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April 12th Race Recap

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 3:45 PM

WARNING: Due to limited availability of results and poor communciation between members, the race recap will be posted with limited information. When the administrator ( Jamie ) can't make the trip to the races, recaps are hard to do. I apologize for this problem and how late the recap was posted. This issue will be fixed for future recaps.


April 12th has come and gone, with the action as hot as ever down at Big Dog R/C in Stoneboro, Pennsylvania, we had several 'Gang' members on hand for the second night of points racing. With Charlie Morris, Steven Thomas, Rod McMillen, and Jamie Houghtalen making their first starts of the Spring Points season.

David Snyder, fresh off of a 2WD Mod A-Main win was in the house looking to continue his recent dominance on the track. His lap totals and times mirrored what they were the previous week, however, the competition was a bit harder this time around, as he was only able to qualify for the B-Main in Mod. He finished in 2nd place in the B, with a very respectable, and personal best 39 laps, earning a bump up to the A-Main. He struggled through the A-main and was only able to cross the line in the 6th position, hurting his previous points lead. After qualifiying 6th overall for the 2WD Spec class, he bounced back with a solid 4th place finish in the A-Main, and continues to chase the points in both classes, bound and determined to take home a high finishing trophy at the end of the season.

A transfer into the A-Main through the B-Main for the first time ever in 2WD Sportsman was something Sam Snyder accomplished on Saturday, by finishing a strong 2nd place in the B. She backed it up with another solid top 5 finish in the A-Main. Improving every week has been her goal and there's no doubt that she's been doing just that. After qualifying 8th overall in the 2WD Spec, she was able to improve on that as well by bumping up one spot to bring home 7th place in the A-Main, one spot ahead of fellow 'Gang' member Mark McMillen, and only 3 laps out of the top 5. It seems as if the gear change earlier in the week helped her with speed and handling like she had hoped for. She looks to continue her run at a solid finish in both classes in the points when 'The Gang' heads back to Big Dog R/C on the 19th of April.

After coining the phrase, "Pretty Fly For a Blind Guy", Mark McMillen set a personal best with 36 laps in a heat race early on, and was enjoying newly found speed throughout the entire night by running other batteries that he was un-accustomed to. Mark qualified 7th for the 2WD Spec class and wasn't able to captilize on that in the A-Main, tailing the field, and crossing the stripe in 8th place. After qualifying 9th overall for 2WD Mod, Mark started off the B-Main with a solid run going. For one reason or another, he found himself slipping farther and farther back as the race went on, and finished 3rd, missing the A-Main bump up by one position, and 5 laps. It's unclear whether or not Mark will return to the dirt this Saturday or if he will take a week off with it being Easter weekend.

The story of the night may have been Charlie Morris, who was making his first start of the points season so far, and he certainly made the best of it. After improving across the boards all night in lap times and lap totals, sealing up a 40 lap personal best, and missing top qualifier in 2WD Spec by less than a second, he set sail in the A-Main, and never looked back. He ran a solid race and was able to capture first place honors for the first time at Big Dog R/C. He qualified 3rd overall for 2WD Mod and had high hopes heading into the A-Main, after running such a solid race just a few minutes before. He was unable to improve on his qualifying position and slipped back to 4th place, just ahead of David Snyder. Charlie's future plans for the upcoming weeks are up in the air as of right now, but look for him to make at least a few more appearances as the season goes on.

Rod McMillen made several changes to both his sprint car and 2WD Spec truck throughout the week and he hopes he's onto something here soon. He had too much front grip in the sprint car and was unable to work the track and get it to handle the way he wanted to. A loose motor also cost him some valuable track time early on in a heat race. He fought the issues and was able to get a top 5 in the A-Main at the end of the night, ending on a high note. For his 2WD Spec truck, he qualified 5th overall, and had an A-Main worth forgetting, as he was only able to muster up a 6th place finishing with 33 laps, one of his lowest totals of the season. He looks to bounce back in strong fashion the next time he travels down to the track on the 26th of April.

Steven Thomas was able to make it down to the dirt and seemed to have rear grip issues that haunted him the entire night. He was still able to muster up a 4th place qualifying position heading into the 2WD Spec A-Main, but failed to go forward, losing a spot and finishing 5th. His other half, Jamie Houghtalen struggled most of the night and was in the B-Main for 2WD Sportsman. Her results were not available, so qualifying position and finishing position cannot be posted. I apologize for this issue and look to solve it for future recaps, it shouldn't happen again.

Check back with us over here at R/OC Racing for a newly posted recap for this weekend's upcoming action on April 19th. Confirmed entries so far are Sam and David Snyder, every other member will have to play it by ear. Feel free to join them on their quest for points championships, the more the merrier when 'The Gang' travels down to play in the dirt! Also for next week's recap, we hope to have updated points standings to see where our members are running. 

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Reply Sam
4:32 PM on April 16, 2014 
Any word on the promised video?
Reply David
5:21 PM on April 16, 2014 
When the WHOLE crew is not there, rave night just does not seem to have the energy it needs! Sam is gaining skill quite fast and Mark's new found appreciation for speed might make things interesting! Great re-cap!
Reply Rod McMillen (Manimal517)
5:56 PM on April 16, 2014 
Great recap even though you weren't there. On another note I asked my daughter and gang member Jessie McMillen, if she wanted to go racing this weekend and she said "Maybe". Will confirm Friday night.
Reply Jamie
5:58 PM on April 16, 2014 
Thanks guys! And okay Rod, let me know!
Reply Sam
1:45 AM on April 17, 2014 
Seeing that we may NEVER get the promised video here's a link to one of Josh Ingersoll's videos from the 5 th