By Aaron Waldron
Race report from SmacTrac:
Last weekend, SMAC in St. Louis, MO hosted the 3rd Annual Archway Classic with a resurgence of stock classes the race brought in 151 entries from all over the midwest.
The first of many A mains on the day would be for the Novice class. The TQ, 10 year old Madison Kelley, would go on to win by a lap. When asked about her win after the race, she said she was very nervous followed by a big smile, obviously very happy to come away with the win.
Stock buggy has blown up here in the Midwest and was the largest class of the weekend. Competition was stacked! Cody McClenahan and Connor Light traded punches for each of the three rounds of qualifying. Cody would set the TQ in the final round. This battle continued in the main, with both drivers swapping the lead back and forth. In the end, Cody would go on to win the main over Cesar Keller and Wes Gifford after Connor was forced to retire due to equipment issues while leading the 8 minute main.
13.5 4wd was another class to watch! Michael Malott from Indiana and Cody McClenahan would battle in this class with Cody getting the Tq in the last round. This time it was Cody with the mechanical issue after a great race with Michael who would go on to take the win. Tim Wiechens would come home second as Cody limped in for third just in front of a hard charging Cesar Keller.
In all three modified classes Team Associated driver, Brad Dean, was dominant.
In 2wd mod, Brad was able to win two of the rounds of qualifying to start on pole. The main saw the top three pull away from the rest of the field, not one mistake would come from the top 3 over 8 minutes of racing. Brad would lead wire to wire, with Colton Kiefer holding off Adam Rayls for the 2nd spot.
In Mod Truck, Brad would again TQ and take the win, while Adam Rayls and Kyle Harrison would come through in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
In Mod 4wd, Brad would again TQ but an early crash, which collected Adam Rayls, set them both back in the field and gave them some work to do. In the end, Dean would charge back through the field to win by 5 seconds over Colton Kiefer and Tekno's Cole Gierse.
In summary, new dirt, clay compound tires, 150 entries, great competition, and clean racing led to a great event.
Coming up- JConcepts WInter Indoor Nationals, Februaly 9-11. 2018! This will be the 10th time we have been the host and the 8th year of the series.