Hello MMRA Racers,
As many of you know, this past weekend, Tim Harris of
Harris Racing Promotions had organized and promoted a race for minicups and
Baby Grands at Dixie Motor Speedway in Michigan. Most notable was the
claimed purse of $75,000.
At the event, during the running of the minicup race, Tim informed
everyone that his sponsor had backed out and in fact there was no money
whatsoever to pay any purse. In fact, there was no money to pay the
track crew, ambulance service, wrecker service, etc. As you can
imagine, this was a tremendous disappointment to everyone at the event who
had spent the time and money to be there.
I'm writing this letter to tell some amazing stories about MMRA racers
who attended the event. For example, Chester McDowell who had towed
all the way from Missouri offered to pitch in $500 to help pay track
expenses if the Baby Grand racers wanted to still run an event. Nick
Proffitt came into town early and spent a whole day helping to promote the
race on local radio programs, and also meeting with the safety crew so they
would be better able to protect our racers. Curt Roehm and his team
were working until 2 am every night for a week to bring out a car that was
one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. Eric Denemark came up with 3
cars because he wanted to make the show as successful as possible.
Dwight Laxton towed from Missouri to help out several teams. Steve
Verbeke came to the race right in the middle of moving from Michigan to
North Carolina. After racing her Late Model Friday night at Nashville,
Lindsay Daniels drove all night straight through to be at the event.
Every one of these racers had gone above and beyond to help out and it
would have been natural for them to scream, threaten, or attack Tim Harris.
Not a single one did. In fact, I was amazed at the self control and
class shown by our racers when they were faced with a very tough situation.
Moving forward, this event shows yet again that in racing it it easy to
make claims and promises, but that doesn't mean they will happen. As
such, the integrity of the organizing body is critical. MMRA has
delivered on every promise we've made, and we have the cancelled checks to
prove it. We appreciate the trust our racers have placed in us, and we
will continue to deliver what we promise.