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March 1, 2012

Carson Wernimont – The Dirt Nitro Challenge

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 2:43 pm

Last weekend was the 13th annual The Dirt Nitro Challenge at its all new location at the nice new Fear Farm facility in Goodyear Arizona. With over 600 entries in 1/8th scale alone, this was a record breaking year for The Dirt Crew. Carson Wernimont writes his experiencesof the event:

carson-nitrochallenge-1 E-Buggy
It was a little bit off a rush to run this car but i was able to pull it off and get it built and tested before the race.

In the first qualifier for e-buggy I was able to get a 5th in round. I probably could have done a lot better if I hadn’t got stuck behind Tyler Vik for the first half of the race. In the second and third qualifiers I had some electronic gremlins which put me 6th in the b-main. In the b-main I got a good start and was leading within the first half a lap and cruised with ease to the finish line taking the bump spot to the A-Main. In the a-main I had my work cut out for me, as I was starting in the 13th position. I was able to get a good start and before I knew it I was battling with Jeremy Kortz for the lead, but with 1 minute to go I landed a jump and my car shut off. I was still far enough ahead to get 5th overall.

In Truggy I had some bad luck as well. In qualifying I got stuck with traffic quite a few times, which slowed me down a lot. I wasn’t able to make the main but I had to start 6th on the grid in the b-main and hope to bump up. On the first lap I crashed quite a few times and was dead last by at least 5 seconds. From there Ii could only go up. I started passing people left and right and with 5 minutes to go I was battling for 4th with Savoya until Denny hacked me and blew out a front shock which made me finish 6th.


My buggy was amazing all week!
In qualifying I had a solid first run getting a 6th for the round which I thought was a little lucky at first, but I went out to prove that wrong by backing up my 6th place run with a 4th and another 4th landing me a 5th overall qualifying position. I was pretty excited that I was able to straight-up beat Maifield in all three of my qualifiers at his home track. In the main I had terrible luck. On the first lap I got bumped and flipped over going into a corner and went from 5th to 15th. After that I started charging hard and got all the way back up to 7th, but at the 10 minute mark, I was over-driving my car and the shocks got too soft, the diffs blew out, and the tires were too soft of a compound and were squirming around everywhere. With 7 minutes to go I had the plastic bushing in the top of the rear shock break allowing the rear shock to fall off while I was battling with Bayer and Savoya for 8th.

I had a good showing in qualifying, showing that with the DNX408  I have the speed to run with the best 1/8th scale racers in the world, but bad luck today wouldn’t let me show how good my DNX408 was in the main.


As with all the Team Durango drivers, Carson did a great job and we’re proud to have him on the team.

Thanks to for the use of the photos in this report!


Filed under: News — Stuart @ 2:17 pm

This Aluminium Servo Saver Arm fits the DEX410 range of buggies, and offers increased strength over the standard moulded composite part.

It is precision CNC machined from high quality aluminium and is hard anodized for increased durability.

330311-servoarm-attachedtosteering 330311-servoarm-incar


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