Supercrawl 2017 – Lasernut Racing

Supercrawl 2017 - Lasernut Racing

The Lasernut Racing crew was out at the Supercrawl 2017 event held at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, NV. Our very own Randall Davis, spotter for Lasernut team driver Cody Waggoner, was part of the winning team that took place on September 23-24, 2017.

Not only was this the first event that Cody had a chance to drive the car, it was also the first they had ever SEEN it! The new moon buggy was aptly named Pretty Penny – just check out those stunning copper wheels!

At the end of the comp on day one there was only a 1 point separation between 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Lasernut was sitting in first but knew that one mistake would cost them to lose the position. The Lasernut crew had a near perfect final day, making a flawless run on the final course to seal the championship!!

Links
https://www.facebook.com/Supercrawl2017/
http://supercrawl.rocks/
http://supercrawl.rocks/results/2017-results/

Below are pictures from the event as well as the runs from both days 1 and 2.

Video – Day 1

Video – Day 2

Pictures
IMG_2667

IMG_2668

IMG_2670

IMG_2671

IMG_2673

IMG_2675

IMG_2677

IMG_2685

IMG_2686

IMG_2687

IMG_2692

IMG_2695

IMG_2697

IMG_2699

IMG_2701

IMG_2702

IMG_2704

IMG_2705

IMG_2707

IMG_2711

IMG_2714

IMG_2715

IMG_2718

IMG_2719

IMG_2722

IMG_2723

IMG_2724

IMG_2727

IMG_2730

IMG_2746

IMG_2747

IMG_2749

IMG_2751

IMG_2753

IMG_2755

IMG_2756

IMG_2761

IMG_2762

IMG_2763

IMG_2768

IMG_2773

IMG_2774

IMG_2776

IMG_2777

IMG_2779

IMG_2780

IMG_2782

IMG_2783

IMG_2784

IMG_2785

IMG_2787

IMG_2788

IMG_2789

IMG_2790

IMG_2791

IMG_2793

IMG_2795

IMG_2799

IMG_2806

IMG_2807

IMG_2808

IMG_2809

IMG_2810

IMG_2811

IMG_2814

AXIAL #3X815 RVRCC – April 9, 2017 – Rockford, IL

adventures_AXIAL_3X815_04_2017_500px
AXIAL #3X815 RVRCC – April 9, 2017 – Rockford, IL
words: Steve Martin
photos: Tom Knuth

April 9, 2017 was an AMAZING day in Rockford, IL. The week leading up to the event had us a little worried as it was raining and drizzling non stop Sunday-Thursday. We had several water crossing planned and had several meetings coming up with plan C, D, E, F and even G! The crawling gods shined upon us Friday morning with sunny skies, warm temps and 25-45mph winds! Saturday it was still sunny and windy so the water went down and the mud dried up.

17854940_957634381044397_2096318826635534450_o
Sunday morning our crew showed up at 5am to get the final gates set. With the event “gates” opening at 7:30 we had a couple hours to get ready.

At 6:30 drivers started showing up and waiting in line in their cars to get a good pit spot. By 7:15 the line grew to 20 cars so we decided to let them in early as everything was 100% ready to go!

Registration went very smooth as we used an online system since we had internet connection so we could use our tablets, phones and lap- tops! Total paid registration was at 117 drivers bringing a total of 350 rigs! The event was setup for a single run because of the length but we encouraged them to bring extras just in case!
During registration the driver was instructed to bring up their one vehicle for inspection of theme points as well as to get a picture inside of the scale garage. By 8:15am all of the pre-registered drivers were ready to hit the trail early (perk for pre- registering) as we already did their drivers meeting online the week before. So by 8:25am we had 50 drivers ready to pick which of the 3 sections they wanted to start with to tackle the 165 total gates. At 10am we had our “Day Of” drivers meeting and the remaining 67 drivers had the same decision to make. Section 1 was 80% new from last year and Section 2 was 100% new while Section 3 followed the same path as prior runs, but was still over 50% new.

17854914_957638847710617_2184075630500380147_o
Section 1
For those that started in Section 1 they were in for a “treat” of over 100’ of side hill mixed with extreme uphill and downhill challenges.
17880102_957637994377369_4198369602369834975_o
Just when they were done pulling their hair out and cursing the dirt we went to a nice level ground, which led into the creek bed. As long as they stayed to the side, they would be fine in the scale (mid axle) depth. However if they decided to hit the throttle finger to hard…well… the truck would take a small dip up to many roofs. Sometimes those that crawl, forget crawling is slow. This section re-
minded them.
17855386_957634394377729_5493468308132427104_o
After the creek side run you had to go across a bridge to get to the other side and continue on section one for another 40 gates! We got your tires clogged with dirt, made you get a little wet and clean out the dirt, only to go up a bridge and across to our Log Jam section. Some words were spoken through clenched teeth, but the mouth was still in the shape of a smile.

17880053_957637464377422_7199029795545537805_o
Section 2
You had to walk across a grassy section to get to the start of section 2. It was amazing to watch their faces when they started the walk across the grass toward the flags. At first they were laughing and smiling, but once they got a little closer they heard the sound of running water. Their look went to confusion for a few steps until they seen the rope bridge and then the smiles returned even bigger. Little did they know that smile would soon turn to concentration as they tackled the hardest of the sections.
17880187_957637587710743_1510049182368317162_o
17760855_957636177710884_1423365599159747345_o
17855490_957640084377160_2185665531875546771_o
This section focused on log climbs, rock hills, winch points, creek runs and mud.. LOTS OF MUD!!
17835131_957640937710408_2961790537730981151_o 17835197_957639527710549_3341719141138047998_o   17855349_957639611043874_1992489309522649761_o
Not a single person could have elected to bypass the mud by marking their card, but they did risk the teasing by their peers so many tried…. Very few made it through without check marking the HOG box. We should have named this the HOG farm section!

17880416_957637724377396_5089543590583905177_o
Section 3
At the point we needed to give them a break, or at least a false sense of getting a break, which is what we did. This section started off pretty easy luring them into a nice Sunday drive along the waters edge until..well.. It wasn’t a nice quiet drive any longer! Here we threw some water and rock sections in for good measures along with a nice log ride (which has a large hole in the middle that LOVES to swallow trucks) and our much talked about “A-Frame bridge” which we do not share pictures of but you may find a few floating around. This is not a normal little A-Frame as we like to go big here. And by big I mean it is over 6’ tall and has a running length of about 18 feet made up of branches and chicken wire that is anything BUT level. This is a near guarantee HOG/Catch if one is not watching all 4 corners of their rig!

The fastest person to make it through the entire course was 2 hours and 45 minutes. Yes this was an ex-RC racer who still believes speed over finesse and you can pretty much guarantee I would not be a passenger in his 1:1 rig off road. The longest person on the trail was just over 8 hours and they ended up not able to finish. The average time for those that completed the full trail was about 5 hours while many ended up marking DNF on their card and simply going into “Fun Run” mode without having to worry about marking all of the flags. We had about a 70% DNF rate but it is hard to tell who broke and didn’t finish vs those that were having way to much fun and didn’t want to keep marking their card as everyone was smiling at the end of the day! Drivers who broke their registered rig were allowed to turn in their card and grab another truck and enjoy a fun run.

And we had some nice prizes & happy winners!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
You can see all of the pictures including the scale garage photos by visiting the event page facebook.com/events/259289157777393 or simply by searching #3X815 on Facebook.

Massive rig gallery from the event after the winners: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.639574232892597&type=3
We would like to recognize all of our sponsors below:
3X815 Sponsor Dark

FastEddy Bearings – Official sponsor of AXIALFEST 2017

news_axialfestsponsor_fasteddy_bearings_500px
FastEddy Bearings – Official sponsor of AXIALFEST 2017

Axial is pleased to announce FastEddy Bearings as a returning sponsor for AXIALFEST 2017! FastEddy Bearings is one of the longest standing supporters of AXIALFEST, since 2012. Even before AXIALFEST with our AWCC events as far back as 2008!

 

ABOUT FASTEDDY BEARINGS
Team FastEddy’s main goal is to have happy customers. We are not only a manufacturer and OEM supplier of R/C and hobby products, we are also hobbyists that understand what your needs are.

FastEddyBearings.com is the retail outlet for individual hobby bearings and bearing kits, offering the absolute highest quality bearings for an incredibly discounted price. FastEddy Bearings product line includes Rubber Sealed bearings, Metal Shielded, Open, and Flanged. We offer quality metal bearings as well as ceramic. We make the fast faster!

Team FastEddy entered the hobby business in 1999 as a major supplier of ball bearings to other hobby companies and manufacturers. Chances are you may be using FastEddy Bearings bearings and not even know it. As the hobby interests grew so did the product lines. In 2006 FastEddy Bearings started using “Team FastEddy” for 5th scale products and are now one of the world’s leading manufacturers of High performance products for the HPI Baja and other 5th scale R/Cs. You can find FastEddy Bearings in hobby stores worldwide. For more info, please visit: fasteddybearings.com