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  1. RC Car Action Online Coverage Of The 2015 Midwest Regional Indoor Off-Road Championships [VIDEO] 
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    This past weekend I made my way over to Rockford, IL to attend the 2015 Midwest Regional Indoor Off-Road Championships (MRIOC) at Z & M Hobbies. This was the second year that they have hosted this event and 192 racers from Illinois and the surrounding states competed in 10 different classes.



    The race format for that weekend was open practice from 9am-6pm on Friday, and then a club race that night at 7pm which was limited to 80 entries. On Saturday the doors opened at 7am for more open practice, then at 9am we started three rounds of IFMAR qualifying. Finally, on Sunday another practice session started at 7am and ran for two hours, and then at 9am the last chance qualifier (LCQ) started followed by all the mains. Your best two out of 4 qualifiers counted towards making the A Main, and the top two finishers in each lower main could bump up all the way into the B Main.



    I arrived on Friday before the track opened, and once the doors unlocked at 9am I made my way inside to setup shop. I estimated that there were over 100 pit spots to choose from on two different levels so finding a place to work out of this past weekend was not an issue.



    Located near the track's entrance was Z & M Hobbies.



    Inside they had most of the gear that racers would need that weekend and if they didn't have the part you needed in stock they worked hard to find it for you.





    Directly above the pro shop was the race director's area and about another 40 pit spots.



    Hauling your gear up the staircase might be a challenge, but you couldn't beat the view from up there!



    Right outside Z & M Hobbies was the concession stand.



    Through out the weekend they offered frozen pizzas, special sub sandwiches, french fries, potato chips, and other yummy treats for the racers to choose from.



    Not every track has this feature, and plenty of racers took advantage of it so they didn't need to venture out in the cold to grab some lunch.



    Directly across from the pit area was the large driver's stand.



    There was plenty of room on top for each driver in a full main, and it was even wheelchair accessible which is great to see.



    The track had a very fast flow to it with some cool elevation changes. There was even a unique option lane in the middle of the track.



    Most drivers opted to use the lane on the right since it was a tighter line, but they also had to compensate for the 'green dots' that led into the triple section.



    Racer's pushed their driving skills to the limits as they tried to fit their vehicle into the small crease between the inside pipe and the dots leading into that section of the track.



    Practice went smooth that day and there was plenty of great racing action in that night's club race.



    On Saturday drivers hit the track for more practice and then the track was shut down for a brief driver's meeting.



    After that completed the racers gathered around the track for the playing of the National Anthem.



    Young racer Christian Thorne piloted his 22 SCT around the layout with an American flag attached to it.



    He then went on to take the first heat of the Sportsman class. A great job by Christian, and a nice touch by the Race Em R/C crew for the 2015 MRIOC!







    We ran three rounds of qualifying that day and the pits were busy with action as racers tried to find that extra 0.2 in their setups.







    The last race of the day completed shortly before 8pm which gave racers some more time to relax and prepare for the LCQ and mains tomorrow.



    The track crew went to work to make sure the track was ready for the finals the next day too.



    On Sunday, we saw a light dusting of snow as racers made their way to the track for the final time that weekend.



    As we rolled through the LCQ, the race crew prepared all of the door prizes.



    Every racer received a raffle ticket for each car they entered into the trophy race that weekend.



    Winning tickets were attached to each door prize so once a racer found their matching ticket they took home some nice RC gear thanks to the race's generous sponsors!



    Once the qualifying had ended we held the racer's 50/50 raffle. Chad Parry was the big winner that weekend and he walked away with $117!



    Another cool event this weekend was a best paint contest. Fellow racer Ron Saxton donated two $50 Z & M Hobbies gift certificates that were to be given away to the driver's with the best paint scheme for both open wheel and short course vehicles. Sam Anderson won the award for best paint scheme for an open wheeled vehicle thanks to his paint sponsor Legit Lidz! Paul and Zach Edenburn of Legit Lidz were also in attendance this weekend and joined Sam in accepting this award.



    And in the short course division, the judges weighed all of their options and then finally declared that Jason Bauman had the best looking paint scheme that weekend!



    After this had completed it was time for the mains to begin. Awards were handed out to the top 5 finshers in both the B and A Mains for every class, and due to the single A format the racing was intense for the entire 6 minutes.



    After the dust had settled for each B and A main the race program was stopped down to hand out the hardware to the top 5. There were many close races and the spectators were treated with some exciting finishes.



    The Race Em R/C and Z & M Hobbies crew did a great job with this event and I can't wait to see what next year's race brings to the table! Till next time!

    Here is a link to a playlist on YouTube with all the videos I shot this weekend, and special shout out to Bubba Boggs for the video help: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...Qu1-J5dT3_5lrb

    Here is a link to the final results hosted on Race Em R/C's website: http://www.raceemrc.com/images/resul...2015_MRIOC.pdf

    NOTE: Below are the most of the videos and images of the the top 5 from the B and A mains. I missed a few of them since I had to race in two classes on Sunday too.

    Stock 2wd Buggy B Main

    NO IMAGE AVAILABLE

    1. Isaac Beihoffer
    2. Skip Crain
    3. Austin Wick
    4. Jeff Piske
    5. Jeremy Taylor

    Mod 2wd Buggy B Main



    1. Victor Vasquez
    2. David Fast
    3. Sam Anderson
    4. Eric Krivitz
    5. Will Brinton

    Mod 4wd Buggy B Main



    1. Tyler Whitt
    2. Paul Wick
    3. Sam Anderson
    4. Tom Rinderknecht
    5. Will Brinton

    Stock 2wd SCT B Main



    1. Shannon Werntz
    2. Jason Baumann
    3. Ben Thorne
    4. Nik Bolin
    5. Troy Johnson

    Mod 2wd SCT B Main



    1. Matt Meyers
    2. Ba Ba Ba Benny
    3. Shannon Werntz
    4. Shane Theiss
    5. Ben Thorne

    13.5 4wd Buggy B Main



    1. Travis Frea
    2. Ayden Theiss
    3. Bucky
    4. Jim Krivitz
    5. Mike Sanders

    Sportsman A Main





    1. Christian Thorne (TQ)
    2. Kim Pitzen
    3. Celia Parry

    Mod 2wd Buggy A Main





    1. Alex Sturgeon
    2. Zac Rose
    3. Blake Bauer
    4. Tom Rinderknecht
    5. Brad Shearer

    TQ was Tyler Whitt

    1/8 Electric Buggy A Main





    1. Alex Sturgeon (TQ)
    2. Grant Runkel
    3. Nicholas Mueller
    4. Jared Wiggins
    5. Gregg McCarty

    Mod Stadium Truck A Main



    1. Brad Shearer (TQ)
    2. Alejandro Vegas
    3. David Fast
    4. Joe Coconate
    5. Trevor Nelson

    Mod 2wd SCT A Main





    1. Tyler Whitt (TQ)
    2. Tom Rinderknecht
    3. Brian Koch
    4. Brian Mellow
    5. Jake Mcguire

    Mod 4wd SCT A Main

    NO IMAGE AVAILABLE



    1. Alec Watters
    2. Grant Runkel
    3. Nicholas Mueller (TQ)
    4. Gregg McCarty
    5. Kevin Kretsinger

    Mod 4wd Buggy A Main





    1. Alex Sturgeon
    2. Alejandro Vegas (TQ)
    3. Mike Kochanski
    4. Blake Bauer
    5. Victor Vasquez

    13.5 4wd Buggy A Main





    1. Zach Edenburn (TQ)
    2. Frank Krivitz
    3. Brian Lutz
    4. Matthew Maier
    5. Grant Runkel

    Stock 2wd Buggy A Main





    1. Brian Koch (TQ)
    2. Zach Edenburn
    3. Dan Jan
    4. Tom Gwinn
    5. Matthew Maier

    Stock 2wd SCT A Main





    1. Brian Koch (TQ)
    2. Chad Perry
    3. Isaac Beihoffer
    4. Ron Saxton
    5. Hurricane
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    Great race report, Chilly! Especially liked having the National Anthem with young C. Thorne driving the flag laps. Very nice!

    Curious? What comprises the off-road racing surface? Looks quite firm. Aerated it seems? Oh, and the option section is nice too.

    -AC-
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    Quote Originally Posted by AHR43 View Post
    Great race report, Chilly! Especially liked having the National Anthem with young C. Thorne driving the flag laps. Very nice!

    Curious? What comprises the off-road racing surface? Looks quite firm. Aerated it seems? Oh, and the option section is nice too.

    -AC-
    I believe it was a clay and dirt mix surface, but mostly clay. Yes they had an aerator sitting outside that they use to drag behind a riding lawn mower.
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