NASTE News for April

NASTE 2017 Point Series Championship
Friday March 24, 2017

With four races to go in the championship, Chris Kouba extended his lead and grip on the title for 2017. Chris edged out Mitch Brooks by just 8/10ths of a lap for the Classic Sports Car Class win at Al's Rippin' Ridin' Raceway last night. That win extended Chris' lead over Dan Fritz in second place to eleven points. The Classic Sports Car Class will be raced in the final four races, and Chris Kouba's Ninco Corvette is very fast! Does anybody have anything to challenge Chris and his Vette? Things are definitely heating up!


Rapid Raceway March 18 NASCAR Race
Tuesday March 21, 2017

Rapid Raceway unveiled the new clear bodies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity races, as well as a new lap counting and timing system at the March 18th NASCAR and Can Am races. The new bodies for use in the NASCAR races are made by Pattos. The old computer had given up the ghost and was replaced by a newer model. The old SRT timing lap counting system could not be adapted for use with the new computer so it was decided to upgrade to new software. The system chosen was Race Coordinator which is a free download online. The only request from the designer is a charity contribution set up in honor of his son. Race Coordinator is a fantastic system with many options. It is fully customizable for various race formats and other features. For Rapid Raceway's application we chose to run the software through Trackmate hardware. Trackmate is another excellent lap counting and timing software and includes all the necessary hardware to get a track up and running.  

As for the race itself, it went off without a hitch, everything performed perfectly! A few adjustments and tweaks were made during the race, but there were no issues interrupting the racing. In the NASCAR race Beau and Gearloose tied with 384 total laps. It was decided to use the average lap times setting in the software to break all ties. Beau's faster average lap times thus gave him the win over Gearloose. Bob Nakamura was third with 373 laps.  Gearloose came back to win the Can Am race.  

You can see the results and more photos in the Forum under Rapid Raceway.


2017 Second Saturday Series - Race No. 4
Monday March 20, 2017

Sickness and foul weather played havoc with the schedule as both the second and third race had to be postponed for later in the season.  Never the less, on Saturday, March 11 we found ourselves at Dorothy and Terry Abbott’s HammerTime Raceway in Portland for Round 4.  And what a round it was!

A grid of 16 racers from experienced to beginner came out to give the HO cars a try.  Including two racers – Monte and Anthony – just back from three days of HO racing at the Ferndale Fray in California.  Would they be able to put that experience to good use?

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2017 Second Saturday Series Season Opener
Saturday March 18, 2017

The new NASTE Second Saturday Series opened with a race night at Al’s Rippin’ Ridin’ Raceway in Portland.

A field of eleven racers answered the bell and took to the track for two heats featuring different sets of Womp cars.  As drivers got the handle of the fast, little demons, lap times fell and lap totals increased.

Taking the checkered flag in the first set was our host Al with 63 laps followed closely by Monte with 62.6 and Dan Fritz in third with 61 laps.

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Fray In Ferndale 2017
Monday March 06, 2017

NASTE assembled a five member Oregon Team for the 2017 Fray in Fernadale led by team captain Dave Smith. Other members included Monte Saager, Mike Leech of Bend, Anthony Schoepflin, and myself. The Fray organizer Richard Phillis introduced us to Mike Leech who is a veteran of Fray races and thanks to Mike we had some quality and competitive cars to race. Mike let us race his cars in almost all the races, thank you Mike!

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Photo: Second from left is Mike Leech of Bend Oregon. Thanks to Mike Team Oregon had some awesome cars to race in this year's Fray. Third from left is the Oregon Team Captain and organizer Dave Smith. On the right is Brad Bowman. Brad is the builder of the famous Fray tracks. Brad stepped up and voluteered to be on Team Oregon for the IROC race.

Thanks Brad!


Odd Thursday Night Racing at Rippin' Ridin' Raceway
Friday January 20, 2017

On January 19th the Odd Thursday gang showed up at Al Christensen's Rippin' Ridin' Raceway for some serious paint tradin' and open wheel nerfin'. F1 and Le Mans class cars were raced followed by a round of the Carrera Proxy.

The Le Mans class race was the tenth race in the 2017 NASTE Point Series Championship and Monte Saager showed he had the stuff to take an impressive win over Dan (Doc) Fritz. Rumours are Doc was later overheard saying "second is my spot and nobody can have it!" After 10 races this season we have had 6 different winners. Doc has finished second 6 times......guess we'll let him have it for now.


Happy New Year
Tuesday January 10, 2017

The first NASTE race of 2017 was an Odd Thursday Night Race at TooBad Motorplex. Along with the New Year new winners and new records made their appearances. Dan Fritz scored his first win in the NASTE Point Series Championship with his Le Mans Class entry. Along with the win he posted a class record run of 56.7 laps.Chris Kouba lowered the record lap time for the Le Mans Class to 9.256 seconds. Monte Saager posted the first win in the newly established Policar Division of the F1 Class. In the process Monte set an all time F1 Class overall lap total record of 56.6 laps, and set the bar at 9.238 seconds for a single lap. Greg Petrolati set a new lap total record of 51.6 laps in the Cartrix Division, as well as a record 9.579 second lap. This year is looking bright for NASTE racers. We are seeing some of the closest point series racing we have seen in quite some time. Here's to a great NASTE New Year!


Odd Thursday Night Racing
Saturday November 19, 2016

NASTE's Odd Thursday Night Racing is alive and well! After the fhe fifth race in the 2017 point series championship Rico Locati is in the lead, followed closely by Jeff Fields, with Chris Kouba in third. The next race at Rippin' Ridin' Raceway wil be the last race with the Trans Am cars, after which we will move to the Le Mans class of cars. With five of the eighteen races completed only eight points separate the top five!


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Welcome to NASTE

NASTE provides slot car hobbyist’s with opportunities to further their interest in slot cars through social gathers as well as structured race programs. NASTE also connects with other clubs which provides even more options for racing.

NASTE was established in 1996 by a small group of slot car racing enthusiasts in the Portland, Oregon area that wanted something different. At first we raced on a short, 3 lane routed 1/24 scale track. The racing was intense! Click here to view the original site. Soon we expanded adding more tracks to the racing schedule.

Our goal is to make our racing inexpensive, with the main focus being on having FUN! Besides, we have learned that low tech can be very competitive! So, check out our cars and tracks and drop us a line if you have any questions or comments. And if you're in our local area, feel free to join us. You are more than welcome.




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Upcoming Events

  • Trans Am Class
  • Classic Sports Car Div.I - NASTE Point Series Championship Race
  • BRM Group C Class
  • Over 50 Class
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