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Scottie Brewer reports from the 2013 King of the Hill race in White Rock NM:

Had another great weekend of racing, good friends and family—what else could you ask for? I ended up TQ’ing both Nitro Buggy & Truggy and Qualified 2nd in both 4×4 SCT & E-buggy. 

I took 1st in Nitro Buggy and 2nd in 4X4 SCT. In Truggy I took 3rd after leading for most of the race until a bad crash and a flame out with about 2 to go. Still got a top 5 in e-buggy after a really bad run. I have to say thank you to the good Lord for another safe trip, my family, and my sponsors AKA, HobbyWing, FTW, Vp Racing Fuels, Vp-Pro, Tekno RC, Venom, DE Racing and RadioPost. I truly appreciate each and every one of you for your help and support.

Scottie used the following FTW racing components:

FTW00029 Night Fox body mounted on Losi 8ight 3.0

FTW00035 Diamondback body mounted on Tekno SCT410

FTW00047 Phoenix body mounted on Losi 8ight-T 2.0

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Scottie’s report:

RC Pro Mountain Round 2 Albuquerque Nm 7-19/ 7-21

We arrived at ARCOR Raceway Saturday morning for the RC Pro Mountain Round 2.  There were about20guys from Amarillo that made the trip, plus our families, my wife, our two sons (ages 3 & 16) and his best friend who has become very fast. The guys at Arcor (Scott Box, Richard Pfaff, and Joe Atencio, Scott Spear and a special race announcer Scott Harrell) they all did an amazing job with the track and with rain Friday evening.  There was a lot of good racing with good family, friends, and teammates.  Really what else could you ask for, we had such a good time. I ran 4 classes at this race so to say I was busy was an understatement.   I have to give a lot of credit to my son William Brewer, who is an amazing pit guy, turn marshal, and without a second thought helps anyone that’s asks, oh and I forgot to mention will be better than me soon.   I struggled a little with my Eb-48 but was pretty consistent with the others. Taking 1st & T’Q in Open Buggy, 2nd in Open Truggy, 3rd in 4×4 Sct ( took 2nd in both A1 & A2 then forgot to change my battery for A3 :-/) and 4th in E-Buggy. I have to say thank you to the good Lord for another safe trip, my family, and my sponsors AKA, HobbyWing, FTW, Vp Racing Fuels, Vp-Pro, Tekno RC, Venom, DE Racing and RadioPost. I truly appreciate each and everyone of you for your help and support

TQ &1st Open Buggy

2nd Open Truggy

3rd  4×4 SCT

4th  E-Buggy

Scottie used the following FTW products.

Night Fox for the Losi Eight 2.0

Phoenix for the Losi Eight-T 2.0

Diamondback for the SCT410

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A big contingent of Team FTW converged in Hutto, Texas over July 4th weekend for the highly anticipated Grand Opening race at Thornhill Racing Circuit presented by FTW. This amazing new facility boasts a spacious driver’s rostrum overlooking the largest track in the US, a hybrid Euro-American circuit built by Joey “The Dirt” Christensen. Team FTW joined racers from around the region as well as Mexico and even Brazil arriving Thursday night, eager to run their first laps at TRC.

Friday’s practice left some rubber on the fresh surface, and traction continued to build throughout 4 rounds of qualifying Saturday allowing fast laps times to dip into the 44 second range. The Pro E-buggy class was clearly the domain of Team FTW where Jake Dellinger led a sweep of the top five spots in qualifying. With a ton of momentum from his A-main finish at the recent ROAR Nats, Jake Dellinger also was the third-fastest in Pro Nitro buggy behind XRAY’s  Josh Glancy and Kurt Kellum. On-road ace Nick Lefebvre put FTW in the third qualifying spot in Pro Truggy behind Glancy and Kellum. Team FTW took three of the top five spots in Pro 4 as well, led by class TQ Andrew Clark.

The team’s dominance in the electric classes would carry over to Sunday’s mains. Dellinger and “Smiley” Henn each won a double A-main in Pro E-buggy, with the tie-breaker going to Jake. Isaac Price took third to complete the class sweep for FTW. In Pro4, TQ Clark never looked back, taking the overall win ahead of Aaron Royston. 13-year old Noah Dickerson impressed in his first outing with Team FTW, taking third to secure the second class sweep of the weekend.

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No one could catch Glancy in Pro Nitro Buggy, so the fight was for second. Dellinger mounted a late race charge but in the end settled for third behind Kellum. In Pro truggy, Tyler Hooks charged from the eighth spot on the grid up to third until retiring due to breakage.

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Tiltyard Track Pic bonusBrian Miskolczi reports:

The 2nd Round of the Mid Atlantic RC Pro Series made its way to the Tiltyard, in Dayton VA. After some practice I was able to get all of my vehicles dialed in. In qualifying I was able to TQ Pro Truggy, Pro E Buggy, Pro Corr 4×4 and qualified 4th in Pro Buggy. For the mains the format was 30 Minute Pro Nitro A Mains and Triple A Mains for the electric classes. I was able to convert my E Buggy TQ into a victory by winning the first two A Mains, Truggy I was able to do the same but only by 1 second over 2nd place at the end of the 30 minute main. In Pro Corr 4×4 I was able to win the first two A Mains, as the second A Main was cut short due to rain. Onto the Pro Buggy Main, after couple of passing showers we voted to run a 15 Minute main in the mud! The main started and I was able to work my way into the lead and win to take all 4 classes for the weekend. My AKA Tires, OS Engines, O’Donnell Fuel, Hobbywing Speed Control and Motors, Venom Batteries, FTW Bodies and Radiopost Radio helped me get to victory lane.

Thanks to all of my Sponsors: Awesome RC Hobbies, AKA, Hobbywing America/Falcon Sekido, Radiopost, FTW Bodies, SMC Batteries, GMK Supply, Venom, 4C Hobbu Supply, Upgrade RC and PCDRC Graffix!

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Scottie Brewer reports from Overlook Raceway:

It’s a Short Course only race with ELIMINATION STYLE MAINS.
After three rounds of qualifying to determine seeding, 2-4 Trucks will race 3 laps. Top 1 or 2 will move on. Losers are out .Trading paint and the use of bumpers was a requirement in this race 🙂 After three rounds of qualifying I was 3rd in Open 4×4 Sct and 2nd in Open 2wd Sct I moved through my brackets winning each one. Then 3 remaining trucks from each class were left. We lined up 3 wide and went on the horn, I got out to an early lead but made a mistake by clipping a pipe and rolled in a turn making it a race. I was passed by the other 2 guys while I waited to be marshaled; at this point I had some work to do. With only 2 laps left I closed the gap on 2nd but 1st was just too far out. Coming in to the last turn I was a few car lengths behind 2nd place, which is a good friend of mine, when I heard a  long slow yell “Nooooo” as he clipped a pipe. That was just the chance I needed with a really slow motion rollover and only 10 feet from the finish line. I had to make a choice go left and chance hitting him as the rollover was still taking place, or go right and squeeze between him and the pipe.  Right was the correct choice lol. As he was finally making it to his lid I made the pass but I was laughing so hard  I almost had to come to a complete stop to squeeze through and take 2nd.  The Open 2wd main was a little easier, I got out to an early lead and took the win!

Scottie used these FTW Racing Components to dominate:

FTW00035 Diamondback on Tekno SC410

FTW00035 Diamondback on TLR 22SCT

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The RC Pro Texas Series landed in Corpus Christi last weekend for Rd 2 as the state’s fastest continued the points battle at Star Car Raceway. Much like Rd 1 at Porter, Team FTW would dominate, monopolizing the podium with 5 class wins. The series now heads to Lubbock for Rd 3 in June, where Team FTW will arrive with the points lead in all three open classes and in Pro4. Full report after the pics:

Open Buggy:

TQ honors went to Brian “Smiley” Henn, who seemed to have a podium spot locked down in the main event until mechanical troubles dealt a DNF. Series Rd 1 winner Jason Branham would drive to another victory, extending his series points advantage. Jake Dellinger took second and Mike Battaile followed to complete a Team FTW sweep of the top three podium spots.

Open E-buggy:

Jake Dellinger picked up where he left off in Rd1, taking the TQ and win after triple A mains. “Smiley” Henn followed in second, Isaac Price grabbed 4th, and Tyler Hooks took 5th.

Open Truggy:

Mike Battaile had some catching up to do in the open truggy points chase after his A main flameout in Rd1. In Corpus Christi he came back strong with a class TQ and win. Jason Branham held on to the points lead with a second place finish.

Pro 4

As usual, 2012 RC Pro National Pro 4 champion Henn took the Pro 4 TQ and win. As in Rd1, Battaile took second. Aaron Royston had great drive to third for another 1-3 podium sweep for Team FTW.

Intermediate E-buggy:

Josh Scott proved unbeatable, taking taking TQ and clinching the win with victories in A1 and A2. Aaron Royston took the second podium spot for Team FTW.

Thanks to Aaron Royston for the podium and team pics, and Roger Ayres for the track photo.

The team used these FTW Racing Components to dominate:

Mike Battaile:

  • FTW00029 Night Fox for 8ight 2.0
  • FTW00042 Wing mount spacers for 8ight 2.0
  • FTW00047 Phoenix body for 8ight-T 2.0
  • FTW00035 Diamondback on Slash 4×4

Jason Branham:

  • FTW00047 Phoenix on XT8

Jake Dellinger

  • FTW00008 Night Fox on RC8.2
  • FTW00008 Night Fox on RC8.2e

Brian “Smiley” Henn

  • FTW00010 Night Fox on HB D812
  • FTW00013 Fan Kit for SCTE
  • FTW00014 Ackerman Set for SCTE
  • FTW00031 Night Fox on D812 w/ Tekno chassis
  • FTW00035 Diamondback on SCTE 2.0

Tyler Hooks

  • FTW00029 Night Fox on DEX408

Isaac Price

  • FTW00043 Night Fox on MBX7 e-buggy conversion

Aaron Royston

  • FTW00008 Night Fox on RC8.2e
  • FTW00035 Diamondback on DESC410

Josh Scott

  • FTW00008 Night Fox on RC8.2e

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How did Mike “Ironman” Battaile shake off the theft of his truggy? By dominating with a borrowed one.

Victory at The Dirt Nitro Challenge probably seemed a distant prospect for Mike Battaile when his truggy and a pit bag were stolen just before his departure for Phoenix. Undeterred, Battaile borrowed a friend’s truggy and hit the road. Wednesday’s practice session would be his opportunity to get the new truck’s setup dialed. Wednesday morning, Team FTW set up at the Fear Farm ready to get some laps on Joey “The Dirt” Christensen’s latest masterpiece. The desert skies had other ideas. A soggy round of truggy practice was fit in amidst the intermittent rains, but the snowy hailstones that blanketed the venue after lunch scuttled any hopes of completing the practice sessions.

Truggy qualifiers began Thursday on a wet but drying track sprinkled with wood chips. With each round Battaile found more speed, dialing in the borrowed truggy as he went. At the end of the day he would hold the 40+ truggy TQ and huge momentum going into Saturday’s truggy final.

Saturday dawned, and Battaile would not be denied. Starting on the pole, he never looked back, crossing the finish line 30 minutes later with a commanding lead.

While this win would be the highlight for Battaile, his weekend was far from over. After taking 3rd in 2wd short course, he finished the weekend with another podium finish on Sunday. In the opening eight minutes of the 40+ buggy final,  Battaile fought a pitched battle for the lead with eventual winner Mark Pavidis. Battaile’s chance for victory was dashed when a hard impact destroyed a rear hub; despite the carnage he limped the car home to finish second behind the former world champion.

Mike Battaile used the following FTW Racing Components to win and podium at DNC2013:

FTW00029 Night Fox for Team Losi 8ight 2.0

FTW00035 Diamondback mounted on Traxxas Slash 2wd

FTW prototype truggy body for Team Losi 8ight-T 2.0

 

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Nitro Buggy Podium

Gulf Coast Raceway has been especially popular of late, due in no small part to its successful bid to host the ROAR Fuel Nats this year. Not that drawing entries to this gem of a facility in Porter, Texas has ever been an issue; but with each event held there serving as a warm up for the Nationals, it’s no surprise that this past weekend’s first round of RC Pro’s Texas State Series was stacked with the region’s fastest and those chasing them. Nearly 250 entries vied for hardware and prizes in Open and Intermediate classes of nitro and electric buggy, nitro truggy, and Pro4 short course.

After Friday practice, competitors prepared themselves mentally and physically for a grueling Saturday. As is the custom for Texas State Series races, the full race program would begin Saturday after the 8:30 driver’s meeting and run straight through until the end if the last A main in wee hours of Sunday morning.

New RC Pro Series director James Manderano kicked things off promptly Saturday morning and masterfully kept the program on pace throughout all three rounds of qualifying and the mains. With the main listing posted, Team FTW was poised for domination with a TQ sweep—Smiley Henn in Pro4, David Joor in E-buggy, and Jason Branham in Nitro Buggy and Truggy.

Pro4 was decided after the conclusion of the A2 main. TQ Brian “Smiley” Henn would not be denied his usual Pro4 victory at GCR. Mike “Ironman” Battaile wheeled his Traxxas machine into the second spot while Isaac Price took an impressive third in his debut with Team FTW.

Pro 4 podium

The Electric buggy battle was also all-FTW, featuring TQ Joor, Henn, Jake Dellinger, and Tyler Hooks. Dellinger took the overall win, followed by Joor, Henn, and Hooks.

Ebuggy podium

Jason Branham’s truggy adventure began with him still assembling his truck while the first qualifier proceeded without him, and ended with him on top of the podium. Battaile qualified third but technical issues prevented him from mounting a challenge to Branham.

Nitro buggy saw Jason Branham in familiar territory, at the front of the pack looking comfortable in his second outing back with Team Xray. Dellinger climbed to within striking distance of Branham and stole the lead twice. Ultimately Branham would prevail, making it two for two in 2013 after his HARC series round one win in January. Roger Ayres’ cruised to third with his new Team Associated ride, Battaile took fourth, and Joor recoved from a disastrous first lap to take the fifth and final podium spot.

Aaron Royston took home one more piece of hardware for Team FTW with his third place finish in the intermediate Electric buggy.

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PORTER, TX–The Houston area’s Gulf Coast Raceway, home of the 2013 ROAR Nationals, played host to one of the region’s last major off-road battles of 2012. Up for grabs were Region 9 titles for 1:8 E-buggy, 1:8 Buggy, 1:8 Truggy, and Pro 4. As practice commenced Friday the big question was if anyone could challenge the several local RC Pro champions that call GCR home. As Saturday’s race program unfolded, the answer became definitive. Jake Dellinger, 2012 RC Pro Series E-buggy vice-national champion, would take TQ honors in both nitro and electric 1:8 buggy classes, while TQ in Pro 4 would go to 2012 RC Pro national champ Smiley Henn.

Dellinger and Henn both proceeded to back up their TQs with wins. In E-buggy, Dellinger was followed by Henn, Brian Rickard, and Tyler Hooks for an FTW sweep of the top 4 spots. Dellinger was joined on the Nitro buggy podium by Roger Ayres, who took second. Along with Henn on the Pro 4 podium were Aaron Royston with an impressive second place finish and on-road master Nick LeFebvre, who took fourth in his first and possibly last Pro 4 outing.

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DOE SNOR 12 2X bannerHaving already clinched the buggy title during round 4 in Pachuca, Daniel Ornelas Elizondo entered the final round of the Mexican national 1:8 off-road championship set on a adding a truggy title to his resume. It would not be an easy task. Daniel reports:

COLIMA, MEXICO–During the final round of the Mexican nationals, held November 17-18 in the beautiful city of Colima Mexico, drivers all over the country attended for this magnificent event.  After 5  rounds of qualifying Daniel Ornelas qualified 3rd in Buggy and 2nd in Truggy. In the buggy class Daniel battled with Felipe Martinez for the 1st place for almost ¾ of the race, until Daniel’s Agama had a malfunction on the electronics, causing him not to be able to keep pace with the leader. In the end he was able to salvage 7th place. With that result, and the points earned during the series, Daniel won the National Title. Daniel used the following equipment: Agama A8 Evo with a FTW body, Novarossi BTTS, Airtronics M12 Radio, and Beta Tires.

In the truggy class Daniel qualified 2nd, but in the 3rd round the rear shock tower broke. Having no spare,  the only solution was to put a buggy rear tower on the truggy. Of course this affected the handling of the car. During the A main, Daniel struggled with Felipe Martinez again for the 1st place, but wasn’t able to pass Felipe.  It wouldn’t matter. Daniel’s 2nd place earned him enough points for a 1st place in the National Championship. Daniel used an Agama Truggy, with a Novarossi Roma Engine, Savox servos and an Airtronics M12 Radio.

Thanks for the  support to all my sponsors: Agama, Hobby Pro USA, Airtronics, Novarossi, Savox, FTW and Beta Tires.

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