BEGINNER BOX STOCK CLASS
POINTS RACE #1
As is the case every year we see some brand new faces and a few returning faces to the Beginner Box Stock Class. This class is the foundation in which these young drivers learn what it takes to be competitive in an Outlaw Kart. No track does a better job of actually teaching these youngsters what you can and can’t do on the racetrack.
Race #1 got off to a great start for returning driver Rylan Sharrah in his Kevin Sharrah Designs #81 kart. The improvement he showed from last season to this year is far and away the biggest improvement of any other driver. He dominated the Main Event to pick up his first career Outlaw Kart victory. He has some pretty good help this season with Crew Chief Tim Majdic spinning the wrenches and we look forward to seeing how the rest of his season continues. Second place went to the Whitchurch & Son Trucking #8 of Racin Gramps. Third went to Loma Rica, CA driver Tyler Carlson in the #3T. The #11N of Mason Nelson finished in the fourth position, while the #57 of Jake Nuxoll rounded out the Top Five.
The night began with the #91 of Charlie Seavey setting Fast Time in his Rockwell Security entry with a Lap Time of 10.889 seconds. Heat Race action saw the #11N of Mason Nelson pick up the win in Heat Race #1. Heat Race #2 was claimed by eventual Main Event Winner Rylan Sharrah. Biggs, CA driver Logan Pike wheeled the #229 kart to victory in Heat Race #3. The Fourth and final Heat Race of the night was claimed by the #8 of Racin Gramps. Trophy Dash action saw Racin Gramps continue his strong night with the victory. C-Main Event action saw Chayce Smith score the victory in his Incredible Hulk themed #42C. Fast Qualifier Charlie Seavey was able to race his way into the Main Event by winning the B-Main Event.
The Beginner Box Class ran almost the entire night without any Yellow Flags. They made it into the A-Main before we got out first yellow flag. It was good to see all the young drivers put on a show for the fans and families in the Grandstands. We hope to continue seeing that kind of action throughout the season in this class.
BOX STOCK CLASS
POINTS RACE #1
The Box Stock Class is always one of the most competitive classes at the Red Bluff Outlaws. Saturday night was no different as they put on a great show all night and had a great battle for the win that came down to the final lap.
The Main Event was great as we saw Jaxon Coughlin jump out to the early lead in his #84 kart, a quick yellow flag would slow the field though and we would have another restart. On the restart, Coughlin would jump back out front with Aiden Larimer in the second spot and Connor Grasty running third in the #21. About midway through the race the front five karts were all running together battling for the lead through slower traffic. Trouble would strike for race leader Coughlin as he got tangled with a slower car and spun to a stop drawing a yellow flag. That would hand the lead over to the #5 of Aiden Larimer. Connor Grasty got a great restart and took over the race lead from Larimer. He would continue to lead as the race went on. Soon Alan Pyszora moved into second and challenged for the lead. On the final lap of the race Pyszora was right on the bumper of the #21 kart but was unable to make the pass to take the win at the Checkered Flag. Unfortunately for Connor Grasty, when he went to the scales his kart was underweight and he was disqualified which turned the win over to the #80 of Alan Pyszora. Aiden Larimer was scored second in his #5 kart. Austin Anderson came home third in the Party Dreams #2. Chevy Schroer came home fourth in the Panthera Motorsports #29 kart. The Top Five was concluded with the #14 of Rowdy Gramps.
The night began with the #21 of Connor Grasty setting Fast Time in Qualifying by nearly three tenths of a second with a lap time of 10.093 seconds. Heat Race action saw the #21 of Connor Grasty pick up the victory in Heat Race #1. Rowdy Gramps was victorious in Heat Race #2 in his Whitchurch & Sons #14 kart. The Third and final Heat Race was claimed by the #2W of Austin Wood. Rowdy Gramps joined his younger brother on the infield after the Trophy Dash as winners in their Whitchurch & Son Trucking Entries.
We hope to see more of the same great competition this Saturday night as we return for Points Race #2 at the Red Bluff Outlaws. The Box Stock Class should be really competitive all season long and we hope to see some new faces pull into victory lane. We’ll have to wait and see how the next chapter plays out.
POINTS RACE #1
The 250 Intermediate Class is always one of, if not the hardest racing classes we see on a weekly basis. These young drivers are anxious each week to get on track and prove themselves in the final stepping stone class before the Open Class. Sometimes that can cause some trouble on track but it often results in an interesting race regardless.
The 250 Intermediate Main Event was claimed by Suisun City, CA driver Chance Grasty in his Factory QRC #1 kart. Grasty has impressed over the last few years as he has been a top driver in every class he has competed in. He should be a threat for the Championship this year if he continues with the same speed he had on Saturday night. Trace Adams came home in the second spot in his #3 kart. Fresh off a Championship Season at the Cycleland Speedway he is poised to make a run at the 2018/19 Red Bluff Outlaws Championship as well. The #88T of Tyler Fox had a great night as he came home in the Third position in his Bickley’s Heating & Air entry. Skylar Cole came home fourth in a solid effort in his #49 kart. Nevada City, CA driver Tyler Matheny rounded out the Top Five as he brought home his STL Tile #27T in the Fifth position.
The night began with Time Trials for the full field of 29 karts. The Global CFS Motorsports Financing #16 of Rylinn Renaud paced the field with a Lap Time of 8.792 seconds. Moving into Heat Races we would see eventual winner Chance Grasty score the victory in Heat Race #1. Chico, CA driver Tanner Pettit got the victory in Heat Race #2 in his #24P. Skylar Cole was triumphant in Heat Race #3 in his #49 kart. The Fourth and final Heat Race saw Clovis, CA driver Dominic Gorden score the win in his Johnston Enterprises #52Y entry. Tanner Pettit picked up the Trophy Dash win in the Ing Excavation #24P kart. As has become the norm each time he wins a Dash, he headed into the crowd to give the trophy to a young fan in attendance. A very cool way to get the kids involved in the excitement of a race night. Yuba City, CA driver Drake Standley locked himself into the Main Event with a B-Main Event Victory in his Standley Bros. Hot Rods #21 entry.
We will return to action with Points Race #2. We will have to see if Chance Grasty can make it back to back wins in his #1 kart, or will someone else put their name on the list of winners to start this season.
POINTS RACE #1
The 2018/19 Red Bluff Outlaws Winter Series kicked off with a bang last Saturday Night as we saw 27 drivers sign into the pit area for the Open Class. You could feel the buzz in the air when you walked in the doors to the Pauline Davis Pavilion. The buzz only increased when you caught the first glimpse of the track ready for battle.
Time Trials would be the first order of business for the Open Class. The Harvest Clothing Co. #1C of Chase Hill would turn the quickest lap of the 27 kart field with a time of 8.760 seconds around the tight bullring. That was good enough to earn him a spot in the Dash along with Ren Eberhart, Michael Call, Tanner Holmes, Morgan Sandhagen, and Jake Park, who all also qualified in the Top Six.
Up next were the ever important Heat Races. We would see five individual Heat Races take place, with only the top two finishers moving directly to the Main Event. Heat Race #1 saw Red Bluff’s own Jake Park take the victory over Chase Hill. Heat Race #2 was claimed by Palo Cedro, CA driver Casey McClain in his #30. He was followed across the line by the #8JR of Brian McGahan Jr. Heat Race #3 would see Rookie Driver Carson Sousa score his first Open Heat Race Win. Michael Call would finish 2nd and also transfer to the Main Event. Heat Race #4 saw our defending Track Champion, Tyler Seavey score the victory in the Amber Norman Racing #91 entry. He got the win over the Factory QRC #18T of Tanner Holmes. The fifth and final Heat Race of the night for the Open Class was claimed by the Red Bluff Yamaha, Polaris, Kawasaki, Can-Am #9B of Brandon LaChance. He was followed across the line by the Whitley Ranches #57 of Daniel Whitley in second.
Trophy Dash competition would see Jake Park score the win in the Gary Gabel Motorsports #77X. Park had the lead early in the race but a near spin cost him the lead as Morgan Sandhagen motored past. It looked as though Sandhagen had the race won as they took the White Flag but she then made an identical mistake to Park’s earlier near spin. That would cost her the lead and the win as Park was able to charge past to get the Victory.
B-Main action would conclude preliminary action for the Open Class as we needed to fill in the final six positions in the night’s Main Event. At the conclusion of the 20 lapper it was Carsen Perkins who would pick up the victory and move into the Main Event. Joining him was Kinden Peacock, Brian Hubert, Morgan Sandhagen, Ren Eberhart, and Amanda Thorson.
At this point the stage had been set and we were ready to turn the field loose for 25 laps around the tight bullring at the Red Bluff Outlaws. The Fast Four Back Row Challenge had been declined by both front row starters, therefore that $1,000 offer will move to Points Race #2. At the drop of the Green Flag, Jake Park quickly found the front of the field in his #77X. He was extremely fast all night winning his Heat Race, Dash, and he would lead the entirety of the 25 Lap Main Event en route to his first win at Red Bluff since March of 2014. He was followed across the line by the S.T Rhoades Construction #31 of Kinden Peacock. Peacock has had a breakthrough in the last two months as he just recently picked up his first career Open Win while competing at the Cycleland Speedway. Tyler Seavey brought home the #91 entry in the third spot. A solid night to kick off his Championship defense. Ren Eberhart had an all around good night, he would finish fourth in the Northgate Garage Doors #14 kart. The top five was concluded with the #1C of Chase Hill in the fifth position.
It was an action packed, fun filled night of action to kick off a new season. We are already looking forward to how the rest of the season plays out. We have already seen a fair share of hard racing and hurt feelings and we are only one week in.
POINTS RACE #1
Some have said that the 2018/19 Sportsman Class is the most stacked field we have ever seen in the Sportsman Class. It has also been said that they may even put on a better show than the Open Class this season. With all of the hype leading into Saturday’s Event, the Sportsman Class pulled through and put on a whale of a show.
The Main Event saw great battles up front throughout the entire race. Tyler Ritcheson had the top spot nearly the entire time though as he fended off multiple charges. In a somewhat surprising twist, the first 17 laps were run non-stop with no yellow flags. In that time the battle for the lead between Ritcheson and Brian Southers was a great one. Southers could never quite make the pass though as he was attempting of hold off the third place kart of Shawn Fogarty as well. After the Lap 17 yellow Southers would run into trouble as he spun in turn one, thus taking himself out of the hunt for the win. The race would come down to a Green, White, Checkered finish as we had a couple more late yellows fly. On the final restart Eric Gannon would make his move. Gannon lurked in the shadows the entire race and when it was go time he struck in a big way. The win was a big one for Gannon as it will kickstart his Championship chase in the #75E. After leading much of the race, Tyler Ritcheson would settle for a bittersweet second place finish in the Evan Sanders Racing #45 kart. Kris Renaud continued to show speed in the Gary Perkins owned #35 kart as he came home in the third position. 2016/17 Sportsman Champion Daniel Thorson returned to action after a year off and came home in the fourth spot in his #8 kart. The top five was concluded by the #6 of Shawn Fogarty who contended for the lead early on before falling back to fifth in the later stages.
The night began for the Sportsman Class with Time Trials. Kris Renaud would set Fast Time with a Lap Time of 9.010 seconds. He edged Eric Gannon for Fast Time by just .008 seconds. Heat Race action would see the #45 of Tyler Ritcheson find pay dirt in Heat Race #1 as he picked up the victory. Heat Race #2 was claimed by eventual Main Event Winner Eric Gannon in his #75E. Heat Race #3 was claimed by the #8 of Daniel Thorson. While the fourth and final Heat Race saw the #2 of Zach Kavert pick up the victory. The #45 of Tyler Ritcheson was victorious in Trophy Dash competition as he held off the #07H of Shane Graham for the win. The B-Main Event was claimed by the #1M of Mallorie Mcgahan. Also transferring to the Main from the B was the #207 of Craig Smith, the #02B of Cody Brucker and the #5E of Scott Morton.
It was a great first night of competition for the Sportsman Class and I think we have a lot to look forward to with this solid field of drivers. Be sure to stick around after the Open Main Event as the Sportsman drivers will finish the night with a BANG!