For 2011, Scotty Ernst Productions has taken the Short Course Showdown nationwide. The unique Short Course Showdown Tour gives drivers an opportunity to participate in a Scotty Ernst level event for what is currently the hottest segment in R/C. Stock and Modified 2wd SCT make-up the bulk of the program while the emerging 4×4 SCT’s put down the fastest and wildest runs of the weekend. Coming off a recent A-main finish in the Pro 2 Modified class at the Cactus Classic, Brian Kinwald made the trip to Short Course Showdown round 1 at R/C Excitement in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. With the event producing just under 200 entries of just short course drivers, the R/C Excitement location and facility was second to none while providing a great track, layout and surface for the hungry Short Course contingent.
In the SCT Modified A-main, Kinwald got a great start and applied some pressure to Mike Truhe while holding the second position. Truhe made a mistake over the difficult triple jump allowing Kinwald to take the lead. Moments later Truhe was forced out of contention with a mechanical problem giving Kinwald a huge lead. Local JConcepts / TQ driver Mike Wilder worked his way into the 2nd position and maintained a steady distance to the leader Kinwald. Crossing the finish line Brian Kinwald took a well deserved win followed by Mike Wilder (2nd) and Anthony Mazzara (3rd). The top 7 drivers all choose JConcepts Bar Codes in either green or gold compound. Brian Kinwald’s winning truck was topped off with a JConcepts Raptor body, Bar Codes in green compound and Rulux wheels.
Stock SCT qualifying was dominated by Jonathan “Chicken Little” Sohl who out-drove the field earning him the pole position in the main. His JConcepts equipped Kyosho Ultima SC was completely dialed in qualifying with Bar Codes in green compound and JConcepts Ford 1979 truck body. However, the main event belonged to Anthony Mazzara and his Losi XXX-SCT. Anthony and Chicken provided an entertaining A-main with Anthony coming out on top with Chicken settling for 2nd overall. Both drivers relied on the Bar Codes all weekend long, Anthony chose the gold compound and Chicken ran the green compound.
Finishing off the weekend, Mike Truhe took the SCT 4×4 class victory with his Losi SCT-E vehicle. Finishing in a strong 2nd was Brian Kinwald piloting the new SC10 4×4 equipped with JConcepts Raptor body, Bar Codes, and Rulux 12mm hex wheels. Finishing in 3rd was TLR driver Anthony Mazzara driving the Losi SCT-E vehicle.