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07/23/11 Story

It looked like it was going to be an easy win for Intermountain Pro Trucks driver Jerry Rice, but as the laps wound down things got a little complicated.

By lap 25 Rice had gathered a big lead in the main event race Saturday night at Magic Valley Speedway leaving Doug Dugger and Sam Harris 10 lengths behind. At lap 40 the first caution of the race was brought out setting up a restart and Rice’s first real challenge of the night. It took a couple of laps, but soon Rice pulled out in front of Dugger enough to be in the clear. At lap 56 the truck of Dan Doan slowed in turn three, flames erupted from under the hood and the red flag halted the action on the track. After another restart Rice would once again take the lead while his competitors scrambled for position.  Leaving the battles behind him, Rice would cross the finish line 1.094 seconds ahead of Bo Sharp for the win in the 75-lap main.

Competitors Dugger and Drew Reitsma ran into misfortune during the race with Reitsma encountering mechanical issues while Dugger had a tire go down late in the event. Johnny Pierre, second in the standings behind Rice also had a less than favorable night suffering front end damage in the heat race after colliding with Tyler Sharp who got loose in turn four. Kent Jensen’s truck was also damaged in the incident and he would not return for the main. Pierre however, drove his wounded truck to a sixth place finish in the main event.

“I think it was all luck tonight,” Rice said of his second win of the year at MVS. “But you got to have that. It just seemed that if anybody got up next to me they broke. It was pretty weird.”

Budweiser Super Stocks driver Willie Dalton corralled his first win of the season by staying out front during the entire 35-lap main event. As the race progressed, Kris McKean, Dan Pehrson and Casey Pehrson followed Dalton in a straight line through every turn with no one making an attempt to try and get around Dalton using the outside groove.

“Once I saw Kris (McKean) pull up behind me I knew I had to do what I could to keep him behind me,” Dalton said. “So I tried running up a little higher down the back stretch and drive in a little farther up in the corners so hopefully he wouldn’t get a run off me, and it worked. At the end of the race I was waiting for him to come up underneath me and I was praying I could hold out, my tires were starting get hot and go away on me.”

Daniel Shirley, who was second in the point standings behind McKean, finished fifth.

In other Whelen All-American Series action Project Filter Street Stocks driver Chase Carraway pulled into Victory Lane with his first main event win in the division. Carraway battled Paul Browne in the early laps but after a couple of cautions it was points leader Kendel Woll who was putting on the pressure.  Sensing the win, Carraway focused on the final laps and skillfully drove his way to the checkered flag finishing less than one-half second ahead of the hard-charging Woll.

Brennan’s Carpet Pony Stocks driver Todd Audet made his way to the winner’s circle once again after a tough battle with Devon Colson for the victory. Robbie Hyde took the checkered in the Quale’s Electronics Hornets and KC Gillogly finessed her way to a main event win with the Quale’s Jr. Stingers.

 

RESULTS:

Intermountain Pro Trucks:  1. Jerry Rice, 2. Bo Sharp, 3. Sam Harris, 4. Lou Andersen, 5. Alan Larson.

Budweiser Super Stocks:  1. Willie Dalton, 2. Kris McKean, 3. Dan Pehrson, 4. Casey Pehrson, 5. Daniel Shirley.

Project Filter Street Stocks:  1. Chase Carraway, 2. Kendel Woll, 3. Paul Browne, 4. John Newell, 5. Brandon Thomas.

Brennan’s Carpet Pony Stocks:  1. Todd Audet, 2. Devon Colson, 3. Jerry Slocum, 4. Scott Gilligan, 5. Robbie Hyde.

Quale’s Electronics Hornets:  1. Robbie Hyde, 2. Chad Everett, 3. Ben Hampton, 4. Mitch Pehrson, 5. Steven Edens, Jr.

Quale’s Jr. Stingers:  1. KC Gillogly, 2. Justes Dalton, 3. Brenden Radabaugh, 4. Russell Dalton, 5. Jay McDonald.