Race Report: 2023 50/50 Racing Series, Round 3 – A Day On The Oval

The SR3 OvalRound 3 was another fast and furious race day with a pretty well-rounded (no pun intended) group of slot heads, as well as several guest appearances, including veteran slot car racer, Shaun Lee, all the way from Roseville, CA.

Speaking of well-rounded. Between Eric’s delicious donuts, all the snacks, and Kathy’s awesome lunch spread of lasagne, salad, and garlic bread, some of us are definitely getting more round. And, don’t get used to the “free lunch” action. We usually do a sandwich run to the local deli but Kathy had a hectic day going on and decided she couldn’t be bothered to support a sandwich run for us. And, no, it wasn’t because Slot Car Star, Shaun, made the long trek down from Sac. Though maybe we should offer him some sort of appearance incentive going forward.

During practice, neighbors Cameron and his son, Ely, dropped by to see what Stewart Raceway was all about. Both Cameron and Ely cut a bunch of laps with the rest of us during practice and then hung out and watched the first race while helping with marshaling. Both Cameron and Ely seemed to have enjoyed the visit and actually took to driving the cars very quickly. Of course, we hope they return again and again, we can always use more drivers.

With the veteran driver, Shaun Lee, in the house, it was going to be a bit rougher for everybody involved. Shaun has been racing slot cars as long, if not longer, than any of the other veteran Expert drivers in attendance and is well-versed in oval track racing. In fact, Shaun owned and operated a 50ft lap length, 6-lane, tri-oval aptly named “Shaunadega Raceway” right here in the Bay Area before Shaun relocated to Roseville. As you can see in the results, Shaun did not disappoint, finishing on the podium, second overall in the Expert ranks.

Speedster Expert driver, George Peters, continues to dominate the series with very impressive results in all classes and in spite of Home Cookn’s “home-field” advantage.

In the Sportsman ranks, Jordan Walker has a very commanding lead in points over second place, Kevin Webster, while Eric Lane holds a slim lead over Jerry Pearson for third in the Sportsman points chase.

Round 3 Overall Results

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 George Peters 463 53 1413.081
2 Shaun Lee 466 51 1629.418
3 Steve Stewart 466 50 1550.843
4 Jordan Walker 414 29 1665.419
5 Eric Lane 408 25 1553.913
6 Jerry Pearson 213 12 790.741
7 Kevin Webster 192 12 799.48

Race 1: Retro Vipers “Maximum Leeway” Lexan (IROC) (12v)

Starting off a little wild with a loose but fast platform. Of course, we allowed everyone warm-up time to adjust to these very different cars. While the Experts duked it out, Eric “Fastlane” Lane, drove to victory in Segment 3, in the Blue lane! Eric followed that feat up with a second-place finish in Segment 4, in the Yellow lane! Very nice driving! (Details)

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 George Peters 118 16 464.645
2 Steve Stewart 116 13 543.294
3 Shaun Lee 113 11 554.904
4 Eric Lane 104 7 558.158
5 Jerry Pearson 102 6 474.532
6 Jordan Walker 100 5 548.069

Race 2: MegaG+ 1.7 BOX STOCK “Indy/F1 Bodies” (18v)

Special guest, Shaun Lee, didn’t waste much time establishing himself with a nice win in the new MegaG+ support class. This class provides some amazingly competitive racing. Expert, Shaun Lee, put on a show as he managed to best Hone Cook’n by a lap in the end. Not to be outdone by the Experts, Sportsman driver, Jordan Walker, put in a very impressive effort and very nearly overtook Expert, Home Cook’n, for the second spot on the podium. Nice close racing, for sure. Jordan showed why he’s the current Sportsman-class points leader with some very nice driving. (Details)

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Shaun Lee 120 16 313.83
2 Steve Stewart 119 13 305.733
3 Jordan Walker 119 11 329.762
4 Eric Lane 114 7 319.5
5 Jerry Pearson 111 6 316.209
6 George Peters 109 5 311.353

Race 3: Jag Hobbies NC-2 BOX STOCK “Merc Jalopy Bodies” (IROC) (15v)

The third race was yet another hotly contested battle between both the Experts and the Sportsman drivers. This IROC set was comprised of four brand new “box stock” Jag Hobbies NC-2 platforms with Georgie’s classic Mercury sedan hard bodies. The NC-2 is a magnet car but with these bodies installed and utilizing only the four inside lanes of the oval course, they can be really challenging to drive. George Peters proved he’s the real deal with a convincing win, besting Home Cook’n yet again by two laps while Shaun Lee pressured for the second podium spot the whole race. The Sportsman class was also very close with Jordan Walker besting Eric Lane by only two laps with Kevin Webster only one lap down. That’s competitive racing, folks! (Details)

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 George Peters 116 16 387.879
2 Steve Stewart 114 13 386.638
3 Shaun Lee 114 11 397.977
4 Jordan Walker 97 7 397.009
5 Eric Lane 95 6 366.854
6 Kevin Webster 94 5 431.149

Race 4: Viper V-SPEC “SPEC RACER” Lexan GTP

The final race of the day and the feature event was the venerable Viper V-SPEC class. Shaun Lee clearly had a well-prepared car and seemed to have a slight top-speed edge. In fact, Shaun set a new V-SPEC lap record on the day with a 1.658-second lap in the tight Yellow lane. In spite of Shaun’s speed advantage, George Peters took advantage of his fuel management skills and bagged the win by just one lap over the hard-charging Shaun Lee in second.

Once again, the Sportsman racing was exceptionally close with Kevin Webster and Jordan Walker finishing on the same lap and Eric Lane just three laps down. (Details)

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 George Peters 120 16 249.204
2 Shaun Lee 119 13 362.707
3 Steve Stewart 117 11 315.178
4 Kevin Webster 98 7 368.331
5 Jordan Walker 98 6 390.579
6 Eric Lane 95 5 309.401

Sportsman Points Standings After Round 3

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Jordan Walker 995 98 7527.875
2 Kevin Webster 776 83 6832.854
3 Eric Lane 687 51 4394.271
4 Jerry Pearson 645 49 4770.748
5 Martha Elderon 411 29 4115.863
6 Tim Bisson 126 6 1366.187
7 Jake Bisson 89 4 1250.72

Expert Standings After Round 3

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 George Peters 1086 162 7094.179
2 Shaun Lee 466 51 1629.418
3 Steve Stewart 1101 169 7502.416

“Unofficial” IROC Race 5

After all the official racing had concluded, another neighbor, Michael Hutchinson, popped in with his 12-year old daughter to show her what slot car racing was all about. Michael, being a former elite road cyclist and skier, is no stranger to competitive activities and neither is his daughter, Harper. Both of them did some hot lapping and didn’t hesitate for a second to join us in another race. We decided to introduce them to slot car racing with a magnet car and chose a house set of 1.7 MegaG+ cars with winged 3D-printed Super Modified bodies running at 18v.

Shaun Lee hadn’t gotten his fill of oval racing yet and managed to win two segments and the overall with a huge four-lap gap ahead of George Peters in second. Kevin Webster bagged his first heat win of the day in Segment 5 in the Green lane.

Michael and Harper naturally didn’t have much of a chance against this bunch. However, they had a serious battle going on between father and daughter with Michael besting Harper by just two laps in the end. I’d say that’s pretty close competition between two first-time slot car racers. Hope both drivers join us again soon. (Details)

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Shaun Lee 120 16 406.881
2 George Peters 116 13 405.09
3 Steve Stewart 110 11 411.49
4 Kevin Webster 109 7 430.352
5 Jordan Walker 105 6 410.886
6 Michael Hutchinson 81 5 419.616
7 Harper Hutchinson 79 4 431.199

Hutchinson Challenge

Harper was not pleased with losing to her Dad in her first-ever slot car race. So she challenged Dad to a race-off, winner takes all the marbles; two drivers, two lanes, and 60 total laps. We decided to use another magnet car for this epic challenge race. Two cars were selected from the house Jag Hobbies TR-3 “Augoran” fleet for this match-up.

Short, sweet, and with plenty of carnage and arbitrage, Michael came out on top—again—by just two laps. Harper wasn’t happy but she seemed to really enjoy the race-off and pressuring Dad the whole time. Way fun stuff! (Details)

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Michael Hutchinson 60 16 243.092
2 Harper Hutchinson 58 13 254.293

Okay, shut up and drive!

Author: Race Director

Just an old slot car racer and Race Director at Stewart Raceway.

2 thoughts on “Race Report: 2023 50/50 Racing Series, Round 3 – A Day On The Oval”

  1. We had so much fun! I am now a slot-car fan!

    Next time I’ll try to bring my father-in-law who used to race slot-cars in the 60s, and maybe my daughter will come in tow kicking and screaming and then kick our butts.


    1. Hi Cameron, Way cool! Glad you and ELy enjoyed it. We hope to get a Kids/Parents team race together soon, possibly during Spring Break. Stay tuned for details on that.
      In any case, you’re in the loop on things. Hopefully, you can swing by on our next Track Day. No formal racing, just an open track to hone your skills in advance of your first race. Looking forward to seeing you and any other interested drivers you can bring into the mix. Great to finally meet you!

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