BEGINNER BOX STOCK POINTS RACE #3
BY: ELIJAH JONES
The first three races of the 2017/18 Red Bluff Outlaws race season are in the books and in the Beginner Box Stock Class it has been all Aiden Larimer. Larimer now has three straight Main Event victories to kick off the season, and holds a commanding lead in the points standings already.
In Time Trials we once again saw Orland, CA’s Chevy Schroer set Fast Time in his Panthera Motorsports #29 kart. Chevy continues to impress early on this season, as he now has three straight Fast Time’s to start the year. He is one of the drivers to keep your eye on throughout the year as he hopes to break into victory lane for the first time. He was a winner off the track last weekend though as he won the Halloween Costume Contest after dressing up as a “Small Block Chevy”.
With more than 20 karts once again in the Beginner Box Stock Class, we would see four individual Heat Races take place. Heat Race #1 saw young Charlie Seavey score his first career Heat Race Win in his #91 kart. Heat Race #2 was claimed by the #84 of Jaxon Coughlin. The win marked his second Heat Race win of the season. Aiden Larimer is now the only driver in the Beginner Box Class that has won every Heat Race he has competed in this season as he is now three for three after picking up the win in Heat Race #3. The fourth and final Heat Race saw the #04 of Braiden McKenzie score his first career Heat Race win.
Trophy Dash competition saw the #77C of Carson Stephens pick up the big win. It was the first Trophy Dash win of the young driver’s career and he was very excited to get it done.
In the Main Event we saw all kinds of exciting action as the Beginner Box drivers provided arguably the best racing of the night. Throughout the first half of the race it was all about Freddie Furr. Furr was up front and in charge of the race as he looked poised to win his first career Main Event. He would lose the lead though as he slowed while the field raced back to a yellow flag. That turned the lead over to Aiden Larimer. Larimer would hold off a hard charging Jaxon Coughlin to pick up win #3 on the season. Coughlin would settle for a second place effort. Chevy Schroer put together his strongest run so far this season as he came across the line in the third spot. After leading early on in the race, Freddie Furr would come home in the fourth spot. A career best finish for the second year driver. The #8 of Racin Gramps would round out the top five with a fifth place finish.
Preliminary action saw Danica Wilkerson pick up the win in the C-Main Event. While Austin Anderson piloted his Party Dreams #2 kart to victory in the B-Main Event.
The racing in the Beginner Box Stock Class this season has been outstanding, and it looks to be improving every week. Last week every driver in the Main Event finished on the Lead Lap, showing just how closely matched everyone in the class is. They will all be gunning to beat the #5 of Aiden Larimer though as he looks to extend his win streak to four in a row.
BOX STOCK POINTS RACE #3
We saw 17 Box Stock drivers sign into the pit area last Saturday night for Points Race #3, the Tyler Wolf Memorial, and for the third straight week we saw a first time Box Stock Winner at the Red Bluff Outlaws.
In Time Trials it was Yuba City, CA driver Seth Standley setting Fast Time in his Evan’s Furniture #25 kart with a lap time of 9.396 seconds. Standley is fresh off a great season at the Cycleland Speedway that saw him set Fast Time on 14 occasions. Look for him to be a contender not just for Fast Time but for Main Event wins as the season marches on.
Seth Standley would continue to show his speed when Heat Races hit the race track. He picked up the win in Heat Race #1, his first of the season. Heat Race #2 saw Rylinn Renaud score his second Heat Race Win of the season in the Race City Injector #16 kart. While the third and final Heat Race saw the #64 of Evan Gunderson cross the line first for his second Heat Race win of the year as well.
Trophy Dash competition saw Luke Hayes win his first Red Bluff Outlaws Trophy Dash in the Box Stock Class. Hayes is one of the drivers to keep your eyes on as he is extremely consistent week in and week out, and this season has shown what it takes to be a contender for the Championship early on.
Main Event competition saw Garin McNary score his first career Box Stock win with the Red Bluff Outlaws in exciting fashion. McNary made most of his passes on the high side of the race track. Which is not only very difficult but it is rarely seen in the Box Stock Class. McNary is in the middle of a breakout season and will be fun to watch the rest of the year if he keeps utilizing the outside lane. Connor Grasty came across the line in the second position. The young driver from Suisun City, CA is having a solid start to the season as he already has two Fast Time’s under his belt, as well as two top five finishes. Tyler Fox is now just one of two drivers who have finished in the top five in all three races so far this season. Fox crossed the line in the third position rounding out the podium finishers. Alan Pyszora would finish fourth in his first start of the year, while Rylinn Renaud crossed the line in the fifth spot for his third straight top five finish.
The Box Stock Class will be very intriguing to keep an eye on this season. Currently the top eight in the Points Standings are separated by just 22 points. Luke Hayes shows the way but it is still anybody’s guess as to who is a favorite for the Championship after three rounds. Heading into Points Race #4 there are many questions to be asked. Will we see another first time winner? Will one of the “veteran” drivers finally get back into victory lane? And who will emerge as the frontrunner in the Box Stock Class this season? We will find out soon enough.
250 INTERMEDIATE POINTS RACE #3
The 250 Intermediate Class this season has seen it’s share of drama and excitement already this season and we are only through three points races. We have seen three different winners over the course of the first three weeks, and no driver has finished in the top five in all three races held so far.
In Time Trials we saw the Mittry Construction, RFC Karts #2X of Max Mittry set Fast Time with a lap time of 8.500 seconds. Mittry has always been a great qualifier, and has many Fast Time’s under his belt already in his career.
In Heat Race competition we saw a lot of hard hitting action. The battle’s for the transfer spots were just that. With the top four in each heat transferring to the Main Event, the battle from 3rd through 6th was like a warzone throughout the Heat Races. Avoiding the drama in the middle of the pack Tanner Pettit would score the win in Heat Race #1 in his #24P kart, his second of the year. Heat Race #2 was claimed by “The Bully” Brody Armtrout. “Mr. Consistency” Carson Sousa picked up the win in Heat Race #3. It was his first Heat Race win of the season but he has been the most consistent driver over the first three races this season. The fourth and final Heat Race was claimed by the #57 kart of Daniel Whitley, his first of the season.
Trophy Dash action saw Willits, CA driver Kaiden Butler score his first Trophy Dash win of the season in his #22K kart. Kaiden has had a hit or miss 2017 race season as he is either racing for the win or has something take him out of the race. He is one of the fastest and most exciting drivers to watch in the 250 Intermediate Class. As long as he can stay on track, he will be a fun driver to keep an eye on this season.
Main Event competition saw a great three car battle at the front of the field early on. Raymond Baldez got the lead at the drop of the green flag with Carson Sousa and Kaiden Butler in tow. A great battle for the race lead would ensue. It would all come crashing to an end in the process for the #68B of Raymond Baldez. Carson Sousa made the pass for the lead in turn two after slight contact with Baldez. That caused Baldez to get loose coming off the corner. While still trying to regain control of his kart Baldez and Kaiden Butler made contact down the backstraight sending Baldez nose first into the wall and ending his chances at the victory. A few laps later Kaiden Butler would make the same move on Sousa that Sousa made on Baldez earlier in the race. Once up front Kaiden was able to hold on to pick up the big win, with Max Mittry coming across the line in the second position. Cottonwood, CA driver Trace Adams had his best run of the season piloting his #3 kart to a third place finish. Raymond Baldez rebounded from his early race mishap to come back and finish in the fourth spot, while Tanner Pettit rounded out the top five in fifth in his #24P kart. Anissa Curtice won the B-Main Event for the third time in as many races in her #8C kart.
With Points Race #4 on tap we currently have the #01 kart of Carson Sousa on top of the Points Standings. Although he has yet to get into victory lane this season he has been the most consistent and it has paid off. He currently holds an 18 point advantage over second place driver Preston Carr.
OPEN POINTS RACE #3
Saturday Night’s Open Main Event was one that won’t soon be forgotten for multiple reasons. Some good, like Tanner Holmes racing up front trying to win his first career Main Event in the Open Class in his Rookie season. Some not so good, like the last lap crash that took out both of the race leaders opening the door for one driver to sneak through and pick up the Tyler Wolf Memorial Win.
We saw 28 drivers sign into the pit area for Points Race #3, the Tyler Wolf Memorial. In time trials it was Jesse Colwell setting Fast Time for the first time this season in his Sal Calderon Racing #86J kart with a lap time of 8.340 seconds. Jesse has shown speed each and every week to start the year but continues to have bad luck strike at exactly the wrong time, taking him out of contention.
Heat Race competition saw Brenna Johnson score her second heat race win of the season in Heat Race #1. Brenna has been on top of her game to start the 2017/18 race season and has been a factor in every race. Heat Race #2 was claimed by Logan Seavey piloting the Factory QRC #81 in his return to Red Bluff for the first time this season. The third Heat Race was claimed by Rookie standout Tanner Holmes. While the fourth and final Heat Race of the night was picked up by the #8JR of Brian McGahan Jr.
The Open Trophy Dash was claimed by the Factory QRC, Burris Racing #51 of Casey McClain. It was his first Trophy Dash win of the season. McClain is having an excellent start to the winter series as he picked up the Main Event win in Points Race #1 and has continued to show strength since then.
When the Main Event rolled on to the race track it was Tyler Seavey alongside Tanner Holmes on the front row. At the drop of the Green Flag it was Seavey who would get the advantage and lead the opening lap with Holmes running second. A few early race yellows would slow the pace of the race, but ultimately it was a three car battle up front between Seavey, Holmes, and Jesse Colwell. I cannot say enough about the talent and poise that Tanner Holmes has shown this year. His maturity level is beyond his years as he battled with Tyler Seavey for more than ten laps for the race lead without ever getting making contact once. He followed Seavey trying to pressure him into making a mistake. The mistake would come with two laps to go but it was Holmes himself who made a mistake entering turn one. He got in too hot and locked the brakes up, spinning him into the outside retaining wall and taking him out of contention for the race win. It was a tough way to end a spectacular run but he is a driver that everyone should be watching out for as he will be on top of the podium soon enough. When the race would restart there were two laps remaining and we had Tyler Seavey leading with Jesse Colwell right alongside. These two drivers have had some hard battles in the past and Saturday night that became an all out war. Colwell got an excellent restart and had a big run down the backstraight. He sailed into turn number three and got alongside Tyler Seavey for the race lead. The two never made contact as Colwell drove by to take the lead and the white flag simultaneously. Heading into turn one though, Tyler Seavey drove into the back of the #86J of Colwell taking them both out of contention for the win. That handed the lead and the win over to the #51 of Casey McClain who became the first repeat winner of 2017. He was followed across the line by the #9B of Brandon LaChance. Chase Hill came across in third in his #1C kart. Logan Seavey would finish fourth, followed by Amanda Moore rounding out the top five.
Preliminary action saw Ryan Foster score the win in the B-Main Event. Foster was in the B-Main after taking a wild ride down the back straight in the Heat Race. The crew worked feverishly to get the kart back in one piece and they did a great job as it not only held together for the B-Main but dominated it.
Heading into Points Race #4 Casey McClain has taken over the reigns and leads the Points Standings. With two race wins in three races he looks to be one of the favorites to compete for the Championship this season. Chase Hill came into last week’s race as the Points Leader and despite his third place effort in the Main Event, he dropped to second in the standings, eight points behind McClain for the top spot. Tyler Seavey currently sits third in the standings, 32 markers out of the lead. That would have been a much closer gap without the last lap accident which resulted in a 14th place finish for Seavey. Tanner Holmes is fourth in the standings and is the leading contender for Rookie of the Year honors, as he is 38 markers behind McClain for the lead. Jake Park has quietly had a good start to the season in his #77X kart as he sits fifth in the standings, 40 points out of the top spot.
Heading into Points Race #4 we don’t really know what to expect. Can Casey McClain get his third win of the season. How will Tanner Holmes rebound after being so close to his first win? What happens going forward between Colwell and Seavey. The only way to find out is to stay tuned and keep your eyes glued to the racetrack. As we all know, anything can happen at the Red Bluff Outlaws.
SPORTSMAN POINTS RACE #3
Points Race #3 for the Sportsman Class saw 26 drivers sign into the pit area. We have now seen three different drivers pick up wins in as many weeks as this year’s Sportsman Class is extremely competitive.
In Time Trials it was the Mittry Construction #2X of Demo Mittry who would pace the field with a lap time of 8.658 seconds. Demo climbed back behind the wheel to run for a Championship this season after not running full time over the last few years.
Heat Race Competition saw Demo Mittry pick up the win in Heat Race #1, his first heat race win of the season. Heat Race #2 saw Ethan Rohner pilot the Rohner’s Diesel Repair #89R to his first heat race win of the season as well. Shawn Fogarty picked up his second heat race triumph of the season by way of winning Heat Race #3 in the Crown Motors #6 kart.
Trophy Dash competition saw Justin Reinolds pull into Victory Lane after six laps. Reinolds nearly won last week’s Trophy Dash before a mechanical failure on the final lap caused him to slow out of the race lead. He made up for it this week as he got to celebrate with his young son Brody in Victory Lane.
Main Event action would see the Victory Racing Chassis #21 of Justin Reinolds alongside the #89R of Ethan Rohner on the front row for the 25 Lap Main Event. At the drop of the Green Flag it would be Justin Reinolds getting the jump and bringing the #45 of Tyler Ritcheson along with him into the second position. Reinolds would lead the entire race ahead of Ritcheson, while the field continued to dwindle down after multiple red and yellow flags. With two laps remaining the action at the front of the field would heat up just as it did earlier in the Open Main Event. As Reinolds and Ritcheson battled for the race lead, Ritcheson would hook the back bumper of Reinolds on the entry to turn three. Ritcheson attempted to continue on but his front bumper was actually hooked onto the back bumper of Reinolds. That accident would take both drivers out of the running for the Main Event win. As a result of that accident, Mallorie McGahan would take over the race lead in the McGahan Trucking #17 kart. Mallorie had already had a long night as she started at the back of the B-Main and transferred out of it to start 14th in the Feature. She would hang on to the lead on the final restart and pick up her first win of the season. Darrin Spencer would recover from a mid-race yellow to finish in the runner up spot. Wyatt Brown had far and away his best run of the season in the Ed Brown Trucking #2 kart. Brown would cross the line in the 3rd position. Tyler Ritcheson would rebound after his accident to finish in the fourth position while Donnie Ritcheson rounded out the top five in the fifth spot.
Heading into Points Race #4 Tyler Ritcheson continues to show the way in the Points Standings. He now holds a 14 point advantage over second place driver Kris Renaud. Demo Mittry sits third in the standings. He is 31 points behind Ritcheson for the top spot. After his DNF in last week’s Main Event, Justin Reinolds is now fourth in the standings, 36 markers out of the lead. Mallorie McGahan is fifth in the standings after her win just 37 points out. These standings will continue to take shape over the next few weeks as we find out who the real contenders for the Championship are.