Round 1 of the 2012 RC Pro Texas State Series kicked off on February 4 at Gulf Coast Raceway in Porter, Texas. The weather was a bit cold and rainy, but the track was hot! Humidity was high and for a clay track it was a little damp and slick, making the drivers having to really work out their set ups. By the end of the night, it had grooved nicely and held together well.
We had 206 entries with racers from Texas, Louisiana, Missouri and Georgia in attendance.
Smiley Henn dominated the 4WDSC all night, winning the first two of the triple A mains and bringing home TQ and 1st place. Mike Battaile was close in 2nd after winning the 3rd main, Cristian Tabush took 3rd, Josh Glancy 4th and Isaac Price 5th.
Reggie Tongue TQ’d the Electric Buggy class and took home 3rd overall by the end of the triple A mains. Smiley Henn left with 1st place, Jason Branham 2nd, Jake Dellinger 4th and Tyler Haude 5th. Having bumped up from the B main, young Tyler Hooks gave everyone a run for their money for the first few laps of the third A main, but his batteries gave out in the end.
Sportsman Arena Truck, as always, was an exciting A main. Rubin Samuel was TQ and led much of the race until a fuel stop put Mark Math in the lead. Mark ended up finishing in 1st place, with Rubin 2nd. Jay Bladen 3rd, with the top three finishing on the same lap. Tommie Lee ended up in 4th and Craig Byrd finished on the podium at 5th.
Larry Rollins, Jr. set the TQ and dominated the A main in Sportsman Buggy, leading every lap except the first. Marcus Huang ended the night in 2nd, with Todd Griffin 3rd, Mark Math 4th and Jay Bladen 5th.
The Open Arena Truck A Main ended with Mike Battaile at TQ and 1st, leading every lap but four. Denver Houghton lead the first four laps, but couldn’t hold off a charging Battaile. Chris Marrant ended the race in 2nd, with Nick Sublette in 3rd, Denver Houghton in 4th and Mark Morrow in 5th.
The Open Buggy A Main was the race of the night. Jake Dellinger dominated the field for most of the race, but late in the going he had a small bobble that allowed Jason Branham to take over the lead. Branham ended the race in 1st, with Dellinger in 2nd, Smiley Henn in 3rd, Mike Battaile in 4th and Denver Houghton in 5th.