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team wright-one
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June 24, 2007 at 12:52:48 PM
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sounds like they got a hell of a turnout for the race. you should have left earlier and gave yourself more time. lol

 




Andrew S Quinn
June 24, 2007 at 12:55:46 PM
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I was gonna say the same thing. Get out of bed earlier.



dmonahan
June 24, 2007 at 01:04:41 PM
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Posted By: Andrew S Quinn on June 24 2007 at 12:55:46 PM

I was gonna say the same thing. Get out of bed earlier.



This is for an IRL race? There is a real crowd? Amazing.




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June 24, 2007 at 01:10:42 PM
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Don't think Rusty had anything to do with the engineering of the highways and roads in the area and the time you leave. Find someone else to blame for that.



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Posted By: dmonahan on June 24 2007 at 01:04:41 PM

This is for an IRL race? There is a real crowd? Amazing.



It might add some excitement into living in the State of Iowa! Usually first time events on big tracks attract a decent crowd that the late sleeping poster hadnt anticipated.




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June 24, 2007 at 02:54:31 PM
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Am I missing something here? I am guessing the original poster erased their post. What is the bad joke? Lines were bad? Traffic sucked? If this is the case, welcome to the big league. You should be happy to have another viable track in your community helping boost retail sales among other things.



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June 24, 2007 at 03:14:28 PM
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Big crowd at Newton. Lots of excitement. Live TV coverage. These are all great things. The Iowa Speedway is a first class racing facility and they did a great job of marketing the event, so I won't take anything away from them on that point.

However, you'd think after watching the local news, reading the DM Register, ect. that there had never been a race of national importance in central Iowa over the last 47 years.

I wish Knoxville Nationals could get 1/10th of the "free" publicity the Iowa Speedway got this weekend. Oh, talk about traffic jams, ect. The very first Nationals in 1961 saw traffic backed up from Knoxville to NEWTON. Several busses were chartered for fans to come to Knoxville from places like Kansas City and Topeka. It was bigger than even Marion Robinson anticipated and history was made from there.

In retrospect, somebody did a heck of a sales job to attract 40,000 fans, wall-to-wall media coverage for a week and national TV for a race that had nineteen entries and only eight finishers (if that). Those numbers at dirt track race would have been a fiasco.

At least there was a good turnout from Iowans...when they used to hold the American Grand Prix in Phoenix, it was a financial and PR disaster...more people attended the ostrich races in Chandler for one day than attended a whole week of Grand Prix nonsense.



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Posted By: dmonahan on June 24 2007 at 01:04:41 PM

This is for an IRL race? There is a real crowd? Amazing.



I wonder how many free tickets there were? I was offered no less than 10 tickets to the race at no charge in the last couple weeks.


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June 24, 2007 at 04:08:14 PM
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I don't know what the complaint was about traffic. I sat in a motorhome just outside T3 & 4 and had a good view of the main gate and the access road off of the interstate. I thought they did one whale of a job getting everyone in orderly. They had some great communication between traffic stations and would divert to a different lot or pathway whenever too many cars started lining up on Rusty Wallace Blvd.

I did find it odd that the traffic started lining up before 7 am to get into the parking lot.



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Posted By: nodust on June 24 2007 at 03:34:39 PM

I wonder how many free tickets there were? I was offered no less than 10 tickets to the race at no charge in the last couple weeks.



and your point is? lets say they gave away 10,000 tickets. does that really take away from the other 30,000. you people would bitch about get'in hung with a new rope. i don't believe it, folks are actually trying to slam a successful auto racing event. would you have been happier if no one showed up?



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June 24, 2007 at 06:59:02 PM
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Wright one.. I believe you are correct. It appears to me most people should look at the success Newton had this week and try and learn to promote their shows. Newton has given many passes out, they also have posters at virtually every buisness in a 150mile radius. I think they have done an excellent job promoting the shows they have, I know they have contaced several of the larger local companies offering reduced ticket prices to employees. They have had most of the local radio personalities at the track for various promotional events. Even with a free pass to get in the gate they will make money on concessions shirt and ect. Empty seats generate no income, period. Just my 2 cents, I am not a promoter just a race fan.




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June 24, 2007 at 08:00:04 PM
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nofenders, Maybe you SHOULD be a promoter........  Sounds like you get it!!!



team wright-one
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Posted By: nofenders on June 24 2007 at 06:59:02 PM

Wright one.. I believe you are correct. It appears to me most people should look at the success Newton had this week and try and learn to promote their shows. Newton has given many passes out, they also have posters at virtually every buisness in a 150mile radius. I think they have done an excellent job promoting the shows they have, I know they have contaced several of the larger local companies offering reduced ticket prices to employees. They have had most of the local radio personalities at the track for various promotional events. Even with a free pass to get in the gate they will make money on concessions shirt and ect. Empty seats generate no income, period. Just my 2 cents, I am not a promoter just a race fan.



huh? you mean i did good for once? don't encourage me! lol.



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Posted By: team wright-one on June 24 2007 at 06:42:44 PM

and your point is? lets say they gave away 10,000 tickets. does that really take away from the other 30,000. you people would bitch about get'in hung with a new rope. i don't believe it, folks are actually trying to slam a successful auto racing event. would you have been happier if no one showed up?



not slamming,just that some things aren't what they appear, but it goes without saying that they did a fantastic job of promotion.


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Posted By: nodust on June 24 2007 at 09:57:14 PM

not slamming,just that some things aren't what they appear, but it goes without saying that they did a fantastic job of promotion.



just what is it you are trying to say? just what is it that is not what it appears to be?

why do you feel you have to lessen the event? did you loose out on providing the trophies or something. lol. you are usually a real booster to motor sports. what has got your goat on this one?



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If I could change anything about this message board, I would request that when we quote somebody with the "reply" button, that what we quote remains in our post even if the original poster edits or erases their post. Otherwise it just seems silly to respond to something, only to have that post disappear or change, AND the portion of it quoted in subsequent posts disappear or change as well.

I saw the original post, but this is just another reminder. Why quote somebody's words when they can just change what it said?


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June 25, 2007 at 12:05:33 PM
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Just imagine the results if they had a good race to promote! I flipped back & forth between Cart and Indy and don't think they had much to offer if they combined the fields. I'm an open wheel guy and not a big fan of road cources but those guys with the roofs and fenders had a pretty good show yesterday.




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Posted By: dmonahan on June 24 2007 at 01:04:41 PM

This is for an IRL race? There is a real crowd? Amazing.



I was there sunday, for previous races they had all four lanes going into the lots open and sunday they allowed cars to park on both sides narrowing it to a lane and a half.  The rains had something to do with this I am sure but it still didnt seem like the best system for getting in and out.  The racing was  miserable NO GRIP on that track, for all the hype of the Iowa Speedway I have yet to be excited during one of their races.  When the buzz dies down people will not go to this place.  I really wanted this to work out for Newton but Iowa is just too small a place to do this right.  I don't see the IRL coming back there frankly, and when the best show they can draw is a hooters pro cup race the tickets will stop selling.  Knoxville is, was, and will always be THE GREATEST TRACK IN THE STATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 



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June 25, 2007 at 05:07:18 PM
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The media in Des Moines (paper, T.V. and radio) seem to think that 4 days of a nearly 100,000 fans (that 99% BUY their tickets) is barely worth a mention around the 2nd week of August every year. The numbers "spectators" until this last weekend that the other I.S. events have reported are so far fetched it was almost comical. I too hope that the I.S. is a sucess but I am afraid with out some real NAPCAR events, outdoor concerts and Friday night drag racing with a no name event every 3 or 4 weeks (easy boys I am not putting the IRL race in that category) the track may be headed for oblivion in a few years. My boss always told me you only get one chance to make a good first impression and mother nature did throw I.S. a curve Sunday but many of those disgruntled fans will only remember the bad taste of the miles of jammed roads/parking fiasco. I did watch most of the T.V. coverage and have always thought Patrick was a media/pr hype and she is. The flinch from side to side on the restart crash shows she could use some more time at English Creek before "moving up." And of course those nasty boys all "jumped the restart" so it wasn't her fault.

 

 

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