JR Mitch blistered the track in round 1 of the 1/8th truck class with his RC8T topped off with the Punisher body, taking the TQ position on the wet loamy track. Billy Easton, Gary Mazur and Jason Ruona were quickest in the first round of buggy qualifying as Mitch encountered a problem and was forced out early. Nathan Wincek took his XRay to the top of the field in round 2 of 1/8th truck qualifying by running a superb race and bettering JR’s early TQ. In round 2 of buggy it was Chad Phillips setting the pace in front of Billy Easton and Gary Mazur with JR Mitch having a servo failure and unable to complete a full qualifier.
The Outtacontrol track crew did a little extra maintenance for round 3 and the track was in the best condition of the weekend. JR Mitch ran a great 3rd and final qualifying run in the 1/8th truck class once again taking the overall TQ. Round 3 of the buggy class saw Jason Ruona, Billy Easton and Gary Mazur once again battling in the same qualifier for the coveted TQ. Ruona led at about the 4 minute mark on a new TQ pace with Easton and Mazur following right behind. A mistake on the triple jump put Ruona out of contention with only a minute to go as Easton took the lead and set a new TQ. All eyes were on JR Mitch to see if he could complete his 3rd qualifier and take a position in the A-main. JR held nothing back as he dropped the TQ pace all the way into an 11 lap pace which had not been run all weekend. Saving his best for the last few laps JR dropped a 29.2 and a 28.9 lap time, easily the fastest of the weekend. JR Mitch TQ’s 1/8th buggy.
Outtacontrol performed complete track prep for Saturday night to re-face the jumps and compact the loamy or bumpy areas. Sunday morning would provide the true test as the dirt was still wet and during the longer mains the track and jump faces typically get worn in crucial areas. During the first several mains the track remained in great condition and the drivers began bumping along trying to earn their way into the A-mains. At around 2:00pm the A-main drivers were given a practice session which the JConcepts team used as a platform for tire testing and car setup. Jason Ruona tested the blue compound Hit Men and Gary Mazur tested the Crowbar combination also in blue compound. All signs pointed to the Crowbar as being the main event tire of choice so decisions had been made.
Source: JConcepts [jconceptsracing.net]