The Frontstretch: Top Ten Things Dumber Than Buying / Building a House Near a Race Track And Then Complaining About the Noise by Jeff Meyer -- Tuesday October 9, 2007

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Author’s note: I wanted to leave all of these ten blank, but the Editors – while agreeing that the list would indeed be factual – also felt that it would be a "cop out" on my part, and insisted I actually list something this week. Apparently, they are onto me…note that they (the Editors) are NOT on the list!

10. Trying to teach a pig to sing. (Whoops! I’m Guilty! Hey, here in Iowa, we sometimes get bored waiting for the corn to mature.)

9. Buying or leasing a racing engine from DEI.

8. Betting on Greg Biffle to win…I mean, finish a race at Talladega.

7. Most any action that begins with the sentence, “Hey y'all! Watch this!”

6. Most any action/edict that originates from the head office of NASCAR in Daytona Beach.

5. An ABC / ESPN reporter expecting a statement from Tony Stewart after a race.

4. A bumper sticker on your car that says, "I'd rather be sober!"

3. Surprising your wife with the gift of a six pack of Slim Fast milk shakes.

2. Believing that any "Reality" television show is just that.

1. Apparently, the Concord City Council, for listening to said residents and rezoning SMI's property.

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M. B. Voelker
10/10/2007 06:20 AM

Seriously, there is one thing dumber.

Moving in near a military base then complaining about the sound of the artillery and bombing practice and the low-flying airplanes.

That is, complaining about the people who protect your ability to live in a country where you have the freedom to complain about things in the first place.

10/10/2007 06:57 AM

Ditto to what Voelker says. Grew up <3 miles from a base. There is nothing better than the sound of a fighter jet taking off and rattling the windows!

Ron D
10/10/2007 07:35 AM

Yeah, we have a local short track (Flamboro Speedway) that has been in existence for over 40 yrs. Now a bunch of “yuppie types” are building their “Dream Homes” near the track, and are now complaining about the noise. Yep, it takes all kinds….

10/10/2007 08:30 AM

Except for the traffic, I’d love to live close to a track. You know the tracks there when you purchase the land/house. SHUT THE HELL UP, OR MOVE! My work here is done.

Kurt Smith
10/10/2007 09:59 AM

Hey, Jeff, since these people living near the track are such idiots and may lose their speedway, maybe you can convince your county officials to let Bruton build the drag strip in your backyard.

Brian behling
10/10/2007 10:15 AM

How about people building subdivisions near an interstate that was in the middle of nowhere when built and then getting the govt with taxpayer money to build a sound barrier (ugly) fence to block the noise. The fence should be the responsibility of the developer or the home owners to build not the taxpayers. You chose to live next to a road that was already there.

Kevin in SoCal
10/10/2007 10:38 AM

We went thru the same thing here. The people near Pomona, where the NHRA has the opening and final drag races of the year, complained about the noise. So the city limited the number of races the track can have. That kicked out us amateur racers back to the streets, and kept the pros. Everybody loses!

bobby dee
10/10/2007 10:40 AM

One Friday night the local race was postponed and the cops still received 20 complaints about the noise.

William T.
10/10/2007 11:13 AM

The City of Concord City Council voted on the re-zoning without holding a public hearing, which is Illegal. They know this, and the legal council for Bruton Smith knows this. They are going to let him build, but are going to try to save face in doing so.

Check out Charlotte.Com

10/10/2007 12:20 PM

Out here on the Left Coast in 49er country, we’ve had people move in behind a “strip” of land that was on the general plan since 1955 designated for a freeway. A big part of the valley was developed on that premise that freeway would allow access. Then those idiots held up construction and increased cost because they didn’t want the noise of the freeway.

Our local speedway in San Jose was closed down due to the same type of thinking (sidebar: we could have had the Cup races on a 1 mile paved oval here when they were moving Riverside to Searspoint, but _our_short sighted council couldn’t see it.).

But I think the topper is some morons moving in next to the landfill (read dump) and then start to complain about the traffic and smell.

I feel we should use their bodies (since they don’t seem to be using their brains for any purpose) for a base under the concrete of the drag strip.

Junior B
10/10/2007 02:03 PM

What a bunch of hypocrites. There is not a person reading this that wouldn’t be upset if after AFTER he bought his house it was announced that a drag track was going in down the road. This is not a case of people moving somewhere that they knew would one day have a highway or next to an existing airport or whatever. The drag strip is a new deal and will probably hit people’s property values pretty hard.

William T.
10/10/2007 02:20 PM

I totally agree with Junior B. Some of those neighborhoods are actually older than the Track itself. I know….I grew up in Concord and still live close by in Charlotte. The strip is going to be pretty much sitting in there back yards once done.

For the newer neighborhoods…..people essentially bought in that area because of the Speedway and the Fact that Concord Mills (#1 Tourist attraction in the state of NC) is right there. Those houses are sitting in pretty good shape preperty value wise as of now because of these two attractions. They have not complained about the noise at all. They just don’t want a Drag Strip to be built that would back up to their lots……that were there before the drag stip.

To get to the point. No one has complained about any noise at this point. Everyone needs to get their facts straight. Especially if you try to write an article on it.

PS — I’m in favor of the Drag Strip. I really don’t give a rats ass about those people…..let’s go racing!!!

10/10/2007 04:15 PM

I just re-read your authors note at the head. Good wit

J. Meyer
10/11/2007 01:52 AM

I would LOVE to hear more about this sitituation from local residents, good or bad!!!! Email me Please!

Jeff Meyer

10/11/2007 12:06 PM

Where can I buy one of those homes?
I would love to be that close to the track.

10/11/2007 02:20 PM

To really believe that progress is making things better!

Vito Pugliese - FS Staff
10/11/2007 04:27 PM

My family has lived on the same acreage for the last 60+ years. We’re now surrounded by developers and other suburbanites who are not accustomed to rural living; i.e., gun shots, hunting, setting timing in unmuffled engines, etc. People actually call the police during an afternoon of shooting on the range sometimes. AFTER THREE HOURS OF SHOOTING. As if there were some sort of Fallujah-esque firefight going on.

In the end, I’m sure Bruton and Humpy will get their way. Money talks, bovine by-product walks.


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