October 15, 2011
Just completed my 6.5 hour trip to Southern California where I took part in the Byron Fuels Western Cup which was hosted at the World Famous Revelation Raceway. It was just a one day event with two qualifiers and 30 min Pro A-mains. A few top pros were on hand including Adam Drake and Cody King as well as my Durango teammate Carson Wernimont. I ran in the Pro Buggy class with my Durango DNX408 buggy and ran the rent-a-ride Mugen M-Spec in the truggy class.
In Truggy I was able to take the TQ in the first round and it was a solid run that held up through the second round thus giving me the overall TQ for the event. In the 30min main the first lap was crazy with literally 6 cars going together though every corner and eventually mayhem ensued but I got through clean and threw down 10 straight 37 second laps to stretch out a lead and never look back. I would end up taking the victory with my Byrons Fuel, and Alpha Plus powered .23 engine by nearly 1 lap in the end. My AKA Soft Gridirons proved once again to be the tire of choice.
In Buggy my Durango DNX408 was ready to do work. In the first qualifier Drake and I were running similar laps at the start but he made a mistake and I stayed cleaner for the rest of the race and took the TQ. In round two Drake started on the clock first and I started nearly 3/4 of a lap behind him. The announcer was announcing him as in the lead and on a TQ pace the whole time and announcing me down in like 5th or 6th. I was pretty sure (as I hadn’t crashed) that I was up battling for the lead but I knew that because I started late on the clock that it just wasn’t showing me at the top. So I plugged along and finally after Drake finished and the announcer said he beat my TQ time, then he said, Ryan better make a clean lap, it’s going to be close. I finally crossed the line with a 1 1/2 second win and the overall TQ.
In the A-main it was another crazy start with no one wanting to lead at first. The sun had gone down and it was a challenge to see your car as there was some dark areas on an already challenging track. Drake, King, and I all took turns leading for the first 2 or 3 laps but eventually I would assume the lead and start throwing down some fast laps. I worked at staying clean and if I made a mistake made sure I put in a couple faster laps right after it to get my cushion back to where I was comfortable. My Alpha A852 engine was screaming fast and my Byrons Fuel was keeping the tune nice and consistent for the whole run. I ended up keeping the pace and taking the victory in the end of the 30 min main. Another victory for my Durango DNX408 Buggy! All day I ran AKA SS Impacts. (must be some kind of conspiracy or something because this is two weeks in a row i’ve ran SS tires!) Either way though they were dialed all day!
1 46 30:08.26 RYAN LUTZ
2 46 30:20.32 ADAM DRAKE
3 46 30:39.55 CODY KING
Next up I am off to the Southern Nationals. Planning on an all Durango Weekend with my DNX408, DEX408, and DESC410R! Should be a great time. I think I’m also going to be on the local TV and Radio Station on Friday so that should be Fun!