HEDGER: The Long Look


BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. — With Santa checking his list and the elves putting methanol in his brand new injected “410” sleigh prior to loading the toys, it’s time for SuperFans across the nation to send us their results from the 2013 season.

With the winner’s plaques once again sponsored by Tim Frost and the “SuperFan’s Bible,” the National Speedway Directory, our long-running informal contest will once again identify the top race goers across the nation and give them an opportunity to point out which races were the best and worst and the facilities that impressed them the most, both positively and negatively.

We also like to feature their comments on speedway concessions, both the most tasty and what to avoid, their observations on the great announcers they heard and comments on anything else they feel adds to or subtracts from their enjoyment of our sport and their overall experience at various speedways.

Our regulars know the drill already but for newcomers, we’ll point out that we split our entries into two divisions, “Professionals” who gain admittance through a media credential or other non-paying status and “Amateurs,” who pony up the price of their admission at the ticket booth. Please tell us which group you fit into and, on the Pro side, your affiliation.

For the “Amateurs,” please tell us if you are a newcomer in contention for Rookie of the Year honors, as it is sometimes difficult to remember names from the distant past who have not participated in a number of years and we want only “true rookies” in the running.

As always, we remind entrants that we only count “real racing,” which does not include horses, bicycles, marathons or anything else you know is not in the spirit of SuperFans. MotoGP and similar events are fine. And in the spirit of fairness, you need to have seen the majority of the event. No “doubles” or “triples” by catching a heat there, the consi somewhere else and a feature at another track. If you are cold and leave a bit early or the kids are driving you nuts, that’s another thing entirely. Remember, we all do this for fun, not blood!

We’ll take your entries by e-mail anytime at [email protected] or by U.S. mail at 20 Everson Way, Ballston Spa, N.Y. 12020.