Points Race #10 Race Recap

By: Elijah Jones

 Beginner Box Stock

Winner: #55-Jett Barnes

                Jett Barnes returned to the Red Bluff Outlaws one week after a heartbreaking penalty and got the redemption he was looking for as he picked up his first career Red Bluff Outlaws Victory! He rolled off in the 7th starting position but quickly found the front of the field before the conclusion of the opening lap in his Dirt Co. Media House #55 kart. It was a great bounce-back performance for the young driver.

Second Place: #53-Carrie Osborne

                Carrie Osborne continues to fight and claw her way into the Championship battle in the Beginner Box Stock Class. Another podium finish helped her cause during Race #10 as she closed the gap even more. With just two races remaining she still has a bit of work to do, but with her consistency anything can happen.

Third Place: #57-Jake Nuxoll

                Jake Nuxoll currently leads the Beginner Box Points Standings by 39-points over Carrie Osborne. If he continues to put in solid nights over the final two races, he should hang on to this Championship. Nuxoll has been incredible this season at putting together a full night of racing and earning as many points as possible. Regardless of how the final two races play out, this young driver has a bright future ahead of him in racing.

Driver to Watch: #3T-Tyler Carlson

                Tyler Carlson has been one of the faster drivers in the Beginner Box Class all season long but has had some extremely bad luck late in some of the Main Events. He hasn’t yet broken into Victory Lane but I suspect that will change quickly. Over the off weekend, Carlson competed at the Lakeport Indoor Speedway and picked up his first career win there. Can he follow that up with his first RBO Victory?

Box Stock

Winner: #5-Aiden Larimer

                Aiden Larimer powered to his third victory of the season during Points Race #9. Larimer with the help of Lockwood Race Prep have the #5 kart rolling in the second half of the season. He is currently third in the point standings but the Championship battle is wide open. It would not surprise me if Larimer put on a late season charge in the final two races to snag this Championship away.

Second Place: #21-Connor Grasty

                Connor Grasty has had quite the up and down season. It started with a Race #1 disqualification. He rebounded from that and rallied all the way back into the points lead. Now with just two races left he finds himself second in the standings after another second place finish. He currently sits 14-points back of the leader. He is within striking distance but has lacked main event consistency over the last couple of weeks. If he can get his groove back, the others drivers better watch out.

Third Place: #80-Alan Pyszora

                Alan Pyszora is the epitome of consistency. He is the only driver in any class to finish in the top five in every race this season. He now has two Main Event Wins, two Second Place Finishes and four Third Place Finishes. Despite all of that he somehow finds himself fourth in the Points Standings. He has really flown under the radar this season and hasn’t gotten the credit he deserves for how great of a season he is having. Don’t be surprised if he adds to this total before the end of the season. I predict he will end the year having finished in the top five in every race, including the West Coast Nationals.

Driver to Watch: #22-Malia Owens

                One driver that caught my eye during Points Race #9 was the #22 of Malia Owens. Malia has been a fixture in the Beginner Box Class over the last two seasons. She made the move up to the Box Stock Class and she looked great in the #22 machine. At the end of the night she went home with a 10th place finish and a huge smile on her face as usual.

250 Intermediate

Winner: #25-Seth Standley

                Seth Standley has been knocking on the door of his first Intermediate Win with the Red Bluff Outlaws all season long. Finally, during Points Race #9 that door opened and he took full advantage scoring the big victory. The win marked his fourth podium finish of the season. The young driver from Yuba City has been stellar this season and currently sits second in the Championship Standings.

Second Place: #24P-Tanner Pettit

                Tanner Pettit has all but wrapped up the 250 Intermediate Championship this season with the Red Bluff Outlaws. Pettit has had a breakout year so far consisting of three Wins and seven Top Five finishes so far. He heads into the final two races holding a 70-point advantage over Seth Standley. Pettit would like nothing more than to lock down a Championship in his final season competing in the 250 Intermediate Class.

Third Place: #14-Connor Mewhirter

                Last race I wrote about Connor Mewhirter as a Driver to Watch in the 250 Class after picking up his first top five of the season. This time Connor stepped his game up even more as he secured his first podium of the season and his second top five in a row with a third place effort. Connor is one of just a handful of drivers to qualify for every Main Event so far this season. He currently sits 10th in the Point Standings with a good opportunity to gain a few spots as the season winds down.

Driver to Watch: #49-Skylar Cole

                Skylar Cole is this week’s Driver to Watch. Skylar picked up his first career Trophy Dash win during Points Race #9 and followed that up with a top five finish in the Main Event coming home fifth. Skylar will look to close out the season on a high note. In his #49 machine. Keep an eye on him as he is poised to find the front of the field in Main Event action here soon.

Sportsman

Winner: #45-Tyler Ritcheson

                Tyler Ritcheson found his way back to the front of the field during Points Race #9. Ritcheson has been leading the Points Standings much of the season in his Evan Sanders Racing #45 kart. Despite the win he still relinquished the Points Lead to Eric Gannon. It looks as though Ritcheson will have to fight down to the wire once again if he wants to take home his second straight Championship in the Sportsman Class.

Second Place: #6-Ryan Foster

                During Points Race #9 Ryan Foster took over the reigns of the Darryl Fogarty owned #6 kart. He nearly was able to wheel it to victory. Early in the race, Foster would spin while battling for the race lead. He would charge back through the field but it was too little, too late and he had to settle for a second place finish. It would be nice to see Ryan back competing on a weekly basis as he is one of the best in the business.

Third Place: #07H-Shane Graham

                Shane Graham’s return to full time racing this season has gone exceptionally well so far. He has two Main Event wins to his credit and is sitting third in the Championship Standings with just two races left in the season. His third place finish during Points Race #9 marked his fourth top five finish of the season in the Busch Light #07H machine. We’ll see if he can add to those stats and close in on the Championship in the final two races of the season.

Driver to Watch: #52-Larry McKee

                During Points Race #9, driver Larry McKee picked up his first Trophy Dash Win in more than 20 years. To be fair, it has been almost that long since Larry had been behind the wheel. This season the whole McKee family bought brand new karts and got back in the game. Larry knocked the rust off quickly and has put together a fairly solid season for being out for so long. He will look to continue to move forward in the final few races of the season.

Open

Winner: #18T-Tanner Holmes

                Jacksonville, Oregon driver Tanner Holmes scored his third win of the season piloting the Factory QRC #18T machine during Points Race #9. Holmes has had a great season that sees him currently sitting second in the Championship Standings. He is quite a ways back from Points Leader Tyler Seavey, but he and the team are happy with how the season has played out so far. The win for Holmes was a milestone Victory as it moved him into sole possession of second all-time in Overall Wins with the Red Bluff Outlaws.

Second Place: #57-Daniel Whitley

                Daniel Whitley picked up his career best finish in the Open Class with the Red Bluff Outlaws during Points Race #9. Daniel was able to wheel the Whitley Ranches #57 to a second place finish. After finishing second in the Championship Standings at Cycleland Speedway last year, Daniel had high hopes coming into the Winter Series. It has been an up and down season so far, but it is trending in the right direction as the season winds to a close.

Third Place: #9B-Brandon LaChance

                For the second race in a row Brandon LaChance was able to wheel the Red Bluff Yamaha, Polaris, Kawasaki, Can-Am #9B to a podium finish. LaChance is still looking for that elusive first victory of the season however. Time is running out, but the #9B is performing as good as it has all season as we head into the home stretch. Look for Brandon to find the front of the field here in the closing races.  

Driver to Watch: #38-Bennett Gooch III

                Bennett Gooch, driver of the Nesquik sponsored #38 machine in the Open Class qualified for his first career Open Main Event with the Red Bluff Outlaws during Points Race #9. Not only that, but he wheeled it up through the field and was in the top five at one point during the race. Eventually he would fade back into the 9th position where he would finish. It was a great Main Event debut for the young driver who was just thrilled to be there. Hopefully we can see the #38 in a couple more Main Events before the conclusion of the season.