On an evening already packed with stunning developments (mostly from the concussion of explosions,flying station wagons, falling Pontiacs, anvils plunging to and through the ground, melting Mazdas and wild boat-dragging Thunder Dogs), the Boise, Idaho racer followed a fast lapped car past leader Dell Scott of Nampa, Idaho, on a late restart to win the 40-lap Edmark Mini Stocks feature on the Eve of Destruction III presented by Canyon Honda.
After a wreck with four laps remaining, Scott lost a two-second lead and found himself driving next to the lapped car of Duane Gerber of Boise… with Hull nestled behind Gerber after drivers picked the groove in the track they wanted to us by passing a commitment cone.
“I figured everyone was taking the low line because they didn’t think they were fast enough, so I was hoping Duane was going right by Dell,” Hull said.
Gerber did indeed go right past the race leader.
When the green flag dropped with Gerber on the outside, Hull followed the No. 15 past Scott and to the front. Hull didn’t even appear on the five-position scoreboard before a crash involving Tony Johns of Boise and Mike Davis of Boise brought out the one and only yellow and halted 36 laps of green-flag racing.
In other main events, Boise, Idaho’s Phil Zubizareta turned his top qualifying time into a victory in the Domino’s Pizza Legends; Fred Nagele of Meridian, Idaho, racing in the opposite direction and with a negligee over his firesuit, won the Tates Rents Hornets feature; and “Crazy” Chris Carlson of Boise used a wily strategy to snatch victory in the Thunder Dogs Mini Main aboard Screamin’Keegan.
Another Thunder Dog, Catfish and its spawn Son of Catfish swept the awards in winning the World Famous Boat Race at the end of the night to send 3,850 fans home happy.
In the 30-lap Legends feature, Zubizareta learned that new and expensive isn’t always better.
Quick reflexes and reliable equipment, however, are priceless –not to mention key to the Boise driver’s victory.
“We worked really hard and spent a lot of money on this car this week to get ready,” Saturday’s fast qualifier said. “We put new brakes on it, and when that car spun out in front of me I had no brakes, so I guess we’ll go back to the old equipment.”
The car that went around in front of Zubizareta was driven by former race leader Aly Clark. The Meridian, Idaho teenager’s ill-handling car cost her the race and led to a pair of yellow flags down the stretch in the 30-lap feature.
On the final side-by-side restart with four laps remaining, Zubizareta pulled even with reigning series champion Camron Madsen of Boise, ran door-to-door for a lap and pulled to the front coming out of Turn 2 with two to go.
Clark held the lead until, with 11 laps to go, a push that had plagued her car all race finally caught up with her.
Brent Collins of McCall, Idaho, who was driving a loaner car normally driven by Boise’s Ron Hayes, drove past her when she Clark pushed out of the groove and out of the lead.
Madsen then grabbed the lead with six laps left – one circuit after the first yellow triggered by Clark.
In a 30-lap Hornets race that ended with the competitors turning right for the final 10 laps, Nagele paid back fellow racers who presented him with a negligee (a play on the frequent mispronunciation of his last night – it’s NAY-glee) by taking the checkered flag to go with his black lace.
Nagele lost the lead to Lynn Sharp of Nampa, Idaho with seven laps to go, but regained it on another restart as Sharp was sent nine positions back because of a rough-driving penalty.
After another yellow flag, Nagele and Nampa’s Art Heath raced side-by-side for one lap before Nagele pulled away to secure his victory. Sharp worked his way back onto the leaderboard and finished third.
In the 15-lap Thunder Dog Mini Main, it looked as if the Catfish, driven by John Pinkston of Meridian, and IP Freely (Bryan Duvall of Kuna, Idaho) would run away and hide from the rest of the field.
But anyone familiar with the wacky nature of the Thunder Dogs knows that no car can lose a lap. So, even though Catfish and IP Freely were a full half-lap ahead of the field at one point, the Screamin’ Keegan, with substitute driver “Crazy” Chris Carlson, was fortunate to see the checkered flag first and win the race.
Racing classes for next Saturday’s Domino’s Pizza 50 show include the NAPA Late Model Sportsman, Pepsi Sprintcars, another double feature for the ESI Express ASA Modifieds and the College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Street Stocks.
Children can strike it rich with the return of the Penny Gold Rush for Kids.
Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing at 6:30 p.m.
Admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for senior citizens and military personnel with ID, $6 for ages 7-11 and children 6-and-under free. A family pass good for two adults and up to four children ages 7-11 is available for $30.
Fans can buy tickets online at www.meridianspeedway.com, print them off at home and avoid the long lines on race night.
For more information, visit www.meridianspeedway.com or call (208) 888-2813.
Eve of Destruction III
Presented by Canyon Honda
Saturday’s unofficial results
World Famous Boat Race winner – Catfish (John Pinkston, Meridian, Idaho)
Boat Race Master of Disaster – Catfish
Boat Race Best Looking Car and Boat – Catfish and Son of Catfish
Domino’s Pizza Legends (30 laps) – 1. Phillip Zubizareta, Boise, Idaho; 2. Camron Madsen, Boise; 3. Chase Gilbertson, Boise; 4. Brent Collins, McCall, Idaho; 5. Sara Henry, Nampa, Idaho
Edmark Mini Stocks (40 laps) – 1. Larry Hull III, Boise; 2. Dell Scott, Nampa; 3. Eddie Abels, Middleton, Idaho; 4. Jonathan Hull, Boise; 5. Scott Shoecraft, Boise
Tates Rents Hornets (40 laps) – 1. Fred Nagele, Meridian; 2. Art Heath, Nampa; 3. Lynn Sharp, Nampa; 4. Matt Wright, Boise; 5. Larry Hull III, Boise
Thunder Dog mini main (15 laps) – 1. Screamin’ Keegan (Chris Carlson, Boise); 2. IP Freely (Bryan Duvall, Kuna, Idaho); 3. Catfish; 4. The Pick Up Man (Cody Huddleston, Nampa); 5. Big Tuna (Stan Irons, Boise)
(Eight laps each)
Domino’s Pizza Legends
Fast Dash – 1. Cameron Cotta, Meridian; 2. Zac Blume, Eagle, Idaho; 3. Madsen; 4. Gilbertson; 5. Zubizareta
B Heat – 1. Aly Clark, Meridian; 2. Caitlin Stroebel, Meridian; 3. Troy Peterson, Boise; 4. Andrew Clark, Meridian; 5. Collins
Edmark Mini Stocks
Fast Dash – 1. Dell Scott, Nampa; 2. Scott Shoecraft, Boise; 3. Ray Bolinger, Meridian; 4. Eddie Ables, Middleton, Idaho; 5. Larry Hull III, Boise
B Heat – 1. Sarah Shaw, Boise; 2. Jason Sanders, Caldwell, Idaho; 3. Chad Barker, Boise; 4. Brandon Shira, Boise; 5. Jonathan Hull, Boise
C Heat – 1. Duane Gerber, Boise; 2. Art Heath, Nampa; 3. Mary Johnson, Meridian; 4. Mike Davis, Boise; 5. Tony Johns, Boise
(Six laps each)
Tates Rents Hornets
Fast Dash – 1. Colton Nelson, Meridian; 2. Brodie Stote, Boise; 3. Josh Parkkila, Boise; 4. Jonathan Hull, Boise; 5. Lynn Sharp, Nampa
B Heat – 1. Stacey Heath, Nampa; 2. Matt Wright, Boise; 3. Larry Hull III, Boise; 4. Charlie Atkinson, Caldwell; 5. Blake Coria, Garden City, Idaho
C Heat – 1. Chuck Youngblood, Meridian; 2. Art Heath, Nampa; 3. James Pahl, Caldwell; 4. Amber Rogers, Meridian; 5. Travis Zaugg, Boise
D Heat – 1. Fred Nagele, Meridian; 2. Marshall Burnham; 3. Jack Martin, Caldwell; 4. Ben Hoover, Nampa; 5. Brendon Fries, Meridian
Fast Dash – 1. Screamin’ Keegan (Dakota Allen, Boise); 2. IP Freely Too (Nic Forsea, Kuna, Idaho); 3. The Catfish; 4. Sledgehammer (Dave Jolley, Nampa); 5. IP Freely
B Heat – 1. Fare Lady (Kennon Irons, Boise); 2. Work Force (James DeMello, Boise); 3. The Pick Up Man; 4. Joe Joe’s Grocery Getter (Joe Volm, Meridian); 5. Buzz Kill (Jimmie Miller, Meridian)
Domino’s Pizza Legends – Zubizareta, 15.273 seconds
Edmark Mini Stocks –Bolinger, 15.327
Tates Rents Hornets – Jonathan Hull, 18.520
Thunder Dogs – Catfish, 16.459