The Dirt Nitro Challenge News

Maifield tops DNC Truck & E-Buggy Quali

Arizona native Ryan Maifield made swift work of day 1 of qualifying at the annual Dirt Nitro Challenge in Phoenix, AZ. With Thursday hosting truck and E-Buggy qualifying rounds and Friday reserved for nitro buggy, the recently crowned 1/10th World Champion would TQ rounds 1 and 3 with Associated team leader Ryan Cavalieri TQ’ing Q2. Tanner Stees will line up 3rd for Saturday’s AMain, having done his work early in rounds 1 and 2, starting just behind is Tanner’s more decorated XRAY team mate Ty Tessmann. The ‘Top Euro’ award goes to Alex Zanchettin, the Italian ‘Bull’ relishing the rough track conditions with his truck.

Qualifying Pro Truck (Select 1-8 Pro Truck)

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In the Pro E-Buggy class we had 3 different top qualifiers share the spoils, with Ryan Lutz taking round 1, Maifield Q2 and Joe Bornhorst Q3 setting the fastest time so far. With Maifield coming home a close P2 in the final round he secured himself the best points score with two from three rounds counting a few extra bonus dollars with TQ. Bornhorst will line up 2nd, Lutz 3rd. Tanner Stees once again leading his team mate in quali in 3th with Ty 5th, rejuvenated intercom-wearing Spaniard Robert Batlle 6th.

DNC Photo Gallery

Vlog: DNC practice with Ronnefalk

XRAY support at the 2018 DNC


XRAY have announced that off-road manager Gord Tessmann will provide full support at the Dirt Nitro Challenge from 21st till 25th February 2018. Team support will be provided by Ty Tessmann and Tanner Stees. If you need any help do not hesitate and to contact anyone from the XRAY team or just stop by for a chat.

REDS Racing support at the DNC

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REDS Racing will provide full support to all REDS customers and drivers at the 2018 Dirt Nitro Challenge. If you are using REDS Racing products or want to know more about them please come and see them.

DNC at Fear Farm AZ: 100% sure!

Joey “The Dirt” Christensen sent us this statement aimed at reassuring and specify that the location of the 19th annual The Dirt Nitro Challenge remains unchanged, at the Fear Farm RC in Phoenix, Arizona:

“Hi racers!! I know there has been some concern as to whether or not the 19th annual DNC will FOR SURE happen at Fear Farm AZ Feb 21-25…Myself and the owners of Fear Farm have been 100% the whole time, but to ease any doubts, here is a photo of myself and the Fear Farm owners during my walk through of the facility on Tuesday Jan 16th! We are standing on the drivers stand with the track in the background 🙂 Two thumbs up from the men in charge!! We have great plans for the race with a new stand for the 5th scale event and a new stand for the U4 event! There will be a few changes but nothing that will interfere with the the 19th annual DNC!!! We are excited and look forward to making this years DNC one for the record books!! See you all at the track!”

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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 2015 Dirt Nitro Challenge

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