The summer nitro off road racing scene is always long and grueling, but that is part of what makes it one of the most competitive classes in RC, you have to withstand the heat of the summer sun and the long race weekends to succeed. Every year, right around the time school starts for me, I like to take a step back from the wheel and change things up a bit. This years break consisted of some Auto-Cross with my good friend Chris Baumgartner, some motorcycle riding with my dad and sister, and some relaxing around the house.
The break was great, but let’s be honest here, I’m ready to race again. I’m currently hard at work preparing my electric vehicles for this upcoming Winter racing season. Similar to the nitro season, the winter scene is also long and grueling, but twice as competitive. The small indoor track in St. Charles, Missouri, known nationwide as the SMAC Track, averages 15-17 second laps. Mistakes here are costly and on any given night 6-7 guys have a shot at winning a main. SMAC has been my home track for Winter electric for a few years now, and every year I can’t wait to get back to racing indoor. The gloves come off at the SMAC, and racing is serious business, giving the track a unique atmosphere. Some love it, other despise it, I however, thrive off of it and can’t wait to get my taste of it again on October 6th, as Scott McDonald re-opens the doors for opening day! So get ready folks, the weather is changing here in the Midwest, and its almost electric time.
Once again, I can’t thank my sponsors enough for the tremendous support this year, AMainHobbies.com, Protek RC, JQ Products, Byron Fuels, Futaba, JConcepts, UpGrade RC, Skullcandy, Dialed Inc., and Keifer Designs. Without their help, none of this would be possible.
See you at the races! -Matt Gosch