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Posted 15 January 2016 - 03:09 PM

When I arrived at SlotCars-R-US "the Track" yesterday about 5 PM, it was pretty obvious this was going to be a very well-attended event, as they were already forty or more racers in the building. And the geographic draw is simply incredible! There are racers here from Texas, Georgia, Kentucky, Alabama, Oklahoma, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, New York, California, Nebraska, Idaho, Canada, and Brazil... and I'm sure I am missing a few states. It will interesting to see if the Worlds at PJ Raceway this fall will be bigger, but there's no doubt in my mind this is race is going to either the biggest or second biggest Wing race in the US in 2016.

 

I'll post some candid snaps from the raceway in the next post, but lets start the reportage with the results of the Group F race which ran last night (Thursday).

 

Group F

Fifteen entries

 

This race was raced under all "all mains" format, with lap totals determining the final results and here they are.

 

1) Ron Keener - 475.42 laps, best race time of 2.839 secs in blue, qual time of 2.775 secs

2) Bob Hughes - 473.33, 2.911 in white, (2.817)

3) Mark Proppe - 468.39, 2.959 in blue, (2.915)

4) Jeff "Smokie" Bigelow - 456.50, 2.931 in orange, (2.875)

5) Mack McMahon - 452.27, 3.014 in black, (2.953)

6) Nicky Formosa - 448.18, 2.984 in orange, (2.959)

7) Johnny Marlin - 447.66, 3.011 in orange, (3.026)

8) Stan Hutson - 434.99, 2.701 in purple, (2.879)

9) Will Henley - 431.87, 2.979 in orange, (2.952)

10) Robert Redmond - 431.64, 3.118 in orange, (3.017)

11) Clyde Romero - 423, 3.094 in blue, (no time)

12) Mike Mischnick - 294, 2.920 in orange, (2.876)

13) Paul Peterson - 247, 3.065 in green, (3.124)

14) Mark Stratton - 144, 2.968 in yellow, (2.894)

15) Kris Stratton - 43, 3.127 in purple, (3.080)


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Posted 15 January 2016 - 03:35 PM

Just a bunch of candid shots of the pits this morning. I'm still trying to put some faces with names for about half of the racers here, so I'll try to ID those I can.
 
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Standing on left is PJ Raceway owner Doug Bauer, Joe "Chubby" Salzman to his right, and Larry Pellegrini (I think) far right.
 
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At the far right is Jim "Spove" Sproviero.
 
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The "Buef" - Paul Pedersen, just about the most accomplished Wing car racer of all time. Everyone else in the raceway dreams of finishing ahead of this guy!

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Noted slot car body painter Bob Hughes on the left.
 
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Back right is Clyde Romero from the Atlanta area, who is just getting back into slot racing. Clyde flew choppers in Nam, then F4 Phantom fighters. Please thank him for his service when you see/meet him.
 
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A little practice happening on the new Gerding G21 King track.
 
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A lot of racing experience in this shot. Chicago's Mike Iga on the left, with Brazil's Luis "Gugu" Bernardino on the near right, with Al Chuck behind him.
 
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Mike Iga is thrashing away.
 
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Slot car track builder extraordinaire, Omaha's Gary Gerding.
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Posted 15 January 2016 - 03:57 PM

Congrats to Ronnie Keener and third place Mark Proppe, the main men at MMW for the Sunday Group F racing.
Hope to see more entries for the Group F championship in April. Ronnie is the multi-time champion and the man to beat.

Good to see the strong turn-out!  

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 04:03 PM

Thanks for the report, Greg; keep it coming. Looks like a great place and group of racers.

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 04:22 PM

Top pic: You are correct it, is Larry Pellegrini.
 
Timmy Skurka from Port Jeff is in the practice picture.
 
Good luck to all.
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Posted 15 January 2016 - 06:06 PM

First class to be raced today is Hillbilly Box and tech is in progress, with the tech table very ably manned by Doug "Bent Rim" Bauer and Andy Wasserman, who will also be race-directing this weekend.

30 Hillbilly Box entries made it past tech.

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Doug Bauer teching the cars, with trackowner Tracy Brown looking on and Andy Wasserman doing the paperwork. Not enough hair between the three of them to make a decent peach... LOL!

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The line for tech.

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For those unfamiliar with wing car qualifying, most raceways pad the walls to keep the cars from being damaged if they take a hard hit.

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The grid just prior to the start of qualifying.

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Hillbilly Box concours podium, R to L, winner Bob Hughes, second Mike Mischnick, third Rich Curnutte.

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Gugu doesn't look particularly thrilled with the lap he just cut...

TQ for Hillbilly Box was Tony Griffin at 1.985 seconds. He was the only qualifier to break the two-second barrier.
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Posted 15 January 2016 - 06:39 PM

Hillbilly Box qualifying results.

1) Tony Griffin - 1.985 secs
2) Archie King - 2.018
3) Ruch Curnutte - 2.048
4) Lee Roberts - 2.073
5) Ronnie Keener - 2.080
6) Mike Mischnick - 2.089
7) Mike Chmielewski - 2.096
8) Tommy Flythe - 2.102
9) Wally Fleming - 2.108
10) Milton Gamble - 2.110
11) Luis Bernardino - 2.115
12) Kevin Abe - 2.117
13) Jeff Nale - 2.121
14) Jeff Bigelow - 2.122
15) Larry Pellegrini - 2.127
16) Taylor Davis - 2.127
17) Jimmy Bentley - 2.139
18) Ernie Parison - 2.147
19) Mark Proppe - 2.152
20) Jeff Cox - 2.160
21) James Sproviero - 2.171
22) Bernie Schatz - 2.172
23) Merrell Todd - 2.188
24) Bob Hughes - 2.207
25) Will Henley - 2.224
26) Kris Stratton - 2.225
Clyde Romero - no time
Al Chuck - no time
Michael Iga - no time
Scott Wright - no time


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Posted 15 January 2016 - 06:58 PM

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 07:45 PM

Super turn-out.
 
Good luck to everyone.
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Posted 15 January 2016 - 07:49 PM

What are Hillbilly Box stock rules?

 

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 08:04 PM

Fantastic times for Hillbilly Box.

 

Any bets for 1.3 time for opens? Hope so.

 

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 08:05 PM

Great coverage, thanks a lot!! Keep it coming.


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Posted 15 January 2016 - 09:10 PM

What are Hillbilly Box stock rules?


Bill,

I had to ask.

Base rules are USRA Box 12 with these mods:

Any steel chassis made for Box 12, with no weight limit or length restriction. Front pans can be removed.
Ball bearings anywhere you want them on the motor or the chassis.
Aluminum endbells are allowed.
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Posted 15 January 2016 - 09:14 PM

BTW, Archie King from Texas is posting the heat-by-heat lap counter screens on Facebook HERE.


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Posted 15 January 2016 - 11:11 PM

Hillbilly Box results

 

1) Archie King - 624.63 laps, best lap of 2.208 secs in orange, qual time of 2.018 secs

2) Mike Chmielewski - 621.39, 2.217 in orange, (2.096)

3) Rich Curnutte - 620.42, 2.186 in orange, (2.048)

4) Ronnie Keener - 619.21, 2.200 in orange, (2.080)

5) Lee Roberts - 616.52, 2.228 in orange, (2.073)

6) Larry Pellegrini - 613.69, 2.214 in orange, (2.127)

7) Taylor Davis - 613.36, 2.273 in blue, (2.127)

8) Jeff Bigelow - 610.53, 2.217 in orange, (2.122)

9) Tony Griffin - 610.50, 2.231 in blue, (1.985)

10) Ernie Parison - 610.44, 2.200 in blue, (2.147)

11) Kevin Abe - 606.51, 2.247 in orange, (2.117)

12) Tommy Flythe - 605.03, 2.270 in orange, (2.102)

13) Luis Bernardino - 604.63, 2.258 in orange, (2.115)

14) Michal Iga - 602.82, 2.252 in orange, (no time)

15) Jeff Nale - 602.32, 2.275 in blue, (2.121)

16) Mike Mischnick - 599, 2.292 in blue, (2.089)

17) Jame Sproviero - 597.71, 2.324 in green, (2.171)

18) Scott Wright - 594.05, 2.251 in blue, (no time)

19) Wally Fleming - 593.68, 2.287 in orange, (2.108)

20) Jeff Cox - 590.79, 2.308 in orange, (2.160)

21) Bob Hughes - 587.04, 2.327 in orange, (2.207)

22) Merrell Todd - 584, 2.312 in orange, (2.188)

23) Al Chuck - 581, 2.277 in orange, (no time)

24) Will Henley - 552.83, 2.394 in blue, (2.224)

25) Milton Gamble - 544, 2.256 in orange, (2.110)

26) Bernie Schatz - 539.44, 2.323 in orange, (2.172)

27) Jimmy Bentley - 533.19, 2.264 in orange, (2.139)

28) Clyde Romero - 465.09, 2.442 in orange, (no time)

29) Mark Proppe - 412.54, 2.282 in orange, (2.152)

30) Kris Stratton - 318.99, 2.442 in orange, (2.225)


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Posted 15 January 2016 - 11:33 PM

IIRC, Archie King is a good friend of Doug Azary. :)


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Posted 15 January 2016 - 11:42 PM

You must be thinking of someone else, Bill. I asked and Archie indicates he doesn't know Doug.


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Posted 15 January 2016 - 11:59 PM

Base rules are USRA Box 12 with these mods:

Any steel chassis made for Box 12, with no weight limit or length restriction. Front pans can be removed.
Ball bearings anywhere you want them on the motor or the chassis.
Aluminum endbells are allowed.


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Posted 16 January 2016 - 12:27 AM

Guys, there are only eleven entries for International 15 and I'm pretty beat. Headed for the hotel (and a drink!) and I'll post the Intl 15 results in the morning.
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Posted 16 January 2016 - 03:37 AM

What are Hillbilly Box stock rules?


I stumbled upon the Hillbilly Box rules in one of Tracy's posts late tonight. Here they are.

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 07:56 AM

Hello Greg,

Thank you for the coverage.

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 07:58 AM

What does the last line refer to? What's a barrel?


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Posted 16 January 2016 - 08:58 AM

It's referring to the rims. Trying to keep tire costs down. That opens the way to running the Koford Spec tire which is $13.00 MSRP. Compared to $24.00 for typical wing tires.

The unfortunate thing about that tire is that it is a short discount, which takes the money out of the raceways hands but Koford still gets paid. That's why some raceways won't carry it.
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Posted 16 January 2016 - 09:20 AM

Yes, the short discount is why MMW won't allow it in their Group F races.
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Posted 16 January 2016 - 09:47 AM

Sam,

We use some drilled hubs in Retro but I think they are referring to "waffle" rims where the entire wheel is drilled even under the rubber.

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