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05/08/10 News

                                                                    Truckin' it: Hatke grabs win at MVS 

    Norm Hatke outdrove the conventional race cars in the Budweiser Super Stocks division to pull off a main-event victory Saturday night at Magic Valley Speedway. Driving a truck against nine cars in the main event, Hatke started from the second row in the 40-lap contest. Scrambling for position from the drop of the green flag, Brennen Vandermeer, who won his heat race, settled into the lead for the first nine laps. 

    But contact in the front stretch with Kris McKean sent Vandermeer to the rear of the field and McKean to the pits for some quick repairs. With Hatke in the front position, Daniel Shirley set his sights on the leader, shadowing Hatke as he closed in on him at the turns. Soon Jerry McKean caught up to Shirley and the pair tussled for second position as Hatke took advantage of the battle behind him. 

    At Lap 29, Jerry McKean's aggressive driving caused him to spin out in Turn 4 and he wound up at the rear of the field for the restart. Two cautions later, Shirley faced a new second-place battle as Kris McKean had made his way back through the field. With just nine laps remaining in the race the pair combated side by side to the checkered, but McKean pulled slightly ahead at the finish line edging Shirley for second. "I figured he (McKean) would be up there sometime then all the sudden I heard his car up to mine," Shirley said. "It felt like it was forever that he was there. 

    He was pushing me and he got me loose a couple times, but I made him work for (second place)." For the victorious Hatke, he seemed to be in a hurry all night. "I was late getting here and didn't get in any practice," Hatke said. But everything was hooked up on the truck really well. I knew there were things going on behind us, but we were able to stay out in front to be in the position to win." 

    Newell captures second victory in Street Stocks Kendel Woll led all but two of the first 23 laps of the NAPA Street Stocks 25-lap main event. As the race wound down, Stacey Jensen had the best chance of reeling Woll in but a caution with just four laps remaining in the race forced a restart. With Woll on the inside lane and Jensen at his door, John Newell lined up behind Woll for the green. In a shootout for the checkered, Newell was able to get to the outside of Woll, beating him to the finish by just .070 seconds. 

    Homolka takes control in Pony Stocks win Dan Pulver, starting from the pole position, led just over half the Brennan's Carpet Pony Stocks main event, but a hard-charging Ray Homolka took over at Lap 13. Homolka dominated the remainder of the race as Todd Audet, winner of last weekend's main event, made a final lap surge to pass Pulver for a second-place finish.
    In other action, Andy Brennan drove the No. 96 car to his first win of the season in the Quale's Electronics Hornets main event.

MVS results

Budweiser Super Stocks: 1. Norm Hatke, 2. Kris McKean, 3. Daniel Shirley, 4. Jason Abbott, 5. Ernie Hall.

NAPA Street Stocks: 1. John Newell, 2. Kendel Woll, 3. Casey Pehrson, 4. Bruce Henry, 5. Stacey Jensen.

Brennan's Carpet Pony Stocks: 1. Ray Homolka, 2. Todd Audet, 3. Dan Pulver, 4. Wade Henslee, 5. Michael Stuart.

Quale's Electronics Hornets: 1. Andy Brennan, 2. Jeff Peck, 3. Brandon Mortensen, 4. Bob Gilligan, 5. Gary Deskiewicz.