Let me introduce myself.
I just got set up on this site and found this thread.
I'm the President of the non-profit group (Uinta County Motorsports Association) that built/runs the 1/8 mile track in Evanston. It is true, this is our 5th summer having races here. We started with an old runway the county leases to us, and worked up from there. It is all volunteer, no public funding. The track was pretty rough when we first got it. The asphalt was so old there was no traction at all. We've been making it better every year. This year we tore out the first half of the track and laid new asphalt and It made a HUGE difference. Traction is really good. Lots of wheels up launches and big grins.
From the beginning we have tried to keep our track fun. It is open to any kind of vehicle, and all ages. A typical event for us starts at 11:00am and runs grudges/tuning/dials until about 3:30. Then we have an informal bracket race. Between the bracket rounds, and after, grudges can continue. We close the track when everyone is tired of running, or 7:00pm, whichever happens first. Honestly, most people have made so many runs by 5:30 or so they just load up and leave. We usually don't have enough bracket racers to make classes, so you run whatever stages next to you. There is no trophy, money, or recognition for winning the bracket. It's all for fun and bragging rights. I can't cool out my Blown alcohol car fast enough to bracket it, so a couple of weeks ago I entered my tow vehicle. It wasn't even fast enough to blow my hat off, but was funner than hell. That's our environment. Grass roots. There was a guy talking to his friend at one of our races this summer and I heard him say "This is the way drag racing used to be, back when it was fun". I wanted to do a fist pump. That is exactly why we exist.
We will never compete with the "big" tracks. We will never have huge events. We will not likely get into offering payouts. We will, however, offer a place to make alot of runs in a relaxed, unhurried environment....and a place to learn how to tune in REALLY bad air! When we get a density of 8400 guys are running to the trailer to try for a record! It's also a perfect place to get some seat time with a new car or driver. Much of our pit area is grass or dirt, so John Force, if you are listening, this probably isn't the place for you, sorry.
Anyway, you are all welcome to pay us a visit. If you have questions, go ahead and give me a call.