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This is from the now closed friendship motor Speedway in North Carolina everyone needs to read this and remember that we are all humans and we ALL need to treat everyone with respect… we are a racing FAMILY arent we ?

This announcement is to inform everyone that all remaining 2022 races at Friendship Motor Speedway have been cancelled. We are not going to blame tire shortages or the economy because we have consistently had some of the best car counts of anywhere in the Southeast. The honest reason is that we are not willing to put up with the disrespect and verbal abuse that some of the drivers, crew members and fans are directing to the track staff and owners.
When we purchased Friendship last year, we had high expectations for ourselves to not only clean up the facility, but also the reputation of the track. We wanted to provide a top-notch venue that drivers, fans, and the community could be proud of. After working all winter long, we were slapped in the face with all the negativity as soon as the 2022 schedule was released. From that we moved to a group encouraging people to boycott the track. As the season has gone on, we have dreaded race Saturdays. After this past weekend we decided we really don’t have to unlock a gate for the track staff and ourselves to be cussed at, spit on, threatened, and disrespected. We are done, but here are some points you might want to consider when you race or attend events at other tracks.
– When a track worker, track owner, or law enforcement asks you to move away from a certain area, it is for your own, the racers’, and the track’s protection. Besides the fact that we don’t want to see anyone hurt, we don’t want our insurance premiums to increase since we paid nearly $20,000 for insurance this past year. If a track’s insurance premiums go up, that cost is going to be passed along in higher admission prices or reduced purse. If you can’t follow a request by an official to move, it’s simple, stay at home. NEVER tell someone that asked you to stop sitting on pit wall during hot laps that you don’t have to because they are JUST a track worker. We’ve never been to a racetrack that could open without those “Just a track workers”. If you’ve been to one that can operate without workers, please tell us which one it was. The official who asked the person to move was one of the track owners who, although he was furious, was glad that none of the track staff had to be disrespected and hear that comment personally directed at them.
– Track owners and promoters can’t predict the weather any better than you can. They are looking at the same forecast on their phones as you are. Whether you are a fan or racer and you don’t want to risk your time or money on a possible rainout, it’s simple, just stay at home. For an open practice, if you can’t risk $100 if it starts raining an hour in to practice, why do you expect the track owner to risk a couple of thousand dollars for track prep and worker pay?
– If you don’t want to stop at a pit gate, sign in correctly, purchase arm bands for everyone in your group, or monitor your children in the pits, it’s simple, just stay at home. The Sunday morning pictures on Facebook show who is buying armbands and who isn’t, not just at our track but other tracks also.
– For the fans, if you can’t afford the admission price or don’t want to wear the armband on your wrist, it’s simple, just stay at home. It’s been unbelievable the abuse directed at track staff for asking someone to take the armband out of their pocket and put it on their arm for a few hours. In the long run, that little scrap of paper on your wrist keeps admission prices down because it’s easier to spot all the cheaters. Also, the staff at the ticket gate knows your 15-year-old really isn’t 11, or that 2019 county fair ticket isn’t a rain check armband. It just isn’t worth the time or energy to call you out. Tracks will just start locking the gates instead of putting up with this.
– If you don’t like the event running order, where you are directed to park your tow vehicles and trailers in the pits, or the division rules, it’s simple, just stay at home. There must be a division that goes out first every week and a division that goes out last every week. The biggest whiners might find their division in that same order again next week.
– As a racer if you don’t want to complete paperwork that the IRS and the track require, it’s simple, just stay at home. In 7 races, our track paid out $225,320 to the drivers. If a track owner has to show this amount as a profit instead of the expense it actually is why would they stay in business. This past Saturday, several drivers chose to verbally abuse our employees during payout. These drivers had been informed for several weeks to complete the W-9 form. We had announced on Facebook and posted signs at the pit gate booth that no payout money would be given that night without a valid W-9 on file. Out of 126 entries, we had 15 drivers (mostly from one division) who still had not completed the form at payout time and several were extremely disrespectful. By the time all was said and done, there were 4 drivers ($550 total) that did not complete the form. We have no control over those who choose to believe the people spreading the rumors that the track was trying to cheat the racers out of their money. We think our past actions and higher than normal payouts speak for itself.
– If you think the concession food is too high at a racetrack, it’s simple, stay at home. Maybe the food is a bit higher because a track has money invested in costly equipment that only gets used a few times a month or they had to throw out food because of a rain out. It also could be higher because they spend over 14 hours picking up trash from a race night despite the 73 trash cans that have been set out before each event. A racetrack isn’t making money off all your McDonald’s trash or the 32 Busch Light empties you left stacked in the grandstands, but those things sure cost the track in labor and dumpster fees.
– If you can’t use a restroom without trying to tear something up, it’s simple, stay at home. We didn’t paint bathrooms 3 times before the county health inspector came just so you would have fresh spots to kick the walls with your dirty feet. The toilet paper we put in the restrooms wasn’t put there for you to throw whole rolls in the toilet to clog it up.
– Remember every negative you say about a track just makes it more difficult for the track and the racers to get sponsors. Why would a business want to give money for their name on your car when all they see on Facebook is you complaining about the track or the other drivers? It’s simple, they won’t.
– Maybe our expectations were too high. If the fans and drivers were expecting to see a track director roll around in the mud for a couple hundred dollars or some Facebook likes, you were at the wrong place. As we do in our other businesses, we tried to act professionally and wanted everyone who came through a gate at Friendship Motor Speedway to go home feeling proud of the facility and their opportunity to enjoy a good race, whether from the stands or the driver’s seat. We anticipated providing a track where our local drivers could showcase their talent and would bring regional recognition to them and ultimately higher payouts.
– We want to thank the drivers and fans who supported us and didn’t think it was such a burden to follow the simple rules and procedures required to make an event run smoothly. It breaks our hearts to know that our decision will mean some of the drivers who have always been a pleasure to work with might not have an opportunity to race in the future. We give our track staff the biggest thanks for helping us accomplish what we did in just a few months’ time and showing the dirt racing world what Friendship Motor Speedway could have been. We are sorry for all the disrespect shown to you these past weeks and that will unfortunately be directed at some of you after this announcement. A huge thanks goes to Jason Walls for always trying to be a buffer from the constant complaints and working so hard to give racers opportunities to gain experience at different tracks.
– Friendship will still be available on a limited schedule for private test sessions. We are exploring options for uses of the facility in the future. We hope everyone remembers that as owners of a private property in the United States, we have the freedom to choose what we want to do with our facility, just as each of you do with your property.
– In closing, we would like every person who attends or participates in any race event in the future to ask themselves this question as they travel home from the track. Did my actions tonight make it easier or harder for the racetrack owners and staff to want to come back next Saturday night? Because it really is that simple!
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There is so much disrespect going on in the world now. It's truly sad when you can't even go enjoy a night of racing

This is horrible especially because for people like me I love racing and would do anything to go to and see every race I can but sadly when some people go to a race they don't know how to respect

Always has to be someone (or groups of people) who ruin it for others!!! May you all start acting appropriately so that other tracks don’t follow suit and close. 😡

Wow!! Absolutely no respect for the work it takes . This is so sad!!! 😡

Long read but excellent post speaking the truth. I’d like to think some people will heed this post but in reality this certain type of people will simply never appreciate, understand, or support the hard work that is involved in putting on a good and a safe show for everyone. Sad but true. Very refreshing to see Friendship Motor Speedway have the nads to speak the truth. I have witnessed the lack of appreciation at ALL of the local facilities and it’s very disheartening. Kudos to Michaels Mercer Raceway and the efforts of all involved from ownership to track crew, the safety crew, and all others involved for trying to put forth a good show every race.

Boy it's hurt other people that knows how to act right at a track racing. I hope that these people knows it hurt every one that like going to watch racing 🏁. The track owner has to pay out lot of money out every week for the track .

So sad that people are sooooo disrespectful any more /—- looks like those days are long gone for too many people

Well said there is no common sense or respect for other peoples property anymore

Sadly, the people that the post is directed towards will NEVER read the post!

The saddest part to me is that North Carolina supposed to be part of the Bible Belt. Do these so called fans go to a church service on the following Sunday Morning?

Sad

Sadly SOME PEOPLE just don't know how to behave these days and feel.rules and laws somehow don't pertain to them! Some people have NO RESPECT for others and are quick to ruin something that would be a "Positive" thing for the community and families!😡😢

😢 😢 😢

Sucks for sure but that was way way to long to read. Lost me at paragraph 6

I fully support them n I hope race tracks will start ban these people cause sure I’m the hell don’t need to lose the track n cost it more money cause idiot drunks n people can’t control their kids at the track

Sooo true!!!!!

Well said

So sad 😭

Cry babies

People need to be thankful for the dirt tracks that are still open in this day an time. With everything being so costly an it is hard to have a good time doing what you love. But when disrespect comes in play this is why people give up an places closes. Before we leave any track we clean up our trash we leave no tires be hind. An we are thankful where we race. All about respect 🙏 🙌 👏 👌 💯

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Crate late model roll call for Sat Aug 27th
ATTN all crate late model drivers… below in the comments please paste a photo of your car and some background of you so our mercer regulars will know who they are seeing on the tracks on august 27th.
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Josh ferry #33 2014 raceway 7 economod champion (15 years old), 2018 UEMS emod (19 years old) champion, current leader Rush late model points at raceway 7. Previous winner of the little guy nationals and or preliminary nights three years in a row 2016-2018. Winner of Sharon apple fest, winner of September sweeps, winner TRI city raceway park apple fest. Third in rush touring series points in his rookie season (2020). This season won his first Rush touring series event at Eriez speedway July 10 ($3k to win) won the first Rush late model event (Snyder/Martz memorial $2k to win) August 13 2022 to date 4 wins in 2022, Didn't know what all you wanted just a few highlights.

Tyler Allison #25BAD Former driver in the Young Gun JR Sprint Series (2017-2019.) Finished with a Points Championship. This will be the second FULL TIME season in a Rush Late Model (18y/o) but have been contending since (2019-Present.) We are hoping to put on a great show for the fans at Mercer with a strong finish on the 27th!

Sorry due to losi5our power plant we will not be able to make it.

Points for 2022 as of 8.16.22 2 more point nights remain… who will be the champions !!! See MoreSee Less

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Hey Jacob Gomola and Vivian Jones this Saturday already rained out so you guys dont need to bother showing up😅

Guys with the most tires

Awesome 👏

Attention Crate Late Model teams!!
We will be adding the Crate Late Model division to our August 27th show!

It will be $1000 to win and we will be following Raceway 7 rules. Any questions please message us!
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Coverage from Saturday’s Ralph Quarterson memorial in this weeks area auto racing news

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❤️ 😍 💖 Leyton very proud of a ND for YOU. GREAT GRAMMY CARLSON

Love it 😊

This is from Lisa locke … the racing family is incredible!!!

Thanks to everyone who donated to Carl ealy Saturday
We collected $450 for Carl and his family which will help with expenses
Thank you!
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