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By Tyler Hooks

Future Stars of RC is a regular column on LiveRC where aspiring RC journalist Tyler Hooks has a conversation with fellow up-and-coming racers across the country, covering youth-friendly topics such as school subjects, watching TV, throwing huge whips and, of course, girls. 

Spencer Heckert is a midwest driver for HB racing. He has exploded this year with some solid results at Motorama, CRCRC, the ROAR 8th scale off-road nationals, and finally by winning Pro Buggy and Ebuggy at the Mugen Challenge. We caught up with him after his big win.

Name: Spencer Heckert
Age: 16
Sponsors: HB Racing, Team Orion, Jconcepts, O.S Speed, NitroPro, Absolute Hobbies, 92Zero Designs, Luke Dawg Graphics, Ground Up, Sanwa, MKS, MIP, VRP, AMR

Tyler Hooks: When did you first begin racing?
Spencer Heckert: When I was 5 I got a Traxxas Slash for Christmas and I was hooked after that. Me and my dad started going to CRCRC (Columbus Radio Control Race Club) which is sadly now closed. After running novice for many years I started running my dads Losi xxx-T CR in the stock truck class shortly after he got the new 22 buggy.

TH: What is your biggest racing accomplishment?
SH: Probably making the semi at this years Roar nitro nats and just missing out on the main. Seeding 3rd overall was pretty cool also, giving me the confidence to know I can run with the best.

TH: What is your worst racing failure?
SH: Probably running out of gas at this past years AMS because my fuel door got stuck on my body while I was running second for a round of qualifying. That sucked haha.

TH: Where do you attend school, and what is your goal for a future occupation?
SH: I go to Mansfield Senior High at the moment. I wanna race cars! But if that fails I wanna go to college for engineering.

TH: Do you have a girlfriend?
SH: Not at the moment

TH: What is your favorite class for school and racing?
SH: Math and definetly nitro buggy

TH: What do you think of the old saying “girls just get in the way of racing?”
SH: I think they do if you bring them to a big race but other than that not really.

TH: What is your real dream car?
SH: Porsche 911 GT3RS

TH: Huge whips, driving absolutely flat out or more calculated driving, smoother on the throttle?
SH:I would say they both definitely have their perks, but anyone who knows me knows I'm pretty strapped.

TH: Action Sports or Conventional sports, what do you follow in your free time?
SH: Action sports for sure! I love skiing but I also watch motocross. Gotta show love for the Buckeyes though also.

TH: This interview comes fairly soon after your great success at the Mugen Challenge, how was that event as a whole?
SH: The event was awesome! Kevin and the LCRC crew always put on a great event! I was able to win nitro buggy and Ebuggy after some sweet battles with Adam.

TH: Who did you look up to when you were an even younger racer, or who has been the biggest help to you as a driver?
SH: I owe JP Richards, and Joe Bornhorst a lot of my success over the years. They have always been there mentoring me and pushing me as a driver. I also look up to Ryan Maifield a lot as he has helped me a great amount over the past couple years.

TH: What is the biggest piece of advice you would give to a new up and coming racer?
SH: HAVE FUN! Don’t give up on your dreams and goals. Also practice as much as you can.

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About the Author

Tyler Hooks is a recent college graduate with a BBA in management and a Minor in Communications from St. Edwards University as well as a ROAR Stock National Champion and was apart of the IFMAR World Championship USA team in 2016. Tyler is currently an Editor as well as in the Advertising department at Live Race Media and frequently is apart of the broadcast team at major events.

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