Fast Trax Speedway - Chatham, LA - ASCS Sprints
event date: 4/19/08
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Video Clip #1
ASCS A-feature, lap 1. (Matches up with picture #3 above.)
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Video Clip #2
A feature action with 17-year old Channin Tankersley & Chris Sweeney.
And now for a bit of personal editorial. After enjoying watching Channin's
dad, Ricky Lee, race for years; I must say Channin was very impressive in
the car. You'd almost guess it was Ricky Lee driving it, with his rim-riding
style. Channin is going to go places in sprint car racing.
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Video Clip #3
This video clip matches up with picture #4 above. And I must say in all
the years I've been going to sprint car races, I've never seen anything
quite like this happen.
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Video Clip #4
All and all, we enjoyed our trip and would recommend a
visit, if you happen to be in the area. I would just like to see
some 'improvements' in the safety category.

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This video clip matches up with picture #5 above. I guess this one can
be put in the category of: 'And people wonder why track insurance
costs so much these days.' It is also something I've never seen before
in all the years I've been at racetracks - at least this blatent.

Let me set the stage. A few races before the one that is in progress
while this video is taking place - a sprint car popped the wall pretty
hard and left the lower 1/2 of their rear bumper laying about 3' or so
from the wall.

It was clearly visible from our seats - which were very close to this
bumper. The bumper was left on the track during the completion of that
sprint race and the following sprint race.

Then, during the next race, which was the limited modifieds, a person
(I'm guessing it was the track owner or something, I don't know for
sure) casually walks on the track side of the fence while the race is in
progress.

All I can say is that with all of the 'action' that corner 3 wall got during
the night, I'm sure that bumper could have sat there a while longer
versus what transpired next...
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It was our first visit to this track, and I must say that it will go down as a memorable
one. It was a bit awesome (you can choose to sit in the corners bringing the action
right to you), a bit scary (from a safety standpoint) and a bit of like taking a trip back
through time.

Here's a few pictures from our trip, with video clips to follow.

First off is the track. I'd call it a wide, medium bank clay 1/4 mile. The first picture is the
backstretch and the second is the frontstretch.
Picture 3. A-feature start taken from our seats in corner 4.
Video clip #1 below matches up with this picture.
Picture 4. Do you know that TV ad campaign that directs you to a website
called something like 'SeeWhatHappensNext.com?' Well, without saying
anything else, you may want to see the video clip #3 below.
Picture 5. Normally, this still shot wouldn't be too interesting or unusual.
And for the next 'SeeWhatHappensNext.com' video clip, you might want to
click the video clip #4 below...I was astounded to say the least.