My almost two week trip started early Thursday morning. Jconcepts team manager, John Piant, picked me up around 8:30 to make the 9-hour drive to Flowood, Mississippi for the 2015 Bring the Heat race. This was my first time back to the great Flowood R/C indoor park in quite some time. I’ve raced the Jconcepts clashes held a couple years back and I loved racing here, with this trip being no different.
Practice started and it took the track some time to completely get grooved up. Once this happened, I was right at home with my TLR 8ight E 3.0, TLR 8ight 3.0 and TEN SCTE 2.0. Flowood R/C park for me is just the right size track for me, siding on the 1/10th side of my program (to go fast takes a little more patience then normal 1/8th races). Qualifying went well putting me in good spots to make the necessary adjustments mentally so that I could hopefully bring home some wins. When I talk about (necessary adjustments mentally), I mean being in the right frame of mind. It very easy to lose frame of mind and have the weekend go down the tubes on a main event Sunday. The Flowood R/C park would see somewhat of a normal gas track blowout in several spots around the track come main day. This made picking the right lines very critical and I was about to do so for the most part. Even doing that, I was out driven by Ryan Lutz in both Ebuggy and nitro classes. So all in all, a great weekend finishing with a 1, 2, and 2.
Now we had four days until our next race, which was only a short 2-hour drive west to West Monroe, Louisiana, the home of the 2015 Southern indoor nats. After killing time with laundry, a TLR 8ight T E 3.0 build, and one or two trips to Baskin-Robbins, we reached Thursday and the departure time for our trip to West Monroe.
This was my first time to the small town home of Duck Commander and the reality showDuck Dynasty. Practice began Friday morning and right away I knew I wasn’t in Flowood anymore. The southern indoor nats track was about the size of two Flowoods put together. Jumps that made me ask “can a car even make that!” Again, we would see the track take some time to come in and by qualifying we would see a defined groove. I had issues in both classes after round one, but again I had to mentally prepare for this, and I just kept digging in the next two rounds. I ended up not too bad after qualifying starting 4th in ebuggy and 8th in nitro. Ebuggy, I still had little ‘gremlins’ follow me into the main event in this class, which hindered me a good finishing position. Nitro main was a totally different story, with the track now at it roughest, picking a line without crashing was key. Off the start, I quickly moved up the ladder board staying in 2nd for most of the race behind teammate, Cole Ogden, which he went on to win the event. I had a great battle with Joe Bornhorst most of the race and I was just edged out by him at the end, giving me a 4th place overall.
In summary, a great two weeks on the road with John and I was very fortunate to bring home some hardware.
Thanks to everyone that was involved with both events. Thanks to Bubba at Flowood R/C park and Jeff at the Southern indoor nats; you guys put on some great events. Hope to see you all soon.