Round 1 of the RC Pro State Series for Virginia was a blast. The event was held at RC Pro Racing in Gloucester Virginia. The track had undergone a complete overhaul the prior weekend and had yet to be raced on. Some racers camped out overnight on Friday to get an edge on the competition. The new layout is dramatically different than the previous track with 80 tons of new dirt added. The layout can best be described as an easy to drive track but difficult to go very fast, nice and technical with some fast elements. Everyone loved the new layout and the compliments flowed all day. The track owner, Roger Burris, is a stable in the Virginia RC scene. He and his wife Tammy run the RC Pro Racing hobby shop and track.
There was over 50 entries in Buggy, Truggy, Sportman, E-Buggy, Mod Short Course and Stock Short Course. Qualifying ran smooth as butter and gave the racers plenty of time to get used to the new track. Lap times started getting better throughout the day. The track also started to develop a nice groove. The track crew put a little water down during the race to keep the dust down. Traction got better as the day progressed.
Once qualifying was over the Mains were on. Tony West ran away with the buggy A-Main. He put 2 extra laps on the second place driver. Curtis Woodyard and Rusty Mihelich were battling it out in the truggy race with Curtis holding on for the win. Both Curtis and Rusty posted 54 laps in 30 minutes with only 3 seconds separating the racers at the end of the race. Shane Sprinkle ran away with the E-Buggy race putting 2 laps on the second place driver.
Damien Westfall and Austin Woodyard both had a great race in the Sportsman class. These kids (both under 10 years old) put the smack down on the rest of the field. They ran neck and neck swapping the lead many times during the race. It was tight down to the end. Austin was in the lead with 2 laps left but Damien was on his tail. Austin had a small bobble on the second to last lap that gave Damien the edge he needed to pull out the win.
The Spec/Stock Short Course race had a tight battle between Harold Ruckle and Rocky Mountjoy. Harold’s truck was glued to the track and he pulled ahead late in the race to take the win. Jim Baker and Chaun Miller dominated in the Mod Short Course race. There were a few racers from Winchester, Virginia (which is really far away) that put on a good showing.
What a great day of racing. The weather held out, albeit a little on the hot/humid side. The track was dialed and fun. The hobby shop was stocked full of any parts the racers needed. Round 2 of the RC Pro State series is at Awesome RC in Fredericksburg, Virginia on July 24th. Round 3 is at The Tiltyard in Dayton, Virginia on August 21st & 22nd.