With the field fully inverted for the NAPA Auto Parts 125 feature event Kevin Butler, Meridian NAPA Auto Parts Store Manager, gave the command “Gentleman Start Your Engines.” Jaramie Fuss, Boise, Id, starting from the pole, led the first few laps. Scott Durbin, also from Boise, started on the outside pole and could not get up to speed started to drop back. Heads up driving by all allowed the outside groove to move to the inside as the drivers settled in for a long race.
Meridian Idaho’s John Nesmith took the lead passing Fuss on the outside on the 4th circuit. Dave Doan, Kuna, Id, and Quint Whitman, Meridian, made contact in turn 3 on the 4th lap but the field stayed green as both drivers were able to maintain control of their rides. Doan slowed and pulled into the infield on the next lap with mechanical problems. He pulled in safely and far enough in to the center of the track to not become a hazard to others and the field stayed green.
Sixteen year old Tyler Monroe, Star Idaho resident and 2005 Meridian Speedway Street Stock Champion, moved up from his 7th starting spot to 2nd on the 6th lap. Tom Hill, Eagle, Id moved into third on the same lap. Monroe and Hill battled several laps for the 2nd spot as Nesmith was able to separate him self by a few car lengths. On the 10th lap Monroe went high and Hill snuck under for the 2nd spot. Minegar starting 16th gained the most positions at this point and was running in the 7th spot.
The drivers now settled in ran several laps with out any real battle for position. By lap 20 Hill and Monroe had reduced Nesmith’s 3-car length lead down to inches. These 3 ran nose to tail each trying to out maneuver the other over the next 30 laps. While that was going on in front about 5 car lengths back Nampa, Idaho’s, Chad Cannon the winner of the first RMCS race at Meridian this season, was holding off Meridian’s Brian Warf, Minegar, John Newhouse, Twin Falls, Id, and Kuna’s Craig Bell. These 5 drivers were in that second pack of cars running nose to tail.
On lap 52, Nesmith behind slower traffic went high with Hill right behind him. Monroe was under Hill and than Nesmith for the lead. With the group coming out of turn 2 the slower car went high and Monroe was able to pull slightly ahead of Nesmith and Hill as those two negotiated around the slower car. Hill and Nesmith battled for 2nd and Monroe was able to open up a gap between him and the 2nd and 3rd place cars. Monroe had a 1.7 second lead over Nesmith on lap 60, by lap 75 the gap was widened to 3.1 seconds. Monroe maintained that distancefor over 20 laps.
Still behind the top 3 the battle continued over 4th spot. Bell moved into the 4th spot, outside Warf, on lap 89. By this time 2nd through 8th place was nose to tail. On the next circuit Bell moved outside Hill and moved into the 3rd spot on the leader board. Continuing outside Bell moved into the 2nd position on the 93rd trip round the quarter mile oval. Bell quickly cut Monroe’s lead to 2.9 seconds on the 94th lap. Nesmith help reduce that lead to nothing when he lost the grip in turn 4 and spun bringing out the first caution period of the race.
On the restart Monroe held off a challenge by Bell and maintained the lead. The two ran nose to tail. Just 4 laps into this run Cannon lost the grip and spun bringing out the 2nd caution.
Monroe again held off Bell on the restart and the two ran cleanly around the track for the next 23 laps. On lap 122 with 3 laps remaining Bell and Monroe made contact with each other. Monroe spun bringing out the 3rd and final caution of the race. Both Monroe and Bell were placed behind the lead lap cars for the restart. Hill assumed the lead with Warf, Newhouse and Minegar running 2nd to 4th. Hill held off an early challenge from Warf. Minegar moved under Newhouse on lap 123 for 3rd. Hill opened up a car length lead over Warf and went on for the win.
RMCS – NAPA Auto Parts 125 Results:
Qualifying: Dave Minegar – 13.614
Feature Event: Tom Hill, Bryan Warf, Dave Minegar, John Newhouse, Bruce Quale
In the Idaho Six-cylinder Racing League (ISRL) Pat Quinn continued his domination of the division on the tight quarter-mile oval. Quinn qualified quickest for the 6th time out of 6 events this season. He also benefited from an overheating Sierra Jackson to win his 3rd main event of the season. Jackson qualified 4th and started on the 4th row inside for the 35 lap main event. By the 3rd lap she was running in the 2nd spot. Race leader Randy Sellars had a couple car lengths lead that quickly disappeared. Jackson patiently waited for the right time and moved under Sellars on the 12th lap for the lead. Quinn running behind Jackson before the pass moved into 2nd on the next lap. The 2 ran nose to tail over the next 12 laps before Jackson car began spilling water on the track and she was black-flagged giving the lead to Quinn. Quinn won easily over Jason Skyberg who crossed the line five and a half seconds behind Quinn.
Qualifying: Pat Quinn – 14.285
Trophy Dash: Sierra Jackson
B heat: Randy Sellars, Trevor Omundson, Bob Parks, Al Russell, Bob Bachman
A heat: Jackson, Quinn, Jim Todd, Jason Skyberg, Steve Waswick
Main Event: Quinn, Skyberg, Sellars, Johnny Geisler, Todd
Dan Lowther won his first main event of the season in the Idaho Super Stock Racing Association (ISSRA). Lowther started on the pole and lead the entire 35 laps. Less than one half of on second separated Lowther from Charlie Ham Jr. who qualified quickest. This class of cars is also close in times and it makes passing difficult. Ham was the biggest gainer of the race moving up from his 12th starting position to 7th. Skip Taylor started 7th and finished 4th to gain the 2nd most positions. Dale Bell displaying consistency this season maintains a 69-point advantage over Ham in the season championship point’s standings.
Qualifying: Charlie Ham Jr. – 15.107
Trophy Dash: Dale Bell
B heat: Dan Lowther, Bob Cecil, Gale Carter, Charlie Stout, Frank Wallace
A heat: Skip Taylor, Rick Baldwin, Bell, Darvin Ackerland, Travis Milburn
Main Event: Lowther, Stout, Carter, Taylor, Baldwin
In the Impact Wireless Hornet division Ben Ewing won his first main event this season and moved up a couple of spots in the points standings. Scott Shoecraft continues to lead in the point’s standings with consistency. With 10 events complete Shoecraft has only won 1 main event but has qualified quickest 3 times and has 3 top 3 and 6 top 5 main event finishes.
Qualifying: Scott Shoecraft – 18.156
Trophy Dash: Kevin Cracolise
C heat: Kirby Vanluven, Cody House, David Winegar, Zach Quick
B heat: Jason McNeil, Michele Williams, Cody Mitchell, Max McCorkel, Veron Wright
A heat: Steve McCorkel, Ben Ewing, Cracolise, Shoecraft, Dennis Carter
Main Event, Ewing, Mitchell, David Short, Williams, S. McCorkel