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 Posted: Jun-18-2014 10:14AM
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Dee, Dee, Dee, Dee, FLASH!!!, late breaking news from the Ground Pounders club meeting on Tuesday night.

First, is the issue of the motor in Mr. Dotson's car was it legal. I received an e-mail from a racer about Chris Dotson's motor in 17.5 NR. It looked like Chris had an advantage coming off and going down the straights. Matt looked at the results and saw that their was no difference in Chris's times compared to Matt's times during the race. Their was no formal protest filed, just the discussion about the motor. The club and myself should have inspected the motor after the race to see if it was legal, and not just assume the motor was. I talk to Chris last Saturday and he said he was not sure if it was a 17.5 motor, but I 've known Chris for seven years now and I have never seen him cheat knowingly. The conclusion is a protest should have bin presented after the race and I should have tech the motor in question and ruled if it was legal or not at the track. So, Chris will be awarded first place points and in the upcoming races the first three cars will be tech.

Second, is where will the race be held for July. As of last night the site will be Driven Raceway in Rohnert Park. What Matt will try and do with a little help from his friends move the trailer as close to the light pole as possible to make a larger track. Matt has also suggested that setup be at 11:00 am and the first race go off at around 4:00 or 4:15 pm so that the mains will be under the lights. The featured class is SLASH and this round will also host the RCFIA round of F1. The F1 heats will be 5 minutes long and the main will be 6 minutes. Matt will probably have a fun track for this event.

Third, R.O.C.K. will no longer host rc events. Tony and John approach me at the last race to see if the club would be interested in their trailer, transponders, computer, and track items. John presented this offer last night at the meeting and the club is considering this offer.

Forth, the mention of separating 17.5 NR on road into two classes. A driver brought this up on our forum. The club approach this issue at the last race by telling the drivers that if you are faster than the driver in front of you, then find a spot on the track that you know you can make a pass clean without problems to you or the other driver. Also, back markers, if faster cars are coming up on you slide over and let them through then continue on racing. I've have made a bad chose on when to pass and being passed and I regret the problem that I had cussed. The club is here to present a place to race your rc car, have fun with your kids and family and see your ole friends and enjoy the day.

Fifth, the street stock late model class. The club will keep this class as an exhibition class for the rest of the season. I forgot if we were going to give points in this class. The club would like to see how much interest their is for this class. The class that would be replaced next year would be 360 wingless with the Street Stock Late Model cars. I've sent Amy the rules for this class and hopefully they will be up on The Ground Pounders web site soon. For now find an old 2 wheel drive buggy that falls within the rules, use the sec tire for this class, the spec tire, and build your car and we will see you at the next race.

Hopefully, I have covered the points we went over last night, if I have miss something let me know. For now remember the number one rule is to have fun racing your rc cars.

Gordon.

 Posted: Jun-17-2014 03:28PM
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TRU DAT eDub!!!!!!

 Posted: Jun-17-2014 11:59AM
 Edited:  Jun-16-2014 11:00PM
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I've seen clean ten car mains and dirty two car mains in novice, sportsman, expert, on-road, oval, electic, nitro, 1/8 scale, 1/10 scale, 1/12 scale, and weird Traxxas slash/rally scale.

Rules written to find a permanent solution to occasional issues have been argued over, written, rewritten, cursed, praised, all to almost no avail.

These are fast and fragile little cars on tiny tracks built with old wood, fire houses, and plow discs on uneven and weathered asphalt drenched in soda and syrup. Craftsmanship, motivation, race craft, enthusiasm, budgets; these are all variables that swing wildly from racer to racer in decidedly less than perfect conditions.

Ultimately, it's club level RC racing, things are going to happen from time to time. Everyone tries their best and nobody that has ever held a transmitter is completely innocent. Best not to get over upset at another racer's brief miscalculation and to realize that the next race is, at most, just a month away.

A wise yellow shirted man once told a hot-headed balding man that it's far better to lose a race than to lose a friend.

Ahhhh, wise indeed....

 

 

 

 Posted: Jun-17-2014 07:30AM
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That would be cool, but personally i dont like running with just 3-4 people in a race! A full feild of drivers is alot more fun to me. The fact is that u are going to get hacked and taken out at some point! Its what u do after u get taken out... u just have to make the best of it bro! I got it in all 3 classes i raced last race, on the first lap in 2 of them. But i love racing rc cars so i try not to let it afect me tomuch or i would of been kicked out along time ago! We need to help the young kids that are struggling and hope for the best! We hope to see u and  Donnie next race!!

 Posted: Jun-17-2014 06:24AM
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Hey Matt -  No, that's a "rule" that has been misinterpreted for a while now.  It's actually 3/4 cars make a class for the already etablished classes the club runs and are listed on our site within the rules (otherwise we'd have the longest race day ever running whatever people brought with them and have no set of rules for anyone for new classes either.)  We sometimes do "exhibition" classes - like the street stock class we allowed at the last race, but that's an exception and not the norm.  I hope this info. helps!

We'll discuss your suggestion at our meeting tonight - see you soon! 

 Posted: Jun-16-2014 06:59PM
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Should have sportsman and expert 17.5 to limit the amount of crashes and make it a better all around day for everybody. Only need 3 to make a class right?

 

 

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 Posted: Jun-14-2014 08:19PM
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 Posted: Jun-11-2014 08:26AM
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Hey, Hey, Hey, the third Tuesday of the month is next week, that means a meeting. Old issues to go over, new issues to go over, and the most important issue is do we have a site for a new track yet. Have we tried the industrial area on the west side of 101 in Rohnert Part? So see you at the Rohnert Park Round Table pizza parlor on Tuesday the 17th at 7:30pm.

Gordon.

 Posted: Jun-08-2014 06:59PM
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Not the best photos on my part this time, but here are some anyway...  

 

http://www.thegroundpounders.com/June_1st_Race_2014.cfm

 

 

 Posted: Jun-02-2014 07:44AM
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 Posted: May-31-2014 04:35PM
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Steve, You need a wing for the 17.5 NR oval car just a spoiler usually dosen't work too good.

 Posted: May-31-2014 01:25PM
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17.5 nr oval. Pan car Are we allowed to run a wing? Wing abd spoiler? Or spoiler only?

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 Posted: May-31-2014 09:39AM
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The club runs a 17.5 NR class, it's a combination of both sportsmen and expert.

Gordon.

 Posted: May-30-2014 07:39PM
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are you running 17.5 sportsman and expert?

 Posted: May-30-2014 05:40PM
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Has anyone bin by the Les Schwab in Windsor lately? I went by today and the surface looks good. Should we check with them and see if we can run there maybe the July race or August.

Gordon.

 Posted: May-26-2014 07:34AM
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Bomber rules have been updated on our site as discussed at the last meeting (related to the front shock towers and no rake, etc.) -

 Bomber Rules: You may change the transmitter and receiver. Either the Parma #1238 or #1240 bodies may be run. Body to be trimmed to lower cut line. No trimming of the fender well area. Extra trimming allowed in the rear bumper area to fit Slash rear bumper (up to lower trunk line). Rear body mount to be run in the top holes of the rear shock tower. Front uses stock or any front post in Traxxas #1914R.  Body should be mounted as flat as possible, no rake front to back, or lean left to right.  Only the 90 spur and 19 or 23 tooth pinion may be run. You may service the diff with your choice of fluids. You may use a 6 cell battery or a 7.4v LiPo. Battery Plugs must be used (Traxxas, Deans, EC3). Front Shocks changes allowed: Oil, pre-load clips, must use internal droop limiters (6.5mm), maybe be mounted in either lower arm location. Rear Shock changes allowed: Oil, pre-load clips, must use internal droop limiters (6.5mm + factory shim). Must be mounted in the furthest hole out holes on the lower arms. Shock Clarifications: Internal droop limiters must be added to shock shaft, below the piston. 6.5mm front and rear. Hard plastic limiters only (Associated #6466 suggested). Shocks may be teched for overall length. Original parts, or factory replacement parts, must be used. No parts added, or omitted, other than what rules allow. Races will be on the oval track. (Sportsman and Expert Racers.) Please Note: The Stock Slash and Bomber are buy-out classes. As a way of keeping everyone honest and having fun, there’s a $250 buy-out option. $250 cash gets you anyone's Slash minus body, TX & Rx, and battery.  

 Posted: May-22-2014 02:13PM
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Tuesday night the club went over a few issues.

The first was the amount of bashing and crashing in a couple of classes. Both 17.5 NR on road and oval had incidents with being aggressive in the beginning of the race and coming in contact with other cars. Also, in one class their were comments made on the drivers stand that should not be made. The drivers that made the A main earn that spot with their finishes in the heats. I did not look at the qualifying times to see if there was a large spread in number of laps from TQ to the tenth place driver. So, at the next race before the main is posted there will be cut line, if there is more than ten cars sign up. If you are two laps slower than fast qualifier, then from that driver and the drivers below that spot will be in the B main. In the feature PLEASE, PLEASE pick a spot on the track were you know you can make a pass cleanly without causing problems with the driver you are over taking and the drivers around you. And the drivers that are being lapped, give a little room for the led driver and those who are faster than you so we can have a fun day of racing.

Second, the number of drivers in the A main was brought up. The club has had this issue come up time and time again. If we change to an eight driver A main, then there would be a B main with four or more drivers in it and no bump ups. The one that wanted the change sometimes was in the B main, and then complained that they should have bin in the A main instead. What the club is going to implement is when registration is closed and the number of entries in the 17.5 NR on road and the 17.5 NR & 13.5 NR oval are over ten entries, then a B main will be added to make the A main field safe for the racer and have less bumping when passing other drivers.

The last issue was what time is the July race going to start? The consensus was to begin setting up at 11am, registration opens at 12 pm, and make sure you are a ROAR member, if not sign up at registration I think it is $35 dollars. Practice starts at 12 pm, register before you practice, and heats begin around 3 pm, and mains begin around 7 pm.

Furthermore, the July race will host the RCFIA f1 race that night. The heats will be the normal 6 minutes and the B main will also be 6 minutes. The A main will be 10 minutes in length. The rest of the classes will run their normal time length without any changes.

If you have any comments, post them up and we will address them. Thank you for making the Ground Pounders a fun club to race.

Gordon.

 Posted: May-21-2014 08:17AM
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Pops, set up will probably be 10-ish (check back... that might be different) sign ups and practice start at noon and racing begins at 3

Ray, yeah we knew that was coming. Our April (?) race was the last one. End of an era but the guy from American AgCredit, who now owns it, was pretty friendly so we may be back next year after construction.

 Posted: May-21-2014 08:00AM
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For your July night race. What time do you guys start track set up, practice and racing?

 Posted: May-21-2014 07:47AM
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Sorry I missed the meeting last night I had to work. I don't know if it was brought up or discussed, but I drove by the water agency the other day. It looks like our race area is now a construction site they have it fenced off and have a job trailer where we set up our race track. I just thought I would bring that up.

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