DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — If there is one word that Rick McCray, Promoter of Orange Show Speedway, an ASA Member Track in San Bernardino, CA, used a lot lately it's the word "excited." Especially when he talks about the speedway returning as an ASA Member Track in 2010.
"We intend to invert all of our races instead of inverting whatever they drew, but invert them all and make them exciting which will more butts in the seats."— Rick McCray
"Not whatsoever," when he was asked if there was any hesitancy when it came time to renew his ASA Member Track membership for 2010. "On the promoter side, I am looking for the competitor as well as ourselves, and the insurance is key. It's the best. The insurance policies that ASA has put together for all the members is great and our drivers really like it." McCray said about the policy that the members receive through WSIB Motorsports Insurance which includes coverage from the time they leave home to go to the track, while at the track, and until they return home.
He is also pleased with the service that ASA has provided, "ASA is affordable and accessible where the big guys, you know you could probably make a phone call and be lucky if you got one back. At least, ASA stands besides you and is constantly there for support on the backside." McCray added. "Dennis (Huth, ASA President) made a couple of trips out to our track, and he is a busy guy. He went from one coast to another a few different times and attended our banquet. That says a bunch right there. You know you have his support. Anytime you call the office and have a question, you get an answer immediately. You don't have to go through 20 people, you get a response immediately. That's important."
Last year was a great year for Orange Show Speedway and McCray is optimistic that 2010 will be better. This past season had a great finish, "Three of our divisions came down to the last race so it really hasn't been dominated," McCray recalled. "It has come down the last few laps to determine a champion so it hasn't been a runaway. We had a competitive group of drivers. The racing has gotten better and the cars have gotten faster."
In 2010, fans will see more competitive racing at Orange Show, "We intend to invert all of our races instead of inverting whatever they drew, but invert them all and make them exciting which will more butts in the seats," McCray announced. "Next year it will be better because they are going to start at the back and the way the points are structured, that will give them more points. Not only is it going to be better for them but its going to be better for the crowd because they are not going to have a follow the leader type of a race, they are going to have action packed racing from lap one." This formula may also lead his track to having the 2010 Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil ASA Member Track National Champion as well because passing points is one of the equations in the formula used for the National Championship.
Orange Show Speedway has already announced its 2010 schedule and McCray sees the benefits of releasing it now, "We already have our schedule set. We have 26 weeks and it looks pretty good," McCray said. "Our car count kept growing last year. We are really excited that we have our schedule set so our advertising is going to be more effective this year and we look to have a good crowd and a good car count."
"Rick and his team have done an exceptional job at Orange Show Speedway. They definitely fit the mold we are looking for in an ASA Member Track and they are showing a winning formula of being one of the best tracks in the country," Dennis Huth, ASA President said. "They have quickly turned Orange Show into a premiere track in a premiere market. They are an absolute pleasure to work with. Last month I attended their banquet and it had an atmosphere that was unbelievable and awesome."
"ASA's philosophy is to help where we can and network the professionals of this industry," Huth continued to say. "Our ASA Member Tracks and series are a family and we all want to work together and help everyone within our family be successful. Short track racing is alive and strong and our Member Tracks are proving that."
While he is working on his 2010 schedule, McCray is also getting ready along with his daughter Toni to compete in the ASA Transcontinental Series Free State 500 event at the Phakisa Freeway Circuit in Welkom, Free State, South Africa on Sunday, January 31, 2010. "Very excited about that. We have a good group of guys, in fact we have some that went to Australia with me along with a couple of guys that went to Japan," McCray said. "We are very excited that ASA has signed this deal. We are excited to be a part of the first race over there and I think it can bring something towards the future. I think ASA is looking at the bigger picture and not just a one off deal."
When asked if the race came down to him and Toni for the win, who would win? "She will," McCray quickly answered. "She will earn it but she will win. She is going over there for one reason and I am going for another. I am going over to have fun and she is going over to win the race."
For more information about Orange Show Speedway, please visit www.bestinthewestracing.com.
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