BEGINNER BOX STOCK POINTS RACE #11
BY: ELIJAH JONES
As we have stated all year long, the Beginner Box Stock Class has been dominated by Points Leader Aiden Larimer. Ever since our six week break though, the rest of the field has showed some prowess as many drivers have stepped up their game. During Points Race #11 we saw one young driver break through for his first career Outlaw Kart Main Event Victory.
When the Green Flag went in the air for the Main Event, it was Braiden McKenzie in the #04 kart that would lead the opening lap after starting from the Pole Position. After a yellow flag with just one lap complete, Jacob Nuxoll would make the move to try and take the lead away on the restart. McKenzie would not be denied that easily though as he held off the #57 kart of Nuxoll for the time being. The very next lap though McKenzie would spin around in turn four allowing Nuxoll and a few others to go racing by. That would prove to be the race winning move for Jacob Nuxoll as he would continue on to win the first race of his young career in just his 11th start. Koen Irvin and Chevy Schroer gave Nuxoll a run for his money though as they put on a great battle for the race lead. Schroer tried to make a late run at him on the final lap but came up just short and had to settle for a second place finish in his Panthera Motorsports #29 kart. Points Leader Aiden Larimer had his work cut out for him all night as he came home in the third position in his #5 kart. The #4K of Koen Irvin challenged for the lead early in the race but fell back to finish in the fourth position for his fourth top five of the season. The #18 of Mason Smith rim rode his way to a fifth place finish his second top five of the season.
In Time Trials Chevy Schroer was finally unseated as Mason Smith paced the field. Smith turned a qualifying lap of 10.854 seconds and is the first driver to out qualify Schroer this season.
Heat Race competition saw four individual heat races take place. Heat Race #1 was claimed by the #2 kart of Austin Anderson. The win was his sixth Heat Race triumph of the year. Heat Race #2 saw the #29 of Chevy Schroer cross the line first. The win marked his fourth Heat Race win of the season. The #57 kart of Jacob Nuxoll scored his third Heat Race win of the year by way of winning Heat Race #3. The fourth and final Heat Race saw the #84 of Jaxon Coughlin score his fourth Heat Race triumph of the season.
Trophy Dash competition saw four year old Braxton Foster win the first Trophy Dash of his young career in his #21 kart. Braxton, the son of one of the Red Bluff Outlaws most decorated drivers, Ryan Foster is looking to follow in his dad’s footsteps. So far he is doing just that early in his young career.
Through eleven of thirteen points races, Aiden Larimer continues to pull away in the Points Standings. Coming into the night he had a 56 point advantage, and when the Checkered Flag flew he added another 9 points to that total. That gives Larimer a 65 point advantage over Jaxon Coughlin who occupies the second spot in the standings. Chevy Schroer still sits in the third spot, 69 markers out of the lead. We should have a great battle between Coughlin and Schroer over the final two races for second in the standings. Austin Anderson and Koen Irvin currently round out the top five in the points standings.
BOX STOCK POINTS RACE #11
The Box Stock Class in 2018 was wide open for the first few races of the season, then Seth Standley came charging to the front of the field. Standley had one off night during Perpetual Trophy night but was back to his true form once again during Points Race #11 as he picked up his fifth Main Event Victory of the season in the Evan’s Furniture Galleries #25 kart.
When the Green Flag flew on the 25 Lap, 11 kart Main Event it was Luke Hayes and Connor Grasty on the front row. Hayes would get the jump in the #9L kart as he would lead the opening lap. Seth Standley quickly slotted himself into the second position early on. Hayes has been so fast the last few weeks but has just had no luck in the Main Events. On a restart mid race Hayes would get a bad restart and handed the race lead over to Seth Standley. The #9L kart though would recover from that miscue and on a restart with just four laps remaining he would take the race lead back away from Standley. The yellow would fly with just one lap remaining though which would bunch the field up for a Green, White, Checkered finish. Hayes would choose the bottom for the restart, putting Standley on the outside. Standley got a great restart on the top of the racetrack and stole the lead and the win away in the final laps. Standley would cross the line first for his fifth win of the season. Luke Hayes would cross the line a bittersweet second for his seventh top five of the season. Rylinn Renaud backed up his Perpetual Trophy Night Win with a third place effort during Points Race #11 for his ninth top five of the season. Chance Grasty returned to the Box Stock class and picked up a fourth place finish followed by his younger brother Connor Grasty rounding out the top five in fifth.
In total just 11 different drivers signed into the pit area for Points Race #11 in the Box Stock Class. In Time Trials it was the #2M of Blake Martin scoring his third Fast Time of the season and second in a row with a lap time of 9.835 seconds.
Heat Race action saw two individual Heat Races take place. Heat Race #1 saw Evan Gularte pick up his third Heat Win of the season in his #17M kart. Heat Race #2 was claimed by the #9L of Luke Hayes, his fifth of the year.
Luke Hayes was triumphant in the Trophy Dash once again. He picked up his third consecutive Trophy Dash Victory and his fourth on the season in the Hayes Farms #9L kart.
Heading into Points Race #12, the Championship points battle in the Box Stock Class has a larger gap between first and second as Seth Standley added another five points to his lead over Luke Hayes. Standley now sits 54 markers ahead of Hayes in second. Connor Grasty in third in the standings, 77-points back. Followed by Rylinn Renaud and Tater Reich rounding out the top five in the standings.
250 INTERMEDIATE POINTS RACE #11
Carson Sousa has been atop the Championship Points Standings in the Intermediate Class since the very first race of the season. After the first five Points Races of the season, he held a 59 point advantage over Carsen Perkins who at the time sat third in the standings. That lead shrank each and every week leading up to Points Race #11, and at the conclusion of the night it was gone all together as we came away with a new Points Leader for the first time this season. Perkins picked up his third win of the season while Sousa once again had troubles in the Main Event. The Points battle is now closer than ever with just two races remaining.
The Main Event got started with Raymond Baldez and Tanner Pettit on the front row. The green flag flew and the field rocketed into turns one and two. The Baldez and Pettit were still side by side coming off of turn two when they got together, nearly causing the #24P of Pettit to spin to a stop. He continued on but lost about five positions in the process. That allowed Baldez to lead the opening lap in front of new second place runner Carsen Perkins in the #35 kart. The yellow flag would fly on Lap 4 as Tyler Matheny spun in turn four. That would bunch the field up and give the #35 of Perkins a chance to pounce on race leader Baldez. He would do just that as he used the momentum on the top of the racetrack to take the lead out of turn two. The red flag would fly a couple laps later as Skylar Cole turned over in turn four in his #49 kart. When the race went back to green it was all Carsen Perkins up front as the rest of the field worked to figure out the best line around the racetrack. The yellow would fly on Lap 13 bunching the field up once again. The field would quickly get strung out once again as no one was showing the #35 kart any pressure at all. Another yellow flag would fly with seven laps remaining. With Perkins still leading and Raymond Baldez in second it was now or never for the field as the laps were winding down. The yellow would fly once again with five to go for a big wreck on the back straight. Carly Holmes slowed, and as the field raced back to yellow she was hit by Points Leader Carson Sousa who had no chance to avoid her. About 6 karts would end up tangled in turn three. When the race restarted Daniel Whitley made a big time move into turn one to take over second from Baldez. Baldez tried to fight back to the inside but carried too much momentum and drifted up the racetrack allowing Whitley to complete the pass. Just as the white flag went in the air for Carsen Perkins, one kart went sailing into the turn three wall. Drake Standley lost steering down the back straight and slammed into the wall, which propelled him back into traffic where he got hit a couple more times before coming to rest on all fours. He would take his time getting out of the kart but was otherwise ok. Since the Red Flag came out on the final lap the race was called official and Carsen Perkins was declared the winner. Daniel Whitley came up one spot short of the four-peat as he finished second. Tyler Matheny rebounded from his Lap 4 spin to finish third. Raymond Baldez and Anissa Curtice would round out the top five.
Heading into the final two points races of the season, Carsen Perkins is the new Points Leader. He currently holds an 8-point advantage over second place driver Carson Sousa. Preston Carr is also within striking distance at 16-markers out of the top spot. Tanner Pettit and Daniel Whitley round out the top five in the standings but have quite a bit of ground to make up, with very little time left. We’ll see how the next chapter of this battle plays out during Points Race #12.
OPEN POINTS RACE #11
The Championship Points Battle closed up just a bit after Points Race #11. Points Leader Tyler Seavey had an off night, while his challenger Chase Hill had an eventful night of his own. Hill had an opportunity to really chop into the lead but his Main Event did not go to plan either. Brandon LaChance on the other hand had a great night, as he scored his second Main Event triumph of the season in his Truck Shop Motors #9B kart.
The night kicked off with Time Trials for the 27-kart field. When it was all said and done it was once again the Mittry Construction #2X of Chase Majdic setting his sixth Fast Time of the season with a lap time of 8.183 seconds. Majdic was looking as though he would close the gap in the points standings even more, but after some extracurricular activity in the Main Event he was disqualified and suspended from racing this weekend. A tough way to end what was looking to be a promising finish to the season for our defending Track Champion.
Heat Race competition was exciting as always. Heat Race #1 saw the #9B of Brandon LaChance pick up the win, his third of the season. Heat Race #2 was claimed by Jacksonville, OR native Tanner Holmes in the Factory QRC #18T kart. The win was also his third of the season. Jesse Colwell returned from his suspension to win Heat Race #3 subbing for Amanda Moore in the #63A. Colwell’s return from suspension was short lived though as he was parked for the remainder of the season after the Main Event incident with the #2X of Majdic. Heat Race #4 saw Chase Hill continue his heat race domination as he picked up his 8th Heat Race victory of the season in the SALCO Better Energy #1C kart. He announced via his online Vlog this week that he will not be competing in the final two races of the season but will have a substitute driver instead. An interesting decision, as he is right there in the thick of a Championship battle. We will have to wait and see just how serious he was about not racing the rest of the season. The fifth and final Heat Race was claimed by the #6M of Shawn Milligan. Not only was it his first Heat Race win of the year but it locked him into his first Main Event of the season.
With Qualifying and Heat Races completed, the stage was set for the Main Events. The 20-Lap B-Main Event was up first. This race would feature seventeen drivers vying for the final six spots at the back of the A-Main Event. Chase Majdic would get the win, locking himself into the Main Event. Other transfer karts included Brian Mcgahan Jr. (8JR), Casey McClain (51), Ryan Foster (71W), Mike Wheeler (1W), and Kinden Peacock (31).
The Main Event would go green with Ren Eberhart and Brenna Johnson on the front row. Brenna would use the momentum on the top side of the race track to lead the opening lap. The red flag would come out on the second lap of the race after Chase Hill, Tanner Holmes, and Garrett Brown all got together in turn four. When the race got back underway Johnson would jump back out front and lead two more laps before Shawn Milligan slowed on the back straightaway. On the restart it was still Brenna Johnson leading the race but she now had the #9B of Brandon LaChance to her inside. LaChance got a great restart and was able to look to the inside of Johnson a couple of times but was not able to complete the pass early on. Another yellow flag would slow the competition once again on Lap 6. This time it was Shawn Milligan and Ren Eberhart who tangled in turn four. On the restart the battle up front really began to heat up. LaChance looked for the lead out of the second turn but didn’t have enough room to complete the pass. That allowed the #2X of Chase Majdic to stick his nose into the battle. He would lose the handle coming off of turn four though and fall back into about the sixth position. Majdic’s near spin caused the field to stack up a bit. In the stack up, Tyler Seavey and Mike Wheeler got hooked up and had to come to a stop to be separated. The ensuing restart would be where the complexion of the race changed, as Brandon LaChance got an excellent restart and fought his way by Johnson and into the race lead in turns three and four. The yellow flag would fly again this time for Brian McGahan Jr. who had spun around on the front straightaway. LaChance would hang on to the top spot on the restart but the battle for second waged on. Brenna Johnson was doing all she could to hold off Chase Majdic in the #2X kart. Majdic though would get nudged out of the racing groove by Jesse Colwell as Colwell moved into third. Another late race yellow would bring up another restart. Casey McClain finally showed some glimpses of what we saw out of him early in the season as he battled it out with Brenna Johnson for the second position. Johnson started to fade in the late stages of the race and the battle at the front of the field came down to Brandon LaChance and Casey McClain. McClain was doing all he could to close the gap between himself and LaChance but just could not get close enough to make something happen. The yellow flag would fly with four laps remaining for Ren Eberhart. On t he restart we had a side by side battle for the lead between LaChance and McClain. In turn four though the drivers running third and fourth Jesse Colwell and Chase Majdic would once again come together, causing both of them to spin and drawing yet another yellow flag. We would quickly have ANOTHER yellow flag which meant the following restart would be single file per the rulebook. The restart would come with two laps to go. LaChance was still up front, with Casey McClain in second and Ryan Foster lurking in the third position. LaChance would get a stellar restart and drive away for his second victory of the season in the Truck Shop Motors #9B kart. Casey McClain finally rebounded with a solid finish as he brought the Factory QRC #51 kart home in the second position. Garrett Brown scored his career best Red Bluff Outlaws Open Main Event finish, as he came across the line third in the Ed Brown Trucking #2 kart. Red Bluff Outlaws Legend, Ryan Foster made his first appearance of the year and came home with a fourth place finish. While Brian McGahan Jr. rebounded from a late race accident to finish in the fifth position.
Tyler Seavey continues to show the way in the Points Standings as he carries a 24 point advantage over Chase Hill into the final two points races of the season. Casey McClain is third in the standings but is 56 markers behind Seavey for the top spot. Chase Majdic sits fourth in the standings and is currently 77 points out of the lead, however with a suspension looming for Majdic, Amanda Moore has an opportunity to make some gains in the standings and possibly jump into the fourth position. Can Tyler Seavey hang on for the Open Championship or will we see someone else steal it away in the final couple of races? Stay tuned to find out.
SPORTSMAN POINTS RACE #11
The closest Points Battle within the Red Bluff Outlaws this season belongs to the Sportsman Class. Tyler Ritcheson and Kris Renaud have been absolutely neck and neck all season long, and this Championship is coming down to the wire and more than likely wont be decided until the final lap of the season. Renaud however, did help his cause during Points Race #11 as he was able to pick up his second win of the season in the Gary Perkins Racing #35 kart.
The Main Event would see an interesting front row as Mallorie McGahan lined up on the Pole alongside the #6 kart of Shawn Fogarty. If you remember during Points Race #9 these two crashed just short of the finish line while running first and second in the Main Event allowing Pete Johnston to take the win. Everyone’s eyes were on the front of the field as the Green Flag flew. As the field barreled into turn one, Brandon Williams spun mid pack causing two cars to take evasive action and come to a stop bringing out the yellow. That didn’t slow the race for the lead though as Fogarty powered around the outside in turn four to beat McGahan to the yellow flag and take control as the race leader with one lap complete. Fogarty would take control of the race as we went back to green. The yellow flag would fly again as Derek O’Bannon crashed in turn one. When the race went back to green, Demo Mittry moved into second before another yellow would fly, this time for Points contender Tyler Ritcheson in the #45 kart. He would rejoin at the tail of the field and we would restart once again. Fogarty jumped back out front while Demo Mittry and Kris Renaud battled it out for the second spot. Yet another yellow flag would slow the field and set up another restart for Fogarty. This time Demo Mittry timed the restart perfectly and took the race lead into turn number one. Things would go even more sour for Fogarty just one lap later as he slowed to a stop on the back straightaway, ending his run for the win and his race as well on Lap 13. The restart would put Demo Mittry and Kris Renaud together on the front row. Renaud got a great restart on the top of the track but Mittry leaned on him out of turn two and drove away down the back stretch. Again, the yellow would fly with 17 laps in the books. This time on the restart, Renaud would not be denied. He had a run into turn one again on the top side. This time though, instead of powering around the outside of the track he turned back to the bottom mid corner and got a huge run to the inside of Mittry down the back stretch. Mittry would hang on to the lead still though for the time being. The race would be slowed again with just a few laps remaining. This time Renaud would make the move work as he took the race lead away down the back stretch with four to go. Once out front, Renaud pulled away en route to his second win of the season. Demo Mittry would cross the line in second for just his second top five of the year. Tyler Ritcheson made something out of nothing as he had an awful Main Event but was able to survive and bring the Evan Sanders Racing #45 kart home in third. The top five would be rounded out by Mallorie McGahan in fourth and Wyatt Brown scoring another top five finish in fifth.
Heading into Points Race #12, Kris Renaud now holds a one point advantage over Tyler Ritcheson in the Points Standings. That is one position on the racetrack. Right now it is anybody’s guess as to which of the two will come out as the Champion but I for one am very excited to see how it plays out.