This past weekend, Saturday June 6th, we made the hour and fifteen minute drive up to Oakland Mills, PA for the ROAR 1/8th Electric Nats Warmup event. The event was well attended with around 100 entries considering all of the local competing tracks running on this weekend. The event was shortened from a two day race with one practice day to a one day race event. Ethan ran the 1/8th electric buggy class since this was the focus of the upcoming Nationals in July. Ethan (aka E Mack) from Shippensburg, PA would put his Pro-Line equipped buggy on the number six starting spot in the double A-main feature for the largest class at the event with 40 entries. Ethans equipment for the event included his MBX7 ECO buggy, Pro-Line X3 compound Lock Down tires, a Pro-Line BullDog body accompanied by the Yellow Trifecta wing.
Tire selection was not a concern for us since this is our home track. Mother nature slowly brought out another beautiful weekend with plenty of sunshine, low humidity and seventy degree temperatures. This was about fifteen degrees cooler than the prior two weeks temperatures. Ethan was able to get some practice in on Friday evening and the tires used for the evening would also be used in the 1st qualifier in the morning. Pro-Line X3 Holeshots would be the ticket for the damp, high traction, conditions. The 2nd two qualifiers and the mains would be run on the Pro-Line X3 compound Lock Down tires. A slight change after qualifying by increasing his front diff fluid would provide the on power steering needed for the mains. Three rounds of qualifying would be run and the starting positions for the features would be determined by qual points for this event.
After 3 solid rounds of qualifying with resorts in between each round, Ethan would start in the A-Main feature on the number six starting spot. On the first 2 corners for each of the mains, Ethan would make his move right at the start. Within the first half of a lap he jumped into the number three spot in both features and maintained that position until the end of each main while battling it out with the likes of the Northeast hot shots including Team Losi and fellow Pro-Line driver Anthony Mazzara, Team Associated Gunnar Rieck and Mike Gay, and Serpent Racing out of Ohio, the duo of Paul Ciccarello and Adam Johnson.