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It's been quite a closed season around the stock car community, with the final nail put into the coffin at Wimbledon towards the end of 2016 with the announcement that the last meeting will be held there at the end of March 2017 before it is demolished to make way for other developments, and now things aren't looking great for Coventry Stadium, who were due to host a number of major championships in the 2017 season, including the F2 World Final. Towards the end of 2016, news broke of a 'disagreement' of sorts between the Stock Car Owners / Speedway Owners / and Land Owners which ultimatley led to the removal of fixtures from the stadium. Since then, things haven't progressed, and it looks like we may have seen the last meeting at the current Coventry venue. So, another 2 tracks removed from the stock car map in the space of a few months, which leads me to writing this blog. Here, in Scotland, we have 3 excellent stock car tracks, all capable of providing excellent racing, good car numbers, and positivity for the sport in Scotland. However, too often is the case, we see people, who are meant to be fans, complain about the product on offer via social media and other outlets. Given the perilous situation that the short oval community finds itself in, wouldn't it be better for those who like to complain to find something positive to say about the sport instead, perhaps, encouraging a few others to attend in the process? The sport needs spectators to attend in order for development to occur, and for the sport to progress. Wouldn't it be great for all stock car promotors to be able to own the land they race on, so everything is in there control, rather than leasing from others, who at any time, could pull the rug from under there feet? Promotors could only afford to do this with the support of the people. Spectators through the gate - encouraging your friends and family to come along with you, sharing events on social media - is one source of income for the promotors. What about other avenues? Sponsorship - Sponsors will get on board if the draw is big enough, and there is enough exposure. This relies on the promotion doing there part - advertising of events, sharing sponsors, using digital media for maximum exposure, as well as local press and radio. Pay 2 Race - This has been mulled in the past, and has never really materialised. I think with correct marketing though, and correct use of the money, ie, greater prize money through the use of the pay 2 race funds - Used towards meeting prize money, grade awards or track championship;- I feel it would result into a better spectacle for spectators with drivers more determined to succeed, which would see an increase in people coming back week on week to watch the racing. What wouldn't work though, is all of the money being used to bolster the coffers of the promotions, as the drivers would race elsewhere, and the spectacle would be poorer for spectators. Gambling? A lot of money is involved with gambling, and those sort of agencies pump a lot of money into sports they back. Look at football teams these days, lots of clubs are sponsored by gambling agencies. Lots of people like a flutter at the bookies - why can't stock car racing become the latest sport to get in on the act? A % of takings from the bets to go back into the sport. Could be a win win for everyone!! One thing for sure is that we, as the paying spectator, are ultimately the ones that are going to keep the promotors promoting stock car racing. We need to be united as one, and all take responsibility for the future of our sport, which is clearly at the mercy of councils and developers around the UK. #StockCarFamily #UnitedAsOne

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