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2018-19 OCC season preview: 10 years of Flexi racing!

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#1 Justin A. Porter

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Posted 19 July 2018 - 05:27 PM

It's a bit less than two months to go before power goes on for the 10th season of the Ohio Challenge Cup and this year looks to be bigger than ever. All eight tracks have returned for this historic season for what will undoubtedly be a competitive and fun year. 

The season will kick off September 15th, 2018 at Fremont's Fastraxxx. The 95' American Royal at Fastraxxx has been a fixture of the series for five years now and always lends to unpredictable racing on its tight confines. Last year the "Bullring" gave up wins to local Alex Stoudinger in GT1-B, ISRA alum Rob Voska in GT1-A, and Group 10 and GTP wins to OCC championship contender Elmo Vallance.

It's two short tracks in a row as the series then goes on October 20th, 2018 to North East Slot Car Raceway in North East, PA. This fast but tricky Reverse Orange is well-known for being a test of speed and nerves, with tight competition, frayed tempers, and the ever tough Pennsylvania Posse protecting the top spots. Last season saw an international winner with Canadian Dennis Dominey grabbing the GT1-B win, NESCR ace Dan Ebert taking GT1-A, and series champion Eric Shirey winning for Ohio in Group 10 and GTP.


From the two shortest tracks on the calendar, on November 17th, 2018 the OCC comes home to its longest track, the 165' Ogilvie Hillclimb at Haven Raceway & Hobby in Elyria, Ohio. Both fast and technical with its infamous Esses, last year Haven gave us the OCC's youngest winner with Jeffrey Henes in GT1-B, GT1-A going to retro powerhouse Bud Bartos, Group 10 going to Eric Shirey, and GTP giving us a surprise win from past champion Ron Vincek.


Having been on the calendar for 8 seasons, December 15th, 2018 will have the Ohio Challenge Cup racing at Bellevue, Ohio's HMS Speedways. The HMS round will prove a particularly interesting one with GT1 tackling the classic and chaotic American Aristocrat while Group 10 and GTP will be at home on one of two American Kings on the calendar. Last season's even gave huge fields that saw Alex Stoudinger pick up the other of his two GT1-B wins on the year, while a pair of R4 winners in Willy Custer and Cap Henry picked up GT1-A and Group 10, and GTP respectively.

On January 19th, 2019, the Ohio Challenge Cup returns for its second trip to the historic American King at Tom Thumb Hobbies in Columbus, Ohio. After a huge field and a great time for the initial event, the OCC is thrilled to head back to Columbus where last year Keith Nelson picked up a GT1-B win, while ISRA hardliner Greg Mayer won in GT1-A, returning pro Jason Dennis won big in Group 10, and Cap Henry stormed to a big win in GTP. 

Again the King tracks bookend each other with the home of the biggest fields in the OCC up on February 16th, 2019, Mark's Model World in Canton, Ohio. The wildly fast Gerding King at Mark's is always a big test of power and setup and we expect this year to be no different while last year New York's Bud Denning stomped on the GT1-B field, while Willy Custer took home GT1-A and Group 10 and Greg Mayer got another win in GTP. 


March 2019's race takes place on the 23rd and it's at Washington Slot Car Club's 105' UK Black flat track in Washington, Pennsylvania. The only flat track on the schedule and the home of the ISRA Icebreaker race, WSCC is a fun place to take a big win and last year it was Fantasy Raceway's Jim Harter in GT1-B, while Eric Shirey broke through for an impressive GT1-A win while Greg Mayer enjoyed Group 10 and GTP wins on his home track.

Finally, for the third year North Baltimore, Ohio's Race O' Rama Hobbies and their Chris Dadds Paperclip will host the series finale to crown the Ohio Challenge Cup champions. After a long season of almost, Danny Shirey took home the GT1-B win and championship, while his brother Eric put an exclamation point on his championship season with wins in GT1-A and GTP, and Elmo Vallance took home Group 10 at his home track.

With huge fields, big races, fun tracks, and some of the best in the sport going head to head, this year the Ohio Challenge Cup celebrates its past while looking ahead to make this season one of the best yet!

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Posted 20 July 2018 - 12:44 PM

Pretty sure Bear and Frankie are looking down, smiling and saying to each other, "Yeah, we knew it would grow again."
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Posted 20 July 2018 - 05:38 PM

They can't see it because of the smoke........

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