Sunday, August 14, 2011
Mains have come to a close and this rendition of the 2011 ROAR Nationals is in the books. Here is how my day went down:
In 4wd Mod Buggy I was qualified 3rd in the B-main. Good fortune was not on my side however as I had a wheel nut strip off and thus lost my wheel placing me last in the B-main. It was a bummer for me but 3 other Durango drivers did make the A-main and did very well. Were getting better as a team and I know Travis found a great set-up for his DEX410. Looking forward to trying it next time i’m on a high bite track!
In 4wd Mod SC I was fortunate enough to start on the Pole for the 3 A-mains. In A-1 I worked at holding off Dakota (the phenom) Phend but he was on a mission. He got by me and I followed close for a few laps. On the top right of the track in the early morning there was a shadow over a part of the track and it really blended in with the pipes. I was struggling to see the corner and on one of the laps I hit Dakota a tipped him over. I waited while the marshal got to him and got him going until I proceeded but this all allowed Travis Amezcua to get by us. I eventually got by Dakota as he fell to 4th and I took 2nd behind teammate Travis.
In A-2 again my little mistakes allowed Dakota to get by me. I made a few more and fell all the way back to 5th. I stayed in it though and worked my way back to 2nd but Dakota was gone and took a 5 second win. For A-3 I knew I had to win and Dakota to not get 2nd. I ran as good as I could but just struggled with consistency. Dakota worked his way past me and just never made a mistake. I stayed as close as I could but I have to give credit to the kid. He’s fast and he has the nickname the “phenom” for a reason! I was able to close a little on the last few laps even throwing down a 20.7 on the second to last lap but it wasn’t enough and I finished 2nd again. Overall this also put me 2nd behind Dakota. It was a well deserved victory by Dakota and I give him all the credit in the world. He is a great kid with a great family and he will be at the top for a long time.
As for my car, I was happy to get my DESC410R running pretty good on a high bite track. This is the surface type I had struggled with and this is the best my truck has felt. I look forward to doing some more fine tuning and getting it even better in the future. As for now my TQ and 2nd place continues my streak of those results at ROAR races to 3 times now. Someday I’ll get that National Championship! 😉
Up next I’m off to the Tiltyard in Virginia for a pro series event. I’ve always wanted to go to this track so i’m looking forward to it greatly! Plus back to some Nitro! 😀
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Qualifications have come to an end and it’s a mixed bag of results for me. On the one hand I’m disappointed in my performance in 4wd Mod Buggy. I had a 5 in the first round and was never able to back it up with anything helpful. I ended up 1 point out of 10th place and i’m going to be starting 3rd in the B-main. I feel I just let my set-up get out of reach from me. I struggled running smooth and just wasn’t able to put together the clean run that I needed to make it into the A-main. The cool thing is that the rest of the Durango Team (Travis, Billy, and Carson) all made the A-main. Travis even TQ’d the final round and his car looked amazing. I’m going to have to give his set-up a try. (Should have done it much sooner!)
In Short Course I needed to get another TQ run. In my first run I was running strong and had the lead with about 4 laps to go. I made a few mistakes and Truhe ran clean and he was able to take the TQ and I fell to 3rd for the round. This was enough to put me in the Top 3 but I really really wanted TQ. In the 4th round I started clean and a couple laps in I took the lead. Truhe, Phend, and I, were all the top 3 and we all had 1 TQ under our belts. We stayed tight on the clock and made it an exciting round. I held onto the lead and just worked on staying clean. Eventually Truhe would take a tumble and I caught up to him on the track. Phend was putting in fast laps and worked my lead down to 1 second with a minute to go. I remained calm and drove my lines and even with Phend punching it across the line and getting the first sub 21 second lap in the class outside of mine I was able to finish out the run and take the TQ by 1 second and win the overall TQ!
So it was an up and down day but i’m looking forward to running my DESC410R in the triple A-mains tomorrow and hope to bring home my first National Championship!
Friday, August 12, 2011
Day number one of qualifying has come to a close here at the 2011 Electric offroad 1/10th scale Nationals at Nor-Cal Hobbies. For this event I am running my Short Course Durango DESC410R and my 4wd buggy the Durango DEX410. Today we completed 2 of 4 qualifiers and here is how it’s gone down for me.
4wd Mod – My car feels very solid and I just need to put in clean runs to do well. In the first qualifier I was running in the top two for most of the run. Then I made a couple of mistakes and fell back to 5th overall for the round. This really wasn’t to bad considering the crashes so I’m looking forward to putting in another solid run tomorrow to get myself into the A. To elaborate on that in the second run I had a good start but on the 3rd lap I popped the tie rod end off over the big quad. Someone put it back on for me but I lost over a lap. I ended up trying some new more aggressive lines and on the last lap was able to be the first person to crack 20 seconds on this track with a low 19.9! So i need a good couple of clean runs tomorrow. I think I have a good shot if I can stay clean!
4wd Mod SC – First I’d like to acknowledge my body fiasco of this weekend. The body I have pictured below I know isn’t great but for me it was pretty good and I was happy with it. I went out for my first run on practice day and I come off the track and half the paint falls off. I was so bummed and I don’t know exactly what happened. Anyways the HRP guys are here and they had their show truck so they let me run that body. Well It felt much thicker and when I was cutting it out it actually cracked on one of the circles I was cutting out. I thought to myself this body is probably going to crack on me. Anyways I went out to test the body to make sure it was good and there was an upside down 2wd and I bumped him and the whole front fender fell off my car!! :-0 So yea, i’m not even sure if that body was lexan. So for the first qualifier I ran my half the paint falling off body and after the run was over ROAR decided they didn’t like it and told me to re-paint it or find a new body. So now I am running Randy Pikes practice Green Machine body! Fun Stuff!!
Back to racing, my first run was much like my buggies second run. I got my DESC410R running awesome on this high bite track which I’m very excited about because this is the type of surface I had been struggling with. So to feel confident in my truck is awesome. Anyways I nosed in after the front quad and popped off a camber link again. Again someone put it on for me but I lost over a lap. I still went out and put in the only sub 21 second lap times in the class with three 20.8’s. In the second run my car still was dialed. I was running AKA Soft Rebars the entire time and it just feels awesome. I led this one from lap number one and never relinquished. I went on to TQ the round by 5 seconds. I’m very excited for Saturday and hopefully I can get overall TQ which will be my 3rd ever ROAR Nats TQ. (Just need to take the win with it one of these times too!! (Both the other times I finished 2nd after TQ. (19t 2wd Buggy in ’07, ’07 Truck Nats)))