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DRO editor Jeff Burk thought a few questions were in order for Carl Weisinger, long-time promoter at Orlando Speed World Dragway in Orlando, Florida.
: Earlier this year you made a decision to postpone the World Street Nationals and told racers, fans, and media of your decision. Then you decided to have a big Sport Compact race on the weekend that was for years the traditional date for the WSN. Then you announced that the WSN would return, but later in the year as part of Orlando's annual Night of Fire. Now that the racers, media, fans, and sponsors are completely confused, could you explain what was behind the decision to change the date of the WSN? Why have a Sports Compact race replace the World Street Nationals?
Carl Weisinger: The combination of too many races stacked up in front of us and a lousy economy caused us to announce the postponement until 2012. Later, a cancellation of an event that was planned at the stock car track on the other side of the Speed World for Friday, November 18th, gave us an opportunity to put together a two-day event for a scaled down version of the WSN and we took it. The reality is that there will be two separate events on the same weekend. The WSN will be run, Friday, Friday night and Saturday. The Night of Fire will run on Saturday night. It's a good deal for our fans since they can buy one ticket for Saturday and see both events. We get to keep some continuity for the WSN and offer a real entertainment bargain for the weekend. And, kids under 12 are free, free, FREE! It was always our intention to ultimately separate the Sport Compacts from the WSN and provide those racers and fans with their own weekend. It just happened one year earlier than we had originally planned for. The old WSN date fit nicely in between an NSCRA event in West Palm Beach and the popular World Finals Import vs. Domestic event at the Miller family's M.I.R. facility.