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Offline BlueDevil

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Cayuga races cancelled???
« on: August 12, 2007, 12:38:54 PM »
 Does anyone know if the Cayuga schedule has been cancelled as they now only list the Nascar race in September and nothing else?

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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2007, 12:59:25 PM »
wow really....so i assume they didn't have a car count...or was it something else.?

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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2007, 08:01:03 PM »
I don't think it was car count as much as fan count.  I was at the Auto Value races and someone I was with stopped counting fans at 50 and was half way across the grandstand.  I suppose this is to be expected for high gate prices and lack of promotion.  I do know that the municipality was giving the track a hard time about stuff so I am sure that that didn't help.

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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2007, 09:54:16 PM »
I live in Burlington and still can't figure out where they've been advertising. The kiss of death is going up against the saturday night tracks. As a special event track Cayuga was mostly successfull with the Sunday and even Holiday Monday shows (back in the day) which permitted fans/drivers, etc from other tracks to attend the Cayuga shows as spectators. I think they've badly over estimated the size of the fan base in this area and how loyal fans are to their regular Saturday night tracks.

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Re: Cayuga races cancelled???
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2007, 10:23:10 PM »
Heh...looks like that ASA/OSCAAR show back in July ended up costing me 49.50 to get into. Guess the season pass wasn't such a bargain.

I only hope the CASCAR race on the Labor Day Sat nite works out.

I agree that Sunday afternoons at Cayuga were better. On the other hand the audeince counts there were mostly nothing to write home about either, unless you go all the way back to the Molson ASA days. After all, the position Cayuga found itself in in the past couple of years (sitting dormant) didn't indicate to me that they'd been doing that well.

Its really a shame. I was hoping Cayuga would be able to transform itself back into something special. Its too nice a track to be sitting there doing nothing.

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Re: Cayuga races cancelled???
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2007, 10:56:09 PM »
The rumours are out and flying, and if they are true, the Speedway could be in trouble.
The big talk behind the scene's is the Cayuga Show with NASCAR and the OSS will move to Delaware, although I think this is a hard one to believe as Cayuga would have had to pay for the NASCAR event up front, and I dont think NASCAR gives out Rain Checks.

I do know as fact:
The Late Model show that was cancelled was due to poor car count that pre registered (4 cars)
The True Value Sprint Car show was a poor fan count ( due  to the lack of advertising)
The OSS that was cancelled was to be held in conjunction with a Rock Band deal and the Town would not issue the permit.

Cayuga Speedway is a landmark when it comes to race tracks in Canada, but for some reason it has been cursed ever since Bob Slack sold it. Bob's deal made him famous because he could put on a Special Show and fill the place, as well, run a weekly Friday night show that had more people in the stands then any other current owner has been able to sell for any event, except for the CASCAR show that hired on a handful of Cup Star's.

This is a last chance oppertunity for Cayuga, and mayby they need to offer the ticket prices at a discount rate of $25.00 per head in order to fill the place. I think putting people in the stands at a discount price is there only chance on rebuilding the reputation and I am sure anyone who bought the season pass will be really upset, but what else can they do. If the place fills up on this format, the Speedway should give anyone that bought the Year Pass 50% off of all ticket prices for next year.
If they dont take this chance to fix it, there might not be a next year !!

I will do anything I can to save the track, and I woulkd hope the real race fans will follow suit as it is a legend in Canadian Motorsports.


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Re: Cayuga races cancelled???
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2007, 11:13:37 PM »
Well I guess when you break even on a NASCAR show and you didn't live up to what was promissed. This track was to be the Next Richmond Speedway but in Canada. I heard they spent over 1 Million + just on plumbing. One of the backers got out and people don't want to pay the high prices  at the gate I guess.

Opps did I forget they paid Nascar over 150,000 for 2 races up front.

It is too bad I was hoping to see a brand new track in Canada.

Do the people a refund that paid 99 for the season pass? or is it like baseball where after 4 1/2 innings no refunds are issued.

Nothing even on their site to say what is going on.


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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2007, 11:23:09 PM »
This is truly sad news as there was so much hype put out to make us fans feel that something big was going to come.  Not that it is a big surprise considering the news of how low the fan counts were other then the NASCAR event to start the season.  Hopefully the fans will step up once and for all to show they truly want to see it come back to life!!!!  At this time I can confirm 4 attending from my family.

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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2007, 11:49:11 PM »
DWfan4ever  how many times do the fans or press have to show the support to this track??

I for one was not impressed with the way I was treated back when they had the Canada Shoot Out. I wasn't the only press member saying this either.

New owners made a bid deal of showing what the new tack was going to look like for the first Nascar Canadian Tire Series race. So I said I will give it another shot.

I get there the place looks the same. Had a hard time getting my credentials as the gate didn't have them and they had no phones to call anyone I was using my cell phone trying to get a hold of someone that could clear this up. The lady at the booth says the new owners are worse then the previous ones and she seemed pissed as she was taking the heat for a lot of stuff. She also said she got a till about an 1hr after the gates opened.

The race was good even though it was referred to the Nascar series over and over from announcers. I think I heard Canadian Tires name mentioned maybe 2 or 3 times.

I really don't know what to say. My favorite track was Kawartha. It was my first time there many years ago and I met someone to get my press passes she introduced me to people showed me around a bit and I really felt they wanted to show me a good time.




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« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2007, 11:54:28 PM »
That must have sucked not being able to get the credentials as needed.  You'd think if they wanted to show things had changed they would have bent over backwards.  I travel to Kawartha on a weekly basis the track is a great track to race on but for the weekly series drivers the ole playing favorites game has begun again and it sucks from the fans perspective.

I would say that at Mosport was doing a decent job of working with the media and fans yesterday as I saw a couple of staff members helping media and fans throughout the day to make sure they found the things they needed.

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Re: Cayuga races cancelled???
« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2007, 06:22:10 AM »
I bought the season pass and, if they make it to Labour Day, I will have had 4 races from it.  It is a shame that they didn't promote it properly.  The night the ASA/OSCAAR race was on I stopped at the chipwagon in Cayuga before going to the track.  The guy running it didn't know anything was going on at the track and he hadn't noticed an increase in business. 

I agree with Midamerica that I hope they figure things out.  It would be a shame for this track to fold.   Maybe they will listen to the fans and pick better race dates at affordable prices next year.

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Re: Cayuga races cancelled???
« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2007, 07:12:52 AM »
Right now all the talk is speculation and rumours considering Cayuga Speedway.
I will try and get it first hand today and what ever I am told I will post, as I hear the FACTS, not fiction.

For now I would say keep Sept. 1 open for NASCAR and OSS Racing.


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« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2007, 08:11:07 AM »
Midamerica and everyone

Fact is rest of the shows are cancelled.

Fact the September 1 race is a go.

Fiction moving that show to Delaware.

I have it first hand from Tim Chapman

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« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2007, 08:15:54 AM »
I think in the Bob  Slack era also that he had the Molson advertising $$$$$ behind the shows (especially the ASA programs). You can chart the decline of the track when the Molson Indy came along and the advertising dollars were diverted to the Champ Cars in Toronto. Cripes, Molson even used to pay for a supplement to the Toronto Sun and I can remember Butch Miller's victory photo being on the front page of the paper!!!!!

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