Nascar drivers are among the most competitive individuals in the world. They are paid to drive on some of the toughest tracks in the world on 36 of the 52 weekends of the year. Many say it is their passion, and that they would do it for free. They back up that statement by racing at various small tracks all over the country on their off days. However, the smallest tracks they compete on are right in their backyard of Mooresville, North Carolina, and the best part is you can race against them.
Race City Raceway is the premier slot car racing facility in the Southeast. The business was started in 2009 by Shannon Conner, once a top racing talent in New Jersey. He moved to the Charlotte area looking for an opportunity to drive in one of Nascar’s big series. Though he was close to securing a ride on several occassions, he eventually went to work as a fabricator. He was employed by several of the biggest teams in Nascar, and was part of championships s well.
Shannon was employed by Dale Earnhardt Inc. when the team merged with Chip Gnassi Racing. As a result of the merger more than 150 employees were let go, Conner was one of them. He weighed his options and decided it was time for a change.
Slot car racing had been a hooby of Shannon’s when he was younger, and he thought back to how much he enjoyed it. A father himself now, he realized the need for a slot car racing facility in the area where his and other kids could enjoy piloting the small cars around tracks of various shapes and sizes. He located two tracks in his home state of New Jersey, and then a storefront in Mooresville.
Soon after Race City Raceway was born. The facility boasts five tracks, King, Oval, Hillclimb, Tri-Oval, and a Drag Strip. Unlike many other slot car racing operations, that are located in warehouse-type settings, Race City Raceway is fully carpeted and heated for the winter months, and air conditioned for the summer. They also have a large selection of arcade games including racing games, pinball, and even air hockey. The various tracks allow everyone from beginners right up to Nascar veterans to test their skills.
The slot car facility has already become a favorite spot for several of Nascar’s top talents to test their skills on their off days. Drivers such as Tony Stewart, Austin Dillon, Jeff Green, and others have become visitors, and in some cases regulars. It’s location in Mooresville makes it only a short distance from not only many of Nascar’s top teams shops, but also many of the drivers homes. While there is no guarantee you will be racing shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Tony Stewart, your chances here are better than getting a spot in a Nascar race.
Race City Raceway is also a great place to host a children’s party or company get together. They offer several different packages and prices, from a basic party where you supply the food, right up to an event where the birthday child is rewarded with his own slot car at the conclusion of the party. You can even reserve a track, complete with cars and controllers, for you and your coworkers to battle it out.
Rental slot cars and controllers are available for first time visitors. However, if the slot car bug bites you, they are ready with a fully stocked selection of cars, parts, and bodies. Slot car racing can be an inexpensive hobby for you to share with your children, or a way to satisfy your need to compete against others.
Race City Raceway is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 4PM to 10PM. Friday 4PM to 11PM. Saturday noon to 11PM, and Sunday 1PM to 10PM. The address is 379 East Plaza in Mooresville, NC 28115. The owner and staff are extremely friendly and helpful. You can also check their website www.racecityraceway.com for more information and upcoming events.
So whether you live in the area, or are in town for one of the races at nearby Charlotte Motor Speedway, make sure you take some time to visit Race City Raceway. Have some fun racing against each other, or just picking the owner’s brain about his very interesting past, both behind the wheel, and building some of Nascar’s winningest rides. But while your there make sure you keep an eye on the door, you just never know who might walk through and challenge you to a race.