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2019 Trackchasing Goals – 1st Quarter Update

2019 Trackchasing Goals

 

 

 

Editor’s note:  My 2019 trackchasing goals appear below in BLUEYou will find my latest goal results (posted quarterly) printed in RED.

 

 

Having goals in life is important. It doesn’t take much effort to set a few goals.  However, there are some aspects of goal setting that ought to be considered.  Why set any goals in the first place?  It’s simple.  By setting goals you can “stretch” to achieve more and/or improve yourself in whatever area you find important.

 

 

If you’re going to set goals there are a few things that will make the process better.  First, the goals have to be as specific as possible.  The more specific they are the easier it will be to see if you achieved your goals.  It’s also most important to tell folks who care what your goals are BEFORE you try to achieve them.  If one doesn’t do that it’s easy to “forget” about a goal when it is not achieved.  It’s all too easy to pat yourself on the back for a goal that might only have “materialized” AFTER you achieved it!  I’ve seen a trackchaser or two fall into this category.  Finally, it doesn’t do much good to set “softball” goals.  What’s that?  Goals that can pretty much be achieved just by getting out of bed in the morning.  I see that a lot too.  No softball goals!

 

 

I think you will find my goals specific.  I publish my goals during January of each year.    So there you go.  My goals are “out there” for all to see.  Now I’ll go about doing the best I can against those goals that are important to me in trackchasing.  At the end of each quarter I’ll post the results.  Stay tuned.  I probably won’t make them all but I will be trying.

 

 

 

GOALS/RESULTS

Below you will find my trackchasing goals for my 2019 trackchasing season.

 

 

 

 

 

Goal – Less is more!

Last year I traveled 283,000 miles with my trackchasing hobby. I traveled overnight from our modest seaside cottage some 213 times. I slept overnight 43 times on planes, in my car, in an airport or on a ferryboat! That’s too much! This year’s goal is to decrease each of those numbers by 20% or more. Granted much of my overnight travel is not related to trackchasing. However, every ONE of those 283,000 miles had me going to and from a racetrack.

 

 

My goal will be to have my trackchasing mileage come in at 225,000 miles or less. I’m setting a goal of “only” 170 nights of overnight travel. Finally, I hope to sleep overnight on those planes, car, airports and ferryboats 34 nights or less! That still seems like a lot doesn’t it? Nevertheless, you have to cut back somewhere right!

 

 

 

2019 – 1st Quarter Update

 

Goal #1. Decrease annual miles traveled last year (283,000) by 20% to something less than 225,000 miles. During the first quarter I flew and drove nearly 66,000 miles. Traveling that much in three months, mainly for ice racing, does not portend a successful result against this goal. The first and fourth quarters should be my lightesttravel months. I have a LOT of miles planned for quarters two and three. I don’t think I will meet this goal!

 

 

Goal #2. Decrease annual nights out from last year (213) by 20% to something less than 170 nights out or about 42 nights a quarter. During the first quarter I traveled 36 nights. All right! Doing well, so far, against this goal. Here’s where I did stay during the first quarter.

 

 

January (10)

Jan 1 – Westin – Melbourne, Australia

Jan 2 – Westin – Melbourne, Australia

Jan 11 – Slept overnight in Minneapolis airport

Jan 16 – Holiday Inn – McAlester, Oklahoma

Jan 17 – Kristy’s – Austin, Texas

Jan 18 – Kristy’s – Austin, Texas

Jan 19 – Best Western Plus – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Jan 20 – Best Western Plus – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Jan 25 – Minneapolis Marriott Northwest – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jan 26 – Sheraton – Madison, Wisconsin

 

February (14)

Feb 1 – Four Points by Sheraton – Richfield, Minnesota

Feb 2 – Sheraton – Framingham, Massachusetts

Feb 3 – Sheraton – Framingham, Massachusetts

Feb 4 – Howard Johnson’s – Tampa, Florida

Feb 8 – Minneapolis Marriott Northwest – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Feb 9 – Four Points by Sheraton – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Feb 10 – Four Points by Sheraton – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Feb 14 – Slept overnight in Minneapolis airport

Feb 15 – Best Western Plus – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Feb 16 – Country Inn & Suites – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Feb 17 – Country Inn & Suites – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Feb 22 – Four Points by Sheraton – Richfield, Minnesota

Feb 23 – Four Points by Sheraton – Richfield, Minnesota

Feb 28 – Slept overnight on plane from LAX to Orlando, Florida

 

March (12)

Mar 1 – Sheraton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Resort – Orlando, Florida

Mar 2 – Magnuson Pioneer Inn & Suites – Escanaba, Michigan

Mar 3 – Four Points by Sheraton – Richfield, Minnesota

Mar 8 – Quality Inn – Albany, New York

Mar 9 – Quality Inn – Albany, New York

Mar 15 – Slept in car – Texas rest area

Mar 16 – Slept in car – Louisiana rest area

Mar 22 – Slept in car – Iowa rest area

Mar 23 – Sleep Inn – Greensboro, North Carolina

Mar 24 – Knight’s Inn – Mount Airy, North Carolina

Mar 29 – Slept overnight in Kentucky rest area

Mar 30 – Slept overnight in Nashville airport

 

 

 

Goal #3. Decrease annual overnights where I slept in an airport or a car or an airplane last year (43) by 20% compared to last year. That’s a noble goal right? Why do I sleep in those place to begin with? It’s simple! Getting from point A to point B doesn’t allow enough time to get a hotel. My goal is to sleep an average of 8-9 nights or less in something other than a bed each quarter. This quarter that number was eight….just made it.

 

 

 

Jan 11 – Slept overnight in Minneapolis airport

Feb 14 – Slept overnight in Minneapolis airport

Feb 28 – Slept overnight on plane from LAX to Orlando, Florida

Mar 15 – Slept in car – Texas rest area

Mar 16 – Slept in car – Louisiana rest area

Mar 22 – Slept in car – Iowa rest area

Mar 29 – Slept overnight in Kentucky rest area

Mar 30 – Slept overnight in Nashville airport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal – Foreign country trackchasing

You can’t be the “WORLD’S #1 Trackchaser if you haven’t seen racing in more countries than all the other trackchasers! Coming into the 2019 trackchasing season I have seen racing in 82 countries. That’s thirty more countries than my nearest fellow competitor.

 

 

This year my goal will be to add one more new country trackchasing visit to my lifetime totals. I might get more than one, but I think after having seen as much racing around the world as I have that one more can be an achievable goal. Below is my current list of trackchasing country visits.

 

 

 

# 1 – UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – Peoria Speedway – Mt. Hawley (oval) – Track #1, Peoria, Illinois – circa 1955

# 2 – CANADA – Cayuga Speedway (oval) – Track #174, Nelles Corner, Ontario – 1988

# 3 – AUSTRALIA – Parramatta City Raceway (oval) – Track #180, Granville, New South Wales – 1989

# 4 – UNITED KINGDOM – Northhampton International Raceway (oval) – Track #378, Northhampton – 1999

# 5 – NETHERLANDS – Driesum Racetrack (oval) – Track #839, Driesum – 2005

# 6 – BELGIUM – Bellekouter oval (oval) – Track #841, Affligem – 2005

# 7 – FRANCE – Circuit de Croix en Ternois (road course) – Track #843, Saint-Pol sur-Ternoise – 2005

# 8 – GERMANY – Nurburgring (road course) – Track #844, Nurburg – 2005

# 9 – NEW ZEALAND – Western Springs Speedway (oval) – Track #1,134, Western Springs – 2006

# 10 – MEXICO – Triovalo Bernardo Obregon (oval) – Track #1,281, Tiajamulco de Zuniga, Jalisco – 2007

# 11 – BARBADOS – Bushy Park Racing Circuit (road course) – Track #1,296, Bushy Park – 2007

# 12 – THAILAND – Bira Circuit (road course) – Track #1,300, Pattaya – 2008

# 13 – SOUTH AFRICA – Durban Grand Prix (road course) – Track #1,315, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal – 2008

# 14 – JAMAICA – Dover Raceway (road course) – Track #1,322, Brown’s Town St. Ann – 2008

# 15 – SWEDEN – Sturup Raceway (road course) – Track #1,335, Malmo – 2008

# 16 – DENMARK – Ring Djursland (road course) – Track #1,336, Tirstrup – 2008

# 17 – CZECH REPUBLIC – Automotodrome BRNO (road course) – Track #1,381, Brno – 2008

# 18 – AUSTRIA – Lambrechten Stock Car Track (road course) – Track #1,382, Lambrechten – 2008

# 19 – IRELAND – Tipperary International Raceway (oval) – Track #1,388, Rosegreen – 2008

# 20 – GUYANA – South Dakota Circuit (road course) – Track #1,390, Timehri – 2008

# 21 – CHINA – The Guia Circuit (road course) – Track #1,392, Macau – 2008

# 22 – COSTA RICA – Autodromo La Guacima (road course) – Track #1,398, La Guacima – 2008

# 23 – ANDORRA – Grandvalira Circuit (road course) – Track #1,404, Port d’Envalira – 2009

# 24 – ARGENTINA – Circuito Efren Chemolli (oval) – Track #1,406, Buenos Aires – 2009

# 25 – QATAR – Losail International Circuit (road course) – Track #1,408, Doha – 2009

# 26 – BAHRAIN – Bahrain International Circuit (road course) – Track #1,410, Sakhir – 2009

# 27 – UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Dubai Autodrome (road course) – Track #1,411, Dubai – 2009

# 28 – COLOMBIA – Autodromo de Tocancipa (road course) – Track #1,415, Tocancipa – 2009

# 29 – SPAIN – Motorland Aragon (road course) – Track #1,416, Alcaniz – 2009

# 30 – PORTUGAL – Circuto de Murca (road course) – Track #1,417, Murca – 2009

# 31 – ICELAND – Kapelluhraum (road course) – Track #1,420, Hafnafjorour – 2009

# 32 – HUNGARY – Hungaroring (road course) – Track #1,426, Mogyorod – 2009

# 33 – SWITZERLAND – Hock Ybrig (road course) – Track #1,427, Hoch Ybrig – 2009

# 34 – ITALY – Vighizzolo d’Este Stock Car Track (road course) – Track #1,428, Vighizzolo d’Este – 2009

# 35 – DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Autodromo Mobil 1 (road course) – Track #1,515, Santo Domingo – 2009

# 36 – MALTA – Ta’Qali Race Track (road course) – Track #1,521, Ta’Qali – 2010

# 37 – FINLAND – Lake Pidisjarvi Ice Track (road course) – Track #1,524, Nivala – 2010

# 38 – JAPAN – Suzuka Circuit (road course) – Track #1,530, Suzuka – 2010

# 39 – CHILE – Autodromo de Interlomas (road course) – Track #1,531, Temuco – 2010

# 40 – MOROCCO – Circuit de Marrakesh (road course) – Track #1,535, Marrakesh – 2010

# 41 – BRAZIL – Circuit de Caruaru – Aryten Senna (road course) – Track #1,540, Caruaru – 2010

# 42 – ESTONIA – Laitse Rally Park (road course) – Track #1,571, Laitse – 2010

# 43 – LATVIA – Bikernieki (road course) – Track #1,572, Riga – 2010

# 44 – GUATEMALA – Autodromo Pedro Cofino (road course) – Track #1,580, Alotenango – 2010

# 45 – EL SALVADOR – El Jabali (road course) – Track #1,582, Quezaltepeque – 2010

# 46 – ROMANIA – Bradu (road course) – Track #1,603, Bradu – 2010

# 47 – BULGARIA – Closed Route – Burgas (road course) – Track #1,604, Burgas – 2010

# 48 – SOUTH KOREA – Korea International Circuit (road course) – Track #1,605, Yeongam, Jeollanam-Do – 2010

# 49 – PHILIPPINES – Batangas Racing Circuit (road course) – Track #1,608, Batangas – 2010

# 50 – NORWAY – Lyngas Motorbane (road course) – Track #1,648, Lier – 2011

# 51 – MALAYSIA – Sepang International Circuit (road course) – Track #1,656, Sepang – 2011

# 52 – INDONESIA – Sentul International Circuit (road course) – Track #1,657, Babakan Madang, Boder – 2011

# 53 – LUXEMBOURG – Alzingen (road course) – Track #1,711, Alzingen – 2011

# 54 – POLAND – Tor Slomczyn (road course) – Track #1,713, Slomczyn – 2011

# 55 – SINGAPORE – Marina Bay (road course) – Track #1,714, Singapore – 2011

# 56 – URUGUAY – Piriapolis Grand Prix (road course) – Track #1,724, Piriapolis – 2011

# 57 – SRI LANKA – Pannala Race Track (road course) – Track #1,732, Pannala – 2012

# 58 – ECUADOR – Autodromo Internacional de Yahuarcocha (road course) – Track #1,736, Ibarra – 2012

# 59 – SLOVAKIA – Slovakia Ring (road course) – Track #1,745, Orechova Poten – 2012

# 60 – MONACO – Circuit de Monaco (road course) – Track #1,747, Monte Carlo – 2012

# 61 – CROATIA – Automotodrom Drobnik (road course) – Track #1,762, Rijeka – 2012

# 62 – PERU – Autodromo La Chutana (road course) – Track #1,802, Lima – 2012

# 63 – GREECE – Serres Circuit (road course) – Track #1,807, Serres – 2012

# 64 –RUSSIA – Moscow Central Hippodrome (oval) – Track #1,824, Moscow – 2013

# 65 –LITHUANIA – Marijampole Autocross Track (road course) – Track #1,842, Marijampole – 2013

# 66 –INDIA – Buddh International Circuit (road course) – Track #1,915, Noida – 2013

# 67 –GEORGIA – Rustavi International Motorpark (road course) – Track #1,916, Rustavi – 2013

# 68 –TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – Larry Gomes Stadium (road course) – Track #1,928, Arima – 2014

# 69 – TURKEY – Istanbul Park (road course) – Track #2,035 Akfirat – 2014

# 70 – AZERBAIJAN – Streets of Baku (road course) – Track #2,037, Baku – 2014

# 71 – SERBIA – Usce (road course) – Track #2,224, Belgrade – 2016

# 72 – BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVNIA – Zaluzani (road course) – Track #2,235, Banja Luka – 2016

# 73 – PANAMA – Circuito Internacional de Panama (road course) – Track #2,290, La Chorrera – 2016

# 74 – ZIMBABWE – Bulawayo Motorsports Park (road course) – Track #2,291, Bulawayo – 2016

# 75 – NAMIBIA – Desert Raceway (oval) – Track #2,369, Walvis Bay – 2017

# 76 – MACEDONIA – Skopje Street Course (road course) – Track #2,386, Skopje – 2017

# 77 – UKRAINE – Autodrome Chayka (road course) – Track #2,387, Kiev – 2017

# 78 – BELARUS – Stadium Zarya (oval) – Track #2,421, Minsk – 2018

# 79 – MALDIVES – Hulhumalé Racing Track (road course) – Track #2,425, Hulhumalé – 2018

# 80 – BOLIVIA – Autodromo Santa Cruz (road course) – Track #2,429, Santa Cruz – 2018

# 81 – MOLDOVA – Autocross Colonita (road course) – Track #2,503, Colonita – 2018

# 82 – SAUDI ARABIA – Ad Diriyah E-Prix (road course) – Track #2,514, Ad Diriyah – 2018

 

 

 

2019 – 1st Quarter Update

 

I didn’t see any racing in new trackchasing countries this quarter. However, I’ve got some things in the hopper. I would be surprised if I have a very successful second quarter of international trackchasing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continue the sharing of my trackchasing hobby via social media.

 

 

Produce a minimum of 50 new YouTube videos for my YouTube channel:  RANLAY.  Current 1/1/19 film total: 1,219.  

 

 

Increase total minutes viewed from 1.8 million (1/1/19) to 2.1 million (12/31/19).  

 

 

Increase total views from 1.04 million (1/1/19) to 1.15 million (increase of 110,000) by 12/31/19.

 

 

Add at least 100 new Trackchaser Reports to my website (1/1/19 total 870).

 

 

Share SmugMug photo albums, YouTube videos and Trackchaser Reports on my Facebook page for each new track attended.

 

 

 

2019 – 1st Quarter Update

 

Goal #1. Produce 50 YouTube videos. Results. During the quarter I developed 23 new YouTube videos. I’m well on my way to beating my goal of fifty for the year.

 

 

Goal #2. Increase my YouTube channels minutes viewed by 300,000 to more than two million. The “minutes viewed” during January, February and March were 76,800. That pace keeps me on goal. Believe it or not the view time and total views for my channel is seasonal. Just like the racing season where interest is greater during the summer months that is the case with my YouTube channel as well.

 

 

Goal #3. Increase total views for my YouTube channel by 110,000. The quarter’s total views were 33,700. I’ll know more about whether that’s on goal over the next couple of quarters. It’s looking good. The quarter did produce 91 new subscribers to my YouTube channel.

 

 

Goal #4. Add at least 100 new Trackchaser Reports.

 

During 2019’s first quarter I developed thirty new Trackchaser Reports. I thought it was more! Should make my goal here at this rate.

 

 

 

Goal #5. Share SmugMug photo album, YouTube video and Trackchaser Report after each new track I visit.

 

I’ve been doing that for years!

 

 

 

Overall first quarter update. I am happy to take the time to share the trackchasing hobby with so many people all over the world. On a typical day when I wake up I have messages from several people from all over the world. They’re reading my Trackchaser Reports and seeing my videos and photo albums. Often times they are inviting me to come to their country to trackchase and even stay with them in their homes. I never imagined “trackchasing” morphing into something like this…but I’m glad that it did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal – Trackchasing/Exercise

I very much enjoy exercising. It’s one of the things that keeps me young. When I’m traveling out on the long and dusty trackchasing trail it is difficult to take time to exercise.  The more I trackchase the less time there is for taking care of one’s good health.

 

 

Each year I begin my trackchasing travel with ice racing. When spring comes I head to the southern part of the U.S. The summer, call that May-September, has me roaming all over the U.S. with a focus on the Midwest. For the last three months of the year I’ll get whatever I can get whenever I can get it.

 

 

Last year I traveled more than 283,000 miles traveling to and from the racetracks I visited for the first time. That’s 775 miles a day! It’s not easy to travel that much AND exercise an hour a day.

 

 

This year’s aerobic exercise goal will be to power walk a minimum of four miles per day or get 45 minutes of elliptical training in for the day. To meet my goal I’ll need to do that a minimum of 250 days (about 5 days/week) for the year. This is my most difficult trackchasing goal of all.

 

 

 

2019 – 1st Quarter Update

 

This is my toughest trackchasing goal to meet and beat. Why? My trackchasing travel would be daunting for most folks. In order to meet my goal I need to power walk more than four miles a day, five days a week. That task is made a little more difficult when I stayed overnight on the road some 36 nights and traveled by air and car more than 65,000 miles in the first three months of 2019. That’s about 700 miles of travel each and every day!

 

 

Nevertheless, during the quarter I hit the power walking trail and/or the elliptical trainer 68 times (Jan:28, Feb:19, Mar: 21) to beat my goal for the quarter by five. I can never let up. The “pace” just keeps moving along every day. Injuries can throw me off pace on a second’s notice. Yes, this is my most difficult goal to beat and one of the most gratifying of them all to beat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the way if you want to check on me to see if I really AM exercising you’ll find me power walking at the beach on most days, with the exception of the Fourth of July when the beach is just too danged crowded.  Check out my 3-5-mile route.  It’s not hard to get a good workout with the views along my route!  Click on the link below to see what I mean.

 

San Clemente – The World’s Best Climate….and great for exercising

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal – Achieve and maintain a #1 trackchasing ranking in 26 states.

First, I’ll try to defend my current lead in the 24 states where I already hold a #1 state ranking. Those 24 states are listed below.

 

 

Secondly, I will try to move into the #1 spot in two additional states for a #1 ranking in 26 overall states. This actually isn’t the most difficult of goals but will require some extra planning.

 

 

 

 

Going into 2019 #1 rankings.

Alaska

Arizona

California

Colorado

Florida

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Iowa 

Kansas

Kentucky

Minnesota

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada 

New Mexico

Oklahoma

Oregon

Rhode Island

South Dakota

Texas

Utah 

Washington

Wyoming

 

 

 

2019 – 1st Quarter Update

 

Right now it looks like the states of Missouri and Louisiana are the most likely candidates to give me my next #1 state trackchasing ranking. I didn’t see any new tracks in Missouri this quarter. I still trail Wisconsin’s Ed Esser 68-66.

 

 

I did have some success in Louisiana. I saw racing at two new Cajun state locations. Ed Esser still leads here with 16 Louisiana tracks. John Moore from Tennessee has seen racing at 15 tracks in the Bayou state. My state total is now 14 here.

 

 

I’m close with both Missouri and Louisiana. I need to close the deal during the second and third quarters of 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal – Maintain a 675 lifetime track lead over my nearest fellow competitor at the end of the year.

During first 2016, then 2017 and then last year, 2018 my goals in this area were 500, 550 and 625 respectively.  I begin this season with more than 2,500 tracks.  My nearest fellow competitor, currently Guy Smith, has totals somewhere in the low 1800s. Unless someone provides some more challenging competition I may be forced to discontinue this goal for overall lack of competitiveness.

 

 

Trackchasing frequency has been at all-time lows since the passing of Ed Esser. Checkout the trackchasers listed in the National Geographic Diversity rankings (below). These trackchasers have been the leaders in the hobby since the day it began in the last century. In 2018 their trackchasing totals COMBINED don’t exceed by all that much what I did as only ONE trackchasing in 2018.

 

 

 

2019 – 1st Quarter Update

 

I’ve gotten off to a flying start against this goal. During the first three months of this year I showed up at 24 new tracks. My nearest fellow competitor Guy Smith had a slow first quarter seeing only five new tracks. I now hold a 706 track lead in the worldwide trackchasing rankings.

 

 

It continues to amaze me that trackchasers who retire see less racing than when they were working. I would think it would be the opposite. I theorize that new retirees are aging and don’t have the energy to see more racing. I’m thinking the distance required to see new tracks just isn’t worth the effort. Finally, most trackchasers are single. Often times they don’t have anyone else to help with the travel expenses and the long distance drives.

 

 

Very few retired trackchasers are married. My nearest fellow competitor commonly mentioned how much he was going to be trackchasing when he finally retired. Then when he did retire his tune changed. After four years of retirement his totals are equal to or less than before he retired. Yes, the tune has changed now. The new “story” is when my wife retires I’ll really pick up the trackchasing.

 

 

What people seem to forget when they share this story is that time is passing them by. One probably has more energy and trackchasing devotion when they are fifty than sixty. Every five years that passes makes it a little bit more difficult to travel the distances required to be a world class trackchaser. This observation is fact driven by simply looking at the trackchasing production of the top 25 or so trackchasers as they have aged.

 

 

I recommend that anyone who continues to say, “when I retire, when my kid gets out of college, when I pay off the mortgage. when, when, when…..read a short essay called, “The Station”. You can find it easily on line. The Station will remind you there is no final stop when bands will be playing and you will have reached nirvana. Today is for the taking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal – Racechasing

I would like to see racing at four “big” races, at a minimum, in 2019. These would be at tracks I have already visited. For me a “big” race could be getting back to my boyhood track of Peoria Speedway. Or, it could be what the general population thinks is a “big” race.

 

 

I would hope that part of this plan includes seeing at least one NASCAR Cup race. Taking in these major events will be a small step in maintaining my ties to “racechasing”. This goal is meant to bring me back “home”.

 

 

 

 

2019 – 1st Quarter Update

 

I think I had an excellent quarter of racechasing during the first quarter of 2019. First, I saw a night of racing at the Chili Bowl in Tulsa, Oklahoma. That racing has grown to be one of the most popular short track events of the year.

 

 

I also took a night to catch the Lucas Oil Late Models at the East Bay Raceway. I’ve been to East Bay nearly 25 times, all during Florida speedweeks. It wouldn’t seem like I could do much better with racechasing than trips to the Chili Bowl and East Bay, two of my old time favorite tracks.

 

 

However, I then made a stop at the Auto Club Speedway for their once a year NASCAR Cup event. This was the fourth time I’ve seen racing on the big oval at what began as the California Speedway. I was anxious to try out my brand new RE 300 radio scanner. It was fantastic.

 

 

Then somewhat unbelievably, the very next weekend, I traveled nearly 3,000 miles to Martinsville for their cup race. I can’t ever remember doing that before over two straight weekends.

 

 

I can’t imagine having a better racechasing quarter than this one….especially during January, February and March. If a normal race fan could see the Chili Bowl, racing at East Bay during speed weeks and the NASCAR Cup racing at Fontana and then Martinsville, they might have completed a CAREER of racechasing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal – 100 tracks in seven states.

Coming into this year I’ve seen more than 100 tracks in six different states. Here’s the list.

 

 

California

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Michigan

Pennsylvania

 

 

Getting my 7th“100 track state” is going to require some stretching. No other trackchaser has seen 100 tracks in more than four states.

 

 

 

2019 – 1st Quarter Update

 

I don’t know if any new states will join the “Century club” in 2019 or not. Minnesota and Wisconsin are the most likely candidates.

 

 

I did add five new Minnesota ice tracks this quarter. That brings my Gopher state track total to 95! I added another four Wisconsin ice tracks during the period. Those tracks move me up to 91 Badger state tracks. I’m moving in the right direction but the sledding from here will be difficult.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal – Have Fun; control travel

My plan is to see as many new tracks in 2019 as I want too.  If I don’t go trackchasing, it won’t be because of bad weather, a lack of tracks to see or any other form of restraint on my part.  It will be because I found something more fun and interesting to do not because I couldn’t find a place to go trackchasing. I won’t always bring Carol along although she is invited on every trip. I’m not sure WHAT I would do if she accepted all of my invitations! Nevertheless, we’ll fit in a series of really cool non-racing trips for her. She will be well taken care of and we’ll will both have fun at our own pace.  

 

 

I get the biggest kick out of listening to other trackchasers trying to persuade folks that they had some form of restraint and decided to do something else other than go trackchasing.  In reality, they couldn’t find any place to go trackchasing so they “settled” for something else to do.  Why don’t they just tell people that?  If you’re going to brag about doing something else at least be honest enough to say the reason you went somewhere else is that there were no workable trackchasing opportunities!

 

 

If I do go trackchasing it will be for one simple reason…..I just wanted too.  I do this for fun.  I go trackchasing simply to have fun.

 

 

 

2019 – 1st Quarter Update

 

The first quarter has been my most productive in many ways for several reasons. I ended up seeing racing at 16 new ice tracks. That’s an all-time personal best for me. I had an excellent “racechasing” quarter as noted above. I did very well against my nearest fellow competitor. Frankly, with the exception of seeing races in new countries I can’t imagine having a better first quarter.

 

 

 

 

 

Living the dream. 

If you get time check out the guestbook tab of my website at this link Randy’s past guestbook.  I get lots of comments like this one from race fans and travelers, “You are living my dream”.  Heck, I’m living my dream as well.  Trackchasing is OPTIONAL for me.  If I didn’t want to do it I wouldn’t do it.  On the other hand, despite my “love for the road” it’s never a good idea to do anything too much.  Right now I’m very happy with the frequency of my trackchasing.  My current pace is one I would be comfortable with for many years to come. Let me be perfectly clear on one important point. I am NOT living the dream because I am trackchasing in retirement. I am living the dream because I am doing exactly what I want to do in retirement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal – Lifetime National Geographic Diversity results

Due to the lack of overall competitiveness in the NGD program, results will now be tabulated every two years. Additionally, this far into the NGD game the results just don’t change that much in lifetime totals and rankings.  The next update will be at the conclusion of my 2019 trackchasing season.

 

 

Want to learn more about the National Geographic Diversity (NGD) program? Here’s a link that will explain the program’s entire history:

 

 

National Geographic Diversity history and lifetime results

 

 

 

2017 – Final National Geographic Diversity results. Year 2016 results in (  ).

Randy Lewis – 4.14 (4.37)

Gordon Killian – 6.59 (6.22)

Guy Smith – 8.00 (8.57)

Ed Esser – 8.84 (8.76)

Allan Brown – 9.14 (9.16)

Paul Weisel – 11.33 (11.33)

Mike Knappenberger – 11.41 (11.25)

Jack Erdmann – 11.55 (11.73)

Rick Schneider – 11.75 (11.43)

Pam Smith – 11.75 (11.73)

 


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