The Nampa, Idaho driver picked up an ASA-sanctioned Meridian Speedway points victory at Magic Valley Speedway on Saturday, benefitting when several bags of quick-dry minimized former series champion Camron Madsen’s strategic options in the final six laps of the 30-lap main.
“It is pretty intimidating,” Henry said of Madsen’s overbearing presence on her bumper in the waning laps, “but I knew there was oil in the groove, so he’d have to me on the bottom.”
Madsen was unable to close the gap as Henry closed out the victory by leading the final 24 green-flag laps.
A multiple-car wreck brought the race to a screeching halt with six laps remaining.
One lap after he had been putting immense pressure on Henry’s lead, Garden City, Idaho’s Phyl Zubizareta spun out in the middle of turns 3 and 4, sending cars behind him scrambling.
Chase Gilbertson drove off the track near the end of Turn 4, and Aubree Wartman and Ethan Jones both slammed into the wall at the exit of Turn 4. Jones’ heavily damaged racecar skidded onto the apron.
The wreck triggered red flag conditions and marked the third mishap in the main event.
The race was further delayed when an oil slick was discovered. It stretched from Turn 4 all the way into the entrance of Turn 3. Before he spun out, Zubizareta unknowingly began dropping fluid on the track when a fitting on his oil cooler loosened.
Without a hood on her Legends car, Wartman started at the back of the 13-car field when racing resumed. By the end of the race six laps later, she had worked her way into ninth place.
The action returns to Meridian Speedway on Monday with the Bill Crow Memorial for the NAPA Late Models. The Bob and Tom Naylor Memorial Classic pushes off on Wednesday, May 29, and the BOB 96.1 FM Diamond Cup hits town for a two-night stay on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1.
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Meridian Speedway points race
Magic Valley Speedway
At Twin Falls, Idaho
Saturday’s unofficial results
Domino’s Pizza Legends (30 laps) – 1. Sara Henry, Nampa, Idaho; 2. Camron Madsen, Boise, Idaho; 3. Caity Miller; 4. Jonathan Davis, Emmett, Idaho; 5. Steve Thimsen
(Six laps each)
A Heat – 1. Caity Miller; 2. Phyl Zubizareta, Garden City, Idaho; 3. Henry; 4. Casey Tillman, Kuna, Idaho; 5. Madsen
B Heat – 1. Jonathan Davis; 2. Zach Blume, Eagle, Idaho; 3. Aubree Wartman, Meridian; 4. Chance Davis, Emmett; 5. Thimsen
C Heat – 1. Austin Hager, Boise; 2. Ethan Jones; 3. Jaime Hyde; 4. Cody Hollis; 5. Charles Miller