The Grave Digger shop is famous for holding the R/C Monster Truck World Finals, and Dennis decided to spice up things a little bit by adding a “Dash for Cash” race. I got to admit, we haven’t touched the track since the May event and it was in bad shape.
Dustin Brown Volunteered to prep and groom the track before the No Limit of VA team showed up to start setting up Saturday evening.
The track wasn’t our only obstacle for the weekend. Joey and the No Limit guys purchased a timing system for this event. Of course the timing system gave them some problems early on, but once we changed the batteries, we were set for racing!
I have to admit, for an event that had only 4 weeks planning, it seemed like the No Limit guys had worked for months putting this event together. The weather was great, the people awesome, and the racing was very fast! Joey decided to use a Monster Jam style course from Detroit; a two lap inner and outer oval.
The racing was awesome. It was fast enough so drivers could make up for mistakes (and there were plenty) and technical enough for a little bit of finesse. With 87 trucks turning out to see if they could capture the cash, the drivers where all on edge and had their game faces on.
The Big block class had the largest turnout with 38 trucks, with the winner bringing home a cool $100 bucks of the $286 class payout. The class paid the top seven in the class. Michael Kramer won the big money for first and Carl Denker took home 2nd and 3rd place.
Small block had some serious competition. It seemed as if the father and son team duo (Kramer Sr. and Jr.) was there to clean house. Even though Michael Kramer Jr. ousted his dad for the second spot, he was no match for Carl Denker who won the small block class and another fist full of cash!
The electric class had some exciting races. It seemed as if Henry Cross was like a bad cold. He managed to lose his way into the finals. After coming back as fast loser the previous two rounds, winning in the semi finals guaranteed him at least second. He was no match for Michael Kramer Jr. who had just whipped up on his dad in the previous round. Michael won the electric class, with Henry Cross second and Derek Cullipher taking home the 3rd place cash.
Young Guns. These racers are our future. They battle each other like there is no tomorrow. Top honors here go to Gabe Gravini with Brandon Banks taking home the second place money.
Freestyle – With 50+ competitors vying for the for the “Cash Purse” which included an additional $50 bucks from Dennis Anderson and local transmission specialist Gary Leach matching Dennis’ $50 bucks. It was an all out assault on the No Limit Freestyle course. Travis Mowery rocked the house for the full 90 seconds and wowed the crowd. He was able to capture the highest score en-route to helping Dennis out of few green backs.