then please tell me why are the numbers down and tracks are closing if its cheaper now then it was 20 years ago?
Who's numbers are DOWN? Compared to WHAT?
Some places are up! Others have nothing to compare to, because they are NEW, other CLOSED due to economy, bad management, lack of EXCITEMENT in a facility, lack of Participation @ a certain track - THE NEW TRACK Up the Street, who wouldn't work with the OLD Track - SERIES RACING - bad management (Yes, I said it twice...) - EXPENSE (although CHEAPER NOW - it's much more technical - so it's easier to get caught up in HIGH expenses), DIFFICULTY LEVEL to be competitive, and MORE!!
BODIES are Higher - TIRES are Higher - MOTORS are Higher (But last a LOT LONGER, and don't need to be rebuilt every other run...so CHEAPER very quickly) BATTERIES higher than some, cheaper than others...but LAST a lot LONGER (They OUTLAST the useful life due to NEW ones coming out every couple months still ) CARS are Higher - but that's what you get for the SMALL RUN HIGH TECH QUALITY cars we get today, vs. a MASS Produced Less Competitive "NEEDS HOPUPS" type of car.
It's NOT having a class PEOPLE want (1/18th scale, Touring Oval, SNOWBUGGIES with TRACKS, etc. CLASSES, be it ODDBALL that get PEOPLE to Try racing in circles, open the DOOR for NEWBIES to jump into 1/10th OVAL classes) You got to get them in SOME HOW!
MAKE your "newbie" RACER feel welcome - get him and his buddies INTO something - GET them ON THE TRACK. don't shove RULES down their throats for "LOCAL CLUB RACING" just get them RACING. If they decide they want to pursue this hobby at the COMPETITIVE level (Big Races, SNOWBIRDS, NATIONALS) they WILL in time...
As far as NUMBERS being down for PAVED OVAL - IMHO my #1 reason for this is IT'S BORING FOR NEWBIES!
They come in, not being "OVAL" people, running against DIE HARD OVAL GUYS (who aren't the most PATIENT people in the world) and they are made to feel like CRAP if they don't EAT, SLEEP, and THINK like a OVAL PRO (or BUY the OVAL PRO things)
They can go buy a SLASH and bash around on an Off-Road track for HOURS and have a ball - and go home happy!