Historical past was made, information have been damaged, and recollections have been created final weekend on the ROAR 1:10 Electrical Off-Street Nationals! Earlier than we get to breaking information, we’ve got to take it again to the beginning. Nationals week began for us on Monday as we launched into the drive from Flordia to Maryland. Come Tuesday afternoon the JConcepts Van would discover itself parked out entrance of The Monitor in Gaithersburg, MD. As we walked up the steps and thru the entryway we have been shortly greeted by monitor proprietor Mimi Wong. Mimi Wong is a long-time monitor proprietor having settled this facility 40 minutes exterior of the Nations Capital roughly 25-30 years in the past. She has a totally stocked pastime store and Mini Z course along with her off-road monitor.
Chances are you’ll acknowledge this facility as we visited The Monitor again in 2017 for Nationals. Since then the monitor has really been flipped round permitting more room for an even bigger structure, which was superior! The monitor for the 2021 Nationals was constructed by Garland Smith who is also a part of the ROAR official crew. He really informed us if anybody wished specifics on how he constructed the monitor, he’d be blissful to share. For the floor itself, the monitor was roughly a 70/30 clay/topsoil combine sealed with glue. The structure was loved by drivers in each class, however don’t let it idiot you, it was very unforgiving. One mistake and the scoring board modified shortly. One slight contact of a pipe and there can be no mercy. Everybody was primarily combating to drive the identical line. Fortunately, we introduced a number of the finest drivers within the business to characterize and battle it out on the monitor.
Within the inventory class, we introduced Matthew Gonzales who has been a dominant driving pressure within the inventory lessons by the JConcepts INS/NCTS collection, Desert Traditional, the Florida Carpet Champs, and extra. Along with that, we had long-time JConcepts driver AJ Marasco who has made a reputation for himself within the inventory world and has been on the Nationwide podium a number of occasions. One other driver who has been on fireplace this 12 months is Davey Batta from Coyote Hobbies in California. Davey gained the 17.5 Brief Course Nationwide Title again in 2018, and 2021 has been a shining 12 months for Davey as he’s gained INS races, NCTS races, JBRLs, and traditionally Surf Metropolis amongst others. A driver to maintain your eye on, as he proved it this weekend taking high 5 on the Nationwide podium, is Doug Lariviere. Doug has been pushing onerous on the journey circuit this 12 months and his outcomes are exhibiting. Whereas we’ve got a number of powerhouses on our workforce, there are different drivers like Sammy Moran and Brennan Schimmel who would give these guys a run for his or her cash. Try the A-Foremost finalists, it was stacked with quick drivers.
In modified we noticed the best within the North American area current themselves. Champions from throughout would return to both defend their titles or add one other one to their stellar resumes. 2x World Champion and 2019 Nationwide Champion Spencer Rivkin (JC/AE) would return to defend his title. If you happen to’ve seen Rivkin wheel a 1:10 buggy you know the way brilliantly he’s ready to take action. One other favourite can be World Champion Ryan Maifield (JC/Yokomo) who gained 4 wheel drive Modified Buggy on the final Nationals in 2019 and who we noticed win 4 Nationwide Titles earlier this 12 months already. Making it a triple risk was Dakotah Phend (JC/TLR) the Phenom himself, who additionally has his personal handful of Nationwide Titles and wins at prestigious 1:10 races! Cole Tollard (JC/AE) was one other driver you higher hold your eye on as he’s at all times been quick, however he’s been up within the combine and able to tackle a Nationwide Title. As at all times the competitors can be stiff. Making an look and a favourite to win all of it can be 4x World Champion Ryan Cavalieri (Proline/TLR). Ty Tessmann (Sizzling Race/Xray) who has many Nationwide Titles underneath his belt would spherical out the highest 6 favorites of the weekend. Not in attendance this 12 months was Dustin Evans (Proline/AE) as he and his spouse have been because of have their first baby! We might go on itemizing others as a result of making the primary at this Nationals wouldn’t be a straightforward feat.
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17.5 2wd Buggy: Davey Batta (1), Matthew Gonzales (2)
2wd Modified Buggy: Spencer Rivkin (1), Ryan Maifield (3)
17.5 Stadium Truck: Davey Batta (1), Doug Lariviere (3)
13.5 4 wheel drive Buggy: Davey Batta (1), Doug Lariviere (3)
4 wheel drive Modified Buggy: Dakotah Phend (1), Spencer Rivkin (2), Cole Tollard (3)
17.5 Brief Course: Justin Sherman (1), Tom Sherman (3)
2wd Modified Brief Course: Spencer Rivkin (1), Dave McEwen (2)
Modified Stadium Truck: Dakotah Phend (1), Cole Tollard (3)
Qualifying would go down Friday and Saturday, 2 rounds per day. Qualifying is likely one of the most important elements of this occasion. You wanted to qualify as far up the beginning grid as potential when you wished a shot at successful. That being stated, with the monitor being unforgiving, one unhealthy wreck might change issues in a short time. It was necessary for drivers to maintain their psychological recreation sturdy and optimistic as a result of nothing was over till the trophies have been in hand. With that, Dakotah Phend was capable of TQ each single class he entered! He couldn’t have requested for his race to go any higher. He would begin first on the grid come Sunday morning and if he might get in a couple of clear runs it might be recreation over. After having an ideal spherical of seeding, Davey Batta used that momentum to push by qualifying. He was capable of TQ 2 of the three lessons he entered. As for Brief Course, we had Spencer Rivkin TQ Mod and Justin Sherman TQ 17.5!
Qualifying (Greatest 2 of 4):
13.5 4 wheel drive Buggy: Davey Batta (1), Matthew Gonzales (2), Doug Lariviere (4),
17.5 2wd Buggy: Matthew Gonzales (1), Doug Lariviere (3), Davey Batta (4)
17.5 2wd SCT: Justin Sherman (1), Tom Sherman (2)
17.5 Stadium Truck: Davey Batta (1), Matthew Gonzales (2), Doug Lariviere (3)
2wd Modified Buggy: Dakotah Phend (1), Cole Tollard (2), Spencer Rivkin (4)
2wd Modified Brief Course: Spencer Rivkin (1), Dave McEwen (2)
4 wheel drive Modified Buggy: Dakotah Phend (1), Spencer Rivkin (2), Ryan Maifield (3), Cole Tollard (4), Tom Rinderknecht (5)
Modified Stadium Truck: Dakotah Phend (1), Cole Tollard (2)
13.5 4 wheel drive Buggy:
13.5 4 wheel drive Buggy was a battle all the best way to the top! Sammy Moran put the hammer down in A1 taking the win with Gonzales and Batta going 2 & 3. In A2 Gonzales was not going to go down with no struggle. He took the win however this time Brennan Schimmel made his method up within the charts taking 2nd for the spherical with Batta third once more. This made issues fascinating. Within the remaining warmth, Batta put his head down and tried to realize a lead with a view to safe the win. Gonzales completed 2nd and Nate Sutherland from seventh on the grid made his method as much as the highest 3! Gonzales and Batta have been very constant of their placements that they have been capable of safe their spots on the rostrum! Brennan Schimmel out of Coastal RC Raceway has been placing within the time and it confirmed as he made the Nationwide Podium!
Matthew Gonzales (1), Davey Batta (TQ)(2), Doug Lariviere (5), Aj Marasco (6), Nate Sutherland (8)
17.5 2wd Buggy:
Gonzales began first on the grid after having a stellar second day of qualifying. He put the work in early TQ’ing rounds 3 and 4 which set him up for fulfillment on the primary day! Gonzales was not enjoying round, popping out of the gate full punch he locked in A1 & A2 and by no means appeared again! Matthew Gonzales formally secured his very first ROAR Nationwide Title!! Doug Lariviere wished his high 3 podium spot unhealthy so he made positive to carry his personal in opposition to Sammy Moran and Davey Batta how additionally have been persistently placing in high 3 runs. Within the remaining A3, Moran was capable of take the win so even together with his 4th place end in A1 he was capable of wrap up 2nd on the rostrum. Batta scored himself two 2nd place runs within the remaining two races to mix together with his 6 in spherical A1, which secured him third total.
Matthew Gonzales (TQ)(1), Davey Batta (3), Doug Lariviere (4), Aj Marasco (6), Justin Inexperienced (7), Matt Wilbert (9)
17.5 2wd Brief Course:
Father and Son duo Tom and Justin Sherman battled it out all weekend within the 17.5 Brief Course Class. It got here all the way down to the ultimate A3 as Josh Boring put himself within the combine. Justin was capable of win each A1 and A3 to safe his first Nationwide Title!! Congratulations Justin!
Justin Sherman (TQ)(1), Tom Sherman (2)
17.5 Stadium Truck:
17.5 Stadium Truck was a JConcepts heavy principal! We had 8 drivers make it to the ultimate they usually certainly introduced their A-Sport! Davey Batta and Doug Lariviere battled it out all the best way to the A3 going forwards and backwards. Gonzales who certified 2nd on the grid took the win in A1. Batta took the win within the remaining two heats and earned his 2nd Nationwide Title ever!! We have been stoked for workforce driver Doug Lariviere on his first ROAR Nationals Podium! He has been placing in some critical work all 12 months and we’re taking be aware. He really left all of it out on the monitor in each class he ran this weekend.
Davey Batta (TQ)(1), Doug Lariviere (2), Matthew Gonzales (4), Nate Sutherland (6), Tom Sherman (7), Chase Raymond (8), Justin Sherman (9), Justin Inexperienced (10)
2wd Modified Buggy:
After making the general TQ Dakotah Phend knew he simply needed to make two clear runs to safe his Nationwide Title. When the tone went off, it was recreation on as he shortly tried to elongate his lead. Behind him was the freight practice of 2wd buggies going over that first double and into the following 180. Discuss stress! Fortunately for Dakotah, he was capable of do exactly that and lock down his nationwide title proper after A2. We have been pumped to see Cole Tollard persistently in that high 5 group the place in A1 he battled with Aydin Horne for 2nd place. In A2 Ty Tessmann was on a mission to catch Dakotah, however he completed 2 seconds behind him. It wasn’t over for Tessmann although, he used that gasoline to take the win in A3 and safe 2nd total. We have been stoked for Cole Tollard to take third on the rostrum as he drove marvelously! Some new names we noticed within the A-Foremost finalist have been Charlie Maiorana and Lee Setser. Maiorana is a 1:10 Professional-line/TLR driver based mostly out of Michigan. Lee Setser is our very personal JC/AE driver based mostly out of Florida who’s had a break-out 12 months making 4 A-Mains on the numerous Nationals in 2021.
Dakotah Phend (TQ)(1), Cole Tollard (3), Spencer Rivkin (4), Tom Rinderknecht (8), Lee Seter (9)
2wd Modified Brief Course:
Spencer Rivkin and Dave McEwen represented the JConcepts Workforce in 2wd Modified Brief Course. Each drivers have been operating JConcepts outfitted Workforce Related RC10 SC6.2s. Dave McEwen battled it out with Rivkin to start with of A1 and A2. Rivkin was capable of win each A1 & A2 to earn his Nationwide Title! McEwen drove quick as effectively and took 2nd total on the rostrum!
Spencer Rivkin (TQ)(1), Dave McEwen (2)
4 wheel drive Modified Buggy:
Dakotah Phend was definitely displayed impeccable driving abilities all weekend and he saved the momentum going all the best way all the way down to the ultimate race. All of it paid off for Phend as he locked up his 2nd Nationwide Title of the weekend simply after two of the three Mains! He was capable of common 13.3 to 13.5 seconds laps between each of his mains, sooner than anybody else on the monitor! It was really a battle of the ultimate two podium spots. Spencer Rivkin and Ryan Maifield have been each capable of take 2nd and third so it got here all the way down to the A3 to find out how these remaining spots would shake out. If Cole Tollard had something to do with it he was going to place himself up within the mix. Within the remaining minutes of A3 Tollard was on Rivkin’s wing. He was in search of a method round, he tried to make the move within the flip after the straightaway however Rivkin closed the door. As they approached the 2nd double time was operating out Tollard knew he needed to do one thing daring if he wished to win A3. Tollard went to overjump Rivkin into the flip, however they each find yourself on their lids! Tollard gave Rivkin the place again and Maifield caught again up and was capable of squeeze by Tollard within the Quad taking 2nd for the spherical. It’s undoubtedly a battle you need to watch and props to Tollard for going massive!
Dakotah Phend (TQ)(1), Spencer Rivkin (2), Ryan Maifield (3), Cole Tollard (4), Tom Rinderknecht (5), Broc Champlin (10)
Modified Stadium Truck:
Dakotah Phend had a killer qualifying taking the TQ for modified stadium truck! That being stated, Tollard sat behind him in 2nd on the beginning grid ready to make his transfer. He knew he had a good shot at taking his first Nationwide Title if he might simply cling onto Phend and make a clear move. It wouldn’t be straightforward, however he knew he might do it. The hearth in Tollard’s coronary heart lit him up and he was on it to take the win. His Stadium Truck appeared incredible on the market because it’s made its method flying across the monitor. Phend needed to battle it out with Tessmann and Chase Lemiuex to find out the ultimate podium spots. Chase Lemiuex, is a quick driver you might need to make be aware of. He completed 4th in Mod Stadium Truck and third in each 2wd & 4 wheel drive Mod Buggy B-Mains. Total, Tollard gained each A1 and A2 of Stadium Truck! As he made his method down the motive force stand workforce supervisor Brent Thielke was there to rejoice his first Nationwide Title and the smile on Tollard’s face was priceless!
Cole Tollard (1), Dakotah Phend (TQ)(1)
Making Historical past & Breaking Data:
For the primary time, JConcepts took all the ROAR 1:10 Off-Street Electrical Nationwide Titles! We couldn’t be extra grateful for the drivers on our workforce who go all in, work onerous, and depart all of it on the monitor each time they step on the motive force stand. Nevertheless, breaking information didn’t cease there. That is the primary time JConcepts swept all the ROAR Off-Street Nationals in all 9 lessons the place there have been open tires. JConcepts swept the ROAR Off-Street Nationals Successful 13 ROAR Nationals in a single 12 months! We really sit again speechless on the accomplishments of our workforce. It was a weekend of firsts as we noticed Cole Tollard, Matthew Gonzales, and Justin Sherman take their very first ROAR Nationwide Titles and we have been so stoked to rejoice these accomplishments with them!!