Its all about the flags!

Posted: June 9, 2013 in Racing

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Ever wonder what all those flags mean? Me too! So I went to the source to find out.
Ms Geraldine gave me a few pointers and they are listed below.
BTW…welcome back for the 2013 Rock Haven Racing Season!

  • Green means gooooo!!
  • Yellow means caution.
  • Red means STOP!
  • White means final lap.
  • Black means penalty.
  • Checkered means winner!

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1 Flag-Yellow-caution

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Winners names are added to the checkered flag after the final race.
Who will it be for 2013?

 

 

 

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1Flag-Red-stop

 

End of 2012 Season & Congrats!

Posted: October 13, 2012 in Racing

Its been a long hot racing season with many twists and turns. We want to thank the drivers, counters, and all the supportive folks that worked behind the scenes. And especially the fans!
Plus a HUGE thank you to our Racing Director…Mz Geraldine!!

With the close of the 2012 racing season, we have a points winner. No surprise….its Nick (#11)!! Congrats to him for a well driven season!

But the BIG upset has to go to our #3 points leader…the NEWBIE…Tom (#50)! Woohoo! We think Nick needs to keep an eye on this one. He may be knocking on that winners door next year.

Thanks again to everyone that contributed to the 2012 season. We can’t wait to see how 2013 turns out!

See ya next year…

Tonight’s race was a team effort. It started at 8:10PM, the track temp was 96 degrees (wow!), and there were 2 vets saluting old glory during the playing of the National Anthem. Sadie, the camp dog, made a brief pre-race appearance to inspect the track and then went home for a much needed nap.

There were 3 family’s present along with 40+ fans circling the track in the 90+ degree heat. Needless to say, the crowd was sweltering, even though at least 10 of them were first time visitors to a Rock Haven race.

Richard made a couple of unusual announcements before the race:

  1. There was watermelon in the clubhouse-brought & donated by visitors-and everyone was invited to have a slice of the refreshing cool fruit.
  2. An anonymous donor has offered to pay $100, at the end of the season, to anyone that can beat #11 (Nick) in a race. They are calling this, the ‘Stick-It-To-Nick’ incentive. And if he beats everyone…again…he will get an extra $150 at the end of the racing season. It sounds like someone is tired of #11 (Nick) winning all the time!

Here is a list of tonights drivers (and their counters):

#9 Dean – (Linda)
#11 Nick – (Kevin)
#14 Haul-Ass – (Carolyn)
#24 Wayne – (Deb)
#50 Tom – (Debbi)
#88 Richard – (Connie)

After the 1st heat-which rookie #50 (Tom) won for the 1st time-there was a long intermission. During that time there was a lot of activity! Here are the highlights-

  • One of the children brought his own remote controlled car (#12) and was allowed to take 3 laps, with the assistance of Geraldine (our Race Director) wildly waving flags. The child’s brother & sister also tried to do it, too, but were unable to gain control of the car. They all had a blast!
  • Ms G also shared some very HOT yummilicious stuffed jalapeno poppers with the crowd, that she had made herself. The temps just kept getting hotter as the race continued!
  • Every single driver assisted #14 (Haul-Ass) with a broken down car. You should have seen them all huddled around him at his table! Each driver donated a car part to help him stay in the race. Now that is what we call good sportsmanship!

Music for the race included: TNT Dynamite, Sideways, Taking Care of Business, Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off, and I Can’t Drive 55. 

Our park owner, Susan, brought out her ‘speed gun’ and said that during the 1st Heat, the average speed was 19 MPH. The 2nd Heat went up to 25MPH and the final race reached 29MPH. Wow!

#11 (Nick) won the race (as usual) and let a little girl run around the track with the winners flag. It was a great ending to a great night!

You can see all the results for the B.A.T.T. Race here.

See you at the races!

6-9-2012 Race Recap

Posted: June 15, 2012 in Racing

After a day of games in the hot sun at Rock Haven, tonight’s race was the perfect ending. It was mellow, laid back, and fans poured in to view the exciting end to a fun filled day.

The track temp was 81 degrees and it was freshly washed by a few dedicated drivers, prior to the race. Susan, our park owner, handed out Rock Haven water bottles to all the winners from the games.

Our pool emptied when the race started and we had over 50+ fans lining the track. Plus, we had 3 families join in on the fun. The kids were giggling and running around having a great time.

For the playing of the Star Spangled Banner, there were 4 vets in the audience proudly saluting the American flag-2 fans, 1 driver, and 1 counter.

Speaking of counters, here is a list of the wonderful folks that helped our drivers tonight (with a special thanks to Mark for stepping up to help Wayne at the last minute!):

  1. Dean #9 (Jim)
  2. Nick #11 (Kevin)
  3. Haul-Ass #14 (Carolyn)
  4. Wayne #24 (Mark)
  5. Fred #41 (Ruth)
  6. Tom #50 (Debbi)
  7. Richard #88 (Connie)

The race started at 8:10PM when the incomparable Ms G announced ‘Turn Your Batteries On!’ and waved the green flag. But not before the counters all sang Happy Birthday to a surprised Terry.

The race was a little crazy. Cars crashed into the side rails, the stage and each other! It was so fun (and a tiny bit scary) to watch. We even saw #88 (Richard)’s car jump the fence! Wayne #24 showed off new paint at the beginning but we don’t think it stayed on for long after this wacky race!

During intermission, Richard (#88) gave a little #12 toy car to one of the children. She was so happy! Plus, during that time we heard some great tunes from our DJ Tom. They included: Dirt Road Anthem, Green Eyed Lady, and I Can’t Drive 55.

There was also some excitement during the truck race, too. Well, maybe not excitement. Maybe we can call it wonder because #12 (Richard) burned out his transmission and his truck just barely c-r-e-a-p-e-d slowly around the track. We are wall in stitches with laughing!

Oh, and something else happened, that doesn’t happen very often.
We started with 7 cars and ended with all 7 cars! WTG drivers!!

Tonight’s winner was #11 (Nick). For all the details on the stats for this race, click here.

The next race is on June 23rd-B.A.T.T. Race (Boys and Their Toys). See you there!

Even though summer hasn’t ‘officially’ started yet, last nights race was super HOT! After record breaking highs in the 90′s the track seemed like a cool 82 degrees after the sun went down.

Over 50+ fans sweltered in the heat to cheer on their favorite drivers and we had four family’s with children present. During the playing of the Star Spangled Banner, two veterans proudly saluted the American flag for this Memorial Day weekend race.

Here is a list of our drivers (and counters):

  1. Dean #9 [Truck #9]-(Sherry)
  2. Nick #11 [Truck #11]-(Kevin)
  3. Haul-Ass #14 [Truck #14]-(Carolyn)
  4. Wayne #24 -(Deb)
  5. Fred #41 [Truck #44] (Ruth)
  6. Tom #50 [Truck #50]-(Debbi)
  7. Richard #88 [Truck #4] (Connie)

The race started a little late, about 8:15, but we think its just due to the unbearable heat. It seems that everything goes at a slower pace when the temps rise. But our drivers did not disappoint when it came down to each left turn. And we won’t even mention that Ms G completely forgot to wave the green start flag for the 1st heat.  ;-)

With some fans lining the fence by the pool (probably to be close by in case they needed a cooling dip!), all the races took on a hazy lazy feel. Heck, truck #24 went 16 laps on a flat tire, before leaving the race to change it!

We had a wreck without a race (don’t ask!), and the #50 car  managed to zoom around the track with its battery hanging outside of the body during the feature race.

Music was generously provided by DJ Fred and there were some great tunes to tap a bare foot by. Songs included: Slow Ride, The Heat is On (totally relevant due to the temps!), Fly Like an Eagle, Something Bout a Truck, and Truckin’. Do ya see a trend here? Oh, and another song was played called I Love NASCAR (to the tune of I Love This Bar). I had never heard of that one! It was hilarious!

Congratulations to #11 (Nick)  for winning tonight’s race! All race results are posted here.

There was also a dance held afterwards and a surprise for one of our members. Read about it here.

The next race is June 9th. See you there!

This week’s RHL (Rock Haven Lodge) race was filled with action and adventure! With next weekend being Memorial Day, it was assumed that tonight’s race would be uneventful and possibly a little bit boring. Boy howdy, were we wrong!

[The track was in need of some major TLC due to heavy rains & hail earlier in the day.

Four drivers stepped up to the plate and spent 2 back breaking hours drying out the track.

So this is our shout out to: #88 (Richard), #50 (Tom), #11 (Nick), and #24 (Wayne). Way to go guys!!

Thank you for making the track spick & span and for saving the day with your unselfish dedication.]

The race officially started at 8:25PM due to the rain delay. The night was cool, and the track temp was 67 degrees. A running joke prior to the race, was that we are all ‘under cover nudists’ because it was too cool to be nude. Let’s face it, we may be nudists but we aren’t stupid. We put clothes on when it’s cold!

We had 20+ fans in attendance with 3 vets (a fan, a driver, and a counter) proudly saluting the flag during the playing of the national anthem.  And we were even mooned by #24 (Wayne) right before the start of the race. Yep, we knew then, that it was going to be a fun night!

A new ceiling fan has been installed over turns 3 &4. It will help a lot when the temps rise this summer!

And there was new paint on #9 (Dean)’s car & truck and it looked mighty fine at the beginning of the race. Here is a shot of both of them:


But after slamming into the guard rails and other cars during the race, it didn’t look so pristine.

Here is a list of tonight’s drivers (and their counters):

  1. #9 [#9 Truck]-Dean (Sherry)
  2. #11 [#11 Truck]-Nick (Kevin)
  3. #14-Haul Ass (Carolyn)
  4. #24 [#24 Truck]-Wayne (Deb)
  5. #41 [#44 Truck]-Fred (Jim)
  6. #88 [#4 Truck]-Richard (Connie)
  7. #50 [#50 Truck]-Tom (Debbi)

We want to thank Sherry for jumping in to help Dean as a last minute counter. She did a great job for her first time!

The race was filled with many cars slamming into the guard rails, into each other, and it looked like a heavy metal mosh-pit with all of them crashing into one another.

At one point #50 (Tom)’s car even jumped over the outside guard rail and onto the gravel by the pool. Wow! Sadly, #14 (Haul Ass) had mechanical difficulties and could not participate in the feature race.

During the truck race, #41 (Fred) had mechanical difficulties, had to remove his vehicle from the race and decided to kick #4 (Richard)’s truck up and over the center rail. Oh yeah, tempers do flare in the heat of the moment! No one can say that our drivers don’t have a passion for the race. They all take it very seriously!

During a 15 minute intermission, we heard some great music that included: Mississippi Queen, Bad to the Bone, Low Rider, and Sweet Home Alabama.

Near the end of the feature race, Sadie the camp dog, made her grand entrance.

Sadie-Camp Dog

She was leashed and got so excited every time the cars zoomed past her that she barked happily. She really, really, really wanted to chase them!

So when the race ended, her mom-RHL owner Susan let her off the leash and she romped around the track barking.

Fans, drivers, and counters cheered her on and #24 (Wayne) let her chase his car around the track. She barked, ran after it, and had a great time! What a great way to end the race!

 

 

 

Congrats to the winner of tonight’s race- #11 (Nick)! Click here to get all the official race results.

If you attended the race tonight, thank you for supporting RHL racing! And if you were unable to come, don’t worry; there will be another race next weekend.

See you at the races!

RHL (Rock Haven Lodge) Racing FYI will be for filling in the details about our favorite pastime…racing!

Today’s topic is ‘what are counters‘. But the better question might be ‘who are the counters’.

Counters are the people seated up on the stage during a race. They represent each driver and count laps-using a clicker-as cars cross the checkered line (also known as the finish line). But…the driver that they represent, will never have their laps counted by their own counters. It keeps the race honest.

This is what the counters clicker looks like up close: 

For each roundup of the races, we will post who counted for each driver. Sometimes we have folks that step in to help if the regular counter is not able to perform their duties.

Now you know what a counter is! If you have any questions about counters, please post a comment and I will try to answer it for you. Or, if you have a question about anything else regarding RHL racing, please feel free to post a question under the comments section and we will try to get that information to you.

See you at the races!

Rock Haven’s first race of the 2012 season, The Bud Shootout, started at 4PM yesterday (4/28/2012).

The temps were mild, with sunshine & warm breezes, as fans started settling in around the track. People were still playing corn hole at the pool deck and lying out by the pool (with a few brave ones actually diving into the still frigid water!) but they soon joined the rest of the fans to watch the event.

Families brought snacks for the kids; and coolers were carried by a few small groups celebrating the beginning of the 2012 racing season. Sunshine and sunglasses seemed to encourage a festive atmosphere which brought in over 50 fans to view the race.

We had a total of 7 drivers, which included our newest participant, Racing Tom (AKA Tennis Tom) (#50), and the mood was relaxed and good natured. Here is a list of all the participating drivers (and their counters):

  1. #9- Dean (Jim)
  2. #11- Nick (Kevin)
  3. #14- Hawlass (Carolyn)
  4. #24- Wayne (Deb)
  5. #41- Fred (Creida)
  6. #50-Tom (Debbi)
  7. #88-Richard (Connie)

Sadie, the camp dog, made a brief leashed appearance before the race and quickly left in search of squirrels.

During the playing of the Star Spangled Banner, we had 3 veterans proudly saluting while we all stood to honor the American flag. Then, the group of counters, up on stage, shouted ‘Gentlemen Start Your Motors’ to the glee of all the fans. Cheering, clapping and whoops were heard around the track!

The race was exciting but we ended up with a few musical intermissions due to breakdowns to the following cars: #88 (Richard), #24 (Wayne), and #9 (Dean). The tunes were upbeat and some folks sang along to Dream On (Aerosmith), Bad to the Bone (George Thorogood), and Sweet Home Alabama (Lynard Skynard).

During the truck race, #9 (Dean) had a breakdown, and was not loud enough when he tried to alert our Race Director, Geraldine. As a result, Ms G decided to make all the drivers say in a loud, clear voice CAUTION so that it wouldn’t happen again. Wow-Ms G sure knows how to crack that flag!

The good natured feeling of the race made it all the way to the end, when winner #41 (Fred) handed off the winners flag to one of the children attending. With his small hands grasping the huge flag, he ran all the way around the track to the glee of all the fans, which clapped and cheered him on. You can get the complete race results here.

Even with all the interruptions, the race ended at 5:15PM. What a great way to start the new racing season! If you missed it, don’t worry, we still have a lot more to come. Check this page for a countdown, listed on the left, for the next race.

See you at the races!

Here at Rock Haven Lodge Family Nudist Park we are very serious about our racing. Drivers paint their cars to match real NASCAR vehicles and wear matching hats. Our track is under a huge pavilion right next to the dart deck and has enough seating available for all our racing fans.

Before each family friendly race, the Star Spangled Banner is played, while everyone stands; and the race starts with a resounding ‘drivers start your engines’! (Since there are only electric cars raced here-its sort of a tradition but not really happening.)

While the cars are whizzing around the track, children are chanting their favorite driver’s number and fans are squealing with delight. Its a very festive atmosphere!

After each race we will post behind the scene comments, to keep you up-to-date on everything. Including:

  • Weather reports
  • Crowd size
  • Special Events
  • Wrecks & Accidents
  • Car Breakdowns
  • Music Played during breaks
  • Sadie (the camp dog) sightings
  • And anything else that happens during the race

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

*Updated point standings will be posted on the results page.