Great response for the Benefit race
Post date: Oct 14, 2019 12:7:11 AM
This last Saturday, Rc3 held the Blane Hagler benefit for cancer race. WOW, what a great response from the local racers. This race was put together to help Blane with his fight with cancer from the last two years. However, as most that know Blane, he would not accept donations to him directly. Instead he worked with local cancer treatment facilities and come up with a great local charity to support. The Dr. Jeanne Shepherd Fund is a local charity that help families that are going through treatment that need help financially. The help with food, bills, getting to the treatments, etc. What a great charity. So with that, local racers opened there wallets and hearts. We raised over $900 for this great charity in the name of Blane Hagler. He was overwhelmed with the response of the racers and the Rc3 club. This is what the hobby is suppose to be about, helping your fellow racer from race day or even in a event like this, just raising money for a great charity. Now on to the racing.
60 entries showed even after the first major cold front of the fall arrived to the Huntsville, AL area. Temps were in the high 50's are the racing started, but with some sun it was very nice in the afternoon. We saw several great races. All the 1/8 classes were a tough fight as usual. Tekno driver Drew Williams was on fire during qualifying taking the TQ in all three of the 1/8 classes, Ebuggy, Nitro Buggy, and Etruggy. In the Nitro buggy Amain, Drew walked away from the field from the start. His tekno 2.0 was on rails and no one was going to touch him. New racer Trevor Lund was fast as well in his AE ride but had some mechanical issues. Tyler Schrimsher and Eric Gratham both Soar Seiki drivers gave chase but with no luck. Drew took the win with Tyler in Second and Eric taking Third.
Ebuggy was a two man show. Drew Williams (tekno) and Tyler Schrimsher (Soar) took off from the start and the rest had to play catch up. Tyler keep the pressure on Drew in the first couple laps and when Drew caught the pipe, Tyler was able to squeeze by and never looked back. Drew was charging to catch up, but with a minute to go, he had some voltage issues that would have limp to the loop with a 2nd place. Tyler Schrimsher took the win, Drew was 2nd and Greg Datcher was 3rd.
Etruggy saw about the same. Drew Williams (tekno) and Tyler Schrimsher took off from the start again. Drew's truggy was on rails, he pulled away from 2nd place Tyler and was not looking back. However more gremlins for Drew occurred and he had a DNF with about a minute to go. That allowed Tyler Schrimsher in his Soar 998 truggy to take the win. With the misfortune of Drew it also allowed Greg Datcher to get by him as well for 2nd place. Drew came in 3rd after a strong showing but misfortune.
1/10th classes saw Randy Enger take the wins in 2wd buggy, 4wd buggy and mini-truggy. Respectable runs by Craig Phillips in the buggy classes and Greg Datcher also, gave them both some podiums. 4wd drive short course saw Chris Dornon get the the win, Jerod Wooten 2nd and Jeff Dehler 3rd. We did have some novice racers and always glad to see new racers. And don't wont forget, our grand marshal Blane Hagler came away with two podiums, one in 17.5 short course and one in mini truggy.
Again thank you to all the racers that came support such a great cause and support the club of Rc3. Hopefully the weather will allow us to have a couple more club events before winter sets in. Stay in touch on our Facebook page Rc3 racing group.