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Cactus Classic: Tessmann TQ’s 2WD Buggy, Cavalieri TQ’s Truck

With one round of qualifying to go, the Cactus Classic’s heavy hitters are scrabbling to find the points to move up in qualifying in the premier classes. A points- based system determines qualifying positions instead of the “rocket round” format. In 2WD Buggy, HPI/Hot Bodies’ Ty Tessmann has wrapped up the TQ position by taking [...]

Mar 14, 2015 Comments
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Cactus Classic: “No Tire Sauce” Rule Weakly Enforced

With qualifying well under way at the Cactus Classic, it seems that there is some big drama swirling among the drivers. Tires are always a hot topic at any event since they are probably the single most important item that affects the way a car handles. The officially posted rule is for “no saucing” allowed. [...]

Mar 14, 2015 Comments
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Cactus Classic: Under the Hood of TLR’s Dakotah Phend’s New 22T 2.0

The TLR factory drivers are all piloting the new 22T 2.o at the Cactus Classic and the stadium trucks are looking impressive with good corner speed and stable handling. I was able to get a sneak peak under the hood of TLR’s Dakotah Phend’s new 22T 2.0 that should be available for sale very soon. [...]

Mar 13, 2015 Comments
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Cactus Classic: The Rebirth of the Stadium Truck?

Short-course trucks have enjoyed great popularity over the past few years, but many feel that could be changing.  With many modern tracks seeing higher and higher grip, driving a short-course truck with their inherent characteristic of rolling and swaying makes them hard to drive when there is already an abundance of traction. In response, drivers [...]

Mar 13, 2015 Comments
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Durango Previews New Models at Cactus Classic

Team Durango displayed their new lineup coming out in early April of 2015. The new Durango vehicles are only a tease and I wasn’t able to look under their hoods, but they are all new platforms and not just a new freshening up of older models. The DNX8 is their 1/8-scale nitro buggy and I [...]

Mar 12, 2015 Comments
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Cactus Classic: Stock Racers Get Creative To Shave Grams and Lap Times

Stock racing has always been a very popular and competitive class, but with the rhythm section in the center of the track being so critical, racers are resorting to some very creative ways to gain an edge. Working within the rules, racers are pushing batteries, motors, drivetrains, suspension and other tweaks in order to make [...]

Mar 12, 2015 Comments
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Cactus Classic: The Tire Wars Have Begun

At any big race, tires are always a hot topic and this year’s Cactus Classic is no different.  What usually takes racers a lot of elbow grease and tire-tuning knowledge to craft sets perfectly suited for the track, has been circumvented by the introduction of production slicks. Pro-Line, JConcepts and AKA are at the event [...]

Mar 11, 2015 Comments
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Cactus Classic: The Southwest Event Kicks Off with Practice

The long week at the Cactus Classic held at SRS Raceway in Arizona is under way. It’s only practice, but already the fast guys are making their mark. The first thing drivers are confronted with is the track. The surface is very unusual and the best way to describe the clay is like the stuff [...]

Mar 11, 2015 Comments
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