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’S CORY YODER DOUBLES UP IN CHEESE CITY WINTER OFF-ROAD SERIES

BMiller Racing’s Cory Yoder came away with top driver honors at the recently completed Cheese City Xtreme Winter Off-Road Series, winning both the Mod Buggy and Stock 2wd SCT overall titles. Teammate Trent Hanson landed on the podium as well, placing third in 4×4 SCT. The series featured five rounds of racing with two drops, starting back in November and concluding in March.

Yoder TQ’d and won all three rounds he participated in Stock SCT, piloting a Kyosho Ultima SC-R with Panther clay Rattlers mounted on black DE Racing Borrego wheels. Yoder had his power provided by ProTek batteries from A Main Hobbies.

In Mod Buggy, Yoder registered two victories and one second to stand on top of the box with his Losi 22. Again powered by ProTek batteries, Yoder’s 22 sported Panther clay Bobcats in the front with clay Rattlers in the rear glued onto yellow DE Racing Borrego wheels.

The other series class winners included Matt Meyers in Rally, Justin Zaugg in 4×4 SCT, and Robbie Price in Sportsman. Cheese City Xtreme R/C is located in Monroe, WI and features year-round indoor/outdoor off-road and oval racing with a well-stocked hobby shop on site. For more information on the facility, check out their website (http://cheesecityxtremerc.com) or give them a call at 608-325-4502.

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BMILLER RACING’S BRIAN STRANGE IMPRESSES AT REEDY RACE OF CHAMPIONS

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.

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STRANGE, ZHAO LEAD BMILLER RACING AT OUTBACK RACEWAY FALL BRAWL

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.

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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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PATRICK ZHAO LEADS BMILLER RACING AT OFF-ROAD KINGS

Patrick Zhao has only been RC racing for a little over a year, but his dramatic improvement has made the BMiller Racing standout a factor anytime he makes his way onto the driver’s stand. His latest accomplishment during the rapid rise came at the recent Off-Road Kings event at Nor-Cal Hobbies in the Bay Area when he TQ’d and won the pro 4×4 short course event.

Powered by a ProTek 70c lipo battery from A Main Hobbies and Tekin electronics, Zhao had his Losi SCTE were dialed all weekend. After winning A1 in the triple A main format and finishing second in A2, Zhao was on rails in A3 with Panther soft Rattlers mounted on white DE Racing Trinidad wheels to win by more than seven seconds and take the overall victory. Team Tekin driver Jason Moberley finished second and Tim Martens was third.

BMiller Racing’s Brian Strange had an impressive showing in 2wd invite open buggy and 4wd open buggy, finishing third in both classes. Strange was consistent throughout the weekend, finishing in the top three in each of the eight rounds in mod invite buggy, including victories in three of the heats. Team Losi Racing’s Phillip Atondo came away with the overall victory and former IFMAR 2007 World Champion Hayato Matsuzaki was second with Strange rounding out the podium.

In triple A mains for 4wd buggy, Strange was third in A1, second in A2, and third in A3 to finish third overall behind Eric Albano and Derek Stephansen.

Another closely contested battle came in 17.5 invitational buggy, where BMiller Racing’s Terry Wickum and Sawyer Bruer battled a tough field to finish second and third, respectively, after the eight scoring heats (top 6 races count toward final standing). Wickum actually won all seven races he competed in (missed one race due to a practice lap mechanical failure), but lost to Nathan Lavery on the time tiebreaker.

Wickum also was fourth overall in 2wd open short course.

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BMILLER RACING SWEEPS EXPERT BUGGY CLASSES AT 3rd ANNUAL SHORT COURSE EXPLOSION

Five members of the BMiller Racing team made the short trek to Delta RC Raceway in Antioch, California for the 3rd Annual Short Course Explosion and came away seven podium finishes, highlighted by a sweep of the three expert buggy classes. Eddie Bernal won 2wd Open Expert Buggy while Terry Wickum was first in 17.5 NR Buggy and Patrick Zhao finished on top of the box in 4wd Mod Buggy. All three BMiller Racing drivers were powered by ProTek batteries from A Main Hobbies.

Bernal started fifth on the grid for the eight-minute A main in expert buggy but worked his B4.1 Worlds Factory Team Associated up to third after three laps. Laying down four consecutive 18-second laps, Bernal shortly thereafter moved into second and then first on lap 12. From there he never looked back and took down the top spot by a little more than 10 seconds with the only 27-lap run. Bernal also finished second in SCT Open Expert behind Team Losi driver Phillip Atondo.

Wickum has been on fire all summer in 17.5 buggy, and the Short Course Explosion added to his resume. Piloting his Associated B4 with soft Panther Lynx 2 ribs on the front and soft Panther Raptors in the rear and DE Racing black Borrego wheels all around, Wickum was absolutely dialed in the main. Starting in the TQ position for the eight-minute main, he won by nearly two laps over the rest of the field and posted a 26-lap run that would have finished in the top five in the 2wd expert open main.

Zhao just recently took up 4wd buggy but has found the transition pretty easy after running 4wd SCT for the past year. Earning the TQ with his Associated B44.1, Zhao took home a close win with a 27-lap run driving on Panther super soft Raptors on the front and Panther super soft Rattlers in the rear with white DE Racing Borrego wheels on each corner.

Zhao also took home first place and the $100 winner-take-all cash prize in the Delta Derby, teaming with local standout Dennis Close in a five-minute, 20-car short course shootout, featuring 10 teams of two drivers each racing with no corner marshals. Zhao was the only driver to complete 16 laps and Close registered 15 laps to come away with a two-man total of 31.

The other two BMiller Racing podium finishes came from a second place showing by Troy Hanson in 4wd Intermediate SCT and a third place from Justin Moon in 4wd buggy.

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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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WICKUM & STRANGE LEAD BMILLER RACING AT 2012 JCONCEPTS SUMMER INDOOR NATIONALS

Twelve members of the BMiller Race Team made the trip to Chico, California to take part in the 3rd Annual JConcepts Summer Indoor Nationals at A Main Hobbies’ Outback Raceway. Representing supporting sponsors A Main Hobbies, DE Racing, and Panther Tires, team drivers Terry Wickum and Brian Strange led an impressive BMiller team showing that included one class TQ and 13 qualifications into A main events. Read More

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