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Gilbert On Top This Week

By: Aaron Roed
August 31, 2015

As Summer transitions into Fall, 19 racers were on hand for some Friday night Nascar racing. There were actually another 4 racers in the building at one time or another throughout the night. Returning from extended breaks were not only the Kanzlers, but also the Schofields. Everyone was happy to see them back at the track. There were also 3 first time racers as well. Welcome Austin Mangle, Jared Newman, and Tim Nelson!
The amateur race would feature 5 lead changes among the top 3 finishers. Roman Ruiz, Drew Kanzler, and Chris Alden ran in the top 3 the entire race, but at the end, the 2 teenagers would pull away a bit, with Roman winning by a lap. Roman is a fine racer, who will be as good as he wants to be! Both Roman and Drew ran the expert race tonight as well.

In the expert class, Lee Gilbert would set fast time in qualifying at a 4.55. Lee, Bill Clemans, and Mark Nelson would run in the top 3 spots for the first three segments. Mark ran his best race so far with the expert group, and even though he didnt find the podium tonight, he is not that far off. After controller issues in the first segment (first time in 4 yrs) Aaron Roeds comeback bid ran out of steam in the final segment, as Lee was tough tonight. Lee, Aaron, and Bill were the top 3 finishers.

On a side note, it’s always exciting to have that many racers in the building for a Friday night nascar race. Let’s keep it going, Jim&Diane give us a great race track to come and race. The Friday night Nascar class is an entry level class, with both an amateur class, and an expert class, Come and include yourself in a great slot car racing environment.

Not sure why, but I can’t download pictures right now, but Lee looked studly on top the podium.


Alden Is En Fuego!!!

By: Aaron Roed
August 22, 2015

 

Friday night drew 10 entries for the weekly stock car group. A few racers were missing due to the Hawks game I’m sure.
5 amateurs lined up for their main event, and Chris Alden jumped out to the early lead, Jim Nelson, and Sid Fugate kept some pressure on the leader, but both racers would fade a bit as the race wound down. Cora Nelson had an excellent first half of her race, until a bent hub, and probable bent axle derailed her shot at a podium. Chris looks to sweep the month of August this coming Friday, but will face a group of eager racers itching to knock him off the top spot.

5 racers made up the expert race, and Aaron Roed’s hare lap of 4.49 was good enough for TQ.
The King would pace the field for the first segment, with Aaron, and Bill Clemans close behind. Aaron and Bill would move up a spot in the running order as the race went on, dropping the King back to third at the finish of this one. Bill has a strong car which means the rest of us could be in some trouble next week!

Racing resumes next Friday night at 7pm. If there is anyone who needs a little help getting their car going, come early, as many guys are more than willing to help out. KANZLERS!!
The Fall/Winter Series starts this year in October, but there will be a warm up race the third week of September, and all classes will race that day.


Drag Race Report Tuesday August 18th

By: Dan Parris
August 21, 2015

Tuesday the 18th good crowd and better racing.

This week saw the best turnout of the summer with fourteen different races showing up at one point or another during the night. Mark brought his brother Tim who told me he had a ball and should be regular. Ron had his two nephews racing along with him again this week. Now we have to get there dad involved. Lane and Luke Carvar returned after an extended absence and brought Bryan Rodarte with them, a past racer, who is hooked hard and will be testing this week with a new group of cars. I am helping Lane and Luke get their cars back in shape and maybe build a couple of new ones. Larry had a home emergency and had to leave before eliminations got started and Jeff came late after working a little OT. Mike Burgy came all the way from Arlington. The traffic was bad and he didn’t have time to get his cars running after a long lay off, so he was only able to run one car. We will help him next week to get some back in order.

In the top ten we had a little confusion from last week. It turned out my report was correct and Mark had taken 5th place from Ron. Ron’s car broke in earlier in testing, so he was unable to compete. Mark challenged Dale and took the 4th spot on the list. Then Shawn defended 3rd in a run with Mark. Being Larry had to leave early, Shawn couldn’t challenge Larry. I heard Larry has got his car running fast, so I guess dumb luck saved me again. I may be number one, but if I ever start down the list they will eat me alive.

Brackets were hotly contested with so many new faces. The bad part was most of the new racers only had one car to run so, they didn’t get to very deep into eliminations. We will work on that! Dale, the eventual winner, took the hard road. At one point he raced me and won. As we were walk down to get our cars this small gnome came out from the back door and pick up Dale’s car trying to hand it to me. Dale didn’t notice the little person and ran into him, knocking Dale’s car from his hand. It seems that there was some body mount damage that Dale was able to fix. The small mini me disappeared as fast as he appeared and was not seen again. Dale took me out to get into the finals against Shawn’s big old Cadillac. Well Shawn’s luck ran out and Dale took the win.

Stock eliminator had a good field and some close racing. Mark was the eventual winner when Chris went red. Mark’s car is the track record holder and instills the need for a good light when you run against him. This hast to be what was on Crisis’ mind when the red came on

Dale did a good job and extended his points lead over Mark. Next week is the last race of the series and it looks tough for Mark to overcome. The next series starts the first Tuesday in September, so you had better get ready for the winter season.


Race Results 8-14

By: Aaron Roed
August 17, 2015

14 racers were on hand for another night of racing stock cars on the Twister, including a couple of first time racers, and the return of your current womp womp track record holder Tristan Hyde.
Racing got underway in the amateur class, and Chris Alden jumped out to the early lead. Keith Bare, and Jim Nelson tried to keep it close early, but Chris was on a mission to make it two wins in a row. Talking with Keith a little, he is determined to keep his car at the front,and came home with a podium in this one. Jim was down many laps going into the final 2 segments, but clawed his way up to second, finishing 1 lap off the lead.

7 experts hit the track and Aaron Roed was TQ at a 4.50. Lee Gilbert would jump out to the early lead, Dale Olive in the # 1 car was second, followed by Aaron in third. Aaron would grab the lead after 2 segments, and not look back. Lee had some mechanical issues that took him out of contention for the win. Dale finished 2nd, and Clemans was 3rd. The expert class is super competitive, with just about everyone having a good shot at a win on any given night.

Chris Alden will go for the trifecta this Friday night in the amateur class, looking to make it 3 in a row. Can Keith pick up that elusive first win? Will Fred Klinger make it to 3 races in a row? See ya Friday!


Chris Alden Scores His First Win!

By: Aaron Roed
August 8, 2015

Friday night Aug. 7th had 14 racers ready for battle on the Twister in the Nascar class. The field was split evenly with 7 racers in each class, including new racer Jared Cortel, who was racing a loaner from Fred Klinger.
The amateur group kicked the night off, and Chris jumped out to an early lead, followed by Roman ruiz, and Jim Nelson. This was a rough race, as everyone appeared to be feeling a little extra racey tonight! Roman raced his way to the top spot at the end of 3 segments, but had some bad luck, as a broken lead wire, and cold soldering iron took him out of contention. Chris held on to pick up his first win, followed by Jim, and a hard charging Roman Ruiz. Cora Nelson would have the highest Actual/Potential of the race, a key ingredient to winning one of these races. Also back in action for the first time in awhile was the father/son team of Steve/Will Abarr, with young Will winning best appearing car of the night.

Qualifying started the night for the expert class, and Aaon Roed was TQ at a 4.55. Bill Clemans jumped out to the early lead, followed by Aaron, and Lee Gilbert. Bill and Lee would swap the lead for the 1st 3 segments, until Aaron grabbed the top spot at the end of the 4th segment. Aaron would take the win in this one, followed by Lee, and Bill. It sounds like Gordon Thomas will be back on a regular basis, as work had interrupted his slot racing career. Fred was in action as well, one of the nicest guys at the track.

Racing resumes next Friday night at 7pm, Dale is rebuilding a couple of cars for next week, and will most certainly be in the mix for a win. Can Chris make it 2 in a row in the amateur class? If you haven’t raced in a bit, and need some help getting a car back together, come early, as there are many racers willing to help.

 

 


Drag Race Results 8/4/2015 Charlie Harnes takes the Bracket Win

By: Dan Parris
August 5, 2015

We started off a little slow as the Sweeney’s couldn’t get off work in time to race. Well that was the story they gave us. Both had challenges in for the top ten list. The racers they challenged showed up to defend, I think father and son were across the street hoping Larry and Dale wouldn’t show and they would get a free ride up the ladder. Just saying. The only challenge was Mark challenging Ron for the 6th spot. If I remember right Ron failed to register once again and Mark took the spot.

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On the bracket racing scene We had a few missing but our man Charlie showed up to make up for it. If you have ever raced with Charlie you know everyone in the house knows when Charlie wins. His yell echoes through the shop at every win light. Well it was one noise night. Charlie took the win over Mark and was all smiles. Paula is not supposed to know so don’t anyone tell her. Mark was runner up again this week after being our only hope last week in the North vs. South match up. I was consistent once again suffering from red light itis.

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Stock Eliminator went to Mark, as he took out both of my cars along with Dale and Larry’s. I guess we will just have to get serious and try to catch up with this guy as he is just kicking butt.

The group was excited about the announcement that we would start a regular race schedule in September. We are open to suggestions from our racers as to what they would like to see. We want to use the Saturday races to try new ideas. Keep it simple seems to be what works. So get involve and help us promote the hobby.


Radford Sets Stock Car Distance Record at 301 Laps!

By: Aaron Roed
August 2, 2015
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Amateur podium L-R Chris Alden, Jim Nelson, Keith Bare.

Jim Radford broke through the 300 lap barrier this past Friday night to pick up the win in the weekly Nascar class. 8 brave, sweaty souls came out to race, with the field split between 4 amateurs and 4 experts. With temps well in the 90’s (98 when I left my house) we were short quite a few racers.
Those who did make it treated themselves to some fantastic racing. In the amateur class, Keith Bare jumped out to an early 4 lap lead, but had a tire fall off, dropping himself back to third position. With Chris Alden, and Jim Nelson running well, it would take him all race to get caught back up. At the end of 7 segments all 3 would be on the same lap. Jim Nelson would pull out the victory, ahead of Chris, and Keith. Keith was stuck on Red lane for the final segment which made trying to pull off the victory very difficult. Cora Nelson ran a solid race, and continues to see her lap total rise.

4 experts hit the track, and Aaron Roed set fast time during qualifications at a 4.55. I think all drivers had the feeling that if you came off more than once in this race, it was going to be very difficult to win. That proved to be the case as racing was very tight in this one. Aaron and Jim had a great battle to the end, but it was Jimmy pulling out the victory. Aaron settled for second, and Lee Gilbert finished third in some very close racing. Now the question is, who can get to 305 laps first?

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Aaron was inches behind in second place when the power went off and Jim coasted by

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Expert Podium 1st Jim Radford, 2nd Aaron Roed, 3rd Lee Gilbert

Racing resumes Friday at 7pm for some more fun on the Twister. Bob and Chris, 7pm Friday night?


Nascar race recap 7-24

By: Aaron Roed
July 30, 2015

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17 racers were on hand for the weekly Friday night Nascar races. A large field of 10 amateurs would start things off, and as usual there was lots of action on the track, and numerous changes for position throughout the race. Chris Alden would pace the field for the first 3 segments, with Mark Nelson right on his rear bumper. Keith Bare found himself right in the mix for a podium finish all race, as he seemed determined to have a solid finish. As the race progressed, Mark now the savvy veteran, used his fine tuned driving skills to work his way around Chris and take the win. Chris is knocking on the door for his first win, finishing second in this race. Jim Nelson would come home third, as Keith Bare’s car fell off the pace a little at the end.
In the eyes of the Big Kahuna, (and I think all of us agree) Mark Nelson has earned the status of expert driver now. Look for Mark to steadily work his way up to competing for podium finishes in the future, as he continues to fine tune his racing skills.
With Mark having moved up to the expert class, the amateur class is as wide open as its ever been. Can Chris Alden pick up his first win on Friday, or will contenders like Keith Bare, Jim Nelson, Gene Caldwell, or Jim Alden rise to the occasion. Lets not forget about Sid Fugate who improves each and every time out. Whispers around the track have the Kanzler family coming back to do battle, could we soon see 2 main events for the amateur class?
7 experts signed up for action on the Twister, and Lenny the kid Strand would TQ at a 4.56. Aaron Roed took the early lead, with Tim Burgess applying pressure early on. Tim had a great race going, until mechanical issues took him out of contention. Halfway through, Aaron was still holding onto the top spot, followed now by Lee Gilbert, and Bill Clemans. Taking a peek at the leader board I realized I was on pace to turn just over 300 laps, ahh but the predicted finishes can be evil to look at. As the race progressed, the running order stayed about the same, and Aaron failed in his quest for 300. With 2 different drivers in the past two weeks turning 299 laps, and with numerous other racers in my eyes more than capable of turning 300 laps, look for that barrier to come down soon. Not long ago 280 was the benchmark!
Should any of the racers from Monitor happen to read this rambling, Expert tuners like Tim Burgess, and Lee Gilbert would, I’m certain, be more than happy to get your cars up to speed for racing on the Twister, and if your satisfied with some mediocre tuning, I would be happy to help.
Racing resumes Friday night at 7pm like always, can the” Milton Missile” Dale Olive make his way to the top of the podium, never ever can you count out Bill Clemans, or Lee Gilbert, and lets not forget our current single lap track record holder, Tim Burgess. Part Timers Tom Hansen, and Jim Radford always race at the front as well, and could quite possibly be the ones to finally better 300 laps. Gordon Thomas is building a new car, as his work schedule calms down in August, look for him and Fred Klinger to compete for podiums in the near future.


Drag Race results 7-28-2015 — The South Prevails

By: Dan Parris
July 29, 2015
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What a great night of racing. Wait; for me the racing sucked. But it was definitely one of best nights of fun I have had in a long time. Seven racers showed up from Vancouver to race with us. It turns out they are all crazy, oh and really lucky. From what I understand they showed up about 2:30. I don’t know for sure as at that time I was still taking my nap. I got to the track about four and all the pit tables were filled up. But the guests rearranged and everyone managed to fit in as the crowd grew. A couple of our regulars were missing but we made up for it when Doug Jones showed up, after a couple of months of working extensive overtime. Also new drag racer Aaron Roed, one of the premier slot car road racers in the nation, decided to join us to expand his horizons. I have never seen so many test passes made in one evening. Everyone was working hard to represent their side in the big North-South battle. As it turned out the teams consisted of seven from the south and eight form the north. The advantage in numbers did not help the home team. If it would not have been for Mark Nelson you wouldn’t have known that it wasn’t just a tune up session for the guys from Vancouver. I must say Ron Ryan tried his best and took a few rounds with some killer lights. The semi finals in brackets were Steven Ennis against Mark Nelson with both having two cars left. Mark was feeling the pressure as we locals threatened to end his life if he didn’t win. Well he made it out alive, but failed in his assignment with a red light in the first and just plain being out run in the second of the semis. Yea that meant that Steven took both the win and runner up for the South. Oh the humanity! We moved on to the Stock Eliminator class. We had an excellent field and the north held out hope right up until the end. Mark once again had two cars in the semis and once again failed in both attempt to make it to the final pair. Now think, the man had four opportunities to be the supreme hero and be carried around the shop on the shoulders of his adoring fans. Instead he just got kicked to the curb with a half hearted, nice job. In the finals it was Brian Carr and Chris Huddleston from the south. With Chris just crushing Brian. Well not really crushing, but I wanted someone from the south to suffer. The guys from the south were gracious winners and thanked us for being good hosts and friendly competitors. That is right after they marched around the shop chanting the south shall rise again and waving the confederate flag. Yea, all of you politically correct readers that is the kind of racer that they raise down by the great Columbia. I say lock these guys in the basement where they belong. I guess that is not a real threat to them as that is were they race every Saturday anyways. It must have been the daylight that gave them super powers. Don’t worry the guys from the north are already plotting our revenge and will take the fight to them in the near future.

I would like to thank this group of fun racers for coming 150 plus miles, one way, to spend a weeknight evening with us. We did a lot of racing and even more laughing. This was the most fun I have had racing slot cars in a very long time and I am looking forward to spending a lot more time with these crazy racers.

I am not going to go into the details of the top ten list race, but I will say that Jeff fought off the challenge of Mark for number 6 and then took on Ron and moved up one spot. The guys who were missing blocked any attempt to do any further list racing. Needless to say you have both been challenged by a Sweeney, either the father or the son, for next week. They told me they are ready and out for blood!

Well that is my report and I am sticking by it. Now I am going out into the attic of my shop and find my practice tree. I won two pairings last night one on an opponents red light and one in my hemi Dodge against a Gremlin. The other 6 pairings I went red. I just can’t take pressure.


Drag Racing Results 7/21/2015 Mark Nelson The Big Winner

By: Dan Parris
July 21, 2015

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We once again gathered at Pacific Slot Car Raceways for Tuesday drag racing. A few of the racers showed up three hours early for a bunch of testing. I don’t know if it did any good but we enjoyed the time we spent racing and exchanging information. I think I will be better off to extend my nap time an hour. We also had the privilege of Ron’s dad Gary Wellman coming in to check out the action. Gary is an old 1 to 1 racer and we are going to help him build a roadster next week. Hopefully we will get Gary to join us on a regular basis.

We started the evening off with our Top Ten Challenges. Mark Nelson was added to the list at number 7 and the first challenge he would have issued was to Jeff Sweeney who didn’t show. We know he has been working some long hours and assume he couldn’t get off work in time to make it. So Jeff you have been challenged and will need to respond by next week or lose your spot. Moving on to number five we had Ron Ryan challenge Dale Schmidt. Dale successfully defended his fourth place position. Even with excellent tuning help from Lee Gilbert Ron’s car failed to register giving the automatic win to Dale. At this time Dale did not want to challenge Shawn Sweeney as his car was not performing to his expectations. Shawn then challenged Larry Altmayer for the number two spot. Shawn failed to move up as Larry defended his spot. The final race was between Larry and I for the number one spot. I was pretty sure Larry’s car was faster as we lined up. Luckily for me I once again got a good light and beat Larry to the stripe as he was running me down. So at this point Dale decided he had nothing to lose and challenged Shawn for the number three spot. Shawn successfully defended, When the tire smoke cleared nothing on the list changed with the exception of adding Mark.

We went on to bracket racing. We had a good turnout and a ton of close racing. When it came down to the end we had three cars left. Mark had one car and Dale two. We had a random draw and Mark got the bye. This meant Dale had to pick a winner for the semis. Mark and Dale raced for the win and as I recall Dale lit the red bulb giving Mark the win.

Stock Eliminator had a full field with Chris Kendrick, Shawn and Larry all showing with new cars. It all came down to the semis with Larry and Mark each having two cars remaining. When all was said and done Mark had both cars in the finals. Larry had a crap night all and all and is due to kick some butt in the immediate future. I think he is just working to hard and needs more race time. Quit that job Larry and become a professional slot car drag racer. I will drive your tow truck on the tour. At least we can get by with a small truck, which I have.

Some of the boys are coming up from Vancouver next week so we should have a full house. Hope to see you there. If not I will post a report on the outcome. At least if it is favorable to my image. I am working to get my own reality show “Sudden Death in the Slot” how an old, fat, bald recluse lives in the high stress, sometimes dangerous, world of slot car drag racing!



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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2908 Meridian Ave. E #104
Edgewood, WA 98371
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