Tekin TQ at Mid-Summer Shootout
Thursday, Jun 14, 2012 01:27pm
By Mike Garrison
Tekin Race Report:
On June 9th 170+ entries arrived at Coyote Hobbies for the 2nd Annual Mid-Summer Shootout. TLR was the headline sponsor for the event held at Dave and Mona Batta’s facility in Victorville,CA. There was a class for anyone at this event ranging from Rookie to Pro as well as special classes for the Lil’ Coyote’s (kids under 10 years of age). The event was run on a brand new layout and the groove came up quickly on the clay surface and provided a surface for some fierce battles throughout the day.
In Pro Stock Truck it was TLR’s Keith Whisler who set the early TQ with his Tekin RS/Redline powered TLR 22T. Although challenged in the second round of qualifying, the first round time held up and would ensure that Whisler would line up first on the grid for the 7 minute main event. At the start of the Truck main Whisler would build up a cushion after taking the hole shot. It looked like clear sailing for Whisler until about the half-way point when little mistakes started costing him. As Whisler started catching lapped traffic the lead grew even slimmer, until Whisler went wide approaching the “cross-over” and needed a marshal to get him straight again. As much as he tried, Whisler was just not able to make up the time and brought home the 2nd place position.
In Pro Stock SCT, Whisler would again take the TQ position with his Tekin RS/Redline powered Losi XXX-SCT. This time though, there was heavy pressure being applied by Shultz throughout the day which guaranteed there would be a fight to the finish in the 7 minute main event. The start of the SCT main event saw Whisler get out to a small margin while the rest of the pack battled for position. However, Shultz was right behind Whisler to keep him honest. After several minutes of bumper to bumper racing out of the pair, it was Shultz who was able to build up a lead. With only laps to go in the race, Whisler made one last attempt to overtake Shultz coming over the “cross-over” section. Unfortunately the move would not stick and Whisler again settled with second place in the competitive class.