By Mike Garrison
Photos courtesy of JConcepts – Trevor Duncan
(See full event photo gallery HERE)
This past weekend hosted the annual Off-Road JAM at Fastlane Raceway in Blue Springs, Missouri. This year's event was sponsored by BOOMrc, JConcepts, 1up Racing, Schuur Speed, Avid, Futaba, Snake Pit Racing, Sticky Situation, VRP, Tekin, AJRC Designs, and Castle Creations. The entry count was just shy of 230 racers from across the mid-west, travelling from Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.
Each year the event includes not only a full weekend of racing, but a variety of ways for racers and spectators to go home remembering the race with raffles, giveaways, event stickers, trophies, and more.
Each racer received a free t-shirt, courtesy of JConcepts, and enjoyed a chance to win a wide variety of prizes from the event sponsors in the annual Racer Raffle – where every racer receives a chance to win by getting a free ticket per race entry.
In addition to the annual "Racer Raffle", race organizers, Mike and Britani Garrison, purchased a new Team Associated B6D buggy from the Fastlane Raceway hobby shop as an additional raffle for this year's event. The duo built the buggy equipped with option parts recommended from local team drivers, topped it with a custom painted body from AJRC Designs, and powered it with a new Mamba X Sensored Competition ESC and motor provided by Castle Creations. The lucky winner of the highly anticipated “Off-Road JAM Edition” B6 Buggy was local racer Steve Spears.
The largest class of the weekend, 17.5 Stock Buggy, saw a special prize as well to the highest finishing racer without a motor sponsor from Schuur Speed. Riley Filbert, who finished 2nd overall in the A-Main was awarded a brand-new Schuur Speed Select Series motor; tuned, prepped, and race ready from Ron Schuur himself.
On the track, the racing was action packed. A very technical supercross style track provided a challenge to all the racers, keeping the crowd on the edge of their seat throughout weekend. It would be St. Louis native, Brad Dean, who maneuvered his Team Associated buggies and stadium truck to victory in all three modified classes, but not without a bit of excitement and challenge from the hard charging competition in each one of the exciting A-Mains.
The top five finishers and top qualifier in each class received a 1990’s style award from BOOMrc, following the throwback theme of this year’s event.
When it was all said and done, and the final checkered flag was waved, racers packed up from a successful weekend of good times and great racing – already preparing themselves for 2019.
2018 Off-Road JAM A-Main Results: