Author: Sean Gaffney | Images: Rugspin Graphix & NeoBuggy
This is a feature meant to highlight drivers who have been Makin’ Noise in the nitro and electric offroad RC racing scene.  If you’re ‘Makin’ Noise‘, you’re an up-and-comer that’s shown great talent, dialed driving, and smokin’ fast lap times.  So if you’ve been dominating around your club, finishing well at national and international events, send us your info and you just might be Makin’ Noise soon.


Cody Smith – USA

Cody’s a SoCal local out of Apple Valley, CA who calls Coyote Hobbies his home track.  All that 2wd practice has made Smith exponentially faster over the last two years, but he’s really hit his groove in 2013 with his Kyosho MP9 TKI3.  Smith is fresh off a great 2nd place finish just behind Drake at Round 5 of the Grass Roots Series put on by Thunder Alley, Palm Desert, and Pro-Line – three premier SoCal tracks.

This gave Smith a lot of confidence just 2 weeks before he flew out to Porter, TX, his sights set on the top 20.  Smith spoke about his ROAR Nationals event:

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Cody Smith - in the pits

“My Dad and I arrived at the ROAR 1/8 Off-Road Nitro Nationals on Tuesday about midday to check out the track before controlled practice started on Wednesday. My first impression as soon as I got there was that the facility was top notch. The track had a clay surface with a big roof over the track and driver’s stand, so you could race no matter what the conditions were like. The track was very wide and only 4 lanes deep so it made choosing your spot on the stand very particular.


Controlled practice started Wednesday and we got one 5 minute run followed by two 7 minute runs. Both my Kyosho MP9 TKI3 and ST-RR Evo were very good after the the first day. I made a few set-up changes to fine tune them to the track conditions, but they watered the track Wednesday night making it very slick for the first round of practice on Thursday so this made tire choice tricky. I ended up running Pro-Line X3 Ions in qualifying since it was a very fast tire compared to a bigger pin like Blockades.

After 4 rounds of qualifying taking my best 2, I ended up on the pole for the Odd Quarterfinal, which ended up being just 1 point out of the Semifinals (top 20). I knew I was capable of bumping up, but since they only bump the top 3 and fast guys like Tyler Vik, Chad Bradley, and Jacob Haas were in the Quarterfinal, I knew I had to drive my best to bump. From the start of the tone I never looked back, leading the 20 minute Quarterfinal from start to finish and bumping into the Semifinals.

Cody Smith - buggy
The Semifinal was just 20 minutes after the Quarter final, and since I had to turn marshall, my Dad got to work prepping the car and gluing tires.  Big thanks to my dad for helping me out!  My goal for the 30 minute Semi was to just finish the race in one piece. I was running in 8th position in a bump spot to the Buggy Final, but during my pit stops my motor would die in pit lane, taking about 30 seconds each time to refire and get going again. When time was up I wound up 9th, which ended up being just one position out of making the Buggy Final, or 14th overall in buggy for the week.

I want to give a huge thanks to Mike for letting us come race at his facility with all the great food, hobby shop, and much more all right there at the track. Also a thanks to my sponsors Kyosho, Proline, Airtronics, Coyote Hobbies, TKO Bearings, and 818 Designs.”

 Cody Smith – a super fast SoCal local who is definitely Makin’ Noise.