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Today's race marks another record turnout for RC3 with 90 entries in 10 races. We started a little late but made good time through the day so we were able to run full length mains. Every race had close battles as can be seen in the lap details posted in the results
The food service provided by David Burt and Blake Singleton was greatly appreciated by everyone. The prices were fair and the flavor was perfect. Thanks to Stephen Armstrong, Skyler Hayes, Bruce Charles, Crystal Caballero, Robert Martin, DC, and everyone else that lent a hand with track maintenance and setup.
Our next race is Sunday May 4th the day after the Alabama Iron Man Points Series race at OneLug Raceway in Albertville, AL.
The winners of each class are shown below.
2wd Buggy B-Main: 1st - Nathanial Reed, 2nd Jack Aslan, 3rd Freddy Marsh
Novice: 1st - Nathan Morgan, 2nd - Kyle Richey, 3rd - John Ervin
Sportsman Short Course: 1st - Stephen Armstrong, 2nd - Bruce Charles, 3rd - Tyler Schrimsher
2wd Buggy A-Main: 1st - Jacob Mueller, 2nd - Cody Berryman, 3rd - Nathanial Reed
1/8th Scale Sportsman E-Buggy: 1st - Josh King, 2nd - Bart Mathews, 3rd - Trevor Parrish
2wd Short Course Truck: 1st - Jacob Mueller, 2nd - Jeff Nguyen, 3rd - Stephen Armstrong
1/8th Scale Truggy: 1st - Bart Mathews, 2nd - Brian Cooke, 3rd - Cole Kasten
1/8th Scale Pro E-Buggy: 1st - Jeremy Reid, 2nd - Joey Cook, 3rd - Tyler Parrish
4wd Short Course Truck: 1st - Bart Mathews, 2nd - Jack Aslan, 3rd - Jeff Nguyen
1/8th Scale Nitro Buggy: 1st - Michael Martin, 2nd - Joey Cook, 3rd - Jeremy Reid
The weather is looking GREAT for tomorrow's race. We have confirmation that the crew from the Snake Pit Raceway in south AL will be coming to RC3 and bringing some nitro action. Sign-ups close at 11 AM and racing starts and 11:30. Entry is $15 for the first class, $10 for each additional class. Novice entry is $10. Club members get $5 discount, see Robert Martin on race day for information about how to become a club member.
The on-site hobby shop
will be open at 10 AM, but the track will be open for practice at 8. We will also have hot food, snacks, and drinks for sale thanks to our club members, David Burt and Blake Singleton.
As of Friday afternoon the track looked like this and even though there will be cloud cover through tomorrow morning, there is no rain in the forecast.
At yesterday's club meeting we discussed the following topics:
We decided to use the existing poles (31, 30, 27, 25, and 25 foot wood poles) with the 31' and 30' poles located in the corners of the track closest to the driver stand. These poles will have two lights each. The 27' and 25' poles will be placed closer to the far corners of the track and will only have 1 light each pointing down the back straight. Additional lights from the old track will be used to supplement the main lights and provide lighting for pit areas. We have quotes for setting the poles but before we can proceed we need to determine the proper bulb to buy, buy 6 bulbs, and test and clean each light. The lights will be mounted to the poles before they are set. We should know after next weekend what type of bulbs to purchase.
Club Race Prizes and Race Format
We will be placing an order for 100 TQ, first, second, and third place stickers to hand out during club races. Novice class will still get the dog tags but all other classes will precut printed vinyl stickers made specifically for RC3. We also decided to resort the heats between rounds and to take pictures of 1st-3rd place in the lower mains to be posted on Facebook. Once we have lights, the lower mains will also be the same length as the A-mains.
Rocket City Challenge Prizes
Craig Phillips will get in touch with a company about making laser etched acrylic pit boards or smaller plaques for the prizes for the 2014 Rocket City Challenge. Blake is working on a flyer design which should be ready by early May. We will be asking all sponsored drivers to contact their sponsors for banners and prizes for the Rocket City Challenge once we have the flyer ready.
Better Half Dash AKA the Racer Appreciation Day
We decided to merge the Better Half Dash with the Racer Appreciation Day and run this race on July 5th. Free food will be provided. If there is interest in a Ladies class we will run it and provide prizes (gift cards for nail salons, etc).
We will be trying some lane changes before the next race to change the track layout without reworking the whole track. After the racer appreciation race July 5th we will close the track for a total redesign. If we get the redesign done in time we will run it in during the scheduled July 20th race. If the track is not ready then that race will be cancelled. All club members are encouraged to submit track layouts at the next club meeting.
Schedule Changes due to Weather
We decided that only club officers should make decisions to reschedule or cancel races due to weather. All weather related schedule changes are to be announced no later than 5pm the day before the scheduled race. Any changes must be communicated on RC3racing.com, Facebook, and by calling the hobby shop.
We had 50 entries in 6 races today. Considering the last minute schedule change we had a sizeable crowd. The weather was prefect and the track was in great shape. There were close battles for the lead in nearly every class today.
The results are posted here
Here are today's winners:
Novice: 1st - Brad Hook, 2nd - Chris Hozian
Sportsman Short Course: 1st - Stephen Armstrong, 2nd - Bruce Charles, 3rd - Benji Clements
2wd Buggy: 1st - Jacob Mueller, 2nd - Daniel Myers, 3rd - Willie Scott
2wd Short Course Truck: 1st - Willie Scott, 2nd - Jacob Mueller, 3rd - Javier Caballero
4wd Short Course Truck: 1st - Steven Hicox, 2nd - Skyler Hays, 3rd - Freddy Marsh
1/8th Scale Electric Buggy: 1st - Daniel Myers, 2nd Nathanial Reed, 3rd - Tyler Parrish
The Sunday April 6th race is moved to Saturday April 5th due to a poor weather forecast for Sunday the 6th. I know this is short notice, but if we don't move this race date to the 5th we won't get to race at all. Luckily the track is in pretty good shape for tomorrow.
Here's how the track looked at 1:45 today:
The forecast shows no rain between now and Sunday afternoon. The track is soggy right now but there is no standing water so it should be just right by race time on Saturday. To give the track a little extra time to dry we are going to start the races a little later than usual: registration closes at 12:30, racing starts at 1pm.
See you guys at the track!
The general public is invited to attend our April club planning meeting. It will be held Tuesday April 8th from 6:30pm to 8pm at the Huntsville Madison County Public Library
in meeting rooms A&B on the first floor. We will be making plans for the track lighting, Better half Dash, July 4th special race, Sponsor programs, and other topics. If you have any ideas on these topics or other things about the track please come to the meeting and let us know.
Thanks for everyone that showed up to race today. We had 81 entries in 11 races. The weather started off cold but the sun came out and the track was dialed all day. We almost ran out of time but we made it. Hopefully we will have lights installed in the coming weeks which will allow us to run at night.
The race results are posted here
Here are the pictures of our winners:
Novice: 1st - Zack Hook, 2nd - Jase Richey, 3rd - Brad Hook
Sportsman Short Course: 1st - Stephen Armstrong, 2nd - John Black, 3rd - Bruce Charles
2wd Short Course Truck: 1st - Jacob Mueller, 2nd - Jeff Nguyen, 3rd - Stephen Armstrong
Truggy: 1st - Jeff Watkins, 2nd - Jeremy Reid, 3rd - Heath Hammit
4wd Short Course Truck: 1st - Steven Hicox, 2nd - Jeff Watkins, 3rd - Jack Aslan
2wd Buggy: 1st - Ben Brocato, 2nd - Jacob Mueller, 3rd - Hunter Cupp
1/8th Scale E-Buggy: 1st - Hunter Cupp, 2nd - Daniel Myers, 3rd - Tyler Parrish
We will be holding a rain make up race on Sunday March 30th. Other than adding this date, the rest of the race schedule remains unchanged.
Due to poor weather, the race scheduled for Sunday March 16th has been cancelled. A makeup day has been added to the schedule for Sunday March 30th, hopefully the weather will be better.
Thanks for everyone that showed up to race today. We ended up with 71 entries in 8 races. The weather turned out to just right, and the track just got better throughout the day. The race results have been uploaded to the RC3 webpage. Our next race is Sunday March 16th, I hope to see everyone there.
Here are pictures of the winners in each class:
Novice - 1st Place: Zack Hook, 2nd Place: David Blahe, 3rd Place: Bruce Charles
Sportsman Shortcourse - 1st Place: Stephen Armstrong, 2nd Place: Jeromy Riggs, 3rd Place: Jeff Nguyen
1/10th Scale 2wd Buggy - 1st Place: Blake Boggs, 2nd Place: Jacob Mueller, 3rd Place: Joe Pharis
4wd SC Truck - 1st Place: Steven Hicox, 2nd Place: John Reid, 3rd Place: Jack Aslan
1/8th Scale E-Buggy - 1st Place: Jacob Mueller, 2nd Place: Jeremy Reid, 3rd Place: Daniel Myers
2wd SC Truck - 1st Place: Joe Pharis, 2nd Place: Javier Caballero, 3rd Place: Daniel Myers
1/8th Scale Nitro Buggy - 1st Place: Blake Boggs, 2nd Place: Javiheir Hogan, 3rd Place: Todd Brandon Easter