BEGINNER BOX STOCK POINTS RACE #13
BY: ELIJAH JONES
Heading into the final Points Race of the season, Aiden Larimer pretty much had the Beginner Box Stock Championship Wrapped up. Once heat races were completed, he had officially clinched the Championship title. It was a dream season for the young driver as he had won a total of 8 Main Events prior to the final race of the season. After Saturday night’s event, that total increased to 9 wins in 13 starts, with a worst finish of third in the Main Event.
The Spiderman themed #3T of Tyler Carlson led much of the Main Event before Larimer was able to take over the top spot. With Larimer driving away to the win, Carlson scored his best finish of the season as he came across the line in the second position. The second place finish marked the youngster’s first top five finish of the season. Koen Irvin piloted his #4K kart to a third place effort. Irvin finishes the Points season with five top five finishes. Jaxon Coughlin was the closest driver to Larimer in the points standings heading into the night. He would finish fourth in the Main Event for his seventh top five finish of the year. The top five would be concluded with the #2 of Austin Anderson finishing in the fifth position. Anderson enjoyed a solid season as this marked his 6th top five of the season.
Austin Anderson also enjoyed his first Fast Time of the season as he set the fastest lap in Time Trials to begin the night. Anderson turned a lap of 11.275 seconds to pace the field of 25 entries in his Party Dreams #2 kart.
Heat Race competition saw the #04 of Braiden McKenzie pick up the victory in Heat Race #1 for his second heat win of the year. Heat Race #2 was claimed by the #84 of Jaxon Coughlin, bringing his total to five heat wins on the season. Heat Race #3 saw the #42C of Chayce Smith score his second heat win of the year. Smith debuted a new kart this week and we were disappointed to see that “The Hulk” was no longer on the kart. We have been assured though that “The Hulk” will make his return to the kart for the West Coast Nationals. The fourth and final heat race was claimed by the #57 of Jacob Nuxoll, his fifth win of the season in heat race competition.
Worth noting, the win last Saturday night for Aiden Larimer put him alone in second on the All-Time Beginner Box Stock Win list with nine total victories. He will have the opportunity to make that ten wins this weekend at the West Coast Nationals. It was also rumored that he may run two classes during the Nationals as he looks to jump into the Box Stock Class as well as the Beginner Box Class.
BOX STOCK POINTS RACE #13
Yuba City, CA driver Seth Standley piloted his Evan’s Furniture Galleries #25 kart to the 2017/18 Red Bluff Outlaws Box Stock Championship. Standley came into the night just needing a solid qualifying effort to lock up the Championship and that is just what he did. Once qualifying was completed, Standley had locked up the Championship and was able to chase after the race win as well.
Standley would go on to win the Main Event for his sixth win of the season. This stat is really impressive, considering he did not win his first Main Event of the year until Points Race #6. He won six of the last eight races of the season with Rylinn Renaud the only other driver to score a victory in the second half of the season as he won during Races #10 and #12. Second place last Saturday night went to the defending Box Stock Champion, Chance Grasty in his #1 kart. He only ran a few Box Stock races this season but made the most of it a he scored a top five in all three of his starts this season. Rylinn Renaud had an up and down season that concluded with a third place effort on Saturday night for his 11th top five of the season. Renaud scored more top fives than any other driver in the Box Stock Class this season. Connor Grasty piloted his Factory QRC #21 kart to a fourth place effort in last week’s Main Event. It was his sixth top five in a season that saw him also win one Main Event back during Points Race #5. The top five would be rounded out by the Ed Brown Trucking #49 of Tater Reich. Tater had a great season in the Box Stock Class, scoring a Main Event Victory during Points Race #2 along with five top five finishes.
In Time Trials it was the Grasty Brothers pacing the field of 16 entries. Chance Grasty set Fast Time with a lap time of 10.016 seconds. His younger brother Connor would time in second quickest. These two up and comers have had great starts to their careers and will look to carry that speed into the next year.
Heat Race competition saw the #10 kart of Jennifer Osborne score the win in Heat Race #1. The win was her third of the season in heat race competition. Heat Race #2 was claimed by the #7DJ of Dryver Dothage. This was the first time we saw Dothage with the Red Bluff Outlaws this season and he made a statement in the Heat Race, he would go on to finish 10th in the Main Event. The third and final Heat Race was claimed by the Phantom Racing Chassis #16 kart of Rylinn Renaud. The win was his fifth of the season in heat race competition. The six kart, six lap, Trophy Dash saw Seth Standley pull into Victory Lane for the fifth time this season. During his winner’s interview, when asked what he had to do to win the Main Event his response was “Spank Em”, and he did just that.
As I’m sure many of you noticed, the kart count in the Box Stock Class was a little light this year. No worries though as the Beginner Box Class was HUGE this season. Many of those drivers will be moving into the Box Stock Class next year, which will increase the kart count and level of competition even more. It’s all a part of the game, especially in the lower classes where drivers change classes once every couple of years until they reach the Open Class. We expect to see a solid kart count this weekend during the West Coast Nationals, as everyone wants to try their hand at taking home an Eagle.
250 INTERMEDIATE POINTS RACE #13
The 250 Intermediate Class had arguably the best Championship Points battle all season long. Heading into the season finale there were five drivers still with a mathematical shot at the Championship. Three of those drivers were separated by just 21 points. That would not be the case for long though. After Qualifying and Heat Races, Carsen Perkins had extended his lead by enough that all he needed to do was roll onto the racetrack for the Main Event to clinch the title. He would do just that, finishing 7th in the Main Event to secure his first 250 Intermediate Championship at the Red Bluff Outlaws and his fourth overall Championship at the track (1-Beg. Box, 2-Box).
The Main Event would see Daniel Whitley jump out front at the drop of the Green Flag in his #57 kart in search of his sixth win of the season. The race would be slowed multiple times due to accident but Daniel Whitley was untouchable at the front of the field. Every restart he would just drive away from the field. The race would be for second, as Whitley dominated for his sixth Main Event triumph of the year. After starting outside the front row, Mason Smith had his best finish since winning the season opener as he came across the line in second for his third top five finish of the season. Max Mittry would finish in the third position in his #2X kart for just his second top five finish of the year. Anissa Curtice would cross the stripe in the fourth position in her #8C kart. While Tanner Pettit rounded out the top five with a fifth place finish in his #24P kart. His seventh top five of the season.
Carsen Perkins helped solidify his Championship season by way of setting Fast Time in Time Trials with a lap time of 8.497 seconds. That lap was nearly three tenths of a second quicker than the second fastest driver. Perkins knew he had to have a solid qualifying effort to try and maintain his points lead, and he blew that out of the water.
Heat race competition saw the #2X of Max Mittry score what was surprisingly his first heat race win of the season during Heat Race #1. Kaiden Butler piloted his #22K kart to the victory during Heat Race #2 for his sixth heat race triumph of the season. Anissa Curtice scored the win during Heat Race #3, her second of the season. The fourth and final heat race saw Carly Holmes pick up the victory, also her second of the season.
For this weekend’s West Coast Nationals it is hard to pick a favorite for the win. If I were to place a bet, it would be on the #57 of Daniel Whitley. He has been so strong this season with his six wins. You can’t count out “The Champ” Carsen Perkins though, as his consistency might be just what he needs to pick up the WCN victory. Last year’s West Coast Nationals Champion Tanner Pettit is also in the field again this year. He will look to defend his title against a full field of challengers. This class will feature a lot of drama and excitement this weekend. That is guaranteed.
OPEN POINTS RACE #13
The 2017/18 Red Bluff Outlaws Open Championship battle was one for the ages. It came down to a late season duel between the Amber Norman Racing #91 of Tyler Seavey and the SALCO Better Energy #1C of Chase Hill. Both drivers have spent the majority of their lives racing around the little bullring inside the Pauline Davis Pavilion and it all came down to the final race of the season to determine a Champion. Heading into the Main Event all Tyler Seavey had to do was finish 14th or better to clinch the Championship. For Chase Hill that meant he had to win the race and hope that Seavey had some sort of mishap.
The Main Event would go green with the Ed Brown Trucking #35 of Casey Schmitz on the Pole, alongside Championship Points Leader Tyler Seavey in the #91. At the drop of the Green Flag it would be Seavey jumping out front early on. He would lead the opening set of laps before the yellow flag would slow the field as Amanda Moore and Ren Eberhart got together in turn one. On the restart Schmitz would show his strength as they completed one lap and then Schmitz threw the slider into turn one. He would take the lead over just as the yellow lights came on once again, this time for first time main event starter Dawson Hammes in the #55D who stopped on the back stretch. On the restart Chase Hill would come to life as he quickly took second from Tyler Seavey and then the war began between himself and Casey Schmitz. Hill would throw a hail mary slider into turn three. Schmitz though would drive back under him out of the corner and motor back into the lead. Hill would fall back into line and wait for another opportunity to pounce. The yellow flag would bunch the field up on Lap 11 as Landon Brooks got turned around and collected Amanda Moore. The race would go back green with 14 laps remaining, only to go yellow quickly for the #25S of Morgan Sandhagen who slowed on the front stretch. Casey Schmitz would get a great restart as he jumped back out front. Hill though knew he needed to get one more spot to have any shot at the Championship. He would pull the trigger with less than ten to go. Schmitz left the bottom open in turn three and Hill would dive to the inside from 5 kart lengths back to attempt the slider. He would slide up in front of Schmitz, who immediately turned back under him to drag race down the straightaway. The next lap in turn two Schmitz would lean back hard on the #1C of Hill sending him up into the cushion just as the yellow lights came on again. That would stack the field up once again with now just seven laps remaining. The battle would continue up front as Hill just would not go away. He leaned into Schmitz in turn two with 6 to go moved him up the racetrack to take the lead once and for all. In the final five laps Chase Hill drove away from the field to pick up his third win of the season. It would not be enough though to pick up the Championship, as Tyler Seavey crossed the line in the fourth position to claim his first career Open Track Championship with the Red Bluff Outlaws. It came down to ten points between the top two in points, a great Championship battle between two great drivers.
The drama will continue this weekend as we see the West Coast Nationals unfold. Two-time and defending West Coast Nationals Champion Jesse Colwell is serving a suspension and will not be competing this weekend so we will see a different winner in the Open Class. Stay tuned to find out who that will be.
SPORTSMAN POINTS RACE #13
The Sportsman Championship battle we saw this season was hands down the best championship battle I have ever witnessed. All season long Kris Renaud and Tyler Ritcheson duked it out for the top spot. They were never separated by more than ten points in the standings and heading into the finale Ritcheson held a one point advantage over Renaud. One single point with one race remaining in the season.
By the time the Main Event rolled around, Ritcheson had added one point to that total and carried a 2-point lead into the main. For Kris Renaud that meant he had to finish ahead of Ritcheson by two positions unless they were both in the top three. If they both finished in the top three it only mattered who finished ahead of the other. Well that is just how this one would play out. With five to go Shawn Fogarty would crash out of the lead which would put Kris Renaud into the lead with Tyler Ritcheson behind him in second. Winner takes home the Championship. The green flag would go back in the air for the final time with five to go. Renaud got a good restart and blocked the slider into turn one. That slowed his back straightaway momentum though as Ritcheson threw a slider into turn three to take over the lead. Renaud would drive back under him and move him up the track in turn one to regain the top spot. Neither driver was giving the other an inch as there wasn’t an inch to give in the closing laps. Ritcheson would keep his foot in it on the top, he drove to the bottom in turn one with two to go and retook the race lead. The white flag would go in the air with the Championship on the line! Ritcheson lead it through turns one and two. Renaud went to the top to get a run down the back straight. They both dove for the bottom in turn three! Contact ensues and Renaud spins allowing Tyler Ritcheson to drive it home for the Main Event win and Championship!!!
As a race fan you can only dream of watching a race like that with so much on the line. Two drivers, battling for not only the race win but for a Championship. It coming down to the final corner on the final lap. The Sportsman Class sometimes gets a bad rap, but this season they put on the best shows each and every week. The talent level in this class was top notch this season.
With the finish to the Points Season for the Sportsman Class, we can only hope for more of the same during the West Coast Nationals this weekend. So many heavy hitters are expected to be in the field and I cannot wait to see what they bring to the table.