Monday, September 18, 2017

Whitley, Dothage Wins Close Out Kart Season At The Acres

#7DJ Dryver Dothage, winner of the Williamson Financial Group box stock division

Eureka, CA (September 17, 2017) – Redwood Acres Raceway hosted the sixth and final outlaw kart race of the 2017 Saturday night. As always, the drivers in all four kart divisions provided exciting racing on the 1/10-mile dirt oval.

Wyatt Burns set quick time in the beginner box stock division with a 10.437. Charles French won the four-lap trophy dash while Burns took home the main event victory. The 20-lap main event was an absolute runaway for Burns as he took the lead from the drop of the green and never looked back. Only a late caution in the race prevented Burns from lapping the entire field. Burns’ margin of victory over second place Seth Grammar at the finish was over 10 seconds. French was the first car a lap down in third while Aaliyah Uselton and Corbin Green rounded out the top 10 finishers.

In the Williamson Financial Group box stocks, Dryver Dothage set fast time with a lap of 9.530. Tater Reich took trophy dash honors while the heat race victories were claimed by Kadence Mace and Reich. Derrick Kessler jumped to the race lead on lap one of the 20-lap main event. On lap five, the two fastest drivers were Dothage and Reich as they moved into the first and second divisions. After chasing Dothage for most of the race, Reich was able to get by for the lead on lap 14. A caution with two laps remaining in the race proved to be the turning point in the race. Under the yellow, Reich’s engine quit as officials lined up the field. Per the rules, Reich had to restart in the rear of the field which gave Dothage the lead. At the checkered flag, Dothage’s lead was almost two and a half seconds over the second place finisher who was Kessler. Reich made a late charge to place third with Jayden Molloy fourth and Dylan Combest fifth.

If was Jeff Smith’s night in the speedway/old fart kart class. He set fast time with a 10.514 and was able to sweep the trophy dash, heat race and main event on the night.

The 250 karts were paced in qualifying by Landen Green. Green’s lap was a 9.277. He would go on to win the trophy dash and heat race. Green appeared to be the favorite in the 30-lap main event but issues on lap seven took him out of the race. Maleesa Miles inherited the lead and would go on to take the 250 victory. MKinzy Uselton placed second while Green was credited with third.

Daniel Whitley’s time of 8.727 was just enough to earn him quick time for the 500/open karts. Whitley took home the trophy for the dash while Brad Curtice was victorious in the heat race. Tony Miles initially held the lead in the main event before giving way to Curtice on lap two. Curtice led until lap 11 when Daniel Whitley took over. Whitley had his car dialed in and was able to run away to a four second victory. Curtice placed second while Kyle Whitley, Miles and Dax Williamson completed the top five.

Even though outlaw kart action is over for 2017, racing at Redwood Acres Raceway is not. The 25th Annual Fall Spectacular will conclude the season. Track championships in all six divisions will be decided. For the Super 6 Late Model Challenge Series, it will be the first of two playoff races. Mid-City Motor World will present the raced and the weekend will be in honor of the late Dennis Wendt who was a beloved member of the Humboldt County racing community. For more information please visit Redwood Acres Raceway’s website,