As a race director, I get beginners - intermediate racers coming to me and requesting to kick out the better drivers to a different class. The more I think about it, the more I realize this is a pride issue. Some people would rather be at the top of the "Sportsman" class than in the bottom of the "Intermediate" class. Some people would rather be at the top of the "Intermediate" class rather than at the bottom of the "Pro" class. They want more options of skill level classes so there is a chance they can get to the top of the smaller group.
As a race director too, I agree. I've seen guys more worried about being able to claim "They Won Their Class" (even though they were THE ONLY entry in their class) so they could call their socalled SPONSOR on Monday morning and say...."Hey, I WON at the Blah Blah Championship Race this weekend"
Granted..it's FUN to WIN something, but jeez come on...some of this crap is rediculous.
SHOULD a Pro Driver be running in STOCK? Everey time I hear this and hear the complaint..."We can't beat those guys"
There is no SIMPLE answer to that question...
A Local track has 25-30 racers, 23 of them want to run STOCK, 2 of them are EXPERT/PRO caliber drivers. Do you kick those 2 out to run a 2 car race, or do you run them ALL together and let the cream rise to the top? I say, those guys want to RACE and 2 cars on the track is NOT a race.
Now, a NATIONAL event has 150 entries in STOCK - does the Pro driver get to run that? Remember, Nationals are established to crown THE BEST drivers,
so if a TOP LEVEL driver is not allowed in a class, then WHY have a championship for THAT class? Does it make sense to be able to WIN a class...so people THINK you are "THE BEST" but yet you actually keep "THE BEST" out of the class? Sounds like a FALSE ego inflator...you want to BE THE BEST - BEAT THE BEST~
................all that aside, if it's local club racing...if you ARE that TOP LEVEL SuperStar TOY CAR Racer - HELP the local guy, don't embarrass him/her by just dominating them causing frustration and another loss of somebody who enjoys this great hobby. Also, if you are that TOP LEVEL driver, don't be frustrated when the guy racing at the local track is NOT willing to spend 100's of hours praticing, and/or working on their car - remember for some THIS IS JUST A HOBBY THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN