Mozart, bagpipes and racing.
What kind of article starts like that? Well, let me bring those three all together in a comparison. If you were lucky enough to attend the Agassiz Speedway's last race (standing room only), you were entertained by the Mertinsponsored ASA Sportsman racing.
This consists of NASCARstyle cars that sound vaguely like rocket ships with turbos installed, and which accelerate even faster than the space shuttle from zero to 200 km/h. There were 21 of those cars in the main 100-lap race. And it's kind of like watching a Mozart symphony being played out in front of you. Every driver controls their car exactly like a violinist would in a symphony: meticulous, on cue, and smooth throughout the entire performance. And all 21 or so racers perform this "symphony" with care and flawless precision, only stepping out, or up, when the opportunity arises. Of course, they play their part when called upon, to accelerate, pass or keep pace with the others. The superb movements demonstrated are kind of like watching a choreographed ballet at the same time.
And so it goes, until someone shows up at the symphony with a bagpipe. And just like it would totally confuse the rest of the orchestra if the bagpipe suddenly stepped out and started to play in Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik, so it is with racing. It just takes the one driver (the bagpipe), who steps out at the wrong time, or makes a move they shouldn't, and all of a sudden the entire orchestra (the racing group) is affected. And this is the one driver who ignores the conductor (pit crew radio) and goes on their own. They hope they can pull this off and make it work by going out of turn, pushing the limits, making a bad move, or just being impatient.
However, unlike the concert, in racing, this bagpipe move provides tremendous excitement for the fans. There's nothing better than seeing a driver step out, on purpose or by accident, and watch the carnage, the wall hits, and the spins that happen. Usually it's by accident, as all the drivers try to avoid the above. What makes for really exciting racing is watching the side-by-side, doorto-door laps that make good racing, great. This is kind of like watching the entire violin section trying to one up each other in the hopes that they will be chosen as first chair next round.
Now, back to racing. Aug. 24 is racing day at Agassiz Speedway. We will have the Sportsman again and the Ministocks racing along with the Hornets in a 100-lap special, and you can bet that old Hornet 61 (my car) will be doing its best to win this one. Let's just see how many bagpipes put on a display this time out.
Check out www.Agassizspeedway.com for all the details on the winners and standings. P.S. The new completed washrooms are a big hit. Amazing what flushable toilets do to keep fans happy.
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