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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BMILLER RACING’S BERNAL, FIGUERIA WIN PROTEK R/C CHALLENGE CUP

BMiller Racing recently hosted a pair of unique match races as part of the weekly club racing program at LSR Speedway in Sacramento. Titled the ProTek R/C Challenge Cup, the evening’s top modified buggy drivers took on the premier 17.5 stock buggy drivers in one match race, while in short course the leading Pro 2 competitors faced off against the top Pro 4 racers. A brand new ProTek R/C Supreme Power lipo battery pack from A Main Hobbies was awarded to the winner of each race.

The 17.5 Buggy vs. Pro Buggy Challenge Cup was up first with the top five qualifiers from the heats in both classes participating in the 15-lap dash. With the 17.5 TQ driver taking the pole, the five 17.5 qualifiers took off at the tone with the five Pro Buggy competitors taking chase after a nine-second delay.

Nathan Lavery, the 17.5 TQ, led the field through the first three laps but a rollover took him out of contention, and allowed BMiller Racing’s Josh O’Connell to take the lead in his 17.5 buggy. Meanwhile, the Pro Buggy drivers were in full chase mode, paced by BMiller drivers Eddie and Nathan Bernal. O’Connell held off the Bernal duo until 14-year-old Nathan executed a sweet inside pass to take the top spot in lap 12. A smooth final two-and-a-half laps gave the younger Bernal the title and a brand new ProTek R/C Supreme Power 70c Shorty Pack. Eddie Bernal went on to finish second with BMiller Racing’s Terry Wickum taking the final podium spot with his 17.5 buggy.

The Pro 2 vs. Pro 4 Short Course Challenge Cup was equally as thrilling with the top five 2wd SCTs taking off with a nine-second head start over the top five 4wd qualifiers.

Cameron Kerndt earned the pole as TQ in Pro 2, and used the advantage to take a big lead in the first half of the 15-lap sprint. But meanwhile the Pro 4 chase group was in full effect, paced by BMiller drivers Lou Figueria and O’Connell. It was Figueria who found himself picking off the Pro 2 group first, and by lap 10 had Kerndt in his sites. But Kerndt was on rails with his Associated SC10 and was able to hold onto the top spot until lap 12 when Figueria piloted his Losi SCTE into the lead and the eventual win. Kerndt ended up finishing second with O’Connell third. For his efforts, Figueria won a ProTek R/C Supreme Power 70c Hard Case Battery Pack.

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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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BMILLER RACING SWEEPS LSR SPEEDWAY FALL SERIES PRO BUGGY PODIUM

Justin Moon recently made the switch to Team C, and the change has agreed quite well with the 24-year-old BMiller Racing driver. Piloting the TC02 Evo Buggy, Moon led a BMiller Racing sweep of the pro buggy class in the final points standings for the LSR Speedway Fall Series, winning three of the six series legs (Rounds 1, 5, 6) and taking second in his other scoring round (best four finishes were counted towards final points).

Powered by Tekin electronics and a 4100mAh 70c ProTek R/C shorty pack from A Main Hobbies, Moon had to win in the Round 6 finale in order to take the overall series victory. He was dialed in the eight-minute Round 6 A main on clay Panther Bobcats (front) and clay Switch 2.0’s (rear) and came away with a 10-second victory over the field.

Eddie Bernal finished second in the final pro buggy standings and his 14-year-old son, Nathan Bernal was third overall. The elder Bernal won Round 3 and was second in the first two legs, while young Nathan took the top spot in Rounds 2 and 4.

BMiller Racing was also represented on the top of the box of Pro 4 short course with team drivers Patrick Zhao and Lou Figueria taking first and second, respectively. Zhao won Rounds 1, 2, and 5 and Figueria took Rounds 3, 4, and 6. But the final overall one-point difference came from Zhao earning three TQ bonus points to Figueria’s two bonus points.

Both Zhao and Figueria drive Losi SCTE’s muscled by a Tekin Pro 4 4600 kV motor and RX8 speedo, ProTek R/C 70c lipo batteries, and Panther Switch tires in clay compound mounted on DE Racing Borrego SC wheels.

Other class winners included Nathan Lavery in 17.5 NR Buggy, Jace Tillman in Sportsman Buggy, Jeff Lorenzo in 2wd Open SCT and Stadium Truck, Craig Patterson in 17.5 NR 2wd SCT, Frank Deaver in 2wd Sportsman SCT, and Tom Sores in 4wd Sportsman SCT.

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BMILLER RACING SWEEPS EXPERT BUGGY CLASSES AT 3rd ANNUAL SHORT COURSE EXPLOSION

Five members of the BMiller Racing team made the short trek to Delta RC Raceway in Antioch, California for the 3rd Annual Short Course Explosion and came away seven podium finishes, highlighted by a sweep of the three expert buggy classes. Eddie Bernal won 2wd Open Expert Buggy while Terry Wickum was first in 17.5 NR Buggy and Patrick Zhao finished on top of the box in 4wd Mod Buggy. All three BMiller Racing drivers were powered by ProTek batteries from A Main Hobbies.

Bernal started fifth on the grid for the eight-minute A main in expert buggy but worked his B4.1 Worlds Factory Team Associated up to third after three laps. Laying down four consecutive 18-second laps, Bernal shortly thereafter moved into second and then first on lap 12. From there he never looked back and took down the top spot by a little more than 10 seconds with the only 27-lap run. Bernal also finished second in SCT Open Expert behind Team Losi driver Phillip Atondo.

Wickum has been on fire all summer in 17.5 buggy, and the Short Course Explosion added to his resume. Piloting his Associated B4 with soft Panther Lynx 2 ribs on the front and soft Panther Raptors in the rear and DE Racing black Borrego wheels all around, Wickum was absolutely dialed in the main. Starting in the TQ position for the eight-minute main, he won by nearly two laps over the rest of the field and posted a 26-lap run that would have finished in the top five in the 2wd expert open main.

Zhao just recently took up 4wd buggy but has found the transition pretty easy after running 4wd SCT for the past year. Earning the TQ with his Associated B44.1, Zhao took home a close win with a 27-lap run driving on Panther super soft Raptors on the front and Panther super soft Rattlers in the rear with white DE Racing Borrego wheels on each corner.

Zhao also took home first place and the $100 winner-take-all cash prize in the Delta Derby, teaming with local standout Dennis Close in a five-minute, 20-car short course shootout, featuring 10 teams of two drivers each racing with no corner marshals. Zhao was the only driver to complete 16 laps and Close registered 15 laps to come away with a two-man total of 31.

The other two BMiller Racing podium finishes came from a second place showing by Troy Hanson in 4wd Intermediate SCT and a third place from Justin Moon in 4wd buggy.

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WICKUM’S TRIFECTA LEADS BMILLER RACING AT LSR SPEEDWAY SIZZLING SUMMER SHOOTOUT

Terry Wickum posted three victories to lead an impressive BMiller Racing showing at LSR Speedway’s Sizzling Summer Shootout this past weekend. Wickum won the 2wd modified short course title as well as the 17.5 buggy crown and came away with a hard fought win in the BMiller TQ Challenge. Read More

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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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BERNALS, O’CONNELL LEAD BMILLER PODIUM RUSH AT MODESTO RC RACEWAY MOTOWN SHOWDOWN

Six members of the BMiller Race Team took part in the 2nd Annual Modesto RC Raceway Motown Showdown and all six returned home with at least one podium finish in the AAA mains. Nathan Bernal, Eddie Bernal, and Josh O’Connell led the BMiller trophy rush with victories in mod 2wd buggy, stadium truck, and 4wd short course, respectively. Read More

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O’CONNELL LEADS SUCCESSFUL BMILLER RACING HAUL AT TRACTION RACEWAY SHOWDOWN IN RENO

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. Read More

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