Ryan Lutz took his Team Durango vehicles to last weekends Alabama Manufacturers Shootout – it was going to be a tiring weekend for Ryan as he was racing four classes, 4WD Short Course, 1/8th Electric Buggy, 1/8th Nitro Buggy and lastly Nitro Truggy.
In 4wd SC I would TQ and take the victory – proving the DESC410R is still at the top.
In Truggy my DNX408T was pretty dialed, I just had some bad luck. In Q1 I didn’t get to start the race because my starter box motor moved and we couldn’t start the truck. Q2 and Q3 I would just make to many mistakes. Some in the heavy traffic (17 cars on a 24 second a lap track!) and a couple on my own. I qualified last in the A, in 12th. The truck was way better than that though. After a tough start in the main I battled back to move up to 4th with a couple minute battle with Cavalieri for position with about 8 minutes to go. However I would hold the position solidly in the end.
In Nitro buggy I started great and tapered off. In Q1 I qualified 2nd behind Maifield. In Q2 made mistakes and was 10th. In Q3 tried new tires and it was the wrong choice. I qualified 7th overall. On the first lap of the main I went cautiously through the back section and came out in about 6th. But two laps in I slightly overshot the back ‘roller’ and thus missed the subsequent double and flipped on my lid between the jumps. The marshal had to wait for all the cars to go by and I ended up flaming out upside down. My luck didn’t get any better and with about 8 minutes to go the engine ended up coming loose and moving, ending my run. The buggy was actually very solid and I felt if I could have had a good start and stayed out there I could have finished top 3 or 4. It felt really good and my engine was running awesome. So it was a disappointment for what transpired. I believe I finished 12th.
In E-Buggy this ended up being my best class of the weekend. I would TQ rounds 1 and 3 and thus garner the overall TQ. There were 2 A-mains, same as in SC. I would start from the pole and never look back. I won both A-mains without ever relinquishing the lead. The DEX408 felt very good on this track and I was able to put in clean laps to just stay ahead of the competition. (Drake, Kortz, Lopez, Taylor James, Barry Pettit, and many other pretty fast drivers.)