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Old 03-18-2006, 10:34 PM   #16
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Default Road Racing at Thunder Road

A good field of Stock Class Touring Cars turned out for our road course race on the 18th. Thanks to all the guys who hauled in from Richmond and Roanoke to run with us. We hope you had a good time; and will return for our next road course race on Sunday, March 26th. We'll be running the oval on Saturday the 25th; but the road course will be ready on Sunday.

Jesse Bean and Eddel dominated their respective heats; with Scott Gregory, Leighton Fuller, Steve Simmons and Mack looking good at times, but unable to match the pace of Eddel and Jesse. Charlie Johnson, normally a strong runner, was having an off night; and was't able to complete a full run without something going awry. Jesse Bean's times were well under Eddels; and he looked to have an easy time in the A Main.

The B Main featured a fight from the start, all the way to the finish. Ben Storrs dropped early; but Mack, Charlie Johnson and Clint Withrow swapped the lead repeatedly. Charlie seemed to have the race in hand at one point, but spun and let both Mack and Clint get past. At the finish, all three were on the same lap; within four seconds from first to third. Mack won by just over two seconds from Clint Withrow; with Charlie Johnson just over a second further back, in third. Any one of the three could easily have won this one.

Jesse Bean lined up on the pole for the A Main; knowing he could run laps at least a half second faster that Eddel, his nearest competitor. In the first three or four laps, Jesse threatened to simply disappear in the distance; pulling a quick half lap lead. And, just as quickly, he was parked on the side. Jesse's receiver had partially broken loose, and a looped wire somehow snagged on the "on-off" switch; leaving in in the "OFF" position. By the time he figured out the problem, Jesse was fifteen laps off the pace.

Eddel assumed the lead when Jesse parked his ride; and never looked threatened. In fact, the only excitement occured when Jesse rejoined and starting unlapping himself at an astonishing pace. Jesse pulled off several laps in the 8.8 range; while Eddel's fastest was in the 9.2 area. Still, Jesse was too far back to threaten for the lead; and when his receiver problem re-occured, he parked his T2.

Scott Gregory, Leighton Fuller and Steve Simmons were swapping second place repeatedly, but none of them looked to threaten Eddel's lead. Bruce Lancaster was out early after a crash; and Jesse departed as previously noted. Eddel simply kept cruising; trying to stay out of trouble and easing his way to the finish line. The five minutes expired just after Eddel had crossed the line; and all he had to do was coast around for the final lap. He drove carefully around the track; and headed into the last corner. And, right in the middle of the very last corner, his motor blew. Eddel coasted to a stop in the middle of the front straight, less than 15 feet from the finish line; and he could only watch helplessly as Scott Gregory blew past to take the win. Eddel still finished second, as Leighton Fuller and Steve Simmons were over a lap down in third and fourth respectively. Less than a second separated Leighton and Steve; and the two of them had repeatedly passed and re-passed throughout the race.

A hard way for Jesse Bean to lose a race that had seemed in the bag; and an even tougher way for Eddel to lose what had seemed to be an insurmountable lead. Scott Gregory offered his sympathy to Eddel after the race; but we all noticed he kept the money for first place.

A good crowd; nice people; some fast racing; a surprise winner; and a lot of fun. We hope you join us next week, on Sunday the 26th; for our next road course event. Thanks; Ernie P.
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Old 03-25-2006, 09:40 PM   #17
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We’re halfway through a double header weekend at Thunder Road; so this will be an abbreviated oval race report. Sorry for the shortened report; but I’m hoping to get a couple of hours sleep before I head back to the track.

The ARCOR SPEC NasTruck Class continues to grow; and the racing is getting tighter each week. Robbie Bingler and Steve Walker dominated the heats; with little to choose between them. I missed the first heat, since both ends of my truck required some maintenance. Running the track kept getting in the way, so Lin Vaughan volunteered to do the Race Director thing. Thanks, Lin. And, as always, thanks to Betty for keeping all the racers fed. Great food, Betty!

The A Main looked to be a two truck shootout; and it proved true to form. Robbie beat Steve Walker by a lap; and Steve had a lap in hand on third place Charlie Johnson. Mike Ruckle managed to out fumble me; giving me the fourth place spot.

Clayton Anderson and Jesse Bean had some real dust ups in the Stock heats; and they continued in the Stock A-Main. Big Clay and Jesse swapped the lead several times, but Clayton was ahead when it counted. Harold Ruckle had the speed to counter both of them, but he kept getting tangled in some mishap or other; and followed them home in third. Jeff Duck had enough straightaway speed to top anyone; but he was still working out the handling bugs on his new KSG ride. When he gets the handling worked out, he’s going to be a strong contender.

In both Mains, less than two laps separated the top three cars; and the results could have been a lot different, had not one car or the other gotten tangled in one difficulty or another. No single driver dominated either class; and no one was really out of contention during the evening. As things go along, the racing seems to be tightening up; as the lap charts showed. And that’s a good thing, right? Thanks; Ernie P.
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Old 03-27-2006, 11:40 AM   #18
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The second half of our Double Header weekend could easily be summed up in two words: "Jesse Bean". Throughout the heats, and again in the Main, Jesse lead from the first lap to the last; and it was only a question of how many times he would lap second place.

In the heat races, Leighton Fuller, Clint Withrow and John Pritchett had all looked fast at times; but they were all fighting various woes, and couldn't string together the laps to challenge Jesse. Leighton couldn't seem to run a full race without blowing either a front or rear diff. Clint could run fast laps; but kept losing the handle on his Losi. Inconsistent handling also gave John Pritchett trouble throughout the evening. All three seemed to spend a lot of time working on their cars between races; but couldn't find the right combination.

During the qualifying heats, Jesse had been knocking on the door of MArk Unrath's lap record of 33 laps in 5:00 and change; set two months ago in the JACO/SMC Snowflake Classic Race. When the Stock TC A Main rolled around, Jesse pulled out all the stops. His new X-Ray T2 had been on rails all night. He bolted in his best, brand new, Eric Anderson CO27 Stock Motor, and taped down a new set of SMC 3800's. He slipped on a pair of the new JACO wraps, and dragged out his newest trick; a CRAZY RC Motor Freezer. With the latest in RC racing technology at his disposal, every one was expecting a fast pace; and Jesse didn't disappoint.

When the flag dropped, Jesse simply disappeared into the distance. Leighton, Clint and John had all done some hard work on their cars; but it simply didn't seem to matter. John parked with a broken car after 11 laps. Clint could run some fast times; but couldn't seemed to put more than two laps together before the looseness of his Losi caught up with him, putting him off line and off the pace. Leighton had finally gotten two diffs that would hang together, but he simply couldn't match Jesse's pace. When the flag dropped, all of Jesse's new tricks resulted in a blazing new record of 35 laps in 5:09:14!

In the novice class, Wayne Fuller ran hard, but inconsistent handling put him into the rails often enough to let Ernie Padgette slip past for the win.

Thanks to the boys from Richmond for making this a fun weekend. Several new faces showed up; some new racers purchased cars; and things look promising for a big road course race toward the end of April. Thanks; Ernie P.
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Old 03-28-2006, 05:49 AM   #19
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Okay guys; here's the schedule for April and May. Directions, details, maps and more at thunderroadrc.com. Thanks; Ernie P.

Saturday, April 1st: Oval (Don't forget the dance afterwards!!)
Sunday, April 2nd: CLOSED

Saturday, April 8th: Oval
Sunday, April 9th: Road Course

Saturday, April 15th: CLOSED
Sunday, April 16th: Road Course

Saturday, April 22nd: CLOSED: Coopers Dave Fenwick Memorial Race
Sunday, April 23rd: CLOSED: Coopers Dave Fenwick Memorial Race

Saturday, April 29th: Oval
Sunday, April 30th: Road Course

Saturday, May 6th: Oval
Sunday, May 7th: Spring Smoke Road Course Race (Big race)

Saturday, May 13th: CLOSED: Coopers Gascar Race
Sunday, May 14th: CLOSED: Coopers GASCAR Race

Saturday, May 20th: Oval
Sunday, May 21st: Closed

Saturday, May 27th: Oval
Sunday, May 28th: Road Course
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Old 03-28-2006, 12:55 PM   #20
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awesome. more road course practice for everyone. everyone needs to check out the exclusive deal on Xray and Hudy kits and truers on thunderroadrc.com in the general discussion labeled Xrays for all. ernie's got a the best deal around as a first come first serve limited supply order for T2 kits and hudy truers as well as anything else available from rcamerica. check it out, please. you won't find a better deal, i promise!
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Old 03-31-2006, 02:31 PM   #21
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May 7 will be the big day. keep it in mind guys. I'm racing every road race i can in the summer to get ready for the fall season.
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Old 04-01-2006, 09:30 PM   #22
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After last weeks record setting road course performance by Jesse Bean, every one was looking forward to getting back on the oval this week. After getting hammered into the ground on the road course, the racers could at least look forward to getting a look at the lead on the oval course, right? Unfortunately for them, Jesse had other ideas.

The beautiful weather unfortunately meant a thin field at Thunder Road’s indoor carpet track; but the racers that showed were fast. Our newest racer, Joel White was taking his maiden foray into SPEC NasTruck Class racing; but his new car was fast, right out of the box. Steve Walker and Robbie Bingler seemed to have lost the handle on their trucks; and spent the day trying to find the few extra tenths they needed to challenge for the lead. Harold Lamb ran to fill out the field; but fought servo problems all day. Lin Vaughan was in the process of changing his cars over to outdoor configuration for Coopers racing season, and volunteered to run the computer. That left track owner Ernie Padgette with time to rebuild his truck after a shattering finish line crash in last week’s race; but he couldn’t get it back together in time to make the race.

The story line of the heat races was simple: Just how fast could Jesse Bean get around Thunder Road’s oval, in his Maverick chassis’ed SPEC NasTruck? The answer was equally simple: Very fast! In each heat, Jesse grabbed the lead early on, and simply set sail into the distance. Robbie Bingler and Steve Walker alternately took turns in second place, while fighting to keep newcomer Joel White behind them, with varying degrees of success. Jesse got it all together in the third heat; trashing the existing SPEC NasTruck lap record with a blistering 53 laps in 4:03:13. Joel got faster in each heat; and looked ready to challenge in the Main.

In the Main, Jesse grabbed a quick lead; and ran like a thief. And well he did, because Joel slotted into second place and stayed close enough to worry the leader. Jesse finally began to pull away, leaving Joel firmly in second; while Robbie and Steve fought over third place. Harold dropped out at lap 25 with yet another broken servo. Robbie finally spun, letting Steve Walker consolidate his hold on third place; and Steve immediately started working on pulling back some time on second place Joel White. Jesse Bean finished lapping the field late in the race; and that looked to be that. But, as the race wound down, Steve suddenly started making some serious inroads on Joel’s second place position. Joel’s battery was dumping; and Steve caught him on the very last lap; slipping past on the back straight, and edging Joel at the line by .23 of a second. Robbie finished three laps back in fourth.

Other than Jesse Bean proving he’s as fast on an oval as he is on a road course (And incidentally bumping up the lap record by a ton); the highlight of the weekend had to be the very close racing in the heats; between Robbie, Steve and Joel. There was little to choose between the three; and that says a lot for newbie Joel. This young man will bear watching. Thanks; Ernie P.
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Old 04-03-2006, 12:55 PM   #23
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appreciate the nice write up ernie! indoor electric touring and 1:12 this sunday and oval saturday. it's a double feature weekend!
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Old 04-04-2006, 07:33 PM   #24
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Just don't expect to have it all your own way, again. Thanks; Ernie P.
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Old 04-06-2006, 01:39 PM   #25
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LMAO! I don't play! records are goin up!
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Old 04-07-2006, 03:40 PM   #26
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We're running all weekend at Thunder Road. Oval on Saturday and Road Course on Sunday. Directions, details, maps and more at thunderroadrc.com. See you there! Thanks; Ernie P.
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Old 04-08-2006, 05:41 PM   #27
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Well, this is Saturday; and we are at Thunder Road; and we're running the oval... so what's supposed to happen? Oh yeah; Jesse Bean is supposed to set a new record. So (For what? The third week in a row?), he did.

Vacations, visiting relatives, honey do's, spring fever and car shopping resulted in a thin field of ARCOR SPEC NasTrucks; but that didn't slow the pace. Robbie Bingler and Steve Walker tried hard, but couldn't do anything with Jesse; as he buzzed around at the front of the field all day long. Jesse won all three heat races and stroked the main. Another Saturday, another new track record of 53 laps in 4:00:93, and things just seem to stay the same. Maybe some one can do something with him on the road course on Sunday. But, it doesn't look promising. His T2 is looking stout! Thanks; Ernie P.
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Old 04-08-2006, 08:13 PM   #28
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can't wait to drive my favorite car tomorrow,lol. Xrays are BEAST! Layta, Jesse
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My apologies; but it's late, I'm tired, and I have an early plane to catch. Plus, I couldn't find the Mains printout; so the details are a bit sketchy, right now. Thanks; Ernie P.

Well, it was Sunday; Thunder Road; and road course. So, the only question was whether Jesse and his flying T2 would set another record, right? Well, try telling that to Eddel Veloso.

Jesse dominated his first two heats; easily handling Eddel, Clint Withrow and Mack. In the third heat, Eddel seemed to have found something. He was all over Jesse's bumper; and finally slipped past when Jesse ran into traffic. Then, on the last lap, Eddel coasted to a halt two turns before the flag; leaving Jesse with the win. Clint seemed to have found something as well; as he was running faster than he had all evening. Mack was a distant fourth and wound up in the B Main for his efforts.

Ben easily won all three of his heats; beating out Grey and Ernie Padgette easily; making his way into the A Main in the process.

Mack stroked the B Main; as Ernie was having an off night and couldn't stay off the rails. Grey trailed in third.

When the A Main started, Jesse Bean, as usual, jumped into a quick lead. Eddel slowly pulled in on him; pushing hard on every lap. Finally, Jesse made an uncharacteristic slip; nailing the wall hard and leaving Eddel with a five second lead. Jesse chased hard, but couldn't make up the deficit; winding up three seconds back. Clint ran faster than he had all night; pulling third in the bargain. Ben trailed in fourth.

This is the second time Eddel has taken a race Jesse looked to have locked up. One thing is for sure; Jesse is going to be working hard, looking for a way to even things up.
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racing this easter sunday? YES we are!
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