So post your thoughts, be constructive, no politics, no name calling, you know, the usual.