AMITE, LA — In a quaint hamlet in Louisiana this past weekend the top drivers in the Southeast battled it out for glory in the Cajun Classic. The commodious Florida Parishes Arena housed an awesome track built by the artist whose paintbrush is a skid-steer–Joey “The Dirt” Christensen. An option lane and a massive 7′ step-up highlighted the expansive, flowing track layout. Except for the unyielding assault of the equatorial humidity it was the perfect setting for the battles to come.

During Friday practice Team FTW looked fast as usual. Representing FTW this weekend were Mike Battaile, Jason Branham, Jake Dellinger, David Joor, and Joshua Riewe. Early in practice the inside option lane seemed to be the fast line. However, as practice progressed most of the fast guys discovered the smaller entrance to the outer option lane was more bark than bite, and the three rollers were preferable to the inside’s double-double. Despite a healthy dose of rocky bits and sand the track was relatively easy on tires.

After three rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Branham TQ’d in Pro Buggy with his Agama A8, Dellinger TQ’d Pro E-buggy with his RC8.2E, and Andrew Clark added another FTW TQ by dominating the Open buggy class with his XB9.

Sunday commenced with the first of the triple A-mains in the electric classes. Riewe faced the daunting task of chasing Traxxas Slash guru Mike Battaile for the Pro 2 title. Dellinger was off to a good start in Pro E-Buggy.

The electric mains were punctuated midday by the feature nitro races. Clark drove his FTW Night Fox-equipped Xray to a convincing victory in Open Buggy. Later the Pro Buggy A-main featured a series of very physical battles on the track. TLR’s Ryan Lopez made the best of it, eventually taking the win. Dellinger avoided most of the shenanigans and earned a hard-fought second. Joor persevered after some early bobbles to take third.

Triple-A mains resumed afterward. In Pro 2, Riewe went went for an all-or-nothing holeshot attempt in A2, his one shot to best Battaile’s intrepid Slash, but came up short. Battaile would secure the top spot and Riewe the second podium position. Later Dellinger completed his domination of Pro E-buggy, adding the first place plaque to his TQ. Battaile would stand next to Dellinger on that podium with a second place finish in the class.

In addition to all the Team FTW podium appearances, a lot of other FTW-equipped rides appeared in the A-mains. FTW would like to congratulate all of them along all of the other FTW-equipped drivers that were a part of the action. Additionally, FTW would like to thank everyone responsible for making the Cajun Classic happen.

Check out the FTW Facebook page for more pictures of the event: Facebook.com/ftwrc

Team FTW used the following products in their chase for the win:

Battaile: FTW00029 Night Fox for Team Losi 8ight 2.0, FTW00032 Exabyte for 8ight-E 2.0

Branham: FTW00031 Night Fox for Agama A8

Clark: FTW00033 Night Fox for Xray XB9

Dellinger: FTW00008 Night Fox for Team Associated RC8.2 and fitted to RC8.2e

Joor: FTW00008 Night Fox for Team Associated RC8.2

Riewe: FTW Prototype Body for Short Course

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