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CYCLELAND SPEEDWAY – CHICO, CA - POINTS RACE #14 - AUGUST 20, 2016
Jodie Robinson Leads Wire to Wire to Double Down during Points Race #14
By: Elijah Jones
With the Season beginning to wind down, the action continues to pick up at the Cycleland Speedway. That was no different this weekend as we saw plenty of sparks flying, and rough and tumble action at the speedway. With 131 karts signed into the pit area the racing was intense across all divisions.
The Open A-Main Event was all about Foresthill, CA driver Jodie Robinson. Jodie started on the Pole of the Feature and led all 25 laps en route to her 4th Open Main Event Win of 2016 at Cycleland. Jodie was followed closely for the entire 25 laps by Tyler Seavey who was driving as a Sub for Taylor Nelson this weekend. Seavey could maintain the leader's pace but was unable to really get close enough to ever take a shot at the race lead. Tyler would end up bringing the #74 home in the second position. Jesse Colwell had another solid run this weekend as well finishing in the third position. The show of the race though was the #22 of Michael Tarter. Tarter worked his way up through the pack after staring 17th in the Main Event to finish in the 4th position. Undoubtedly the Hard Charger of the night. The Point Leader, Tanner Carrick, battled up front for much of the race before ultimately fading back to a fifth place finish. Another driver worth
noting was Chase Johnson returning to Outlaw Karts finishing 6th in the McClish Motorsports #11. Paradise, CA driver Justin Reinolds was Fastest out of 37 karts in Qualifying with a fastest lap of 10.160 seconds. Heat Race wins were claimed by Jodie Robinson, Tyler Seavey, Jesse Colwell, and Amanda Moore. Tanner Carrick won yet another Trophy Dash, picking up the all important 10 bonus points for that. While B-Main Event action saw Michael Tarter and Tyler Brown pick up the Wins.
Preston Carr has been nearly untouchable this year in the Box Stock class. He would pick up yet another Box Stock Main Event win but, this one did not come easy. Early in the race Carr was mired back in traffic mid-pack and it looked as though he would struggle to salvage a top five finish. Carr however, had other ideas as he turned up the heat and charged through the field. Once he got up front it looked as though it was clear sailing for the win. That was until he went to put a slower car a lap down. Preston drove by the slower car on the outside of the race track, once he went to the outside the other car drifted up the track making contact with Carr. The two cars would momentarily get hooked together with Preston sliding sideways down the racetrack. Somehow the two got separated and Preston was able to continue on in the race lead. Once he was able to get clear of traffic Preston Carr easily picked up the Win. With just three races remaining in the season Preston holds more than a 200 point lead in the Standings and looks poised to become a Back to Back Champion at the Cycleland Speedway. Joel Myers Jr. was the early race leader before Carr was able to move past. Myers has shown a lot of speed in all of his races this year and continued that this weekend with a second place finish. Carson Hammes, the most recent winner in the Box Stock Class before this weekend had another great run
finishing in the third position. While Evan Burrola and Rylinn Renaud rounded out the Top Five finishers. Preston Carr was Fastest out of 24 karts in Qualifying with a lap of 11.835 seconds. Heat Race Victories were claimed by Joel Myers Jr., Blake Burgess, and Evan Burrola. “The Mad Dog” Tyler Matheny was able to hold off a hard charge from Preston Carr to pick up his first Trophy Dash win of the Season. Matheny has shown a lot of dedication and perseverance this season as the team has been plagued with mechanical issues for much of the year. Each week though, the #27t pulls into the pit area once again ready to do battle.
The 250 Intermediate A-Main Event was dominated by “The Bully” Brody Armtrout. Armtrout would lead all 20 laps en route to his first win of the season at Cycleland. We haven't seen much of Brody this season at Cycleland as he has spent much of the summer racing Micros at other tracks across the state. Jayden Bartlett had a really good run finishing in the second position, while Carson Perkins had a fast car all night long but had to settle for the third spot. Isaiah Vasquez came into the night 4th in the Point Standings but had a great points night as the top three in points had problems. Vasquez finished the Main Event fourth in the running order. Keagan Medeiros rounded out the Top Five with a fifth place finish. Carson Perkins was Fastest out of 21 karts in Qualifying with a lap time of 10.303 seconds. Heat Race Victories were claimed by Brody Armtrout and Jayden Bartlett. While Max Mittry held off a hard charging Isaiah Vasquez to pick up the Trophy Dash win in the Mittry Construction #2X.
Kris Renaud extended his Point Lead in the Sportsman Class by way of picking up the Main Event win in the Proline Windows #15 kart. The early part of the race though was all about Greg Yanazzo. Yanazzo started up front and would lead for much of the race. The top three though were nose to tail ripping the top of the racetrack, and it all went south for the #H20 quickly. Going into turn number three second place car Mike Moore got just a bit to close and hooked the back bumper of the H20 sending him spinning down the racetrack. It looked as though Yanazzo would save the car and continue on in the battle for the lead but got collected by another car on the front straightaway. Through all of that mess was when Renaud was able to sneak by and into the race lead. Mike Moore tried to maintain the pace set by Renaud but would have to settle in the second spot. Michael Helwig actually led a lap early on in the race but would eventually drop back to finish in the third position. While Kody Hunderman would finish fourth and Leana Kenyon fifth to round out the Top Five. Kris Renaud was Fastest out of 26 karts in Qualifying with a Lap Time of 10.371 seconds. While Heat Race wins were claimed by Greg Yanazzo, Mike Moore, and Daniel Thorson. Alec Justeson has been great in Trophy Dash action this season as he took the Jason Justeson Farms #42J to victory in the Trophy Dash once again. B-Main Event action saw the #23K of Joey Brasil take the win to advance to the Feature.
Jodie Robinson doubled down this weekend picking up wins in both the Open and Open Intermediate Classes. Landon Brooks tried to track down Robinson in the final laps but came up just a bit short finishing in the second position. Colby Johnson made a rare appearance at the Cycleland Speedway and finished in the third spot. While Josh Wooten and Dustin Heath would round out the Top Five in the finishing order. Jodie Robinson was fastest out of 12 karts in Qualifying with a lap of 10.199 seconds. Just .002 faster than second fastest qualifier Landon Brooks. The lone Heat Race for the OI Class was won by young driver Mike Ficklin, who just recently moved up into the Open Intermediate ranks from Box Stocks. The Trophy Dash was quite dramatic as Peyton McKinney and Brock Butterfield put on a show racing for the win. Going into the final set of corners on the last lap, Butterfield went for the Hail Mary pass and the two made contact and spun to a stop. Landon Brooks was able to squeeze past on the inside of the racetrack and drive to the Trophy Dash win.
With just three points races remaining in the season, and the upcoming Kyle Larson's Outlaw Kart Showcase happening September 5th and 6th the car counts are expected to continue climbing and the action will be fierce. We will be back in action this upcoming Saturday Night, August 27th with Points Race #15 of the season. Cars will be hitting the track at 5:30pm for Wheel Pack, with Qualifying and Heat Races directly after. For ticket information and directions to the track please visit our website at www.cyclelandspeedway.com.