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JConcepts NE Championships - RC Excitement

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Uploaded on Oct 14, 2010

Steven Hartson, Jason Ruona, Johnny Logiudice and Mike Wilder take 4 Modified classes. Chris Cristo dominates Super Stock and 1/8th Electric was all Scott Furtado.

With a cool break from the hot Florida weather, we could feel the season changing and the competition heating up inside R/C Excitement for the 1st annual Northeast Championships. An amazing weekend for racing in Fitchburg, Massachusetts was upon us and with racers traveling in from 17 different states including Steven Hartson (California), Brian Kinwald (Arizona) and Jason Ruona (Florida); there really was new feeling in the Northeast on this weekend.

Friday started with drivers arriving early for practice and some test and tune before qualifying on Saturday. The track layout was challenging and with a thin layer of dust toward the outside a very technical approach was needed to drive the track consistently and to produce the best lap-times.

4 rounds of qualifying were scheduled for Saturday and they started promptly with Chris Cristo and Jason Ruona getting off to a quick start in the Short Course classes by TQing the early rounds.

Ruona, utilizing the new Bar Codes tire in SCT Pro Modified looked like a favorite after round 1 but with Brian Kinwald and home-town hero Mike Wilder in the mix, it was destined to be a close battle all weekend.

Cristo remained in control of the stock classes all weekend with his X-Factory converted 2wd, truck and SCT and would sit on the pole position in all 3 classes.

Steven Hartson with his Associated B4.1 and B44 quickly rose to the top of 4wd and 2wd modified with perfect scores after rounds 1 and 2 securing the front position on the starting grid. Flying in from California, Steven ran his "go-to" tires all weekend, the reliable Bar Codes in Gold compound.

James Schlick took to the top spot in modified truck looking smooth and consistent all-day Saturday. James, one of the quickest drivers in the Northeast, also qualified 2nd in modified buggy.

A break in the schedule Saturday night gave an opportunity for an "Ask the Pros" session. Steven Hartson, Paul Sinclair, Jason Ruona, Brian Kinwald, Kevin Hetmanski, James Schlick, Rob Betts and Johnny Logiudice participated in the Q&A session giving advice to anyone in need. With questions ranging from driver control, tire selection to ride height and speed control settings just about everything was covered in the brief meeting.

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