First off, kudos to all involved who helped make the first running of the Sprint Car Smackdown for the USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series the happening that it was. As it turned out, it looks like it was the first of many more to come in the future so it was pretty cool as both a reporter as well as a worker at the track to have had the opportunity to be in on the ground floor of an event that will no doubt go down in history.
In all the years I have been associated with the track, the event was the single-biggest thing to have happened at the 67-year-old facility, at least in my opinion. For years myself along with the likes of fellow race junkies like Greg Griswold, Jerry Davis and Alan Brown just to mention a few, have discussed why a local track wouldn’t adopt a format similar to the Knoxville Nationals and have a multiple-day show to crown a king in the traditional sprint car world.
With a few exceptions, most of the tracks around the state chose to not run sprint cars during the three days of the Smackdown. The one exception was the Paragon Speedway on Saturday night and it had a car count of 47 cars in the pits. Granted, it would have been a stunner had any of those cars at the southern-Indiana track made a dent in the feature, but the bad thing is that by running against the Smackdown it cost fans who more than likely would have been at the local oval to witness the history being made.
Three days of intense racing included plenty of good things, a couple bad and one down right bad circumstance that has the social media in an uproar and that is sure to have ramifications the remainder of the season.