BMILLER RACING’S LOU FIGUERIA WINS AT CVR RACEWAY MARCH MADNESS

When it was announced that Losi was releasing the SCTE 2.0, BMiller Racing’s Lou Figueria immediately went on his A Main Hobbies.com account and pre-ordered the kit. And when it became available a couple weeks ago, Figueria express shipped his pre-order and immediately starting building it with the hope to debut it at the March Madness race at CVR Raceway in Madera, CA. The rushed build and testing proved worthwhile, as ‘Big Lou’ came away with the March Madness victory in 4×4 Open Short Course. He also managed to finish second in eBuggy.

Powered by a brand new Tekin Pro 4 4600 motor and RX8 speedo as well as a recently-released super-charged ProTek R/C 100c lipo battery, the SCTE 2.0 was on rails all weekend on a large outdoor layout that required a combination of power and dialed suspension.

BMiller teammate Josh O’Connell actually earned the TQ going into the eight-minute main and led the first third of the race. Kyle Turner (who ended up finishing 3rd) grabbed the lead on lap 5 and paced the field for the next five laps before a bobble allowed O’Connell to recapture the top spot in lap 11. Meanwhile, Figueria, who was able to keep traction on the loose surface throughout the weekend using a combination of Panther Raptors and Boas mounted on white DE Racing Borrego wheels, stayed steady throughout and found himself right in the mix for the stretch run.

The final six laps produced an epic battle between O’Connell and Figueria, as the teammates and friends were never separated by more than two seconds on the sprawling, big-air layout. Running his fastest laps in the late stages, Figueria found himself right on O’Connell’s bumper with one lap to go. The decisive move came in the back section of the track when O’Connell maintained his regular line through the rolling triples while Figueria decided to square up off the turn and launch it and hold on. Figueria made the pass in the air and then it was a drag race to the finish line with Figueria winning by just over a second.

Other March Madness class winners included Phillip Atondo in expert nitro buggy and truggy, Brandon Curran in sportsman nitro buggy and truggy, Jacob Haas in eBuggy, Ron Kammerer in 40+ nitro buggy, Keith Henry in 40+ nitro truggy, and Jonathan Hernandez in the Dash 4 Cash.

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BMILLER RACING’S CORY YODER DOUBLES UP IN CHEESE CITY WINTER OFF-ROAD SERIES

BMiller Racing’s Cory Yoder came away with top driver honors at the recently completed Cheese City Xtreme Winter Off-Road Series, winning both the Mod Buggy and Stock 2wd SCT overall titles. Teammate Trent Hanson landed on the podium as well, placing third in 4×4 SCT. The series featured five rounds of racing with two drops, starting back in November and concluding in March.

Yoder TQ’d and won all three rounds he participated in Stock SCT, piloting a Kyosho Ultima SC-R with Panther clay Rattlers mounted on black DE Racing Borrego wheels. Yoder had his power provided by ProTek batteries from A Main Hobbies.

In Mod Buggy, Yoder registered two victories and one second to stand on top of the box with his Losi 22. Again powered by ProTek batteries, Yoder’s 22 sported Panther clay Bobcats in the front with clay Rattlers in the rear glued onto yellow DE Racing Borrego wheels.

The other series class winners included Matt Meyers in Rally, Justin Zaugg in 4×4 SCT, and Robbie Price in Sportsman. Cheese City Xtreme R/C is located in Monroe, WI and features year-round indoor/outdoor off-road and oval racing with a well-stocked hobby shop on site. For more information on the facility, check out their website (http://cheesecityxtremerc.com) or give them a call at 608-325-4502.

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KOWALSKI, HANSON ENJOY SUCCESSFUL SERIES AT RACE EM RC

Kirk Kowalski, son of BMiller Racing’s Trent Hanson, just recently joined in the fun of RC Racing. Taking part in his first-ever full points series, Kowalski took home the victory in the sportsman division of the five-race Race Em RC Off-Road Series in Rockford, IL.

Kowalski posted three top three finishes, including a win in Round 4, en route to winning the title with his Traxxas Slash 4wd.

Hanson also enjoyed a successful series, placing third in both 2wd Stock SCT and 4wd SCT. He won Round 5 in 2wd SCT to get on the podium and registered top three’s in Pro 4 in each of the four rounds he took part in.

Both Kowalski and Hanson were powered by ProTek R/C lipo batteries from A Main Hobbies throughout the series.

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RC CARS & MEMORIES

I recently was going through some old family photos and ran across some shots of my Dad’s Class 5 Baja Bug from the early 1980′s. I was a teenager back then but the great family memories are still vivid. Once a month or so we would load up the camper van, pull the baja bug up on the trailer, and go racing. The tracks, located primarily in Wisconsin and Michigan, were the homes of the early days of Midwest off-road racing. The most notable, of course, was the Big House in Crandon, Wisconsin, and the Labor Day weekend championships were known as the Brush Run 101.

Taking a look at those old photos got me to thinking … What could I do to make a 1/10 scale RC replica of that old yellow #580 baja bug? I headed out to the garage and grabbed my new Team Associated SC10B and saw that I could make it happen with a few modifications and new body. So I logged onto the A Main Hobbies website and bought the Pro-Line Volkswagen Baja Bug body and the Pro-Line SC10 Extended Rear Body Mounts. The next day it was at my doorstep, so I painted the body yellow and found the right decals, did a little modification on the front and rear shock towers, and was ready to go.

I was so happy with how everything came out that I decided to do a video and show how RC cars are the perfect avenue to bring back some amazing childhood memories. Take a look …

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BMILLER RACING POSTS 4 WINS, 9 PODIUMS AT OUTBACK SHOOTOUT

A Main Hobbies is putting Chico, California on the worldwide RC map in 2013, and the impressive slate of primetime competitions opened this past weekend with the running of the 4th Annual Outback Shootout at Outback Raceway. The BMiller Race Team made the short trek for the Shootout and came away with a banner showing, tallying four class victories and nine podiums overall.

Justin Moon, a former professional full scale open wheel formula BMW and champ car driver, has been on the verge of a breakout since returning to RC racing two years ago, and he may have gotten it at the Outback Shootout with a victory in Open 2wd Buggy. Driving a T2 Evo buggy from Team C with power provided by a Gen 2 9.5 motor and RS speedo from Tekin and the recently released ProTek R/C Supreme Power 100c Shorty Pack, Moon earned the TQ with four strong rounds of qualifying. In the eight-minute A main he led from start to finish and was the only driver to lay down 32 laps. 14-year-old BMiller Racing teammate Nathan Bernal registered the fastest lap of the race at 15.014 and made a strong charge at the end of the main to finish second just three seconds back of Moon, while A Main Hobbies pro driver Tyler Vik placed third.

Just prior to the Open 2wd Buggy main, the up-and-coming Bernal pulled out a dramatic victory in 2wd Stock Buggy with a borrowed Team Associated B4.2 that was built only hours before qualifying on Saturday. Starting from the No. 2 spot on the grid, Bernal (who also finished 3rd in Open 4wd buggy) trailed teammate Terry Wickum through much of the eight-minute main but strung together a series of impressive late-race laps with a Tekin Gen 2 17.5 motor and RS speedo and ProTek R/C Supreme Power 100c Shorty Pack to eventually take the top spot in the final minute and register a comfortable winning margin. Wickum held on for second while another standout Team Associated youngster, Tanner Matesa, finished third.

Open 4wd Short Course provided the most entertaining races throughout the weekend, and the eight-minute A main did not disappoint. BMiller Racing’s Josh O’Connell started in the second spot on the grid behind teammate Patrick Zhao, who led for the first two minutes. In lap seven, however, O’Connell took advantage of a Zhao miscue and never looked back, guiding his Losi SCTE in consistent fashion behind the power of Tekin electronics (Pro 4 4600 and RX8) and a ProTek R/C Supreme Power 100c Hard Case lipo. O’Connell had to stay aggressive and focused throughout because Team Tekno and A Main Hobbies factory driver Austin Blair was all over him before settling for runner-up honors. Zhao held on for third place, while BMiller drivers Wickum and Lou Figueria finished fourth and fifth, respectively. All four BMiller drivers in 4wd SCT were mounted on Borrego wheels from DE Racing.

Figueria and Zhao also provided an epic battle in Open 2wd Short Course with the top of the box undetermined until the final turn. Zhao earned the TQ with a borrowed Associated SC10 stocked with a Tekin 8.5 and RS speedo and ProTek lipo and led for most of the eight-minute A main. But Figueria, who was driving team owner Brad Miller’s Losi 22SCT with Tekin 10.5 Gen 2 motor and RS Pro speedo and ProTek lipo, was on a mission from his No. 6 qualifying spot. Hanging around in the middle of the pack in the early going, Figueria started to make his move up the charts at the midway point but still trailed Zhao by five seconds. With one minute to go he had closed to within three seconds and then found himself right on Zhao’s bumper with one lap to go when Zhao got tangled with lapped traffic. The two battled as the crowd amped up with Figueria making the hero pass on the final straight to earn the victory. Randy Pike of Team Tekin and Panther Tires rounded out the podium in third. All three podium finishers in Open 2wd SCT had their tires mounted on DE Racing Borrego wheels.

Additional class winners included Eric Albano (Open 4wd Buggy), Tyler Vik (Open 2wd Stadium Truck), Nathan Lavery (Stock 2wd SCT), Kendall Bennett (Stock 2wd Stadium Truck), and Clayton Buck (Rookie).

With two world-class facilities, A Main Hobbies will be the hub of RC off-road action in 2013. More than 10 premier competitions will be held in Chico at Silver Dollar R/C Raceway and Outback Raceway, highlighted by the JConcepts Summer Indoor Nationals in July (7/13-14), ROAR 1/10 Electric Off-Road Nationals in August (8/8-11) and IFMAR Electric Buggy World Championships in September (9/22-29).

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BMILLER RACING’S MOON, FIGUERIA WIN LSR SPEEDWAY WINTER SERIES

BMiller Racing’s Justin Moon and Lou Figueria recently came away with class victories in the six-race LSR Speedway Winter Off-Road Series. Moon won the Pro Buggy title while Figueria took down the Pro 4 short course crown. Both Moon and Figueria were powered by ProTek R/C batteries from A Main Hobbies.

Moon won and TQ’d four of the six Pro Buggy rounds and was second in his other scoring round (top 5 finishes were counted in final points). BMiller teammate Nathan Bernal finished third in the final series points standings, winning the two rounds that Moon did not win.

Figueria won four of the five Pro 4 rounds he competed in and finished second in the other scoring race to handily win the title. Teammate Patrick Zhao posted five top five finishes en route to placing second in the final Pro 4 standings.

Other class winners in the LSR Speedway Winter Off-Road Series were Craig Patterson (17.5 Expert Buggy), Rich Stidham (17.5 Sportsman Buggy), Cameron Kerndt (2wd Expert SCT and 4wd Buggy), Tom Sores (2wd Sportsman SCT), Mike Wielatz (4wd Sportsman SCT), Josh Goldstein (Sportsman Buggy), and Ashlyn Rowles (Rookie).

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BMILLER RACING’S BRIAN STRANGE IMPRESSES AT REEDY RACE OF CHAMPIONS

BMiller Racing’s Brian Strange has only raced on the national RC stage a handful of times, but when he has the results have been impressive. With the goal of taking his driving to another level in 2013, Strange decided to open the year by making the trip to Southern California for the Reedy International Off-Road Race of Champions at West Coast RC Raceway.

Facing a premier list of 100 open division competitors in both 2wd and 4wd buggy, Strange was dialed all weekend with both his vehicles powered by ProTek R/C lipo batteries from A Main Hobbies.

Piloting an Associated B44.1 with white DE Racing Borrego wheels, Strange qualified sixth overall in 4wd to earn a spot in the double A mains. In the 10-minute A1 he drove a steady 31-lap race and bounced between the fourth, fifth and sixth spots before settling for fifth. In A2 Strange was an immediate factor among the lead pack, climbing to third place by the end of lap one. He battled in the third and fourth positions for the first one-third of the race before losing a bottom shock spring cup in lap 11 and falling off the pace. He stayed with it, however, and nursed the car around for a seventh place showing. Combining the two finishes, Strange ended up right where he qualified, placing sixth overall among a stacked field of factory drivers.

His efforts in 2wd were almost equally as impressive. Qualifying 19th, Strange was steady throughout the 10-minute C main and finished second to bump to the B main. It was in the B that he almost pulled off the unthinkable. Starting from the No. 10 spot on the grid, Strange gradually worked his way through the pack and was third at the halfway point but well off the pace of the top two transfer spots. But that did not stop him from putting together a huge surge in the second half of the race with his TLR 22 on white DE Racing Borrego wheels. Running his fastest laps in the final two minutes, Strange closed to within three seconds of second place but had to settle for third in the main and an 11th place overall finish.

“It was a tremendous experience to take part in my first Reedy Race of Champions event,” stated Strange. “The competition was outstanding, and it was a great test to see where I am at right now as I look to become a factor at the national level during the 2013 season. I can’t thank my sponsors enough, BMiller Racing, A Main Hobbies and ProTek R/C, Panther Tires, and DE Racing. Without their support this entire experience would have not been possible.”

Another great story for BMiller Racing at Reedy came via the efforts of young 14-year-old Nathan Bernal. After a tough four rounds of qualifying, Nathan found himself landing in the K main of 2wd. Starting from the eighth spot in the 10-minute main, Nathan drove though the pack to win the K and transfer to the J. He then went on to finish second in the J and I mains, and then won the H main to climb into the upper mains. He then placed second in the G main before finally ending the run with a seventh place finish in the F main, which earned him a Top 50 overall finish. When it was all said and done, Nathan raced 60 minutes of 2wd heads-up action with five bumps.

Nathan’s father, Eddie Bernal, also produced a Top 50 finish for BMiller Racing, placing fourth in the 4wd F main.

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PAY IT FORWARD RACE AT A MAIN HOBBIES’ OUTBACK RACEWAY

A Main Hobbies in association with BMiller Racing recently hosted the first-ever Pay It Forward Race at Outback Raceway to benefit the Torres Family Shelter in Chico, California. Racers came from throughout Northern California to participate in the festivities, donating toys for the 14 children currently residing in the shelter. In return, BMiller Racing provided the racers with a free raffle of more than $650 in racer-friendly RC products.

A Main Hobbies videographer Derrick Threatt produced the following video to recap the highlights of the memorable Pay It Forward Race.

As for the racing, class winners included Brian Strange in Open 2wd Buggy, Austin Blair in 4wd Buggy, Ron Chunn in 2wd Stock Buggy, Jeff Lorenzo in Open Stadium Truck, Mike Maxwell in 2wd Open Short Course, Lou Figueria in 4wd Short Course, and Ethan Thulin in Rookie.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM BMILLER RACING!

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BRAD MILLER HOSTS BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SPREE

Brad Miller, founder of BMiller Racing, recently hosted a Christmas shopping spree for 21 kids enrolled in the Sacramento-area chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Team drivers Terry Wickum and Lou Figueria were on hand to assist in the festivities, which provided each of the 21 kids with a $300 gift card at Toys-R-Us to spend on anything in the store. Widely recognized as one of the most charitable players in the NBA during his 13-year professional career, Brad has hosted the Sacramento Big Brothers Big Sisters shopping spree for the past 10 years.

Brad’s overall national contribution to Big Brothers Big Sisters has totaled nearly $1 million over the years. For the past eight years he has hosted the Brad Miller Golf Outing, Gala & Auction. This past Fall the event raised more than $150,000 for the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters in his hometown of Kendallville, Indiana. More than 600 community members came out to participate in the two-day extravaganza.

Brad has a special place in his heart for Big Brothers Big Sisters due to the fact he was mentored by the program as a youth. In 1985, a then eight-year-old Brad was matched with Big Brother Dewey Forbes in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Although their official match in the program ended when Brad turned 18 years old, their relationship remained strong as Brad’s career advanced him from Purdue University to the NBA.

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