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Race Report:
North Florida R/C Racers United Presents: The Summer Shootout, 
Hosted by River Rat Raceway

North Florida R/C Racers United Presents: The Summer Shootout, Hosted by River Rat Raceway, marks the second successful race put on by this Facebook group. The southeast has quite a few tracks for racers to choose from and the North Florida group was created with the goal to give local racers a place to simply share where they were going racing next. The group was started just over a year ago with 30 or so members and is now just shy of 700 as it has become a great source of RC knowledge as well.

Racing outdoors this summer in Florida has been frustrating. Many tracks were plagued with down pours during the week that made the track undriveable by the weekend or showers that would end the race day before mains could be run. The week of the Summer Shootout started out bright and sunny as the River Rat track crew put some final touches on a new layout. The forecast showed evening showers on Friday and a 80% chance for a evening thunder storm on race day. Steven Stratton (owner) and Ricky Layman were determined to hold the event. River Rat Raceway had the right equipment and the two put together a plan to have the track ready for racing Saturday no matter what Fridays rain would bring.

Part of the plan was to paint the lines and leave the pipes off of the track until the last minute. I’m sure this got some confused looks but would allow them to freely move equipment around the track if necessary.

Only a few came early enough Friday to try the new layout. The evening rain did come and ended practice. It poured for over an hour Friday evening. Normally this would have ruined the track but the layout had been designed to allow all of the water to drain to the front of the track, then out past the pit area through drains.

Despite the fantastic drainage, the top 1-2 inches of the fresh layout was going to be too soft to run on. Early Saturday morning the River Rat crew put part 2 of their plan into action and started scraping the soft layer of clay off of the track with a skid-steer. For the back straight-away that had already dried, they used a power trowel to smooth out any imperfections. Once that was all done, they ran golf carts around the track to smooth out the rest of the surface. Pipes were put down and practice was opened. Racers only got about half an hour to try the new layout before racing was to start.

It was clear that a portion of the track was still soft but our diehard racers, 77 entries overall, were ready to hit the track and get the first round of qualifying underway.

First up was the 2wd Stock buggy class. It was clear from the start that this was going to be a fight to the end between Brandon Denmark and Bobby Smith. Both put down fast laps but an early mistake gave Brandon a big lead. A mistake by Brandon several laps later had Bobby back in the hunt for TQ. The two would go back and forth for the rest of the qualifier. In the end Brandon would set the TQ time for the round just a second over Bobby.

Next up would be the novice class. These drivers may have been new to racing but showed some great patience and put on a great show. It was Robert Borsnik that would set the TQ a full lap ahead of the field.

The stock SCT class was a repeat of the stock buggy class. Brandon Denmark again leading most of the race but this time it would be Doug Smith who would grab the lead with just 2-minutes left to go. A slight mistake by Doug would let Brandon narrowly slip by for the lead and his second TQ.

One of the biggest classes of the event, 4wd SCT, hit the track next. There were some fast drivers on the track including Ricky Layman, John Bernard Jr., and Kyle Conover but it was Brandon Denmark who would get the hat trick and set his 3rd TQ of the day.

E-Buggy was the biggest and fastest class to take the track. The track was starting to show a groove as it dried out. The E-Buggies got close to turning sub twenty second laps. Each E-buggy heat reset the TQ. In the final heat, Ben Burtle took the TQ over a hard charging John Bernard Jr., Chris Schaefer, Chris Giraldo, and Shaun Davis with the only 15 lap run in qualifying.

Nitro Buggy saw serious competition as well with the likes of Shaun Davis, Ben Burtle, Juan Gascot, and William Goodwin out on the track. Another close finish had Shaun Davis take the TQ less than 2-seconds ahead of Juan Gascot.

The last class of the round would be the nitro Truggies. Juan Gascot, Ricky Layman, and Tim Barth were the only ones to do 14 laps. Juan Gascot would hold off Ricky Layman for the TQ.

Many races have been decided by qualifying order so to avoid that and beat the weather the decision was made to skip straight to the mains. The mains were slated for double electric A-mains and 30-minute nitro A-mains. But first the B-mains would take the track to fill the last two spots of the 10 car A-mains.

The Novice A-main was a great race. Robert Borsnik, Kenny Morris Jr., and KG Owen swapped the lead for most of the main. Robert Borsnik would hold off Kenny Morris Jr. for the win with KG Owen taking third.

The stock buggy A-Mains were a repeat of the qualifier. In both mains Bobby Smith pushed Brandon hard for the race lead but both times Brandon held him off to take the overall. Bobby would lock up the 2nd podium spot and Mike Smith would edge out Doug Smith for the final podium spot.

Brandon Denmark ran away with the Stock SCT A1 and A2. Both mains would be a fight between Justin Cole, Johnnie Yeomans, and Doug Smith. When the dust settled Justin Cole would take 2nd overall with Johnnie Yeomans edging out Doug Smith for the final podium spot.

Both 4wd SCT A-mains were exciting. A1 would start with TQ Brandon Denmark catching an unlucky break and tumbling coming off of the straight-away drop down. This would let Ricky Layman and Kyle Conover sneak by. Kyle Conover would later take over the lead and hold on for an A1 win. A2 had a great start for Brandon but the whoops section would bite him, dropping him all the way to 5th. This let Ricky and Kyle slip by again for what look like a repeat of A1. Brandon seemed to be looking for redemption as he quickly fought his way back through the field taking the win. Brandon would turn the only sub 20-second lap of the 10th scale classes. After a tiebreaker, it would end up being Ricky Layman taking the overall win, Kyle Conover in the 2-spot, and Brandon taking 3rd.

The most heavily contested class of the event took to the track. A1 of E-buggy showed how fast the track was getting as the drivers knocked nearly 2-seconds off of their lap times. Ben Burtle fought off an inside move by John Bernard Jr. off the start but it opened the door for Chris Giraldo to take the lead. John and Ben would eventually chase down Chris. John took the lead and held it until an electrical issue would cause him to withdraw. Ben took the win, with Chris Giraldo in the 2, and Gary Kierce, one of the B-Main bumps, would take the 3rd spot.

A2 was exciting to watch. Ben Burtle got off to great start putting down back to back 18’s and quickly stretching out a 3-second lead over the John Bernard Jr. It was quickly apparent that the track had significantly improved since running the A1’s. Ben and John were evenly matched and the 3-second gap wouldn’t change until John started tripling the section that had been double-singled all day. Ben and John would swap the lead several times with John running the fastest lap of the day but in the end it was Ben Burtle that would take the win with John a close second. Chris Schaefer, Mr. Leadfinger Racing, would grab the 3 spot early by laying down consistent 19’s. Our second bump-up, Mark Soliman, worked his way up from 10th on the grid to challenge Chris for the 3 spot. A crash by Chris midway through would put Mark with in a second of taking over 3rd but an unfortunate bobble left Mark stuck until traffic cleared enough for the marshal to get him. Chris would hang on and finish 3rd with Mark taking a respectable 4th.

Ben Burtle took the overall win with back to back wins. 2nd and 3rd came down to another tie breaker with Chris Schaefer taking 2nd and Chris Giraldo 3rd.

During the 30-minute nitro Truggy A-Main, Juan Gascot, Ricky Layman, and Ryan Lecuyer all had their turn at leading. Juan and Ryan both suffered mechanical failures that opened the door for Ricky Laymen to take his second win of the event. Roy Hines came home in the 2, and Tim Barth finished off the podium.

The nitro buggy 30-minute A-main saw great action as well. Ben Burtle, Shaun Davis, Jamin Kerby, Juan Gascot, and Mike Bellotti would all occupy a podium spot at one time or another. Juan Gasot would take the lead early with Ben Burtle hot on his heals. Consistency would pay off for Ben as he would eventually take the lead and drive to a size-able victory. Mechanical failures would cause Mike and Juan to retire early. Shaun Davis would finish in the 2 with Jamin Kerby, a B-Main bump-up, finishing in the final podium spot.

I’ve never seen prizes given away like this event. To give everyone a better chance to go home with something, only one ticket was given to each driver. The organizers worked with sponsors: Jconcepts, Proline, Leadfinger, VP-Pro-USA, AKA, Tekin, AsiaTees, Viper/Xpert, BocaBearings, Team Associated, MIP, MaxAmps, Atomik/Venom, and Tower Hobbies not to get a couple high dollar items but dozen of smaller items. This meant just about everyone went home with a pile of prizes.

A-main drivers even went home with some cash in hand thanks to donations from: Sparkle N Shine Detail, Layman Well Drilling, Conkey’s Hound and Hunting, Action Title Services, Palatka Truck Center, Small Engine Repair Of Hastings, Barnes Farms, East Palatka Tire And Lube, and East Palatka Towing.

I’d like to thank everyone for coming out and braving the forecast. The track ended up fantastic and everyone left with a smile. Look for another running of this great event next year.

You can find videos from the race here for all classes

https://www.youtube.com/user/Bigman4415

And all photos from the race here

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.360642470754574&type=1

Scott Brooks writes:
The 2014 RC season has continued to be good to me in the second quarter. I finished Third at the redneck games in 4wd buggy at my home track redneck RC in Baldwinsville NY in April. I won the 4wd buggy B main at Krz raceway in Batavia NY in May. I also went to other various tracks like CRC in Rome NY and LCRC in Lost Creek PA, but didn’t have as much luck.
I have been racing weekly at my new home track Walts hobby in Syracuse NY since the beginning of June. I’ve gotten 2 wins on the season and made every A main so far. All in all the 2014 season has still been great, been to a lot of tracks some that are new. I’ve also learned new things about the hobby, raced new cars and met new people.

Thank you so much for all the great products and keeping my cars rolling no matter what.

Scott Brooks writes:

The 2014 RC season has continued to be good to me in the second quarter. I finished Third at the redneck games in 4wd buggy at my home track redneck RC in Baldwinsville NY in April. I won the 4wd buggy B main at Krz raceway in Batavia NY in May. I also went to other various tracks like CRC in Rome NY and LCRC in Lost Creek PA, but didn’t have as much luck.

I have been racing weekly at my new home track Walts hobby in Syracuse NY since the beginning of June. I’ve gotten 2 wins on the season and made every A main so far. All in all the 2014 season has still been great, been to a lot of tracks some that are new. I’ve also learned new things about the hobby, raced new cars and met new people.

Thank you so much for all the great products and keeping my cars rolling no matter what.

Gary Vogel writes:

Second quarter brings more action to the report.  Racing season is well underway and so far has been going well.  I’m racing primarily at Battleground Speedway in my home town, Muskogee Ok. I’m racing 2 cars, Electric 8th scale L8ight model and 10th scale dominator and am currently first place in both classes and race my 8th scale Nitro, when I get the opportunity,  which is also undefeated. Won 6 out of 7 races so far. I’ve had the privilege of running in a few special races out of state, Missouri and Arkansas and made it home with a couple of trophies.  Looking forward to the rest of the season and thank you Boca Bearing for the way you support your racers. I can’t tell you how proud and honored I am to be sponsored by your outstanding Company.

Sincerely,
Gary Vogel
Gary Vogel writes:
Second quarter brings more action to the report.  Racing season is well underway and so far has been going well.  I’m racing primarily at Battleground Speedway in my home town, Muskogee Ok. I’m racing 2 cars, Electric 8th scale L8ight model and 10th scale dominator and am currently first place in both classes and race my 8th scale Nitro, when I get the opportunity,  which is also undefeated. Won 6 out of 7 races so far. I’ve had the privilege of running in a few special races out of state, Missouri and Arkansas and made it home with a couple of trophies.  Looking forward to the rest of the season and thank you Boca Bearing for the way you support your racers. I can’t tell you how proud and honored I am to be sponsored by your outstanding Company.
Sincerely,
Gary Vogel

Eric Gann writes:

I ended up taking 2nd place in 2wd shortcourse modified in the g speed championship series with my proline pro 2 short course truck. I’m the current points leader in the citylimits shortcourse modified class and 3rd in points with my 1/8th electric late model with me missing a few races with it. Used my lightning lube on all my bearing an is amazing.. thanks for the support in 2014 .

Written by Syd:
The Crested Butte Ultra Enduro was an incredible adventure — four days of backcountry racing followed up by one day of downhill runs in the Evolution Bike Park. It was gnarly, beautiful and badass. For the first two days, we were out on the bike for over six hours. Staying hydrated and well fueled for that much time out on the trail was definitely the biggest challenge. (Okay, staying upright while careening at 40 miles per hour down Doctor Park Trail was also a challenge.) We filled up our hydration packs whenever possible, drank multiple bottles of Osmo Active Hydration and consumed at least five Taos Mountain Energy Bars a day. For the first few days, we finished around 5pm and then proceeded to eat whatever we could get our hands on for the rest of the day. If nothing else, stage racing is an excellent excuse to eat 5,000 calorie dinners. 
Macky had a stellar race, battling it out for a podium place with big names like Jerome Clementz, Nate Hills, Curtis Keene, Ross Schnell and others. He had multiple fourth place stage finishes, and was sitting in fifth place for most of the race. Unfortunately a nasty crash on the second to last run of the last day lost him the podium spot (and resulted in a sprained ankle). He ended up in sixth place, outside of fifth by only 13 seconds. Definitely a bummer, but still a great race for Macky.
This was Syd’s first stage race, and after a completely miserable showing on the first day, she felt better and better each day, and ended up finishing 8th overall. After the first day, she was considering swearing off bikes altogether — by day five, she was toying with the idea of racing Trans-Provence next year. Hmmm… Like Macky, Syd also went down on the last day, sacrificing a large area of skin to the dirt gods. But hey, this is what mountain biking is all about, right? Right. 
Because we’re experts in overcommitting ourselves, we finished the race and immediately headed to the Durango airport to fly to Las Vegas for Interbike. We met up with Sean and a spent an exhausting, but fruitful, five days meeting up with our awesome sponsors and spending obscene amounts of money on bad food. While it was awesome to meet up with a lot of you guys and discuss exciting plans for next year, we were officially Vegas-ed out by Friday, and so relieved to make it back to the cool, green New Mexico mountains. (Do any bike people actually LIKE Vegas? Can we please mutiny and move it to Colorado?)
Now we have four days to unpack and then repack for a month in Europe. Syd will be attending a writing conference in Italy and Macky will be racing Trans-Provence in France and hopefully the EWS Finals in Italy. Like we mentioned, experts in overcommitting.
Feel free to use the attached photos and thanks for all your support!
Syd, Macky and Sean

Boca Bearings presents one of this year’s Innovation Contest entries!

BuildersBot

The creator’s reason for building the machine was because he needed a CNC and a 3D printer to develop one of his other projects. So instead of buying two machines, he decided to build one machine that could do both CNC milling and 3D printing. The 3D printing part is great for big objects, and eventually for applying new extruders that can extrude new materials (foods, metal, etc.). In the future, its creator intends to attach a laser diode on the machine to allow for laser cutting and engraving.

The BuildersBot is an Arduino Controlled CNC Router and 3D printer. The BuildersBot is an Open Design machine, that uses Open Software and Open Hardware. It is a product of open projects such as the RepRap, Arduino and Repetier. The Buildersbot uses 12 small ball bearings on the X and Y axis and a single ball-screw and nut on the Z axis. It also has 12 linear bearing pillow blocks.

Though ambitious, Buildersbot is only one of many contenders in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out Buildersbot and others entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=145

Boca Bearings presents one of this year’s Innovation Contest entries!

Smartphone Controlled Rotary Display Stand

The idea behind the Smartphone Controlled Rotary Display Stand is to create a motorized Display stand, that can be controlled manually, or remotely by using your smartphone or your Windows Linux or Mac Computer’s wireless Bluetooth connectivity. Its creator’s goal was to allow a user to control the position of their Monitors using a motorized stand instead of having to manually adjust the position of the monitor.

The motorized monitor stand can be used to remotely adjust the pan position of your monitor without the need to fiscally move the monitor. Some monitors have a dead angle view point depending on the angle you are looking at it, this stand allows you to rotate the monitor in the direction where you are located. The bearing this project is using is a “home made marble bearing”, but a commercial version could use a lazy susan bearing instead.

Though interesting, the Smartphone Controlled Rotary Display Stand is only one of many contenders in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out this project and others entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=144

Upcoming RC race!Club Name: SHARCEvent name: 6th Annual Steve Raddatz Memorial RaceEvent Address: 2086 Missouri StreetEvent City: TuscumbiaEvent state: Alabama

Upcoming RC race!

Club Name: SHARC
Event name: 6th Annual Steve Raddatz Memorial Race
Event Address: 2086 Missouri Street
Event City: Tuscumbia
Event state: Alabama

The Canadian 5ifth Scale Nationals. A beautiful sight to behold.

Boca Bearings presents one of this year’s Innovation Contest entries!

The Dream Machine is a functional work of art that helps reduce the frequency of nightmares, night terrors, and promotes positive, productive control of dreams in children. The idea of the Dream Machine started with its creator’s mother, when he was a child. He’d have bad dreams frequently at night and his mother had him do the physical motions of the Dream Machine on a wall.

The Dream Machine reduces the frequency of night terrors and bad dreams, promoting control (or at least stability) while sleeping, and a child’s belief in themselves that they will have good dreams about what they’ve put in the machine. A 5/8” inner diameter bearing case is installed as the guide for the hand crank in the top plate of the Dream Machine. An H58-4 (5/8” X 4) hitch pin is used in the bearing casing as the crank’s handle.

Though interesting, the Dream Machine is only one of many contenders in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out the Dream Machine and others entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=142