Red Bluff Outlaws Tyler Wolf Memorial Race Recap
By: Elijah Jones
Beginner Box Stock
The Beginner Box Class has proven already this season in just two races that there will be quite a few new faces visiting Victory Lane this Winter. Last Saturday night we saw Fallon, Nevada’s Corbin Seay score his first career Red Bluff Outlaws Victory in his #7C kart. Corbin took the lead with two laps to go in the Main Event to pick up the big win. Loma Rica, CA driver Tyler Carlson led the majority of the race but came up just short with a second place finish. Third place went to the #42C of Chayce Smith. Chayce led the opening few laps before giving up the race lead. The third place finish is the best of his young career with the Red Bluff Outlaws. Fourth Place was claimed by the #4B of Bentley Nelson, while the #57 of Jake Nuxoll rounded out the Top Five.
The night began with Time Trials for the Beginner Box Stock Class. Jake Nuxoll paced the field of 20 karts with a Fastest Lap Time of 11.114 seconds. It was his first Fast Time of the season. Heat Race action saw the #42C of Chayce Smith pick up the win in Heat Race #1. Heat Race #2 was claimed by the #3T of Tyler Carlson. Carrie Osborne scored her first Heat Race win at Red Bluff in Heat Race #3 behind the wheel of her Herbie themed #53 kart. The fourth and final Heat Race was claimed by the #04 of Braiden Mckenzie. Trophy Dash Competition saw the #81 of Rylan Sharrah score the victory. After two races Rylan is the current Points Leader in the Beginner Box Class. The improvement we have seen out of this youngster is astounding, and we look forward to seeing him continue to get even faster on the racetrack.
The Box Stock Class saw a significant drop in kart count but that did not affect the on track action in the slightest. We had great battles all evening long. The end result saw the Panthera Motorsports #29 of Chevy Schroer score the big victory. He was able to hold off Points Race #1 winner Alan Pyszora. Pyszora would come across the line second in his Emergency Water Service #80 kart. Third place went to the Cornaggia Farms #5 of Aiden Larimer. Larimer, the defending Beginner Box Champion has looked great since moving full time into the Box Stock Class. Connor Grasty rebounded from a disappointing end to Race #1 to finish in the fourth position in his Factory QRC #21 kart. The Party Dreams #2 of Austin Anderson would round out the Top Five.
In Time Trials it was Suisun City, CA driver Connor Grasty pacing the field with a Lap Time of 10.195 seconds in his #21 kart. Heat Race action saw the #5 of Aiden Larimer get the victory in Heat Race #1. Austin Anderson piloted his #2 kart to the win in the second and final Heat Race. The #80 of Alan Pyszora was victorious in the Trophy Dash. Pyszora will take over the Points Lead heading into this weekend’s Points Race #3.
The 250 Intermediate Class put on a great show on Saturday night. It was a great rebound for a somewhat disastrous start to the season for the whole class. When the Checkered Flag flew it was the RFC Karts #46 of Preston Carr picking up the big win after charging through the field from his 13th starting position! Rylinn Renaud rebounded from not making the Main Event in Race #1 to finish second during Race #2 in his Global CFS Motorsports Financing #16 kart. The #27T of Tyler Matheny has back to back top five finishes now, as the Nevada City, CA driver crossed the finish line in the third position. Yuba City, CA driver Drake Standley had a solid night all around as he came home fourth. Tanner Pettit’s fifth place finish was enough to net him the Points Lead after two Points Races.
The evening would begin with the West Coast Concrete #97 of Mason Smith setting Fast Time with a Lap Time of 8.779 seconds. Smith would also go on to pick up the win in Heat Race #1. Heat Race #2 was claimed by the #49 of Skylar Cole. Heat Race #3 saw Yuba City, CA driver Seth Standley score the win in his #25 kart. His older brother Drake Standley picked up the victory in the fourth and final Heat Race. Trophy Dash competition saw the #24P of Tanner Pettit win his second straight Dash. Pettit has been extremely fast to begin the season and is definitely one of the favorites early on for the Championship.
The Sportsman Class so far has produced the best racing and most interesting racing thus far this season. Eric Gannon picked up his second win in as many races on Saturday night, with an identical move to the one he made at the end of Race #1 to take the lead. He drove around the outside of Tyler Ritcheson on a restart with two laps to go to get the win. Not only that, but he had to go to the rear of the field after crashing out of the lead late in the race! He quickly came through the field with the aide of a couple late race yellows. Now with two victories on the season Gannon has proved that he is one of, if not the biggest threat to win the Championship this season. Tyler Ritcheson would finish second yet again in his #45 kart. BJ Martin drove as a substitute for Mallorie McGahan in the #1M and piloted that kart to a third place finish. Shawn Fogarty had to come from the C-Main Event but he rebounded with a solid finish after crossing the stripe in the fourth spot in his #6 kart. Ryan Whitley rounded out the Top Five in Darin Spencer’s #55D kart.
In Time Trials, Kris Renaud would set Fast Time for the second consecutive week with a Lap Time of 8.708 seconds. Heat Race action would see Eric Gannon get the victory in Heat Race #1. Heat Race #2 was claimed by substitute driver Ryan Foster in Brandon Williams’ #91 kart. Heat Race #3 saw the Factory Busch Light Racing #07H of Shane Graham pick up the victory. Heat Race #4 was claimed by the Evan Sanders Racing #45 of Tyler Ritcheson. While Zach Kavert scored the victory in the fifth and final heat race of the night. Eric Gannon was also victorious in Trophy Dash competition as well. It was a near perfect night for the driver of the #75E kart.
The Open Class kicked off their evening with a special event of sorts as they were allowed to do Single Kart Qualifying. This allowed the drivers the opportunity to showcase their talents on the racetrack by themselves and to see what kind of fast lap time they could put together. Adding to the excitement was the $200 that was offered up by mittryconstruction.com for the Fastest Qualifier. When Time Trials concluded, it was the Amber Norman Racing #91 of Tyler Seavey who pocketed the extra cash with a Lap Time of 8.351 seconds.
Heat Race action in the Open Class is always intense. The Heat Races will either make or break your night. If you finish in the Top Two you will move directly to the Main Event. Anywhere else, and you have some work to do. Heat Race #1 saw the #91 of Tyler Seavey keep on rolling as he cruised to the victory. Heat Race #2 was claimed by Rookie Open Driver Daniel Whitley in the Whitley Ranches #57 kart. Heat Race #3 saw another Rookie driver score a win as the #31 of Kinden Peacock picked up the win. In Heat Race #4 it was the Red Bluff Yamaha, Polaris, Kawasaki, Can-Am #9B of Brandon LaChance picking up the victory. While Tyler McCain made an appearance as a sub for Casey McClain. Tyler picked up the win in Heat Race #5.
The Trophy Dash featured a thrilling battle between the #18T of Tanner Holmes and the #1C of Chase Hill. At the end of the quick six lap race, it was the Harvest Clothing Company #1C of Hill picking up the Dash win. When asked about the ongoing battles with Tanner Holmes, Chase mentioned that he believed that the sprint car racing Tanner has been doing is really helping him to be more confident this Winter and that he will be a serious threat to win this season.
We didn’t have to wait long to find out if Chase’s thoughts were accurate. Tanner Holmes would go on to pick up the huge Tyler Wolf Memorial Victory in the Factory QRC, Burris Racing #18T. Not only that, but he had to pass Chase Hill on a late race restart to get the victory! Hill would go on to finish in the second position in his #1C. Rookie Open competitor Daniel Whitley secured his first Top Five with a third place effort in the Whitley Ranches #57 kart. Brandon LaChance came home fourth in the Robert Carrel Racing #9B. Points Race #1 winner Jake Park would finish fifth in his Tehama Tire Center #77X entry. That was good enough to hang on to the Points Lead by just two points over the #1C of Chase Hill. Usually we only mention the Top Five in these recaps but I feel I need to give a shout-out to the #56 of “Lynchmob” Nate Lynch on his sixth place effort. Nate is one of the most underrated drivers in the field, and he proved that on Saturday as he raced in and around the top five all race long. It was good to see the ol’ #56 machine run that well.
As we return to competition for Points Race #3, Jake Park holds just a two point advantage over Chase Hill in the Championship Points Standings. Tanner Holmes currently sits third, just 11 points out of the top spot. The points are still tight, and there’s still a long way to go, but these drivers already have their sights set on an Open Championship with the Red Bluff Outlaws.