Can you say Rain?  That was the word of the day here at the 1/8th Scale Fuel Offroad Nationals.

Everyone woke up to dark and gloomy skies in the morning.  Many racers opted to stay at the hotel and catch some extra sleep while it rained.  Overnight the track crew covered the track with one very large tarp, which helped to keep much of the water off the surface.  On arriving the team were pumping water from the pits and some of the track into there drain system all of which ended up down at the Mugen pits!

Another rainstorm soon came through and dumped even more water on the covered track.  Around noon it looked like we were finally getting a break in the weather so StateLine Raceway’s track crew sprung to action removing the track cover.  Underneath some sections were totally soaked while others looked good.  The crew worked hard for the next several hours prepping the surface to race.  The call was finally made to start racing again at 2pm and at 1:59 Mother Nature had other plans and once again we were on RAIN DELAY… but only for 20mins and then we were underway!

They did one more practice round which was more or less a track cleaning round.  In less that 2 hours we had run all 27 heats and it was time to start Qualifying.

The track seemed to be doing pretty well overall many sections were even getting dry and dusty by the later rounds.  In the Top Seeded heat it was Ty Tessmann looking fastest only to get it wrong over one of the doubles on the front stretch.  This would hand the lead over to Jared Tebo.  Ty would recover to take second with Ryan Lutz in 3rd.

In Truggy it was Mugen’s Ryan Maifield taking the top spot by less than 1 second over Ty Tessman and Joe Bornhorst in 3rd.  . After Round 1 race control needed a little bit of time to do a re-sort of buggy so many hit the track for a track walk.  It was obvious that the track was taking a beating after the Truggy’s had run.  Many sections developing huge holes and many jump faces showing the wear of a day’s worth of weather and racing.

Round 2 of Buggy Qualifying started in the early evening and the early heats faired well before moisture, track wear and lighting would slow down the later heats.  Joe Bornhorst would benefit from an early heat and hold TQ until the last heat of the day.  This time it would be Team Associated’s Spencer Rivkin doing the only 10 lap run of round 2 followed by Ryan lutz and Ty Tessmann in 3rd.  Bornhorst the early TQ would end up in 6th overall for the round.

Tomorrow morning Truggy will start the day with there 2nd round of qualifying and the continuation of both classes afterwards.