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06/11/11 Story

Rhodes, Latham capture the glory at MVS

By Linda Brittsan

After a caution at lap 61 played right into Dan Rhodes’ hands for the lead of the main event race Saturday night at Magic Valley Speedway, several more cautions challenged the driver to stay on top of his game in order to collect the victory.

Rhodes took the front runner position of the Rocky Mountain Challenge Series All-Star 100 from leader Steve Jones when Jones fell back in the pack after a restart just a few laps past the halfway mark of the race. After Rhodes took the lead, the cautions kept flying as the drivers had trouble keeping their cars pointed in the right direction on the track.

Once things settled down Rhodes would gather a six car length lead over a pack of five scrambling for position right behind him. However another caution with 16 laps remaining in the race involving a collision between Bruce Quale and TJ Woodhall bunched the leaders together for the final run to the checkered. It was a shootout to the finish but Rhodes stayed focused enough to cross the line 0.251 seconds ahead of runner-up in the race Cris Muhler.

“I was praying for three quiet laps so I could relax instead of all those restarts,” Rhodes said. “The car took a couple laps to get going and boy, there were a lot of cautions and it just made for hard racing.”

It was Rhodes’ first victory of the year in the series. Jones would rally to finish fourth and Rick Fowble placed the highest of the local drivers entered in the race, coming through in tenth.

In Whelen weekly racing series action former track champion Bobby Latham III won his second main event race of the season in the Mr. Gas Late Models Series after holding off Jeff Pohlman for the win. The pair battled side-by-side for several laps as Pohlman tried everything he could to get around him, but Latham had exactly the position he wanted.

“I love that top groove and that was the place to be tonight,” Latham said. “I know Jeff (Pohlman) really likes the bottom groove and it makes for great racing - he bumped me a few times just let me know he was there. But I really think as the season goes on the high groove in going to come in more and more.”

In other NASCAR action Kris McKean had a solid win the Budweiser Super Stocks  to add to his lead in the point standings. Kendel Woll captured another main event win with the Project Filter Street Stocks while Quale’s Electronics Hornets driver Robbie Hyde and Jr. Stingers driver KC Gillogly rounded up their first wins of the season.  

 

Results:

RMCS:  1. Dan Rhodes, 2, Cris Muhler, 3. John Nesmith, 4. Steve Jones, 5. Jeff Hillock.

Mr. Gas Late Models:  1. Bobby Latham III, 2. Jeff Pohlman, 3. Kris McKean, 4. Jeff Wade, 5. Tyler Bailey.

Budweiser Super Stocks:  1. Kris McKean, 2. Casey Pehrson, 3. Daniel Shirley, 4. Bobby Latham III, 5. Allen Williams.

Project Filter Street Stocks:  1. Kendel Woll, 2. Chase Carraway, 3. Craig Nuthak, 4. Kamie Nuthak, 5. Spencer Meyer.

Quale’s Electronic Hornets:  1. Robbie Hyde, 2. Ben Hampton, 3.Doug Brownfield, 4. Chad Everett, 5. Theresa Borlase.

Quale’s Jr. Stingers:  1. KC Gillogly, 2. Holden Maughan, 3. Brendan Radabaugh, 4. Justice Coates, 5. Jay McDonald.