HEDGER: Time To File SuperFans Entries

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BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. — It’s snowing like mad in New York and racers are packing up for the annual migration to Florida for Speedweeks, the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park and the Winter Dirt Games at Bubba Raceway Park.

That’s a sure sign that it’s time for our annual SuperFans contest, a look back at who went to the most races during the past season.

We traditionally announce the winners during Speedweeks, but since we were remiss in reminding readers to get their entries in until now, we may run a few laps down this year. But entries have been arriving steadily from the faithful without prompting, so we should be good to go once those who have yet to respond mail or email their entries.

As always, we’ll separate those who get in on a media or sponsor credential from those who pay at the front or pit gate, so please tell us your status. Readers also like to hear about your favorite races, which tracks or special events you loved or hated, who has the best and worst food, how many miles you travelled and, in the case of Amateurs, how much you coughed up for admission. Year after year, some of the numbers are mind-boggling.

We only count “real racing,” which means no marathons, bicycle races or pig races at your local county fair. And to be legal, you have to see most of the show. Skipping the last of 10 features on a marathon card is fine. Catching a heat here, a consi there and the last feature at a third track to score a triple is outside the boundaries of our informal, self-policed contest. If you’re not sure it counts, it probably doesn’t.

We receive great support for the contest from the “SuperFans’ Bible,” Tim Frost’s National Speedway Directory and look forward to announcing the winners and top finishers in each class in a few weeks.

As always, we urge newcomers to jump in and share their experiences with other dedicated fans. In recent years, many of our longtime participants have aged out and either cut back their schedules or quit going to the races altogether. That means that the number of entries has dwindled and many newcomers are running near the front of the field. Like the lotto, you can’t win if you don’t enter.

Entries will reach us electronically at [email protected] or by “snail mail” at 17402 SE 77th Helmsdale Ct., The Villages, Fla., 32162.

Good luck to all!