The Dirt Nitro Challenge News

19th annual Dirt Nitro Challenge Entries Open

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The Dirt and his crew have announced that the official registration for the 19th annual Dirt Nitro Challenge is now open. With upgrades to the Fear Farm facility underway, the Dirt have been given the green light for the upcoming event! They will be limiting the number of 1/8th scale entries this year to ensure a reasonable nightly finish hour and guarantee quality advertised track time! Be sure to sign up online as the available entry spots will sell out! Please continue to check for race information and updates at or send e-mails to with any questions.

The Dirt Nitro Challenge 2018 announcement

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Joey Christensen alias The Dirt and his crew have announced the 19th Annual The Dirt Nitro Challenge. The famous event will be held from February 21st to 25th at the Fear Farm in Arizona. Like every year The Dirt offers an early entry summer sale on The Dirt Nitro Challenge entry fee. The early entry is $70.00 which is a 20.00 per entry discount and it is available for a limited number of entries! To enter, please paypal your entry fee to and please put your racer information in the notes class. There are 50 discount spots available and are available first come first serve!! If you have any questions, please call or text to 951-902-9319 or e-mail to

Tessmann 2017 Dirt Nitro Challenge report

Race report by Ty Tessmann (XRAY):

2017 Dirt Nitro Challenge was just that, a challenge. The layout was the best that it has been in years, I felt that the track was more of what I remember the DNC being in the past. Coming to this race with entirely new platforms of cars, I knew would be difficult but testing before the race gave me the confidence that I would be able to compete and do well. Qualifying in all 3 classes went well, TQing e-buggy and nitro buggy and qualifying 3rd in Nitro Truck I felt that I had the pace to possibly take a win in the first nitro event of the year with my new XRAY cars.

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JQ on THE Dirt’s track

Finland’s most famous export (after Kimi) has been busy on the keyboard during and after last weekend’s Dirt Nitro Challenge, most recently sharing his thoughts on a track some top pros called the hardest they’ve raced on.

There was a lot of crying and complaining about the track at DNC. A lot of tears were shed, a lot of feelings were hurt, a tremendous amount of arms were smashed, believe me.

I have given the organisers a hard time for the fact that they forgot to organise. I still haven’t seen results from the race. I probably never will. But The Dirt crew have one thing going for them. The track.

I feel like there were a few years where Joey got a bit lazy with the track. You arrived and thought, “that’s it, really?”. However, the last couple of years, the tracks have been really good, and specially this one. 

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Under the Hood: Ty Tessmann

Ty Tessmann, 23 – Canada

Chassis: XRAY XB8’17
Engine: O.S. B2102
Fuel: VP Racing Fuel ‘Tessmann blend’
Tyres: Pro-Line
Radio & Servos: : Airtronics M12 provided by, MKS servos
Body & Wing: Stock body, Pro-Line Trifecta Lite wing
Event: 2017 Dirt Nitro Challenge, USA


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Video: Dirt Nitro Challenge Buggy Main


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Ryan Maifield completes Nitro Challenge clean sweep

Ryan Maifield, a man on a mission this weekend successfully completed a grand slam sweep of his prestigious home race, the Dirt Nitro Challenge, a feat few would have foreseen going into this event due to the impressive entry field, a contender throughout, Maifield overcame a scrappy start to move into the lead of the buggy final and cruise home to the first ever clean sweep of the three pro classes at the DNC.

Going into the 45 min buggy final, the B main transfers were Jared Tebo, Mike Truhe and Cody King, the latter particularly hard-fought after a late race pass at the expense of Reno Savoya, the likes of Tebo also leaving the stand with a huge sigh of relief.

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Video: DNC Sunday Walkabout

 2015 Dirt Nitro Challenge

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2015 Nitro Buggy Champion: Ryan Maifield
2015 Nitro Truck Champion:
David Ronnefalk