(updated 10-26-12)- Racing for the season is complete.
We would like to thank those that supported our racing efforts during the 2012 racing season at OTR Speedway. It was a strong start but a rough finish as car counts dropped off after mid-summer. No doubt that the economy and sporting schedules played a part in the decline. We are optimistic for the future of the facility but due to this years decline in car counts we will be re-evaluating our racing schedule for next years outdoor season. We will most likely move to a special events only racing schedule which will plan events once or twice a month well in advance to allow our racers to plan ahead as well as save traveling expenses. Once again thank you for your support throughout the last several years and we hope to see you at the track next spring!
Indoor Racing has taken a turn!
Due to the falling interest of indoor 1/18th scale racing we have been forced to look in a different direction this winter season. That turn in the track is from R/C to 1/32 and 1/64 slot cars at the indoor track. We are not looking to go away from R/C by any measure but are giving a change of pace a try. We currently have enough track for a large 4-lane HO layout and are going to be purchasing a 4-lane 1/32 slot track in the very near future. We have consulted with our local hobby shop about the move and there are some good points to this effort. Cars and equipment are much more affordable and the cost to new racers is significantly lower than R/C in any scale. Plus we are hoping that some cross promotion to a different hobby community might strengthen both areas which would be beneficial to all involved. If you have any interest in racing slot cars feel free to contact us at any time. This effort will be on a very basic level so we don't plan to form any sort of league or points based system at this time. This will simply be for some great fun and entertainment throughout the winter months! Since the 2 4-lane layouts will be built in the basement the current oval track while not gone; will not be in service. Pictures of the layouts will be posted once everything is setup and operational.
Pictured here is the heart of the OTR Speedway "Hobby Lounge" located in downtown Waverly, NY. This part of our workshop is where we service vehicles, build new radio controller projects, and work on our track website. As you can see we are dedicated to the hobby and put in a lot of hours at the workbench.
After 8 great rounds of racing action we head into the fall stretch full speed ahead! We have brought in another 6 tons of surface material and finished the resurface of the racetrack in turns 3 and 4. The overall surface is much smoother and we will work to keep fine tuning as the season progresses. Soft mini-pins are the tire of choice and so far there has been very little tire wear issues. An added benefit of the new clay has been very little race day track re-work. This has been great help in moving the racing program along with the solid field of drivers that has been attending this season. We appreciate all of the support and look forward to continually improving the racing surface and facility.
A round of short course trucks ready to race.
Turtle's Toys & Hobbies is on site and racing today.
First Round of Electric Sprints on the Grid!
Here are some pics from the last round of racing action!
I think Scott spotted the camera man on this shot!
Here is one BUSY racer at the track. He's currently fielding 10 cars for 3 drivers!
Here's some driver's during a practice session.
Here is some racing action during practice between some short course truck drivers. Short course trucks started to gain popularity almost 5 years ago now and have become a huge hit across the country at tracks everywhere. We always have a large turnout of these trucks every race day. For this class we run 5 minute heats and mains instead of 4 minutes just because our racers cannot get enough! this is a great class to start beginners out in as the platforms are very durable. Almost every manufacturer of R/C vehicles out there has a 2WD SC platform including Traxxas, Losi, Associated, Duratrax, and OFNA. Parts are also available almost everywhere.
Racing action so far this season has been really good and the class turnout has been outstanding. We have been racing 4 regular classes including Nitro and Electric EDM's, Electric Sprints, and Electric 2WD Short Course trucks. We have been averaging over 40 entries for our first few race days and look to continue building on that as the season progresses.
"Dirt is for Racing, Asphalt is for getting there."