HEDGER: It’s Time For SuperFans


BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. — The leftover Thanksgiving turkey was barely in the refrigerator when the SuperFan entries for 2012 began to hit the inbox of our email, so the “snail mail” entries can’t be far behind.

Whatever the form of conveyance, we’re always glad to receive entries for our traditional look at who went to the most races in the previous year and their opinions on the best and worst they came across during the season.

As the pole starter, Iowa’s Kevin Trittien automatically leads the Amateur ranks with some 80 races. While we expect that to change as the reports pile up, with numbers like that he will certainly be in the lead pack when the checkered flag waves.

For those unfamiliar with the contest, a fixture on the printed pages of National Speed Sport News for many, many years, we’ll offer a brief run through the “rule book.” We gather race totals in two categories — Pro for those who get in on media passes, as officials or through some other job where they don’t pay, and the Amateurs or ticket buyers. At the conclusion of the contest, just before Speedweeks in February, we’ll post the standings and announce the champions, with the winners receiving plaques from longtime supporter Tim Frost’s National Speedway Directory, the SuperFans bible.

Only real racing counts, so no bike races, marathons, dog sled races or other such events, interesting as they may be to you. And you have to see a reasonable portion of the program. If it’s late or cold and you leave before the support class features, that’s not a problem. But hitting three tracks on a Saturday night by buying a ticket, running in and looking around quickly before getting back on the road to the next speedway does not mean that you saw three races that night. The same goes for a rainout during hot laps.

We also like to hear what tracks you liked the best and why, the two or three top features, who has the best food and on the other side of the coin, places, events and other factors that you disliked or were disappointed by.

Again, remember that a small track in a rural area can’t be compared to Charlotte as far as expectations, but there still should be a reasonable return on the investment you made at the ticket window.

Readers are also interested in how many miles SuperFans travelled, the states they hit, what they spent on tickets and the other basics of being a dedicated fan.

We’ve found that many of the top fans know each other and it’s not unusual to go to a place like Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., and find three or four SuperFans in the same bleacher section in front of the tower.

We often end up introducing them, as while they know each other by reputation, they may not know the face that goes with it.

Fans may enter electronically by emailing [email protected] or by mailing printed copies to us at 20 Everson Way, Ballston Spa, N.Y., 12020. The earlier the better, as we begin putting the summary together by late January. And if you have a friend with competitive numbers who has never entered, by all means give them a shove to jump in too.

Everywhere we go, readers tell us how much they love seeing what others did last season and how they appreciate getting ideas of great races or speedways they should try to hit in their travels. NSSN fans are indeed Super.