High Voltage R/C 4 Link Nationals

By AR on Sep 22, 2015

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High Voltage R/C 4 Link Nationals

Written by: Bari Musawwir
Photos by: John Schultz and Stephen Hopkins

The High Voltage R/C 4 Link Nationals was an event held over Labor Day weekend at the Samson /Patrick Enterprises Monster Truck Racing shop in Circleville, Ohio. This spectacular race was dedicated to the Electric Solid Axle R/C Monster Truck enthusiasts from around the country, drawing participants from as far away as California, Florida, Kentucky, Connecticut, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin, Arizona, Maryland, Michigan, and Ohio. With a field of 212 entries, each competitor had their work cut out if they wanted to make it to the winners circle. As the Title Sponsor of the Event, Axial sent their ace Product Specialist John Schultz to provide event and vehicle support.

The Venue
Nestled in Central Ohio just south of the capital city of Columbus, Circleville is the home of one of the most outstanding racing shops that the full size Monster Truck Industry has ever seen. The Patrick Enterprises Inc. Racing Shop is not only home to the world renown Samson Monster Truck but it also has its very own history museum that tells the story of over 30 years of racing history that Dan Patrick and his family posses. This is definitely a destination that you must see if you are a hard core, die hard Monster Truck Enthusiast. We were thankful and honored that the Patrick Family took a break from there very busy Schedule from making Monster Truck parts for the industry, to open their doors to have this event inside the main building of their fabrication complex!

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The Racing Track and Format
The Solid Axle Electric R/C Monster Truck craze has been around since the late 80s and after 28 years it still continues to grow stronger in popularity among the pioneers of the sport as well as newer competitors! This event was comprised of a carpet racing surface that contained a Chicago style monster truck racing course featuring carpeted jumps and crush car obstacles. High Voltage R/C kept track of the timing duties by utilizing a digital Christmas tree timing system that started each of the entertaining elimination style bracket races. Saturday was qualifying day, where each participant got one chance in each lane to get the fastest qualifying lap that they could. The best time that they were able to record would be the one that would be used as their official qualifying time to seed the bracket. This format pits the slowest versus the fastest until a winner is crown! This type of racing is pretty intense because every race counts; you have to win to advance to the next round of racing.

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Show and Shine Contest
Before all the action on the track got underway we held a show and shine contest for the Patrick Family to pick out their favorite aesthetically looking Truck in each class. It was an extremely tough process with so many great trucks to choose from. Once all the decisions were in, the lucky winners were Eric Krush with his Krimson Krusher Truck taking Home the Best Axial Retro Monster Truck Award, Mikey Mascia with his Grave Robber Axial Mini Monster Truck, Rafael Cox and His Axial Based Carolina Crusher Shafty Shoot Out truck and Dan Wyatt’s War Lord!

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The Race Class Action
In the Axial Mini Monster Truck Class competitors are limited to a 2.2 size tire/wheel combination. Several of the trucks in this class use the Axial AR60 solid axles which are found in several of their scale rock crawlers and Off Road vehicles including the AX10 Deadbolt truck (#AX90033). This is the platform that Monster Jam Driver Bari Musawwir would use to take Saturdays Top Qualifying position, followed closely by Russ Bryant of Michigan who was also sporting a modified Axial Deadbolt he calls “Fantom”!

On Race Day, the action was filled with some really close races on the tricky Chicago Style Track but when the smoke cleared it would be Bari Musawwir’s “Gunslinger” Axial Deadbolt holding on for the win, taking out Axial’s own John Schultz and his “Murder Nukizer” Truck. Clyde Delisle of Florida claimed 3rd place honors with his brand new “Bad News” Deadbolt as well!

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The Axial Shafty Shoot Out class is considered the Big Brother to the Mini Monster Truck Class as these trucks share most of the same platforms; however they are limited to a 2.6” size wheel and tire. Eighteen of the thirty three trucks competing in this class were outfitted with an Axial drive train and running gear! Once Saturdays Qualifying session was over, it would be John Schultz taking the TQ spot with his BKT Ride Truck sporting a KK2 Chassis, followed closely by Travis Mowery and his Pure Adrenalin CPE Barbarian, after a surprising racing bracket with the top qualifier being knocked out of contention in the 3rd round! The Final round saw Russ Bryant take out Trevor Adamo and his Launch Control Truck all the way from California in a great race! Mike Eckenrode of Pennsylvania Took home 3rd place!

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The rapidly growing Axial Retro Challenge class saw some great action! These old school trucks with their bouncy suspensions pay homage to the early years of how real Monster Trucks were constructed, detailed, and performed. These trucks are limited to only 4cell NiMH packs and 20 turn motors, or 45 turn motors and a 2S lipo. Even at its slower pace, this class is ultra competitive. Fast Qualifier Abdul Rascoe from Connecticut would be the man to beat all weekend long as he was pretty much unstoppable every time he took to the track! Tim Powers gave him a great race in the final round with his Bigfoot 6 Replica but Abduls Joker wheeled around the track for the win!

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In conclusion, this was a stellar event with a fantastic atmosphere due to the great group of Solid Axle Racers in attendance as well as the awesome race venue destination! We look forward to more events like this in the future. The Solid Axle Craze is very much alive and growing! We can’t wait to see what this event brings in the future! Until then, take care and we will be looking for those new Solid Axle builds to start popping up! For complete results and photo album visit: www.4LinkNats.com

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