BEGINNER BOX STOCK POINTS RACE #2
BY: ELIJAH JONES
The unexpected high car count in the Beginner Box Class got even higher during last weekend’s Points Race #2 as we saw 26 youngster’s sign into the pit area. This class has a lot of potential for great racing in 2017/18. Aiden Larimer was victorious during Points Race #1, but could he duplicate that effort during race two of the season?
In Time Trials we saw Orland, CA’s Chevy Schroer set Fast Time in Qualifying for the second consecutive week in his Panthera Motorsports #29 kart. Chevy continues to impress early on this season. He will look to break into victory lane for the first time as the season progresses.
We once again would see four individual Heat Races for the Beginner Box Class. Heat Race #1 saw Merced, CA youngster Aiden Larimer pick up his second consecutive Heat Race Win in his #5 kart. Heat Race #2 was claimed by Jackson Coughlin in his #84 kart. Coughlin has been one of the more exciting drivers to watch in the Beginner Box Class as he is definitely not afraid of the throttle pedal. Heat Race #3 saw Austin Anderson score his second heat race win of the season in his Party Dreams #2 kart. The fourth and final Heat Race was claimed by the #31D of Danica Wilkerson. The heat race win marked the first of her young career with the Red Bluff Outlaws.
Trophy Dash competition saw Aiden Larimer pull into victory lane for the second straight week. Larimer did a great job naming off all of his sponsors in Victory Lane, and looks to have a bright future ahead of him if he can continue his winning ways.
Aiden Larimer would continue with the tradition of duplicating the results from Points Race #1 as he also scored the big win in the 20 Lap Main Event. The win marked two wins in a row to kick off the 2017/18 season. He now holds the Points Lead after two races, and should be regarded as one of the early season favorites to win the Championship. Jacob Nuxoll would finish in the 2nd position in the Main Event. Nuxoll, who was making just his second start ever in an outlaw kart, really excelled on Saturday night and showed that he too will be a force to be reckoned with in the Beginner Box Class this season. Jackson Coughlin would pick up his first top five finish of the season in his #84 kart as he crossed the line in the third position. Austin Anderson has now been in the top five in both of the first two races of the season in his #2 kart. Anderson crossed the line in the fourth position. Danica Wilkerson would round out the top five in the fifth position in her #31D kart.
Preliminary action saw Tanner Swim pick up the win in the C-Main Event. Tanner is one of, if not the only driver to utilize the outside of the racetrack in the Beginner Box Class. He is all about the throttle pedal and is extremely exciting to watch. Fast Time qualifier, Chevy Schroer picked up the win in the B-Main Event after starting in the Pole Position.
Expect to see some more exciting action on track out of this class tonight during Points Race #3 the Tyler Wolf Memorial. Aiden Larimer is gunning for three straight wins, but will have a full field of karts behind him trying to keep that from happening.
BOX STOCK POINTS RACE #2
Points Race #2 for the Box Stock Class saw 15 drivers sign into the pit area. After two weeks of action packed racing there is still no clear cut favorite in the Box Stock Class, as we have seen two different winners in the first two races.
In Time Trials it was once again Suisun City, CA driver Connor Grasty pacing the field. Grasty turned a lap of 9.605 seconds. Connor has been fast so far this season in his Factory QRC #21 kart, but has yet to put it all together in the Main Event.
The field was split into two individual Heat Races with Garin McNary scoring the win in Heat Race #1. McNary now has two heat race wins in the first two races of the season. Heat Race #2 was claimed by Anderson, CA driver Rylinn Renaud. Renaud who is fresh off a 13 win season at Cycleland Speedway has been knocking on the door each of the first two weeks of the Red Bluff Outlaws Season.
Trophy Dash competition saw Seth Standley break through for his first Trophy Dash win of the season piloting the Evan’s Furniture Center, Standley Bros. Hot Rods #25 kart. Seth had a breakout year throughout the spring and summer at Cycleland and is looking now to carry that into the winter months here in Red Bluff.
Main Event competition saw Tater Reich finally break into the win column in the Box Stock Class at Red Bluff. Reich has been a top competitor over the last two seasons and has had a never give up attitude as he had been so close to scoring the win on multiple occasions. Rylinn Renaud led through the early and middle part of the race but one mistake on the exit of turn four would cost him the lead and ultimately the win. He would cross the stripe in the second position for the second straight race to start the season. The #88T of Tyler Fox started on the Pole of the Main Event and held his own to finish in the third position. Connor Grasty scored his first top five finish of the 2017/18 season with a fourth place effort in his #21 kart. Evan Gularte put on the hard charge of the Main Event as he powered forward from his 14th starting position to finish in the fifth spot rounding out the top five.
Through two weeks of action Tater Reich holds a slim advantage in the points standings. He currently has a five point lead over second place driver Rowdy Gramps. Luke Hayes is currently third on the charts just six points behind Reich for the top spot. Despite two second place efforts, Rylinn Renaud is still fourth in the points standings, just nine points out of the lead. While Connor Grasty sits 18 points back in the fifth spot.
Heading into Points Race #3 the Tyler Wolf Memorial tonight it is anybody’s guess who might come out on top. Grab yourself a seat and stay tuned throughout the night to see who pulls off the big win.
250 INTERMEDIATE POINTS RACE #2
The 250 Intermediate Class has been fun to watch throughout the first two races of the season. Last Saturday night we saw 27 karts sign into the pit area, just one less than the season opening points race. The action was no less intense though, as it wasn’t clear who would pick up the win until they crossed under the Checkered Flag.
In Time Trials we saw the Gary Perkins Racing, NU Way Market #35 of Carsen Perkins set Fast Time with a lap time of 8.427 seconds. There was actually a tie for Fast Time as Carson Sousa also turned a lap of 8.427 seconds. Perkins was awarded the tie breaker though as he had a faster second best lap time.
Heat Race action saw Mason Smith score the win in Heat Race #1. After picking up the Main Event win during Points Race #1, Smith debuted a brand new vinyl wrap on his kart for Race #2 and immediately showed that the season opening victory was no fluke. Heat Race #2 saw Willits, CA driver Kaiden Butler pick up the victory. Butler has had an up and down 2017 season and is hoping to shake some of his bad luck throughout the winter months. Chico, CA driver Tanner Pettit piloted his #24P kart to the victory in Heat Race #3. Pettit is the defending winner of the West Coast Nationals in the 250 Class and is hoping to put together a strong 2017/18 season. The fourth and final Heat Race was claimed by the #77X of Jace Lafferty. The win marked his first career Heat Race win in the 250 Intermediate Class in his Tehama Tire Center, Truck Shop Motors sponsored kart.
Trophy Dash action saw Mason Smith score his first Trophy Dash win of the season in his West Coast Concrete #97 kart. Smith is off to a hot start to the season. It will be interesting to see if he is one of the contenders for the Championship as the season winds on.
Main Event competition saw a great battle up front between Carsen Perkins and Carson Sousa. The two would battle back and forth throughout the entirety of the event. On the final lap Sousa made one last effort to make the pass on Perkins but couldn’t quite nudge him off of the bottom of the racetrack. I was very impressed with the racing between those two up front as they didn’t give each other an inch, but also never did anything “dirty” to the other driver. Carsen Perkins would cross the line first while Sousa had to settle for a second place finish. Preston Carr scored the first top five of his career at Red Bluff in the 250 Class with a third place effort. Connor Mewhirter scored his second straight top five finish by way of crossing the line in the fourth spot. Tyler Matheny rebounded after Points Race #1 saw him crash out on the final lap. Matheny would finish in the fifth position in his Ed Brown Trucking #27T kart. For the second straight race the #8C of Anissa Curtice was victorious in the B-Main Event.
Through two Points Races, Carson Sousa holds the Points Lead in the 250 Intermediate Class. Sousa has been and will continue to be extremely consistent in his RFC Karts #01 kart. Sousa has always been a threat to win at the Red Bluff Outlaws, and if he keeps this up the other drivers in the class might be in a bit of trouble. We will see though how it all plays out, as you never know exactly what to expect at the Red Bluff Outlaws on any given weekend.
OPEN POINTS RACE #2
Last Saturday night we saw a fair share of exciting racing, as well as a little bit of drama mixed in throughout the night. The Open Class once again did not disappoint as we saw a first time Red Bluff Open winner pull into victory lane.
We saw 32 drivers sign into the pit area for Points Race #2 for the Open Class. In time trials it was Casey McClain setting Fast Time for the second straight week in the Factory QRC, Burris Racing #51 kart. Originally we thought that Casey would be subbing for Logan Seavey in the first two races. That plan has since changed and now it looks as though McClain will be racing for the Championship in the #51 kart this season.
Heat Race competition saw the Tehama Tire Center, Truck Shop Motors #77X of Jake Park score the win in Heat Race #1. Heat Race #2 was claimed by the #99X of Brenna Johnson. Brenna was also second quick in Time Trials and had an all around great night behind the wheel. The third Heat Race of the night is where we got out first dose of drama for the night. Garrett Brown was leading early on, but Chase Hill was knocking on the door in second. Both drivers were in transfer spots, but they both also wanted to get the win. Going into turn one late in the race, the two would come together and it would result in Brown facing the wrong direction on the racetrack while Hill was able to continue on as the race leader and eventual winner of Heat Race #3. Heat Race #4 was claimed by the #8JR of Brian McGahan Jr while Casey Schmitz scored the victory in Heat Race #5.
The Open Trophy Dash saw a spectacular battle go down between Ren Eberhart, Amanda Moore, and Chase Hill. You could have thrown a blanket over the three of them for the entirety of the six lap dash. At the drop of the Checkered Flag it was Ren Eberhart in the Northgate Garage Doors #14 kart edging Amanda Moore by just .010 seconds at the line for the Trophy Dash victory.
When the Main Event rolled around it was Amanda Moore that would get out front and lead early on in her #63A kart. Moore would lead until Chase Hill came knocking on the door. Moore was rolling right around the bottom of the racetrack while Hill gained ground on the top shelf. By the time he got to the outside of Moore for the race lead, there wasn’t much she could do to defend it. Once Chase Hill got the Sal Calderon Racing #1C kart out front it was all over, as he dominated the remaining portion of the race en route to his first career Open victory with the Red Bluff Outlaws. With Tyler Seavey racing in the Trophy Cup in Tulare, CA last weekend, the Amber Norman Racing team called upon Ryan Foster to climb aboard the #91 kart as a substitute driver. He would do an excellent job as he piloted the #91 to a second place finish. After leading early in the race, Amanda Moore would fade back to the third spot, where she would cross the stripe after 25 laps. Bryan McGahan Jr. would finish in the fourth position in his #8JR kart while Jake Park rounded out the top five finishers with a fifth place effort.
Preliminary action saw Jesse Colwell score the win in the C-Main Event. Colwell has not had the start to the 2017/18 season that he had hoped for. When the season began he was hoping for wins, but not necessarily C-Main wins. He will look to shake the mechanical gremlins during Points Race #3 tonight. The B-Main Event was claimed by the #51 of Casey McClain, who after setting Fast Time in qualifying found himself in the B-Main for the second straight week. He will look to transfer straight from the Heat Race to the Main Event tonight.
Heading into Points Race #3 the Tyler Wolf Memorial, Chase Hill currently holds the lead in the Championship Chase. After two races Hill holds a six point advantage over second place driver Casey McClain. Despite missing Heat Race #2, Tyler Seavey is third in the standings, thanks in part to a great effort from Ryan Foster as a substitute. Rookie of the Year contender Tanner Holmes has had an excellent start to the 2017/18 race season. Holmes currently sits fourth in the points standings just 22 markers out of the top spot. Brenna Johnson currently rounds out the top five as she sits fifth in the standings just 29 points out of the Championship lead.
Last year the Tyler Wolf Memorial was the season opening event for the Red Bluff Outlaws. This season it will mark Points Race #3 of the season. Casey McClain was victorious in spectacular fashion in last year’s Tyler Wolf Memorial. He will be looking for his second straight Wolf Memorial triumph but will have to hold off a strong field of hungry drivers if he wants to get it done again tonight.
SPORTSMAN POINTS RACE #2
Points Race #2 for the Sportsman Class saw 24 drivers sign into the pit area. The Sportsman Class this season may be the most competitive we have seen over the last few years. I am very excited to see how the season plays out.
In Time Trials it was Kris Renaud who would pace the field with a lap time of 8.698 seconds. For the 2017/18 race season, Renaud is piloting the Gary Perkins Racing #35 kart. They will be racing the full season as Kris’ goal is to not only win the Sportsman Championship but to help his son Rylinn pick up the Box Stock Championship. Only time will tell how well their plan works out.
Heat Race Competition saw Shawn Fogarty pick up the win in Heat Race #1 in his Crown Motors #6 kart. Darrin Spencer was victorious in Heat Race #2 in his #55D kart. Heat Race #3 was claimed by the #02 of Sal Calderon. The fourth and final Heat Race was claimed by the #17 of Mallorie McGahan. It was the second straight week that we saw her score the win in Heat Race #4. She will attempt to make it three in a row tonight during Points Race #3.
Trophy Dash competition saw Kris Renaud pick up the victory in the Gary Perkins Racing #35 kart. Renaud made a last lap pass on Justin Reinolds for the victory. It looked as though the two would have a great battle on the final lap but Reinolds’ kart came up lame on the back straightaway allowing Renaud to power past and on to the victory.
Main Event competition saw Tyler Ritcheson pilot the Sanders Motorsports #45 kart to Victory for the first time this season. Ritcheson showed a ton of speed all night long and it showed in the Main Event as he powered to Victory. Kris Renaud came up one spot short in the Main Event as he crossed the stripe in the second position. Scott Morton had an impressive run in his #5E kart as he crossed the line in the third position. Mallorie McGahan picked up her second straight top five finish to start the season, as she crossed under the Checkered Flag in the fourth position. Derek Larocca picked up his first career Red Bluff Outlaws top five finish in his #89 kart as he came across in the fifth spot. Preliminary action saw the #1T of Donnie Ritcheson score the win in the B-Main Event.
Heading into tonight’s Points Race #3 the Tyler Wolf Memorial, Tyler Ritcheson leads the way in the Points Standings. He holds a narrow six point advantage over second place driver Kris Renaud. Mallorie McGahan sits third in the standings, 21 markers out of the top spot. Shawn Fogarty sits fourth in points, tied with Demo Mittry who is scored fifth in points as both drivers are 26 markers behind Ritcheson for the top spot. We will see how much moving and shaking happens in these standings during tonight’s racing action.