BEGINNER BOX STOCK POINTS RACE #10

RED BLUFF YAMAHA, POLARIS, KAWASAKI, CAN-AM PERPETUAL TROPHY NIGHT

BY: ELIJAH JONES

 Perpetual Trophy Night is always a big deal at any racetrack you go to, that is especially the case when young children have the opportunity to win one of these big trophies as well. Thanks to Red Bluff Yamaha, Polaris, Kawasaki, Can-Am we have been able to pass these trophies out every year for 30 years now. This year’s Beginner Box Stock Perpetual Trophy is headed back to Merced, CA for the year as series standout driver Aiden Larimer picked up his 8th win of what has been a dominating season thus far.

                The Main Event began with young Corbin Seay jumping out front in his #7C kart. Corbin has been really impressive since returning from the Christmas break and looks to continue improving his finishes each week. He would lose the race lead on a restart to the #2 of Austin Anderson. Officials however, determined that Anderson jumped the restart and would lose two positions at the next stoppage of the race. That came on Lap 11 and he was moved back multiple positions. Corbin Seay briefly got the lead back before relinquishing it to the #04 of Braiden McKenzie. McKenzie would only lead two laps though as Aiden Larimer hit his stride just in time to get to the lead with three laps remaining. He would cross the stripe nearly two seconds ahead of second place finisher Jaxon Coughlin in his #84. The #7P of Grant Proctor scored his best finish of the season picking up his first top five finish with a 3rd place effort. The #77C of Carson Stephens managed his fourth top five of the season by way of coming across the line in the fourth position. Despite leading with less than five to go, Braiden McKenzie would fall back to finish in the fifth spot in his #04 kart, still his best finish of the season.

                In Time Trials it was once again Chevy Schroer scoring Fast Time in his Panthera Motorsports #29 kart. This week with a lap time of 10.503 seconds. This marks the ninth Fast Time Award of the season for Schroer in just ten races.

Heat Race competition saw four individual heat races for the youngsters. Heat Race #1 was claimed by the #77C kart of Carson Stephens. The win was just his second Heat Race triumph of the year. Heat Race #2 saw the #2 of Austin Anderson cross the line first. The win marked his fifth Heat Race win of the season. The #18 kart of Mason Smith scored his first Heat Race win of the year by way of winning Heat Race #3. The fourth and final Heat Race saw the #7C of Corbin Seay score his fourth Heat Race triumph of the season, and second in as many races.

Trophy Dash competition saw Aiden Larimer park it on the infield in his #5 kart. The win was Larimer’s fourth of the season, although his most recent one was all the way back at the beginning of November during Points Race #4.

                Through ten points races, Aiden Larimer continues to pull away in the Points Standings. Coming into the night he had a 41 point advantage, and when the Checkered Flag flew he added another 15 points to that total. That gives Larimer a 56 point advantage over Jaxon Coughlin who occupies the second spot in the standings. Chevy Schroer still sits in the third spot, 76 markers out of the lead. With Austin Anderson and Koen Irvin rounding out the top five.

BOX STOCK POINTS RACE #10

Over the past four races it has looked as though Seth Standley was unbeatable. He had won four straight races and it hadn’t looked as though anyone had the speed to knock him off his streak. Oh but how quickly things can change though…. Rylinn Renaud surprised just about everyone when he broke out of his slump at the perfect time and took home the Perpetual Trophy Night Win. Just his second career Box Stock win with the Red Bluff Outlaws.

                The lead would change hands eight times throughout the 25 Lap Main Event between six different drivers in what was one of the most competitive races we have seen this year in the Box Stock Class. Luke Hayes led the opening lap before getting caught up in a wreck for the second straight week. That turned the lead over to Blake Martin for a lap before Rowdy Gramps found his was to the front. He would lead until Lap 12 when Seth Standley came into the picture. Standley would relinquish the lead back to Gramps again on Lap 14. Trouble would strike for those two as they collided in turn two racing for the lead and brought out the caution. That would  turn the lead over to the #77 of Brayden Williams with Rylinn Renaud in the second spot. Over the next four laps those two would exchange the race lead each time across the start/finish line. Renaud was finally able to get out front for good with two laps remaining and picked up his first win of the season in his Phantom Racing Chassis #16 kart. The #77 of Brayden Williams would settle for a second place effort. Evan Gularte picked up his second top five of the season with a third place finish. While Evan Gunderson and Seth Standley rounded out the top five finishers.

In total 16 different drivers signed into the pit area for Points Race #10 in the Box Stock Class. In Time Trials it was the #2M of Blake Martin scoring his second Fast Time of the season with a lap  time of 9.612 seconds.

Heat Race action saw three individual Heat Races take place. Heat Race #1 saw Seth Standley pick up his second Heat Win of the season in his #25. Heat Race #2 was claimed by the #9L of Luke Hayes, his fourth of the year. The third and final Heat Race was claimed by the #77 kart of Brayden Williams, his second of the season.

Heading into Points Race #11, the Championship points battle in the Box Stock Class held steady as the top two in points scored the same total during Points Race #10. Seth Standley shows the way atop the charts. He still holds a 49-point advantage over second place driver Luke Hayes. Connor Grasty sits third, 63 markers out of the top spot. With Standley’s winning streak officially broken, and Rylinn Renaud’s winless streak broken, we might just see even more great battles before the season comes to a close.

250 INTERMEDIATE POINTS RACE #10

The 250 Intermediate Class has a new Sheriff in town. He goes by the name of Daniel Whitley and he has emerged as the driver to beat over the last three races. Daniel now has three straight wins and has won four of the last six races in the Intermediate Class. He put his name on the Perpetual Trophy on Saturday night after yet another dominating performance in his #57 kart.

                Daniel jumped out front on the initial start of the race and would lead until Lap 9 when Landon Brooks came into the picture to mix things up. Brooks would take the race lead only to have a caution come out immediately. The restart though was immediately called back though as it was determined by the on track officials that Brooks got on the throttle before the restart zone and thus would be penalized two positions. That handed the lead back to Whitley in the #57 and he would never give it back as he lead the remaining laps to pick up the big win. Tanner Pettit made some moves late in the race but was unable to make the jump to the race lead. He would cross the stripe in second for his fifth top five finish of the season. Landon Brooks crossed the line a bittersweet third as he felt that if he could have stayed up front he had the kart to beat. Carsen Perkins had a great points night as he took over second in the standings and gained a lot of points on the Points Leader Carson Sousa who finished last with mechanical woes. Raymond Baldez would round out the top five with a fifth place effort in his #68B.

In total 29 different drivers signed into the pit area for Points Race #10 in the 250 Intermediate Class. In Time Trials it was the #8C of Anissa Curtice setting Fast Time with a lap time of 8.456 seconds. That was the first Fast Time of the season for the driver from Eureka, CA.

Heat Race competition saw Carly Holmes score her first Heat Race Win of the season in her #22C kart during Heat Race #1. Heat Race #2 was claimed by the #57 of Daniel Whitley, his fourth of the season. Nevada City, CA driver Tyler Matheny piloted his #27T kart to the victory in Heat Race #3, for his second win of the season in heat race competition. The fourth and final Heat Race saw Landon Brooks pilot the Gary Perkins Racing #60L to his second Heat Race win of the year.

Trophy Dash action saw the #57 kart of Daniel Whitley pull into victory lane for his second straight Trophy Dash Win.

Heading into Points Race #11, the Championship points race still shows the RFC Karts #01 of Carson Sousa atop the charts. But things are much tighter now. There are now six drivers within 100 points of the lead. Carsen Perkins climbed over Preston Carr and now sits second in the standings just 24 markers out of the lead. Carr sits third one point behind Perkins for second. Tanner Pettit is fourth in the standings just 58 points back. Despite four Main Event victories, Daniel Whitley is still fifth in the standings and is 84 points out of the top spot. Anything can happen and with just three Points Races left, this Championship Battle is wide open.

OPEN POINTS RACE #10

 The Open Class is shaping up to have a great Championship Points battle as we head into the final three Points Races of the season. That is unless Tyler Seavey continues to dominate the Main Events. Seavey led every lap of last Saturday night’s Main Event en route to his third win of the season and the fourth win of his career in the Open Class at the Red Bluff Outlaws.

                The night kicked off with Time Trials for the 29 kart field. When it was all said and done it was the Mittry Construction #2X of Chase Majdic setting his fifth Fast Time of the season with a lap time of 8.346 seconds. The Fast Time’s have helped out immensely with Majdic’s attempt to close the points gap.

Heat Race competition was exciting as always. Heat Race #1 saw the #31 of Kinden Peacock pick up the win, his second of the season. Peacock has been extremely impressive this season and is one of the upcoming drivers that has flown under the radar but might be on the verge of breaking out in a big way. Heat Race #2 was claimed by Vacaville, CA driver Amanda Moore in the #63A. Surprisingly the win was her first of the season, we’ll see if she is able to pick up a couple more before the season ends. Points Race #9 Main Event winner Brandon LaChance picked up the win in Heat Race #3. LaChance now has two Heat Race wins to his credit this season. Heat Race #4 was very competitive and saw Tristan Spiers and Ren Eberhart race side by side nearly the entire race. In the end Spiers would pick up the win by a nose over Eberhart, his first of the season. The fifth and final Heat Race was claimed by none other than the #1C of Chase Hill. Hill has been nearly lights out in Heat Race competition this year as the win marked his 7th in ten races.

With Qualifying and Heat Races completed, the stage was set for the Main Events. The 15-Lap C-Main Event was up first. This race would feature eight drivers vying for the final six spots at the back of the B-Main Event. Casey Schmitz would get the victory in his Ed Brown Trucking #35 kart. Also transferring to the B-Main were Brenna Johnson (99X), Morgan Sandhagen (25S), Nate Jones (85), Richard Westestyn (3W), and Frankie Guerrini (T2G).

Casey McClain would jump out front at the drop of the Green Flag in the B-Main Event. McClain started the year off hot as the Championship points leader. He looked to be a major contender for the Championship but the last two weeks have severely hurt his chances. He will have to turn it around in the final three races if he wants a shot at this Championship. The B-Main would be relatively uneventful for him as he led every lap to win and transfer to the A-Main Event. McClain and Chase Hill are the only two drivers that have made every Main Event so far this season. Other drivers transferring to the Main Event included Michael Call (89), Tanner Holmes (18T), Michael Tarter (22), Casey Schmitz (35) even after getting upside down early in the race. The final transfer spot went to the #T2G of Frankie Guerrini in his first career start at the Red Bluff Outlaws and I believe his first Outlaw Kart start ever. It didn’t come without incident though as Guerrini got into the #56 of Brian Hubert in the closing laps of the race battling for the transfer spot. Hubert would spin taking out Aiden Spiers as well. The field would race back to the Checkered Flag with Guerrini transferring and Hubert’s night coming to an end.

The Trophy Dash would follow the B-Main. Chase Hill would jump out front on the opening lap and didn’t look back. Chase has really turned over a new leaf not only with his race program but with life in general this year. He has a new vlog on Youtube that he has recently started that chronicles his life and the hard work it takes to succeed. You can check that out by typing his username “1ChaseHill” into the search bar on Youtube. Things really seem to be falling into place for the driver of the #1C kart. He is knocking on the door of his first Open Championship, and would like nothing more than to be on the top step of the podium when the final Checkered Flag falls at the end of the season.

With preliminary action completed it was now time for the 25 Lap Red Bluff Yamaha, Polaris, Kawasaki, Can-Am Perpetual Trophy Night Open A-Main Event. The Main Event would see Points Leader Tyler Seavey start on the Pole in the Amber Norman Racing #91 kart. Ren Eberhart started outside the front row. When the Green Flag flew it was Seavey who would get the jump and lead the opening lap. Ren Eberhart’s night would take a turn on Lap 2 as he spun out of the second place but was able to continue on after dropping near the rear of the field. Seavey quickly drove away from the field and it was evident that he was far and away the class of the field. Brandon Lachance ran second early on with Chase Hill running third. The yellow flag would fly and bunch the field up with just five laps complete. On the Restart it was Chase Majdic who got a great restart propelling himself into the second spot. After yet another restart problems would arise for both Majdic and Chase Hill. Going into turn one a few laps after the restart Chase Hill drove into the back of Majdic entering turn one. Causing both karts to crash and go to the rear of the field. The were a lot of yellow flag’s in the Main Event as all of the drivers on the race track were eager to get to the front of the field. One driver that had nothing to worry about for nearly the entire race was Tyler Seavey. He would lead all 25 Laps to pick up the big win, his third of the season. Brandon LaChance came across the line in the second spot, his fourth top five finish of the year. Despite having a broken wing tree for much of the race causing her wing to be at the completely wrong angle, Amanda Moore was able to wheel her #63A machine to a third place finish. Amanda has quietly had a solid season as this marks her sixth top five of the year. Fourth place went the the #2X of Chase Majdic who had an up and down Main Event. He was the only kart that showed any possibility of keeping up with Seavey. A late race mistake cost him his shot at racing for the win. The final position in the top five went to the #77X of Jake Park as he avoided a last lap crash to pick up a few spots and score his third top five finish of the season.

As we now head into the final three Points Races of the season Tyler Seavey continues to show the way in the Points Standings. Each of the last two races Chase Hill has gained ground early in the night only to give all of those points back in the Main Event. If Hill can put together a complete night he might be able to catch Seavey but so far Seavey’s consistency is what has him up front (three wins to his credit helps out a bit as well). Heading into Points Race #11 the gap is now 29 points between first and second. Casey McClain is still third in the standings but is now 51 markers out of the lead. Chase Majdic might be running out of time but he continues to slowly close in on the leader as he is now 58 points behind Seavey for the top spot. Amanda Moore currently rounds out the top five in the Points Standings but she sits 113 points behind Tyler Seavey.

With the final three races upcoming, it is sure to be a great battle for this Championship between some of the best in the business. Who will come out on top? Stay tuned to find out…..

SPORTSMAN POINTS RACE #10

The Sportsman Class had a different look and feel about it this week. Two of the top drivers in the class were absent due to suspension and we had some different faces emerge at the front of the field along with the usual suspects. At the conclusion of the night it was Zachary Kavert’s turn to pull into the infield as the Main Event winner. The win marked his first Sportsman Win with the Red Bluff Outlaws and his sixth win overall. Interestingly enough, his most recent win was exactly 17 years prior to the day, when he won the Box Stock Main Event on February 10th, 2001.

                The Main Event got underway with the Red, White, and Blue #1 of Chad Duprey on the Pole alongside the #2X of Demo Mittry. Mittry had the advantage down the back straight but going into turn three Duprey made the move to the inside. As he slid up the racetrack the two made slight contact as Duprey drove away to lead the opening lap. Things would get worse for Mittry as he and Pete Johnston tangled in the very next set of corners causing both drivers to come to a stop along with about six others.  When the race restarted it was once again Duprey up front with Tyler Ritcheson now in tow. After yet another restart though it was Zachary Kavert moving into second behind Duprey. Kavert would set his sights on the #1 kart as he had his first career win in his sights. As the race continued on a red flag would come out for Pete Johnston who flipped down the back straight. In typical “Pistol” fashion he kept the kart running and drove away from the accident scene. Unluckily though the impact had bent the rear axle and he would have to take his kart to the trailer. The race went back to Green and Kavert got an excellent restart taking the lead in turn one. Duprey would return the favor in turn three as he tried all he could to hang on to the top spot. Yet another yellow flag would slow the field. On the restart it was the same story as before. Kavert would get another great restart and edged ahead in turn one. He would lead the field down the back straight. Duprey made a desperation move to the inside in turn three. He and Kavert got together resulting in Duprey facing the wrong way in oncoming traffic, Kavert drove away unscathed as the race leader. That was the final challenge that Kavert had to hold off as he drove away over the final eight laps of the race. Zachary Kavert crossed the line as the Main Event Winner and would take home the Perpetual Night Trophy. Brandon Williams had his best run of the year in his #91 kart as he came across the line in second. We haven’t mentioned our top two in Points yet as they both kind of flew under the radar but ended up where they needed to at the end of 25 Laps. Kris Renaud would finish third with Tyler Ritcheson in the fourth position. Derek Matthews rounded out the top five with a fifth place finish, his first of the year.

Heading into Points Race #11, Tyler Ritcheson still holds the Points Lead. Kris Renaud is second in the standings as he inched one point closer this week and sits 11 points out of the top spot. The rest of the top five now looks a lot different as Shawn Fogarty and Mallorie McGahan served their one race suspension and dropped out of the top five. Demo Mittry is now third in the standings, 75 points out of the lead. Zachary Kavert and Darrin Spencer round out the top five in the points standings as they are 123 and 157 points back respectively.