Team Axial

Axial Team Drivers

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NAME : Austin Dunn
LOCATION : Gadsden, Alabama
AGE : Younger then you
COMP RESULTS/WINS : What hasn’t he won? 2007 National Champion, 2 time Axial West Coast Champion, 2009 MidWest Challenge Arm Wrestling Champion, 2008 MidWest Challenge Champion, 2008 RCP Crawlers/Pro-Line Challenge Champion and all around domination of the southwest for years.

TRUCK SPECS

CHASSIS : GateKeeper Designs GC2
TIRES : Panther Cougars
TIRE FOAMS : Custom
DIG UNIT : Custom
SHOCKS : Axial
SUSPENSION TYPE : 4 Link
RADIO : Futaba 4PK
ESC : Castle Creations Mamba Max
SERVO(S) : Futaba S9157
BATTERIES : MaxAmps 3 cell lipo
MOTOR : Handwound 35t
BEC : Castle

OTHER INTERESTS : R/C and 1:1 Wheeling and an occasional sip of Tequila.

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NAME : Jake Hallenbeck
LOCATION : Reno, Nevada
AGE : 34
COMP RESULTS/WINS : 2008′ Rccrawler.com/CKRC nationals over-all champion, 08′ Proline West coast challenge runner up, 08′ Utah “Shamrock Showdown” Champion 2.2 & super class, 2008-09′ Nevada State Champion, Currently The BPRCA undefeated series champion 2006, 2007, and 2008, 2009 Axial West Coast Champion

TRUCK SPECS

CHASSIS : CKRC “Rock Slut”
TIRES : Hot Bodies Rovers
TIRE FOAMS : custom
DIG UNIT : custom
SHOCKS : Axial AX10 120mm
SUSPENSION TYPE : 4 link
RADIO : Futaba 6ex
ESC : Twin Tekin FXR’s
SERVO(S) : Futaba S9157
BATTERIES : CKRC 1500, 11.1v lipo
MOTOR : 2 Tekin hand wound 45t
BEC : Castle

OTHER INTERESTS : Family, Real rock crawing, traveling and an occasional sip of Jack Daniels.

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NAME : Patrick Norton
LOCATION : Manor, TX
AGE : 32
COMP RESULTS/WINS : 4th CTXRCC 2008 2.2 class (rookie year), 2nd TXRCRCA 2008 state finals 2.2 open class (rookie year), Current points leader for CTXRCC 2.2 & 1.9

TRUCK SPECS

CHASSIS : DNA CFX Slingshot
TIRES : Panther Cougars
TIRE FOAMS : Front – Insane 5” Memory / Rear are stock AX10
DIG UNIT : DNA
SHOCKS : Front Firestorm / Rear Revo
SUSPENSION TYPE : 60% Sprung
RADIO : Nomadio React
ESC : Castle Creations Sidewinder
SERVO(S) : Hobbico CS-170
BATTERIES : Zippy 1500 Lipo
MOTOR : Holmes Handwound 45t
BEC : Castle Creations @ 7.2v

OTHER INTERESTS : 1:1 Jeep, Web design, Soccer, Hiking, Biking and sneaking parts past his wife

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NAME : Jason “Sparky J” Rioux
LOCATION : Westminster, Co
AGE : 33
COMP RESULTS/WINS : 2005 Moab Super Class Champion, 5th Place Overall 2008 Colorado Winter Series, 2nd Place 2.2 Class 2008 Colorado Fall Series, 2009 Overall Colorado Winter Series Champion

TRUCK SPECS

CHASSIS : Axial/Bender Customs SWX
TIRES : Losi Rock Claws
TIRE FOAMS : Kreepy Ruby Reds
DIG UNIT : DNA
SHOCKS : Losi Crawler Shocks
SUSPENSION TYPE : 3 Link Front, 4 link Rear
RADIO : Spektrum DX3
ESC : Castle Creations Mamba Max
SERVO(S) : JR 8711 Steering Servo, JR ST126MG Dig Servo
BATTERIES : Elite 8 cell 2/3A Packs
MOTOR : Integy 55t
BEC : Castle Creations

OTHER INTERESTS : Hunting, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rock Crawling

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NAME : Brandon Coonce
LOCATION : Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
AGE : 24
COMP RESULTS/WINS : 2006 Nationals: 15th Place, 2007 Nationals: 16th Place, 2007 Nor-Calrcrc Point Series: 1st Place, WCCC: 7th Place, WCC: 4th Place, 2008 Nationals: 20th Place, Multiple top 5 finishes at the regional level throughout CA.

TRUCK SPECS

CHASSIS : BC SWX
TIRES : Pro-Line G8 Chisels
TIRE FOAMS : Pro-Line 2 Stage
DIG UNIT : NA
SHOCKS : Axial
SUSPENSION TYPE : 4-Link Rear, 3-Link Front
RADIO : Futaba 4PK
ESC : Tekin FX-R
SERVO(S) : Futaba S9157
BATTERIES : MaxAmps 11.1v 1100mah
MOTOR : Worn Out 55t Lathe
BEC : Castle Creations

OTHER INTERESTS : Mechanical Engineering, 1:1 Rock Crawling: 1985 Toyota, Fabricating anything and working in the shop!

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NAME : Ed Rappleye ( Special Ed)
LOCATION : Salt Lake City, Utah
AGE : 32
COMP RESULTS/WINS : 2006 5th at Nationals in 2.2, 1 st place state champion ship in Super 2006, 3- 3rd place finishes in Utah winter series and 2- 2nd place finishes in the Utah winter series between 2006 and 2007

TRUCK SPECS

CHASSIS : SWX
TIRES : HB Rovers
TIRE FOAMS : Stock/Mem. foams
DIG UNIT : DNA
SHOCKS : Losi
SUSPENSION TYPE : Four link
RADIO : Airtronics M-11
ESC : Tekin FXR
SERVO(S) : Hitech
BATTERIES : Lipo
MOTOR : 55t
BEC : Castle creation

OTHER INTERESTS : Camping, water sports, Four wheeling, ATV’s.

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NAME : Nathan Eells
LOCATION : Yakima, Washington
AGE : 34
COMP RESULTS/WINS : 3rd in 2.2 Axial WCC 2007, 3rd in 2.2 2007 WARCRC series, 1st in 2.2 EWRCRC 2007 points series, 11th in 2.2 Axial WCC 2008, 1st in 2.2 EWRCRC 2008 points series, 8th in 2.2 Nationals 2008, 2009 Axial West Coast Qualifier Winner

TRUCK SPECS

CHASSIS : SWX
TIRES : HB Rovers
TIRE FOAMS : NW Traction Technologies(prototypes)
DIG UNIT : Custom Driveline or DNA
SHOCKS : Axial
SUSPENSION TYPE : Four link
RADIO : DX3R
ESC : Tekin RS Pro or Sidewinder
SERVO(S) : JR DS8711, Hitec 7955TG
BATTERIES : Cheap Battery Packs Elite 2200mah 35C
MOTOR : Holmes Hobbies Handwound 25T
BEC : Castle

OTHER INTERESTS : Enjoys hanging with his girls and crawling.

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NAME : Brian Parker
LOCATION : Sparks, Nevada
AGE : 40
COMP RESULTS/WINS : 17 @ ’08 Nats; RCP WCCCCC 4TH SAT/18TH SUN/ 7TH O.A.; 3RD ’08 Shamrock Showdow; 11th Nevada State Championships; 2ND O.A ‘07/’08 BPRCA Winter Series; 3rd ’08 BPRCA Summer Series; 1st BPRCA rnd 5 ‘07/’08 winter series

TRUCK SPECS

CHASSIS : CKRC Rockstar
TIRES : HB Rovers
TIRE FOAMS : Axial
DIG UNIT : CKRC FT Dig
SHOCKS : Axial
SUSPENSION TYPE : Standard 4 Link
RADIO : DX6i
ESC : Castle Creations Mamba Max
SERVO(S) : Hitec 5955ti / Hitec 645mg
BATTERIES : CKRC 3 cell lipo
MOTOR : Integy 45t
• BEC : Castle

OTHER INTERESTS : Hosting the B.P.R.C.A. RC Rock Crawling Series, Roller Derby Girls, Trophy Girls, 1:1 Crawling, and Cooking

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NAME : Dustin Siegfried
LOCATION : Dallas Oregon
AGE : 24
COMP RESULTS/WINS : MSD scale nats 1st 07, 08, Oregon state champ 08, Nationals 2nd place 08

TRUCK SPECS

CHASSIS : custom torsion chassis
TIRES : Panther Cougars
TIRE FOAMS : proline memory(front) stock axial(rear)
DIG UNIT : Vanquish Products Hurst Shifter
SHOCKS : NA
SUSPENSION TYPE : Torsion
RADIO : DX3R
ESC : Tekin FXR
SERVO(S) : Hitec 5955(steering) Dirty Cheap(dig)
BATTERIES : Cheapbatterypacks.com 3cell lipo 1800mah
MOTOR : HH 7T puller
BEC : Castle Creations

OTHER INTERESTS : Family, wheelin, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, THE OUTDOORS!

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NAME : Cody Waggoner
LOCATION : Capistrano Beach, California
AGE : 36
COMP RESULTS/WINS : Numerous top 3 finishes in SoCal

TRUCK SPECS

CHASSIS : SWX
TIRES : HB Rovers
TIRE FOAMS : Stock
DIG UNIT : VF
SHOCKS : Axial
SUSPENSION TYPE : 3 Link front/4 Link Rear
RADIO : DX3R
ESC : Tekin FXR
SERVO(S) : JR8711/Hitec 225mg
BATTERIES : Thunder Tiger 3 cell lipo
MOTOR : 55 turn
BEC : Castle Creations

OTHER INTERESTS : Competing with my 1:1 moonbuggy and R/C, spending time with his family

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NAME : Brad “Bender” Dumont
LOCATION : Costa Mesa, Ca
AGE : 38
COMP RESULTS/WINS : 2006 2.2 National Champion, 2006 Overall National Champion, 2006 Colorado State Champion, 2007 Colorado State Champion, 2008 Colorado State Champion, 2nd Place 2005 Moab Crawl-Off, 2nd Place 2008 Axial West Coast Championship, 2nd Place 2008 Mid-West Challenge

TRUCK SPECS

CHASSIS : Axial/Bender Customs SWX
TIRES : Pro-Line Chisels or HB Rovers
TIRE FOAMS : Crawler Store #8 Rock Hammer Hybrid Reach Memory Foams
DIG UNIT : Vanquish Products Hurst Shifter
SHOCKS : Axial
SUSPENSION TYPE : 3 Link Front, 4 Link Rear
RADIO : Futaba 4PK
ESC : Castle Creation’s Mamba Max
SERVO(S) : Futaba S9157 Steering Servo, Futaba S9157 Dig Servo
BATTERIES : MaxAmps 1100mah 3 Cell Lipos
MOTOR : Novak 55t
BEC : Castle Creations

• OTHER INTERESTS : 1:1 Rock Crawling, Snowboarding, Downhill Mountain Biking, Camping, Music, Fat Tire Beer, Butter, Salt, Cheese and Junk Food

2009 Axial WCC – Results

’09 AXIAL WEST COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS

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FIRST PLACE: Jake Hallenbeck

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SECOND PLACE: Jake Wright

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THIRD PLACE: Kolby Klingama

2.2 PRO

 

FINISH DRIVER C1 C2 C3 C4 C1 C2 C3 C4 S.O.1 S.O.2 O.A.
1 Jake Hallenbeck -19 -27 -11 -30 -29 -20 -29 -29 1 30 -163
2 Jake Wright -8 -8 -18 -19 -19 -29 -3 -18 16 -10 -116
3 Kolby Klingama -18 9 -8 -20 -25 -29 15 -27 2 3 -98
4 Scott Hughes -5 -8 -6 -20 -15 -18 0 -26 7 1 -90
5 Greg Sinclair -18 20 -6 -27 -2 -25 -9 -28 14 5 -76
6 Chad Hargrove -15 5 -14 -20 -29 -3 -2 -26 34 50 -20
7 Nabil Jamali -9 -24 22 0 -14 -30 0 -15 30 50 10
8 Brett Rogney -3 20 -5 -20 -27 -28 20 -27 30 50 10
9 Mike Johnson -13 20 -5 -3 -28 -30 20 -29 30 50 12
10 Scott VanOrtwick-5 6 -17 -4 -17 -30 28 -26 34 50 19
11 Jeremy Toney -17 -17 -7 -9 22 -19 11 -25 50 50 39
12 Nathan Eells -8 -7 20 -9 -15 -30 20 -28 50 50 43
13 Daniel Fleming -2 -8 -17 -5 -15 -29 1 20 50 50 45
14 Ryan Gerrish -16 -19 2 -4 -25 -29 13 26 50 50 48
15 Dean Hsaio -6 -15 -4 -14 24 -23 8 -17 50 50 53
16 Don Clark -7 -8 22 -10 -7 -27 -2 2 50 50 63
17 David Demaray 16 -16 0 -18 22 -17 -7 -12 50 50 68
18 Tom Brown -2 -8 -16 -18 -6 -18 20 20 50 50 72
19 John Privett 2 -17 -4 0 -27 -30 30 22 50 50 76
20 Tim Lambert 12 -10 -7 -8 1 -29 30 5 50 50 94
21 John Riplinger 11 20 -19 -28 22 -18 26 -9 50 50 105
22 Dan Bonvicin 1 20 7 -30 30 -30 18 -9 50 50 107
23 Jason Moreland -8 -17 -8 -9 20 20 20 4 50 50 122
24 Trace Hilburn -9 20 -16 -19 26 26 20 -16 50 50 132
25 Darwin James 1 20 -13 -19 20 50 22 26 50 50 207
26 Danny McClain -7 24 -7 -9 50 50 50 50 50 50 301
27 Brad Dumont 3 20 -4 -18 50 50 50 50 50 50 301
28 Auston Dunn 20 20 -9 -28 50 50 50 50 50 50 303
29 Wayne Stanley 3 -10 20 -8 50 50 50 50 50 50 305
30 Bryan Crofts 20 20 -7 -16 50 50 50 50 50 50 317
31 David Hekel 20 15 -5 -10 50 50 50 50 50 50 320
32 Amer Sahtout 1 3 32 -15 50 50 50 50 50 50 321
33 Ray Butcher 20 -6 19 -10 50 50 50 50 50 50 323
34 Dustin Wentworth-12 20 20 -4 50 50 50 50 50 50 324
35 Robert Youngsma -2 20 -16 22 50 50 50 50 50 50 324
36 Dean Hall 2 20 22 -19 50 50 50 50 50 50 325
37 Tracy Evans 32 -6 9 -9 50 50 50 50 50 50 326
38 Keith Boelens -8 22 22 -8 50 50 50 50 50 50 328
39 Daniel Jimenez 30 -15 20 1 50 50 50 50 50 50 336
40 Thom Kowatch -18 20 22 14 50 50 50 50 50 50 338
41 Andrew Patchett 7 24 22 -15 50 50 50 50 50 50 338
42 Mike Regal 20 -6 22 2 50 50 50 50 50 50 338
43 Matt Kearney 26 20 -15 14 50 50 50 50 50 50 345
44 Tim Terry 28 20 22 -22 50 50 50 50 50 50 348
45 Tom Barger 32 20 5 -8 50 50 50 50 50 50 349
46 Doug Toney 20 20 30 -17 50 50 50 50 50 50 353
47 Jerry Tobin 20 26 22 -15 50 50 50 50 50 50 353
48 Lars Peters 26 26 20 -17 50 50 50 50 50 50 355
49 Rebecca Barger 24 22 22 -12 50 50 50 50 50 50 356
50 Jason Gainey 20 20 26 -9 50 50 50 50 50 50 357
51 Mark Bales -2 26 22 14 50 50 50 50 50 50 360
52 Chris McMullin 20 -4 22 22 50 50 50 50 50 50 360
53 John Schultz -4 20 24 22 50 50 50 50 50 50 362
54 Jack Ingberg 22 20 22 2 50 50 50 50 50 50 366
55 Paul Rose 26 26 32 -17 50 50 50 50 50 50 367
56 Devlin Shipley 22 20 26 0 50 50 50 50 50 50 368
57 Rocky Carlson 24 20 32 -8 50 50 50 50 50 50 368
58 Joe Donnel 7 20 22 20 50 50 50 50 50 50 369
59 Cody Wagner 20 28 30 -9 50 50 50 50 50 50 369
60 Mike Bergener 22 20 34 -5 50 50 50 50 50 50 371
61 Frank Brown 32 24 26 -8 50 50 50 50 50 50 374
62 Nathan James 20 26 22 7 50 50 50 50 50 50 375
63 Jason Holt 22 26 30 -3 50 50 50 50 50 50 375
64 Brandon Coonce 30 24 32 -11 50 50 50 50 50 50 375
65 Justin Halbahm 20 20 20 20 50 50 50 50 50 50 380
66 Ron Mesa 26 22 36 -2 50 50 50 50 50 50 382
67 Josh King 28 22 32 0 50 50 50 50 50 50 382
68 Steven Kautz 18 26 34 5 50 50 50 50 50 50 383
69 Dave Palacios 32 24 32 -2 50 50 50 50 50 50 386
70 John Mesa 20 24 22 22 50 50 50 50 50 50 388
71 Dave Brown 22 28 30 9 50 50 50 50 50 50 389
72 Don Hughes 26 26 26 11 50 50 50 50 50 50 389
73 Dustin Siegfried22 26 22 20 50 50 50 50 50 50 390
74 Kevin Carey 8 28 30 28 50 50 50 50 50 50 394
75 Erik Grammon 20 26 30 18 50 50 50 50 50 50 394
76 Ryan Paquette 28 20 30 17 50 50 50 50 50 50 395
77 Justin Cobun 26 32 22 20 50 50 50 50 50 50 400
78 Randell Davis 28 24 26 22 50 50 50 50 50 50 400
79 Greg Peterson 22 26 32 22 50 50 50 50 50 50 402
80 Dale Johnson 50 50 30 -16 50 50 50 50 50 50 414
81 Brad Rush 30 26 34 26 50 50 50 50 50 50 416
82 Cory Hannah 30 26 32 28 50 50 50 50 50 50 416
83 Matt Soileau 30 26 36 28 50 50 50 50 50 50 420
84 Rich Hinz 50 26 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 476
85 Stuart Gartner 50 50 28 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 478


2.2 Novice Class

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FIRST PLACE: Steven Fillion

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SECOND PLACE: Bob Tarvin

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THIRD PLACE:
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FINISH DRIVER C1 C2 C3 C4 S.O.1 S.O.2 O.A.
1 Steven Fillion -8 2 2 2 -10 0 -12
2 Bob Tarvin -7 -6 6 -9 -5 14 -7
3 Willy Davis -7 -18 2 4 -8 23 -4
4 Rhett Mora 5 -2 8 -9 11 2 15
5 Scott Jackson 30 -19 3 -10 2 30 36
6 Cassie Jenson 30 -11 -3 -7 5 50 64
7 Cole Bailey 20 -1 13 -6 -6 50 70
8 Olly Bradstreet 34 -3 2 0 -10 50 73
9 Donnie Sanders 30 8 2 -8 2 50 84
10 Mark Bouvia 34 -16 0 0 50 50 118
11 Daren Peterson 11 -6 40 -8 50 50 137
12 Gabe Strouse 26 30 -7 -9 50 50 140
13 Dewayne Bradon 32 10 12 -8 50 50 146
14 Jordan Webster 21 3 32 -7 50 50 149
15 Brad Bailey 23 2 38 -8 50 50 155
16 Dan French 5 2 38 11 50 50 156
17 Patti Johnson 34 8 14 1 50 50 157
18 Shane Ellett 36 0 11 17 50 50 164
19 Michael Pratt 30 16 32 -8 50 50 170
20 Charles Rogerson 30 -8 21 32 50 50 175
21 Shannon Davis 36 8 27 6 50 50 177
22 Ryan Bandley 38 -10 38 13 50 50 179
23 Jerry Clark 36 16 38 -10 50 50 180
24 Micheal Morris 30 32 30 -10 50 50 182
25 Johnathon Schultz36 32 22 2 50 50 192
26 Jeremy Clark 34 30 38 -9 50 50 193
27 Michael Brand 34 32 40 -10 50 50 196
28 Dusty Rigsby 36 30 32 6 50 50 204
29 Greg Nelson 32 32 32 12 50 50 208
30 Dan Cuevas 36 28 32 20 50 50 216
31 David Ellett 36 28 40 32 50 50 236
32 Jason Brown 36 50 50 4 50 50 240
33 Cole Cuevas 36 36 40 32 50 50 244
34 Tracy Evans 36 34 40 36 50 50 246
35 Wyatt Casper 36 50 50 32 50 50 268

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One more pic of the best trophy girl ever! (the one on the left aint that bad either)

Congratulations to Team Waggoner for their Win at CalROC’s/Donner Event!

TEAM WAGGONER PLAYS IT CONSERVATIVE AND WINS!

Pictures & Words by  Lindsay Waggoner

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Anxious to get home and replace the starter, that cost the team their first place win the previous weekend in Reno, NV; Cody began making calls to see if the CalROCS Donner event was going to be a possibility. With only four days before the event Cody had to confirm a spotter and get the buggy running right.

The CalROCS Event was being presented by Axial, a current sponsor of the team and it was then that the ideal opportunity presented itself and Cody was ready to head back up to Northern California.
“It only seemed natural to ask Randall Davis, of Axial, to step in and spot for me, since my father was unable to make this event.” Randall was competing in the Axial/CKRC West Coast RC Championship in Donner, so it worked out perfectly.”

Axial could not have asked for a better marketing tool than Team Waggoner’s moon buggy, “Roxanne”.  The green Axial panels stood out in the Donner landscape and drew a lot of attention.  Axial is a manufacturer of high end remote control products and accessories.  Spectators were able to view full scale, 1:1 rigs, in action along with the RC, 2:2 rigs; both competing in some serious rock crawling courses.

Team Waggoner’s plan for this weekend was to play it conservative and have FUN.   After all, this was an added event and not part of their regular series.  Cody had mentioned that it was a good time to make sure the buggy was running smooth before the final WE ROCK Series Event, which was being held next month in Oroville, CA.

“I was a little nervous about Randall spotting for Cody, especially since he had never spotted before. And Donner can be set up to have some pretty extreme courses.” Lindsay, Cody’s wife, commented.  “But Randall was a nut, and proved to be a great asset to our team.  He ran around, moved rocks and was extremely focused the entire weekend.”

From the first course Cody and Randall seemed to be communicating very well.  The next three courses went just as planned.  Playing it conservative has always been Cody’s style of rock crawling.  “There is no reason to try and push my rig to the extreme until it is needed.  I just drive like I know how to drive and do the best I can do.  That seems to work out best for me.  And Randall did an awesome job moving rocks and watching cones, which made my job that much easier.” says Cody.  At the end of the first day of competition, Team Waggoner was content sitting in second place with only 6 points to make up on Sunday.

But before he can go rest for the night, it was off to compete in the Axial/CKRC RC Rock Crawling West Coast Championship event.  Over 140 competitors had been competing all day on Saturday for a place in the finals on Sunday.  Unfortunately, Cody broke a steering knuckle on the first course; and even with the help of his surprise “pit crew” he was unable to finish the course in time.  His next course went smoothly, but ended up breaking again on the final course. 

Without a top ranking score he lost his shot to compete on Sunday for the RC West Coast Championship Title.

Starting Sunday with only a few points to make up, it seemed more than possible for Team Waggoner to win the event.  Still playing it conservatively they were able to watch the other competitors run each course which allowed Cody to see what they needed to do to stay on top and eventually take the point lead. “Rock crawling is sometimes like Chess, you have to figure out what move your opponent might make and then plan your move accordingly.  And sometimes it works out to your advantage.” comments Cody.

The point leader, Dave Wong, had an unfortunate break on the second course Sunday which gave Team Waggoner the cushion they needed to move ahead in points.

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But there was still Course B3, with the bonus line affectionately known as, “The Wall”, which would help solidify the point leader.  A few of the competitors made the climb and a couple rolled off the side before getting to the top of it.  Cody knew that he had to take the bonus, but didn’t like it.  With one try Cody made a smooth climb to the top, well almost to the top, he slowed and stopped a couple feet short.  Cody reflects, “When you are climbing at angles that extreme all you see is sky and you think you are at the top, but you’re not.  Randall did his best to guide me, but once I slowed I knew we had to do something so I wouldn’t roll off the side, which was a long way down.  And since we had the points to play with it was just easiest to have him throw the spotter strap on the buggy and pull the rest of the way instead of backing down to do it again.”

That decision was the right one and Cody finished the course with a score good enough to keep him in the point lead for the final course.  The final course was just as technical as all the other courses over the two day competition.  With only five points separating Team Waggoner from second place, Cody had to get through the course with minimum penalties and most importantly complete it.
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Cody and Randall were both determined to bring the Axial sponsored rig to a “checker flag” finish, and that is exactly what they did!

With the help of Randall Davis, a great first time spotter, Cody Waggoner accomplished his 22nd career First Place Event win!

Team Waggoner will be battling it out for the First Place Series Title of the 2009 WE ROCK West Coast Series July 18-19 in Oroville, CA.

-Lindsay Waggoner

2009 Axial West Coast Championships

It’s that time of year again. The 2009 Axial West Coast Championships (AWCC) took place this past weekend at Donner Ski Ranch in northern California. This event is one of the biggest R/C rock crawling comps of the year, taking place along side a 1:1 rock crawling competition to create a rock crawlers dream weekend. This year Axial teamed up with Calrocs to put on a rock crawling event that was second to none. If you’re a rock crawling enthusiast, from the 1:1 or R/C world, this event was a must attend competition. This years competition brought about 140 pro and novice drivers from all over the country to compete for the largest purse available to date for any R/C rock crawling competition. Here’s a few highlights from the weekend.

Pictures of a few various obstacles that had to be negotiated cleanly to have a shot at winning the coveted 1st place trophies. Rocks weren’t the only obstacles involved. There were water hazards, mud pits, bridges, cables of carnage, dirt, sand, etc. the top drivers definitely had to earn their paychecks.
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Something looks fishy here……
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Scoping out the obstacles before the madness begins
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The man behind the madness, Brian Parker. This guy can build a course that will give even the most seasoned drivers fits of cold sweat and have them doubting their rig’s set-up regularly.
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Parker “Doing Work” on a set of HB tires with his best friend Mr. Dremel
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Brian and his new best friend……………………sorry Mr. Dremel
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Every R/C rock crawlers hero
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Group shot of the Pro class Saturday morning
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Parker going over the rules before the comp gets started
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The backdrop
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Jason and Badger from RCCrawler.com  provided live coverage of the event for RCC and Pirate4x4
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Do work Drivers!!
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Norcal driver Dean Hsiao working course #2
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Each course had a “Tech Sled” to double check everyone’s wheelbase. Anything over 12 1/2″ is out of spec for the 2.2 class.
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A few pics from the 1:1 competition. Team Axial Driver Cody Waggoner made the trip up to compete in the 1:1 and R/C comp. Cody usually competes with WEROCK. But, wanted to get a little extra test time behind the wheel of his 1:1 moonbuggy before the next event. Cody ended up taking the win in the unlimited class with the help of Axial’s own Randall Davis as his spotter.
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Team Axial Driver Brandon Coonce on course #4
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Washington driver Jason Gainey on course #2
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Futaba’s own Jason Holt working course #2
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Top 5 pro drivers
1st Jake “King Bling” Hallenbeck
2nd Jake Wright
3rd Kolby Klingama
4th Scott Hughes
5th Greg Sinclair

Top 5 novice drivers
1st Steven Fillion
2nd Bob Tarvin
3rd Willy Davis
4th Rhett Mora
5th Scott Jackson

Wow, what a weekend!! More 1:1 and R/C rock crawling going on then you can shake a stick at. No matter where you were on the mountain there was action to watch. Congrats to all the top finishers for a job well done. A huge thanks to the BPRCA and CKRC Crawlers out of Reno, Nevada for all their hard work and dedication to this sport. See you next year!!

We’d also like to thank Xtreme RC for their generous support of the Axial West Coast Championships. Be sure to check out Xtreme RC.