Frogg Ocean Speedway

    Canton, New Jersey

       1/24th Scale Slot Car Racing

      10 Week NASCAR Racing Series

         January thru March 2016

              6 Lane – 100 Feet – Frogg Ocean Speedway

Frogg Ocean Speedway is located in the home of Bruce & Nancy Mitchell. It is operated as a non-profit Club track. Racing and practice is limited to Friday nights. 

  All Slot Car Racers are welcome.       

  Telephone (856) 935 1299

         Email – bmitch@magpage.com

           Website— www.frogocean.com

       Andy Kates,  Rick Thompson, and Rob Renninger                                   

                       “Froggie 500”  Night Winners

Frogg Ocean Speedway’s held its annual “Froggie 500 Night” on Friday April 1st.  The first race of the night was a 250 Lap race for the Jr. Division. Andy Kates was the winner of this event with Jaedon Angelis finishing second. Finishing third and fourth with good runs were Brady Thompson and Eddie Kates.  After this race a series of 30 second time trials were held for the Amateur and Pro Divisions. The results of the time trials were used to determine the starting lanes for the two 500 lap races. The highest number of laps turned in 30 seconds was 8.33 laps by Matt Bruce.   

 

The first 500 lap race was for the Amateur Division. This group was required to use Super 16D motors. Jr. Division driver Andy Kates was added to the field as only 5 regular Amateur Division drivers were present for this event. Andy was ready for the challenge as he crossed the line in first place at the end of the first lap. At the end of the first 5 minute segment Rick Thompson held a one lap lead over Andy Kates with Larry Bishov third ,Tony Percival fourth and Kent Weaver fifth. Racer Ed Weisenburg was sidelined early in the event due to gear problems. After ten minutes of racing Rick Thompson widened his lead to four laps over Tony Percival. Andy Kates was third followed by Kent Weaver and Larry Bishov. After fifteen minutes of racing or 218 laps, Rick Thompson held a seven lap lead over second place Andy Kates. The fourth segment of the race was troublesome for Rick Thompson as he lost the lead of the race while on blue lane. At the same time Andy Kates had a great run on yellow lane resulting in lap totals of 284 laps for both he and Rick Thompson. Tony Percival and Kent Weaver were tied for third with 268 laps.  Rick Thompson and Andy Kates remained tied at the end of the fifth five minute segment. The sixth segment resulted in Rick Thompson opening a 13 lap lead after Andy Kates had a bad segment while on black lane. Rick Thompson completed the 500 laps during the seventh segment  to win the event. Finishing second Kent Weaver with 481 laps. Third place went to Tony Percival with 477 laps. Andy Kates with an impressive run held on to the fourth position after loosing a gear during the final segment. Fifth was Larry Bishov with 448 Laps and Ed Weisenburg sixth with 98 laps. It took 35min and 2 seconds for Rick Thompson to complete the 500 laps. 

 

 The 500 lap race for the Pro Division drivers was expected to be fast and exciting. During the first segment Matt Bruce was extremely fast with a best lap of 3.395 seconds and a lap total 81 laps for the five minutes of racing. Rob Renninger and Chris Heller were tied for second with 76 laps. Dan Mitchell was fourth with 75 laps and Debbie Heller fifth with 74 laps. During the second segment race leader Matt Bruce lost a gear ending his hopes for a 500 win. Rob Renninger was the leader after ten minutes of racing. With 154 laps. Dan Mitchell was second with 153 laps with Debbie Heller third followed by Chris Heller and Tom Varinecz. After fifteen minutes of racing Rob Renninger had opened his lead to seven laps after Dan Mitchell had some controller problems. Dan ended his race effort he could not correct the problem. Rob Renninger maintain a comfortable lead for the remainder of the race.  Rob Renninger completed the 500 laps in 32 minutes 29 seconds.  Finishing second with 493 laps was Debbie Heller. Third place went to Tom Varinecz with 486 laps. Chris Heller was fourth with 445 laps.     

 

                        Andy Kates                                    Rick Thompson                                  Rob Renninger                                        

Thank’s for another great racing season and a great turn out at our banquet. Congratulations to our NASCAR Series Champions - Andy Kates, Rick Thompson and Matt Bruce.