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April 1, 2013

Fast Tracks Raceway offers speed year-round

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AVON —

Then there's the drag strip. The one at Fast Tracks has a "Christmas tree" just like what you'd see at O'Reilly Raceway Park. One car Ron runs finishes the strip in less than a second. That's about average. Others can do it in less than half a second.

Just like with real racing, the key is to let off the throttle on the turns and go full blast on the straight-aways. Also like in real racing, slot cars will wipe out and even leave the track.

"We've seen them bounce off the far wall before," Ron said.

But racing, and especially slot car racing, is something that all ages can enjoy.

"Little kids do great at this," Barb said. "I don't know if it's from video games, but they take right to it."

Even the professionals get heavily involved. There's a regular at Fast Tracks who's originally from Argentina and works on an Indy Car team.

"You wouldn't believe some of the cars these people have," Barb said. "A lot of guys who race actual cars do this during the winter."

That doesn't mean there isn't room for amateurs. Ron said a new slot car, which can be bought at Fast Tracks, costs about $55. It's like any hobby though. You can spend a lot more than that if you want. There isn't much you can do to modify a slot car's performance, though, other than adding weight for better handling. You can change their appearance however. One Fast Tracks regular has a slot car that looks like his real one.

"There are all levels of enthusiasts," Ron said. In Fast Tracks' history so far, that has been everything from a fundraiser for a Little League team to some friendly competition between members of the Indianapolis Mustang Car Club.

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