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JJ94
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« on: July 13, 2010, 02:14:19 pm »

I haven't been out to the track in over a year, but decided to bring my 2 yr old out for his first time.  He loved it, by the way, so maybe mama will let me back in a car soon!

I was a bit put off, however, by the actions of a few in the stands.  One in particular was a man that sat in front of me that was getting drunker by the beer.  When the features started, and a few people were starting to leave (they all had kids, so they were probably getting tired).  This man would stand up and "heckle" (for lack of a better word) these people that were leaving and would mouth at them all the way to the gate.  My son got tired after the pure stock feature, so I was on my way down the stands and passed a couple leaving at the bottom with their two kids.  This man stood up and started to mouth at them saying "can't you wait five minutes, that's a kid out there!"  So I told him that they had kids too.  He told me to shut the he[ck] up.  I told him that nobody wants to listen to that.  To which he replied "F you", and proceeded to come at me.  He stood up and yelled and cursed at me the whole way to the gate.  I told the ladies working at the gate to call security, but I was not about to bring my son back up there to identify him.

Just seemed really tacky to me, and I wish my son and the others who had to witness that drunken mess had not seen or had to put up with that.  Maybe a section for non drinkers?  Just my two cents.  I've heard people make fun of the races, saying its just a bunch of dumb rednecks, and I always defend that.  Not sure how I can convince someone they should go out there for some good clean family fun anymore.

Thanks for your time.
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JJ94
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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2010, 03:15:05 pm »

Did forget to mention that the racing I saw was awesome.  Great limited and SS car counts.  I felt the itcha burning!
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JUSTME00
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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2010, 04:15:42 pm »

IF YOU ALLOW DRINKING YOU NEED A DRINKING SECTION!!!!!!!!!! 
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bigdog50
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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2010, 05:50:43 pm »

They need to limit how much one person brings in also and have the dps officer walk around the stands a time or two i only see him on the pit side this would help i think and thanks for posting this issue jj94 the kids is what i like to see at the track ps i drive the hobby #50 and patrick your right they need a drink section because some adults act like kids in public
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Slickyone
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2010, 12:31:48 pm »

I agree on a drinking section would be better for the fans not against drinking this is america but a smoking section in the stands next will be wanting a Baby section and no farting section just my opinion !!
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JJ94
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2010, 09:34:51 pm »

No farting section?  hmmmmm......you may be on to something here!
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JBTuner
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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2010, 01:55:06 am »

Flipper...did your tongue get twisted up a lil bit there?
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billy5
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« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2010, 06:28:25 am »

love babys farting funny throat closeing from smoke not good they should have  on smokeing area  why should i move
RACE GAS FUMES
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weewon
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« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2010, 04:05:27 pm »

Fumes, beer nor smoking would've helped the lady next to us in the stands last night. It was probley the dust from the track that caused the lady to have an asthma attack.
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Anthony Fasulo
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« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2010, 09:45:53 pm »

I have been to dirt tracks, asphault tracks, and superspeedways all over much of this country, and they all have their share of "clowns" that get drunk and act ugly.  Unfortunately, a large percentage of people who attend any form of auto racing are beer drinkers and smokers.  It's a darned shame that these folks can't stop when they start to feel good, and not drink until they get obnoxious and begin to act ugly and disrespectful towards others.  If you ban beer drinking at a track, you're going to be left with a handful of fans, and that won't pay the purse nor the overhead.  I, for one, will drink a beer or two now and then, but not when I have to drive.  I like to take my boys out to the track from time to time, and I don't like them to be exposed to vulgarity and ugliness coming from somebody who has had too much to drink.  How do you handle this problem/situation?  The tracks I have been to that have kept a "lid" on unruly fan behaviour usually have several cops or sherriff's deputies walking around the stands area making their presence known at all times.  If somebody does start to get out of line, it can be nipped in the bud before things get ugly.  I realize fully that this is an added expense for the track to bear, but a few uniformed officers making their presence well known is an effective deterrent to fans who feel like they have to act ugly.  If somebody does act up, and gets escorted out or arrested by the cops, it will also send a message to others that unruly behaviour won't be tolerated.  The message needs to be sent that folks are welcome to come out, enjoy a few beers, and have a good time at the races, but that unruly, disrespectful behaviour won't be allowed.  In the long run, you'll gain more fans than you stand to lose, especially when families learn that they can come out to the races and not have to be exposed to that kind of stuff.
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agnasty92
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« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2010, 02:47:02 am »

i am about to start raceing withing the month and my girlfriend complains about going for this exact reason. and she has asthma and this one lady was litaraly blowing smoke in our faces. i would love to see dirt track raceing be a family friendly enviroment but sadly its not. and another sad point is the beer drinking is what keeps some fans around. they should definatly have a smokeing and drinking side on the stands. they have anof room to do it.
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« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2010, 02:56:00 am »

i went up to iowa last summer and none of the tracks i visited while there allowed smoking in the stands u had to exit the gate if u wanted to smoke.
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agnasty92
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« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2010, 03:00:05 am »

see why cant they do that down here. i know some ppl that smoke and i dip. and out of respect if we need to get a fix we go where kids and ppl arnt around. i know no one wants to see someone spit in a bottle all night just like i dont like to smell cigarett smoke all night. ppl wanna smell burnt race gas not smoke!!!!
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« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2010, 06:12:58 am »

I AM A SMOKER WHO HAS SAT IN THE SAME SPOT AT GTRP FOR THE PAST 12 YEARS (THRU THE GOOD TIMES AND BAD THE GOOD OWNERS AND THE BAD)  I DONT SEE WHY I WOULD HAVE TO SIT WITH A BUNCH OF UNRULY DRINKERS WHEN I DONT DRINK WE HAVE OUR LITTLE GROUP THAT SITS IN THE SAME LITTLE WHOLE EVERY WEEK SOME SMOKE SOME DONT AND WE R RESPECTFUL OF THE ONES AROUND US THAT DONT.  I CANT STAND A ROWDY DRUNK EITHER AND I DANG SURE DONT WANT TO SIT WITH A BUNCH OF THEM....
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agnasty92
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« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2010, 04:09:02 pm »

i see where your comen from. but its the people that abuse the privalage that ruin it for the rest of us.
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