Sunday July 3rd was main day at the JC Summer Indoor Nats Rd #2. In the fourth qualifier I was able to take the 4th and final round of Short Course and thus won all 4 rounds pretty handily. My truck was honestly super dialed as some would say and again the Tekin Pro 4 motor was a beast. Even on this small track it was fun to cut ‘er loose and pull trigger and the super high bite clay surface just let me put the power down. We turned our tires into slicks for this race which was a first time for me. Taking a dremel to a new set of tires seems crazy but it was worth a few tenths of a second and that’s all that matters in racing! In 4wd Mod my DEX410 was starting to come around. I was throwing set-ups at it left and right just trying to learn the buggy and get it dialed in. The fourth round was okay and I managed a 4 for the round which was at least enough to put me into the A main and 6th on the grid.
Come main time it was SC up first. It was an 8 minute race and I wasn’t sure I can make it. (I’m sure some of you are like, come-on, it’s only 8min. Well put yourself behind the equivalent of a 2 turn motor and rip it like a 1/8th truggy and let me know your findings!) Either way I knew I had to pace myself to be sure I finished. So I turned it down to about 75%. I got out to the lead and only made 3 laps above 15 seconds. I stayed consistent and just showed what the truck can do. I ended up taking the win by about a lap and a half. My DESC410R was on rails as it has been lately. For those serious about racing the 4wd SC class the Durango is the only way to go. Put a diff in the center, get a couple of aluminum bits for added durability and you have yourself a super strong SC that is quite simply the fastest SC on the market!
Next up was 4wd buggy. This main was 10 minutes long and I was nearly positive I had zero shot at making 10 minutes. This was my first race weekend with the DEX410 and it was a bit of a learning curve to say the least. I had practiced with it twice before and I had a gremlin in it that we just couldn’t figure out. With the over the top help from Randy Pike from Tekin we were finally able to figure out what it was after changing out and trying just about everything. It was a trying time and things just weren’t going my way in practice or qualifying at this event either. Luckily I was able to make the A so I knew at least if I drove clean and smooth I could have a shot. At the start I stayed clean but a lap or two in someone tubed it and I got into them sending me to the back of the pack. I was dead last in 10th and actually content there for the early going as I didn’t do any practice laps because I wanted to make sure I would finish the race on battery. (I wasn’t able to test runtime due to the gremlin and so many other things that would take forever to go over.) Anyways I was attempting to drive super smooth. I had done one major change before the main and that was to shorten my camberlinks all the way around to give the car more camber-gain and I also just gave it more camber overall. This seemed to be really good. A few laps in and I started to find a groove. I slowly started moving through the pack and eventually found myself in 3rd. Tyler Vik and Steven Hartson were ahead of me and battling and I inched closer until it was a 3 way battle. Then Hartson broke out or something and it was down to me and Vik. I was running right behind him and with like 30 seconds to go coming over the front hump under the announcers stand the car shut down. Turns out I melted the wire off the motor and it shorted. Such was my luck but to come out and be competitive the first time really racing the car and with all the issues I have had thus far was very promising. It felt really good in the main and I’m looking forward to the Hot Rod Shootout this upcoming week and 6 min quals and mains! 🙂 I think I can do well. Just got to get in the electric frame of mind!
Anyways it was a good weekend for me overall. I was pleased with how it went and I was happy to show that yet again the Durango DESC410R is the truck to beat on yet another surface (Super high bite clay).
Next up I leave for the Hot Rod Shootout on Tuesday. Quick turnaround. I should be getting a prototype 2wd Durango to run this week. Should be interesting! Shout Out:::Billy Fisher, I’m going to need your help!!! 😀
Until a few days from now….
Did a short 2 hour travel up to Chico to race at Outback Raceway. (Also home to A-main hobbies)
The event is the J-Concepts Summer Indoor Nationals and this weekend is round #2. I decided to come and run some electric to prepare for the Hot Rod Shootout next weekend and the Nationals in about a month. I am running my DEX410 and DESC410R. So far my Short Course Truck has been dialed. The video above is courtesy of rcinsider.com and is of part of my second qualifier. So far I have TQ’d all three rounds run with one more tomorrow. My DESC410R has been able to dip into the 14 second lap times and is nearly as fast as my 4wd buggy!
Speaking of 4wd buggy my DEX410 is starting to come along. This is my first ever race with the car and to be honest it’s been a bit of a struggle. I’ve battled an unknown gremlin for a while now and am hoping to have got it figured out. Set-up wise i’m doing about 3 – 5 setup changes per round just trying to get the car figured out on this extremely high bite surface. I’ve had 2 DNF’s. Both the fault of the mechanic! But my one finish was 5th. In the 3rd round I was running top 2 and my wheel nut came out! oops! :-0 Anyways there is still one more qualifier to go so hopefully it will all come together and I can have a good starting position in the A.