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#51 Hermit #1

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 04:02 PM

It was known as Paul's Raceway and was owned by Paul Duckett.  Despite comments to the contrary the track did not close the very next day.  It was open for another year or so.  The reports of it being in a rundown part of downtown were however accurate....very much so.

For those that are curious, the track was a Purple Mile (American Raceways Sovereign), cut down from 220' to about 180'-190' by removing one finger.  That made it into something like an oversize American Red track.  Here's a pic of an unmodified Purple (note the elongated donut):

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I attempted to race as a semi-pro, but simply couldn't get a car to consistently navigate the main straightaway.  It would frequently lift out of the slot partway down.  The bank had a mismatch between the two middle sections, causing the braid to lift out of the recess in that area - resulting in a short circuit with sparks every time my car went over that part of the track.  Those were just a couple of the problems with the track, I won't go into all the other more minor issues.

I was so bummed out by my total lack of any success, I just pulled my car and decided to spectate the rest of the race program.  I'd previously had decent results racing in Ohio, but I left this one with a sour taste in my mouth.  Bleck!  :bad:


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Posted 15 March 2017 - 05:12 PM

It was a horrible race and horrible track.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 10:22 PM

I think Gilbert wore the same clothes for YEARS! Great shots of that, uh event.

 

As a side note, always liked talking and racing with Bogut. Good guy.


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Posted 19 August 2017 - 03:33 PM

went to the race with dan bloodworth dave smirka and maybe bob kurkowski with smirkas father driving us the whole way...none of us had a real car and i didn't have a license..

 

built at least four cars for race none of which worked well...stayed up most of the night building more with same result...at some point one just gives up and watches the race!

 

the thing that sticks out besides the railroad track, was that the entire town was one-way street and it took a long drive to get to the other side of the street..

 

it was the first time i heard the donut referred to as the bagel (eastcoast thing?)


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