|Posted on October 31, 2014 at 10:25 AM|
With the racing season in full swing at Riverside Raceway, 2 days before Halloween, we were heading in our third week of points in the 2014 Fall Series. R/OC Racing was in the house and when that happens, you know things are about to get interesting.
After a struggle through the first few weeks, David Snyder was able to find consistency with his truck for the first time all season, as he was able to beat out two other racers with the same amount of laps by completing his last lap with a faster time. Sneaking into the 4th spot in the A-Main, he was looking to have a strong run to make up some ground in the points standings. However, his luck would soon run out as he would suffer a part failure early in the race, and was only able to complete 27 laps before deciding to stop fighting the ill-handling truck, and retire to the pits. David currently sits in the 6th spot in Stock Slash points heading into week 4.
As for Sam Snyder, who's struggles were highly documented last year at Riverside Raceway, she continues to try new set ups and tricks of the trade to get her truck better and better each week. Known for struggling with a loose truck, changes made by fellow R/OC member Josh Ingersoll had her truck doing the exact opposite this week, as it developed a drive-able push through the corners. She was only able to muster up a C-MAin qualifying spot, but bounced back with a solid 46 laps, finishing 2nd place in the final race of the night for "Rockie". Three weeks into the season, Sam currently sits right behind her husband David in the 7th position in points.
With a new bright green body and several upgrades on his ride, 'The Blind Bandit' Mark McMillen has been having his best season to date. Fresh off of a personal best night where he was able to turn 56 laps and 59 laps twice, he had high expectation heading into the night. However, he was one of the three 56 lap racers through the heats, and was unable to make the A-Main, forcing him to start the B from the 2nd position. The 2nd position is where he would start and is also where he would finish with 52 laps at the final buzzer. He currently sits 3rd in the standings, searching for more laps every week to close the gap.
The fear of going pro is the story of the season so far with Jessie McMillen, as she has stayed back and slowed down purposely several times this season, afraid of reaching the higher class and ruining the fun of the hobby. She continued to show speed and had a solid night on Wednesday as she was the third member of R/OC with 56 laps, placing her as top qualifer for the B, after winning both of her heats. She would make it a clean sweep as she was able to best Mark McMillen by 2 laps in the B-Main, finishing with 54, and winning all three races that she entered. She sits just 6 points behind Mark McMillen in the 4th spot heading into week 4.
The story of the night may have been that our hardest trying and most determined racer here at R/OC finally reached his goal. After a year of disappointment, we here at R/OC Racing are thrilled to announce that Steven Thomas is finally a member of the Pro Slash class at Riverside Raceway where he joins the likes of his father Rod McMillen, Jamie McMillen, Josh Ingersoll, and Clark Thomas. After missing the Pro mark of 61 laps by a small margin twice in his heat races, he entered the A-Main knowing that with minimal driver errors, his truck was capable of reaching the required total. As the buzzer sounded at the end of 5 minutes, Steven found himself at 60 laps, with the ability to finish his final lap that put him at 61, and sent him into a more challenging class. He was bested by newcomer Ken Prettyman, who also made Pro in just his second week of action. Steven currently sits 2nd in Stock Slash points for now, however, his points will transfer over to the Pro Class going into next week, and he will no longer be listed in the Stock standings. Once again, congratulations Steven!
Steven's father Rod, who has been off to a blazing start so far this season, had his blazing fast truck hooked up again on Wednesday night as he was able to pace the field in his heat races, and solidly place himself at 3rd qualifier in the A-Main. He wouldn't stay in the 3rd position for long as he would take over 2nd place fairly early and never look back, finishing with 66 laps. Due to a mechanical failure the previous week, he currently sits 6th in points, but we don't expect him to stay there long.
Sporting a 1969 Oldsmobile 442 body for the second straight week, Jamie McMillen was hoping that his previous week's struggles were behind him, and that he would have the handling issues on his machine figured out. He would fight through the heats battling the ill-handling car, and barely make the A-Main by less than 2 seconds over a tough competitor and points contender Kevin Allen. His handling problems were slightly better, but still far from where they need to be in the A-Main, as he was able to make a late race pass for 3rd position, and hang onto it with 65 laps at the buzzer. He holds the last spot on the podium in Pro Slash points after 3 weeks are in the books.
With 3 weeks in and several drivers finding their way into the Pro class in the last few nights of racing, things are looking to get pretty interesting as the season progresses. You may also notice that there is a member of our 'gang' missing in the results and recap. Charlie Morris, one of the most, if not thee most successful R/C racers in our group joined the Army, and is out there serving our country, making all of us back here at R/OC Racing and Riverside Raceway very proud. We expect big things out of him in the future and great stoies when he returns to us, and joins us on the driver's stand once again. For complete results and points standings, head on over to Riverside Raceway's website by clicking here. And don't be afraid to join in on the fun every Wednesday at 6:00PM where spectators are always FREE!