Courtesy of LiveRC.com & Eric Swanson:
Half of the qualifying program was run today and in nearly all of the classes we already have people who have secured a share of TQ. That isn’t exactly what we were expecting to see given the difficulty drivers seemed to have yesterday. Going into today, clean runs seemed like they would be kept to a minimum.
In the prestigious 2WD Modified division, Ty Tessmann stuck first by crashing the least. Tessmann — who is extremely good at getting consistent during racing conditions — looked much smoother than he did in practice yesterday. Meanwhile, Ryan Cavalieri appeared to have lost a little of the consistency that he showcased yesterday.
In Q2, the Associated team came surging back to the front with Ryan Maifield and Ryan Cavalieri finishing one-two respectively- only a fraction of a second apart.
2WD Mod buggy Top 15 after Q2:
1. Ryan Maifield, 2. Ty Tessmann, 3. Ryan Cavalieri, 4. Dustin Evans, 5. Dakotah Phend, 6. Steven Hartson, 7. Jared Tebo, 8. Mike Truhe, 9. Kody Numedahl, 10. Billy Fischer, 11. Barry Baker, 12. JR Mitch, 13. Drew Moller, 14. Cody King, 15. Tyler Vik
4WD, Ty Tessmann rode his new D413 buggy right through the field in both rounds of qualifying today to put the prototype car in at least a share of the TQ position for the weekend. The car looked every bit as good as it did yesterday and looks to be hard to beat if he can stay clean. Ryan Maifield’s Associated B44.2 is the strongest looking contender to Tessmann at this point.
4WD Mod buggy Top 15 after Q2:
1. Ty Tessmann, 2. Ryan Maifield, 3. Jared Tebo, 4. Carson Wernimont, 5. Dakotah Phend, 6. Barry Baker, 7. Ryan Lutz, 8. Rick Hohwart, 9. Cody King, 10. Chris Jarosz, 11. Curtis Door, 12. Travis Amezcua, 13. Brian Strange, 14. Tanner Denney, 15. Tyler Vik
Dakotah Phend won both “A” heats of truck handily, and has locked himself into the front row of the grid on Sunday.Noticeably absent from the truck class are both Ryan Maifield and Dustin Evans, whom chose to run Mod SCT instead. This is most likely the result of ROAR’s rule that drivers can only run three classes at the event. In my opinion, this is hurting both Mod Truck and Mod SCT and should be done away with, but I’ll save that rant for another time.
Speaking of Mod SCT and Ryan Maifield, the Associated/Reedy/JConcepts driver showed why he is the poster boy for all things short course that get released by Associated and JConcepts. After battling with Dustin Evans in Q1 and Q2, Maifield captured both the zeros and a share of TQ with his SC10.2. Again, kind of a watered down field, unfortunately. But, like Mod Truck, I have a feeling that the TQ’s results would not have been affected by the influx of missing drivers had the “three classes only” rule not been in place.
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