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09/10/11 Story

 TWIN FALLS, Idaho (September 10, 2011)

He lost the battle, but Zan Sharp of Wellesville, Utah won the war by capturing the Rocky Mountain Challenge Series championship Saturday night at Magic Valley Speedway.

Sharp qualified tenth in a field of 19 contestants and finished second in his heat race, but the Rich Thompson Trucking main event left him scrambling for a decent finish in the final race of the season. Sharp’s troubles came early after an incident on lap nine sent him to the pits for repairs.

 Meanwhile, Jeff Pohlman took the lead from John Newhouse at lap 27 and continued as the front runner until Jonathon Gomez collected the position at lap 42. From then on it was all Gomez, fighting off his competitors through several restarts until the checkered flag flew at lap 100. Newhouse would cross the finish line 1.749 seconds behind Gomez and Rick Fowble, who patiently waited out the conflicts on the track, finished an impressive third.

Steve Jones, who rivaled Sharp for the championship got tangled up in turn four with five laps remaining in the race and would finish eighth. Sharp eventually got back in the race to finish fifteenth but the 10-point difference over Jeff Hillock, who wound up second in the final standings, was enough for the 2011 championship crown.

“When that stuff happened at the first of the race I thought we would be out of it,” Sharp said. “But my guys rallied and got me back in it. It would have been cool to have the win and the championship in the same night but I’m not greedy – I’m happy with the championship.”

For former MVS track champion Gomez, it was his second win in as many years in the final RMCS race of the season.

 “We knew had a good car but it got really loose during the main and it made it hard to race side by side,” Gomez said. “It took awhile to get to the front but when I was up there all by myself it was fine. I love coming here, and it (RMCS) is such a great group. Mike Minegar (RMCS president) puts on a really good series.”

Casey Pehrson came out unscathed as the winner in a hotly contested Budweiser Super Stocks main event race.  Running behind Pehrson and Ernie Hall but fighting for the championship in the next-to-last event of the season, Kris McKean and Daniel Shirley tangled in turn three at lap 19. Both drivers were sent to the rear of the field but would come back to finish third and fourth respectively.

The controversial battles between McKean Shirley are far from over with the final race set for September 17.

Jeff Pohlman drove his way to the winner’s circle of the Mr. Gas Late Models main race sealing the deal on the 2011 championship. With his second place showing TJ Woodhull carries a slim four-point advantage over McKean in the standings going into the final events this Saturday night.

 John Newell led from the pole in a convincing win for the Project Filter Street Stocks.  Craig Nuthak was able win the battle for second after holding off Paul Browne and Kendel Woll for much of the main event race.

Quale's Electronics Pro Hornets driver Chad Everett won the main but Sott Gilligan captured the championship in the division. Doug Brownfield rallied for the main event victory while Jeff Peck came out top dog in the TVGoldandSilver Thunderdogs championship battle.


Results of 9-10-11:

RMCS:  1. Jonathon Gomez, 2. John Newhouse, 3. Rick Fowble, 4. Bruce Quale, 5. Eric Rhead, 6. Bobby Latham III, 7. TJ Woodhall, 8. Steve Jones, 9. Jeff Hillock, 10. Jeff Pohlman.

Mr. Gas Late Models:  1. Jeff Pohlman, 2. TJ Woodhall, 3. Kris McKean, 4. Morgan Rasmussen, 5. Bobby Latham III.

Budweiser  Super Stocks:  1. Casey Pehrson, 2. Ernie Hall, 3. Kris McKean, 4. Daniel Shirley, 5. Allen Williams.

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

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


RMCS: 1. Zan Sharp, 2. Jeff Hillock, 3. Steve Jones, 4. Bruce Quale, 5. Lynn Hardy.

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

TVGoldandSilver Thunderdogs:  1. Jeff Peck, 2. Doug Brownfield, 3. Ty Garibay, 4. Scott Gilligan, 5. Chad Everett.