Seeding & Quals Day 1 @ ROAR Nationals

It’s midnight here and I’ve finally finished all of my “to do” items. So I’ll try to make this quick so I can get to bed.

Yesterday we had a quick round of practice then went into two rounds of seeding. I’ve done this before and it works well. Basically the organizers use these rounds to do a pre-sort before qualifying. The racers are sorted by their 3 fastest consecutive laps. Even though people look at overall times it has no bearings on seeding position. Here was one of my two Truggy seeding runs. Tekno Truggy Seeding

I had decent runs and basically put myself in the middle of both classes. This is the biggest race I’ve ever been a part of so I’ll take it. Back at the hotel I had some issues with the brakes on the Truggy. My throttle settings were way off and I ruined the pads. 20140621-002504-1504730.jpg I’ve done so much work in this hotel room it’s ridiculous. 20140621-002635-1595547.jpg I also had a cooling fin break on the head. Not sure how but fortunately I had a replacement.

So today we started off with another practice round before heading into the qualifiers. Qualifying is based on qual points. If you don’t know what qual points are it just means that all of your runs are averaged instead of taking just your fastest time. There’s more to it but the clock is ticking. Again I put in some decent runs.

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So my final thoughts for the past two days……..it’s way too hot, these marshal vests are kinda cool but made me hotter, Donna has lost her mind, and I’ve really enjoyed the race so far.

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Day 1 – ROAR NATIONALS

Today was just an opportunity to setup your pit space. We arrived in Hutto around 10am so we decided to go to the track before the hotel.

20140618-210146-75706572.jpg The track looked amazing and I was happy to see it wasn’t quite as big as the posted photos made it look. The sod looks amazing and the photo doesn’t show how the back straight is actually angled down towards the drivers stand. The facility is very nice. Covered areas all of the place, air compressor station, food trailer, and a very nice drivers stand with a rubber mat for those super long mains.

20140618-210516-75916299.jpg We picked a spot pretty quick to the left of the track right next to the JConcepts guys.

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20140618-210620-75980739.jpg Back at the room, Carmen finally got to relax after the 13 hours she put in behind the wheel. Me unfortunately had batteries to charge, shocks to rebuild, and tires to glue before practice started the next day.
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20140618-210912-76152396.jpg I finally got everything ready and by the door. Time for dinner.

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Clash Prep

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This past weekend was the first offroad race at River Rat RC Track in Palatka, Fl. I was announcing the race but had an opportunity to race with the new Tekno EB48.2 before I had to get everything ready for the Clash. Despite a computer failure just before the first qualifier, the race went very smoothly and there were a lot of happy faces by the end of the day.

 

The car worked very well but because of the upcoming Clash event I only used my heavily worn tires. I could definitely tell the weight difference between my EB and MBX-6 conversion. The car is much quicker but also easier to over drive. 

Race Day done I got to spend my Labor Day getting the Tekno’s into to race condition. That meant cleaning, checking screws, and replacing any worn parts. Amazingly the SCT410, that I’ve been running since January, only needed new upper shock mount bushings.

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Excuse the mess 😉 but it gets messy sometimes.

Getting Ready

Doing a little bit of wrenching getting ready for the grand opening race this Sunday at River Rat RC Track in Palatka, FL.

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We head out for the JConcepts Clash Wednesday after work and I’ll be running the new Tekno EB48.2 and the SCT410. I’d have a limited amount of time to get things ready so I won’t be running the 4×4 SC this weekend but since I haven’t raced the EB yet I’m really looking for some extra track time.

I’ll be announcing the race at River Rat so hopefully I can get a stand in and me running the E-Buggy class won’t affect things too much.

Double Header Practice

It was a great rc weekend, indoor onroad practice on Saturday and indoor offroad practice on Sunday.

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Saturday I made the oh so nice 25 minute drive to the recently opened Free Ride RC Park. This new track was just opened by the Florida RC Outlet in Jacksonville, Fl. I bought the Spec-R just because this track is so close to home. My first run with the Spec-R S1 touring car was tons of fun. Very happy with it’s performance for the amount of money I have in it. I drove all day and truly enjoyed spending time with friends and driving the car.

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When I got home from the Outlet store, the new Tekno EB48.2 was close enough that I would finish the tweaks trackside at SCRC in Cocoa Beach, Florida. But I still had some work to do with the Tekno SCT410 short course truck that I wanted to bring. I recently got some new differential gears to install that are supposed to be quieter and more efficient than the stock gears. I was also excited to try out a new battery from Trinity, a Revtech Formula X 8000mah/150C 2S lipo.

Sunday I crawled out of bed and made the 2+ hour drive to SCRC. This track was the perfect place to test out the new equipment. It’s a fairly large indoor clay track and shares similar qualities to the track we’ll be visiting next month in Flowood, Mississippi.

The EB48.2 felt great. It was super smooth, very quiet, and crazy fast.

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The SCT410 was great with the new upgrades. Much quieter and the acceleration and runtime with the new battery was nuts. I got just shy of 20 minutes on a charge.

The JConcepts Clash is just around the corner. I’ll have one more chance to run the EB48.2 at River Rat RC Track before heading out to MS with the family.

Recycling

I race a lot of offroad classes all over the Southeast so that means I have a lot of wheels. Not as many as some but definitely more than your average racer does.

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(1 of 2 for my E-Buggy, JConcepts bags help keep things organized.)

What I do to reduce the costs of replacing worn out tires is recycling rims. For this to work more efficiently for me I do have several sets of extra rims. This way I’m never fully dependent on getting tires off before I start gluing new ones. Every couple of weeks or so I go through all of my tires to weed out the ones that aren’t worth putting on the track anymore.

Now there are a few ways to remove a tire from a rim, boiling, baking, or Acetone. I use Acetone. It takes the longest, 1-2 days, but you are less likely to damage the rim and it doesn’t require supervision.

I just use a shoe box sized plastic container from Walmart. You could use bigger or smaller even but this lets me do about one and a half sets at a time.

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Now a couple tips for you:

-Use rocks or beads for a fish tank to take up some of the space and save yourself a little Acetone. I only fill to the top of the rocks. The wheels don’t need to be submerged, fumes are enough to break-down the glue.

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-You’ll save a lot of space by cutting the tires off and removing the foams. I always leave enough tire to pull on.

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-Pull on the tires once to twice a day to speed up the process. Sometimes the tire will come right off sometimes it won’t.

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-You can use the Acetone to clean any remaining glue off the rim.