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Ty Tessmann reports on 2018 Silver State

Race report by Ty Tessmann (XRAY):

This past weekend was the first ever indoor Silver State Race held at the Southpoint Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. We knew going into this race there would be a lot of unknown challenges, I was excited to see how the weekend would play out. At the start of the weekend the track was smooth and packed but with the feel of the dirt there was a lot of speculation as to what it would do as the weekend progressed. They watered the track intermittently which created a lot of changes in the traction, when the track was damp the grip was very low and as it dried out the grip level went up considerably.

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2018 Silver State announcement

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The Dirt Racing have announced that the 2018 Silver State race will be held from May 4th to 6th at the South Point Hotel/Casino-Spa at Las vegas. This will be the first time in the events history that it wil be in an enclosed indoor arena, the Priefert Pavilion to be exact!! Soon the link to the Sign-Ups page as well as a link to “book rooms “for the event will be available. Stay tuned for more information.

Silver State: Photo highlights

You may have caught some of our 2017 Silver State Race coverage over the weekend, kindly supported by Absolute Hobbyz, we hope you enjoyed it, we certainly did photographically!

In the following post we’ve picked out our photo favourites over the weekend – portraits, action, emotions and how could you not love a track with the Las Vegas Strip in the background, we hope you enjoy the selection

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Ryan Lutz takes Truck title at Silver State

With Ryan Maifield having swept the E-Buggy final many expected him to clean up in truggy as well having dominated the DNC a few weeks ago, that was the case until Ryan Lutz had other ideas…

Just before the main event, rather surprisingly, part of the track pipe was removed after the far right double, with cars landing on it all weekend, it was perhaps a little damaged, thus the race was run with a lack of pipe in that section, much to the bizarre bemusement of several drivers.

The start saw Maifield lead out with Lutz sneaking by Tessmann, the trio looking fast and racy, however it wasn’t long before Lutz crashed and would drop quite a bit down, allowing Maifield and Tessmann to open up a gap to the rest of the pack.

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Tessmann snapping at Maifield’s heels would get by on lap 10 and hold the lead until lap 28, the pair swapping positions alternately, Maifield would edge infront and open up a gap to Tessmann, looking in control as Lutz worked his way into 3rd after fending off Jared Tebo.

Disaster struck Maifield however as a slightly hot engine flamed out whilst pitting for fuel, sending pitmen scrambling down to recover the stricken polesitter, after getting re-fired quickly Maifield was out on track, man-on-a-mission. He quickly disposted of Tebo running solidly in 4th and looked like he would haul himself back into contention up front as Tessmann suddenly found his newly inherited lead under threat from a rapid Ryan Lutz.

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As if a guided missile, Lutz took over the lead on lap 51, Tessmann clearly pushing hard during the final making a few mistakes along the way, nonetheless managing to finish, however Lutz proved himself best of the bunch as he extended his lead late on. A big result for the Tekno driver further underlying the collective faith in the Tekno RC truck. 3rd for Maifield who wasn’t able to catch Tessmann quite enough, but will surely be fired up for the buggy main, 4th for Tebo and 5th for Phend having re-taken the spot that Ronnefalk stole on the penultimate lap.

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Dakotah Phend TQ’s 2017 Silver State

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Dakotah Phend is top qualifier of the 2017 Silver state in Las Vegas, having bookended qualifying with a TQ in round 1 and finishing up mere hundredths behind a resurgent Ryan Maifield who would TQ round 3. The track during the single round of qualifying saw temperatures in the low 30s (celcius) and it was Phend who looked like he might be on course until Maifield made it a clean sweep of qualifying today having TQ’d Q3 in E-Buggy, Pro Truck and Pro Buggy.

Lining up 2nd on the grid will be Ty Tessmann level on points with Maifield, rather interestingly… 7 different cars in the top 7, oh and Cav still hasn’t turned up… Missing the cut from the A was Tekno’s Joe Bornhorst – top of the hotly contested B main which should provide some entertainment tomorrow.

Maifield TQs Silver State E-Buggy

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Ryan Maifield put any fustrations from yesterday firmly to bed as he opened up the 3rd (and last) round of qualifying with a TQ of the open E-Buggy class. Going into the last round the overall spot was between Maifield and Tessmann, the pair in the lead of the heat after Ronnefalk made a mistake early on having led after 4 laps. Maifield would make it round for a decisive 14 lapper, Tessmann just missing out, caught by the tone with 13/7:00.905, Tebo would claim 3rd and a strong 4th for Serpent’s Billy Easton.

Silver State: Friday Qualifying

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Returning to the scene of the 2016 IFMAR World Championships this weekend for the annual Silver State Nitro Challenge – one of the classic ‘majors’ of 1/8 buggy during the course of a season. We’re back in Las Vegas with the familiar backdrop of the Strip twinkling and luring new arrivals in all the time before sending them home to their wives with hangovers, regrets, thinner wallets but usually some wonderful memories.

Friday at the Silverstate got going with a schedule proposing two rounds of qualifying for the 131 drivers in total attending the event – significantly smaller than the Nitro Challenge some three weeks previously in Arizona. The track has seen a revamp with only a couple of sections surviving the Worlds – the raised table corner and brick section. The lighter turnout however means civilised hours, time for dinner,

Amongst the talking topics here this weekend is the conspicuous absence of Mr Ryan Cavalieri, Team Associated’s talisman and 4x Worlds winner. Rumours hint at a heated exchange a couple of weeks ago and subsequently Mr Cav has been put on the naughty step, placed on ‘ice’ or rather given a 4 week cooling off period and thus misses a couple of events including Silver state.

Onto the track action and two rounds of qualifying saw Ty Tessmann kick off proceedings TQ’ing Q1 of E-buggy infront of former team mate David Ronnefalk, amid some murmurings of ‘team-related’ blocking… 😉 Pro truck with all of 24 entries, Maifield out front comfortably with Ryan Lutz 2nd and Ty Tessmann 3rd running out of fuel on his last lap. In Pro Buggy Dakotah Phend strung together a great 7min run, some 3secs ahead of Worlds TQ Jared Tebo and Tessmann 3rd.

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