May 23, 2002
by Chris Feeney
Be careful what you wish for. That's probably what promoter Terry Hoenig is thinking after his marathon follow up to a very efficient season premiere at Scotland County Speedway. The opener had everything a guy could ask for. He had good weather - it was nice and warm. The track was in tip-top shape, not bad for the first night out for the crew headed up by Ryan Clark and Stacey Snyder. By last report there were more than 1,200 fans on hand to watch the premiere. The show started relatively early and had fans on the road home just after 10:00 p.m. If a perfectionist dissected the event the one area where there might be slight room for minor improvement would have been the car count, with only 80 some cars making the race opener.
I can see it now, after a very successful night Terry was wrapping things up in the office and going over the night in a mental recap. "Things went great but if I could have one wish I would ask for a few more cars."
After the May 18 race I'm betting Terry wishes he would have bought a lottery ticket that night instead of asking for a few more cars because his desire was answered, and then some. A few more cars turned into more than 60 additional racers, swelling the ranks to more than 140 race cars at Scotland County Speedway for the night of racing.
Of course that is a good problem to have, especially if you are taking money at the pit gate where the race teams shell out the bucks to participate. Then again, 140 cars makes for a long night and plenty of additional administrative duties so the financial benefit does come with a little added stress for the track folks. It's hard enough for a mother bird to take care of a full nest but if you doubled the hatch there's just not enough mom to go around to answer all the chirping - and race teams have been known to do more than their fair share of chirping at the promoter.
The result was a late start and a late finish, but in between was a whole bunch of exciting racing that surely will have the fans thirsty for more this Saturday. There was a little something for everyone. The late models and A modifieds put on their normal high powered shows. The hobby stocks gave the crash fans some excitement with one car ending up on its top. The stock cars went four wide several times early in the contest. And then there was my favorite race, the B-modifieds, which went basically as planned with little stoppage and lots of racing. But no matter how you look at it, we as Scotland County residents should be proud to have a facility in our home area that can draw 140 race cars from across the region.
Sure the track benefited from a little scheduling help courtesy of Mother Nature, who rained out Burlington, IA, races and sent its cars south. Then again I suspect we would have had at least 100 cars anyway as word is making its way around the race circuit that the Scotland County Speedway looked good on opening night. What's in store for race fans this Saturday? Mother Nature again will hold the key. Of course the solid start to the season may help turn that key in favor of another 100 car, 1,000 spectator night which likely will be the norm considering what I've seen thus far at SCS. Keep up the good work guys.
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