BMILLER’S CORY YODER WINS MIDWEST ELECTRIC SERIES

Midwest Electric SeriesBMiller Racing’s Cory Yoder has plenty to balance in his everyday life as a husband, father, and labor pipe layer and grade checker. So RC racing has to take its place in Yoder’s life when time permits. But when he does get his Kyosho vehicles dialed in and makes it out to the track, the Freeport, Illinois native is tough to beat.

This past Summer and Fall, Yoder carved out some time in his busy schedule to take part in the six round Midwest Electric Series that took participants to races in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Yoder competed in the required five out of six rounds (1 drop allowed) and came away with series titles in both 2wd Stock Short Course and Mod Stadium Truck. His dominant showing in the two classes also earned him the prestigious Outstanding Driver crown for the most successful competitor over the course of the entire series.

In stock short course, Yoder piloted his Kyosho Ultima SC-R to four wins and one runner-up showing, while taking three firsts and one third with his Ultima RT5 in stadium truck. Both vehicles were powered by ProTek 7000 mAh 100c lipo batteries from A Main Hobbies.

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PATRICK ZHAO WINS 4WD BUGGY TITLE AT NOR-CAL HOBBIES AKA OFF-ROAD KINGS

Patrick Off-Road Kings PodiumBMiller Racing’s Patrick Zhao has primarily earned his RC success the past two years racing short course trucks. But this summer he focused his energy into 1/10 electric buggies and the effort is beginning to reap its rewards.

At the AKA Off-Road Kings at Nor-Cal Hobbies in Union City, CA, Zhao won the Open 4wd Buggy title and placed second in a stacked Invitational 17.5 Buggy field.

Driving a Team Associated B44.2 with ProTek saddle pack batteries and a ProTek 100T servo, Zhao won the first and third heats of the AAA main format to stand on top of the box in the final standings. The decisive final round came down to a battle of Zhao versus heat two winner Aaron Kelly. The action would not disappoint as Zhao led from start to finish but had to hold off the charging Kelly to win by five seconds.

Jesse Stark dominated the field on his hometown track in Invite 17.5 Buggy, but Zhao was steady as well and outlasted many of Northern California’s best stock drivers to take second place.

BMiller teammate Justin Moon entered the premier class of the weekend, Invitational Mod Buggy, and came away with a very impressive sixth place overall finish after eight rounds of racing against a world-class field. Reigning IFMAR World Champion Ryan Cavalieri finished first and multi-time national champion Jared Tebo was second while Eric Albano rounded out the podium.

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PEARSON WINS TWO AT OUTBACK RACEWAY WEDNESDAY NIGHT SPEC SERIES

BMiller Racing’s Todd Pearson recently won both the Spec 2wd Buggy and Spec 2wd Short Course titles for the six-round Outback Raceway Wednesday Night Off-Road Series. Pearson was victorious in both classes using ProTek R/C Supreme Power 100c shorty lipo packs from A Main Hobbies.

Piloting a Kyosho Ultima SC in the 17.5 spec short course class, Pearson convincingly won the points championship by posting three wins and two second place showings in the five rounds he competed in. Jerry Douglas finished second overall in the class and Shaun Klobas was third.

The battle for the spec stock buggy crown, however, was as close as it gets. Pearson, who is the manager for A Main Hobbies’ retail store in Chico, CA, rallied in the final three rounds of the series with a win and two seconds to win the overall title with his Associated B4.1 by just one point over Jeff Fridrich and Brian Romo.

Other class winners included Romo in Spec 2wd Stadium Truck, Kerry Lemos in Open 4wd Short Course, and Ronnie White in Rookie.

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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’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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KOWALSKI, HANSON ENJOY SUCCESSFUL SERIES AT RACE EM RC

Kirk Kowalski, son of BMiller Racing’s Trent Hanson, just recently joined in the fun of RC Racing. Taking part in his first-ever full points series, Kowalski took home the victory in the sportsman division of the five-race Race Em RC Off-Road Series in Rockford, IL.

Kowalski posted three top three finishes, including a win in Round 4, en route to winning the title with his Traxxas Slash 4wd.

Hanson also enjoyed a successful series, placing third in both 2wd Stock SCT and 4wd SCT. He won Round 5 in 2wd SCT to get on the podium and registered top three’s in Pro 4 in each of the four rounds he took part in.

Both Kowalski and Hanson were powered by ProTek R/C lipo batteries from A Main Hobbies throughout the series.

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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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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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