Quale Outlasts Newhouse for Pro Truck Series Victory
The clouds parted for a night of chaos at Meridian Speedway as the quarter-mile asphalt oval hosted Smash-O-Rama 2018. The Royal Purple Modified Series, Pro Truck Series, High School Tuners, and Bombers provided Saturday night’s racing action, while daredevil Mr. Dizzy, World Famous Boat Racing, a hard-hitting demolition derby, and fireworks provided the destruction.
The Pro Truck Series rumbled to life for a 75 lap feature. On the green Rodney Park motored past John Wong to take his Picks Insulation, Graco entry to the early lead. Behind Park it was Jason Quale on the move. From his back of the pack starting spot Quale made his way into the top five on lap four, then overtook Drew Reitsma for a top-three spot on lap thirteen.
Reitsma went to work, and held station in the outside line as father-son pair John and Mason Newhouse caught the battle for third. During the battle Reitsma bounced his Reitsma Holsteins truck off the front stretch concrete and faded, leaving Quale and the Newhouse family to work over Wong’s Champion Produce, Wong Farms machine for second.
At the race’s one-third mark Park held the top spot with Quale, Mason Newhouse and John Newhouse on his rear bumper. Quale ducked into the low groove and piloted his Quale’s Electric, Heeling Construction racer to the lead with forty circuits left. Mason and John Newhouse followed Quale around Park and were quickly on the leader’s tailgate.
Less than one second separated the top three runners as the race entered its final 25 laps. The younger Newhouse decided it was time to go, and he looked low for a way past Quale. Lapped traffic thwarted this run, but as soon as the lead trio found clear track the race was back on.
With ten circuits left on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard Mason Newhouse launched his assault on Quale. Newhouse slid his The Car Store, KIDD Performance and Dyno truck high and low in his search for a way to the point, but Quale was too strong and the Twin Falls, Idaho racer roared across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first.
With a full night of destruction in the books, Meridian Speedway turns its attention to the military Saturday, May 19, for the Project Filter Military Appreciation Night. The Project Filter Pro-4s run twin 25 lap main events, while the Pepsi Crate Cars and ISRL Super Sixes, Coors Super Stocks, Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets compete for the Boise Boys Transportation hardware. General admission to Saturday night’s action is free for military members and their families, $11.50 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $6.50 for kids 7-11. Log on to meridianspeedway.com for more Smash-O-Rama highlights, and be sure to text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive exclusive updates from around the quarter-mile. We’ll see you this Saturday, May 19, for Project Filter Military Appreciation Night under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.