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.


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.


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.