Daytona 500 — What a Finish!


Just watched the closest Daytona 500 finish ever.  All honors to Denny Hamlin for the bold move that won it for him.  And also to Martin Truex for a great performance.  I really thought he had it, but Hamlin put his nose ahead by inches.  Another great day for Joe Gibbs, too.  And they got to the finish without a green-white-checker (or 2 or 3 of them), which helps make it a great day for NASCAR, too.  That, plus the newly remodeled Daytona Speedway being sold out and a perfect weather day for racing.

Another driver who acquitted himself well is Chase Elliott.  Despite his spin, he proved he is ready for the #24 car, winning pole position for the 500 and then eking out a close victory in the Xfinity race.  He will go from strength to strength as the season moves on.

I have to say the jury is still out on NASCAR’s new rules package.  It is supposed to make the racing more exciting by making the cars edgier and more difficult to drive.  But at Daytona it just seemed to make the kind of moves needed to gain ground through the plate-race pack harder to do.  As long as the inside lane stayed in line for four or five cars back the outside line couldn’t develop the momentum to get by, this to a greater extent, I think, than in years past. NASCAR still has work to do, but Daytona is not typical of NASCAR tracks in general.  We’ll learn a lot more about the quality of racing beginning with the next race at Atlanta.

And an attaboy to Jeff Gordon on his first big race as a TV commentator.  You could tell he was more nervous than he wanted to let on.  Who wouldn’t be?  But I think he will do really well.  All he needs is time and experience to get comfortable in the booth and begin delivering consistent first-class insight.

Wouldn’t it be cool if one of the 1/32 scale slot car manufacturers were to do a model of the winning car?  Alas, it won’t happen because NASCAR has made the approval process for such a project a frustrating and expensive ordeal that nobody seems willing to go through anymore.  A few years ago Scalextric, Carrera, and SCX were all doing NASCARs but not any more.  A while back I heard some faint rumbles of the slot car industry jungle drums to the effect that one off the slot car companies was going to do them again.  Well, not this year, but next year, who knows?




The Victory Lap Web Site and Store Are Open for Business — At Last!

Hi, I’m Bob Ward. I own Victory Lap along with my wife Pat and our son James.  Our daughter Dana also helps us manage the business. You can read more about us on our About Us page.  After two years of research, planning, and putting our store together we are now open for business both online and in our brick-and-mortar store on South Hill in Puyallup, Washington.  A lot of work has gone into our project to bring you the best in 1/32 scale and 1/43 scale slot car racing.  While a lot of work remains to be done and we’re still learning all the ins and outs of running our own family business, we have reached the point where we are ready to introduce ourselves to the world.  We invite you to explore our website and, if you live or are visiting in or near Pierce County, Washington, come by and visit us at our store.  There, you’ll find over 2500 products (with many more on the way), about 90% of which have to do with slot cars, but if our plans are any indication, that’s just the beginning. We have many exciting and unique things in mind for our store and site including a regular e-newsletter, ever more and better product information, and unique products that you’ll find nowhere else. We’re so excited to share all this and more with you in the future.  In the meantime, check out our store:

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As you can see we are organized a little bit like a warehouse.  That’s mainly to get as much into the available space as possible.  All those bins you see on many of the shelves contain parts.  We know how important parts are to slot car hobbyists at all skill and experience levels, not just for repairing cars but also for scratchbuilding and kitbashing projects. We can’t wait to see what kinds of exciting projects you’re working on and perhaps share a few of our own right here. We’ll be adding new content frequently, so please check back often.  We can’t wait to share all the fun and enjoyment of the slot car hobby with you and as always, we invite your questions, comments, requests, and suggestions at

Thanks for checking us out!  We’re looking forward to meeting you, online and in person.