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When short course trucks went viral in the late 2000′s (2008 for the Traxxas Slash’s release–has it been that long ago?), racing an SC truck seemed a bit like competitive riding lawnmower racing.

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DE Racing Speedline PLUS SC wheels

Speedline SC Wheels

Saving the fun of full body racing for last, DE Racing finalizes the SpeedLine PLUS package with an exciting new wheel for Short Course. The DE Racing SpeedLine PLUS SC delivers maximum corner control and stability by utilizing their “Sure Lock” foam retention system. This system, comprised of radial ribs that lock the wheel and foam insert together, retains maximum tire traction to the racing surface while eliminating the vague inconsistencies that come from an insert that is free to move around on its wheel. Combine this with the highest level of precision, durability, and a scant race weight and you have yourself a top of the line SC wheel!

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JConcepts unveils ‘Lil Chasers’ SC tire

Lil Chasers

JConcepts has just released their new ‘Lil Chasers’ short course truck tire. The LiL Chasers rely on tread scaled down from the original Chasers. Small, rectangular lugs which are angular in multiple directions give the SCT tire the ultimate bite for outdoor racing. LiL Chasers have a lower, closer lug arrangement which gives incredible responsiveness and bites in medium, high and low grip conditions. The wet and dry condition tire has small recessed cuts in the top of the tread for extra edges and increased formability over terrain. The center overlapping bar treatment increases durability in the highest wear region of the tire.

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ROAR Mid-Atlantic Offroad Series

ROAR Region 2 Championship

More and more regions across America are choosing to provide their racers with an entire series of races, as opposed to a single weekend of racing, to crown the ROAR Regional champions. With that being said, ROAR has announced today the 2015 ROAR Region 2 Mid-Atlantic Outdoor Offroad Series. 5 rounds, 6 classes, and countless sponsors are teaming up to make these events the “go-to” races across Virginia and Pennsylvania.

ROAR Region 2 2015 Mid-Atlantic Outdoor Offroad Series

  • April 18th, 2015 Round 1 – RC Pro Racing, VA
  • May 2nd, 2015 Round 2 – LCRC, PA
  • June 13th, 2015 Round 3 – The Tiltyard, VA
  • July 25th, 2015 Round 4 – The Mushroom Bowl, PA
  • August 15th, 2015 Round 5 – Hobby Hut ****RACE LOCATION CHANGED******
  • Rain Date/Make Up Event – August 29th


Ukrainian Indoor Offroad Champs

Ukraine Championghip

The Ukrainian Indoor Offroad Championship was held recently, gathering 102 entries in 5 different class. A full 12-hour day of racing marked an all-time high for R/C racing in the Ukraine. The high traction carpet and high speed layout provided for brilliant racing action, and some unexpected results for the championship. In the end the champions were crowned, and everyone celebrated a successful 2015 Indoor Championship event.


Fantastic finish to the 2015 NIS

NIS Finale

March 28th – 29th saw the final round of the spectacular Northwest Indoor Series go down in epic fashion at Tacoma R/C Raceway. A series much needed to retain the growth and competitiveness of the Northwest progressing forward so that racers in the NW United States can compete on the bigger stage. This series was once on the brink of extinction, and with a last minute organizer change and with the help from a few in the community, Scott Brown has resurrected the series back into a thriving success. The racing is top notch, the tracks are legit and fun, and the program smooth as eggs.

“It has been a pleasure to attend all 4 rounds of the NIS and already looking forward to next year’s series that may include the possibilities of additional tracks in the PNW!” – Thomas Tran/


NCRL Rd.1 report from LSR Speedway

NCRL Report

Round 1 of the NCRL Triple Crown Indoor Series is in the books from LSR Speedway in Sacramento, California. With LSR being the hardest surface to adapt too of all the tracks, first round points were at a premium. The LSR track crew gave racers a fun and fast layout to battle on, and BATTLES is what they got!  Read more…

ProTek delivers 2015 ‘Supreme’ LiPos

ProTek 2015 LiPos

ProTek R/C’s all-new 2015 “Supreme Power” 100C LiPo batteries are lighter, safer and more powerful. By improving the proprietary chemical composition of the cells, the 2015 ProTek R/C “Supreme Power” LiPos perform effortlessly when charged to the standard 4.2 volts per cell. The new chemistry uses high-density materials that provide additional heat shielding, thus providing a much safer battery pack that is less prone to puffing under demanding race conditions.


Hobbyplex 1/8 Winter Series Wrap-Up


The 2015 Winter Series at the Plex wrapped up its final race of a five-round series Saturday at the HobbyTown USA Hobbyplex in Omaha, NE. The Hobbyplex is one of the few indoor tracks in the Midwest capable of safely running nitro year round and racers put it to good use this winter. Strong turnouts in all classes and some awesome giveaways from class sponsors TLR, Serpent and Novak highlighted the series and delivered exciting points battles. Read more…

Sinclair leads X Factory TN trifecta

X Factory Win

X Factory convincingly won three modified classes at the Tennessee Winter Championship race help this past weekend at Thunder R/C in Nashville. Robert Dirla has held the Winter Championship race for several years now, and a tight challenging lay-out awaited over 120 entries at this first weekend of spring event. Instead of trophies, Dirla awarded half the entry fees for each class split among the top three finishers and the dash for cash was on. Read more…