BMI Karts lets you have the choice of selecting the sprocket ranging from a 53 to a 75 tooth sprocket. The product description didn’t provide the outside diameters for each different tooth sprocket. So I went online to look for a chart that displays the outside diameter for a #35 chain size sprocket for different numbers of teeth. I found this chart online from Azusa Engineering regarding sprocket diameters of #35 chain size sprockets.
Read more here: http://bocabearingsworkshop.blogspot.com/2016/02/racing-power-wheels-part-3-selecting.html
January Jam – 1/28/2016 – 1/31/2016
I had a great weekend at January Jam, I ran Pro Nitro Truggy and Open Nitro Buggy. I qualified 7th and finished 6th in Nitro Truggy, and I qualified 5th and finished 5th in Nitro Buggy.
The track was slippery, so my dad made some changes but he made me remove the parts, the shocks, front diff, so I could change the diff oils. When it was all said and done my dad had my buggy and truggy dialed in. In buggy I mostly got caught up in a lot of traffic that held me up. I believe I could’ve finished better then what I did in buggy.
In pro truggy I got a good start my truggy was on point. I had engine problems during the weekend which trashed my new truggy engine for this season. We put a back-up on but wehad to turn it up to fight off the faster guys.Overall a great weekend for racing!
January Jam – 1-28-2016 – 1/31/2016
I ran open buggy qualified 1st and t.q. and finished 1st. Track was very loose, so I had to make some changes like moving a hole on the shocks, move my turn buckle links up on the shock towers front and rear.
I spent a lot of time on Kody’s buggy and truggy. Watching Kody make the A main in protruggy and actually battling with some big name guys he held 2nd for about 6mins and 5th for 20 mins he was mostly just getting out motored, His glow plug dropped element on piston during practice, but other then that great weekend with my family and friends.
Southern Indoor Championship
January 29th – 31st, 2016
This was our second year attending the Southern Indoor Championship (SIC) race in Autaugaville, Alabama. We got on the road by 4:20 AM Thursday morning for our 9 ½ hour drive. The weather was not cooperating with us as it rained most of the way. We arrived safely at the track followed by #Matt Kirkpatrick and #Lazi. As we pulled in #Brett Hold and his daughter Kiarra were just setting up for the long weekend. Brett was nice enough to let David, me and our dog Sammie pit with them in their trailer.We headed to the building to get a sneak peek at the track layout. When they said the track was going to be bigger and a “Game Changer” they were not kidding. #Bobby Moore out did himself again at designing the track. You could tell the track crew had put in some long hours and hard work to make this track more SIC then last year. One of the most challenging tracks we have been on. After setting up our pit area we headed to our hotel to check in to have an early dinner and rest before practice the next day. We stayed at the In-Town & Suites hotel in Prattsville. For the price you cannot go wrong. It is very clean and you have a little kitchen with a full size refrigerator, microwave and stove, plus a little sitting area.
Friday morning we bundled up in several layers as it was in the low 30’s. This was a big difference compared to Florida weather. We stopped at the store first for some hot coffee and rock stars before heading to the track. We were so excited that we were the first ones in line for practice. We wanted as much track time as possible so we made sure to run one battery after another all morning before the line got real long.
Saturday morning came fast and it was qualifying day. David was in 2nd place with his E-Truggy on an 8 lap pace during his 1st qualifier when he hit the wall taking the triple and ended up breaking his front out drive, rod end and also bending his axle shaft. He didn’t have a lot of spare parts since he had just recently gotten the Truggy. Thanks to Tekno driver and LFR teammate #Joe Bornhorst for giving him an axle shaft and teammate #Janos (Lazi) Lazar for the front out drive. If it wasn’t for the both of them he would not have been able to continue to race the rest of the weekend. His 2nd qualifier didn’t go as well, so he made some slight changes before round 3. Taking a 3rd, 8th and 5th place finish in his qualifying heats it gave him a 6th place start in the triple A-main. David also raced Pro E-Buggy. The first round of qualifying went well as he was on an 8 lap pace keeping up with the other racers. He struggled during the 2nd and 3rd round and made some mistakes and could not recover from them. This put him starting in the 2nd position of the D-main.
I was very consistent with my SCT. My 1st round I had a 7/5.35.712, 2nd round a 7/5.40.064 and my 3rd round was a 7/5.35.443. This was good enough for me to start 11th in the triple A-main. My E-buggy during the 1st round seemed like it was not handling very well with the bumps or jumps. Even though I had finished 4th in my heat it just didn’t seem right. As I was waiting in line for round 2 I was checking out my buggy and that is when I noticed one of my shock shafts was bent and my arm was not moving freely. With only 6 minutes to my race David quickly went back to the pit and changed out my shock and made it back just in time for my qualifier. I can only blame myself for not noticing it sooner. The Buggy handled a lot better the next two rounds. I was very pleased to find out that I had made it to the B-main beating out 29 other racers.
The Mains started at 6:00 AM Sunday morning. David was race 3 so we had to be up early and ready to go. It was a close clean race between David, #James Calhoun and #Jason Gentry. David was able to finish 2nd and bump up to the C-main. Starting off in the back of the pack in the 14th position of the C-main David was able to work his way up through the pack to finish 7th . E-Truggy triple A-mains were stacked with some of the top drivers such as #Patrick Rossiter and #Tilar Pollack. It was very intense to watch. David finished 6th overall with an A1-5th place, A2-7th place and an A3-4th place finish.
My E-buggy B-main was race 12. I was starting 8th and really wanted to get the bump to the A-main. On the first lap I got hammered by so many cars that it broke my body in the front. After a few laps when I took a jump the cover lifted up and I could not drive. I made it slowly around to pit lane where David and #Kiarra tried their best to clip my body down. After the 4th time to pit lane I told them to just pull my buggy off since there really was no hope left. I was very disappointed, but at the same time proud of making it as far as I did. I struggled some in A1 and A2 with my SCT. By A3 I was finally feeling more confident and was hitting the triple in the back and trying to make the whip corner. Even though I finished 11th in A1, and 10th in both A2 and A3 I was going home with a 13th finish overall.
In the end we both had a lot of fun and we both exceeded our expectations that weekend. Speaking for myself I gained a little bit more confidence in myself. I just wish it had come a little sooner. We would like to thank #Mike Santana, #William Goodwin, #Dave Leikam, #Jennifer, #Lance MacDonald, and #Bobby Moore for all their hard work and long hours to make this a killer event for all of us to remember.
We would also like to give a huge thank you to our sponsors – #Proline for their Hole Shots getting us to the A-main……#LFR2016 for the Assassin body…….#BocaBearings for their high quality green sealed bearings……#TriCountyHobbies and #DERacing.
Beach R/C’s New Years Resolutions Race Report I made the 3 and a half hour trek south for Beach R/C’s first trophy race in 2016, the New Year’s Resolutions Race.
I kept busy running three classes, including 2wd and 4wd short course trucks and 4wd buggy. I have been working on my Pro-Line Pro-2 truck during the winter months so I was excited to see how the upgrades and set-up adjustments would translate on the track. The Pro-2 truck felt strong and I was able to improve my lap times throughout the day. In the 3rd heat, I grabbed my first ever TQ with my Pro-2, which is definitely one of the highlights of this early 2016 season. I was hoping to carry that momentum into the A-Main but an unfortunate issue with my electronics 2 minutes into the race dashed any chance I had at the TQ/1st place combo. I was able to reset my ESC and get my Pro-2 back on the track after the unscheduled pit stop that resulted in a 1 minute and 15 second lap. I was able to finish the race and still managed to take home 3rd place.
Immediately after the race I began working on my Pro-2 again and hope to have some new custom carbon fiber parts and a new Pro-line Flo-Tek body ready to go for the 2nd Annual Palmetto Classic in March.
In the 4wd SCT division, I was able to grab the TQ/1st place combo by keeping things smooth and consistent. In the qualifiers, I was guilty of overdriving my truck and chasing after fast laps, which hurt my overall time. In the A-Main, I settled into a groove and hit the race lines leading to my best times of the day.
My third class was the 4wd Buggy; I definitely had some work to do after the first heat. I sorted things out by the third heat and qualified 2nd; however, starting up front in the A-Main didn’t provide much of an advantage. In the first lap, I was unable to get away cleanly and dropped several spots. Things continued to go south and after 3 laps I was in dead last. I slowly worked my way up the board and spent over half the race in 6th place trying to chase down the pack. With a minute left in race, I found myself back in a podium position after navigating my buggy into the third position. The final minute I was able to jump one more spot and finished 2nd overall. It was a very exciting race and a great experience.
In the end, I collected two TQs and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place plaques at the New Years Resolutions Race. All my vehicles were equipped with green seal bearings from Boca Bearings which continue to be a factor in yielding positive results at the track. I would like to thank all the companies that allow me to represent them and provide tremendous support – Pro-Line Racing, Bullit R/C Hobby Shop, Boca Bearings, Xpert Servos and Maclan.