Drag Strip


Rock County Eighth Mile

A great oval track should have a drag strip somewhere nearby. The Rock County Raceway now has a scale eighth-mile-ish strip just the other side of the wall to where it is stored between races.

Currently consisting of the popular Auto World modules and Tomy AFX track, the Rock County Eighth Mile is perfect for some serious match-racing with T-Jet Super Stockers and Gassers, plus a wide range of AFX 3-Gear and 4-Gear cars. It is a little too short for the quick modern inline cars, especially the short shutdown...

The strip measures six foot ten inches from start to finish. If the figures matter, 82 inches = 0.0012942 mile. At 1/64 scale, that's 1/12 mile; at 1/76 scale = 1/10 mile or 176 yards; and 1/87 scale (true HO) it's 1/8 mile. The staging area is a little cramped and the 18-inch shutdown requires some serious padding at the end.

However, drag racing is what it is - the first one down the strip - no matter how long the distance.

Future plans are to add the Trackmate 'Basic' drag strip timing system and, one day, to build a routed strip that hugs that bulging 1840s wall, separates the lanes out a little and gives a perfectly smooth 82 inches of road surface.