By Aaron Waldron
Press release from Cottage Grove R/C Raceway:
The 7th Annual Northwest Invitational will be held November 19th-20th at Cottage Grove R/C Raceway in Cottage Grove, Oregon! Over the past 6 years, "The Northwest Invitational" has brought in some of the best Factory Drivers in the World including: 4-Time IFMAR World Champion Ryan Cavalieri, 2-Time World Champion Jared Tebo, and ROAR National Champion Dustin Evans have all made the trip up to the Great Northwest to compete against our best drivers!
This two day event will consist of 4 5-minute qualifiers on Saturday and 5-minute Triple A-Main Events on Sunday. The qual points format will be used with each drivers 2 best rounds out of 4 to decide the overall qualifying order for each class. The top 8 drivers in each class will go straight into the A-Mains, followed by a 2 car lower main bump ups for 8-minutes making a full 10 car field.
Friday, November 18th: Open Practice 11:00am - 7:00pm (Doors Open at 11:00am) Practice Fee $8.00
Saturday, November 19th: 4 Rounds of Qualifying & 5 Rounds of Invitational Starting at 9:00am (Doors open at 7:30am/track is open from 7:30am-8:30am for practice)
Sunday, November 20th: AAA-Main Events & 3 Rounds of Invitational Starting at 9:00am (Doors open at 7:30am/track is open from 7:30am-8:30am for practice)
Race Entry: $20.00 per class
- Stock Buggy (17.5 motor/no timing & no boost)
- Super Stock Truck (13.5 motor/no timing & no boost)
- 2wd Modified Buggy (all 2wd Modified Buggies will run the Invitational format)
- 2wd Modified Buggy Open (will run the standard race format)
- Modified 4wd Buggy
- 2wd Modified Short Course
Awards will be given out to the Top 3 in each class!
Invitational 2wd Modified Buggy:
The premier 2wd Modified Buggy class is once again open for any driver to enter. The entry fee for this class will be $40.00 and will include a free set of handout tires. We will use AKA 2.4 Chainlinks in Clay Compound for the Front Handout Tires with AKA Red Foam. We will use AKA 2.2 Chainlinks in Clay Compound for the Rear Handout Tires with AKA Red Foam. Since these tires have a long tread life, we will only allow for 1 extra set of tires to be purchased at a discounted rate to help keep the cost down for everyone. The Spec Tire Sauce will be WD-40 and will be supplied by the Track. A saucing station will be set-up by the track for the Invitational Drivers to use. There will be no saucing allowed in the pits.
The decision to choose a controlled tire was made to keep the playing field as even as possible. The handout tires will be given out Friday morning so everyone can get them mounted for practice. Drivers in this class will compete in the Invitational style format. Five 5-minute rounds of heads up racing will be ran on Saturday and Three 5-minute rounds on Sunday. Each driver will be allowed 2 drops, so 6 will count. Tie Breakers will be determined by the number of 1st place finishes, 2nd place finishes, and so on with the 6 counted points. If still a tie, the drivers 2 fastest used times will be added together. Throw outs are just that, thrown out and wont be used in any way. This is the same system used at the Reedy Race. All heats for every round will be completely random with up to 8 drivers in each heat.
For the 2wd Invitational Class, all drivers must check-in on Friday, November 18th before 5pm. If you will not be there before then, please message me to let me know you are still attending. At 5pm, we will do our first day heat drawings at the track. If I don't hear from you and you are not checked in, you will not be entered in the race.
The Invitational 2wd Modified Buggy Class will be limited to the top qualified 25 Drivers.
For the Invitational Class, we will be doing a Cash Payout to the Top 3!
4th - 10th will receive awards!
2016 Invitational 2wd Modified Buggy Confirmed Drivers:
- Tanner Day
- Matt Chambers
- Chris Jarosz
- Zack Rogers
- Joe Pillars
- Jackson Andres
- Casey Vitale
- Brandon Foote
- Elijah Gibbs
- Dave DeVoe
- Terry Schulz
- Colin Branch
- Mo Hille
- Wes Cipriotti
- Brian Munn
- Evan Overmars
- Chuck Foote
- Travis Harker
- Adam Sobolik
- Austin Hansen
- Jack Ingberg
If you are planning on attending and want to race in the Invitational Class, please email me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org. For those that do not confirm before we reach 25, there will be a waiting list in-case anyone drops out at the last minute.