My Velineon esc took a crap last week. But I have ran the wheels off that car. That poor thing got ran for at least 2 hours a day almost everyday for over a month. Hopefully that motor is still good.
You are very lucky; the VXL-3s esc on my slash 4x4 took a crap on me after about a dozen runs.
They replaced it for free ( I paid for $10 shipping charge) but it took over 2 weeks for me to receive my replacement and quite a lot of people have had issues with this particular esc besides the other half dozen issues I had with the car.
I have had less issues with my redcat aftershock 8e than with the slash 4x4.