Race Team Update – August 2020 Week #2
Summer might be coming to end soon, but there is no end in sight for the winning ways of the JConcepts race team! Please read this week’s Race Team Update to see where we are winning at across the globe!
Let’s start off this week’s report down in Huntsville, AL at the 11th Annual Rocket City Challenge at RC3 (Rocket City Radio Controlled Race Club) Racing. Even with the event being rescheduled they still saw an impressive 160 entries over the weekend. There was three rounds of qualifying on Saturday with all the mains on Sunday. We had several drivers in attendance so let’s check out a few highlighted results.
Team driver Izriah Osborne competed in both the 1/8 Nitro and Electric Buggy classes. In the main for Nitro Buggy he had the lead till a flameout dropped him out of the top 5. He also made the main for Electric Buggy and had a close battle with 3rd place but had to settle for 4th place. His cars were running fast thanks to JConcepts Aqua compound Blockers on his nitro car and Blue compound Triple Dee’s on his E-Buggy.
JC driver Chris Rakus also raced in both classes. He was able to set the TQ in Electric Buggy and qualify 4th in Nitro Buggy! In the Nitro main an untimely flameout caused him drop back and settle for 5th place. In the Electric main he was battling with fellow driver Jeremy Reid before his battery dumped with two laps to go but he was still able to limp his car across for a 2nd place finish! JC driver Randy Enger joined the team on the podium in 5th place and Chris said both cars were running great on Aqua compound Blockers.
Team mate Blake Boggs also competed in 1/8 Nitro Buggy too. He reports he was able to set the TQ for the weekend while running on Aqua compound in Blockers! He had a little bad luck in the main with a flameout but was still able to finish in 2nd place! He also had this to say about the team’s results:
“A great weekend for all the JConcepts team drivers at the Rocket City Challenge as we dominated the mains and by far had the best tire options available for the surface! Thanks to everyone at JC for all the hard work you do for the team, we couldn’t do it without y’all!”
Chris and Blake might have had some bad luck in the buggy mains, but lady luck was their side in the Pit Stop Challenge! They took home the trophy for the fastest pit stop! Nice job guys!
As mentioned earlier, JC driver Jeremy Reid was competing in the 1/8 Electric Buggy class and took the overall win! He also competed in the 1/8 Nitro Buggy class and doubled his win total with a victory in that main too! He said the Jconcepts A2 compound Blockers were the perfect tire for the hot, grooved, and bumpy surface.
Also doing work at this event was team driver Drew Williams. He competed in 4 classes: 1/8 Nitro and Electric Truggy, 1/8 Electric Buggy, and 1/10 4wd Truggy.
Starting with the 1/10 4wd Truggy class, in the main he got out to an early lead and was able to check out on the rest of the filed for the win! In the 1/8 Electric Truggy class he was battling for the lead but then hit a snag with his electronics and had to dial back his car to make sure it finished but he still secured 2nd overall! In the 1/8 Nitro Truggy main an early flameout (don’t you love nitro??) dropped him from contention. But then he drove his Truggy like he stole it and was able to lap the entire field for the win! Finally, in the 1/8 Electric Buggy class he was fighting his way through the pack before an electronics gremlin knocked him out of the race with a DNF. Great job Drew and he earned our “Ironman” award for the week!
Finally, at this event they ran 1/10 off-road classes too and that’s what leads us to team driver Willie Scott. He competed in both the Mod 2wd and 4wd Buggy classes and he made both A Mains! In Mod 2wd he would start and finish in 3rd place and in Mod 4wd he started in the back of the pack and battled his way up to a 5th place finish! His tire selection in 2wd was Rips in the front and Sprinters in the rear while in 4wd it was Sprinters on all four corners. After he marshaled his races he had to leave so he had a buddy stand in for podium pics and then added some editing magic. Nice job team!
Now let’s head up to West Virginia to check in on JC driver Miss Bella. She competed at Tri-Cities RC Racing in Lavalette for the Triple Crown Series finale. She brought out the broom as it was a clean sweep for her in 3 classes! She took the TQ and win in 1/8 Electric Buggy and Truggy mains along with 1st overall in the 1/8 Electric Buggy and Truggy cash series! Her JC tires were on point as she made some changes throughout the race:
- Electric Buggy qualifying – Blue compound Teazers
- Electric Buggy main – Blue compound Reflex
- Electric Truggy qualifying – A2 compound Triple Dees
- Electric Truggy main- Blue compound Triple Dees
Now let’s head north to Pennsylvania to check in on team driver Matt Adams. Last Saturday he raced at WOCRC Raceway in New Florence for their Battle Of The Legends race. He competed in 3 classes and podiumed in all 3! He took home 2nd in Mod 2wd Buggy using a F2 body, Fin Titanium Turnbuckles, Mono wheels and Green compound Dirt Webs up front with Black compound Ellipses in the rear. In Stadium Truck he TQed and finished 2nd using a F2 body, Mono wheels and Green compound Dirt Webs. And in Mod SCT he took the win! His winning SCT ride used a JConcepts Illuzion Hi-Flow SCT body, Fin Titanium Turnbuckles, Hazard wheels and Green compound Dirt Webs.
Let’s continue up the East Coast and check out the racing action at Barnstormers Heat event at Barnstormers Raceway in Chester, NY. Our driver Tom Petrella competed in the 1/8 Electric Buggy class and finished 2nd in main event while running on Red2 compound Reflexes during the day and Blue compound Detoxs at night when the main began!
Now let’s head back west to Indiana to check on the team as they competed at Victory RC in Laotto for their Ninja Classic.
Starting in the Mod 2wd Buggy class our driver Adam Rayls took the TQ and win using a combination of Green compound Groovy front tires with Sprinters in the rear, all on Mono wheels! His buggy also used a P2 body, Aero S-Type 7″ Rear Wing, Aero S-Type Rear Wing Center Divider and front wing. He also took the win in Mod Truck using a Finnisher body and Green compound Carver front tires with Sprinters in the rear, all on Mono wheels!
Also competing at this event was driver Jeff Todd. He was able to finish a solid 4th in 17.5 2wd Buggy and 2nd overall in the open SCT class! On his buggy he ran Green compound Bar Codes in the front and Sprinters in the rear, and in the SCT class he used Green compound Carvers up front and again Sprinters in the rear. Those tires were mounted to Mono and Hazard rims.
Moving over to the Mod 4wd Buggy class, our driver Logan Wendling took the TQ and win! His wheeler was equipped with Green compound Double Dees on all four corners, Mono wheels and Finnisher Aluminum Wing Buttons.
And in the 1/8 Electric Buggy class he took the 2nd position on the podium in a class that saw 32 entries! His buggy was using Blue compound Reflex tires, Bullet wheels and Finnisher 1/8th Wing Buttons. Joining him on the podium in 1st place with JC driver Tyler Jones!
Continuing west to Iowa, let’s check in with team driver Brandon Kearney. He competed at Round 3 of the Bad Fast Hobbies Summer Series in Sioux City and filed the following report. He double TQed in both the Mod 2wd and 13.5 4wd Buggy classes! And when the mains were final he took the win in 13.5 4wd and secured the final podium spot for Mod 2wd! His Team Associated 2wd was equipped with a S2 body, Swaggers and Twin Pins tires. His 4wd car used a F2 body and Swaggers and Twin Pins tires.
Now let’s head south to Missouri to check out the racing action at Fastlane Raceway in Blue Springs. Team drivers Stevie and Travis Slover were representing at Round 3 of their Summer Series. Stevie borrow a 1/8 Nitro Buggy to run in this class for the 1st time. He was running in 6th place with about 7 minutes to go when a mechanical failure gave him a DNF. He also had some gremlins end his 1/8 Electric Buggy main when he had to pull out with 2 minutes left when a tire came unglued. #ThanksDad Earlier in the day he competed on their indoor track with his B6.2 in Stock Buggy. He qualified 2nd for the main and took the win! His 1/8 cars ran Triple Dees on Bullet wheels, a F2I wing and S15 body. His 2wd buggy used Gold compound Dirt Webs up front and Ellipses in the rear, a P2K body and Aero wing package.
His dad Travis was also racing at this series. He finished 2nd overall in 13.5 4wd Buggy for the indoor portion of the race! He used Gold compound Ellipses in both the front and the rear, Mono wheels, a F2 body, Aero S-Type 7″ Rear Wing, B74 Aluminum Rear Hub Carriers and a B74 Aluminum +3mm Steering Rack. He also competed in 1/8 Electric Buggy and had much better luck than Stevie as he took 2nd overall! His E Buggy was using Triple Dees, Bullet wheels, a S1 body and F2I wing.
Staying in Missouri let’s now turn our attention to Chicken Dinner Raceway in Neosho for Round 3 of their In The Dirt Series. Team driver Braxten Culley got the TQs and wins in both the 1/8 Nitro and Electric Buggy classes! His winning cars used the JConcepts Blue compound Reflex tires and we have another winner winner at Chicken Dinner!
Now let’s shoot down to Texas to Mikes Gulf Coast RC Raceway in Porter. It was the host of the recent HARC (Houston Area RC Series) series. We had two team drivers make the podium in the Expert 1/8 Nitro Buggy class! Dillion Caldwell finished 2nd using Blue compound Detox tires and a Silencer body while team mate Micah Smith took 3rd while using the same tire setup and a S15 body.
Heading out to the northwest let’s check in with team driver Brian Phillips. He was in Pasco for Point Series Race #3 for TCRC (Tri-Cities Radio Controlled Racing) and took the TQ and win in the 1/10 Truggy class! He sealed the deal in the main using Green compound Bar Codes. In the Mod 4wd Buggy class he qualified and finished 2nd overall using Green compound Double Dees! And he also competed in the 1/8 Nitro Buggy class and locked up the final spot of the podium while running Green compound Rehabs!
Now let’s check in with our overseas team starting with team driver Brian Ross. He reports that he raced at the Quebec Classic in Canada and finished in 3rd in 1/8 Electric Buggy on Blue compound Rehabs, 1st in 1/8 Electric Truggy on R2 compound Reflexes and 1st again in 4wd Buggy on Gold compound Dirt Webs!
Finally, team driver Aaron Dexter reports that he took the TQ and win at the 2nd Wave Race held in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia! JConcepts Reflex and Triple Dees in the Green compound we’re on fire all weekend long in all weather conditions.