TODD PEARSON, LOU FIGUERIA WIN A MAIN HOBBIES’ TURKEY DASH

Turkey DashSix members of the BMiller Race Team took part in the annual Turkey Dash at A Main Hobbies’ Outback Raceway in Chico, CA. The team’s results were impressive with five podium finishes, including individual class victories from Todd Pearson and Lou Figueria.

Pearson’s victory in 40+ Stock 2wd Buggy was one for the ages with a last second pass that was truly memorable. Starting from the TQ spot on the grid, Pearson bobbled in the opening lap and dropped to third. He stayed in that position until moving up to second in lap six. Pearson was not satisfied, however, and kept pressing forward by running 11 consecutive 17 second laps to close in on local standout Randy Lathrop. When Lathrop tripped up on the final lap, Pearson pulled even and dropped the ponies down the final straight to win by 0.121.

Figueria dominated the competition in 4wd Short Course, earning TQ honors before winning the A main by nearly a full lap.

Brian Strange ran well all day but came up just shy of sitting on top of the box with a second place showing in Open 2wd Buggy and a third place in 4wd Buggy. Terry Wickum rounded out the BMiller podium showings with a third in Open 2wd Short Course.

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BRIAN STRANGE FINISHES AMONGST THE BEST AT 2013 IFMAR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

2013_ifmar_worlds_logo250pxBrian's 4wd buggyThroughout 2012 and 2013, BMiller Racing’s Brian Strange has been knocking on the door of RC racing’s elite group of drivers. At last week’s IFMAR World Championships at Sliver Dollar Raceway in Chico, CA, Strange proved that he belongs in the discussion when talking about the sport’s premier names.

He finished 22nd overall in 4wd buggy amongst the top 150 world qualifiers and was 36th overall in 2wd buggy. In combining the finish totals from the two classes, Strange finished 25th overall, a true breakout against the best RC drivers in the world.

Sponsored by Team Associated, Reedy, and DE Racing and supported by A Main Hobbies through BMiller Racing, Strange turned many heads in Round 3 of qualifying for 4wd Buggy when he posted the seventh fastest time in the round for the entire field. He would go on to qualify for the C main, where he finished second behind Switzerland’s Patrick Hofer. Strange placed sixth in the D main of the 2wd event.

The United States continued its RC off-road domination at the IFMAR World Championships with Jared Tebo (Kyosho) winning the 2wd title and Steven Hartson (Team Associated) taking home the 4wd championship.

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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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STRANGE, ZHAO LEAD BMILLER RACING AT OUTBACK RACEWAY FALL BRAWL

More than 125 entrants hit the track for the first-ever Outback Raceway Fall Brawl on the A Main Hobbies campus in Chico, California. With many of the top drivers from Northern California taking part in the two-day extravaganza, the action at the world-renowned indoor facility was fast and furious on a flowing layout comprised of extremely high-bite clay.

BMiller Racing’s Brian Strange won the premier Open 2wd Buggy event as well as the Open Stadium Truck title, and teammate Patrick Zhao took home the 4wd Short Course crown. In all, BMiller Racing grabbed seven podium finishes.

Coming off Top 30 finishes in 2wd buggy, 4wd buggy and stadium truck at the ROAR SuperNationals back in August, Strange has only gotten faster as the calendar inches towards what promises to be an eventful 2013 for the Sacramento, Calif., resident. Facing a number of the area’s top buggy drivers at the Fall Brawl, Strange lapped the entire field in his Losi TLR 22 powered by a ProTek R/C Supreme Power 70c shorty pack. With Panther Burner Slicks mounted on white DE Racing Borrego wheels, Strange started in the second qualifying spot but was in the lead by the end of lap one. He ran the first 12 laps in nearly flawless manner, laying down either a 17 or 18 second mark in each of those laps, and never looked back. BMiller Racing’s Justin Moon posted one of his finest career showings to finish second in the feature race, while Team Associated factory driver Eric Albano was third.

Strange’s dominance was even more pronounced in stadium truck, again lapping the entire field during the eight-minute A main with his Losi 22T. Strapped up with a ProTek R/C Supreme Power 70c hard case lipo and grounded with a combination of clay Panther Switch and Burner Slick tires on white DE Racing Borrego wheels, Strange earned the TQ and then posted a fast lap in the main that was nearly a full second quicker than anyone else in the race.

Zhao, who resides just one block from Strange in Sacramento, is ascending along the way in learning the ins and outs from Strange. In just his second year of RC racing, Zhao has become a force in 4wd SCT and his performance at the Fall Brawl provided the proof. Battling a stacked field, Zhao earned the TQ with his Losi SCTE equipped with Tekin electronics (Pro 4 4600kV and RX8) and a ProTek R/C Supreme Power 70c hard case lipo. In the eight-minute main, Zhao led from start to finish, carving up the Outback Raceway layout with Panther Switch clay compound tires mounted on white DE Racing Trinidad wheels. When it was over, Zhao won by eight seconds over BMiller teammate Josh O’Connell and Team Tekin’s Jason Moberly, who were second and third, respectively.

BMiller Racing’s other podium finishes came from Terry Wickum’s second in Stock 2wd Buggy and Open 2wd Short Course and Eddie Bernal’s second place showing in 4wd Buggy.

Other event class winners included Nathan Lavery in Stock 2wd Buggy, Chris Jarosz in 4wd Buggy, Moberly in Open 2wd Short Course, Chris Ularte in Stock 2wd Short Course, and Raysen Chunn in the Kids Class.

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PATRICK ZHAO LEADS BMILLER RACING AT OFF-ROAD KINGS

Patrick Zhao has only been RC racing for a little over a year, but his dramatic improvement has made the BMiller Racing standout a factor anytime he makes his way onto the driver’s stand. His latest accomplishment during the rapid rise came at the recent Off-Road Kings event at Nor-Cal Hobbies in the Bay Area when he TQ’d and won the pro 4×4 short course event.

Powered by a ProTek 70c lipo battery from A Main Hobbies and Tekin electronics, Zhao had his Losi SCTE were dialed all weekend. After winning A1 in the triple A main format and finishing second in A2, Zhao was on rails in A3 with Panther soft Rattlers mounted on white DE Racing Trinidad wheels to win by more than seven seconds and take the overall victory. Team Tekin driver Jason Moberley finished second and Tim Martens was third.

BMiller Racing’s Brian Strange had an impressive showing in 2wd invite open buggy and 4wd open buggy, finishing third in both classes. Strange was consistent throughout the weekend, finishing in the top three in each of the eight rounds in mod invite buggy, including victories in three of the heats. Team Losi Racing’s Phillip Atondo came away with the overall victory and former IFMAR 2007 World Champion Hayato Matsuzaki was second with Strange rounding out the podium.

In triple A mains for 4wd buggy, Strange was third in A1, second in A2, and third in A3 to finish third overall behind Eric Albano and Derek Stephansen.

Another closely contested battle came in 17.5 invitational buggy, where BMiller Racing’s Terry Wickum and Sawyer Bruer battled a tough field to finish second and third, respectively, after the eight scoring heats (top 6 races count toward final standing). Wickum actually won all seven races he competed in (missed one race due to a practice lap mechanical failure), but lost to Nathan Lavery on the time tiebreaker.

Wickum also was fourth overall in 2wd open short course.

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STRANGE LEADS BMILLER RACING AT NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAMPIONSHIPS

BMiller Racing’s Brian Strange captured a pair of the coveted WWF-style belts awarded to the class winners at the Northern California Electric Off-Road Championships at Nor-Cal Hobbies. Strange won both the 4wd buggy and open stadium truck titles and finished third in 2wd open buggy.

Sawyer Bruer continued his recent hot streak in 4wd short course, piloting his Losi SCTE to a second place finish in the class, while placing fourth in 17.5 stock buggy. Teammate Lou Figueria was in the mix as well in 4wd SCT, coming home in fourth in the AAA main format. Read More

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WICKUM & STRANGE LEAD BMILLER RACING AT 2012 JCONCEPTS SUMMER INDOOR NATIONALS

Twelve members of the BMiller Race Team made the trip to Chico, California to take part in the 3rd Annual JConcepts Summer Indoor Nationals at A Main Hobbies’ Outback Raceway. Representing supporting sponsors A Main Hobbies, DE Racing, and Panther Tires, team drivers Terry Wickum and Brian Strange led an impressive BMiller team showing that included one class TQ and 13 qualifications into A main events. Read More

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BMiller Racing Hits The Road For Pair Of Events This Weekend

BMiller Racing will be represented at a pair of travel races this weekend. Brian Strange and Lou Figueria are making the trip to Magna, Utah to take part in the 24th Annual April Fools Classic at Intermountain R/C Raceway, while five other team members will head East on I-80 to Reno for the first-ever Traction Raceway Showdown.

The April Fools Classic is the second oldest active race currently held in the United States, attracting many of the nation’s fastest drivers. Qualifying will take place on Friday (Apr. 27) and Saturday (Apr. 28) with the mains on Sunday (Apr. 29). Strange will register for three modified pro classes, 2wd buggy, 4wd buggy, and stadium truck. Figueria will focus solely on his specialty, 4wd short course. Both Strange and Figueria, representing team sponsors A Main Hobbies, ProTek R/C, DE Racing wheels, and Panther tires, will be making their first trip to Utah to take part in the prestigious April Fools Classic.

Six members of the BMiller crew will head to Reno. Eddie and Nathan Bernal will represent the team at Traction Raceway along with Josh O’Connell, Terry Wickum, and Patrick Zhao. Qualifying will take place on Saturday (Apr. 28) with the mains on Sunday (Apr. 29).

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BRIAN STRANGE LEADS BMILLER RACING SWEEP IN PRO BUGGY AT LSR THURSDAY NIGHT NATS SERIES

The Pro Buggy title in the five-race Thursday Night Nats Series at Sacramento’s LSR Speedway came down to the final round with BMiller Racing’s Brian Strange, Eddie Bernal, and Justin Moon all battling for the crown.

Entering Round 5 action, Strange held a one-point advantage over Bernal with Moon just five points back. In the first heat of qualifying, Moon posted the TQ in an attempt to earn the Read More

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