A Tale of Two Tracks: The 2013 Futaba Electric Challenge

Sep 12, 2013 No Comments by

This year’s Futaba Electric Challenge, held at Leisure Hours RC Raceway in Joliet, IL, took advantage of the facility’s massive outdoor and immaculately prepared indoor tracks to treat racers to a rare format: two days of competition across both tracks were added together to determine overall winners in eight different classes. With factory drivers in attendance and cash payouts on the line the racing action was as hot as any event across the U.S.!

The race schedule spanned three days, of which the first was open practice available to all entrants on either track. Saturday’s program pitted the drivers against each other on Leisure Hours’ outdoor facility, which has hosted both nitro and electric off-road ROAR National Championships in the last few years, while the crowd headed to the sticky indoor clay on Sunday for a completely different environment and the added challenge of adapting to the different track conditions. Adding to the excitement of battling for a trophy, podium photo, and regional bragging rights, the top three in Pro 1/8-Scale, Modified 2WD Buggy, Modified 4WD Buggy, and Modified 2WD Short Course received the following payouts:
1st – $200
2nd – $100
3rd – $50

Here’s a look at the winners:

Modified 2WD Buggy
futabarace2wdmodifiedbuggy

  1. Corey Liebherr
  2. Chad Due (TQ)
  3. Aaron Alexander
  4. Cush
  5. JR Reh

Modified 4WD Buggy
futabarace4wdbuggy

  1. Chad Due (TQ)
  2. Cush
  3. Joe Sorwell
  4. Colton Kiefer
  5. Mike Kochanski

4×4 Short Course
futabarace4x4shortcourse

  1. Randy Cathcart (TQ)
  2. Alec Walters
  3. Mike Nelson
  4. Jason Ringwood
  5. Erich Schutt

Intermediate 1/8-Scale Electric Buggy
futabaraceintermediate8thbuggy

  1. Jason Ringwood (TQ)
  2. Ice
  3. Don Becknell
  4. Jared Davito
  5. Alec Sanderson

Modified 2WD Short Course
futabaracemod2wdshortcourse

  1. Mike Nelson (TQ)
  2. Cush
  3. Alec Walters
  4. Mellow
  5. Mason Perillo

Pro 1/8-Scale Electric Buggy
futabaracepro8thbuggy

  1. Randy Cathcart
  2. Colton Kiefer (TQ)
  3. Joe Sorwell
  4. Ken Houghton
  5. Mike Nelson

Stock 2WD Buggy
futabaracestockbuggy

  1. Zippy (TQ)
  2. Cody Meiferdt
  3. Brian Koch
  4. Jeff Piskie
  5. Mark Udell

Stock 2WD Short Course
futabaracestockshortcourse

  1. Nicholas Mueller
  2. Jonny 5 (TQ)
  3. Madsen
  4. Max Zimmer
  5. Ryan Pratl

Thanks to Futaba and Leisure Hours Raceway for the photos and results. For more racing news and information be sure to follow me on Twitter: @AaronRCCA

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Associate Editor Since receiving my first hobby-grade RC car as a holiday present from my father nearly 20 years ago, I've been fortunate enough to meet more people and experience more opportunities through the adventures I've had in the RC industry than I would've ever imagined. I've done it all - from working at a hobby shop, to being a factory sponsored racer, to working for some of the biggest brands in the industry. I've enjoyed each and every one of the dozens of kits I've built, hundreds of events I've attended, and thousands of laps that I've logged at race tracks around the world, and my passion is to share those experiences with other hobbyists so that they may find fulfillment in their own RC careers.
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