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CYCLELAND SPEEDWAY – CHICO, CA - POINTS RACE #16 - SEPTEMBER 17, 2016
Tyler Seavey Dominates Opens; Preston Carr locks up 2nd Straight Box Stock Championship
By: Elijah Jones
(September 21st, 2016).................The season is nearly over at the Cycleland Speedway and the Championship picture is beginning to take shape as well. With just one race remaining, one driver has already clinched the Championship while the rest are still up for grabs as we move into the final weekend of racing. Points Race #16 was exciting as always but it was Sutter, CA driver Tyler Seavey who would dominate the Open Main Event en route to the victory.
26 Open karts signed into the Pit Area for Points Race #16 on Saturday night. But Tyler Seavey was clearly the kart to beat from the drop of the Green Flag in the Main Event. Seavey, who was driving the #35 as a substitute for Casey Schmitz led every lap of the Main Event in dominating fashion on his way to the win. Morgan Sandhagen had her best run since her win earlier in the year. She was able to make some moves and work her way up to a 2nd place finish. Another driver who has been in need of a good finish is Chase Hill.
Chase has had a ton of speed this year, and has won a bunch of Trophy Dashes. His luck in the Main Event has not been good almost all season long. He was able to shake that this weekend though as he drove a solid 25 laps finishing in the 3rd spot in the Powercurve #1C. Chase Johnson was the most fun driver to watch as he charged from the rear of the field to finish in the 4th position. Chase has had a breakout year racing this year as he has seen success in 360 sprints, 410 sprints, wingless sprints, and now Outlaw Karts as well. The top five was rounded out by a driver who will be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years in the Open Class. Blake Carrick made the move up to the Open class just a few weeks ago and has been instantly successful. Blake's 5th place finish in the Main Event was yet another step in the right direction for the young hot foot. The night started out with Tanner Carrick setting Fast Time in Qualifying with a lap of 10.244 seconds. Tanner takes a 140 point lead into the final Points Race at the Speedway. He has all but locked up his First Career Open Track Championship at the Speedway. As long as Tanner signs up to race on Saturday he will clinch the Championship. Heat Race wins were claimed by Tyler Seavey, Daniel Whitley, and Chase Hill. The Trophy Dash win was picked up by Blake Carrick in the Emerald Inc. #21B. Chase Johnson was victorious in the B-Main Event.
The Box Stock class in 2016 has been dominated by Preston Carr. Preston has won just about everything in the Box Stock class this year. He clinched his 2nd straight Championship in the Box Stock class on Saturday night. The RFC Factory Karts driver has had one of the most impressive seasons ever at the Cycleland Speedway. Saturday night though we saw another driver step up and pick up the win. Rylinn Renaud, who took much of this year off from racing got back to his winning ways picking up the win. It was good to see the young driver back in Victory Lane as it was just what he needed to boost his confidence level. Carson Hammes continued his impressive season finishing in the 2nd spot. While Kevin Franck piloted the #H20 to a podium finish in the 3rd spot. While Tyler Matheny and Blake Burgess rounded out the Top Five. For the first time this season Preston Carr finished outside the Top Five ending up in the 9th spot after a crash mid-race. The night began with Preston Carr setting Fast Time in Qualifying with a Lap Time of 11.933 seconds. Heat Race Victories were claimed by Carson Hammes and Connor Grasty. While the Trophy Dash win went to “The Champ” Preston Carr.
Kaiden Butler ran a near perfect 20 laps en route to picking up the win in the 250 Intermediate Main Event. He was able to hold off the hard charging Raymond Baldez who would end up settling for the 2nd position. Keagan Medieros had another solid run finishing in the 3rd spot. While Carson Perkins backed up his Outlaw Kart Showcase win with a 4th place finish. Brenden Bartlett had an excellent race finishing in the 5th spot. Championship Points Leader Dawson Hammes had a problematic night as he would lose a chain causing him to finish in the 17th position. He now holds a 103 point lead going into the final night. Dawson just has to qualify for the Main Event in order to clinch the Championship. The night started out with Dawson Hammes setting Fast Time with a lap of 10.427 seconds. Jack Phillips picked up a Heat Race win returning from a nasty crash at the Outlaw Kart Showcase. It was good to see him pick up right where he left off showing no fear. Carsen Perkins won the 2nd Heat Race. Raymond Baldez picked up the Trophy Dash Win.
Jason Throop charged to his First Career Cycleland Speedway Main Event win in the Sportsman class. We always enjoy seeing first time winners here at the Speedway. Alec Justeson ran 2nd. Brian Seim had another great night finishing in the 3rd position. Mike Moore and Scott Stephens rounded out the Top Five. We would like to send well wishes out to Derek Larocca, driver of the #89 kart. Derek lead much of the race until an accident on the backstraight ended his night. Derek was transported from the Speedway via ambulance complaining of neck and back pain. Derek is now back at home, but we continue to send well wishes his way for a speedy recovery. The night started out with Leana Kenyon setting Fast Time in time trials with a lap of 10.427 seconds. Heat Race wins were claimed by Kyle Whitley and Derek Larocca. The Trophy Dash win went to the #44 of Scott Stephens. This was a great victory for Scott as he pilots what is probably the oldest kart in the Sportsman field.
The Open Intermediate Main Event was once again all about Jodie Robinson. Jodie had the clean sweep of the Night as she set Fast Time in qualifying, won the Trophy Dash and then dominated the Main Event. Landon Brooks finished 2nd. Brock Butterfield piloted the #94 to a 3rd place finish. While the top five was rounded out by Peyton McKinney and Josh Wooten.
The Final Points Race of 2016 is set to take place this Saturday night September 24th. The Championships will be decided, and we will see even more action packed racing. For ticket information and/or directions to the Cycleland Speedway visit www.cyclelandspeedway.com. See you at the Track.