ABOVE: Dan Timmons, racer, and Richard Peat, racer, set up their car for the race. Timmons ended up winning the competition for the night. (Jonathan Lane/Staff photographer)

By Jonathan Lane
Staff reporter

On Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. Main Street Games of Winfield hosted a slot car derby for open participation in their store.

Many racers attended the event as spectators as well as racers and crew.

“We’ve ran races at Main Street Games for four years.” said Jacob McGuire, store owner. “You build a chasse, attach the frame you want, and race it down the track. I think it’s relatively simple.”

Dedicated racers will spend hours on their cars fine tuning every little detail fighting for hundredths of a second to fine-tune their time.

There were 12 racers were in attendance and a total of 38 cars. Of them, Dan Timmons, racer, said, “It depends on what you want to do with the car. Some cars you want to get the same time every time with consistency, others you want just speed”.

Timmons finished his final race with a time of .598, which means their car was moving at the equivalent of 69 MPH. Richard Peat, racer, said, “We make adjustments to the cars up to once a race depending on how they race.”

The top three racers of the night were Timmons, first place, McGuire, second place, and Rick Martins, third place

“That is why I like drag racing. It is about how good you are at doing you against someone else doing them” said McGuire.

Main Street Games is located at 705 N Main Street. Open from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 12 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays. Slot Car Races are held every Wednesday at 6 p.m.