What a great race night, point race #12 was as they all are, so very entertaining for many. I have to say, in several classes, where the points’ race was tight; there was a shake up. Let’s see what tonight brings. The championship is wide open in the Open Class, between Chase Majdic and Mike Wheeler.
Here we are at the end of the season. Can you believe it? It seems to be too long, yet so short.
Beginner Box Stock:
Qualifying at the top of the board was, Connor Grasty, with a time of 11.157. The other trophy dash qualifiers were: Jake Myers, Chevy Schroer, Luke Hayes, Jaxon Coughlin, and Aiden Larimer. Fighting his way through the pack, after starting in the last row, Jake Myers got the win, by several kart lengths over second place Connor Grasty. Rounding out the field was; Jaxon Coughlin, Luke Hayes, Chevy Schroer, and Aiden Larimer.
Finishing order in the heats was:
Heat 1: Connor Grasty, Zachary Risch, Jaxon Coughlin, Austin Anderson, Chevy Schroer, Malia Owens, and Mason Smith.
Heat 2: Jake Myers, Luke Hayes, Aiden Larimer, Rowdy Gramps, Freddie Furr, Koen Irvin, and Tyler Carlson.
B Main: Koen Irvin, Chevy Schroer, Freddie Furr, and Mason Smith were the drivers who transferred into the A Main.
A Main: On lap 1 the first yellow, was in the air, when Freddie Furr, Austin Anderson, and Chevy Schroer got together in turn 2. On lap 2 the drivers, were under caution, again, when Furr and Anderson spun, in turn 2. Coming to the yellow flag, Zachary Risch and Jake Myers got into the outside wall, coming out of turn 3. On lap 10 Rowdy Gramps and Connor Grasty spun coming out of turn 4. Gramps had the lead, with Grasty right on his tail, Grasty ran into the back of Gramps, turning the two of them.
Jaxon Coughlin and Jake Myers sat on the front row coming to the green on the restart. Myers got the lead going into turn 1. On lap 16, Gramps, Risch, Anderson, and Mason Smith, tangled out of turn 1, going into turn 2 into the inside wall, bringing out the last caution of the race.
This gave Grasty the opportunity to catch Myers, who had a nice lead over the other drivers. Coming to the checkered flag Grasty got the win. Myers put on a great show, however, with his dash and heat wins. Behind Myers, the finishing order was; Aiden Larimer, Chevy Schroer, Austin Anderson, Luke Hayes, Koen Irvin, Mason Smith, Jaxon Coughlin, Freddie Furr, Rowdy Gramps, and Zachary Risch.
With a time of 9.709, Chance Grasty went to the top of the board. Other dash qualifiers were: Tater Reich, Carly Holmes, Preston Carr, Blake Burgess, and Makenna Gannon. Coming to the green Burgess jumped the start, moving Carr and Holmes up to the front row. At the drop of the green Holmes took off and got a huge lead and the win, followed by Burgess, Grasty, Carr, Reich, and Gannon.
The finishing order in each heat was as follows:
Heat 1: Grasty, Conner Mewhirter, Carr, Garrin McNary, Rylinn Renaud, and Tyler Fox.
Heat 2: Wade Wittman, Tater Reich, Blake Burgess, Blake Martin, Jace Lafferty, and Brayden Williams.
Heat 3: Carly Holmes, Joel Myers, Jr., Makenna Gannon, Alan Pyszora, and Evan Gunderson.
A Main: Shortly after the drop of the green, the red flag was waving in the air, when Brayden Williams hit the outside wall on the front stretch, getting upside down. Preston Carr hit the wall, on the back stretch, and went into the hot pits for repairs, bringing out the yellow. With Jace Lafferty and Tater Reich racing each other hard, they got into each other, bringing out the caution. With Reich sliding up the track, Williams got into him. Williams entered the hot pits for repairs. Wittman and McNary were battling for the lead, with Blake Burgess close behind. McNary got around Wittman, but both drivers slid up the track, giving Burgess the opportunity to get around them and the lead.
On lap 15, Reich and Gunderson got into the outside wall between turns 3 and 4, bringing out the caution. Carly Holmes stalled, trying to avoid them; she went to the hot pits for repairs. Shortly after the green, on lap 16, Reich, Lafferty, and Holmes, stalled coming to the green. The next lap the caution was brought out for Tyler Fox, Gunderson, and Blake Martin who stalled out of turn 4. Joel Myers, Jr., Gunderson, and McNary got together out of 4, bringing out another caution. McNary, Pyszora, and Myers, Jr., tangled on the back stretch with Myers stalling. He entered the hot pits and Holmes exited the track. Pyszora entered the hot pits.
Yet, another caution was in the air when Lafferty and Reich hit the outside wall coming out of turn 2. McNary, Pyszora, and Myers, Jr., got together out of turn 1, with Pyszora exiting the track. On the last lap Lafferty got up on Fox, bringing out the caution. Grasty got the win, closely followed by Burgess. Renaud, Wittman, and Carr rounded out the top 5.
Qualifying with a time of 9.006, Lexi Raudman got the top spot. Landon Brooks, Carson Raudman, Kaiden Butler, Maximos Mittry, and Raymond Baldez rounded out the dash qualifiers. Starting on the front row Baldez and Mittry battled for the lead, but it was Mittry who prevailed and got the win. Kaiden Butler gave it his all, but came in second. Raudman, Baldez, Curtice, and Brooks completed the field. Carson Raudman had mechanical issues and was unable to compete for the trophy.
The drivers transferring into the A Main out of the heats were:
Heat 1: Brody Armtrout, Anissa Curtice, Kaiden Butler, and Lexi Raudman.
Heat 2: Tanner Holmes, Carsen Perkins, Landon Brooks, and Blake Carrick.
Heat 3: Tanner Pettit, Raymond Baldez, Tyler Matheny, and Kinden Peacock.
Transferring out of the B Main into the A Main was: Maximos Mittry, Daniel Whitley, Carson Sousa, and Colby Fox.
A Main: Lap 1, turn 1, Sousa slid up the track and got into Fox, bringing out caution number 1. Coming to the yellow, out of turn 4, Whitley, Perkins, and Mittry had an encounter. Lap 4, in turn 2, Butler and Brooks, tangled with Brooks into the hot pits, but leaving the track. Lap 5 Carrick stalled coming out of turn 4. Approaching the yellow Peacock, Armtrout, and Sousa stalled, and Whitley entered the hot pits. Once again the caution was in the air, when Peacock and Carrick got together out of turn 2. Sousa slid up into Fox, and Armtrout spun into the outside wall out of turn 3. They were driving for position; with Fox going to Sousa’s outside and Sousa sliding up track. Armtrout had nowhere to go.
Butler got into the outside wall on the front stretch and had to be taken off the track, on the hook. With two laps to go Pettit lost the lead, coming out of turn 4, when he drove it up high. The final caution came out when Carrick stalled coming out of turn 4, he was shown the black flag for a third incident. When it all shook out, Raymond Baldez got the win. Pettit, Mittry, Raudman, and Sousa rounded out the top five.
The second week in a row, Amanda Moore, qualified in the top spot with a time of 8.336. Dakota Cardenas, Michael Call, Chase Majdic, Logan Seavey, and Ren Eberhart rounded out the field for the dash. Pulling off the win was Logan Seavey after following Eberhart around the track, until he was able to get around him, coming to the checkered flag, out of turn 4.
Transferring into the A Main out of their heats was:
Heat 1: Mike Wheeler and Michael Ing.
Heat 2: Tanner (Sub Ryan Whitley) Carrick and Brenna Johnson.
Heat 3: Morgan Sandhagen and Chase Hill.
Heat 4: Chase Majdic and Keith Bloom.
Heat 5: Michael Tarter and Logan Seavey.
C Main: Tyler Seavey, Brandon LaChance, RJ Johnson, Dakota Cardenas, Jimmy Elledge, and Joey Brasil.
B Main: Michael Call, Amanda Moore, Casey Schmitz, Jake Park, Tyler Seavey, Tristen Spiers.
A Main: The first caution was out when Bloom got into Amanda Moore and Michael Call, coming out of turn 2. Bloom and Call entered the hot pits. With racing action back under way, Call stalled on the front stretch, rolling into the infield. He exited the track, ending his night. Brenna Johnson got into the back of Moore, coming out of 2, with Moore stalling. Several laps later Johnson got into Brasil, Bloom, and Spiers, coming out of turn 3. When Bloom got out of his kart, the red flag was in the air. Ing got into the rear of Hill coming out of turn 4, with Hill stalling. Chase Majdic stalled out of 3. Both Hill and Majdic entered the hot pits. Majdic wasn’t able to resolve his issues and exited the track, ending his night. Coming to the green Hill reentered the hot pits. Johnson got sideways and into Spiers, causing him to stall, bringing out another caution.
Brasil exited the track under caution. With the race back underway, Seavey and Wheeler were fighting for the lead, with Seavey drifting up the track, and the lead. Caution was out when Hill and Johnson hit the outside wall coming out of turn 1. The final caution came, on the final lap, when Schmitz got into T. Seavey and Ing pushing them into the outside wall coming out of turn 1.
Logan Seavey got the win, with Wheeler, Park, Tarter, and Moore rounding out the top five.
With a time of 8.563, for the second week in a row, Shawn Fogarty, went to the top of the board. Daniel Thorson, Michael Helwig, Devin Whitlock, Bubba (sub Malorie McGahan) Hill, and Adam Schroer rounded out the top six. Michael Helwig got the dash win.
Transferring out of the heats into the A Main was:
Heat 1: Devin Whitlock, Mike Moore, Shawn Fogarty, and Jared Ridge.
Heat 2: Ethan Rohner, Daniel Thorson, JoJo Owens, and Bubba (sub Malorie McGahan) Hill.
Heat 3: Wade Kennemore, Michael Helwig, Bj Martin, and Kody Hunderman.
B Main: Beau (Sub Kris Renaud) Perkins, Adam Schroer, Leana Kenyon and Derek Matthews.
A Main: The first caution came when Ethan Rohner spun into the infield, on the back stretch, entering the hot pits. Ridge, Kennemore, and Owens spun coming out of turn 3, bringing out the caution. Several laps later Owens stalled coming out of turn 1, bringing out another caution. Ridge and Moore got together going into turn 2, bringing out the caution. Owens departed the track, ending her night. Schroer, Matthews, Ridge, Moore, Hunderman, and Whitlock brought out the caution when they got together coming into turn 4. Whitlock entered the hot pits for muffler repairs, Moore exited the track.
Coming out of turn 3, Schroer, Whitlock, Fogarty, Matthews, and Helwig got together. The final caution came when Fogarty spun coming out of turn 1. Thorson and Hill (sub McGahan) brought the drivers to the green. Thorson choose the outside lane, rounding turn 4 McGahan come up high, Thorson had a choice to make. Either hit her or hit the outside wall, he chose to back off, giving her the lead and win.
Birthdays: Savanna Cardenas, March 18th.
The Driver of the Week: This young man has been around racing his whole life. One of his biggest thrills was helping his older brother work on his kart. When he turned 4 his parents got him a kart of his own, beginning his opportunity to race.
Jake Myers turned 5 years old, this past January. He races in the Beginner Box Stock Class, and is currently in fourth place in points. I would venture to say one of the youngest racers at the track. He enjoys following in his older brothers footsteps. Jake is in Kindergarten. I asked him who his favorite drivers were.
“I like Joey Logano and Kyle Larson.”
When not racing he likes to play with his hot wheels and visiting with his friends at the track.
This is my last article of the regular season. I can’t believe that it’s been three years since I began this journey. I can’t thank Courtny Abassi enough for recommending me to her parents. I have always thought it would be a blast to be a sports reporter, however, for Baseball, my first love. I believe I have grown as a ‘sports’ writer through these 3 seasons. Thank you, Ali and Theresa, for this opportunity. I hope I have lived up to your expectations. I am looking forward to continuing to write for this publication and grow. It has given this introvert a shot at meeting people I would have, otherwise, not have met.
See everyone on March 11th for the last points race and then at the Nationals. DeeDee LaChance