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Posted 08 December 2014 - 12:53 PM

Mike Cannon's Upstate Speedway in Inman, SC, received some tremendous exposure on the front page of the Spartanburg Herald's Sunday, Dec 7, business section.
 
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A new business in downtown Inman is helping racing enthusiasts fulfill their need for speed.

Upstate Speedway on Mill Street features two slot car race tracks, one of which is 165 feet long. Slot car racing involves miniature cars magnetically attached to specific lanes zooming around a track. Each car is hooked up to either a 6- or 12-volt battery, with 12-volt cars traveling at faster speeds. 

Once a car is hooked up to a power source, it's controlled by a remote with a trigger. The harder you squeeze the trigger, the faster the car goes around the track.

Some of the cars at Upstate Speedway can finish a lap around the 165-foot track in about four seconds. The cars move so fast, they can be difficult to follow as they zip around the track.

"I had never seen it before, and I found myself mesmerized," said Mike Cannon, the owner and operator of Upstate Speedway. 

Cannon is originally from Boiling Springs and serves as a military chaplain at Fort Meade in Maryland. He discovered slot car racing after seeing a track in a storefront in New Jersey.

Cannon set up his own shop this fall in an old furniture store downtown.

"It has gone surprisingly well so far," he said. "There's a whole world of this I'm still surprised by."

 
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Posted 08 December 2014 - 01:23 PM

Thanks for the support and encouragement!


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Posted 08 December 2014 - 01:26 PM

What kind of track is that?



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Posted 08 December 2014 - 01:29 PM

Steve,

 

It's a Chris Dadds-built 165' "Corner Climb".

 

Click HERE to see the entire track.


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Posted 08 December 2014 - 01:48 PM

We will be adding a tri-oval track to the Speedway in the next couple of weeks. This ought to add an additional speed track as well as give us some variety for the NASCAR races in particular.

 

The Corner Climb will have Semi Truck racing added as a class in March.


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Posted 08 December 2014 - 01:51 PM

So, if anyone is interested here is what we have and are going to have in the next 60 days.

 

4" NASCAR Thursday night, 16D

4" GTP Friday night, Super 16

 

4.5 NASCAR and Vintage ('60s & '70s Muscle Car) with 16D added on Saturdays January 15.

 

Semi Truck Class with 16D added March 15.

 

Class 12 isn't currently part of the planning but is beginning to emerge as a class locally. I anticipate having to consider adding the Wing Car class for at least one race per week.


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Posted 08 December 2014 - 08:26 PM

What kind of track is that?

 

It looks like the Chris Dadds Corner Climb that was at Fox Raceway and Mid-America Raceway in the past.


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Posted 19 January 2015 - 11:54 AM

It may very well be. I believe it was in Pennsylvania before moving to Michigan.
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