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Race Report: KONE Series with Mark Smyka


Last weekend we had our first point series race for our King of the Northeast championship (KONE) series held at my home track RC Madness in Enfield CT. We build the track on mothers day to give it time to harden up. Unfortunately with the massive amounts of rain that came in the Friday before the race, it was a group effort to redo the entire track Saturday morning and hope it packed hard enough not to blow out.

We finished the track around 7 PM Saturday leaving time for one quick run on the track to make sure jumps and everything else was ok and it was so I went home got some needed rest and woke up early Sunday to get some open practice in and tune my motor. I arrived at the the track about 7 am and the one good thing about this pace is I fired my nitro buggy up and went and ran for about an hour or so before everyone showed up. As more and more people came, the drivers stand was hard to get a spot so I was glad I got up early. The total entries was around 130 people and we ran nitro buggy and truggy, e-buggy and e-truggy and 4wd short course.

Qualifying went ok. I was 2nd in round one running M3 HoleShots. The track was still on the moist side and not much dust, so I tried running the same set in round two which turned out to be a bad idea then because the track became really dry and hard with a ton of light dust on top, leaving my car really hard to drive so I ended up qualifying 4th overall.  RACE RESULTS

While waiting for my main to run, I rebuilt my car, redid the clutch and mounted some tires. I was going to stick with M3 HoleShots until I pitted for my pit guy Paul in the C-main and watched his car (I sent him out on M2 Blockades) and it looked awesome. I talked to him after his race and he said that was the best his car was all day, it was easier to drive but still had a ton of traction. So I went back to the pit and mounted up some M2 Blockades and threw them on my buggy.

Mains were up and I probably had the best start ever. I went around 3rd place right off the start and followed the leaders for half a lap till they made a small mistake and both of them got tangled. This was when I put my head down and just tryed to pull away. At the first set of pit stops I had about a 2 sec lead over 2nd place. As the race went on, I slowly pulled away more and more so when it was all over, I had about a 24 sec lead. I lead all but 3 laps of the race. and ended with the win!

I would like to thank Pro-Line Racing tires, Reds racing motors, Futaba,  Advantage racing products, O’Donnell fuel & Hot Bodies USA

Mark Smyka