By: Gary Jacob|
Where: Chico, CA
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Chico, CA -- Now racing a winged 410 sprint car at Silver Dollar Speedway in addition to his outl.aw kart efforts, Pete Johnston turned a pole position start into a wire to wire win in the 20 lap Open Outlaw A Main as Cycleland Speedway opened it's 2004 point season on Saturday night. Garth Moore owns Johnston's race machines and Open Intermediate graduate Brett Miller ran second from his outside front row starting spot. Third row starter Robbie Whitchurch was third and dash winner Brian McCain ran fourth as the Open Outlaw class raced with 58 entries. Nearly all the Open Intermediate racers have moved up to the Open Outlaw class, but the youth class still fielded 20 karts and Nic Helwig won their 20 lap feature ahead of Cycleland newcomer Zack West and Kayla Thain. Kyle Larson's double duty action this summer is with the 125's and the Open Intermediates. This week, he set fast time in both classes and raced to a feature win in the 125's. He gained the lead when Thomas Bruckenstein tangled with a lapped kart and Dillon Silverman finished 2nd ahead of Mason Moore. Tyler Reddick was looking for a third straight weekend of double wins at Cycleland and he nearly pulled it off. He settled for second in the Pro Box Stock feature as he chased Zachary Pina to the checkered flag after setting fast time. Tim Haylett ran third. In the Box Stocks, Reddick was stripped of his fast time effort for having an illegal tire on his kart, but his win from the back in heat 3 put him in the second row for the 20 lap feature. Reddick gained the A Main win with Lain Baker coming from 17th starting to finish 2nd ahead of dash winner Keith Bloom Jr. The 15 kart turnout was the biggest Beginner Box Stock count in track history and Tyler Donenfeld won the main event ahead of Trent Crabtree and Doug Martin.
2003 QRC All Star Tour champion Tyler McCain was the quickest of the 58 Open Outlaws in time trials with a 11.113 lap. Division rookie Rudger Worley ran a 11.124 and Open Intermediate graduate Justin Reinolds ranked third at 11.191. Tyler Wolf, Josh Hughes and B McCain rounded out the dash lineup. B McCain won the dash from the pole and T McCain came from last to finish 2nd. The dash karts are automatically in the A Main and the remainder of the field was split into six heat races. The heat races are straightup off the qualifying times and the six heat winners earn the right to start in the front 3 rows ahead of the dash karts. Having timed in 6th quick, Johnston won heat 1 over Tyler Schaaf to earn the pole for the 20 lap A Main and 8th quick B Miller won heat 2 to earn the other front row assignment. A J Kerns ran second in heat 2. Recent wingless winner Zack Mason came from third starting to win heat 3 over Richard Bailey and pole starter Michael Helwig won heat 4 ahead of Chico Indoor champion Taylor Simas. David Fowler and Brandon Aldred were 1-2 in heat 5 and Whitchurch won heat 6 ahead of Bradley Terrell. The top 2 in each heat advance into the A Main and that leaves four transfer slots out of the 18 kart B Main. Quintin Crye outraced division newcomer Justin Grant, Ryan Foster and Reyna Krueger in the B Main with Scott Burgess and Chad Widener just missing the move forward. Grant Keeter was the C Main winner ahead of Jimmy Pettit and Brad Jones. R C Smith won the D Main with Michael Tarter second ahead of Chuck Herman. M Tarter had earlier been disqualified from his 15th fast qualifying run. Starting position was everything in the Open Outlaw A Main tonight as front row starters Johnston and B Miller finished 1-2 ahead of Whitchurch, B McCain, M Helwig, Reinolds, Mason, Schaaf, Wolf and Grant.
It was just Larson's third night in his 500 cc Open Intermediate machine, but he paced the 20 entries in time trials with a 11.285 clocking. N Helwig ranked second at 11.453 and Austin Kerns had a 11.521. Thain, Adam Main and Sean Sheppard rounded out the dash field. Kerns came from the rear to win the dash over Thain and N Helwig. Nicolas Mathews won heat 1 ahead of Amanda Reinolds and Marcus Hickison. West impressed with his win in heat 2 over Ron LaPlant and Shawn Barker. The main event lineup had the top 4 from the heat action in the front two rows then the six dash karts in their dash finishing order. N Helwig came from 7th starting to win the 20 lap feature with outside front row starter West in second. Larson lined up 8th, fell back to 13th before moving down to the bottom line. Once on the bottom, he moved forward to duel Austin Kerns for third. They made contact and Larson had to pit with a hole in his pipe. Sixth starting Thain placed third ahead of Main, Sheppard, Kerns, Glenn Parman, back of the pack starter Alex Cartwright and pole starter Mathews.
The 125 Intermediate action features the weekly confrontation between the 125's and the 250's that are allowed to race in this class. K Larson easily fast time in the 22 kart field for this class with an 11.426 effort. Moore ranked second at 11.629 and Dillon Aldred did an 11.776. Cody Miller, Sean Martin and Silverman rounded out the dash field. Silverman won the dash from the pole in his QRC built machine with C Miller second ahead of K Larson. The 250's of Bruckenstein and 2003 Pro Box Stock champion Cole Peard ran 1-2 in heat 1 and Nicholas Larson won heat 2 ahead of Kelvin Lewis and Josh Keheley. Again, the top four from the heat action were assigned the front two rows in the 20 lap feature ahead of the six dash karts. Bruckenstein had the pole and he took a quick lead. Seventh starter K Larson quickly moved to 2nd and was riding right on Bruckenstein's rear nerf when Bruckenstein got tangled up with a lapped kart in turn 4. K Larson inherited the lead and drvoe to the win ahead of friends Silverman and Moore. Michael Forslund was fourth ahead of Klint Simpson, Dillon Aldred, Peard, C Miller and Martin.
Reddick drives his families F200 kart in the Pro Box Stocks and he paced the 17 kart turnout with a 12.480 lap. Jake Cartwright ran a 12.600 and Haylett a 12.738. Also in the 12's were Max Adams, Tyler Seavey and Pina. Seavey is also in a F200 kart. Pina won the dash from the pole with Haylett second ahead of Cartwright. Brittany Wilcox won heat 1 from the pole with her F200 with Kenny Allen second ahead of Cody Main. Brad Coupe won heat 2 in front of Brandyn Donenfeld. Fifth starter Pina was the feature winner as Reddick came from 10th to finish 2nd. Haylett was third ahead of Donenfeld, Wilcox, Brayden Evens, Matt Killion and Main. Trevor Tennison was penalized from sixth back to 10th for two jump starts in the 20 lapper.
The Box Stocks had a solid 34 kart field in action for the point season opener. Reddick was easily the quickest at 13.090, but his illegal tire moved him to the back of the heat race action. Cameron Bartlett gained the fast time slot at 13.366 and T Seavey had a 13.393. Chase Hill ran a 13.398 and the dash field was rounded out by Jacob Miller, Bloom and Jake Morgan. Bloom won the dash in front of Bartlett and Hill. In this division, the top two in each heat advance into the A Main. Outside front row starter Kenny Allen won heat 1 over Cody Grant. James Edens was first to the checkered flag in heat 2, but penalized to third for jump starting. That gave Garry Burdick the win ahead of Dalton Worley. Edens father Jay Edens has stopped defense of his Petaluma Speedway dirt late model championship to allow James to race at the highly competitive Cycleland track weekly. Reddick came from last to win heat 3 ahead of pole starter Joe Stornetta. Another driver who lost his qualifying effort due to having an illegal tire, Cody Esken ran second in heat 4 behind Cyle Allison. Four transfers were available in the B Main and Mallorie McGahan won that event ahead of Braydon Enos, Baker and Logan Seavey. Edens just missed the move up with a 5th ahead of Jordan Miller. Chase Majic, Jordan Miller and Matt Coffee were 1-2-3 in the C Main. Third starting Reddick won the 20 lap main event with Baker an amazing second from his 17th starting spot. Bloom ran third ahead of T Seavey, 15th starter McGahan, D Worley, Burdick and Jacob Miller.
The Beginner Box Stocks do not time trial and T Donenfeld won heat 1 over Crabtree and Tyler Barnes. Martin outraced A J Sauer and Carley Dougherty in heat 2. The top heat runners also dominated the feature finish with Donenfeld winning ahead of Crabtree, Martin, Sauer, Dougherty, Zachary Yetter, James Steele, Brian McGahan Jr and Shane Wibbelsman.
Summary Beginner Box Stock Heat 1-Tyler Donenfeld, Trent Crabtree, Tyler Barnes, Zachary Yetter, Brian McGahan Jr. Heat 2-Doug Martin, A J Sauer, Carley Dougherty, Shaen Wibbelsman, Aaron Yetter. Main-Donenfeld, Crabtree, Martin, Sauer, Dougherty, Z Yetter, James Steele, McGahan, S Wibbelsman, A Yetter, Barnes, Katie Allison, Ryan Burdick, Cole Wibbelsman, Crystal Arbogast. Box Stock Fast Time-Cameron Bartlett 13.366 Dash-Keith Bloom Jr, Bartlett, Chase Hill. Heat 1-Kenny Allen, Cody Grant, Tucker Larue, Lain Baker, Linsey Ward. Heat 2-Garry Burdick, Dalton Worley, James Edens, Tyrell Nelson, Chase Majdic. Heat 3-Tyler Reddick, Joe Stornetta, Logan Seavey, Braydon Enos, Matt Coffee. Heat 4-Cyle Allison, Cody Esken, Mallorie McGahan, Wesley Dougherty, Jordan Miller. C Main-Majdic, Jordan Miller, Coffee, Alissa Geving, Garrett Carney, Chris Starr, Kevin Coupe, Ward, Taylor Miller, Matthew Morris. B Main-McGahan, Enos, Baker, L Seavey, Edens, Jordan Miller, Dougherty, Geving, Larue, Majdic. A Main-Reddick, Baker, Bloom, Tyler Seavey, McGahan, Worley, Burdick, Jacob Miller, Bartlett, Esken, Stornetta, Hill, Grant, Jake Morgan, L Seavey, Allison, Enos, Allen. Pro Box Stock Fast Time-Tyler Reddick 12.480 Dash-Zachary Pina, Tim Haylett, Jake Cartwright. Heat 1-Brittany Wilcox, Kenny Allen, Cody Main, Brayden Evens, Cameron Hunter. Heat 2-Brad Coupe, Brandyn Donenfeld, Matt Killion, Corey Hall, Darrin Sykes. Main-Pina, Reddick, Haylett, Donenfeld, Wilcox, Evens, Main, Coupe, Trevor Tennison, Cartwright, Sykes, Tyler Seavey, Allen, Max Adams, Hunter, Hall. 125 Intermediate Fast Time-Kyle Larson 11.426 Dash-Dillon Silverman, Cody Miller, Larson. Heat 1-Thomas Bruckenstein, Cole Peard, Michael Forslund, Matthew Davis, Al Varricchio. Heat 2-Nicholas Larson, Kelvin Lewis, Josh Keheley, Klint Simpson, Shane Graham. Main-K Larson, Silverman, Mason Moore, Forslund, Simpson, Dillon Aldred, Peard, C Miller, Sean Martin, Lewis, Davis, Marcella Philemon, Graham, Varricchio, Tristan Miller, Cole Wibbelsman, Bruckenstein, Brent Hall, Taylor Marasco, Jake Park, Keheley, N Larson. Open Intermediate Fast Time-Kyle Larson 11.285 Dash-Austin Kerns, Kayla Thain, Nic Helwig. Heat 1-Nicolas Mathews, Amanda Reinolds, Marcus Hickison, Sean Roll, David Sein. Heat 2-Zack West, Ron LaPlant, Shawn Barker, Alex Jones, Tyler Woods. Main-N Helwig, West, Thain, Adam Main, Sean Sheppard, Kerns, Glenn Parman, Alex Cartwright, Mathews, Jones, Woods, Larson, Darien Balestrini, Reinolds, Anthony Roach, LaPlant, Roll, Hickison, Barker, #17M. Open Outlaw Fast Time-Tyler McCain 11.113 Dash-Brian McCain, T McCain, Tyler Wolf. Heat 1-Pete Johnston, Tyler Schaaf, Quintin Crye, Reyna Krueger, Grant Keeter. Heat 2-Brett Miller, A J Kerns, Michelle Argetsinger, Chad Widener, Jimmy Pettit. Heat 3-Zack Mason, Richard Bailey, Justin Grant, Ryan Everson, Brad Jones. Heat 4-Michael Helwig, Taylor Simas, Ryan Foster, Troy Combs, Kirk Simpson. Heat 5-David Fowler, Brandon Aldred, Scott Burgess, Jim Mathews Jr, Chadd Ferro. Heat 6-Robbie Whitchurch, Bradley Terrell, Josh Zander, Brandon Mansfield, Kevin Gaines. D Main-R C Smith, Michael Tarter, Chuck Herman, Ian Jones, Frank Farinha, David Tarter, John Michael Bunn, Bill Flowers, Cody Smith, Larry Wibbelsman. C Main-Keeter, Pettit, B Jones, Gaines, Britt McDaniel, Dennis Azevedo, Bubba Hill, R C Smith, Dannie Ferro, C Ferro. B Main-Crye, Grant, Foster, Krueger, Burgess, Widener, Everson, Mathews, B Jones, Mansfield. A Main-Johnston, B Miller, Whitchurch, B McCain, M Helwig, Justin Reinolds, Mason, Schaaf, Wolf, Grant, Aldred, Bailey, Simas, Rudger Worley, Crye, Krueger, Terrell, Foster, T McCain, Josh Hughes, Kerns, Fowler.