Red Bluff Outlaws Points Race #4 Race Recap
By: Elijah Jones
Beginner Box Stock
Last Saturday night during Points Race #4 we finally saw our first repeat winner of the 2018/19 season in the Beginner Box Stock Class. Fallon, Nevada’s Corbin Seay wheeled his #7C to the victory with a late race pass of Rylan Sharrah to get the win. Seay and Sharrah battled throughout the last five laps in a side by side duel to the finish. In the end Seay would prevail by less than a second as the two crossed the finish line. The #21 of Braxton Foster scored his first Top Five finish as he came home in the third position. The #91 of Charlie Seavey finished in the fourth spot in what was also his first top five of the season. Racin Gramps scored his third top five of the season with a fifth place finish, as he subbed for the #53 of Carrie Osborne this weekend.
The night began with Time Trials; Racin Gramps paced the field of 19 karts with a Fastest Lap Time of 10.611 seconds. It was his first Fast Time of the season. Heat Race action saw the #229 of Logan Pike score the win in Heat Race #1, his second of the year. Heat Race #2 was claimed by the birthday boy Chayce Smith in his #42C kart. Heat Race #3 saw the #88 of Sloan Selig score his first heat win of the season. The fourth and final Heat Race saw the #81 of Rylan Sharrah score his second heat win of the season. Trophy Dash competition saw the #4B of Bentley Nelson score his second straight Dash Win. This class has been so much fun this year and will continue to produce some great racing!
The Box Stock Class saw a slight increase in the kart count for Points Race #4 as we saw 13 karts sign in for the night’s event. At the end of the 25 Lap Main Event, it was the #21 of Connor Grasty scoring his first Main Event Win of the season. The youngster has fought back from a week one penalty to be right in the thick of the Championship battle now. He was followed across the stripe by the #2 of Austin Anderson, as he picked up his second podium finish of the season. The #29 of Chevy Schroer continued his solid start with a third place effort in his Panthera Motorsports entry. Brax Dietz wheeled the #18 to a fourth place finish while Points Leader Alan Pyszora rebounded from a rough start to finish fifth rounding out the top five.
In Time Trials we finally saw someone break the streak that Connor Grasty had going. This week it was Chevy Schroer pacing the field with a Lap Time of 9.708 seconds in his #29 kart. Heat Race action saw the #84 of Jaxon Coughlin score the win in Heat Race #1. Heat Race #2 was claimed by the #21 of Connor Grasty. Trophy Dash action saw the #5 of Aiden Larimer score his first career Box Stock Trophy Dash Win! Larimer is the defending champion in the Beginner Box Class and has made his presence known since moving up to Box Stocks this season.
The 250 Intermediate Main Event saw the #16 of Rylinn Renaud score his first career 250 Intermediate Win at the Red Bluff Outlaws. Rylinn has seen a lot of success already in his young career and now has continued that in the 250 Class. Renaud was followed across the stripe by the #1 of Chance Grasty in second. The #25 of Seth Standley scored his first top five of the season as he came home in the third spot. Fourth Place went to the West Coast Concrete #97 of Mason Smith, his second top five of the season. Fifth place went to Clovis, CA driver Dominic Gorden in the Johnston Enterprises #52Y.
The evening began with the West Coast Concrete #97 of Mason Smith setting Fast Time for the third week in a row, with a Lap Time of 8.537 seconds. Heat Race action would see the #16 of Rylinn Renaud score the win in Heat Race #1 for his first of the year. Heat Race #2 saw the Points Leader Tanner Pettit score the win in his #24P. Heat Race #3 was claimed by the #3 of Trace Adams, for his first Heat Race Win of the season. The fourth and final Heat Race was claimed by the #22 of Garrin McNary. Trophy Dash competition saw the Sunrise Excavating #77 of Brayden Williams score his first career Trophy Dash Win at the Red Bluff Outlaws in the Intermediate Class. The 250 Intermediate Class has produced some great racing so far this season and an even tighter Points Battle. We are looking forward to seeing how it all plays out as the season continues.
The Sportsman Class always produces great battles throughout the field. During Points Race #4 we saw a spectacular race between the #75E of Eric Gannon and the #35 of Pete Johnston. In the end Gannon would get his third victory of the season with Johnston crossing the stripe in second. Shawn Fogarty is now the only driver to finish in the Top Five in every race so far this season as he finished in the third position. The #07H of Shane Graham scored his first top five finish of the season as he came home in the fourth position. He was followed across the stripe by the #1M of Mallorie McGahan in the fifth spot.
In Time Trials, Pete Johnston set Fast Time with a Lap Time of 8.694 seconds in the Gary Perkins Racing #35 entry. Heat Race action saw the #2 of Zach Kavert score the win in Heat Race #1, his third Heat Race Win of the season already in just four races. Heat Race #2 saw the #1M of Mallorie McGahan pick up the victory. The win was her second Heat Race Triumph of the season. Heat Race #3 saw the #07H of Shane Graham score his second Heat Race Win of the season in his Busch Light Entry. Trophy Dash action saw the Evan Sanders Racing #45 of Tyler Ritcheson pick up his second Trophy Dash Win of the season.
The Open Class kicked off their evening with Time Trials. This week we saw the #14 of Ren Eberhart score Fast Time Honors with a Lap Time of 8.379 seconds. Unfortunately, he also got caught up in an accident after turning this lap time and had to take some time to get out of the kart. He was able to catch his breath and continue racing the rest of the night.
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 #9B of Brandon LaChance score his third Heat Race Win of the season in his Red Bluff Yamaha, Polaris, Kawasaki, Can-Am sponsored entry. Heat Race #2 saw the Factory QRC #18T of Tanner Holmes score his second Heat Race Win of the year. Heat Race #3 saw a rare appearance from Colby Copeland at the Red Bluff Outlaws. Colby was piloting the #9C which is Brandon LaChance’s backup kart. He would wheel it to victory in Heat Race #3. Heat Race #4 saw the #30 of Casey McClain pick up the victory. The win was his second of the season in Heat Race competition. The Fifth and final Heat Race went to Oakland, Oregon driver Scotty Fox. It was the first time we had seen him this season and he made the most of it by putting the Oregon Outlaw Speedshop #3 into the Main Event.
Trophy Dash action would see the #1C of Chase Hill continue his dominance in Trophy Dash competition as he picked up his third straight Trophy Dash Win in the Harvest Company sponsored entry. After coming up short in last year’s Championship battle, Hill is poised to make another run at it this winter.
Main Event action saw the Amber Norman Racing #91 of Tyler Seavey get out front and dominate the second half of the Main Event en route to his first victory of the 2018/19 Season. It was only a matter of time before we saw a performance of this caliber out of Seavey. He was followed across the stripe by Rookie driver Carson Sousa in his LPR Chassis #01. The second place finish was a career best for the up and comer in the Open Class. Palo Cedro, CA driver Casey McClain came across the finish line in the third position in his Herreid Music #30. The top five would be rounded out with the pair of teammates in the #9B & #9C. Brandon LaChance picked up his third top five of the season with a fourth place effort. While the #9C of Roseville, CA driver Colby Copeland finished in the fifth position.
When we return from our two week break we have a barnburner of a Championship battle brewing. After his dominating performance in the Main Event, Tyler Seavey has taken over the Points Lead. He holds a slim one point advantage over the #1C of Chase Hill who sits in second. Tanner Holmes is currently third in the standings and is just 3 markers out of the top spot. Jake Park came into the night tied for the Points Lead and left it 16 points out of the lead sitting fourth in the standings. Ren Eberhart is now fifth in points and sits 21 markers out of the top spot.