Sunday, October 23, 2011
A long weekend of some excellent racing has come to a close at the Southern Nationals in Louisiana. Allow me to recap my Durango Trifecta! 😀
Short Course – My Durango DESC410R truck was flying with the Tekin 4pole 4600 on this track. It was truth be told way to much power and more than I could ever use on this track but it was fun to have it at hand. Also with it being so smooth it was still very drivable. My truck though was pretty loose on this dusty, rutty track. I still had my heavy diff fluids in and thus after the first qual I went and started putting lighter oils in it. I ended up with 7-10-4 but I would have gone down even further in the center had I had the time to do it. This really seemed to help the truck on this track. All in all I TQ’d all 3 qualifiers and started from pole in the A-main.
In A1 and A2 I got out front and pulled away. Just tried not to crash and to find some smooth lines. I was able to win both mains pretty handily and take the overall victory. I ran SS AKA Gridirons, Tekin 4600 4 pole, and SpeedPower 5300 batteries. All in all it was a winning combination! 😀
E-Buggy- The “Do you still have to keep the body on it?” Machine. 😉 This class was an up and down weekend for me. In Q1 I was on a good run but I got into some traffic and made a couple mistakes on my own and would get 2nd behind Pettit. In Q2 I had a battery wire come unsoldered. In Q3 I broke a rear aluminum turnbuckle. So I ended up 4th in the B-main. Luckily they were doing bumpups even for electric and so that night as the last race of the night I ran and won the B-main to take a spot into the A-main.
In A1 I moved up quickly from my 13th spot on the grid and was in 5th on the first lap. I would continue to work my way up until I was 2nd and closing in on Pettit. He would make a couple mistakes and I would get by and cruise on to a nice victory. In A2 I got a good start again. About 4 laps in I was in 3rd and went over the back ski jump and my battery wire came undone again. This put all the pressure on A3. In A3 I was able to have another good start. Quickly moving up. Pettit had a rough early lap and I got by him about 2 laps in and moved up to 2nd behind Ruona. I drove within inches of his bumper for a lap and he eventually made a mistake and I got buy and cruised on to a nice victory and overall win! 😀
My buggy was pretty good all weekend. I worked hard on figuring out the shock package I wanted to run on the Nitro car and basically just piggy backed my shock set-up onto my E-buggy. In the end it felt decent and I am again pleased at another victory with the soon to be released DEX408.
Nitro Buggy – As always this is the class I really care about with my Durango DNX408. This class had the most competition as all of the South and South Easts best racers were here! I had found a shock package that i liked at Rev last week and I was hoping it would work here as well. As it turns out it was fairly good but it did need some tweeking. There weren’t the same big jumps with flat landings here and it was much rougher thus a softer oil was needed. Also I felt that the rear was packing a little to fast and so instead of running A pistons with 3 holes I went to B pistons with 3 holes and it delayed the pack just enough to go over the rough stuff a little better. In Q1 I would put in a solid run and take the TQ. In round number 2 I had some traffic holding me back and I settled for 2nd behind Branham. Thus in Rd 3 I really wanted a win and 4 laps in I held a 1/2 second lead over Wheeler when I made a mistake and crashed over the big double and the marshall tapped my flywheel. Luckily though Branham wasn’t able to capitalize this time and I took the overall TQ.
Before the main I went down a little further with my PT RC Racing oils in the shocks. Thanks to the small increments I was able to go from 325cst to 300cst and not feel like I was having to make a huge change. The main was a 45 minute concentration fest as finding smooth lines was the name of the game. I started from the pole and my car felt great with the changes I made. It was easy for me to pull away from the pack but then I kept making mistakes and allowing them to keep up with me. I was searching left and searching right trying the jumps in multiple spots until I finally found some smooth lines a couple of inches off of the pipe in most cases. I started to extend my lead still making some mistakes every once in a while but overall putting in some fast solid laps. My Alpha Plus A852 was flying again and my Byrons Fuel 30% kept my tune locked in where I wanted it! I came away in the end with a 20+ second victory over Jason Branham in 2nd on my AKA Soft Gridirons which were dialed for me all weekend!
Overall it was a great event. The crew that put it on really did an awesome job and the facility is top notch! I want to thank them for having me out as I had a great time and hope to be back again next year!
Next up is the R/C Pro Finals in Texas in 2 weeks. In the meantime it’s time to carve some Pumpkins and spend some time with the family! 😀
Friday, October 21, 2011 6:45 a.m.
This morning was the start of my TV career! I’m done with R/C and I’m going into showbiz! HAHA
This morning I had the opportunity to do probably a 1 or 2 minute segment on the local NBC channel 10 down here in West Monroe, Louisiana. Boy was it improvised and rushed! I can’t wait to see the result. (The editor is getting us a copy to check out this afternoon so I can put it up on here for all to laugh at me!)
It was a crazy experience. We got there at 6:00 a.m. not expecting our time slot to be until around 6:20. The morning show coordinator took us to a waiting room and said she would come get us in about 15 minutes. Well about 2 minutes later she came back and said “are you ready?” So we headed for the studio and they said we could have a seat in some leather chairs that were off to the side but were right behind the cameras. No sooner did we take a seat that they went to commercial and talked amongst themselves and told us we were going to be on next and to head up to the anchor desk. I set my car on the table and they handed us a mic, then we hear 30 seconds!!
The reporter who was going to be talking to us said someone’s mic isn’t on yet. Of course it was mine, “15 seconds!” was heard as we popped open the mic, Kayla the anchor reached over and turned it on while I flung the mic piece over my back and Jason attached it to my shirt collar. Going live in 3…2…1! It was that quick! They really had no clue what to ask us and it was all just improvised from the start. Jason and I had no clue which of the 3 cameras was on so I just tried to mainly focus on the anchor and hoped it would all turn out okay. I got to speak for maybe 10 seconds in all when it came to my part, explaining how we drive the cars from a driver-stand and what a track is like. Before you know it they we closing it out and going to commercial and we were done! We walked into and out of the building in less than 15 minutes. I really wish I could have had some more time to check out the studio but it was cool for what I saw. Either way it was an experience that I won’t forget and later today I may get the opportunity to be on a couple of local radio stations!
Today is also practice day so I’m looking forward to getting on this awesome looking track with my Durango DNX408, DEX408, and DESC410R!