For the 2013 Oval season, we really looked hard into changing our nightly schedule. In the past, spectator gates opened at 4pm, with the heat races starting at 6pm. How our nightly schedule was run, in those first two hours that spectators were on property, they only had action available for 30 minutes at the most. This year, we moved our drivers meeting earlier in the day, practice and qualifying later so action will continuously run while our patrons are here.
A vast majority of the time in 2012, we would have a very good crowd. Most of that crowd would arrive in their seats after 6:00pm, the scheduled time for opening ceremonies and the National Anthem. There were countless events in 2012 with over 3,000 people in attendance. When we would do the Anthem, maybe 300 were in the stands.
We felt that we should be performing the National Anthem in front of the most people possible. I talked to several track operators and series promoters. A big percentage of them hold their National Anthem before their Main events for the evening and after the preliminary heat races. The RMR Management team decided to do the same for this season.
Our flag flies high over the America First Credit Union Super Oval for the entire event. We changed the timing to have as many people as possible stand as one for the playing of our National Anthem. We fully support our military, both past and present and are so grateful for the freedom they provide and the sacrifices they have made.
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