By Mike Garrison
Welcome to LiveRC's weekly column, "Talk-It-Up Tuesday!" Here we spend a little time talking with industry icons including racers, manufacturers, team managers, developers, promoters, and everyone in between! Sit back, relax, and go behind the scenes as we interview them all!
For this week's Talk It Up Tuesday we sit down with 3-time 2019 Stock ROAR 1/10 Off-Road National Champion and privateer Dreighton Stoub.
(Photo by JConcepts - Reedy Race 2018)
LiveRC: Welcome Dreighton to this week’s edition of “Talk It Up Tuesday”! You had an incredible weekend at the recent ROAR 1/10 Off-Road Nationals, but before we talk about that lets start at the beginning. When, where, how, and why did you get started racing R/C cars in the first place?
Dreighton: I started racing locally when I was around 4 years old, so that would have been 12 years ago. I first raced at my local track Battle Front RC, then my dad opened his track, “Proving Grounds Raceway.” After that shut down we began traveling. As for my how/why my dad raced when I was really young, and I just got into it.
LiveRC: Do you remember when and where you won your first race?
Dreighton: I do not remember when or where, the only thing that mattered to me is when I started beating my dad haha.
LiveRC: Is your goal to make a career out of R/C car racing someday?
Dreighton: No. My plan is to go to college to double major in business management and finance. Then take over the family business.
LiveRC: Let’s talk ROAR Nationals. You won a National title in all three stock classes that you entered – 17.5 2wd Buggy, 13.5 4wd Buggy, and 17.5 2wd SCT. That’s impressive! Did you expect to walk away a three-time National Champion?
Dreighton: You can never expect to win anything at those types of races, however, I knew going into the weekend I had a pretty good shot at the 3-peat. It was just awesome to have it actually happen!
LiveRC: What has been your biggest accomplishment in R/C racing prior to this race?
Dreighton: 2017 Electric 1/8 Nationals in Chico, California. I was able to podium in electric buggy and beat some great drivers I’ve looked up to since I got into the hobby!
LiveRC: Which of these three classes is your favorite to drive on a regular basis, and why?
Dreighton: Stock buggy out of the 3. I just feel like it’s my best class, I’ve always enjoyed the 2wd buggy class, whether it’s mod or stock.
LiveRC: Which of the three classes was the most difficult to win, and why?
Dreighton: SCT. Not because it was hard to drive or anything. It was the hardest because I put the most pressure on myself to win it, mostly because I wasn’t trying to win it for me, but trying to win it for jonny5.
LiveRC: Which class took the most work and preparation?
Dreighton: 2wd. There were some mistakes made by the mechanic (me), but with a lot of help from Paul Wick we got it all sorted out for qualifying!
LiveRC: Was there one driver throughout the weekend that you felt was going to be your biggest competition, if so who?
Dreighton: Galen McCreary. His stuff was on point all weekend and was always right there in qualifying. He was able to qualify 2nd in 2wd and 3rd in 4wd, so I knew it would be good racing in the mains.
LiveRC: What are your thoughts on the insane amount of sanding and prepping tires that took place?
Dreighton: I know I’m in the minority on this one, but I actually like it. It helps me personally because you know everyone will be on slicks and I can focus on my setup and driving. However, I understand why people don’t like it having to spend money on tires just to burn all the tread off.
(Photo by JConcepts - ROAR Nationals 2019)
LiveRC: Who are your current sponsors that made this trifecta possible?
Dreighton: Fantom, J5D, RC One, Nine2Zero, Ground Up, and SS Creations.
LiveRC: None of your vehicles listed a chassis manufacturer on them, are you currently running as a privateer with no chassis sponsor?
Dreighton: Yes sir!
LiveRC: When you aren’t R/C car racing what are some of your other hobbies?
Dreighton: Being in high school I’m obviously a full time student, I’ve got a job with my dad, and I hangout with friends.
LiveRC: What is one thing most people don’t know about Dreighton Stoub?
Dreighton: Probably the answer to the 3rd question you asked being me not planning on doing to do this as a career.
LiveRC: Where will we see you racing next?
Dreighton: AE Champ’s in Wisconsin this November!
LiveRC: Thank you Dreighton for joining us today, and absolutely phenomenal job on your ROAR National Championship wins! Is there anything you would like to add before we go?
Dreighton: Thanks for allowing me to do this interview! Obviously a big thanks to my sponsors, family, and friends for the support!! See you at the next one!!