The 2021 Southern Nationals
The JConcepts Workforce made the journey out to West Monroe, Louisiana for the 2021 Southern Nationals! With 553 Entries the competitors could be stiff however the crew was ready to place within the work mandatory to return out on high. Bobby Moore and the RC Trackmasters needed to hustle to get the structure performed they usually delivered a enjoyable observe! The venue of this occasion was all indoors together with the pits, which makes for an amazing expertise.
The observe structure began with the traditional lengthy entrance straightaway, turning right into a bounce, by way of a chicane, into the enduring Bobby Moore enormous entrance double, into one other smaller double, up an elevation change which featured one other chicane, over a double, right into a hair pin flip and into the shoot off earlier than you re-enter the straightaway. The observe held moisture at first of the occasion because of the humidity within the constructing. By principal day, the observe began to develop some character and dry out a bit. For tires, a lot of the crew began on Reflexes, then experimented with a number of different treads. When it got here time for the large present, most drivers ran Reflexes or Stalkers excluding Phend who ran Rehabs in Nitro Buggy. For E-Buggy, the vast majority of our drivers went to Rehabs.
Qualifying (Greatest 2 of three):
Professional E-Buggy: Ryan Maifield (1), Dakotah Phend (2), Mason Fuller (3), Spencer Rivkin (4), Tyler Jones (5)
E-Truggy: Tyler Hooks (TQ), Patrick Rossiter Jr. (2), William Ables (3), David Olsen (4),
Professional Nitro Buggy: Dakotah Phend (TQ), Ryan Maifield (2), Spencer Rivkin (5)
40+ Nitro Buggy: Drew Spurgeon (TQ), Mark Morrow (2),
40+ E-Buggy: Randy Lathrop (TQ), Kurt Wenger (4)
Professional Nitro Truggy: Ryan Maifield (TQ), Joe Bornhorst (3), Mason Fuller (5)
Int. E-Buggy: William Ables (TQ), Smiley Henn (4)
Int. Nitro Buggy: Gary Guffey Jr. (TQ)
E-Truggy: David Olsen (1), Tyler Hooks (2), Patrick Rossiter (3), William Ables (4)
Sportsman E-Buggy: Billy Dicorte (2), Joel Rodriguez (4)
Intermediate E-Buggy: Kayla Espinel (1), William Ables (4)
Professional E-Buggy: Mason Fuller (1), Ryan Maifield (2), Dakotah Phend (3), Spencer Rivkin (4), Joe Bornhorst (5)
Maifield and Phend began out in 1st and 2nd. They shortly tried to tug away after the primary lap. Rivkin was on Fuller’s tail and squeezed himself by way of the within line as they went by way of again hairpin flip. By lap three, Maifield lengthened his lead and Rivkin was now on Phend’s wing seeking to make a cross into 2nd. Phend and Rivkin dropped again a bit and Fuller was in a position to capitalize transferring into 2nd. Maifield nonetheless maintained his lead. Virtually midway by way of, Phend and Fuller had been battling for 2nd place. The observe was getting tough, all three of the highest drivers had been getting twisted up with the holes within the observe however labored onerous to assist their vehicles get well. Due to this, the hole between the highest 3 began to grow to be smaller and smaller. Fuller began to surge within the final minute of the race catching as much as Maifield. On the ultimate lap Fuller was proper on Maifield, they went aspect by aspect over the ultimate bounce. Maifield tried to carry the within line, Fuller went for it making an attempt to squeeze by way of the small area in that ultimate flip and he took the win over the road!
40+ E-Buggy: Drew Spurgeon (1), Kurt Wenger (3)
Sportsman Nitro Buggy: Joel Rodriguez (1)
Intermediate Nitro Buggy: Robert Chapman (4)
Intermediate Nitro Truggy: Gary Guffey Jr. (4)
Professional Nitro Buggy: Dakotah Phend (1), Spencer Rivkin (2), Ryan Maifield (4)
The hole between Phend, Maifield, and Rivkin wasn’t a lot as they began that first lap. The three of them pulled away from the remainder of the pack. Maifield bought out in entrance and tried to make a run for it. Phend bobbled over the hair pin flip because the observe was getting tough over there. Maifield tried to elongate his lead. Phend began to push onerous and closed the hole on Maifield on the next lap as they went by way of the hair pin flip about 6.5 minutes in. Phend appeared for the within line, Maifield was on the protection stopping him from getting by. Maifield pulled away from Phend and Rivkin. All of them went in for pits on the identical time and maintained positions. 13 minutes in Maifield rolled it over by the hairpin flip, Phend goes to get by and he rolls it over too. That part of the observe actually had a ton of character. They nonetheless saved the identical one and two positions. However they had been now too shut for consolation. Maifield began to realize some area as soon as once more, Rivkin moved up into 2nd place. Rivkin went into the pits, Phend took over 2nd. Saxton had Spencer out and in very quickly. Maifield went into pit lane on the following lap and so did Dakotah. Just a few laps later Maifield bobbled proper earlier than the elevated chicane, Phend bought nearer, they touched, Maifield bought the worst of it. Phend glided by, Maifield bought caught on the pipe. Rivkin moved into 2nd. Phend placed on cruise management, Rivkin and Cavalieri had been now battling it out for that 2nd place place with 2 minutes left. Rivkin was in a position to maintain off Cavalieri till the tip and secured 2nd general!
40+ Nitro Buggy: Drew Spurgeon (2), Kurt Wenger (4)
Professional Nitro Truggy: Mason Fuller (2), Spencer Rivkin (5)
The race bought off to a clear begin. Maifield, the TQ, was out in entrance. Ogden and Bornhorst had been behind him in 2nd and third. Bornhorst appeared for a approach round. Maifield began to develop a fairly good lead. Jared Tebo took over 2nd, Ogden was now in third, and Bornhorst in 4th. These 3 had been operating shut collectively. Maifield was testing, Tebo in 2nd, and Bornhorst in third now. Maifield got here into the pits and he was out and in. Bornhorst additionally pitted at the moment. Mason Fuller began to stand up within the combine as he moved into the highest 4 with Bornhorst and Cavalieri. 10.5 minutes in, Maifield got here down the straightaway went to make the flip and his automotive simply stopped. He was out with a heartbreaking break. Tebo took over the lead. Mason Fuller in 2nd and Cavalieri was in third. Cavalieri was on Fuller’s bumper, on the lookout for a possibility to take the within line. Fuller was enjoying onerous protection making an attempt to dam him. They went nostril and tail for a number of laps. Over the hairpin flip Fuller had a bobble, Cavalieri tapped him, uncertain what occurred, Cavalieri stuttered they usually each saved going. It may nonetheless be anybody’s race. Cavalieri appeared to go by Fuller on the again stretch he tried to go for it, they went aspect by aspect over the ultimate bounce, Fuller bought inside on to the entrance straightaway. They went for one more lap, and bought into it on the ultimate lap by chance, however they saved on going. Mason Fuller was in a position to safe 2nd!
General, the crew had fun on the 2021 Southern Nationals and we appeared ahead to returning for the 2022 race that may now happen in June. Within the meantime, we will probably be switching gears again to 1:tenth scale racing as we put together for the JConcepts Fall INS, PDX Underground West Coast Carpet Champs, and the Adrenaline RC Invitational!
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