Ryan Maifield and JConcepts Racing Tires win Fall Brawl
Event: Fall Brawl
Dates: December 6-7, 2008
Classes: 1/8th buggy and 1/8th truck
Report: Courtesy – Team Associated
Ryan Maifield and JConcepts Racing Tires win Fall Brawl –
Over the weekend of December 5-7 some of the fastest racers from the East Coast gathered in
Team Associated drivers in attendance were Ryan Maifield, Brandon Melton, and Chris Pace. Brandon and Chris have turned many laps in the past at the facility and were confident going down that the team would have great results. The team felt comfortable with the setups that were in place and spent Friday testing tire combination’s for what would be used in more varying conditions than usual.
In buggy qualifying, local Losi driver and track favorite Travis Dupree showed that he would not back down easily on his home turf. Travis TQ’d 3 out of 4 rounds using qual points, but during the last round of qualifying Ryan Maifield hit his JConcepts tire setup perfectly and went on to best Travis’s fastest run by 2 seconds as the temps dropped and the track slowed down. Brandon Melton took second for the round and Chris Pace took fourth. The last round success of the team gave great confidence going into the main as all 3 drivers were comfortably in the main with Ryan 2nd, Brandon 4th, and Chris 6th.
In truggy qualifying, it was all Ryan Maifield as he grabbed the TQ spot with his RC8T. Ryan TQ’d 3 out of the 4 rounds to comfortably start 1st for the mains. Chris fell victim of a rare electrical problem on a great run which would have allowed him to move up in the order. Local racer Jason Smith put in a great round to grab TQ for the 2nd round. Truggy qualifying would see Ryan TQ, Chris start 4th, and Brandon 7th.
The Buggy main event was one to remember, and proved to be a crowd favorite. Travis Dupree had shown during qualifying that he would have the speed to compete for the win; however, everyone knew that Ryan would be rock solid when the race is on the line. At the tone, the start of the race was fairly clean and the top five cars or so got out to a good start. Ryan was able to make a clean pass early on Travis and after a small bobble,
In the Truggy main event, it was the Ryan Maifield show, as Ryan led from tone to tone. The rest of the field had an awesome battle that would show Brandon Melton, Chris Pace, Barry Pettit, and Shannon Amos battle for the 3-6 spots throughout the first couple pit stops.
Ryan Maifield’s winning tire choices –
1/8th buggy – Crossbows and Crowbars
1/8th truck – Double Dee’s