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Date of the Event: 02.09.2009JConcepts Double Dees heat up chilly Columbus
Event: CRCRC Winter Midwest Championships (Nitro)
Location: CRCRC (Columbus, Ohio)
Date: January 23rd-25th, 2009
Classes: 1/8th Buggy, 1/8th Truck
Race Reporter: Andrew Moore
The long running CRCRC Winter Midwest Nitro Championships race kicked off with another strong turnout (~300 entries), backing up the 300+ entries from the Electric side the week before. The track had already seen a massive amount of rubbed, but the cold damp conditions kept the traction down all weekend. Several JConcepts drivers made the trek from around the US to frozen Columbus, Ohio to compete.
Ryan Maifield was quick from the instant he hit the track and his qualifying results showed this. A couple changes in tire choice had Maifield, Mitch, and Due all one Blue Double Dees for their qualifiers. The tire wear was very low due to the non-existent traction and most drivers ran the same tires for several runs. The Double Dees showed that they were the “hot” tire to have, and all three drivers put their 1/8th buggies in the A main. The story was very similar in 1/8th truck; all three drivers were using Half-Ups Double Dees and put in A main qualifying efforts.
The mains went off with a very dark looking hardened groove on the racing surface, but traction was still very low. The JConcepts team chose their tires slightly differently for the extended length main events (a taller pin tire). In 1/8th buggy Maifield battled with Tebo for the entire 45 minute main, only to have a few key mistakes cost him a victory. Mitch ended up in 7th and Due in 11th following some issues.
The drivers made a little tire change in 1/8th truck to Half-Ups Cross Hairs (blue compound) for the main. Once again the main resulted in a similar situation, with Tebo just edging Maifield for the win after a few driving errors. Mitch finished in 7th once again and Due crossed the line in 10th. Another strong showing for JConcepts at one of the nations biggest races.
Photo Credit: Brent Thielke