BMiller Racing recently hosted a pair of unique match races as part of the weekly club racing program at LSR Speedway in Sacramento. Titled the ProTek R/C Challenge Cup, the evening’s top modified buggy drivers took on the premier 17.5 stock buggy drivers in one match race, while in short course the leading Pro 2 competitors faced off against the top Pro 4 racers. A brand new ProTek R/C Supreme Power lipo battery pack from A Main Hobbies was awarded to the winner of each race.
The 17.5 Buggy vs. Pro Buggy Challenge Cup was up first with the top five qualifiers from the heats in both classes participating in the 15-lap dash. With the 17.5 TQ driver taking the pole, the five 17.5 qualifiers took off at the tone with the five Pro Buggy competitors taking chase after a nine-second delay.
Nathan Lavery, the 17.5 TQ, led the field through the first three laps but a rollover took him out of contention, and allowed BMiller Racing’s Josh O’Connell to take the lead in his 17.5 buggy. Meanwhile, the Pro Buggy drivers were in full chase mode, paced by BMiller drivers Eddie and Nathan Bernal. O’Connell held off the Bernal duo until 14-year-old Nathan executed a sweet inside pass to take the top spot in lap 12. A smooth final two-and-a-half laps gave the younger Bernal the title and a brand new ProTek R/C Supreme Power 70c Shorty Pack. Eddie Bernal went on to finish second with BMiller Racing’s Terry Wickum taking the final podium spot with his 17.5 buggy.
The Pro 2 vs. Pro 4 Short Course Challenge Cup was equally as thrilling with the top five 2wd SCTs taking off with a nine-second head start over the top five 4wd qualifiers.
Cameron Kerndt earned the pole as TQ in Pro 2, and used the advantage to take a big lead in the first half of the 15-lap sprint. But meanwhile the Pro 4 chase group was in full effect, paced by BMiller drivers Lou Figueria and O’Connell. It was Figueria who found himself picking off the Pro 2 group first, and by lap 10 had Kerndt in his sites. But Kerndt was on rails with his Associated SC10 and was able to hold onto the top spot until lap 12 when Figueria piloted his Losi SCTE into the lead and the eventual win. Kerndt ended up finishing second with O’Connell third. For his efforts, Figueria won a ProTek R/C Supreme Power 70c Hard Case Battery Pack.