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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: 2008 ROAR Off-Road Fuel Nationals [VIDEO]

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By Mike Garrison
LiveRC.com 

Everybody knows that Friday is meant for reminiscing old times. Each week we take you back in time as we flashback to some of R/C racing's greatest moments, products, drivers, and more!
 
Next week kicks off the 2018 ROAR Fuel Off-Road Nationals at Southside Raceway in Lake City, Florida. In honor of this coming week's event, we flashback 10 years ago to the 2008 edition of ROAR Fuel Off-Road Nationals. In a time when there were multiple truck class championships up for grabs, 2008 hosted two separate Fuel Nationals - one for buggy, and one for truck (1/10-scale gas truck, 1/8-scale truck, and monster truck).
 

(Truhe vs. Tebo - Photo courtesy of NeoBuggy.net)
 
The 2008 Fuel Buggy Nationals were hosted at Thunder Alley Raceway in Beaumont, California. Jared Tebo would set the pace in qualifying to take TQ with his O'Donnell 1/8-scale buggy ride, but it was Losi's Mike Truhe (who started 2nd) that would emerge victorious. Truhe would take the win over 1/2-Final bump-up driver Billy Fischer in second, and Jared Tebo third. 


(2008 ROAR Fuel Buggy Nationals highlights - courtesy of Underground RC)


(Photo courtesy of RC Car Action)

1/8-scale Buggy A-Main Results:

  1. Truhe, Mike
  2. Fischer, Billy
  3. Tebo, Jared
  4. Hughes, Scott
  5. Drake, Adam
  6. King, Cody
  7. Wheeler, Josh
  8. Saxton, Richard
  9. Maifield, Ryan
  10. Cavalieri, Ryan
  11. Lutz, Ryan
  12. Kortz, Jeremy

The 2008 Fuel Truck Nationals were hosted by the Nitro Pit just outside Phoenix, Arizona. In the 1/8-scale truck class it was yet again Jared Tebo who would take TQ, but a DNF 20-minutes into the hour long main led to a 14th place finish. Instead, Ryan Maifield would take the 1/8-scale Truck National Championship win with Ryan Cavalieri in second, and Adam Drake in third. 2007's reigning truck champ, Taylor James, would finish fourth, and Mugen's Bobby Tillman fifth.


(2008 ROAR Fuel Truck Nationals highlights - courtesy of The Ultimate Crew Production)

1/8-scale Truck A-Main Results:

  1. Maifield, Ryan
  2. Cavalieri, Ryan 
  3. Drake, Adam 
  4. James, Taylor 
  5. Tillman, Bobby 
  6. Peterson, Taylor
  7. Hartson, Steven
  8. King, Cody 
  9. Lutz, Ryan 
  10. Hughes, Scott 
  11. Pavidis, Mark
  12. Saxton, Richard
  13. Jackson, Levi
  14. Tebo, Jared
  15. Truhe, Mike 

Tebo's luck would turn around in 1/10-scale Truck as he set TQ and went on to win overall 1-second ahead of 2008 Buggy National Champ, Mike Truhe. Cavalieri would finish third, Maifield fourth, and Adam Drake fifth. Finishing 2 laps down from Drake was the young rising star who now holds multiple National and World Championship titles - Ty Tessmann.

1/10-scale Truck A-Main Results:

  1. Tebo, Jared
  2. Truhe, Mike
  3. Cavalieri, Ryan
  4. Maifield, Ryan
  5. Drake, Adam
  6. Tessmann, Ty
  7. Ashton, Jason
  8. Redding, Adrian
  9. Logsdon, David
  10. Rodriguez, Dylan
  11. Mitchell, Mac

The Production Monster Truck class of 2008 saw a number of top pro drivers entered, including several Traxxas sponsored team drivers racing the Revo platform. Adam Drake would take the win with his Losi monster truck ahead of Traxxas team drivers Tim Roberts and Mike Battaile.

Production Monster Truck A-Main Results:

  1. Drake, Adam
  2. Roberts, Tim
  3. Battaile, Mike
  4. Guidry, Derek
  5. Smolnik, Andrew
  6. Hickerson, Gene
  7. Johnson, Trevor
  8. Mullenix, Ross
  9. Turk, J.J.
  10. Denny, Ross
  11. Truhe, Mike
  12. DeWinter, Christopher

Watch the Motor Sports Mania Race coverage of the 2008 ROAR Off-Road National Fuel Truck Championships:

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