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POINTS RACE 1 2016/2017 WINTER SERIES

October 30, 2016 NewsAdd Comments

Race #1 did not disappoint. As suspected, when there is a special race, the night gets crazy. From the stands, the spectators were wowed as the banging and beating began at the drop of the green flag. I was certain, that the end of the Open Class race was going to get ugly, as the driver’s continued to swap positions. The race ended clean and with an unexpected winner, who came from the back of the pack.

In case you hadn’t noticed there were quite a few new faces at the track, and some familiar ones, that were absent last season, and have now returned.

I noticed that there are eight new drivers in the Beginner Box Class. Six, former driver’s, in the Beginner Box Stock Class, have transitioned into the Box Stock Class. Clinton Andrego, who finished 1st in the Beginner Class; Conner Mewhirter, who was 2nd, last season; Tater Reich, finished 4th; Alexander Stepps, was 6th; Nathan Griffin, was 8th; and Garrin McNary, was 13th.

There were a total of ten drivers from the Box Stock Class that made a move into the 250/Intermediate Class. Carson Souza, last season’s champion; Raymond Baldez, 2nd place; Brody Armtrout, 3rd place; Trace Adams, 5th place; Tyler Matheny, 6th place, Maximos Mittry, 12th place; Hunter Mason, 13th place, Daniel Dekeyser, 19th place, and Savannah Heath, 22nd place. There are also seven new drivers to the track, who are racing in this class.

Forty-six drivers qualified in the Open Class, with fourteen new driver’s to the track, and three drivers from the 250/Intermediate Class moving into the Open Class. Tanner Carrick, last season’s 250 Champion, Bennett Gooch, III, 3rd; Dustin Heath, 25th.

Twenty-one driver’s qualified in the Sportsman Class. There were six new drivers in this class.

In Beginner Box; the top six driver’s in qualifying were: Connor Grasty, qualified on top, with a time of 11.332. Austin Anderson, 2nd;Rowdy Gramps, 3rd; Arron Slighton, 4th;Luke Hayes, 5th; and Jake Myers.

Heat 1 finishing order: Connor Grasty, Rowdy Gramps, Koen Irwin, Chevy Schroer, Luke Hayes, Jaxon Goughlin, and Freddie Furr.

Heat 2 finishing order: Jake Myers, Arron Slighton, Austin Anderson, Zachary Risch, Kiley Grimes, and Malia Owens.

Trophy Dash: Connor Grasty, with a time of 10.938; Rowdy Gramps, Luke Hayes, Austin Anderson, Arron Slighton, and Jake Myers.

A Main: Connor Grasty and Rowdy Gramps put on a great show. Only time would tell who, if either one, would go home with the Tyler Wolf Memorial Trophy. As it turned out Gramps would take the checked flag ahead of Grasty, who finished second. The remaining order was: Slighton, Anderson, Irwin, Myers, Schroer, Hayes, Grimes, Goughlin, Owens, Risch, and Furr.

The top qualifier in the Box Stock Class was: Chance Grasty, with a time of 9.761. Preston Carr, 2nd; JoelMyers, Jr, 3rd; Trevor Grimes, 4th, Clinton Andrego, 5th;  and Rylinn Renaud.

Heat 1: Tyler Fox, Trevor Grimes, Chance Grasty, Jace Lafferty, Alexander Stepps, Alyssa Foster, Wade Whittman (sub Christian Sanchez), and Bre Arrowsmith.

Heat 2: Preston Carr, Seth Standley, Tater Reich, Clinton Andrego, Conner Mewhirter, Natalie Richard, and Garrin McNary.

Heat 3: Rylinn Renaud, Carley Holmes, Kevin Franck, Blake Burgess, Joel Myers, Jr, Nathan Griffin, and Evan Gunderson.

Trophy Dash: Joel Myers, Jr., had a fast lap of 9.792, and also took home the trophy. Second through sixth was: Preston Carr, Chance Grasty, Trevor Grimes, Clinton Andrego, and Rylinn Renaud.

The four drivers who transferred out of the B Main into the A were: Joel Myers, Jr., Alexander Stepps, Conner Mewhirter, and Natalie Richard.

The Box Stock A Main’s have become quite intense, over the last season, and Point’s Race #1 proved to be the same. These young drivers have been taking a page out of the Open playbook. They slide around and between each other like a carefully written script.

After a couple of laps Tyler Fox got the lead and held it until an incident on the track, he was avoiding the incident, and was passed by Preston Carr and Rylinn Renaud. Tyler fought hard to come back, I found out later that he wasn’t feeling well, yet finished a strong third. The eventual winner was Preston Carr.  Second through sixteenth was: Rylinn Renaud, Tyler Fox, Chance Grasty, Carly Holmes, Blake Burgess, Kevin Franck, Joel Myers, Jr., Connor Mewhirter, Clinton Andrego, Trevor Grimes, Alexander Stepps, Seth Standley, Natalie Richard, Tater Reich, and Jace Lafferty.

The 250/Intermediate Class top six qualifiers were: Maximos Mittry, with a time of 8.688. Second through sixth was: Carsen Perkins, Raymond Baldez, Daniel Whitley, Kaiden Butler; and Carson Souza.

Heat 1: Brody Armtrout, Tanner Holmes, Lexi Raudman, Kinden Peacock, Kaiden Butler, Brenden Bartlet, Savanna Cardenas, Daniel Dekeyser, and Maximos Mittry.

Heat 2: Carson Souza, Carsen Perkins, Colby Fox, Tyler Driever, Solomon Fogde, Tanner Pettit, Tyler Matheny, and Savannah Heath.

Heat 3: Trace Adams, Matt Robinson, Skyler Cole, Raymond Baldez, Brock Butterfield, Dylan Holmes, Drake Standley, and Carson Hall.

Heat 4: Jaiden Curfan-Levy, Blake Carrick, Daniel Whitley, Mason (sub Brian Hubert) Smith, Bella Hall, Anissa Curtice, Carson Raudman, and Hunter Mason.

Trophy Dash: Kaiden Butler and Carson Souza were battling for first when they got into each other and spun coming out of turn one on lap two. Daniel Whitley led the rest of the race until Mittry tagged him from behind causing him to loss his position giving Mittry the win. It was a shot in the arm for him after a very disappointing finish in his heat and not making the A Main event. Second through sixth was: Carsen Perkins, Kaiden Butler, Raymond Baldez, Carson Souza, and Daniel Whitley.

The transferees from the C Main, into the B Main were: Drake Standley, Carson Raudman, Tyler Matheny, and Maximos Mittry.

Transferees from the B Main, into the A Main were: Kaiden Butler, Kinden Peacock, Anissa Curtice, and Tanner Pettit.

Taking home the very special Tyler Wolf Memorial Trophy, from the 250 A Main, was Daniel Whitley. Carson Souza gave him a run for his money, but in the end Whitley was able to pull away from the field and see the checkered flag first, with Souza a car length behind him. 

There was a great battle for third between Tanner Holmes and Colby Fox battling for position. Coming out of turn four on the checkered flag lap Fox was tagged from behind and got up on the burm, finishing ninth. Third through sixteenth was: Tanner Holmes, Carsen Perkins, Matt Robinson, Kaiden Butler, Skyler Cole, Trace Adams, Colby Fox, Blake Carrick, Tanner Pettit, Anissa Curtice, Brody Armtrout, Kinden Peacock, Lexi Raudman, and Jaiden Curfan-Levy.

There were forty-six driver’s who qualified in the Open Class, which meant that there would surely be a D Main. Noticeably absent was last season’s Open champion, Logan Seavey. He had major surgery recently, and has to sit out at least the first few races of the season. It was, however, nice to see his smiling face at the track, and his positive attitude.

The top six qualifiers were: Mike Wheeler went to the top of the board with a time of 8.430. Amanda Moore was 2nd with a time of 8.462.  Third through sixth was: Chase Majdic, Tyler Seavey, Jake Park, and Ryan Foster.

Heat 1: Ryan Foster and Michael Call, transferred into the A Main. Ren Eberhart and Steve Gannon, transferred into the B Main. Mike Wheeler and Tristen Spiers, transferred into the C Main. Rudger Worley, Taylor Nelson, Justin Reinolds, and Lucas Ashe, transferred into the D Main.

Heat 2: Jesse Colwell and Amanda Moore, transferred into the A Main. Keith Bloom and Casey Schmitz, transferred into the B Main. Michael Ing and Shawn Milligan, transferred into the C Main. Richard Westlyn, Devin Whitlock, and Kinser Endicott, transferred into the D Main.

Heat 3: Chase Hill and Chase Madjic transferred into the A Main. Brandon LaChance and Kris Renaud, transferred into the B Main. Joey Brazil and Nate Lynch, transferred into the C Main. Dustin Heath, Aiden Spiers, and Dakota Cardenas, all transferred into the D Main.

Heat 4: Morgan Sandhagen and Michael Tarter, transferred into the A Main. Sean (sub Blain Craft) Becker, and Tyler Seavey, transferred into the B Main. Casey McClain and Scotty Fox transferred into the C Main. Ryan O’Connor, Bennett Gooch, and Cooper Desbiens, transferred into the D Main.

Heat 5: Jason Mittry and Brian McGahan, Jr., transferred into the A Main. Brenna Johnson and Brent Hamilton, transferred into the B Main. Brian Southers and Tanner Carrick, transferred into the C Main. JoJo Owens, Austin Bauer, and Jake Park, transferred into the D Main.

Trophy Dash: Ryan Foster, went home with the trophy. Second through sixth was: Jake Park, Tyler Seavey, Amanda Moore, Chase Majdic, and Mike Wheeler.

The six drivers who transferred out of the D Main into the C Main were: Justin Reinolds, Taylor Nelson, Jake Park, Cooper Desbiens, Dakota Cardena, and Rudger Worley.

The six drivers who transferred out of the C Main into the B Main were: Mike Wheeler, Casey McClain, Brian Southers, Tanner Carrick, Michael Ing, and Jake Park.

The six drivers who transferred out of the B Main into the A Main were: Keith Bloom, Mike Wheeler, Tyler Seavey, Casey Schmitz, Steve Gannon, and Casey McClain.

As promised, the Open Class, A Main, was full of action; pushing, bumping, and aggression. The spectators were on their feet.  Cheering and jeering!  Starting on the front row was McGahan and Morgan Sandhagen. Shortly after the drop of the green flag Sandhagen and McGahan pulled away with Sandhagen getting a slight edge. With a tap from behind Sandhagen got sideways and lost a few positions, giving MaGahan the lead. Foster, not in second, tried to get around McGahan on the top, in the middle, and on the bottom, but McGahan was able to hold him off. With approximately 10 laps down, coming to the yellow flag, McGahan went high to avoid the incident, with Foster going low, it was then that Foster took the lead.

With sixteen drivers battling for the same trophy things got interesting. In the end, when the dust cleared, Casey McClain won the A Main and the trophy. He drove his way up from the 16th position. I, bet, nobody, even McClain, didn’t see that coming. The spectators erupted in excitement. Don’t get me wrong, it was great to see the crowd happy, we all have that driver, or set of drivers we root for, but it was nice to see someone who doesn’t win often, win.

In the Sportsman Class, the top six driver’s were: Daniel Thorson, Beau Perkins, Michael Helwig, Shawn Fogerty, Travis Lynch, and Ethan Rohner.

Heat 1: Scott Morton, Shawn Fogerty, Daniel Thorson, Mark Hamilton, Adam Schroer, Angela Rohlfs, and Jesse Iwuji.

Heat 2: Beau Perkins, Travis Lynch, Bubba Hill, Blake Donaldson, Austin Osenga, cody Smith, and Jared Ridge.

Heat 3: Michael Helwig, Ethan Rohner, Brandon Mansfield, Donnie Ritcheson, Sal Calderon, Brayton Whitlock, and Derek Matthews.

Trophy Dash: Travis Lynch, Michael Helwig, Shawn Fogerty, Ethan Rohner, Beau Perkins, and Daniel Thorson.

The driver’s who transferred out of the B Main, into the A Main, were: Jared Ridge, Cody Smith, Jesse Iwuji, and Angela Rohlfs.

Attrition was the word I would use to describe the A Main. When the checked flag was raised in the air there were only 7 drivers left on the track. There were several lead changes, but Shawn Fogarty came off the track with the win.

Top five in points in each class are:

Beginner Box: Connor Grasty, Rowdy Gramps, Austin Anderson, Arron Slighton, and Jake Myers.

Box Stock: Preston Carr, Rylinn Renaud, Chance Grasty, Tyler Fox, and Joel Meyers, Jr.

250: Carsen Perkins, Carson Souza, Daniel Whitley, Kaiden Butler, and Trace Adams.

Open: Mike Wheeler, Amanda Moore, Chase Majdic, Ryan Foster, Tyler Seave;y, and Brian McGahan, Jr.

Sportsman: Shawn Fogarty, Travis Lynch, Daniel Thorson, Ethan Rohner, and Donnie Ritcheson.

I decided to do something slightly different, and talk to a few of the spectators, to find out why they are back for another season. Cathy Freeman, the grandmother of Savanna and Dakota Cardenas, is happy for another season.

“I’m looking forward to some good racing,” Cathy said. “Some good, fair racing. I enjoy watching my grandkids race.”

I know that even though she roots for her grandchildren, first, as she should, she also roots for many other racers.

I, also, sat down with Jami Petrie. Her and her husband, Scott Petrie, drive here for every race from Hidden Valley Lake, approximately a 2 hour drive, each way. I asked her what the draw was. Scott is a big part of Amanda’s crew. He does a little of everything; gas man, tire pressure checker, etc. He’s pretty good at being the food tester, as well.

“I come here to support Amanda Moore and Kaiden Butler,” Jami said. “I have been looking forward to a new season, minus the drama, of course.”

Dustin Heath, who is new to the Open Class, was all smiles. I sat down with him and asked him a couple of questions. He told me that he was excited to be in an Open Kart and has high hopes for himself. He knows that it’ll be a tough class to run in, but he’s up for the challenge.

I’d like to ask everyone to lift Connie Jones, the grandma of Dustin and Savannah Heath, up in prayer.  She was recently diagnosed with cancer in her foot. Let’s continue to pray for healing for Logan Seavey, too.

Trophy Dash: Kaiden Butler and Carson Souza were battling for first when they got into each other and spun coming out of turn one on lap two. Daniel Whitley led the rest of the race until Mittry tagged him from behind causing him to loss his position giving Mittry the win. It was a shot in the arm for him after a very disappointing finish in his heat and not making the A Main event. Second through sixth was: Carsen Perkins, Kaiden Butler, Raymond Baldez, Carson Souza, and Daniel Whitley.

The transferees from the C Main, into the B Main were: Drake Standley, Carson Raudman, Tyler Matheny, and Maximos Mittry.

Transferees from the B Main, into the A Main were: Kaiden Butler, Kinden Peacock, Anissa Curtice, and Tanner Pettit.

Taking home the very special Tyler Wolf Memorial Trophy, from the 250 A Main, was Daniel Whitley. Carson Souza gave him a run for his money, but in the end Whitley was able to pull away from the field and see the checkered flag first, with Souza a car length behind him. 

There was a great battle for third between Tanner Holmes and Colby Fox battling for position. Coming out of turn four on the checkered flag lap Fox was tagged from behind and got up on the burm, finishing ninth. Third through sixteenth was: Tanner Holmes, Carsen Perkins, Matt Robinson, Kaiden Butler, Skyler Cole, Trace Adams, Colby Fox, Blake Carrick, Tanner Pettit, Anissa Curtice, Brody Armtrout, Kinden Peacock, Lexi Raudman, and Jaiden Curfan-Levy.

There were forty-six driver’s who qualified in the Open Class, which meant that there would surely be a D Main. Noticeably absent was last season’s Open champion, Logan Seavey. He had major surgery recently, and has to sit out at least the first few races of the season. It was, however, nice to see his smiling face at the track, and his positive attitude.

The top six qualifiers were: Mike Wheeler went to the top of the board with a time of 8.430. Amanda Moore was 2nd with a time of 8.462.  Third through sixth was: Chase Majdic, Tyler Seavey, Jake Park, and Ryan Foster.

Heat 1: Ryan Foster and Michael Call, transferred into the A Main. Ren Eberhart and Steve Gannon, transferred into the B Main. Mike Wheeler and Tristen Spiers, transferred into the C Main. Rudger Worley, Taylor Nelson, Justin Reinolds, and Lucas Ashe, transferred into the D Main.

Heat 2: Jesse Colwell and Amanda Moore, transferred into the A Main. Keith Bloom and Casey Schmitz, transferred into the B Main. Michael Ing and Shawn Milligan, transferred into the C Main. Richard Westlyn, Devin Whitlock, and Kinser Endicott, transferred into the D Main.

Heat 3: Chase Hill and Chase Madjic transferred into the A Main. Brandon LaChance and Kris Renaud, transferred into the B Main. Joey Brazil and Nate Lynch, transferred into the C Main. Dustin Heath, Aiden Spiers, and Dakota Cardenas, all transferred into the D Main.

Heat 4: Morgan Sandhagen and Michael Tarter, transferred into the A Main. Sean (sub Blain Craft) Becker, and Tyler Seavey, transferred into the B Main. Casey McClain and Scotty Fox transferred into the C Main. Ryan O’Connor, Bennett Gooch, and Cooper Desbiens, transferred into the D Main.

Heat 5: Jason Mittry and Brian McGahan, Jr., transferred into the A Main. Brenna Johnson and Brent Hamilton, transferred into the B Main. Brian Southers and Tanner Carrick, transferred into the C Main. JoJo Owens, Austin Bauer, and Jake Park, transferred into the D Main.

Trophy Dash: Ryan Foster, went home with the trophy. Second through sixth was: Jake Park, Tyler Seavey, Amanda Moore, Chase Majdic, and Mike Wheeler.

The six drivers who transferred out of the D Main into the C Main were: Justin Reinolds, Taylor Nelson, Jake Park, Cooper Desbiens, Dakota Cardena, and Rudger Worley.

The six drivers who transferred out of the C Main into the B Main were: Mike Wheeler, Casey McClain, Brian Southers, Tanner Carrick, Michael Ing, and Jake Park.

The six drivers who transferred out of the B Main into the A Main were: Keith Bloom, Mike Wheeler, Tyler Seavey, Casey Schmitz, Steve Gannon, and Casey McClain.

As promised, the Open Class, A Main, was full of action; pushing, bumping, and aggression. The spectators were on their feet.  Cheering and jeering!  Starting on the front row was McGahan and Morgan Sandhagen. Shortly after the drop of the green flag Sandhagen and McGahan pulled away with Sandhagen getting a slight edge. With a tap from behind Sandhagen got sideways and lost a few positions, giving MaGahan the lead. Foster, not in second, tried to get around McGahan on the top, in the middle, and on the bottom, but McGahan was able to hold him off. With approximately 10 laps down, coming to the yellow flag, McGahan went high to avoid the incident, with Foster going low, it was then that Foster took the lead.

With sixteen drivers battling for the same trophy things got interesting. In the end, when the dust cleared, Casey McClain won the A Main and the trophy. He drove his way up from the 16th position. I, bet, nobody, even McClain, didn’t see that coming. The spectators erupted in excitement. Don’t get me wrong, it was great to see the crowd happy, we all have that driver, or set of drivers we root for, but it was nice to see someone who doesn’t win often, win.

In the Sportsman Class, the top six driver’s were: Daniel Thorson, Beau Perkins, Michael Helwig, Shawn Fogerty, Travis Lynch, and Ethan Rohner.

Heat 1: Scott Morton, Shawn Fogerty, Daniel Thorson, Mark Hamilton, Adam Schroer, Angela Rohlfs, and Jesse Iwuji.

Heat 2: Beau Perkins, Travis Lynch, Bubba Hill, Blake Donaldson, Austin Osenga, cody Smith, and Jared Ridge.

Heat 3: Michael Helwig, Ethan Rohner, Brandon Mansfield, Donnie Ritcheson, Sal Calderon, Brayton Whitlock, and Derek Matthews.

Trophy Dash: Travis Lynch, Michael Helwig, Shawn Fogerty, Ethan Rohner, Beau Perkins, and Daniel Thorson.

The driver’s who transferred out of the B Main, into the A Main, were: Jared Ridge, Cody Smith, Jesse Iwuji, and Angela Rohlfs.

Attrition was the word I would use to describe the A Main. When the checked flag was raised in the air there were only 7 drivers left on the track. There were several lead changes, but Shawn Fogarty came off the track with the win.

Top five in points in each class are:

Beginner Box: Connor Grasty, Rowdy Gramps, Austin Anderson, Arron Slighton, and Jake Myers.

Box Stock: Preston Carr, Rylinn Renaud, Chance Grasty, Tyler Fox, and Joel Meyers, Jr.

250: Carsen Perkins, Carson Souza, Daniel Whitley, Kaiden Butler, and Trace Adams.

Open: Mike Wheeler, Amanda Moore, Chase Majdic, Ryan Foster, Tyler Seave;y, and Brian McGahan, Jr.

Sportsman: Shawn Fogarty, Travis Lynch, Daniel Thorson, Ethan Rohner, and Donnie Ritcheson.

I decided to do something slightly different, and talk to a few of the spectators, to find out why they are back for another season. Cathy Freeman, the grandmother of Savanna and Dakota Cardenas, is happy for another season.

“I’m looking forward to some good racing,” Cathy said. “Some good, fair racing. I enjoy watching my grandkids race.”

I know that even though she roots for her grandchildren, first, as she should, she also roots for many other racers.

I, also, sat down with Jami Petrie. Her and her husband, Scott Petrie, drive here for every race from Hidden Valley Lake, approximately a 2 hour drive, each way. I asked her what the draw was. Scott is a big part of Amanda’s crew. He does a little of everything; gas man, tire pressure checker, etc. He’s pretty good at being the food tester, as well.

“I come here to support Amanda Moore and Kaiden Butler,” Jami said. “I have been looking forward to a new season, minus the drama, of course.”

Dustin Heath, who is new to the Open Class, was all smiles. I sat down with him and asked him a couple of questions. He told me that he was excited to be in an Open Kart and has high hopes for himself. He knows that it’ll be a tough class to run in, but he’s up for the challenge.

I’d like to ask everyone to lift Connie Jones, the grandma of Dustin and Savannah Heath, up in prayer.  She was recently diagnosed with cancer in her foot. Let’s continue to pray for healing for Logan Seavey, too.

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