2013 Cactus Classic: Round Two Results

Mar 16, 2013 No Comments by

It was another long day at Scottsdale R/C Speedway, with 102 heats of racing completed in just about twelve hours. As temperatures dropped for the evening the ridiculous grip seemed to drop off very slightly – though the track may not have been quite as fast for a single lap, many drivers remarked that it actually got a bit easier to drive because the cars didn’t feel quite so edgy.

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Team Associated’s Ryan Cavalieri backed up his first round TQ in Modified Stadium Truck by picking up over 1.5 seconds from the first round, eclipsing Jared Tebo by over three seconds to wrap up at least a tie for the overall TQ (which would be settled by combined laps and time for the two points-scoring rounds). Tebo improved from his 5th place finish in round one, as did Mike Truhe – his third place finish in Friday evening’s round was about 8 seconds faster than his first round, in which he scored eight points.

Modified Stadium Truck – Round Two
1. Ryan Cavalieri
2. Jared Tebo
3. Mike Truhe
4. Ryan Maifield
5. Steven Hartson
6. Billy Fischer
7. Trevor Clement
8. Josh Numan
9. Scott Spear
10. Ricky Gaynor

Modified Stadium Truck Overall (using 2 of 2 rounds)
1. Ryan Cavalieri
2. Jared Tebo
3. Ryan Maifield
4. Steven Hartson
5. Mike Truhe
6. Billy Fischer
7. Scott Spear
8. Trevor Clement
9. Ricky Gaynor
10. Mitchell Gardner


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Team Durango’s Ryan Lutz outlasted the field in a crash-filled second round of Modified 2WD Short Course with the cleanest and most consistent run to take top honors for the round; it was much needed after a DNF Friday morning left him in the 20th spot. Ryan Cavalieri finished nearly five seconds behind, yet earned another 2nd place finish to back up the 2 points from the first round to hold down the overnight TQ. SoCal local and Kyosho driver Cody Turner was the surprise this time, improving 7 positions and picking up about 12 seconds from his first round to finish 3rd.

Modified 2WD Short Course – Round Two
1. Ryan Lutz
2. Ryan Cavalieri
3. Cody Turner
4. Charles Hicks
5. Brian Kinwald
6. Matt Castellano
7. Chris Wheeler
8. David Jenson
9. Max Flurer
10. Jason Jakubczyk

Modified 2WD Short Course Overall (using 2 of 2 rounds)
1. Ryan Cavalieri
2. Matt Castellano
3. Cody Turner
4. Brian Kinwald
5. Dustin Evans
6. Max Flurer
7. Jason Corl
8. Jason Jakubczyk
9. Frank Root
10. Ryan Lutz


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Ryan Lutz topped the Modified 4WD short course class the same way he grabbed the win in 2WD SC, capitalizing on a disastrous last lap from Billy Fischer to take the round win. The mistake dropped Fischer, who was in prime position to repeat his performance for the first round, down to third behind round one runner-up Dakotah Phend. With the three Team Durango drivers that were disqualified in the first round in the mix this time around, the overall results are sure to be a mess after the third round tomorrow.

Modified 4WD Short Course – Round Two
1. Ryan Lutz
2. Dakotah Phend
3. Billy Fischer
4. Brian Kinwald
5. Hupo Honigl
6. Travis Amezcua
7. Trevor Clement
8. Charles Hicks
9. Alex Guerrero
10. David Jenson

Modified 4WD Short Course Overall (using 2 of 2 rounds)
1. Billy Fischer
2. Ryan Lutz
3. Dakotah Phend
4. Brian Kinwald
5. Trevor Clement
6. Charles Hicks
7. David Jenson
8. Alex Guerrero
9. David Wells
10. Kevin Gahan


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The second round of Modified 2WD buggy was a preview of what could be very scary for the rest of the field in both 2WD and 4WD buggy classes if the track conditions stay the same for the remainder of the weekend: teenage Japanese sensation and multi-time 1/12-scale on-road World Champion Naoto Matsukura crushed everyone by five seconds with his mid-motor Yokomo B-Max2 and carries the TQ through Friday night. Englishman Lee Martin finished 2nd for the round with his Tamiya buggy equipped with an aftermarket mid-motor conversion, beating out former class National Champion Dustin Evans by two seconds. Evans has a lot of ground to make up, with a DNF in round one (in which he was 64th) leaving him outside the top 30 after Friday’s two rounds.

Modified 2WD Buggy – Round Two
1. Naoto Matsukura
2. Lee Martin
3. Dustin Evans
4. Ryan Cavalieri
5. Jared Tebo
6. Joern Neumann
7. Cody Turner
8. Travis Amezcua
9. Carson Wernimont
10. Dakotah Phend

Modified 2WD Buggy Overall (using 2 of 2 rounds)
1. Naoto Matsukura
2. Jared Tebo
3. Joern Neumann
4. Lee Martin
5. Travis Amezcua
6. Ryan Cavalieri
7. Dakotah Phend
8. Carson Wernimont
9. Steven Hartson
10. Brent Thielke


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Just 1.3 seconds separated the top three in the second round of 4WD Modified, with Naoto Matsukura edging out Jared Tebo and the first round TQ Ryan Cavalieri to sweep the buggy classes on Friday evening. Joern Neumann wasn’t far behind, finishing just three seconds behind Cavalieri to back up his 2nd place finish in the first round. The biggest climb in round two? Team Durango’s Travis Amezcua, who was 15th in the first round and improved to 7th.

Modified 4WD Buggy – Round Two
1. Naoto Matsukura
2. Jared Tebo
3. Ryan Cavalieri
4. Joern Neumann
5. Carson Wernimont
6. Ryan Maifield
7. Travis Amezcua
8. Dustin Evans
9. Dakotah Phend
10. Lee Martin

Modified 4WD Buggy Overall (using 2 of 2 rounds)
1. Ryan Cavalieri
2. Joern Neumann
3. Naoto Matsukura
4. Jared Tebo
5. Ryan Maifield
6. Dakotah Phend
7. Dustin Evans
8. Carson Wernimont
9. Steven Hartson
10. Travis Amezcua

Be sure to check out our full coverage, including trackside interviews with the racers, by clicking on our Cactus Classic category!

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