|Posted on July 4, 2014 at 12:45 AM|
With the beginning of the summer points series right around the corner, a few of our R/OC racing members decided to head down to Big Dog R/C on Saturday, June 28th for a night of strictly fun racing. Pro Mod champion David Snyder, on the rise driver Sam Snyder, the 'Blind Bandit' Mark McMillen, the 'Manimal' Rod McMillen, and 'go really fast and hope I turn left' Jessie McMillen were in attendance.
Fresh off of a handicapped defeat at the hands of his own wife in last week's head-to-head showdown, David Snyder was in the house hoping to work some of the lingering bugs out of his trucks, preparing himself for the summer points season, and seeing if he couldn't find a few tricks to help him capture another points championship. He qualified 4th through the heats in his 2WD Spec truck and that placed him on the outside of the second row for the A-Main. He quickly took advantage of his usual high-side driving and worked his way through traffic fairly well, crossing the line after the buzzer went off in the 2nd position, only 2 laps behind local stand out driver, Bill Wiggins. With the lack of Pro Mod trucks showing up, David was forced to run his brushless set-up Slash in a Pro Late Model class, and qualified 3rd out of 3 entries. With the late model bodies helping with down force, David's 38 laps were no match for their 42 as he finished right where he qualified in the 3rd spot. It wasn't a wasted race, as the tough competition may have forced him to drive a little harder, and helped with his set-up for future races.
Sam Snyder, who recently has been running all different classes on all the different types of tracks was doing much more of the same on this night. With her first A-Main victory in her back pocket from a few weeks ago, her confidence levels are higher than ever, and her improvement on lap totals and lap times are showing that. She entered 'The Demon Horde' into three different classes on Saturday, 2WD Spec truck, the Figure 8 class, as well as the 2WD Off Road class. In 2WD Spec, she dealt with some struggles throughout the night, only managing to qualify 6th out of 6, starting her at the tail of the A-Main. She wasn't able to gain any ground once the race started and finished in 6th as well. The figure 8 class, something that is new for everyone down there, was something that Sam seemed to catch onto rather quickly. She qualified 3rd out of 4 for the A-Main, but again struggled in the feature event, finishing in 4th place, 5 laps off of the top 3 finishers pace. Her biggest improvement of the night was the Off Road class, where she improved on her personal best by 2 laps. Although she was the last qualifier again and finished last in the A-Main, she was only one lap behind 3rd and 4th, and only 3 total laps behind the eventual winner.
The bright orange Speed Energy truck piloted by Mark McMillen made the trip as well on Saturday and would only enter one class, that being the 2WD Spec truck class, in which he has faired pretty well in recent weeks. He had a solid handling truck through out the heat races but couldn't eliminate enough driver errors to show how good his truck really was early on. Starting in the 5th spot in the A-Main, he was able to work his way all the up to 2nd at one point, but incidental contact with fellow R/OC driver Rod McMillen caused an unfortunate spin in which Mark was never able to recover from. He finished in the 4th position, 4 laps out of the lead.
The self proclaimed 'Manimal' Rod McMillen had his Dodge Ram and Losi Slider with him to run the 2WD Spec truck class and the Open Sprint class as well. With only 3 entries in the Open Sprint class, a guaranteed podium finish was in the works for the night. He qualified last out of the heats but managed to finish 2nd in the A-Main with a very strong 40 laps, but still 2 laps behind the winner. His 2WD Spec night was much better through the heats as he was able to qualify an impressive 2nd place and start on the outside of the front row for the A-Main event. He ran a tough battle and managed to get yet another podium finish on the night with a solid 3rd place finish, just one lap behind fellow 'Gang' member David Snyder.
Rod's daughter Jessica also tagged along for some eventful racing at 'The Dog' and with battery charging issues changing her plans for which battery she would use in her 2WD Spec truck, you would think it would set her night off. However, showing that she can adapt to changes well, she qualified a personal best 3rd through the heats, placing her with a solid starting position for the A-Main. Unfortunately, she wasn't able to capitalize on the strong starting position, and faded back to finish 5th, just ahead of Sam Snyder.
With full scale dirt track racing coming into full effect in our local area, the opening of Stateline Speedway on Saturday July 5th will prevent any of our R/OC 'Gang' from making an appearance at Big Dog R/C this weekend. However, with the summer points series starting soon, I am sure we will see a few weekly racers making the trip. We have yet to confirm who all will be running for points this season, but when that list is finalized, we will make it public to you. As for the next race where we can expect some of our racers to be in attendance, I believe Keisha Mack, Kegan Mack, Josh Ingersoll, and Savannah Ingersoll will be making the tow on July 12th. I'm not aware of who else will be attending that night, but whoever attends will be in the recap in the following days. So check back with us next week to see where our drivers end up and get out to support local racing, whether it's an R/C track, a full scale dirt track, or even one of those boring pavement tracks!