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Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Thomas’

2017StarsandStripes

The highlight of the second quarter was finishing 7th overall in the 4WD SCT division at the 10th Annual Pyscho Nitro Blast. I didn’t reach the podium but it was my best showing at a major/national caliber race. It helped jumped the second quarter and things have been going really well with podium finishes at all regional trophy races.

The only race I am behind submitting a race report on is the Stars and Stripes Race (7/8/2017). I took the TQ and Win with my 4WD SCT using Pro-Line M3 Blockades, and a Pro-Line Fusion body. It was the last race before a huge thunderstorm rolled in and rained out the other mains, Pro Nitro and Pro E-Buggy.

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2017-Summer-Sizzler

I had this race circled on my calendar for several months as it was my home track’s big summer race. Unfortunately, the event was cut short by a rain storm but we were able to squeeze in three rounds of qualifying on Day 1. The rain began shortly after the qualifiers and lasted into the night so we were unable to run the scheduled Mains on Sunday. It was a bit of a bummer for sure but overall the event was still a positive.

Ran Pro-Line Blockades and Fugitives

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READ Posted by: Pro-Line Graphics Team in Factory Team, Race Events

Summer-Shootout

I took a break from my studies and made the 3-hour trip to Charlotte (Mooresville), North Carolina to attend Speed RC’s Summer Shootout on their outdoor track.

I ran E-Buggy and 4WD SCT, while also taking advantage of their indoor track in between rounds to get a little extra wheel time with my XRay XB4 Buggy. Overall it was a really good day as I was able to TQ and take the Win in the 4WD SCT class and earned a spot in the Pro E-Buggy A-Main.

Ran Pro-Line Fusion Body, Blockade and Fugitive Tires Read the rest of this entry »

READ Posted by: Kevin Thomas in Factory Team, Race Events

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I am getting the ultimate test in time management as I attempt to juggle a loaded RC racing schedule with summer school for the MBA program in addition to my full-time job. So far it has been going fairly well with podium finishes at both races.

In order to attend Zoo City’s trophy race I had to stay up until 1am Friday night studying while my wife, Miranda handled the packing and pre-race responsibilities. Miranda and I got creative while I towed the trailer to the track I also dictated my homework answers to her and she typed them up.  So definitely a team effort, that allowed me to attend and participate at Zoo City’s trophy race this past Saturday.

I decided to run three of the four classes offered so the hectic schedule continued through the race day.  I finished 1st with my Pro-Line PRO-2 SC Truck in 2WD SCT, 2nd in 4WD SCT and 5th with XRAY XB8E in E-Buggy.

I ran Pro-Line SwitchBlades, Calibers, and Flo-Tek Fusion Read the rest of this entry »

READ Posted by: Pro-Line Graphics Team in Factory Team, Race Events

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I started off the Super Seven Series at Thunder Alley strong taking 1st place in the E-Buggy division with my XRAY XB8e that was equipped with Pro-Line SwitchBlades (M3).

I also took 2nd place in this weekend’s featured class, 4WD SCT. As a result, I received a $30 cash payout, which was a nice bonus and helped offset some of the costs.  It was a great way to start this year’s series as I collected valuable points that are sure to be in high demand as the series progresses.  Read the rest of this entry »

READ Posted by: Pro-Line Graphics Team in Factory Team

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The 2017 Palmetto Classic drew over 200 racers from several states so the competition was very high. Once again Brent Densford and the Beach RC crew put on an amazing event and designed a fun track that had great flow.

I spent Friday practicing and originally planned to run three buggy classes; however, I unfortunately miscalculated my tire inventory and had to scale back to only two buggy classes. I settled on four classes in total, I ran 13.5 and Mod 4WD Buggy along with 2WD and 4WD Short Course.

Ran Pro-Line PRO-2 SC Truck with Pro-Line Electron SC in MC Compound Read the rest of this entry »

READ Posted by: Pro-Line Graphics Team in Factory Team, Race Events

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There is no way Beach RC is not world famous for hospitality and giving racers a great time. With a little over 200 entries, the Palmetto Classic was another great example of a well-executed event. Team Pro-Line made up many of those entries and would walk away with great results.

This tight, indoor track featured a more technical style layout, that was had plenty of traction come race day.

The wet and cold clay was ideal the Pro-Line’s MC compound, and was the choice for most team drivers throughout the weekend.  Forward bite was a necessity, and the Pro-Line Positron was a perfect choice for both buggies. Drivers would choose between Electrons, Transistors, and everything in between for the front tires. On the trucks, Electrons were by far the fastest tire.

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This past weekend was the official start of the outdoor season with Thunder Alley Raceway (Wilson, NC) hosting their Season Opener Trophy race. After a year hiatus from Thunder Alley, the 2WD SCT class was offered again which meant I got to run my Pro-Line PRO-2 SCT.

The PRO-2 ran primarily indoors throughout 2016 on high-bite clay tracks so a few adjustments were required. After a couple practice laps, I felt comfortable with the truck and my Tire selection (Pro-Line Hole Shots). Qualifying went extremely smooth, as I was able to keep everything clean.

My Pro-Line PRO-2, TQ’ed the 2WD SCT division as the truck as able lapping the field en route to winning both qualifiers. Read the rest of this entry »

READ Posted by: Kevin Thomas in Factory Team, Race Events

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After a strong first practice run (45th) in Expert E-Buggy, the rest of the day was rough and carried over into day two. In each E-Buggy qualifier, I dropped further down the board (58th, 74th and 66th), which put me in the H-Main. I don’t want to make any excuses, I pushed too hard and made too many errors to qualify in the upper half of the Expert E-Buggy Division. I also need to get the mental aspect in check because my racing has struggled to start off the New Year. Instead of having fun, relaxing and focusing on racing lines, I am constantly dwelling on results and trying to justify that the team managers who selected me didn’t make a mistake. I believe I finally, snapped out of it on the third day of Motorama and was able to get on the driver stand and have fun again and enjoy guiding my buggy around the track instead of constantly worrying.

Kevin Ran Pro-Line Fugitive Lites on his E-Buggy Read the rest of this entry »

READ Posted by: Kevin Thomas in Factory Team, Race Events

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I traveled north to “The Track” in Gaithersburg, Maryland to attend my first ROAR race. While I faced a series of unfortunate events and struggles in my other classes, I was able to TQ in the 4WD SCT division after two 1st place finishes in the shortened race program.

Kevin Ran Pro-Line M4 Electrons on his 4WD SCT

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READ Posted by: Kevin Thomas in Factory Team, Race Events