Eric Anderson Takes Double Win At 2011 Midwest Grand Slam Series Finale

Feb 24, 2011 No Comments by

The 2011 season finale of the Midwest Grand Slam series was held at R/Car Marion Fairgrounds raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana. It would be the final race of the season in the Midwest traveling race series. The format would be open practice on Friday, 3 qualifiers on Sat and 1 qualifier and Mains on Sunday.

Arriving Friday night for a couple of hours of practice I noticed how great the facility was on my first trip there. James Reilly looked to be setting the fastest pace in stock TC in practice. After a few battery packs on the track with my Tekin powered T3’11 and XII 12th scale I felt like I was in good shape for Saturday. Arriving Saturday morning I decided to try some different tires in practice and they did not seem to be as good so back to Jaco blues for the rest of the weekend. After 1 round of controlled practice I was in the top 5 of practice times. In 12th scale I was in the top 5 as well in practice times going into the first round of qualifying. After the first round I as sitting 3rd in TC with some mistakes . In 12th scale I was in 7th and the car was not handling as I would like so I decided to make some major changes to it and skip the 2nd round of qualifying. In the 2nd round if TC I set fastest time to take the TQ and would keep it for the remainder of the event running faster in rounds 3 and 4. After some MAJOR changes to the 12th scale and a complete reconfiguration I sat the car down in the 3rd qualifier no knowing what to expect. What happened was I picked up almost 2 complete laps and TQ’d round 3 and held it throughout the weekend.

Final Qualifying order would be:

TC Stock Blinky.

TQ Eric Anderson (Xray) (Tekin)
2nd James Reilly (Xray)
3rd Junior Norton
4th Branden Shells
5th Bill Sydor
6th Greg Dobrosky
7th Randy Kastl
8th William Jossens
9th Rob Rabenstein
10th Robert Dirla (Xray) (Tekin)

12th Stock Open:

TQ Eric Anderson (Xray) (Tekin)
2nd Brad Mergy (Tekin)
3rd Joe Trandell (Tekin)
4th Robert Dirla (Tekin)
5th Steve Dunn (Tekin)
6th Ken Miller (Tekin)
7th Lee Harpe
8th Sean Bushnell (Tekin)
9th Rob Rabenstein (Tekin)
10th Ian Ruggles

The mains were pretty clean and I was able to get a clean start in both to lead from start to finish and make it a clean sweep in both classes. The race was ran perfect all weekend and R/Car has a wonderful facility and I hope they have some more big races there! Thanks to Tekin, RCAmerica, Xray , and Hudy!

Race report by Eric Anderson.

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