This past weekend, I returned to GRRC Raceway in Monroe, North Carolina for the 6th race of the NC Short Course Truck Challenge Series. I landed on the podium in the 4WD SCT and E-Buggy divisions and collected some valuable points heading into the final two races.
The previous evening, I was racing in another point series at the Warehouse R/C Complex which made for a very late night. I turned right around, Saturday morning and made the 3 hour trek to GRRC Raceway, I arrived at the Track just as open practice was concluding. So I missed the opportunity to turn a couple practice laps on the new layout and wasn’t able to test any Tires to see what would provide the best traction.
I jumped straight into the heats and had to make all the adjustments on the fly. After working out some kinks in the 1st heat things started rolling.
In the 4WD SCT division, I qualified 2nd overall and in the first A-Main I raced to second place. In the second A-Main, I had a rocky start and could not overcome the deficit I found myself in after the first 3 laps and ended up in 4th. After combing the points from the double A-Mains, I finished 3rd overall and on the podium. The top 4 racers are only separated by a single point so the points earned at race #6 will be crucial to the final placement of the racers that are jockeying for a top 3 finish at the end of the series.
At one point, the visibility was almost zero and the drivers had difficulty locating their trucks on the track due to the dust on a very hot North Carolina day. As usual, I capped my TLR SCTE 2.0 off with a Pro-Line EVO Body.
I just started racing E-Buggy about a month ago so I could attend the Wicked Weekend race next month. This was only my third race with my E-Buggy but I have been very fortunate since I have ended up on the podium twice already. I used the new Pro-Line Suppressor tires on my Tekno EB48.2 and was able to race to a 3rd place finish against some really strong competition.
In the 2WD SCT class, I raced my PRO-2 SC Truck to a 5th place finish and will be looking to improve these results at future races. I still collected some valuable points but would like to put the PRO-2 SC on the podium more frequently.
I would like to acknowledge my wife for all her support. Without her it would be impossible to run 3 classes at the majority of races I enter due to the quick turnarounds. Her hobby is being the pit manager and keeping all the vehicles clean, tires washed and ready as well as all the batteries charged. I ran all my races back-to-back in the mains so in addition to her help in the pits, she also filled in as a turn marshal so I could race all three classes. I would like to give Miranda a big shout out for all her help and always supporting my R/C Hobby and encouraging me to race as much as possible. She is pushing for a trailer for next season so that will probably be our next addition and will allow us to attend even more races.
Finally, I would like to thank all the sponsors who continue to support me and provide excellent products and customer service.
Thanks to Pro-Line Racing, Bullit Performance R/C Hobby Shop, Viper R/C Solutions, Boca Bearings, Xpert Servos and Sire Screen Printing.