We arrive at the ‘Bull Ring’, today, for the ninth point’s race of the season, the first of the New Year. I hope that your Christmas and New Year was full of unexpected blessings.
How many of you enjoyed time racing, elsewhere? I know that there was a big contingency, who race here, that attended the ‘Chili Bowl’ in Tulsa, Oklahoma, either as a spectator or racer. Logan Seavey, Jake Park, and Chase Majdic were three drivers, from the Open Class, scheduled to race.
A ten year old, who races in the Box Stock Class, began racing at the Bull Ring this season. He’s had great success at other tracks, such as Fallon, Cycleland, Lakeport, Ukiah, and Dixon. He has six championships in his short time of racing, which came at Lakeport, Ukiah, and Dixon.
Joel Myers, Jr., is currently fourth in points, with a chance of moving up. Joel won point’s races 7 & 8, and now only forty-three points back of first place, Chance Grasty.
Off track, Joel, Jr. enjoys playing soccer and basketball. In school he loves Math. I’ve had the pleasure of sitting in the stands watching his talent on track. I wish him a lot of luck. He has proved that he can race with the best, especially, this being his first season here.
Birthdays we celebrate this week are: Open Class- Tristan Spiers, February 8th. Sportsman Class- Shawn Fogarty, February 5th, and Angela Rohlfs, February 9th.
Beginner Box Stock class top six qualifiers were: Connor Grasty, with a fast time of 10.290. Rowdy Gramps, Austin Anderson, Jake Myers, Chevy Schroer, and Zachary Risch qualified second through sixth. Connor Grasty got the dash win.
Beginner Box A Main results: I’d like to remind you that most of these young drivers are in their first season racing. Because there are many yellows, I am side stepping them, and going right to the finishing order. Getting the win for race #8 was Luke Hayes. Second through fourteenth was Austin Anderson, Rowdy Gramps, Connor Grasty, Chevy Schroer, Kiley Grimes, Jason Coughlin, Charlie Seavey, Jake Myers, Malia Owens, Bently Ritcheson, Freddie Furr, Zachary Risch, and Alison Becker.
Box Stock dash qualifiers were: Chance Grasty, with a fast time of 9.062. Second through sixth was Carly Holmes, Preston Carr, Joel Myers, Jr., Tyler Fox, and Tater Reich. Joel Myers, Jr., the driver spotlighted tonight, got the win.
Drivers who transferred into the A Main, out of their heats were; Chance Grasty, Joel Myers, Jr., Wade Wittman, and Conner Mewhirter, out of heat 1. Heat 2 transferors were: Jace Lafferty, Rylinn Renaud, Carly Holmes, and Tyler Fox. Heat 3 transferors were Tater Reich, Preston Carr, Trevor Grimes, and Alyssa Foster.
Transferring out of the B Main was Blake Burgess, Kevin Franck, Garrin McNary, and Blake Martin.
Coming to the green flag, in the A Main, Renaud and Wittman spun out in turn 3, after determining that Myers, Jr. and Fox jumped the start, they were moved back to row 2, and Renaud and Wittman were given their original starting positions back. The yellow came out when Wittman got into the outside wall coming out of turn 4. Franck got into the outside wall out of turn 2, bringing out another yellow. Burgess and Wittman were coming out of turn 3 when they got together, bringing out another yellow. Burgess and Foster got together on the front stretch, with Foster entering the hot pits, on the hook. It was an unfortunate incident for Burgess, as it was his second yellow, he was sent off track. The last yellow was shown when six driver’s got together. Drivers involved were: Wittman, McNary, Lafferty, Renaud, Franck, and Foster. Foster entered the hot pits for a short period of time.
Coming to the checkered flag, the win went to Joel Myers, Jr., his second straight of the season. Second through fourteenth was: Preston Carr, Tyler Fox, Carly Holmes, Chance Grasty, Conner Mewhirter, Tater Reich, Trevor Grimes, Rylinn Renaud, Jace Lafferty, Garrin McNary, Blake Martin, Kevin Franck, Alyssa Foster, Wade Wittman, and Blake Burgess.
250/Intermediate top six qualifiers were: Raymond Baldez, with a fast time of 8.474. Maximos Mittry, Daniel Whitley, Blake Carrick, Carson Perkins, and Brody Armtrout were second through sixth. Getting an early lead in the dash was Carrick, who got the win.
Drivers who transferred out of their heats into the A Main were: Tanner Pettit, Raymond Baldez, and Carsen Perkins, in heat 1. Heat 2 drivers were: Mason Smith, Brody Armtrout, and Lexi Raudman. Heat 3: Daniel Whitman, Tanner Holmes, and Tyler Matheny. Heat 4: Kinden Peacock, Kaiden Butler, and Blake Carrick.
Transferring out of the B Main was: Maximos Mittry, Carson Sousa, Anissa Curtice, and Trace Adams.
The 250 A Main began with a yellow, shortly after the green, when Baldez spun out of turn 2, and Pettit entered the hot pits. Carrick brought out the next yellow, when he spun coming out of turn 1. Butler spun out of 3; Sousa had nowhere to go and slid into him, bringing out the yellow. Whitley stalled when he tried to avoid Butler and Sousa. Sousa went into the hot pits. Once again, Butler and Sousa brought out the yellow, coming out of turn 4. Curtice stalled on the back stretch then entered the hot pits for a diagnosis; she was there for a very short time. Unfortunately, Sousa brought out another yellow, when he spun going into turn 4, and Peacock stalled trying to avoid him.
Six driver’s got together, with Adams going into the hot pits for repairs. There was plenty of beating and banging going on in the middle field. Armtrout was ‘pushed’ and spun out, while Curtice had nowhere to go and stalled, trying to avoid him, ending her night.
With the checkered flag in the air; Whitley, Smith, and Mittry spun out in turn 4.
Tanner Holmes got the win. Second through sixteenth was: L. Raudman, Baldez, Peacock, Pettit, Sousa, Perkins, Matheny, Carrick, Armtrout, Smith, Mittry, Whitley, Adams, Curtice, and Butler.
Open Class top six qualifiers were: Chase Majdic, with a quick time of 8.354. Second through sixth was: Mike Wheeler, Logan Seavey, Brian McGahan, Jr., Tanner Carrick, and Amanda Moore. Due to an earlier on track incident McGahan, Jr., was disqualified and the seventh place qualifier, Brandon LaChance, got the last starting position. Starting on the Pole, Ms. Moore got an early jump on the other drivers. She led from the drop of the green to the drop of the checkered, for her third dash win of the season.
Transferring out of the heats into the A Main was:
Heat 1: Michael Tarter and Maria Cofer.
Heat 2: Steven Gannon and Brandon LaChance
Heat 3: Logan Seavey and Jake Park.
Heat 4: Lucas Ashe and Tyler Seavey.
Heat 5: Keith Bloom and Taylor Nelson.
Transferring out of the C Main was: Shawn (Sub, Kalib Henry) Milligan, Chase Majdic, Dakota Cardenas, Holly Shelton, Brenna Johnson, and Casey Schmitz.
Transferring out of the B Main was: Mike Wheeler, Tanner Carrick, Chase Majdic, Casey Schmitz, Amanda Moore, and Shawn (Sub, Kalib Henry) Milligan.
The A Main was crazy mad, as usual. At the drop of the green flag Ashe got into LaChance, 3rd and 4th place starters, with LaChance dropping 5 positions. The first yellow came out when Tarter spun out coming out of turn 4. Ashe slowed on the backstretch and entered the hot pits, bringing out the yellow. After a couple of laps, LaChance had worked his way up to second, behind Cofer. A lap later LaChance was able to get around Cofer for the lead. Shortly after the green dropped, Bloom, Ashe, and Schmitz got together in turn 1, bringing out another yellow. Unfortunately, Bloom and Ashe were sent off track, for the two yellow rule, ending the night for the teammates. Gannon and Nelson brought out the next yellow when they got together coming out of turn 3. A few laps later L. Seavey was able to work his way around Cofer, taking second place from her. Park got into the inside wall going into turn 2, bringing out the last yellow of the night. With LaChance on the pole and L. Seavey to his outside, coming to the green would prove to be a pivotal moment in the race. LaChance was able to pull away from Seavey on the back stretch, with Seavey moving closer in turn three, but LaChance pulled away on the front stretch as the field came to the white flag. Coming out of turn 4, with a substantial lead, LaChance got the win. An emotional moment, after a near win two weeks earlier, that turned into a thirteenth place finish.
Daniel Thorson qualified at the top of the field in the Sportsman Class, with a time of 8.661, a record eighth straight top qualifying spot. Second through sixth was: Shawn Fogarty, Justin Reinolds, Pete Johnston, Beau Perkins, and Michael Helwig. Beau Perkins took an early lead and got the win.
Transferring out of the heats into the A Main was:
Heat 1: Daniel Thorson, Beau Perkins, and Ethan Rohner.
Heat 2: Chris Renaud, Shawn Fogarty, and Michael Helwig.
Heat 3: Jared Ridge, Justin Reinolds, and Bubba Hill.
Heat 4: Pete Johnston, Demo Mittry, and Donnie Ritcheson.
Transferring out of the B Main was: BJ Martin, Denny McNary, and Adam (Sub Eric Gannon) Schroer.
The A Main began with a yellow, shortly after the green was in the air, when Martin and Shelton got together in the outside wall. Martin made a brief stop in the hot pits. Ridge got into the inside wall coming out of turn 4. While under yellow Martin stalled coming out of 4. Ridge was on the hook, and into the hot pits. His night ended, however, as he was unable to get his issue fixed, leaving the track. The red was shown, with many driver’s not stopping, when McNary flipped several times coming out of turn 2. Unfortunately, the red came out once again, this time when Johnston and J. Reinolds got together in the outside wall, coming out of turn 3, with Reinolds getting on his side. The last yellow was brought out when Johnston got into the outside wall in turn 1.
Taking the checkered flag was Adam (Sub Eric Gannon) Schroer. Second through sixteenth was: Michael Helwig, Daniel Thorson, Demo Mittry, George Sheldon, Denny McNary, Shawn Fogarty, Bubba Hill, Pete Johnston, Ethan Rohner, Justin Reinolds, Beau Perkins, Jared Ridge, BJ Martin, Donnie Ritcheson, and Chris Renaud.
Have a safe week, see you back at the Track next Saturday! DeeDee LaChance