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Home Track Advantage

by October 30, 2012 0 comments

Is there such a thing as Home Track Advantage?  Others sports like baseball or football have pretty clear cut advantages when playing on the home field.  Reduced travel time and home team fans make the top of the list.  Racing is a bit different.  Everyone travels to the track and some “home” drivers can live several hours away.  As for the fans, some drivers get a much of charge out of the fans cheering against them as they do fan support.  The ability to come in a dominate a new track is prized in racing.

The vast majority of the local racers compete at the same track every weekend so there is no real Home Track Advantage there.  At the professional level, NASCAR, Formula 1, IndyCar..etc, it’s hard to say that a driver has an advantage because there is no weekend racing on the tracks they use.  Those tracks for the most part host only large events.  With drivers from all over the country or all over the world it’s difficult for any one of them to be able to claim “Home Track”.

Of course there are exceptions that make the rule.  A few weeks ago Kamui Kobayashi was able to grab his first podium finish with a 3rd place in front of his countrymen at the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Japan.  One can’t help but believe that Kamui was able to get some sort of an extra boost at the thought of his best career finish in front of his home crowd.

The one level of racing that drivers may be able to truly claim “Home Track Advantage” in is traveling Late Models series.  NASCAR’s Whelen All American, UARA, PASS and CRA/JEGS just to name a few.  In these series drivers who either still race weekly at their local tracks or have raced in the the past few season get to do battle in front of their home crowds against drivers from all over the country and in some cases the world.  I can see a real advantage here.  They know the track and in most cases they race on them regularly in cars not that different from the ones used in the traveling series.

They certainly have the fans behind them.  What could be better as a racing fan then going to your local track to watch a big race with tons of drivers you have never heard of and being able to cheer for a driver you have watched every Saturday night? As a driver in most cases you get to sleep in your own bed instead of a motor coach or hotel room.

The Late Model traveling series are the minor leagues of NASCAR.  Most of the drivers you watch on Sunday got their starts in these series.  It really is the best of both worlds.  You will see the rising stars of racing as well as a few of your local drivers.  As the season begins to wind down and the traveling Late Model Series have their last few races of the schedule find one to go to.  You won’t be disappointed and one of your local guys just may get some “Home Track” advantage and become a rising NASCAR star as well.

Christopher Neal
Christopher is a happily married father of 3 very active boys. He is a full time law enforcement officer and part time web designer. Chris is currently the chief editor of TheFourthTurn.com as well as has personal blog TheDadsPlace.com

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