This past weekend was the 5th annual Pro-Line Mid Summer Shootout at Coyote Hobbies. Team Associated was well represented with drivers from California and Arizona. On hand was Jake Mayo, Nick Wautlet, Kamryn Ayers, and newly signed driver, Brendan Wheatley. The event was only one day long, but with 260+ entries it made for a fun day of racing!
In qualifying, Team Associated cars were the cars to beat. In the Expert Stock 2WD class it was a dogfight for the TQ honors between Wheatley and Ayers. They went back and forth throughout qualifying as Brendan got the TQ in round one only to have it taken by a dominating run by Kamryn in round two. Brendan went on to the Expert Stock truck class to take the TQ overall with his round one time.
In the Modified 2WD division, Reedy’s Cody Turner took the TQ with his B5M Factory Lite. Last but not least was Team Associated/Reedy’s rising star Jake Mayo. He nearly had the TQ in 2WD but was edged out by Turner in the final round of qualifying. That wasn’t the case in the Modified truck and 4WD divisions though, as he dominated Modified truck qualifying with his T5M and went to take the top spot in 4WD Modified with a perfect run in round two. Nick Wautlet qualified into the mains for 2WD and 4WD starting 4th and 6th. Kamryn placed her B44.3 into the 4WD main and started 7th.
Expert Stock Buggy (Brendan: #90000 RC10B5M Factory Lite)
The Mains were single 5-minute main events. This meant that you would need to drive clean, smart and make quick moves if you wanted a shot at winning the main events. Up first was the Expert Stock Buggy main. Ayers started first, followed by Wheatley. For the first three minutes of the main they separated themselves from the rest of the field and were never more than a second apart. With just over a minute left, Ayers had a slight bobble that required marshal assistance and let Brendan take over the lead. Ayers put in a solid few laps and was really close, but couldn’t regain the lead.
Stock Truck (Brendan: #70001 RC10T5M)
In Stock Truck, TQ Brendan Wheatley had a few early mistakes that put him back to fourth, but he battled his way through the top three and was able take the lead back, finishing in the number-one spot to claim Team Associated’s second title of the weekend.
2WD Modified (Jake: #90003 RC10B5M, #238 7.5T, #27000 Blackbox, #27100 servo, #602 battery)
Next came the Modified classes. The 2WD Modified division was up first. Cody Turner and Jake Mayo broke away from the field and fought the entire race for the top spot. With just over a minute left, Mayo sneaked by with a great pass and took the lead and maintained it for the rest of the race! Turner finished a close second.
Modified Truck (Jake: #70001 RC10T5M, #240 6.5T, #27000 Blackbox, #27100 servo, #314 battery)
In Modified Truck, Jake Mayo drove his Reedy-powered RC10T5M to a wire-to-wire win. This gave him his second title of the weekend — and the fourth title for Team Associated.
4WD Modified (Jake: #9063 B44.3, #240 6.5T, #27000 Blackbox, #27100 servo, #602 battery)
Finally, the last race of the night was up, the 4WD Modified division. Pole sitter Jake Mayo was the car to beat in the main. From the start, Mayo pulled out an incredible lead, leaving the rest of the field to battle for second. In the end, Mayo had a 10-second lead over the field, bringing home his third title and Team Associated’s fifth for the weekend.
Team Associated would like to thank Coyote Hobbies and Pro-Line racing for all the work that they had put into making the race what it is today! If you ever get the chance to participate in this race, we would recommend it as it a fun race; the environment is good and layouts are really fun!