Points Race #12 Race Recap – By: Elijah Jones
Beginner Box Stock
Winner: #91-Charlie Seavey
Charlie Seavey nearly picked up his first career win during Points Race #11 before Jett Barnes snuck by late in the race. This weekend Barnes was hot on his heels once again but Seavey did not even look back. The youngster cruised to his first career win with the Red Bluff Outlaws. He celebrated with donuts and a wing dance on the infield that included the infamous “Sutter Cut”. It was great to see this young driver persevere and claim his first win of what is sure to be many with the Red Bluff Outlaws.
Second Place: #55-Jett Barnes
Jett Barnes began racing regularly with the Red Bluff Outlaws during the second half of the season. In that time he became the driver to beat on a weekly basis. Barnes skill set was unbelievable from the first time he hit the track. The youngster wheels his Dirt Co. Media House #55 kart around the track smoother than any other driver in the Beginner Box Class and he has the speed to go with it. This weekend though that wasn’t enough to unseat Charlie Seavey. Barnes would score a second place finish before heading into this weekend’s West Coast Nationals.
Third Place: #1-Jude Grasty
Jude Grasty had an excellent 2019 campaign. He really started making excellent gains and was close on numerous occasions to snagging that first Main Event Victory. Although he did not break into Victory Lane he did reel in a pair of second place finishes including one on Saturday night. Any driver with the last name of Grasty has been spectacular in Beginner Box and Box Stocks with the Red Bluff Outlaws. I expect we will see the same from Jude here in the next year or so as he continues to improve.
2019 Beginner Box Track Champion: #57-Jake Nuxoll
Jake Nuxoll put together and all around complete season with the Red Bluff Outlaws en route to his first Championship. Throughout the season he scored 4 Fast Time Awards, unbelievably he did not win a single Heat Race all season long. He did however win one Trophy Dash and two Main Events. Pair that with nine Top Five finishes and you have a Championship Season that this youngster won’t soon forget.
Winner & 2019 Box Stock Track Champion: #29-Chevy Schroer
There’s no better way to cap off a Championship season than with another Main Event Win. That is exactly what Chevy Schroer did on Saturday night. Chevy came in to the night needing to hold off Connor Grasty and Aiden Larimer who had been reeling him in. He did that and more as he set Fast Time, Won his Heat Race, and Won his fourth Main Event of the season. Chevy was stellar all season long as he earned 8 Fast Times in 12 races. He also finished on the podium in 8 of 12 races this year. Both of those are amazing accomplishments for a young driver. It will be fun to see how he continues to progress as we should see him in the Box Stock Class for at least another full season.
Second Place: #14-Rowdy Gramps
Rowdy Gramps finished off what is likely his last run in the Box Stock Class on Saturday night. Rowdy has been a regular over the last couple of seasons and has seen some great success. This season was no different as we saw him score a win on Perpetual Trophy night. He finished the Championship Season with a second place finish in Points Race #12. His third podium finish of the season, and 9th Top Five Finish.
Third Place: #77-Connor Bell
The #77 of Connor Bell finished the season off on a high note as he picked up his first top five and first podium finish of the season on Saturday night. Connor made just four starts this year with the Red Bluff Outlaws but he made the most of his most recent one with a third place finish. He heads into this weekend’s West Coast Nationals fresh off a career best finish. Look for this driver to be looking for the front of the field come Sunday afternoon.
Winner: #18P-Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips won a wild 250 Intermediate Main Event on Saturday night. It was the first Intermediate Class win for Jack with the Red Bluff Outlaws. He caught a break early in the race as he had gotten tangled up in a yellow flag but another kart flipped which gave him his spot back. He used that to his advantage and avoided some carnage at the front of the field before eventually making the pass for the lead late in the going and scoring Career Win #1 in the Intermediate Class.
Second Place: #49-Skylar Cole
In the final three races of the season, Skylar Cole finished 5th, 2nd and 2nd. The only way his season could have ended any better would have been with a Main Event win. Nonetheless he has been on a mission as of late and will look to carry that momentum into this weekend’s West Coast Nationals. What better place to try and earn your first career win than on the biggest stage?
Third Place: #14-Connor Mewhirter
Saturday night looked to be the night that Connor Mewhirter found his way back to Victory Lane. Unfortunately, that would not end up being the case as he had to settle for an extremely bittersweet third place finish. Twice during the race Connor was leading and had his rear bumper hooked by the kart running second. The first time he was able to keep it going and maintained the lead. The second time he wasn’t as lucky. He still put on a great charge though to get back to the podium. I think Connor could be a real sleeper in this weekend’s West Coast Nationals.
2019 250 Intermediate Track Champion: #24P-Tanner Pettit
I have been writing about it for weeks now but Tanner Pettit Officially claimed the 2019 Intermediate Class Championship on Saturday night. Tanner would end the season with three Main Event Wins to go with eight Top Five finishes. He also set Fast Time once, had four Heat Race Victories and won two Trophy Dashes. A true Championship season. It was a great way to finish off his career in the 250 Intermediate Class. Tanner will now move on to the Open Class this season at Cycleland and when we return to competition with the Red Bluff Outlaws in October.
Winner: #52Y-Pete Johnston
For the second week in a row the #52Y of Pete Johnston picked up the Sportsman Main Event Win. This time he got it done with a last lap pass on Larry Mckee to get the Win. It was a great battle to the end in a strange Main Event that saw multiple different leaders. The win for Pete was his 30th Career Win overall with the Red Bluff Outlaws and moved him into a tie with Beau Perkins for 4th All Time.
Second Place: #52-Larry McKee
Larry McKee kind of came out of nowhere on Saturday night and nearly surprised everyone with a Main Event Win. He actually led much of the second half of the race before Pete Johnston came along and stole it on the final lap. Larry McKee has become quite the wheelman and should be a threat in the coming seasons here in the Sportsman Class.
Third Place: #4rent-Seth Nunes
Seth Nunes took over the reigns of the Beau Perkins owned Rental Kart on Saturday Night. He did a masterful job throughout the Main Event avoiding most of the carnage and it resulted in a third place effort. It was the best finish posted thus far for a driver behind the wheel of the #4rent. We will have to wait and see who fills that seat this weekend during the West Coast Nationals.
2019 Sportsman Track Champion: #75E-Eric Gannon
Eric Gannon has been competing with the Red Bluff Outlaws for many years now. He has won numerous races but never has been able to lock down a Track Championship. Now for the first time in his career he can call himself a Red Bluff Outlaws Champion as he edged Tyler Ritcheson by just 11 points to nab the 2019 Sportsman Championship. It was a great battle all season long that came down to the final Main Event of the year. Gannon ends the season with four Main Event Wins and nine Top Five Finishes. It was great to see the #75E back on track full time and with the success he had.
Winner: #57-Daniel Whitley
Daniel Whitley scored his first career Red Bluff Outlaws Open Victory on Saturday night. The win came just over three years after his dad Ryan Whitley scored his first Open Main Event Win. It was a dominating performance for Whitley as once he got the lead no one had anything for the Whitley Ranches #57 kart. He will head into this weekend’s West Coast Nationals with a lot of confidence and should be one of the favorites to pull off the victory.
Second Place & 2019 Open Track Champion: #91-Tyler Seavey
Tyler Seavey put together another strong season with the Red Bluff Outlaws to secure Back to Back Titles in the Open Class. The second half of the season was dominated by Seavey in the Points Standings as the Points Lead grew and grew with each passing week. Each weekend Tyler gave himself some room in the points by either setting Fast Time or qualifying within the Top Five. Couple that with two Main Event Wins and seven Top Five Finishes it was a stellar season for the pilot of the Amber Norman Racing #91 kart.
Third Place: #63A-Amanda Thorson
Amanda Thorson had arguably the best night of her 2018/19 campaign on Saturday night. She started on the front row of the Main Event. Led some laps early and brought home a podium finish. It marked just her second top five finish of the season but was a real boost in confidence as we head into the season ending West Coast Nationals. Thorson has always been known as a good qualifier which could really work to her advantage this weekend.