Red Bluff Motorsports Perpetual Trophy Night Race Recap

By: Elijah Jones

 Beginner Box Stock

Winner: #53-Carrie Osborne

                For the second straight week, Carrie Osborne found herself pulling into Victory Lane at the end of the night. This time though a six foot tall trophy awaited her in Victory Lane. The win did not come without some controversy though as she originally crossed the finish line in second place. The first place kart ended up being disqualified after going through post-race tech. On the heels of back to back Main Event Wins, Carrie is closing in on the top spot of the Championship.

Second Place: #57-Jacob Nuxoll

                Jake Nuxoll continues to show great consistency in Main Event competition. He notched his fifth podium finish of the season on Saturday night, coming home in the second position. He currently holds a 32-point advantage over Rylan Sharrah in the Points Standings. If he keeps it in the top five over the final three races he should be the favorite to win the Championship.

Third Place: #91-Charlie Seavey

                Charlie Seavey has quietly had a really successful season. Saturday night he matched his best finish of the season as he came home in the third spot for the second time this year. The youngster continues to show improvement and had a really fast kart on Saturday night. With a last name like Seavey it’s no surprise to see him making his way to the front of the field on a weekly basis.

Driver to Watch: #1-Jude Grasty

                Jude Grasty has shown the most improvement of almost any other driver so far this season. Jude already has a second place finish this season. He led much of the Main Event on Saturday night but got shuffled back to fourth in the closing laps. Keep your eyes on this driver as he continues to get faster and faster with each passing week.

Box Stock

Winner: #14-Rowdy Gramps

                Everyone knew it was only a matter of time before Rowdy Gramps got the monkey off his back and got into Victory Lane again. The young driver of the Whitchurch & Sons #14 Box Stock has been fast all year long but had been unable to break through and get into victory lane. That changed on Saturday night and at the perfect time as he secured the Box Stock Perpetual Trophy! Rowdy and his entire family were ecstatic to get the victory and are now set to chase after a few more as the season begins to wind down.

Second Place: #29-Chevy Schroer

                Chevy Schroer wheeled his Jessee Heating and Air #29 kart to his sixth podium finish of the season on Saturday night. Chevy has been exciting to watch this season in the Box Stock Class and currently stands as the Points Leader. He holds a 14-point advantage over Connor Grasty. It has been a great point’s battle all season long, look for that to continue into the final three points races of the year.

Third Place: #80-Alan Pyszora

                Alan Pyszora continued his top five streak as he stretched it now to 9 races in a row with the Red Bluff Outlaws. He is the only in any class with the Red Bluff Outlaws this season to finish in the top five in every event held so far. He also leads all drivers in Podium finishes with seven, including two Main Event Wins. Somehow despite all the success, he still sits just third in the Points Standings, some 34-points out of the top spot.

Driver to Watch: #84-Jaxon Coughlin

                Jaxon Coughlin had a race winning kart on Saturday night. He led much of the Main Event and looked to have his eyes on the prize. Unfortunately, late in the race on a restart the second place kart drove over his left rear tire coming to the green. That caused him to bring out a yellow and ended his chances at scoring the victory. I’m sure he will be using that as motivation this weekend to come out and duplicate that performance. Look to see the Black & Orange #84 at the front of the field this weekend.

250 Intermediate

Winner: #24P-Tanner Pettit

                Chico, CA driver Tanner Pettit was back in winning form on Saturday night as he claimed the Red Bluff Motorsports Perpetual Trophy. Pettit recovered nicely from an off night in Points Race #8. He now has extended his lead back to 69 points over second place driver Seth Standley. If he can keep putting the Earl’s Plumbing #24P in the Main Event and Winning races he will wrap this Championship up with ease.

Second Place: #18P-Jack Phillips

                Jack Phillips started DEEP in the field for the 25 Lap Main Event. That didn’t hinder his efforts one bit as he charged toward the front. He would come home in the second position for the second time this season in his #18P. He hasn’t run all of the races this season, but when he shows up he puts on a show. It’s always great to see Jack “Attack” have a good night.

Third Place: #44N-Dean Pinten

                A career best night for Dean Pinten with the Red Bluff Outlaws resulted in a third place effort for the driver of the #44N kart. After enlisting in the help of Open Track Champion Tyler Seavey, Dean has been steadily improving week to week. This week it all came together as he was able to steer his way to his first podium finish with the Red Bluff Outlaws. Keep an eye on this kid as he continues to grow as a driver.

Driver to Watch: #14-Connor MeWhirter

                Connor MeWhirter has had quite the up and down season so far with the Red Bluff Outlaws. He is one of just six drivers to qualify for every Main Event in the 250 Class but had gone without a Top Five finish all season. He was able to put a notch in that box on Saturday night as he scored his first top five, coming home in the fifth spot. Look for that to be the breakthrough he needed to finish the year out strong.

Sportsman

Winner: #07H-Shane Graham

                Shane Graham steered his way to his second win of the season behind the wheel of his Sal Calderon Racing/Busch Light sponsored #07H machine. Graham is now a two-time Perpetual Trophy Night Winner. His first win in Perpetual Trophy night competition came in the Open Class back in 2010. Graham also moved into the third spot in the Championship and is within striking distance of the top spot.

Second Place: #75E-Eric Gannon

                Eric Gannon has had a season to remember so far in 2018/19. He already has four wins on the year and Saturday night earned his second 2nd Place Finish of the season. Gannon also closed the gap in the Points Standings to just 3-points now behind Leader Tyler Ritcheson. It looks as though we will have another barnburner for the Title in the Sportsman Class this year.

Third Place: #68B-Jojo Owens

                Jojo Owens put together his best night of the season on Saturday night as he wheeled his #68B entry to a third place effort. He was fast all night long and it paid off. This was his second top five of the season. Unfortunately we do not get to see Jojo every race, but when we have he has been fast. Hopefully we will see the #68B on track the rest of the season.

Driver to Watch: #1M-Mallorie McGahan

                Over the last two weeks since the break, Mallorie McGahan has arguably had one of the best karts each week. She got caught up in accidents in each of the last two races while competing for the race lead. Saturday night she got tangled up in an early race crash and charged back through the field and into the top five before settling for a 6th place effort.  Look for the #1M to score a win before the end of the season.

Open

Winner: #77X-Jake Park

                Jake Park is having his best season ever in the Open Class to date. He picked up his third win of the year last Saturday night and now has moved into the second spot in the Championship Points. Tyler Seavey has a stranglehold on the top spot, but a couple of bad races for him could bring Park right back into the mix. Jake jumped out front early in the Main Event and led it all the way to the Checkered Flag in his Tehama Tire Center/Truck Shop Motors #77X Entry.

Second Place: #60L-Landon Brooks

                2017 Cycleland Speedway Open Champion, Landon Brooks put in his best effort of the season on Saturday night. The Yuba City, CA native brought home a second place finish in the Swimming Pool Perfections #60L entry. It marked his first top five of the season with the Red Bluff Outlaws. He applied a lot of pressure for the race lead throughout the entire race but was never able to make the pass happen. It was a great confidence building run for the young driver. He will look to keep the ball rolling this weekend.

Third Place: #9B-Brandon LaChance

                When the Title Sponsor of the race you’re competing in is also the Main Sponsor on the side of your kart, you are expected to perform well. That is just what Brandon LaChance did on Saturday night as he wheeled the Red Bluff Motorsports #9B to a third place finish for his first Podium of the season. The highlight of the night though for LaChance and everyone in attendance was his Time Trials run when he went out with the old school bubble helmet on. He fully embraced the throwback paint scheme on the kart and it was EPIC. Hopefully we can see the #9B breakthrough for his first win of the season here this weekend.

Driver to Watch: #99X-Brenna Johnson

                This season got off to a rocky start for the #99X of Brenna Johnson. She went through the first seven races without qualifying for a Main Event. That changed though during Points Race #8 when she locked into her first Main of the season and went on to score a top five finish. Saturday night she made her second straight Main Event and was running great all night before an accident relegated her to a 14th place finish. Look for the Evan Johnson Construction #99X to be in the Main Event again this weekend and running near the front of the field.