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Eleven hours of driving, a few blown Corvette transmission gears, three bottles of sunscreen, a few games of blackjack and roulette, and seven minutes of cleaning dust out of our ears with Q-tips (on each side), we’re finally done with the first round of qualifying at the Silver State Nitro Challenge. The layout is fast and tough, which is only compounded by the severe acceleration and braking bumps marking the racing line.
The wind has been tamer than previous years, but most of the teams rented portable storage containers to use for pit areas. The upside? No packing and unpacking everyday. The downside? It’s not exactly cool and breezy inside…
Las Vegas local Dylan Rodriguez struggled in his first Truck race and finished an uncharacteristic 22nd for the round, but a stellar run in the B heat of buggy put him 3rd on the time sheets.
Don’t call him an on-road guy – a fantastic practice run Thursday night for Barry Baker put him in the A heat for qualifying in Pro Buggy. The 40+ Buggy winner from The Dirt Nitro Challenge maintained that same pace in the first round that netted him a 9th place run. He finished 2nd behind ProTek R/C teammate Mark Pavidis in the first round of 40+ Buggy, and 7th in Electric Buggy.
A tire change on his Team Losi Racing 8IGHT-T 2.0 and chassis flex adjustments to his Mugen Seiki MBX6R after should help Chad Bradley improve on his first round finishes. He was 19th in Truck and 21st in Buggy.
Team Manager, and proud new father, Marty Korn is enjoying the opportunity to actually sleep on the trip. His first round was consistent, with a 26th place run in Truck and 23rd in Buggy…just a few spots out of getting me to ghost write a blog post for him. (Last month at The Dirt Nitro Challenge in Arizona I told him I’d do it for him if he finished in the top 20. Close!)
A few too many mistakes for Curtis slowed what were otherwise solid runs in both classes, putting him 27th in Truck but just 47th in Buggy.