Maifield Dominates Arizona State ChampionshipsDecember 15, 2011
Event Name: AZ State Championships
Event Location: SRS Speedway, Scottsdale, AZ
Event Date(s): November 18, 2011 to November 20, 2011
The 26th annual Arizona State Championships presented by JConcepts was held at the world-famous SRS Speedway in Scottsdale, Arizona. With a new challenging track layout, drivers were scrambling to get things figured out, as the track didn't have the traction that some of the drivers were expecting.
Perfect weather greeted racers as Saturday's qualifiers got under way. 175 entries made up the 23 heats of racing. Three rounds were run on Saturday, at the direction of race announcer Richard Lake. Sunday started with one more round of qualifiers, then it was on to the mains.
2WD Modified Buggy was one of the few classes to use triple A-mains. In the first A Main, Top Qualifier Team Associated's Ryan Maifield led the parade and got a comfortable lead, taking the easy win. As A-2 started, Ryan made a mistake, and was back in third, one more mistake had him back in fifth, but it was impossible to count out the hard-charging Maifield. Billy Fischer led the pack and Ryan mounted a charge toward the front, laying down the fastest lap times of the day. Finally, back in the second spot, Ryan was inching up on Fischer. Fischer made a mistake, and Maifield was back in the lead. At the tone, it was Maifield who took the win with his Reedy- and LRP-powered Factory Team B4.1 and the Arizona State Title with wins in the first two A's. Not to be left out of the winner's circle, Team Associated's Brian Kinwald won the third A Main.
In Modified Truck, it was Top Qualifier Ryan Maifield with a wire-to-wire run, to take the win. Brian Kinwald took the number two spot, both using Team Associated T4.1s and JConcepts Bar Code tires and Punisher bodies.
Short Course Modified was again a Ryan Maifield win, with a dominating run for the extended length A Main. With a hard-fought battle, Tanner Denney worked his way from his second spot at the start, to fall back, and put his head down to regain his spot on the podium in third. Ryan and Tanner were both using Reedy #685 batteries.
As the sun set on the Arizona desert, another great event was coming to a close. Thanks goes out to JConcepts, SRS Hobbies, the SRS track crew, race director Richard Lake, and all the racers for another great event, and congratulations to Ryan Maifield for another three Arizona State Championships.
Thanks to JConcepts for contributing to this report and the photos.