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Date of the Event: 08.02.2009Pikes Peak Challenge - Colorado
Event: Pikes Peak Challenge
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Date: August 1-2, 2009
Classes: 1/8th off-road
Race Reporter: Bobby Pettit
JConcepts and Kody Numedahl and Barry Pettit make waves at the Pikes Peak Challenge
The second annual Pikes Peak Challenge was held this past weekend in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the Colorado Fast Track Raceway. The track layout was awesome and the rain from the previous week was just enough to provide an excellent surface for some close racing action. The 6500+ feet of elevation provided some opportunities to test motor tuning skills, but with the Colorado blue skies, sunshine, and friendly racers burning some nitro it was as John Denver once said, a "Rocky Mountain High!"
We had an adequate time to practice and wrench before the qualifiers. With a blast of rain on Friday, the program was changed to run one round on Friday night and 2 rounds with the mains on Saturday. It was a great decision as the rain water quickly dried, the first qualifier ran, and the track left to cure for the Saturday events. After the third round of qualifiers, we were sitting 2nd in the main in the Electric Class, 6th in the Truggy main and 4th in the Buggy main. We were hoping to qualify better, but were still doing some tuning to the thin mountain air.
In the Electric main it was a battle between Barry and young Drew Moller, the current JBRL electric point’s leader. At the end of the 10 minute main it was Drew taking the win a few seconds ahead of Barry. The Truggy main started out with a bit of bad luck, with a breakage in the first lap. We took the truck back to the pits and re-entered the race at the 8 minute park, 14 laps down to everyone. The truggy was the best it had been all weekend and Barry worked his way up to 7th place before the clock ran out.
The Pro Buggy class was the last event of the evening with a fast field of drivers. Barry charged hard into the first turn but got into some traffic, ending up 11th in the 14 car field after the first lap. As with the truggy, the buggy was the best it had been all weekend. With about 10 minutes to go Barry was 2nd behind Mike Truhe and battling with Kody Numedahl to hold on to 2nd. The race ended with Truhe taking the win, Kody 4 seconds behind Truhe and Barry 2 seconds behind Kody, all with 79 laps, only 6 seconds between 1st and 3rd. It was an awesome race for the entire 45 minutes.
The tires were hooked! We were talking after the mains and both agreed we were on the BEST tires in all three classes! In the electric class we ran blue Double Dee's, since it was only a 10 minute main. They were great on the heavier electric car and gave us a good feel for what we needed in the 45 minute buggy main. On the truggy we ran blue Cross Hairs. They were great, looked good after the long race, and were actually better as the race went on. In buggy we ran the blue Crow Bows. Again, they were great, got even better as the race progressed, and still looked good after the 45 minutes.
We had people looking at our tires and couldn't believe how good they looked after the long main! The tires, the foams, the rims, the bodies, the wings, are all awesome!
It was also great to hear them calling out some give away certificates for JConcepts products and seeing the JConcepts banners!