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bruce harmon
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« on: October 06, 2008, 11:49:17 AM »

As you may have guessed this is not a new subject so here is a little ancient history. When JSCA was formed one of Bob Nervo's goals was to eliminate judging in quarter midget racing. At the time he and his son were racing USAC and thought that a quarter midget race could be run much the same. What they ended up with was a compromise and this is why. There are three very important reasons why some form of oversight in a quarter midget race is necessary;
1-Saftey, 2-Rule enforcement and 3-Training. Also a very important bi-product of this is putting on a consistantly run racing program.
Having said this there is definate room for improvement of the traditional method used by QMA that method being (4) volunteers from the car owners with the following problems;
They generaly have varied experience in the sport and many times have never been a judge.
Have had no formal training to be a judge.
You will be very lucky to have one of the four qualified to make a call and knows the rules.
You will be extreamly lucky if they all show up when needed and do not delay the race waiting for enough judges.
You will also be very fortunate if the race director who will catch the complaints from a bad call has the experience or the intestinal fortitude to stand behind the call.
Enough complaining, my suggestion would be along the lines that JSCA ended up using this involves a (1) flagman, (1) race director and (1) judge/corner worker that will oversee the entire race program. They can have a qualified relief if properly scheduled and available. It would be best if these guys were the same at every race but not neccessary.
Execution; All three wear head phones and make a call immediatly based on a consensus of the three, this decision will determine the line up. These men are not approachable until after the race is over and then only the race director.
For this type of plan to be successful you have to have a sactioning body that will stand behind the decisions made, fortunatly in this case USAC has picked a great guy to run the show. I have had the pleasure of racing a Legends car in race programs run by Micheal Spinks and I can tell you that he is very consistant and he is decisive. No B.S. just good racing from this guy!

Bruce Harmon
(former QMA and JSCA car owner, QMA club president, QMA novice director, QMA flagman)  
National Champion
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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2008, 12:17:48 PM »

"(1) flagman, (1) race director and (1) judge/corner worker that will oversee the entire race program. They can have a qualified relief if properly scheduled and available."

That sounds perfect!

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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2008, 11:37:38 AM »

Sounds good...but instead of struggling to get judges, we would have a difficult time getting flaggers, corner workers, and race directors.  The problem at our club is members policing other members....and the "get even" factor.
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