Reitsma wins Pro Truck Series at Rocky Mountain Raceways
June 27, 2015
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PR Rocky Mountain Raceway
June 27th 2015
WEST VALLEY CITY ‒ Drew Reitsma drove his No. 73 Pro Series truck to the checkered flag Saturday night in a 75-lap race at Rocky Mountain Raceways. Reitsma’s victory highlighted a day of festivities celebrating RMR’s annual Birthday Bash.
Working with AARP and Utah Food Bank, RMR collected more than 1,500 pounds of food in the fight against hunger.
On the America First Credit Union Super Oval, Reitsma battled a strong 17-truck field throughout the night. After starting in 12thposition, he worked his way through traffic, slipping into second place on lap No. 15 and finally taking the lead on lap No. 18.
Reitsma finished .28 seconds ahead of No. 2 finisher John Newhouse, who battled Reitsma for the final 23 laps. John Wong finished in third place and Alan Larson took fourth.
In other action on the oval, 2014 champion Tim Fahrner crushed the field in the Redbone Trucking Super Stocks. He drove his Camaro to victory more than 14 seconds ahead of second place finisher Corey Walker and No. 3 finisher Daniel Calligaro.
Matt Webster won the 15-lap Figure 8 race and Jayden Park won the Jr. Stingers race.
Shake Rattle N Roll breezed to an easy win in the Brandon Park Roofing Figure 8 Trains.
Next week RMR will welcome powerful Super Modifieds to the oval as part of the Copper Cup Classic on July 4.
Nine Checkered Flags and Nine different Winners, Two Race Tracks and Two track records as the Pro Truck Series wraps up at Pocatello Raceway
Pro Truck Series PR
Twin Falls Idaho
June 14th 2015
Event number three at took the green flag for the Pro Truck Series at Pocatello Raceway Saturday June 13th. The event saw new winners in not only the main event but heat races as well. Coming into Pocatello Raceway heat race winners included Mason Newhouse, Tanner Wong, Doug Dugger and Scott Luttmer. Coming out of Pocatello add the names Jay McDonald (J-Mac) and Cody Backus to the winners list. Both Backus and McDonald have shown drastic improvements coming into the 2015 season and they both had the moment to shine making the total of six heat races won by six different drivers so far in the 2015 season.
Similar to the heat races add the names Jason Quale and Alan Larson to the list of 2015 main event winners and the odds were looking like someone would repeat. The focus quickly shifted to a possible new winner as “JP” Johnny Pierre set the track record with a fast time of 15.13 around the super tight, flat and tricky ¼ mile oval. The invert placed Pierre back in the tenth starting position for the fifty lap main event. Backus started towards the front of the field and was quick to break away with McDonald in tow. The two were opening a nice gap on the field when the first caution flew on lap 14 for the single truck spin of Brent Nelson. The restart saw Backus pacing the field with Daniel Shirley and Drew Reitsma taking to high side of the caution cone making a run for the lead. The strategy didn’t pay off as the lower line was the place to be as Shirley and Reitsma slipped back in the field. An addition three cautions set up caution cone restarts keeping the fans on the edge of the seats. As the cross flags were shown for half way Hannah Newhouse took the lead. Newhouse was coming in to the event with confidence after setting the track record in the last event at Meridian Speedway. A caution on lap thirty five saw Pierre on the back bumper of Newhouse, Pierre clearly faster worked on Newhouse for ten laps before giving her a little help into the corner and taking the lower line making the pass for the lead and eventual win.
“It was a good clean hard fought battle with the 61 (Newhouse). Pocatello is a tricky little track, you have to stay focused and discipline all night. I could not have done it without my spotter Robbie Hyde and the entire team. My crew chief Louis Lopez has a lot of experience here and it paid off” Pierre said after the event.
The next event for the Pro Truck series is June 27th at Rocky Mountain Raceway as the Pro Trucks headline the first 75 Lap feature of 2015.
Century Motorsports and Marine bonus cash was won by Scott Luttmer for his qualifying effort at the last event.
Goff Metal Fabrication bonus is still building as the total goes to $200 up for grabs at Rocky Mountain Raceway if a driver can set fast time win his or her heat and take the main event win.
The Press Box Bonus went to Daniel Shirley for th second time this season.
The Pro Truck Series will return to Pocatello Raceway August 1st as NAPA Auto Parts presents “A night of doubles” featuring not one but two main events.
Diamond Shines on Larson Racing
Meridian Speedway PR
May 31st 2015
The Pro Truck Series rumbled onto the speedway with seventeen strong racers set to test each other for a forty lap brawl. On the green flag Jason Quale and Alan Larson paced the field with Larson using the high groove to settle in first after lap two. The early battle was for the preferred low line as several bumper and body blows were traded in an attempt to gain an advantage. Finally heat race Doug Dugger from Larson Racing made a move to the high side of the racetrack to muscle the runner up spot from Quale. Dugger’s truck would lose fire and he would pull his racer into the pits on lap ten.
Now Hannah Newhouse started to make her presence known as she dug her Pocatello Raceway, The Car Store truck into the low side of the racetrack and passed competitors. No sooner had she pulled her rebuilt into the top eight than she and Daniel Shirley made contact going into turn one. Newhouse was able to keep her truck off the wall, but Sam Harris wasn’t able to keep his Sharp Transportation, 4 Brother Dairy truck off of Newhouse as he was piled into and slid broadside across Newhouse’s nose. Both Newhouse and Harris would retire as a result of their run-in.
Newhouse was quick to shake a fist at Shirley as he rolled by under caution.
When the green flag waved again Orem, Utah’s Cody Backus put on the work gloves and battled Larson on the high side for the lead. Larson was able to barge his way back to the point while John Wong broke out of the pack to take third. With fifteen to go Mason Newhouse and Johnny Pierre made their move on fourth place Quale and put their numbers up on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.
With laps winding down to single digits Backus pulled his Emissions Made Easy, We Mark It Specialties truck back up to Larson and knocked on the leader’s tailgate. This battle allowed Wong to bash his way inside Backus and take second while Newhouse and Pierre took advantage of the sideways Backus to move up to third and fourth. While Wong pulled closer to Larson in the closing laps nobody could track down Twin Falls, Idaho’s Larson as he pulled his Agri-Service, Valley View Farms machine into Arctic Circle Victory Lane.
“All the guys in this series are fun to race with,” said Larson as he collected his trophy.
Johnny Pierre used a string of consistent finishes to claim the Pro Truck Series Diamond Cup Weekend Championship in his D.L. Evans Bank, Elite Heating and Cooling truck. This was Pierre’s second-straight Diamond Cup Weekend Championship.
Diamond in the Rough at the Diamond Cup
Meridian Speedway PR 5-29 15
Presented by: Champion Produce
The Pro Truck Series pulled fourteen heavyweight brawlers onto the quarter-mile for a forty lap main event. Jason Quale used the pole position to battle John Wong into turn one. Wong outdueled the second-generation racer on the high side to pull ahead of Quale on lap one while Hagerman, Idaho driver Scott Luttmer and Jeff Hillock out of Cedar Hills, Utah battled door-to-door for third. At the back of the pack heat race rivals Johnny Pierre and Hannah Newhouse slugged it out as the two Twin Falls, Idaho racers positioned themselves for a run to the front. This run would never happen as Tanner Wong and Drew Reitsma got together and spun from fourth and fifth. Wong collected Sam Harris’ Sharp Transportation, Sendoa Homes truck before both bent racers slid down in front of Newhouse, who piled her Boise State University, The Car Store racer into the crash and sustained heavy front end damage.
With turn one cleared racing resumed with John Wong’s Champion Produce truck and Luttmer’s Dutch Garden Florist, Schaeffer Oil truck beating and banging for the top spot. Something had to give, and it was Wong’s racer that lost traction and spun first. Luttmer was sent to the back along with John Wong for their part in the caution. That left Pierre to blow by Quale on the restart while Mason Newhouse and Daniel Shirley clawed their way onto the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard. Pierre paced himself and his D.L. Evans Bank, Elite Restoration truck while Newhouse and Shirley worked their way around Quale.
Shirley was the first to make a move on the leader in his Broadway Automotive racer as at the halfway point Shirley jumped to Pierre’s back bumper and went to work on the leader. With eighteen laps left this battle for the lead went sour as Shirley and Pierre tangled in turn three. Now it was Quale and Newhouse in the troublesome first and second positions. Quale was the first to take off in his Quale Electronics, Dairy Queen truck, but he couldn’t open a gap as Newhouse banged on the back bumper. With seven circuits left Newhouse rearranged Quale’s tailgate in turn one, but the Twin Falls, Idaho driver Quale kept it together to charge into Arctic Circle Victory Lane.
“Thanks everybody,” second-generation racer Quale said as he collected his first series trophy. “We figured something out and it went right.”