ROAR Region 2 Race Report

January 9, 2014
Round 2 of the ROAR Region 2 Indoor championship series traveled south over the arctic chilled weekend to a not much less frigid, Debbies RC World in Chesapeake, VA. Approximately eighty racers from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region navigated the changing outside weather conditions from several inches of snow in the north, to arctic air covering much of the nation and back to freezing rain covered roadways on their return endeavors to compete in the second round of the three race series being used to crown the region 2 one-tenth scale off-road champions. Racers were represented from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. Classes scheduled for the event included both two wheel drive stock and modified buggy, four wheel drive modified buggy, stadium truck, short course classes, and the young guns. A rundown of the official results is as follows. Making a return to the series as an exhibition class for this race, the stadium trucks put on a show by most of the local drivers. Jamison Reichard would put his truck in the TQ position and it would not stay out front too long. Team Associated's Mike Kling would put the pressure on early and take the lead and never look back for the rest of the race. Reichard would finish second and Jake Jones would round out the podium in third. The two wheel drive short course trucks were also chasing down another Team Associated driver. Barry Goodwin from New Jersey, would be the top qualifier and eventual winner in the SCT class. As Goodwin checked out from the rest of the pack, Jay Drakeford would settle in comfortably in the number two position. The tightest racing would go on between Bumps and Jumps RC Tim Mullenhour and Debbies RC Chris (Koolaid) Davenport for the final podium position. After a rough driving call would pro vide some distance between number three and four, they found themselves back together by the end of the race where Mullenhour was able to clinch the number three position with great sportsmanship being shown by both racers. Four wheel drive short course continued to be lead by the Tekno SCT410 team of of Devin Chesney out of Lewistown, PA and Tyler Herwig from Somerset, PA. The duo would split the eventual 2nd place finisher, Frank Deiny driving the Losi SCTE 2.0. The top three cars of Chesney, Deiny and Herwig were pretty much in a class of their own. Jack Wicker driving an MIP Losi did put in a good run in the main battling it out early in the race with Herwig for the 3rd place position. Herwig would eventually make the pass at about the half way point and clinch the final podium spot. The four wheel drive buggy class had twenty two entries which was the highest number seen in most recent years of running the series. Colby Waddell, driving a 2014 Xray B4, laid down track record breaking times throughout the day to win the class. Team Associated's Alex Miller and Josh Knight came up short in tracking down Waddell throughout the event and finished second and third respectively. The final two classes were the two wheel drive buggies. The stock class was an all Bumps and Jumps RC show where Steve Walter qualifying in the number two position driver a Schumacher would steal the show from the top qualifier of Matt Klempa. Walter took the lead in the early laps and left the battle on the track for second and third between Jack Wicker and Klempa. Wicker would come out with the upper arm finishing second and Klempa rounding out the podium for third. The two wheel drive modified A -main feature proved to be the race to see as spectators lined the track with no reason to be in their seats. Colby Waddell, Chris Bing, Alex Miller and Roger Holmes were the top four in the freight train to take off on the sound of the tone. By the first hair pin, Holmes and Miller tangled and sent Miller to the back of the back. Waddell and Bing would take off and Waddell would distance himself by s sizeable amount from the entire field. Three quarters of the way into the race, Waddell would upset his car in the same area needing to be marshaled two laps in a row. This opened the door for Bing to close in and take over the lead. In the closing laps Bing's car now seemed to consume every race line where Waddell wanted to try and take the lead back. It was a drag race down the front stretch to the finish line where Waddell gave one last attempt at pulling to the inside corner of Bing where both cars collided and tumbled across the finish line. Bing would hang on to the win by two one hundredths of a second over Waddell. The final leg of the series will be hosted on March 22nd at The Track in Gaithersburg, MD. Thanks to our Region 2 Director Jason Mackanick for this race report

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