Drag Racing Schedule:
Summer 2015 Series
June, July, August
Every Tuesday @ 7:00 PM
Drag Outlaw
Bracket
Stock Eliminator

Monthly Drag Race Program

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”


Drag Race Report Tuesday August 18th

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.


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

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.


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

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

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!


Drag Outlaw Qualification Results

July 9, 2015

Report from Dan Parris:

What a great night of racing. We only had six hard core racers and two or three spectators who came to check out the action, as the weather was hot and dusty, but you could feel the excitement. We started with qualifying and set the first six positions of the top ten list.
1. Larry Altmayer
2. Dan Parris
3. Dale Schmitt
4. Ron Ryan
5. Shawn Sweeney
6. Jeff Sweeney

We did this with no times announced, using our new limited prep gluing procedure. Most of our cars hooked up much better then we expected and ran an estimated tenth to a tenth and a half slower then if we would have used the normal prep procedures. Everyone seemed to enjoy the challenge. Well everybody with possibly the exception of Jeff (we see a big investment coming in his program over the coming weeks). The cars looked like real street outlaws as they fishtailed down the track with many top end charges making the finishes close and exciting. Everyone was looking for that soft launch with the big speed at the finish. Some did a better job of it then others but you know their will be a lot of changes for next week.

After establishing the initial list we opened the track up to challenges. We decided the easiest way to handle the racing was to announce an open challenge period each week. We start at the bottom of the list and ask if that participant was wanting to challenge the racer immediately ahead of them. If so we ran the pair off with a coin toss for lane choice. The winner Then was allowed to challenge the next racer up the list with the loser open to be challenged from the position below them. Each racer was only allowed to race twice in one evening so you can only go up or down the list two spots a week. This also means if you are not present you can pretty much expect to drop two positions. We hope to see this promote lots of racing.

To begin the challenge period Jeff decide he did not want to race Shawn with the set up he enter, so we moved on up the list to ask Shawn and he was up for the challenge, taking on Ron with Shawn taking the win. This allowed Shawn to challenge Dale who he also put back in the box. Thus opening up a race between Ron and Dale. Dale was able to maintain his position ahead of Ron. Being Shawn had run his two races he was done for the event leaving only Larry and DP to run off for Larry’s number one spot. As it turned out DP was able to take over #1 on the list by a hole shot over a rapidly closing Larry. I think it was some of the most intense and enjoyable racing we have had in quite a while. The energy and excitement made the racing lots of fun and we expect some even better racing in the future. Fast Dan Sullivan came in to check it out and realized this type of racing was meant for him. I think this format is a winner and we can only see this program growing. Can pure grudge racing be far behind? We have a couple of firm commitments to build cars and a bunch of interest among other racers. The list will fill quickly so you had better get your program in order. Got to get going for now, as I need to get up to the shop and pick out a new Armature. Secret deal you know!

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Drag Outlaw class revisited

June 18, 2015

We have been working with the group to revive the old Drag Outlaw class. To increase participation we’ve had to create class rules for this competition that will better encourage participation and activity. See the rule book below. Page 3 outlines the general rules for the top-10 list and page 13 are the car rules.

We will seed the list on the first Tuesday of July (the 7th), Entry fees will be waived for all that are ready to participate that night.

The Rule Book


Spring 2015 Drag Series Champions

May 27, 2015

Congratulations to the Spring 2015 Drag Series Points Champions

Bracket:
1st: Larry Altmayer
2nd: Dale Schmidt
3rd: Doug Jones

1.090 Index:
1st: Dave Collins
2nd: Dale Schmidt
3rd: Larry Altmayer

New series Starting in June, we will be racing Bracket and Stock Eliminator classes for the Summer 2015 Series June, July and August


Winter Drag Points Series Results December 2

December 3, 2014

The 2014 Winter Drag Racing Points series has started after the long summer break! This series runs December/January/February and we are running 3 classes each Tuesday: Bracket, Pro Bracket, and 1.090 Index. Races are held each Tuesday starting @ 7:00 PM

Taking the win in Bracket was Jeff Sweeney with Tim Walker taking runner-up after a several year hiatus from racing.
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Newcomer Mark Nelson took the win in Pro Bracket over Runner-up Dave Collins
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In 1.090 Index Dave Collins took both the win and runner-up podium position.
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The points have been posted here and will be updated as the series progresses throughout the winter.


2014 Summer Bracket Points Series Update

August 5, 2014

Dave Collins is currently leading the points by a tremendous lead over Grandson Brandon Colson, left unchallenged in the remaining four races Dave will again participate in the decimation of the forests with another handful of plaques. The battle will continue throughout August, can Dale Schmidt make his way past Brandon? Tune in weekly to find out.

Current points series standings can be found here

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1. Dan Parris

2. Larry Altmayer

3. Shawn Sweeney

4. Dale Schmitt

5. Mark Nelson

6. Ron Ryan