NitroDude's Racing Adventures

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i remember rewinding motors with a little less wire. do allot of people travel to all these different states to race,or all you like a outlaw. good luck.
 
i remember rewinding motors with a little less wire. do allot of people travel to all these different states to race,or all you like a outlaw. good luck.
There are only a few of us from the west coast that travel east of Arizona. Most of the others stay closer to home. They might travel to AZ, NV, and WA. Now the pro wing car Roundy round racers travel to a lot of different countries for the World Championship races.
 
I suppose this question has already been answered but humor me. How long is the drag track? :idunno:

Great pictures by the way. Thanks for posting them. Gives a much better insight into the world of slot car drag racing.
 
I suppose this question has already been answered but humor me. How long is the drag track? :idunno:

Great pictures by the way. Thanks for posting them. Gives a much better insight into the world of slot car drag racing.
What they consider as a quarter mile track is 55 feet from starting line to finish line with about 8 to 10 feet of shutdown. Some tracks across the country are what is considered as a 1,000-foot track and an 1/8-mile track, but I'm not sure what the measurement from starting line to finish line is for them because I don't race on them that often.
 
Another great race is in the books. There was some really good tight racing Saturday at Piranha Speedway in Whittier. This year the race finished on the same day that is started because they cut the bracket entries from a 12-car limit per person to a 6-car limit. Last year the bracket race didn't finish until around 5.00 am on Sunday morning, and then a few of us left there and drove 150 miles north to Bakersfield for a Sunday race. This year they had 140 cars in the bracket race, and it was a tough one to say the least. It got down to the bottom 20 cars and 4 of mine was still alive. But in the next round one of my cars slowed way down and was eliminated. I checked the car out and there was nothing wrong with it so I checked the controller and when I pulled the trigger the relay didn't click so I figured the battery was dead, so I replaced it and the relay clicked like it is supposed to. I come up with my other car and it slows way down also, so I checked my controller again and the relay didn't click again. So after further diagnosis I found where a wire must be broken inside the battery box. I pulled out my backup controller, but now I only have 2 cars left and one of them has been blowing up and slowing down each run, so I keep changing my dial in to keep up with it. Now I'm in the semifinal with both cars and Donny Lee has 1 car. All I have to do is win this race and I have winner and runner-up and around $1,300 and the championship belt. I pull a .004 light to Donny's .008 light. I have him covered and then the motor that had been going away all day finally blew up and that car was eliminated. My other car had a bye run to the finals so now Donny and I have to race again in the finals. Donny was late on the tree with a .040 light, and he ran .006 on his dial. I ran .002 on my dial, so all I needed was a .043 or better light to take the win, but I pulled a .007 red light, so Donny got the win, and I got 2nd and 3rd which paid me $340. A .007 red light eliminated me from this race one round from the money in 2021 also and it would have paid $3,800 and the championship belt. Oh well I have another year to think about it and then try again. :)

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I didn't bring any Super Gas cars this year but earlier in the day they had the 1.200 Super Gas shootout which always brings out a lot of heavy hitters and is a very competitive class. Last year the winner of the cup was Mark Ito, and this year the winner was his brother Vince Ito, with Mark getting runner-up while Vince Ito's son Michael lands a 3rd place finish. The Ito's have been building some of the best-looking slot cars for over 30+ years and have promoted some of the largest races on the west coast.
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Also earlier in the day was the .990 index class with Don Lee taking the win over Vince Ito in the final round.
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What a variety of rides, that's really something all of the different creativity.
Yep, that's for sure. That car that Vince won Super Gas with will stay on top of that cup on the wall at Piranha Speedway until the next race next year at this time and then whoever wins next year will replace it with their car for a year. Plus, each winner will have their name engraved on the cup. The bracket champion will get to keep the belt until next year also and then it will go to the 2024 winner for a year.
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I have decided to run my Eagle Rail in a race at Piranha on July 16th but It was still set up for brackets for the Indy race last January. So yesterday I changed it back over to an Eagle Rail and I put a new motor in it to test. I already have the track record at Piranha with a .875 but today my first pass on the new motor was a .870 and the 2nd pass was a .867 and the 3rd pass was a .866. Now my goal is to lower my track record next week. 😃
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I had a pretty good weekend at Piranha last week. I ended up qualifying number 1 and resetting both ends of my track record and made the quickest passes anyone has ever made in the Eagle Rail class. I already had the record there for over 2 years at .875. I tested on Thursday and ran a .864 at 69.57 mph. But on race day, I stuck it on the first qualifying attempt, so I only went .875 which was still good enough for the number 1 qualifying spot but only tied my record. I took a little too much glue away and spun it on my Q-2 pass but it hooked enough to run a .871 at 70.29 mph to set both ends of the track record. The earlier .875 gave me the 2% backup needed to make it an official track record. I also won brackets and the new JR Stock class that debuted this past weekend.
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Since I'm sitting here at Buena Park raceway waiting for the racing to start in a couple of hours, so I figured I would post my results from Wed and Fri night. Wed night I got a win and 3rd in brackets beating a very tough competitor Ken Bieber in the final round out of an 80-car field. Fri night I swept the field having 4 cars in the semifinals for a 1st- 2nd- 3rd and 4th.
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After today's results, I have moved into the lead for round wins across the country for the week and 6th for the month out of 582 racers. Cody is number 5 for the week and number 5 for the month. I'm EGR and Cody is BMR.
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At BPR tonight it was Ken and I in the finals. It was a really close race but I took the win with a .003 package. I had a .001 light and ran .002 on my dial. In the quarter final I had to race him with one of my other cars and I had a .001 light and ran .005 on my dial for a .006 package but he had .002 light and ran .002 on his dial for a .004 package so he won that round by .002. The win tonight moved me back into the lead out 596 other racers across the United States for round wins for the month on the Pro Pairings system.
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Last night there was a warmup race for the big bracket shootout at BPR today. I kept my winning streak alive making it 14 wins in a row. We have racers here from as far away as Georgia. It looks like there will be over 200 cars shooting for a win in the 10-car per person limit bracket race today. Here is my lineup for today.
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It was a really good race yesterday at BPR with 207 cars in the Bracket Shootout. There was some really good close racing and some really delicious food served. I had a pretty bad first round and lost some really close races. I made it to the bottom 12 with my last car and had to race Cody. I left on him with a .009 light but broke out by .004 running a .979 on a .983 dial which ended my day and my 14-race win streak. Cody went on to the final where he got beat by Ken Bieber. But Cody making it to the final gave him enough round wins to tie me for the most round wins in a month out of 625 other racers across the United States. There is a big race up in Modesto CA this coming weekend that Ken Bieber, Cody, and a few other racers from here are going to, but I haven't decided yet if I'm going. I won that race a couple of years ago, but it is going to be 104 degrees' up there this week and I'm tired because I have raced nonstop for the past few weeks. I will make my decision sometime before Thursday.
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It was a really good race yesterday at BPR with 207 cars in the Bracket Shootout. There was some really good close racing and some really delicious food served. I had a pretty bad first round and lost some really close races. I made it to the bottom 12 with my last car and had to race Cody. I left on him with a .009 light but broke out by .004 running a .979 on a .983 dial which ended my day and my 14-race win streak. Cody went on to the final where he got beat by Ken Bieber. But Cody making it to the final gave him enough round wins to tie me for the most round wins in a month out of 625 other racers across the United States. There is a big race up in Modesto CA this coming weekend that Ken Bieber, Cody, and a few other racers from here are going to, but I haven't decided yet if I'm going. I won that race a couple of years ago, but it is going to be 104 degrees' up there this week and I'm tired because I have raced nonstop for the past few weeks. I will make my decision sometime before Thursday.
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The last Motel 6 I stayed at was in Modesto.

Last one ever.
 
There is a motel 6 just down the street from where I stay and it looks pretty bad.
 
Sorry I have not posted anything lately, but I have been out of town. I will be heading back home tomorrow for a race at BPR Wed night, and then back up to Bakersfield for a points race on Thur night, and then back to BPR for a Fri night race and then over to Piranha for a race on Sat. I have been up north hanging out at my buddy and his wife's house helping him build a few new cars for the points series at Bakersfield and last week's big race at BPR. We missed the first points race at Bakersfield 3 weeks ago, but we showed up at the second one a couple of weeks ago and he went a few rounds before he was eliminated. I hadn't planned on racing, so I didn't have any of my stuff with me because it was at BPR, but I borrowed a controller and used a couple cars that I had given him a couple of years ago to get him started in slot car racing. I ended up getting both cars in the final round for a winner/ runner-up result. That put me in the points lead. After that race we went back up north to his house and serviced his cars and got ready for the big race that we were going to at BPR in SoCal. We decided to leave on Thur and drive 100 miles out of the way to race at the points race in Bakersfield that night on the way to SoCal. He went a few rounds again, and I borrowed a controller again and ran the same 2 cars I had ran the week earlier and got both of them in the final round again for another winner / runner-up result. Now my points lead has doubled, and he is tied with 3 other racers for 4th place. After the race we headed south to SoCal. On Fri we went to BPR so I could service my cars and replace a motor that I had burned up the last time I raced it, and we could both get our cars dialed in. He burned up a motor in testing, so I pulled one out of my box that had been a backup at the million in Indiana earlier in the year and I installed it in his car so he could race it the next day. We showed up at the track around 7.30 Saturday morning and racers were already dialing their cars in for what turned out to be a very good race with around 400 cars showing up. This was Ed's first big race, and he really did a good job getting 2 cars in the bottom 12 out of a 233-car field. He did make 2 rookie mistakes though that ended his night. He gave a dial in for the wrong car, but if he would have given the correct dial in, he would have advanced to the bottom 7. The other car he forgot to flip the switch to turn his controller on and when the light came down his car didn't move. Cody broke out on his dial, so all Ed would have had to do is get a green light and not breakout to have had that car in the bottom 7. That really sucked for him. If I had not been so busy with my own cars, I might have caught his mistakes beforehand, but I still had 2 cars in myself. I ended up going to the final round with both my cars for a third in a row winner/runner-up result and collected $800 for this one.
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What a hectic schedule!!I see you had some competition in the photo of three finishers, especially on your right in the picture. Nice to see a youngster interested in this activity. Good luck in the upcoming events. 👍
 
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What a hectic schedule!!I see you had some competition in the photo of three finishers, especially on your right in the picture. Nice to see a youngster interested in this activity. Good luck in the upcoming events. 👍
The kid in the photo is a really good racer. His nickname is the Iceman because he is as cool as ice no matter how many cars are entered or how big a payout is on the line. Heck he was in the semi final out of a 233 car field in that pic. 😃
 
It's almost that time of year again for the King of Speed Dragster Bracket Race. This year the 4th annual King of Speed race will be held in SoCal at Piranha Speedway and Hobbies in Whitter CA on Saturday November 18th. The best bracket dragsters around the United States will be heading to California to battle for a spot in the winner's circle. I won the first one and landed a 2nd and 3rd in the second one. Every year the competition gets tighter and tighter so I'm really looking forward to doing battle next month. Mac racing is giving away a lot of cash and some very nice plaques for the money rounds and a very nice custom built nostalgia front engine dragster for the winner of concourse. There will be a lot of good food and over $2000 up for grabs with last racer standing money at this very prestigious race. It looks like Mac didn't proofread and autocorrect didn't catch the spelling of Trophies twice. :)
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It looks like it will be back to back weekends at Piranha Speedway for 2 big races later this month. The 4th annual King of Speed on Saturday November 18th and then the next weekend on Saturday November 25th will be the 3rd annual Turkey Shootout.
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I'm sad to say today that yesterday one of the longest operating slot car raceways in the world and my home track for about 35 years had their last race before they start tearing down the tracks and shipping them off to new owners due to new landlords that bought the property and wants to use the building for something other than renting it out for slot car racing. They had a great turnout. They started racing the 3- index classes around 2.00 and then started the 166-entry bracket class at 8:00 pm and finished at 2:00 am on Sunday. Unfortunately, I'm out of town for the holidays and won't be back home until after the first of the year, so I didn't get to attend the farewell race. But I did get to watch it live on a live feed and was texting back and forth with a lot of the guys that were there racing.:(
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Never been a slot car guy but saw this dirt track one on Facebook
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