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.
Seven members of BMiller Racing competed at the Shootout, representing team sponsors A Main Hobbies, ProTek R/C, Panther Tires and DE Racing, and managed to come away with six first place victories and three second place showings. Besides Wickum’s triumphant triple, Patrick Zhao posted wins in pro 4wd short course and 4wd open buggy and Justin Moon took home the pro 2wd buggy crown.
Wickum put both his Associated Factory Team SC10 and B4.1 on the top of the box using ProTek R/C 6400 mAh 70C lipo batteries. He mounted clay Panther Switch 2.0 SC tires in the front and Panther Switch Rattler SCs in the back on black Trinidad wheels from DE Racing on his SC10. In 17.5 buggy Wickum again utilized clay Panthers, going with Bobcats on the front and Rattler 2.0s in the rear with black DE Racing Borrego wheels all around.
Zhao too had both his winning 4wd vehicles powered by ProTek R/C 6400 mAh 70c batteries. His Losi SCTE was on rails all day long in pro 4wd SCT, running clay Rattler SCs with white DE Racing Trinidad wheels on all four corners.
Moon ran a near flawless eight-minute main in winning pro buggy with his Durango DEX 210. Powered by Tekin electronics and a ProTek R/C 4100mAh 70c shorty pack, Moon was stuck to the track with clay Panther Bobcats on the front and Panther Rattler 2.0s in the rear with white DE Racing Borrego rims on all four tires.
The highlight of the race program came before the main events with the running of the BMiller TQ Challenge. Each of the 10 class TQs advanced to the three-minute sprint with inverted starting positions (slowest TQ on the pole). The catch in the race for a brand new ProTek battery was that the new layout at LSR was to be run in reverse direction and with no turn marshals.
Wickum started in the fourth spot but grabbed the lead before the end of lap one. With the field driving extra cautious, Wickum extended his lead over the next few laps. Surprisingly, most of the field stayed on its wheels with the crowd lining the track and rooting their favorite competitor, but with less than one minute to go drivers started to take chances in attempting to reel in Wickum. The primary charge came from Zhao in his Losi SCTE and teammate Eddie Bernal in his Associated B44.1, who started in the ninth and tenth spots, respectively. Over the final two laps, Bernal made several big air moves but could not make the pass, allowing Wickum to hold on and cross the line for the narrow victory.
The other class winners included Brian Mincks in stadium truck, Craig Patterson in 17.5 short course, Tom Leman in Sportsman Buggy, Devin Samonte in rookie and his Dad, Glenn Samonte in 4wd sportsman short course.