View Full Version : Pierce Park Raceway grand opening in Muncie. Nitro's welcome
03-12-2010, 12:05 AM
Pierce Park Raceway will reopen sometime in March or April depending on weather. You will be required to own a personal transponder and racing fees will be $10 for first entry and $5 for additional entry's. Trophy races will be as often as last summer.
03-14-2010, 04:35 PM
Could someone tell me what class a stock slash 4x4 would run in...I saw that there was a stock slash class, but not sure if that was for the 4x4...i also saw a 4x4 open class and didn't know if i would have to spend a lot of money to upgrade batteries and motors etc..to be competitive..
03-16-2010, 10:55 AM
The stock Slash 4 x 4 will be quite competitive in the open 4 x 4 class. The system that comes with it is quick and reliable. You can run up to 3 Cell Lipo and get a top speed of 70 mph. PPR is a large outdoor track so speed works well but the truck must also jump well.
Race Director Steve and guys who race there will be happy to help you with setup and advice. This is a friendly group of guys who unlike some tracks don't keep racing secrets. They love to see other racers getting faster and they love the competition.
Come out and visit or run your truck to check it out. You will be welcomed.
03-17-2010, 09:35 PM
Hi my name is Steve Tweedy and I'm the race director at Pierce park Raceway. The open 4wd short course class was built around the Slash 4x4. I've allowed the use of 3 cell in this class cause I believe the Slash 4x4 could plant that power sucessfully. The Velinion is a very potent powerplant. I see no need for upgrade in power, just proper setup and driver control.
03-19-2010, 10:02 PM
Steve is the man. Not only is he race director but he is a racer. He knows what racers like and will run the track that way. He is also willing to help anyone who has questions. Our racers are very friendly and usually you find us helping the other racers and sometimes repairing the competitions stuff.
03-19-2010, 10:10 PM
Thats the way I'd like to have the races ran. As strange as it sounds it's true. I know I'm in it for the win But not at the cost of even one racer not having a good time. I'll always lend a hand to anyone that needs and respects it. I still need help today and will give honest help back even if your faster.:dude:
03-22-2010, 11:30 AM
Several nitro guys have posted and PM with interest. If you like the sound of your nitro wound out and on the pipe you will like this track 150' straight with a large table top. Lot of speed and plenty of flight time. Check out the website and watch for pics as it gets closer to opening weekend.
Opens second weekend of April. Nitro on Saturday and electric on Sunday.
03-24-2010, 12:12 PM
For those asking for pics, Steve is working on getting some that show good detail of track, drivers stand, location, etc.
03-25-2010, 11:40 AM
Currently Steve has an Internet access issue. More info and pics will be coming.
03-26-2010, 11:34 AM
Some pics of last years track when they were testing and working on design of the track are now on the website. When we get some newer ones up, you will see the drivers stand, race directors area, more jumps, etc.
03-26-2010, 02:39 PM
Since there are two PPR threads, I have asked Hank (moderator) to remove the one I started and we can use this one only. This keeps all info and posts in one thread, saves space, and makes it easier for people to find the thread.
03-26-2010, 10:53 PM
03-27-2010, 09:51 AM
No problem. I don't know how fast it will be removed but probably not long.
03-29-2010, 12:51 PM
With some great weather this week, progress for opening should move along.
Drivers' stand is looking good. More pics for website soon.
03-29-2010, 09:13 PM
Everythings going great. I'll have my part ready. Now we just need the weather to do it's part. If the nitro guy's don't show up I'm putting evening electric practice on saturdays. $5.00 all day. Already thinking of Friday practice.
03-30-2010, 12:02 AM
What kind of pit area do you guys have do I need to bring my own table power or anything else
03-30-2010, 11:45 AM
We have a few tables and plan on getting more and we also have some extension cords but don't know how many to expect so we might run out. I would bring table, chair, and cord (at least the first time). EZ Ups are welcome and we may have an extra one or two. There is also plenty of space to pit in the shade of the trees.
We are all friendly and you can always tap off another racers power cord if needed. We will be glad to have you join us for either nitro or electric....maybe even both.
Another local track which we cooperate with runs short course and off road electric on Saturday morning (Left Turn Raceway). You could run electric off road at LTR on Saturday morning, nitro at PPR on Saturday afternoon, and electric again on Sunday afternoon at PPR. Wow what a weekend that would make.
Look for some announcements of special events coming soon.
03-30-2010, 11:48 AM
Just a reminder, many tracks aren't scheduled to start out door racing until May. You can get some early tuning in at PPR and have a blast doing it.
Remember: Carpet is for your house, asphalt is to get to the race track, and dirt is for racin!
I actually love all forms of racing.
03-30-2010, 01:43 PM
What about a small trailer
03-30-2010, 11:52 PM
There is a nice flat area at the West end of the track area that is flat and would be perfect. It will be close for extension chord and you will be about 10' from the track. We had some park their trucks there last year and pit out of the back of the bed.
03-31-2010, 12:39 AM
Cool thanks thats what I needed to know
03-31-2010, 02:25 PM
You can call Steve and come out and check out the location anytime he is there even if it is not a race day. He works days so it would be in the evening or weekend. His number is on the website. Still making progress toward the opening week after this. The heavy rain recently slowed things a bit but that is normal around here this time of year.
Where are you located?
03-31-2010, 10:07 PM
I live in lapel 2 miles off of 69
04-01-2010, 01:13 AM
Glad to hear your coming Twin Racers. There will be plenty of room for a small trailer. My name is Steve Tweedy and I'm the race director for PPR. What classes are you going to be runnin. If your running elec. you will want to gear up this is a fast paced track. I'll ensure everyone gets power.
04-01-2010, 08:09 AM
I run stock slash and sc-10 class and also have two boys that runs the novice class (slash) that's if you guys run some kind of class like that. Are you guys still plan on racing Sunday the 11th and was wondering what time we can show up there in the morning.
04-01-2010, 10:32 AM
We have a large class of Slash racers. The boys will fit in. My grandsons will be there some times as well as my son.
I'll let Steve answer as to time for opening and if everything is still on schedule for the 11th. I haven't talked with him for a couple of days and don't want to speak for him. He works during the day and probably won't see this until tonight. If he doesn't answer soon, I will call him and post details.
Looking forward to seeing all of you at the track.
04-01-2010, 10:44 AM
Happy Easter to everyone from PPR and all future racers that be there.
04-01-2010, 09:51 PM
Everything is going smoothly. You can show up at 11:00 am on the 11th call me at 765 730 7575 if you get lost my name is Steve. I highly encourage racers of all ages. There is information on my site about race classes under race rules. I offer novice and stock slash class. You can also join our forum called Lets Talk Dirt. www.pierceparkraceway.com
04-01-2010, 09:57 PM
Steve just e-mailed with XXX-fan in Culver Indiana on another thread, he is coming down and looking forward to running the new track. He has run at Stateline in Northern Indiana before and has experience so would be good one to ask what he thinks of track.
He said he would prefer personals, but house transponders would be OK.
04-01-2010, 10:00 PM
Also PM'd my old racing friend John Baron from Auburn Indiana (we raced together in Fort Wayne). He is going to try and make it down some Sunday to run electric with us. Nice guy, great at setting up cars & trucks, and has one many A-Mains in some big races.
Also used to run his own graphics shop for RC.
04-01-2010, 10:22 PM
is the nitro still runnng sad. thought i would come and see whats up i got out of racing because all the tracks shut down but still got a truggy if you see larry ask him he knows me we have race toghter a long time i might check in to the slash class for me and my grand daughter but we will see
04-01-2010, 10:30 PM
Big Fred, good to hear from you. How about this off road in our own back yard. Nitro not running this weekend due to Easter and track prep.
Steve will run a great nitro show on Saturday and electric on Sunday. He will open the weekend after this due to Easter.
If you want to come out and look the track over, call Steve (his number is on the website www.pierceparkraceway.com) and he will be certain he is there.
It is easy to find. Go out 332 toward 69. When you come to CR 700, turn to the right (North). Go 2.2 miles and you will pass a four way stop in a curve (don't forget to stop-LOL), just up the hill on your left back a lane is the track.
I will be there as much as possible this year. Hope to see you.
04-01-2010, 10:56 PM
If you want to visit the track during the day, call me and I will go out with you. Due to location Steve wants someone there with visitors if he can't be. He works days and I am retired so I can be there when he can't.
I am PMing you my cell number.
04-01-2010, 11:24 PM
Hope to see you there Fred I would like to see nitro saturday to be filled with the sound of angry bee's and the smell of nitro.
04-01-2010, 11:27 PM
i allready been there looks like it might make a good track and yes it great to have one so close ill be there next sad. to run nitro and talk to some people about the elect classes not going to get in to it as big as i was havent got that much money any more lol
04-01-2010, 11:30 PM
Glad to hear people are coming out. If we dont have problems with marshels things will go smoothly.
04-02-2010, 10:42 AM
Good to hear that, Fred.
You will have fun. I run the Slash short course and it is a blast. Probably biggest electric class anymore.
I will try to catch up with you by visiting next Saturday (not running nitro). If you think about electric, I have a brand new, never been on the dirt Slash I can make a deal on.
More guys are posting here and on the website all the time. Sounds like it could be a great first season.
04-02-2010, 10:39 PM
Big Fred... Good to hear from you. Get ya a Slash. They are a blast. They are a refreshing change from the ozite. I plan to run some stock Slash this summer around the sate.
04-03-2010, 12:08 AM
The drivers stand will be done tommorrow and nitro pit will be done sunday. Hope to see you show up Brad. I am only a block away and always enjoyed racing with ya. You always made us work for our positions.
04-03-2010, 12:18 AM
I plan on doing some racing out there for sure this summer. If i get a chance I may show up tomorrow. It going to be too warm for carpet.
04-03-2010, 09:23 AM
Good to know you plan on coming out, Brad. It will be fun. My stock Slash is ready to go also.
04-03-2010, 05:23 PM
how far is this track from downtown indy? I will be in town for your opening day and will be working till 1 and I'm thinking about trying to get there to race some truggy. just need to know how long it will take me to get there.
04-03-2010, 08:32 PM
I can go from the track to Indy in about an hour (driving the speed limit). It might be a bit longer from down town. If you are coming, call Steve he will enter you in the computer and you will be ready when you arrive. That will allow you to set up pits and get ready for the first heat you can run.
Go to website for Steve's number. www.pierceparkraceway.com
04-04-2010, 07:42 PM
Checked back at track today. The drivers' stand is done. Large, very sturdy, and great view of entire track. Today (delayed by yesterday's rain) Steve was doing some filling on the East end to prevent water build up in future. That corner will now be slightly banked with a berm. Two other jumps are being worked on to increase the drivers' challenge. It will be fun.
04-05-2010, 02:48 AM
I live in Muncie and just wanted to know if I can run a Savage Flux Hp with dual 3s lipo or is this not allowed. I also have a 4908 T-Maxx 3.3 that I could run for Nitro. I have never raced at all and have never even been on a track with my trucks but would love to see what it's all about. I know my trucks aren't racers but I would love to try it out. I also have a 5 year old son that I would love to introduce to the hobby as well. I know that he is young but he is really into my trucks and I was wondering if maybe there was some kind of class I could get him into. My name is Daniel.
04-05-2010, 10:53 AM
Steve will fit you into a class with any vehicle you bring. We might have some mixed classes as the number of racers grows. There are a lot of guys here who like to have fun first and so mixing vehicles isn't a problem. Several of the racers have monster trucks both electric and nitro so I am certain we can get you in. We may even need to mix electric 1/18th with nitro 1/8th some days. Isn't the Flux an electric 1/8th? If so with a 1 3 cell lipo it will run with other 4 wheel drive unlimited class. We will need to check with Steve because you would have an advantage with 2 3 cell versus a 1 3 cell truck. We already have some guys with Traxxas Slash 4 x 4 running 1 3 cell. I wonder if it is about the same speed as a 1 3 cell Traxxas if you ran 2 2 cell lipos?
New racers will probably race in a novice class. This bunch of racers will help you out and be honest about it. We just love to have fun.
04-05-2010, 08:56 PM
Tested scoring system last night and everything is OK. Drivers' stand ready. Steve is changing a couple of jumps and rebuilding the East turn to elevate it and thus keep water away. It is pouring here right now so we will see how that affects the work. Still on target for this weekend opening races.
04-06-2010, 10:48 AM
Steve has moved a lot of dirt in the last two days. The East end has been built up and the first jump out of the West sweeper is now taller and has a better leading edge for more air and smoother jumps.
IT'S GONNA BE FUN!!!!
04-06-2010, 01:03 PM
Sounds like it's going to be fun. I can't wait until I can actually go look at the tracks. I have been very busy but I am excited that there's a couple of tracks that are close enough to me that I don't have to drive for hours to get in on the R/C action. Thank you for keeping the thread updated even while there is nobody posting. You can tell that you guys are dedicated to the track and I like that you are pushing hard to try and keep your Grand Opening on schedule.
How much is it to drive for the day or is there a one time fee for the year. Do I have to have hard case lipo batts or is soft packs ok? One final question, has SMC battery quality gone down the drain because I was going to be running their batteries but I've just recently come across lots of info on them swelling prematurely. Is there a cost effective lipo that won't destroy my Savage Flux. I want approximately 200 amps if you guys have any suggestions.
I don't want to hijack the thread so I only need a couple of suggestions so we can keep the thread on track. I have done over 50 hours of reading on lipo and need a push in the right direction. SMC/SPC/Zippy/Turnigy/Ace/TrakPower/Flightmax? Thanks for your time gentlemen and have a great day. As of 2010 which of these would be the most cost effective for me?
04-06-2010, 02:14 PM
SMC and Thunderpower batteries are the two best batteries you can get your hands on. From an oval racers standpoint, the SMCs have the highest output and lowest IR's of any cell out there. 200 amps?? You need a 50 C pack. Prepare to spend a dollar or two.
You get into trouble buying those zippy,turnigy, or other hobbyking jap store brands. You get what you pay for. That is just my opinion though.
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