Traction Raceway and Hobbies in Reno has been open for a year now, and to celebrate their first year of racing, ownership decided to host the 1st Annual Traction Raceway Showdown. The two-day event generated more than 150 entries and featured outstanding racing action at both the expert and sportsman levels.
Josh O’Connell led a group of six BMiller Racing drivers who made the trip to Reno, decisively winning the 4wd Expert Short Course A main. O’Connell TQ’d his Losi SCTE through the four rounds of qualifying and then enjoyed a wire-to-wire victory in the eight-minute main. Teammate Patrick Zhao ran a smooth and consistent race with his SCTE to finish second.
The BMiller contingent, representing team sponsors A Main Hobbies, ProTek R/C, Panther Tires, and DE Racing, came away with eight podium finishes. 13-year-old Nathan Bernal posted two of those Top 3’s, highlighted by an impressive second place showing in 2wd Expert Buggy from the No. 6 qualifying spot.
Bernal, who has shown tremendous improvement over the past three months, ran a near flawless race and made a strong charge in the late stages of the eight-minute main to challenge eventual winner Brian Eady. While Bernal was trying to catch Eady, TQ Eric Albano recovered from an early mishap and came charging through the field to finish third. BMiller drivers Eddie Bernal (No. 2 qualifier) and O’Connell also qualified for the A main but both suffered mechanical failures during the race and did not finish.
Albano, a factory driver for Team Associated and A Main Hobbies, dominated the 2wd Expert Short Course competition in both qualifying and the A main. BMiller drivers Terry Wickum and Nathan Bernal also enjoyed strong performances, placing second and third, respectively.
Eddie Bernal recently pulled his Associated T4.1 off the shelf and dialed it in for the Traction Raceway Showdown to finish second behind Jack Smash in Expert Stadium Truck. Team Manager Troy Hanson rounded out the BMiller contingent, placing second in 2wd Sportsman Short Course and third in 4wd Sportsman Short Course.