Originally Posted by Craps
Where do you live? Most places in the USA have had so many convert to Nitro because of more track time and longer mains!!!
Li-po and brushless gives them the ease of electric with long runtimes and no pit man required.
They don't race the Indy 500 for the same number laps they qualify and why should we race 5 minute mains because we qualify for 5 minutes when we can race for 20 to 30 minutes non-stop! Longer races are more FUN and not won on that lucky first lap like a 5 minute main is won!!!
After the Nats at NM ask the top pros which they would rather race in!!! You will find they perfer a longer main to a 5 minute anyday!
I think you totally missed the point of my post. You might want to re-read it. As I said, I am all for having longer races...I just don't want to stand on a track and marshall a 20 minute race. We have a problem getting marshalls for 5 minutes races as it is, let alone 20 minutes races. With all the issues being address in this thread, I have not seen the topic of marshalling. Let me give some of my suggestions:
1. Instead of pipes on the track, we could have a smaller barrier that could be driven over more easily.
2. Instead of 6 or 7 marshalls, maybe we could have 2 marshalls and 2 "referees". 1 of those referees could be the race director running the software. These people would watch for "cheaters" cutting corners. We would then have a "penalty" for people who cut corners. 2 marshalls might be able to cover a larger area if we are only looking for people who need to be flipped over. It might cut down the marshalling duties by 60% or more. I know at our track, most of my time marshalling is getting people off the pipes.
3. This could reduce you to having to marshall only once a day instead of each round. I think drivers would like that.
I don't race nitro so maybe marshalling those longer races is not an issue. I do always hear people complaining that they need a "pit guy" and there is always a shortage when people have to marshall as well. I have seen marshalls leave their post to go do a re-fuel. That doesn't seem right.
Regardless, I may be on crack with this whole thing but I just thought it might be something worth discussing since changing the length of races would impact more that just adding the fun of getting to race longer.