Kelly your right. But if they do this, Budd claims they'll be there on '06. So give hime the benefit of the doubt. I have personally talk to Budd over a couple of "brown bottled pops" at a local event and there is a little more in there that "might" change.
But seriously, if you want spectator count, I feel IMO, that you need the import market to join in. There shows are huge, both spectators and racers. Change the rules to let in some of the import scene people, and there would be better funds for all involved.
Your right about the local stuff, and Budd said the same thing. Most local stuff draws well. I can speak for the OSCA in Canada that there car counts are getting bigger every race. The "traveling" show has to be different to draw. Some way shape or form, there MUST be something that says to both the people in the stands and those who are racing that "hey we can't miss that event".
This BS about fuel cost now and the funds to get to wherever just don't work. If say Kevin Parent who follows the series both last and this year were to check the difference in fuel cost, it's what 15% maybe. But if you can get the same or better payout staying local, why go national?
I just seen John S. post about NPS in Ohio, and that to doesn't look good for the future of "two" class that were merged. But that class with the S/M guys should have been killer. But it's turned into a money class. Like someone told me yeasterday, "call it 632 crate motor class". No diverisity means no future. Little guys like myself, Monte Kev, Matt Madsen who have cars for NPS are not there just so we can "donate" funds to support the NSCA. That class needs more to slow down the 632's, not speed everyone else up at a huge ticket. It's a Nostalgia class. Old school. Keep it around 8.0/7.9 this class would have still drawn cars. Look at what Monty has said about S/M. Now only Lursky has been back out. Not one other S/M car has been back. 8)