BMiller Racing team members Lou Figueria, Josh O’Connell, and Troy Hanson made the trip north to Redding, CA last weekend to take part in the Northern California Veterans Museum Benefit Race at Rattlesnake Raceway, and all three came home with class victories. The trio was powered throughout the weekend by Tekin electronics and ProTek R/C batteries from A Main Hobbies with Panther tires mounted on DE Racing wheels.
4wd Short Course proved to be the weekend’s premier class with 33 entries. Figueria earned the TQ with his Losi SCTE 2.0 but it was his teammate O’Connell, starting from the No. 2 position, who led the field through the first two laps. A bobble by O’Connell in lap four catapulted Figueria back into the top spot, where he stayed for most of the eight-minute A main. Figueria returned the favor with two minutes to go, suffering a hard crash in the big jump section in front of the driver’s stand that put O’Connell back in charge. That was all O’Connell needed, laying down a blistering final five laps for the win in his Losi SCTE with Tekin RX8 speedo and Pro 4 4600 motor, ProTek R/C Supreme Power 100c lipo battery, and super soft Panther Raptors mounted on white DE Racing Borrego wheels. Figueria held on for second despite suffering some electrical issues from the late-race crash and Jason Melfa was third.
Figueria redeemed himself in the 10-minute eBuggy A main. Again starting on the pole with the TQ, Figueria left no doubt in this one, winning wire-to-wire by running all but one of his 28 laps in either 21 or 22 seconds (other lap was a 23). Powered by a Tekin RX8 speedo and T8 motor with two ProTek R/C Supreme Power 100c lipo batteries, Figueria had his Mugen MBX6 ECO planted on the loose dirt surface with super soft Panther Talon tires glued to white DE Racing Borrego 8 buggy wheels. Figueria ended up winning by 12 seconds with Mark Schroeder second and O’Connell third.
Hanson was locked and loaded all weekend in 2wd Short Course with his Associated Factory Team SC10. Dialed up with a Tekin 8.5 motor and RS speedo matched with a ProTek R/C Supreme Power 100c battery, Hanson earned the TQ and won the eight-minute A main by 21 seconds. The high-speed, big-air layout was a challenge for the 2wd SCT’s on the loose surface, but Hanson’s ride found plenty of traction with super soft Panther Raptors mounted on yellow DE Racing Borrego wheels accented by black carbon fiber wheel sticker disks. Austin Hansen finished second and Mike Bunker ended up third.
O’Connell also found himself in an epic battle in Nitro Buggy with Schroeder, Brett Bowen, and Trevor Lund. The foursome went toe-to-toe for the first 10 minutes of the 20-minute main with the lead changing hands nine times before attrition starting taking its toll on the leaders. Bowen suffered servo problems right after the halfway point, and then O’Connell was forced to the sidelines while leading with three minutes to go, suffering a broken front end. Schroeder, who TQ’d, stayed steady throughout and earned the hard fought victory.
Other class winners included Red Patten in 2wd Mod Buggy, Greg Newman in 4wd Buggy, Melfa in 1/8 Truggy, and Tom Swaney in Novice. With a record number of entries, the race proceeds allowed the club to donate more than $2,000 to the neighboring Northern California Veterans Museum.
Built approximately five years ago by a strong local RC racing community, Rattlesnake Raceway (http://www.rattlesnakerc.com) is located at 3747 Meadowview Drive in Redding, CA and features both off-road and oval racing. Jason Schurig serves as club president, and represented the facility in a first-class manner as an outstanding race director for the NCVM Benefit Race.