LOU FIGUERIA: 600 MILES TRAVELED IN 48 HOURS AND RETURN HOME WITH A PAIR OF 4WD SHORT COURSE WINS

Lou photoBMiller Racing’s Lou Figueria loves to race his Losi SCTE 2.0, and last weekend that was apparent with a schedule that included a race in Southern California on Saturday and one in Northern California on Sunday. After more than 600 miles traveled over the course of 48 hours, Figueria returned to Sacramento with a pair of victories to show for his efforts.

The race weekend started with the four-hour trek to Bakersfield for the Grand Opening Shootout at Rainman’s Hobby and Raceway. After the two qualifying rounds, Figueria earned the TQ and started at the front of the grid for the six-minute A main. Big Lou dominated the main, leading from start to finish to earn weekend victory number one.

After the award ceremony Figueria left Rainman’s and headed up to the Bay Area to the legendary Nor Cal Hobbies & Raceway in Union City for the annual Toys For Tots Race. Again earning the TQ on Sunday morning, he sat on the pole for the double A mains and did not disappoint, winning both A1 and A2 to stand on top of the box in the late afternoon.

So with two victories in as many days in two different parts of the state, Figueria jumped back in his truck for the relatively short drive back to Sacramento to complete his 48-hour RC racing odyssey. But Big Lou won’t be idle for long. After a couple days of work in the real world, he will be right back out there whipping his SCTE 2.0 on the big jumps of a local track somewhere.

Big Lou’s Winning Combo from A Main Hobbies
Car – Losi SCTE 2.0
Radio – Futaba 4PKS
Servo – ProTek R/C 130SS
Motor – Tekin Pro4 HD
ESC – RX8 Gen2
Battery – ProTek R/C Supreme Power 7000 mAh 100c
Tires – JConcepts Bar Codes (gold)
Wheels – DE Racing White Borrego
Drive System – MIP “Pucks” Pro4mance Pack

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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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LOU FIGUERIA WINS eBUGGY AT 4th ANNUAL SHORT COURSE EXPLOSION

Lou at Short Course ExplosionBMiller Racing’s Lou Figueria took home the eBuggy title at the 4th Annual Short Course Showdown at Delta RC Raceway in Antioch, CA. Figueria also finished fourth amongst a stacked field in Pro 4 SCT.

Piloting a Mugen MBX6, Figueria earned the eBuggy TQ using a pair of ProTek RC 7000 mAh 100c Supreme Power batteries and Tekin electronics (RX8 speedo and Pro 4 4600 motor). In the main, ‘Big Lou’ lapped the field en route to standing on top of the box and adding more hardware to his 2013 trophy shelf.

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LOU FIGUERIA DOUBLES UP AT AMAIN HOBBIES’ LABOR DAY SHOOTOUT

Lou photoBMiller Racing’s Lou Figueria has found good symmetry this summer driving in Pro 4 shortcourse and 1/8 eBuggy. At the Labor Day Shootout in Chico, CA, things could not have gone better for Figueria in the two classes on the dirt of Silver Dollar Raceway.

Powered by Tekin electronics and ProTek batteries from AMain Hobbies, ‘Big Lou’ handily took the title in both classes. In Pro 4 SCT he had his Losi SCTE 2.0 on rails, powered by ProTek 7000 mAh Supreme Power 100c lipo batteries and a Tekin RX8 and Pro 4 4600 speedo and motor combo. This marked the second consecutive year he stood on top of the box in Pro 4 SCT at the Labor Day Classic after winning the ’12 title.

Piloting a Mugen MBX6, Figueria was again dialed in eBuggy. And again he utilized Tekin RX8 and Pro 4 4600 electronics with ProTek 7000 100c batteries to take the crown.

BMiller teammate Terry Wickum also garnered a podium finish, placing second in Open Nitro Buggy.

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BMILLER RACING TRIO TRIPLES UP AT RATTLESNAKE RACEWAY’S NCVM BENEFIT

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.

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BMILLER RACING’S LOU FIGUERIA WINS AT CVR RACEWAY MARCH MADNESS

When it was announced that Losi was releasing the SCTE 2.0, BMiller Racing’s Lou Figueria immediately went on his A Main Hobbies.com account and pre-ordered the kit. And when it became available a couple weeks ago, Figueria express shipped his pre-order and immediately starting building it with the hope to debut it at the March Madness race at CVR Raceway in Madera, CA. The rushed build and testing proved worthwhile, as ‘Big Lou’ came away with the March Madness victory in 4×4 Open Short Course. He also managed to finish second in eBuggy.

Powered by a brand new Tekin Pro 4 4600 motor and RX8 speedo as well as a recently-released super-charged ProTek R/C 100c lipo battery, the SCTE 2.0 was on rails all weekend on a large outdoor layout that required a combination of power and dialed suspension.

BMiller teammate Josh O’Connell actually earned the TQ going into the eight-minute main and led the first third of the race. Kyle Turner (who ended up finishing 3rd) grabbed the lead on lap 5 and paced the field for the next five laps before a bobble allowed O’Connell to recapture the top spot in lap 11. Meanwhile, Figueria, who was able to keep traction on the loose surface throughout the weekend using a combination of Panther Raptors and Boas mounted on white DE Racing Borrego wheels, stayed steady throughout and found himself right in the mix for the stretch run.

The final six laps produced an epic battle between O’Connell and Figueria, as the teammates and friends were never separated by more than two seconds on the sprawling, big-air layout. Running his fastest laps in the late stages, Figueria found himself right on O’Connell’s bumper with one lap to go. The decisive move came in the back section of the track when O’Connell maintained his regular line through the rolling triples while Figueria decided to square up off the turn and launch it and hold on. Figueria made the pass in the air and then it was a drag race to the finish line with Figueria winning by just over a second.

Other March Madness class winners included Phillip Atondo in expert nitro buggy and truggy, Brandon Curran in sportsman nitro buggy and truggy, Jacob Haas in eBuggy, Ron Kammerer in 40+ nitro buggy, Keith Henry in 40+ nitro truggy, and Jonathan Hernandez in the Dash 4 Cash.

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BMILLER RACING POSTS 4 WINS, 9 PODIUMS AT OUTBACK SHOOTOUT

A Main Hobbies is putting Chico, California on the worldwide RC map in 2013, and the impressive slate of primetime competitions opened this past weekend with the running of the 4th Annual Outback Shootout at Outback Raceway. The BMiller Race Team made the short trek for the Shootout and came away with a banner showing, tallying four class victories and nine podiums overall.

Justin Moon, a former professional full scale open wheel formula BMW and champ car driver, has been on the verge of a breakout since returning to RC racing two years ago, and he may have gotten it at the Outback Shootout with a victory in Open 2wd Buggy. Driving a T2 Evo buggy from Team C with power provided by a Gen 2 9.5 motor and RS speedo from Tekin and the recently released ProTek R/C Supreme Power 100c Shorty Pack, Moon earned the TQ with four strong rounds of qualifying. In the eight-minute A main he led from start to finish and was the only driver to lay down 32 laps. 14-year-old BMiller Racing teammate Nathan Bernal registered the fastest lap of the race at 15.014 and made a strong charge at the end of the main to finish second just three seconds back of Moon, while A Main Hobbies pro driver Tyler Vik placed third.

Just prior to the Open 2wd Buggy main, the up-and-coming Bernal pulled out a dramatic victory in 2wd Stock Buggy with a borrowed Team Associated B4.2 that was built only hours before qualifying on Saturday. Starting from the No. 2 spot on the grid, Bernal (who also finished 3rd in Open 4wd buggy) trailed teammate Terry Wickum through much of the eight-minute main but strung together a series of impressive late-race laps with a Tekin Gen 2 17.5 motor and RS speedo and ProTek R/C Supreme Power 100c Shorty Pack to eventually take the top spot in the final minute and register a comfortable winning margin. Wickum held on for second while another standout Team Associated youngster, Tanner Matesa, finished third.

Open 4wd Short Course provided the most entertaining races throughout the weekend, and the eight-minute A main did not disappoint. BMiller Racing’s Josh O’Connell started in the second spot on the grid behind teammate Patrick Zhao, who led for the first two minutes. In lap seven, however, O’Connell took advantage of a Zhao miscue and never looked back, guiding his Losi SCTE in consistent fashion behind the power of Tekin electronics (Pro 4 4600 and RX8) and a ProTek R/C Supreme Power 100c Hard Case lipo. O’Connell had to stay aggressive and focused throughout because Team Tekno and A Main Hobbies factory driver Austin Blair was all over him before settling for runner-up honors. Zhao held on for third place, while BMiller drivers Wickum and Lou Figueria finished fourth and fifth, respectively. All four BMiller drivers in 4wd SCT were mounted on Borrego wheels from DE Racing.

Figueria and Zhao also provided an epic battle in Open 2wd Short Course with the top of the box undetermined until the final turn. Zhao earned the TQ with a borrowed Associated SC10 stocked with a Tekin 8.5 and RS speedo and ProTek lipo and led for most of the eight-minute A main. But Figueria, who was driving team owner Brad Miller’s Losi 22SCT with Tekin 10.5 Gen 2 motor and RS Pro speedo and ProTek lipo, was on a mission from his No. 6 qualifying spot. Hanging around in the middle of the pack in the early going, Figueria started to make his move up the charts at the midway point but still trailed Zhao by five seconds. With one minute to go he had closed to within three seconds and then found himself right on Zhao’s bumper with one lap to go when Zhao got tangled with lapped traffic. The two battled as the crowd amped up with Figueria making the hero pass on the final straight to earn the victory. Randy Pike of Team Tekin and Panther Tires rounded out the podium in third. All three podium finishers in Open 2wd SCT had their tires mounted on DE Racing Borrego wheels.

Additional class winners included Eric Albano (Open 4wd Buggy), Tyler Vik (Open 2wd Stadium Truck), Nathan Lavery (Stock 2wd SCT), Kendall Bennett (Stock 2wd Stadium Truck), and Clayton Buck (Rookie).

With two world-class facilities, A Main Hobbies will be the hub of RC off-road action in 2013. More than 10 premier competitions will be held in Chico at Silver Dollar R/C Raceway and Outback Raceway, highlighted by the JConcepts Summer Indoor Nationals in July (7/13-14), ROAR 1/10 Electric Off-Road Nationals in August (8/8-11) and IFMAR Electric Buggy World Championships in September (9/22-29).

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BMILLER RACING’S MOON, FIGUERIA WIN LSR SPEEDWAY WINTER SERIES

BMiller Racing’s Justin Moon and Lou Figueria recently came away with class victories in the six-race LSR Speedway Winter Off-Road Series. Moon won the Pro Buggy title while Figueria took down the Pro 4 short course crown. Both Moon and Figueria were powered by ProTek R/C batteries from A Main Hobbies.

Moon won and TQ’d four of the six Pro Buggy rounds and was second in his other scoring round (top 5 finishes were counted in final points). BMiller teammate Nathan Bernal finished third in the final series points standings, winning the two rounds that Moon did not win.

Figueria won four of the five Pro 4 rounds he competed in and finished second in the other scoring race to handily win the title. Teammate Patrick Zhao posted five top five finishes en route to placing second in the final Pro 4 standings.

Other class winners in the LSR Speedway Winter Off-Road Series were Craig Patterson (17.5 Expert Buggy), Rich Stidham (17.5 Sportsman Buggy), Cameron Kerndt (2wd Expert SCT and 4wd Buggy), Tom Sores (2wd Sportsman SCT), Mike Wielatz (4wd Sportsman SCT), Josh Goldstein (Sportsman Buggy), and Ashlyn Rowles (Rookie).

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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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BRAD MILLER HOSTS BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SPREE

Brad Miller, founder of BMiller Racing, recently hosted a Christmas shopping spree for 21 kids enrolled in the Sacramento-area chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Team drivers Terry Wickum and Lou Figueria were on hand to assist in the festivities, which provided each of the 21 kids with a $300 gift card at Toys-R-Us to spend on anything in the store. Widely recognized as one of the most charitable players in the NBA during his 13-year professional career, Brad has hosted the Sacramento Big Brothers Big Sisters shopping spree for the past 10 years.

Brad’s overall national contribution to Big Brothers Big Sisters has totaled nearly $1 million over the years. For the past eight years he has hosted the Brad Miller Golf Outing, Gala & Auction. This past Fall the event raised more than $150,000 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.

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