To all 5-1600 racers. At the SNORE BAP last February as a class we were able to get 16 entries for that great event and that was without outside promotion or bonus money. A great weekend for class 5-1600, in this day and age. During that weekend, I was able to speak with most of the class DOR’s (Ledezma, Savedra, Harper, Garcia, Kaylor, etc) along with some product sponsors that were there about doing a coalition / shootout race at the SNORE Midnight Special on 8-4-17 thru 8-6-17. Everyone I spoke to was in favor of the idea and a lot of the product sponsors said they would put up some product or cash, it was just a matter of who was going to organize and promote it.
In talking with everyone, it seemed every other DOR I talked to knew someone else who has a 5-1600 sitting in the garage waiting for a reason to prep it and get it entered. If this is the case, here is the reason to prep it. With a semi-centrally located race venue in Jean Nevada, with it being a long course race to even the playing field for the older & heavier cars (not a strip it down & Dyke jump it). I think we shoot for 25 entries. Let’s install the lights, spare tire, jack and bring back 5-1600 entry numbers. My kids will be racing the #552 & #563 and if the other 14 show up along with a little word of mouth I believe we can hit 25 entries.
Right now, I already have about $2,000 in bonus money committed from a few donors, if we do a side shootout bet of $100 per entry there is another $2,500. SNORE standard payback for that many cars will be another few grand. The product sponsors that are on the fence want to see entry counts before they commit, but that is easily doable once the entry list starts and everyone enters early. Entries generate competition and more entries. If all goes well, we can get a payback structure that reaches out to 4th or 5th place if not further with some decent cash and product.
I would like to get some feedback and interest from the class DOR’s before I spend a lot of time reaching out to sponsors and product retailers for more bonus money and product. If there is enough interest, I will gladly make time to make the calls and try to make it the best race we can for the class and possibly roll it right into RATR.
Let me know what you guys think and if you have any questions or interest in sponsoring the shootout that you do not want to post on RDC, please email me at [email protected]. Thanks for reading this post and please forward it to any 5-1600 you know.