Once again, LW has turned into the dumping ground for all those bikes that can not compete in a CC class that they are in, or for those that do not have enough entries to constitute having a class of their own and their own race. I do not have a problem racing on the track with these bikes, I just do not think that they should be racing for the same piece of wood, or points. This would not make for an extra race, just extra plaques and paperwork. With what I heard at the banquet we do not have enough racers and or races in certain areas to make a race weekend profitable without introducing Shifter Karts and Side Car races. I hate to say it, but this is in part due to running off those who would have raced and stayed with a reasonable LW Class. Budget racing was killed with the new LW rules that have been introduced in the last few years.. Yes, George. You can spend a ton of money and a lot of time tricking out an old or unusual bike and get a great deal of personal satisfaction. This, however forces everyone else to do the same thing if they want to be competitive. Those of us who choose not to build one of these hybrid monsters are bringing a knife to a gun fight and are being told to like it. What is happening is that many are changing racing series and this will make it even tougher to get grids to meet contingency requirements. You now do not get tire money. Good Job. The LW class last year had many weekends where there were not enough bikes on the grid to get contingency because many racers left racing because of the economy and because the did not feel that they would be competitive without spending a great deal of money to keep up with the larger displacement bikes allowed in LW. This years rule changes have made this situation even worse. We need to be attracting more racers, not running off the ones we have. So here is what is happening. Catering to those who want to tinker with the bigger displacement bikes and trick them out will win the races and the number of bikes in the race will go down. Again, Good Job.