Last weekend I headed down to Island Speedway to attend their 1st Annual Off-Road Carpet Classic. This indoor track is located in Muscatine, IA and has been running for about two years now.
There are pit spaces located next to and above the track so I setup shop in the “Des Moines” room and then went down to look at the track.
Due to the special carpet the hot ticket for tires are foam, and many, if not all of the drivers were running custom made foam tires from Gone Bananas Racing Skin’z that weekend. This meant that cars were extremely hooked and fast the entire event.
Island Speedway is connected to Star Collectibles Hobby Center which sits right next to the track.
This family ran hobby shop not only caters to the RC crowd, but also comic book collectors, modelers, train enthusiasts, toy collectors, and more.
During the anthem we were even treated a flag ceremony courtesy of a flag bearing monster truck which was a nice touch.
At around 10am the first of three rounds of qualifying began. The race program called for rocket round scoring so the fastest TQ run of the weekend in any round for each class would lock up the overall TQ. There were 9 classes to compete in with nearly 100 entries for this 1st year event. The top five qualifiers in each class were locked into the single A Mains, and in the lower mains the top two finishers bumped up into the next higher main. So when the tone sounded for the A Mains a total of seven drivers would compete for the awards.
And that night the hobby shop again helped out the competitors by taking everyone’s orders for dinner from the local Pizza Ranch and then phoned it in so it was at the track just in time for supper which was very cool of them!
Also around lunch time we raffled off the door prizes that were generously donated by the race sponsors!
There was also a 50-50 raffle plus a special drawing for a Team Associated B6.1 kit too. Those were held after qualifying had completed and then it was onto the mains.
The lower mains ran for six minutes, while the single A Mains ran for seven minutes each. The racing was intense but by the time the carpet fuzz had settled all the top qualifiers in each class would end up with the win.
So that wraps up the first ever Off-Road Carpet Classic at Island Speedway. I had a great time and hope to visit this track and race for many years to come! Below you can view the podium pictures and videos I shot for this event too. Till next time!
To see all my videos from this event please use this link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhq2k5C5pTbSDygkLK0M-ietrB-4t1Bu3
1. Andrew Burton (TQ)
2. Jana Peavler
3. Alex Rees
Mod 2wd SCT
1. Tom Knapper (TQ)
2. Raven Barton
3. Jeff Storm
Mod 4wd Buggy
13.5 4wd Buggy
Mod 2wd Buggy
17.5 2wd Buggy