Under anything affordable, I know low budget racers have to do it for fun because it is mostly a financial loss but it would be nice to play on a level field when competing. The worst thing about racing in the low budget series is the guys who, can’t make it in the big time but have a big budget, come in and essentially “buy” their wins. Money makes fast cars. Not always, of course, but you see that in all forms of competition, even Bar-B-Que cookoffs where the guy with professional chef’s training and professionally built smokers competes and wins against the home town teams who do it for fun. Or the local car shows where the professionally built car competes against the man and/or woman who built theirs in their garage after work or on weekends learning as they progressed. Then you have the clique who are “allowed” to win. An example of that is when my neighbor’s grandson raced Briggs & Stratton go carts. He finally learned why certain competitors’ karts with supposedly stock engines were not only faster, but much faster than the others. He built an engine that couldn’t win but at least compete with the clique and he was protested but they seldom were. My friend did protest once but it went nowhere nor did any of the other protests by the “also rans.” I know things will never change because there are those who will go to any extreme just to win. Everyday life is like that. And I am not knocking those who have money. But it is disheartening when the low budget team in a low budget, non professional series who would like to win a trophy as well as have fun must compete against a team with a seemingly unlimited budget.
However, they can sometimes be beaten and that is quite satisfying and makes it all worthwhile for those who do it. I think the best major win I ever saw was when independent NASCAR driver Alan Kulwicki won the 1992 NASCAR championship as an independent against the big guys with their multi car teams. But he could only do it with his perseverance, his engineering ability, his driving talent, his team’s attitude, loyalty, cohesiveness and talent, and Hooters’ big bucks sponsorship. It didn’t hurt either that in 1992, if you weren’t driving a Ford in NASCAR you were going to lose. The second best win I ever saw was Alan’s 1988 Phoenix win when he created the Polish Victory Lap.