Sunday July 10th, 2011
Just finished up with my mains here at the Hot Rod Hobbies shootout. Today I got to run 7 times. I had triple A-mains for Short Course and 4wd Mod and I was in the B-main for 2wd Mod. Here is how it all went down:
Short Course: As I have mentioned throughout qualifying I have been struggling on this track. In A1 it was no exception to this rule. I got stuck in a bit of traffic and thrown to the back and it was just a battle the rest of the way. In the end I came out 5th in A1. In A2 I had some better luck. While the rest of the field was taking hacks at each other I got out front and just cruised the rest of the way. I drove calm and just did double double double on the front section. I came away from the TQ of the round. This gave me some hope of actually coming away with a podium or even win. In A3 I just wanted to run a clean run. I had to do a lot of checking up at the start. Got caught in a bit of traffic and had to play catch up. I stayed clean and eventually got by 2nd and set my sights on the leader. The leader was teammate Billy Fisher. He was doing very well and it was a tough task to catch him. On the last two laps I was able to throw down the two fastest laps of the weekend in the class with a 19.5 and then a 19.2 in the last lap. Unfortunately I still ended about a second behind Billy for 1st. Overall Durango swept the Podium with Billy in first, Me in second, and Travis in 3rd. Go Team Durango and the DESC410R!! Domination!!
Mod 2wd: I just struggled the entire weekend. When I thought I was getting it figured out I got thrown the curveball and had to drive the different chassis. Either way I had a good start to the main but got caught in traffic and sent to last. In the end I came away with 7th in the B. I am looking forward to getting the finished product. I know it will be solid and I look forward to doing some more electric racing and fine tune my driving with this class.
Mod 4wd: This was the highlight of my weekend. The car felt good the entire time and I just needed to lay it down and drive it. In A1 it turned out to be one of the best runs of my career. I stayed close to the leaders from my 4th place starting position. I ran a completely clean race crash wise even though I did have a few bobble. In the closing minutes I found myself in 2nd place and gaining on Cavalieri. In the closing two laps I closed in from about 3 seconds out to right behind. On the last lap he was missing his marks and I was closing in fast. My knees were shaking but I knew what I had to do. Over the option double after the triple and right turn he took the double and I pushed out wide to the flat part and just gunned it. Over the ensuing double right before the finish line Cavalieri did a smooth double and I launched it and basically downsided his left front tire. I finished the final corner and took the win! In A2 I had another solid start. Within a few laps I was right behind Tebo when he crashed after that double before the line. I went inside and took the lead but wasn’t able to get the runup I needed to clear the next quad section. I cased it and crashed. Fell back to 3rd where the marshall put me down and I jumped the little double and landed on the edge of the pipe and rolled it over. This put me in 4th. I made another charge and got back to second and set my sights on Cav again but I ended up making a couple more mistakes and was relegated to 4th for the round. In A3 I had an issue from the second I put my car on the ground. It just wouldn’t go full throttle I don’t know what ended up being the issue but either way I couldn’t compete from the start. I ended up pulling it off early. Luckily however I tied for points for second place but had the better tie-breaker and thus took 2nd overall! Not bad for my second race with the DEX410. I look forward to getting even more comfortable with the car and doing some more large electric races next year. For this year I still have Nationals!
This is A-main number 1. Be sure to watch the last seconds to see “The Pass!”
Next up is the Futaba Nitro Challenge this upcoming weekend. Looking to get back to some nitro racing and my DNX408! Bring it On!
Saturday July 9th, 2011
Qualifications have ended and the mains have been set. Today was a tough day for me overall. Let’s break it down.
Short Course was frustrating today. I’m still struggling on this high bite track. It’s been hard to find time to work on my truck with running 3 classes and still being a noob to this electric stuff. I was able to finish both runs today but just was making way to many mistakes. I finished top 5 in both but that’s disappointing for me honestly. I’ve had some great luck with this truck at recent events that i’m a bit bummed at this weekends results so far. Hopefully I can get it figured out for the triple A-mains.
In 4wd I am having one of my few bright spots. I’m learning the car and it’s going pretty well. I’ve still been making mistakes learning the driving style of the electric cars again but I had a 4th and 2nd overall today. This should put me 4th on the grid tomorrow. I feel like with a little work on the car and some clean driving that I will be able to have a successful triple A-main tomorrow. I’d love to challenge for the win and I know I have a shot!
In 2wd it’s been a bummer. I went to practice this morning and the car felt good. I was happy and thought I would be able to have a good day. When I got back to my pits and looked over the car I noticed I had broken a rear brace. Unfortunately the only spare parts we have are on Travis’s first all aluminum prototype. It’s also like 5mm longer. So I ended up having to put all of my components onto that chassis. My car is very heavy and limo-long. So in the 3rd qualifier it was like going out with a new car again. I wasn’t able to drive it very well in either qualifier today. I’ll be in the bottom of the B or even the C possibly. It’s frustrating but I know the car will be good when it comes out. Travis has his car much closer to what the kit will be and he made the A. I know when I can get the kit and get some time on it that I will be right up there. In the meantime I’ll do my best tomorrow in whatever main I ended up in.
Friday July 8th, 2011
Just finished up with day number one of qualification at the Hot Rod Hobbies Offroad Shootout. This weekend I am running my DESC410R Short Course Truck, my DEX410 4wd Buggy, and a prototype DEX210 2wd buggy that I had brought to me for this race. This electric stuff is still a learning curve both driving wise and set-up wise. But i’m slowly getting it. Just need a few more races! 😉
In Short Course i’m struggling in my own opinion on this high bite fast track. I got a 5th in the first round and was able to TQ the second round. I know I can win if I can just drive smooth enough but alas that always does seem to be my struggle. Anyways I’m looking to get the overall TQ and I know I have the truck and motor to do it! It’s up to the driver now!
In 4wd mod i’m working out some bad luck. In round 1 I had the steering servo horn strip on the 2nd lap. In the second round I was on a TQ run. After 9 laps I was in the lead and on a pace that was 3 seconds faster than the eventual TQ. Well the ring holding the rear diff in broke and the rear/center driveshaft came out and that was that. I was able to putt around for the last 3 laps but fell to 7th for the round. I know my DEX410 has the pace so I just need to clean it up a bit and put in two solid runs tomorrow.
In 2wd mod i’m probably having my biggest struggle. I didn’t build the car so I don’t really know anything about it. It’s also still so new so myself, Billy, and Travis are all learning it together. In the first run I went out on the wrong tires and I felt like I was driving on Ice. It was a run I am ready to forget. In the second run I was able to put in some decent laps. I was still making errors trying to get a feel for 2wd mod again (having not ran it in a few years) but I was able to get a 9th for the round (and 3rd fastest lap). I’m looking to put in some solid clean runs tomorrow and it would be a blessing to make the A but I’m looking like a B-mainer this weekend in 2wd. I’m going to give it my all though for a shot at the A!