Dakotah Phend does the double to highlight Cactus Classic main events

Mar 17, 2014 No Comments by

The 28th running of the Cactus Classic ended with what may very well have been the last set of main events to be run on the famous sunbaked outdoor blue groove at the current Scottsdale R/C Speedway, and what a day of racing it was. All five premiere-class titles were decided in spectacular fashion, and every spectator that lined the brick wall surrounding the surface today was treated to incredible, exciting on-track action.

Modified Stadium Truck


Top Qualifier Jared Tebo crashed early in A1 and ran into more bad luck with traffic afterward, relegating him to a fourth-place finish as Jörn Neumann inherited the lead; Neumann held off Ryan Cavalieri to take the round win. Tebo paced the field in A2 and won by three seconds to set up a showdown in the final main, and the two battled back and forth for the first half – until something in Neumann’s drivetrain let go. Billy Fischer charged within two seconds of the lead but couldn’t make a pass, and Tebo crossed the line to secure the overall win.


FQDriverA1A2A3ChassisMotorSpeed ControlBatteryTires
11Jared Tebo4=13/5:06.2131=14/5:19.4281=14/5:16.410KyoshoOrionOrionOrionAKA
22Jörn Neumann1=13/5:01.1942=14/5:22.314


34Billy Fischer3=13/5:05.435



43Ryan Cavalieri



56Mitchel Gardner2=13/5:04.4714=13/5:05.2333=14/5:21.483KyoshoOrionOrionOrionJC
68Tanner Denney8=13/5:23.2095=13/5:06.76713/5:02.028AEReedyReedyReedyJC
75Steven Hartson9=12/5:07.5288=13/5:17.7265=13/5:06.129AELRPLRPReedy
89Joe Pillars6=13/5:20.4427=13/5:16.8727=13/5:14.625KyoshoOrionOrionOrionAKA
97Scott Spear7=13/5:21.9759=13/5:24.0009=0/0:00.000AEReedyLRPReedyPL
1010Brian Kinwald10=0/0:00.00010=0/0:00.00010=0/0:00.000AEReedyReedyReedyJC

Modified 2WD Short Course


Ryan Maifield got the upper hand in round one by beating his teammate Ryan Cavalieri by just a half-second after a race-long battle, but ran into bad luck in the second round and finished third behind Cavalieri and fourth qualifier Travis Amezcua. Another race-long battle between Maifield and Cavalieri wowed the crowd in A3 as the two finished just 73-thousandths of a second apart, with top qualifier Cavalieri taking the overall championship.


FQDriverA1A2A3ChassisMotorSpeed ControlBatteryTires
11Ryan Cavalieri2=13/5:14.6031=13/5:09.9901=13/5:06.624AEOrionOrionOrionAKA
22Ryan Maifield1=13/5:14.0573=13/5:16.5842=13/5:06.697AEReedyReedyReedyJC
33Chris Wheeler3=13/5:18.6909=8/3:08.6514=13/5:15.937TLRNovakNovakCRCPL
45Spencer Rivkin4=13/5:24.9105=13/5:22.9373=13/5:15.389AEReedyLRPReedyJC
54Travis Amezcua6=12/5:05.9522=13/5:16.2818=12/5:04.144TDReedyViperTPPan
66Dustin Evans9=7/2:55.4794=13/5:18.9835=13/5:16.908TLROrionOrionOrionJC
710Mike Truhe5=12/5:03.1997=12/5:02.5796=13/5:23.552SerpentNovakNovakTrakpowerPL
89Carson Wernimont7=12/5:09.7956=13/5:24.2097=13/5:27.550SchumReedyReedyReedyAKA
97Cody Turner8=12/5:09.9688=12/5:04.420(9=11/4:35.906KyoshoOrionOrionOrionPL
108Brian Kinwald10=0/0:00.00010=0/0:00.00010=0/0:00.000AEReedyReedyReedyJC

4×4 Short Course Truck


The sticky and rough surface of the SRS track layout proved to be too difficult for the 4×4 class, with very little opportunity to pass. The results tell the story – current National Champion Dakotah Phend successfully defended his title from last year after starting from the TQ spot on the grid, leading Team Durango teammates Jörn Neumann and Ryan Lutz in formation for the entire 7-minute main event without a single position change among the top three! Phend beat Neumann to the line by just over two seconds, with another two seconds separating Neumann and Lutz.


FQDriverTimeChassisMotorSpeed ControlBatteryTires
11Dakotah Phend19/7:04.955TLROrionOrionOrionPro-Line
22Jörn Neumann19/7:07.127DurangoOrionOrionThunder PowerPro-Line
33Ryan Lutz19/7:09.234DurangoTekinTekinProTek RCAKA
45Travis Amezcua18/7:04.575DurangoReedyViperThunder PowerPanther
54David Jenson18/7:10.246TLROrionOrionOrionJConcepts
66Carlos Arredondo18/7:24.218
77Louis Fernandez17/7:03.287
88Kenny Gatton16/7:19.292
99Dawn Forrest15/7:01.715
1010Dan Harmon15/7:07.858
1111Sean Popham14/7:00.906

Modified 4WD Buggy


The drama in A1 for 4WD began before the start tone, as second qualifier Jared Tebo broke a front arm during warm-up and missed the start of the race! The craziness continued with TQ Jörn Neumann and third qualifier Dakotah Phend both wrecking early, giving Ryan Maifield the chance to swoop by to take the win. Early mistakes by the front runners in A2 again allowed Maifield to get out front, but a few mistakes of his own dropped him to fifth. Current National Champion and fifth qualifier Ty Tessmann survived the melee and worked his way up to take the leg win over the recovering Phend and Tebo, setting up an unheard of battle for the overall between the fourth and fifth qualifiers! For the first time in three tries, TQ Neumann had a clean race and won handily with the fastest time of the day, but Maifield held off a charge by Tessmann to finish a second ahead of his rival and take the overall win for the fourth year in a row!


FQDriverA1A2A3ChassisMotorSpeed ControlBatteryTires
14Ryan Maifield1=14/5:03.4065=14/5:08.8432=14/5:01.846AEReedyReedyReedyJC
25Ty Tessmann3=14/5:05.3791=14/5:04.7423=14/5:02.817HBOrionOrionOrionPL
33Dakotah Phend2=14/5:04.946


41Jörn Neumann


57Billy Fischer6=14/5:14.3436=14/5:15.3055=14/5:10.252AENovakNovakCRCPL
610Ryan Lutz4=14/5:12.4617=14/5:16.0127=14/5:14.831TDTekinTekinProTekAKA
78Carson Werimont7=14/5:17.076


82Jared Tebo11=0/0:00.0003=14/5:05.97810=1/0:15.730KyoshoOrionOrionOrionAKA
96Ryan Cavalieri8=14/5:17.5869=7/2:32.8619=5/1:47.024AEOrionOrionOrionAKA
109Daimon Borkowicz10=1/0:19.23611=2/0:42.7158=14/5:23.411AEReedyLRPReedyJC
1111Kody Numedahl9=13/5:00.81910=3/1:05.24811=0/0:00.000AEReedyReedyReedyJC

Modified 2WD Buggy


TQ Dakotah Phend got the start he needed in A1 and held off a hard-charging Ryan Maifield by less than a second and a half, and actually managed to pull away in A2 to win by nearly four seconds, wrapping up the title early and watching as Maifield won A3 over Ryan Cavalieri and Jared Tebo to secure second overall. Phend not only legitimized his ROAR National Championship from last year with a brilliant TQ performance and a resounding victory, but completed an amazing turnaround from last year’s performance in which he didn’t qualify for the A-main!


FQDriverA1A2A3ChassisMotorSpeed ControlBatteryTires
11Dakotah Phend1=14/5:14.1011=14/5:09.44411=0/0:00.000TLROrionOrionOrionPL
22Ryan Maifield2=14/5:15.5532=14/5:13.3841=14/5:14.673AEReedyReedyReedyJC
33Ryan Cavalieri3=14/5:17.7183=14/5:15.3992=14/5:18.824AEOrionOrionOrionAKA
44Jared Tebo4=14/5:22.9834=14/5:18.1173=14/5:21.694KyoshoOrionOrionOrionAKA
58Ryan Lutz8=13/5:09.5649=13/5:05.4784=14/5:22.488TDTekinTekinProTekAKA
610Ty Tessmann6=13/5:06.4887=13/5:03.382


75Billy Fischer10=13/5:12.7135=14/5:21.1568=13/5:02.435CentroNovakNovakCRCPL
811Jörn Neumann11=13/5:21.0316=13/5:01.6057=13/5:00.959TDOrionOrionTPPL
96Travis Amezcua5=13/5:05.4068=13/5:04.4259=13/5:08.915TDReedyViperTPPan
107Dustin Evans9=13/5:09.90610=13/5:11.1175=13/5:00.098TLROrionOrionOrionJC
119Spencer Rivkin7=13/5:07.28111=13/5:13.57610=13/5:12.875AEReedyLRPReedyJC

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