This past week ends race had us seeing red. I cannot remember a night when so many red flags were visibly fluttering in the air at the Bull Ring. Thankfully, nobody was injured. However, there are quite a few drivers that will be rushing to put together a new ride for race #5 of the season.
We’ll be off this next weekend to celebrate Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for, especially for the racing community, that we call family. I hope that everyone is able to spend it with their loved ones, or dear friends. I, for one, am looking forward to my time with family and my racing family.
There are some special birthdays coming up the next two weeks. I hope you will join me and the staff in wishing them a Happy Birthday.
Beginner Box: Freddie Furr, November 24th
Luke Hayes, November 30th
Box Stock: Allysa Foster, November 23rd
250: Tyler Matheny, December 2nd
Open: Michael Call, November 23rd.
Ryan O’Connor, November 26th
Jason Mittry, November 26th
Sportsman: Blake Donaldson, November 20th, and Adam Schroer, November 26th. Michael Helwig, December 1st.
The Red Bluff Outlaws have a new official. After a conversation with Christopher Rowling, he decided to contact Ali and throw his ‘helmet’ into the ring. I am sure, that the majority of drivers and their crew know this young man. He suspects that at least 90% of the drivers and crew have raced at least a few times each summer at Cycleland. Join me in welcoming Garrett Gramps, who is a track staple at Cycleland, and has been here several times in the past. Garrett’s main job is scaling the karts. Even though this is his first season at the Bull Ring, he is experienced, and is extremely willing to go wherever Ali has a need for him to be. Garrett has respect for the drivers and they him, making his decision to be with us, an easy one. This weekend will be his third race with the RB Outlaws, and has hit the ground running, just as he wanted it to be.
“It’s nice to be on good terms with all of the parents and crew members,” Garrett said. “Because situations don’t escalate when tempers are high. I get in the middle and everyone goes their separate ways.”
Someone with the ability to calm a tense situation is an asset.
A young driver that I have followed, for several years, is Hunter Mason. This young lady made the transition from box stock into the 250 class, this season. She raced at Cycleland this past summer, in the 250 class, so she’d have some experience, before driving into the Bull Ring.
I asked her how she was enjoying racing, now that she’s in a 250.
“I’m loving the 250 outlaw kart,” she stated. “I think I’ve improved so much since Cycleland and it’s only the beginning of the season.”
I’ve sat in the stands and each week I am impressed by her abilities. I also inquired as to what her goal for the season is.
“My major goal this season is to win a heat race. If I win at least a race in the 250, I will be happy with that,” Hunter mentioned.
Help me in cheering this young lady on. She always, always has a smile on her face!
Box Rowdy Gramps qualified on the pole in the Beginner Class, with a time of 11.255. Second through sixth was: Connor Grasty, Austin Anderson, Kiley Grimes, Luke Hayes, and Zachary Risch.
Rowdy continued his evening with a win in the trophy dash, coming from the third row, with Grasty close behind, but not close enough to catch Gramps.
Gramps, also won his heat. After losing to Gramps in the dash, but winning his heat, Grasty won the A Main.
The A was not without incident, however. There were several yellow flag laps, thankfully not red. Imagine trying to get eleven very young drivers in order. After the officials got the drivers to lineup, correctly, the green flag laps out weighed the yellow ones.
The finishing order from second through eleventh was: Austin Anderson, Rowdy Gramps, Luke Hayes, Chevy Schroer, Jake Myers, Kiley Grimes, Benty Ritcheson, Jaxon Goughlin, Malia Owens, and Zachary Risch.
Rowdy Gramps is now the point’s leader in the Beginner Box Stock class. I think that the point’s race is going to be tight, and possibly come down to the last race before there is a clear cut class champion.
Chance Grasty claimed the top spot in the Box Stock class, with a time of 9.759. The other trophy dash qualifiers were: Rylinn Renaud, Conner Mewhirter, Carly Holmes, Trevor Grimes, and Clinton Andrego.
Taking an early lead in the dash was Carly Holmes. Rylinn Renaud gave it his best, several times almost making a pass, but in the end Carly was a full ¼ lap a head of the others, winning the dash.
Heat 1 was won by Blake Burgess, with Carly right next to him, as they crossed the finish line. Kevin Franck, was back at the track, finishing third. The final transfer spot into the A Main was Chance Grasty.
Heat 2 was won by Wade Whittman. The other drivers that transferred into the A Main were; Trevor Grimes, Rylinn Renaud, and Joel Meyers, Jr.
Heat 3 was won by Jace Lafferty, pulling away from the other drivers, also by ¼ track lead. Preston Carr, Conner Mewhirter, and Tater Reich were the others that transferred into the A Main.
There were two yellows in the B Main, both brought out for Blake Martin, who stalled on the front stretch and out of turn four, ending his night.
The drivers who transferred out of the B into the A were: Tyler Fox, Clinton Andrego, Alyssa Foster, and Garrin McNary.
The A Main was chock full of yellows, ten in all, and one red. The red was for Jace Lafferty, when he got on his side. With nowhere to go Blake Burgess and Kevin Franck got tangled and hit Lafferty. At the end, Joel Meyers, Jr. won the main.
Maximos Mittry qualified first in the 250 Class, with a time of 8.738. The other trophy dash qualifiers were: Raymond Baldez, Brody Armtrout, Jaiden Curfan-Levy, Kyle Woodcock, and Brock Butterfield.
Once Curfan-Levy got the lead he never relinquished it, getting his first dash win, here at the bull ring.
Drivers who transferred from each heat were: Heat 1: Kaiden Butler, Maximos Mittry, and Lexi Raudman.
Heat 2: Carson Raudman, Raymond Baldez, and Daniel Whitley.
Heat 3: Matt Robinson, Mason Smith, and Blake Carrick.
Heat 4: Skylar Cole, Tanner Pettit, and Tanner Holmes.
The C Main was slow and long. Unfortunately Antonia Boscacci had issues, several spins and a visit into the hot pits, ending her night.
One yellow was brought out by Enrique Jaime when he was leading the other drivers to the green and spun out in turn four when Trace Adams got into the back of him.
The four drivers who transferred out of the C into the B were: Brendan Bartlett, Hunter Mason, Trace Adams, and Daniel Dekeyser.
The 250 B Main also had seven yellows, and a red flag situation occurred when Solomon Fogde hit the back stretch wall, bouncing off of it several times, before he went into the path of Brock Butterfield, getting upside down. That hit ended any chance of Butterfield transferring, who was in a transfer spot prior to the incident.
When the dust cleared the four drivers that transferred were: Kyle Woodcock, Carson Sousa, Carsen Perkins, and Landon Brooks.
During the A Main, there were seven yellows, and no reds. The night was not an easy one for Robinson, Woodcock, Whitley, Smith, Butler, and Sousa. On the last lap, they got together in turn two, with Sousa in a good position to win the race. Baldez won the A Main, with Perkins, Holmes, Brooks, and Carson Raudman coming in second through fifth.
The night would prove to be worth the trip for Tanner Holmes. He has been on a school trip to the Washington DC area, and he and his mom flew back, just to race. What a commitment. Entering the night he was 15 points out of first, when he got on his flight back to the east coast he found himself tied for first with Carsen Perkins. This is a class to keep your eye on, the points race is going to continue to heat up.
Open class top qualifier was: Chase Majdic, with a time of 8.288. Second through sixth was: Mike Wheeler, Brenna Johnson, Jesse Colwell, Jake Park, and Steven Gannon.
Jake Park got an early lead but Wheeler managed to quickly move through the field, getting the lead and not relinquishing it, taking the trophy home.
Driver’s transferring out of the heats into the A Main was:
Heat 1: Tanner Carrick and Chase Majdic.
Heat 2: Michael Tarter and Brian McGahan, Jr.
Heat 3: Ryan Foster and Ren Eberhart.
Heat 4: Jesse Colwell and Michael Call.
Heat 5: Tyler Seavey and Casey Schmitz.
The six drivers that transferred out of the D Main were: Steven Gannon, Kinser Endicott, Casey (Jimmy Elledge sub) McClain, Rudger Worley, Brian Hubert, and Tyler Brown.
C Main drivers that transferred into the B were: Aiden Spiers, Chase Hill, Morgan Sandhagen, Brian Eddy, Shawn Milligan, and Steven Gannon.
B Main drivers that transferred into the A were: Mike Wheeler, Brenna Johnson, Amanda Moore, Jake Park, Brandon LaChance, and Shawn Milligan.
There was a red flag situation, in the A Main, when Colwell got upside down on the front stretch. It appears, after watching two different videos, that Schmitz got sideways, and Colwell, in trying to avoid him, also got sideways, losing control and hitting the wall at or near the flag stand. He got airborne and landed on his side. McGahan, Jr. led the first six laps, before Majdic was able to get around him and never looked back, getting the win. Finishing second through fifth was: McGahan, Jr, Amanda Moore, Tyler Seavey, and Brandon LaChance.
Sportsman top qualifier was Daniel Thorson, with a time of 8.735. Second through sixth was: Shawn Fogerty, Beau Perkins, Ethan Rohner, Bubba Hill, and Darin Spencer.
Beau Perkins got the lead, in the dash, early on, and got the win.
The drivers that transferred out of the heats were:
Heat 1: Daniel Thorson, Travis Lynch, Ethan Rohner, and Joe Arrowsmith.
Heat 2: Shawn Fogerty, Brandon Grissom, Mark Hamilton, and Bubba Hill.
Heat 3: Jesse (sub Mallorie McGahan) Iwuji, Brandon Mansfield, Adam Schroer, and Darin Spencer.
B Main results: Michael Helwig, Beau Perkins, Scott Morton, and Donnie Ritcheson, all transferred to the A Main.
Brandon Mansfield brought out a red flag in the A Main, when he got upside down at the flag stand, taking quite a tumble, landing nearly in turn one.
Thorson, had issues, when his chain came off twice, ending his night. There were a total of eight yellow flags.
Fogarty and Perkins brought the drivers to the green, for the final restart. Fogarty was able to pull away from the pack, getting the win. Second through fifth was: Beau Perkins, Michael Helwig, Travis Lynch, and Jesse (Mallorie McGahan) Iwuji.