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Gomez Dominates Pro Truck 75 at Meridian Speedway
MERIDIAN, Idaho—Meridian Speedway gave back to its youngest fans Saturday, July 7, as forty lucky kids scored a new set of wheel at the Mega Massive Bike Giveaway presented by DL Evans Bank. The Pro Truck Series ran 75 hard-fought laps around the asphalt quarter-mile, while the TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks contested a duo of 25 lap dashes, and the Coors Super Stocks, Project Filter Pro-4s, High School Tuners, and Bombers battled the July heat as they chased the Allison Concrete by Design hardware.
Eleven tough Pro Truck Series competitors rumbled to green for their 75 lap main event. The green flag flew and Trevor Arnold wrestled his Blue Mule Auctions, Arnold Construction entry into the top spot. But an early caution drew Townsend, Montana racer Ron Lawser to Arnold’s rear bumper, and on lap six Lawser had his Mountie Moose Bakery, JLG Industries mount in the top spot.
While Lawser opened a comfortable lead. action was hectic mid-pack as Twin Falls, Idaho’s John Newhouse and Buhl, Idaho competitor Jonathan Gomez sliced their way through traffic. After ten laps Newhouse sat third behind Lawser and Drew Reitsma, and with a strong run on the outside put his The Car Store of Twin Falls, Coca-Cola machine in the runner up spot.
Gomez was next to work his way up the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard as the third place runner employed a pair of inside passes to get around both Newhouse and Lawser. This left Gomez to show the way in his Century Motorsports and Marine entry, while Reitsma and Newhouse scrambled to track him down.
Gomez continued out front through the race’s middle stages while Newhouse passed Reitsma and brought a whole crowd of contenders with him. As the laps wound down Gomez enjoyed a three second advantage over Newhouse, Jason Quale, and Hannah Newhouse. The only chance the field had to beat Gomez was a caution flag, and with seven laps to go the yellow flag flew and bunched the field for one last restart.
When the green flag dropped Gomez and John Newhouse left the rest of the field behind. Though he kept pace with Gomez, John Newhouse was never able to mount a challenge for the lead and he settled for second behind race dominator Gomez. Behind the lead duo, John’s daughter Hannah Newhouse outdueled Quale to bring her truck home third.
Meridian Speedway kicks off the second half of speedway season this Saturday, July 14 as the PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds celebrate Whelen Night at the Races with double main events. Also on the card Saturday are the Coors Super Stocks, Domino’s Legends, twin Teleperformance Claimer Stock 25 lap features, and the Junior Stingers. General admission to Whelen Night at the Races is just $11.50 for adults and $6.50 for kids 7-11. Log on to meridianspeedway.com for all the latest news and notes from your NASCAR Home Track, and be sure to text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 for exclusive updates. We’ll see you this Saturday, July 14 for Whelen Night at the Races under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.
Saturday’s Unofficial Results
MEGA Massive Bike Give Away
With the Pro Truck Series and TEAM Mazda Subaru Twin 25’s
Quick Time – Jonathan Gomez, 14.8821 seconds
A Heat Winner – Rodney Park
B Heat Winner – John Wong
Main Event 1. #22 Jonathan Gomez Buhl, ID
2. #26 John Newhouse Twin Falls, ID
3. #97 Hannah Newhouse Twin Falls, ID
4. #12 Jason Quale Twin Falls, ID
5. #73 Drew Reitsma Jerome, ID