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).


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).


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.