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05/29/10 News

                                                                Dalton survives shootout at Speedway


    An unknown author once wrote, “There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream.”

    Budweiser Super Stocks driver Willie “The Outlaw” Dalton may not know how many miles it’s been, but he knows he’s logged a lot of laps over the years en route to his first-ever main event win Saturday night at Magic Valley Speedway.

    “It took me 10 years to get here, but we finally got it,” an elated Dalton said.

    The race began with Dalton lined up in the front row alongside Brennan VanderMeer, followed by six other contenders for the 35-lap main event. VanderMeer edged past Dalton in laps two through seven, but Dalton regained the lead at lap eight and then began to make his getaway.

    Meanwhile, the posse following Dalton fought door-to-door and bumper-to-bumper for the rights to bring Dalton in. At lap 23 Stacey Jensen and Kris McKean tried to out-gun each other for second — with McKean finally breaking through to get the spot at lap 29. McKean then did all he could to steal the spotlight from Dalton, but Dalton rode off into the sunset with the win.

    With the pleas of “Free Willie” also finally answered, Dalton basked in the glory of Victory Lane. “With five to go I thought for sure somebody was going to come around me,”Dalton said. “But I just tried to remember what I was doing going into each corner, and it seemed to pay off tonight. Hopefully now we can get a few more wins before another 10 years comes around. Hopefully we got the monkey off our back now.”

McKean had nothing but kudos for the first-time winner. “Stacey (Jensen) and I raced each other pretty hard for a couple of laps, and then we were both right there trying to get him, but Willie just had too much — neither of us could get to him,” McKean said. “Willie just had a really good car tonight.”

Newell wins Street Stocks

Following a yellow flag and a restart, John Newell took over as front-runner, contending with Casey Pehrson, who made a daring move to take over second position. Despite Pehrson’s attempts to reel him in, Newell was first to the finish line of the NAPA Street Stocks race with his third win of the season.

Bruce Henry held the lead for the first 16 laps of the main event race, leaving a tight pack of cars juggling for position behind. Soon the caution was brought out for contact between Jim Shirley and Craig Nuthak, setting up a restart with just nine laps remaining in the contest.

Homolka paces Pony Stocks

Ray Homolka outran his closest rival, Wade Henslee, to win the Brennan’s Carpet Pony Stocks main event race. He took over the lead from Jerry Slocum at lap three of the but was forced to defend his position when a caution setup a restart at lap five.

Gilligan claims Hornets race

At the halfway mark Bob Gilligan went to the front of the class to grab another main event win in the Quale’s Electronics Hornets. This wild Hornets race began with Ty Garibay leading the winding swam through the road course.

Non-Winged Sprints

Johnny Giesler capitalized on a caution at lap eight to win the Non-Winged Springs by taking over a big lead held by Carl Marcum.

With the race then continuing caution-free, Giesler held on to the front position to cross the finish line 0.507 seconds ahead of Marcum.