This past weekend I headed to the Atlantic and Myrtle Beach for the Fall Brawl at the Badlands. The event this year grew to epic proportions with 550 plus entries for an outdoor event. I think that’s the 2nd biggest outdoor offoad RC event by entries behind Nitro Challenge. The track was very fast overall with lap times dipping to 21 seconds and the surface stayed very smooth. The conditions however were ever changing and the paramount tire choice was the hardest part of the racing. I would say everything was being run from indoor clay type tires to soft long wear enduros or ibeams, and everything in between. With the huge turnout the quals were made longer to 6 minutes each but limited to 2 instead of 3. 

Photo Credit: JJ Sport Photos

Qualifications went pretty well as I tried a variety of tire choices and we were also saucing at times to get more grip especially for the cool morning runs. My truggy had a great Q1 on SS Grids with sauce and I went on to TQ in the morning slick track. In Q2 Ogden would squeak past me by a second and based what we were told the tiebreaker was, I should have been TQ but the computer printed otherwise and nothing could be changed so I ended up 2nd. 

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In Ebuggy my Q1 was amazing running SS Double Downs with sauce. I TQd by about 8 seconds as my buggy was on rails. Nitro buggy was where I chose a wrong tire trying Ultra Soft Double Downs with no sauce. They left the rear a bit loose and I was a bit off pace as some others had now found clay tires to be dialed. So I took 2nd for that round. In Q2 my Nitro buggy I tried SS Impacts with sauce and I was more competitive, but still a little off from the indoor clay type tires(I didn’t bring any). So I took another 2nd to start 2nd overall. In Ebuggy our last run was at 11:30 at night and I used SS Enduros sauced and they were easy to drive just not as fast as clay. I would take 3rd but overall would still come away with the TQ. 

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Main day Sunday started at 7am and the program was shortened throughout with shorter mains so we could try to beat the incoming rain. First up was Ebuggy where my buddy Red found me a set of clay Typos to run. I was hoping for magic but they just weren’t quite what I was ready for. I started on pole but crashed over the second jump and fell back in the pack. I quickly worked up to 2nd but JR had a good lead. I whittled it down to 1.5 seconds with a minute to go but got caught in some midair traffic sending me off the track and 5 seconds back. So in the end I finished 2nd. 

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The Nitro truggy main was next and my plan was to run soft long wear Impacts sauced. But 5 minutes before we were up a light rain fell and the track went from grip to slip and I quickly threw on my SS Impacts and sauced them quickly. In warmup I seemed to have a better combo than most, but that’s all I’ll know as I lost a steering servo while pulling into my pit guy for the start of the race. 

Nitro buggy ended the day and again my plan was soft long wear chainlinks. But with the now slicker conditions Red came to the rescue again sourcing me some SS catapults which I quickly mounted up while the truggy main was running. They felt pretty dialed from the get go however I crashed after shorting the first double and fell to 9th on the first lap. I quickly moved up to 4th and then both third and second let be by as I came up on them and I set my sights on Ogden who was 5 seconds up. A couple laps later he got into a crash and I just moved past him into the lead. He eventually had to come in for a tire change as his was coming unglued. So now I worked up a 5 second lead ahead of Noah about 7 minutes in and that seemed to be the same cushion for the next 10 minutes as he stayed on my pace. After the last stop though I suddenly had a 14 second lead and eventually I found myself right behind him on the last 2 laps. I wanted to put him a lap down and I knew he wanted to stay on same lap and he fought me off hard and I couldn’t get past. So I came home with just under a lap victory. 

Photo Credit: JJ Sport Photos

It was a very fun event and the track was great as always. I look forward to my return hopefully next year. As for me that concludes my 2016 racing season. Season recap to come as well as hopefully doing a charity auction again. I have a little one on the way in the next week or two so we will see what time allows. 


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