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07/31/10 News

                                                                    McKean cruises to MVS victory

Eddy McKean proved once again why he is a former NASCAR champion as he cruised to victory Saturday night at Magic Valley Speedway in The Mr. Gas Late Models 50-lap main event race.

Starting from the front row, Mike Greco held the lead through lap four when Kris McKean slid over the turn three embankment, bringing out the first caution of the race. Greco was able to hold the front-runner position until lap 10, when Eddy McKean took over, leaving Greco to deal with a determined Rick Fowble.

While McKean worked on extending his lead in the race, Fowble finally managed to get around Greco at lap 17. Eight laps later another caution would set up another restart and Fowble, wanting to add to his lead in the points standings, soon began to take on McKean.

Through the next 15 laps Fowble stuck by McKean searching for a way to get around him but another caution set up another restart with 10 laps to go in the race. When the green flag waved the field on for the final laps, Fowble kept his sights on McKean, but Greco, just behind Fowble in the points standings, was aiming for him. While McKean held solidly on to the lead, Greco was able to slip past Fowble on the final lap to finish second.

“That was fun racing,” McKean said from the pits afterward. “Fowble was trying to get underneath me but we were just a little bit better than him and after four or five laps we started to creep away a little bit. The car wasn’t very good earlier tonight and we struggled in the heat race, but Josh (Black crew member) worked hard, made some changes on the car and made it better, better than everyone else.” Casey Pehrson, starting in his first Late Models race of the season, finished fifth.

Pohlman pulls through with Maverik Pro Trucks win

With the field tightly packed through every turn, Alan Larson established the lead of the main event race at lap six. As the cluster behind Larson fought for position, former series champion Jeff Pohlman snaked his way though the field to take over the front-runner position at lap 21.

Soon points leader Jerry Rice made his way up to second and began to challenge the leader. A caution at lap 30 forced a restart with five laps to go but Pohlman, fresh off a fourth place finish the Late Models race earlier in the evening, was able to hang out front for the remainder of the contest to cross the finish line 0.812 seconds ahead of Rice.

“Everyone was jockeying for position and they all seemed to be equally fast,” Pohlman said. “We had to go backwards and forward and backwards but I was kind of waiting for a hole to open up. Then the next thing I knew they all just went to the bottom and left me a lane on the outside. After the caution came out I knew Jerry (Rice) was behind me and it was going to be a five lap shootout, but luckily we pulled it off. It was probably one of the most fun truck races I have ever been in.”

Hall winner with NAPA Street Stocks

Mitch Pehrson and Vince Orr took turns at the lead for the first seven laps of the main event race but Rookie James Hall took over control at lap eight. Casey Pehrson spent the remaining 22 laps trying to reel him in and as the laps wound down, Pehrson continued to gain ground on the leader. At the finish, Hall would cross the line just 0.327 seconds ahead of Pehrson, followed by points standings leader John Newell in third.

Homolka rolls up Brennan’s Carpet Pony Stocks win

In a battle for the lead in the points standing, Ray Homolka foiled Todd Audet’s plans to finish ahead of him in the main event race. Although Audet shadowed Homolka throughout the 20-lap contest, Homolka was able to stay out in front to finish ahead of Audet by one-and-a-half seconds.

Dalton gets second win with Quale’s Jr. Stingers

With the biggest starting field so far this season, Russell Dalton was able to survive the brawls taking place on the track throughout the main event race. Despite severe damage to the front bumper, Taylor Patrick gave Dalton a run for the win but came up just short at the finish line.

Ratterree, Murgoitio Winged Sprint Cars race winners

Sierra Jackson hammered out an amazing 12.062 second lap around the track to capture the top qualifying spot for the night.

In the first main event she would finish second to Chris Ratterree, who held the lead for all but the first two laps of the 25-lap race.

In the second main Jackson developed mechanical issues on the first lap, pulled the car into the pits and would not return to the track. As the race progressed, Mike Murgoitio continued to break away from Ratterree, finishing 10.795 seconds over his closest rival in the race.

Results:
 
Mr. Gas Late Models: 1. Eddy McKean, 2. Mike Greco, 3. Rick Fowble, 4. Jeff Pohlman, 5. Casey Pehrson.

Maverik Pro Trucks:
1. Jeff Pohlman, 2. Jerry Rice, 3. Alan Larson, 4. Scott Luttmer, 5. Johnny Pierre.

NAPA Street Stocks: 1. James Hall, 2. Casey Pehrson, 3. John Newell, 4. Chase Carraway, 5. Kendel Woll.

Brennan’s Carpet Pony Stocks: 1. Ray Homolka, 2. Todd Audet, 3. Jerry Slocum, 4. Jason Dolin, 5. Josh Harbaugh.

Quale’s Electronics Jr. Stingers: 1. Russell Dalton, 2. Taylor Patrick, 3. Miguel Zapata, 4. Brandan Greco, 5. Brendan Radabaugh.

Winged Sprint Cars (first main): 1. Chris Ratterree, 2. Sierra Jackson, 3. Darren Spiers, 4. Donald Kithcart, 5. Matt Elliott.

Second main: 1. Mike Murgoitio, 2. Chris Ratterree, 3. Darren Spiers, 4. Donald Kithcart, 5. Sierra Jackson.