Tuesday, February 10, 2009

2009 Arizona Championship Series Rd. 7 (Finals)

This past weekend the Nitro Pit hosted the finale of the 2009 ACS. Some big names were in attendance to get some last chance practice for next weekend's Dirt Nitro Challenge.

For the series finals, the program is a little different than the first 6 rounds. The top 6 in the point standings are automatically in the A-main and will grid up how they stand in points. The remaining drivers must qualify into the A-main to have a shot at moving up in the standings. Team Losi had the lead in the 3 most prestigious classes entering the finals, including 1st place in Intermediate Buggy (Cody Rothe), 1st & 2nd place in Expert Truggy (Billy Fischer & Casey Peck), and 1st-5th in Expert Buggy (Billy Fischer, Chris Wheeler, Casey Peck, Mike Friery, and Ricky Gaynor).

In the Intermediate Buggy class, Cody Rothe only had to finish 8th or better to lock up the championship. In the main event, Cody drove smooth and smart on his way to yet another dominating performance to win the final race and lock up the overall championship win with his 8ight 2.0. Congrats Cody!

In the Expert Truggy Class, I had to finish 5th or better to secure the championship. In the main event I was able to come away with the race win as well as the overall victory with my 8ight-T 2.0. Teammate Casey Peck had a few problems but was still able to come home in the 2nd spot in the main as well as in the overall standings. This goes to show just how good the new truggy is, and it's right out of the box! Same EXACT setup!

Finally, in the Expert Buggy class I needed to finish 10th or better to lock up the championship. In the main event I was able to finish 2nd and secure the championship win. Fellow teammates Wheeler, Peck, Friery, and Gaynor finished in the same order overall giving Losi the 1-2-3-4-5 sweep with our 8ight 2.0's with the standard "Truhe" setup. Congrats guys!

I would like to thank Kenny Brosh for directing yet another successful Arizona Championship series, your hard work is much appreciated. Also a big thanks to all of the series sponsors that help make the ACS possible, including Losi and Spektrum.

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