Rylinn Renaud Is Unstoppable In The Box Stock Class, #16 Remains Unbeaten
Rylinn Renaud has been a nearly unstoppable force in the Box Stock Class at the Cycleland Speedway in 2017. He has now been victorious in his first six starts of the season. He was not at the racetrack last weekend as he was racing back in North Carolina. His car was there however, with Conner Mewhirter behind the wheel and he picked up the win as well. So in the first seven races of 2017 at Cycleland, the Global CFS Motorsports Financing #16 car has been in victory lane at the end of the night each week. At the start of the Main Event, it was Luke Hayes who would get the advantage. Hayes would lead for the first part of the race before Rylinn Renaud and Seth Standley would track him down. Once Renaud got out front it was all over as he at one point had more than a half a lap lead over Standley in second. At the drop of the checkered flag Renaud crossed under the stripe first to pick up his 6th win of the season. He crossed the line 5.5 seconds ahead of second place finisher Seth Standley. Luke Hayes picked up his fifth top five finish in five starts with a third place effort. Rowdy Gramps rebounded from an early race accident as he charged back through the field to finish in the fourth position in the Whitchurch & Sons #14 kart. The #49 of Tater Reich rounded out the top five finishers in the fifth spot. Reich was also the Hard Charger of the Main Event as he started in the 10th position and moved up five positions to finish in the fifth spot in his Medieval Motorsports kart.
The night began with 15 Box Stock Karts signing into the pit area. As dominant as Rylinn Renaud has been in the Main Events, the #25 of Seth Standley has been just as dominant in Time Trials. Standley has now piloted the Standley Bros. Hot Rods #25 to six straight Fast Time Awards in the Box Stock Class. Each of the last three weeks now he has been really close to breaking the Track Record for Box Stocks at the speedway. The Track Record right now is an 11.767 that is held by Preston Carr. The last three races Standley has been in the 11.9 second range. Saturday’s Fast Time was 11.972 seconds around the speedway.
Up next were the always important heat races. The winners of the heat races get to start up front in the night’s Main Event, so the heat races can really make or break the rest of your night. The first heat race for the box stocks saw Magalia, CA driver Arron Slightom pick up his first heat win of his career at the Cycleland Speedway behind the wheel of his Mike’s Appliance #53 kart. The second and final heat race saw Luke Hayes dominate in his #9L kart. The young driver from Dunnigan, CA was victorious by over a half a lap. It was his second heat race win of 2017.
The trophy dash saw Rylinn Renaud pick up his third trophy dash win of the season. It was great to talk to him on the front straightaway during the trophy presentation, as he got the opportunity to go race in North Carolina at the Millbridge Speedway last week during the Speed 51 Open. Although the race back east didn’t go as planned for the young driver it is always a great learning experience to get out and race at different race track with different competition.
Although Renaud has won every Main he has competed in so far this season he can’t get too comfortable as Seth Standley still sits just 13 markers behind Renaud for the top spot in the Points Standings. Jennifer Osborne has had a great start to the season in her #10 kart as she is third in the points standings. Rowdy Gramps, and Chevy Schroer round out the top five in the standings thru the first six points races.
We will be back in action this Saturday night with Points Race #7 on tap. Action is set to kick off at 5:30pm with Open karts hitting the track for Hot Laps. The Box Stocks will take the track for Qualifying at about 5:45pm. For ticket information and/or directions to the racetrack please visit www.cyclelandspeedway.com or call the track phone at 530-342-0063.