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Race Report: AMS 5.0 with Adam Drake


The AMS event in Cullman, Alabama, continues to be one of the most well-known races on the calendar during the summer racing season. The AMS 5.0 event had a record 600 entries.  Race directors Jimmy Babcock and Canyon Thompson kept the program running smooth all weekend.  The AMS crew built a very technical layout that held extremely well.  TLR, Nova Rossi, Pro-Line driver’s Adam and Ronda Drake were on hand to help customers with questions and set-up advise.

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Qualifying in the pro classes was dominated by Adam Drake.  Drake was the overall TQ in 1/8th nitro buggy, 1/8th nitro truck, and 1/8th electric buggy.  Drake used Nova Rossi’s Keep Off 4 engine in buggy and Keep Off 7 in truck.  Drake’s tire of choice for all three of his TLR vehicles was Pro-Line Racing’s M4 Holeshot.

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The first pro nitro main to hit the track was the 1/8th truck A-main. Top Qualifier, Adam Drake started out front and pulled a sizable lead over Tyler Jones, Ryan Lutz, and Cody Smith.  After the first pit stop Jones had a flame-out and Drake continued to stretch his lead.  In the end Drake won the 45 minute final by more than a lap over Cody Smith who was also running a TLR 8ight T 3.0 and Joe Bornhorst rounded out the top three.

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Early in the pro nitro buggy main, top qualifier Adam Drake was challenged by Derek Weatherholt and Tyler Jones, but just like in the truck final, Drake settled into a groove and pulled away from the competition and won the final by a lap and a half over TLR teammates Tyler Jones and Cole Ogden.


A huge shout out the AMS crew and the hard working racers that put on the amazing event.  The AMS 5.0 offered one of the best track layouts to date, the most entries to date, and even a few international drivers.  Thanks to Jimmy Babcock and Canyon Thompson on the speedy and consistent race program. Congratulations to all the TLR  driver’s for their amazing results at the AMS 5.0!

40+ Nitro Buggy
1st Shane Ogden                              Team Losi Racing 8ight 3.0            Pro-Line tires

Open 1/8th Nitro Truck
1st Victor Guerrero                         Team Losi Racing 8ight T 3.0         Pro-Line HoleShot M3 (Read Victors report on this event HERE)

Pro 1/8th Nitro Truck
1st Adam Drake TQ                         Team Losi Racing 8ight T 3.0         Pro-Line M4 Blockade

Open 1/8th Nitro Buggy
1st Victor Guerrero                         Team Losi Racing 8ight 3.0            Pro-Line M4 Blockade

Pro 1/8th Nitro Buggy
1st Adam Drake                                Team Losi Racing 8ight 3.0            Pro-Line M4 Blockade
3rd Cole Ogden                                 Team Losi Racing 8ight 3.0            Pro-Line M4 Blockade (Read Cole Ogden’s report on this event HERE)

Pro 1/8th Electric Buggy
Adam Drake TQ                                Team Losi Racing 8ight E 3.0         Pro-Line M4 Holeshot 2.0

Great showing by Pro-Line driver Carter Flotron (see his report HERE), Pro-Line driver Tony Teer (see his report HERE) and the Patrick Ireland/Daniel Westberg crew (see their report HERE)!

Adam Drake