Headed home from the 2017 ROAR Nitro Nationals, what an awesome week it was! I had an awesome time with awesome people! I’m glad that Team Serpent was able to pit with us, it was awesome to be able to enjoy the team and be with them! Thank you to Kevin Myers & Chloe Phend for having such an amazing place for us to race & stay at, and the whole Stateline Rc track crew for the sick track!
Qualifying went great in both classes as I was able to qualify 8th in the 1/2 Odd Semi in Buggy and 11th in the Truggy B main!
Main day went great overall. In truck, I got off to a great start! I was charging hard and then I went to hit then center double and my motor just shut off. We tried tuning it and getting it to run right, but ended up having to come down off the stand. In Buggy, I had a great start and was doing great, and then had some setbacks and wounded up 14th.
Overall my week in Indiana was amazing! It’s awesome to say that I qualified for the 2018 IFMAR World Championship in Australia! It’s a dream come true, and I can’t explain how excited I am!
I know I say it a lot, but thank you SO much to my parents and my sponsors for continuing to help/ support me! It’s been awesome to watch my racing career grow & grow! Also big thanks to Paul Ciccarello & Joaquin De Soto for all the awesome help this weekend!
Congrats to Griffin Hanna, Blake Pickett, Cole Ogden, John Michael Mcginty III, and Evan Vail for making the Semi’s! It was awesome to see us southern boys lay it down!
Back from the 2017 ROAR Off Road fuel Nats! I don’t think I could have asked for a better race for myself and the team. All of our drivers improved on their past performances, our cars were awesome, and the track and facility was great! For myself I was able to qualify into the 1/8 final for buggy. I had the speed to qualify a little higher but I made a couple costly mistakes in the qualifying heats with crashes. In my 1/8 final starting from 11th I quickly made my way to 1st and had a decent lead, then I made a few driving errors and fell back to 8th. My car was so good that I was able to work my way back up to the 3rd spot where I would take the bump for the 1/4 final. In the quarter final I hit a marshal and car in warmup and tweaked my car pretty good, I got down off the drivers stand and fixed it the best I could but it never drove the same and had to retire early.
For truggy I was 1st in the D main, I ran a good race but didnt quite have the speed to make the bump.
Our young up and coming drivers really did well this year, Griffin Hanna, Austin Woodyard and Justin Fales all qualified for the worlds in 2018. We missed out on having any cars in the final but with a little more experience and hard work I know they will get there!! Adam Johnson and Kyle Phillipps also did very well and they will be up there very soon! They all did awesome and I’m very proud of them!! As for us old guys, myself, Doug Burton, Abiye Birku, Joe Kleinknight, Dayton Miller, Brian Beckholt, Pablo Tejada all we can do is keep pushing to get better and hope father time does not catch up to us too quickly LOL!!
Over all for myself I did the best at this nationals I ever did even though I’m getting older and these damn kids are getting faster everyday. The last few months I’ve put a lot of work into my program, practicing, trying different things with the cars and racing and it paid off. I can’t thank my wife Dana Meador-Ciccarello enough for putting up with my addiction to r/c, she is so understanding. This week we are off for a nice vacation away from R/C and I really cant wait to relax and enjoy it with Dana and Joey!!
Well we are on our 13 hour drive home from the Fuel Off-road Nationals in Indiana and had a great time! There was a slow start on qualifying do to a few storms that came through, so we started quals about 3 o’clock in the afternoon! In my first two runs i just wanted to be clean and consistent with the track already starting to get rough! In the first qualifier i finished 16th overall and received some confidence along with that. So the next one I finished 14th! Dad and I made a few changes to the truggy trying to gain more steering and finished 19th. On Friday we ran the remaining two rounds of buggy and three rounds of truggy. I was able to finish 22nd and 18th in buggy. Truggy was a little rough, I qualified 34th, 27th, and 26th. They took the best two out of four qualifiers, my 16th and 14th in buggy put me 21st overall and straight into the 1/2 even main. My 19th and 26th put me 6th in the C main of truggy. Main day arrived and my first race was truggy. I got a great start in the top five and was running in the second spot and after a few small crashes i took home 4th. We tested a few different sets of tires in the practice run and went with jconcepts R2 reflexes. I finished 10th when everything was said and done. Awesome job to Austin Woodyard on a strong weekend of racing,Kyle Phillipps for making the 1/8th main, Justin Fales for making the semi, Paul Ciccarello for making the 1/4th main, Adam Johnson for the killer runs all week. Thanks to Eric Hanna for the spot on setups and Curtis Woodyard for the awesome pit spot.
Thanks the my sponsors for all the help