|Posted on May 13, 2014 at 11:55 AM|
Hot and muggy weather loomed over 'The Gang' on Saturday, May 10th. With a few members pre-occupied with other commitments, R/OC Racing was still able to have quite a turn out at Big Dog R/C. With non-regulars Savannah & Josh Ingersoll, Kegan Mack, and Rodney McMillen making the trip.
Fresh off a successful practice session on Thursday, David Snyder was in the house with two different trucks to run two different classes. His stock 2WD Slash was placed in the 2WD Spec class as his 2WD Slash VXL with a brushless set-up was placed in the 2WD Mod class. After quickly finding a happy medium set-up and solid speed with both of his trucks earler in the week, he had hoped that his string of unfortunate luck was going to come to an end. Little did he know, he was about to enter his first night of racing in which he would be unable to transfer to the A-Main in either class. After only qualifying 10th out of a possible 12 in his Spec truck, he was placed in the B-Main, and was only able to muster up a 3rd place finish, although he was only 1 lap out of the lead. More of the same trend continued when it came time for his 2WD Mod truck, where he qualified 8th out of 10 and fought his way to a decent 2nd place finish in the B-Main, but was 2 laps short of earning the bump up. Inconsistency has been haunting David in recent weeks and he can only hope that soon he gets out of his recent slump. He'll try again this coming Saturday, May 17th.
David's other half, Sam Snyder, who has been going forward with progress instead of slumping found a few speed bumps in her road to an A-Main on Saturday as well. Although her lap totals were some of the best she's ever had, her finishes weren't there to back them up. She too enjoyed a solid day of practice earlier in the week with some valuable track time going in her favor, as she was able to turn several laps with personal best times. Out of 15 entires in the 2WD Sportsman class, Sam entered the B-Main qualified in the 12th position overall, and starting 5th out of 8. She was unable to make any forward progress as she crossed the line at the end of the buzzer in the same position she started in, taking home 5th place honors. After being the bottom qualifier for the 2WD Spec class, she started tail of the field in the B-Main, and had her best lap total in a single race of her young career on the dirt track. Even with her new personal best, she was only able to move up one position, finishing 5th in the B-Main, only 3 laps out of the lead. She looks to use that success as far as lap totals go to fuel her into next week with more success in mind.
Mark McMillen, who has been on a consistent run lately, running better than he has at any time in his career saw more of the same this week as well. Although he was unable to capture a victory of any sort, he was able to tie his personal best in laps with 38 twice. He missed the A-Main by one qualifying spot in 2WD Spec, which placed him on the pole for the B-Main. He ran a relatively strong race but was unable to capitalize on the starting position, falling back to 2nd, and crossing the stripe in that same spot., only 1 lap behind the eventual winner. The winner of the B-Main refused the bump up to the A-Main, so Mark gladly took the extra race, and another shot at trying to get a win. Starting at the back of the pack in the A-Main in 7th place, he ran another solid race, and improved on his starting spot by 2, finishing the night in the 5th spot. He also will return to the dirt on the 17th, hoping his string of solid runs continues.
Next week's birthday boy and reason for cup cakes, Rod McMillen, was in the house with his sprint car and his 2WD Spec truck on the 10th after taking a few weeks off. His return to the dirt was more of the same, with fun times, but inconsistent finishes haunting him throughout the entire night. However, he was able to make the A-Main in the sprint car before part failure ended his night early after only completing 9 laps. With a qualifiying position of 5th in the 2WD Spec heats, Rod started the A-Main with only 2 trucks behind him at the beginning of the race. Mechanical failure struck again as he was forced to retire from this race early as well, only completing 6 laps in the process. Next weekend he hopes to celebrate his birthday with some strong finishes in the main races.
Savannah Ingersoll was also in the house with her sprint car and 2WD Spec truck and she ran extremely strong in both classes all night long. After qualifying 3rd in only her second night of racing a sprint car, she started the A-Main from the inside of the second row. She quickly showed that she has what it takes to be a force in her new class as she able to finish 2nd with 42 laps, while the top 3 were all on the same lap. She hopes to improve her finish by only a few seconds next time so she can bring home 1st place honors. In her 2WD Spec truck, which she's been impressive in since she started racing at Big Dog R/C, she snuck into the A-Main by qualifying 6th, but quickly proved she belonged there as she fought her way up to a solid 4th place finish. With more track time, she could be our next 'Gang' member visiting victory lane in an A-Main very soon.
Savannah's other half, Josh Ingersoll, made the trip as well and decided to run his 4WD VXL Slash in the 4WD Sportsman class, as well as running his 2WD Spec truck. He out qualified his wife by 1 spot in the spec class, starting 5th in the A-Main, but was unable to stay there throughout the race, dropping back a position to finish 6th at the end of the race. In the 4WD Sportsman truck, Josh was the only 'Gang' member all night to finish a race in first place, even if it was just a heat. His win was only good enough to qualify 6th, missing the A-Main by 1 spot, and starting the B-Main from the pole. His hopes of transferring out of the B quickly diminished as he was only able to muster up a 3rd place finish, 2 laps off the pace of the leader.
With his newly painted truck body only seeing the track for the second time, Kegan Mack joined the festivities on Saturday. He struggled out of the gate in the 2WD Spec class, only qualifying 11th out of 12, and starting on the inside of the last row in the B-Main. In what was his best race of the night, he crossed the stripe in the 4th position, with 37 laps, the same amount that 2nd and 3rd place had as well, and only 1 less than the winner did. He should also make his return this coming weekend in hopes of having a stronger showing like he knows he's capable of.
A series points update was unavailable at the time of posting, therefore, next week the May 17th recap will include points as of May 10th. Our regulars here at R/OC Racing are quickly running out of time if they are going to make a run towards the championship. With Charlie Morris and Jamie McMillen joining 'The Gang' who attended the races on the 10th, we look to have a full house of around 14 R/OC racers with us at Big Dog R/C this weekend. Feel free to join us as the weather doesn't look promising for our full scale dirt track friends, as always admission is free for spectators, and we would love to have you! Come cheer us on, have a cup cake, celebrate Rod's birthday, and have a good time with our -outta- control race team!