Red Bluff Outlaws Points Race #3 Race Recap
By: Elijah Jones
Beginner Box Stock
In three races so far in 2018 at the Red Bluff Outlaws the Beginner Box Stock Class has now provided three different winners. This year’s class is far and away the most diverse we have seen in a long time. We should see a spectacular Championship Points battle here. On Saturday night it was the Kahuna’s Mongolian BBQ #57 of Jake Nuxoll scoring his second career Red Bluff Outlaws triumph. Nuxoll took over the race lead on Lap 8 and would never relinquish it. Carrie Osborne scored her career best Red Bluff Outlaws finish as she came across the line in second after starting last. Racin Gramps finished third piloting the #229 as a sub for Logan Pike. Loma Rica, CA driver Tyler Carlson finished in the fourth spot for his third straight top five finish to begin the season. The #88 of Sloan Selig rounded out the top five with a fifth place effort. His first top five of the year.
The night began with Time Trials; Braxton Foster paced the field of 18 karts with a Fastest Lap Time of 10.297 seconds. It was his first Fast Time of the season. Heat Race action saw the #04 of Braiden McKenzie score his second Heat Race win of the year in Heat Race #1. Heat Race #2 was claimed by the #91 of Charlie Seavey for his first win of the season in Heat Race competition. Trophy Dash action saw the #4B of Bentley Nelson score his first career Trophy Dash victory with the Red Bluff Outlaws. Will we get our fourth different winner in as many races this week? I believe there is a strong possibility we will.
For the second straight week we saw just 11 Box Stocks sign into the pit area. Once again though any of those 11 drivers are capable of winning a Main Event. This week though we saw the Emergency Water Supply #80 of Alan Pyszora score the victory. The win marks his second on the season as he was also victorious during Points Race #1. Connor Grasty scored his first podium finish of the season with a second place effort in his #21 kart. Rowdy Gramps piloted his Whitchurch & Sons #14 to a third place finish. Brax Dietz locked down his first top five of the season with a fourth place effort in his #18 machine. The #84 of Jaxon Coughlin also secured his first top five finish as he came home in the fifth spot.
In Time Trials it was once again Suisun City, CA driver Connor Grasty pacing the field with a Lap Time of 9.768 seconds in his #21 kart. That gives him three Fast Times in as many races this season. Heat Race action saw the #5 of Aiden Larimer get the victory in Heat Race #1 for the second straight week. Austin Anderson piloted his #2 kart to the win in the second and final Heat Race also for the second straight week in an odd coincidence. The #14 of Rowdy Gramps was victorious in the Trophy Dash. His second Dash win of the season. We are hoping to see a few more karts begin to trickle back in to compete on a regular basis and have a full field of Box Stocks running again by the end of the season.
The 250 Intermediate Main Event was absolutely dominated by the #24P of Tanner Pettit. Pettit started in the third position and quickly found the front of the field as he drove by Rylinn Renaud on a restart early in the race to take over the race lead. He would go on to win in commanding fashion. The win marks only his second in the 250 Class, his other coming during the West Coast Nationals in 2017. Mason Smith finally put together a whole night as he came home second in the West Coast Concrete #97 kart. After leading early in the race, Rylinn Renaud held on for his second podium finish of the season coming home third. Points Race #2 winner Preston Carr would finish fourth in the RFC Karts #46 machine. While the #21 of Drake Standley scored his second top five of the year with a fifth place effort.
The evening began with the West Coast Concrete #97 of Mason Smith setting Fast Time for the second week in a row, with a blistering Lap Time of 8.456 seconds. Heat Race action would see the Johnston Enterprises #52Y of Dominic Gorden score his second Heat Race win of the season during Heat Race #1. Heat Races #2 & #3 were claimed by the Standley Brothers. Younger brother Seth got the win in Heat Race #2, while older brother Drake was triumphant in Heat Race #3. The fourth and final Heat Race was claimed by Suisun City, CA driver Chance Grasty in the #1 kart. Trophy Dash competition saw the #22C of Carley Holmes score her first Trophy Dash win of the season. Carley is a sure crowd favorite, as the stands erupted when she took the Checkered Flag.
As we headed into Points Race #3 for the Sportsman Class, one driver had pretty well dominated. That driver was the #75E of Eric Gannon. His night would get off to a rough start however, as he didn’t even get to turn a lap in Time Trials as the kart would not fire off. That opened the door for the rest of the field and the driver that stepped up the biggest was the #6 of Shawn Fogarty who picked up his first win since November 12th, 2016. Fogarty looked great all night long and capped it with a dominating win in the Main Event. Former Champion, Daniel Thorson scored his best finish of the season so far with a second place effort in his #8 kart. Tyler Ritcheson continued his streak of Podium finishes in the #45 kart as he came home in the third position. The #35 of Pete Johnston survived a wild Main Event to finish in the fourth spot in his debut behind the wheel of the Gary Perkins Racing #35 kart. Brian Southers recorded his first Top Five of the season as he crossed the finish line in the fifth position.
In Time Trials, Brian Southers set Fast Time with a Lap Time of 8.770 seconds. Heat Race action saw the #6 of Shawn Fogarty get the win in Heat Race #1. Pete Johnston crossed the line first in Heat Race #2 scoring his first Heat Race win of the season. Tyler Ritcheson is currently undefeated in Heat Race competition so far this season. Tyler scored his third Heat Race win of the season in Heat Race #3. The fourth and final Heat Race saw the #1M of Mallorie McGahan score the win, fresh off her trip back east to compete at the Millbridge Speedway in North Carolina. The Sportsman Class has been so much fun to follow so far this season. We hope to see the action continue to impress as the season wears on.
The Open Class kicked off their evening with Time Trials. After being allowed to do Single Kart Qualifying for Points Race #2, the field was back to the more traditional Group Qualifying that we are used to seeing on a weekly basis. That didn’t matter however for the Amber Norman Racing #91 of Tyler Seavey as he set Fast Time for the second consecutive week. This time with a Lap Time of 8.446 seconds around the Pauline Davis Pavilion.
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. Finish anywhere else, and you have some work to do. Heat Race #1 saw the #1C of Chase Hill hold off the #91 of Tyler Seavey to secure his first Heat Race win of the season. Heat Race #2 saw the #56X of Brian Hubert score the victory, securing himself a spot in the Main Event. Heat Race #3 was claimed by the Points Leader, the #77X of Jake Park. Park has been off to the best start we have ever seen out of this driver as he is out to prove that he is a Championship caliber driver in the Open Class. Heat Race #4 saw the return of Casey Schmitz in his #35T as he picked up a Heat Race win. Schmitz won the Cycleland Championship before taking some time off and missing the opening two Points Races of the season in Red Bluff. The fifth and final Heat Race was claimed by the Factory QRC #18T of Tanner Holmes.
Trophy Dash action would see the Harvest Clothing Company #1C of Chase Hill score his second straight Trophy Dash triumph. Hill was second in the Points last season with the Red Bluff Outlaws and is hoping to finish one spot better this season. He is off to a great start, and will be a legitimate contender in the second half of the season if he keeps showing the speed he has had so far this season.
Main Event action saw History made as Jacksonville, Oregon driver Tanner Holmes piloted the Factory QRC #18T to his second straight victory in the Open Class. The win marked his number three in his career in the Open Class and number 35 overall in Red Bluff Outlaws competition (all classes). That puts him in a tie with Ryan Foster for second All-Time! Chase Hill put in a valiant effort to finish second in his #1C kart. For the third consecutive week he found himself going toe to toe with the #18T, the two karts have been like magnets this season. They are two drivers we will have to keep an eye on as the season continues. The Amber Norman Racing #91 of Tyler Seavey scored his second podium finish of the season as he came home in the third position. Jake Park is now one of just two drivers to finish in the top five in each of the first three races. Park would finish in the fourth position in his Tehama Tire Center #77X. The fifth and final position in the Top Five was claimed by the Robert Carrel Racing #9B of Brandon LaChance.
As we return to competition for Points Race #4, we have a great Championship points battle brewing. Once Points Race #4 is completed we will take two weekends off before returning on Saturday, December 1st, 2018 for Points Race #5. This season is well underway now and we look forward to seeing how it plays out!