Hours of Operation:
9:00 - 5:00 EST
15370 CR 565A, Ste C
Groveland, FL 34736
Date of the Event: 10.09.2008October Rock Rash
Event: R/C Monster Motorsports | Extreme Hobby Zone
Location: Winter Haven, FL
Dates: October 4th, 2008
Classes: Rock Cross, Monstercross,
Short Course Truck (Slash), Short Course Buggy (J82)
Race Reporter: Andrew Moore
As we pulled up to Extreme Hobby Zone we saw that there were already people set up and wrenching. The short walk to the covered pits revealed that the track's layout had been changed thanks to some hard work by some of our guys and Extreme Hobby Zone. The surface still appeared pretty fresh and a nice coat of water had been laid down to add traction and reduce tire wear. Although the dimensions appeared small, elevation changes combined with a jump section and sweeping turns made the layout fun.
I hit the track with a rental Slash and right away it was clear just how dialed a loamy type track can be. There were small rooster tails being kicked up out of every turn and it was practically glued to the surface. It looked like a real CORR truck going around the track, full body roll, push-loose slides….it was the full effect. The size of all the obstacles were just right and well within the Slash's capabilities. A few laps of J82 were next and it was completely spectacular, wheelies out of every turn, full punch sections, and carving loam...couldn’t get any better than that.
This event had a little different setup than most with bracket style qualifying over a set number of laps versus IFMAR style with a set amount of time. It definitely made for some interesting racing, and a nice twist overall. Besides changing things up, bracket qualifying also helped move the program along much more quickly than normal for this amount of entries. After the flying loam had settled Jason had put his stamp on J82 and ROCX with some world’s caliber runs...at a club race. I put the Slash on pole with two clean runs and we all started a massive amount of prep work before the main events.
After a little Firehouse for lunch (which is amazing for those who don’t have one locally) the mains started with some heated racing action. Jason and Paul had a decent battle going in J82, but a couple bobbles by Paul allowed J-Ro to stretch it out and win by a good margin. For the ROCX main Jason was able to capitalize on the momentum from his world’s level qualifying runs and dominate the main. My Slash skills didn’t fail me in the main, and even after having to navigate some rough traffic I was able to take the win.
It was a great day on the whole, the pit setup was nice, the layout was fun, and the racing was enjoyable. This was definitely the most fun I had experienced at a track in quite a while. Who knew club racing (which is virtually dead here) was so awesome?