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05/04/2013 News

Cristiani Captures Challenge Series Win Saturday Night

Most of his competitors had a few years in the division on him, but Trevor Cristiani proved experience isn’t everything when it comes to winning in the Rocky Mountain Challenge Series. The 18-year-old from Boise instead relied on patience and a fast car to get to Victory Lane Saturday night at Magic Valley Speedway.

Not being involved in the wreck that eliminated quick qualifier Jonathon Gomez from competition certainly didn’t hurt either.

Cristiani, who qualified just behind the 14.439 second lap set by Gomez, started at the rear of the field for the drop of the green flag on the 75-lap main event race. After a restart at lap 25 the cars of Morgan Rasmussen and Chris Fenton got loose along the front stretch and with nowhere to go, Gomez, Fenton, Bruce Quale and Jody South ended up in a tangled mess in turn one.

Gomez and South would not return for the remainder of the event; however Quale and Fenton were able to make repairs and get back to racing.

At lap 38 Cristiani took the lead from Jim Wulfenstein and shortly afterward Steve Jones would have to exit the track when he lost power to the No. 1 car. By lap 52 Quale had made an amazing recovery having worked up to third; wheeling his way behind rookie Hannah Newhouse. After getting around Newhouse on a restart at lap 61 and then beginning his run on Cristiani, with just three laps remaining in the race the sparks began to fly on the No. 92 car.

“I thought we might end up okay there but then the right front rim just broke,” Quale said after bringing out the final caution for the night. “I’ve never seen that before — it wasn’t even at the place where we got hit eariler.”

Newhouse was then poised for a shot at the win in the final shootout for the checkered flag, but lost grip in the outside lane on the restart and was shuffled back to fourth. The night then belonged to Cristiani.

“I was lucky to be in the position where I could avoid the collisions,” Cristiani said. “Then it seemed like after that the car got better. I thought I was going to get a run for my money with Bruce Quale and Hannah behind me towards the end, but the car just hooked up more and more. It was just awesome.”

Fenton came back from earlier troubles to finish third. Quale would finish ninth.

In Whelen Weekly Racing Series action, Daniel Shirley finally got his groove back to take the win in the Super Stocks main event race. Shirley took over the lead from Steve Jones at lap 21 but had to fight him off all the way to the checkered flag at lap 30. With the win, Shirley now takes over the point standings lead in the division with Dan Pehrson and Casey Pehrson tied for second.

Cautions plagued the Street Stocks main event race but Mitch Pehrson was able to outlast the chaos. In the late laps Pehrson successfully held off a determined Joshua Hunt and Elijah Fiscus to capture his second main event win of the season.

In other action Eddy Cole was in the winner’s circle for the Hornets and the White Lightning stormed to the win in the Thunderdogs division