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The SOD Sprints Are On Their Way!  

This week at Crystal Motor Speedway finds the SOD Sprints making their first of three visits to CMS. The Pro Stocks have the night off to make room for the traveling series. Pit gates open at 4:30 and the main grandstand gates open at 5PM. Racing begins at 7:30. Adults are $15 and kids 5-11 are $5. Pit passes are $25. More information can be obtained by calling the track office at 989.235.5200. The 2015 SCHEDULE IS HERE.
 
Weather Or Not! 

I'm getting a lot of notes about will CMS run Saturday night. I was at the track Friday morning and spoke with Ron. Barring a surprise rain storm after 6PM, we WILL be running. Yes, we know it is cold. Dress warmly, bundle up tight and all of that good stuff and we are gonna give our best. Watch this site for any changes or cancellations. We will have the latest info. You can join our "R Word" list by sending an email or TEXTING to this email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  If you are on the list and your email has changed, drop me a note!
 
There was a modification to the rules concerning transponders. While it was changed in the rules, I failed to post here it here. This rule was modified April 21st, 2015. It says: "18. Transponders must be mounted on the right side and the back of rear axle and in an orange transponder pouch. If your transponder falls off you may not be scored and you will be responsible for replacing the transponder.Any racer caught trying to modify or deliberately changing location of transponder will be disqualified."  Check with your tech inspector if you have questions.

We will be live streaming the races tonight starting about 7:25 or so and you can watch on your pc HERE while I-Pad users can watch HERE. You can test your device before the races begin by clicking on one of the previous links as we have a 24/7 stream of races from 2014 running.
 
Are You Up To Date?? PC users should update their Flash Player at https://get2.adobe.com/flashplayer and their Shock Wave Player at https://get2.adobe.com/shockwave" and occasionally, you need to update your Java at https://www.java.com All are free downloads. If you are using a mobile device, understand that our upload stream can sometimes over power a device's ability to keep up. Make sure your Internet connection will hold the necessary download speed!  

 
The 2015 rules packages are here: LATE MODEL, IMCA, PRO STOCK, STREET STOCK, and the GENERAL CMS RULES. The 2015 SCHEDULE IS HERE.

You can reach me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as you have been able to reach me since this site started back in 1993. I have or can get you the honest answer far more often than you can get it on FaceBook. You may find this hard to believe but not everything you read on FB is true.


For those that intend to have minors entering the pits, here is the minor release form to have pre-filled out. PLEASE NOTE! "Legal" people say you need to do one of two things. Fill it out and have it notarized or fill it out but don't sign it until you are at the track so track officials can countersign it. Other forms will be posted here shortly.

 

Coming "Home"

You never realize how much you will miss something until it isn’t available every time you want to go there. Well, alright, I suppose the proper way to say that is it isn’t easily available when I want to go.

I have been a regular at Crystal Motor Speedway since way back in the early 80’s, first as a fan, then as a car owner, and then as an employee. I don’t have to tell most of you how addictive the track can be. My first extended time away from the Crystal clay was in 2005 when I worked with the ASA series and traveled across the eastern half of America with some really great racers and I got to meet and work with some current NASCAR drivers. It was a real thrill to work with these guys but I can remember looking at my watch and realizing that it was race time at CMS and wishing I was “home.”

I came back to CMS in 2006 and worked two more years but in 2007, I spent half of nearly every week in Florida, coming home to be at the track Friday night for Saturday and going back to Port Saint Lucie on Monday. My wife had already moved to Florida full time and I was commuting each week. It was arduous but I wanted to do it… for that summer. As soon as Great Lakes Nationals was in the books that year, I was gone for the winter.

Since then, I have come ‘home’ for the season opener, around Memorial Day weekend, the Fourth of July weekend, and in August. This year has found me much busier in my new home area and with a business that seems about ready to really break loose. I work with a television station and two radio stations here and we are about to launch our own Roku TV stations… three of them to be exact!

 

We’ve been testing it the past few weeks (which is why the chat on the ROTW board has been closed) and it seems to be working perfectly. It’s been a ton of work but we think it will be worth it shortly. Two years of dreaming, planning, and work are about to spring to life… kind of like an elephant pregnancy. If all goes as planned, our sports channel, StreamNet Sports, will be available on Roku this week. Instead of watching it live on your computer, you can watch it live on your television.

Getting back to the original subject… coming ‘home.’ All of this stuff kept me from getting back for the season opener, the first I’ve missed in years. I intended to be back for the first race in May but that isn’t going to happen either. I thought I’d for sure I could make it for the Memorial Day weekend but again, I’ve got a schedule conflict with my other businesses.

So what to do? I am looking at coming up on a Friday and leave on Sunday to get back for a Monday meeting. I was explaining this to a friend who promptly asked me why I would travel on such a tight schedule for such a short period of time. The answer is obvious. It’s kind of like going home for Christmas… you just gotta do it. I hope to see you all then!