NASCAR defines the race tracks they use as: road courses (a circuit with left and right hand turns), short tracks ( less than 1 mile, all left hand turns), intermediate tracks (between 1 and 2 miles, all left hand turns) and superspeedways (2 miles or longer, all left hand turns).
There are 6 superspeedways: Daytona Beach, Fontana, Indianapolis, Michigan, Pocono and Talladega.
The 1970 Dual-Lane Rod Runner Race Set can be set up as an oval. Originally the set supplies 32 feet of orange track. But, I am going to add 16 more feet (for a total of 48 feet) to produce my own version of a superspeedway. I’ll also use 20 joiners, 2 – 180 degree dual-lane curves, 2 white trestles 1 dual-lane rod runner and 1 “fair start” T-bar.
Oval layout instructions look like this:
How to assemble 180 degree dual-lane curves. Copyright Mattel, Inc.
The Dual-Lane Rod Runner Race Set’s basic oval layout. Copyright Mattel, Inc.
Here’s the oval layout extended to superspeedway size.
In keeping with the NASCAR theme, I am going to race two 2010 Chevrolet Impala stock cars with Faster Than Ever wheels.
Time for a superspeedway lap.
Ready at the start.
“Boogity, Boogity, Boogity! Let’s go racing boys!”1
Flying down the front straightaway.
Hitting the high banking of the first 180 degree dual-lane curve.
Thundering down the back stretch.
Into the second curve.
And back to the Rod Runner.
Here’s my YouTube video of a 60 lap superspeedway oval race – NASCAR style.
So there you have it. The 1970 Hot Wheels Dual-Lane Rod Runner Race Set: Oval Layout.
It’s still fast. Still fun.
A nice example of a complete Dual-Lane Rod Runner Race Set. Courtesy eBay.
A Custom Eldorado and a Custom Corvette included. Courtesy eBay.
Dual-Lane Rod Runner box art- front.
Dual-Lane Rod Runner box art – back.
Dual-Lane Rod Runner box art – end.
Dual-Lane Curve Pak. Courtesy eBay.
Dual-Lane Curve Pak box art – back. Courtesy eBay.
Footnote 1. Opening salvo by TV commentator Darrell Waltrip at the thrilling start of all Nascar races. Apparently the catchphrase arose when Waltrip, as a race car driver, grew tired of hearing “Green, Green, Green” from his spotter or crew chief at the beginning of each race and wanted to hear something different.