On Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, all eyes turned to JCP Raceway as the region’s top drivers converged upon Franklin, IN for Round 2 of the Monsters of the Midwest Series. JCP, the original “Midwest Monster”, certainly lived up to its name in every sense of the word. The 18 foot stand is huge, the track area is huge, the jumps were huge, the straights were ballistic and Bryan Seitz gave this Monster some serious fangs. It wasn’t a matter of “if” you were gonna get bit, it was a matter of how much flesh you had remaining at night’s end. While challenging for everyone, this track was an absolute blast to drive and made for some incredible racing. Despite an evening that brought with it a steady drizzle, the event was a truly enjoyable and memorable. The surroundings were beautiful; the track was hooked up; the talent was deep and the competition fierce. JCP ran a stellar, ultra-smooth program and got everyone finished up by 11 pm… not bad for 147 entries!

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Nitro Buggy:

Curt Schlicter, well-known throughout the RC world as the propietor of the legendary Ohio RC Factory (site of the Midwest Winter Championships), ran great all day and earned a hard-won NITRO BUGGY TQ against a deep and talented field on this challenging track.

Dylan Gerard, who’s star has been rising quicklly since his two Top 10 finishes at this year’s Pscyho Nitro Blast, started out in the third position. He dropped to 4th after a rough start, but soon recovered, found his groove, and began the formidable task of hunting down the likes of Jim Couch, Ralph Krum and Mr. Schlicter who was leading the way. Everyone who has ran with Dylan knows he’s got the ability, and once he again, he showed it. It took nearly half the race, but he eventually caught up with Schlichter. Dylan picked his moment, got around Curt and then gradually stretched out a comfortable lead and ultimately closed the deal.

Results:

  1. Dylan Gerard – TLR
  2. Curt Schlicter (TQ) – Kyosho
  3. Jim Couch – Mugen
  4. Ralph Krum – Mugen
  5. Bryan Seitz – Mugen

Standings after 2 rounds:

  1. Bryan Seitz
  2. Mark Stewart
  3. Matt Windell
  4. Curt Schlicter
  5. Dylan Gerard

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Nitro Truggy:

It’s no surprise that Ralph Krum TQ’ed NITRO TRUGGY… or that he went on to win the main “by a mile”, as one of his fellow competitors noted on Facebook. Beneath his youthful appearance and kind, quiet demeanor, resides the heart of stone-cold racer with ice in his veins. And while anyone else would be thrilled with a 1st in NITRO TRUGGY, a 2nd in EXPERT EBUGGY and a 4th in NITRO BUGGY against this field… Ralph probably feels that he had an “off day”. Krum’s dominance aside, the battle for 2nd and 3rd between Sean Ramos and Mark Waggoner had everyone riveted.

For 30 grueling minutes, from the mad dash for turn one at the start, all the way to the finish line, it was an epic neck-and-neck battle. It should be noted that these racer’s both were finishing off long, grueling days, having run 3 highly competitive classes, on this mentally draining track. Waggoner was very impressive, leveraging his experience to gut out the 2nd place finish. Equally impressive is the fact that Ramos had never raced a nitro vehicle (of any kind) before, and had only picked his up Truggy and gotten it running two nights beforehand. Props to the wiley veterans Dave Taylor and Curt Schlichter… for supporitng Ramos with some top-notch coaching and pitting.

Results:

  1. Ralph Krum (TQ) – Mugen
  2. Mark Waggoner – Mugen
  3. Sean Ramos
  4. Tim Peyton – TLR
  5. Curtis Maglinger

Standings after 2 rounds:

  1. Lonnie Stinson
  2. Mark Stewart
  3. Steve Tweedy
  4. Brian Bridgewater
  5. (T)Ralph Krum

(T)Ron Halcomb

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Expert EBuggy:

Dylan Gerard’s EBUGGY had the “Midwest Monster” tamed all day, taking a decisive TQ. In the main, as the evening settled in, bringing drizzle along with the darkness, he got off to a rough start in the vastly changed track conditions, and found himself it what is nearly-always a fatal position… being on the wing-side of Ralph Krum.’s Buggy in a 10-minute race.

But the kid gutted it out, found his groove and fought his way back. One of the few capable of running with Krum at his best, he found his opening and went on take an impressive win. Nick Cummins also made a notable statement, qualifying 3rd.. he backed that up with a 3rd place finish in the main, with Curt Schlichter and Jim Couch hot on his heels.

Results:

  1. Dylan Gerard (TQ) – TLR
  2. Ralph Krum – Mugen
  3. Nick Cummins – Team Associated
  4. Curt Schlichter – Kyosho
  5. Jim Couch – Mugen

Standings after 2 rounds:

  1. Mike Harris
  2. Steve King
  3. Bryan Seitz
  4. Dylan Gerard
  5. Ralph Krum

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EBuggy:

Like everyone else… Bobby Mote spent all 3 rounds of qualifying trying to figure out the elusive speed and timing needed to get through the 8-Pack (somehwat) consistently… but, he was one of the few who succeeded. That section was definitely the razor-sharp, serrated teeth of this MONSTER. Bobby’s day was remarkable in two ways… he comes out of round 2 as the only racer in any class, to have TQ’ed the first two rounds of the series AND his winning effort in the A Main was one of the extremely rare “clean” runs of the day… i.e. no bobbles and no help from marshalls.

Meanwhile, blissfully ignorant that he was headed for an epic battle in his first ever NITRO TRUGGY main event, Sean Ramos proved again why he is the most improved drivers in the region over the last year with a solid 2nd place run. Tyler Brackett had to overcome a few difficulties, but kept it together for a very solid run, staving off Jimmy Vanderhaan and Mark “Ironman” Waggoner for 3rd place.

Results:

  1. Robert Mote (TQ) – Team Associated
  2. Sean Ramos – Tekno
  3. Tyler Brackett
  4. Jimmy Vanderhaan
  5. Mark Waggoner – Mugen

Standings after 2 rounds:

  1. Robert Mote
  2. Chris Annis
  3. Dale Wright
  4. Codi Adams
  5. (T) Phillip Stevens

(T) Drew Jensen

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Pro 4 SCT:

While all the mains were battles… this one was an all out brawl. The PRO 4 SCT class was run on the smaller track, which puts a lot of power into a much more compact area with the 14-car main. Sean Ramos was dialed all day, improving on his own TQ each round of qualifying. However, starting in the front of this pack was not the ideal position, as the pack swarmed quickly after the first corner and sent him off the track to somewhere close to Oblivion, IN (not a real town). Steve Dakota found a clean opening and jumped an the early lead, after starting 3rd, with Tim Minteer, Matt Kirby, Brad Killion Mark Waggoner in close pursuit.

With an unforced error, Dakota surrendered the lead to Minteer with Kirby in tow, and then it became a game of “hot potato in a mosh pit”. I believe everyone in the Top 6th held the lead at one point, though not for long. And then, with less than two minutes to go Sean Ramos suddenly appeared from seemingly nowhere and was back in the fray, having come back from last to 3rd. But he wasn’t immune to the meat-grinder of that was the lead pack. Eventually, Tim Minteer found a clean route and broke out a from the lead pack, and was in position for a victory cruise. Brad Killion, however had other ideas, making a stealth move around Minteer with less than minute to go. And then… it was on! Minteer pursued Killion like a furious shadow, and only narrowly missed a last-second pass in the final corner. Killion held by his teeth for an exciting victory that elicited a roar of appreciation from the crowd.

Results:

  1. Brad Killion – Tekno
  2. Tim Minteer – TLR
  3. Mark Waggoner – Tekno
  4. Matt Kirby
  5. Sean Ramos (TQ) – Tekno

Standings after 2 rounds:

  1. Daniel Holloway
  2. Steve Dakota
  3. James Collett
  4. (T) Jason Fisher
  5. (T) Brad Killion

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Pro 2 SCT:

JCP is known for track conditions that change dramatically from daytime to nighttime. This makes tire selection for the mains critical for everyone, but especially for the PRO 2 SCT class. The top 3 qualifiers, Steven Cummings, Doug Powell and Tim Minteer… are all SRI/Louisville guys. Hoping to break out as a group early in the main, they unfortunately ended up at the bottom of a dogpile after mis-judging the first pair of doubles of the start. From there, it was pure mayhem to right to the bitter end. Everyone was fighting for traction and position… let’s just say that there was lot’s of “fender rubbing” going on.

Crediting a last-mintue tire recommendation from John Ford, Steve Cummings had a traction advantage which enabled him to navigate through the carnage and break out to the point, leaving his homies Minteer and Powell behind to claw there way out of the fray. A couple of unforced errors, allowed Powell to get right back on Cumming’s… umm, backside. It was then that Cummings dug deep, found his groove and kept his truck between the pipes for the duration, outpacing Powell and earning the 1st place hardware, with his buddies eeking out the remaining trophy spots. It definitely wasn’t how they planned it, but they got it done.

Results:

  1. Steven Cummings – TLR
  2. Doug Powlell – Team Associated
  3. Tim Minteer (TQ) – Team Associated
  4. Ryan Kiger -
  5. Eric Yount – Team Associated

Standings after 2 rounds:

  1. James Collett
  2. Phillip Stevens
  3. Eric Yount
  4. Jason Fisher
  5. Steven Cummings

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Kids:

Kid’s class, huh? Man, these little dudes are GOOD! There was some great racing from ALL of them. Chase Alvey drove well beyond his years en route to victory. As did young Adam Mote, who took on the field of short course trucks with his 2wd Buggy. Big props for coming back from last place and making a perfectly timed pass on the last turn, in the very last second to earn 2nd place in thrilling fashion. Brandon Ball and Blake Dones both put up some really great laps, in what was a very entertaining kickoff to the evening of main events. These guys ALL have great futures in RC!

Results:

  1. Chase Alvey
  2. Adam Mote
  3. Brandon Ball
  4. Blake Dones

Standings after 2 rounds:

  1. Brayden Thomas
  2. Chase Alvey
  3. Adam Mote
  4. Brandon Ball
  5. Blake Dones

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The Monsters Series organizers are very grateful to everyone who joined us for Round 2. Thanks to JCP for running a world-class program. We can think of no better way to enjoy a holiday weekend than racing with so many great people! We had a blast, and from all the feedback, it sounds as if you did, too. We’ll see everyone again on June 15th down in Louisville, KY at The Asylum for Round 3. it’s gonna be a great summer!