Race Report: 2022 NASCAR MADness Series, Round 2

While Round 2 was expected to see a full field of drivers, five were unable to appear for Saturday’s event.

The good news was four drivers rolled through the gates in time to start racing. Well, actually a couple strolled through the gates due to a landscaping crew blocking the entrance to Stewart Raceway.

Anyway, we got a bit of a late start but with only four drivers, the schedule would certainly get compressed. In fact, after the first race, we shut down the two gutter lanes and started racing with just four of the six lanes on SR3.

The short story is George Peters remains the series points leader after two rounds. While the summary results tell a different story, the battle for this round was a lot closer. In fact, several races were lost on the final lap or final corner.  That’s exciting racing!

Overall Results
Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 George Peters 565 78 6145.547
2 Kevin Webster 521 66 6182.358
3 Jerry Pearson 260 21 3487.966
4 Steve Stewart 589 96 6017.514

Round 2 was NASCAR racing on the SR3 road course, which meant slightly shorter segments but still six races, including a feature race of 150-laps with Jag Hobbies NC-2 cars with NASCAR livery.

Race 1: Tyco 440-X2 “Wide-Pan” Stock Cars (15v)
Home Cook’n, George Peters, Kevin Webster

Jerry Pearson started out his racing debut with a solid second-place finish in the first heat and a very close Run Time to the winner of the heat. The number 7 Lumina body was lowered by GP Designs (George) and worked quite well. Detailed Results

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 120 16 1131.07
2 George Peters 111 13 1162.899
3 Kevin Webster 102 11 1160.71
4 Jerry Pearson 95 7 1224.1
Race 2: OS3 TFX “Lites” NASCAR Bodies (18v)

This was Jerry’s first crack at a “gravity car” race but he actually did pretty well, staying very close in total laps for many heats and increasing his lap times throughout the race. George–again– was very close and he had the best median lap time.  Detailed Results

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 120 16 1497.009
2 George Peters 111 13 1537.096
3 Kevin Webster 106 11 1532.322
4 Jerry Pearson 99 7 1545.817
Race 3: Jag Hobbies TR-3 Augorans (IROC) (15v)

This was another hotly contested race with George and Kevin Webster both winning heats and Jerry besting Kevin by one lap in the final segment. The TR-3’s used are slightly hopped-up with Jag IFE fronts and DF rear wheels. Details

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 79 16 710.183
2 George Peters 79 13 720.339
3 Kevin Webster 71 11 759.035
4 Jerry Pearson 66 7 718.049
Race 4: Jag Hobbies NC-2 “Lites” NASCAR Livery (15v)

The”Feature”race was another barn-burner with plenty of drama and controversy. We lost Jerry after the lone IROC race but the three remaining drivers soldiered on through the rest of the schedule using only three lanes and Call Buttons to manage the racing.

Home Cook’n clearly had the better car in the feature race thanks to the use of a Johnny Lightning Thunderjet500 “Pull-Back” snap-on body. We use some of their screw-on bodies for the TFX cars. They make two versions: one for T-Jet screw-on bodies; and one for snap-on AFX bodies. There was some discussion after the races about this body not being commercially available but clearly, it is. Detailed Results

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 150 16 1388.062
2 George Peters 144 13 1422.24
3 Kevin Webster 137 11 1413.449
Race 5: Jag Hobbies PR-5 “Lites” NASCAR Livery (15v)

Yet another hotly contested race with George Peters very narrowly losing this one to Home Cook’n again. Kevin Webster kept up the good fight, only losing a couple of laps per segment, but first and second were both neck and neck on total laps and just two seconds separating them at the finish–that’s close!!  Details

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 60 16 697.351
2 George Peters 60 13 699.638
3 Kevin Webster 53 11 709.432
Race 6: Viper-Jet (SPEC JET) NASCAR Livery (12v) 

The final race of the day was nearly a repeat of Race 5, with only tenths of a second separating George Peters and Home Cook’n in the final two segments. Kevin Webster remained focused but didn’t have a Lexan body prepared and was forced to run a hardbody, which is obviously a disadvantage in this class.

This was also a “Concourse” race, in which George easily bagged those style points with a nicely prepared Lexan Lumina (middle).  Detailed Results

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 60 16 593.839
2 George Peters 60 13 603.335
3 Kevin Webster 52 11 607.41

Again, thank all of you who braved the heat and beach traffic to come out in the sticks and race little cars with us. Round 3 of the NASCAR MADness Series is slated for June 25, 2022. Stay tuned for details.

Series Points Standings after Round 2:
Place Driver Race #1 #2 Appear Total Points Average
1 George Peters 70 57 2 129 63.5
2 Kevin Webster 49 57 2 108 49.0
3 Brad Sandahl 55 0 1 56 55.0
4 Jordan Walker 25 0 1 26 12.5
5 Jerry Pearson 0 21 1 22 10.5

Okay, shut up and drive!

SR3 Road Course Open Track Day, June 4, 2022

Many thanks to those of you who attended the event Saturday. We ran a bunch of practice laps on the SR3 straight road course and then one  IROC fuel race using a house set of 440-X2 “Narrow” Lexan Hammerhead cars.

We also introduced another new driver into the mix. Our most recent new driver, Jerry Pearson, brought along a friend, Randy Cook, who raced 1/24-scale cars years ago as well as 1/1-scale Formula 1000 racing cars.

Seem like Randy and Jerry enjoyed the racing action since both made the podium in the 150-lap IROC race. Nice!

2021 Rookie of the Year, Brad Sandahl, took the top podium spot after battling with Jerry and Randy the whole race.

Both Brad and another new driver, Jared Johnson, brought along their amazing daughters, Carrie and Madeline, who actually did very well driving at lower voltages but amazingly attentive at both driving and marshaling.

While we’re definitely planning a Kid’s Race Day very soon, next Saturday is Round 2 of the NASCAR MADness Series on the SR3 road course. Hoping to see all our new and old drivers battling each other on the road course with NASCAR-style cars next Saturday. Stay tuned for details.

Okay, shut up and drive!

Race Report: 2022 NASCAR MADness Series, Round 1

PR-5 Feature event starting grid. Top to bottom, Kevin Webster, Brad Sandhal, Jordan Walker, Home Cook’n, George Peters.



Wow! What an action-packed Day!

We had a smaller field than usual but it was as stacked as ever. The good news was that we were running an oval layout, which allowed us to use wireless call-buttons in lieu of turn marshals. Surprisingly, this actually worked out pretty well and we were able to run six races, including a 480-lap PR-5 Feature race with fuel stops and plenty of drama.

Sadly, the Race Director failed to get many pictures on the day, sorry.

Short story of results are below. George Peters leads in points after Round 1. Things may have been a bit different had Brad Sandhal not had to abandon the final two races  on the schedule due to family commitments. George dominated the NC-2 “Lites” class.

Overall Results and standings after Round 1:
Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 George Peters 1063 69 4704.665
2 Brad Sandahl 900 55 3561.313
3 Kevin Webster 839 47 3798.461
4 Jordan Walker 603 25 3717.603
5 Steve Stewart 1207 90 4436.628
Race 1: AFX Magna-Traction Jalopies (IROC)

These were very cool Mercury sedans prepared by GP Designs (Georgie) that were really smooth and fun to drive. Detailed Results

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 147 16 695.992
2 Brad Sandahl 143 13 725.377
3 George Peters 139 11 717.186
4 Jordan Walker 116 7 756.994
Race 2: OS3 TFX “Lites” 18v

These cars are always fun and even more so on an oval. Brad had a slight advantage in this one since he was running a Fray-style resin body while the rest of us used NASCAR-style bodies.  Kevin Webster bested George for the final podium spot in this hotly contested race. Brad showed he hadn’t lost any of his 2021 Rookie of the Year luster, handily winning the race. (Detailed Results)

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Brad Sandahl 150 16 629.653
2 Steve Stewart 135 13 636.91
3 Kevin Webster 121 11 644.259
4 George Peters 120 7 749.468
5 Jordan Walker 100 6 705.083
Race 3: OS3 TFX “Stock” House Camaros (IROC)

These are also way fun cars on the oval. Stock isn’t exactly stock since we allow Black Dragon motor magnets to make these cars a little faster and better handling than “box stock.” Brad Sandahl actually won the final heat but some bad luck and mishaps kept him from pressuring Home Cook’n too much. Of course, George, no stranger to T-Jets, took the final podium spot. Kevin Webster was very close throughout the race and even managed a second place finish in Heat 5. Detailed Results

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 149 16 784.276
2 Brad Sandahl 141 13 793.091
3 George Peters 113 11 795.812
4 Kevin Webster 108 7 799.975
5 Jordan Walker 83 6 808.517
Race 4: Jag Hobbies PR-5 NASCAR “Lites” Feature Race 16.5v

The “extended” feature race was–as always–full of mayhem, vicious crashes, and major amounts of adrenaline. This race, by far, is the most intense race of the day simply because of the number of laps and the overall duration of the race. Shockingly, George managed to finish on the podium in spite of being heavily distracted throughout the race trying to help/coach Jordan. who was not having a good go of it at all. Jordan actually started out well and was in third place overall after three segments but gradually lost concentration and focus as the grueling race went on. Home Cook’n miraculously avoided much of the carnage the others had to contend with to secure the win in the very fast and furious feature race. Detailed Results

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 480 16 1408.693
2 Brad Sandahl 466 13 1413.192
3 George Peters 414 11 1435.543
4 Kevin Webster 392 7 1418.129
5 Jordan Walker 304 6 1447.009
Race 5: Jag Hobbies NC-2 “Lites” NASCAR 16.5v

With Brad out of the line-up and Jordan opting to marshal instead of driving, George was able to concentrate on his own racing, and nicely won the NC-2 race, winning three of the six segments. Detailed Results

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 George Peters 147 16 447.538
2 Steve Stewart 146 13 447.971
3 Kevin Webster 108 11 453.652
Race 6: Tyco 440-X2 Wide-Pan NASCAR Hardbody 15v

The final race of the day was a vintage-class race using our Tomahawk platforms with NASCAR-style hardbodies. George Peters clearly had the horsepower in this one but rear tire troubles plagued him throughout the six 25-lap segments. Home Cook’n manage to secure the win over the hard charging duo. Detailed Results

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 150 16 462.786
2 George Peters 130 13 559.118
3 Kevin Webster 110 11 482.446

Many thanks to those of your who participated in making Round 1 a success. The NASCAR theme seems to be enjoyable to everyone and the oval both a fun and challenging course to race on.

Round 2 is slated for June 11, 2022 and will be run on the SR3 straight road course. Stay tuned for details.

Okay, shut up and drive!

NASCAR MADNess Series, Round 1 Tomorrow!

Hi All,

It’s a good thing we’re running on the oval since we’ll be short a few of the usual suspects. This is going to be a wide-open series with several drivers already warning of missing more than one event.

When: Saturday, May 28, 2022

Event Schedule:

10:00 – Gates open, track power on, practice starts
11:15 – Drivers Meeting/Announcements
11:30 – Racing Begins (30-lap heats, fuel):

Race 1: JL or AFX M/T Gravity Car (IROC) 18v
Race 2: OS3 TFX “Lites” NASCAR bodies (if available)  18v (♣)
Race 3: Viper-Jet “NASCAR Lexan” 12v

Lunch Break

Qualifying: one warmup lap, then three laps under green. Average time of the three laps. The fast qualifier starts on the pole for the feature race.

Race 4: Jag Hobbies PR-5 NASCAR “Lites” 16.5v **Feature Race** (♣)
Race 5: Jag Hobbies NC-2 NASCAR “Lites” 15v
Race 6: Tyco 440-X2 Wide-Pan NASCAR Hardbody 15v (Tomahawk rules)

♣ Denotes Concourse d’ Elegance Points

Could be that some class races are replaced with IROC races. Feel free to bring any IROC sets you’d like to run.

Track open tonight for those of you who need some time on SR3.

Okay, shut up and drive!

TFX “Modified” Testing Yielding Interesting Results

OS3 TFX with a Wizzard E-Jet front-end, Black Dragon magnets, Titanium axles, and a Tornado 16.5-ohm arm.

Yea, I know, we haven’t raced this class…yet.

We’ve raced the TFX “Lite” platform, which is virtually a stock OS3 TFX platform with Black Dragon magnets instead of the factory-installed Grey Dragon magnets. The extra downforce makes the car much easier to drive and increases lap times considerably.

The TFX “Modified” is the next logical step for those who enjoy T-Jet-style racing but want to go a bit faster.  Our rules allow quite a few mods but do not allow any stronger magnets than the OS3 Black Dragons.  We also do not allow Dual-Compound tires.

Best lap on SR2. Top-level Fray cars have clicked-off 5.7-sec laps on the same layout but with Dual-Compound tires and Dash Killer Bee magnets.

In spite of those restrictions, my initial testing with a “Modified” TFX, produced lap times fairly close to a top-level Fray T-Jet on SR2. This is very encouraging since the cost of a competitive “Modified” TFX platform is roughly $100 compared to a comparable Fray T-Jet at ~$250 or much, much more. Yes, my testing was without a Lexan body.

I suspect one could get the TFX “Modified” platform into the 5.7-sec/lap range (w/Body) with only a bit more development and tuning. I haven’t tried a Dynamic balanced/trued arm yet but I suspect there will be diminishing returns there due to the limitations of the Black Dragon motor magnets.

My current “Modified” parts list:

    • Black Dragon Motor Magnets
    • Wizzard “E-Jet” Brass Front-end
    • OS3 Tornado 16.5-ohm Armature
    • Wizzard Titanium axles
    • SlotTech Comm Brushes
    • Viper Teflon Armature Spacer
    • RT-170 Crown Gear

“Modified” rules allow a Lexan body using OS3 “stick-on” body mounts, which helps keep costs down but detailing possibilities limitless.

Okay, we’re not racing this class in Round 1 but I’d really like to get this platform added to the mix at Stewart Raceway at some point. It’ll take some testing and tuning so let me know if you’d like some extra track time to get a car developed and ready to race.

This class is for the more hardcore Slothead and fits into the HOPRA “Super Stock” level of racing.

Okay, shut up and drive!