What was the biggest surprise of the ROAR Electric Off-Road Nationals?

Live RC is running an interesting poll about the recent ROAR EP Off Road Nationals asking readers what the biggest surprise is, and I thought the options were interesting.  The options are:

  • Low turnout for Racing Truck and Short Course Truck
  • Wildly differing track conditions
  • Dakotah Phend’s domination of qualifying
  • Jared Tebo missing the 2WD A-Main
  • B5M failing to win another major event
  • Ryan Maifield going winless
  • Dakotah Phend beating TQ Ryan Cavalieri in Racing Truck
  • Ty Tessmann upsettting TQ Dakotah Phend to repeat in 4WD
  • Ryan Cavalieri getting TQ and winning in 2WD Short Course
  • Dakotah Phend repeating in 2WD, and quite easily at that

To vote in the poll visit Live RC at http://www.liverc.com/news/special_features/8233-POLL%3A_What_was_the_biggest_surprise_of_the_ROAR_Electric_Off-Road_Nationals%3F/

While we are talking about the ROAR Nationals, one interesting piece that I saw from Ty Tessmann was that he borrowed some parts from a local racer Trey Roberts to make his (Ty) Losi 22sct 2.0.  It’s very strange to see a HPI/HB driver driving a Losi, but race oriented Blitz ESE appears to be out of production, and a generation of design behind the competition, you have to drive something!  It will be interesting to see if it is being driven as a precursor to a new HPI Short Course Truck in the way that the 2wd buggy Ty has been racing for some time is reportedly now a D215 buggy prototype.  Anyway, photos and descriptions below from Ty’s facebook page, and Trey was given a Ty Body for his help as well, great to see that kind of camaraderie in the pits even at a major race.

For a first hand account of the ROAR Nationals, look no further than Ryan Lutz who has posted on his blog about the challenges of the event.  Check it out at https://lutzinator.com/?p=1668

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