Panther factory drivers Doug Nielsen and Justin Lew would be two men on a mission at Round 3 of the JBRL Electric series. Round 3 was held at Rainman’s Hobby & Raceway and Justin would TQ the heavily contested Pro 4 SC Class with teammate Doug Nielsen right behind him on the grid with both drivers having super consistent runs. In the A-main Justin got out of the gate fast, but a few mistakes was all it took for teammate Doug ‘Casper’ Nielsen to get around and take the win. Justin would finish right on his heels in 2nd place for a Panther Tires TQ 1-2 domination.
Round 3 of the Short Course Kings Series race took place in the small town of High Springs, FL at Shiverville Raceway. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect with the sun shining and temps in the upper 70’s. The track developed an exceptional groove from Friday afternoon practice giving the 110 racers all the traction they could handle leading into Saturday’s official race day. JConcepts was once again on hand trackside to help support the local racers and the series. With two rounds of qualifying under way, JConcepts drivers put the pressure on by TQ’ing their respective classes; Tracey Carver (Blinky Stk), Billy Bruce (Boosted Stk), Paul Wynn (Pro2 Open), and Chris Viesins (Pro 4 Open). The mains got rolling and it was apparent that these 4 drivers where going to take full advantage of their well earned TQ spot. All four drivers with their fully equipped JConcepts SCT’s went on to dominate the field by winning each and every class of the SCK Series.
Team Losi Racing and Losi’s Frank Root, Matt Castellano, Anthony Mazzara, and Toddie Anderson all made the trip to Round 1 of Scotty Ernst’s Short Course Showdown tour! Scotty chose to kick off the tour at Todd Anderson’s RC Excitement in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, a great decision as RCE had a great layout, a rockin’ atmosphere, and a strong turnout at 180. The “Showdown” has a unique format with all heads up starts in qualifying, making each run important to qualify well for the finals.
Once again JConcepts was on the road as we headed south to beautiful Palm Beach Gardens, FL and Bashers R/C Raceway for round #2 of the Short Course Kings Series. Bashers welcomed us with a great new layout that was already grooved up and ready for racing action. Practice got underway early Saturday morning with many of the racers running Bar Codes and or Pressure Points in Blue compound. With qualifying underway, all the usual suspects were in the hunt for that all important TQ position.
Round 2 of the JConcepts Super Cup Series was hosted by New Red Hobbies in Ocala, FL. With easy 200+ entries, this one day race event has become the race to attend. This track is also selected to be one of the JConcepts Indoor National’s locations so all FL racers wouldn’t miss this chance to get their practice in time. In Pro 2 SC, their was an intense battle between JConcepts’ Paul Wynn and Kyosho’s Ryan Eckert. During qualifying both drivers were only separated by less than 1 sec of each other. During the A main, Ryan got the hole shot, leading Paul in the main but Paul had the faster car with 20.6 sec as best lap & 20.8 sec as his top 5 average lap, Ryan Eckert was still able to hold off Paul with his consistent driving ability & well setup Kyosho Ultima SC-R. In the end, Ryan Eckert took the win Paul Wynn 2nd & Daimon Borkowicz 3rd.
The JConcepts race at SmacTrak in St. Louis, MO. took place last weekend. Justin Driemeier, driving the new X-Factory SCX-60CF TQ’d the first of four qualifying rounds on the small but technical indoor track, but bad racing luck in the next two rounds left him in a must-win situation in Sunday morning’s round 4. Justin went out and did what had to be done, winning the last round by about 4 seconds to wrap up pole position for the 2WD Short Course A mains. A-1 saw Driemeier’s SCX – 60CF take a wire-to-wire win, but in A-2 there were some “rubbin is racin” incidents that put Justin third, so it was all to play for in A – 3. Again, Driemeier and the SCX – 60CF were up to the task, as Justin jumped out to an early lead and put it on cruise control to take the last main by almost five seconds. Coupled with Mike Aliberti’s win two weeks ago at R/C Excitement, this makes two regional race wins in a row for the new X Factory truck. Paul Sinclair, in his first major race driving his own SCX-60CF, qualified 7th with the Probst Motorsports replica body SCX-60CF. Paul took 6th in all three mains to wind up 7th for the race.
There were 172 entries at the 7th Annual Snow Ball Championship held last weekend at the famous R/C Excitement track in Fitchburg, Mass. Most of the top drivers in the New England area turned out to challenge another great Excitement lay-out. Mike Aliberti totally dominated the 2WD Mod Short Course class with his brand new X-Factory SCX-60CF, the new carbon fiber short course Conversion Kit about to be announced. Aliberti’s slim mid-motor truck handily won both rounds of qualifying and won the A main by more than two laps.
With over 170+ entries at the North East Snow Ball Championship at R/C Excitement was one of the biggest races in the region. Tekin team driver John Cravotta TQ’d the deep field of 4wd SC with his Tekin Rx8 Pro 4 combination taking the overall win as a result. John also TQ’d Electric Ebuggy and managed a 2nd Place after having some last minute trouble losing the top spot by .10 of a second.