Couldn't have said it better myself. All of us grow up at some point and something alot of guys overlook is that these same "young punks" get a bad taste when they get shit on by domestic guys and move on to other stuff. If collectively we want the sport to continue to thrive and keep attendance up (which makes sponsors happy obviously) harboring feelings of good will towards those new to the sport will insure that. Remember that just because a young person who can only afford a civic as his first car is at the track running 17's all day, doesn't mean he won't grow into something faster as his maturity and or financial position develops later in life. Encourage, don't discourage your local kids.it'll sort itself out. the true import/sport compact gurus will find their place in motorsports, no matter what branch they settle on. right now, there are too many 'fast & furious' fans giving the entire genre a bad image(to be blunt, they look like a gaggle of stupid-ass thug wannabes). i would love to see the day when sport compacts are no longer a separate entity, but compete side-by-side with domestic V8 cars. the scca has been doing it for 50 years.
Far as the west coast goes, what you experienced is NOT typical of east coast import events. The sport is suffering greatly right now in both car counts and attendance. Take a look around and alot of the bigger import guys are turning to the domestic side and racing their cars where they can actually get good races.