Sanford and Son RC headed out to CVRC Raceway on June 28 and 29 for the 2nd Annual Race For A Cure. Temperatures were in the 100’s both days, but Kyle Christy and Family provided great food, play areas for the kids, and raffle prizes throughout the day.
The CVRC crew provided an updated layout for this race, and traction was amazing on both days. Dante Aragon was on the mic, and kept the program running smoothly. Three rounds of qualifying were held on Saturday, with the Mains on Sunday. The track was watered every other heat.
My competition for this event would be Radio Post/Mugen driver Brian Sullivan, TLR’s Don Vinkemulder, Chad Panek from Tekno RC, and a number of very fast local racers.
1/8 Scale Expert Buggy
Qualifying went very well, and I missed the TQ by 0.3 seconds, so I would start 2nd on the grid for the Sunday A-Main. I chose AKA Super Soft I-Beams in the heats that got the water, and Soft Impacts for the heats where the track was dry.
In the A-Main, I got a great start, but got tangled in traffic on the first lap and would fall to fourth. However, I knew we were in a 40 minute Main, so I stayed focused and gradually worked my way up to second. I had an epic battle with TLR’s Don Vinkemulder, and we swapped positions a number of times before I took the lead for good. My Kyosho MP9 on AKA rubber could not have performed better.
1/8 Scale Expert Truggy
I had been running AKA Soft Impacts on my Kyosho ST-RR at CVRC Raceway, and they worked well, but I decided to try GridIrons, and boy was that a good decision. The GridIrons gave me that extra forward bite needed in a competitive truggy race. Based on my last race at this track, I moved my battery forward, to try to get a little more steering, and the results were dramatic. The truck turns so much better now with the weight moved forward. We had been chasing a good tune earlier in qualifying, but by the third round, we got it figured out, and I was able to get the TQ by 4 seconds over Radio Post/Mugen driver Brian Sullivan.
In the A-Main, I got a good hole shot and got an early commanding lead. I would need it, as I ran out of fuel as I was entering the pits on my third pit stop. My pit man got me fueled and restarted quickly however, and I left the pits in good shape. I never looked back, and won the 40 minute race comfortably. My Kyosho ST-RR on AKA rubber was amazing all weekend.