TEAM LEWIS RACING

1st Annual Whoop Action Classic

Team Lewis Racing made the 7 hour trip up to Maplesville, AL.  It is a small town around an hour north west of Montgomery, AL.  We headed out on Thursday with the whole family in the Motorhome.  I had reserved a camping spot just south of Troy, AL  for the evening.  This allowed us to get up and get to the track on Friday by noon to get in some needed practice.

We arrived at the track and was welcomed by Brett and Blake who was putting on the event.  They seems very happy we made the trip and I was excited to get setup and get out on the track.

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As the day went alone, it started to get colder and colder.  I was excited to bring out some of my new Kyosho winter gear that I had bought over the summer.  However, it does not take long in the cold to be thankful of the good weather we have had lately back in Florida.  They had a fire going at night which I found to be a popular place to get.

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I had plans to run both E-Buggy and E-Truggy but decided to just stick to E-Buggy at this event with my wife and daughter there.  I like to have more free time when they come.  Landen was running three classes and all of them in the Pro division.  He was running Mod SCT, Pro E-Buggy and Pro E-Truggy.

By Friday evening, we were ready for race day and spent the rest of the night hanging out with great friends.  There is nothing like camping out at the track.  Landen and I enjoy it allot.

Saturday morning came around and we were scheduled to start at 9:00am but with some flyer confusion, they had to postpone the start until 11:00am.  I knew then that it was going to be a long day.  As qualifying started, Landen put in some great runs.  He was sitting 1st in SCT, 2nd in E-Truggy and round 14th in E-Buggy.  I broke in my first round which was not good.  I had a great run going when I landed wrong and broke a rear A-Arm and bent my shock shaft.

In round #2, Landen secured overall TQ in SC T but was unable to improve in E-Truggy and was still 2nd overall.  He improved his position in E-Buggy and so he was all set for the mains.  Being that I broke in the 1st qualifier, I attacked the 2nd round a little different.  I was not as concerned about going after TQ as much as making sure I made the A-Main.  That was exactly what I did.  I ended up 4th overall in the round but 6th overall going into the A-Main.

In the mains, during the first lap of the race, I ran into an upside down buggy which caused me to wreck as well.  By the time I got turn-marshaled, I found myself in last place and 15 seconds down to first place.  This was not exactly the start I had hoped for.  Being that it was a 10 minute main, I took a deep breathe and tried to not worry about where the leader was but try and turn the best laps I could and only concentrate on getting by the car in front of me.  With about 1 1/2 minutes to go, I found myself on the tail of the leader.  The leader was my friend and fellow Proline team-mate, Chris Cassidy.  Chris had not been attempting the huge jump in the back but knew that I had been.  So, he went for it but found a little bit of bad luck and didn’t make it.  I did and that gave me the lead I was hoping for.  I never lost the lead and found myself crossing the line for the big win.

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Landen went into the E-Truggy race knowing that he had a tough challenge racing against fellow friend, John Ball.  John is fast and had his E-Truggy dialed in the entire weekend.  At the end of the race, Landen didn’t have enough for John and so he settled for 2nd place overall but was a huge accomplishment since it had been over a year since he had raced his E-Truggy.  In SCT, Landen was starting 1st but with an early bobble, he found himself in the back of the pack.  He quickly settled down and started picking his way back to the front.  His times were faster than the leader but didn’t have enough time to catch him as the race ended and settled for a 2nd place overall.  In E-Buggy, Landen would be starting last but both of us were thrilled to have just made the A-main.  He was running in the Pro division and there were allot of fast drivers.  Landen probably had one of his better runs on the day and ended up 6th overall, just one place shy of podium.  He didn’t bring home any wins but had a great showing.

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We had a great time racing at the Snake Pit and look forward to racing there again in the near future.  Traveling around and racing different venues allow Landen and I to meet new people, see different track layouts and test our racing.  We would like to personally thank all of our sponsors for helping us in every way possible:  #Kyosho #Proline #Airtronics #HVR #LFR #MIP #ShivervilleRaceway #KustomRCGraphics #OurLordAndSaviourJesusChrist

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1st Annual Florida Outdoor Championship

By:  Landen Lewis

After tons of out of state racing and travel, Team Lewis Racing decided to stay at home and race in Florida.  RRW at Ocala, Fl. is where we ended up. We packed our bags, hauled up in the motorhome and set up to go racing. The track looked great and was ready for a race day. Cody Wiles, Tilar Pollack, and Peyton McDonald also showed up with their supplies hoping for a DIALED weekend. Practice went just as expected (except for forgotten stuff) .  Thursday night we went back to celebrate goods time with the Land family and pick up our necessary tires and parts. After a fun night we woke up on race day. Brian Lewis was running Stock SCT and Stock Truck. Landen was running the same in the mod division. Qualifying went very well for all racers. All of us were able to secure a TQ and were ready for the Mains.

After a few races into the mains, the “R” word moved in. It started to come down slowly, and then hit us hard. Lance McDonald fought hard and waited it out, but sadly we had to shut down the track. That meant that you qualifying positions would count for your overall placement. This was not what we hoped for but was something outdoor racing was all about.

After the award ceremonies we kicked backed, cooked some burgers, and had a great time with some amazing friends. Landen was able to take the TQ and win in SCT along with 2nd in Mod Truck. Brian dominated Stock SCT and took the TQ and win as well. Tilar Pollack took TQ and win in Stock Truck while Peyton took TQ and won Buggy. Little Mad Dawg Cody Wiles took TQ and the win in Nitro Truggy and second in both Nitro Buggy and E-buggy.

Awesome Job guys!

RRW – Florida Outdoor Championship

Team Lewis Racing made it’s way 2 hours south to RRW in Belleview, FL for the 1st Annual Florida Outdoor Championship.  We decided to take the Motorhome and camp out at the track the entire weekend which was so much fun.  The race was held on Saturday and Landen was running 2wd SCT and Stadium truck in the Mod division and I was running the same classes in the stock division.  Tilar Pollack was joining us this weekend and he was entered in the 2wd Stock Stadium Truck and 1/8th Scale E-Buggy.  This would be Tilar’s first time taking the new Kyosho TKI3E out to the track.  Cody Wiles was also with us which put all three Florida young Proline drivers together to represent.  Cody was only running 1/8th scale and entered 3 classes:  E-Buggy, Nitro Buggy and Nitro Truggy.

After 2 rounds of qualifying, the rain came and ended the race short as the owner’s felt the track was not able to be ran on.  The awards would be based on qualifying position and three young guns had earned some serious hardware for the day.

Landen Lewis secured the win in Mod Short Course and was 2nd in Mod Stadium Truck.  Cody Wiles took the victory in Nitro Truggy and brought home 2nd in both E-Buggy and Nitro Buggy.  Tilar Pollack took the win in Stock Stadium Truck and 3rd overall in E-Buggy.  I also took home the win in Stock Short Course Truck.

I was very proud of the boys and how they represented themselves, their sponsors and the sport.

Coke, Staples, and Plaques! What a Wicked Weekend!!!

Another weekend and so Team Lewis Racing made the 6 hour drive north to Gainesville, GA for the 2nd Annual Wicked Weekend.  After the horrible showing we had last year, we were determined to be better prepared and have perform much better.  Jason Cihak joined me as he was going to race his first off-road buggy that he had been building the past few weeks.  Tylor Weaver, another friend who lived outside of Atlanta met us there and the four us were set for a great weekend in the trailer.

I first have to say that there were NO flat tires on the trip.  That alone was a huge victory and made the trip that much better.  We arrive to the track on Thursday afternoon and got all set-up.  We headed to the hotel to check-in and got to bed early as it was going to be a long weekend.

Friday morning was practice day and we arrived at the track early ready to test tires, setups and get the Kyosho fleet dialed in.  The setups we had already on the cars were pretty good.  We made a few changes to the shock oil and rear diff oil and Landen was pleased with how they felt.  Also, the Orion nitro motors seems to be in perfect tune from the first lap so that made the practice day much easier.  Since we felt the Kyosho’s were good to go, we prepped them for the next day and got out of the track a little earlier than usual on a practice day.  We took advantage of the time we had and got in an awesome Pre-Race meal at Long Horn steak house.  We filled our belly’s and then we were off to bed.

Saturday morning was qualifying day.  With 4 qualifiers, we knew it was going to be a long day.  In E-Buggy, Landen took TQ in 3 or 4 heats to take the overall TQ for the weekend.  His new TKIe that he built the weekend before was dialed.  We received our new TenShock motors the morning we left for the race.  We could not believe how well these motors felt and performed.  Coming from the Orion motors which we felt was the smoothest motors on the market, these 6-pole TenShock motors not only provided insane power but provided smoother power all the way through the power band.  I highly recommend you look into these motors.  In Nitro Truggy, Landen was on point all day.  In the first 3 qualifiers, he had the overall TQ going into his last lap and either lap traffic or a little bobble would end up costing us to finish 2nd overall in each one.  The TQ came down between Landen and Billy Green.  Billy Green beat Landen’s time by .0005 of a second in the first qualifier and that 2 point swing is what ultimately cost us the TQ.  It still amazes me how small of a fraction of time you can get 1st or 2nd place.  However, sitting 2nd on the pole was a huge accomplishment and we knew that we had what it took Sunday to bring home the win.

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As far as Nitro Buggy goes, WOW.  They called this event the Wicked Weekend and I think our buggy on this day picked up some Wicked Weekend Demons.  Hitting a guy that is upside down in the straightaway and breaking a servo, to the gas line getting a cut in it and causing the motor to flame out, as well as other weird stuff, we found ourselves not finishing a single qualifier heat.  What was disappointing was that Landen was in the last of 6 heats for this class which had over 65+ entries and he was either in 1st or 2nd overall when the demons attacked.  He has been driving his Nitro Buggy so well lately but for some odd reason, we seem to be having some bad luck lately with it.  Due to all the DNF’s, we found our selves sitting in the F-Main.  Yes, I said the F-Main.  We would have to bump 5 times on Sunday just to make the 30 minute championship race.  I took this opportunity to share with Landen about life and that sometimes you have to make a decision.  You can complain and quit or attack the challenge head on and try and make history and goo from Last to First.  He said: Dad, Challenge Accepted!!!  So, we stayed up till after 1:00am rebuilding all the cars and getting ready for Main day!!!

At this point, you are probably wondering why in the world I titled this Race report, “Coke, Staples, and Plaques!  What a Wicked Weekend!!!”  Let me take a time out of the race report and share a few stories.

First is “Coke”.  After the weekend, it came to our attention that we had consumed allot of Cokes in our race trailer between the 4 of us.  In fact, Landen and Taylor got to calculating it out and it was determined that we drank 7.8 gallons of Coke.  Yes, 7.8 gallons.  Please, don’t let my wife know as I am sure we will be in major trouble if she finds out.

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Second is “Staples”.  I mentioned earlier that I brought my friend, Jason Cihak for his first 1/8th scale buggy race.  There is a jump that is the longest jump I have ever seen personally.  At the landing spot of that jump was a camera man that had his back to the jump holding a GoPro filming cars coming around a corner in the adjacent lane.  Well, Jason got a little squirrely and hit the jump which caused him to fly a little off-course.  That little off-course was directly into the back on this camera man’s head.  I am glad to say that he is ok, but that was only after he had to go to the ER and get 3 staples in the back of his head.  We had so much fun giving Jason a hard time about it.  In fact, Landen and Tylor took some “Red and Tacky” which looks 100% like blood and spread it under Jason’s buggy.  When Jason saw it, I thought he was going to die.  I am still hurting from laughing so hard.

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Third is “Plaques”.  We will get to that in a little bit.  But for now, let’s talk about the mains.  Being in the F-Main, Landen was in Race #1.  He went on to win the F-Main, E-Main, D-Main and C-Main easily and we were on a role.  The day before, we could not even finish a 5 minute qualify but now we not only finish but win four, 10 minute mains in a row.  I posted the results to Facebook and off to the B-Main we went.  I think the demons slept in a little late but showed up just in time for the B-Main.  Nothing in that race went right.  So, the magical run we had going ended but man was it fun.  In Nitro Truggy, Landen got out to an easy lead and in the sweeper coming off the straightaway, he got a little loose and slid into the pipes.  SOMEHOW, which is still a mystery to all of us, his front left dog-bone came out and we could not get it back in.  He didn’t flip the truggy but rather slid into the pipes.  I felt so bad for Landen as this was the race he wanted.  He knew he had the best truggy and wanted to prove it for 30 minutes.

Following the Nitro truggy disappointment, Landen as he went straight to the trailer and started looking over his E-Buggy.  This was his last chance to podium and he was sitting TQ.  In A1 Main, Landen put on a show.  He not only took the win but beat 2nd place by 8 seconds and lapped the rest of the field.  In A2, he had a horrible start and found himself all the way back to 13th place several laps in but hung in there and got all the way up into 2nd place and catching the leader when his battery dumped with a minute to go.  With 10 minute mains, you have to have a full, balance battery pack to make it and there was not enough time between A1 and A2 go get it fully charged.  This setup an Epic battle between Landen and Tommy Patterson who won A2.  The winner here would the be the overall victor.  A3 was not a pretty as A1 but we got the win and took home the Overall victory in E-Buggy.  All the nitro blues went away and it was time to celebrate.  We got our pictures taken, collected our “Plaques” and headed off to Olive Garden for a victory dinner.

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The 2nd Annual Wicked Weekend is in the books and we had an unbelievable time.  We laughed, cried, drank 7.8 gallons of coke, sent a guy to the ER for staples but came home with Plaques.  Landen and I would like to thank our sponsors:  Kyosho, Proline, Airtronics, MIP, HVR, LFR, Team Shiverville, Kustom RC Graphics, and most importantly our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Qualifying Day!

We are up and headed to the track. Today, we have 4 qualifying. Landen is in race #1, 12, &, 18. The Kyosho’s looked really good yesterday in practice. The track is so fun to race on. It has High Traction with some huge jumps.

We Made It!!!

Well, Team Lewis Racing made it to Gainesville, GA for the Wicked Weekend race.

Time to setup and get ready for tomorrow!!!

 

On our way to Wicked Weekend!

Well, we have made it to Valdosta, GA and so far we have not had a flat tire. We are excited to get to Gainesville, GA and get all setup. Practice is tomorrow. Stay Tuned!!!

Team Lewis Racing headed to Wicked Weekend

The vehicles are prepped, trailer is stocked up and we are ready to roll North to Gainesville, GA for the 2nd Annual Wicked Weekend.  Last year, we made the trip north but  came home very frustrated as the nitro motors just never worked right all weekend.  We have a new strategy for this year and are looking to make several podiums.  Stay tuned here for updates throughout the weekend.

Team Lewis Racing Double TQ’s and Dominates Short Course at Summer Scorcher

Brian and Landen Lewis headed up to Savannah, Georgia for the Summer Scorcher and boy was it hot! Around a killer 100 degrees it was going to be a fun weekend. We got unpacked and started to glue up some tires for the track. Landen went with Holeshots while Brian was gluing many different tread types, hoping to find the jackpot later on. Once Qualifying came around, we had the cars dialed in and ready to race. Landen was able to take TQ in both Short Course and Nitro Buggy. Brian was also right behind Landen in the Short Course hoping to take 1 and 2 in that class. After 3 rounds of smoking heat and fun times we were ready for the mains. Landen was able to take the win with Brian right behind him in the second spot. Landen ran M4 Holeshots while Brian went with the Suburbs. Landen also placed second in Stadium Truck.

With just shy of 100 entires the race was packed with great racers and a fast track. Thanks to all the Phil Hurd crew for such an amazing event!

Short Course A-Main Video

Team Lewis Racing would like to thank it’s sponsors:  Kyosho, Proline, Airtronics, LFR, MIP, HVR, KG Kustom Graphics and Shiverville Raceway.

 

LANDEN LEWIS TAKES TQ AND VICTORY AT MOTORAMA

Motorama has become one of the largest races on the East Coast. This past weekend  Motorama ’13 took place in Harrisburg, PA and Pro-Line‘s Landen Lewis made his first trip to participate in the event. After qualifying was over, Landen was sitting on top with the TQ out of the 66 entries in the Short Course Class.  With most drivers using Super Soft compounds, Landen stuck with his game plan to use hisPro-Line ION MC tires on his Kyosho SC-R.   In the A-Main, Landen was able to lead from the start to the end and was never challenged as he beat 2nd place by 7 seconds.

In addition to the win in Short Course, Landen took 3rd place in Short Course Buggy.  This was the first time he ever drove it as it was built just a week before this event.  In Stadium Truck, Landen was sitting 4th on the grid but had back luck at the start of the race with traffic and found himself all the way back in 11th on the first lap.  In the short 5 minute main, Landen faught hard moving back up in the field but time ran out and ended up in 6th place.

Landen Lewis would like to thank all of his sponsors:  Pro-Line, Kyosho, Airtronics, KustomRCGraphics, HVR, and Team Shiverville Raceway.