Gomez, Fries Continue Hot Streaks on Boise State Alumni Night
A raucous crowd packed the Meridian Speedway grandstands as the quarter-mile asphalt oval hosted Boise State Alumni and TEAM Mazda Free Car night. The Pro Truck Series, PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds, Rebel Modifieds of Idaho, Pepsi Crate Cars and Idaho Sprintcar and Roadster League Super Sixes, Project Filter Pro-4s, TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, and High School Tuners fill a non-stop program with thrills in pursuit of the Champion Onion hardware.
The Project Filter Pro-4s continued main event action with a thirty lap dash. On the break Scott Shoecraft took his Creek Enterprises, B&W Wrecker racer to the lead while the rest of the eleven car field ran door-to-door in the early going. First to break out was Ben Harris, who worked his Kim’s Kars, Vitality Massage machine around the outside to the lead. This shook the pack loose, and soon Eagle, Idaho’s Alex Duda arrived at Harris’ rear bumper for the lead.
At the race’s halfway point Duda held first in his Boise Boys Transportation, TS Fuel and Oil entry, but faced heavy pressure from championship rivals Brendon Fries and Kenny Chandler. Fries was first around Duda with Chandler hot on his heels. Chandler wheeled his Project Filter, Fairly Reliable Bob’s machine hard, but didn’t quite have enough to catch Fries who took the Boise State University Alumni Night win.
The Pro Truck Series had 75 laps to find a Boise State Alumni and TEAM Mazda Free Car Night winner. The green flag waved and Samuel Harris dispatched Drew Reitsma to take the early lead. Behind Harris the field traded paint for position, and after twenty hard-fought laps John Wong and John Newhouse worked their way into the top two spots with Jonathon Gomez in third. Newhouse was the first John on the move and took his The Car Store.com, Praxair machine to the lead with fifty laps left.
Gomez was next around Wong, and soon his Century Motorsports and Marine truck filled Newhouse’s mirror. Newhouse, brake rotors glowing, fought hard to stay up front as the leaders wound their way through lapped traffic, but after twenty white-knuckle circuits Gomez snuck inside Newhouse for the lead. But Newhouse wouldn’t give up, and the Twin Falls, Idaho racer dogged Gomez for the top spot. The strain on Newhouse’s machine would prove too much, and with fourteen laps left he spun in turn one to bring out a caution flag.
This brought Jason Quale and his Quale Electronics, Heeling Construction truck into the lead battle. When the green flag waved Gomez and Quale dove into turn one and body slammed one another for the lead. When neither racer completed the pass, the process was repeated, and for three laps the lead duo leaned on each other for the lead. Finally it was Gomez who threw his truck harder into turn one to claim the lead and the Boise State Alumni and TEAM Mazda Free Car Night victory.
Meridian Speedway gets back to its roots this Sunday, September 2, as the Idaho Speedway and Outlaw Karts contest Al Russel’s The Dirty Cup. Don’t miss your chance to catch the fastest racers on dirt lap the twelfth-mile dirt oval in pursuit of The Dirt Track at Meridian Speedway’s most prestigious event. Stay tuned to www.meridianspeedway.com for more information, and join our text club by sending ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive exclusive updates. We’ll see you this Sunday, September 2, under the big yellow water tower for Al Russel’s The Dirty Cup at The Dirt Track at Meridian Speedway.