BEGINNER BOX STOCK POINTS RACE #5
BY: ELIJAH JONES
It took until Points Race #5 to see someone knock off the #5 of Aiden Larimer in the Beginner Box Stock Class. Larimer has been dominant to this point of the season but one driver finally cracked the code and broke through for his first win of the season with the Red Bluff Outlaws.
So far this season it has been all Chevy Schroer in Time Trials. This week though Schroer was not competing, as he utilized a substitute driver. That meant we had a new Fast Time Qualifier this week. This time it was the #84 of Jaxon Coughlin pacing the field of 21 karts in Time Trials with a lap time of 11.042 seconds. His luck would end there though as he would not transfer out of his heat race. He was later leading the B-Main Event before getting tangled with a lapped car on the final lap in the final corner thus ending his night.
Heat Race competition would see the #2F of Freddie Furr pick up the win in Heat Race #1. The win marked Furr’s first career heat race triumph. Heat Race #2 would also produce a first time heat race winner in Jacob Nuxoll in his #57 kart. Heat Race #3 saw Aiden Larimer score his fifth straight heat race victory in his #5 kart. The fourth and final Heat Race was claimed by the #77C of Carson Stephens, and that would not be the last time we heard from him throughout the event.
Trophy Dash competition saw Jacob Nuxoll score his first career Trophy Dash Victory in his #57 kart. Nuxoll now has just five nights of racing under his belt and he has shown improvement each and every week. He held off hard charges by both Koen Irvin and Austin Anderson to score the big win.
At the drop of the green flag on the A-Main Event, it was the #2F of Freddie Furr who would jump out front after starting on the Pole. He would lead the opening three laps until the #77C of Carson Stephens came along and took the lead away on lap four. Stephens would then lead all of the remaining laps as he scored his first victory of the season. It didn’t come easy for him though as he had to hold off the #5 kart of Aiden Larimer. Larimer got tangled up in a couple of early race accidents but persevered and was there to contend for the win. He would come up just short at the finish line as Stephens beat him there by just a tenth of a second. The #31D of Danica Wilkerson scored her best finish of the season as she came across the line in the third position. The #2 kart of Austin Anderson scored his third top five finish of the season with a fourth place effort. While early race leader Freddie Furr would end up crossing the stripe in the fifth position.
Preliminary action saw the #91 of Charlie Seavey score the win in the B-Main event after race leader Jaxon Coughlin crashed on the final lap of the race.
With five point races in the books, Aiden Larimer still shows the way in the Points Standings, but now that Carson Stephens has tasted victory can he turn around and track down Larimer in the standings? Stay tuned throughout the next few races to find out how it will all play out.
BOX STOCK POINTS RACE #5
Points Race #5 is in the books for the Box Stock Class and once again we saw a first time Box Stock winner with the Red Bluff Outlaws. So far through five races this season we have seen a first time winner every week in the Box Stock Class.
In Time Trials we saw the #9L of Luke Hayes set Fast Time with a lap time of 9.703 seconds. The young driver from Dunnigan, CA has really turned heads in 2017 as he has burst on to the scene with great speed and kart control.
Heat Race action would see the #9L of Luke Hayes continue to show his speed as he charged from the fourth starting spot to get the win in Heat Race #1 for his first heat race win of the season. Heat Race #2 saw the #80 of Alan Pyszora score his first heat race triumph of the season as well. The third and final heat race for the Box Stock’s saw the #22 of Garin McNary score his third heat race victory of the season.
The Trophy Dash was dominated by the #80 of Alan Pyszora. Pyszora is a driver we haven’t seen at every race so far this season but when he has raced he has shown a lot of speed. He is another one of the drivers in the Box Stock class the flies under the radar as a legitimate contender on a weekly basis. He could very easily find himself in Victory Lane after a Main Event at some point this season.
Main Event competition saw the #77 of Brayden Williams lead the opening lap before Connor Grasty came along in his Factory QRC #21 kart. Grasty was dominant last season in the Beginner Box Class and finally broke into victory lane in the Box Stock Class here in Points Race #5. Once he got to the front it was his race to win as no one challenged him at the front of the field. Second place would go to the #88T of Tyler Fox, his fourth top five finish of the season so far. Rylinn Renaud kept his top five streak alive as he piloted the Race City Injector #16 kart to a third place finish for his fifth straight top five finish. Seth Standley would cross the line fourth in his #25 kart for his second top five of the season. While Points Leader, Luke Hayes scored his third top five of the season with a fifth place effort in his #9L kart.
The Championship chase right now is wide open in the Box Stock Class. With five different winners in five races it has been difficult for any one driver to break away atop the charts. Currently it’s the #9L of Luke Hayes who leads the way. He currently holds an 11 point advantage over second place driver Seth Standley. With the win on Saturday, Connor Grasty is now third in the standings, just 12 points behind Hayes for the top spot. Tater Reich has had a good start to the season and is currently fourth in points, just 24 markers out of the lead. Despite finishing in the top five in every race so far this season, Rylinn Renaud sits fifth in the Points Standings, 34 points behind Luke Hayes for the top spot.
We will continue to keep our eyes on this Box Stock Class, as they have provided great racing so far this season. The Championship battle will more than likely come down to the final race of the season with how tightly matched these young drivers have been so far this season.
250 INTERMEDIATE POINTS RACE #5
Twenty Nine different drivers signed into the pit area for Points Race #5 in the 250 Intermediate Class. We have seen some intense battles already this season in the Intermediate Class, and we never fully know what to expect when these teenage drivers roll onto the racetrack. Points Race #5 was no different as we saw great action all throughout the night’s events.
In Time Trials we saw the RFC Factory Karts #46 of Preston Carr score his second straight Fast Time with the Red Bluff Outlaws with a lap time of 8.632 seconds. Preston has been one of the top drivers on the racetrack ever since he first strapped into an Outlaw Kart. He will be a driver to keep an eye on as he continues to move up through the ranks.
Four heat races would be the next order of business for the 250 Intermediate Class. Heat Race #1 saw the #68B of Raymond Baldez score his first heat race win of the season. Heat Race #2 saw the #57 of Daniel Whitley pick up his second heat race win of the year. Heat Race #3 was claimed by the #01 of Carson Sousa, his second of the season. Kaiden Butler also picked up his second heat race win of the season by way of crossing the finish line first in the fourth and final heat race.
Trophy Dash competition was full of action in just six short laps. Kaiden Butler was the leader initially. That is until contact with Carson Sousa would knock him out of contention. Sousa was also black flagged for Rough Driving in the incident, and was asked to drop to the rear of the field for the restart. That would turn the lead over to Chico, CA driver Tanner Pettit in his #24P kart. Pettit would hold off a late race charge from Sousa to pick up his first Trophy Dash win of the season.
When the Green Flag flew on the 25 Lap Main Event, it was the Gary Perkins Racing #35 of Carsen Perkins who would jump out front of the field. Perkins looked to have the kart to beat in the first half of the race. Disaster would strike though under yellow on Lap 10. As Perkins was leading the field around under caution his kart would stall on the entry to turn one, causing him to have to drop to the rear of the field. That would turn the lead over to the #57 of Daniel Whitley and it was a lead he would never relinquish. Whitley would cruise on to his first win of the 2017 season with the Red Bluff Outlaws. Carson Sousa continues to be the most consistent runner in the 250 class as he came across the line in the second position in his #01 kart. We haven’t seen much of Lincoln, CA driver Blake Carrick so far this year but he hasn’t shown any signs of rust. Carrick would come across the line in the third position in his #21B kart. Kaiden Butler, who had back to back wins coming into Points Race #5 would end up finishing in the fourth position. Tanner Pettit rounded out a solid night of competition with a fifth place effort in his #24P kart.
Through five Points Races, Carson Sousa is atop the points standings with a 29 point advantage over second place driver Preston Carr. Carsen Perkins, Tanner Pettit, and Kaiden Butler are all also in the top five in Points as we look ahead now to Points Race #6.
OPEN POINTS RACE #5
The Open Class has not disappointed once this season at the Red Bluff Outlaws, and it once again lived up to the hype during Points Race #5. We saw a great battle for the race win at the front of the field that resulted in one driver finally shaking the monkey off his back and scoring a much deserved first win of the season.
Twenty-nine karts would sign into the pit area for Points Race #5. In Time Trials we saw the #2X of Chase Majdic begin to get back into form as he set Fast Time with a lap time of 8.244 seconds. That lap time is the fastest we have seen this season so far inside the Pauline Davis Pavillion.
Heat Race competition would see the #86J of Jesse Colwell pick up the win in Heat Race #1. The win marked his second heat race victory of the season so far. Chase Hill continues to have a strong season in his #1C kart, as he picked up his third heat race win of the season in Heat Race #2. Heat Race #3 saw Morgan Sandhagen pick up her second straight heat race victory in her #25S kart. The fourth heat race was claimed by the #35 of Casey Schmitz, his third heat race triumph of the year. The fifth and final heat race of the night for the open class saw the #31 of Kinden Peacock pick up his first career Open heat race victory. Peacock has been a pleasant surprise so far this season as the youngster has shown flashes of brilliance in the early part of the season.
Trophy Dash action would see the #86J of Jesse Colwell score his first Trophy Dash win of the season. He would cross the line just under a second ahead of 2nd place finisher Casey McClain. Colwell has had no luck this season, but that looks to be changing as he had a spectacular night behind the wheel.
After winning his Heat Race and the Trophy Dash earlier in the night, Cottonwood, CA driver Jesse Colwell was feeling extremely confident heading into the 25 Lap Main Event. As the green flag went in the air though it was Vacaville, CA driver Amanda Moore who would jump out front early on. She would lead the opening couple of laps before Colwell came storming to the front of the field. Once the #86J of Colwell got to the lead he would never relinquish it as he would go on to win his first Main Event of the season. It didn’t come easily though as Points Leader Casey McClain charged from his 14th starting position to second. A late race restart with two laps to go gave him a shot at getting by Colwell for the win. As the pair crossed under the white flag McClain made his move to the inside. They would then battle side by side down the back straight. There was a crash on the outside of the racetrack though in turn three and the two leaders had to make room on the bottom to avoid it. Colwell would have the advantage as he was able to keep his nose ahead of McClain. He would race off of turn four and pick up the win, while McClain settled for the second position. After leading early on in the race, Amanda Moore would hold serve as she crossed the line in the third position for her third top five of the season. Logan Seavey made his third start of the season and picked up his third top five of the season as he piloted the Factory QRC #81 to a fourth place finish. Chase Hill continued his streak of top five finishes as he picked up his fifth straight top five finish to start the season. He is the only driver in the open class to finish in the top five in every race so far this season.
Preliminary action would see the Amber Norman Racing #91 of Tyler Seavey pick up the win in the B-Main Event. He would go on to finish sixth in the A-Main Event. The C-Main was claimed by the #56X of Brian Hubert. His night would end early though in the B-Main as he was scored 16th, only completing 8 of the scheduled 20 laps.
We are now five races in to the season and Casey McClain continues to show the way in the Points Standings. He now holds a 19-point advantage over second place driver Chase Hill. This Championship battle is far from over though as anything can happen on any given Saturday. We look forward to seeing how it all plays out.
SPORTSMAN POINTS RACE #5
The Sportsman Class has shown no lack of excitement so far this season, as it has been one of the most competitive races to watch each and every night. That has shown no sign of changing anytime soon as the talent level in this class continues to grow.
Time Trials for Points Race #5 would see Pete Johnston lay down the fastest lap as a substitute driver for Tyler Ritcheson with a lap time of 8.590 seconds. Johnston is one of the more interesting drivers to keep an eye on throughout the night as his driving style is much different than most on the racetrack.
With 33 karts entered for Points Race #5 we would see five heat races for the Sportsman Class. Heat Race #1 was claimed by Pete Johnston, as he got to the lead after starting fourth. It was his second heat race win in as many starts. Heat Race #2 saw the return of Ryan Whitley to an outlaw kart. Whitley was subbing for Darrin Spencer in the #55D and did a good job of it as he picked up the heat race win. Heat Race #3 saw the #1T of Donnie Ritcheson pick up his first heat race win of the season. Heat Race #4 was claimed by Paradise, CA driver Justin Reinolds, his first heat race win of the season as well. The fifth and final heat race was claimed by the #2B of Steve Botelho.
Trophy Dash competition would see the #45 kart of Pete Johnston continue to roll as he picked up the Trophy Dash win. All he needed now for the clean sweep was the Main Event win, but could he get it done?
When the green flag flew on the Sportsman Main Event it was Kris Renaud who would jump out front early on in the Gary Perkins Racing #35 kart. Renaud would not look back as he would go on to lead every lap en route to his first win of the season. It didn’t come easy though as he had to hold off some hard charging competitors late in the race. Justin Reinolds crossed the line in second just .551 seconds behind Renaud for the top spot. Ryan Whitley made his return a good one as he finished in the third position. Shawn Fogarty had his best run of the season as he crossed the line in the fourth spot in his #6 kart. The top five would be completed by the #2B of Steve Botelho who picked up his first top five in his first start of the season.
Preliminary action would see Zach Kavert pick up the win in the C-Main. He would go on to transfer out of the B-Main as well and finish 12th in the Main Event. The B-Main win was claimed by the #2X kart of Demo Mittry. Mittry would go on to finish 10th in the Main Event.
Coming into Points Race #5, Kris Renaud was the Points Leader and a Main Event win would help him hang onto that at least for another week. Renaud now holds a 15-point advantage over second place driver Tyler Ritcheson. Darrin Spencer, Demo Mittry, and Justin Reinolds are also within striking distance in the top five in the standings.
As we well know, anything can happen in the coming weeks. We look forward to seeing how this Championship battle plays out in the Sportsman Class.