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JACKSTAND: Look Ma, New Diggs!

Posted By Tj Ingerson On January 15, 2012

Categories: Jackstands

GRIP Seminars -- Janurary 19th - 22nd -- Portland, MEEast Coast Snocross invaded Plattsburgh, N.Y., this past weekend and VMM took in the events, something we plan on doing over the offseason. (T.J. Ingerson/VMM photo)PHOTO: East Coast Snocross invaded Plattsburgh, N.Y., this past weekend and VMM took in the events, something we plan on doing over the offseason. (T.J. Ingerson/VMM photo)

First, it's been a fun filled week as we settle into our new home. I am thoroughly impressed with the website, and by the response, you are as well. Anthony Sweet did an impeccable job with the website and every reader of Vermont Motorsports Magazine should benefit from it. Every driver racing in a top division should consider getting a website, and you should look no further than Anthony Sweet.

We have some big plans this summer, and it's all because of each and every one of you who choose this website to be the source for your racing information. Monday was a big day for the future of VMM, and we're thankful for your support of Justin St. Louis, Ricky St. Clair, Alex Whitcomb, and myself over the past three years.

I would like to thank all of our supporters, RPM Racing Engines, Mansfield Heliflight, Anthony Sweet Designs,, Subway of VT and NH, Bruno's Towing, BFR Chassis, Fastone Motorsports, and Thermal Control Products, as well as the photographers who provide the eye candy to our stories, Alan Ward, Eric LaFleche, Leif Tillotson, Buzz Fisher, Steve Poulin, Dave Brown, and everyone else who has provided photography.

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The keyword in Vermont Motorsports Magazine we stay true to is motorsports. Yes, the majority of our coverage is from stock car racing, but, as we did this past weekend, we took in another form of motorsports.

And I'm still thawing out from it.

I'm not saying it was a good time because it was one heck of a good time. It should be every racing fan's goal to open their horizons and check out new forms of racing. And that's what I did with the East Coast Snocross in Plattsburgh. I just wished the wind wasn't as bad. And that it was ten degrees warmer.

Those racers have something I don't have: talent. And, well, guts and will power.

In fact, I may take in another East Coast Snocross show before the winter is out. I'm also thinking about checking out some vintage snowmobile racing held in my hometown of Lisbon, N.H., some ice racing held in Moultonborough, N.H., and some midget racing in Providence, R.I.

VMM is also going to trek up to Scarborough, Maine for the DT 100 for Make-a-Wish on March 3 at Maine Indoor Karting. It's a great cause, and the tentative roster is a who's who of northeast racing: Nick Sweet, Brent Dragon, Brian Hoar, Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Eddie MacDonald, Ben Rowe, Johnny Clark, Cassius Clark, Lonnie Sommerville, and Andy Seuss.

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Get excited all you want for pack racing at Daytona. You may see pack racing for 190 laps, but the two-car tandem is still going to determine the winner.

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There has been an ongoing debate as to where Devil's Bowl Speedway will garner cars, and fans, for the 2012 season from with their switch to Friday nights. Albany-Saratoga Speedway has quickly regained is popularity among dirt track fans with long time promoter Howie Commander and Lyle DeVore taking over, the sister track to Devil's Bowl in the former Champlain Valley Racing Association. It has led many to believe that current fan base that Devil's Bowl catered to will flock to the Malta, N.Y., track and leave Devil's Bowl high and dry.

And that may be true. But when new owner Mike Bruno stated that the dirt was not coming back, it began the building of a new fan base.

I've continuously read and listened that Devil's Bowl is in "dirt track country," and that those fans only like their dirt track racing. But, why must they only target one audience? Specifically, the audience that, too many, only like dirt track racing.

Devil's Bowl has to market their product to a new set of eyes, and they'll have to work their tails off doing it. And so far, from the buzz that Devil's Bowl is generating, they seem to be doing their job.

Going to Friday nights will help attract that new audience much easier, and make it a top choice for locals in the community who couldn't make the former Sunday night dates.