Originally Posted by rocca30
did they rip up the whole track and start over?
No, if you've raced this track you know it had some bad bumps. It also had an extreme variance in texture from all the grinding and patching we did for a year as each specific problem was identified. We finally acheived our goal of removing all the bumps and patching the dips. Some of these were a small dip just before a small bump that weren't obvious. Areas that didn't effect the 1/8 scale were a problem for the .12 class.
Yes, it took a long time. A lot of the obvious stuff was taken care of on our 1st couple trys, but the texture got really rough in places we aggressively ground. It took several more races to locate the scratch marks where cars were still bottoming out.
After we got to the point that grinding and patching was complete it was time to address the inconsistent traction from all the different textures. We resealed it with a coal tar sealer with suspended sand. We had input from the another track that had a little too much sand in their sealer for a base line. We added a fraction of that to our mix and sprayed a test area in the dead area of the oval. We let it dry, inspected it and repeated this process until we got an area that looked right to everyone there. Then we sprayed the track with a heavy coat. This has made an incredible difference.
Now we just blow the track off, lay down a thin amount of sugar water (this is just to bind the dust remaining) and within 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how many cars, we are ready for qualifying (well, the track is ready). I have raced many tracks, but I've never been on a track that I could run the tires down to the plastic like you can here.
This is also one of the most car friendly tracks I have been on. Think about it. On a boarded track (still a great way to race) there is no run off. You are running as close to the boards as possible in some places. Here, you have a minimum of 1' from a corner berm and 3-4' on other parts of the track before you can hit a board. Yes, you can launch your car on a few of the corners, but you have to be running such a bad line that you know it's your fault. Pretty much every corner will allow you to run onto them without flipping your car. If you are on the berm you are 1' off the track and they will upset you car enough that it will cost you time.
I'll even make this personal guarantee. If you sign up and after the first day of open practice, you can look me in the eye and you can honestly say "This track sucks!" I will refund your full entry fee! I'll even thank you for at least forming your opinion first hand instead of "Something you read on RC....". Of course you will not get to race.