By: Gary Jacob|
Where: Chico, CA
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Chico, CA -- Fast timer Tyler Wolf from Redding scored a clean sweep as the QRC All Star Tour closed a rare two race weekend Saturday night at Cycleland Speedway. Wolf had finished fifth in the Friday night Lakeport event, but tonight he outtimed a 59 kart field, won his heat from the pole and was never headed in the 20 lap A Main for the Open Outlaw Karts. The big weekend effort climbed him to fifth in the traveling series point standings. Wolf won $330, runnerup A J Kerns pocketed $165 and third place Brian McCain $115. B McCain was second behind winner Richard Bailey at Lakeport and now stands second in points, 66 behind his point leading younger brother Tyler McCain. Wolf's family has been involved with tour late model racer Jeff Rogers for years and Tyler's racing is sponsored by Chuck Wolf Sand and Gravel, Jim Woods Water Truck Service and QRC. A long list of series sponsors allows the tour to pay out a $12,000 point fund with each of the three division champions pocketing $1000. Returning sponsors include Jimmy Sills School of Open Wheel Racing, Burris Tires, Crow Enterprises, Bud's Jolly Kone, Garth Moore Insurance and Financial Services and LTE Exhaust. They have been joined in 2004 by new major sponsor Courage Sports of Las Vegas along with Care-Free Pools, SILV-O-LITE Quality Pistons, PTP Sales and Consulting, JW Web Designs and Gary Morgan Graphics.
Wolf paced the big field in time trials with his 11.025 lap. T McCain, winner of three of the first six races on the traveling schedule, ranked second at 11.170 and brother B McCain ran a 11.212. Anthony Orgain was fourth over Brett Miller, Justin Reinolds, Jessica Helberg, Daniel Becker, Justin Grant and A J Kerns. At the larger Cycleland track, the field was split into six heat races and the top 3 finishers in each moved into the 20 lap A Main. They were then joined by four transfers from the B Main to leave a 22 kart A Main grid. Wolf won the first heat by 1 second over Jessica Helberg with Lakeport winner Bailey in third. T McCain was 1.5 seconds ahead of Central Oregon ace Kyle Miller in heat 2 with Cody Braund third. B McCain ran an 11.173 lap as he won heat 3 by less than one second over Grant and John Michael Bunch. A J Kerns won heat 4 over Anthony Orgain and last starting Sean Becker. His busy winged sprint car season has severely limited the outlaw kart activities for long time star S Becker, but he jumped into the Joel Courage kart and ran a 11.155 best lap as he charged from last to a transferring third. Austin Kerns had a 11.187 as he won heat 5 by 3/4 second over Reinolds and Peter Lawrence. In heat 6, Brett Miller ripped off a 10.934 and won by 1.3 second s over Bradley Terrell and Nevada's Tom Purcell. Daniel Becker was filling in for Adam Main and he won the 11 lap D Main over Kevin Juvenal and Oregon's Richard Weststeyn. Pete Johnston ran fourth and the C Main saw the same drivers in front. D Becker again won with Johnston second over female ace Emalee Ramirez and R Weststyen. Sixteen karts chased four transfers in the 15 lap B Main. Regular season point leader Robbie Whitchurch won with female charger Michelle Argetsinger second over the Oregon duo of Chadd Noland and Brandon Farquhar. Just missing the move up were JoJo Helberg, James Sweeney, Josh Young and Lakeport third place finisher Kayla Thain.
The six heat race winners started at the front of the 22 kart A Main grid. A huge first lap melee ended the race for Bunch, T Purcell, Orgain, Grant and Terrell. Wolf raced to a quick lead over A J Kerns, B McCain, B Miller and Austin Kerns. A J Kerns chased Wolf for all 20 laps. B Miller briefly gained third from lap 6 through lap 9, but fell back to fourth where he finished behind B McCain. Austin Kerns was a race long fifth and Whitchurch advanced a few spots to finished 6th ahead of Reinolds, point leader T McCain, Bailey, Braund and Argetsinger, the final lead lap kart. Noland and Jessica Helberg were both late race dropouts. B McCain was the only kart to break into the 11's in the feature as he ran a 11.994 best lap. Wolf clicked off a 12.003 and A J Kerns a 12.037. Austin Kerns had a 12.035 and Whitchurch a 12.099.
The series now moves to Thunderbowl Speedway in Moundhouse Nevada for the first time on Sept 4th. This is the next to last 2004 event as the traditional closer will be part of the Red Bluff indoor winter season. T McCain lost a little of his big point lead as he is 66 points up on brother B McCain, 69 ahead of Reinolds, 86 ahead fo Farquhar and 98 ahead of Wolf. B Miller, Grant and Whitchurch make up the top 8 and Bailey is 9th.
Summary Fast Time-Tyler Wolf 11.025 Heat 1-Wolf, Jessica Helberg, Richard Bailey, Michelle Argetsinger, Robbie Whitchurch. Heat 2-Tyler McCain, Kyle Miller, Cody Braund, Alex Cartwright, James Sweeney. Heat 3-Brian McCain, Justin Grant, John Michael Bunch, JoJo Helberg, Brandon Farquhar. Heat 4-A J Kerns, Anthony Orgain, Sean Becker, Kayla Thain, Josh Young. Heat 5-Austin Kerns, Justin Reinolds, Peter Lawrence, Chadd Noland, Ronnie Lingron. Heat 6-Brett Miller, Bradley Terrell, Tom Purcell, Blaine Bergem, E J Ross. D Main-Daniel Becker, Kevin Juvenal, Richard Weststeyn, Pete Johnston, Chris Faulkner, Kyle Calvert, Joe Shrock, Dylan Greenleaf, Jimmy Pettit,, Anthony Roach. C Main-D Becker, Johnston, Emalee Ramirez, R Weststeyn, Tyler Ritcheson, Brandon Govenor, Chris Mansell, Jacob Farmen, Joey Petroni, Kirk Simpson. B Main-Whitchurch, Argetsinger, Noland, Farquhar, JoJo Helberg, Sweeney, Young, Thain, Cartwright, R Weststeyn. A Main-Wolf, A J Kerns, B McCain, B Miller, Austin Kerns, Whitchurch, Reinolds, T McCain, Bailey, Braund, Argetsinger, Noland, Jessica Helberg, S Becker, Farquhar, Lawrence, K Miller, Bunch, T Purcell, Orgain, Grant, Terrell.