December 20, 2017
This past weekend I attended the RC Pro Finals in Texas. This series is currently a primarily Texas series but they are looking to once again grow it to a National series throughout the country in the coming years. I was invited to attend a looked forward to the event. As I arrived and saw the dirt I was expecting it to be much like the RC Pro Series used to be or the PNB in it’s early years. Which is to mean, I thought it would be loose and get really blown out! But amazingly as the event wore on the track held together better than I think anyone anticipated and we had some great racing.
I ran my primary 3 classes and had a mixed bag in qualifying. The track was deceptively challenging and I made a number of mistakes that perhaps I don’t usually. I also was fishing for the right set-up on the tricky conditions. In the end of qualifying I had secured TQ in Nitro buggy and would start 2nd in both E-buggy and Nitro Truggy.
On main day E-buggy would have a triple A format. Nitro Truggy was a 30 minute final and the end of the day would be capped off with the 1 hour Nitro buggy final. In E-buggy A1 I put an early pass on Dillenger over the back table top as I was the only person launching the whole thing. I would make a mistake on 2 of the coming laps giving the lead back, but each time I would again jump over him on that back table. Then he followed me around until around the 7 minute mark where he made a bigger mistake and gave me some clean room to take the A1 win. A2 ended up being a little more of a blowout victory as Jake had an early mistake on i’d day about the 3rd corner and I got away clean and put in a really good run. I would win that one by nearly a lap to take the overall victory in E-buggy on my AKA Super Soft Long Wear impacts in front and grids in rear.
Next was the 30 minute truggy final and I was starting behind Drake for this one. I made a mistake really early on and fell back to around 4th. I quickly worked back to 2nd but was about 6 seconds or so behind Adam. I would be doing 3 pit stops in the final and he was doing just 2. The pit lane was a huge challenge in that it was very narrow and if a truck was on the rails, the next car coming down the line would knock it off. This happened to me on the 1st and 3rd stops costing me some valuable time. Midway through the race before my 2nd stop I was on Adam’s tail meaning I still had a full stop worth of time to catch up on him. By the time we each had a stop to go I was gaining and after our final stops I was able to take the led on his mistake with about 4 minutes to go and pull away to a nice victory!
Finally was the pro buggy A-main for 1 hour. Again it was a battle between Adam and I at the start. This time I was starting in front but I made a mistake I think over the whoops section and Adam got by. We would end up swapping the top spot off and on for the first 16 minutes or so. I had the lead at this point by a couple seconds as it was my pit in lap but I felt I was being run a bit long on this second stop. And then it happened as I was going over the back table I felt it go lean and sure enough I ran out of gas one corner before the loop. Thus I had a 96 second lap (Lost 60 seconds of track time) and was now a lap and a half behind Drake. Well I knew there was still a lot to play for and I put my head down and charged ahead and worked my way back into 2nd. Then I set my sights on simply whittling away at the lead. I was on Super Soft Long Wear Impacts in the front and Grids in the rear and they were just getting better and better. Soon after a pit stop session I found myself back on the same lap. Meaning I was within 36 seconds of the lead. I kept charging and in the closing 10 minutes I was narrowing the lead by 0.5 – 1 second a lap. Soon with 1:30 to go I was on Drake’s tail and closing fast. We went through the double triple single section and I was on his bumper but I stuffed the pipe and spun around loosing 2 seconds. We only had one more lap in which I closed the gap but finished 1.3 seconds behind in 2nd. I obviously regret not being more cautious in that corner and instead waiting for a better opportunity to pressure him or to make a move. But it is what it is and to make a race of it after loosing 60 seconds at the end of one hour was exciting for me and those watching!
That was my final event of the year and now for some end of the year business obligations and some much needed family time!
Merry Christmas to all!
December 1, 2017
The Auction has completed and with your help bidding and sharing the posts we were able to raise $3,569 for Samaritans Purse Charity. Your support is very much appreciated! 😀 ******************
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INSTRUCTIONS: (Please read so there is no confusion)
All of the auctions will be held on my Ryan Lutz Racing Facebook page.
-Each day a new set of items will be available to bid on. I will post the items before Noon EST and each day that set of items will end at 9:00:59 PM EST.
-If you want to bid, make a higher bid in comments below the picture of the trophy you want. (Be sure your on the original post on Ryan Lutz Facebook page)
-Highest bidder at 9:00pm EST (New York time) on that day it’s posted wins. (Please note Facebook timestamps comments. I will choose the last one posted at 9:00. If you bid at 9:01 it doesn’t count.)
-I use the Facebook time stamp when I highlight over the persons time of comment. If it says 9:00 to me and it’s the highest bid then that’s the winner. If your in question bid high and out of reach!
-If you win I’ll message you and see if you just want a signature or a personalized message on the item.
-I will PayPal you for your winning bid.
-At the end of the Auctions I will write a check to the charity. 100% of winning bids will go to the charity. I will also take care of any PayPal fees and the shipping cost. . Even for international bids! I would like to support the same Charity that I did last year which is Samaritans Purse. I can divide the money among many worthy causes through this great organization.
Day 1 – Nationals Day. Tuesday December 5th.
-2017 ROAR Nats Nitro Buggy 2nd place, Nitro Truggy 3rd place. Number of electric bodies from this and last years nats as well as car stands from 2012 and 2013 Reedy race.
Day 2 – Sik Track Designs Day, Wednesday December 6th.
-Trophies from Gas Champs and Battle of the Sikest Thornhill along with an older model EB48 body.
Day 3 – Racetime Entertainment day. Thursday December 7th.
-Trophies from SIC, PNB, AMS, Wicked Weekend. Plus older scheme NT48.3 body.
Day 4 – Big Regional Domination day. Friday December 8th.
-Southern Nats, January Jam, OS/Futaba Nitro Challenge + Older scheme NT48.3 body.
Day 5 – Local Plaque day + DNC TQ! Saturday December 9th.
-New and past local tracks to me. LutzRC Hometown shootout, East Coast Race against Cancer, Fall Classic at Ohio RC Factory, Amain Manufactuers Cup, Jax Trax, and my DNC Truggy TQ! Along with 2017 well used NT48.3 body.
Day 6 – International Day, Sunday December 10th.
Plaques and trophies from Malaysia, England (Neobuggy), China (IFMAR Worlds). Along with an LFR NB48.4 body from 2017.
Day 7 – Vegas Day, Monday December 11th.
-Silver State Truggy victory, EB410 debut race at IOCC 3rd place + the EB410 body from that race. Also my 2017 Goggles.
So there you have it. Check in each day as I may add more things if they come about. Never know which day I might sneak something new or interesting in! Also i’m not sure yet how I will separate things on any given day. So stay tuned for that.
Thank you so very much for your support and interest in this charity auction. If there is anything I can do to explain better or make it better please do not hesitate to share that with me!
November 29, 2017
The 2017 season was perhaps my best one yet in my 12 year pro career. The year started with a little bit of fun as I had switched to Blok engines but we didn’t share that information yet. So I was running “Top secret” and “Super top secret” engines for the first few races of the year. I admit that it took me a few events to start the year to really get a good feel for the engines which resulted in a couple of truggy runs that weren’t up to my standards. But once we got to Nitro Challenge it was game on!
In one of my best qualifying efforts ever at a really big race I was able to eek out the TQ in the Pro Truggy class ahead of Maifield and Tessman at the Dirt Nitro Challenge. In the main for the first couple of laps I would begin to walk away from the field until things just started to not feel quite right and I fell back and eventually retired. Not sure what went wrong but that event really proved a catalyst for the rest of my season in Truggy.
I had the opportunity after Nitro Challenge to head over to Malaysia for a fun weekend of racing at the MNL #2 and I was able to meet a lot of new people and present my LutzRC Pro Build #026 to a local and also during a rain delay build a LutzRC Pro Build for Tommy (who ended up being the guy who helped me make China happen later in the year).
Then as we entered March we headed to Vegas for the Silver State Nitro Challenge where I would put in one of my best if not the best races/results of my career taking the win in the Pro Truggy class. I would be 14 seconds back in 4th at one point but reeled in the leaders and won by over 10 seconds over Tessman and Maifield! The year was taking a great turn and the Blok 21aP engine was giving me the truggy abilities I always knew I had!
Soon thereafter it was PNB and the craziness of running 5 classes on the biggest track, with the biggest jumps! This year the Tekno cars were a cut above the rest, being able to take that huge 50-60ft triple and land it relatively easily. I had a huge result in taking the win in Pro Nitro buggy, Truggy, and 4wd SC. Also 2nd in both E scale classes. It was a huge showing for Tekno TQing and Winning all 5 of said classes!
Next, just one day after PNB I went across the pond to what was most likely my last Neobuggy event ever, being my 8th year attending. Overall the results were some of my best at this hotly contested event coming away with the dash for cash victory, and a 4th in Ebuggy, and 5th in nitro buggy.
As the summer months heated up I took some great wins at events like the Gas Champs, A-main Manufacturers Cup, and A.M.S. 8.0. Then we headed to the Nitro Nationals where I would put in my best combined ROAR Nats finishes of my career and possibly my best Nitro buggy performance of my career. I would take 2nd in Nitro buggy and 3rd in Nitro truggy after the grueling weekend with a truly tricky track and condition!
As we entered the dog days of summer and some more large regional races I took home a number of trifectas and more victories at OS/Futaba Nitro Challenge, Wicked Weekend, Southern Nationals, East Coast Race against cancer, and Battle of the Sikest at Thornhill. As we reached the fall Tekno introduced the new EB410 1/10th buggy and we decided to debut at the I.O.C.C in vegas. It was a challenge on a new surface and with an all new car but in the end I was able to come away with a hugely surprising 3rd place!
This set me up for a last minute decision to go to China for the IFMAR Worlds for the 4wd portion. In the end the result wasn’t what I had hoped for but the experience was awesome and for sure it at least brought some eyes around the globe to the new Tekno platform.
Overall it was an amazing year. Especially in truggy. With my Tekno NT48.3 I either TQ’d and/or got podium at every race I attended with it!
For 2017 at this time I don’t plan on making any changes to my program. Here is how long I have been with each of my 2017 sponsors.
Tekno RC – 3+ years
Blok Engines – 1 year
Byron Fuels – 7 years
AKA Tires – 10 years (since day 1)
Futaba – 6 years
Tekin – 8 years
ProTek RC – 6 years
PT RC Oils – 6 years
Dutch Oven Designs – 2 years
Diggity Paints – 2 years
LutzRC – 6 years
At this time I don’t believe anything will be changing for 2018!
I want to thank all of my sponsors from 2017 who helped make it my most successful season ever!
–Tekno RC – (NB48.4, NT48.3, EB48.4, ET48.3, SCT410.3, EB410)
-Blok Engines – (Blok 21aM, Block 21aP)
–AKA Racing (Amazing tires, wheels, foams, that keep me fast on any surface!)
–Byron Fuels (30/8 Worlds Blend fuel, The most consistent fuel in the industry!)
–Futaba (7PX Radio, S9373SV Servos, R304SB Rx)
–Tekin (RX-8 Gen 2, Redline T8 Gen 2 1900 motor (2000 truggy), RSX, Redline Gen 3 motors)
–ProTek RC (2600 Lipo Rx packs, 100C full size LiHV packs)
–Dutch Oven Designs (Graphics, stickers)
–PT RC Racing Oils (Shock and Diff oils)
–Diggity Paints (Paintjobs!)
–LutzRC.com (my small business that keeps me busy on my ‘off days’ haha)
–R/C Hobby of Medina (My fathers Hobby Shop)
-Matt Wolter and Daniel Lewis among others at Tekno who have helped me raise my game again this year and have been there for me all season in the pits or a phone call away!
For 2018 I want to continue on my progress from 2017. I have a full year under my belt with my new engines. I am more confident than ever in my total racing package and I don’t see why I can’t continue the results. I am (miraculously to me) ‘ranked’ 4th in the world in the Top25RC rankings and If things go right at DNC to start the year, well, anything is possible! I may be getting older (will be 33 as the season starts!) but with that comes a maturity in my racing that blends very well with the raw speed I used to be known for. I look to continue to do what I do and will work to do it better!
November 21, 2017