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CYCLELAND SPEEDWAY – CHICO, CA - POINTS RACE #17 - SEPTEMBER 28, 2016
Carr, Hammes, Carrick, Robinson, and Renaud Crowned Champions at Cycleland Speedway
By: Elijah Jones
(September 28th, 2016).................The 2016 Points Season has come to a close at the Cycleland Speedway. This year we saw an immense amount of great racing week in and week out. Many drivers displayed their ability to win on any given Saturday, but in the end there is only one Champion in each class.
The Open Class this season was highly competitive. We saw 12 different drivers pick up Main Event Wins. During the Final Points Race this past weekend we saw Jake Park earn his 3rd Victory of the season. Park, the 26 year old driver out of Red Bluff had a great season this year picking up 3 Main Event wins to go along with 4 Heat Race Wins. Although he did not run for points this year he was a driver that was capable of picking up the Win each week. Park had his hands full Saturday night as Travis Henry piloted the Grandpa George Motors #23 to a second place finish. Henry made a big move to get inside of Park coming off of turn four on the final lap, but just couldn't maintain the momentum needed to complete the pass.
Tyler Brown scored his first Career Top Five, finishing in the 3rd spot. It was an impressive run for the 15 year old Rookie driver out of Elk Grove. Garrett Brown charged to a 4th place finish in the Main Event in the Ed Brown Trucking #2 kart. While Brandon LaChance had a solid run in the 5th spot.
The Championship in the Open Class was nearly decided before the racing even got underway on Saturday night. Tanner Carrick took a nearly insurmountable 140 point lead into the final night of racing at the Speedway. Although he didn't have a great night as he finished the Main Event in the 21st spot, it was enough to secure him his First Open Track Championship. This season in the Open Class Carrick scored 7 Fast Time Awards, Won 1 Heat Race, and 5 Trophy Dashes, His lone Main Event Win came late in the year, but his consistency was key as he finished in the Top Five on 10 occasions.
The Box Stock Class was dominated this season by Preston Carr. Carr piloted the RFC Karts #46 to one of the best season's ever witnessed at the Cycleland Speedway. That was no different on Saturday night as he wheeled his way into Victory Lane yet again. Carson Hammes finished in the 2nd spot, while Chance Grasty rolled across the line in 3rd. Evan Burrola and Blake Burgess rounded out the Top Five.
Preston Carr won the 2016 Track Championship by 310 points. To put that into perspective, he could have stayed home the last two races of the season and still won the championship. In 19 Box Stock Events this Season the only thing that Preston Carr did not have success in was Heat Races. He didn't win a single Heat Race, and the sole reason for that was that he was never in a Heat Race. He made the Trophy Dash each and every race. He was Fast Time in Qualifying 14 times this year, and also set a New Track Record of 11.767 for the Box Stocks. Combine that with 13 Trophy Dash Triumphs, and 11 Main Event Victories. He won the biggest race of the year, Kyle Larson's Outlaw Kart Showcase, and finished in the Top Five on all but 2 occasions. It was really as close to a perfect season as you can get. Next year Carr plans to move into the 250 Intermediate Class where he hopes to be just as competitive.
The 250 Intermediate Class got “Hammered” this season by Dawson Hammes. “The Hammer” was far and away the most consistent driver in the Intermediate field this year, and that was no different on Saturday night as he had a clean sweep of the night, setting Fast Time, winning the Trophy Dash, as well as the Main Event. The #81 kart of Keagan Medieros gave him a run for his money but came up just short of the win finishing 2nd. Blaine Baxter had one of the best runs of his young career as he finished in the third position. He nearly won the Trophy Dash earlier in the night as well but made one small mistake that cost him the win. He will be a driver to watch in the next few years at the speedway. Isaiah Vasquez and Maximus Mittry rounded out the Top Five Saturday night.
Dawson Hammes piloted the RFC Karts, Brian Seim Designs #55D to 8 Main Event wins this year, along with 16 Top Five Finishes. Add to that 3 Fast Time Awards, 4 Heat Race Wins, and 4 Trophy Dash Wins. It was a season to remember for the Hammes family as Dawson's younger brother Carson saw a lot of success in the Box Stock Class picking up 4 Main Event wins, most notably the QRC Cup Perpetual Trophy Night Win. Both of these young drivers have bright future's ahead of them and we look forward to seeing what they can do.
The Sportsman Class saw a driver break out in the final two races of the season. That driver was Jason Throop. Throop won his first two Career Main Events in consecutive weeks to round out the season. He also picked up the Trophy Dash win on Saturday night as well. Leana Kenyon tried hard to catch Throop but was having issues with the Throttle pedal hanging up and couldn't find a way to get by. She would finish in the 2nd spot. Kyle Whitley had a strong run to finish out the season finishing in the 3rd spot. While Brian Seim and Mallorie McGahan rounded out the Top Five.
The Sportsman Championship was the closest of any of the Classes, as Kris Renaud picked up the Championship by just 68 points over Brian Seim. Renaud piloted the Chad Duprey owned, Proline Windows #15 this year, and had an excellent season. Kris picked up 6 Main Event wins and 12 Top Five Finishes. He led all drivers in the Sportsman Class in both of those categories. He was also Fastest in Time Trials on 4 occasions and picked up 3 each of Heat Race and Trophy Dash Wins. He was unable to compete in the final Points Race of the season as he got hung up at work and couldn't get to the track. Mallorie McGahan though was able to sub for him at the last minute and she finished in the 5th spot which helped Renaud to retain the Points Lead.
The Open Intermediate Main Event on Saturday night was all about the #57W of Daniel Whitley. Daniel is the son of 2015 Sportsman Champion Ryan Whitley, and has made a name for himself this year at the Cycleland Speedway. The win was his 3rd of the season. He also took a couple of races off in the middle of the season to run some asphalt races in a legend car. This young driver has a very diverse field of talents and is a lot of fun to watch. Kolby Juarez finished in the 2nd spot Saturday as he had a solid night all around. He picked up the exciting Trophy Dash win holding off a hard charging Brock Butterfield to do so. Landon Brooks finished in the 3rd spot, while Mike Ficklin and Brock Butterfield rounded out the Top Five.
Jodie Robinson was crowned the Champion in the Open Intermediate Class for 2016. Jodie was unable to compete in the final points race as she was making her debut in and asphalt late model at Madera Speedway. She still garnered enough points however to take home the Championship. She picked up 8 Main Event Wins and 14 Top Five Finishes. Add to that 7 Fast Times, 1 Heat Race Win, and 6 Trophy Dash Victories. Jodie's great season didn't end there as she finished
2nd in the Open Class Points as well picking up 4 wins in that class. All in all Jodie Robinson led all drivers at the Speedway in 2016 with 12 overall Main Event Wins.
It was an exciting season at Cycleland, as they all are. We saw many different winners, many great races, and many great people, and we are looking forward to next season already. We have one more event this year though, and that is our Awards Night Race. That race will take place on Saturday, October 8th. There will be a special start time for this event as the Gates will open at Noon, with Hot Laps scheduled to start at 3:00pm. For more information about the event and the format of the event please visit our website at www.cyclelandspeedway.com. Thank you all for another great season at the Cycleland Speedway!