Texas Nitro Invitational Series Round 2

Race report by Jason Branham

This past weekend Rd. 2 of the Texas Nitro Invitational Series was held in Victoria, TX. This is the only race held at this track during the year so it’s always a special place for us Texans to come and race due to the fast, high-bite, blue groove surface in which we do not see at any of our many race tracks in Texas. Victoria Raceway always brings close fast competitive racing and this year was no exception.

Mains:
Buggy:

Top Qualifier Jason Branham would lay down some smooth fast and consistent lap times to stretch his lead taking the win from beginning to finish winning the 2nd round of the Invite Series and taking a comfortable lead in the series also with a win at the first round as well. Team driver Jimmy Matsler would fight past some early problems to come back for a solid and well deserved 3rd place finish.

Buggy Finial:

1. Jason Branham XRAY XB808
2. Mike Battaile
3. Jimmy Matsler XRAY XB8 EC
4. Steven Dogget
5. Jake Dellinger XRAY XB8 EC
6. Tol Thomas
7. Roger Ayers XRAY XB8 EC
8. Tannler Hagler XRAY XB8 EC
9. Dave Manglesdorf XRAY XB8 EC
10. Smiley Henn

Expert Arena Truck:
This was definitely the main of the day between TQ Steven Dogget and Jimmy Matsler. Steven Dogget piloting his Losi 8T got off to a smooth and fast pace stretching a nice gap between him and the field. Jimmy Matsler with some early wrecks and a flame out during a pit stop finally settled down and soon put the heat on Steven Dogget who was now making some costly mistakes of his own. Jimmy and Steven swapped leads a few times in the closing minutes but it would Jimmy would prove to be too much for Steven to keep up with and would take the out right win thus improving his lead in the point series as well. Dave Manglesdorf would hold on to 3rd putting two XT8’s on the podium.

Arena Truck Final:

1. Jimmy Matsler XRAY XT8
2. Steven Dogget
3. Dave Manglesdorf XRAY XT8
4. T-Mizzle
5. Chris Allison
6. Jake Dellinger XRAY XT8
7. Thomas Wells XRAY XT8
8. Tol Thomas
9. Mark Morrow
10. Mike Battaile

Jason Branham Winning XB808 Set-up sheet.

Source : XRAY

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