I have had a similar experience with my LRP Sphere.
Ran it for the first race last October. It ran awesome. I was super stoked. During my first main it took off totally out of control! Yes.....I had an electric runaway! lol. Somebody grabbed it and poof.....magic smoke! My local hobby shop sent it in and within one week I had a new one in hand. Great service!
I installed the new one. Turned on the switch....poof....magic smoke. Didn't even get a chance to run it. Sent it in right away along with an lrp comp. 2 charger that had issues.
These were sent in in November 2006. It is now April 2007. I still do not have my stuff back. My hobby shop did speak with them in Feb. 07 and they informed him that there was not a problem with either of my products and they would be returned without being repaired. They must have not even looked at them because I can assure you they did not work. I am still waiting for my ESC and charger.
That lack of communication and poor customer service is not acceptable. Lrp has lost me as a customer forever.
Ryan, I can totally relate to your situation. Sorry you had to deal with that!