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Business is Better than Expected at RC HavokSubmitted: 12/09/2012
Story By Lex Gray

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CRANDON - Opening up a business in this economy seems like a big risk.

But for one Crandon business, the risk is paying off.

Craig Kircher opened RC Havok in September.

It's a 5,000 square foot indoor racetrack for remote-controlled cars.

Kircher said he gets quadruple the number of customers and revenue than he projected when he wrote his business plan.

"I think it's only going to get better after Christmas," he said. "The more snow we get and the better the winter, there's nothing to do around the area, so it's kind of a nice thing for everyone to get their hands on and come enjoy."

Kircher said more people are getting involved because remote-control technology has gotten better over the years.

It's also more accessible - cars can be rented in the store, or bought for anywhere from $150 to $1,500.

Kircher's customers say it's fun, but there's also more to it.

"Quality time with family. My cousins race too, my dad's friend races, I try to beat him a lot. He's always in first," said Deion Okrasinski, 13.

"I like the mechanical aspects," said RC Havok member Lyndon Drescher. "Hoping my kids will kind of pick up on some of that, too."

RC Driver magazine ranked RC Havok one of the top five racetracks around the state.

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