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Welcome to the Rocket City Radio Control Racing Club (RC3) website.

Use the links on the left to find information about our club and R/C racing in north Alabama.

RC3 blog posts are shown below and will have the most up to date information about our activities.

September 21 Race Results

posted Sep 21, 2014, 8:10 PM by Steven Hicox   [ updated Sep 21, 2014, 8:16 PM ]

Today was another great day of racing at RC3. We had a smaller than normal crowd, but there were still tight races in every class. It didn't rain a drop all day and the sun was out too. Thanks to Jody Schrimsher for watering the track and David Burt for cooking up some great food. Also thanks to Crystal Caballero and Bruce Charles for helping setup and run the computer system.

The next off-road race is Saturday October 4th. Also make sure to mark your calendars for the Steve Raddatz Memorial Race at SHARC on Saturday October 11th. Online sign-ups are closed with over 200 entries, but if you contact Chris Jones he might be able to find a spot for you.

Here are today's winners:

Sportsman Short Course: 1st - Stephen Armstrong, 2nd - Tyler Schrimsher, 3rd - Jody Schrimsher

2wd Buggy: 1st - Jacob Mueller, 2nd - Spencer Glasgow, 3rd - Ben Brocato

2wd Short Course Truck: 1st - Jacob Mueller, 2nd - Javier Caballero, 3rd - Shea Caughron

Stadium Truck: 1st - Daniel Myers, 2nd - Spencer Glasgow, 3rd - Ben Brocato

4wd Short Course Truck: 1st - Daniel Myer, 2nd - Willie Scott, 3rd - Stephen Armstrong

1/8th Scale Buggy: 1st - Javier Caballero, 2nd - Payton Roberts, 3rd - Karston Doud

September 7th Race Results

posted Sep 7, 2014, 10:49 PM by Steven Hicox   [ updated Sep 7, 2014, 10:53 PM ]

We had another great day of off-road racing at RC3 with 52 entries in 7 classes. The sun was out, the temperatures were in the 80's and there was a cool breeze most of the day. After the first round of qualifying, the track started holding moisture which allowed for much better traction and some really close racing.

David Burt served up great food throughout the day. Shea Caughron, Jody Schrimsher, John Aslan, Bruce Charles, Jay Kurowsky, and others all helped keep thing running smoothly with track maintenance, race announcing, and setup/breakdown help. Thanks to everyone that helped out today.

The race results have been posted in the results area of the website. Due to a software glitch in the scoring system, the results for the B main of 1/8th scale buggy are not available, and the results shown for the B-main should be combined with the A-Main results.

Today's winners are listed here:

Novice: 1st - Wesley Burt, 2nd - Brad Gray, 3rd - Corey Gray

Sportsman Shortcourse: 1st - Tyler Schrimsher, 2nd - Bruce Charles, 3rd - Jody Schrimsher

2wd Short Course Truck: 1st - Javier Caballero, 2nd - Shea Caughron, 3rd - Lance Hoover

4wd Short Course Truck: 1st - Steven Hicox, 2nd - Jack Aslan, 3rd - Blane Hagler

2wd Buggy: 1st - Spencer Glasgow, 2nd - Jamie Spurgin, 3rd - Jeremy Reid

Stadium Truck: 1st - Spencer Glasgow, 2nd - Jamie Spurgin, 3rd - Steven Hicox

1/8th Scale Buggy: 1st - Javier Caballero, 2nd - Jeremy Reid, 3rd - Trevor Parrish

September 6th Race Rescheduled

posted Sep 5, 2014, 4:50 PM by Steven Hicox   [ updated Sep 5, 2014, 4:50 PM ]

It's official, we are going to move tomorrow's race to Sunday the 7th. According to most forecasts, Saturday will have some significant rain. There is a good chance that the track will be too wet to race at all this weekend, but we won't know for sure until Sunday morning. If it is too wet come Sunday, I'll post something on Facebook and here as early as I can.

August 30th Makeup Race Cancelled

posted Aug 29, 2014, 5:39 AM by Steven Hicox   [ updated Aug 29, 2014, 5:39 AM ]

The weather forecast for tomorrow's race shows 60% with up to 1" of rain. I don't want a repeat of the last race, so I am going to go ahead and cancel this race. Luckily there is another race scheduled for next Saturday the 6th. Wildflower is racing this Sunday I think, so if the weather up there is better maybe you guys can still get some racing in this weekend. See you all next Saturday!

August 30th Saturday Race

posted Aug 20, 2014, 4:07 PM by Steven Hicox   [ updated Aug 20, 2014, 4:08 PM ]

Due to last weekend's rain out we have added a make up race to the schedule on Saturday August 30th. This will not affect previously scheduled races so we will also be racing the following weekend on Saturday September 6th.

August 17th Race Rain Out

posted Aug 17, 2014, 2:42 PM by Steven Hicox   [ updated Aug 17, 2014, 2:43 PM ]

We had 44 entries for the race today, but the rain came in part way through and we had to cancel the race. All the racers that did not get their cash back will have credit for their next race. The next race is scheduled for Saturday September 6th, but there is an extra weekend this month so we may try to add a race to the schedule. We'll post an announcement soon if that is the case.

2014 Rocket City Challenge Results

posted Aug 3, 2014, 2:39 PM by Steven Hicox   [ updated Aug 4, 2014, 9:27 PM ]

The 2014 Rocket City Challenge was a great success. There were 159 entries in 12 classes. Saturday morning was rainy until around 8am, so we opened practice and sign-in for an extra hour. Racing kicked off around 10:30 am which was later than planned, however we were able to get through the qualifiers in time to start the mains at 6 pm. The track started the day wet and sticky, but dried out and developed a groove later in the day once the sun came out. The A-mains started right as the sun set which changed the track conditions yet again. The surface became hard and sticky with very little fluff and lots of traction.

Throughout the mains there were many close fought battles for position. The step up corner at the end of the straight caused some rough starts during the mains and provided some very close action as the mid-pack drivers took early leads and the top qualifiers had to work their way through the field. The 5 pack double single double presented a real challenge in every class with only the top driver able to consistently clear it as at triple double or double triple.

The mains finished up around 11 pm and since we were presenting trophies after each race most racers were able to leave earlier.

Results for the race can be found here along with qualifying times.

Event photography provided by Bryan Burton Photography. There are over 1000 photos of this event available for purchase.

Here are the A-Main winners:

Novice A-Main: 1st - Josh Ormes, 2nd - Brad Hook, 3rd Brad Gray

Stock Short Course A-Main: 1st - Stephen Armstrong, 2nd - David Harris, 3rd - Mike Gibson

2wd SC Truck A-Main: 1st - Jacob Mueller, 2nd - Willie Scott, 3rd - Matthew Brocato

4wd SC Truck A-Main: 1st - Jeff Watkins, 2nd - Rusty Brooks, 3rd - Daniel Myers

2wd Buggy A-Main: 1st - Jacob Mueller, 2nd - Blake Boggs, 3rd - Hunter Cupp

4wd Buggy A-Main: 1st - Brian Cooke, 2nd - Richard Hess, 3rd - Rusty Brooks

Sportsman E-Buggy A-Main: 1st - Tyler Parrish, 2nd - Jody Johnson, 3rd - Jeremy Reid

Pro E-Buggy A-Main: 1st - Blake Boggs, 2nd - Hunter Cupp, 3rd - Cody Berryman

Sportsman Nitro Buggy A-Main: 1st - Jeremy Reid, 2nd - Josh King, 3rd - Richard Douglas V

Pro Nitro Buggy A-Main: 1st - Blake Boggs, 2nd - Steven Rossi, 3rd - Cody Berryman

E-Truggy A-Main: 1st - Tommy Rogers, 2nd - Jeff Watkins, 3rd - Rusty Brooks

Nitro Truggy A-Main: 1st - Cole Kasten, 2nd - Jeremy Reid, 3rd - Brian Potts

RC3 thanks the following race sponsors who donated door prizes:

Vengeance Graphics - Airbrushing by Nick

The next Alabama Iron Man points series race will be the 6th Annual Steve Raddatz Memorial Race at SHARC in Tuscumbia on October 11th.

Tentative Heat Listing for the 2014 RCC

posted Jul 31, 2014, 8:55 PM by Steven Hicox   [ updated Jul 31, 2014, 8:55 PM ]

Here is the tentative heat list for the 2014 Rocket City Challenge. The race order will be modified on race day, but all participants should review this list to ensure they are in the correct classes with the right transponder numbers.

The 2014 Rocket City Challenge

posted Jul 28, 2014, 8:38 PM by Steven Hicox   [ updated Jul 28, 2014, 8:40 PM ]

The biggest race at RC3 is just around the corner. So far we have 156 entries for the event and the online sign-ups are closed. If you still want to race this event, show up Saturday morning and we'll put you on the wait list. Last year we had a handful of no-shows so there may be room to add a few more racers.

Racer sign-in will be open all day Friday and from 7am-8:30am Saturday morning. We will accept payment during sign-in and your registration is not confirmed until you pay.

We have lots of door prizes from all our great sponsors as well as a Team Associated B5 2wd buggy for our grand prize. Please remember to fill out your door prize tickets when you sign-in.

Food will be provided Friday evening and all day Saturday by David Burt. He will be setup under the tan tent near the hobby shop. He's got some great food ready for the big race!

The weather forecast looks good for this weekend but also hot. Don't forget to bring some shade and a fan. We will have power available Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. If you have an A/C unit or air compressor, please run them from a generator so we don't trip a breaker during the race.

The track will be open all day Thursday and Friday for practice. Saturday morning it will be open for practice as soon as the sun is up enough to see. Practice will close as soon as the heat listings are printed which should be around 9am.

See you out there!

New Layout

posted Jul 26, 2014, 10:30 PM by Steven Hicox   [ updated Jul 26, 2014, 10:30 PM ]

We got a lot done today thanks to the hard work of everyone that showed up. This track redesign has been one of the most successful we have done due to the great group participation.

It still needs to be blown off, watered, and there are a few pipes that need to be adjusted, but it is 90% done.

Click on the picture below for a high resolution image of the new layout.

We ask for all racers that will be participating in the Rocket City Challenge to not practice on the track until this Thursday and Friday. It's not fair to the out of town racers and those that have to work this week and are unable to practice before Thursday. If you are not racing in the Rocket City Challenge this coming Saturday feel free to run some laps and help break in the jumps.

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