2009 Piston Cup Challenge
JC Team Drivers Brandon Melton and Barry Pettit have been winning events all over the south east all summer – and last weekends Piston Cup Challenge was just another on the list. Pettit TQ’ed the Pro Buggy and Pro Truggy Divisions, and went on to win the Pro Truggy Main wire to wire. Melton was able to edge Pettit out of the win in Pro-Buggy however. Grady Jefferies and Anthony Sanders also chose JConcepts rubber in TQ’ing the Sportsman and Intermatidate Classes as well.
Race: Piston Cup Challenge
Race Reporter: JC Team
The second annual Piston Cup Challenge was help at the 588 Raceway in Tabor City, North Carolina onOctober 24th. The motorcross style designed track by Eric Hannah, in combination with a loamy sandy based surface, provided a consistently changing racetrack offering a true off road challenge. The Piston Cup Challenge is a race heralded by the awesome throphies and well ran event by the Hannah family.
It was a total JConcepts sweep for the top qualifying positions with Grady Jefferies in Sportsman Buggy, Anthony Saunders in Intermediate Buggy, Barry Pettit in Truggy, and Barry Pettit in Pro Buggy all on JConcept tires and TQ’ing. Also running strong were JConcept drivers Brandon Melton qualifying 3rd and Chris Pace qualifying 6th. The blue compound Cross Bows and Crow Bars for the buggies, along with the Cross Hairs for the truggies, provided a solid bite throughout the entire track.
Sportsman Buggy was won by Chuck Tutt with Matthew Evans (2nd) and Grady Jefferies
(3rd) in hot persuit. Intermediate Buggy was won by Collin Hannah with Anthony Saunders in second and Bruce Higdon in Third.
Pro Truggy was won by Barry Pettit (Mugen), with Josh Hollifield (Mugen) in second and Mike Kendall (Losi) in third. Pettit led from start to finish with blue compound Cross Hairs, after the race. Tire wear was minimal and the blue compound provide grip in the loam as well as in the hard packed surfaces.
Pro Buggy was won by Brandon Melton (Associated), with Barry Pettit (Mugen) in second and Bob Patsel (Losi) in third. Melton chose Goose Bumps and Pettit with the Crowbar/Crossbow combination. Both tire choices worked well and provided consistent traction throughout the entire main event.
Next year the 3rd annual event promises to be another fun and challenging event.