BEGINNER BOX STOCK POINTS RACE #7

BY: ELIJAH JONES               

                After two straight weeks of the Carson Stephens show in the Beginner Box Class, we saw a familiar face pull into victory lane during the Gary Jacob Memorial and it wasn’t the #77C.

                The familiar face we saw pull into victory lane was Points Leader Aiden Larimer in his #5 kart. After back to back second place finishes, he was able to pick up his fifth win of the season last Saturday night. Larimer jumped out front early on in the Main Event and never looked back as he would pick up the Victory by nearly three seconds. Jaxon Coughlin had another great night in his #84 kart as he would cross the line in the second position, his fifth top five finish of the season. Austin Anderson would finish in the third position in the Party Dreams #2. Anderson now has four top five finishes in 2017. Chevy Schroer came across the line in the fourth position in his Panthera Motorsports #29 kart. Jacob Nuxoll would round out the top five finishers in the fifth position, his third top five finish of the year.

In total 21 different drivers signed into the pit area for Points Race #7, the Gary Jacob Memorial 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 10.430 seconds. This marks the sixth 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.

Heat Race competition saw Chevy Schroer keep on rolling in Heat Race #1 as he started last and picked up the victory, his second win of the season. Heat Race #2 was claimed by the #84 of Jaxon Coughlin. The win marked his third heat race victory of the season. Points Leader Aiden Larimer piloted the #5 kart to victory in Heat Race #3. The win marked his sixth heat race triumph of the year. Austin Anderson claimed the fourth and final heat race for his third win of 2017.

Trophy Dash competition saw Carson Stephens score his second Trophy Dash Victory of the season in his #77C kart. Despite having a great run in the Trophy Dash, that did not transition over to the Main Event as he had multiple problems early in the race causing him to finish deeper in the field.  

Through seven points races, Aiden Larimer still shows the way in the Points Standings. Despite picking up the Main Event win he still lost some of his points cushion to Jaxon Coughlin. Coughlin now sits just 25 points behind in second heading into Points Race #8. We’ll have to wait and see if he is able to continue to close the gap or if Larimer can begin to pull away once again.

BOX STOCK POINTS RACE #7               

                Coming into last Saturday night’s Points Race #7 we had seen 6 different winners without a repeat so far this season. That changed though on Saturday as one driver broke into victory lane for the second time this season and became our first multiple time winner of the year.

                The Main Event was action packed as the #9L of Luke Hayes would lead the opening lap before getting passed by the #77 of Brayden Williams who had a really fast kart all night. He would lead until around Lap 8 when Luke Hayes was able to get back by him for the race lead. He would then show the way with the #25 of Seth Standley hot on his heels until Lap 20 when Standley made his move to get by Hayes who had slowed to avoid a spun kart. When they went back to green the two drivers at the front of the field put on a great race for the lead. Standley hugged the bottom of the track while Hayes ripped the lip on the top of the racetrack. They were nearly side by side for the race lead for the final three laps. Hayes looked as though he could get enough momentum on the top of the track to take the lead and the win but Standley was able to hang on to pick up his second straight Main Event win. Hayes would have to settle for the runner up spot. Connor Grasty put together a solid night in his Factory QRC #21 kart, as he crossed the line in the third position. Alan Pyszora came across the line in the fourth position for his third top five of the season in his #80 kart. Tater Reich had an up and down night in his #49 kart but ended up bringing it home in the fifth position at the end of the night.

In total 16 different drivers signed into the pit area for Points Race #7 in the Box Stock Class. In Time Trials it was Connor Grasty scoring his fourth Fast Time of the season in his #21 kart with a lap time of 9.355 seconds.

Heat Race competition saw Luke Hayes pick up the victory in Heat Race #1, his second heat race win of the season. Heat Race #2 saw the #2M of Blake Martin pick up his first heat race win of the season. While Rylinn Renaud scored his division leading fourth heat race victory of the year in the third and final heat race.

Trophy Dash competition saw the #25 kart of Seth Standley score the victory. The win marks his third trophy dash win this season. Standley has had a stellar start to the season and looks to be the mid-season favorite for the Championship.

Heading into Points Race #8, the Championship points battle in the Box Stock Class has become a little more defined. Seth Standley shows the way atop the charts. He now holds a 20 point advantage over second place driver Luke Hayes. Connor Grasty sits third, just 29 markers out of the top spot. We will see if Standley can extend his win streak now to three in a row during Points Race #8.

250 INTERMEDIATE POINTS RACE #7             

                The 250 Intermediate Class has been a lot of fun to watch this season as each week it seems as though we have different faces at the front of the field. This week was no different as the racing at the front of the field was excellent.

                At the drop of the Green Flag it was the #68B of Raymond Baldez who would lead the way for the opening ten laps of the race. Baldez took a week off and missed Race #6 and it seemed to help as he showed a ton of speed all night long. On Lap 10 Carsen Perkins came onto the scene and the two drivers put on a show at the front of the field. For three laps they exchanged slide jobs without touching once. That is until it looked as though Baldez finally had enough and drove into the side of the #35 kart in turn three. Under the next yellow flag he was sent to the rear of the field for the rough driving. From that point on it was all Carsen Perkins at the front of the field. Perkins now has two wins on the season after dominating Points Race #7. After picking up the win during Race #6, Connor Mewhirter backed that up with a second place effort in his #14 kart. Landon Brooks had a great run in the #60L as he wheeled his way to a third place finish. Mason Smith had his best run in a few weeks in the West Coast Concrete #97 kart. Smith would cross the line in the fourth spot. The top five would be rounded out by the #19 of Blake Carrick who was subbing for Brody Armtrout this week.

In total 26 different drivers signed into the pit area for Points Race #7 in the 250 Intermediate Class. In Time Trials it was the RFC Karts #01 of Carson Sousa setting Fast Time with a lap time of 8.456 seconds.

Heat Race competition saw Carson Sousa continue to impress as he picked up the win in Heat Race #1, his third of the season. Heat Race #2 was claimed by Preston Carr for his first Heat Race win of the year in the #46 kart. Heat Race #3 saw the #35 of Carsen Perkins score his second heat race win of the year. While Connor Mewhirter picked up his third heat win of the year in Heat Race #4.

Trophy Dash action saw the #46 kart of Preston Carr pull into victory lane. He was able to hold off a late race charge from Daniel Whitley to score his first Trophy Dash win of the season in his RFC Karts machine.

Heading into Points Race #8, the Championship points race still shows the RFC Karts #01 of Carson Sousa atop the charts despite a disappointing Main Event last Saturday night. He currently holds a 34 point advantage over the #35 of Carsen Perkins. Preston Carr dropped back to the third spot in the standings at 36 points behind Sousa for the lead. We are sure to see even more moving and shaking after this weeks Points Race #8.

OPEN POINTS RACE #7               

                After coming under fire in the past week the Open Class drivers set out to prove that they do indeed know how to run a great race at the Red Bluff Outlaws and by all intents and purposes they ran a nearly flawless and absolutely thrilling event all night long. Side by side battles, sliders, and good clean racing in each and every race was highlighted by an exciting battle right down to the last lap in the Main Event.

                The night began with Time Trials for the 36 Entries in the Open Class. Chase Majdic had set Fast Time in the last two Points Races with a lap time of 8.244 seconds. This week he went Fast Time for the third consecutive event but this time he went even faster with a fastest lap of 8.208 seconds in the Mittry Construction #2X entry.

Heat Race competition kicked off with a bang as Chase Majdic and Casey Schmitz had a great battle for the race lead. Schmitz did everything he could to hold off the #2X of Majdic but one mistake on the exit of turn four would cost him the lead and the win. Majdic was able to take over the top spot and pick up his second heat race win of the season. Schmitz would settle for the second and final transfer spot. Heat Race #2 would get started with Jesse Colwell jumping into the lead from row two before a lap was even completed. He and Morgan Sandhagen had a great race for the lead as they swapped it back and forth a couple of times. In the end it was Colwell who would cross the line first but he was called for a jump start at the beginning of the race as he passed the leaders before the green came out. He was docked two positions from where he started, relegating him to a 5th place finish. That would hand the win over to the #25S of Morgan Sandhagen, her third heat race win already this season. Ren Eberhart would also transfer with a second place finish. Heat Race #3 would see Tanner Carrick jump out front in the #83JR kart. He would pick up the victory and the automatic transfer to the Main Event. Also transferring out of Heat Race #3 was the #1C of Chase Hill. Heat Race #4 saw Brandon LaChance break through for his first heat race win of the season in his #9B kart. The #55X of Angelo Cornet would also transfer after finishing in second. The fifth and final heat race was claimed by the #18T of Tanner Holmes, his second heat race win of the season. Brian Hubert would also transfer after finishing in the second position.

That would set the stage for the Main Events as we would kick them off with the 15 Lap C-Main Event. Jesse Colwell dominated the C-Main and picked up what he thought would be the victory transferring him to the Main Event but as he rolled across the scales his kart weighed in three pounds light. He would be disqualified, handing the win over to the #3 of Jimmy Elledge. Also transferring out of the C-Main were Amanada Moore, Shawn Milligan, Dawson Hammes, Tyler Driever, and Ethan Mitchell.

The B-Main Event was pretty uneventful as far as Open B-Mains go. We clicked off about 15 laps in a row without a yellow. Tyler Seavey would end up picking up the win in his #91 kart. Also transferring into the 25 lap Main Event were Logan Seavey, Brenna Johnson, Casey McClain, Jake Park, and Jimmy Elledge. With that, the Main Event lineup was set and they were ready to battle it out for 25 Laps.

Before the Main Event’s could hit the track though it was time for the Trophy Dash. The Trophy Dash is a lot of fun because it pits the top six qualifiers against each other in a six lap dash. With the six fastest karts on the racetrack at the same time it is sure to be exciting. Chase Hill would get out front in this one with Amanda Moore in tow. Moore found some speed on the bottom of the track in the final couple of laps and made it close at the line but in the end it was Hill who picked up his first Trophy Dash win of the season.

With preliminary action completed it was now time for the 25 Lap Open A-Main Event. The #35 of Casey Schmitz lined up on the pole alongside the #56X of Brian Hubert. Schmitz would get a good start and jumped out to the race lead. Chase Hill made a big time move to the inside in turn three and got into the side of Schmitz. He was unable to complete the pass though and fell back into line behind the leader. Schmitz would go on to lead the next 10 Laps but they were not uncontested as Chase Hill waged war on him. The two went at it for position until Hill got into the side of Schmitz while trying to pass him in turn three and then nearly spun the #35 car around in turn one the following lap as the two raced for the top spot. When the yellow flag flew on Lap 10, the officials decided that it was necessary to issue a penalty to the #1C of Hill, sending him to the tail of the field and out of the race lead. That would turn the lead over now to the #2X of Chase Majdic who had already had a great night and was looking to add to it with a Main Event win. The final six laps of the Main Event were absolutely thrilling as the entire field stayed bunched up and anyone in the top ten had a shot at the victory. As the field took the white flag it was Majdic at the front of the field. Chase Hill crossed under the white in the fourth spot but by the time they made it to the back straight he was into second. He made a last second attempt to get to the inside of the #2X of Majdic but Majdic was just too strong as he powered away to his first victory of the 2017-18 race season. Chase Hill rebounded nicely from his penalty and came across the line in the second position. Casey Schmitz, after leading nearly half of the Main Event would settle for third in the #35 kart. Tyler Seavey came from the B-Main Event to finish in the fourth position. While Tanner Carrick put together a respectable performance in the #83JR finishing in the fifth position.

With the #1C of Chase Hill having an all around good night, he cut well into Casey McClain’s Points Lead. McClain came into the night with an 18 point advantage. After the final Checkered Flag flew, Chase Hill is now only six points behind McClain for the top spot. Tyler Seavey also gained on McClain as he is third in points just 18 markers back. Despite three straight 16th place finishes, Tanner Holmes continues to hang on to the fourth spot in the standings. He is currently 67 points out of the lead. Chase Majdic has now moved into the top five in the standings as he now sits fifth, 73 points out of the lead. With just one Points Race remaining before we take a six week break, the drivers will be looking to send 2017 off with a victory. We should see even more great racing during Points Race #8.

SPORTSMAN POINTS RACE #7               

                The Sportsman Class has been extremely exciting so far this season. We have now seen seven different winners in seven races and the Championship Points Battle is a great one as well. Keep your eyes peeled on this class as it is anyones guess as to who will win on any given Saturday.

                The Main Event kicked off with the #1T of Donnie Ritcheson soaring to the race lead. He would lead only the opening lap though before spinning on lap two and causing an eight kart pileup in turn four. That would give the race lead to the #2X of Demo Mittry. Early in the race he and Zack Kavert would trade paint and the lead on multiple occasions before Mittry was able to solidify his spot at the front and go on to win his 16th career Main Event with the Red Bluff Outlaws. Tyler Ritcheson tried to make a late run but came up just short as he crossed the line in the second position. Wyatt Brown picked up yet another third place finish in the Ed Brown Trucking #2 kart. Mallorie McGahan crossed the line in fourth, while Zachary Kavert dropped back to the fifth finishing position.

In total 23 different drivers signed into the pit area for Points Race #7 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 8.668 seconds. Renaud did not have a good Main Event though later in the night.

Heat Race competition saw Kris Renaud continue to roll as he picked up the win in Heat Race #1. He would also go on to win the Trophy Dash as well in his #35 kart. Heat Race #2 was claimed by the #17 of Mallorie McGahan, her fifth heat race triumph of the season. Eric Gannon would pick up the victory in Heat Race #3.

Heading into Points Race #8, Kris Renaud still maintains the top spot in the Points Standings. Tyler Ritcheson is still second, just 11 points out of the lead. Renaud’s points lead has shrunk in the last couple of weeks as Ritcheson has put together a couple of strong efforts. We will have to wait and see if he can keep cutting into that lead as we head into Points Race #8.