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Cactus Classic 2015


13 Year Old Rising Star Kamryn Ayers Shines at Cactus Classic

13 Year Old Rising Star Kamryn Ayers Shines at Cactus Classic

No matter what class you run at the Cactus Classic, you can count on racing the fastest drivers from all over the country. That certainly includes the stock classes, where a win very rightly earns the victor “driver to watch” status. In the Stock 17.5 2WD buggy class, the winner deserves a little extra attention […]

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The Factory drivers have one more round to decide their qualifying fate.

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 […]
Cactus Classic: “No Tire Sauce” Rule Weakly Enforced

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. […]

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Cactus Classic: Under the Hood of TLR’s Dakotah Phend’s New 22T 2.0

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. […]
Cactus Classic: The Rebirth of the Stadium Truck?

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 […]

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Durango Previews New Models at Cactus Classic

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 […]
Cactus Classic: Stock Racers Get Creative To Shave Grams and Lap Times

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 […]

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Cactus Classic: The Tire Wars Have Begun

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 […]
The layout has all of the classic features, but has 5-pack section that really tests the stock drivers.

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 […]

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