This past Saturday I ventured down to Silver Dollar Raceway in Chico, CA for some 1:8 Nitro action. The day started off really cold and foggy. At first we weren’t sure if we would be able to race, but eventually it cleared up and we were ready to start the day. With new Team Orion engines in my Buggy and Truggy, I was excited to see how they would run. After a few small practice sessions with both the NT48 and NB48, I felt very confident with both the cars and the engines!
Unfortunately the printer stopped working and Live RC went down right before my Truggy race so I wasn’t able to take any pictures of the main event finishing order, But I was able to get video of the entire race luckily. LOL so here it is. My race ends at the 20-minute mark.
Video Courtesy of LIVERC.com
My Pro-Line X4 Blockades were hooked up all day with little to no tire wear.
Qualifying in the 1st round didn’t go quite as planned in both Buggy and Truggy. Buggy was first up for me, I definitely had the speed but simply made way to many mistakes putting me back to 6th place for the round out of 2 full heats of nitro Buggy. Truggy was next for me, I had a good run going but during the middle of the race my engine started to break in and and had to pull into pit lane to lean it out 8 hours! That pretty much ended my chance for round 1, finishing 8th for the round out of another full 2 heats of Truggy.
I knew I had to focus and put in better runs in round 2 to get a better position for the main events. In buggy had had the same sort of run as round 1, putting me all the way back to the 10th starting position going into the main event. While for Truggy, I had the best run I could of asked for. I was able to stay clean and and put down fast laps also, I took the overall TQ into the main over Curtis Door by almost 4 seconds.
Mains were now up, Buggy was first for me once again. I was able to have a pretty clean start and worked my way into 4th. As the 20-minute Main went on, I got taken out multiple times by lap traffic and made a few bad mistakes of my own unfortunately finishing in the 8th position.
Truggy was next for me and I felt I had a pretty good chance of taking the win. I was able to pull away early and never looked back, I managed a flawless race without any mistakes lapping the entire field!
Overall it was a great day of racing, I know I didn’t have the best of luck but it’s a part of racing.
A huge thanks to Terry Cook for pitting for me once again and the rest of the help. And also a big congrats to fellow Tekno Team mate John Luu for taking the win in Open Truggy. And Last but certainly not least my sponsors, Tekno RC, Pro-Line Racing, Airtronics, Team Orion, DE Racing, and Byrons Fuels for all their help in 1:8.