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Broc Champlin and Maifield Take Top Honors at Rd 2 of the JConcepts NCTS!!

Carpet and Turf racing is slowly changing the RC game. With a clean facility, almost zero tire prep, just dust off the cars and go race attitude, is proving to be a popular race formula for tracks all over the world. Best of all, quick track changes keep things interesting for all racers making it more exciting each time out to your local track.

The Pacific Northwest has been one of the early adopters of carpet racing in the US and now hosts 3 carpet tracks to choose from in a span of about 2 hours of driving. With most racers having a dedicated carpet car already, the carpet racing scene in the Portland area is growing quite nicely.  At the front of this carpet charge is Northwest Hobbies in Albany, Oregon, and now host to the 2019 JConcepts National Carpet and Turf Series also known as the Northwest Carpet Nationals.

Over the years, improvements have been made to the Northwest Hobbies facility with nicely arranged pit tables and configuration, new carpet, remodeled hobby shop, and the addition of new scaling courses inside accommodating scalers near and far. Overall, the event went smooth without hiccups using the standard race format of best 2 of the 3 qualifying rounds decided by qual points along to run single 8-minute mains for most classes, except the 2wd and 4wd classes, which were decided by 5-minute triple A-Mains.

The 2019 NW Carpet Nationals layout was very challenging. The track flow was super fast and required a lot of low-speed steering as the angles and turns were really tight, but yet needed balance because of the full length straight and high-speed sweeper that required confident steering and stability. Getting the car setup right was the key to lap speed, but keep in mind the faster you go the harder it is to maintain consistency which led into an internal battle of pushing too hard and going too slow. Overall the track was a lot of fun and huge thanks go out to track owner, Casey Vitale, and his crew for hosting a terrific event that had a fun and relaxing atmosphere.


Thanks to our Novice group of racers that were in attendance at round 2 of the JConcepts NCTS. They all drove awesome and had smiles after each race. Jake Dotter crossed the line first to take the win with Corey Ware coming home 2nd and Jimmy Smith finding that last spot on the podium.


21.5 Independent 2wd Buggy

With a nearly sold-out show of 30 drivers in the 21.5 Indy class, the no-sponsor, spec tire, and hand out motor class has been a huge hit for new drivers coming into the hobby and for hobbyist racers who can’t make it to the track often.

Out front was an all-out battle between Kelsey Miyoshi and Marshall Patten that included multiple lead changes, but in the end, it was Patten holding on for a clutch win as Miyoshi finished 2nd and rounding out the top 3 was Josh Blagg. Congrats to the Independent drivers for coming out and participating in this year’s NW Carpet Nationals.


17.5 2wd Stock Buggy

It was a true test for Team Yokomo/ JConcepts’ Matthew Gonzales in the 17.5 Expert 2wd class as Dallas, Oregon’s Alessio Coffaro was able to win A2 and push it to a champion’s decider race in A3. However, Matty G rose to the occasion delivering a near flawless run to take home the overall. Alesio impressed many as he finished 2nd and finally, Josh McCall landed himself 3rd on the podium to complete an ultra-fast top 3.


13.5 Short Course

Austin Hansen was dialed in the 13.5 SCT blessed with polished driving and a fast truck. Hansen was able to TQ and take home the overall while James Halladey found the 2nd spot on the podium and FTR’s Tom Tanner 3rd overall. Special thanks to Tom for making the trip from Michigan to once again partake in round 2 of the NCTS.


13.5 Stadium Truck

Taking his 1st ever victory at a major JConcepts event, AE/JConcepts’ Casey Vitale makes good in the highly contested 13.5 Stadium Truck class defending his home turf. It was a close battle between two prominent Northwest JConcepts drivers, Kody Knudtson and Casey Vitale during the extended single 8 minute main, Vitale edged out Kody in the closing minutes and took home the overall. Knudtson built up his pace through the weekend and finished 2nd with young and talented NorCal racer, Joseph Levin taking home 3rd place.


13.5 4wd Modified

Once again it was Matthew Gonzales, Alesio Coffaro, and Josh McCall stealing the show much like in 17.5 2wd buggy class. However, displaying his growing confidence and speed, Matthew was able to lock up the overall with brilliant driving in A1 and A2. The NW talent, Alesio Coffaro, finished 2nd with McCall taking home the 3rd place trophy.


40+ 2wd Modified

The King of 40+ marked his return with an exclamation as the AE Team Manager cruised himself to a comfortable victory in the 40+ 2wd class. JConcepts’ Thomas Tran was able to recover after a lap 1 incident that shuffled him back to last place. One of the fastest NW 40+ guys around, Phil Vitale found himself 3rd overall and on the podium!


2wd Modified

It was a flawless performance by one of the industry’s brightest young stars as Team Associated/JConcepts’ Broc Champlin scored his 1st major victory on carpet at round 2 of the NCTS. After round 1, Broc was searching for a bit of redemption and with a dominant win in A1 and A2 here at round 2 in 2wd Modified, Broc is starting to emerge as a true competitor on the world scale. Team Yokomo/JConcepts’ Ryan Cavalieri finished 2nd, but is starting to gel better with his new gear and inching closer to his winning ways. AE’s Dustin Evans finally got his car to his liking on main day and found great speed and finished 3rd on the podium.


4wd Modified

Undefeated in 4wd Modified this year in 2019, Team Yokomo/JConcepts’ Ryan Maifield came from 2nd on the grid to score another win with his YZ4-SF. While leading in A2, AE’s Broc Champlin, unfortunately, suffered a mechanical on the 2nd to last lap that allowed Maifield to get by and win A2 along with the overall. Champlin finished 2nd with Dustin Evans earning the most improved award as he found more speed on main day to finish 3rd overall.

13.5 Stadium Truck A Main

13.5 Stadium Truck – A Main!! #gojconcepts

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2wd Mod

2wd Modified A1! Who is it gonna be?!

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A1 17.5 2wd and A1 4wd Mod

A1 of 17.5 2wd and 4wd Modified!!

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A2’s 17.5 2wd and 4wd Modified

A2 of 17.5 2wd and A2 of 4wd Modified

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2wd Mod, 21.5 Independent 2wd, and A3 of 17.5 Expert 2wd

A2 of 2wd Modified!!

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A3’s of 2wd Mod and 4wd Mod

A3 time! 4wd Modified, 13.5 4wd and 2wd Modified!

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Interview with Ron Schuur

Check out the inside scoop on the growing popularity of the 21.5 Stock Class as we catch up with the Ron Schuur from Hobbywing North America and SchuurSpeed! Is your local track thinking about a 21.5T entry level class? Let us know what you think with a comment. #gojconcepts

Posted by JConcepts Inc on Sunday, April 14, 2019

Team Associated Meet and Greet

Team Associated’s Meet and Greet! More info on the B74!! Say what?!#gojconcepts

Posted by JConcepts Inc on Saturday, April 13, 2019

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