Is The Gateway Dirt Nationals The Perfect Race To Be On National TV?

Posted by Shannon Bolin on

Last week, DIRTCAR USA published an article asking you, the fan, driver, owner or promoter, if Dirt Track Racings' biggest events should be broadcasted on national TV or on a sister-sports station of the biggest networks in the country. With mixed reviews, most people spoke with the passion that they'd like the promoters, series, tracks, and sponsors of our great form of motorsports to find a way to televise at least one event per-season. 

Now the question is, which races should be on the shortlist to be one of these to get the chance of being seen by millions? At first, we need to look at the biggest events for each of the major divisions and forms of the dirt track game. Late Model's and Sprint Car's more than likely still are at the top of the totem pole. With races like the World 100, Dirt Late Model Dream, Show-Me 100, North/South 100, Dirt Late Model Knoxville Nationals and World Finals, the late model ranks could have a good argument. On the Sprint Car side, the arguably biggest event in Dirt Track Racing, the 410-Knoxville Nationals are at the top of the list. Joining that race, however, are other big occasions, including the National Open, Kings Royal, Iron Man 55 and World Finals.   

Late Models and Sprint Cars are great, but let's take a look at the modified ranks. With multiple $10,000 races, a few events even higher than that, the modifieds are on the rise.  One of the biggest of these is the UMP Fall Nationals at Eldora Speedway. A three-night show, that gives away more than $100,000 in total winnings, this race has grown and grown some more over the past five years. It is expected that Eldora and their sponsors could raise the payout even more in 2018 and 2019. This may be the best bet to get a stand-alone modified race on TV. 

The midget and non-wing ranks bring us speed-weeks across the country that could be a bid to get a national TV opportunity. The most popular events of these ranks, however, is the Chili Bowl Nationals, where drivers from all forms of auto racing meet in one spot for an entire week. This occasion is already broadcasted on MAV TV, but only a small number of the United States population has the ability to watch this channel, a move to broadcast or national television would put our racing on the national stage. 

One event, that brings two of these forms together in one spot, has no competition that weekend and is fairly new, is the Gateway Dirt Nationals. This race is new and brings the late model and modified world together on one weekend in the big city of St. Louis, Missouri. Fans fill a football stadium and give our racing a national stage, could this be the perfect race for television to make their way in.

So, which do you pick, which event do you think should be on national television?

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