This is a guy and a team that I always like to see win: Ryan Maifield and Team Associated/Reedy. Well, it happened again at the Silver State Nitro Challenge on what some would call a special day aka my birthday. For those of you – well most of you – who don’t know, that would be April 11th which was this Monday. The Silver State Nitro Challenge was held at Sin City RC track in Las Vegas, NV. I now remember discussing this race in an earlier post because I was hoping I would be in Vegas on my birthday and be able to go to this race. Well that dream did not come true.
So, this race is actually known as one of the most grueling RC races on the planet and it brought together some of the world’s best talent this year. There was crazy weather yet again this year, and it went from 50+ mph winds and near freezing temperatures, to hail, rain, and beautiful sunshine so that by Sunday, the main event was epic. And it was Ryan Maifield who battled through the rough conditions to earn the Expert Buggy Silver State title!
Maifield’s JConcepts-equipped RC8B, powered by Reedy’s Sidewinder-fueled 121 VR engine, remained consistent and near the front of the pack. As Sunday’s 45-minute main event rolled around, a positive and never-get-flustered mentality helped propel the Associated star to the top of the podium. Teammate Ryan Cavalieri joined Maifield in the Expert Buggy AMain with his Pro-Line-equipped RC8B taking a solid 5th place.
Looks like the Team Associated guys stayed tough and I hope they got to party hard in Vegas after the race!