Team Associated’s Ryans exchanged 2WD truck titles this evening at the Proline Cactus Classis at SRS Raceway in Scottsdale, Arizona, with Maifield winning the 3rd of the Mod Truck A-Mains to take over the title from last year’s victor Cavalieri who in turn won the final 2WD Short Course encounter to secure the title held by Maifield for the past 12-months.
Starting directly behind Top Qualifier Cavalieri, Maifield took the lead of the 3rd A-Main when the outgoing champion got out of shape and ran wide as the field came to the loop for the first time. From there Maifield, who successfully defended his 4WD Buggy title earlier in the day, led all the way to back up his Leg 1 victory 1.6 seconds ahead of his team-mate who would set the fastest lap of the race. Finishing third, 2.2-seconds behind Cavalieri, Leg 1 winner Joern Neumann who deny Associated a 1-2 finish with the factory Durango driver securing the overall runner-up spot on a tie-break by 1.5 seconds.
Having had a frustrating time in today’s buggy finals, World Champion Cavalieri was relieved to claim at least one title at the Cactus. Starting the 2WD Short Course mains from 2nd behind Maifield’s No.1 SC10.2, a rise in wind would play into to hands of the No.2 Orion powered Associated. Enjoying a ‘cat & mouse’ battle with his team-mate, he said he ‘got lucky’ when the wind came up as his Orion speedo’s brake setting allowed him to keep his trucks noise down while Maifield clearly struggled. Taking the win to back up his Leg 2 result he took the overall win by a point from Maifield with Durango’s Ryan Lutz securing the final step on the podium.
In 4WD Short Course which was wrapped in leg 2 by TLR’s Dakotah Phend, outgoing Champion Neumann took the win to secure the final step on the podium. The German, took the lead of the race when team-mate Ryan Lutz retired in the final minute of the 5-minute race. Finishing 3rd in the leg behind Hupo Honigl, second in Leg 1 & 2 gave Top Qualifier Billy Fischer the overall runners up spot for a TLR 1-2 result.
Mod Truck Overall Result (Top 3)
1. Ryan Maifield – Associated/Reedy – 200 pts
2. Joern Neumann – Durango/Speed Passion – 198
3. Ryan Cavalieri – Associated/Orion – 198
Mod Truck A-Main Leg 3 (Top 3)
1.(2) Ryan Maifield – Associated/Reedy – 15/5:11.966
2.(1) Ryan Cavalieri – Associated/Orion – 15/5:13.653
3.(4) Joern Neumann – Durango/Speed Passion – 15/5:15.880
2WD Short Course Overall Result (Top 3)
1. Ryan Cavalieri – Associated/Orion – 200 pts
2. Ryan Maifield – Associated/Reedy – 199
3. Ryan Lutz – Durango/Tekin – 196
2WD Short Course A-Main Leg 3 (Top 3)
1.(2) Ryan Cavalieri – Associated/Orion – 14/5:08.944
2.(4) Dustin Evans – TLR/Orion – 14/5:09.922
2.(1) Ryan Maifield – Associated/Reedy – 14/5:11.065
4WD Short Course Overall Result (Top 3)
1. Dakotah Phend – TLR/Orion – 200 pts
2. Billy Fischer – TLR/Novak – 198
3. Joern Neumann – Durango/Speed Passion – 198
4WD Short Course A-Main Leg 3 (Top 3)
1.(5) Joern Neumann – Durango/Speed Passion – 15/5:13.925
2.(4) Hupo Honigl – Durango/DualSky – 15/5:16.677
3.(1) Billy Fischer – TLR/Novak – 15/5:20.531