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04/24/10 News

                                                        Quale captivates field in RMCS win at MVS 

    After coming up just short of in the main event last week at Magic Valley Speedway, Bruce Quale claimed victory in the Rocky Mountain Challenge Series Saturday night. Quale qualified eighth and started the 75-lap race from Row 4. Eric Rhead led early while Quale worked his way up the field. 

    When Rhead and Russell Butler brought out the caution at Lap 19, Quale took over the front-runner position. Three more cautions created three restarts over the next 19 laps, but Quale held steady, never relinquishing the lead. Down the stretch, Thane Alderman moved up from mid-pack and zeroed in on Quale’s rear bumper. At Lap 50 a line of six cars formed behind Alderman including Brett Thompson, Steve Jones and Dylan Caldwell, all anxious for any opportunity. 

    But Quale never wavered from his established line, keeping the field in check to capture the win. “We did so much over the winter and it really paid,” Quale said. “It handled the whole race — it didn’t go tight or loose at all — it was awesome.” Quale did feel some pressure from behind as the race wound down. “There were a few times I felt (Alderman) a little bit coming off the corner and I knew if I screwed up he would go, but Thayne is such a good driver I knew he would race me clean and not bonk me out of the way.” 

    For Alderman, a second-place finish to one of the kings of MVS was still sweet. “After the two leaders got together and we ended up in second, I chased Bruce around because I knew this is Bruce’s track and there was no better person to follow. We kept chasing him and trying to get him. We bumped him a few times but nothing too serious I hope.” Locals Thompson and Jones finished third and fourth, respectively. John Newhouse recovered from a spin in the infield to finish seventh followed by Kris McKean in eighth. 

    Kris McKean victorious in Budweiser Super Stocks Kris McKean held the lead at Lap 4 when Jonathon Gomez sent Ernie Hall around for a little spin, sending the pair to the back of the pack. Jeff Pohlman, running in second in the final laps, never could catch McKean who took the win. Jerry McKean was eliminated after suffering major damage to the No. 88 car in a heat race due to an incident with Willie Dalton. Only six cars took the green flag for the main event. 

    Gilligan lands win with Quale’s Hornets In a wild race that sent the drivers clockwise though the road course for the main event, Bob Gilligan held the lead from the drop of the green flag. Gilligan’s win was in jeopardy late with his grandson Ty Garibay, son-in-law Louis Lopez and Rob Vest closing in. With Gilligan bouncing over tires in the infield, Vest briefly took the lead with one lap remaining, but Gilligan forged back in front for the win.
    In other racing action, Kendall Woll recovered from a hard hit in the Turn 4 wall last weekend to capture a narrow victory over a hard-charging John Hoogendoorn in the NAPA Streets Stocks main event. 

    Jason Quale made it two in a row with a victory in the Quale’s Jr. Stingers Division.

MVS results Saturday

Rocky Mountain Challenge Series: 1. Bruce Quale, 2. Thayne Alderman, 3. Brett Thompson, 4. Steve Jones, Dylan Caldwell.

Budweiser Super Stocks: 1. Kris McKean, 2. Jeff Pohlman, 3. Daniel Shirley, 4. Ernie Hall, 5. Willie Dalton.

NAPA Street Stocks: 1. Kendall Woll, 2. John Hoogendoorn, 3. Casey Pehrson, 4. John Newell, 5. Rob Roche.

Quale’s Electronics Hornets: 1. Bob Gilligan, 2. Louis Lopez, 3. Rob Vest, 4. Ty Garibay, 5. Jeff Peck.

Quale’s Electronics Jr. Stingers: 1. Jason Quale, 2. Hannah Newhouse, 3. Brandon Couch.