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Lights, Camera, Action! The RCDRL is rolling out the Red Carpet for our members in the Grand Ballroom at the Texas Motor Speedway Club. If you’re a member of the RCDRL regardless of where you’re located, you are invited to attend the 2018 RCDRL No Limit Championship Awards Banquet.
We will once again start the evening off with a fully catered 5-star dinner with dessert and plenty of cool door prizes! The Awards show will follow dinner and then we party and chat it up after the show. There’s not a bad seat in the house but tables will fill up fast, so grab yours today! (See table/ seating chart below-updated daily) Seating is reserved like last year.
Simply put, this year we will have the best awards show and dinner yet. Walk the Red Carpet and have your pictures taken. We will have a special guest speaker along with many award presenters from our sponsors to fellow competitors.
Also, we have purchased an additional hour and have tailored the show a bit so we won’t feel rushed at the end like last year. After the show, don’t leave! That’s when the party starts. So bring your dancing shoes and let’s celebrate another great year of Championship RC Drag Racing!
Join us as we Crown our 2018 Champions and award stand out members in these many different categories…
*Driver of the Year
*Rookie of the Year
*Young Gunner of the Year
*Hard Luck Driver of the Year
*Crew Chief of the Year
*Most Improved of the Year
*Tom Acosta Best In Show
***All voting this year is done through your DragTrac Sign in.***
Please RSVP with payment and the number of guests you are bringing by Wednesday, November 28th, 2018.
Tickets: Sold Out!
Speedway Club members and guests are asked to meet standard dress code at all times. The dress code consists of dressy to business casual. No t-shirts; undershirts; shorts; athletic wear; torn clothing; or beach style flip-flops. (There is a relaxation of the dress code within reason for children under 9)
The Texas Motor Speedway, one of the largest sports and entertainment facilities in the country, provides the spectacular backdrop for The Speedway Club. The Speedway Club, a spectacular $30 million nine-story structure overlooking Turn 1 of the Speedway, has imported Italian crystal chandeliers and rich wood paneling to the larger-than-life mural commissioned for the Texas Grand Ballroom.
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The 1st Annual Summit Racing Equipment RC Fall Nationals brought 132 eager driver entries to flex their muscles down the RC quarter mile. Mother Nature tried to hold us down but we prevailed in the end after a three-hour weather delay. Big thanks to our title sponsor Summit Racing Equipment and retail sales associate Berry Hansen for coming out, setting up a display tent and giving away tons of great Summit swag!
Congratulations to all of our winners and runner-ups, and all 132 participants from the Summit Racing Equipment RC Fall Nationals! Congratulations to Joel Shipman for taking home the JConcepts.net HoleShot award with a brilliant .001 reaction time in round one eliminations.
In Traxxas Pro Funny Car, in the early rounds, Manuel Garca put a holeshot win over Eric Bowman in round one. Garca then went on to earn the bye-run in round two. He went on to defeat Randy Mayhew in the semi-finals earning him a spot in the finals. On the other side of the ladder, number 8 qualifier Scott Davis outlasted Darvionne Huddleston and Michael Mercadel in the early rounds. Davis, earned the bye-run in the semis to advance to face Garca in the finals In what was a good side by side drag race until Davis barely crossed the center line handing the win to Garca.
In Young Gunners, number 5 qualifier Christian Russell plowed through the eight-car field earning him his third event win of the season. In the early rounds, Russell defeated Colby Taylor and Jaxson Bowman to advance to the finals On the other half of the bracket, Trace Faulkner was also making his way to the finals. In the early rounds, he defeated Dallas Pfeil and Zack Shivers to earn a spot in the finals to face Russell. In the finals, Christian Russell defeated Trace Faulkner in a close race earning him his third victory of the season.
In Pro Stock, the number one qualifier and newly crowned champion Jeremy Miller outlasted his chassis builder Alex Garca in round one. In round two Miller defeated teammate Casey Baker to earn a spot in the Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Final. On the other side of the ladder, Ronald “RC” Jackson defeated Marcus Talamantez and Jill Miller to earn a spot in the finals also. During the finals, Jeremy Miller clicked on the red light and RC Jackson drove on to victory earning him his first RCDRL career win.
In Traxxas Sportsman Funnycar, Manuel Garca had the funny car fever at the Summit Fall Nationals. Garca outlasted Chris Markowski and Bill Wagner in the early rounds then went on to defeat Scott Davis in the semi-finals. The 2018 Champion Eric Bowman advanced to his fifth final in a row to face Garca. He earned the bye-run in round one then took out Trace Faulkner and his wife Heather Bowman in the semis. In the finals, Bowman was going after his fifth playoff victory in a row but had problems off the starting line. Manuel Garca went on to win earning the double up in Funny Car for the weekend.
In Street Eliminator, twenty-one drivers fought to make the sixteen car field. Number fifteen qualifier Randy Mayhew defeated JD Crow, Manuel Garca, and Matthew Munson to advance to the Street Eliminator Final. On the other side of the ladder, RCDRL rookie driver Duncan Jones defeated number one qualifier Kelly McCart in round one. Jones went on to defeat heavyweights Jeff Schmidt, Jr. and Zack Shivers to advance to his first RCDRL Final. In a close drag race, Duncan Jones earned his first victory defeating Randy Mayhew.
In Pro Mod, Jerry Shields defeated Mitch Vaughn in round one. In round two he faced points leader Ant Wren. He knew he had to cut a good light and outrun Wren’s Texas Hustler. When the tree dropped Sheilds cut a slightly better light than Wren. He went on to defeat Wren with a solid 1.596 to Wren’s 1.660. In the semi-finals, Shields had to cut a holeshot to steal the win over Duwayne Cooley. Cooley ran a quicker 1.432 to Sheilds slower but winning 1.452 to earn him a spot in the finals. On the other side of the ladder Summit Racing Equipment Driver, Robert St. Pierre defeated Doug Crews and Darvionne Huddleston in the early rounds. St. Pierre earned the bye-run in the semi-finals to advance to the Pro Mod Finals. In the Pro Mod Finals, Jerry Shields drove onto victory when Robert St. Pierre clicked on the red light.
In the 2.50 Index Class, Joshua Mercadel outlasted his dad Michael Mercadel in round one and defeated Piper Munson in round two. In the semi-finals, J. Mercadel defeated Jeff Schmidt, Jr. to advance to his first 2.50 Final of the season. On the other side of the ladder, Chris Markowski defeated Thuan Dinh, Matthew Munson, and Brandon Mares to advance to the 2.50 Final. In the finals, both drivers went red but Joshua Mercadel cut a worse red light and was disqualified handing the win over to Chris Markowski. With this win, Markowski is just one round away from clinching the championship.
In Top Fuel, number one qualifier David Goldstein defeated Robert St. Pierre and David Mares to advance to the Top Fuel Final. On the other side of the bracket, Willie Thomas defeated Donnie Johnson and Mitch Vaughn to earn a spot in the finals to face Goldstein. David Goldstein went on to victory when Willie Thomas became disqualified by hitting the wall and crossing the center line.
In Quick 16, eighteen drivers battled to make the sixteen car field. Points leader Jeff Schmidt, Jr. defeated Joshua Mercadel, Alex Garca, and Eric Hancock to advance to the finals. On the other side of the ladder, Joel Shipman defeated Arizona’s Jim Schander and Oklahoma’s Nacho Thacker in the early rounds. In the semi-finals, he defeated Chris Markowski in a very close race. In the finals, Jeff Schmidt, Jr was only .030 off his dial to earn the victory over Joel Shipman. With this victory, Schmidt leads the points chase by 48 points with one event to go.
In the All Run Bracket, Matthew Munson and Duncan Jones were heading towards a final round collision course. Munson defeated Ted Morris, sister Piper Munson, and Eric Hancock in the early rounds. In the semi-finals, Munson defeated the nitro-powered dragster of Raymond Blanchard on a hole-shot. Duncan Jones defeated Joel Shipman, Carl Russell, and Jeff Chambers in the early rounds. Duncan was awarded the bye-run in the semi-finals to advance to his second RCDRL Final of the day. Score another one for Jones as he is a perfect 2-0 in final round competition. Jones defeated Munson in a good side by side drag race, but it was Munson going under his dial and breaking out handing the win over to Jones.
Special thanks to Kim Faulkner for her Dragtrac.com assistance. It was such a team effort to get this one in the books. Many thanks to so many members and non-members! Also great job by Jacquelyn Mares for heading up the Halloween costume contest, it was a blast!
Enjoy the rest of the photos taken from the 2018 Summit Racing Equipment RC Fall Nationals!
In both Texas and Louisiana, the RCDRL points Championships are going down this weekend Saturday, October 27th, 2018! The 5th Annual YourBatteryBuddy.com Texas Finals and the DragRace Concepts.com Louisiana Finals are set. Going down on the same day due to Mother Nature over the past few weeks, this weekend will be a nail-biting shootout till the end!
Storms surrounded the Lone Star RC Dragway Saturday, September 15 but the winds and rain didn’t stop our 10 different class winners at the Garca Motorsports Nationals from grabbing critical championship points as the Texas division gets closer to crowning their champions.
135 driver entries competed in the second round of the 2018 Countdown to the Championship Playoffs Saturday, August 25th at the Paul Miller Custom Pools RC Nationals. Emotions started early this playoff season as every point counts for those competing for class championship honors!
In Traxxas Pro Funny Car, it was once again an all Mercadel final. This time it was the reigning TPFC Champion Joshua Mercadel grabbing his second victory overall and first in Traxxas Pro Funny Car this season. Coming in as the #6 qualifier, J. Mercadel drove past #5 Randy Mayhew in round one. In round two, J. Mercadel needed a holeshot win to get past the Bowman Performance driver, Heather Bowman for the win light. (#6 Joshua Mercadel ➧ .027 RT / 2.133 ET def. a quicker but losing #2 Heather Bowman ➧ .165 RT / 2.117 ET.) In the semi-finals, J. Mercadel earned the bye-run and advanced to the final round for the second time in as many weeks.
On the other side of the ladder, Michael Mercadel was making his way through the 10-car field in hopes of another playoff win. M. Mercadel from the #4 qualifying spot defeated #7 Bill Nelson and #3 Jazmine Hernandez in the early rounds. In the semi-finals, the League President faced the Summit Racing Equipment driver and points leader Eric Bowman. This race was over about half track when the Summit Racing Equipment car smacked the wall and was DQ’ed. This win earned M. Mercadel a spot in the finals to once again face his son and teammate Joshua Mercadel. Mike was 1-4 against his son Josh this season and only 3 – 16 overall lifetime against the 4-time RCDRL champion. In the finals, Joshua had lane choice and chose the Denton Tattoo Company Lane. Mike got off the line first, but Joshua had the power to drive around him and take the win light. This win puts the defending 2017 champion in first place in the 2018 Countdown to the Championship points battle. ( #6 Joshua Mercadel ➧ .073 RT / 2.178 ET def. #4 Michael Mercadel ➧ .052 RT / 2.299 ET)
“It was awesome to meet my son again in the finals. I need to find about a tenth of a second in my funny car before the Garca Motorsports Nationals September 8th. Despite our recent success in TPFC, Josh and I both know that the Bowman Performance Team are the ones to watch.”- Michael Mercadel
In Young Gunners, it was Christian Russell outlasting his side of the ladder to advance to his second Young Gunner final of the year. Russell defeated Piper Munson and Sarah Shipman in the early rounds. He earned the bye-run in the semi-finals to advance to the finals. On the other side of the ladder, number two qualifier Dallas Pfeil was able to defeat Colby Taylor in round one. He was awarded the bye-run in round two to advance to the semi-finals where he took out the number one qualifier Trace Faulkner. In the finals, Russell was able to get the job done and pick up his second win of the season in the process. With the win, Christian Russell moved up 5 places to the number two spot in the Countdown to the Championship!
Over in Pro Stock, we had 10 entries. Casey Baker took the number one spot with a quick 1.689, but it was points leader Jeremy Miller stealing the show again as he marched through the field of talented drivers. Miller defeated Willie Thomas and Robert St. Pierre in the early rounds to advance to the semi-finals. He then earned the bye-run to the finals.
On the other side of the ladder Davey Goff the number four qualifier was making his way through the field also. In round one he defeated Mason Cooley. In round two he got past JaC’D up Racing teammate Jill Miller in a great side by side race. In the semi-finals, Marcus Talamantez was standing in the way of Goff returning to the finals for the third time this season. In another good drag race, Goff’s 1.711 was able to defeat Talamantez 1.735 and just like that, Goff was going to his first playoff final third overall. In the finals, Jeremy Miller was once again ready, he cut a brilliant .013 light and never looked back and ran an event-best 1.668 down the quarter mile. Miller increased his points lead to 144 over second place Davey Goff. The Finals: (#2 Jeremy Miller .013 RT · 1.668 ET def. Davey Goff -0.023 RT · 1.727 ET)
In Traxxas Sportsman Funny Car, points leader Eric Bowman extended his points lead again by grabbing the #1 qualifying spot and advancing all the way to the finals. He received a bye-run in round 1 when Chris Hernandez was not able to get to the starting line. In round two he was awarded the competition bye-run. In the Semi-finals, Eric Bowman .104 RT / 2.392 ET def. #4 Bill Nelson .056 RT / 2.498 ET to advance to the finals. On the other side of the ladder, #6 qualifier Scott Davis made his TSFC playoff debut in solid fashion.
Davis defeated Annalisa Poddighe and Kelli Garca in the early rounds. In the semi-finals, Davis took out reigning Rookie of the Year driver Heather Bowman to advance to the finals. At the hit of the throttle, this final was over. Scott Davis clicked on the red light -.022 handing the win over to Bowman. (#1 Eric Bowman ➧ .056 RT / 2.409 ET def. #6 Scott Davis ➧ -0.022 RT / 2.440 ET MOV: .047)
Over in Street Eliminator, 19 entries tried to make the 16-car field. Number four qualifier Joel Shipman has been quietly making his way up the leaderboard all season. With three runner-up finishes in Street Eliminator this season, Shipman was determined to seal the deal. In eliminations, Kelli Garca and Matthew Munson fell to Shipman in the early rounds. In what was one of the best semi-finals of the year, Shipman faced off against JD Crow.
Both cars left the starting line within a thousandth of a second of each other and at the finish line it was Shipman turning on the win light with a Margin of Victory by a thousandth of a second… (#4 Joel Shipman ➧ .037 RT / 2.76 Dial (.036 off) / 2.796 ET def. #1 JD Crow ➧ .036 RT / 2.43 Dial ( .038 off ) / 2.468 ET – MOV: .001). On the other side of the ladder, it was the number 7 qualifier and rookie driver Zack Shivers making his way through the field. In the early rounds, Shivers took out Mike Pfeil and Tony Malone. Shivers went on to take out Jeff Schmidt in the semi-finals to face Joel Shipman in the finals. In the finals it was the rookie, Zach Shivers turning on the win light over Joel Shipman. Shipman will have to settle for the runner-up spot once again in Street Eliminator but have picked up many valuable points in the first two playoff races. (#7 Zack Shivers (R) ➧ .076 RT / 2.75 Dial ( .003 off ) / 2.753 ET def. #4 Joel Shipman ➧ .089 RT / 2.78 Dial ( .039 off ) / 2.819 ET MOV: .049
In Pro Mod, countdown contender Doug Crews came in as the number 12 qualifier. Crews was able to outlast Robert St. Pierre and Tony Malone in the first and second round. Advancing to the semi-finals, Crews faced number one qualifier, Ant Wren. In a great side by side drag race, Crews defeated Wren to advance to his first Pro Mod final. (#12 Douglas Crews ➧ .078 RT / 1.669 ET def. #1 Ant Wren ➧ .016 RT / 1.745 ET MOV: .014. On the other side of the ladder, number three qualifier Jerry Shields put Willie Thomas and Darvione Huddleston on the trailer in the early rounds. In the semi-finals, he got lucky and beat Duwayne Cooley on a first or worse rule to advance to the Pro Mod Finals. In the finals, both driers clicked on the red light, but Shields light was worse. Crews went on to victory securing his first RCDRL win. (#12 Doug Crews ➧ -0.006 RT / 1.787 ET def. #3 Jerry Shields ➧ -0.029 RT / 2.169 ET)
In the 2.50 Index class, Piper Munson the #14 qualifier battled her way through the 15-car field in hopes of winning her second index race. She was able to put Randy Mayhew and Bill Nelson on the trailer in the early rounds. In the semi-finals, she was able to get past the young, talented Brandon Mares to advance to the finals. On the other side of the ladder, Chris Markowski was on his way to another final round match-up but had to get around Jeff Schmidt, Jr., Tony Malone, and the reigning 2.50 Champion Eric Bowman to advance to the finals to face Munson. In the finals, Markowski was able to take out Munson when she clicked on the red light by only five-thousandths of a second. (#9 Chris Markowski ➧ .126 RT / 2.50 Dial (.026 off) / 2.526 ET def. #14 Piper Munson ➧ -0.005 RT / 2.50 Dial (.084 off) / 2.584 ET MOV: .073) With this win, Markowski takes over the points lead in the 2.50 Index Championship battle.
Newly licensed Top Fuel pilot David Goldstein proved that while being new to the RCDRL he is no rookie within the Top Fuel ranks. Coming in as the #6 qualifier, Goldstein got past Brandon Mares in round one. In round two he faced the reigning Top Fuel Champion David Mares, and in true veteran form was able to beat the quicker but losing Mares on a holeshot. (#6 David Goldstein ➧.012 RT / 1.318 ET def. #1 David Mares ➧.093 RT / 1.305 ET MOV: .068 Holeshot Win) In the semi-finals, Goldstein was able to defeat JR Summons and advance to the finals.
On the other side of the ladder #3 qualifier Robert St. Pierre was doing damage of his own to the nine-car field. St. Pierre defeated Donnie Johnson and Duwayne Cooley in the early rounds. In round three he was awarded the competition bye-run advancing him to the finals to face Goldstein. In a much-anticipated Top Fuel final round, both drivers were staged and ready. When the tree dropped, St. Pierre was seven-thousandths of a second too quick and clicked on the red light. Goldstein left the starting line with a brilliant .012 reaction time but was not able to stay in his lane. He was disqualified by way of the first or worse rule handing the win back over to St. Pierre. Robert St. Pierre now holds a ninety-nine points lead over second-place David Mares.
In Quick 16, Chris Markowski owned the show. Markowski was able to put Joshua Mercadel and Norris Graves on the trailer during the early rounds of eliminations. In the semi-finals, he faced Oklahoma City’s Nacho Thacker and on a holeshot Markowski was able to defeat him and advance to the finals. On the other side of the ladder, Tony Malone was making his way to the finals. He took out Kelly McCart, Eric Bowman, and Jeff Schmidt to advance to the finals. In one of the closest Quick 16 finals of the year, Markowski took the win by just eight-thousandths of a second over Malone. (#8 Chris Markowski ➧ .089 RT / 2.08 Dial (.045 off) / 2.125 ET def. #3 Tony Malone ➧ .134 RT / 1.95 Dial (-0.008 off) / 1.942 ET) In the Quick 16 points battle, Markowski jumped to the number two spot and Malone moved up to the number five spot in the 2018 Countdown to the Championship.
19 talented drivers were all on the quest to go five rounds of racing in the All Run Bracket Class. Mike Pfeil the #16 qualifier who had never been out of first round this season in any class was able to get his first win in round one against Matthew Munson. He went on to put Piper Munson, JD Crow, and Kelli Garca on the trailer to advance him to the first ever final with the RCDRL. On the other side of the ladder, the bracket master Jeff Schmidt Jr. was on his way to yet another final. Schmidt was able to outlast Jayme Bates, Joel Shipman, and Carl Russell in the early rounds. In the semi-finals, Schmidt was awarded the competition bye-run advancing him to the finals. In this All Run Final Schmidt had a championship, 77 round wins this season, and lane choice over Pfeils 4 round wins. (All round wins came from today’s event.) So clearly the odds were stacked against Pfeil. Cutting his best light of the weekend, Pfeil cut a better reaction time and was closer to his dial than Schmidt and in doing so captured his very first RCDRL win in his six years with the league. Congratulations Mike for getting the monkey off your back!!!
This event JConcpts.net Holeshot Award Winner was Zack Shivers with a .001 reaction time. Best of all first-round contenders.
Once again, I would like to thank our sponsor Paul Miller Custom Pools of Keller, Texas (http://www.paulmillercustompools.com) Also, the tireless efforts of our Officials, Stat Girls, and Raffle Ladies… Another job well done!
The PaulMillerCustomPools.com RC Drag Nationals is race #2 of the 2018 RCDRL Countdown to the Championship playoffs here in Texas. “We are thrilled that Paul Miller Custom Pools have agreed to sponsor this event. The playoffs are always full of excitement and suspense”- Michael Mercadel, League President
Pilots will start to feel the pressure with every round of racing. Just 4 events to go after this weekend of racing, so boys and girls… Bring Your BEST!
Event Location: Texas Motor Speedway;
14004 Country Ln Circle Fort Worth, TX 76179
Gates Open at 6am
Test-N-Tune starts after full track setup till 10:30am
Qualifying Starts at 11am
Always Free to Watch!
One Time: $10 Track Prep Fee
Each Class Entry: $10
Paul Miller founded Paul Miller Custom Pools in 1982 in Fort Worth, Texas. Paul’s background in the swimming pool industry began in the same place nearly a decade earlier when he was working summers cleaning and maintaining pools for a small town pool service company. After continuing his education and apprenticing under a local pool builder for several years, Paul realized that he would have to set out on his own in order to fully realize his ultimate goal: To build the highest quality swimming pools using only the best materials and the most skilled craftsmen. Visit: paulmillercustompools.com or call (817) 379-9333 to learn more!