Once again Bluegroove Hobbies & RC Raceway hosted a labor day race called the Summer Smackdown over the holiday weekend. Racers from the Midwest and beyond attended this competitive event to compete in 8 different classes.

There were over 150 entries spread out over 21 heats. The facility was close to full capacity since there are only 92 pit spots and there were 89 unique drivers signed up for this event. So this meant a lot of new and old faces that weekend as drivers battled for who was the fastest at the Smackdown.

For this year's race the format was changed from single A Mains to AAA Mains. This meant that the top 10 in each class was locked into the mains with no bump ups. There were three qualifiers and your best two runs were used for your final seeding position.

On Friday the doors opened at noon and racers got their first glimpse of the fresh layout. There was a full length straightaway in front of the enormous driver's stamp that lead into a small sweeper. Then the track looped around to a small double and then a step up jump. Then the track hooked around to a quad jump section, but the fast and safest line for both mod and stock classes was to turn it into a double-double jump. After clearing that section there a table top to deal with then two small jumps before you hit the straightaway again. Overall the layout was fast and fun with plenty of grip for the track's black dirt surface.


Inside the hobby shop racers were treated to some FREE magazines and decals courtesy of the event's sponsors.

As the day went along the track slowly got more congested as drivers tried to dial in their cars for the race. Practice ran till 8pm that night and then the track was closed till the next day

Saturday morning the track opened up at 7am for open practice till 8:30am. At 8:45am we held a short driver's meeting with race director Sam Anderson.

JConcepts was the title sponsor for the 2nd year in a row and they flew in factory driver Dave Duncan to provide some product support and throw down some fast laps with us. Dave is also sponsored by Team Associated and has many years of racing experience.

Many times through the weekend you could spot Dave helping out his fellow racer even if they didn't use his sponsor's equipment. Dave is a well of RC knowledge and his contribution to the event was greatly appreciated!

Also, as the event sponsor they treated each racer with a FREE JConcepts events shirt! There were laid out in the hobby shop and drivers made their way inside to pick up their fresh threads.

The first round of qualifying began at 9am as drivers tried to TQ that round for their class.

If a driver wasn't able to capture the TQ, but they ended up 2nd overall in the round, then they received a FREE race pass courtesy of the race’s Gold sponsor, MB2 Raceway.

MB2 is a local indoor electric go kart business and for all three rounds of qualifying drivers who finished 2nd in their class earned a FREE race pass.

Not only that but each racer received a $5 off voucher for their next race, plus the first 50 paid drivers earned a Buy One, Get One coupon! And to top it off, on Sunday if you finished 2nd on the podium you also received two FREE races passes too!!

Sunday morning the doors opened once again at 7am for open practice till 8:30am. At 9am we began the first round of A Mains!

As the mains went on throughout the day, racers picked up their door prize tickets.

Thanks to the event's many generous sponsors racers were treated once again to some great gear!

Drivers also filled out sponsor sheets so that they could thank their sponsors as they were officially introduced in the latter mains.

After some close racing on the track the event ended with awards and even more giveaways!


1. Bryson Pavel
2. Lane McGhee
3. John Geisinger

TQ was Jared Smith

The official sponsor of the Novice class was Legit Lidz. They donated two FREE paint jobs to the general giveaway, plus the top finisher also received a FREE paint job! Pictured here is overall winner Bryson Pavel and Zach and Paul Edenburn of Legit Lidz.

17.5 Buggy

1. Mitchell Brown
2. Kyle Gannon (TQ)
3. Mike Clement

17.5 Truck

1. Mike Clement
2. Mitchell Brown (TQ)
3. Farmer Phil

X Factory was the official sponsor of the 17.5 2wd Buggy and Truck classes. The highest finishing unsponsored drivers in both classes received a FREE Infinity carbon fiber chassis for the Team Associated B5M or T5M, which is a $99 value each!

In the 17.5 truck class, Mike Clement qualified 2nd overall and took the title by winning both A1 and A2. He also qualified in 2nd for Stock 2wd Buggy and finished in 3rd overall.

In 17.5 2wd Buggy Mitchell Brown qualified in 4th for this class, won in A2, and took the overall title with a tie breaker. He also TQed in Stock Truck and finished 2nd overall.

13.5 4wd Buggy

1. Kyle Gannon (TQ)
2. Kaden Fuller
3. Gregory Tennies

17.5 SCT

1. Kyle Gannon (TQ)
2. Dave Duncan
3. Chad Rubenking

Mod Truck

1. Cole Tollard(TQ)
2. Alex Vanderbeek
3. Will Brinton

Mod 2wd Buggy

1. Cole Tollard (TQ)
2. Mason Fuller
3. Alex Vanderbeek

R17 Racing was the official sponsor of the Mod 2WD Buggy class. They awarded 1st place with $50, 2nd place $30, & 3rd place with $20 in cold hard cash!

Mod 4wd Buggy

1. Derek Wood (TQ)
2. Cole Tollard
3. Tom Rinderknecht

The Mod 4wd Buggy class was also sponsored by Just A Print Promotions, As the official sponsor for this class, they awarded 1st place with $25, 2nd place $15, & 3rd place $10! Shown here is Just A Print Promotions CEO and founder, Louis Valles.

The 2nd Summer Smackdown is now officially in the books and it was another big success! Thanks to all the sponsors, racers, and Bluegroove crew that made this event possible!! You can check out all the videos I shot with the link below and hope to see everyone at this race next year!!!