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  • Writer's pictureRyan Lutz

2018 MDA Tri-State Offroad Championship

Updated: Mar 7, 2019

This past weekend I took a couple flights way down in West Texas to attend the MDA Tri-State Championships. This annual event is put on to support the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association). All proceeds from the event from entry fees to a raffle are donated to the cause that is near and dear to the Showers family. I had an awesome time hanging out with Corbyn, Ashley, Christian, and Joey Showers at this new track location at Christian’s property (the track actually being in New Mexico while his house is in Texas on the same property). In fact there are so many awesome people who call this track home, including Tag Georges and his fiancee Bailee who were just above and beyond hospitable and a blast to hang out with. We all had some Mario Kart battles after racing was over at Corbyn’s house which was a hoot. I’ve even decided after attending this event that I am going to make my end of the year trophy and memorabilia donation this year to the MDA!

On to the racing where unfortunately the turnout was a bit light due to the end of school and some other events in the area, and above average temperatures around 105 on Saturday. That didn’t deter those who did make it from having a great time though. I ran my standard 3 classes and was able to take the TQ in all 3. The track was one of the more fun ones i’ve ever raced on as track building master Joey Christensen was in town to do his magic before the event got underway. The track flowed very well and it was another event with some old school dirt with a bit of loam that got a little rough in some sections.

Main day on Sunday we tried to start a bit early as storms were forecast later in the day. First up was the 30 minute Nitro truggy final. I was able to get out from pole and start clean and pull away from the field. Ashley and Bailee tag teamed Tag and I for our pit stops and did an awesome job. I think they could give Matt and Danny a run for their money! I was able to put in a very consistent run in truggy and took the win after 30 minutes by about 4 laps. My Tekno NT48.3 with Blok power was on point as it usually is!

Next up was the 10 minute E-buggy main. My Tekno EB48.4 has been pretty dialed lately taking some big wins at PNB and Silver State. It was no exception here as I was able to put just barely under a lap on the field while having some fun on the left side double doing some fun whips. Ever since going to the new ProTek 5600 4S battery, going inside on the front arm shock location, and moving the ackerman back, my e-buggy has just been stellar!

The final race of the day was the 30 minute Nitro buggy race. I didn’t have the cleanest race in this one making a few mistakes but I did hold the lead from the start and had a couple of laps that were some of my fastest in the class for the weekend. I ended up running some old school AKA Soft long Wear I-Beams in my buggies and they were really pretty good. In the end I would come away with a 1.5 lap victory!

Overall it was just an awesome event, lots of fun, some great prizes, and all for a very worthy cause. I truly hope to be able to make it back again for it next year!

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