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Personally, I would try to match the curve of the Micro Wizard track, not the Best Track, since you are building a wooden track. There's only so curvy that you can get with plywood and still be able to store the track flat and the Best Track curve its rather too aggressive. On a MW track, the first section, before the 2nd section is attached, is about a 25 degree slope. When the 2nd section is attached, then you get a natural curve induced. The start gate doesn't end up so high that kids could not stage their own cars on the starting line.
Here's another set of plans to consider. It has a good start gate design and some good photos. Though, I would make the stop section longer and put rubber "non-skid" strips along the top to help the cars come to a stop on their belly.
Awana Grand Prix and Pinewood Derby racing - Where a child, an adult and a small block of wood combine for a lot of fun and memories.
I agree with Randy on the stop section, I made mine as a separate bolt-on piece and longer and cut runners from non-skid shelf liner so the cars didn't have to hit the foam at the end. I started the non-skid liner right after the finish line before the guide rails begin to rise and then continued it on the next track section so the car would slow gently.