Southern Nationals 2018

September 19, 2018

This past weekend was a trip down to the bayou in West Monroe, Louisiana. This event has become so popular that they have an entry cap and the event sells out within a day or two. This year they allowed just over 400 entries and everyone was treated to yet another huge 3D track! The amount of dirt they use to build this track allows for some huge jumps and elevation changes of more than 8 feet. The format would be a normal 3 day schedule with practice Friday, Quals on Saturday, and the mains on Sunday.

Practice was just ok for me. I made a few changes from my Korea set-up and tried some new shocks pistons that Jared Wiggens came up with. We ran 3×1.45, 3×1.8, 4×0.8 in the front and 3×1.4, 3×1.8, 6×0.8 in the rear with 475 cst front and rear with shocks mounted out on the arm. These shocks weren’t a huge difference from the 3×2.2 ft, 3×2.1 rear but they did seem to preform a bit better as the track got rougher.

Once qualifying began I suddenly was doing great. This is an event that I usually have some kind of bad luck and just don’t do great at but when qualifying was being run through, things were looking good. I was running any number of SSLW AKA tires ranging from Impacts to Grids to Double downs and they were all feeling pretty good. In Q1 I took the TQ in Nitro Truggy, 3rd in Ebuggy and got 2nd in Nitro Buggy. In Q2 I was able to wrap up overall TQ in Truggy and I also got TQ in Ebuggy and another 2nd in Nitro buggy. In Q3 I was able to also take TQ in Ebuggy to get the overall and TQ Nitro buggy as well. So overall I would be TQ in nitro truggy and Ebuggy and start 2nd on the grid in nitro buggy.

For the mains I stuck with SSLW for truggy but went with impacts instead of grids. My truck was dialed from the start and I just took off from TQ and pulled away from the field.  Joe stayed with me within 7 seconds for a while before making a bigger mistake letting me really pull away. Joe and I along with our pit guy Matt were all on the same headsets and Joe was asking me to break my car and he would give me $50. I was telling him I could smell the lap as I was nearing in to put a lap on the field. However his wish won out this time as 34 minutes into the race suddenly my steering servo failed and I had to settle for a DNF. Joe did great though and picked up the slack for the team and took the win for Tekno!

Truggy TQ

In Ebuggy Joe and I would be battling again. Both A1 and A2 were similar in that I would lead out but make a mistake within a couple of laps letting Joe by. In A1 I came back and nipped at his heels for a few laps and he did great to run a wide car and keep me behind until I made a further mistake. In A2 I mounted a charge again but just couldn’t finish the deal and thus Joe would take the overall and I would take 2nd. Tyler Hooks won the tiebreaker to take 3rd for a Tekno 1-2-3 podium sweep!

Ebuggy Tekno Sweep! 1-2-3

In Nitro buggy I was hoping for some redemption and things looked good for all of 2 laps. I got the lead on lap 2 but my car just didn’t feel right. I had multiple crashes on lap 3 knocking back to 10th. I would fight back to 6th but nothing felt right and about 18 minutes in my car got really slow and I came into the pits to find my pressure line had broke / pulled off at the pipe and my engine was 400*+ and so that ended my race and a really disappointing Sunday for me.

So although qualifying bucked my trend of bad luck at this event, main day sure brought it back with a vengeance. That’s alright though as it’s an awesome event to be able to attend and always a great track to be able to race on!

Next is a little over a month of preparations for the IFMAR Worlds. Going to be getting everything just right to put my best foot forward on the World stage and see what I can do!

-Lutzinator

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Last week I jet set across the pacific ocean in the new Delta A350 plane to Seoul, South Korea. Our final destination though was a 2 hour drive inland to ChunCheon which seemed to me to be a major sports town! The R/C track was only one small part of the huge event the city had going on that weekend. There was Ice Hockey, rock climbing, baseball, soccer, a dog show, BMX, speed skating, a concert venue, and probably many other things I didn’t notice. (Though I did see on a couple guys shirts at the hotel they were from Pakistan and were there to play Carrom!) All in all it was an awesome experience that I was blessed to be a part of and I couldn’t have been there without the one and only R/C Panda Kevin Lee! Kevin rented a 15 passenger van and took 8 of us from Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia, and USA around all week! He was awesome and made the trip such a great experience.

But the trip almost didn’t happen for me. I was told there was a Typhoon to hit at the same time I was supposed to be landing in Seoul and I almost backed out. But I figured if they were flying the plane then they knew what they were doing. Fortunately the typhoon weakened and was basically just a rain event though this did keep us from getting any practice on Friday.

Come Saturday I saw my first sunshine ever in South Korea (I had been one time before about 8 years ago and it rained every single day of my trip). We had a slightly delayed start but they decided to do one practice round. The track started relatively smooth but I had been informed it would be a sugared high traction track. But the rain washed that thought away and it ended up pretty loose and marbled. Fortunately I brought some SSLW Impacts and Grids so that was an appropriate tire for the conditions.
After that one practice we went through two qualifiers on Saturday and took best one of two to seed the mains. I was able to TQ each round in both Nitro Buggy and Electric Buggy and would start on pole for the Odd semi and the A-main respectively. The track at the end of the day had gotten very rough and many jump faces were making jumps almost unmanageable. That night though they worked on some sections and added some carpet to a major jump face and it seemed to work very well.

As we went through the day on Sunday it was looking like it might rain on us again. So they did what they could to hurry along the program a little. We had a 20 minute Semi-Final which I was able to win handily as the track was now very rough in sections again. Next we had the 8 minute E-buggy final which I was able to throw down some of my fastest laps of the weekend even with the tough track as my EB48.4 was just killing it! The final race of the day was the 45 minute Nitro buggy final. I opted to run SLW Ibeams as there was quite a bit of dust and the traction had come up a bit in some sections and I hoped they would just be easy to drive. Fortunately it was a good choice and I got off to a good start. Korean Native Danny Choi kept me honest the first 5 minutes but I found my groove and began to pull away. Ended up with I believe a 3 lap victory in the end and some more good practice on a challenging track condition.

On Monday we went to GRC track in Seoul where I was allowed to run a locals EB410 on an indoor carpet track! It was a ton of fun and a great way to relax before my evening flight. I really just had a great time hanging out with friends, meeting new ones, and playing with R/C Cars! Also got to try some new foods and enjoy some sitting on the floor authentic Korean BBQ which was delicious!

Next up is the 3D Southern Nationals in a couple weeks.

-Lutzinator

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This past weekend was the Wicked Weekend event held an hour north of Atlanta, Georgia. This year 534 entries were in attendance and a fast and racey layout was there for us to enjoy. The format was a standard 3 qualifiers and the main events. During this event though, there was a very special 20 minute presentation that I was blessed to be a part of. I will get to that story here shortly.

Practice was good and everything felt pretty fast. Because of the high speed sweepers and the rising grip levels as the track got drier, I decided to go up in diff fluids to make my cars easier to drive. I would choose to run AKA Super soft or super soft long wear tires when the track had more moisture, and as the grip came up as it got drier, I would switch to Soft long wear double downs or catapults.

We did one qualifier on Friday afternoon, and two more on Saturday. Things in qualifying couldn’t have gone much better. Running my Tekno NB48.4, EB48.4, and NT48.3 I was able to TQ each and every run going 9 for 9 and truly completing a perfect Saturday.

You see a special presentation was done between qualifier 2 and 3 on Saturday, and I was blessed to be the representative giver. So here’s the full story as to how it all transpired. About a month and a half ago I was contacted through EBay about my LutzRC Pro Build #1 that was done in January of ‘17 with all proceeds benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis foundation. The mans name is Brett, and along with his wife Mindy, they have a 9 year old son named Caden with the condition.  They have had a couple Traxxas vehicles, but never a race vehicle, and they had just found a track semi close to themselves in Tennessee. Brett wanted to know if it was possible to get a race buggy and support the CF foundation at the same time. My goal from that time was to make the car free for them, but I didn’t tell them that.

As I went through the process of contacting my sponsors for support on this project Tekno and Tekin jumped on board right away. Tekno donated the EB48.4 buggy and Tekin donated the new Gen 3, 1900 Motor as well as RX8 Gen 3 speed control. Brett contacted my painter Diggity Paints, and he donated his paint work skills to paint them a Make A Wish body like the Tommy Johnson driven NHRA Funny Car as Caden is also a Make-A-Wish Child. The other equipment I purchased through my business LutzRC, a total which amounted to just under $500. The car was equipped also with a ProTek RC 6500 4S LiPo Battery, a Futaba 4PL radio with R304SB receiver.

Damon at Diggity Paints absolutely nailed this paint job!

Brett kept asking me throughout the process how much was it going to be. I kept putting off giving him an answer saying I was still trying to get ahold of some of my other sponsors. In the interim Brett asked if it would be possible for us to meet up to hand deliver the car to Caden. I thought perhaps our families could meet up at the Noah’s Ark exhibit in Kentucky as it was a 4 hour drive for us both. About 2 weeks ago I looked at my calendar and saw I was going to Wicked Weekend and mentioned to them to see if they would be interested in coming to check out a big race, and I could deliver it to them there. It was a 4.5 hour drive for them but they worked it into their schedule and said yes.

As we got a week away from the event he asked again how much it was going to total, and I said I’ll let you know Sunday. I was helping to put on my LutzRC Hometown Shootout that Saturday, and I asked if I could do a 50/50 drawing to support the cause of making the kit free. Well at my event we announced the 50/50 stating the second half of the 50 would go to the cause but never stating the goal we had in mind. Well the raffle climbed and at the last moment it was going to be about $238 to the winner and $238 to the cause. Well the winner who won (Paul Yoe) was applauded by all as they were so happy for him. He came up and claimed the money and took a couple steps to head back to his pit and then turned around and handed it back and said put it towards the boy. That put the total at $476 and moments later another gentleman handed me $20 to the cause. Just under $500! Exactly what was needed to make the car be free for Caden! That my friends is how God works in our lives right there!

So on Saturday night I was able to let Brett know this story and say the car will be provided free. And now is where God began to work on his end. On Sunday morning Brett contacted friends, relatives, and others he knew and told them the situation of what was going on and asking if they would support the cause and donate to the cystic Fibrosis foundation, so he could present me a check for the cause. He didn’t hear back from anyone on Sunday. He was disheartened but sometimes God doesn’t give us what we think we want right away. Come Monday people started to respond. Brett also took it upon himself to follow up with a few to make sure they had gotten the initial text. He was really hoping for $500 to donate. Well that number came and went and it neared $2,000 come Thursday when they needed to have the big presentation check made. (I knew none of this until after the presentation.)

So they arrived on Friday evening just in time to see the final Nitro buggy run of the night. Now mind you they had kept everything completely secret from Caden. He thought he was coming to Georgia to get peaches! As they pulled up to the track Caden remarked I know what this is! It’s and R/C race, then proceeded to ask his parents “do you think Ryan Lutz is here?” They said “I don’t know, let’s go check it out”. I had just finished my last run and was on the track marshaling the final race of the day and his dad pointed me out to Caden and said “do you see that tall guy in the purple shirt? What does it say on his back?” Caden couldn’t read it but his dad said “I think it says Ryan Lutz”. As I finished marshaling I walked to the trailer I was staying in and Caden said to his dad “I think he went in that trailer!” So his dad said “well let’s go look around for a moment and will see if we can meet him”. So about 5 minutes later I was standing outside and they came up and we talked for a bit. I had brought some Tekno shirts for the family and I gave them to them and at that point we let Caden know that it was their plan to come to meet me. (Still zero idea about what would transpire on Sauturday). So Matt and I went and had a nice dinner with them and learned a bit more about CF, and the challenges that come with it.

So now it was Saturday and as we approached the end of Q2 I set up the car and radio underneath the box I shipped it in. As the round concluded the organizers called everyone over, and a nice crowd of probably 200 or so fellow racers and family circled around to watch. I was given the mic 🎤 and while I’m not the best speaker I gave a quick background of what we were doing and called Caden up to the table to help me lift the box up. He was so nervous and didn’t want to come at first, but his mom coaxed him to come and I said what is under this box is for you. We lifted it up and he was speechless for quite a while. I had built up my LutzRC Pro Build #11 for him! He was so excited and so very thankful. Next Brett took the mic and presented me with the presentation check that I had no idea they were doing. $2,000 to be presented to the CF foundation!

We then told Caden that the car was ready to run and he could take it on the track and maybe drive it up and down the straight away or whatever he wanted. He was so nervous and didn’t want to at first but his mom told him that he would never have an opportunity like this again and that he should take it. So with some convincing, and lots of cheers from the crowd he agreed to try it. Then an amazing sight happened as at least 100 people went on to the track to help marshal if he needed it! It was amazing to behold our R/C families heart in that moment!

As we hit the track he immediately was smooth on the controls both steering and throttle. He was getting around this large track and you could see improvement lap after lap. When he started to make some of the doubles the crowd would cheer him on! When he crashed people were there instantly to help! It was so awesome. As we finished up and walked off the stand people came up and gave him tires and a tool set and offered other things as well. Oh what a sight to see people coming together for good!

Later after Q3 they were having a raffle and allowed Caden to run his buggy on the track again. Again 15 or more people came out to marshal. He really started to get a rhythm and clearing jumps and doing a really impressive job. After we finished up his dad told me another surprising fact. Caden is legally blind in one eye as well. So he doesn’t even have great depth perception and was still wheeling that buggy!

Oh what an amazing experience it was and I was so blessed to be the messenger in it all.
The Collins family came back on Sunday to watch the Nitro Truggy main before they had to leave to get home to pick up their dog. But as they were leaving Caden started to cry, really wanting to watch the pro buggy main. You see, in truggy I was leading but ran out of gas on the last stop 10 ft from the line and finished 3rd. But when I got done with the buggy main with a 1.5 lap victory and saw they had come back and seen it, a big smile came over me.

So that was the extra special part of the weekend. As I get back to explaining the racing results Truggy was going great. I was holding a steady 6 second lead over Ogden and my truck was feeling fantastic. I was however probably and hour or two to rich on top end and a good amount of smoke was coming out. Well as I was coming down the back straight on my in lap I felt it suddenly run out of fuel and I tried to coast it across the line but came up just short thus loosing a full lap + and settling for 3rd.

Nitro Truggy TQ+3rd

The 30 minute Nitro buggy main was next in which I wouldn’t let that happen again. I got out to an early lead and just extended from there. Many were struggling with the bumps as we had just ran truggy which goes over everything but the biggies get caught up in a little more. But I stayed clean and got a lap and a half lead and a solid tone to tone victory.

Nitro Buggy TQ+1st

Ebuggy A1 was next right when we were done marshaling. It was a challenge to switch between all 3 cars in such a short time period but my ebuggy was super fast and as I did in Nitro buggy I sped off into the sunset for a 20 second win.

After that we had a 4 or so hour wait until A2 of ebuggy. This one was much closer for the first 7 minutes as Adam Johnson whom I race with at home was on a mission and tracking me down. He unfortunately got caught in traffic in the end though and gave me another large victory margin and the overall.

Ebuggy TQ+1st

So I’m summary this weekend was one small blemish from being absolutely perfect. But in reality it was perfect because we gave to a deserving family and even more important spread a little more of Christ’s love for all. It’s a dark world out there but darkness can’t overcome the light!

Next up I am going to South Korea 🇰🇷 to hang out with the Tekno Sugar Panda Kevin Lee and have some fun meeting and racing with new friends!

-Lutzinator

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This past weekend the big bird in the sky took me to America’s Heartland to attend the ROAR 1/8th electric and 4×4 SC Nationals. The venue was the Hobbytown HobbyPlex in Omaha, Nebraska. A basically indoor facility saw us running clay tires with lots of liquid wrench throughout the weekend to maximize the traction levels. Joe and myself were running all 3 offered classes which only a handful of drivers were attempting. With the once again disappointingly low turnout there ended up being 7 heats and we were thus involved in 6 of them either racing or marshaling. On top of this they added 2 extra qualifiers giving us 6 total, but making for some extremely hectic days of trying to compete in all the classes. 

(-Quick need to rant-)

Now I try to be as positive as I can for the most part but it’s hard to not want to see change and consistency in our National level events. For instance we had booked our flights about 2 months in advance as we usually do and were told just weeks before the event they were shortening it. (This is something they should do with this Nationals anyways and make it a 3 day event). But it just made it so we were there for a full day early. Next because of the low turnout it was decided to run more qualifiers. Sounds good in theory but we already do to much qualifying and not enough racing. Now this weekend for instance it turned out to be a blessing for me as I struggled mightily early on and needed those last qualifiers. But that not withstanding we need to figure out how to race more. Another issue was that they changed the voltage meter from day to day. Thus when everything was ok on day 1 suddenly to start day 2 I got DQ for being at 16.81v. And to that point why do we have rules that would only effect stock racing at a mod event? Who cares if the voltage is .01 or .05 over. Who cares if the batteries are warmer than ambient temperature. These cars can be grossly overpowered as it is, we aren’t at a stock race!

(-End rant-)

Now to the racing where things didn’t start out to hot for me. In Etruggy I was doing all I could to make my AKA SLW Grids hook up on this clay track but they were just no match for the clay and purpose indoor tires other companies currently offer. So in Q1 and 2 I struggled mightily. Then with the DQ in Q3 I needed to put in 3 good runs just to secure and A main start. Fortunately my sponsor allowed me to run another brand tire for the rest of the weekend to allow me to be competitive and it immediately paid dividends. I was able to finish 3-4-3 in the final qualifiers to seed 4th in truggy. 

In Short course it was a 4 way battle in most of the heats and I was able to put my SCT410.3 with AKA Clay Chainlinks into the TQ position in rounds 3 and 4. The final round would decide the overall TQ and Joe was able to edge me out for the overall and thus I settled for 2nd. 

Ebuggy was a struggle early on as I worked to find a good setup and the right tire choice. On day one of quals I was running AKA clay Typos and while they were fast I just didn’t feel I was able to be consistent enough with them. So for day 2 I switched to some Chainlinks and they were easier to drive. I had a steady progression through the 6 quals with the first two being just outside the top 10 but finishing off with a 6 and a 2 in the final rounds to seed me 6th overall with momentum heading in the right direction. 

2nd place Ebuggy Concourse. Thanks Diggity Paints!

So Sunday brought us main day and we would be racing in the final 9 races of the day to compete the triple A mains. In A1 of etruggy it was an up and down race. I had been to 3rd and fell back to 6th. Then as 4th and 5th fought in front of me and tangled over the back single I launched over them and back into 4th where I would finish. In Short Course Joe and I would break away from the pack and he would pull away then make a mistake over the first triple. As I jumped it I got tangled and he got out ahead of me again and a cat and mouse game ensued but he held on for the close win. In Ebuggy it was a pretty straightforward race. I made up one position on the 2nd lap into 5th but everyone stayed pretty clean after that and that’s where I finished. 

Truggy Concourse Victory! Thanks Diggity Paints!

In A2 of Etruck I totally blew the start and launched across the lane into the opposite triple nearly ruining the front runners. I got corrected though and came across the first lap in 7th. I ran consistently the remainder of the run and worked my way into 4th. In Short Course I had to beat Joe and yet I decided to crash on lap 1 and fell back. I was able to make up the pace though and regain up to the leaders only to again get caught in the tragic after the first triple and get the raw end of the deal again. I continued to fight but just got back to 2nd and Joe was able to take a well deserved 1st and his first National title. In buggy I had a great start and on lap 2 briefly was in 2nd place. But I made a mistake again and fell back to 6th and just tried to keep pace with the leaders. On the last corner all kinds of chaos ensued as Maifield took out Rivkin which allowed Tebo into the picture. As Maifield waited for Rivkin to get corrected all 3 converged sending Rivkin on the wrong side of the track and he thus didn’t cross the line while Tebo was out of shape and Maifield beat him across the loop. It was crazy scenario as the top 7 drivers were within 3 seconds across the line. I would come away with 5th in that one. 

In A3 of etruggy I had my opportunity. I was running 3rd behind Rivkin and pressuring him hard and finally made a pass and into 2nd. This was dialed as if I could hold on I would be 3rd in the podium.  But with one minute to go and caught the pipe before the loop and flipped over falling back to 4th. Blowing my opportunity and thus finishing 4th overall. In Short Course getting to start from the start I put on clinic including back to back 21.3 lap times and a final time within one second of the ebuggy A2 winning time! Thus finishing 2nd overall for my 11th ROAR National 2nd place finish. Finally the last ebuggy main was one to forget as I had a marshal fall down on my car and it was just a mess overall including the front body clip coming off. So overall I had to settle for 7th in the class. 

Super fast A3 in 4×4 SC

In the end it was a trying week. But the track was a blast and the facility is still a really awesome one that I enjoy going to. I hope this small wave of momentum of media talking about the change that needs to come can make some waves going forward as things can for sure be made better for the community at large. 

My 11th ROAR Nationals 2nd place finish!

Next up is my LutzRC hometown Shootout at my home track Medina RC Raceway August 11th. 

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AMS 9.0

July 2, 2018

Just got through with the AMS 9.0 event in Cullman, Alabama. Upon seeing the layout on facebook the track looked like it was going to be a blast to drive on and at the same time a bear to marshal. Upon arriving and deciding to run in the first practice session those thoughts became realities. The layout was so much fun to drive on. The front straight launching into a fast sweeping right handed berm, then needing to set up wide to avoid some bumps and take a big left handed berm. There was also a really fun step up into a sharp 90* with a couple drop down steps. Some other features like the crossover and the aptly named “QuadNasty” were awesome when you hit them right, but downright dangerous and a Hobby Shop boon when you got them wrong. Public service announcement here: if anyone is selling a “one race used car” right now be weary. Make sure that one race wasn’t AMS 9.0! So many cars got wadded up and sent marshals ducking for cover as they careened off line. While it’s fun to see big air and it’s fun to drive on, we have to remember we have marshals to look out for and many of them are kids and we need to consider safety as a priority as well. To an extent we are racing and the action should really be in the racing action. Some of these obstacles are better left for the recreational market. Just my humble opinion. 

As far as the racing, the competition was heavy this weekend with 491 entries. Many top drivers were in attendance as well as the top crop of South East drivers. The track started out with me being able to run AKA SSLW Grids but as we passed noon on that first practice day I began to try out the Clay Chainlinks and they became the ticket throughout the rest of practice for me. Stuff was feeling pretty good throughout the practice and I was ready for when qualifying would start on Friday at 2pm. By the time the first qualifier rolled around the traction came up a ton. In truggy everyone seemed to be doing alight. For me I felt like my steering end points weren’t set fully or my servo saver was a bit loose and I just lacked in some of the high speed steering sections. I would end up 4th. As we came out to run our buggies you could see the struggle of many with the surface. Many going out on to soft of a tire and just struggling with the increased grip. I was one of them and it really set the tone for the struggle I would be experiencing throughout the weekend. My best runs in buggy would be in Q2 for e-buggy in which I finished 6th and Q3 in nitro buggy in which I finished 6th as well. My last run in nitro buggy I had made a couple changes and chose SLW Zips and I was pretty happy with my car. I had a bad crash but otherwise had a top 2 or 3 run so I gained some confidence heading into the finals. My qualifying positions weren’t the greatest though being 5th in truggy, 8th in e-buggy, and 9th in nitro buggy. 

They decided again to put the nitro mains earlier in the program on Sunday to hopefully have some more people be able to be there to watch. I think this is a good idea but perhaps we were a little too early in the program this year. The truggy A-main was up first at around 8:30AM! I opted for SLW Impacts for the 30 minute race and I think it was the right decision for me for the conditions. My truck had a bit to much steering actually and was a little fishy on the rear end which made me a little less consistent than I would have like to have been. I was able to stay in the lead pack of 5 cars though and even found a groove and got up to 2nd  for a bit. But I couldn’t hang on and Cav pressured me and I made a mistake over the back set-up and lost a good number of seconds having to go back down it get marshaled. This knocked me back to 4th but Cav had a failure getting me to 3rd. I would get within 2 second of Tebo in second for a while but I just didn’t have the consistency to hang tight and I had to settle for 3rd. Congratulations though to my teammate Joe for taking with win giving us a Tekno 1-3 in the the Truggy class!

Truggy 3rd!

Next up was the nitro buggy final just an hour later. Starting in the mid/back I just wanted to stay clean at the start and not loose total touch with the leaders. I was able to do pretty well and I was able to pick off a driver here and there as the race unfolded. Soon I would work my way up to 5th and be pretty happy with where I was sitting. I continued to fight and run some clean laps and was soon with in eyesight of Tebo and Rivkin in 3 and 4. Things were looking promising and then I went down the straight the lap before I was supposed to pit and felt it running out of gas, so I told my pit guy on our headsets and he was ready to grab the car at pit lane exit basically. But upon fueling it up it died out of fuel and it took a bit to get the box and everything ready and I lost a lap. This knocked me back to 8th position which is where I would finish. Another unfortunate finish for me in Nitro buggy this year. Looking to right the ship here at the next one.

The Double E-buggy A-main would be wheat would close out this event for us. In A1 I had a really good start. I ran SLW Zips on the front and Double Downs on the rear. The car did feel a bit soft in the heat of the day and something just felt off in the throttle. When I would land the car would stop momentarily and it just didn’t feel like the power was smooth. I somehow worked my way though traffic early and up to 2nd briefly but just couldn’t hang on to it all considering. I fell back after shorting the quad nasty a few times and tumbled to 6th which is where I would end up finishing. I thought perhaps the sensor wire was bad so I changed that for the second final but it wasn’t the problem. I believe it was the motor in hindsight from all those terrible landings on the quad and I wasn’t even able to start A2. So overall I would settle for 8th.

So in a nutshell it was a disappointing weekend results wise for me. The conditions were challenging and the track was tough and I just didn’t shine. I gave it my all and am pleased to come away with a podium finish in truggy. I also had a lot of fun around the pits hanging out and playing some cornhole and practicing my ninja skills climbing the Ibeams of the building. 

Next up is the 1/8th Electric Nationals at the Hobby Town Hobby Plex in Omaha!

-Lutzinator

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