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07/03/10 News

                                            Monett dominates, but Fowble victor in Pepsi 125

Travis Monett led the most laps in the Mr. Gas Late Models Pepsi 125 race Saturday night at Magic Valley Speedway, but it was Rick Fowble who claimed the trophy and had his picture taken in the winner’s circle.

Monett, starting from the front row, was able to elude threats to his lead from Fowble along with surviving four restarts through the first 91 laps of the main-event race.

At lap 92 Kris McKean moved into second and quickly began challenging Monett for the lead. The pair fought for the position for the next 25 laps. McKean and Monett made contact in Turn 4 and both were sent to the rear of the field for yet another restart.

Fowble, hovering in third at the time of the incident, became the new leader and coaxed his car to the finish line for the win after a green-white-checkered finish.

“I was having car problems, some kind of a fuel line issue,” Fowble said after the victory. I didn’t think it was going to make it for five or six laps to tell you the truth — but we got lucky and held on.”

For Monett, the loss was a tough one.

“The car was really good on long runs, but we had that caution towards the end and I knew Kris was there and he’s a very aggressive driver,” Monett explained. “He got his nose under me, but I it was my fault. I should have drove the corner better and made him go to the outside. But when you lead that many laps and still don’t win, it’s gut wrenching. But we’ll keep our heads up. Sometimes you have to lose one to win one.”

With the double points awarded for the night, Fowble extended his lead in the point standings to 49 over Greco.

Hatke survivor in Super Stocks

Resembling a demolition derby the drivers in the Super Stocks race brought out four caution flags and damaged several cars during the 40-lap main event race.

Brennen VanderMeer led the first eight laps, then Daniel Shirley for one. Kris McKean took over at lap 10 but lost his lead to Jeff Pohlman after a caution involving Jerry McKean and Shirley forced a restart.

Pohlman’s lead was short-lived however after he and Kris McKean tangled on the next lap.

Hatke then took over for the next four rounds but a hard-charging Jerry McKean gained command in laps 23 through 36. Two laps later the demolition ensued in turn one as Jerry McKean and Pohlman collided, setting off a chain reaction, this time resulting in among others, heavy damage to the ride of Jason Abbott.

A patient Hatke soon put an end to the wild race, crossing the line just more than one-half second over runner-up VanderMeer.

“After about a billion years of racing here, I’ve seen it before,” Hatke said of the calamity on the track.

Hall captures first Street Stocks victory

James Hall ran the final 10 laps up front and crossed the finish line nearly six seconds ahead of Craig Nuthak, in the 35-lap main event.

Chase Carraway held on to the front position for 24 laps before an altercation that included John Hoogendoorn.

Homolka wins again with Pony Stocks

Ray Homolka came from the back of the field with just 5 laps remaining in the race to take over the lead from Wade Henslee. Todd Audet pushed Homolka as hard as he could to the end, but Homolka had too much for him, edging Audet by a margin of 0.288 seconds at the wire.

Following the racing action the fans were treated to a fireworks show along with more than a dozen trailer race contestants conducting a crash-fest of their own.