Testimonials from our valued customers
We thank them all!


Our organization has been using the Smartline 8 lane package for 5 years or so and we absolutely love it! Our guests love it too! Because it is so popular, we need to replace the system. It has gotten tons of use and abuse. May I please have a quote for the 8 lane standard package?

Thanks you,

Doug Johnson
Manager of Exhibits
Orlando Science Center

See their track on our Special Applications page. It is so cool!

Dear Nancy,

I just wanted to send you a note to say that we had our Awana Grand Prix last week and it was an awesome success, due to your Smartline race timer!  Along with the new track my husband built, your Smartline timer with the photo finish really made the evening something to remember.

Everyone, kids and parents alike, were amazed and excited to be able to see, instantly, the winner of the race and a photo finish up on two big screens in our church sanctuary.

We just thought you should know what an impact your product made to our race day, and how much we appreciate being able to incorporate it into our event.

Thanks again for an amazing product!
Ken & Glynda Smith
Rolling Hills Community Church
Awana Children’s Program
Danville, California

I posted this message on derby talk. Your timer worked great. Love the double sided display.
Brad Holloway
Shoal Creek Baptist Church Awana Club

Post subject: What a day
We finally got to have this years AWANA Grand Prix on Saturday. The kids had a great time and the Parents said they were impressed with how the race was run. The combination of the GP Race Manager software and the Smartline timer was unbelievable. No problems encountered at all with this setup. Even our much waited on Piantedosi 4 lane freedom track worked well. I would recomend the Smartline timer and GP Race manager combination to anyone. It was simple to setup even for a computer illiterate like me. We are already talking of having another Grand Prix with some other AWANA groups before the end of this year.

Hey Guys!

The Derby Races went great using the SmartLine unit. We had some very close finishes that would have been hard to judge by eye. However, since we were using your finish line product we had no problems at all.

Installation was a piece of cake as well. I will recommend your product to any other Pack or Troop in the market for such an item.

Next year we are going to set-up race software with the start switch and may purchase the photo finish product from you as well to display all finishes for pictures. I'll keep you posted since I am now officially in charge of the races and the keeper of the unit.

Thanks Again!
John Eschler
(Den Leader, Pack 9, Tarpon Springs, FL)

Your Finish Line Timer worked out great! The software was easy to use and we were able to set up the timer itself without a hitch. We ran 60 heats in just over an hour - there is no way we could have done that last year without the timer!
Thanks again for a great product,
Dave Smith
Cubmaster, Pack 249

Dear Richard and Nancy Fritz,

I just wanted to let you know how flawlessly the 4-lane SmartLine Timer and Photo Finish worked at our Royal Ranger Sectional Pinewood Derby® Race. We had nearly a hundred cars entered, and your products performed perfectly every time. The hookup was easy, and the place displays were bright for all to see. Actually, on some races, the times were incredibly close, but the SmartLine Timer told the difference. We were able to flash the times for each race (and the winners in the end) up on a screen through Race Tender software. We had some races that were 2/10,000th of a second from each other. Would have never been able to judge those the old way we used to with our eyeballs! And everybody loved the Photo Finish. With our Race Tender Software, we were able to flip back and forth between the times for each race (with the use of a laptop computer and LED projector), and the Photo Finish. We didn’t even have to use two computers. We hooked the SmartLine timer up to the 9 pin serial port on the back of the laptop computer, and then hooked the USB of the Photo Finish into the same computer. Then we could go full screen from one to the other with a simple key stroke.

The combination of the SmartLine Timer, Piantedosi Aluminum 4-lane 40’ track, Race Tender Software, and Photo Finish were an awesome combination that worked seamlessly together. What an awesome combination! Plus, your customer support answering all my questions was very helpful and personable, before and after the sale. Thank you so much for your time to answer all my questions before I purchased your timer. Obviously you did a good job of it, because I ended up buying your timer instead of the competitions.

Thanks again,
Lance Krueger

Hi Nancy,

Just wanted to let you know we have everything installed and it works great! I know we got it last April but we never got around to setting up the track and installing everything till this past Christmas break. Installation was easy and it worked the first time we tried it.

Scott Roberts
Pack 288
Malta, OH

Excerpt from Pack 80 minutes 4/4/2005:
Review of Pinewood Derby®-
Great evening.  Ran really smoothly.  Kids were excited and well behaved, etc.
Need a light on the finish line next year to help the photo finish camera project a better image on the screen.
The Pack extends thanks and appreciation to the Fritz family.  Their continued help and efforts made this evening another successful derby.

Just to let you know the timer arrived safely and works great! Many thanks.

Steve Spicer

Aspley Guise Scouts (UK)

Everything arrived in plenty of time; assembly was a breeze.  The kids thought the whole thing was so cool, and the "judges" appreciated not having to actually pay attention to the order of finish.   All are happy, except the one boy with the car that needed a push to make it to the finish line......   Thanks so much!

Michael A. Morris
Committee Chair
Cub Scout Pack 214


I just wanted to thank you.  Our Space Derby® event was held on Nov. 20th.  What a hit!  Everyone had such a great time and was able to enjoy the race without the pressure of deciding who finished first, second and third.  Your timer did that for us.  Your service was outstanding.  From phone conversations to rapid E-mail responses and then unbelievable delivery time on the actual product.  Everything worked great.

Thanks again,

Pack 8

Brookfield, CT

It is the end of the day Monday, January 3rd and just as you wrote the package was delivered on time.  I won't get a chance to set it up until the track gets here but I'm very pleased with your service and the help you have provided for us with all my questions early on.

Thanks and Happy New Year!


Your web site coordinated with the Piantedosi track made this a very easy process. Thank you for your help.


It works great, and it is exactly what I hoped for.  Thank you for a great product.