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