On November 22, Pegasus Hobbies in Montclair, CA held its first annual Traxxas Slash & Slayer Off-Road Championship. In addition to being the first 'Slash and Slayer only' race for Pegasus, the race was also the first event to award Traxxas contingency dollars. With over $5,700 dollars up for grabs, the track action was sure to be intense. The Spec Slash, Expert Slash and Open Slash classes each had purses of $725, with $300 going to the winner. Slayer was the big-dollar class, with $3,550 paid out to the top ten finishers and $700 going to the winner. Drivers were treated to close racing on a top-notch track, and Pegasus even provided lunch with a fully catered spread of Mexican food for all the racers. Now that's the way to race R/C!
Pegasus Hobbies was the place to be for Slash and Slayer action! If you're ever near Montclair, CA, make sure you stop in—it's a must-see shop! And hard to miss, with a full-size truck jumping "through" the wall. Until you can visit in person, visit Pegasus online at www.pegasushobbies.com.
Pegasus custom-tailored the track for Slash and Slayer racing.
Aaron Crompton rocks the mic. There's always plenty of action to call when Slashes and Slayers are on the track!
Rubbin's racin'. Nobody flinches when Slashes bang doors; these trucks are built for "full contact" racing.
Hang time! A Slayer airs out over Pegasus' back straight.
A good-looking Slash digs in for a hard left and shows off the realistic handling that makes Slash racing so popular.
On the tone! A heat of Slashes moves out for five minutes of door-to-door racing.
The number three machine opens up a gap, but for how long?
Close racing was the order of the day. With equally-matched Titan® 550 motors, winning required drivers to conserve momentum and make smart line choices.
Everybody loves an Ivan Stewart paint job.
Ivan on the line. Joey King is the guy who's actually behind the wheel.
More close racing with good-looking trucks. Custom paint was the most popular Slash mod.
Pour it on! A heat of Slashes squat on their rear suspensions as they tear away on the tone.
Pegasus' tight layout kept the racing close and competitive.Bumper to bumper, a pair of Slayers snake through the infield.Hold on tight! There was more than enough grip to traction-roll the Slayers, so a steady hand was required for fast laps.Slayer number 4 sees an opening!This low-angle shot shows the Slayer's Revo-spec suspension doing its thing—look at the compression as the lead truck soaks up the jump.A pair of Slayers on the gas and cornering hard. Nice paint on that zero machine.Drivers, on the tone…Pegasus' covered stand kept drivers out of the SoCal sun.How would you like to be in a shot like this? More official Traxxas Slash & Slayer events are in the works!RC Car magazine's Aaron Waldron readies his ride. You can bet he used all the tips from "How-To: Get Your Slash Race-Ready" in RC Car's December issue!Tech kingpin Joe Murphy makes sure a Slayer passes tech.Martin Gaona represents! Like his Traxxas T-shirt? It's the same one the Traxxas pit crew guys wear when they wrench on the full-size Traxxas Pro 2 and Pro 4 race trucks.That's a mean-lookin' Slayer. And from the look of that jug, the TRX 3.3 engine ran through a good amount of Traxxas Top Fuel® Power Plus.You can bet this pit didn't stay this neat!This Slash is ready for the open class, where nearly all mods were allowed. There were some very high-powered trucks in Open, but the winning time of 19 laps in 16:17.22 was less than a second faster than the winning spec time of 19 laps, 6:18.08! It justSpec-class winners (left to right): Nick Swelling (fourth), Jake McGarvey (second), Gregg Hodapp (winner), Aaron Waldron (third) and Jaime Valerio (fifth).Expert Slash winners (left to right): Dan Discenza (fifth place), Keith Whisler (second place), Jake McGarvey (winner), and Joey King (fourth).Open Class winners (left to right): Ray Velasquez (fourth), Jake McGarvey (second), Greg Hodapp (winner), Ed Garcia (third) and Mark Dawson (fifth).Slayer Class winners (left to right): Steve Wang (eighth), James Revilla (seventh), Mike McMahon (fourth), Greg Hodapp (second), Aaron Waldron (winner), Holli Bechard (third), Andy Jacobson (ninth), Dan Discenza (fifth), and Jeff "Havoc" Holman (sixth).