Post by Jamie on Jun 29, 2014 11:19:38 GMT -5
My background: I've worked at tracks for over 20 seasons, worked many special events here in Eastern KY both unsanctioned and sanctioned events I have worked with several different series as they came through Eastern KY back in the early 90's through current seasons, as a fan I have been going to races since I was very young (I am 43 now) all over the region, and as administrator of this message board I have been threatened by tracks with banishment for complaining about these type issue and then later they would call and want my help for a special event, but overall have had a good relationship with all the track owners leading up to the events talking about these events and understand the pressure they face leading up to these events so I speak from experience as I post the following:
Please Read the entire post here please for those wanting a answer to the admission prices
There has been a lot of talk about the admission price for the Lucas Oil Event July 5th at 201 Speedway while this time needs to be used for promoting instead of explaining I wanted take some time to answer the critics for 201 Speedway while 201 Speedway is busy promoting the July 5th event
First off the main thing to remember is 201 Speedway is a business just like any gas station, resturant, Dept. Store, etc. and if any business is going to stay in business they have to turn a profit, or at the very least break even on a night of racing, but different from a gas station, resturant, Dept Store, etc the track only can make a profit on race night Saturday nights, where the other businesses can work on making a profit 7 days a week, but 201 spends money EVERY day in preparing for that one night a week when money actually comes into the track. I am not going to go into the overhead it takes to run a track other than to say for a event like the Lucas Oil Series, World of Outlaws where the payouts are some large the total cost figuring in everything can be upwards of $75,000 or more that the track has to make in ONE night to break even. This is the gamble a track takes to bring shows like this to the fans, but 201 Speedway wants to bring the best of the best to Eastern KY, and the track is confident that while it is a gamble the fans will support the track as they have for 30 years now.
Unfortunately the track was not able to secure a sponsor for this event, sponsorship is very important, and does affect admission and payout decisions at the track, quite simply the more sponsorship money the track can get the less the track has to rely on the fans and drivers to cover the expenses. 201 Speedway appreciates all the Sponsors we have have look forward to working with more and more sponsors in the future.
I said all the above to give you a little background on the business side of the sport that many race fans never see, or really understand, but now on to the meat of this subject.
If you remember 201 Speedway at the start of the season made the decision to charge a small fee for kids, and the 201 fans went crazy about charging for kids, so 201 went back to the kids 10 and under free, 201 Speedway loves to see the future of our sport at the track, and the experiences they will take away from the track and hope these kids will someday become the next big thing from this area.
When looking at the admission prices for this coming weekends events, everyone wants to compare 201 prices to PRP prices lets look at the races side by side: Both are Lucas Races, both have the same payouts for the Late Models, but from there things change 201 Admission prices are as follows: $30 for the Grandstands and $40 for the Pits ($40 not $45 as I have seen posted) with kids 10 and under free of charge. PRP prices 16 and older $25 for the Grandstands, kids 7-15 $10, and kids 6 and under Free, PRP Pits price is $35 for EVERYONE (Cradle to the Grave) now knowing the prices for each lets compare some prices:
If Me and my Wife and our 3 kids (ages 3, 6, 9) wanted to go to both nights of racing what would the cost be in the grandstands, and pits?
At PRP it would be $25 for me, $25 for my Wife, 1 kid would be $10, and 2 kids would be free for a total of $60 if we decided to go to the pits and get some autographs and pics with some of the drivers it would cost us $175.
At 201 Speedway it would be $30 for me, $30 for my wife, and the kids would all be free for a total of $60 same as PRP, but if we went to the pits, it would cost all five of us $80....$95 cheaper than PRP,
201 Speedway set their price to be family friendly and while the adult tickets are more at 201 Speedway by $5 the fuel cost getting from this area to PRP offsets that it's about 85 or so miles from PRP to 201 Speedway around 170 miles round trip gas is currently $3.80 something a gallon you do the math on how much the fuel would cost for the trip there and back in your personal car/truck.
So there it is, there has been some people wanted 201 to comment on this issues, there it is, when looking at these events, look at the whole picture, yes there will be several people come to the events that will not bring kids, and will only be adult pricing, but at the same time there will be several families as well and these races are races that families that are die hard dirt fans just as the single adults with no kids are, and these will be races are memoriable moments in the history of Eastern KY Dirt Racing, you can ask many older dirt fans about certain races like when the Dirt Track World Championship was at Thunder Ridge or other special events from Clay City, Salyersville Speedway, Isom, Perry County Speedway certain events just stick with race fans, and the event on July 5th for the fans here in Eastern Ky could be one of those events, and 201 wanta as many race fans, and race families as possible to come out and enjoy the event, its not about greed, its about taking a gamble and setting a price where the track feels it has the best chance of making its money back and hopefully making a profit to continue the improvements at the track for future events be it a Lucas Oil Event, or a World of Outlaw Event, or just a Regular Show event for the fans, and drivers.
I hope you took time to read this, and understand a little bit better about this issue, I appologize for it being so long, but this issue is a important issue that I felt needed addressed, and I hope this sheds a little light on this and answers some of the critics.
I will be at 201 Speedway July 5th and I hope you will to, East KY Racing deserves this type of show now and in the future and 201 has brought it to us, and I will support it