Futaba and Dirt Burners Pull Off Another Race for the Ages!
5th Annual Futaba / O.S.® Engine Nitro Challenge
St. Louis, Missouri
Once again, the St. Louis Dirt Burners crew did an awesome job at prepping a track that would be extremely fun, yet extremely challenging to the racers. With the heat index in the upper 120 degrees and track temps above 150 degrees, the battles were not only against the other racers, but the elements as well. This year, however, Mother Nature did give us a break with absolutely no rain in the forecast.
It was another great year for entries at just over 250, and the excitement of each main event was electrifying. With the Intermediates and Experts running for Futaba radios, O.S. Engines and Futaba servos, most of the races came down to the last lap. The Pro drivers were racing for cold, hard cash and had to do it based on scores from the double A main format.
Pro Dash for Cash
|This year's dash for cash was absolutely amazing with all six drivers actually leading a lap. When all of the dust settled, it was Futaba, O.S. and O'Donnell driver Josh Wheeler taking the $100.00, the $25.00 bonus for running a Futaba radio and O.S. engine, and the coveted pole position for the first A main.|
Intermediate Arena Truck A Main
|1st Brent Burns = Futaba 4PKS|
2nd Robbie Seehafer = Futaba S9156 and S9157 Servo
3rd Bill Mason = Futaba S9157 Servo
Intermediate Buggy A Main
|1st Chris Fugate = Futaba 4PKS|
2nd Bill Mason = Futaba S9156 and S9157 Servo
3rd Richard Hess = Futaba S9157 Servo
Expert Arena Truck A Main
|1st John Rodgers = O.S. 21XZ-B Engine|
2nd Wes Lawrence (TQ) = Futaba S9156 and S9157 Servo
3rd Blake Everett = Futaba S9157 Servo
Expert Buggy A Main
|1st Nigel Townsend = O.S. 21XZ-B Speed Engine|
2nd Chris Marrant (TQ) = Futaba S9156 and S9157 Servo
3rd Jaun Hurtado = Futaba S9157 Servo
Pro Arena Truck A Main
|1st Jason Branham = $400.00 (Futaba - O.S. Engines)|
2nd Jimbo Kvidera = $250.00
3rd Sonny Ochoa = $100.00
Pro Buggy A Main
|1st Ryan Lutz = $400.00|
2nd Josh Wheeler = $250.00 (Futaba - O.S. Engines)
3rd Jason Branham = $100.00 (Futaba - O.S. Engines)
Futaba and O.S. would like to thank all the racers and the entire Dirt Burners crew for their hard work and support. We look forward to the 6th annual Futaba / O.S. Engine Nitro Challenge at Dirt Burners in 2012!
Congratulations to Team Futaba member Dave Johnson! Dave flew his big Albatross to become the new National Champion in Designer Scale at the US National Championships last weekend. Dave guides the Albatross with a Futaba 14MZ.
Congratulations to Team Futaba member Kurt Koelling, he was crowned the new National Champion for Scale Aerobatics at the US National Championships today. Kurt was followed by the following Team Futaba members that also put in stellar performances. 3rd Brian Sanik, 4th Team Manager Frank Noll, 5th Will Berninger. Well done everyone!