March 26 – 29 we attended the 2015 Silver State Nitro Challenge in Las Vegas, NV at the newly opened RC Tracks of Las Vegas.
This is the location for the 2016 1:8 worlds and the facility did not disappoint. It is amazing and Chris, Dave and staff have done an awesome job.
Qualifying went well in Truck and I was able to TQ. In E-Buggy I qualified 4th, Nitro Buggy was another story. We struggled with setup as the track was so different from what we had run on before. We couldn’t get the shock package to a place where I felt I could push it and go fast, we finally got it somewhat close on the last qualifier but I was only able to qualify 10th.
The Truck Main started out good and I was in the lead pulling away just a little until I came in for the first pit stop and the thing that never happens to us happened, I flamed out in pit lane. My pit crew was able to get the truck started without me losing too much time but I had dropped to 4th when I got back out on the Track. I stayed in 4th until my next pit stop where again I flamed when they refueled me, there were able to get me out and I held on to 4th until shortly before my next pit I flamed on the track and dropped to 9th. I was able to make my way back up to 6th which is where I would finish. The flame-outs are a mystery to us but when we get back from NEO we will take apart the motor and see if there was a problem there.
Definitely a disappointing finish to a race that should have been mine.
The E-Buggy Main was fairly uneventful, I started in 4th and finished 3rd.
In the Nitro Buggy Main I knew I would have my work cut out for me starting in the 10th spot, the track had gotten really rough by this time. By the first pit stop I was up to 3rd which is where I would finish the race.
This was a very disappointing and frustrating weekend for us, but we will work on the setup and we will definitely be ready for The Worlds in 2016.
Thanks for all of your support.