At what point should there be separate weekends for pro races and sportsman races?
It sounds to me like there was too much to do in too little time. I would say it's probably time to have the sportsman classes run on a different weekend, same as they do out west with the LOORRS regional events. Leave the big "National" weekends to the pro classes and have some breathing room and time to let everyone get their laps in, without having to cut other races laps down.
I think you misspelled UTV when you said sportsman...
I think a lot of people forget the show that the sportsmen bring. Look at all the midwest races besides fall crandon. Sportsman are the reason the pits don’t look like ghost towns. If you pulled the sportsman from pro weekends in the midwest you would cut your spectator count in half (at least) and alienate your core fans and racers. Back in the glory days of CORR i might say you’re right in that assumption but when one sportsman class has more drivers than all of the pro truck classes combined it’s a different story. Super Stock Truck puts on a better show than pro lite and pro 4 on a normal race weekend.
I think your time constraints are coming from the 2 Pro classes and 1 sportsman class of UTV’s that can’t seem to get through 4 clean laps without a full course caution. In my opinion they need to run qualifiers and take the fastest 20 or 25 drivers for the mains on the weekend so the race doesn’t take 45 minutes to get through