by Jon Brown, MERIDIAN, Idaho – You didn’t need to see the series standings to know that something was at stake Saturday night in the ASA Pro Trucks at ASA-sanctioned 945559_370415276392384_35033499_nMeridian Speedway.

Johnny Pierre led fellow Twin Falls, Idaho racer Hannah Newhouse by 10 points when the day started.

By the end of the 40-lap main event, he still held his edge, but did it from a wrecked racetruck nestled in the Turn 1 barrels on the tight quarter-mile oval in southwest Idaho.

The finish – and Pierre’s winning margin of 0.76 of a second — validated track announcer JT Thomas’ characterization of the touring series as the “WWE of racing.”

There was a lot of bumping and banging as Newhouse tried to complete a furious 10-lap charge to the front – and the veteran Pierre would have none of it.

In the final stages of 40-lap feature, Newhouse went from fifth place to within a wheel well of the win.

She tried to pass Pierre on the high side throughout the final two laps, and they traded paint over the final half-lap.

Coming out of Turn 4 for checkered flag and leading by a fender, Pierre pushed Newhouse to the frontstretch wall, and she answered by pushing back as crossed the line for the final time.

Pierre fishtailed and slid into the water barrels in Turn 1, while Newhouse collected two other racers and skidded to a stop in the middle of Turns 1 and 2.

For Pierre, it was just the latest bunch of dents during the weekend. His truck received heavy damage to the fenders and hood during Friday’s main event.

Things got exciting Saturday after Jerome, Idaho’s Drew Reitsma spun out in the middle of Turns 1 and 2 with 10 laps to go. Pierre led by as many as three seconds before the yellow flew.

Pierre also collected the checkered flag in the eight-lap A Heat, while Newhouse tried to keep pace by taking down the B Heat.

Newhouse also posted the fastest qualifying lap around the tight quarter-mile oval with a 14.717-second performance.

Meridian Speedway

ASA Pro Trucks

 

Saturday’s unofficial results

Main events

Main event (40 laps) – 1. Johnny Pierre, Twin Falls, Idaho; 2. Hannah Newhouse, Twin Falls; 3. Scott Luttmer, Hagerman, Idaho; 4. Jerry Rice, Twin Falls; 5. Alan Larson, Twin Falls

 

Heat races

(Eight laps each)

A Heat – 1. Johnny “J.P.” Pierre, Twin Falls, Idaho; 2. Tanner Wong, Parma, Idaho; 3. Scott Luttmer, Hagerman, Idaho; 4. John Wong, Parma; 5. Doug Dugger, Twin Falls

B Heat – 1. Hannah Newhouse, Twin Falls; 2. Drew Reitsma, Jerome, Idaho; 3. Alan Larson, Twin Falls; 4. Dan Doan, Twin Falls; 5. Jerry Rice, Twin Falls

 

Fast time

Newhouse, 14.717

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