August 9, 2012

Short Course Showdown Nationwide Tour Rd5

The fifth round of the Short Course Showdown Nationwide Tour stopped at Hobby Town USA, Hobbyplex a massive facility that houses two full-sized RC race tracks. The tour once again brought a bevy of pro drivers and factory representatives to America’s heartland. Pro drivers like Brian Kinwald, and Billy Fischer arrived and were ready to do battle. Taylor Timmerman dropped in fresh from the Byron’s race, with the fastest youngsters in the Midwest: Cole Tollard, and Jason Hills adding to the pace of the race. Factory Fast JConcepts Guru Dave Duncan, Spektrum’s Sonny Brown, and factory fast Mike Garrison, Novak’s Traveling Tech man and Short Course Showdown staffer Charlie Suangka, as well as the Traxxas crew made the trip to Omaha for stop number five. Chris Kovachevich from RC Driver and Trevor Duncan from R/C Car Action made the trip to cover the event as well.

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August 6, 2012

Ryan Dunford wins 2012 Short Course Nationals

The 2012 Short Course Nationals again hosted at RC Madness in Enfield, Ct had over 300+ entries this past weekend and the word of the day was ‘hot’ during qualifying. High temps and big time humidity would make for a long day with everyone ducking for a bit of shade where they could. This race has been plagued by the weather in the past. Unfortunately this year would be no different. After all rounds of qualifying TLR’s Ryan Dunford would TQ 4WP Pro 4 SC and would get yet another TQ in the 2WD Pro 2 SC class. Weather would dominate the mains though not allowing any competitor to run their mains. So qualifying order would end up being finishing order as well.

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July 30, 2012

Mike Aliberti wins SC Nationals warmup

The warm-up race for next weekend’s Short Course National Championship was held recently at R/C Madness in Connecticut.  X Factory drivers Mike ‘Lights Out’ Aliberti and Chris Cristo qualified first and second, with privateer John Cravotta third, all driving the new SCX-60CF. It was a very large and busy lay-out with triples, doubles, a table-top and a monster berm, and as is often the case with short course outdoors, the wind make the many jumps interesting.  Aliberti took the first round of qualifying by 10sec over second and that time stood up for the pole position in the main. In the second qualifier Mike was set to improve on that time with an 8-lap run when he did a big wheelie on the straight and the truck flipped over backward. Cristo’s time in Q2, four seconds behind Aliberti’s Q1 time was good for second on the grid.  John Cravotta took Q3 five seconds off Aliberti’s time. It was all Mike Aliberti in the main as he checked out for the win.  Cristo was involved in some first-lap ‘short course racing’ and came out of it 9th.  He put he head down and worked his way through the pack to finish third.

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July 8, 2012

Matt Olson wins JBRL Rd5

The fifth round of the JBRL took place at the Controlled Chaos Raceway and it was MIP’s Matt Olson who held onto the top qualifying spot for quite a while, until being nudged out by .8 second faster Chris Blais. In the A-Main, Blais and Dunford had the initial leads, then Olson climbed to second for several laps behind Blais until Matt shifted into second gear taking the win by four seconds. Second place went to Chris Blais (Losi) with Ryan Dunford taking the final spot on the podium.

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July 4, 2012

Short Course Showdown race 4 report

The 4th stop of the Short Course Showdown Nationwide Tour was run last weekend at Tacoma RC in Washington State. The weekend started out on Thursday with practice and a small club race that night. The track is run wet in the morning and then swept between rounds all day long. We found the best compound for this surface would be gold compound. For the 2wd class we ran Bar Codes rear and Pressure Points up front. For 4wd, there were some guys on Bar Codes front and rear and others on Pressure Point front and rear.

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June 30, 2012

Finland Short Course Summer Cup Rd2

Round two of Short Course Summer Cup in Finland took place recently at the Tammisaari SC track. Track was recently modified for SC trucks and it gave a great racing experience. The rrack was a lot rougher than what tracks usually are in Finland, but due to that it created some great off-road experience and good reviews from racers. For the first time in the SC winter or summer cup, 4wd cars outnumbered 2wd cars by having 23 participants over 12 in 2wd. As in previous round in Vantaa, Mikko Pyhältö in 4wd and Riku Tolonen in 2wd took first places after the qualifying heats. We also saw new drivers climbing to the A finals which shows that there is a wide range of drivers that can compete for the top positions.

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June 7, 2012

SC Summer Cup Finland Rd1

The first Short Course Summer Cup event took place recently at the Lavanko electric race track which is located in Vantaa, Finland. The SC Summer cup consist of four races on four different tracks in Finland and is intended for SC2-10 and SC4-10 cars. The series follows on from the SC Winter Cup which that was big success and also brought new racers to the SC class. In qualifying it was Riku Tolonen in 2wd and on Mikko Pyhältö in 4wd that took pole position.

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May 17, 2012

Short Course Kings Series Rd4 report

The Short Course Kings Series rolled into Ocala, FL for its 4th and final round of the 2012 season.  NewRed Hobbies was the host track for this event with 104 entries geared up to do battle and crown the Kings of Short Course. Pro 2 stock qualifying was dominated by Shea Peterson setting the TQ in the first round and backing it up by winning the second round to secure the overall TQ. Pro 2 expert stock was the Billy Bruce show as he went on to TQ both rounds by a large margin with his JConcepts equipped Kyosho truck. JConcepts driver Zack Genova showed the way in the Pro 2 expert mod class by setting a first rd TQ that held up for the overall #1 starting position. Pro 4 expert mod had a great battle for the TQ spot between local racer Bobby Reeves and JConcepts driver Chris Viesins. Bobby set the early TQ in round 1, but Chris came storming back in round 2 to claim the overall TQ going into the main event.

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