Last Saturday's opening night at Jamestown Speedway couldn't have gone much better for the track's owners Tim and Allison Baldwin.

Not only did the addition of the INEX Legends help produce an impressive car count of 118 out of the gate, the racing surface was fantastic and the competitive green-flag action thrilled.

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But why not promptly start on time?

In fairness, running a little past the advertised start time is an issue at local sporting events across the board. But with that said, it seems action at the speedway predictably spills five, 10 to maybe 15 minutes past the scheduled start time of 7 p.m. most Saturdays.

It's an incredibly easy fix that could help the speedway avoid what I call: the Titanic Rule.

Sav's Titanic Rule states: If your event runs longer than it takes Leonardo DiCaprio to sink to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in the 1997 movie "Titanic", then you're probably going to have a tough time selling people on seeing it through to the end.

"Titanic" runs 3 hours, 15 minutes from start to finish, and, although largely enjoyable ("I'm flying, Jack!"), ultimately produces a pretty flat butt. It's also a time for families to start thinking about heading for home at 10 p.m.

For example, take a look at the Minnesota Twins.

Twins market research has concluded fans begin marching toward the exits at 10 p.m., regardless of what's happening on the field. As a result, the Twins organization is experimenting with 6:40 p.m. start times this season along with 7:10 p.m., which had been the norm, because Twins management knows there's a certain percentage of fans who won't pay for a ticket if they can't-or choose not to-be there for the final out.

By the way, those aforementioned start times denote when first pitch is hurtling toward home plate. All pregame festivities and ceremonies are to already be concluded.

Promises have been made by the speedway over the years to try and attempt to complete weekly shows as quickly and efficiently as possible, even publicly stating 10 p.m. as the benchmark. A fine-tune at starting on time would, at the very least, show a real effort to meet that benchmark, no matter the amount of caution flags that might eventually disrupt an evening.

Maybe Jamestown Speedway can beat Hollywood's RMS Titanic to the iceberg? Move the weekly pit meeting up a half hour. Have "The Star-Spangled Banner" ringing through the PA at 6:45 p.m.

The speedway's start time should be taken just as serious as making sure feature winners are paid. It could end up drastically improving attendance and revenue.

So, I challenge the speedway to make it a priority and have head flagman Brian Smith holding the green flag in the air sharply at 7 p.m. every Saturday night.

I'll see you at the track!

Jamestown Speedway

May 11 results

(Starting position in brackets)

IMCA Modifieds

Feature (25 Laps): 1. Casey Arneson, [8]; 2. John Corell, [3]; 3. Josh Eberhardt, [10]; 4. Jarrett Carter, [2]; 5. Dale Mathison, [9]; 6. Dylan Goplen, [11]; 7. Eric Edwards, [6]; 8. Lucas Rodin, [4]; 9. Trent Grager, [24]; 10. Myles Tomlinson, [1]; 11. Don Gumke, [7]; 12. Marcus Tomlinson, [13]; 13. John Nord, [5]; 14. Billie Christ, [15]; 15. Tyler Hall, [21]; 16. Crist Pittenger, [14]; 17. Jeremy Forester, [17]; 18. Rusty Kollman, [20]; 19. Randy Kollman, [18]; 20. Greg Friestad, [16]; 21. Dwight Wegner, [25]; 22. Shawn Becker, [23]; 23. Clinton Dunwoody, [22]; 24. Ryan Schroeder, DNF [19]; 25. Randy Gordon, DNF [12]. DNS: Marlyn Seidler.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. Myles Tomlinson, [2]; 2. Arneson, [3]; 3. Gumke, [4]; 4. Marcus Tomlinson, [1]; 5. Forester, [6]; 6. Hall, [5]; 7. Wegner, [7]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. Corell, [1]; 2. Goplen, [5]; 3. Eberhardt, [6]; 4. Pittenger, [2]; 5. Randy Kollman, [7]; 6. Dunwoody, [4]; 7. Seidler, DNF [3].

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. Mathison, [2]; 2. Carter, [3]; 3. Gordon, [4]; 4. Christ, [5]; 5. Schroeder, DNF [6]; 6. Becker, DNF [1].

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. Nord, [2]; 2. Rodin, [1]; 3. Edwards, [3]; 4. Friestad, [4]; 5. Rusty Kollman, [5]; 6. Grager, DNF [6].

WISSOTA Street Stocks

A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. Jonny Carter, [3]; 2. Royce Jawaski, [2]; 3. Robert Banish Jr, [1]; 4. Jerry Lamb, [5]; 5. Kyle Anderson, [4]; 6. Rory Opp, [7]; 7. Scott Witkowski, [11]; 8. Kasey Ussatis, [6]; 9. Bradon Miller, [9]; 10. Scott Gartner, [14]; 11. Shawn Volk, [20]; 12. Cory Rodin, [12]; 13. on Perkins, [22]; 14. Josh Anderson, [15]; 15. Dustin Erickson, [8]; 16. Jay Schlotfeldt, [23]; 17. Austin Geigle, [18]; 18. Charlie Christ, [17]; 19. Christopher Ritter, [13]; 20. Jason Berg, [10]; 21. Riley Biloki, [24]; 22. Brodee Eckerdt, DNF [19]; 23. Jaden Christ, DNF [21]. DNS: Ashley Wampler,

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. Anderson, [1]; 2. Ussatis, [3]; 3. Jawaski, [8]; 4. Berg, [4]; 5. Ritter, [5]; 6. Wampler, [6]; 7. Eckerdt, [2]; 8. Perkins, [7].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. Carter, [1]; 2. Opp, [2]; 3. Erickson, [3]; 4. Witkowski, [6]; 5. Gartner, [8]; 6. C. Christ, [4]; 7. SVolk, [7]; 8. Schlotfeldt, [5].

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. Banish, [1]; 2. Lamb, [4]; 3. Miller, [6]; 4. Rodin, [2]; 5. Anderson, [8]; 6. Geigle, [3]; 7. J. Christ, [7]; 8. Biloki, [5].

WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds

A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. Brennon Weight, [2]; 2. Lance Schill, [4]; 3. Lucas Rodin, [9]; 4. Reise Stenberg, [10]; 5. Alex Langland, [11]; 6. Kyle Langland, [14]; 7. Jaren Wibstad, [3]; 8. Nate Reinke, [5]; 9. Jason Thoms, [6]; 10. Aaron Michel, [1]; 11. Arin Beyer, [17]; 12. Jay Sahr, [8]; 13. Lindsey Hansen, [15]; 14. Kelly Hagel, [24]; 15. Jeffrey Schwind Jr, [13]; 16. Andrew Kapp, [22]; 17. Clay Gentzkow, [20]; 18. Alex Senger, [23]; 19. Dave Peterson, [21]; 20. Tony Smith, [25]; 21. Toby Eilers, DNF [19]; 22. James Marsaa, DNF [26]; 23. Caleb Johnson, DNF [16]; 24. Jeff Carpenter, DNF [27]; 25. Todd Duchscherer, DNF [18]; 26. Jim Morlock, DNF [7]; 27. Tanner Theis, DNF [12]. DNS: Troy Nelson.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. Reinke, [2]; 2. Sahr, [1]; 3. Rodin, [5]; 4. Schwind, [4]; 5. Beyer, [6]; 6. Peterson, [3]; 7. Hagel, [7].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. Michel, [1]; 2. Thoms, [4]; 3. Stenberg, [5]; 4. K. Langland, [3]; 5. Duchscherer, [2]; 6. Kapp, [7]; 7. Smith, [6].

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. Schill, [1]; 2. Wibstad, [2]; 3. A. Langland, [3]; 4. Hansen, [7]; 5. Eilers, [5]; 6. Carpenter, DNF [4]; 7. Nelson, DNF [6].

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. Weight, [1]; 2. Morlock, [2]; 3. Theis, [3]; 4. Johnson, [5]; 5. Clay Gentzkow, [6]; 6. Senger, [7]; 7. Marsaa, [4].

INEX Legends

A Feature 1 (20 Laps): 1. Dylan Johnson, [3]; 2. Sean Johnson, [10]; 3. Austin Wiest, [1]; 4. Brody Carlsrud, [6]; 5. Billie Christ, [13]; 6. Brian Hanson, [11]; 7. Terry Sahr, [15]; 8. Ivan Sailer, [9]; 9. Chuck Christ, [14]; 10. William Siebert, [4]; 11. Tim Estenson, [8]; 12. Donavin Wiest, DNF [2]; 13. Kaitlyn Skalicky, DNF [7]; 14. Nate Keena, DNF [5]; 15. Rick Diede, DNF [16]. DNS: Jaidyn Edinger.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. D. Wiest, [4]; 2. Johnson, [1]; 3. Carlsrud, [8]; 4. Keena, [6]; 5. Sailer, [3]; 6. Hanson, [2]; 7. B. Christ, [5]; 8. Sahr, [7].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. Estenson, [4]; 2. A. Wiest, [1]; 3. Skalicky, [3]; 4. Johnson, [5]; 5. Siebert, [7]; 6. Edinger, DNF [8]; 7. C. Christ, DNF [2]; 8. Diede, DNF [6].

Bombers

A Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. Dillon Thorpe, [4]; 2. Erik Busche, [1]; 3. Jarod Klein, [2]; 4. Leann Christensen, [9]; 5. Gregory Moore, [8]; 6. Ryan Ost, [7]; 7. Devin Hanson, [10]; 8. Seth Howe-Kellar, [16]; 9. Billy Carow, [17]; 10. Larry Hanson, [15]; 11. Karlie Hoerner, [11]; 12. Asher Williams, [13]; 13. Jaida Sanderson, [14]; 14. Matthew Duchscherer, DNF [12]; 15. Hayden Aberle, DNF [5]; 16. Dylan Steele, DNF [6]; 17. Travis Edinger, DNF [3]; DNS: Lane Stoppleworth.

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. Steele, [4]; 2. usche, [9]; 3. Moore, [8]; 4. Klein, [2]; 5. Christensen, [6]; 6. Hoerner, [1]; 7. Williams, [7]; 8. L. Hanson, DNF [3]; 9. Carow, DNF [5].

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. Ost,[8]; 2. Edinger,[2]; 3. Aberle,[5]; 4. Thorpe, [3]; 5. D. Hanson,[4]; 6. Duchscherer,[9]; 7. Sanderson,[6]; 8. Howe-Kellar,[7]; 9. Stoppleworth, DNF [1].