Last weekend was the third round of the JBRL Nitro series at Hemet Raceway. My day went a little like this.
1/8th Nitro Buggy
I was very unlucky in this class, but was really fast! In the first qualifier, Drake and I were battling the whole race until about 2 minutes to go I had a front shock pin on the arm come out, leaving me no choice to finish the race just in case I broke in the second qualifier. I limped it around for the rest of the race and still qualified 7th. In the second qualifier I added a little more anti-squat to the car which helped a lot especially with all the jumps. I was on a TQ run over Drakes TQ by 2 seconds until about a minute to go I sheared a front arm off. I got lucky with my first run and was able to squeeze in the main starting 9th on the grid. In the main I got off to a good start and was 4th on the first lap. I was able to get by Amezcua within the first minute and then I set my sights on Hartson in second. I was able to make up around 10 seconds on Hartson before the first fuel stop and we went back and fourth quite a few times. I fell back a little after fuel stops but I was still within striking distance and was about half a lap ahead of Amezcua. On the 2nd and final fuel stop the tank pull broke and got hung up on the body allowing fuel to get on my breaks and the engine to get really lean and eventually run out of gas with 2 minutes to go, at this time I was still ahead of Amezcua but with me flaming out would move him into third and I DNF’ed.
In truck I had OK luck. In the first qualifier I had a nice clean run and was able to get the TQ. The second round the motor was a little out of tune and I wasn’t able to better my time, but Drake beat my current TQ by only 4 tenths of a second! I still had a good chance starting 2nd on the grid but I got a rough start and Drake checked out from the field. I was running second the whole race until the end my engine started to act funky and lean bog. I cased a couple jumps and let Amezcua by and had to settle for third only 1 second behind him.