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Great Racing On The Fourth!!

Taylor Runions wins the ROTW Flinn Stock feature with Jeff Kohn taking the Port City Racecar Pro Stock event. Scott Baker ran a clean line to take the KFC Late Model event and Andrew Fidler continued his domination in the Engine Pro Pro Trucks. Jay Chlebek scored the Street Stock feature and finally Aaron Raby dominated in the AllStar Performance IMCA Modifieds.

Next week at Crystal Motor Speedway is a full schedule of all six normal divisions, sponsored by Praxair Supply Company. Adults are $12, kids 5-11 are $5 and pit passes are $25. Pit gates open at 4:30, grand stand gates open at 5 PM. Further information is available by calling the track office at 989.235.5200  The 2015 SCHEDULE IS HERE.

 Check out the Mustang Give Away by one of our sponsors, American Muscle!

                                  

We will be live streaming the races July 4th  starting about 7:25 or so and you can watch on your pc HERE or  HERE while I-Pad users can watch HERE The other link for I-pads or I-pods is here

News You Need! - A)The Michigan Traditional Sprints will return to CMS on August 15th after being rained out last week. B) Pursuant to tightening State and local laws, campers need to register to camp at the track. At this time, there is no fee but you must register. Both the grandstand ticket booth and the pit booths have the forms. C) All four wheelers, golf carts and or other forms of camp ground 'transportation' must be registered and have some type of identifying sign or number on them. Ask at one of the booths for more information!  

The track has plenty of primitive camping available.  More information can be obtained by calling the track office at 989.235.5200. The 2015 SCHEDULE IS HERE.

Our "R Word" list has topped out at over 1800 people so far. It has come to my attention that some of you did not get an email notification of the last couple rain offs despite asking to be added. A bit of research is showing me that I may have too many people on the list (over 1800 now) and Google decides who gets emails and who doesn't. To this end, I am breaking up the old list and making a second list to augment the first. If you did not get an email after signing up, please send me a new request and I'll add your name to the new list to make sure you get notified. Thanks. Let's get get the 'lost' home again! 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.
 
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.

 

What Is An Image License?

Simply put, it's a way to keep all of us happy.

For years my photographers and I have struggled to educate our customers about US and International copyright laws. There are a large number of photographic print buyers that believe a couple of dollars paid to buy the print gives them the absolute right to scan that image and use it however they want. They take their scan to the local Walmart to make copies. They put the image on their web site without giving a photographers credit, even claiming the copyrights and their own. And a few (you KNOW who you are) have even offered bootleg copies for sale to others. To paraphrase an old commercial, "Got Brass?"

It can be a full time job to chase every copyright violator. And every time somebody lifts an image from this site to make a bootleg copy it takes a small bit of profit away. It all adds up and the loss makes it so we can't upgrade our equipment. This lessens our ability to bring you some great racing photos from the infield, an area that is restricted to authorized track photographers only.

To make it easier for us to bring legal action against the bootleggers, we are ceasing the routine printing of our images. From now on you will be able to purchase a users license on-line for just $3 per image. How does that make it easier to pursue a legal remedy? Easy. When you purchase the users license and download the image you are agreeing to an explicit contract that allows only specific use of the image. If you violate the spirit of that contract we can take you to federal court. Our software keeps track of WHO has purchased a license agreement. If we see one of our images posted somewhere in violation of the agreement, or a print copy being offered for sale - the next thing you will likely get from us is a subpoena.

Are we being a bunch of hard nosed, soft skinned, jerks? No, we are protecting our copyright.

Casual observers may think we are having a good time down there in the infield. Snapping photos all night long and seeing some great racing action. Yes, we generally enjoy the work, but it is WORK. On an average night our photographers are on their feet for five hours without a break. A long night keeps them up on aching feet for up to seven or eight hours.

They are choking on dust for that entire time, or slogging through ankle deep mud. It's difficult to see and therefore to safely walk. There is always a risk of being hit by a race car spinning through the infield, or taking a hit from parts that fly off the cars. Getting pelted by flying stones and huge clods of mud is routine.

On a cold night there is no reasonable way to keep hands and the cameras warm. We just have to suffer. On hot nights sweat acts as a magnet for the dust, making it all the more uncomfortable. Keeping the camera lenses and shutters clean is another burden others rarely think about.

Our job doesn't stop once the picture is taken. Between 1,200 and 2,300 images are taken every race night. It takes HOURS to sort through all of them, judging which are technically unacceptable because they are out of focus, dark, improperly framed, etc. Those that are acceptable still have to be cropped properly, color corrected, and cataloged. Imagine just how peeved we are when we find somebody is not only failing to compensate us a measly couple of dollars, but making the claim the image is THEIRS and trying to re-sell what they stole!

Please, don't think we are angry at all of you. Far from it. We've got some great customers out there that make us smile when they toss a compliment our way. We thank you for recognizing our hard work is worth a couple of dollars. We appreciate it even more when you give that effort the respect it deserves.

Go to the photo gallery and look for your favorite driver. The new software allows us to "Tag" the images so that you will be able to search by race date and driver name. Like crash photos? Put crash into the search window and it will filter out everything but those moments the drivers would rather forget.

Your comments and polite suggestions are encouraged and appreciated. Your respect for our copyright is requested.