By DJ Everett
The gates opened and the fans poured in on CED Night on what was going to be an exciting night of racing! The ICCU Modifieds, Cactus Pete’s Streets, Project Filter Bombers, Magic Valley Pipe Hornets, and the Quale’s Electronics Jr Stingers all put on a great show in front of a large crowd!!
The first main event of the night was the Quale’s Electronics Jr Stingers and when the green flag came out, polesitter Kristopher McKean took off as the early leader. Behind McKean a great battle started to develop between Jaxon McCray, Roxy Nolan, Kaili McKean, and first-time racer at MVS, Paxton Guiles. As the field entered the infield portion, contact between Nolan and McCray sent McCray spinning to the grass bringing out the caution. On the restart, Kristopher McKean led the field again but had some heavy pressure from McCray this time. McCray snuck to the inside and went by to grab the lead. McCray from that point stretched his lead out and went on to win. A jubilant victory lane which had grandfather Lynn Hardy and the rest of the family to join in on the celebration.
The Project Filter Bombers made their way to the track for the first of two main events for them as they were making up a main event that was rained out last week. Misty Gilliam from the outside front row got the jump on the field to lead early. Robin Finch started to hound Gilliam for the top spot and decided to put it to the high side and drive on by for the lead. Gilliam fell back to second with Christopher Kehrer in third. Finch started to pull away from the field with some great battling going on behind him. Kehrer was able to get by Gilliam for second with Brandon Adams and Mike Miller also joining in on the battle. Finch drove it to the checkered flag with Mike Miller coming away from that great battle in the runner up spot.
The first of two ICCU Modified main events was up next for the ground pounding open wheel cars. At the start of the race, Devin Burdette towed the field out in front with Natalie Waters following through into second and Patrick Gold in third. Things got exciting up front right away with Natalie Waters looking to the outside of leader Burdette coming off turn two with Gold sticking his nose to the inside of Burdette. Gold came out with the lead leaving Waters to try to defend her spot against Jason Quale and Eric Rhead. Rhead looked like a man on a mission as he moved past Quale and Waters and into the second spot. Rhead had his sights set on leader Gold and was rapidly closing in. After riding behind Gold for a couple of laps, Rhead put his car to the high side of Gold and drove on by into the top spot. After that, Rhead put it in high gear and parked it in victory lane and another win in 2021. Rhead is currently ranked 6th in Division 1 points for the Nascar Advanced Auto Parts Weekly Racing Series and is currently the leader in the western region and for the state of Idaho.
The R&A Trucking Big Wheelz race was next with Bentley Edens taking the win over some very ambitious young racers. Always great to see the future racers of Magic Valley Speedway battling it out!
The Double Deckers came out to the applause of the crowd. Jr Flagger Kameron Thorton took to the flagstand with Jeff to get this race going. As the green flag flew, the passing happened immediately amongst many double deckers. When it sorted out, the team of Zach Rydalch and Levi Nolan jumped out in front and pulled away in which they never looked back. Rydalch has numerous wins in double decker competition but it was Nolan’s first trip to victory lane at Magic Valley Speedway. Our trophy presenter was Preston Kimbrough as he handed the hardware to our winners.
The Quale’s Electronics Jr Stingers came out again for their second main event of the evening. Roxy Nolan led it early over Kaili McKean who was right on Nolan’s rear bumper. Paxton Guiles after having a first lap off course excursion started passing cars right away from the back of the pack. Guiles, who looked very impressive in his first night of racing at MVS, closed in on the top two of Nolan and McKean and did it under green flag conditions. The top three were nose to tail which setup for an exciting finish. Guiles got by McKean for second as the white flag came out. Jaxon McCray was also in the mix making it a four-car race on the final lap. As they rounded turn four, Nolan was the first to the checkered flag and added another win to her total this year.
The Cactus Pete’s Streets made their way to the track and a great three wide battle ensued as the field rolled off turn two on the first lap between Shawn Lester, Josh Cuff, and Jeff Peck. Lester shook out of it with the lead with a side-by-side battle behind him between Peck and Willie Dalton. Lester who set quick time earlier in the day during McDonalds Qualifying started to leave the field behind him. Dalton rolled past Peck into the second position bringing Steve Edens Sr with him into third. Ronn McClimans made quick work of Peck to roll into fourth but had a front row seat to the door-to-door battle in front of him between Dalton and Edens Sr. Edens Sr managed to get up and around Dalton into second as Edens Sr started to chase down Lester. Caution flag flew for Dalton spinning to the grass on the inside of turn two which setup a great battle on the restart between Lester and Edens Sr. When the green flew again, Lester got a great jump and pulled away to his second win of 2021. Lester seems to have the handle figured out on his machine and will the one to watch for the last remaining races of this year.
The Project Filter Bombers made a return visit to the track for their second main event of the night. Misty Gilliam led the field on the first lap with side-by-side racing happening behind her with Brandon Adams, Christopher Kehrer, Mike Miller, and Robin Finch. Adams was able to wrestle away the second spot with Miller slotting in the third position. Both Adams and Miller started to reel in leader Gilliam. Miller poked his nose underneath Adams and got by to move into the runner up spot and was challenging Gilliam for the lead right away. Miller stuck it to the high side on Gilliam and was able to power around and into the lead. Miller started to run away with it leaving a battle for second between Gilliam, Adams, Finch, and Kehrer. Miller put the minivan in cruise control and drove it to another win. Gilliam brought it home in second with a last lap last turn melee that occurred between Adams, Finch, and Kehrer.
The ICCU Modifieds rolled out again for their second main event on this night. The Hammer Lynn Hardy led the field in the early stages with Patrick Gold and Eric Rhead making their way through the field from the back of the pack landing themselves in the top five. Natalie Waters was running second and showed some strength by looking to the inside of Hardy for the lead. As the field came off turn 4, Gold and Waters touched which sent Waters for a spin bringing out the caution flag. Back underway and Rhead who lined up alongside leader Hardy for the restart used his outside momentum to vault himself into the lead. Hardy in second was getting some heat from Jason Quale and Zach Webster for the second position. The caution came out again for Waters who spun it off turn four which erased the huge lead that Rhead had. On the restart, Rhead launched out in front with Hardy still holding down second. Another caution this time for Gold who got loose down the frontstretch and parked it on the grass. The restart again saw Quale finally getting by Hardy for second and soon after the caution flew one more time for Waters spinning in turns three and four making it a long night for the young driver out of Grantsville, UT. This would lineup Quale to Rhead’s outside for the final restart. Rhead got a great jump on Quale and started to inch away. Rhead proved to be too strong on this night as he took home another main event win enabling him to double up on wins this evening.
The final main event of the night saw the Magic Valley Pipe Hornets ready to do battle. The field went the opposite direction on the hornet track and as the field went through turn three on the opening lap, Steve Edens Jr found the wall hard ending his race. When the green came back out, Brenden Radabaugh was out in front with Zach Rydalch right on his rear bumper. Rydalch made quick work of Radabaugh to move into the lead and it was the spot that he would never relinquish for the rest of the race to drive it to victory.
We would like to congratulate Laurie Rice, Jake McCullough, and Jenny Castleberry for being our selfie winners. This Saturday night the Speed Tour Sprint Cars and Modifieds headline the show along with the McClimans Racing Engine Minis, Project Filter Bombers, and the Quale’s Electronics Jr Stingers, all of this happening on Pacific Steel Night! Gates open at 5pm with McDonald’s racing at 7pm! We will see all of our loyal fans this Saturday night!