Tahoe Paradise’s Goehring wins Outlaw kart race
Stuart Goehring of Tahoe Paradise overcame a strong contingent of out-of-town racers to take the 500cc open outlaw class main-event win at the Silver State Championships for Super Outlaw Karts on Sunday.
The two-day schedule was modified due to a power failure on Saturday night that cut short the first box stock main by four laps. Action resumed on Sunday, the first daytime racing for the Outlaws in recent memory. Saturday night’s mains (two of which were run on Sunday due to the power failure) were treated as preliminaries to set the fields for Sunday’s purse races.
Goehring, who qualified well down the order in 13th, had tire problems early, and had to run the B Main on Sunday to make the final. His B main victory put him on the pole for Sunday’s A main, and he led wire to wire. The race was riddled with yellow flags for spins and collisions, but Goehring was able to maintain the lead at each restart.
Colby Solomon of Nampa, Idaho, pressured Goehring for two-thirds of the distance before losing his engine. At the checker, Idaho drivers Chris Ratterree of Caldwell and Chris Adams of Nampa were second and third, respectively. Fernley’s Bud Rogers, sitting in for son Nick, came from 12th on the grid to finish fourth, with Mike Chirin of Nampa in fifth.
Jeremy Webb of Red Bluff, Calif., set a new track qualifying record of 10.497 seconds, and his brother Jasen qualified third and won the trophy dash.
Heat race wins went to Ratteree, Rob Solomon of Nampa and Reno’s Conrad Wilson. Neither Wilson nor the Webbs were around to take the green flag for the A main. A total of 20 karts qualified in the open division.
The 125cc field was a little thin, with only six qualifiers. Nevertheless, the division put on a good show. Kyle Dargert dominated the A main, taking the lead from outside pole to romp home a winner. Micheal Huskey of Boise, Idaho, was second and Rio Linda, Calif., driver Robert Ballou third. Chad Vance of Reno and Chris Wright of Spanish Springs rounded out the top five. Dargert set the fast qualifying time of 11.035 seconds, barely ahead of Huskey’s 11.062. Dargert won the trophy dash and the heat, but had problems in the qualifying main, finishing third behind Huskey and Vance.
Carson City’s Steven Jones drove a steady race to take his second A main win in a row at Fuji Park. Four karts raced in a tight pack for the lead for much of the race, with a lot of side-by-side action and surprisingly few yellow flags. Jones finished just a head of Zephyr Cove’s Nathan Buffa, who had a great run. Tyler Schaaf from Milford, Calif., was third, with Tom Purcell of Carson City in fourth. Danny Harrington of Gardnerville, taking his turn in the
Harrington family kart, finished fifth, followed by Dawn Jardine, Matt Vallerino and Alex Devlin.
Schaaf set fast qualifying time with a 12.176 second run. Jones won the trophy dash and his heat race, while Purcell took the other heat and the qualifying main. Jones and Purcell were battling for the lead in that race when the lights went out and the race was called with 21 laps complete.
The Outlaw Karts will return to action with a points race on July 17. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for teens and $1 for kids. The action starts at 5 p.m.
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