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Posted 12 February 2016 - 12:31 PM

From today's Virginia News Leader:
 
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Russell Schmidt and A.J. Marshall pose in their newly-opened Staunton Speedway & Hobbies in the Staunton Mall Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. They are standing between a figure-8 slot car track Schmidt built in the 1980s and a larger tri-oval. (Photo: Randall K. Wolf/The News Leader)

Miniature cars whiz by on a large indoor track at the Staunton Mall, transporting grown-ups back to childhood.

With hands gripped around a controller and a finger on the trigger, a simple click back and forth on the throttle can either send you zooming around the track or make you go flying off it.

“The trick is to slow down on the curves and catch up on the straightaways,” A.J. Marshall said.

This is the nostalgia that Russell Schmidt and his son, Marshall, hit on the head when you enter their new store at the Staunton Mall. Staunton Miniature Speedway and Hobbies caters to the stock car racing enthusiasts who need a thrill, but at a cheaper price and a smaller scale.

Back in the 1960s, Schmidt received his first stock car racing set. From the first race, he was hooked. At the age of 12, he was working in a nearby miniature track and store on Long Island, New York, and hasn’t looked back.

“When I was 12 years old, my parents got me my first slot car set,” he said. “It was a lot of good times for me. There’s just a lot of good memories.”

He would spend hours at the local miniature slot car track in his Long Island town, grab food at the Howard Johnson, and then come back for more racing.

You can read the rest of the article HERE.
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Posted 12 February 2016 - 02:26 PM

Very cool. Best of luck.
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Posted 12 February 2016 - 03:35 PM

Best of luck to Russell and Marshall on their new venture. 

 

I raced in Staunton in June/July of 1967 on an orange while I was there at the Westinghouse Air Conditioning plant on their student training program. I had the first Jail Door chassis they had ever seen and cleaned house with it. Believe it had a Champion 517 (which I still have to this day) for horsepower.

 

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Posted 12 February 2016 - 03:42 PM

Indoor Mini Racing Track... I like the sound of that.


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Posted 12 February 2016 - 04:25 PM

I hope Bent Rim sees this!
 
Both Doug and I worked for Russell when he opened in a barn in east islip.
 
When they moved to Selden, Russell was going to have Hasse build a Cobra. I pleaded with him for weeks to put in a King. The rest is history.
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Posted 12 February 2016 - 06:30 PM

Russ Schmidt has owned raceways before. I raced on his 242 foot White Lightning in Centereach NY.
 
Here's a link to a YouTube video showing the track. 


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Posted 17 May 2016 - 01:21 AM

Didn't realize this was on here. Thanks, Greg, for sharing this. Also thanks to everyone for the kind words!
 
We are finally in the process of getting the King up and running. We started sanding a few days ago. It only took him 30 years to get one Jeff! LOL.
 
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Posted 10 August 2017 - 07:18 AM

Best of luck, AJ!

 

Send Russ my best!

 

Maybe he can find his original squeeze oval. I'd drive down for that!


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 05:33 PM

Next weekend I’ll be driving south to see the eclipse. I have a hotel reservation in Staunton, Virginia the night before. I plan to check out the raceway. I’ll report.


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 10:28 PM

That sounds like Kenny calling the race?

Thanks George 

I went to the Barn in East Islip.


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 11:17 PM

What ever happened to the white lightning?

 

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 05:46 AM

That sounds like Kenny calling the race?

Thanks George 

I went to the Barn in East Islip.

I heard about the barn but never went. They had the squeeze oval in the Centereach store.


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Posted 11 August 2017 - 05:50 AM

What ever happened to the white lightning?

 

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The White Lightning was sold to the original owners of Slots-A-Lot raceway and was set up at their location in Little Neck, New York. When S-A-L moved to their current location in Franklin Square, NY it was put into storage. They tried to sell it without success, it was eventually disposed of. 


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 11:45 AM

I visited the raceway yesterday. Very nice, a King, an oval, a over/under figure eight, a "meet at the X" type figure eight am a drag strip, plenty of pit space and lots of inventory. The almost seven hour drive (not to mention burning up my EZ Pass) makes it tough for weekly racing!
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