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Wrapping Up The Nats

By: Aaron Roed
April 27, 2016

Just a general recap of the action that took place at the Nats held April 18th-23rd. First and foremost, thank you Jim and Diane for giving us a chance to race in these big races and compete against some of the best racers from around the world. I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of time and work that goes into preparing to host an event like this.

3 of our racers made it into the Eurosport main event. They were Jim Radford, Len Strand, and “that dude” Rick Linn. Just to make the main event is a great accomplishment, as 33 very talented racers were entered. Paul Gawronski from California would lead the first 2 segments, followed closely by Jim Radford, and Matt Bruce form New Jersey. Jim Radford would lead segments 3 and 4, but was assessed a 10 lap penalty for unintentionally impeding the progress of another racer. Rick Linn would take the lead after the fifth segment, but it would be short lived as Matt Bruce led segments 6 and 7. Somewhere along the way, Paul Gawronski was penalized 3 laps I believe. I am not quite sure what the infraction was. That set the stage for a battle to the finish, as Matt had a six lap lead on Rick going into the final segment. Matt would finish on Black, and Rick on Green. Lane advantage Rick. Rick was making up a little ground on Matt, when the pinion on Matt’s car (I think) came loose ending his chance at the win. If I am as fortunate/unfortunate one day to be in the spot Matt was in, I hope I handle that situation half as well as he did. He was about the first to congratulate Rick on his win, and displayed great sportsmanship in a difficult spot. Both Jim and Matt should be proud of the way they handle themselves.
Rick drove a great race like normal, and is the 1/24 eurosport national champion. Congratulations Rick, you are one heck of a slot car racer.
Both Rick, and A main competitor Herman James indicated they will be back for The American Flat Track Worlds which takes place in the month of July.

The Nascar class will be racing once again this Friday at 7pm.

Chris Alden And Jim Radford Win On Friday Night

By: Aaron Roed
April 11, 2016

With everyone in full Nats prep mode, 13 racers found their way to the racetrack this past Friday night.
6 amateurs got the party started, including Walt Hough visiting from Malaga making his first start on the Twister. Chris Alden, and Ryan Guiher had a great race for the lead in the first half of the event, but Chris would distance himself from the field in the later stages of this one. Ryan finished second, followed by Jim Nelson in third. Walt was really impressed with the Twister, and appreciated how challenging it can be.

A full field of expert racers were up next, including Chris Alden who’s expert status is now official! I set fast time at a 4.51, just ahead of Jim Radfords 4.52. Myself and Jim were separated by no more than 1 lap the entire race. At the end of the 7th segment I took the lead for the first time in the race as my car coasted past Jim’s at the end of the segment. In a dog fight to the finish, Jimmy made an aggressive pass for the lead and went on to win. I finished with a free lesson and second place. Fred Klinger was able to grab the third spot, and in doing so, set a new personal distance record.

There is a Nascar race this Friday night at 7pm. This should be some really good racing, as I would bet there are a few guys in town for the Nats that will be competing on Friday night.

Keith Bare Picks Up His First Win!!!

By: Aaron Roed
April 6, 2016

10 racers were at the track this past Friday night, and both the amateur, and expert class had 5 racers apiece.
Keith Bare would only trail in this race during the first segment. Chris Alden kept the pressure on until the 7th segment when Keith stretched his lead to 6 laps with just one segment to go. Ryan Guiher looked like he had a little trouble in a few segments and would finish a distant third. Congrats to Keith on the big win! Keith has put a lot of time in at the raceway, and had many races where he was great for some, or most of the race. This week he was on it the entire race, and was rewarded with the win.

The ageless Lenny Strand would take it to the kids in qualifying with a fast time of 4.77. With just 11 laps separating the field at the end, Jim Radford was the winner this week. Bill Clemans was able to keep it within a lap or 2 the entire race, but would have to settle for second. There was a great race for third between Lenny, and Fred Klinger. Len would take third by just one lap. Oh yeah, Mark Nelson was racing to.

Racing resumes this Friday night at 7pm with the Nascar group.

Jim Nelson Back On Top

By: Aaron Roed
March 31, 2016

13 racers were at the track this past Friday night, down just a little due to it being Easter weekend and the fact the sun was out for the first time since last October.
7 amateurs lined up for their main, and Chris Alden got the early lead. He would have lots of company, as Ryan Guiher, Keith Bare, and Jim Nelson were right there with him, just separated by 5 laps halfway through the the race. Jim Nelson would take over the top spot at the end of 5, and not look back in taking the win. Ryan, and Chris rounded out the top 3. It was great to see Jim get a win, he is at the track racing every week. Jim also volunteers a lot of his time by marshaling classes he is not racing in, just to help out his fellow racers. Look for Jim and his familiar Yellow Nascar to continue to run for podium finishes each and every week! It also should be noted that this week Jim also had the highest actual/potential percentage at 93.7%.

6 expert racers were in action this week. I was TQ at a 4.53. Racing was close as it always is in this class, Tom Hanson, Jim Radford, and myself all took turns leading the race, with all 3 racers leading at least 2 segments. Halfway through the top 3 were separated by 3 laps, and the battle was on from there! I was able to hold on for the win, Jimmy finished second, and Tom was third. There was a really good race for the fourth position between Dale Olive, and Bill Clemans. Both of these guys are more than capable of winning each time they have a controller in their hands, this week Dale was able to secure the fourth spot.

Racing resumes this Friday night at 7 with the Nascar group.


Saturday Series Race Recap

By: Aaron Roed
March 23, 2016

Though not officially part of the series, the Nascar race the night before is a good way to kick off the weekend. 15 racers were at the raceway, and this race for the second week in a row was contested on the Hillclimb.
Ryan Guiher took the win in the amateur class by a large margin, Chris Alden was second, and Shawn Hutchings was third. In the expert class, Rick Dodge was the winner, Tom Hanson was second, and I was third just a half lap behind Tom.

Saturday we all eagerly anticipated racing on the refurbished Twister. Taking to the track first was the amateur LMP group. This race had a full field of 8 racers, and Chris Alden found his way back to the top of the podium. Ryan finished 2nd after breaking a guide. Fortunately it was at the end of a segment and he did not lose too much time. Shawn was 3rd, and was turning the fastest laps of the race.
A 11 man round robin was run for expert LMP, and Hansen would walk away with this one. Radford was 2nd, and I was a distant 3rd. Usually these races are really tight, but not so much this month!

Group 10 had 15 entries, and Jim Radford got lucky again and won the race. Jeff Sweeney 2nd, and Leonard Strand 3rd. Mark Nelson was really good in this race and finished 4th.

GT12 was won from the b main this time. Tim Burgess who usually doesn’t find himself in the B was consistent all race long, and was turning some fast laps. I was second just a lap behind Timmy, and Clemans was third. This race had 12 entries including Doug Yarbrough making his first start. There were 2 Saunders, and 2 Red fox chassis in the top 4.

1/24 ES was the best race of the day in my book. I believe there were 13 entries, and racing was very clean, especially the A main. Jim Radford won the race, I was second (never been so satisfied with a second) and Rick Linn was 3rd, just beating out Bob Everett. Positions 1-4 were very close all race long, and confidence is high for many heading into the Nats April 18-23rd.

The Nascar group is back at it this Friday night at 7pm. It will be fun to run these cars on the twister after a few weeks away.

Big Weekend Of Racing Just A Few Days Away!

By: Aaron Roed
March 16, 2016

How does 5 classes of racing on the newly refurbished twister sound? The track is in its final steps of being finished up, and I can tell you it looks better than amazing. Jim and everyone that has helped out did fantastic work.
Friday night is the Nascar class, with both an amateur and expert class. Last week we ran on the hillclimb, and Jimmy destroyed us. Racing starts at 7pm on Friday. Saturday starts off with amateur LMP, followed by expert LMP, Group 10, GT 12, and 1/24 Eurosport.
Last months series race weekend had a huge turnout of racers, and I would expect maybe a few more this month. Racing starts at 3pm this Saturday.

J.R. And Ryan Guiher Pick Up Wins On Friday Night

By: Aaron Roed
February 29, 2016

16 racers were on hand for this past Friday nights Nascar races. Coming off a big weekend of racing the previous week, it was good to see so many people at the track yet again.
7 amateurs lined up for their main event, and it was Ryan Guiher grabbing the early lead. Jim Nelson was solid all race long, and had the lead at the end of segments 4 and 5. Chris Alden made his typical late race charge, but fell a little short and had to settle for second place. Third place finisher Gene Caldwell played the waiting game tonight which is usually a good strategy, however, everyone was really clean in this race and Gene would have to settle for third place. Jim Nelson led a bit in the middle part of the race, but faded to fourth at the end. This week, Ryan Guiher had the highest actual/potential with a 95.3 % in what was a very clean race. Pay attention to who has the highest actual/potential in this class, and there is a good chance that person also won the race!

Moving to the expert group, Lee Gilbert would be fast time in qualifying at a 4.60. 5 drivers were separated by exactly a tenth of a second in qualifying. With 9 drivers in this race, it would be run as a round robin, and Jim Radford elected to sit out the first segment. 3 different racers led this race, and at no point during the race did the leader lead by a full lap! Jim Radford was a little better than the rest of us and won the race. Aaron was second, and Lee was third. The top 3 were separated by a half lap at the end. Doug Yarbrough is officially an expert racer now, and has a good chance to be in the mix for some podiums in the near future.

Racing continues this Friday night at 7pm with the Nascar class.

22 Racers Strong!!!

By: Aaron Roed
February 14, 2016

Last night drew 22 entries for the Friday night Nascar program. I’ve been up there a while, and I cannot remember there being that many people at the track for a Friday night race other than at the flats. To me, it adds some more excitement to the night, and it’s just damn cool to see that many people at the raceway to race slot cars!
Onto the racing, a 13 person round robin was on tap for the amateur group! Eric Tatterson made his first start, and didn’t finish last! Doug Yarbrough got the hole shot and led the first segment. Last weeks winner Gene Caldwell would take over the lead at the end of the second segment and led a good portion of this race. Keith Bare found himself on the same lap as the leader halfway through the event, but dawg gone it if something else didn’t go wrong again this week. Keith is well on his way to getting some really good finishes, but as he acknowledged after the race, he has to put 8 complete segments together, and I have no doubt that he will. In the final 2 segments, Doug, who fell back at one point to p6 would take over the lead and win the race. Gene was right behind him for second, Chris Aldon, Keith Bare, and Ryan Guiher rounded out the top 5. Tim Nelson, yes, Tim Nelson and Gene tied for the highest actual/potential % this week for the amateur group.
9 experts timed in, and Lee Gilbert was fast time at a 4.49. Leading the first segment was Aaron Roed, but it would be short lived as Lee had it going on tonight. Lee led most of the race after this, and wasn’t challenged too hard for the top spot. Aaron finished second, and Bill Clemans was third. Watch for Bill to continue his march up the leader board, as his car was working really good, especially in the last part of the race.
What’s next you ask? We are heading into a big weekend of racing starting Friday night with the Nascar group, and then continuing Saturday with series racing. 22 racers this past week, and we may have more this week, as I have heard of 4 different racers who did not participate this week, but intend to do so this Friday night, and into the weekend. This all takes place the weekend of Feb. 19-20th.

Gene Caldwell Dominant On Friday Night

By: Aaron Roed
February 10, 2016

12 racers found there way to the track this past Friday, including new racer Shawn Hutchings.
7 amateurs lined up for their main event, and Jim Nelson got off to a good start leading after the first segment. Gene Caldwell took over the lead in the second segment and led the rest of the way for the win. There was a good tussle for positions 2-5 all race long between Alden, Yarbrough, Guiher, and Nelson, but nobody this race could match Gene’s exceptional driving, and thought process throughout the race. Gene’s actual/potential (which is a good indicator of how consistent you performed on the track) was at a 94.3%, which is really really good. Nice run Gene! This class has had 4 different winners in the last 4 weeks.
In the expert class, Jim Radford set fast time in qualifying, with the top 4 separated by just half a tenth. Racing was very close as usual, and everybody was chasing Lee for the first half of the race. Lee had a little trouble in the 6th segment, and Aaron was able to sneak in and take the lead. Jim put tons of pressure on for the lead, but Aaron was able to eek out a win. Jimmy was second, and Lee third.
Saturday Feb 20th is another series race. Racing starts at 3pm with the LMP class.

Congratulations Ryan Guiher!

By: Aaron Roed
February 4, 2016


Ryan Guiher picked up his first win this past week, and did so in a very short amount of time he has been racing at the raceway.
Keith Bare paced the field of 7 amateur racers in the opening segment, but not much went well for him after that. Ryan took the lead away, but pressure was being applied by second place racer JD Gardiner. For those of you wondering where in the heck is Chris Alden, he again got off to a slow start and found himself in the middle of the pack. As the race wound down, Chris was able to close the gap to within 2 laps, but credit Ryan for keeping his composer and holding on for the win. Doug Yarbrough had another good race and finished third. Chris Alden failed to lead after any segment and I am certain he will be back this Friday looking to regain the top step of the podium. It is impossible to predict what will happen this week, but I do know that this class is full of action as there have been 2 first time winners in the last 2 weeks. That trend could very well continue this week, as Keith Bare is running really well, and could easily be in the mix for a win.

Low car count in the expert class this week had 4 racers signing up for racing, including Fred Klinger who has been away for a few months. It would be hard to find someone that doesn’t enjoy racing with Fred. Chris Alden, and Ryan Guiher raced with this group after the amateur race. Jim Radford had fast time in qualifying at a 4.55, with Lee Gilbert just a thousandth behind him. Amapert Chris Alden was third in qualifying as well. Aaron and Jim were able to pull away from the field in the early part of the race, with no more than 1 lap separating the two racers the entire time. I think it was established early on that neither driver was going to push too hard, and this race would be settled in the final 2 segments. Aaron was able to pull this one out, winning by a large margin of 16 sections, Jim was second, and Lee came home third. We are back at it again this Friday night at 7pm. If you have ever thought about seeing what racing is all about, I would encourage you to come to the raceway and check it out. Ryan didn’t know what a slot car was a few months ago, now he is winning races!

Below please check out "YOU TUBE" videos of racing Gp 10 on the Twister plus Dan and Rob explaining some of the cars and classes we run.
In memory of our dear friend and fellow racer Rob McCuistion 1957 - 2012

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