THE BMILLER RACING STOCK vs. MODIFIED 1/10 ELECTRIC BUGGY CHALLENGE

photo-1In a continuing journey to present different ways to enjoy RC car racing, BMiller Racing hosted the first-ever BMiller Racing Stock vs. Mod Buggy Challenge on May 10 as part of the weekly Friday Night Nats program at LSR Speedway in Sacramento. Featuring many of the area’s top electric buggy drivers, the BMiller Challenge was a five-minute dash comprised of the top five qualifiers in both 17.5 Expert Buggy and Pro Mod Buggy, placed in teams of two based on qualifying position, and then positioned on the grid in inverted order. As a result, the TQ in Pro Mod Buggy started in the #10 spot on the grid and was matched up on a team with the slowest 17.5 qualifier, who would start on the pole.

After two rounds of qualifying in their respective classes, BMiller Racing’s own Justin Moon earned TQ honors in Pro Buggy and would start in the back of the inverted grid in the #10 spot. Brian Mincks was the second qualifier in Pro Buggy and started #9, followed by Sawyer Bruer in #8, Patrick Zhao in #7, and Nate Henry in #6.

Longtime stock standout Nathan Lavery TQ’d in 17.5 Buggy and was placed in the #5 position for the Challenge with Jace Tillman on the #4, Shon Wilcox on the #3, Craig Patterson on the #2, and Terry Wickum on the #1.

Each duo was asked to come up with a team name for the feature race, prompting a myriad of creative monikers: “Punch It” (Moon and Wickum), “Team Shadow” (Mincks and Patterson), “The Medical Militia” (Bruer and Wilcox), “Raider Racers” (Zhao and Tillman), and “The Nate Doggs” (Henry and Lavery). In the end, the object of the race was the team with the most combined laps (and fastest combined time) would win a pair of $50 A Main Hobbies gift cards provided by the folks at BMiller Racing.

Dropping the Green Flag…
After some warmup laps and driver introductions, the field went at the tone and threw it into the first turn full throttle. An immediate pile up collected four cars in the back of the grid, allowing the 17.5 guys to open up a little gap in the early going. Coming around for lap one it was Patterson on top with Wickum in second and Tillman in third. That group led for the first two minutes of the race, but it was Moon who was on the move after avoiding the carnage in the first turn collision that collected many of the Pro Buggy drivers.

Just before the halfway mark, Patterson and Wickum got tangled in the rhythm section, allowing Moon to jump to the front of the pack. Ultimately, it was all the help Moon needed, as the BMiller/A Main Hobbies/AKA/DE Racing driver dropped consistent 15- and 16-second lap times to open up a sizable advantage. Meanwhile, Patterson and Wickum continued their battle for the second and third spots along with Mincks and Tillman.

With four minutes down and one minute to go the running order was Moon, Wickum, Patterson, Tillman, Mincks, Lavery, Henry, Wilcox, Bruer, and Zhao. At the finish it was all Moon, who was the only driver to complete 19 laps. Patterson moved up to take the second spot and Mincks grabbed the third step on the podium, while Wickum and Henry finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

As for the team results, team “Punch It” took down the title as Moon’s dominate win proved to the be the difference while BMiller teammate Wickum stayed close enough to the lead pack for the duo to earn top team honors with 37 combined laps. The Patterson/Mincks “Team Shadow” contingent finished second with 36 laps and a total time of 10:05 while “The Nate Doggs” (Henry and Lavery) were third with 36 laps and a combined time of 10:13.

In the end it was another great night of racing at LSR Speedway. Class winners for the regular portion of the program included Eddie Bernal in 4wd Buggy, Bill Budd in Rookie, Chris Budd in 2wd Sportsman SCT and 4wd Sportsman SCT, Troy Hanson in Pro 4 SCT, Chris Havens in Sportsman Buggy, Lavery in 17.5 Expert Buggy, Moon in Pro Buggy, Rob Moots in 17.5 Sportsman Buggy, Scott Whitlow in Stadium Truck, and Wickum in Pro 2 SCT.

Special thanks goes out to LSR Speedway owners Scott and Heather Rowles and the entire LSR track crew for their continued hard work as well as Brian Crum, who provided the thrilling live-action call of the BMiller Racing Stock vs. Mod Buggy Challenge.

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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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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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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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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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NOTHING BUT SMILES AT THE 2012 SPORTSMAN OFF-ROAD SHOOTOUT

The 2012 Sportsman Off-Road Shootout at LSR Speedway in Sacramento on Saturday featured great racing action, an amazing raffle, and fun for all. Hosted by BMiller Racing and directed by Randy Pike Race Productions, the first-ever Sportsman Shootout featured more than 100 entries comprised of intermediate and novice level racers. Also on hand were pro drivers from Tekin, Panther Tires, A Main Hobbies, and BMiller Racing, providing assistance and direction for all the racers throughout the day. Read More

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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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BMILLER RACING’S FIGUERIA AND BERNAL CLINCH SHORT COURSE TITLES IN LSR SPEEDWAY’S THURSDAY NIGHT NATS SERIES

There is still one round to go but BMiller Racing’s Lou Figueria and Eddie Bernal have already clinched their respective short course class victories in the LSR Speedway Thursday Night Nats Off-Road Series. Figueria has posted three wins and one second-place finish in Pro 4 while Bernal has won each of the first four races in Pro 2. The five-race series allows for one drop.

Figueria has been on fire for most of 2012, piloting his Losi SCTE with a ProTek RC 70c lipo battery, and the Thursday Night Nats Series has been no different. Running on Panther Switch 2.0 tires in clay compound with white Trinidad DE Racing wheels, Figueria battled Trever Lund in Round 4 before coming out on top in the latter stages of the six-minute main. Read More

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BMILLER RACING SWEEPS PRO CLASS VICTORY STAND IN ROUND 3 OF LSR SPEEDWAY’S THURSDAY NIGHT NATS SERIES

BMiller Racing enjoyed another successful night on the track in Round 3 of the LSR Speedway Thursday Night Nats Series, winning all three of the pro class races. Eddie Bernal grabbed a stranglehold on the 2wd short course series title winning for the third straight time, while Brian Strange pulled out the victory in 2wd pro buggy and Lou Figueria won in 4wd short course. All three victorious BMiller drivers were powered by ProTek R/C batteries from A Main Hobbies. Read More

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BMILLER RACING AND PROTEK R/C’s EDDIE BERNAL POSTS DOUBLE VICTORY IN ROUND 2 OF LSR SPEEDWAY’S THURSDAY NIGHT NATS SERIES

With victories in Pro Buggy and 2wd short course, Eddie Bernal led a parade of seven BMiller Racing podium finishes in the three pro classes of LSR Speedway’s Round 2 action of the Thursday Night Nats Off-Road Series. Each of the seven BMiller Racing Top 3 finishes were powered by ProTek R/C “Supreme Power” Li-Poly batteries from A Main Hobbies.

The feature race of the night came in Pro Buggy where the BMiller Racing crew swept the podium. Bernal Read More

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