Rt. 93 Raceway
2211 Manchester Rd.
Akron, Oh 44314
(330) 861-5000


AKRON, OH … The Inaugural All Star & Invitational Race, scheduled for Rt. 93 Raceway on March 1-2, is rapidly becoming the talk of the retro racing slot car world, as racers from around the nation are expressing interest in challenging the fastest 155 foot original American Raceways-built Blue King track in the world.

The contest is unique in that it splits the field of entries into two separate categories. The All Star portion of the event is based on a set criteria that will have drivers who have won a regional retro series point championship, or a major retro race, competing head-to-head against one another on Sunday, March 2. The Invitational race will be held on Sat., March 1, and will be open to any driver that has never won a retro championship, or an acknowledged premier retro event.

“The Invitational race is generating a great deal of intrigue,” said race organizer Ron Hershman. “The state of Ohio is a hot bed for retro racing, and there are at least 20 racers that are capable of winning that race and challenging the All Star contingent.” Add the fact that several out-of-state competitors have also thrown their hats into the ring. Included in this group are: Jay ‘Slotman’ Howard (Dallas, TX), Chris Barnes (Atlanta, GA), Rick Stagen (South Bend, IN) and Brian Meharry (Chicago, IL). Additionally, the race is drawing interest from several individuals who have never competed in a major retro race before, as well as attracting entries from a number of racers who have been inactive for the past several years.

Individual awards, prizes and giveaways will be presented to drivers competing on both days. As an added bonus the top-eight drivers in their respective classes from the Saturday Invitational races will be afforded the opportunity to compete in the Sunday All Star program. IE: The top-eight finishers in the Invitational Formula One/Indy race may participate in the Formula One/Indy All Star race. The top-eight finishers in the Invitational Can-Am race are eligible to compete in the All Star Can-Am contest. Eligible Invitational racers who elect to compete in Sunday’s All Star contest will not be charged an entry fee for participating.

The race, which will feature action in the Formula One/Indy and Can-Am classes on both days, will follow all IRRA LLC car specifications, procedures, guidelines and bylaws. These may be found at:

Race entry fees will be $20.00 per class on both days, which includes practice and food privileges. The raceway will open at 8:00 AM on race days. Practice will be held from 8:00-9:30 AM. Tech will commence at 9:30 for BOTH classes, followed by qualifying, which will be conducted using a ‘laps and sections’ format. There will be NO practice between races, and no break will be taken for lunch/dinner.

The raceway will be open for practice on Friday, Feb. 28 from Noon until 10:00 PM. A $10.00 track pass will be charged.

No need to pack a lunch, as Rt. 93 owner Debbie Baldwin-Elvasky will have her legendary trackside buffet in operation, providing breakfast, lunch and a ‘hot’ dinner on both days.

For more information contact: Steve Reed (330) 861-5000 for track information and Ron Hershman ( for race information.