Magic Valley Speedway            
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07/30/11 Story

It must have been a good omen to have the number 24 decal on the side of your car Saturday night at Magic Valley Speedway.

The good fortune began with Jeff Pohlman driving his No. 24 car to Victory Lane in the first Mr. Gas Late Models main event race of the evening. Starting sixth on the grid in a field of 10 cars Pohlman would show patience waiting out the confrontations ahead of him to take the lead at lap 12. In another 28 laps Pohlman took the checkered flag just one-half second ahead of runner-up in the race Shelby Stroebel.

In the second main Pohlman had to start at the rear of the field. Mired behind Rick Fowble and Dan Pehrson for several laps Pohlman struggled to get out in front, but it was a hard-charging Kris McKean who got the position at lap 25. After getting around Fowble two laps later Pohlman finally had his chance to take on McKean for another win. The pair battled side-by-side as the laps wound down but Pohlman would eventually get the advantage in the race at lap 34. Just six laps later he brought the No. 24 car to the winner’s circle for the second time of the night.

“I was getting a little impatient when I was behind Fowble and Pehrson and thought I could go to the bottom and pass both of them but that didn’t work,” Pohlman said. “Then once Kris (McKean) got around me I was a little upset but my spotter Robbie (Hyde) told me that I could catch him and we did. We really didn’t have any expectations of winning that second race, but it worked out.”

The car driven by Enrique Contreras left a trail of fire down the backstretch early in the race and he would have to spend the remainder of the night in the pits.

Although starting at the rear of a 12-car pack in the Modifieds 150 lap main event race Shelby Stroebel was able to get his No. 24 car to the front by lap 28. Stroebel stretched out his advantage by nearly one-quarter of the track but a mandatory fuel stop at lap 80 would bunch up the field for a restart. Undaunted, Stroebel would again keep the field comfortably behind him hitting his marks at every turn. With less than 10 laps to go in the race two more cautions would test Stroebel’s holding power, but the former MVS track champion had the right stuff to make it to the winner’s circle, finishing just 0.496 seconds in front of Mike Reid.

“It was going to be either wreckers or checkers,” Stroebel said reflecting on the final two restarts. “But it was a lot fun out here tonight.”

Also former MVS track champions, local drivers Rick Fowble and Rob Vest finished fourth and seventh in the Modified race respectively.

In other Whelen All-American Series action another main event winner with the No. 24 on the side of his car was Quale’s Electrics Pro Hornets driver Scott Gilligan. Gilligan’s win now gives him an 11 point lead in the standings over Jeff Peck.

Paul Browne led from the pole to capture the main event win in the Project Filter Street Stocks and Sara Henry led all but two laps for the main event win on the Idaho Legends cars.



Results:

Mr. Gas Late Models (first main):  1. Jeff Pohlman, 2. Shelby Stroebel, 3. TJ Woodhall, 4. Kris McKean, 5. Morgan Rasmussen.

Mr. Gas Late Models (second main): 1. Jeff Pohlman, 2. Kris McKean, 3. Rick Fowble, 4. Bobby Latham III, 5. TJ Woodhall.

Modifieds:  1. Shelby Stroebel, 2. Mike Reid, 3. Jentry Pisca, 4. Rick Fowble, 5. Zachary Webster.

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

Quale’s Electronics Pro Hornets:  1. Scott Gilligan, 2. Jeff Peck, 3. Ty Garibay, 4. Louis Lopez, 5. Chad Everett.

Legends:  1. Sara Henry, 2. Philip Zubizarata, 3. Camron Madse, 4. Cameron Cotta, 5. Chase Gilbertson.