Zack Rogers reports from the “North vs South” Race
California is one of the heaviest populated R/C areas in the world, but with racers comes trash talking, so this year it was no surprise when Brandon Waldron and Chicken Ranch Raceway in Visalia, CA teamed up to present the North Vs. South Beat Down Race to decide which half of the state would have bragging rights for the rest of the year. With that being said the layout of this race would be a little different than most, using each teams overall points to determine the overall winner of the 8ft monstrous trophy, however each class had individual awards as well.
I went into this race knowing the competition was going to be stiff between some of my “southern” teammates and myself, but didn’t realize the north would be packing a punch as well when they showed up with some heavy hitters from the bay area.
Lucky for us racers this was a one day race (Saturday) leaving Friday open for everyone to practice on the high bite smooth sugar track. Although we were all limiting our practice time due to one run tires in the mod classes, I felt like I had enough track time to get my cars handling the way I wanted, and my head on straight enough to put in some solid runs.
When Saturday rolled around, I did just that, and was able to Tq both 2wd mod and 4wd mod buggy. Unexpected by me, we had nearly 30 mod 2wd and just under 20 4wd, so needless to say the competition was great!
By the time mains came around I was feeling very confident in my cars and myself, so I through on some new tires on both cars and lined up P1. In 2wd I would end up going on to make a mistake on lap one of the race, dropping me back to about 7th, I was lucky enough to be back up in the top 3 around 2 laps later. Once I was placed in podium position I just put my head down and charged to the front, but it was no easy task as the top 5 cars were all on the same straightaway till about the 1 minute left mark…I just kept pushing and ended up making my way to front spot and having an AWESOME race with Jason Moberly for the win.
4wd was a bit different, I was able to get a very clean start and within 2 mins of the race myself and Chris Wesson had checked out on the rest of the field, which is how we finished after running pretty much less than a second apart the whole 6 min A main.
So all in all it was a blast, the track was perfect, and the people made the day one of the funniest times I have had racing in a long while! Thanks to my sponsors Kyosho, Team Orion, JConcepts, RCinsider.com, Bfast Diffs, and Rainmans Hobbies…..YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!
Note: Special thanks to Zack Rogers for sending in this report…