Indoor off-road racing season has started in the northeast and the action from
Round 1 at the Bumps and Jumps RC facility in Etters, PA provided some of the
cleanest racing among the Mid-Atlantic regions top level off-road drivers. The
eighty three entries for the event were spread across six classes which included
the well attended two and four wheel drive modified electric one-tenth scale
buggies. The remaining classes for the event included 17.5 stock buggy, two
wheel and four wheel drive modified short course trucks, and the entry level
Young Guns. Three qualifying rounds of competition set the starting lineup for
the single A Main features in the afternoon.
In the first A Main of the day, the four wheel drive short course trucks would
take to the starting grid with local driver Josh Smeltzer out front in the top
qualifying position. Johnny Drakeford would start second and keep the pressure
on Smeltzer for the first few laps of the race as they swapped positions for the
lead. Smeltzer would hold on under the pressure as he stretched the distance
and Drakeford would continue to fall down through the running order. Tyler
Herwig out of the Rt 281 Raceway in Somerset, PA and Justin Bortz both driving
Tekno trucks would move into the final positions for second and third place
respectively. The two wheel drive modified short course trucks would be started
with Team Associated’s Barry Goodwin on the pole. Goodwin would do his best to
hold off Jason Schreffler driving a Losi, but it was not enough to hold him off.
Schreffler would take the win with Goodwin finishing second and Gabriel Galeano
coming in third.
In the buggy division, the talk of the day was local Team Associated driver,
Alex Miller, just coming off his previous podium finishes at the J-Concepts
Indoor Nationals in Fitchburg, MA. In the four wheel drive division, Miller was
in a league of his own and not contested for much of the day. Team Associated
teammate Barry Goodwin,out of New Jersey, would finish second and the young
Ethan Mackanick, out of Shippensburg, PA, starting from the seventh position,
would round out the final podium position. The two wheel modified buggy class
would put the on-road skillset of Jason Schreffler driving the brand new Serpent
Spyder buggy on the TQ position. A few mistakes would push Schreffler back to
third while Alex Miller would take over the top spot. Jason Haas, now driving a
Kyosho RB6, would put the pressure on Miller and take over the lead but could
not keep it out front. Miller would take the lead back at about the midway
point of the race and hold on to the finish. Haa
s would finish second and Schreffler in the number three position.
Making its debut back into the region this year was the 17.5 stock buggy class.
Declining numbers over the previous years have begun to the rebound in the class
at many of regions tracks. Ryan Acri would get a clean start from the TQ
position and never look back the rest of the race. Some close racing further
back in the field allowed Acri to pull further away from the field and keep the
second place finisher of Curt Sieber about thirteen seconds back at the finish
line. The final podium spot would go to Steve Walter in the 17.5 division.
This post race report has been provided by Jason Mackanick, ROAR Region 2