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Cold Night - Hot Racing Action!  

With a full grandstands and 128 cars in the pits, it was a great night at CMS. Shelbie Shank won a hotly contested Flinn Stock race and A. J Ward made his way forward from mid pack to take the IMCA win. Scott Baker powered his way to the Late Model win while Nate Jones topped the Pro Stock division. Joel Field bested a tight race as he came home triumphant in the Street Stock division and Curtis Rice won a thriller in the Pro Trucks. The night was sponsored by C&L Trucking of Ionia. You can watch a replay of the night HERE by using the slide bar under the video player. This will remain on the site until next week. Results and photos are now posted in their indvidual results links above.

Next 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

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.

 

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.