Motor Sports

Champions crowned on exciting final night at RAR

Photo by Bryan Rudick – Ian Elliott celebrates his big win on Saturday.

A wild conclusion to the 2023 Redwood Acres Raceway season on Saturday night saw a track record broken and three more champions crowned.

The night’s action featured the North State and Upstate Modifieds, as well as the late models, Legends, bombers and mini stocks.

Heading into the final races of the season, the late model championship was up in the air with Brandon Barnwell leading Luke Hall by just six points. 

Hall did everything in his power to overtake Barnwell in the points standings by winning the trophy dash and heat races and then taking the checkered flag in the main event for his first victory of the season.

Barnwell’s fourth-place finish, however, was enough to secure the season championship.

The Legends championship also went down to the wire.

Tyler Krupa came into the final night leading Landen Green by seven points, but Green was able to cut into the lead after victories in the trophy dash and heat races.

It was Cole Brown, however, who took the win in the main event, with Green in second and Krupa third, which was enough to secure the championship for the latter.

Tyler Avelar and Chris Lawrence rounded out the top five in the final race.

In the mini stocks, the impressive Gary Klinetobe swept the season races with another victory in the main event, and also won the trophy dash and heat races.

As expected, Doug Way clinched the bomber championship by merely starting Saturday’s event. 

The 30-lap feature had some spectacular back-and-forth racing for the lead between Tony Ramazzotti and Jordan Krupa, with the later able to secure the lead and taking the win. Chris Sarvinski placed second followed by Kobe Taylor, Ramazzotti and Sam Brown.

Before the night’s racing, North State and Upstate Modified drivers took to the front straightaway adorned with American flags in honor of the late Steve Taylor and Dale Baldwin.

Brandon White then lowered the track record for the North State and Upstate Modifieds with a 16.148 qualifying lap. 

Controversy took place in the 60-lap Dale Baldwin Challenge when Scott Winters and White made contact while racing for the lead in the late stages. White was knocked out of the race while Winters was sent to the rear of the field.

Ian Elliott then inherited the lead and would go on to take his first-ever victory. 

Kylei Keown held on for second while Winters placed third, Charlie Collins was fourth and Sierra Furia finished fifth.

Full results and points are available at You can also find Redwood Acres Raceway on Facebook and Instagram.

Leave a Reply