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BROWNSTOWN – Highside RC has improved in many ways since the doors to the indoor remote-controlled racing dirt track opened about a year ago.
Most notably, the track has become nationally sanctioned, allowing it to host national points events such as the “last-minute” race Highside will be running on Oct. 26.
That day, Highside will be hosting one of the final races that can be counted toward the national DODC standings.
The last day for drivers to earn points is Oct. 31, so Chris Bolyard expects many people to enter the race at Fayette County Fairgrounds.
“It was word-of-mouth,” Bolyard said of getting the track sanctioned. “Some racers liked the facility and told us we should get this track sanctioned, and then I was contacted by some large corporations which run events.
“And, of course, we said yes when they asked us if we wanted to be sanctioned.”
Highside is definitely interested in serving local racers, too, running races every Wednesday throughout the summer and starting its second points series in October.
The points races will be run on Saturdays throughout the winter months. Practices will be held for all classes on Thursdays, with a $5 entry.
Classes available at Highside are:
•DODC sprint cars 1/10 scale
•DODC late model 1/10 scale
•MDM adult stock
•MDM youth stock
Entry fees for youth classes are $5, adults classes are $10 and outlaw classes are $15. For races without a payout, the entry fee for an individual’s second race is half-price.
A race day begins with a pill draw for starting positions in qualifiers. Those four-minute races determine starting positions for the two heat races in each class.
The top-two finishers in each heat automatically qualify for the A-main – typically an eight-minute race – and there will always be additional main races to give all drivers another chance to make the A-main.
“We never leave any racer out,” Bolyard said. “If there are more than 10 cars, we will run a B-main or C-main if we need to.”
According to Bolyard, the track is a “driver’s” track, which runs like Macon Speedway. The entire track and infield area is 56 feet by 60 feet, with lanes that are 11 feet wide.
The corner banking is about five degrees, and the fastest lap ever turned on the track was by a sprint car in 4.62 seconds. Average laps for the stock classes are just over five seconds.
The track is situated inside a horse barn toward the back of the fairgrounds, and includes a large pit area for racers to work on their cars, a location that Bolyard decided on after checking out several locations.
“We had seen a lot of different cars in action late in the summer last year, so we started researching and talking to people,” Bolyard said. “We decided to try a dirt oval, because those have been gaining popularity in the last three or four years.”
Bolyard said that Highside has seen many families racing together, and that that is one of the biggest positives that the race track brings.
“I believe that RC racing builds good family relationships,” he said. “It gives you the tools to have fair competition, some hands-on skills and some cheap entertainment.
“Nowadays, you can’t even go to the movie theater for less than $20.”
Highside RC can be reached through its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/highside.rc).
For those interested in becoming an RC racer, Bolyard said they should buy a car and then come out to the track during a practice session to learn how to drive the track or set up their car.
“They need to go to a hobby shop and buy a car,” Bolyard said. “I can help anybody if they contact me, but I’m not a retailer, so I don’t sell anything.
“If you want to run a stock class, buy a ready-to-run stock car,” he said. “With a ready-to-run stock car with stock parts and a transmitter, you’re good to go.”