Thread: Online Coverage Of The 2015 JConcepts Indoor National Series Finals [VIDEO]

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  1. RC Car Action Online Coverage Of The 2015 JConcepts Indoor National Series Finals [VIDEO] 

    This past weekend the finals for the 2015 JConcepts Indoor National Series (INS) were held once again at the HobbyTown USA HobbyPlex in Omaha, NE. This marked the third year in a row that the finals have been held here, and this year's event felt like a ROAR Nationals warm up race with so many regional and national drivers in attendance.

    For starters, the reigning IFMAR 2wd Off-Road Electric World Champion Spencer Rivkin was in attendance to race three classes for Team Associated.

    Kyosho pilot and former World champion Jared Tebo was also in attendance competing in three classes.

    So was former World Champion Ryan Cavalieri who also competed in multiple classes for Team Associated. Team Associated team manager Brent Thielke also made this trip this year along with world class and legendary RC announcer Scotty Ernst.

    Last year's INS winner in three classes and current Reedy Invitational title holder Ryan Mayfield was at this year's event for Team Losi Racing. He competed in two classes this year and this was also his first dirt race with the new TLR 22 3.0. Prior to this race Ryan had only run the 3.0 in development testing and at the 2015 IFMAR Worlds on a carpet track.

    JConcepts owner and Florida native Jason Ruona also made the trip to provide product support, and accompanying him on the trip was Team Associated's young gun Daimon Borkowicz.

    HOBBYWING and Schuur Speed were official sponsors for this year's INS and making the trip to Omaha for the finals was Ron Schuur himself. Ron provided support to his team drivers that were in attendance along with non team drivers that asked for help.

    MIP also helped to sponsor the finals in Omaha and for the race they flew in team manager Matt Olson.

    Matt was available all weekend to help team drivers and customers, plus he had the latest gear from MIP on display for racers to check out.

    The race format consisted of controlled practice on Friday with qualifier seeding that night, three rounds of qualifying on Saturday, and all the mains on Sunday.

    The top eight drivers in every class but Mod 2wd and 4wd Buggy were locked into the A Main, and in the lower mains the top two finishing drivers bumped up into the next highest main. If you finished third in a lower main you received a 1st place award, but if you finished 1st or 2nd you moved onto the next main and had a shot of making it all the way into the A Main. These classes also ran a single eight minute A Main which led to some exciting racing too.

    In the Mod 2wd and 4wd Buggy classes the top 10 were locked into the A Main and the winner of the B Main qualified as the 11th qualifier into the A Main.

    And these two classes also ran five minute AAA Mains which meant a driver had to win two out of three A Mains or have the best finish in all three mains combined to capture the overall win.

    And since this was a National series that consisted of five unique tour stops, there were series awards to hand out as well. To capture a series win for a particular class you had to compete in at least three of the five events.

    So all together there were 10 classes to compete in and we saw 276 entries total. Drivers were in attendance from many different states like Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri, Minnesota, Kansas, Michigan, Texas, Florida, California, Washington, and Arizona.

    This year's track was another fun layout with a nice mix of elevation and technical sections. On Thursday night a club race was held to break in the track and to give drivers their first shot at learning the layout.

    Next to the track a couple of six foot tables were setup for saucing tires. This was an attempt to keep the traction odors from building up in the pit area and the track area also provided better ventilation too.

    On Friday when racers arrived to the track they checked in near the pit area.

    They got their name crossed off the registration list and were handed a raffle ticket for door prizes that would be given away on Sunday. They also received their free events t-shirt courtesy of JConcepts.

    Practice ran from 10am-5:30pm that day and at 6pm seeding heats were posted. For the seeding heats drivers raced for three minutes and their best combined three laps were used to determine where they start in qualifying the next day.

    On Saturday there was open practice from 7-8:30am. Then after some track maintenance and a brief driver's meeting we started qualifying at 9am. We ran three rounds of qualifying that day and your best two rounds counted towards the finals on Sunday.

    In the stock/spec classes, every racer had to pass a technical inspection before going to the track.

    The tech crew inspected each vehicle to make sure they were using a non timing (blinky) speed control, ROAR approved 17.5 or 13.5 brushless motor, the battery voltage didn't exceed 8.42v, and that they met ROAR's minimum weight for their respective class.

    Shortly before lunch time a special fundraiser kicked off for a local racer. Calvin Viernes sadly passed away in early November due to congestive heart failure and was survived by his wife and four children. Calvin enjoyed racing at the Plex and his fellow racers decided to help raise some money for his family.

    Food was available for purchase near the pit area and all proceeds went to Calvin’s family. The Pavel family volunteered to organize this and served the food to the customers.

    There were also two raffles held to raise even more money. For $1 you could pick up raffle ticket for either a RTR Vaterra Slickrock rock crawler or a used NASCAR tire that was ran by Jimmy Johnson at the Kansas Speedway.

    Horizon Hobby was kind enough to donate the rock crawler, and local racer Louis Valles helped out by donating the tire.

    The winning tickets were drawn around 7pm and two lucky drivers took home some nice prizes. And best of all the fundraiser raised over $700!

    Before the third and final round the heats were resorted to group drivers with others that are there same speed again.

    Qualifying ran for nearly 16 hours that day and in some of the classes the top qualifier was decided after the first two rounds.

    To kill time during the long day many drivers went upstairs to the hobby shop to purchase ECX's RTR 1/14 Outburst Motorcycle or busted out their touring cars.

    On Sunday the door opened again at 7am for open practice till 8:30am. Then the track was shut down for some quick track maintenance and the lower mains started at 9am.

    The door prizes donated by the generous race sponsors were also given away that morning too. Drivers brought up the raffle ticket they received on Friday to see if it matched any of the door prizes laid out on the table near the pits.

    There was some great racing that day, even in the lower mains as drivers battled to claim the bump spots. And when the A Mains rolled around at the end, only six of the 10 TQs were able to take the win when the dust had settled. After the final A Main the drivers made their way to the pits for awards and pictures. That wraps up another successful year for the INS and a great weekend of racing! Till next time!

    Link to all the videos I shot:

    Results From The Finals At The HobbyPlex

    17.5 2wd Buggy

    1. Aydin Horne
    2. Rudy Rico
    3. Shane Borden (TQ)

    17.5 Stadium Truck

    1. Shane Borden (TQ)
    2. Todd Brewer
    3. Scotty Ernst

    Mod 2WD Buggy

    1. Ryan Maifield
    2. Ryan Cavalieri (TQ)
    3. Spencer Rivkin

    Mod Stadium Truck

    1. Spencer Rivkin (TQ)
    2. Derek Wood
    3. Taylor Larsen

    13.5 4wd Buggy

    1. Kyle Gannon (TQ)
    2. Mike Clement
    3. Josh Havens

    Mod 4WD Buggy

    1. Ryan Maifield (TQ)
    2. Spencer Rivkin
    3. Jared Tebo

    Video not available

    17.5 Short Course Truck

    1. Scotty Ernst
    2. Shane Borden (TQ)
    3. Cole Henrickson
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    Pro 2 Modified Short Course Truck

    1. Ryan Cavalieri (TQ)
    2. Jared Tebo
    3. Alex Vanderbeek

    Pro 4 Modified Short Course

    1. Clayton Wittmayer
    2. Matt Ols0n (TQ)
    3. Josh Havens

    40+ Mod 2wd Buggy

    1. Allen Horne (TQ)
    2. Mike Kochanski
    3. Eric Larsen

    INS Class Results

    2wd Modified Buggy

    1. Michael Schoettler
    2. Spencer Rivkin
    3. Brent Thielke

    4wd Modified Buggy

    1. Michael Schoettler
    2. Spencer Rivkin
    3. Daimon Borkowicz

    Modified Truck

    1. Spencer Rivkin
    2. Austin Horne
    3. Brent Thielke

    17.5 Buggy

    1. Aydin horne
    2. Shane Borden
    3. Kevin Gatton

    17.5 Truck

    1. Shane Borden

    17.5 Short Course

    1. Shane Borden
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