With qualifying underway at the JConcepts Indoor Nationals Finale race, it would be Kyosho/Orion’s Jared Tebo striking first by taking TQ in round 1 of qualifying in the 4wd modified class with 14 laps 5:05.4. After 5 minutes of qualifying, Tebo edged out Team Associated’s young gun Spencer Rivkin by .7 seconds and TLR’s Ryan Maifield by 1 second. With the field closely packed together, the 4wd modified class will be an intense race from start to finish in every round.
Having said his ZX6 felt “really good,” Tebo said that club racing more has helped him figure out his car setups and for the next round he planned on, “Leaving my car exactly the same.”
The talent that never stops impressing, Spencer Rivkin had the fastest lap and the only driver to hit the 20 second lap time. Rivkin said his 4wd was getting better and only plans to clean up his driving. Just 1 second from TQ, Ryan Maifield made a last minute adjustment to his 22-4’s rear diff hoping it would be easier to drive, but instead made it more unpredictable. He plans to freshen the shocks and put his diff back to the way it was for seeding and hopes to take TQ in round 2.
Modified SC is a classic showdown between 2 of the world’s best drivers piloting short course trucks, Ryan Maifield and Jared Tebo. As the 2 superstars go head to head in round 1, TLR’s Ryan Maifield wins their first encounter as Tebo made 2 crashes and was never able to battle back to contest Maifield for the round win. As a testament to how close these two are in speed, their fast laps were only different by .005 seconds! Round 1 goes to the King of Short Course Ryan Maifield.
The premiere class of 2wd modified buggies showcases some of the finest driving of the day with all the top drivers at this event competing for the coveted title. Looking to defend his INS championship from last year, TLR’s Ryan Maifield put his official stamp on the field by taking the 1st round TQ by 2 seconds with a 14 lap 5:12.1. Looking to dethrone the current champion is former INS champion, Steven Hartson, who finished strong by setting the 2nd fastest time for the first round. “Leaving the car the same and just going to clean up my driving for the next round,” was Hartson’s plan for round 2. Making his way into the top 3 was Kyosho’s Jared Tebo and his RB6 putting in a solid first run and hoping to better his results throughout the day. Tebo felt as if he let one get away with a “horrible, horrible lap” and is going to make a rear sway bar and camber link change for round 2.