“Official” 2023 Season Points Standings

Below is a summary of the current points standings for all “official” racing to date for the 2023 racing season.

Who will take home the Season’s trophy?

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Kevin Webster 2773 735 26066.3
2 Aaron Castro 1015 401 8840.121
3 Jordan Walker 1980 385 15915.75
4 Jerry Pearson 1511 336 14395.3
5 Eric Lane 1440 183 12701.97
6 Shaylin Maddox 637 173 4788.795
7 Abe Maddox 550 153 4541.577
8 Fred Ebert 189 79 1658.412
1 Steve Stewart* 3382 1202 26227.38
2 George Peters* 2753 705 18209.27

* Denotes Expert ranked drivers.

The trophies shown are not the actual 2023 trophies.

With just one or two more races possible this season, it looks like Sportsman points leader, Kevin Webster (Webster Motorsports),  has a very good shot at the 2023 Season Championship trophy.

Based on his performance in Round 3 of the 50/50 Xtreme Series, Aaron Castro has a mathematical shot at the trophy. However, Kevin would have to miss at least one remaining round and Aaron would need another stellar day like he had in Round 3 to pull it off.  I guess we’ll just have to see if we can complete one or two more rounds before the end of the year.

Jordan Walker, also a championship contender, is expected to miss at least the next round, which, unfortunately, will take him out of contention for the championship win.

Okay, shut up and drive!

Current Top 10 Drivers for 2023 Season

Abe and Mom getting in some practice on SR3.

Below is a summary of ALL races ran to date in 2023, this includes kids races, dash races, official series races, and any other “unofficial” race completed throughout the season. Of course, it doesn’t necessarily reflect merit since some drivers show up much more than others, and some (me) show up for every event.

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 6041 2590 59631.24
2 Kevin Webster 4649 1546 51604.85
3 Aaron Castro 2711 1043 27476.9
4 George Peters 3066 860 21576.99
5 Abe Maddox 1272 765 14974.65
6 Jerry Pearson 1943 702 21632.81
7 Shaylin Maddox 1258 611 15360.7
8 Eric Lane 1456 502 15520.8
9 Jordan Walker 1633 351 14267.18
10 Grace Maddox 335 214 5017.043
Some of our junior drivers getting ready to race.

A few things to note from the 2023 season so far:

      1. The latest entry into our group, Aaron Castro is not long for the Sportsman ranks and will likely be the 2023 Rookie Driver of the Year and advance to the Expert ranks very soon.
      2. Abe Maddox is clearly the 2023 Junior Driver of the Year and can race with the “Big Kids” anytime.
      3. While I don’t believe there should be any distinction between male and female drivers in slot car racing, Abe’s Mom, Shaylin Maddox, is definitely our most active and possibly our best female driver in the group. It’s truly way cool to have women interested in racing and we have two adult women, Shaylin and Martha Elderon, who are very good slot car jockeys, for sure.

With just one more month remaining in the 2023 season, this summary isn’t likely to change much. We have two more “official” races to complete before the end of 2023. Hopefully, we can conclude them before the end of the year and give out some of these well-deserved awards.

Stay tuned for a complete summary of the “official” races of the 2023 season…

2023 50/50 Xtreme Series: Round 3, A Fine Day on the SR3 Oval

Abe Maddox pointing out his 1161 laps in practice before round 3.

Race 1: Johnny Lightning “Shaunadega” Vintage NASCAR (IROC) 18v
JL “Shaunadega” NASCAR podium: Home Cook’n, Aaron Castro, George Peters

George Peter’s dragged these cool cars out of his archives to run on the SR3 oval. They did not disappoint anybody. These cars are a hoot to drive, fast, and loose, but very predictable. The venerable pancake motor with vintage NASCAR bodies is a blast to race on an oval. The main battle in this one was between Home Cook’n, Aaron Castro, and George Peters, with Aaron finishing a close second and on the same lap as the winner. A secondary battle was going on between Sportsman drivers, Kevin Webster and Shaylin Maddox. Shaylin had never driven the SR3 oval course nor had she ever driven a Johnny Lightning “Shaunadega” car. In the end, Shaylin managed to take third in the final two segments, besting Kevin by four laps and just four points. Great driving!  Detailed Results

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart* 156 59 702.416
2 Aaron Castro 156 55 681.966
3 George Peters* 152 53 697.333
4 Shaylin Maddox 126 36 704.308
5 Kevin Webster 122 32 714.1
Race 2: MegaG+ 1.7 “Modified” 18v
MG+ Modified podium: Hone Cook’n, Aaron Castro, George Peters

This relatively new class has been very interesting and competitive. The “paper” bodies transform the MG+ chassis into a real speedster by virtue of less weight and overall mass, making the MG+ 1.7 platform much more exciting to drive. Unfortunately, Team Maddox had to abandon racing after the first event due to their younger drivers favoring other interests. That would leave just four of us to complete round 3 but it was still hot and heavy racing from then on. Race was yet another barn burner with Aaron Castro putting in a fierce effort to win Race 2. In the end, each segment of the race was identical in terms of finishing order with Aaron finishing on the same lap as the leader again!  Detailed Results

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart* 158 56 405.562
2 Aaron Castro 158 55 405.935
3 George Peters* 154 49 405.545
4 Kevin Webster 141 28 406.317
Race 3: OS3 TFX “Box Stock” 1968 and 70 Camaro Hard Bodies (IROC) 18v
TFX Podium: Aaron Castro, Home Cook’n, George Peters

In the spirit of the Aurora ThunderJet, these cars are completely stock TFX chassis’. Very challenging to drive, even on an oval. Sportsman driver, Aaron Castro, dominated Race 3 winning three of the four segments and clearly demonstrating his diverse driving skills with these fast but loose cars. Expert driver and veteran T-Jet driver, George Peters, fought hard for the win in this one but Aaron clicked off four perfect 40-lap segments and sealed the deal with a convincing win in the final segment.  Detailed Results

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Aaron Castro 160 61 1029.151
2 Steve Stewart* 155 55 1028.422
3 George Peters* 146 44 1037.697
4 Kevin Webster 120 28 1042.492
Race 4: Viper V-SPEC “SPEC STOCK” Lexan GTP 15v
Viper V-SPEC Podium: Home Cook’n, Aaron Castro, George Peters

One of our faster classes, these cars are essentially “box stock” Viper V-SPEC chassis’ with a Lexan body. No other mods are allowed. The fastest cars we ran in Round 3 and probably the most adrenaline-producing of the bunch. The final “official” race of the day was probably the most competitive of all with four very fast V-SPEC cars duking it out on the oval.  The big story of the day was the Sportsman points battle between Kevin Webster and Aaron Castro. Kevin was leading the points chase by 21 over Aaron going into Round 3. Kevin knew he wasn’t having his best day going into the final race and was clearly on a mission to salvage the day with a win.  Kevin came out of the gate with guns blazing and very fast laps, clinging onto second place until segment 3, when he had a disastrous run in the Blue lane only completing 34 laps.  George Peters was in a solid third position until segment 3 when Aaron Castro came out of nowhere and won the segment with a perfect 40 laps completed. That would set the stage for an epic battle in the final segment. In the end, Home Cook’n managed to hold onto a slim 2-lap lead to take the win. The final segment was very close with Aaron and George putting in a perfect 40-laps and Kevin only losing one lap but with the best median lap time of the segment.  That’s some very competitive racing, folks.  Detailed Results

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart* 158 61 501.295
2 Aaron Castro 156 47 503.668
3 George Peters* 154 40 505.022
4 Kevin Webster 151 40 505.363
Overall Results for Round 3
Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart* 627 231 2637.695
2 Aaron Castro 630 218 2620.72
3 George Peters* 606 186 2645.597
4 Kevin Webster 534 128 2668.272
5 Shaylin Maddox 126 36 704.308

So cool to have Shaylin in the mix. She’s getting better and better each race and adapts amazingly well to every car, layout, and race format we throw at her. Way to go, Shaylin!

2023 50/50 Xtreme Series Points Standings after Round 3
Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart* 1477 686 15573.7
2 Aaron Castro 1456 604 15715.95
3 Kevin Webster 1256 398 16165.68
4 Jerry Pearson 541 190 8600.651
5 George Peters* 606 186 2645.597
6 Eric Lane 339 112 6219.998
7 Martha Elderon 180 60 2304.775
8 Shaylin Maddox 126 36 704.308

By winning one race and coming in a close second in the other three events, Aaron Castro has rocketed into the lead in the Sportsman standings. With two more rounds to go, Kevin Webster is going to need a lot of luck and some very good driving to get back into a series-win position.

Vintage Fray T-Jets podium: Home Cook’n, Aaron Castro, George Peters

We actually didn’t stop racing after the four “official” races. The four of us clicked off four more fuel races, ending with a Fray T-Jet “slip-on” IROC race! Surprisingly, Aaron finished just two laps down on the leader having never raced a Fray car before.

Stay tuned for details on our next events at Stewart Raceway. Next weekend will be an open track and, hopefully, some junior racing. Round 4 of the series will return to the SR3 “Fast Esses” road course.

Okay, shut up and drive!

2023 50/50 Xtreme Series: Round 2 – Going to extremes

Round 2 of the series started with another qualifying session that would not only seed the subsequent races but also decide the selection order for the latest MegaG+ 1.7 “paper” bodies from Hammerschlagen Fabrications. The fastest Sportsman driver, Jerry Pearson, clicked off a very nice 5-lap average time and got the first pick of the newly minted “paper” bodies for our new MG+ Modified class.

Grace Maddox qualified first and, of course, had the pole for a brief time before getting knocked off. She had a very nice run with no offs!

Shaylin Maddox and Eric Lane had the closest rivalry in qualifying with only a 4-mph difference in top speed.

Team Maddox was without Junior ace, Abe Maddox, this round due to a “contract” dispute forcing team management to suspend him for at least one event.

Qualifying (5-lap average, 2-lap warm-up)
Track: SR3 Road Course Fast Esses (Chicane)
Date: Oct-28-2023 12:29
Class: Mega-G+ 1.7 Support Class
Descr: F1/Indy bodies on “Lite: rules chassis
Name Lap Time Speed (Mph) Place
Steve Stewart 5.998 549 1
Jerry Pearson 6.427 512 2
Aaron Castro 6.928 475 3
Kevin Webster 7.157 460 4
Shaylin Maddox 8.04 409 5
Eric Lane 8.132 405 6
Grace Maddox 8.488 388 7

Team Maddox had to exit Round 2 just after qualifying and would not participate in the day’s points racing. Details

Race 1: MG+ 1.7 Vans c/o Eric “Fast” Lane’s stable

Wow, these cars were interesting. MegaG+ speed and power but with a very high and top-heavy van hardbody. This race was pretty much a battle between Home Cook’n and our newest club driver, Aaron Castro. Though Jerry Pearson was knocking on Aaron’s door quite a bit throughout the race. In the end, Aaron would win the Sportsman class and Jerry Pearson would bag second with just two points over Eric Lane. Very close racing and way fun cars!  Details

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 125 80 2192.957
2 Aaron Castro 121 61 2235.927
3 Jerry Pearson 113 43 2231.131
4 Eric Lane 113 41 2238.855
5 Kevin Webster 112 40 2243.482
Race 2: Retro-Vipers with Maximum Leeway Lexan Bodies

This one was probably a poor choice by the Race Director. Lots of crashes and mayhem as all drivers struggled with the incredible power of the V-SPEC motor box and almost zero downforce. These cars are loose but very fast. This one was a battle between Home Cook’n and Aaron Castro most of the way. But that didn’t deter Jerry Pearson, who fought hard all the way to the end, finishing third overall with outstanding driving performance with this very difficult-to-driver cars. Webster Motorsports would abandon the race in frustration after just 5-laps into the third segment. Some guys just don’t like loose cars.  Details

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 125 77 2331.13
2 Aaron Castro 121 63 2365.839
3 Jerry Pearson 111 55 2360.755
4 Eric Lane 105 39 2351.244
5 Kevin Webster 47 31 2393.731
Race 3: Viper V-SPEC “SPEC STOCK” Lexan Bodies

This is our newest class, which is a slightly different spin on HOPRA’s SPEC STOCK rules, which allows a Lexan body instead of the hard OEM plastic or resin bodies using a body clip.

This final race was very competitive with Aaron Castro putting in an amazing run against Home Cook’n, leading several segments for long periods and generally driving extremely well. Aaron would end up second in every segment but led much of each segment. Meanwhile, Jerry Pearson and Kevin Webster would have the battle royale fighting for the final spot on the podium.

End the end, Jerry would best Kevin by just two points even though Kevin had seven more total laps. This is a very competitive class, all drivers had some very good lap times and strong stints in the lead.  Great racing by all!  Details

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 150 80 1595.555
2 Aaron Castro 143 59 1617.635
3 Jerry Pearson 137 48 1626.956
4 Kevin Webster 144 46 1627.687
5 Eric Lane 121 32 1629.899
Round 2 Overall Results:
Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 400 237 6119.642
1 Aaron Castro 385 183 6219.401
2 Jerry Pearson 361 146 6218.842
3 Kevin Webster 303 117 6264.9
4 Eric Lane 339 112 6219.998

Home Cook’n was the lone Expert driver in the field for Round 2 with experts, Brad Sandahl, George, Peters, and Jordan Walker all no-shows. New driver, Aaron Castro gets top honors in the Sportsman ranks with a very nice showing in his first official racing event at Stewart Raceway.

2023 50/50 Xtreme Series Standings as of Round 2:
Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart* 597 353 8381.957
1 Kevin Webster 491 214 8624.812
2 Aaron Castro 385 183 6219.401
3 Jerry Pearson 361 146 6218.842
4 Eric Lane 339 112 6219.998
5 George Peters* 190 102 2353.44
6 Jordan Walker* 141 75 2213.675
7 Grace Maddox 82 45 716.313
8 Abe Maddox 81 42 789.937
9 Shaylin Maddox 88 40 870.364

* Expert

The standings are a bit distorted due to the attendance of the first two events. However, it looks like there will be a fierce points battle in the Sportsman division between leader, Kevin Webster and chasers, Aaron Castro and Jerry Pearson. Of course, all that can change quickly but I’m sure our newest driver on the scene, Aaron Castro, is looking for not only race wins but a series win also.

Stay tuned for details on Round 3. I hope to continue the series this coming weekend if we can get enough attendance.

Okay, shut up and drive!

2023 50/50 Xtreme Series: Round 1 – Short but sweet!

Well, we didn’t have all of the usual suspects in the paddock but we clicked off three action packed races, all with the MegaG+ 1.7 platform.

George Peters, Abe Maddox, Jordan Walker

The first event was qualifying. We had hoped to do a new style/format for qualifying but it didn’t work so we just did an Indy-style format but with 10-laps to get the best average lap time.

Young gun, Abe Maddox, of Team Maddox fame knocked first-up qualifier, Kevin Webster, of Webster Motorsport fame off the leaderboard with a blistering 10-lap average of 6.072 putting Abe on the pole until the last qualifier, George Peters, put in another blistering 10-lap performance with an average lap time of 6.026 and an average speed of 546-mph. Neither driver appeared to have suffered a crash during their 10-lap pole setting efforts.

Track: SR3 Road Course Fast Esses (Chicane)
Date: Oct-21-2023 12:33
Class: Mega-G+ 1.7 Support Class “Lites”
Descr: 10-Lap Qualifying Session
Name Lap Time Speed (Mph) Place
George Peters 6.026 546 1
Abe Maddox 6.072 542 2
Kevin Webster 6.433 512 3
Jordan Walker 6.56 502 4
Shaylin Maddox 6.742 488 5
Steve Stewart 7.489 440 6
Grace Maddox 8.269 398 7
Race #1: MegaG+ “Lites” IROC (Paper Whelen Modifieds)
George Peters, Home Cook’n, Kevin Webster

These cars are fun but when you fit a super-light paper body on them, they get even more fun. The paper bodies are so light, the car handles like it doesn’t have a body at all.

George Peters pretty much dominated this event, but Team Maddox had one heat win and several second-place finishes with Shaylin Maddox winning the final segment handily while filling in for teammate, Grace Maddox. Shaylin completed all laps of the final segment and clicked of the best lap of the segment (5.954).

Sportsman driver, Kevin Webster, quietly bagged the final podium spot with one solid segment win and solid placings in his other segments. Detailed Results

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 George Peters 98 56 889.721
2 Steve Stewart 97 52 816.236
3 Kevin Webster 89 47 898.078
4 Jordan Walker 83 47 740.99
5 Grace Maddox 82 45 716.313
6 Abe Maddox 81 42 789.937
7 Shaylin Maddox 88 40 870.364
Race #2: MegaG+ 1.7 “Lites”
Home Cook’n, Kevin Webster, George Peters

These are our pretty much box-stock MegaG+ cars with very slight mods and hardbodies, typically F1/Indy or NASCAR stock car livery.

Kevin Webster very nearly won this event with outstanding driving, Kevin and Home Cook’n were neck and neck the whole event going into the final segment. Kevin would end up one lap down after a hard crash with just a few laps left in the final segment. The crash gave Home Cook’n a good gap and Kevin was unable to close it before the race ended.

The past, present, and future of slot car racing. Team Maddox rocks!

George Peters came on very strong in the final segment placing second and on the same lap as the leader but struggled during the other heats due to distraction from erratic driving by teammate, Jordan Walker. Jordan put in some amazing laps during the race but lost his focus and would abandon after the third segment. Detailed Results

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 100 64 1446.079
2 Kevin Webster 99 50 1461.834
3 George Peters 92 46 1463.719
4 Jordan Walker 58 28 1472.685
Series Standings after Round 1
Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Steve Stewart 197 116 2262.315
2 George Peters 190 102 2353.44
3 Kevin Webster 188 97 2359.912
4 Jordan Walker 141 75 2213.675
5 Grace Maddox 82 45 716.313
6 Abe Maddox 81 42 789.937
7 Shaylin Maddox 88 40 870.364

So, there you have it. Round 1 of the 2023 50/50 Xtreme Series is in the books. As always, you can miss one race in any series and still be in the hunt for a series win.

The MegaG+ platform has been an amazingly competitive platform and appears to be a keeper at Stewart Raceway. With the addition of the new “paper” bodies, we’re considering adding a “Modified” version of this car using the superlight paper body and maybe an independent front-end, and possibly N42 or even N52 traction magnets. Personally, I think just the paper body addition is quite the performance improvement, but some folks like to go even faster.

Stay tuned for details on Round 2 and our next track day.

Okay, shut up and drive!