September 22, 2016

2016 Midwest Series Rd5 – Report

2016 Midwest Series Rd5 – Report

Team Nitro RC Racing hosted race 5 of the 2016 Midwest Series at their Lynwood, Illinois facility. Just east of Chicago, this was the fifth race in a six races series and the point battles for the championship awards were heating up. First held in the summer of 1970, this is the longest running RC series in the United States. The event kicked off with open practice Friday, as competitors worked on their set-ups for the revised layout. Overnight rains pushed the program start back on Saturday morning but the Team Nitro crew, with the help of some volunteer racers, got the track in top condition and ready for racing. The series is contested at three different facilities, each hosting two races during the season. Top drivers from around the mid-west and Canada traveled to compete in the event this weekend, which was the final event for the Lynwood facility this year. The featured classes for the series are 1/10 Sedan and 1/8 Open 4WD, with Masters classes for both scales as well. The cars are run together by scale but scored separately by class.

In 1/10 Nitro Sedan Lon Burling set the qualifying pace through all four rounds while Nick Altieri was quickest in Masters. From the start of the race, top qualifier Burling quickly took the lead and didn’t look back. David Dunn got around Elliot Hart to take over second while Ted Hammer charged from his P7 starting position to move into third. Brad Mergy dropped back to sixth with Tom Esposito right behind him. Three laps into the race David Dunn suffered a mechanical failure that took him out of the race. By lap 10, Burling was pacing the field with no immediate pressure. Ted Hammer was now running in second with Nick Altieri holding down third. Elliot Hart had recovered to fourth and Mergy running back up in the fifth position with 15 laps in. Midway through the race a driveline failure had Esposito sidelined and Nick Altieri pulled off when his engine lost power. Quick pit work by Dan Louis had Esposito back in the race several laps down. Pat Morris had been running a consistent race and moved up into the fourth position. Tom Esposito was turning some very quick lap times trying to make up time. He drove back up to fifth and was only one lap down to Morris. At close to the 20 minute mark, race leader Burling had a rear drive belt failure that ended his day. Now the battle between Hart, Hammer and Mergy began to get exciting. Esposito had moved around Morris to take over fourth with Mergy now in the lead. Hammer was in second and making up ground. Both Mergy and Hammer were pushing it to the limit and making small mistakes. Back and forth the lead would change hands. The pit work for the two top drivers was flawless and kept the racing tight on the track. Inside two minutes, Mergy was leading by less than one second over Hammer. It looked like Hammer was just waiting for the right time to make the clean pass for the lead. Mergy held tight lines making it tough for Hammer. Hammer was there with 30 seconds to go and tapped giving Mergy the breathing room to bring home his second win in this year’s series. Ted Hammer held on to second with Elliot Hart rebounding to finish third. Tom Esposito secured the fourth overall position, giving him the win in the Masters division.

1/10 Sedan final results:
1. Brad Mergy – Xray
2. Ted Hammer – Shepherd
3. Elliot Hart – Serpent
4. Tom Esposito – Xray
5. Patrick Morris – Capricorn
6. Nick Altieri – Serpent
7. Lon Burling – Shepherd
8. David Dunn – Serpent

1/10 Masters top 3 results:
1. Tom Esposito – Xray
2. Pat Morris – Capricorn
3. Phillip Neiswinger – Xray

Jason Conley grabbed the top spot in 1/8th Open with Rick Davis in P1 for Masters. At the start, pole sitter Conley got involved in a lap one incident that put him back deep in the field. Number 2 qualifier Ken Miller took over the lead. Ten minutes into the 30 minute main, with Miller checking out on the field, second through seventh were all running nose to tail down the straightaway. At the half way point, Dan Louis suffered engine failure and Mike McBride had been off the track for repairs. Jason Conley fell out of the race after contact with teammate Dwight Smith. Ken Miller was still maintaining a comfortable lead with Don Jones, Davis and Smith running second through fourth. This was the tightest race on the track with no more than fifteen feet between all three. Pit stops were critical and each drivers pit man got them in and out without issue. Inside ten minutes, Miller was in command with Jones, Davis and Smith still fighting for second. Through the tight chicane leading on to the straightaway Jones and Davis got together allowing Smith to tuck in and take over 2nd. Jones and Davis continued to battle for third for several laps until Jones lost a clutch. Davis set sail for Smith as the two prepared to make their final stops. Davis took over second as Smith stopped first. Smith regained the position passing Davis as he exited pit road. Rick Davis was pushing hard and the gap to Smith was shrinking. On the last lap, Davis had one more chance at the end of the straight to make something happen. He drove it in deep and was able to turn under Smith two turns from the finish to take over second. Smith would follow him across the line to finish third. Davis’ second place finish gave him the win in the Masters division.

2016 Midwest Series Rd5 – Report

1/8 Open final results:
1. Ken Miller – Xray
2. Rick Davis – Serpent
3. Dwight Smith – Xray
4. Mark Unger – Serpent
5. Mike McBride – Serpent
6. Rich Potempa – Serpent
7. Don Jones – Serpent
8. Jason Conley – Xray
9. Dan Louis – Xray

1/8 Masters top 3 results:
1. Rick Davis – Serpent
2. Dwight Smith – Xray
3. Mark Unger – Serpent

Source: Xray []


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