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Looking Back At The 2013 Flats!

By: Aaron Roed
July 8, 2017

The annual American Flat Track Worlds is exactly one week away. Racing begins on Friday night July 14th at 7pm with the Nascar class. We then come back for racing on both Saturday and Sunday.

Each year I like to go back 5 years and post results from the Flats. I could not find the results from 2012, so I will skip ahead a year and take a look at 2013.

A Retro race broke out Thursday night on the Bullring. Though not part of the flats schedule, 13 racers entered this race.
Dustyn Wade (ID) was TQ at a 4.89
1. Tom Hansen
2. Dale Olive
3. Dustyn Wade (Id)
4. Aaron Roed
5. Justin Colvin (Ca)

Friday night we moved to the Twister for some Nascar racing.
24 entries
Jim Radford TQ 4.65
1. Jim Radford
2. Justin Colvin (Ca)
3. Aaron Roed
4. Jay Herrod (Ca)
5. Dale Olive

Saturday got under way with the JRL class up first.
18 entries
Jim Radford TQ 4.39
1. Jim Radford
2. Yakima Phil
3. Herman James (Ca)
4. Aaron Roed
5. Fred Hood (Ca)

Next up was LMP
30 entries
Jim Radford TQ 4.13
1. Bill Clemans (won by 15 laps)
2. Tom Hansen
3. Aaron Roed
4. Shawn Sweeney
5. Yakima Phil

Group 10 was the last class run for the day.
26 entries
Lee Gilbert TQ 3.72
1. Jim Radford
2. Aaron Roed
3. Jay Herrod (Ca)
4. Gary Johnson
5. Lee Gilbert

Sunday started with 1/32 ES
10 entries
Justin Colvin (Ca) TQ 4.01
1. Justin Colvin (Ca)
2. George Russell (Ca)
3. Dan Sullivan
4. Herman James (Ca)
5. Todd Flammer

GT 12 was up next
24 entries
Dale Olive TQ 3.48
1. George Russell (Ca)
2. Jim Radford
3. Yakima Phil
4. Chris Everett
5. Gary Johnson

The last race of the weekend was 1/24 ES
19 entries
George Russell (Ca) TQ 3.09 track record to this day!
1. George Russell (Ca)
2. Aaron Roed
3. Len Strand
4. Jim Radford
5. Dan Sullivan

Not to sound like a schmuck, but I was the overall champion of the 2013 Flats in a tight battle with Radford. A brand new 3rd eye Fet 2 controller was generously given to the winner by Howard Smith, owner of 3rd Eye. It is the controller I use every week for every class I run!!

I am looking forward to the 2017 flats. I hope you can make it!!


Weekly Racing News June 22nd

By: Aaron Roed
June 22, 2017

The final series race was held on June 17th. Congrats to the winners of each class.
Jim Alden      Lmp
Yakima Phil  Group 10
Tim Burgess GT12, and a new track record at 3.38 (maybe that’s enough incentive to pry Bob Everett away from Soap Box Derby Cars)
Jim Radford 1/24 ES (from the b main)

The flats are 3 short weeks away! If you are not familiar with this event, it is a 3 day race weekend, Fri-Sun, and we race 7 different classes of cars. Points are accumulated from the 5 classes that have the most entries, and the overall champion receives a pie from Costco in their face, along with some high fives from fellow competitors. This event is being held July 14-16th.

This race usually draws racers from up and down the west coast. I have heard 2016 1/24 ES national champion Rick Linn will be racing, along with Herman James who is always up front. Last years winner of the 1/24 ES race at the flats Rick Dodge, and Third Eye Technology owner Howard Smith have also been rumored to make this race.

Below, Dick has written a piece about the amateur Nascar race that was run last Friday night. My contribution is this: Tim Burgess kicked our butts in the expert race… the end!

Aaron has decided to let me cover the amateur class on occasion; it helps ease the pain of being a constant “also ran” in that class. This sport is not nearly as easy as lots of folks think. It takes lots of practice to be competitive, but its loads of fun.. So if you think you got the stuff, come on down Friday nights and check it out.
This week was not much different than most with “The Amateur King “Jim, posting another big win.
It seems the only way we might beat him is if he doesn’t show up. This week he dang near didn’t. He started off with his usual four to six lap lead going onto the fourth heat. All of a sudden he had a brain fade and hooked up to the wrong lane in heat five. That gave the rest of us a chance to make up some very valuable laps. Dick was able to get within one lap before Jim got it all figured out, and once again a smile formed on Dicks face.
Rory had some bad luck and was forced out. That’s a shame because he is beginning to move up on the lap count a few laps a week. He is coming, and coming hard. He is scaring me a little bit.
That left “The King”, Dick and Warren to duke it out for the finish. Dicks smile faded as he watched a now angry Jim drive with a renewed Passion. In the end Dick once again let the red lane bring him down with a few missed turns, and he only posted 263 laps. Warren managed 237 and continues to move up the lap ladder along with Rory. “The King “somehow managed 268 laps for the win. And that’s missing a third of the fourth heat. Final results:
Jim—-268 laps
Dick—263 laps
Warren 237 laps
Rory—120 laps


Close Racing On Friday Night

By: Aaron Roed
June 12, 2017

Close racing in the Friday night Nascar class is typical, and this week was no exception! Dick wrote a piece about the amateur race which can be found below, and I will talk a little about the expert race.

In this weeks expert race, Tim Burgess was fast time at a 4.53. Chris Alden was very strong this week, leading the first 2 segments. Timmy would take the lead midway through the race after recovering from a few early race incidents. As we headed into the 8th and final segment, Tim had a 3 car length lead on me. He was finishing his race on Orange, and I was on Blue. I tried so hard to try and get ahead of him before the start of the final segment, but I couldn’t make it happen.

Tim hustles a slot car around the Twister as well as anyone, and when time ran out I was only about 8 feet in front of him for the win. Close racing with really good racers like Tim is why I keep coming week after week. Len Strand finished in third, just a few laps behind us.

Friday was a real fun night for the amateur guys . All drivers (including amateurs) had to qualify. That’s kinda fun but also a little embarrassing for us novice drivers excluding Jim of course, he gets in the 4.7s. That’s getting close to the big boys.

The race that was the most fun was the novice class. As I said, we all had to qualify. Jim is getting real close to the expert guys turning in a 4.7. Dick somehow got very lucky and posted a 4.9. Rory got a 5.2 and warren managed a 5.7.
With the Warren brothers back we made it a four man race for amateur.

The fun stuff started when Jim blew everybody away lap after lap for the first five heats. He was about five laps ahead of second place when we all started smelling a very familiar odor. It was a motor frying! By the sweat rolling off Jims face, we knew it was him. Dick began to dance just a bit and could not conceal the grin spreading across his face. It was a chance, a small one but a chance (Hey a win is a win). Leading by several laps, Jim was able to slow down a bit to try and save what was left of his motor. He spent most of the time between heats blowing frantically on the motor trying to cool it off some. So much in fact he almost didn’t get back to the drivers stand in time to start some heats. Dick was able to make up a lap or so each heat and got within two laps, all the while praying for that scream of a dying motor all drivers hate. The scream never came, that, with a couple of nerve induced crashes gave Jim the win by two laps, Proving Dick still has a way to go to beat the “King of Amateur” even with half a motor Jims still got it.
The Warren brothers meanwhile were in a battle for third with Rory finally taking that spot. These guys continue to improve and with some more practice they will join the battle to take down Jim.


Friday Night Nascar Race Report

By: Aaron Roed
June 8, 2017

11 racers made it into the raceway. We were a little short on amateur racers, so an A main, B main format was run. We have been running the new Proslot sealed motor for 3-4 weeks now, some are still searching to find the right gear ratio and balance with their cars.

Last weeks TQ and race winner Bill Clemens found himself in the B main this week. Though he would go onto win the B, he wouldn’t have the lap total to contend for the overall win this time around. I was able to win the race ahead of Tim Burgess, and Lee Gilbert.

With the Flats just a month or so away, the Friday night Nascar group is a great way to get the trigger finger back into shape. Racing starts at 7pm ( or 7:03 if Leonard is racing) every Friday night.


Nascar Race Results

By: Aaron Roed
June 1, 2017

16 racers were at the track last Friday to start their Memorial Day weekend. The group was split evenly with 8 amateurs and 8 experts.

The amateur race had numerous first time racers. Eli Pile led from start to finish to pick up the win. Way to go Eli! It is so awesome to see new people at the raceway trying slot cars. If anyone needs a hand with their cars, any expert racer is willing to help out.

On to the expert race, Bill Clemans was very fast this week, timing in at a 4.51. For the most part everyone was within .2 tenths of each other. The race itself was very close among the top 5. Bill led most, if not all of the race. I failed to stop for a wreck and spent the entire race trying to catch up. Bill won, followed by myself, and Jim Radford.

Every Friday night we race the Nascar class on the Twister at 7pm.


Clemans Wins

By: Aaron Roed
May 11, 2017

A light field of 8 racers celebrated Cinco De Mayo with some Friday night Nascar racing. The race was run using an A main, B main format. Bill Clemans was the odd man out in qualifying, and was forced to run the “B”.

A,B,C main, doesn’t matter much to Bill, all he really needs is a lane to start in. Doing it the hard way, Bill ran a super clean race and took the overall win. Lee Gilbert finished just a half lap behind, and Timmy was two laps behind the winner. Just a guess, but it may have been really racey between Lee, Len, Timmy, and Chris in the A main, and that may have contributed to their lap total being down a bit.

Series racing resumes on Saturday May 19th. Racing starts at 1pm. Last month had the best turnout of the year, hopefully that will continue this month.
Jim Alden had a really solid race last time out in 1/24 ES, and Roman came up just a little short in the LMP race. The only thing that held Roman back in that race was a lack of experience in a couple of situations.

It looks like it will be a busy Summer at the track, check out the article by Dan Parris explaining what they have in mind for the drag racing program. Also, the annual Flat Track Worlds are coming up soon in July.


Monthly Drag Race Program

By: Dan Parris
May 10, 2017

We are working at revitalizing our monthly drag race program. First we have rescheduled our monthly races for the second Saturday of the month. We are determined to make this happen each month come hell or high water. We will be there and ready to race! The rules have been updated to include a TF/FC and Econo Dragster classes. We also rewrote the Street Outlaw class so it could be run monthly, no ET’s announced and green light only tree. Their have some requests for other classes and we hope those who are interested can get together and come up with some specs, so we can help put a rules packages together. We are here to provide a fun facility that provides a great place to race and the best parts selection anywhere in the world. I know it is our hobby’s slow time of the year, but I hope to use the next couple of months to work the bugs out of our systems and make it the best program possible. “Life is short, Pull the trigger”


Friday Night Race Recap

By: Aaron Roed
April 27, 2017

Dick wrote up a nice race report for the Nascar race that took place Friday night.

The race Friday was unique in the fact that only eight racers showed up. There were six pros and two amateurs.
It was decided that we all had to run qualifying laps and the two slowest pros had to run with the two, Ahem, amateurs in two races.
Tim qualified highest with a 4.573
Aaron hit second with a 4.605
Lee grabbed third with a 4.609 Very close
Roman nabbed forth with a 4.618

Chris did a 4.743 and had two fend off the amateurs in the first race
Jim banged out a 4.761 placing him in the group to dodge the amateurs
Len was right behind one of the amateurs with a 4.788
Then there was Dick, very proud of himself for beating his personal best of 5.3 with a 5.224

The first race was fun for Dick and Jim because they could sense the fear in Len and Chris. They are not used to racing side by side with a 5.2 racer. Kinda like putting Dick Trickle(Yes Dick Trickle was a Nascar driver) on the pole with Jeff Gordon. Trickle could destroy a half million dollar car in a second just by busting loose his tires on the wrong corner.
Any way the race came off without much damage to vehicles other than Dick sideswiping Chris a couple of times. Tuff luck for Chris but he took it well and Dick hopes he will be talking to him again by next week. Len won the race with a whopping 283.27 laps. Chris took second with 276.44. Jim was third with 264.28 laps. Dick managed 259.35. Stay tuned, Dick is making Lee a rich man by building fast cars for him in an effort to catch Jim Nelson. Dick has not yet figured out the part about being a good driver as well as having a fast car. Jim just snickers like the dog on that cartoon show in the seventies.

The second race was uneventful other than a few fender benders which of course cost a couple of guys the race because of the corner marshals.
This part is interesting because of the big difference in laps between the first and second races. First place in the race with Dick and Jim went to Len, a pro with 283.27 compared to Tim, another pro with 299.16. That’s a huge difference. The pros are usually within two to three laps of each other by the end of the race. Yep, them boys in the first race was ascared!
Anyway:
Tim.. 1st place with 299.16
Roman 2nd place with 298.28
Lee 3rd place with 295.22
Aaron 4th place with 291.00


Friday Night Nascar Results

By: Aaron Roed
April 11, 2017

15 racers were on hand this past Friday night for the weekly Nascar race. Cora and Mark Nelson were back after some time away. It’s always good to have them at the raceway.

6 amateurs lined up for their main, would this be the night that Dick steps up and knocks Jim Nelson off the top step of the podium? Nope, not this week! Jim led from start to finish in this one. Eli ran a solid second, and Dick finished third. Cora Nelson finished in fourth, Red and White lane was her downfall. I blame the guy setting her car up more than anything else!

A 9 man round robin was run for the expert group. 4 different racers led at some point, and there were 5 lead changes. Myself, Tim Burgess, Lee Gilbert, and Leonard Strand were all within a couple laps of each other headed into the eighth segment. My thought process is to push, but make sure that I am not over driving the car, give myself a chance in the final segment, and maybe someone will make a mistake and take themselves out of contention during this segment. Leonard and I think a lot alike when we are in these situations, and both had the same thought of working together to catch the top 2. Through racing Eurosports, this strategy did not have to be communicated, we both knew what the other was thinking.

Segment 9 was complex as well. Lee had finished his race after the eighth segment, and put up a strong lap total. I was 3/4 of a lap behind Tim, and Lenny was less than 2 laps behind us. So now what? How am I going to win this race? Whats Timmy thinking? Keep track of what Leonard is doing. How many laps do I need to catch Lee who has finished his race? These are things going through my mind before the final segment starts. I know at this point grip it and rip it is about my only chance. Timmy is going all out, I know that, and Lee has forced us to go all out in hopes of reaching his lap total. Me and Tim had a side by side battle for a majority of the final segment until a wreck in front of him collected his car. Not much he could do as it happened right in front of him. My grip it and rip method actually worked for once! What a finish as the top 3 were separated by less than half a lap. Leonard was right there just a few laps behind as well.

A full weekend of racing continues this week starting with the Friday night Nascar class at 7pm. We come back on Saturday for 4 classes of racing starting at 1pm.


Series Race This Saturday April 15th

By: Aaron Roed
April 10, 2017

Series racing picks up again this weekend starting at 1pm on Saturday.



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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