Stan Narrison, General Manager of Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL), joined Speed51’s “The Morning Bullring” presented by Hyperco to reveal the results of a protest filed by Bubba Pollard against the Anthony Campi Racing team following Colby Howard’s win in the Show Me the Money Pro Late Model Series on June 15.
Following Pollard’s protest, Montgomery Motor Speedway officials examined the ignition boxes from both Howard’s and Pollard’s entries. In addition to the protest, officials also examined the digital dashboard as part of the technical inspection process that was planned prior to the race.
Narrison noted that all examined pieces cleared further inspection, and no further action would be taken.
“We tested the digital dash,” Narrison began. “It was a great experience, to be honest with you. We found out a lot of things about the capabilities of that particular piece. Everything checked out. All the ports, all the things that were supposed to be in there were correct. There are other functions that the digital dash can do, those functions weren’t open on the dash and everything was fine there.
“We pulled the FAST boxes out of the top two cars from the protest,” he added. “When we do a protest, you have to show your stuff, too. You have to be right too, if you’re challenging the guy in front of you.
“Everything checked out. They spun up the distributors, as they call it. Tested the boxes, tested the range on the RPMs. Went through all the parameters on the boxes. Both boxes tested almost identical.”
Narrison complimented all parties for the professional manner in which they handled the protest from beginning to end.
“I think it was one of the most professionally handled situations in racing,” he claimed. “A lot of times when these things happen, teams don’t see eye-to-eye on it. Both teams talked as the whole thing was happening. It wasn’t a surprise to anyone once we got to the tech area.
“Anthony Campi and Bubba Pollard had a good conversation, they both agreed it was what needed to be done in order to progress short track racing,” Narrison added. “Just to try to close some of these doors that are out there, that have the suspicion of tech men and tracks and even other competitors.”
Narrison admitted that, personally, he is still not a proponent of digital dashboards at the grassroots level of short track racing, but hopes the information gained from the appeal process can lead to an educated conversation on that technology.
“I still don’t like them,” he said. “I’m just one guy. I think that they’re neat. I’ve heard a lot of the arguments. Some of them are pretty expensive. If we’re going to continue to allow them, we’re going to need to put some parameters on them. One nice thing we did learn is that it’s not hard to test them. It’s a plug-in situation, laptop with a program. It lays out exactly what’s in it.
“We worry about costs on our racers all the time,” Narrison continued. “If you have a dashboard that’s $2,500 to $5,000, I don’t think that’s a good economic decision, and I don’t know that we need to constantly put more things in front of tech men across the country that bring more technology to local racing.
“We’re going to take a really hard look at it in the next couple of months. All the promoters in the Southeast, all the folks that are writing the rules out here. We’ve been talking to Ricky Brooks, obviously Nicholas Rogers has been involved. We’ll sit down and have some discussions with the short track council. Everyone is talking about this right now, which is good. Nobody’s really mad and upset, which is also nice.”
To hear more from Narrison on the protest, fans can listen to his full interview on Speed51’s “The Morning Bullring” by clicking here.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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