Maifield Leads Team Associated to 4 Titles at CRCRCFebruary 10, 2010
Event Name: Columbus Winter Midwest Championship
Event Location: CRCRC, Columbus, OH
Event Date(s): January 16, 2010 to January 21, 2010
Each year the indoor offroad racing season begins in Columbus, Ohio and this year was no exception. Taking place over two weekends racers are treated to both electric and gas racing on the high-grip Midwest clay surface. With over 440 entries at the electric event and over 250 entries for the gas event the CRCRC track gets thousands of laps over the two weekends of action.
Two of the highest contested classes at the electric event were the stock buggy and stock truck classes. Team Associated drivers Rob Meyer and Doug Yunker proved to be the class of their fields respectively by claiming the TQ and victory with their LRP/Reedy powered B4 and T4s. Both drivers utilized the new LRP X12 Stock Spec motors and Reedy #709 35C batteries.
Congratulations also goes out to Team Associated driver Ryan Cavalieri, who finished in the runner-up spot in all three modified classes. Having swept all three classes two different times in years past, Cavalieri is always a force to be reckoned with at CRCRC.
At the gas event, Ryan Maifield started the year off with a bang by claiming the top qualifying position in the highly contested 1/8 Pro Buggy. Unfortunately, while battling for the lead, a few tangles with lapped traffic cost Maifield the opportunity to make good on his TQ effort and he eventually finished third.
With extra motivation from a disappointing buggy main, Maifield started from the third spot in the Truggy A Main and showed why he's the 2x defending ROAR National Truggy Champion by quickly making his way to the front. Getting great fuel mileage out of his Reedy 121 VR engine, Maifield pitted at 9:00 in the 45-minute main event to finish almost a lap clear of the nearest competitor.
Claiming the fourth title on the weekend for Team Associated was privateer Michael Malott in the Sportsman 1/8 Buggy class. Michael qualified in the fifth position, but a steady drive saw him work his way in to the lead and bring home the victory.
Special thanks goes out to the Columbus Radio Control Racing Club for another great event that saw great racing and very consistent track conditions from the start to the end of the event. With over 700 entries in two weeks, it's clear that R/C racing in the Midwest is headed in the right direction.