Short Course Showdown hosted by Addiction R/C
June 14-15, 2014
Team Losi Racing team drivers Dustin Evans, Frank Root, JP Richards made the trip to Addiction RC in Ogden, UT this past weekend to join local teammates Corey Peterson, and Eric Willardson for the Short Course Showdown Race. Addiction RC had a killer layout in, plenty of pit space, and a fully stocked hobby shop to welcome all the racers, and it was clear a great weekend of racing was going to be had by all. The track was super smooth and had high bite clay allowing all drivers to run slick tires that would last all weekend, and the hobby shop even had a drill press and all materials needed to make the slicks - a nice touch for the racers! TLR would go on to win all 4 major modified classes, as well as 2wd stock buggy and 2wd stock truck.
The most hotly contested class of the weekend was 2wd Modified Buggy, with all of the travelled drivers and local fast guys running this class. Qualifying started and ended well with Corey Peterson taking the round 1 TQ and Frank Root taking the round 4 TQ. Overall, Team Losi Racing 22 2.0's would start 2nd-5th on the grid with 6 cars total in the A-Main. When the tone went off for the 7 minutes A-Main, Dustin Evans quickly engaged the pole sitter in a battle for the win that lasted most of the race. Frank was also able to move up to the 3rd spot and keep pace behind the lead battle. In the final minute, Dustin was able to make a strong pass for the lead, and pull away for a decisive win, while Frank was able to move up to the 2nd giving the 22 2.0 the top 2 steps on the podium.
4wd Modified Buggy was the second largest class, and hot competition also. Dustin Evans and his Team Losi Racing 22-4 were not phased, and powered their way through qualifying to take the oval TQ for the A-Main. In the main event, Dustin briefly lost the lead from an early bobble, but quick recovered, moved back into the lead, and pulled away for his 3rd championship of the weekend!
Dustin Evans was up to business as usual in 2wd Short Course, dominating the class throughout the weekend with his Team Losi Racing 22SCT. Dustin took the TQ in all 4 rounds of qualifying and decisively won the main from pole. Frank would have a great battle for 2nd throughout the main, but come up just short joining Dustin on the podium in 3rd.
In 4wd Short Course, Frank Root used his Team Losi Racing TEN-SCTE 2.0 to put on a show throughout the weekend. His TEN-SCTE 2.0 was on rails with the new 15 degree caster blocks, and he easily took the TQ's in the first 3 rounds of qualifying to lock up the overall TQ. In a fun turn of events, Frank prepared his truck for the 4th round of qualifying and was able to convince Scotty Ernst to take over the transmitter. Scotty was able to take an impressive 4th for the round with no practice! In the main, it was back to business for Frank, as he quick quickly checked out from the field to win the 7 minute affair by over a lap!
Perhaps even more impressive than the TLR victories in the modified division classes, was what took place in the stock truck and buggy classes. TLR customer, and local racer, Tanner Roberts used his Team Losi Racing 22 2.0 and 22T to win both mains from stiff competition. Congrats to Tanner on his great runs!
Thanks to Beezer and the Addiction R/C crew for the great track and facility and to Scott Ernst for the awesome program as usual! An added bonus was the track time we were provided to show off the new Losi Mini 8IGHT-T and what it can do on the track.