Being from Iowa, and waiting since 2014 for another National at Knoxville, I'll take the Odessa event as a step in the right direction for me. I will be at that one. I had no interest in the Minneapolis events.
Some races, like Springfield, Lima, etc. are destination events - for motorcycle people. The races that people schedule trips for no matter what. Basically all the others (for traveling fans) are based on convenience. It's good to see some events like Sturgis, Laconia, and Castle Rock being scheduled around MOTORCYCLE events. Motorcycle people will go to motorcycle races - if convenient. The hope for an influx of crossover attendance by car racing folks hasn't panned out yet. I don't anticipate it ever happening for various reasons. That said, putting together a national schedule is tough. I'm happy to see as many bright spots as there are. Now its up to motorcycle people to fill the seats!
I haven't been to a flat track race since crewing on the Gately Triumph at Knoxville in 2014. I am really looking forward to the Odessa, Missouri race. I sure would love to see Knoxville make the schedule again.
I hear ya Eli. Just one out here on the West Coast. With that Sacto is still over a 1000 mile round trip from where I'm at here in San Diego's East County area.
The Perris 1/2 mile was great as it was only about a 150 mile round trip. Hopefully one day it will come back.