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08/13/11 Story

                                        McKean unleashes wins at MVS
By Linda Brittsan
Times-News correspondent


He’s back.

Kris McKean was finally able to reverse his recent absence from Victory Lane in a big way by winning both Mr. Gas Late Models main event races Saturday night at Magic Valley Speedway.

McKean took the lead early in the first main event race taking the frontrunner position at lap two. Although Jeff Pohlman had worked his way up to second at lap six, he never had the handling to get around the determined McKean and would have to settle for a second place finish. TJ Woodhall came from the fifth starting spot to finish third followed by Bobby Latham III and Bruce Quale.

The second main served up more challenges to McKean. Starting at the rear of the field McKean had 40 laps to make his way to the front, however Pohlman had the same game plan and quickly took the lead from Morgan Rasmussen at lap seven. By the halfway point Pohlman had developed a substantial lead over Woodhall and McKean, but his advantage was erased when the caution came out at lap 25.

After a second restart McKean’s opportunities continued to unfold and his number was on top of the scoreboard at lap 29. With four laps remaining the caution flag flew once again and this time for the restart McKean lined up in the lower groove with Woodhall on his outside and Pohlman directly behind. Woodhall was able to stay door-to-door with McKean in a shootout to the checkered but McKean would edge him at the line in one of the closest finishes of the season, 0.013 seconds.

 “I can’t complain about the last cautions because I really think that’s one of the only ways we got the win in the second race, otherwise I think we would of burned up our car,” McKean said. “When I had TJ (Woodhall) on the outside of me at the end we were battling as hard as we could. Then when it came down to the last corner I knew it was a do-or-die situation so I just pretty much just closed my eyes and put it down to the floor, I had nothing to lose. But I think if the start-finish line was 20 feet further down the track TJ would have got us.”

After missing out on the win so closely Woodhall reflected on the final laps.  “There were several times I envisioned pinching him down but I could have cut a tire or he could; there are so many things that could of happened with that,” he said. “The car was sticking pretty good on the outside so I just tried to race him clean.  I wished it would have turned out different but I hope the fans enjoyed it – I know it was so close at the finish.”

Pohlman had better luck in the Race of Champions winning the inaugural event after winding his way around the road course in two different directions. Although leaving a trail of smoke behind him, Pohlman held off a field of 19 fellow track champions en route to the victory.

In other Whelen All-American racing action John Newell also quenched a dry spell by winning the Project Filter Street Stocks main after passing Mitch Pehrson and then holding off Craig Nuthak for the victory.  Robbie Hyde made his first trip of the season to the winner’s circle in Brennan’s Carpet Pony Stocks after a door-to-door battle with Devon Colson went Hyde’s way by 0.022 seconds.

Jenna Quale captured the Quale’s Electronics Hornets victory after sneaking around Robbie Hyde on the final lap and her brother Jason Quale was victorious in the Quale’s Jr. Stingers main after holding on to the lead taken with six laps remaining in the race. Jeff Peck muscled his way to the win in the TVGoldandSilver Thunderdogs.