I agree with everything you are saying but sadly the way I see it is we will continue to see more tracks close each year as we see inflation rise, sponsors walking, spectators staying home, business costs rising, etc... I really hope I'm wrongHow many local tracks can run a local heads up series, though? I think that is a big benefit to running a bracket series; bracket guys will show up every race and chase points. Heads up will dwindle as guys break, or realize they can’t compete. It seems to me that heads up is great for a couple events per season to help the profit margins, but the bracket races are what help keep the gates open every weekend.
So, how do we attract spectators to a bracket race? I’m really not sure. One idea I think could be worth trying, would be a calcutta, like golf tournaments or ropings. Something that gets spectators invested in the outcome, and maybe the track makes a little money off it.