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Thursday, April 30, 2009

JBRL Nitro Series Round 1 Breaks Records


SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - April 30, 2009 - Thanks to all who came out this past Sunday to Thunder Alley for round #1 of the JBRL Nitro Series 2009! Like most have heard, we had 340 entries which broke all JBRL and Thunder Alley records for attendance. Unfortunately, due to the large and unexpected (but welcomed) turnout, we had to eliminate a round of qualifying and run just one round and the mains. I apologize for that but most of you know that we had no other options. Unfortunately, I can't cap or limit the entries, because that would exclude people from the event - which, in turn, would put them behind the eight ball as far as the entire series goes. Most would not return to another round if they were not allowed to race at an earlier round. I have been talking to people and coming up with ideas for next year's series, to accommodate all the racers and year's first round will definitely be two days, with buggy run on one day and truggy on the other. This will allow the drivers who are only racing one class to still have a one day race. Those who are running two classes will have to be there both days, but man will it be nice to get done early both days! We will see how the numbers stack up in rounds 2-7 before deciding whether or not to make each round 2 days, next year.

With all that said, I have been trying to figure out the best way to accommodate the masses for the remainder of 2009. I have kicked around a lot of ideas and unfortunately, making this year's races two days long is out of the question. The schedule is set and most people have planned for one day races. So I just wanted to let everyone know that if we have 250 entries or less at a round for the rest of this season, we will be able to get our two rounds of qualifying in - but if we get 251 or more, we will only be running one round of qualifying...but I will make that single round a couple minutes longer and of course the mains will be a little longer, as well. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's really the only way to get the races done at a reasonable hour.

Thanks again for the incredible support this year and I look forward to seeing all your faces throughout the year, at the all the various rounds and tracks!

Jimmy Babcock