OFNA TS2 win at the 14th Annual Toy 4 Tots Race at Cal Raceway by DJ
Reported by DJ Sandate - The end of the year is coming soon and all the TFT races have been the ones to go to in helping kids in need of happy cheer. My teammate Mario got me going with him to the 14th Annual TFT Race being held at Cal Raceway in Orange Ca. Being that there was a Gearbox box class which had 4wd and 2wd SC trucks and I was having such a good time running the new OFNA TS2sc on Sat. at OCRC, I wanted to run some more so why not put it on an On-Road track with some jumps and high bite cornering and see what it can do. To my surprise the TS2 drove really good and had some good corner handling on the on-road track, a lot of two tire up and saving it action as traction was really high in the mains. On road guys were also getting some traction roll action but in Gearbox it was keeping all four wheels down and making it over the ever-moving plastic splitter jumps. It was fun and funny when you didn't get it right off the jump and do a cork-screw off of a jump down the straight it seemed like we went faster on the straight when were on our lids but in all just plain fun. After the mayhem of qualifying 2nd thinking we were going to line up 2x2 that wasn't the case as it was all lined up and shooting for the straight shot to the jump, just got waded up right at the start and managed to save it getting to the jump and breaking through in mid pack and I managed to pass clean as the TS2 corned well and got to 1st place when he drove deep into a corner and traction rolled into a corner giving it to me and I kept pulling away as I kept it on all 4 wheels and dodging the traffic and traction rolling SC's. I took home the trophy and some good laughs, thanks Mario for having go to the race with you and thanks to Charlie Barnes for hosting his TFT I had a cupcake overload.
Chad keeps winning with his TS2sc Pro 2wd - 11/5/12 by davegm
Reported by Chad Bradley - We had a great turnout Tuesday night at Hot Rod Hobbies with 10 full heats and an A and B mains for the Expert 2wd SC class. This was the third time I got to race the new Ofna TS2sc truck and I wanted to get it setup with the option gear differential. I started the night off with 5000wt diff oil and noticed I needed a little more strait line line traction because of the power of the Novak 7.5 motor so I bumped the oil up to 7000wt, which helped accelerating out of the turns. Had I of had less power and used a 10.5 or a 17.5 motor I would think the 5000wt oil in the diff would of been perfect. I was able to set the TQ in both rounds of qualifying and was able to lead the main from start to finish with the TS2sc. The truck has been great, extremely fun to drive and so far seems to be very durable.
TS2 Pro Short course A-main Video
| Pos. || || Driver || Short Course|
|1st/TQ || ||Chad Bradley ||TS2sc|
|2nd || ||Adam Drag ||AE SC10|
|3rd||Mike Maniscalchi||AE SC10|
Toy 4 Tots race at Palm Desert Raceay and Miguel Perez takes #2 on the podium - 12/2/12 by DJ
Reported by Miguel Perez - Palm Desert Raceway in So. Cal was hosting the 2012 Toys for Tot race this past weekend. There was an excellent turnout with 16 heats considering a few of the top drivers from So. Cal were attending the Worlds. I was signed up to race the 40+ Nitro buggy class and 1/8 scale buggy electric class. The track was well laid out. There were both technical sections and a stretched drop off into a long back straight to really get the cars wound up to top speed. My 1st qualifier in 40+ nitro went very well with my X3 Sabre. The car was dialed and I finished 3rd right behind Barry Baker from A-main and Mike Lebanko of TLR. There were 2 full heats of 1/8 scale electric buggy and I was able to finish 5th in my 1st qualifier and 4th in my 2nd with the X3 Sabre E. Both cars were dialed which made me feel very confident going into the mains. I was able to qualify 3rd in 40+ nitro buggy and 8th in E-buggy.
It was time for the E-buggy main and I got out to a clean start. I was able to stay on the lead lap with most of the front runners. I was actually doing battle with D.J for a while until some unfortunate bad luck plagued his car and took him out of the race. I had a few bobbles but pretty much ran a clean race and finished 6th. Now came the 40+ nitro main and I was feeling pretty confident with my chances of finishing in the top 3 and being on the podium. I had a bad start getting hit from behind and spinning my buggy around right into a pile up. I was able to compose myself and see that Barry Baker also had something happen to him and by the 2nd lap I was right behind him battling for 1st place. At the mid-point of the race I could not keep up with Barry but was sitting comfortably in 2nd place. I was able to hold on and put my X3 sabre on the podium in 2nd place. I could not ask for a better day of racing as both of my X3 Sabre’s performed very well with no issues. I really just want to thank D.J. and the whole OFNA team for making me part of the team and giving me the knowledge to consistently improve my skills.
Good job there Miguel you can only get faster with your X3's.
Chad wins with his TS2sc Pro 2wd - 11/3/12 by davegm
Reported by Chad Bradley - Hot Rod Hobbies held thier monthly racer appreciation race Friday night, racing was good with 9 heats for the night. This is the second time I have got to race the new OFNA TS2 2wd short course truck. So far so good, the truck has been very easy to drive, traction this night was really good and very fun to drive. The truck is extremely stable in sweepers and jumps and lands extremely smooth. I Tqed all the rounds of qualifying and won the 7 minute main event, I tried to drive as smooth as possible and tried to limit my mistakes. I used the Novak 7.5 motor (geared it with a 19t pinion and 86 spur),the new Novak Pulse esc, Protek batteries and Proline M3 hole shot fronts and M4 hole shot rears. Next time I race I want to see how well I can get the truck working with the option gear diff. So far the truck is setup close to stock with the Ofna big bore shocks and will getting up a setup sheet very soon.
TS2 Pro Short course A-main Video
| Pos. || || Driver || Short Course|
|1st/TQ || ||Chad Bradley ||TS2sc|
|2nd || ||Jason Delong ||SC10|
DJ takes a podium spot at Kyosho Fall Classic with Sabre-E - 11/5/12 by DJ
Reported by DJ Sandate - Revelation Raceway was hosting the Kyosho Fall Classic once again and there was a very good turnout for competitors in nitro and electric buggy. Myself I ran both electric and nitro classes with my X3 Sabres, the track was all about speed as a sweeper and a long straight were connected together giving you a long stretch and the new Revelation mega jump "The Cayon", Oh and those deep landmines/moguls which ended up being a nice track with some good racing. My first run would be electric and my X3 was pretty good it just had a little oversteer but was manageable, I finish the 1st qual in 2nd behind an AE driver which I was good with. In the 2nd qual the World Champ got it right and was just plain fast as he took top spot and I ended up in the 4th for the race. The race would be 10minutes so I dropped in some 6500 mah batteries for a fast and long run.
The start was ok as I went into the first corner and Mr. Blue Cody Turner made a mistake and got caught up in the mess I went wide to avoid it but rubbed with some guys overshooting the corner but got clear to third position and while those guys got tied up that put me clear as 1st and 2nd were gone, just keep it clean and you should be good I said but I had one major mistake that brought back the pack and I was now racing to keep my 3rd, Turner was on the charge as I was still fighting the over-steer and he got past me with a few minutes to go but the I dunked it again allowing my team-mate Miguel to pass me now it was all game as Miguel and I would drag out the rest of the race battling for 4th, so with about a minute to go Miguel put his best version of taking it too hot in the corner and getting tied up with a back-marker for me to get away keeping that 4th spot but then on the very last lap the AE driver suffered a problem right before the Cayon jump and was out of the race handing over 3rd to me. I was glad to have my X3 ready to take on the long run and finish the race because it brought a trophy back home and a cool picture with the Champ and Mr. Blue.
Sean doing great with his OFNA X3 Sabre-E - 10/25/12 by DJ
Reported by Sean Miles - On Wednesday night my X3 Sabre e was dialed in at OCRC. The first heat was great! I finished 1st and I ran my first 15 laps @ 5:23.180 and my fastest lap was 20.304 seconds on OCRC current layout. I really ran consistent . My top 5 laps was averaging 20.475 seconds per lap and my top 10 laps was averaging 20.749 sec per lap. The second heat I was 6 seconds faster and finished 1st with 15 laps @ 5:17.791 and my fastest lap was 20.253 seconds. My top 5 lap was averaging 20.317 seconds and my top 10 laps was averaging 20.520 seconds. Now it was time for the A-Main. I went though my car to make sure that all screws where nice and tight nothing loose. I went though the camber, ride height, etc.. to make sure that my car stayed consistent. The only thing I did was change my shock oil. I started first in the A-Main. We ran a seven minute main. I finished in first place with 20 laps @ 7:11.223 my fastest lap was 20.541 seconds. The X3 Sabre Just stayed consistent tonight the car is well balanced and it never changed on the track all night. I can't wait to see the X3 Sabre in some big races next racing season. Hope to see you out there with your new X3 Sabre!
X3 Sabre-E wins Byron's Fuel Champ's - 10/22/12 by DJ
Reported by DJ Sandate - Myself and some of the team went to Revelation Raceway to run the Byron's contingency race for big dollars, but that wasn't the case for as I run Sidewinder Fuels so I was into taking some hardware home and denying some checks but no as I turn my X3 nitro into a broken mess. But that didn't happen to my Sabre electric buggy as I managed a TQ and the win for the class, my Sabre was high on power and the track was loose so I had to rely on keeping the right amount of power down from loosing traction, from 1st to 2nd round was a tire change and was better in the 2nd round as it was smooth around the corners to the jumps and able to keep the TQ, the race was a little difficult as I had put on a harder set of tires on the front(an opps mistake) than my rears and now I had too much rear traction and was fighting to catch the leader as I had came up short on a jump and lost the lead at the start. But after 7 minutes of racing my Mamba Monster power with Savox servos X3 finished the race with the win. Revelation hosted a nice race for Byrons as the weather was on the cool side for most of the day and great racing for big paychecks.
More New RTR announcement! by davegm
New TS2sc RTR Press Release - 10/11/12 by davegm
New 1/10 Off-Road RTR Electric Short Course TS2sc RTR, p/n #14309!
Sean takes another win at OCRC with his X3e - 10/10/12 by DJ
Reported by Sean Miles - Wednesday night racing was a crazy race day for me on the new layout at OCRC. With a broken part and with a cracked lipo pack(some one stepped on my car) I kept my spirits up. So My practice was cut a little short due to a broken brace mount. My Team Manager "DJ" was able to bring me a aluminum brace. I had to tape my Lipo Pack up with some super strong duct tape. On my first qualifier I ran 14 laps @ 5:12:908 and my fastest lap was a 20.912 and I was the top qualifier. DJ saw somethings that would help the car get more steering. So changes where made and I'm glad the changes where made cause on the second Qualifier. I ran 14 laps @ 5:11.412 with even a faster lap time @ 20.898. My top 5 laps where 21.281 secs. and My top 10 laps where 21.659 secs. The A-Main I ran 19 laps in 7:09:377 and my fastest lap was a 20:967 and my top 5 laps 21.189 and my top 10 laps where 21.449. I had a very consistent race in the A-Main. The X3 Sabre was planet on the track and had a nice flow in and out of the jumps and the turns. The X3 Sabre had a lot traction. The buggy was hugging the turns with out a problem. The Buggy jumped and landed very smooth. Richard Saxon from AE congratulated me on a nice run and a couple of other heavy weight factory team drives did the same. It made me fill very proud to be a X3 Sabre owner and a OFNA team driver. I still have a lot practicing to do, but overall the Sabre is the GREAT 1/8 BUGGY. So for those who are looking for a great buggy. X3 SABRE is your buggy! If any one who has any questions go to "OFNA FORUMS" and go to X3 Sabre. We can share set ups and racing events regarding the X3.
Sean is doing a great job with his X3 and thanks for putting it down I'm sure there will be more stories to come.
Sean Miles reports about his win at OCRC with his X3E Sabre - 9/30/12 by DJ
Reported by DJ - Today was the second time that I took out my New "OFNA X3 Sabre-E" 1/8 buggy. I was a good day. On Sundays at OCRC they run 3 qualifiers and a Main. I'm proud to say for not racing for 3 months I'm on my way. I finished first in all three qualifiers. Today I was able to try a setup that was made last Wednesday but was not ran until today. Race one I finished first with 13 laps in 5:04:169. My fastest lap was 21.639, my top five laps averaged 21.841, and my top ten laps average 22.455 seconds. After my first qualifier, DJ my Team Manager from "OFNA" saw somethings that could help the car run smoother. So we move the positions of the shocks on the rear arms as well as change the shock springs. The second race I was able to adjust the ride height of the buggy right where I need it. So I ran a extra lap. I did 14 laps in 5:23:403 , My fastest lap was 21.672, and the top five average laps where 22.081. I was more consistent with the new set up. The car landed better and was more planted to the track. In the A-Main I had a very good start. I got caught up in some lap traffic and there brothers racing and of course one was faster than the other and I was getting beat up pretty bad while trying to lap the slower brother, but once I got clear I playing catch-up and kept racing. The faster brother put about 7 seconds on me with time winding down but my laps times were better and I was closing but I thought with only two laps to go I would be holding on to second but the leader made that slight mistake for me to get him on the last lap for the win.
Congrats Sean on your win with your new ride hope to see more of those wins and a fresh new body to go with it.
Dan Hopkins Sidewinder Race podium finish for X3 Sabre - 9/11/12 by DJ
Reported by Dan Hopkins - The Sidewinder Nitro Explosion Race is a 2 day event. The 2 best qualifying points were used to based the main event starting position. I didn't make it to the practice day held the day before so I was going in to a fresh layout pretty much blind.
My qualifier goal was to drive smooth & steady for the first 2 rounds & hopefully secure a spot in the A-Main which could leave Round 3 for testing some setup changes. It didn't go exactly how I planned.....
Round 1 - Started nicely, I was on a steady pace, car was nice & stable, I wasn't pushing too hard & I ended up finishing 3rd (4th overall round 1)
Round 2 - Was off to a great start & was even flirting with the TQ pace. Car felt really good & I was cruising in 1st place. Then with about 1:30 left in the qualifier my radio started glitching. The car would turn but the throttle was off/on.. I felt a runaway coming on but tried to muscle the car around the track hoping for a top 3 finish. It didn't happen & ended up last. Now back at the pits, I had to figure out what the heck was going on. Was it a servo? Was it a switch? Was my servo horn stripped? NOPE! Stupid switch lead to battery lead was loose! I put some electrical tape on it & all was good.
Round 3 - I needed a good finish since I was deep in the B-main as far as the points go. I got off to another good start & was battling the top 3 positions. Once again the car felt great. I ended up taking 2nd place.
So my points were now good enough to secure starting position 3 in the A-Main for the Sportsman class.
A-Main - This was a 30minute event. I had never run a 30min. race before and wasn't sure how I was going to handle being up on the drivers stand that long. By now the track was completely blown out. I mean there were craters the size of small swimming pools and they were
everywhere. My strategy was this. If I stay smooth, stay calm, don't try to race EVERYONE, don't break, and get past the 1st turn pile up I would be in good shape at about the 25minute point. So the race started. I came out of the 1st turn and stayed on my wheels....YES.. Then I just stayed the course. The leader was really fast today and I knew it would be tough to beat him so I really didn't even try. Now I am battling for the 3rd position for most of the race with my friend Skye Baker when he has a mishap that gives me some breathing room. With the car feeling great even through the massive bumps I again stayed the course. Now passing the loop the announcer called me in second! There was still a lot of time left. I put the car in cruise control and it was pretty much smooth sailing from there securing the 2nd place podium spot and a HUGE trophy! Needless to say my kids were ecstatic when I got home that night and showed them the trophy.
All in all. The car held up great. I couldn't have asked for anything more. I went in with pretty much the same setup I started with. Between qualifiers and the main event the only thing I did was clean up the car, change the clutch bearings, and changed the rear sway bar (thinner).
As far as durability for the 2 day event. I broke (1) C-hub after some pretty hard landings on my 3rd qualifier. To be honest I didn't even know I broke it! I finished 2nd in that race! I noticed it when I was cleaning the car for the mains. The X3 has been pretty durable and coming from driving an Xray which is built like a tank that says alot. The big difference is the drive pins and out drives just don't wear! I have yet to break a rear bulkhead. (jinx) This car seems to have the bend but don't break down mentality. I have yet to DNF due to an actual broken part with the X3.
JL .21 Pro engine Proples Team C driver to a win at JBRL - 9/9/12 by DJ
Reported by Dj Sandate - Last weekend the JBRL took a long journey down south about 4miles away from the Mexican border to the Chula Vista track CVRC. It was there that Chad Grana driving a Team C buggy took his class win in Sportsman in the long A-main event from coming last on the first lap and digging in hard and picking off drivers one by one to get that win using the OFNA JL.21 Pro engine. Chad showed he had the power in the qualifiers but some beating and banging went on in those quals that keep him from that TQ run, so he still makes good time to start in the first half of the A-main. But the start was not so smooth as the train wreck of buggies flew off the big triple and caused gaggle of cars to be wadded up and in that would also be Chad and that first lap was the beat-down lap as Chad would cross the line dead last. But the JL engine had some work to do to put on the pace and playing catch-up, running longer than anyone else between pits making one less pit than everyone else in 25 minutes of play. The battle for the top spot would go down during the last pit as Chad was working on staying in the lead but mistakes brought 2nd to him and was a tooth and nail battle till the last two minutes as 2nd started to fall apart and Chad could stretch the lead for us to make a safety pit for extra fuel and finish it off for the win. When Chad brought it into the pit after the race the temp showed 212 on the Exergen and the was why cooler than I thought as it was impressive.
Congrats Chad on that win the JL Engine showed it can race with the big boys of engine manufactures.
Jaime Boquiren gets win, X3 Sabre at CVRC - 9/3/12 by DJ
Reported by Jaime Boquiren - After settling for 2nd place due to engine issues during my X3’s debut, I returned to CVRC in sunny Chula Vista California for some Friday night club racing to claim the top spot on the podium for the Sportsman class. First qualifiers went pretty good, got first place finish and set the fastest lap of the class, the car felt planted on every section of the track. 2nd qualifier was not much different, I got tangled with some traffic halfway through the race but I managed to finish in first place again. Some racers myself included were experiencing reduced mileage during the day, by the time the mains started, it was already past 9:00 PM, temperatures went down a bit with a very unusual high humidity condition, so the optimistic side of me decided to pit at my usual 9 minute interval, well that was too optimistic, the X3 died right after the 8 minute mark, luckily, it happened right in front of pitlane, having only about 10 seconds lead over 2nd place, the other driver passed me during my X3’s revival, three laps after that, I was back in first place and it stayed that way until the end of the race.CVRC is a very big track with high speed corners and jumps along with a tacky amount of traction it serves as a very technical track and the X3 shows it performance in just a short time I have had and has improved my times over the previous buggy I was running.
Special thanks to DJ, Gil Alontaga and Pierre Kitti for making my transition into OFNA’s winning platform, the Sabre X3.
X3 Sabres run wild at the Sidwinder Nitro Explosion at ARC Raceway - 9/2/12 by DJ
Reported by DJ Sandate - It was year go around for the Sidewinder Fuels Nitro Explosion presented by Jimmy Babcock Racing League as it was brought back by the host track ARC Raceway out in Temecula Ca. A whole weekend of racing during the Labor Day Holiday, OFNA Teammates Miguel Perez, Gil Alontoga and myself went out to race and to have a good time and make a good running with our X3 Sabre's in nitro and electric. I was running both Intermediate and E-buggy, both classes were tough as E-buggy had Adam Drake and Jeremy Kortz in that class so I had to stay consistent and clean for a good starting position. Miguel and I both ran the same classes and we both got into the A-mainfor electric, Miguel in the 9th spot and myself in the 3rd it was good start from qualifying for the Sabre E's as we both were in the A-main show. I the nitro class was even tougher as my class have our non-pro fast guys racing this class, my first qual was spectacular as I had put on a killer pace and was out 2 seconds ahead of the best time in the class. The Sabre showed some speed and cornering as I went with the box set-up, but I just got a little greedy with pushing it as I was trying to make fastest laps in the class and took and couple of bad crashes that made me finish 2nd, I blew the 2 sec gap I had in the end. The next two quals were tough as there was more pushing around with cars that I could not get clear of when the track was going south and breaking down, I ended up in the 7th starting position for the A-main.
In e-buggy we had two 10min rounds for racing for the A-main and on a bigger outdoor track I was thinking about not overheating in the hot and sticky weather. Race 1 got out to a good start as I took the lead for the first two laps as Drake had a mishap but the came charging and I could not pace with him as he took the lead, then I tumbled allowing Jacob Haas to tail me and race for the 2nd spot,we worked together to keep our pace because we knew Kortz was coming strong as he put down fast lap but he had a fan malfunction that caused an overheat that stopped his car, so I finished in 3rd. I just needed to keep it together in the 2nd round but that didn't happen as track was really blown out and I got a rock or something stuck in my steering and I went hard into a pipe and crashed, it managed to work itself loose but I was too far back to catch up to the next position to keep 3rd overall and I finished in the 4th spot I was happy to be there challenging but came up short.
In nitro it was 30 minutes of hard racing again I got off to a good start getting past the tangle of cars getting in forth but after a couple of laps I dropped into the 3rd position catching the #2 spot, I was also battling with Andy Carillo for some time in that 3rd spot while trying to get up there but we slowed each other down allowing him to get away but 3rd was still mine until a flame-out and a blown plug took us out when we came into pit, it was frustrating to see that happen as we were there to stay up in the top three. We got back out and another mishap brought me back in as the throttle servo screw backed out, I went back out in 10th wanting to finished the race and hoping to make time and finish better and in the end got the 9th spot.
In all it was very good weekend as Miguel and I got both Sabre-E's for the Main and me making the Nitro main.
I also want to say thanks to the Grana's for all the help this weekend and Miguel for letting stay at his home for the weekend we had some good laugh listening to George Lopez's comedy skits, I had Miguel crying for a while.
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Rick Hess wins with X3 Sabre & Nexx-8 SC - 8/25/12 by DJ
Reported by Rick Hess - Decided to get some club racing in at a local track with some fast friends on there new lay-out at the Boneyard in Mayfield, KY. With a good group of racers and perfect weather i would have my best run yet with my new X3 Saber. After 3 rounds I Qualified 2nd but at the start of the 30min main I would make a small mistake witch would help the leader distance himself a little. Halfway through the main i got in a good rhythm and ran down the leader but another small mistake with traffic the leader would end up separating himself again. As I was running him down again and he would make a mistake and break an a-arm,witch handed me the lead ! needless to say my X3 remains fast and durable witch helped me get my first win with the X3. Also a great night in 4wd SCT with my Nexx8 SCT conversion on 2s i would TQ and win the 10min A-main in one of the most popular classes in the region. special thanks to OFNA and Action Hobbies in Clarksville,TN
Richard Hess has his run with the X3 Sabre - 8/12/12 by DJ
Reported by Richard Hess - My first big race and only 3rd race this season after a year off,with the X3 Sabre Nitro Buggy and it was awesome. A good turn out for the series at REO Raceway in Rockport Indiana. My X3 has been one of the most durable and fastest nitro buggies I've ever owned. I had worked up to 2nd place against some tough competition but a flame out would cost me a top 3 spot but I'm very happy of the buggies performance in my first pro level race against some of our regions fastest racers...special thanks to OFNA.
An awesome run for Richard, hope to hear more about your runs with the Sabre.
Pierre Kitti takes the overall series win for Grass Roots - 8/05/12 by DJ
Reported by Pierre Kitti - Over the course of the summer, I entered and raced in the Grass Roots Racing Series 2012. This is a points race that has racers traveling to compete at different tracks spanning from Thunder Alley, Hemet Competition, Plam desert R/C Raceway, and Proline. I began racing the Hong Nor X3 Sabre at the begining of May starting with Round 5 with the new buggy. The first race I entered was at Palm desert R/C Raceway and was set out to get a feel for the track and the new ride. I was immediately impressed how fast and stable the buggy was! Having the buggy work so great, led me to qualify 3rd overall and to win 1st place with the new X3 Sabre! The next race I traveled to was the Proline Racing Track in Banning,Ca for Round 6. I ended up qualifying 6th and finished the race as well in 6th place. The car worked really well, but I struggled with the layout. The next round was race 7 at Hemet Competition Raceway. The layout proved to be really difficult but was fun at the same time. I did much better this time around and qualified 2nd and was .1 second away from Tq! After the 15 minute race was over, I finished 2nd. The Grass Roots last and final round 8 was at the Famous Thunder Alley Raceway. I was going into this round standing 2nd overall in the Point Series. The track crew put in a sick layout as always that tested both the drivers speed and the durability of the cars. The first round of qualifying went well for me as I ended up in 2nd. I felt really comfortable with car and decided to only make a tire and droop change for the 2nd round of quals. After a few minutes into the next round, I had a mechanical problem and finished early. I had a good clean first round that put me in 6th place for the start of the A-Main. The race started off really well for me as I was able to drive patiently and not get tangled up with any of the other racers. After about six minutes into the race I was in the third place position and was running at a smooth pace and shortly after the 8 minute mark my pit man DJ called me in for some fuel. From then on I cruised the last seven minutes of the race and finished 3rd! I would like to thank all of the Hong Nor/OFNA Team for their great support and to all the tracks and sponsors that help put together a great Racing Series!
Malott race at SRI Raceway - 7/21/12 by DJ
Reported by Michael Malott - Over the weekend I traveled to Louisville, KY to race the 3rd round of the Local Joe series.
I made up my mind late Friday night to try and go. I scrambled to get my stuff all together and get my Pro 4wd SC truck up and going. I finally got it all done early Saturday morning. I went to sleep about 3am & needless to say after doing all of that I forgot to set my alarm on my phone & I didn't wake up till way late. I made the 2 hr. drive & got there just in time for the first round of quals. I threw on some tires that I ran there the last time I was down there for the 1st qual & I went at the new track layout a little behind. It took me a couple minutes to get the track down & I finally figured out a couple of the tricky sections but by that time the qual was over. I still did ok for not seeing the layout till that qual & came out with a 4th for the round. In between the 1st & 2nd rounds I took a little time to get on the track & just get a little practice in. I noticed the track as starting to get a little groove in it so I changed the setup & tires. When the 2nd round started I knew I had made the right choice & I got off to a great start & was clicking off fast laps. I was still struggling with a couple parts of the track & making mistake but it was coming to me. Once again in between rounds I got a couple minutes of practice & got the track dialed in. In the 3rd round I got off to a great start & was able to take over the lead on the track & in time by the end of the first lap. I knew if I could keep a solid pace & push I had the speed to take the TQ. Halfway in the 3rd round I was the only 4wd SC to be on an 11 lap run so I just kept charging & running my pace. I kept it clean & toned it back just a little and was able to take the TQ spots by over 11 seconds. I fell off the 11 lap run playing it safe but I wasn't worried about the fast race all I wanted was the TQ.
In the main I was ready to go and feeling confident that I had the fastest truck all I had to do was run my race & not get caught up. When the tone sounded I got away from the field & was off to a great start. 2nd & 3rd were battling & that allowed me to stretch it out early. About 2 minutes in I had a 12 second lead & was on cruise control until the epic fail happened. The low battery warning went off on my radio & I wasn't sure how long I had until it went completely dead so I just kept running as the alarm went off. I ran for about another 3 minutes and the radio finally shut off. I wound up a couple minutes short of the sweep. I was bummed that the radio went dead but I was pleased with the way it performed all day. My Tekin powered OFNA Hyper 10sc was good all day & my AKA tires were dialed. The new Radio post radio was flawless all day. I just made a rookie mistake & forgot to charge the battery. I will know next time when the life battery gets around 6v it goes dead really fast.
Thanks to all my sponsors for your support this year.
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