Recent Team News

BRIAN STRANGE SIGNS ON WITH PANTHER RACE TEAM

BMiller Racing’s Brian Strange has been on fire on the track as of late, and his recent success has paid off, having signed on to be a member of the Panther Race Team. Strange started using Panther tires during a 10-race win streak at LSR Speedway in Sacramento, and found the tires to really hook up. So he was more than pleased when he got the call to join the Panther team.

“I am so excited to get a chance to come on board with Randy Pike and the folks at Panther,” says Strange. “I started using Panther tires over the past month, and was really happy with how dialed my cars were on different tracks and under various conditions. The tire styles and compounds are first class and have given me a definite edge. I look forward to being part of a Panther program that is doing big things in the RC marketplace.”

Combining meticulous vehicle prep with a smooth and efficient driving style, Strange won more than 25 races in the Sacramento area in 2011 and is now looking forward to advancing to the regional and national levels. While much of his success last season came in 2wd buggy with his Losi TLR 22, Strange is also dialing in his Team Associated B44.1 4wd buggy and Losi SCTE 4wd short course truck for the 2012 campaign.

“I’m excited to work with Brian on a more consistent basis. He’s been showing great speed in and around our region. His cars are always well prepared and he carries himself very well in the pits. He’s helpful, fast, and he wins. I couldn’t ask for much more in a team driver,” states Panther Team Manager Randy Pike.

Strange’s attention to detail when it comes to his RC cars results from his other racing passion, serving as crew chief for his brother Billy’s #28x full scale sprint car. He is involved in all aspects of the Strange Motorsports program, including fabrication, car set-up, and maintenance.

Get the latest news on the Panther Race Team at http://panther-rc.com.

BMILLER RACING AND PROTEK R/C’s EDDIE BERNAL POSTS DOUBLE VICTORY IN ROUND 2 OF LSR SPEEDWAY’S THURSDAY NIGHT NATS SERIES

With victories in Pro Buggy and 2wd short course, Eddie Bernal led a parade of seven BMiller Racing podium finishes in the three pro classes of LSR Speedway’s Round 2 action of the Thursday Night Nats Off-Road Series. Each of the seven BMiller Racing Top 3 finishes were powered by ProTek R/C “Supreme Power” Li-Poly batteries from A Main Hobbies.

The feature race of the night came in Pro Buggy where the BMiller Racing crew swept the podium. Bernal TQ’d in his Associated B4.1 and led all but one lap in the six-minute A main to win by six seconds over his 13-year-old son, Nathan Bernal, who held off hard-charging teammate Justin Moon for second. All three BMiller drivers were on Panther tires in clay compound with the Bernal duo using Rattlers and Moon sporting Switch 2.0’s.

Bernal was even more convincing in 2wd short course, posting the only 20-lap tally in the six-minute A main with his Associated SC10. BMiller Racing teammate Todd Pearson finished second as he continues to improve and has seemingly started to figure out the dynamics of running on dirt after racing most of his previous career on the pavement.

In Pro 4 short course action, Lou Figueria continued his hot streak, winning for the 11th time since New Year’s Eve. Figueria started in the No. 2 spot with his Losi SCTE behind teammate Patrick Zhao’s TQ showing. After a little trouble in lap two dropped him to sixth, Figueria started to find his grove and work his way back up, eventually passing another teammate, Josh O’Connell for the lead on lap 11. Figueria went on to register 21 laps and win by five seconds over Trever Lund, while BMiller’s Terry Wickum stayed steady throughout to grab the third spot. O’Connell and Zhao finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Thursday Night Nats series features five rounds of racing with one drop, and concludes on Thursday, March 15. LSR Speedway is located at 8470 Belvedere Avenue, Suite B in Sacramento (website: www.lsrspeedway.com, phone: 916-217-5869).

BMILLER RACING’S STRANGE, FIGUERIA, AND BERNAL POST PRO CLASS VICTORIES IN ROUND 2 OF HOLE-SHOT RACEWAY’S WINTER SERIES

BMiller Racing swept the top of the box in all three pro classes in Round 2 of the Hole-Shot Raceway Winter Series in Sacramento on Saturday. Lou Figueria matched his Round 1 winning performance in expert 4wd short course with the Pro 4 victory, while Brian Strange won in impressive fashion in Pro Buggy and Eddie Bernal took home top honors in expert 2wd short course.

Figueria is now in firm control of the series points lead in Pro 4 after posting the TQ on Saturday and wins in both rounds. Piloting his Losi SCTE with a brand new ProTek R/C 2S “Supreme Power” Li-Poly 70C Battery from A Main Hobbies, Figueria led most of the six-minute main but was challenged throughout by teammate Terry Wickum in an Associated SC10 4×4. Wickum grabbed the lead at the halfway point for two laps, but Figueria laid down his fastest lap of the day to re-capture the advantage in lap 10 and then held on for a 1.9 second victory over Wickum.

The feature race of the afternoon was in Pro Buggy where Strange put together a near flawless six-minute race in the 10-car A Main. Starting in the front of the grid after TQ’ing with his Losi TLR 22, Strange used Panther Slicks in clay compound in the front and rear to register the wire-to-wire victory on the pure clay 5,400 square foot track. Posting the only sub 18-second lap (17.598), Strange won by eight seconds over Round 1 winner Mark Antaramian, while Bernal put together a strong performance to finish third.

Bernal, who is also a member of A Main Hobbies’ ProTek R/C Race Team, recently pulled his Associated SC10 off the shelf, and has enjoyed immediate success in 2wd short course. After running second for the first five laps, Bernal moved to the lead in lap six and never looked back, finishing with a two-second victory over TQ Jason Smith, who was the Round 1 class winner. Wickum finished third to keep himself in the series points mix.

The Hole-Shot Raceway Winter Series features eight rounds of racing with three drops, and concludes on Saturday, March 31. Hole-Shot Raceway is located at 903A N. Market Boulevard in Sacramento (website: www.holeshot-raceway.com, phone: 916-910-8936, e-mail: holeshotraceway@gmail.com). BMillerracing.com

10 QUESTIONS WITH BMILLER RACING’S JUSTIN MOON

How did you get into RC racing?
“My friend Bobby Gately introduced me to the hobby five years ago and I was hooked.”

What was your first RC vehicle?
“It was a Jammin CRT.5. Then I sold that after a little while and bought a Losi XXX-CR buggy.”

How many hours a week do you spend prepping, practicing, and racing your Durango DEX210 buggy?
“I try to get out and practice at least twice a week, and do some tweaking on the car during those practice sessions. Usually I try to do a full prep on the car the day before a race. I also spend a lot of time on the internet just looking for tips and different ways to get faster.”

What are you doing when you are not RCing?
“I work full time in my Dad’s business, Nature Care Landscaping. I enjoy spending time with my girlfriend Jennifer when I am home.”

You have extensive experience in full-scale open wheel racing. How did you get involved with that?
“My brother Benny was the first to get into racing. Then when I was four years old I got into racing go-karts. I raced karts till I was 16, which is when I moved into champ cars and Formula BMW. I enjoyed some success in the BMW and Formula Atlantic racing programs, but maintaining the needed sponsorship dollars at that level is very difficult.”

Do you have any desire to get back into full-scale racing?
“Yes, absolutely. I spend a lot of time continuing to pursue sponsorship to get back into full-scale racing. If anyone is interested in a driver-for-hire, I am your guy.”

What are some similarities between full scale and RC racing?
“The hand-eye aspect is similar. In fact, some professional drivers like to utilize RC cars and simulation games to build that hand-eye coordination. I think some of the racing aspects are similar as well, such as choosing the fastest line around the track and hitting the apex (in a turn) the right way.”

What are some of the best aspects of being part of the BMiller Race Team?
“Building friendships with the other drivers on the team has been great. We all are looking to help one another, whether it is with car setups, tire selection, or how to drive a particular section of the track. It has really helped our performance levels. I enjoy traveling with the other drivers on the team, and it is great when we get guys up there on the podium.”

What are your RC goals going forward?
“My ultimate RC goal is to be a full-time sponsored driver and be able to travel around and enjoy success at a national level. The sponsorships by Brad Miller and A Main Hobbies are giving us an opportunity to at least pursue those goals.”

What class would you like to go into if you could expand your RC repertoire?
“I would like to get into 4wd buggy at both the 1/8 and 1/10 scale levels. I think I would also like to get into oval RC racing if I can free up enough time to dive into it at a high level.”

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BMILLER RACING TAKES 8 OF 9 PRO CLASS PODIUM SPOTS IN ROUND 1 OF LSR SPEEDWAY’S THURSDAY NIGHT NATS SERIES

Round 1 of the LSR Speedway Thursday Night Nats series proved to be a tremendous success with more than 70 entries in five classes. The BMiller Racing crew enjoyed a banner night, grabbing eight of the nine podium spots in the three pro classes.

Brian Strange continued his LSR hot streak, winning at the track in pro buggy for the 10th time in a row. Strange TQ’d in his Losi 22 on Panther tires and then led from start to finish in posting the victory in the eight-minute A main. BMiller teammate Eddie Bernal kept the pressure on Strange throughout and ended up finishing just three seconds back in second. Teammate Justin Moon completed the sweep, grabbing the third spot.

BMiller Racing also swept the podium in 4wd short course with Josh O’Connell returning to the top of the box in his Losi SCTE. O’Connell took the lead in the second lap of the six-minute A main and never looked back, driving a smooth race while working through lapped traffic. BMiller teammate Lou Figueria, who has been very hot of late, finished second just 3.9 seconds back and fellow team driver Patrick Zhao was a car length back of Figueria for third.

Bernal has been away from running his Associated SC10 for the past couple months, but it didn’t take him long to knock off the rust, winning the 2wd open short course class. Bernal TQ’d and put the top spot on the grid to good use, registering a wire-to-wire victory in the eight-minute A main. Local standout Nathan Lavery was second, 14 seconds back, while BMiller’s Terry Wickum was third just behind Lavery.

The Thursday Night Nats series features five rounds of racing with one drop, and concludes on Thursday, March 15. LSR Speedway is located at 8470 Belvedere Avenue, Suite B in Sacramento (website: www.lsrspeedway.com, phone: 916-217-5869).

BMILLER DRIVERS SWEEP 4WD SCT PODIUM IN ROUND #1 OF HOLE-SHOT RACEWAY’S WINTER SERIES

BMiller Racing’s Lou Figueria has been practicing, wrenching, and racing a lot over the last couple of month’s and his efforts are starting to pay off. Figueria has posted four victories already in the month of January with his dialed Losi SCTE, including Round #1 in 4wd short course at Hole-Shot Raceway’s Winter Series.

The win didn’t come easy as Figueria had to hold off teammates Josh O’Connell and Terry Wickum throughout the six-minute A main. Wickum earned the TQ and pole position in his Associated SC104x4, but had trouble in the first two turns to find himself having to work back up through the field. Meanwhile, O’Connell grabbed the first lap lead in his Losi SCTE, but a small bobble in the second lap gave Figueria a chance to get around him.

Figueria led the rest of the way in the 18-lap race but was challenged closely throughout by O’Connell, who finished just two seconds back. Wickum made a strong push in the mid part of the race and closed to within one second of the lead, but found himself getting tangled with lapped traffic in lap 13, forcing him to settle for third place.

In 2wd Expert Short Course, Wickum finished second in his Associated SC10 behind Jason Smith, who was unstoppable all day in the class.

The Hole-Shot Raceway Winter Series features eight rounds of racing with three drops, and concludes on Saturday, March 31. Hole-Shot Raceway is located at 903A N. Market Boulevard in Sacramento (website: www.holeshot-raceway.com, phone: 916-910-8936, e-mail: holeshotraceway@gmail.com).

BMILLER RACING’S STRANGE, FIGUERIA, & WICKUM SWEEP PRO CLASSES AT LSR SPEEDWAY – 1/12/12

BMiller Racing swept the top of the box with victories in all three pro classes at LSR Speedway on January 12. Brian Strange continued his string of wins in Pro Buggy while Lou Figueria and Terry Wickum took top honors in Pro 4 and Pro 2, respectively.

Strange has been unstoppable of late at LSR, having won Pro Buggy the last nine times he has entered at the Sacramento track. Piloting his Losi 22 on Panther tires, Strange earned the TQ and then led start to finish in the A main, winning by more than 12 seconds. Brain Mincks finished second and BMiller’s Justin Moon rallied from last after getting taken out in the opening lap to finish third.

In 2wd short course, Wickum and teammate Todd Pearson, the two original BMiller team drivers, battled up front throughout the eight-minute A main in their Associated SC10’s. Midway through the race Pearson tangled with some lapped traffic, allowing Wickum to surge to the lead. Pearson stayed within striking distance the rest of the way but could not get around Wickum, who won by two seconds over Pearson.

The most hotly contested race of the night came in 4wd short course where Lou Figueria narrowly earned the TQ over Shon Wilcox, who is getting faster each week since getting into the class just a few weeks ago. The action was just as close between the two in the six-minute A main. Figueria led the entire way and could not afford a bobble, as Wilcox stayed close from start to finish. Figueria, however, kept his Losi SCTE smooth throughout and earned a seven-second win over Wilcox in his new Losi SCTE. BMiller’s Patrick Zhao moved up from the seventh qualifying spot to finish third while Wickum was fourth.

BMILLER RACING ROAD TRIP: RENO’S TRACTION RACEWAY

Nine members of the BMiller Racing team recently piled into two vehicles and made the trek East on Interstate 80 to Reno for a night of racing at Traction Raceway as well as some post-race team fun in “The Biggest Little City in the World.”

Nearly 80 racers turned out for the Friday night club event, ranging from enthusiastic beginners to some of the most talented drivers in the Northern Nevada area. The folks at Traction ran an efficient two round, 13-heat program with eight-minute A mains, and the announcing was outstanding for both the racers and spectators.

On the track, the BMiller team enjoyed its share of success with Brain Strange posting the victory in 4wd Open Buggy and Patrick Zhao winning in 4wd Short Course. Strange also was third in 2wd Open Buggy and Terry Wickum finished second and third in 4wd Short Course and 2wd Open SCT, respectively.

Strange had to rally in the second half of the 4wd Buggy main after getting tangled in traffic in the opening laps. But he stayed focused and smooth and started to reel Trevor Coons in before overtaking him on the 19th lap. Strange finished with 22 laps and a seven-second advantage over Coons.

Zhao started in the fifth position in 4wd SCT but worked his way up to second after three laps behind Wickum, who was the TQ. The teammates battled for the top spot for the next five laps before Zhao took advantage of a Wickum miscue and grabbed the lead. Zhao never looked back after getting to the front, registering consistent 22-second laps to finish with 22 total laps and an eight-second win over Wickum.

In 2wd Open SCT, BMiller’s Sawyer Bruer qualified third but jumped to the front of the pack in lap two. Bruer extended the lead and had nearly a 20-second advantage midway through the race. But in the final minute he had a series of unlucky events that allowed the pack to catch up and pull away. Local standouts Mike Pradere and Rick Jenkins went on to finish first and second, respectively, while Wickum was third and Bruer fifth.

Even after all that racing, no one seemed to want to leave the track, running off remaining charged packs till nearly 1am. After a quick load up, everyone headed over to the El Dorado Hotel and Casino for some dinner/breakfast at 2am. But despite plenty of tired eyes, no one seemed ready to sleep, so some of the guys found an all night bowling establishment, while a couple others headed to the poker room.

Finally getting to sleep around 5am, the team got a few hours of shuteye before getting up to hit the all-you-can-eat brunch buffet. The little bit of rest and good food gave everyone a second wind, so rather than heading back to Sacramento the crew packed in the cars and headed to the Grand Sierra Resort for the ultimate showdown – the BMiller Racing Go-Cart Challenge. The action was fast and furious and wheel-to-wheel with everyone taking turns leading some laps. No official winner was declared, but the whole team left the place with smiles from ear to ear.

When it was all said and done, it was a 24-hour action-packed trip that everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks again to the personnel at Traction Raceway for their tremendous hospitality. We look forward to going back up there soon!

BMILLER RACING’S EDDIE BERNAL AND LOU FIGUERIA WIN AT LSR SPEEDWAY’S NEW YEAR’S BASH

BMiller Racing’s Eddie Bernal and Lou Figueria both posted victories in the New Year’s Bash at LSR Speedway in Sacramento, while teammates Justin Moon and Nathan Bernal registered a pair of second place finishes.

Eddie Bernal TQ’d his Associated B4 in the Pro Buggy class, and led from start to finish in winning the eight-minute main. Bernal, who laid down the day’s fastest single lap with a 16.192, finished seven seconds ahead of Moon in his Durango dex210, as the duo ended up being the only two competitors to complete 28 laps in the race.

Figueria was in second in the early stages of the 4wd Short Course A Main, but took over the lead in lap four and never looked back, winning the six-minute race in his Losi SCTE by eight seconds over LSR mainstay Shon Wilcox, who is quickly becoming a weekly contender in his SCTE despite only racing the truck for the past few weeks.

Eddie’s son, Nathan, was fast all day in 2wd Open Short Course, and ended up placing second in a borrowed Factory Team SC10. “Lil Nate” TQ’d for the eight-minute A Main and led through the first 10 laps before Jeff Lorenzo took over and maintained the rest of the way for the win.

BMIILLER ENJOYS A PODIUM PARADE AT HOLE-SHOT RACEWAY’S 1ST ANNUAL HOLE-SHOT RACEWAY NEW YEAR’S EVE CHALLENGE

BMiller Racing enjoyed a banner showing at the 1st Annual Hole-Shot Raceway New Year’s Eve Challenge in Sacramento, posting five podium finishes in the event’s pro classes.

Lou Figueria finished second with his Losi SCTE in both 4wd short course and the invitational Dash 4 Cash. Josh O’Connell, who had some difficulties with his electronics in qualifying, got things back on track with his Losi SCTE in the 4wd short course A Main, finishing third behind Figueria and winner Jason Moberly of Team Tekin, JConcepts, and SMC.

In 2wd short course, Eddie Bernal was second in a borrowed Associated SC10 and teammate Sawyer Bruer was third with his Factory Team SC10.

Brian Strange closed out the BMiller podium parade, finishing third in Pro Buggy with his Losi TLR 22.

10 QUESTIONS WITH BMILLER RACING’S EDDIE BERNAL

When did you get into RC racing?
“I bought my first car in 1995 when my father-in-law and I wanted to find something to do together, so we went to a local RC store and each bought a vehicle.”

What was your first RC vehicle?
“I remember it well it was a Traxxas Nitro Hawk. Still can remember how much fun it was when I fired it up for the first time.”

How many hours a week do you spend prepping your vehicles?
“I would say that I spend somewhere between 3-5 hours a week at home working on my buggies and short course truck. Of course when we are at the track practicing or racing I am working on them quite a bit trying to get them dialed in.”

How many days a week are you out at a track practicing?
“I like to get out and practice two or three times a week, and then race at least twice a week. Nothing gets you faster than track time.”

We notice that your son is almost always with you at the track. How much do you enjoy having all that father-son time with Nathan?
“There is nothing better than finding an activity you can participate with your son on an almost daily basis. My only regret is that my older son, Jordan, hasn’t been able to participate in the hobby very much.”

You seem to always be helping others with their car setups? Why is assisting other racers important?
“The only way to continue to grow the hobby is to assist others. I really enjoy passing on tune-up tricks that have been taught to me by someone who took the time to help me out. Plus, it is a lot of fun to watch your friends and competitors get better and better. That, of course, helps raise your own level of driving.”

What are some of the best aspects of being part of the BMiller Race Team?
“I really enjoy the camaraderie with the guys on the team. We really have a great group of guys who want to help each other and everyone else at the track. We are getting faster as a collective group because we are all pushing each other. This has been a tremendous experience. It?s nice being part of a successful team, just like in any sport.”

What are your RC goals going forward?
“Personally, I would love to win some larger races. But I really look forward to watching my son Nathan continue to get better, and hopefully someday become a factory-sponsored driver.”

What class would you like to go into if you could expand your RC repertoire?
“Definitely 4wd short course. I have had an opportunity to drive a couple of Losi SCTEs, and it makes you smile from ear to ear. That is the fastest growing class in RC today, and I can see why because it is wide-open, door-to-door action.”

What do you enjoy doing when not at the track or in the garage dialing in your cars?
“I love spending time with my wife and family at home or out somewhere. I also enjoy playing golf and watching sports on TV.”

BMILLER RACING SWEEPS PRO CLASSES AT LSR SPEEDWAY (12/22/11)

Despite being open for less than a year, LSR Speedway in Sacramento has provided a professionally run off-road and oval RC racing facility for many to enjoy (thanks to owners Scott and Heather). The highlight of their weekly program has been on Thursday nights, where the off-roaders have brought out their buggies and short course trucks on a consistent basis. Now dubbed the “Thursday Night Nats,” in local circles, the RC racing on December 22 was fast and furious with a track-record 72 entries.

BMiller Racing enjoyed a banner night, winning all three pro classes. Josh O’Connell got things going in the pro mains, taking down the 4wd Short Course class. O’Connell, who has posted more than 10 victories in the class at LSR, TQ’d and led the majority of the race in his Losi SCTE. Eddie Bernal, who was piloting another driver’s truck for the night, battled O’Connell in the first two minutes of the six-minute main before Bernal went wide in the sharp right turn at the end of the straightaway, allowing O’Connell to duck underneath for the pass. O’Connell’s smooth, but wide-open driving style kept the pack at bay the rest of the way and provided him with the victory by three seconds over Tekin’s Randy Pike, while Bernal finished third.

Sawyer Bruer kept the BMiller party going in 2wd Short Course with the TQ and wire-to-wire victory. Bruer was fast all night in his Associated Factory Team SC10, posting the only sub 17 second laps in the class. After a brief foray into buggy racing in recent weeks, Bruer had no problem getting back his short course groove. LSR local Jeff Lorenzen, who has been really fast in his own right in recent weeks, finished second. BMiller’s Terry Wickum was fourth in the six-minute main.

The final race of the night featured the eight-minute Pro Buggy A Main. BMiller’s Brian Strange has been on a terror in recent weeks, and on this night nothing had changed. Strange TQ’d with his Losi 22 and battled in the opening laps with teammate Eddie Bernal, but Strange’s mistake-free style eventually allowed him to pull clear and earn him the only 28-lap result. Eddie’s 13-year-old son and fellow BMiller representative, Nathan Bernal, was dialed all night as well, and enjoyed his highest LSR Pro Buggy finish with a second place showing. Track coordinator and overall LSR Mr. Utility Nate Henry had a very strong race and finished third, while Eddie, who may now be known around the track as “Nathan’s Dad,” placed fourth.

BMILLER RACING’S BRIAN STRANGE WINS HOLE-SHOT RACEWAY’S DASH 4 CASH

Piloting his Losi TLR 22 2wd Buggy, BMiller Racing’s Brian Strange pulled out a dramatic victory in the winner-take-all Dash 4 Cash at Hole-Shot-Raceway in Sacramento on December 10. Five members of the BMiller Race Team qualified for the evening’s highlight race, which was run without the use of any corner marshals.

Strange started in the middle of the 12 qualifiers but quickly moved up into second after just the first lap. Utilizing his usual steady driving style, Strange grabbed the lead in lap four of the five-minute race. With no corner marshals, the field started to dwindle as they found their way with wheels up and on their shells.

Jason Moberly was steady and fast as well throughout the race and closed on Strange in the final few laps. With just 10 seconds to go, both competitors made it past the line to go one final lap. Moberly pulled off a clean pass moving onto to the back straight and appeared to get clear enough to grab the win. But Strange pinned the throttle over the final triple, went to the outside of some piled up carnage and pulled even right at the line. With the finish too close to call by the naked eye, everyone looked to the official scoring computer, and there it was. Strange wins it by .025 of a second. Wow what a finish!

The remainder of the BMiller Racing qualifiers were Sawyer Bruer (5th), Josh O’Connell (7th), Patrick Zhao (8th), and Lou Figueria (11th).

BRAD MILLER GIVES BACK TO SACRAMENTO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS KIDS

One of the most charitable players in the NBA, Brad Miller recently provided a $300 Christmas shopping spree for 20 Sacramento-area kids enrolled in the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. This is the eighth year that Brad has assisted the Sacramento Big Brothers Big Sisters program with the holiday shopping spree.

Brad’s national contributions to Big Brothers Big Sisters has totaled nearly $1 million over the years. For the past seven years he has hosted the Brad Miller Golf Outing, Gala & Auction. This past September, the event raised $126,500 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

BMILLER RACING’S CORY YODER FINISHES FOURTH AT 2011 SPEKTRUM OFF-ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Many of the World’s finest off-road RC drivers converged on Trackside Hobbies in Milwaukee last weekend (Dec. 2-4) to compete in the 2011 Spektrum Off-Road Championships. The three-day event featured over 400 entries and some outstanding bumper-to-bumper, wheel-to-wheel radio-controlled action.

BMiller Racing was represented at the premier event by Freeport, Illinois’ Cory Yoder in the Stock Short Course Truck class, which featured an amazing 62 registered drivers! Yoder, who was running 17.5 blinky mode for the first time in his career, was among the best in the class all weekend long, finishing with six points in the four qualifying rounds to earn the fifth spot on the starting grid for the 10-truck, seven-minute A Main event.

The main provided outstanding precision driving throughout the field as no one was lapped in action during the race’s 22 laps. Yoder cleared the first turn in fifth place, but moved up to fourth by the time the first lap was complete. He would jump back and forth between third and fourth through much of the race, battling with both Brian Lutz and Michael Frazier. After the leader Jason Hills had a mechanical failure with less than 45 seconds to go, Yoder moved into third. But on the final lap Frazier was able to just get past Yoder at the line, grabbing the final podium spot by just one 1/100th of a second.

While certainly pleased with his fourth place finish among the huge, talented field, Yoder vowed that he will have his Kyosho Ultima SC even more dialed the next time around.

BMILLER RACING’S JOSH O’CONNELL WINS DASH 4 CASH AT HOLE-SHOT RACEWAY

Driving his Losi SCTE, BMiller Racing’s Josh O’Connell walked away with the winner-take-all cash prize in the Hole-Shot Raceway Dash 4 Cash on November 26. Four members of the BMiller Race Team qualified for the evening’s highlight race, which was run black-lighted and in the track’s reverse direction.

O’Connell started in the back of the 10-car field but was in fourth at the end of the first lap. By the time the field of fluorescent streaks came by on the second lap, O’Connell had taken over the lead. He would never give up the top spot the rest of the way in the five-minute feature, although he was challenged late by teammate TJ Wickum. By the time they crossed the line, O’Connell finished 0.95 seconds ahead of Wickum for the cash prize.

Lou Figueria and Patrick Zhao were the two other BMiller Racing qualifiers, placing fourth and seventh, respectively.

BMILLER RACING ENJOYS SUCCESSFUL DAY AT OUTBACK RACEWAY’S TURKEY SHOOTOUT

Nine members of the BMiller Racing Team traveled to Chico, California on November 19 to compete at the Turkey Shootout at A Main Hobbies’ Outback Raceway. Considered by many to be one of the premier indoor off-road facilities in the World, fun was had by all during the day’s racing activities.

The BMiller Racing crew brought home three podium finishes, highlighted by Josh O’Connell’s exciting victory in the Pro 4 Open Short Course A Main. O’Connell took control of the race midway through the eight-minute main and held off all challengers to win the coveted turkey for Thanksgiving Day dinner.

BMiller team members held five of the 10 qualifying spots in the Pro 4 Main and were led by O’Connell’s Top of the Box finish. But Patrick Zhao was steady throughout the race and also grabbed a spot on the podium with his third place finish. TJ Wickum was sixth while Eddie Bernal and Lou Figueria were seventh and ninth, respectively.

Eddie’s 13-year-old son, Nathan Bernal, provided the team’s other Top 3 finish on the day, placing third in Pro 2 Open Short Course. Teammate Sawyer Bruer was close behind in fourth and Wickum and Figueria were sixth and eighth, respectively.

In 2wd Open Buggy, Eddie Bernal finished just off the podium in fourth, less than two seconds behind A Main Hobbies’ Curtis Door in third. His son, Nathan, bumped up to the show after winning the B Main and placed ninth in the A Main.

A MAIN HOBBIES PARTNERS WITH BMILLER RACING

A Main Hobbies has announced that it is partnering with BMiller Racing, the team of radio-controlled car racers founded in June of 2011 by 13-year veteran professional basketball star Brad Miller.

“We are very appreciative of the support A Main Hobbies is providing BMiller Racing. A Main Hobbies has an exciting vision for RC racing and the hobby as a whole, and we are thrilled to be part of that excitement. I am a newcomer to the world of RC but have really enjoyed the experience, and look forward to doing even more with BMiller Racing and A Main Hobbies in the future.” Miller said about his team’s new sponsorship.

A Main Hobbies’ Chief Financial Officer, Kevin Kiser, added, “We’re really excited to be involved with BMiller Racing. Not only has A Main Hobbies gained three great representatives, but we hope to seize the inherent potential to promote the RC industry to basketball fans everywhere.”

About A Main Hobbies
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NBA VETERAN BRAD MILLER DIVES INTO RC RACING CRAZE WITH FORMATION OF BMILLER RACING

BMiller Racing

Veteran NBA big man Brad Miller has found his way into the world of RC truck and car excitement with the formation of BMiller Racing. A past RC enthusiast, Miller was recently struck by the short course racing bug and wanted to get back into the hobby.

“I am definitely a backyard basher when it comes to RC driving, but I really enjoy the scale look of the short course trucks and VTA cars. The advancements in the RC industry over the past few years have been impressive and made bashing and racing fun for everyone. As for myself, I will likely stick to bashing in the fields around the house and leave the racing to the experts,” states Miller.

A two-time All-Star (2003, 2004), Miller has played 13 NBA seasons and is currently a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He has posted career averages of 11.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in 853 games with Charlotte, Chicago, Indiana, Sacramento, and Houston, and is one of only five players in history to make an NBA All-Star team as an undrafted player. The 7-0 center-forward also was a member of the USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team from 2006-08.

Miller, who is an avid outdoorsman and current co-host of Country Boys Outdoors on The Sportsman Channel, played six seasons with the Sacramento Kings (2003-09) and resides in the offseason in nearby Granite Bay, Calif. It is in Northern California where Miller had a chance to meet the first two members of BMiller Racing, Todd Pearson and TJ Wickum.

“Today’s RC trucks and cars not only have a full scale look and lots of speed, but the drivers are getting better and faster,” says Miller. “Todd and TJ really impressed me when I had a chance to meet them. They have consistently gotten better over the past year, and being from the Sacramento-area are the perfect fit to be the first two drivers to represent our team. I look forward to seeing what they can do out there on the track.”

Pearson has over 20 years of RC experience with cars and planes. He began in 1991 flying electric planes and racing 1/10th scale electric cars at local indoor tracks and parking lots. In 2008 he started racing short course off-road around Northern California. Last year Pearson enjoyed a banner season, winning the End of Summer Off-Road Series at Speedworld Raceway in the Expert Slash class as well as a victorious run at the Kit & Caboodle Dash For Cash oval race. He also was a member of the winning team in the 2010 SCT 3-hour Enduro at Speedworld. Pearson began this season on fire as well, winning the Speedworld VTA Spring Series by taking the top podium spot in four of the five races. A resident of Lincoln, California, Pearson has always been willing to assist newcomers around the pits, and was instrumental in bringing Wickum into off-road racing. Pearson also has served as a certified trainer for aspiring RC aircraft flyers.

Wickum, who resides in Rocklin, California, is a relative newcomer to the world of competitive RC racing. He began flying electric planes in 2008 but moved into cars after one year. His first racing experience was in late 2009 racing 1/18th scale electric trucks on indoor carpet tracks before moving into Spec Slash racing at Speedworld Raceway. This spring he added on-road racing to his repertoire, and just recently finished second to Pearson in the Speedworld VTA Spring Series. Wickum has won a number of local Sacramento-area races over the past year and was a member of the winning team in the 2011 SCT 3-hour Enduro at Speedworld in April. He is now expanding his racing experience to the regional and national levels, having recently finished as an A main qualifier in Pro 2 Modified Short Course Truck class at the Nor-Cal Electric Off-Road Championships.

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