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Race Report by CJ Jelin
This past weekend Kevin Palmer and I drove three hours to Empire Rc in Brentwood, Ca for the first time. With this being my first time to Empire, I started with a good starting setup that other people have ran there. My first couple practices I had felt like my diffs were too light because my car wasn’t driving out of turns. I went heavier and that wasn’t as good. I then went to the same diffs as my teammate’s car and my car was feeling really good and was ready for qualifying.

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For round one of qualifying, I went on Proline M3 Hole Shots and with the track being really dusty and dry, this was the tire for the track’s conditions. I had to stay in the groove even more so to keep a fast pace. I did exactly that with one mistake to get 2nd for the round. For round 2, the track was watered after every 2 races. This really helped keep the dust down. This also gave the car more grip. My car was really good and I was able to TQ the second round and start first in the A-main. With this being a one day race, the mains were 15 minutes because I had a 3 hour drive home and the So Cal guys had a 7 hour drive.

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At the start of the A-main, I was battling with Adam Drake and Austin Blair for the first 3 minutes. Then I pulled a 3 second lead. When I pit I had a 7 second lead over Austin Blair. When I came out of the pits, I was right behind him. I wasn’t worried because I knew that Austin and Adam still had to pit. I then followed them and kept on going forward to take the win in the pro nitro buggy A-main!

1/8 IC Buggy Results
1. CJ Jelin – XRAY XB8
2. Adam Drake
3. Austin Blair

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Thank you Kevin Palmer for all your help this weekend on and off the track. Thank you to my sponsors for all your support!

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