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“The Dirt” Nitro Challenge 2012 – Fear Farm RC Raceway – Phoenix, AZ

Curtis Door on the 2012 Nitro Challenge

March 9th, 2012 by Curtis Door

(For more from the 2012 The Dirt Nitro Challenge, click here.) Even though I’m posting this two weeks after Nitro Challenge, I figure better late than never!  This was the third time I’ve been to The Dirt Nitro Challenge, and the first time for me that it hasn’t rained at some point.  With almost 700 […]

Donnie "Donrod" Rodriguez on his son's experience at the 2012 Dirt Nitro Challenge

March 7th, 2012 by Dylan Rodriguez

(For more from the 2012 The Dirt Nitro Challenge, click here.) Photo: RedRC Wow! What an event and what an awesome team we are running for. From our team manager Marty Korn (best one so far) to Chad Bradley, with his many years of racing experience, to the legendary Barry Baker and the rest of the […]

Austin Blair's 2012 Dirt Nitro Challenge Race Report

March 7th, 2012 by Austin Blair

(For more from the 2012 The Dirt Nitro Challenge, click here.) This was my second time attending the Dirt Nitro Challenge. Of all the nitro races I have attended, I had by far the most fun at this race. The event for me started on Tuesday around 11:00 am, when I got out of school […]

Chad Bradley on the 2012 Dirt Nitro Challenge with Team A Main

March 1st, 2012 by Chad Bradley

(For more from the 2012 The Dirt Nitro Challenge, click here.) The 13th annual Dirt Nitro Challenge hosted by the Fear Farm Raceway in Goodyear, AZ and sponsored by A Main Hobbies. I have attended every Nitro Challenge since it originated in Hemet, CA; I believe the first annual DNC had less than 100 entries in […]

Marty Korn reports on the 2012 Dirt Nitro Challenge

February 29th, 2012 by Marty Korn

(For more from the 2012 The Dirt Nitro Challenge, click here.) This year’s Dirt Nitro Challenge was just that, a challenge! With a record breaking 700 entries it lived up to any and all expectations of the off-road season’s first race of the year. I made the long drive through the desert with AMainHobbies.com team driver […]

Sweeping Arizona – A history of doubling up at The Dirt Nitro Challenge

February 29th, 2012 by Aaron Waldron

(For more from the 2012 The Dirt Nitro Challenge, click here.) Ty Tessman’s sweep of the 2012 The Dirt Nitro Challenge was far from an anomaly. Since moving to Arizona in 2007, four of the six events were swept by a single driver; in fact, just five drivers have captured titles in the Pro Truck and […]

Paul King reports on The Dirt Nitro Challenge

February 29th, 2012 by Aaron Waldron

(For more from the 2012 The Dirt Nitro Challenge, click here.) Cody King’s father, Paul, looks back on the 2012 Nitro Challenge to discuss the good, and bad, that happened throughout the week for the father and son duo. Details in the write-up include a look at Cody’s fuel line issues in the Pro buggy final, […]

NITRO CHALLENGE: Day Five Race Report – Tessman Completes Sweep!

February 28th, 2012 by Aaron Waldron

(For more from the 2012 The Dirt Nitro Challenge, click here.) After five days, thousands of laps, a few very unfortunate delays (though none caused by rain!), and some incredible racing action, the 13th annual The Dirt Nitro Challenge is over. Here’s a recap of what happened on Sunday.  Pro Buggy Ty Tessman’s new nickname should […]

NITRO CHALLENGE: Pro Buggy Final Grid is Set!

February 26th, 2012 by Aaron Waldron

(For more from the 2012 The Dirt Nitro Challenge, click here.) The Pro Buggy B Main is complete, and the final three drivers that will run in tonight’s Pro Buggy A Main have been decided. Ryan Lutz (ProTek R/C team driver) wheeled his Team Durango DNX408 to the front of the pack and won the thirty […]

NITRO CHALLENGE: Mid-Day Five Update – ProTek R/C Sweeps Short Course Classes!

February 26th, 2012 by Aaron Waldron

(For more from the 2012 The Dirt Nitro Challenge, click here.) Though predominately a nitro race (hence the name “Nitro Challenge”…right?) alternate classes have been added over the years to reflect trends in the industry. This year, short course classes for both 2WD and 4WD trucks for both the Open and Pro divisions not only competed […]

NITRO CHALLENGE: Day Four Race Report – Tessman Wins Pro Truck!

February 26th, 2012 by Aaron Waldron

(For more from the 2012 The Dirt Nitro Challenge, click here.) Sorry if that title didn’t leave you in suspense as to who would win the race; spectators at the track weren’t given much of a cliffhanger, either. (From L to R) Ryan Cavalieri (2nd), Ty Tessman (1st), and Adam Drake (3rd) with The Dirt Girls […]

NITRO CHALLENGE: Two More ProTek R/C Drivers Join Pro Truck A Main

February 25th, 2012 by Aaron Waldron

(For more from the 2012 The Dirt Nitro Challenge, click here.) Mark Pavidis got bumped out of a guaranteed spot in the A final on Thursday, relegating him to 13th qualifier and the first spot in the B Main, but it didn’t matter; the multi-time National and World Champion simply drove away from the field, leading […]

NITRO CHALLENGE: Blair Bumps From C To B In Pro Truck!

February 25th, 2012 by Aaron Waldron

(For more from the 2012 The Dirt Nitro Challenge, click here.) An impressive drive from the second starting position, Austin Blair led the first lap of the 15-minute C Main and never crossed the finish line lower than third (on laps 2-4) on his way to the C Main victory over Arizona native Billy Fischer and […]

NITRO CHALLENGE: Day Three Recap – Phend TQ's Round 3

February 25th, 2012 by Aaron Waldron

(For more from the 2012 The Dirt Nitro Challenge, click here.) With the overall TQ wrapped up after the first two rounds, which allowed Ty Tessman the option to head back to the hotel early and get some sleep (since the final round didn’t finish until after 12 Midnight), the third round was open for a […]

NITRO CHALLENGE: Round Two Buggy Qualifying

February 24th, 2012 by Aaron Waldron

(For more from the 2012 The Dirt Nitro Challenge, click here.) Races that use two of three rounds and the qual-points system to determine a running order are supposed to be exciting and go down to the final races before determining the overall top qualifier. Someone forgot to tell Ty Tessman. The young Northerner bettered his […]

NITRO CHALLENGE: Sitting down with Tyler Vik

February 24th, 2012 by Aaron Waldron

(For more from the 2012 The Dirt Nitro Challenge, click here.) Tyler Vik was one of those kids at the racetrack that had to have a radio in his hand. Impressively fast (and undeniably charismatic), those who saw him at big races across the country would’ve been remiss not to think that he’d one day be […]

NITRO CHALLENGE: Round One Buggy Qualifying Results

February 24th, 2012 by Aaron Waldron

(For more from the 2012 The Dirt Nitro Challenge, click here.) Déjà vu, anyone? In a repeat from yesterday, Canadian Hot Bodies wonder kid Ty Tessman capitalized on a DNF from Ryan Maifield and threw down a first round run that stood up against heavy competition from drivers like Adam Drake, Ryan Cavalieri, and A Main […]

NITRO CHALLENGE: Overall Truck Qualifying Results

February 24th, 2012 by Aaron Waldron

(For more from the 2012 The Dirt Nitro Challenge, click here.) With a long day of Truck class qualifying behind us (and an even longer day of Buggy class qualifying just getting under way), the official qualifying results and main event listings are now set. Ryan Maifield laid down a blistering run in the final round […]

NITRO CHALLENGE: Round Two Truck Qualifying Results

February 23rd, 2012 by Aaron Waldron

(For more from the 2012 The Dirt Nitro Challenge, click here.) No surprises in Round Two either, with Arizona native and truck class master Ryan Maifield setting several lap records on his way to the top spot in Round Two. With one TQ run each, Ryan Maifield and Ty Tessman head into the final round as […]

NITRO CHALLENGE: Round One Truck Qualifying Results

February 23rd, 2012 by Aaron Waldron

(For more from the 2012 The Dirt Nitro Challenge, click here.) Round One of qualifying for the truck classes is in the books, and a familiar face landed on top of the Pro division: former winner Ty Tessman. Tessman edged Team Losi Racing frontman Adam Drake by less than a half second to grab the coveted […]