BEGINNER BOX STOCK POINTS RACE #8
BY: ELIJAH JONES The Beginner Box Stock Class has been the Aiden Larimer show when it comes to the Main Events as he picked up his 6th Main Event Triumph of the year during Points Race #8 on December 16th to close out the 2017 portion of the Red Bluff Outlaws Winter Series. With five races remaining in the season, Larimer looks to be the driver everyone hopes to beat.
Larimer made it look easy during Points Race #8 as he got the lead on the opening lap and would never relinquish it as he cruised to his sixth win in eight races. Austin Anderson piloted his Party Dreams #2 kart to a second place finish; his fifth top five of the season. Chevy Schroer had another great night in his Panthera Motorsports #29 kart. He crossed the stripe in the third position for his fourth top five finish of the season. Justin Sabol made his season debut in Red Bluff a good one as he piloted his #51 kart to a fourth place finish. Jacob Nuxoll continues to impress as he piloted his #57 kart to a fifth place finish; his fourth top five of the year.
In total 24 different drivers signed into the pit area for Points Race #8 in the Beginner Box Class. In Time Trials it was Chevy Schroer scoring yet another Fast Time in his Panthera Motorsports #29 kart with a lap time of 10.752 seconds. This marks the seventh Fast Time Award of the season for Schroer. The only race in which he didn’t qualify first was the one race he has missed so far this season. He has got the qualifying part of the night down to a tee, now if he can show that same speed in Main Event competition he will be a factor in the second half of the season.
Heat Race competition saw Chevy Schroer keep on rolling in Heat Race #1 as he started last and picked up the victory, his third heat race win of the season. Heat Race #2 was claimed by the #2 of Austin Anderson. The win marked his fourth heat race victory of the season. Points Leader Aiden Larimer piloted the #5 kart to victory in Heat Race #3. The win marked his seventh heat race triumph of the year. Koen Irvin piloted his #4K kart to the Heat Race win in Heat Race #4. The win marked his first of the season.
Trophy Dash competition saw Austin Anderson score his second Trophy Dash Victory of the season in his #2 kart. He has now won two of the last three trophy dashes in the Beginner Box Class.
Through eight points races, Aiden Larimer still shows the way in the Points Standings. Coming into the night he had a 25 point advantage, and when the Checkered Flag flew he had added one point to that total. That gives Larimer a 26 point advantage over Jaxon Coughlin who occupies the second spot in the standings. Austin Anderson is in the third spot, 52 markers out of the lead. With Chevy Schroer and Koen Irvin rounding out the top five.
BOX STOCK POINTS RACE #8
After seeing multiple different winners over the first six races it looked as though no one was going to jump ahead of the pack and dominate the season. That seems to be changing though now as Seth Standley has picked up three consecutive Main Event Victories in his Evan’s Furniture Gallery #25 kart.
At the drop of the Green the initial start was called back as Jennifer Osborne and Tyler Fox could not maintain the side by side formation. That would move Rylinn Renaud up to the Pole position in his brand new kart, alongside Seth Standley who was looking for his third race win in a row. Standley would jump out front and take control of the Main Event. It was all Seth Standley for the entirety of the race, however a late race restart saw Rowdy Gramps get a really good run and nearly overtake him for the race lead before the yellow flew once again. That would prove to be his only shot as Standley cruised to his third victory in as many races. Rowdy Gramps would have to settle for a second place finish in the #11R kart (Sub for Zachary Risch), his third top five finish of the season. Tyler Fox would bring his #88T home in the third position. Fox has had a great season thus far as this marks his 6th Top Five finish of the year. Luke Hayes had an up and down race as he had to go to the rear of the field early on. He made quick work of the field though as he quickly worked back into the top five. He would cross the line at the conclusion of the race in the fourth position in the Hayes Farms #9L, also his 6th top five of the year. The fifth position would go to the #16 of Rylinn Renaud who was piloting a brand new chassis. It was an up and down night for Renaud as he also picked up the Trophy Dash win earlier in the evening.
In total 14 different drivers signed into the pit area for Points Race #8 in the Box Stock Class. In Time Trials it was Blake Martin scoring his first Fast Time of the season in his #2M kart with a lap time of 9.553 seconds.
Heat Race competition saw Jennifer Osborne pick up the victory in Heat Race #1, her first career heat race win with the Red Bluff Outlaws. Heat Race #2 saw the #88T of Tyler Fox pick up his first heat race win of the season.
Heading into 2018 and Points Race #9, the Championship points battle in the Box Stock Class has become even more defined. Seth Standley shows the way atop the charts. He now holds a 33-point advantage over second place driver Luke Hayes. Connor Grasty sits third, 43 markers out of the top spot. We will see if Standley can extend his win streak now to four in a row during Points Race #9.
250 INTERMEDIATE POINTS RACE #8
The 250 Intermediate Class continues to impress this year as we have seen some intense battles all throughout the field. During Points Race #8 that was the case once again, this time with Daniel Whitley coming out on top for the second time this season in his #57 kart.
When the green flag flew it was Kaiden Butler who would jump out front early on from the Pole Position with Whitley in tow in second. The top five all stayed really close throughout the first few laps of the race, this was assisted as well by a couple of yellow flags. Daniel Whitley and Carsen Perkins would pressure race leader Kaiden Butler for the majority of the middle part of the race. Perkins would take over second from Whitley and immediately set his sights on Kaiden Butler for the race lead. He would throw a haymaker of a slider on race leader Butler in turns three and four. As he slid across the nose of Butler’s #22K, his back bumper got hooked on the front bumper of Butler’s kart which turned Perkins head on into the turn four wall. Butler would continue on as the leader, now with Daniel Whitley behind him once again. They would turn the race lead into a great battle for the top spot with sliders, bumping, and nudging around the racetrack. All of a sudden, Whitley took over the race lead and Tyler Matheny came out of nowhere and jumped into the second position challenging the race leaders for the top spot. With five laps remaining it was still anyone’s guess as to who would pick up the win, as no one was able to pull away from the field once up front. After a late race yellow, Daniel Whitley got a great restart and pulled away to his second win of the season. Matheny’s progress would stall out as the race went on though as the kart started to go away. He tried as hard as he could to hold off Tanner Pettit for the second spot but was unable to do so. Tanner Pettit made the pass for second on the final lap and Tyler Matheny would settle for a third place effort. Connor Mewhirter would come home fourth, while Raymond Baldez rounded out the top five in the fifth position.
In total 23 different drivers signed into the pit area for Points Race #8 in the 250 Intermediate Class. In Time Trials it was the #35 of Carsen Perkins setting Fast Time with a lap time of 8.487 seconds.
Heat Race competition saw Daniel Whitley pick up the win in Heat Race #1, his third of the season. Heat Race #2 was claimed by Kaiden Butler, it was also his third of the season. Heat Race #3 saw the #24P of Tanner Pettit score his fourth heat race win of the year.
Trophy Dash action saw the #46 kart of Preston Carr pull into victory lane once again. His second straight Trophy Dash Triumph in the RFC Karts #46.
Heading into Points Race #9, the Championship points race still shows the RFC Karts #01 of Carson Sousa atop the charts despite a disappointing Main Event. He currently holds a 36-point advantage over the #46 of Preston Carr. Carsen Perkins dropped back to the third spot in the standings at 38 points behind Sousa for the lead. We are sure to see even more moving and shaking after this week’s Points Race #9.
OPEN POINTS RACE #8
The 2017 portion of the Red Bluff Outlaws Winter Series came to a close on December 16th with Points Race #8. The racing was exciting as always, and the action was even more intense as everyone was looking to end 2017 on a high note.
The night began with Time Trials for the 34 entries in the Open Class and for the fourth week in a row it was the Mittry Construction #2X of Chase Majdic who would lay down the fastest lap. His lap time of 8.171 was one of the fastest laps we have seen in recent memory as he continues to find his stride. Majdic started the year off rough with a string of bad luck but has since turned it around and is a serious contender for the Championship now.
Heat Race competition saw Majdic continue to show his strength as he picked up the win in Heat Race #1. The win was his third of the season in Heat Race competition. Heat Race #2 was claimed by Sutter, CA driver Tyler Seavey in the Amber Norman Racing #91 kart. Seavey now also has three Heat Race triumphs under his belt this winter. Heat Race #3 saw the breakout season continue for the #1C of Chase Hill. Hill would pilot his SALCO Better Energy kart to his fifth Heat Race win of the season. Hill now leads all drivers in the Open Class in that category. Morgan Sandhagen has also had a good first half of the season as well. She scored her fourth Heat Race win of the season in Heat Race #4. The fifth and final Heat Race was claimed by one of Morgan’s best friends, Brenna Johnson in her Evan Johnson Construction #99X kart. The win was her third of the 2017 race season in Heat Race competition.
With Qualifying and Heat Races completed, the stage was set for the Main Events. The 15-Lap C-Main Event was exciting to watch as we saw the return of the #30 of Tom Hubert to the Red Bluff Outlaws. Hubert is a many time Champion with the Red Bluff Outlaws and was one of the best throughout the 80’s and 90’s in an Outlaw Kart. He now lives on the East Coast and we only get to see him race about once a year anymore. Hubert would start up front in the C-Main and picked up the win sending him on to the B-Main Event. Also transferring out of the C-Main were Colton Raudman (2C), Michael Tarter (22), Angelo Cornet (55X), Richard Westestyn (3W), and Ethan Mitchell (T2).
The B-Main Event saw a lot of moving and shaking as the drivers were all doing whatever they could to get into a transfer position. Logan Seavey dominated the B-Main in his Factory QRC #81 kart. He would lead every lap en route to victory. Jake Park would follow in his footsteps the entire race, in the Tehama Tire Center #77x kart and would finish second. Behind them was the definition of controlled chaos as the remainder of the top six would change each and every lap. At the conclusion of the 20-Lap race it was Seavey, followed by Park in first and second. Other transfer cars included Amanda Moore (63A), Ren Eberhart (14), Brandon LaChance (9B), and Michael Tarter (22).
The Trophy Dash would follow the B-Main. Logan Seavey would start at the front for the six lap dash and would go on to pick up his first Trophy Dash win of the season. It didn’t come easy for him though as he had to hold off a last lap charge by Jake Park. Park nearly stole the win away in the final corner but Seavey was able to keep up enough momentum to win the drag race to the finish line.
With preliminary action completed it was now time for the 25 Lap Open A-Main Event. When the Green Flag went in the air it was the #25S of Morgan Sandhagen on the Pole Position with the #56 of Brian Hubert alongside. Hubert would get the jump from the outside of the racetrack and would lead the opening lap. Sandhagen did not get a good start as she got shuffled back outside the top five after contact in turn three on the opening lap. We would go green for just two laps as Amanda Moore would bring out the first caution. Moore spun in turn two but would continue on. As the race went back to green it was Chase Majdic who made a big move on the restart and momentarily stole the lead away from the #56 of Hubert in turn two. Hubert was able to diamond the corner off and retake the race lead down the back straightaway. It would soon become a three car battle for the race lead as Tyler Seavey came onto the scene in the third spot. The three drivers would race three wide down the back straightaway with Seavey coming out of it with the race lead. Hubert and Majdic would come together in turn four causing Majdic to spin to a stop and a bunch of other karts piled in as well to draw the yellow flag around Lap 7. The race would get back underway with Tyler Seavey still leading Brian Hubert. Hubert would quickly fall out of the second spot though as Casey Schmitz brought the Ed Brown Trucking #35 kart onto the scene and into second. Brenna Johnson would soon also move past Hubert and into the third spot in the #99X as the race went past the halfway point. Another yellow flag would fly on Lap 14 for a three kart collision in turn two. That would once again bunch the field up with just over 10 laps remaining. On the restart mayhem would ensue. Chase Majdic, Jesse Colwell, and Chase Hill went three wide coming off of turn number two and it resulted in a big impact for the #1C of Hill as he got into the wall and upside down on the back straightaway. The race would get back underway with ten laps remaining. The final ten laps of the race would click off without further incident. Tyler Seavey absolutely dominated and picked up his second victory of the 2017-18 race season in the Amber Norman Racing #91 kart. “I just had to stick to what I know and not try to do anything to crazy. This thing’s really good, I just gotta do my job and I did it tonight I guess.” stated Seavey in Victory Lane. Casey Schmitz would cross the line in the second position for his fourth top five finish of the season. Logan Seavey also scored his fourth top five with a third place effort. Amanda Moore ended up having a really solid night. Her night began with being disqualified in Time Trials due to her kart being light on the scales. She rebounded nicely from that and wheeled her Moore Landscaping Services #63A to a fourth place finish, her fifth top five of the season. Chase Majdic would rebound from his early race crash to round out the top five in fifth, just his second top five of the year.
As we now head into the final five Points Races of the season we have a new Points Leader in the Open Class. With Casey McClain and Chase Hill both having problems in the Main Event, and Tyler Seavey dominating; Seavey was able to climb from third in the standings all the way to the top spot. Tyler Seavey now holds an eight point advantage over Casey McClain who has fallen back to second. Chase Hill now sits 23 markers out of the top spot in third. Although Chase Majdic sits fourth in the standings and 62 points behind Seavey, do not count him out of this battle as he has cut into the points gap week after week. He still has a shot to score his second straight Open Championship. Tanner Holmes and Jake Park sit tied for fifth in the standings as they are an even 100 points behind the leader. We will see how the final five races play out as we are now in the homestretch and well on our way to crowning a Champion.
SPORTSMAN POINTS RACE #8
The Sportsman Class continues to be one of, if not the most competitive class we have week in and week out. The Championship Points battle is just as good as these guys have been going at it since the drop of the first green flag of the season.
The Main Event kicked off with Tyler Ritcheson and Pete Johnston on the front row. Ritcheson would get the initial advantage and lead the opening lap before the yellow would come out. Pete Johnston had an up and down night as his kart died coming down to the yellow and he had to be assisted, dropping him to the rear of the field. The front of the field looked like an Open Main Event from the 90’s as it was Ritcheson, Eric Gannon, Jimmy Elledge, Kris Renaud, and Zach Kavert all in the top five for the restart. Elledge was subbing for Wyatt Brown in the #2 kart and he looked strong as he stalked Ritcheson for the first part of the race. As the race began to take shape BJ Martin spun out in front of the leaders. Race leader Tyler Ritcheson took evasive action to the top of the track, that opened up the bottom for Jimmy Elledge to sneak past and take over the race lead coming down to the caution flag. Pete Johnston was the show in the pack though as he worked his way back through the field. With five laps remaining there would be a late restart with Elledge leading Ritcheson, and Pete Johnston. Johnston would make a slick move into turn one to take over the second spot and set his sights on Jimmy Elledge. He had nothing though for the #2 kart as Jimmy Elledge cruised to his first career Sportsman Victory with the Red Bluff Outlaws. Pete Johnston would cross the line in second. Mallorie McGahan quietly had a solid performance as she came home in third followed by Zachary Kavert in the fourth position, and Tyler Ritcheson came home fifth in his #45 kart after leading early on.
In total 21 different drivers signed into the pit area for Points Race #8 in the Sportsman Class. In Time Trials it was the Gary Perkins Racing #35 kart of Kris Renaud scoring Fast Time with a lap time of 8.511 seconds. The lap put down by Renaud was actually a New Track Record for the Sportsman Class. He beat out Shawn Fogarty’s old record of 8.563 seconds.
Heat Race competition saw Donnie Ritcheson pick up the win in Heat Race #1. Heat Race #2 was claimed by the #2 of Jimmy Elledge. Eric Gannon would pick up the victory in Heat Race #3 for the second week in a row in his #75E kart.
Heading into Points Race #9, Kris Renaud and Tyler Ritcheson are tied atop the Points Standings. These two have been neck and neck all season long and it looks as though this battle will come down to the wire. We will have to keep our eyes on this battle as both drivers will be gunning for the front of the field each and every time they hit the racetrack.