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2013 King of New England Scale Championship

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Just how good is your truck? Is it badass or just, well, kinda bad? How about you as a driver? How do you stack up? Can you wheel? Most of us want to know, and answering those questions is the premise of the RC Truck Warz concept. Well, that and having a crazy amount of fun. Using the RC Truck Warz format, RC Madness in Enfield, CT hosted the 2013 King of New England Scale Championship. By the time the event concluded, most participants has all of those above questions answered.

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FORMAT
As previously mentioned, the RC Truck Warz format was used. To elaborate, this means the event consisted of five distinct challenges, called stages. Each stage was scored separately and there was a top finisher award for each stage in each of the two classes. A simple points system was used calculate the rankings for each and awards were presented for the top three in each class. Winning a stage earned 100 points with 99 for second and so on. This ensured tight competition and meant one bad stage wasn’t so damaging to your points total and thus didn’t necessarily eliminate your chances of coming out on top. Finally, a King of Kings awards was given for the driver who placed the highest in both classes. Participants also voted on which of their fellow competitors they believed had the most impressive looking truck. The top vote getter, accordingly, received the Best of Show trophy. Daniel Jones won with one-of-a-kind off-road tow truck. Daniel didn’t fair well in competition, but the fully functional tow truck mechanism was too much for many competitors to resist. In second place and not too far behind in votes was Jonathan Mathews’ 1.9 entry, which was able to finish fifth in that class..

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Daniel Jones, Best of Show Winner

 

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Derek Veech, Axial Deadbolt Winner

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THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Stepping up to sponsor this event were Axial Racing, STRC, RC Madness and us here at RC Truck Stop. Axial donated a brand new Deadbolt RTR truck. Yes, a lucky participant went home with a Deadbolt. And, the Deadbolt had just been officially announced to the public the day before! That lucky guy was Derek Veech. STRC made sure numerous people won some cool aluminum parts for the Axial SCX10 and Wraith platforms. RC Madness donated a variety of prizes including some high end New Wave LiPo batteries. Thank you, thank you, guys. For our part, RC Truck Stop sponsored the two class championship trophies and the overall, King of Kings, championship trophy. RC Truck Stop also sponsored a RC Madness gift certificate for a Sportsmanship Award that the judges voted on after watching all of competitors make it through the day. So, at this event, a great attitude paid off. RC Truck Stop also gave away T-shirts and other logo promotional prizes. Thanks also go out the RCM Scale Truck Club for hosting and judging this event.

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HILL CLIMB
The Hill Climb was very straightforward, but far from easy. The hill in question got progressively steeper and the dirt surface also got progressively looser and more difficult to clumb. To take a run at it, drivers placed their truck at the bottom of the hill and then had one chance to see how far they could make. Distance achieved was measured and each contestant was also timed should he make it to the top. A few came close, but no one cleared the top. Jeremy Levesque won the hill climb in both 1.9 and 2.2. He edged out Will Stewart by one inch in 1.9 and Kevin Case by two inches in 2.2. Jeremy was the judge of the hill climb and, for his run, got judged by yours truly with another judge watching and verifying the results. The bottom line, is Jeremy had all day to see what worked and what didn’t–not to take anything away from his rig.

SLED PULL
The Sled Pull ran on a packed clay track made specifically for pulling. Instead of a transfer sled, RC Truck Stop’s dead weight sled was used. Only one brick was used for weight, so most trucks had the power and traction for a full pull. This means it came down to how fast you could move the burden of the heavy box down the track. Roger Duval dominated the 1.9 class. In the 2.2 class, Jeremy Levesque was able to earn a full pull a second faster than second placer finisher six-year-old Jackson Higgins.

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VEHICLE RECOVERY
For this stage, it didn’t matter whether you had a RTR you unboxed the day before or a comp rig loaded with every option–and that’s kind of the point. Drivers staged up in a box painted on the dirt and the clock started when they pulled away towards a rolled over Axial Deadbolt. They then had to right the Deadbolt back onto all four tires and speed back to the box. The clock stopped as soon as they stopped in the box. While most used a tow strap, at least one competitor used a winch to flip that Deadbolt back over. Patrick Keeney took the win in the 1.9 with a time that was seven seconds faster than second place finisher Jonathan Mathews. Jonathan Mathews did, however, take the win in 2.2.

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OBSTACLE COURSE
The Obstacle Course was the one stage the majority of the local competitors were most accustomed to. The long course consisted of most dirt trails with a variety of obstacles. The biggest differences between this course and the ones normally run at the club’s comps is that no reverses were penalized and the course was a bit longer than usual. Competitors did get penalized if they needed to roll their truck over and going out of bounds earned a penalty and a trip back to the last successfully crossed checkpoint. Speaking of checkpoints, there were a series of checkpoints along the course. If a driver felt his truck was stuck, he or she could take a time penalty and get moved to the next checkpoint. This allowed everyone to complete the course, but the time penalties were so severve, if you wanted to win, you avoided that option at all costs. John Aniskoff took the win 1.9 by over a minute over Jeremy Levesque. In the 2.2 class, Jonathan mathews took top honors with John Aniskoff finishing second.

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FRAME TWISTER
The Frame Twister was basically a straight shot and significantly shorter than the Obstacle Course, but far more intense. The Frame Twister was loaded with big rocks, deep ruts, holes, ledges and lots of mud. And, while it looked like a straight course, careful navigation was required to keep momentum up. The key was to maintain momentum, keep scratching and clawing your way around and over the obstacles. As difficult as the Frame Twister appeared, with the right line and a little luck (and aggressive tires and plenty of power), relatively quick runs were possible. On the flip side of the coin, one slip up and trucks got hopelessly stuck. In fact, many trucks got hopelessly stuck. The Frame Twister also included something the other stages did not and that was mud. A few rocks thrown in the mud made if even more difficult as the obstructions eliminated fast straight line runs across the sticky mud. John Aniskoff got the best time in the 1.9 by beating Jonathan Mathews by a narrow three-second margin. In 2.2, Jonathan Mathews took the win with Tony Roldan in second.

FINAL RESULTS

19 winners

1.9 CLASS
In the 1.9 class, John Aniskoff took the overall win, but beat Jeremy Levesque by only two points. Third place finisher Will Stewart had an even closer finish with Bryan Duval who was a single point behind in fourth. A lower finishing position in the Obstacle Course  dropped Jonathan Mathews down to fifth. John was incredibly consistent with wins in the Obstacle Course and Frame Twister stages  and no worse than a fifth-place finish in any of the other stages.

1.9 RESULTS

  1. John Aniskoff, Jr.
  2. Jeremy Levesque
  3. Will Stewart
  4. Bryan Duval
  5. Jonathan Mathews
  6. Andrew Herbst
  7. Patrick Keeney
  8. Rich Ruggiero
  9. Kevin Case
  10. Joel Izqulerdo
  11. Jake Jeffers
  12. Blinn Bates
  13. Shane Slovik
  14. Tony Roldan
  15. Bill Soares
  16. Fred Valdez
  17. Daniel Jones

22 winners

2.2 CLASS
Jonathan Mathews took top honors in 2.2 by an impressive 13 points over Kevin case. John Aniskoff finished third, two points behind second place. The Obstacle Course, maybe completely by coincidence, was the deciding factor as a more mid-pack finish by Kevin Case dropped him low enough for Jonathan Mathews to have such a healthy margin of victory. Jonathan won three stages in this class: Vehicle Recovery, Frame Twister and Obstacle Course. Jeremy Levesque won the other two classes, Hill Climb and Sled Pull.

2.2 RESULTS

  1. Jonathan Mathews
  2. Kevin Case
  3. John Aniskoff, Jr.
  4. Jim Slowik
  5. Will Stewart
  6. Tony Roldan
  7. Jeremy Levesque
  8. Bryan Duval
  9. Jackson Higgins
  10. Michael Pooler
  11. Patrick Keeney
  12. Joel Izquierdo
  13. Fred Valdez
  14. Derek Veech
  15. Andrew Herbst
  16. Alex Moulton
  17. Bill Soares
  18. Nick LeBrie
  19. Rich Ruggiero

overall winner

While Jonathan Mathews had a strong command over the 2.2 field of competitors and a solid finish in 1.9, it wasn’t enough to overcome John Aniskoff’s more consistent performance in both classes. When the total scores were added, John won by only three points with a total points score of 966 compared to 963. Jeremy Levesque was down by 10 points from John. If you’re into math, the maximum points a competitor could get is 1000, which would require finishing first in all five stages in both classes. If you finished fourth in every event, you would finish with a score of 970.

TOP FIVE FINISHERS

  1. John Aniskoff, Jr.
  2. Jonathan Mathews
  3. Jeremy Levesque
  4. Will Stewart
  5. Kevin Case

Links
Axial Racing
RC Madness
STRC

Additional photos supplied by Jeremy Levesque and Joel Izquierdo.

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10 Comments

    1. Make sure you check out the RC Truck Warz format here at RC Truck Stop. The design is to help make it easy to pull off small to large scale competitions that will be fun for all sorts of competitors.

  1. Thank you matt you did a great job putting the video and write up on your site. The event was so much funso that you to all to were there and had any thing to do with it.

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