It was just too wet to race.
That was the early afternoon verdict from Texas Thunder Speedway promoter David Goode on Saturday.
Some folks might ask why, since we wet down the surface with several truckloads of water on non-rainy race days.
I don’t pretend to know even half the science that goes into track prep, but it’s a fact that to artfully get a quarter-mile of dirt ready for a night’s racing program, you have to have a combination of water, wind and hopefully sunshine, to make it perfect, paired up with vehicles driving over and over around the track to “pack” the water down into the dirt and get just the right consistency.
You also have to know when to water and when not to ... a formula that “the mad scientist” has perfected with his staff to put out a product that the drivers who compete at Texas Thunder hail as a “great track.”
So, Mother Nature put a stop to that Saturday and it couldn’t have come at a worse time, since the clock is ticking down to Aug. 31, which is most likely the final night we’ll hear the engines roar on Stan Schlueter Loop.
In case you missed it last week, here’s the short version:
Texas Thunder Speedway sits on a plot of land that has been a race track since 1972. The family that bought it 15 or so years ago was offered big — no, huge — money by a developer and they signed the papers. Said developer wanted the place as soon as possible and that was determined to be Aug. 31, leaving us with only 14 race nights before the end.
Since race fans in this area won’t have a dirt track to embrace after that date, I’m hoping that everybody who reads this will get behind the sport ... find a track, whether it’s Heart of Texas Speedway in Elm Mott, Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Kennedale Speedway Park or wherever, and support it. We’ve already lost I-37 Speedway in Pleasanton and it looks like Texas Thunder is next. There’s not that many left.
Please support the uniquely American sport that is dirt- track racing. Texas Thunder Speedway will pull out all the stops between now and the final checkered flag Aug. 31 to see that area racing fans have a great place for “getting dirty” fun.
Don’t let its demise be in vain.
Happy Memorial Day from all of us at the track. Remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
See ya Saturday.