ALL STAR RACE… CULMINATION OF A DREAM

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE …

AKRON, Oh … When the power goes on for the first heat at the Inaugural All Star & Invitational Race at Rt.93 Raceway on March 1-2, it will be the culmination of a dream started by the late Frank Elvasky.

“When Frank first said he wanted to buy a slot car track 14-years ago, I thought he was crazy,” said current Rt. 93 owner Debbie Baldwin-Elvasky. “He began looking, and, as my luck would have it, he found what he wanted. An original American Raceways Blue King track that was built in the 1960s was in storage right down the road at Barberton Speedway. The owners, who said the track was originally located in Florida, had planned to put up the track at the speedway for the kids to play on during the summer stock car racing season. That never happened, so they agreed to sell it to us, and the journey began.”

Rt. 93 played host to countless weekly and regional series races for numerous slot racing classes over the years, but Elvasky’s dream was to host a national event that would attract racers from across the country to the Akron facility. “Frank knew that in order for that to happen he would need to improve the track, as it was showing wear and tear from use over the years. He had made plans to upgrade the track.” Baldwin-Elvasky said.

But, those plans were put on hold when Frank was diagnosed with cancer and passed away two years ago. “His dying wish was for me to continue operating Rt. 93 and have the track rebuilt. Frank loved slot racing and the people involved in the hobby, so here we are,” said Baldwin-Elvasky, who also owns several other successful businesses.

Baldwin-Elvasky commissioned noted track builder Gary Gerding to resurface, reroute and repaint the aging King track following the death of her husband. The end result has turned the new black-surfaced track into the fastest ‘original’155 foot American Blue King track in the world.

“The track gets faster each time we race on it,” said IRRA LLC Executive Director Ron Hershman, “and it is also very popular with the racers. Rt. 93 attracted 45 participants for a retro race last year, which thus far marks the largest turn out for a regional retro series event anywhere.”

Elvasky’s dream will be satisfied at the All Star & Invitational Race, as racers will come from near and far to participate in the unique event that will split the competition into two separate categories. The All Star portion of the contest is based on a set criteria that will have drivers who have won a regional retro series point championship, or a major retro race, racing against one another on Sunday, March 2. The Invitational race on Saturday March 1 will be open to any driver that has never won a retro championship, or an acknowledged premier retro race.

To add further significance to the All Star race, it will also kick off the chase for the recently announced Retro National Championship Series, a six-race battle that will lead to the crowning of the ‘King of Retro’. Points toward the championship will be awarded in both the Invitational and All Star races.

Both Formula One/Indy and Can-Am classes for the All Star and Invitational races will follow IRRA LLC car specifications, procedures, guidelines and bylaws. These may be found at: retroslotracing.com.

Race entry fees are $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 special ‘laps and sections’ format. There will be NO practice between races, and no breaks 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.

The famed Rt. 93 trackside buffet will be in operation on both days serving a continental-style breakfast, lunch and a ‘hot’ dinner to the racers. FREE pizza will also be provided for those arriving early for Friday practice.

For more information contact: Steve Reed (330) 861-5000 for track information and Ron Hershman (fast1ron@yahoo.com) for race information.