Points Race #11 Race Recap – By: Elijah Jones
Beginner Box Stock
Winner: #55-Jett Barnes
Back to Back wins for Jett Barnes has him heading into the West Coast Nationals with a ton of momentum. With just one race left before Nationals, Barnes is definitely one of the favorites to score the win there. Jett showed up for the first time this season for Points Race #9 and has been great since coming onto the scene. It will be interesting to see if he is able to keep the ball rolling during the season’s final points race.
Second Place: #91-Charlie Seavey
Charlie Seavey had his first career Red Bluff Outlaws win staring him in the face during Points Race #11. He had run a flawless race and was leading late in the running. Unfortunately it was not meant to be just yet as contact with another kart on a restart gave up the lead. Seavey would come across the line in second place. It was a really unfortunate way to end a great night for Charlie. He had a great kart and drove flawlessly. Keep your eyes on this kid as he is after redemption now.
Third Place: #7C-Corbin Seay
Despite not scoring the victory, Corbin Seay put together probably his best overall night of the season on Saturday night. He qualified 6th quick, locking himself into the Trophy Dash for the first time ever. He then transferred straight from his Heat Race to the Main Event before earning himself a podium finish to end the night. It was an extremely consistent performance for the young driver from Fallon, NV.
Jake Nuxoll has all but locked up the 2018/19 Beginner Box Championship. As long as he takes the green flag in all events on Saturday night he will clinch the Championship. It has been a great season for the driver of the Kahunas Mongolian BBQ #57 kart. He will compete in both the Beginner Box and Box Stock Classes at the upcoming West Coast Nationals.
Winner: #5-Aiden Larimer
Main Event Win #4 on the Season for Aiden Larimer brought him even closer to the front of the Championship standings. Unfortunately with just one race remaining he still sits third in points, 35-points behind the point’s leader. Larimer has been on a tear in the second half of the season. He will be in search of win #5 this weekend before turning his focus to the West Coast Nationals.
Second Place: #29-Chevy Schroer
Chevy Schroer continued his great season on Saturday night with a second place finish. He also notched his fourth Fast Time in a row and 7th overall on the season. The Jessee Heating & Air #29 kart has shown immense speed this season and he is hoping to turn that into a Championship effort. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the #29 kart this weekend to see if he can get it done.
Third Place: #21-Connor Grasty
Connor Grasty earned his sixth podium finish of the season on Saturday, coming home with a 3rd place finish in the Main Event. Connor is now the closest competitor in the Championship points standings as we head into the final night of competition. It has been an extremely competitive season in the Box Stock Class as we have seen multiple drivers find the front of the field this season.
This Championship battle is far from over as we head into the final week of competition. Chevy Schroer heads into this weekend with the Points Lead. He currently holds a 17-point advantage over the #21 of Connor Grasty. Aiden Larimer currently sits third at 35 markers back. While Alan Pyszora sits fourth, 57 points out. Those are the four drivers with at least a mathematical shot at scoring the Championship this weekend.
Winner: #1-Chance Grasty
After struggling a bit to find the front of the field over the last few weeks, Chance Grasty got back to the top step of the podium on Saturday night. The win was the third on the season for Grasty, but his first since Points Race #5. Unfortunately it looks as though the run for a Championship will come up just short but he has had a great season nonetheless, with three wins and five top five finishes.
Second Place: #49-Skylar Cole
Skylar Cole continued his impressive finish to the season as he scored his best finish to date on Saturday night. Cole came home with a second place finish in his #49 machine. It has been a great last two races for Skylar and he will look to carry his momentum through the final race of the season and into the West Coast Nationals next weekend.
Third Place: #97-Mason Smith
Mason Smith earned his second podium finish of the season on Saturday night. Smith would wheel the West Coast Concrete #97 kart to a third place finish during Points Race #11 competition. It was a really good night overall for Mason. He will look to break through for his first win of the season this weekend during the final Points Race of the season.
Tanner Pettit has all but locked up the 2018/19 Championship behind the wheel of his #24P machine. Pettit had some bad luck on Saturday night that resulted in a DNF after a mechanical failure. He heads into the final weekend with a 74 point advantage over Seth Standley in the standings. The real battle will be for second though as Chance Grasty sits just four points behind Standley for that second position. We will monitor that throughout the night to see who gets that position.
Winner: #52Y-Pete Johnston
Pete Johnston felt like doing some cherry picking on Saturday night, so he climbed behind the wheel of his #52Y kart and set sail in the Sportsman Class. Pete dominated the Main Event en route to his first win of the season with the Red Bluff Outlaws. He had such a large lead on the final lap that he slowed down out of turn four to pull a wheel stand down the front straightaway in the ultimate act of showmanship.
Second Place: #8-Daniel Thorson
Former Red Bluff Outlaws, Sportsman Class Champion, Daniel Thorson earned a second place finish on Saturday night during Points Race #11 action. Daniel has had an up and down season. He heads into the final race of the year with one Main Event win to his credit and three podium finishes. He has hopes of adding to that total on Saturday night before looking ahead to the West Coast Nationals.
Third Place: #6X-Ryan Foster
Ryan Foster has taken over the reigns of the Darryl Fogarty Motorsports #6X for the remainder of the Red Bluff Outlaws season. In his two races with the team so far he has notched a second and now a third place finish. He will look to carry that momentum into this weekend’s races, hoping to notch that final spot on the podium with a victory.
For the second year in a row the best Championship battle of the season will be the Sportsman Class. As we head into the final race of the season Eric Gannon holds a slim three point advantage over Tyler Ritcheson. Ritcheson is the defending Champion of the Sportsman Class. If you remember, he won the Championship on the final lap in the final corner of the season last year. It just may come down to that once again this year. Shane Graham is third in the standings. He is 48 points back of the lead with a slim chance of scoring the Championship as well.
Winner: #1W-Mike Wheeler
Mike Wheeler scored his first Red Bluff Outlaws win in more than two years on Saturday night during Points Race #11. It was good to see the #1W back in top form as he put together a strong Main Event performance to score the win. He took the lead away from Casey Schmitz early on and never looked back.
Second Place: #35T-Casey Schmitz
Casey Schmitz put together his best Red Bluff Outlaws performance of the season as well on Saturday night. The 2018 Cycleland Speedway Champion came home with a second place finish in the Ed Brown Trucking #35 machine. It remains to be seen if Casey plans to compete during the West Coast Nationals in a couple weeks. If he does he is sure to be one of the top contenders to take home an eagle.
Third Place: #30-Casey McClain
After being forced to watch the Main Event from the grandstands during Points Race #10, Casey McClain was determined not to let that happen again on Saturday night. He put together a great night of racing that resulted in his third podium finish of the season in his #30 kart. Casey has had a good season and currently sits sixth in the Championship Points Standings. He is hopeful to move into the top five after this weekend’s finale.
As long as Tyler Seavey shows up to race on Saturday night and earns no less than 13 points he will be the 2018/19 Open Class Champion with the Red Bluff Outlaws. It will mark his second consecutive Championship with RBO. Early in the season it looked as though we would have a great battle all the way down to the wire but the consistency shown by the #91 was just too much for everyone else to handle.