Cade Whitenton reports - "This past weekend I was attending Rd. 2 of the RC Pro Texas State Series in Corpus Christi, TX at my hometrack of Star-Car Raceway. The Star-Car crew built a very fun, but challenging track for the field of about 160 racers. I for one was very excited for this race knowing that after race day I could go home to my own bed!
Practice went very well at this race. My Xray XB9 and XT8 were dialed from the start, and with some changes to the suspension on the XB9, my cars and my driving were ready to go for 3 rounds of qualifying on Saturday!
The format for qualifying was 3 5-minute rounds with your best 2 out of 3 rounds deciding your qualifying spot for the mains. Truggy qualifying went awesome! My XT8 didn’t have any issues for all 3 rounds. It was very hard to get a good clean run on this track but I managed to get a 3rd overall in the first round, and 7th overall in the second round. For the 3rd round, I decided to put some brand new M2 Revolver 2.0s on the car to break them in for the main and had another good round and got another 3rd!
This would add up to put me 3rd on the grid for the 30 minute main Saturday evening! In buggy qualifying, I just wanted to get top 10 runs every time I went out, and I did. In the first round, the track was very grippy especially in the corners and I had to baby it to not traction roll. But I still managed a 7th overall for the round. For the 2nd round, I added some camber to my car and this helped alot.
My car was awesome in the corners and I could push it the way I wanted to. I got a fast but not very clean run in and got a 5th overall for the round. In round 3, I knew I was already in the A-Main, so I wanted to try and get a fast run in, but I tried to push it too hard, resulting in many mistakes, and another 7th for the round. I was starting 8th on the grid for the 30 minute main, but I knew I had the speed and the car to battle for a spot on the podium!"