Sunday August 28, 2011

WOW……WoW……….wow. . . What an exciting, amazing finish to the weekend. But before I get ahead of myself let me start from the beginning.

E-Scale – Well my brilliant plan worked perfectly and I got the car to make it to the grid of the A-main in the TQ spot. All that stood between me and finishing the weekend with my prototype DEX408 was a 10 minute main, Michael Paige, and, anything that could possibly go wrong. Well I got out to a clean start and just worked on running clean laps and not doing anything crazy. My batteries were tie-strapped in as I didn’t yet have appropriate velcro for the car and I just wanted to be sure to downside jumps and such so as not to have batteries flying around. For the first half the race Mr. Paige stayed close in tow but he eventually made a mistake and then another and I stayed clean and built up a decent lead. By the end of the run I had about a 1/2 lap victory margin and was able to cross the line for a victory lap. People seemed pretty impressed by the performance of the car and I’m looking forward to putting some time into it and really getting it set-up and to my liking!

Rent-A-Ride Truggy – Broke… πŸ™
Okay I’ll elaborate a little bit. I got out to a clean start from the TQ spot and there was malay behind me. But 1/2 a lap in I crashed it myself and even for the first lap of the race the closest marshall was already looking the wrong way and I got put back to 5th or so. I started to run and worked my way back to 2nd but Wheeler had begun to build a decent sized lead. It wasn’t going to matter though as over the right side triple single I nosed over it and subsequently popped off the upper shock nut. I figured that something had broken so I continued to drive it broken for a good 3 or 4 minutes. I was still generally able to keep up, just had trouble with that one section. Then because of not having the shock attached the dog bone popped out and I began to limp it around for a few laps. Eventually my pit man asked if I wanted him to look at it to see if it was fixable. (I thought the arm was broken or something.) Anyways came in and he was able to fix it in about 5 minutes and I went back out and just started hammering on the truck and drifting and just abusing it having fun. There was a lot of attrition in this race so even with all the issues still managed 6th.

Pro Nitro Buggy – Now here is where it all got interesting. I started off clean and made it around to just before the mogul section and I tubed it and Wheeler was in tow and he got into the back of me. My fault. Anyways I fell back to 5th or 6th or so and still on the first lap I went over the triple and the car just donkey flipped straight nose dive and broke my upper shock mount. Lap 1 and I felt my chances were already gone and all my TQ’s and what not were gone to waist. Luckily that fleeting thought only lasted about a nanosecond. I quickly found that I was still able to put in solid lap times without the stinkin shock attached! For the first 7 minutes until my first pit stop I continued to run it and managed to stay in the top 2 – 4 range. I had yelled down after it happened for my mechanic to go grab his shock mount off his car so he made it back just in time for my first pit stop. Anyways I brought it in for the stop, at the time I was probably about 10 seconds behind Michael Paige who was on fire this weekend. By the time I got fixed and back out there I was 2 laps down to Paige and about a lap and a half behind 2nd and 3rd. I quickly realized that “hey, there’s still 38 minutes left in this race. That’s a long way to go and if I start throwing down some sick consistent laps I can get up there to battle in the end!

I worked my way up from last or so and began picking off driver after driver. Paige had a good lead but he was having tire issues. 2 of his tires were coming unglued. In the meantime I was just on rails and focused as I’ve ever been just clicking off lap after lap. Eventually with Michael having to come in to change his two tires and my clean driving I found myself back on the lead lap and up to 4th. I stayed focused and worked my way up to Justin Wheeler who was running 3rd and got by him and just pulled away with my sights set on Jason Branham in 2nd. We were on different pit strategies and thus I knew I was catching. I believe I came in first but in between my stop and his I made up ground and when he came in for his stop I got by into 2nd. Now Paige was 10 seconds ahead of me. I buckled down and with a couple bobble from Paige I was on his tail and then I traction rolled! Fell back a few seconds and then had to pit. Whilst I was in the pit he started having some kind of electrical issue and it seems one of the cells in his lipo went bad. I felt so bad because he and his family are great people and he was driving the best i’ve ever seen him this weekend.

So I came out of my pit lap and due to his issues I inherited the lead with about 6 minutes to go and never looked back. I extended out to just over a 1 lap lead over Branham in the end.

So boys and girls there is a very valuable lesson that I proved this weekend! Never Give Up! I’m glad I stayed focused and in it and came away with the hard fought victory! Looking at my car after the race my AKA Medium Impacts held up very well on this abrasive track and I know they kept me in the race the whole time!

Byrons Challenge TQ and Victory Pro Buggy

So Overall 3 TQ’s and 2 Victories was a positive weekend for myself, Durango, Alpha Plus, Byrons Fuel, AKA, KO Propo and all my other awesome sponsors! Looking forward to the next event which might be the 1/8th electric Nats in Nebraska in 2 weeks. We shall see!

-Lutzinator

Saturday August 27, 2011

Back again in St. Louis, Missouri at the awesome Dirtburners R/C facility throwing down some laps during the Byron’s Challenge. It’s been a great time thus far and practice and quals are in the books so lets run down how it’s gone down.

E-Scale – Yes, Durango 1/8th scale electric buggy (DEX408??)!! I don’t honestly know if I was even allowed to run it this weekend but I decided if I might go to the nats in a few weeks that I needed to get some track time. I did one battery pack worth of practice and it felt decent. I forgot all the parts for this vehicle and that round of practice was only my 2nd battery pack on the car. So I didn’t run any more because I wanted to be sure I would be able to race. In the qualifiers I honestly wasn’t expecting much as the car was very new to me but I went out in search of some clean laps. I was able to find them and amazingly I was actually able to put in a few faster laps than the truggy I was running! I eneded up TQing the first two rounds by nearly a lap and thus I sat out the 3rd round to be sure at least my car would be able to start the A-main on Sunday! Overall I’m pleased with the car and look forward to putting some quality time behind the wheel with it!

Rent-A-Ride Truggy – Back at the scene of my last rent-a-ride and Chris Conwell hooked me up again with his X-Ray truggy exactly how it came off the track after the OS/Futaba Nitro Challenge. It again feels great on the track though a bit loose but the conditions are different this time. Either way I just missed out on TQ in round 1 by .4 tenths of a second. In round two I was able to clean it up and take the TQ away from Wheeler. Now in the last round I needed to get the win to get the overall. I put in the first sub 26 second laps of the weekend in this run and ran nearly a flawless race to get within 2 seconds of going the extra lap. Ended up taking the TQ in rd 3 by 14 seconds I believe and thus taking the overall TQ of the class.

Pro Nitro Buggy – Now that I have to clarify that it is nitro, my DNX408 and I have had and up and down day. I decided to once again throw the shocks on the rear of the shocktower and give it a go again. I did this at home and made sure that the swaybar wasn’t binding. I said I was going to stick with it this weekend and make it work and spend some of the time I needed too to be sure I gave it a fair go. My first qualifier wasn’t great. My car had tons of steering especially initial and it was just a handful. I worked on staying clean but did make one marshal type crash and ended up 1 second behind Wheeler for the round. In round two I tried a couple things but they didn’t seem to help. My car didn’t feel good and I had a few terrible laps. I had one lap where I lost 12 seconds and another where I lost 8. It was a bad run but still got a 5th for the round. In round three I new I had to TQ and to do it with the fastest time in the class of the weekend. On the first lap the kicker jump a 1/4 lap in had gotten pretty rough on it’s landing and it threw my car for a loop and on it’s lid. I immediately thought there went my chance. But I bucked down and put in some clean laps. Branham was out front though by a good margin but with a couple minutes to go he made a couple mistakes and I continued clean and picked up the pace and ended up taking the lead. In the end I took the TQ for round 3. This left a 3 way tie in points between myself, Michael Paige, and Josh Wheeler. The tiebreaker though was combined laps and times of the 2 qual point rounds that counted and thus I took the overall TQ by 4 seconds over Paige. Before that 3rd qualifier I had made a good 3 more changes and this time I nailed it. The car felt great and I’m now really looking forward to that A-main!

Triple TQ at Byron's Challenge

Triple TQ at Byron's Challenge

The crazy things you see in St. Louis!

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Sunday August 21

The game of the day was to beat the rain. For the most part it was successful with all but 3 mains getting to run. Luckily they ran the Pro Buggy main pretty early in the mains so it was able to be run even though it was shortened to 30 min from 45 min. Before I even got to start the main though things were looking hairy for me. I had put on some fresh clutch shoes and springs before the main and 3 minutes before I was up I went to fire up my buggy and it would rev but wouldn’t go anywhere! So I had to take the engine out of the car down to the clutch and I had a look at it but couldn’t see what was wrong. I would have put a new assembly on but I didn’t have my puller on me so I took the cage off and put it back on and put it all back together again. I fired it up and again same thing!! At this point my race had started their warmup. I yanked the engine out one last time and Curtis Woodyard pulled out his flywheel puller and helped me get it off and I grabbed a new assembly and threw it on. Problem was it was slight different and it needed some shims but I didn’t have any easily accessable so I just said I have to go with it. I got it all back together and fired it up and this time it worked! Now it just had to last 30 minutes.
I have to thank everyone who was in that A-main for waiting for me. Those people include (Anthony Mazzara, CJ Weaver, Eric Schoen, Brian Miskolczi, Blake Whitehead, Austin Woodyard, Joseph Peregoy, Jamie Grayek, Shane Sprinkle, Gunnar Rieck, and Bob Chartos.) Thank you all for your unselfishness and allowing me to get working. I really really appreciate it. So the main got under way with my pit guys taking me straight to the start and them saying go! No practice or warmup. For the first few minutes I was working to stay clean and I was being pressed hard from Anthony Mazzara. He ended up making some mistakes though and I began to build a lead. My goal was just as clean of a run as possible. Eventually I was able to put the field a lap down. There was a little scare with 3 minutes to go when my car hit a hole and cartwheeled off the far end of the track. It took the marshall a while to retrieve the car and I was just hoping it was going to stay running. Luckily it did and I was able to just barely maintain the lap lead and that is how it would finish!

R/C Pro Rd #14 TQ and Win Pro Buggy

Short Course was one of the mains that wasn’t able to be ran unfortunately.

Durango Awesomeness!

I just want to thank track owner Homer Allman for the welcome. Also a big thanks to Curtis Woodyard and his family for the hospitality all weekend including “Big A” (The next R/C Phenom). Look forward to racing with you all again!

It was a great weekend and I’m happy to say i’ve been Tilted!

Next up is the Byron’s Challenge at Dirt Burners in St. Louis this week upcoming!

-Lutzinator

Saturday August 20

What a fun day at the Tiltyard. A Strong downpour came briefly overnight but put enough water into the track that we were delayed starting. However by 11AM we were racing and having a blast. The track started to groove up throughout the day and some of the little potholes from the rain and people walking on it started to get smoothed out a bit. I had a great time running my Durango vehicles. My DESC410R was flying on this track with the Tekin 4.5 system. I was able to throw down a fast lap of 24.0 in SC which was only 1.1 seconds off my hero lap in 1/8th buggy. I went on to TQ all 4 rounds and my car just feels great on this track.

In Pro Buggy my DNX408 is doing great. I hadn’t ran nitro in nearly 4 weeks sense I was in Ohio last. I didn’t even touch the car and have just been running it. In the 3rd round I was able to get one of those laps for me where I said that was a fast lap! It turned out to be a 22.9 which was the first 22 they had ever seen in any class. In the 4th qualifier after having TQ’d the first 3 rounds I decided to see how far I could push the car. I was on the gas everywhere. Ballooning tires and doing whips off the jumps. It was great fun, and while I made some mistakes and didn’t TQ the round I had a great time doing it and I got to put on a little show for the spectators!


Thanks to TheRcReport for the video!

Looking forward to the A-mains tomorrow!

Friday August 19

Well after a 4 hour flight, 3 hour layover, 1.25 hour flight, and a 1.25 hour car ride I made it to the Tiltyard. Today was practice and when I arrived around 2pm people were just starting to think about going out to practice as it had been raining all morning. After a little bit though with people running on the track it started to dry out really good and develop a groove of sorts. The track is easy and challenging at the same time. There isn’t a lot of jumps but there is chicanes and off camber corners to throw you for a loop. It’s a lot of fun though and the people I’ve met already are all great! Looking forward to qualifications on Saturday.

Thursday August 18, 10:10PM

Sitting here in the airport awaiting my Red Eye flight to Atlanta then on to Charlottesville, VA where I have a 1.5 hour flight to the World Famous Tiltyard! I’ve always wanted to go to this track and I can’t wait to get “Tilted”!
Looking forward to the event and I just hope I can stay awake tomorrow. Not sure how much sleep i’m going to be getting in my economy seat. πŸ™

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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.

ROAR Nationals 4wd Mod SC Podium

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! πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ˜€

-Lutzinator

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)))

Almost Ready for Nationals!

Serious About Racing!!

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Saturday July 23, 2011

Sandwiched in between relentless rain showers and lightning shows we were able to get in 3 qualifiers and some shortened mains at the Ohio R/C Pro Series race at Medina R/C Raceway. This is my old home track. It’s where it all started for me having lived only 5 minutes from the track as a youngster. I had been racing here sense I was 7 years old when I started with a Losi Jr. T. I try to make it back every summer for one of their larger races to see some old friends and family and have a good time.

This weekend I decided to stick to my Durango cars and ran my DNX408 buggy and DESC410R Short Course truck.

In Buggy I was able to take the TQ in the first qualifier and I was able to better it by 1 second in the third qualifier. I was running Soft AKA Gridirons and my Alpha A852. For this track I went back to the 2mm mod (I had been running just 1mm at the last two tracks I was at due to how slick they were and I wanted more rear chassis roll.) Other than that I kept most everything the same and just drove it. For the A-main it started to rain and the track got slick. We were due to run a 30 minute main which was shortened to 15 minutes before we went up and then down to 7min right when we started due to the radar showing massive amounts of rain coming at us. Starting on the pole I got out and had a clean start. Shane Racer was in tow and not giving me any room. We broke away from the pack and it was a two horse race. I was eventually able to build about a 5 second lead but made a couple crashes on the left side quad and this put Shane right on my bumper for the final two laps. It made it interesting and fun and the spectators were into it. They wanted to see if Shane could pull the upset. He was pushing hard and I was just ahead of him just trying to keep my cool and stay off the pipes. I was able to keep it clean and stay just out in front of him as me made a mistake on the last lap and I took the win. It was like an electric race only being 7 minutes long but Shane kept it interesting the whole time and Kudos to him on a great run. I was happy with my Durango DNX408 and happy to take home another victory.

In 4wd Pro Mod Short Course all eyes were on my DESC410R. This thing is just stupid fast and has so much get up and go. For one the truck is simply the fastest truck in this class and everyone is beginning to realize this. Also I was again running my Tekin RX8 Speedo with the new 4 pole motor and it just flat out flies. People were amazed at the speed this thing has especially being a 540 can. I was able to throw down a 28.6 with my SC truck and my best lap in buggy was a 27.4! I was able to dominate qualifying to the tune of an 18 second TQ. In the main the guys behind me battled it out and I took off to a 1.5 lap win in 7 minutes. I let a handfull of people try my truck during the weekend and they were all amazed at it’s performance. They also couldn’t believe how smooth and fast the new 4 pole Tekin motor is. All of them before the race were running various makes and models of other SC trucks. After this race they are all getting a Durango with the new Tekin 4 pole when it becomes available shortly. I know they will be pleased!

All in all it was a fun event. It was nice to get it in between the rains. It was also a pleasure to see a lot of faces I hadn’t seen in a year. I will look forward to coming back again next year as well and hopefully at that time everyone will be driving a durango! πŸ™‚ Now I have 2 weeks ‘off’ before the 1/10th electric Nationals. I will be doing some testing with Randy Pike and make sure I have everything ready for a good showing. Looking to put another pass on the newly crowned WC! πŸ˜‰ Until next time….

-Lutzinator

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Sunday July 17th, 11:00PM CST
The Mains have come and gone. It was a long hot day and I know i’m ready for some shuteye. As I mentioned before we were to do 2, 20min mains for each class. The race order put us in a format of Buggy, marshall, break, truggy, marshall, break, truggy, marshall, break, buggy. So the end of the day was pretty frantic trying to make sure everything stayed together and ran well as this track was tough on vehicles. Also there were tons of flameouts throughout the day. Here’s how my mains went down.

Rent-A-Ride Class (Truggy) – In the first main I started on the pole and just wanted to stay at the front. For the first 10 laps or so Jason Branham stayed close in tow and we built a big lead over 3rd. Eventually Jason would make a mistake and later got caught in some lapped traffic which allowed me to cruise out front and build an over 1 lap lead. In the end I took a one lap victory. For the second main all I wanted to do was finish either first or second within a lap of Branham. I felt like my odds were good as the truck and everything felt great. Right on the grid however before they said down and quiet as I was cleaning out my engine my upper rod blew up in my mechanics hand. This was a first for me but I guess it’s just one of those things. The engine had ran great all weekend and showed no signs of anything wrong. Just a freak accident. So in the end I finished in the middle of the pack with a win and a last. A little disappointing with knowing how good everything was working but for borrowing a truck and going out there it was just nice to get to run!

Now for that all important class that really matters! πŸ™‚ The first main the first 6 on the grid were sorted by finishing order from the dash for cash. (I finished 3rd in the dash for cash. It was 7 laps inverted grid. There was lots of crashing and bumping and I came back from last twice so 3rd was fine with me.) Anyways I was 3rd on the grid and at the start I got caught in a bit of traffic a half lap in. Don’t remember exactly what happened but I was near the back and quickly on lap two made my way back to 3rd. Then I was able to take over second and I found myself about 7 seconds behind Wheeler who got out clean (starting from the pole). Anyways I paced him for a while and made up a little ground and then he flamed out. I thus inherited the lead and he got back out on the track. I stayed clean the rest of the run and came away with I believe an 11 second win.
Next was the second main. I was hoping for some better luck and not what happened in truggy. I chose to run AKA Soft Impacts which is what I had ran throughout all of qualifying. They felt dialed and my Durango DNX408 felt dialed as well. My Alpha Plus A852 was singing and I was ready for a good main. At the tone I got a good start and I wanted revenge from what happened in truggy. I began to build a lead and I was determined to make it stick. I ended up getting out front by over 10 seconds and I began to make a few mistakes due to the swarm of bugs on the driver-stand. They were landing on my neck and in my ear and it was a distraction to say the least. However I believe everyone else was dealing with the same thing as everyone was making mistakes. I got back focused again and just knew I had to finish within 11 seconds of Wheeler. I was able to stay out front though and finished with the Win. Thus I took to overall victory!

Pro Buggy TQ & First Place @ OS/Futaba Nitro Challenge

I can’t say enough about the equipment I am running. I may have had a snafu today with my engine in truggy but it’s an anomaly and I’m just so happy with my complete support team that I have behind me. These are companies that I choose to run for and i’m just grateful they allow me to support them!

Next up i’m going ‘home’ to Ohio for a State Pro Series race at my old Hometown track in Medina. Look forward to seeing the family and having some fun!

-Lutzinator

Sunday July 17th, 1:30AM CST
Qualifications have come to an end and as you can see by the time it’s late! We didn’t finish until after 11pm and i’ve been up ever since gluing tires and charging batteries to be prepared for Finals day. Here’s how today ended up for me:

In Rent-a-Ride truggy class I found my groove. I locked down the servo saver a pulled a bit more trigger! I was very impressed to be honest with the X-Ray truggy. On this track it felt excellent and outside of wanting more steering I was very pleased with how it was handling. I ran a conservative round 2 and was able to take TQ for the round. In Round 3 I laid it down. My Soft AKA Gridirons were fast and consistent and every lap until the last lap was a 26 or 27. It felt awesome. My last lap I crashed pushing a bit too hard but was still able to TQ the round by 8 seconds. I’m ready for the mains!!

In Pro Buggy my DNX408 was feeling great. I basically decided on AKA soft Impacts for the whole weekend. In round number two I decided to try to stand further down on the right of the drivers-stand. This was a bad idea. I did it to try to help my visibility on the top right corner but it just threw me off on the entire track. I had a good start and was on a TQ run but eventually started making tons of mistakes not being comfortable. The car was fast but the driver was acting slow. I ended up I think 4th for the round. In round 3 it was all down between Taylor James and myself for overall TQ. We both made some mistakes early but he ended up making a few bigger ones. It was so hard to see with it being so late and there being no wind the dust was just hanging over the track. I was able to get ahead of him on the track (I started behind him) and I set my sights on Matt Gosh who was in the lead. With about 2 minutes to go I put my head down and started putting in consistent fast laps and with some bobbles by Matt I took the lead and didn’t look back. I was able to take the overall TQ.

So it turned out to be a great day. Double TQ!! Looking forward to later today and the mains. They are doing two 20 min A-mains and in the morning they are also going to do a dash-for-cash. Should all be fun and I look forward to putting my Durango on top of the Podium again! πŸ˜€

-Lutzinator

Saturday July 16th, 1:00pm CST
Round number 1 out here at the OS/Futaba Nitro Challenge is in the books. I managed to get a rent a ride truggy this week from Chris Conwell. I am driving his X-Ray and it feels pretty good. I had to do some shock set-up and a few other things to it to get it to my liking but the truck seems solid. In my first round I was on a TQ pace the entire run until the last lap where I tubed it after the monster front triple. I had a 3 second cushion and ended up loosing out on the TQ to Josh Wheeler by .9 seconds. Overall I will take it as it was my 3rd tank on the truck and it was my mistake that cost me the run.

In Buggy my DNX408 was flying again. My buggy feels great and I’m glad to be back smelling Nitro fumes and listening to an engine run! πŸ˜€ I was on TQ pace from start to finish in buggy and this time I didn’t dork it over the triple and I was able to take the 1st round TQ. I am running my Alabama Set-up and I don’t think I have changed a thing. Loving this buggy! πŸ˜€ , 2 more qualifiers today in which they will take best 2 of 3 qual-point format. Tomorrow for the mains they are doing double 20min A-mains. I think they break tie-breakers by combined laps and times. Should make for some excitement!

-Lutzinator

It’s Midnight here. Basically Friday morning and i’m sitting in the Sacramento airport awaiting my 12:53AM departure for St. Louis with a quick stop in Minneapolis. I’m looking forward to this event as last year I was able to double TQ and Win both Buggy and Truggy. This year I am not bringing along a truggy so it will be just buggy. However there is a small chance I will drive a rent-a-ride truggy. I will find that out later today.
Check back throughout the weekend for updates on how my Durango DNX408 buggy is doing. I’m glad to be back nitro racing! πŸ˜€

-Lutzinator

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