BREAKING: Drag racing is on for Saturdays at 1:30 PM (8 Car Limit).
100 McMillan Drive Suite H Spartanburg, SC
OPEN WEDNESDAYS/THURSDAYS AT 7 PM AND SATURDAYS AT 10 AM
WEDNESDAY NIGHT IS FLEXI JK BOX STOCK NIGHT
THURSDAY NIGHT is PROTRACK FAIRGROUND CLASS and STOCK CAR RACING
SATURDAY IS DRAG RACING at 1:30 PM!!
LMP = LE MANS PROTOTYPE
UPDATES AND CHANGES
SCHEDULES AND POLICIES
One of the first questions asked about any raceway is, "What do you race?"
The racing program at Upstate is one that tries to make the largest group of classes accessible to everyone without having to strain the budget for each class. We race flexi LMP on a 4" chassis. They will race with a 48K motor and you can choose between the Intimidator, American Eagle, and the Hawk 7,
With the arrival of the King Track we will race LMP and Wing Cars with a HAWK 12bb motor.
(From Tim Wood's post on Slot Blog: The Mid-America Eagle is Very similar to a Hawk 7. Try it out you might like it. The gear ratio on the Eagle needs to be changed. What ever you run on the Hawk 7 try adding 1 or 2 teeth up on your pinion for the Eagle.)
The following class races will be scheduled based on interest and participation.
We will race:
FAIRGROUND CLASS, a 4" Protrack Chassis with an 18K motor.
STOCK CAR 170-195g weight body and Hawk 25 Motor
FLEXI STOCK (Intimidator, Hawk 7, or American Eagle)
GTP (Phoenix motor)
GROUP F WING Car JK 12BB MOTOR
JK Box Stock (Races Wednesday Evenings) LMP/INDY
In an effort to allow some choice of motors and yet minimize the need to change motors for every class, Upstate Speedway has settled on this motors as being close enough in performance to be interchangeable in our 3 Flexi Car Classes.
Intimidator, Hawk 7 and the Eagle motors are interchangeable in the non-box stock LMP Class
JK LMP/INDY Box Stock will race the Hawk 7 or Intimidator ONLY.
GTP will use the Mid America Phoenix Motor
Group F Wing Cars will race with the Phoenix Motor
The Pro-track Stock Car and NASTRUCK classes use the Hawk 25 Motor
Every attempt will be made to feature like motors in multiple classes to minimize the need to purchase different motors for different races. At times, there may be an option of two motors which would allow racers to decide which motor will work best for them. The intention is to keep costs down for budget conscience racers and allow reasonable flexibility for those wanting to maximize their slot car potential in any given race. As always, winning is more about driving than speed or road course tracks.
Upstate Speedway is a private undertaking by a local guy motivated by a desire to enjoy slot car racing with like-minded folks.
There are rules, expectations, and reasons behind them.
1. You need to police your own behavior, language, and sportsmanship while visiting the Speedway. Excessive language or aggressive behavior will get you a pass to the front door and if it is extreme you will not be allowed to race at Upstate Speedway in the future. As you might expect, there will be no smoking in or around the building or front doors. Please move away from the front doors if you need to smoke. No alcohol will be consumed in the building and drunkenness will not be tolerated. If you are intoxicated you will leave the building.
2. The racing rules are designed to appeal to the broadest group of people possible. Limits are meant to keep the races competitive for those entering the hobby. Imagine a professional football player showing up to compete in a local Punt, Pass, and Kick competition. While he might have fun, he would effectively shut down the event. There are times that will come when the best of the best can show off their racing skill and engineering but most of this track time will be dedicated to the hobbyist and enthusiast who wants to enjoy the company of other racers, their family, and learn as they race. Please respect the intention of the track and don’t try to work around or break racing rules to grab a racing victory. Character in the hobby is important.
3. It’s my goal to get acquainted with all the racers that come to Upstate Speedway. This is a unique hobby where every person can learn something from another. The starry-eyed beginner that watches the experienced racer whip around the track at what seems like amazing speeds and then the savvy old school racer that sees a new part on a car he has never seen before. Sitting around, drinking a soda and telling race stories, planning and building for the next “big one” is what this is all about. It’s more about the community than the individual showing what they can do. Of course, in racing, winning is the goal. But never discourage the racer that finishes last. Walk over and check to see what you can do to help him or her be more competitive.
And in this Speedway, cultivating the kids love for slot cars will always trump any other adult complaint unless a gross injustice has occurred. Take care of the racing kids. They will be keeping the track running when you’re racing in 20 years.