2012 ROAR Fuel Off-Road Nationals Preview

June 18th, 2012

In just a couple of days, Oakland Mills, PA will nearly quadruple in size (a quick, haphazard Google search netted this fun fact: the 2000 census indicated a population of 119) as hundreds of the fastest R/C racers in America will make the pilgrimage (pun intended) to the small rural town for the 2012 ROAR Fuel Off-Road Nationals. The two drivers at Lost Creek RC Raceway with the biggest targets on their backs will be the defending national champions in both the 1/8-Scale Truck and Buggy classes, Team Associated teammates Ryan Maifield and Ryan Cavalieri.

2011 National Champions
(Photo courtesy of Team Associated)

This year’s race marks the first time the Fuel Off-Road Nationals have visited the state of Pennsylvania, and both classes will once again compete over the same weekend (the fuel off-road classes were split from 2006-2009 to accommodate the now-defunct 1/10-scale truck and monster truck classes) as racing action will be spread across four days: practice on Thursday, qualifying on Friday and Saturday, and main events on Sunday. The A Main Hobbies – ProTek R/C racing team drivers will be among the title hopefuls as everyone reaches for the most prestigious national championships in the U.S. racing scene. Here are the winners of the last six years:

2011 (Thunder Alley RC Raceway – Beaumont, CA)
Truck – Ryan Maifield
Buggy –  Ryan Cavalieri

2010 (Colorado Fast Track – Colorado Springs, CO)
Truck – Jared Tebo
Buggy – Jared Tebo

Truck – Ryan Maifield (The Farm 2 – Charlotte, NC)
Buggy – Adam Drake (Leisure Hours R/C Raceway – Joliet, IL)

Truck – Ryan Maifield (The Nitro Pit – Wittman, AZ)
Buggy – Mike Truhe (Thunder Alley R/C Raceway – Beaumont, CA)

Truck -Taylor James (The Farm 2 – Charlotte, NC)
Buggy – Adam Drake (St. Louis Dirtburners – Kirkwood, IL)

Truck – Scott Hughes (Boulder R/C Raceway – Boulder City, NV)
Buggy –  Ryan Maifield (The Farm 2 – Charlotte, NC)

Of course, as with any race held during the summer months that is located east of California, there’s always the issue of weather. Aside from a heat-to-humdity ratio that Californians don’t endure at home very often, the early forecast for next week shows warning signs for Sunday’s main events. Here’s the Weather.com forecast:

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Posted by Aaron Waldron

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