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Mason Newhouse Hot While Jayden Park Stays Consistent

By Nate Graves

Pro Truck Series PR

Saturday night’s “truck racing festival” presented by Parris RV of Murray UT on the oval track at Rocky Mountain Raceways treated the fans to both the elegant precision of Pro Truck Series racing, with the mind-blowing chaos of 10,000lb Semi Trucks tearing up the blacktop.    

 

But before the big rigs could wreak havoc on the high banks, Pro Truck Series leader Mason Newhouse was looking to make it two in a row in the valley of the west. As Newhouse eyed making it two in a row at RMR, rookie driver Jayden Park came in focused on winning his second consecutive main after scoring his first career win at Meridian Speedway just two weeks ago.

 

Right off the get go Casey Pehrson drove into the lead past Sam Harris. But after a tough battle between himself and Jason Quale, both drivers fell victim to the speed of Jerry Rice’s no. 4 entry.

With Rice out front, the rookie driver Jayden Park’s no. 24 seemed to come alive. After a quick battle with Pehrson’s no.62, Park soon found himself challenging Rice for the lead. After about 5 laps of fender fighting, the caution flag came out for the no. 28 of “Montana” Ron Lawser, who spun out on the front stretch after a control module on his ignition failed.

On the ensuing restart, Park was able to give Rice about 7 laps of pressure before the veteran driver out of Twin Falls started checking out.

 

Unfortunately for Rice, the lead he had created would turn out to be short lived, as the Newhouse Motorsports driver in the Kidd performance and dyno no. 36 would drive off, and take the trophy to claim his 4th straight top 3 of the season. Despite his best effort, Jerry Rice finished in the 2-spot while Jayden Park reeled off a second straight top 3.

 

The “Consistency Kid” Jason Quale lived up to his name with a solid 4th after a tough day finding the handle on their truck.

Drew Reitsma’s string of solid finishes came to an abrupt end after finishing in the 12th spot due to an ignition box failure.

Join us in two weeks at the Magic Valley Speedway on June 16th and 17th  as the Pro Truck Series makes their first appearance at the track where this season’s champion will be decided on September 9th.

Close Racing Dominates Military Appreciation Night at Meridian Speedway

 

MERIDIAN, Idaho—Meridian Speedway celebrated the men and women of our Armed Forces as the asphalt quarter-mile hosted Military Appreciation Night.  The Pro Truck Series, Project Filter Pro-4s, College of Western Idaho Super Stocks, TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, College of Western Idaho High School Tuners, and Queen Bees provide a full night of speedy thrills.

 

The Pro Truck Series rumbled to the green flag of their fifty lap feature to close main event action Saturday.  Pole sitter Jayden Park motored around John Wong to lead lap one.  This dropped Wong’s Champion Produce, Wong Farms machine into the clutches of Spring Creek, Nevada’s Travis Monett.  After two laps of beating and banging Monett put his Alternative maintenance Solutions, NAP Auto Parts truck in the runner up spot.

 

Deep in the field young guns Riley Rogers and Mason Newhouse joined forces as they sliced their way forward.  By lap eight the pair sat fourth and fifth behind fellow youngster Jason Quale and his Quale’s Electronics, Heeling Construction entry.  Lapped traffic slowed second place Monett and brought him back to this pack, and soon a four-way battle for the runner up spot developed.

 

Ten hard fought laps wound off the board as the battle for second place tightened up.  Something had to give, and finally it was contact that sent Rogers’ H&H Accounting, Wildside Wraps machine around in the middle of the group.  When the smoke cleared Rogers, Monett, and Quale sat in pieces on the back stretch.  The three trucks would make quick repairs in the pit area and return to action for the restart.

On the green Park was once again strong out of the blocks and shot to the top spot in his Picks’ Insulation, King’s Camo truck.  Mason Newhouse settled his dented The Car Store, Coca-Cola machine into second as his father John Newhouse raced his way to third.  Mason Newhouse decided the best defense was a strong offense, and he took the high line to draw even with Park.  Park withstood the challenge and used a lapped truck to pick Mason Newhouse off, shuffling the youngster back to second.

 

With the Newhouse family fighting for the runner up spot, Park set sail to the checkered flag.

 

“That was fun,” Park said as he collected his Boise Boys Transportation trophy.  “When Mason and John got to me, I was like ‘Oh, [no].”

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Meridian Speedway

Saturday’s Unofficial Results

Military Appreciation Night

5/20/2017

Main Events

Project Filter Pro-4’s #1 (25 laps)-1. Jonathan Hull 2. Joe Barton 3. Kenny Chandler 4. Brendon Fries 5. Ryan Bailey

Project Filter Pro-4’s #2 (25 laps)-1.Kenny Chandler 2.Joe Barton 3.Jonathon Hull 4.Ryan Bailey 5.Shane Harris

Pro Trucks (50 laps)-1.Jayden Park 2.Mason Newhouse 3.John Newhouse 4.Drew Reitsma 5.John Wong

TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks (30 laps)-1. Terrell Daffron 2. Donovan Johns 3. Jason Sanders 4. Ray Bolinger 5. Mike Davis 

College of Western Idaho Super Stocks (25 laps)-1. Melissa Arte 2. Ben Crow 3. Daniel Johnson 4. John Riparetti 5. Ron Hayes

College of Western Idaho High School Tuners (25 laps)-1.Kendra Occhipinti 2.Taylor Occhipinti 3.James Gates 4.Caitlyn Sharp 5.Sierra Lawrence

Queen Bees (12 laps)-1. Kayla Harris 2. Chanderae Southern 3. Jennifer Wardle 4. Nikki Harris

Heat Races

(8 laps each)

Pro Trucks

A Heat-1. Jayden Park 2. Travis Monett 3. John Wong 4. Riley Rogers 5. Casey Pehrson

TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks

A Heat-1. Jayson Wardle 2. Terrell Daffron 3. Jason Sanders 4. Calvin Jacobs 5. Luke Wolverton

B Heat-1. Doug Woods 2. Mike Vester 3. Fred Vigil 4. William Ostrum 5. Mitch Eckhardt

C Heat-1. Ian Michael Pedersen 2. Travis Pavlacky 3. David Pywell 4. Billy Shipp 5. Dalton Cristiani

CWI Super Stocks

A Heat-1. Melissa Arte 2. Daniel Johnson 3. Ron Hayes 4. Ben Crow 5. John Riparetti

 (6 laps each)

CWI High School Tuners

A Heat-1. Taylor Occhipinti 2. Kendra Occhipinti 3. James Gates 4. Caitlyn Sharp 5. Sierra Lawrence

Queen Bees

A Heat-1. Nikki Harris 2. Chanderae Southern 3. Kayla Harris 4. Jennifer Wardle

Qualifying

Project Filter Pro-4’s-Brendon Fries, 13.411 seconds

Pro Trucks–Mason Newhouse, 14.788 seconds

TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks-Donovan Johns, 15.668 seconds

CWI Super Stocks-Ben Crow, 14.489 seconds

CWI HS Tuners-Taylor Occhipinti, 16.419 seconds

Queen Bees-Jennifer Wardle, 16.752 seconds

 

Position

Truck#

 

5-6 points

Show up

Qualifying

Heat

Main

Passing 

Night Total

Total

1

36

Mason Newhouse

95

25

13

6

20

7

71

166

2

26

John Newhouse

96

25

10

5

18

5

63

159

3

24

Jayden Park

63

25

3

11

22

0

61

124

4

73

Drew Reitsma

67

25

8

3

16

3

55

122

5

12

Jason Quale

61

25

7

4

12

0

48

109

6

4

Jerry Rice

98

0

0

0

0

0

0

98

7

77

Travis Monett

51

25

5

10

2

0

42

93

8

62

Casey Pehrson

43

25

6

7

8

0

46

89

9

5

Trey Manker

44

25

2

1

6

0

34

78

10

7

Rodney Park

46

25

0

2

4

0

31

77

11

38

Johnny Pierre

75

0

0

0

0

0

0

75

12

00

Riley Rogers

0

25

9

8

10

0

52

52

13

3

John Wong

0

25

4

9

14

0

52

52

14

6

Trevor Arnold

49

0

0

0

0

0

0

49

15

28

Ron Lawser

42

0

0

0

0

0

0

42

16

13

Sam Harris

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

9

 

 

 

 

Newhouse Motorsports Takes The 2017 Opener Trophies While Jerry Rice Takes the Point Lead

By: Nate Graves

 

The prominent status of the widely recognized and highly respected Pro Truck Series gained further value in the wide world of motorsports as the tough trucks took the green and officially dropped the hammer on a landmark 20th anniversary season.

 

Tensions ran high from the start of the race-day after poor weather drastically reduced the allotted track-time afforded to the series teams. Limited practice runs resulted in unpredictable track conditions for qualifying. The result of this recipe worked in a way that caused some teams to struggle, while others somehow managed to thrive. The most notable driver to have struggled through qualifying was Johnny Pierre, who fought with an extremely loose truck and clocked in at a disappointing 17.401.. On the flip-side, northern Nevada driver Travis Monnett put the no. 77 on top of the leader-board after turning an impressive 16.974. Monnet’s fast-time just bested that of rookie driver Jayden Park, who laid down a 16.996 in the no. 24 to qualify P2.

 

After a clean start to about the first 6 laps of the first main. The intensity picked up noticeably, which of course meant that somewhere between lap 6 and 7 the patience either ran out, or perhaps the adrenaline took over, either way it ultimately brought out the caution.

 

The cause for the yellow came on the front-stretch when rookie driver Rodney Park got together with “Montana” Ron Lawser. Despite sustaining heavy damage, Lawser returned to the track and rallied back to finish 9th. Park however wasn’t as lucky, the damage to the no. 7 ended in a free ride to the pits on a steel hook.

 

On the ensuing restart it was all about the no. 26. By lap 13 the defending champ had the lead and was checked out on the field. But as the Newhouse rolled it around on cruise control, the tension peaked when debris from a blown engine on the no. 77 brought out the yellow with only 6 to go. Newhouse restarted the 6 lap shoot-out on the bottom, which placed the no. 4 of jerry Rice on the top-shelf for the critical restart. After a mean restart where Jerry Rice exploded off on the high-side, the no.26 was just that much faster and eventually cleared Rice with 3 to go claim the first win of 2017. Rice stayed strong and came out with the always accepted, but never welcome runner up spot. Johnny Pierre’s team rallied and came out 3rd after that dismal qualifying run. Near the bottom half of the top 5 was Mason Newhouse’s no. 36 in P4, while Drew Reitsma brought it back in one piece with a first main event finish of 5th.   

 

As the evening progressed and the sun set down in the west, the pro trucks ran main event number two under the lights. Two laps into the second main, Sam Harris made an move on Trevor Arnold to successfully grab the lead. Unfortunately for Harris the glory came to an abrupt ending when Johnny Pierre drove it dangerously deep into turn 1 and somehow held on to take the top spot away from Harris.

 

While the leaders were up front, rookie of the year contender Rodney Park was battling to get up there, and in the process establishing some serious credibility amongst the competition. Park, whose pit-crew performed a small miracle in fixing the damage sustained from earlier, was blowing through the field from an 8th place starting spot. On lap 6 Park took possession of the lead by completing the pass on J.P. coming out of turn 2.

 

Moments after Rodney Park took the lead, his 24/7 racing teammate (and son) Jayden Park was involved in an accident that ended with Sam Harris going nose-first into the cold and unforgiving concrete wall. The no. 24 truck initially seemed to have survived the wreck, but a very sudden, and totally unexpected radiator failure forced Park’s night to end with a disappointing finish and a strong sense of frustration.

 

After the track officials had put down a considerable amount of oil dry to clean up the mess, the no. 7 came out looking amped up and took to the green flag with an urgent sense of purpose. Park drove with passion. He truly hung It out aggressively but still raced clean, which payed off after he took back the lead and began checking out. Throughout the course of the run Park effectively made a bold statement to his veteran counter-parts that the rookie could indeed hang, and do so in a manner that both demands respect and establishes credibility.

 

As good as the no. 7 team ran, they were still no match for the juggernaut like speed in the no. 36 Newhouse Motorsports entry. The 16-year-old Twin Falls native solidified his team’s strength in a successful yet fierce battle over the 2-spot with former series champion Jerry Rice. Newhouse subsequently took the lead when Park’s rookie status played into the narrative of the outcome.

 

In what may have been his only mistake of the night, Park gave up the lead after driving it much too deep into turn 1. It was a slight error that was just bad enough to cause the no. 7 to bounce off the apron and shoot up the track. Once he got out front, Mason was able to hold off a late race challenge coming from his teammate in the no. 26 to claim the win and close out the night.

 

In a statement made in the pits after the race, the younger Newhouse said that it not only felt good to beat his dad, but even better to finally capture the win that eluded him all of last season.

 

At the end of the night after the points were tallied and trucks were loaded, it was the no. 4 team led by Jerry Rice who scored the most points out of the twin-mains. John Newhouse’s win from the first main helped to have him in second place, just 3 tallies back from Rice. And Mason Newhouse came through his first run of the year sitting in 3rd, just 5 points behind his teammate in the no. 26.

 

The Pro Trucks Series will make their second stop of the year at Meridian Speedway on May 20th for a must-see 75-lap main event.   

2017 Pro Truck Series Season Preview:

Three Reasons To Pay Attention To The 2017 Pro Truck Series This Season

By: Nate Graves

An Empty Seat At The Head of The Table?

As the days wind down to the start of the 20th anniversary Pro Truck season there is a very real possibility that the championship could go undefended, leaving the coveted truck title exposed and ripe for the taking.

While we can certainly expect to see returning champion John Newhouse in the no. 26 machine for at least a few races this season, it remains unclear as to whether or not he will run a full-time effort to defend his title in ’17.

At the conclusion of last year’s final race, Newhouse hinted at the idea that he would split seat time with daughter Hannah intermittently.  Given the strength Newhouse showed last season, it’s reasonable to believe that his closest competitors would be a little less nervous coming into ‘17.

However, you may want to rethink that theory when you learn that Johnny Pierre could possibly be returning for another run at an unprecedented fourth Pro Truck title. Pierre, who had already announced plans to sell off his equipment and retire from the trucks, has yet to find a buyer to take over the operation that netted his team three straight titles. 

But before all of you “J.P. crazies” get overly enthralled with excitement, it’s important to note that the idea of your guy pulling a Michael Jordan to come out of retirement is very much indeterminate, and highly speculative. However with the opener looming, it’s hard to believe the D.L. Evans truck will remain stagnant for long. If Pierre doesn’t find a buyer in the waning days of the offseason don’t be surprised to at least see the no. 38 team run a limited schedule.

 

A Furious Battle For All The Glory

With just weeks left before the green flag falls, the road to title town is presumably blocked by the back bumper of the no. 26. However, should the defending champion change plans and make a run for the repeat, it’s not going to be an easy one for the elder Newhouse, with or without the no. 38.  

The obvious reason for this is because of a stacked field of title hungry veterans, all salivating at the idea of battling for the 2017 season championship. Looking past last season’s 1st and 2nd place finishers, there are 4 drivers who are all primed and ready to take on the responsibilities of taking home the title.  

Going off of not just the points from the end of 2016, but overall speed and performance as well, Mason Newhouse is undoubtedly the 2017 preseason favorite. The young driver survived an unbelievable amount of bad luck last year and still wound up with an impressive 3rd place spot in the points. Despite the bad luck, Newhouse had incredible speed and was a serious threat to win all season long. If they can keep the speed and find the proverbial golden horseshoe, the sky is the limit for this team. Another factor weighing heavily in his title hunt is the fact that Newhouse Racing has scaled down their operation. This will allow the wrench-benders to put more focus on the kind of preventative maintenance needed to stymy those pesky mechanical failures that hampered them in 2016.

Another driver who seems to be right on the cusp of clinching the ultimate success in 2017 is Drew Reitsma. After a season plagued by unforeseen engineering issues, the no. 73 team held on for a 5th place spot, just 1 marker out of 4th. One reason to expect a solid performance out of the no. 73 camp this year is because they’ve been in this situation before. In 2012 they had a similar string of bad-luck that rendered a disappointing 6th place points finish. But after some off-season work, the team bounced back in 2013 by putting together a solid season that garnered the Reitsma team a 3rd  place effort. Given their history coupled with the experience of Reitsma, the likelihood that this team sees success in 2017 seems like a given.  

A third driver to keep an eye on come May 6th is last year’s rookie of the year Casey Pehrson. Simply put, the Pehrson Motorsports team had a tough rookie season, and to say otherwise would be a gross understatement considering their truck caught fire twice during the course of last season, but despite the tumultuous luck the no. 62 team accelerated through the learning curve and finished the season with a 6th place spot in the points. If Pehrson can emulate his late season performance and avert the flammable disasters from a year ago, he could very well be the giving the champion’s speech at season’s end. Furthermore, don’t let Pehrson’s rookie status from a year ago fool you, it was more of a formality than anything. Make no mistake about it, Pehrson has proven his abilities outside of the Pro Truck world as evidenced by a 2nd place season finish while driving a late-model in 2013. Given the experience he gained in 2016 you can expect the Buhl based driver to charge out of the gate vigorously for the start of his sophomore season.

Last on the short-list of championship contenders is a driver who could very well be in the best position to make biggest waves in 2017. Jason Quale, who is bringing back the Heeling Construction no. 12 entry could very easily be the biggest surprise of the 2017 season. Not for a lack of talent, Quale is perhaps the most under-rated driver in the series due to his clean and consistent driving style. Coming off of a career best points finish of 4th in 2016, Quale’s consistent nature has proven to be an effective strategy. So much so that “the consistency kid” has finished all but just 2 laps of every main event in the last two seasons, a feat that has never before been achieved in the previous 19 seasons of Pro Truck racing. Quale’s patient nature combined with the fact that his team has done extensive off-season work to their truck, are two factors that could very well spoil the party for the aforementioned pre-season favorites.

A Rookie Around Every Corner

As if the impending chaos of the upcoming title-war isn’t enough, the 2017 Pro Truck Series season will feature a Rookie of the Year battle between four different drivers, a battle that is likely to provide for the same kind of unexpected variables that created the chaos we saw in last year’s championship night.

The four rookies drivers running bumper stripe for 2017 are Riley Rogers and Trey Manker, as well as the father-son tandem of Rodney and Jayden Park, all of whom are coming into the 2017 ROY battle with impressive resumes.

Trey Manker is a 14-year-old driver with a diverse resume, he’s driven everything from 4-cylinder asphalt mini-stocks to the 2-stroke powered winged dirt demons. Although The kid they call “trey-dog” is making a big jump by moving into the Pro Truck racing scene, his resume speaks for itself and Manker has proven to be a top-notch talent. In 2014 he won the Magic Valley Speedway Jr. Stingers division championship, last season he won main events at both Pocatello Raceway and Meridian speedway while driving the #4 mini stock. There’s no doubt about it, the highly touted driver will make waves driving the Alan Larson owned no. 5 Agri-Service entry.  

Riley Rogers, who will be piloting the no. 00, exploded onto the Pro Truck scene last year in dramatic fashion after qualifying P1 his first career start in a truck. Even more impressive was the fact that it was his first career start outside of Meridian, where he won a 2016 title competing in the High School Tuner division. In an effort to back his historically impressive run at RMR, Rogers returned for his second run of 2016 in the finale at Meridian Speedway and solidified his status by nearly capturing the checkered flag in an epic bumper to bumper battle with Johnny Pierre.     

Rodney and Jayden Park will be competing as a pair of rookie teammates out of the newly formed 24/7 racing stables. 

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Overtime Shootout Settles Wild NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Idaho 208

 

MERIDIAN, Idaho—A packed house greeted a full field of NASCAR K&N Pro Series West competitors as they invaded Meridian Speedway for the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208.  While the traveling professional series contested their penultimate race, the Pro Trucks, Project Filter Pro-4s, and College of Western Idaho High School Tuners crowned champions on a brisk Saturday night.

 

The Project Filter Pro-4s were first to the starting grid for their thirty lap championship feature.  On the green Boise, Idaho’s Wes Summers bolted to the lead and pulled fellow Boise, Idaho competitors Brandon Shira and Jonathan Hull with him away from the pack.  Hull didn’t waste this forward momentum and used the next six laps to work past both Shira and Summers entries to put his Diversified Carpet Cleaning, All American Towing machine in the lead.

 

Behind Hull, Nampa, Idaho racer Joe Barton picked his way through traffic to the runner up spot before going to work on the leader.  Barton took the inside line and stuck to it, and after a tense ten lap battle Barton moved his Tyco Structural Enterprises racer to the top spot.  This dropped Hull into the clutches of Kuna, Idaho’s Kenny Chandler, at the wheel of a backup car after a hard crash in practice.  With fourteen circuits left Chandler muscled his Project Filter, Fairly Reliable Bob’s entry past Hull to take second and set to making his way to the lead. 

 

Hull next came under fire from Meridian, Idaho runner Brendon Fries, who moved Hull out of the way to put his vertical-winged Chick-Fil-A, Urban Rifle Supply machine in the third spot.  Fries wasn’t done there and with five laps to go he tried an outside move on Chandler.  When that move didn’t work, Fries first bumped, then blasted Chandler, sending the multi-time champion for a spin in turn three. 

 

With Fries and Chandler at the back of the pack, the restart put Payette, Idaho’s Travis Pavlacky to Barton’s outside.  When the green flag flew Barton motored back to the lead.  Pavlacky tried to mount a last lap charge in his Riparetti Cylinder Head machine, but it was no use as Barton claimed the win and the Project Filter Pro-4 championship.

 

“We were kind of excited to get to the finish line tonight,” Barton said.

 

A full field of College of Western Idaho High School Tuners wheeled their racers to green for their final 25 laps of 2016.  On the break outside pole sitter Tayvia Morris raced her Northwest Auto Services entry to the top spot.  On the move early was quick qualifier Riley Rogers, who had piloted his H&H Accounting, Goodwill Finance machine from last to fourth place by lap five.

 

An early caution reset the field and brought Alex Hibbert’s Team Construction, Paz Electric car to Morris’ outside, with Rogers and Connor Woog on the second row.  Rogers wasted no time as he dispatched fellow Meridian, Idaho racer Hibbert, then worked his way beneath Nampa, Idaho’s Morris.  Rogers led a contested lap seven, but held the lead outright by lap eight. 

 

Further back Boise, Idaho driver Will Ostrum went to work on Woog for third, but just as Ostrum edged his Diversified Carpet Cleaning entry ahead, Morris spun from second place.  Woog, Ostrum, Taylor Occhipinti, and Jordan Harris had nowhere to go, and piled into the Morris’ machine.  Despite the hard hits every driver was okay, and only Woog’s Discount Tire, Les Schwab machine had to be towed from the track.

 

On the restart Rogers led Hibbert, Occhipinti, and Harris into turn one.  While Occhipinti worked Hibbert over for second, Rogers cruised to his seventh win of the season and the 2016 College of Western Idaho High School Tuner championship.

 

“I don’t know if it’s sunk in yet,” Rogers admitted post race.

 

The Pro Trucks brought fifteen bare-knuckle competitors to their 75 lap championship race.  On the green pole sitter John Wong of Parma, Idaho bolted ahead of Hooper, Utah’s Tim Fahrner to lead lap one.  Side-by-side action ruled the race’s first ten laps before Fahrner established the outside line as the place to be.  Finally clear of traffic Fahrner piloted his Park Insulation, Top Stop Automotive truck to Wong’s rear bumper.

 

On lap eighteen Fahrner made his move and dove inside Wong’s Champion Produce to take the lead.  But Fahrner wasn’t safe up front as he came under fire from Twin Falls, Idaho’s Jason Quale, who moved his Quale Electronics, Dairy Queen racer to the inside line on lap 25.  Fahrner fought back hard, and as the top two scuffled Meridian Idaho’s Riley Rogers, fresh off his College of Western Idaho High School Tuner victory, raced into the lead group. 

 

Rogers wasn’t content to run third, and he motored around Quale to put his H&H Accounting, Wildside Wraps entry in the runner up post on lap 35.  With thirty laps to go Rogers made his move as he dove below Fahrner in turn one.  As Rogers drew abreast of Fahrner, a caution flag flew and reset the field.

 

On the green Rogers rocketed around the high side and took the lead from Fahrner.  Johnny Pierre followed Rogers through and immediately planted his D.L. Evans Bank, Elite Heating and Cooling entry in Rogers’ rear view mirror.  Pierre methodically worked low and, try as Rogers might, the Twin Falls, Idaho racer was able to motor ahead on lap fifty.  Fellow Twin Falls, Idaho racer John Newhouse followed Pierre past Rogers and the top two point runners set to settling the season championship.

 

Pierre guarded the inside line, but that didn’t stop Newhouse from jabbing low.  A late caution brought Newhouse to the leader’s outside for a final sixteen lap shootout.  The tooth and nail battled started immediately as Pierre took Newhosue to the backstretch concrete.  Newhouse’s truck reeled from the hit, and as it did Rogers pulled past and established his presence on Pierre’s bumper. 

 

Rogers opened his winning bid with a square shot to Pierre’s bumper, but Pierre weathered the strike and held the lead.  With five laps left Rogers turned up the pressure further, but didn’t have enough to overtake Pierre, who sped into the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle. 

 

“Everybody did a great job,” Pierre said.

 

Newhouse scored a fifth place finish, and with it the 2016 Pro Truck championship.

 

“That was the hardest earned fifth place,” Newhouse said as he collected championship honors.

 

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West brought 21 of the best stock car racers in the country to bear on Meridian Speedway for the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208.  On the green pole sitter Ryan Partridge piloted his Sunrise Ford, Eibach Springs Ford to lead lap one.  As the leaders cleared the first wave of lapped traffic, Rancho Cucamonga, California’s Partridge held a better than one second advantage over Chris Eggleston’s NAPA Filters Toyota.

 

While the top two settled in, the battle for third heated up as Noah Gragson pulled his SpeedVegas, AlertID Ford to the rear bumper of Riley Herbst’s NAPA Power Premium Plus Alternators and Starters Toyota.  The pressure proved too much for Herbst, and the young racer spun in turns one and two on lap 37. 

 

The green flag flew again on lap 44 with Partridge and Eggleston on the front row.  Eggleston pedaled his racer hard on the outside, but Partridge took the short way around the quarter-mile and motored back to the top spot.  A flurry of early caution flags set up the same scenario, each ending with Partridge back up front.  This all changed when the green flag flew on lap 61. 

 

Eggleston laid into Partridge as the two raced across the start finish line and after two laps of repeated body blows Eggleston claimed the top spot on lap 63.  Eggleston’s time up front was short-lived, however as a caution on lap 69 brought Partridge even with the leader and put Rouse, Partridge’s teammate, on Eggleston’s rear bumper.  That seemed to be the winning formula as Partridge roared around Eggleston to take the lead back.  Point leader Todd Gilliland followed Partridge past Eggleston to take second as the top three settled in at the race’s halfway point.

 

The caution flag again flew on lap 112, which erased Partridges second and a half lead and brought Gilliland even with the leader as the green flag waved on lap 119.  Partridge shut the door hard on Gilliland, which condensed an already crowded pack.  Something had to give, and on lap 125 Rouse and Eggleston tangled in turn two.  Rouse went around, collecting fifth place runner Gragson.  Both Rouse and Gragson drove away from the dust up, but were forced to the pit area for repairs. 

 

Gilliland made the most of the following restart as he powered around Partridge to take the lead.  But Partridge battled back, and on lap 164 moved his Ford back to the point.  New York, New York racer Julia Landauer also made a move on 164 as she dispatched Eggleston to put her Curb Records Toyota third.  Thirty laps ran off the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard until a late yellow bunched the field and set up a seven lap shootout for the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 trophy.

 

The green flag waved and Partridge shot to the lead.  As the top five jockeyed for position Eggleston was shuffled out of fourth and spun into the turn one concrete.  Eggleston would continue, but his bid for the victory was spoiled and the race entered Overtime.

 

Lap 214 saw Partridge and Gilliland lead the field to the first green-white-checkered attempt.  Gilliland got on the gas pedal hard and raced ahead of Partridge on the back stretch.  With a win slipping from his grasp Partridge slung his racer too hard into turn three, and he spun.  By the time the caution flag waved Gilliland had taken the white flag and the race was deemed official by NASCAR Officials. 

 

“I knew we were going to have to be smart coming into the night,” Gilliland said in the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.  “It’s really special to win this one.”

 

Meridian Speedway crowns six champions next Saturday, October 1 on TATES Rents Championship Night at the quarter-mile.  The Pepsi Crate Cars, College of Western Idaho Super Street Stocks, Peterson Chevrolet Super Sixes, Domino’s Legends, and Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stocks close their 2016 campaigns, while the TATES Rents Hornets get one last test before their season-ending Trunk or Treat Halloween Enduro 250 on October 29.  General admission to a full night of championship racing is just $10.50 for adults, and $6.50 for kids 7-11.  Gates open at 4 p.m. with qualifying at 5 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m.  We’ll see you Saturday, October 1 under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.

 

Meridian Speedway

 

Saturday’s Unofficial Results-

 

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West

 

NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208

 

9/24/2016

 

Main Events

 

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 (217 laps) 1.Todd Gilliland 2.Julia Landauer 3.Nicole Behar 4.Gracin Raz 5.Cole Rouse

 

Pro Trucks (75 laps)-1.Johnny Pierre 2.Riley Rogers 3.Mason Newhouse 4.Scott Luttmer 5.Jason Quale

 

College of Western Idaho High School Tuners (15 laps)-1.Riley Rogers 2.Taylor Occhipinti 3.Alex Hibbert 4.Peter Woog 5.Jordan Harris

 

Project Filter Pro-4s (30 laps)-1.Joe Barton 2.Travis Pavlacky 3.Ryan Bailey 4.Kenny Chandler 5.Brendon Fries  

 

Qualifying

 

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West-Ryan Partridge, 13.043 seconds

 

Pro Trucks-Mason Newhouse, 14.318 seconds (Track Record)

 

CWI HS Tuners-Riley Rogers, 16.019 seconds

 

Project Filter Pro-4s-Brendon Fries, 13.354 seconds (Track Record)

Newhouse captures title despite Pierre’s 3 rd straight win

 

By: Nate Graves

 

Although the Meridian Speedway’s “North End Animals” were out in full force for Saturday night’s

running of the Napa Auto Parts Idaho 208, the roar of the rowdy race-fans were no match to the sound

of the notoriously ground pounding thunder of the NASCAR K@N Pro Series West.

But before the K@N Pro Series could unleash the fury of a twenty one car field onto the ¼ mile

bullring, the tough little pickups of the Pro Truck Series maxed out the electricity in the air with a race

that featured door to door action the entire time.

 

Coming into their final 75 lap main event of the 2016 racing season, the battle for the coveted

Pro Truck Series championship was anything but over. Although the odds were against him, nobody was

ruling out three time defending champion Johnny Pierre. After all, the driver of the no. 38 seemed to

have the odds in his favor. Pierre came into Saturday night’s finale riding a hot streak after capturing

two straight wins in which he closed the gap on John Newhouse by a staggering 52 points. Furthermore,

the no. 26 team showed up not knowing how well their truck would perform after a hard crash at RMR

forced them to perform an extensive rebuild from the frame up.

 

Suffice it to say that the stakes were about as high as the tension going into this final race. And

in true Pro Truck Series fashion, it didn’t take long for the tension to tighten. Moments after the 75 lap

season finale began, race leader Trevor Arnold spun out in front of the whole field going into turn 1. In

the wake of the chaos, both Newhouse and Pierre made slight contact with the outside wall while

attempting to avoid the crash.

 

Arnold said after the race that his no. 6 bounced hard off the bump going into turn 1 causing

him to snap loose. After the field was reset, Arnold was forced by rule to restart from the back of the

pack, which put John Wong’s no. 3 into the lead with the no. 60 of Tim Fahrner rolling off in the 2 spot

on the outside.

 

After the green flag was back in the air, Wong and Fahrner battled door to door for 18 laps until

the no. 60 finished off an impressive pass for the lead by using the second groove. Once on point,

Fahrner stayed tight on the high side and soon found himself engaged in another battle for the lead, this

time it was with the no. 12 of Jason Quale. As Fahrner and Quale beat it out for the lead, the Meridian

based rookie Riley Rogers put his no. 00 into the mix as well. Rogers, who was making just his 3 rd start ever in a full bodied race truck, used the high side to pass the no. 12 for the 2 nd spot. After clearing Quale, Rogers wasted no time in going to work on the leader, and with a bold move to the inside of turn 2 he drove off with a heap of momentum coming down the backstretch but had to lift when the 2 nd caution flag flew, forcing Rogers to give up his bid for the lead. But when the green flag came back out, the Meridian based 15 year old, who was being pressured from behind by championship contender Johnny Pierre, showed his strength by taking the lead on lap 35.

 

For the next 15 laps, Twin Falls driver Johnny Pierre mauled the back bumper of Rogers before

 

finally making his move to the inside. Although the young driver did everything he could to hold off the

defending champion, Pierre’s experience coupled with a good handling truck put the young driver back

into the runner up spot. By the time Pierre took the lead, points leader John Newhouse had also passed

Rogers and moved into 3 rd . By lap 55, the proverbial cream had risen to the top with Newhouse moving by Rogers. With the two championship contenders scrapping it out on the ¼ mile paved oval, the

caution flag once again flew, setting up what will forever be remembered as an epic 16 lap shootout

between two of the Pro Truck Series’ most storied drivers.

 

With Pierre to the inside of Newhouse on the restart, things turned ugly for the no. 26 team

when their driver pounded the outside wall in an accident that looked to be caused by Pierre driving

Newhouse up.

“He [Pierre] didn’t take me into the wall, I actually did that myself,” said Newhouse. “I had the

wheel turned and I was on the gas full throttle, the nose kept shoving and I thought it would finally grab

but it didn’t. ”Pierre said after the race that he was surprised when Newhouse hit the wall and that from his perspective it looked like the no. 26 was going to climb the wall and get up into the catch fence.

The cage rattling hit was enough for Newhouse to lose the second spot, causing him to fall back

into the fifth position where he would ultimately finish. It also electrified the crowd by allowing the

hometown rookie driver Riley Rogers to move back into the 2 nd spot. With Rogers back in the battle for

the lead, the young driver brought the crowd to their feet by giving Pierre multiple shots to the back

bumper in an effort to move him out of the way.

 

Although there was contact throughout the final few laps of the race, it was done in good taste.

Rogers could have won by siply wrecking Pierre in the final laps, but instead chose to drive him clean

enough not to wreck him. A move that is sure to gain the respect of his fellow drivers.

 

When the checkered flag flew it was Pierre who captured his 3 rd win in a row, but despite ending

the season on a hot streak, it was John Newhouse’s no. 26 team who walked away with the ultimate

prize by winning his 3 rd overall Pro Truck Series Championship

Championship Hopes Still Alive For Johnny Pierre Going Into Final Race of Season

Pierre seeks 4th straight title on a night featuring heavy cars with high horsepower

 

By Nate Graves

 

 

This Saturday night the calmness of the fall air hovering over the Treasure Valley will become loud, chaotic, and in true championship fashion, this race will be filled with the alluring smell of celebratory burnt rubber as the battle for the 2016 Pro Truck Series Championship will finally be celebrated by either Johnny Pierre or John Newhouse.

The running of the Pro Truck Series Extreme Staffing 75 promises to be one of the most exciting season finishes in the series’ storied history. The 75 lap spectacle will be a last ditch effort for Johnny Pierre and his no. 38 teams hunt for a 4th straight title. Pierre comes into the night just 27 points behind current series leader John Newhouse, and although it may seem like a steep mountain to climb for the veteran driver, let us not forget the 52 point deficit he was able to overcome after the last race.

With that in mind, anything can happen. This is the final round of a 2016 season that has been characterized by bad luck for some of the series’ top drivers. As a result of the chaos, it has all boiled down to just one race that will be THE must see fender fight of the year for the small and notoriously tough trucks, the ones that are known throughout the Northwest for their nasty attitudes and metal bending brand of racing.

And if that’s not enough to quench your insatiable thirst for high intensity racing action, the promotors at Meridian Speedway have also included a 208 lap race featuring the 3500 pound monsters of the Nascar K&N Pro Series West. That being said, Saturday night’s events at Meridian’s famed ¼ mile asphalt track is a must see event for car and truck racing lovers alike.  

 And if a championship battle in the Pro Truck Series isn’t enough, the top 2 drivers in the West series standings are just 13 points apart with 2 races to go. Leading the charge is rookie sensation and second generation driver Todd Gilliland, who is piloting the Bill McAnally Racing no. 16 Napa Auto Parts Toyota in an effort give BMR yet another championship to add to their already impressive wall of trophies. However, after capturing two straight wins in the series, second year driver Noah Gragson, driver of the #7, now finds himself in the championship hunt running in the 3rd spot just 34 points out and comes in with all the momentum. With the season winding down, this too is a must see event for all to see. 

Newhouse Team Exudes Dominance at Pocatello Raceway

By: Nate Graves

 

Coming into Saturday night’s Extreme Staffing 40/40 twin mains presented by Napa Auto Parts, Pro Truck Series defending champion Johnny Pierre knew he needed a big night to make up for the 18 point difference separating himself from points leader John Newhouse.

After starting near the back of the pack in the first main, Pierre mounted an early race hard charging run which landed him in the top spot after just 10 laps. Once he took the lead, Pierre seemed to be running on cruise control and heading towards victory lane until a seemingly routine pass on a lapped truck dramatically changed the story line.

It happened on the exit of turn 4 and looked to be the result of poor driver-spotter communications. The untimely wreck for the 3 time defending champion involved only one other truck as the #13 of Sam Harris drove to the low side of the track just as Pierre was making the same move while exiting turn 4. The collision and damage sustained to Pierre very well could be the final nail in the coffin for the #38 team’s chance of winning an unprecedented 4th straight series title.

With Pierre wrecked and out of the race, the first main event of the night transformed into a high speed fender banging daddy-daughter short track battle dance featuring John and Hannah Newhouse. It was with 7 to go when the dance of danger came to an exciting climax as the young up and comer Hannah Newhouse made the aggressive yet elegant move to the inside by using the front bumper to move John up the track and out of the lead. Once in front, the Boise State sponsored truck checked out and drove on to victory lane.

Round 2 of the Extreme Staffing 40/40 presented by Napa Auto Parts began with an unfamiliar sight as there was no sign of Johnny Pierre’s #38 DL Evans sponsored truck anywhere to be seen. With Pierre out of the race, the Newhouse racing team knew this might just be their best chance on the season for a 1-2-3 Newhouse finish. And at the end of the night when the dust finally settled into the night skies looming over the Pocatello Raceway, the Newhouse racing team accomplished this feat with what appeared to be the greatest of ease. It was a Family battle to end all family battles as the three Newhouse drivers pounded on each other while jockeying for position over what one would have to assume would be dinner-time bragging rights. In the end, it was the elder Newhouse claiming the victory in the second main event, while big sister Hannah was just able to hold off a hard-charging run from 15-year old 2nd year driver Mason Newhouse who was piloting the RTTI, Pocatello Raceway sponsored #36.

With 3 races left to decide who the 2016 champion will be, the door is still open for the youngest driver out of the Newhouse racing stables, and although Mason is winless he’s been consistent, and is therefore still in contention. The only thing standing in the way of a Mason Newhouse championship season is a driver who is not only his dad, but a driver who has been racing a Pro Truck longer than the young man has been alive.

 

 

Daughter tops daddy in Pro Race Trucks family affair on AFCU Super Oval


WEST VALLEY CITY ‒ Hannah Newhouse probably wasn’t grounded for what she did Saturday night at Rocky Mountain Raceways, but the record will show that she did, in fact, run away from him.

Hannah, a Boise State University sophomore, won the 75-lap Pro Race Trucks competition on RMR’s America First Credit Union Super Oval, edging her father, John, in a hotly contested race.

Hannah Newhouse's No. 46 Boise State Pro Race Truck during Saturday's practice.

Hannah Newhouse’s No. 46 Boise State Pro Race Truck during Saturday’s practice.

Starting in the No. 8 position, Hannah Newhouse jumped three spots on the first lap. By the fourth lap she was already in third place. She briefly moved into second, but fell out. She climbed back into the No. 2 spot on lap 19, trailing only her father.

The two stayed that way for the next 17 laps until Hannah made a nifty move to get around her father on lap 36. And for a time, the Newhouse family dominated the top three spots. Hanna led the way, John was right behind her and brother, Mason, was in third.

The Newhouses went 1-2-3 for the next 44 laps until Mason went to the pits with motor issues.

Although her father was applying pressure in the final laps, Hannah held him off for her second consecutive victory.

John Newhouse finished second and Drew Reitsma took third.

Earlier in the season, the Newhouses finished 2-3-4 in a Pro Race Truck event on the AFCU Super Oval.

In other action on Saturday, Shawn Price won the 40-lap Maverik Modifieds race, besting Michael Haddenham and Nick Parker.

Skylar Sevey outlasted Donny Sevey and Kevin Neff in the 20-lap Mini Cups competition. Blaze Tucker won the 20-lap Jr. Stingers race, besting Chaz Groat and Karnee McCoy.

And in the Tucker Towing Double Decker race, All Powelled up took the checkered flag ahead of Jimmy John Freaky Fast and Hit N Run.

Up next at RMR, there will be Summit ET Series drag racing on July 15 and another Oval Racing Series competition on July 16.

Pro Truck Series PR

Nate Graves

June 4th 2016

 

Diamond Cup Champion Produce 75 presented by Mike Minegars Auto Body at Meridian Speedway

 

    With both the ground-pounding rumble of the Royal Purple NSRA Winged Sprints coupled with the door-banging brand of racing from the Pro Truck Series, it should come as no surprise that the annual Meridian Speedway’s Champion Produce Diamond Cup, presented by Mike Minegar’s Auto-Body, has become one of the top must-see shows of the year for all levels of race-fans.

    Throughout the nearly 20-year existence of the Pro Truck Series the notion of chaos through competition has become the cornerstone to the consistently great racing this touring series provides.  

    Friday night’s chaos began on lap 34 when race-leader John Newhouse blew a right front tire and blasted into the outside wall in the center of turns 3 and 4 after running over a deck-lid that had detached from another truck. Newhouse, who said he was running on cruise control at the time of the accident was able to battle back into the top 5.

    ”It was a pretty good lick, when we came in we figured it was toed out a bit so we adjusted a round into it and actually went too far and made it way too loose,” Said Newhouse.

    With John Newhouse out of the race it was rookie driver Casey Pehrson who ended up out front on the inside row with Hannah Newhouse’s Boise State University number 46 truck to his outside. Hannah Newhouse, who afterward stated she felt she had the fastest truck on the track, was able to make the pass for the lead on the top shelf with 61 laps to go. Her move shuffled Pehrson back into the 3rd spot as the 3-time defending champion Johnny Pierre made his way into second.

    Just as the battle between Hannah Newhouse and Johnny Pierre began to heat up, Newhouse’s truck dropped a cylinder, which allowed her younger brother to make the pass into the second spot.

    “I knew we had about a 3rd or 4th place truck with the motor missing, it sucks because we were a force to be reckoned with today.” Said a seemingly disappointed Newhouse after the race.

    The only luck for the 3-truck Newhouse team came for the #36 of Mason Newhouse. After a late race caution with 29 to go, Mason, who had quietly worked his way through the field after starting in the 11th position, lined up on the restart in the two-spot on the outside of JP, effectively setting himself up to try and avenge the heartbreaking 2nd place run from RMR 2-weeks ago where he and JP battled door to door for the better part of 30 laps.

    Despite what can only be described as a true racers try to take home the hardware, Newhouse once again played the role of the gentleman racer in what would eventually become a second straight top 2 finish for the young 15-year-old driver out of Twin Falls Idaho.  

    Newhouse said after the race he was pleased with the finish and was happy to have once again battled with the 3-time defending champion Johnny Pierre.

    JP, who was also happy with his second straight win expressed a great deal of respect for the young Newhouse by praising his talent behind the wheel and even going as far as to say that he doesn’t think it will be long before we see the 36 in victory lane.

    “Mason races me hard and clean and I respect that, he’s going to get his and I thought it was a great race.” Said Pierre.

    With one race down, and one to go, tonight’s running of part II of the Champion Produce 75 presented by Mike Minegar’s Auto Body promises to be an all-out western style truck racing shootout.  With Johnny Pierre looking to capitalize on the momentum from winning the last 2 races, the action will more than likely get more intense, and promises to be yet another great show for what many fans have come to believe is the most competitive and intense racing in the Northwest. And with an expected car-count of 20 Royal Purple NSRA winged sprint-cars on hand to provide the proverbial cherry on top, the second night of the annual Diamond Cup promises to be one of the best shows in the Northwest this season.

 

For immediate releaseFor more information, Meridian Speedway, (208) 888-2813
On the Web: www.meridianspeedway.com
MERIDIAN RACER BATTLES FOR DIAMOND CUP TITLE
MERIDIAN, Idaho—The fastest racers in the Northwest and Canada gathered at Meridian Speedway Friday for the first race
of the two-day BOB FM Diamond Cup presented by Star Diamonds. Competing for the weekend championship were the Royal Purple Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association winged sprintcars. The Meridian Speedway Pro Trucks, running their own double-header Friday and Saturday, Pepsi Crate Cars, and Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stocks joined the fun for a full night of thrills.
The Meridian Speedway Pro Trucks roared to life as fifteen drivers contested the Champion Produce 75 presented by Mike Minegar’s Auto Body. Quick off the line was Trevor Arnold, who dug hard on the inside line to keep his Arnold Construction, Blue Mule Auctions truck in the top spot. Arnold’s efforts would fail on lap five as Alan Larson powered around the high side to the lead. Deep in the pack Hannah Newhouse, John Wong, and Johnny Pierre went three wide for fourth place. After some casual contact Newhouse claimed the spot, with Wong settling in fifth and Pierre sixth.
A lap seven restart saw Buhl, Idaho racer Casey Pehrson blow past Larson for the lead with Newhouse in hot pursuit. Newhouse continued to challenge Pehrson until lap fourteen, when Pehrson took the Twin Falls, Idaho racer to the front stretch wall. Newhouse lost her momentum and the runner up spot to her father John Newhouse ten laps later.
 
Now the elder Newhouse made his move for the lead as he drove his The Car Store machine around the low line. With one third of the race in the rearview mirror John Newhouse took the lead while Hannah Newhouse also slid by Pehrson to run second.
Now the battle was on for fifth as Pierre, Wong, and Tyler Bailey went bumper to bumper for the last spot on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard. Pierre got the best of that battle, but was followed by Bailey, whose truck shed a body panel with forty laps to go. John Newhouse was first to run through the debris, and cut a right front tire. A quick pit stop kept him in the race, but he was forced to the back of the pack.
With her father in the pit area Hannah Newhouse and her The Car Store, Elbach Springs entry inherited the top spot, with Pehrson, Pierre, and Newhouse’s younger brother Mason on her rear bumper. Pehrson muscled his way back to the top spot in the high line on the restart while Pierre dove to the low line to take second away from Hannah Newhouse, then to take the top spot with thirty-five laps to go.
Pierre and his D.L. Evans Bank, Elite Heating and Cooling truck came under heavy fire from Mason Newhouse, but was somehow able to keep his truck steady despite a constant flurry of body blows from the runner up. With 29 laps to go Mason Newhouse pulled to Pierre’s outside, but his run was stymied by Pierre out of turn two. Now it was Hannah Newhouse on the move as she blasted around her brother to take the runner up spot with twenty-five circuits left.
Hannah Newhouse held second until a mechanical issue sidelined her with eighteen laps remaining. With open track in front of him Mason Newhouse once again stepped up to again challenge Pierre. With a dozen circuits left Mason Newhouse gave Pierre a shot in the bumper, then another, and another. While Pierre wasn’t able to pull away from Newhouse, Newhouse wasn’t able to pull even with the leader either. With one last ditch dose of contact Newhouse slid his truck into turn three, but the effort wasn’t enough as Pierre powered to the victory.
“It was an awesome race,” Pierre said. “Mason ran me hard again…he raced me clean.”
 
Meridian Speedway
Friday’s Unofficial Results-
BOB FM Diamond Cup presented by Star Diamonds
6/3/2016
Main Events
Royal Purple NSRA Winged Sprintcars (40 laps)-1.Bryan Warf 2.Andy Alberding 3.Matt Hein 4.Robbie Price 5.Aaron Willlison
Pro Trucks (75 laps)-1.Johnny Pierre 2.Mason Newhouse 3.Drew Reitsma 4.Tyler Bailey 5.John Newhouse
Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stocks (40 laps)-1.Jason Sanders 2.Jayson Wardle 3.Mike Vester 4.Donovan Johns 5.Robbie Hyde
Pepsi Crate Cars Main Event #1 (25 laps)-1.Justin Segura 2.Ryan Newman 3.Mike Anderson 4.Tyler Barrow 5.Ryan Wiederich
Pepsi Crate Cars Main Event #2 (25 laps)-1.Riley Rogers 2.Justin Segura 3.Ryan Wiederich 4.Ryan Newman 5.Tyler Barrow
Heat Races
(12 laps each)
Royal Purple NSRA Winged Sprintcars
A Heat-1.Matt Elliott 2.Robert Stout 3.Kyle Vantright 4.Mitch Holte 5.Matt Hein
B Heat-1.Colton Nelson 2.Bryan Warf 3.Tony Thomas 4.Randy DuBois 5.Kyle Bergener
C Heat-1.Kyle Adamson 2.Andy Alberding 3.Jimmy Hamilton 4.Robbie Price 5.Kenny Hamilton
(8 laps each)
Pro Trucks
A Heat-1. John Wong 2. Trevor Arnold 3. Jason Quale 4. Tyler Bailey 5. Drew Reitsma
B Heat-1. Hannah Newhouse 2. John Newhouse 3. Johnny Pierre 4. Alan Larson 5. Mason Newhouse
Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stocks
A Heat-1. Brandon Hild 2. Mike Vester 3. Ian Michaels 4. Mike Davis 5. Jason Sanders
B Heat-1. Blake Coria 2. Billy Shipp 3. Nathan Dearing 4. Michael Capps 5. Alex Duda
Pepsi Crate Cars
A Heat-1. Mike Anderson 2. Jimmy Gross 3. Justin Segura 4. Ryan Wiederich 5. Riley Rogers
B Heat-1. Brandal Glenn 2. Ryan Newman 3. Tyler Barrow 4. Tommy Harrod 5. Aaron McPeak
Trophy Dash Winners
(4 laps each)
Royal Purple NSRA Winged Sprintcars A- Robbie Price
Royal Purple NSRA Winged Sprintcars B- Kyle Adamson
Qualifying
Royal Purple NSRA Winged Sprintcars-Matt Hein, 11.437 seconds
Pro Trucks-Trevor Cristiani, 14.672 seconds
Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stocks-Donovan Johns, 15.301 seconds
Pepsi Crate Cars-Justin Segura, 13.461 seconds
OREGON RACER UPSETS LOCAL FAVORITE TO CLAIM DIAMOND CUP
MERIDIAN, Idaho—The race for the Diamond Cup presented by Star Diamonds concluded Saturday with a fifty lap feature for the Royal Purple Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association winged sprintcars. The Meridian Speedway Pro Trucks, College of Western Idaho Super Street Stocks, TATES Rents Hornets, and Junior Stingers also brought their machines to the quarter-mile asphalt to wrap up the two-day event.
The Meridian Speedway Pro Trucks roared to the green flag of the Champion Produce 75 presented by Mike Minegar’s Auto Body. Trevor Arnold out of Idaho Falls, Idaho held off Casey Pehrson to lead lap one, with Twin Falls, Idaho driver Sam Harris in hot pursuit. Quick qualifiers Trevor Cristiani and Tyler Bailey didn’t waste a lap before they started carving their way through the field. Christiani moved his Sharp Transportation, Sharp Motorsports entry into the top five on lap eight with Bailey’s Project Filter, Broadway Automotive truck in his tire tracks. A three-wide scuffle in turn two allowed both Cristiani and Bailey to advance. With some clear track Cristiani motored to the runner up spot as Bailey got jammed up in traffic.
Lap 27 saw Cristiani dive below Arnold’s Arnold Construction, Trade and Loan Pawn for the top spot and run away from a physical battle between Jason Quale and Bailey for second place. Bailey got on the gas pedal hard and took second place just before the race’s halfway point.
With thirty laps to go Bailey arrived at Cristiani’s bumper as the pair encountered a cluster of lapped traffic. As Bailey worked to tiptoe through the traffic something under the hood let go, and the Meridian, Idaho racer was sidelined at the race’s two thirds point. This left second place in the hands of Jerome, Idaho’s Drew Reitsma, who had John Newhouse, Quale, and Johnny Pierre in his rearview mirror.
Reitsma pushed his Reitsma Holsteins, Action Auto Body truck hard to catch Cristiani, but that aggression proved too much and he socked the front stretch wall to bring out the race’s only caution with sixteen laps left. With the field bunched Boise, Idaho’s Cristiani led Newhouse, Quale, Pierre, and Scott Luttmer to a quick sixteen lap shootout.
Cristiani got the jump on Newhouse, but Newhouse battled back on the outside in his The Car Store truck to pull even with Cristiani. For six laps the lead pair ran door-to-door with neither driver gaining an inch. Finally Cristiani found something in turn two and sprung ahead of Newhouse with eight circuits left. This would prove to be the winning move as Cristiani powered away from the pack to take the checkered flag.
“Whew! I’m out of breath,” Cristiani said of the tough racing.
With their own two-day championship point total tallied, Meridian Speedway Pro Trucks competitors John Newhouse and Johnny Pierre were named co-champions after both scored 151 markers each over the course of the weekend’s action.
“It’s a testament to how close this racing series is,” said Meridian Speedway Pro Trucks series director Randy Kerr.
With summer at the quarter-mile officially under way focus shifts to Saturday, June 11 as Aaron’s Sales and Lease Night bring the Pepsi Crate Cars, Steve Ward Peterson Super Sixes, Domino’s Legends, Project Filter Pro-4s, College of Western Idaho Super Street Stocks, and Teleperformance Claimers together for a full night of hard racing. General admission to Saturday night’s action is just $10.50 for adults, 6.50 for kids 7-11. Be sure to check meridianspeedway.com for all the latest news from around the quarter-mile and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 for exclusive updates. We’ll see you Saturday night under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.
Meridian Speedway
Saturday’s Unofficial Results-
BOB FM Diamond Cup presented by Star Diamonds
6/4/2016
Main Events
Royal Purple NSRA Winged Sprintcars (50 laps)-1.Matt Hein 2.Robbie Price 3.Bryan Warf 4.Aaron Willison 5.Kyle Vantright
Pro Trucks (75 laps)-1.Trevor Cristiani 2.John Newhouse 3.Johnny Pierre 4.Jason Quale 5.Jerry Rice
College of Western Idaho Super Street Stocks (25 laps)-1.Gale Carter 2.Melissa Weaver-Arte 3.Kurt Oberdorf 4.Jordan Harris 5.Brendon Fries
TATES Rents Hornets (25 laps)-1.Brandon Kelley 2.Pat Hellickson 3.Josh Parkkila 4.Sean Young 5.Thomas Harrod
Junior Stingers (12 laps)-1.DJ Sirani 2.Shane Harris 3.Alyse Schildhauer
Heat Races
(12 laps each)
Royal Purple NSRA Winged Sprintcars
A Heat-1.Robbie Price 2.Matt Hein 3.Bryan Warf 4.Robert Stout 5.Stacey Jensen
B Heat-1.Colton Nelson 2.Kyle Vantright 3.Andy Alberding 4.Kyle Alberding 5.Kenny Hamilton
C Heat-1.Randy DuBois 2.Tony Thomas 3.Matt Elliott 4.Mitch Holte 5.Kyle Bergener
(8 laps each)
Pro Trucks
A Heat-1.Trevor Arnold 2.Alan Larson 3.Trevor Cristiani 4.Tyler Bailey 5.John Newhouse
B Heat-1.John Wong 2.Jerry Rice 3.Hannah Newhouse 4.Mason Newhouse 5.Casey Pehrson
College of Western Idaho Super Street Stocks
A Heat-1.Melissa Weaver-Arte 2.Ben Crow 3.Gale Carter 4.Kurt Oberdorf
B Heat-1.Jordan Harris 2.Todd Seaver 3.Tim Shelton 4.Brendon Fries
TATES Rents Hornets
A Heat-1.Katie Lober 2.Adam Deane 3.Michael Capps 4.Bill Allen 5.Josh Randolph
B Heat-1.Brandon Kelly 2.Josh Parkkila 3.Thomas Herrod 4.Monica Heath 5.Herb Herrod
(6 laps each)
Junior Stingers
A Heat-1.DJ Sirani 2.Shane Harris 3.Alyse Schildhauer
Trophy Dash Winners
(4 laps each)
Royal Purple NSRA Winged Sprintcars A-Bryan Warf
Royal Purple NSRA Winged Sprintcars B-Robert Stout
Qualifying
Royal Purple NSRA Winged Sprintcars-Matt Hein, 11.534 seconds
Pro Trucks-Tyler Bailey, 14.604 seconds
College of Western Idaho Super Street Stocks-Kurt Oberdorf, 14.942 seconds
Junior Stingers-DJ Sirani, 16.718 seconds

IT ALL BEGAN 20 YEARS AGO!

Truck Racing for the Masses
Stock Car Racing - January 1998
- By Mike Adaskaveg

Riding high on the surge in popularity of pickups. American Race Trucks is the latest spec division. Barely two years old, it has taken the country by storm. American Race Trucks is nationwide sanctioning body as well as a manufacturing company churning out affordable turnkey racing machines for $12,500. Company president Jeff Howes sees growth ahead for this concept, which is turning nearly every short track in the country into a feeder system for NASCAR Craftsman Series truck racing.

"Someone once joked that our division is for has-beens and wannabes," American Race Trucks (ARTS) president Jeff Howes says as he maneuvers through traffic from his Tempe, AZ corporate headquarters to a new manufacturing facility in southwest Phoenix. "But that's not joke. It's positioning. That's right where American Race Trucks is supposed to be."

Howes, 49, carries himself with the polish of a former CEO of a telecommunications company--but deep inside him burns a passion for racing. He's seen kids with hopes of racing alongside Jeff Gordon have their dreams dashed by the big dollar signs that ward off newcomers to this expensive sport. Likewise, he's seen seasoned veterans and family men retiring early because the funds simply weren't there.

"I looked at Legends cars: the body styles were different; the engines weren't V-8s. I looked at IMCA modifieds: the concept was right, but they didn't look like Winston Cup cars," he says as he explains why American Race Trucks became his baby. "What an opportunity to have an entry-level, low-cost class that looks like NASCAR Craftsman truck, the premiere division of its kind.

Howes already owned Motorsports Promotion, which built FunKarts--miniature racers powered by Briggs and Stratton engines--when he acquired American Race Trucks and moved it from Nashville to Tempe.

"I was looking to expand energetically with a business synergistic to the mini-car business," says Howes. "It would be an ideal situation to work at something you love as a hobby, because it would be more than a job--the passion would be there."

PASSIONS JOINED TO GOOD BUSINESS SENSE
Howes needed more than passion to justify spending his life savings and diving head-first into a new venture. Fortunately, his business sense agreed with his decision.
"The popularity of the Craftsman Series speaks for itself," Howes says. "In the United States, trucks outsell cars."
On October 20, 1996, Howes brought the Nashville operation to Phoenix. Six months later, he had built over a hundred trucks. His assembly line can have 11 trucks to production at once.

Much of the appeal of the ARTS truck is its price. At $12,5000 complete (for Chevy C-10; Dodge and Ford are priced at $13,500), painted, with tires and engines and ready to go, the truck is a bargain. Restrictive rules prevent teams from spending themselves out of existence after they own one.

"Television made the difference. I started watching Winston Cup, and then Craftsman trucks, and I became hooked," says Howes. "The trucks are so much fun to drive. I'm dismayed that I can't participate in the races." Corporate policy at American Race Trucks prohibits employees from competing in the events they sanction. "It's just a sound business practice," says Howes. "It eliminates a lot of potential problems."

BUSINESS IS BOOMING
Drawing on his business skills as a CEO, it didn't take Howes long to assemble a team to manufacture the trucks, organize and manage their sanctioning body, and promote growth and expansion. Soon he had 68 employees and his assembly line was pumping out seven trucks a week in a well-organized, modern production facility. Shortly afterward he had to open a second facility to prepare the chassis, weld the roll cages, complete the interior or sheet metal, and paint them.
Current production doesn't fill demand, and a second shift is seen for the future. Howes plans to move the young company into a large facility under one roof within two years.

FROM JUNKYARDS TO RACE TRUCKS
The race trucks start as cars found in junkyards across America. Chassis from '78-'85 GM Regals, Monte Carlos, and Cutlasses are shipped to the ARTS Phoenix shop. There they are inspected, sandblasted, and set up on a jig where cross members, bracketry, and roll cages will be welded in place.

Piles of pre-bent tubing are stacked and hung in the facility, ready for the team of four welders to assemble them on a chassis. When welding is done, a two-man team completes the interior sheet-metal mounting. Tubing and sheet-metal mounting components are produced in-house.

The final stop for the chassis is the spray booth. After being painted in the customer's choice of color, the completed chassis is shipped across town to Tempe. Three stages of production, each with a four-person crew, await the chassis in Tempe. Suspension, brakes, and engines are stacked and ready to be put in place.

In the first stage, racing A-frames, racing coil springs, and AFCO shocks are added to the stock GM front suspension. Trailing arms, racing coil springs, and AFCO shocks are added to the rear suspension, with weight jacks for all the springs. The trucks use stock GM brakes with discs up front and drum brakes in the rear. There's an adjustable dual-reservoir master cylinder and the rear end is a standard GM 10-bolt. A 15-gallon fuel cell is added, with 15 x 8 wheels and Goodyear Eagle racing tires. Finally gauges and cables are installed. Inside the cockpit are a five-point racing harness, window net, aluminum driver's seat, and quick-release steering wheel.

The chassis rolls to the second stage, where engines for the trucks match the body brand chosen by the customer. Through extensive dynomometer development, ARTS engines are as closely matched in power as possible. A Wolverine cam, Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold, and Holley two-barrel carb are used for a close power match between brands. Altering or replacing any parts other than those specified in the ARTS rule book is strictly prohibited.

Each engine is equipped with its factory-brand stock electronic ignition system and also outfitted with the appropriate factory-brand automatic transmission. The Ford F150 runs with a 302 c.i.d. engine and C-4 automatic transmission, while the Chevy 1500 has a 305 c.i.d. engine and a GM Turbo transmission. The Dodge Ram has a 318 c.i.d. engine and Chrysler 904 Turbo.

To keep the series affordable and reduce the advantage of deep pockets, ARTS prohibits bolt-on non-factory performance parts and accessories. Carburetor and timing adjustments are allowed, as are suspension setup adjustments. Those are the only things allowed to be changed after the truck leaves the factory. Any parts that need replacing are stock, and can be bought at auto-parts stores.

"The series really hearkens back to the era of true grass-roots racing, when driver ability rather than dollars dominated the winners circle," said Howes during a walking tour of his plant. "Allowing the average-income person to race at an affordable cost will result in strong and steady growth within the class."

After engine and transmission installation, the trucks head to the finishing stage. There they are fitted with a gel-coated fiberglass body and Lexan windshield. Each body style is offered in eight different colors.

ARTS trucks are fired up and tested, with final adjustments made where needed, before leaving the factory. Each truck comes with a serial number and log book, so its owner can keep an accurate history of the truck and its performance. Located in the same building as the production facility, ARTS headquarters keeps a registry of all trucks produced and each truck's performance. Customers get free newsletters, technical support, and even sponsorship hunting kits. Further support from the organization includes a driver's school, public-relations programs, and affordable race clothing of teams.

ARTS PROJECTS CONTINUED EXPLOSIVE GROWTH
As this story was written, ARTS had four regions in the nation running full fields, with each region having a full schedule and its own points championship. The Western Region's series is sponsored by Checker Shucks Kragen autoparts stores. Sponsors for the New England, Florida, and Great Lakes regions were in the process of being secured as we went to press. ARTS projects that growth will require splitting each region by next season to produce eight U.S. regions.

Not surprising to Howes, orders for trucks have come in from South Africa, South America, Canada, and Japan. "The rate at which the market and the public have received the series in its first year is phenomenal," Howes says proudly. John Pruitt has raced about every division there is in oval track competition. These days, Pruitt races the ARTS Ford-bodied truck you see here. The truck has a nearly-stock Ford 302 engine, but teams can adjust the suspension to improve lap times. Pruitt told SCR, "Here the drier has more to do with winning a race than in any other division. He or she has to feel the chassis, and learn to dial it in. Since the engines are strictly regulated, it comes down to setup and driving skill."

ARTS drivers quickly learn what to do if their truck is pushing; the fine-tuning of an ARTS truck is usually done where the right foot and the gas pedal connect. "I am a very aggressive driver," Pruitt explained. "I quickly found you can't ram one of these trucks into the corner. The harder you drive it, the more it pushes." "You have to finesse the truck."

ARTS trucks are quite different than Craftsman trucks. Start with the price tag: Pruitt's $13,500 racer is about $60,000 less than the estimated cost of a race-ready Craftsman truck, ARTS trucks are 600 pounds lighter, have a wheelbase shorter by four inches, and have 400 fewer horsepower. To add fun, they run on narrow, hard tires. Pruitt says he gets a full season out of an engine. With crew chief John Deal and assistant Greg Larrimore heading his team, Pruitt has been running up front throughout the '97 season. Pruitt sees his average race expense being about $250 a week. "How can you beat that?" he asked. "It's the best deal I've ever had."

THE PRO TRUCK SERIES CLOSED ANOTHER SEASON WITH THE 2015 CHAMPIONS BANQUET IN THE BOOKS

 

Pro Truck Series Pr

Twin Falls Idaho

January 18, 2016

 

The 2015 season officially came to a close Saturday night as the Pro Truck Series and the Rocky Mountain Challenge series partnered on what will go down as the final combined banquet for the two series’.  The night began with a cocktail hour with an automated slide show full of 2015 pictures from both series’.

For the dinner portion of the night attendees were treated to a great meal provided by Cactus Petes Resort and Casino. During dinner a slide show looking back on the history of the Rocky Mountain Challenge series played bringing back a lot of memories for many in the room.

 

The awards portion opened up with the Pro Truck series honoring the officials. Series Director Randy Kerr talked about the importance of each official and how they are the strength behind the series. Steve Casteel, Spanky, was given a pack of sun flower seeds and Riley Roberts was presented with a large package of bubble gum. Kerr joked without having to compete for help with Mike Minegar he figured he could pay them with food in 2016.

 

The tracks that hosted events in 2015 were honored welcoming Adam Nelson of Meridian Speedway to the stage and presenting him with an appreciation plaque for his continued support. As Kerr advanced the slide in anticipation of the Meridian Speedway logo a picture on Mike Minegar in a half Santa suit came on the screen followed by another with him posing on the hood of a boat in the same outfit. That set the tone for the night. Following Nelson on stage was Mike Eames and Dan Breach, came up and talked about the importance of the Pro Truck Series to Rocky Mountain Raceway. Breach remained on stage and gave Rocky Mountain Challenge series stats and facts covering the history of the series. Pocatello Raceway and the return of the NAPA Auto Parts Extreme 40/40 in 2016 was talked about while a slide of the appreciation plaque was displayed on the big screen. Kerr started to talk about the return to Magic Valley Speedway in 2016 when Ashley McKean called in and talked about her excitement to become co-promoter of the Pro Truck Series in 2016. (it was announced in the beginning not everything you hear will be true)

 

Event partners were talked about and the ones that were present came on stage and talked about the partnership with the series and how much it has done for them. Zan Sharp of Sharp Transportation announced in 2016 he will give anyone that can knock Johnny Pierre off the championship seat a ONE THOUSAND DOLLAR BONUS and if Johnny Pierre can win a fourth straight he will give him a TWO THOUSAND DOLLAR BONUS! Tom Barker of Extreme Staffing and Payroll Services came up and talked about his excitement to hear the Trucks will be returning to Magic Valley in 2016. Extreme Staffing has services in every town the series competes in. Cortlin Runyan was invited to the stage and was presented with an appreciation plaque for NAPA Tools. It was announced Cortlin will be coming onboard with the Pro Truck series and assist in the teching duties in 2016. Greg Reitsma of Reitsma Holsteins was presented with an appreciation plaque for his continued support. Rocky Mountain Challenge series champion Johnathon Gomes came on stage to accept the Century Motorsports and Marine appreciation plaque. He announced the return of their partnership for 2016. Sleep Solutions announced they will return in 2016 after holding the drawing for the new bed. Hannah Newhouse was asked to pull the magical number from the bucket of balls, keeping it in the family Newhouse pulled the number 26 awarding the bed to her brother Mason. Drivers had to have a truck in every event in 201 5 and had to be present to win.

 

2015 Track Record plaques were handed out to six different drivers. Hannah Newhouse was presented first for her efforts at Meridian Speedway during the Champion Produce Diamond Cup weekend setting the record at 14.545. Pierre was honored for setting the record at Pocatello Raceway with a 15.13. Jason Quale broke the record Newhouse had set at Meridian during the Extreme 75 during the NAPA Idaho NASCAR 208 weekend with a 14.536. Cody Backus was next to qualify the same night and took the record to a 14.536. Mason Newhouse came nest and took it down to a 14.475 followed by Daniel Shirley setting it at a 14.447. Drew Reitsma was the last one to break the record setting it into the record books with a 14.378.  

 

Several awards were handed out based on votes by the fellow competitors, they included Scott Luttmer for best dressed crew. Alan Larson for Most Helpful to Others. Favorite to Race Against and Sportsman of the Year went to Drew Reitsma, Cody Backus took home Most Improved Driver and was honored as one of three Iron Man awards as he as well as Pierre, and Quale had all completed 508 of 509 available laps in 2015. Pierre took home the Hard Charger award for the best average points in a night with 73.2. Mason Newhouse was given the Timex Award for taking a licking and keeping on Ticking.

 

The Gentleman Racer, Choice of Champions award was given to Fred McDonald. The award honors a person for the contribution they make to the overall support they show for the sport both on and off of as well as at and away from the track.

 

A video honoring second place driver Drew Reitsma played followed by the Champions video, As Johnny Pierre made his way to the stage he was asked to wait. Kerr talked about what it takes to win a championship and how one of the key eliminates is a Crew Chief. Louis Lopez was called to the stage and was presented with his Hoosier Racing Tire Champions Crew Chief Jacket. Johnny Pierre gave his championship speech and honored Lopez by awarding him the 2015 NAPA Auto Parts Champions Toolbox. Pierre had sent Scott Gilligan over to letter the box for Lopez in the weeks before the banquet.

 

The lights went dark on the 2015 season and a retirement party for Mike Minegar began closing out the evening.

 

The Pro Truck series will return to racing on May 7th 2016 at Magic Valley Speedway. Find up on the web at www.protruckseries.com and facebook at www.facebook.com/protruckseries/

 

 

 

 

Sharp Transportation 75 headlines Pro Truck series as the Semi Trucks come to Rocky Mountain Raceway Saturday May 21st 2016

 

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May 19th 2016

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Here’s a crazy thought; what would it look like if you took a Peterbuilt, or maybe a Freightliner semi-truck and customized it for the kind of short track oval racing we all love?

It’s a question of creativity that even has the crazies scratching their heads. It stretches the laws of physics, and blows the minds of the most hard-core race-fans. Either way, It is a question that wrought with excitement for the most imaginative race-car enthusiasts in the Valley.

                This truck racing festival, which will include the fan-favorite Pro Truck Racing Series for their running of the Sharp Transportation 75, will undoubtedly be one of the wildest truck racing events the loyal fans of the Rocky Mountain Raceways will ever experience.

To some this may seem foolish. But in the minds of the true race-fans, there is nothing with wheels and a motor that can’t-vehicle. And If you’ve ever wondered what a true truck-racing festival might be like, the answer to such a n question will not only be seen, but probably heard this weekend at the Rocky Mountain Raceways, as Sharp Transportation presents the fan-favorite Pro Truck Racing Series, as well as the North American Canadian Big Rig Racing Association. Fans can be sure to expect mayhem, chaos, and a lot of black diesel smoke when the Rocky Mountain Raceways unleash the full-sized and customized big rigs.

But Looking ahead to the running of the Pro Truck Series’ Sharp Transportation 75-lap main event, there are a lot of unanswered questions looming in the minds of the drivers and teams of the pro truck racing series. The only thing for certain is that there are just 15 points separating the top 13 drivers.

One of the more pressing questions is whether or not Johnny Pierre, driver of the #38 D.L. Evans Bank sponsored ride will once again have what it takes to defend his title.

The bad weather at the Magic Valley Speedway, which at least allowed for qualifying to happen, yet cancelled the main event for what would have been the Pro Truck Series’ first run of the year has left a lot of drivers wondering if their hard-work during the off-season will indeed pay off.

Although the two tracks are very different from each other in terms of driving style. These drivers know that losing seat time from the rain cancelled event at the MVS will be sure to have an impact on the psychological level of comfort they will feel in race conditions. To the fans in the stands, this is a seemingly benign factor, but nonetheless, one that is not lost on the drivers, as they know that comfort not only allows for more speed, but also allows for more confidence behind the wheel. 

Without the luxury of running a race at the MVS, on in which some folks would call a warm-up to the much more technical and high speed racing Rocky Mountain Race-ways is known for, the nerves of the competitors will surely be put to the test. As most new seasons often do, there will be a sense of uneasiness for the drivers who will be tackling the challenges associated with beginning their season on a much more technical and driver oriented track, with for some, newly built equipment.

First off, there have been a few changes involving some of the series’ top drivers. Guys like Tyler Bailey, who will be driving the #23 projectfilter.org sponsored truck this season is unsure as to how things will shake-out when the green flag flies this Saturday night.

Other drivers, such as Drew Reitsma who could now be considered a series veteran, expressed little concern over the lost seat time from the previously rain cancelled event. Reitsma, who says RMR is one of his favorite tracks, is confident in the now 2-year-old truck designed and built for the Reitsma Holsteins #73 team.

However, with all the questions looming for this week-ends events, one thing is certain, it will be a truck racing festival for the ages. 

 

Sharp Transportation employs over the road drivers with flexible schedules and home on weekend schedules to fit any race fans need to enjoy a family owned environment and be in town to catch all the racing action at your home town short track.

 

Pierre takes another checkered flag at RMR

 

May 21, 2016

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                  WEST VALLEY CITY ‒ Johnny Pierre withstood a relentless challenge from the Newhouse family in a 75-lap Pro Race Truck event Saturday night at Rocky Mountain Raceways.

                  The race was part of RMR’s North American Big Rig Shootout on the America First Credit Union Super Oval.

                  Driving his No. 28 race truck, Pierre beat Mason Newhouse by less than a second to take the checkered flag. It was Pierre’s second straight victory on the AFCU Super Oval. He also won in August of 2015.

As it turned out, Pierre was the only finisher in the top 4 not named Newhouse. Mason Newhouse took second place, his sister Hanna Newhouse took third and father John Newhouse finished in fourth.

In other action Saturday, Lonnie Grzech drove his No. 12 big rig diesel truck to a victory in a highly entertaining 30-lap chase that featured 10 semi trucks on the 3/8-mile AFCU Super Oval. Grzech began the race in the No. 2 position and held back until he took over for good on lap 21.

Cory Riplinger finished second, less than a second behind Grzech. Ron Singer was the third place finisher and Glen Creed took fourth.

 Two-time defending champion Tim Farhner drover his No. 13 car to victory in the K1 Speed Super Stock class event. Farhner outlasted Corey Walker, who finished second, and Al Jones, who took third.

James Jette won the 20-lap Jr. Stinger race, topping second-place finisher Blaze Tucker and third-place finisher Natalie Waters.

In the Tucker Towing Double-Decker race, the Green Lantern car took the checkered flag, topping the Jimmy John Freaky Fast car and the Roll Over.

 

For more information and a full schedule of events visit www.rmrracing.com

Contact: Jim Burton

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Tyler Schild

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Meridian Speedway

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NEVADA NATIVE DOMINATES NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST NAPA IDAHO 208 AT MERIDIAN SPEEDWAY

MERIDIAN, Idaho—The future stars of the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing aligned Saturday at Meridian Speedway for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208.  With 23 stock cars packed onto the pavement the fireworks started well before the evening-closing display presented by Platinum Motors.

Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Noah Gragson grabbed the Coors 21 means 21 Pole Award for the 54 mile event with a blistering thirteen second lap, but it wasn’t the race pace that had Gragson’s attention pre-race.

“It’ll be tiring for sure,” Gragson said of the 208 lap event.  “It’s so hard to get these things through the turns.”

For series point co-leader Chris Eggleston the focus was on the tight confines of the asphalt quarter-mile.

“You have to be careful.  Touch that back stretch wall and you’re gone.”

As the September sun sank to the horizon a stacked field of racers including local drivers Trevor Cristiani and Rob Powers fired engines and chased front row starters Gragson and James Bickford to the green flag.

Bickford and his Sunrise Ford, Interstate Plastics Ford prevailed early as he shot around Gragson’s AlertID, Colliers International Ford to lead the first lap.  While Gragson settled into the runner up spot action picked up further back as Ryan Partridge and Brandon McReynolds fought door-to-door for the first dozen laps over sixth position.

Out front David Mayhew’s MMI Racing, Ron’s Rear Ends Chevrolet came to life and the third place starter powered around the outside of both Gragson and Bickford.  Mayhew looked to settle in up front, but wasn’t safe there as on lap 30 he was collected in a John Wood spin.

“They hit a ton,” third place runner Bickford said of the turn one accident. 

With Mayhew in the pit area and the green flag back out Gragson grabbed the top spot with McReynolds’ NAPA Auto Parts Toyota locked in his tire tracks.  Gragson used his superior corner speed to pull away from McReynolds while local favorite Cristiani worked his Cyclone Cycles, Sharp Transportation Chevrolet into the seventh spot by the race’s second caution on lap 65.

At the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208’s halfway point Gragson held the top spot over McReynolds, Partridge, Bickford and Eggleston.  Cristiani’s charge to the front stalled at the eighty lap mark and he completed lap 104 in tenth.

As thirteen second laps flew off the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard the intensity picked up and on lap 114 a fight for sixth turned into contact and a Bickford spin through traffic on the front stretch.  Bickford fired his car and continued, but his wounded car was mired deep in the snarling pack.

“We were going so fast,” Bickford said of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West field, “I don’t know how we didn’t hit more people.” 

Lap 124 threatened to change the complexion of the championship battle as co-points leader Eggleston slid his NAPA Filters, H2O Fire Protection Toyota sideways and battered the turn three wall.  Somehow Eggleston gathered his damaged racer and continued to steam his way toward the leader.  Twelve laps later dreams of an Arctic Circle of Meridian Victory Lane appearance for Cristiani went up in smoke as his top ten racecar burst into flames and he retired from the event.

Under the caution for Cristiani’s misfortune McReynolds suffered some of his own as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West officials relegated the fast driver to the back of the pack.  On the lap 143 restart Ryan Partridge blew past Gragson and took the lead.  Gragson wheeled his racer hard in an attempt to wrestle his way back into the top spot.  After a fierce five lap skirmish Gragson succeeded and continued his torrid pace.

As Gragson set sail from the field McReynolds sliced his way through the pack as he climbed back to the top five.  McReynolds used a three-wide pass to make his way to fourth on a lap 174 restart.  McReynolds wasn’t done there as he pulled his way to second with 28 circuits to go.

On a restart with just nine laps to go McRyenolds gave Gragson his best shot into turn one.  As both racers slung their machines sideways Gragson caught traction first in the high line and motored to the inaugural NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 win. 

“It was all about getting lane choice on the restarts,” Gragson said of his winning strategy. 

The win catapults Gragson back into the series points lead by two markers over Eggleston and eight over Ryan Partridge.  It also solidifies the Las Vegas, Nevada racer’s spot atop the Sunoco Rookie of the Year runners.

In other action at Meridian Speedway Saturday the touring Pro Truck Series capped their season with the Extreme 75 presented by Extreme Staffing.  When the green flag dropped Kevan Larson piloted his Larson Racing, Agri-Service truck to the lead while point leader Johnny Pierre methodically worked his DL Evans Bank, Elite Heating and Cooling machine into the top five. 

Pierre’s patience paid off as he snuck to the low side of the racetrack and took the lead on lap 25.  Cody Backus’ Emissions Made Easy, We Mark It Specialties racer was the first to reach Pierre’s tailgate on lap 33, but Pierre pulled away as the pair worked through lapped traffic.

A lap 39 restart brought Drew Reitsma to Pierre’s outside.  Reitsma put the pedal down and ran around Pierre on the high side to take the lead.  With the title all but wrapped up Pierre was content to ride in second and take the checkered flag for his third straight Pro Truck Series championship.

“We got her done again,” said an ecstatic Pierre post race.

The Domino’s Legends battled through a tough 25 lap feature Saturday minus one title contender.  With Peyton Saxton’s absence the pressure was on Casey Tillman and Zach Blume to capitalize.  Blume wasted no time as he pinned his Idaho Web Printers of Emmett, Northend Chevron car to the outside and roared to the lead on lap five.  Tillman on the other hand had to pace his YMC Inc., Identify Sign Works as he worked through the field. 

When Tillman cleared traffic on lap eighteen the battle began.  Tillman dipped low and looked high as he worked to set up Blume.  This set up was interrupted by Johnethan Davis, whose engine detonated on the backstretch and sent his GCAT Towing machine hard into the turn three water barrels.  Davis climbed from his racer uninjured and the race resumed with just five circuits remaining.

Tillman powered his way around the outside of Blume in turn one and never looked back as he blazed his way around the quarter-mile to take the checkered flag.  Blume, Chance Davis, Darin Turpen and Daytona Wurtz filled the rest of the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.

The Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stocks kicked off main event action Saturday with a 20 car field taking the green flag.  It took title contender Travis Pavlacky thirteen laps to battle his way past early race leader Rick Brees.  Scott Shoecraft followed Pavlacky to the front of the field and pulled to Pavlacky’s tailgate on lap nineteen. 

Shoecraft’s run stalled there as Pavlacky caught lapped traffic and used it to stay out front until the checkers fell.  Jason Sanders, Mike Vester, and Brees rounded out the top five.

Labor Day weekend is just beginning at Meridian Speedway as Sunday night the Intermountain Outlaw Modifieds contest the Allen Stroebel Memorial on Oldies Cruise Night.  The CT400 Sprintcars and Tates Rents Hornets will join the touring modifieds in their quest for the Jacksonbuilt Racing trophy.  We’ll see you Sunday under the big yellow water tower for even more racing action under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.

 

Meridian Speedway

Saturday’s Unofficial Results-

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West

NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208

9/6/2015

Main Events

NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (208 laps)-1.Noah Gragson 2.Brandon McReynolds 3.Buddy Shepherd 4.Chris Eggleston 5.Johnny White

Extreme 75 - Pro Truck Series (75 laps)-1.Drew Reitsma 2.Johnny Pierre 3.Daniel Shirley 4.Mason Newhouse 5.John Wong

Dominos Legends (25 laps)-1. Casey Tillman 2. Zach Blume 3. Chance Davis 4. Darin Turpen 5. Daytona Wurtz

Kendall Ford Mini Stocks (30 laps)-1. Travis Pavlacky 2. Scott Shoecraft 3. Jason Sanders 4. Mike Vester 5. Richard Brees

Qualifying

NASCAR K&N West Pro Series-Noah Gragson, 13.017 seconds

Pro Trucks-Drew Reitsma, 14.378 seconds

                                                                                                                                                                                     Dominos Legends-Zach Blume, 14.710 seconds

Kendall Ford Mini Stocks-Scott Shoecraft, 15.039 seconds

 

 

 

Points leader Pierre earns thrilling Pro Truck Series win

 

Aug. 22, 2015

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                  WEST VALLEY CITY – Drivers Johnny Pierre, Daniel Shirley and John Wong put on quite a show Saturday night at Rocky Mountain Raceways. The trio finished 1, 2 and 3 respectively – less than a second apart – in The Sharp Transportation 75-lap Pro Truck Series race on the America First Credit Union Super Oval.

                  Pierre, the series points leader, earned his third checkered flag of the 2015 season when he slipped across the finish line .158 of a second ahead of Shirley and .511 ahead of Wong. Although a chunk of the race was hampered by several cautions and stoppages, the final 30 laps had the RMR crowd on its feet as Pierre and Shirley put the pedal to the metal down the straightaways and traded paint in the corners.

                  As the race came down to its final few laps, Pierre and Shirley jockeyed for position while Wong went hard to catch up to them. And when he did finally catch up, he rode the back of them all the way through the finish line.

                  Pierre, who began the race in the No. 9 position, led for 41 on the 75 laps. The final 32 laps were led by either Pierre or Shirley.

                  Wong recorded the top speed – 78.32 miles per hour – and the fastest lap – 17.296 seconds – on lap No. 40. Pierre, meanwhile, hit a top speed of 77.89 miles per hour.

                  Saturday’s race marked the Pro Truck Series’ second visit to RMR this season. The group toured through on June 27th when Drew Reitsma edged competitor John Newhouse by .282 of a second. Wong also finished third that night and Pierre finished fifth.

                  In other action Saturday on the AFCU Super Oval, Jimmy Waters won the University Federal Credit Union Winged Sprints race; Matt Webster won the F-8 race, and Mark Ith Jr. won the U Burn Em We Build Em Mini Cups race.

                  Adam Warner won the Sommers Auto Wrecking Hornets main event and the Kicking & Screaming team won the Brandon Park Roofing F-8 Trains race.

                  On Friday at RMR, three young racers won coveted awards on the Young Kia Drag Strip. Parker Stewart, of Harriman, Hunter Priest, of Layton and Jayden Egginton, of Clinton, won their respective classifications at RMR’s Jr. Dragster ET Challenge “Wally” Event.

                  Stewart won a “Wally” in the Rookie Beginner class, Priest won the Jr. Minor class and Egginton won the Jr. Major class.

                  In other action Friday night, Trevyn Casteel, of West Point, won the Jr. Street competition, while Amanda Rowley, of Provo, won the ATV class.

                  Up next at RMR will be the Summer Send Off (with Nitro) Aug. 28-30 on the Young Kia Drag Strip.

 

Contact: Jim Burton

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Cell: (801) 301-6768 or (801) 589-6263

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Jason Quale Main Event Winner

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.”

Alan Larson in the Winners Circle day two of the Diamond Cup

Diamond Shines on Larson Racing

Meridian Speedway PR

May 31st 2015

Meridian Idaho

 

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.

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.

Reitsma wins Pro Truck Series at Rocky Mountain Raceways

 

June 27, 2015

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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.

2014 ASA Pro Truck Series Banquet in the Books

January 11, 2015

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Cactus Pete’s Hotel and Casino again hosted the combined ASA Pro Truck, Rocky Mountain Challenge series Champions banquet. With 120 in attendance the room was full and ready to have some fun and honor 2 champions, Johnny Pierre from the trucks, and Eric Rhead from the RMCS. Mike Minegar didn’t let us down in the fun department with his ability to keep everyone laughing. Randy Kerr along with Gavin Vergel and Cole Reeder put together a power point presentation and videos for a look back on the 2014 season. A few fun awards were given including a gallon gas can to the 23 team in an effort to help make sure they are not one gallon shy on gas when they come through tech in 2015. Steve Casteel was given some colorful crouched shorts to help show off his sexy legs. Sam Harris received a package from the Southwest Tour trucks that included a two pack of water bottles that said to Sam with Love. A pre-season video of Jason Quale’s epic failed attempt at mastering the hula hoop was played, after he proved his ability to be smooth and carry the momentum required to be successful in the series, he was awarded “Most improved Driver”

Johnathan Gomez was on hand to accept his third place finish in the RMCS as well as represent Century Motorsports and Marie. Gomez announced his plans to continue his partnership through the 2015 season. Cortlin Runyan of NAPA, Derrick Hope of Extreme Staffing, Ed Goff of Goff Metal Fabrication, Greg Reitsma of Reitsma Holsteins and Blake Bessire of Sleep Solutions all took the stage and announced they are looking forward to a continued partnership with the Pro Truck series in 2015. Kerr announced Sharp Transportation, Agri-Service and Hoosier Tire west are schedule to continue as well.

Sleep Solutions continued the tradition of giving away a bed to one of the drivers whose truck had competed in all of the events in 2014. Johnny Pierre did the drawing and pulled Alan Larson’s truck number from the box.

Johnny Pierre and Eric Rhead both took the stage and thanked the sponsors, official’s, crews and families. Pierre was honored with a Champions Cup, Hoosier Racing Jacket, and the Iron Man award for completing every main event lap in 2014. Scott Luttmer, runner up in the Pro Truck series also was honored as a co-Iron Man completing every main event lap of 2014

The banquet wrapped up some announcements for the 2015 racing season for the Pro Trucks and for the RMCS. The Pro truck rules are scheduled to be released January 15th and the schedule shortly after February 1st. The RMCS hopes to announce a complete schedule around the same time.

Other Pro Truck awards included:

Ron Lawser (Montana Ron) Million Mile award for traveling the most miles in a single season

Jay McDonald (Jay Mac) “Most Effort Displayed”.

Sam Harris, a plaque with a shovel “For his unique ability to shovel the most crap in a single season”

Dan Doan, 2014 Pro Truck “Playgirl Pin up award”

Kendel Woll, “Most Helpful to Others”

Mason Newhouse “Hard Charger”

Alan Larson “2014 Owners Champion – Most Fun to Race Against”

Drew Reitsma “Sportsman of the Year”

Daniel Shirley “2014 Rookie of the Year” “Third Place”

Keith Thomas “Best Looking Truck” – “Owners Champion”

Scott Luttmer “Iron Man” – “Best Dressed Crew” “2014 Runner Up”

Johnny Pierre “Iron Man” – “2014 Champion”

 

Sharp driving was the key as Sharp Transportation presented the All Star Championship weekend at Rocky Mountain Raceway for the ASA Pro Trucks

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September 21st 2014

 

Sharp precise driving is what series veteran and 2013 champion Scott Luttmer would have to do if he wanted to catch the defending champion and current point leader “JP” Johnny Pierre. As the series made its way to Rocky Mountain Raceway for the final point event of the 2014 season a twenty point gap separated Luttmer and Pierre. After night one Luttmer had captured the main event win and closed the gap to a narrow six point deficit to the defending champion. The night went caution free for the ASA Pro Trucks. Luttmer started in the eighth position in the fifty lap main and took over the lead from pole setter Kendel Woll on lap 29.

The second day of the Sharp Transportation All Star Champions Weekend saw the first caution of the weekend for the series as third place contender Drew Reitsma and Luttmer battled for the same real-estate in the eight lap heat race. Before it was over Reitsma found the number 06 planted hard in the turn two wall with his hopes for a top three in the final point standings slipping away. After several offers of trucks for Reitsma to continue the challenge in the point race. The team decided to sit out the final main event of the season and focus on the invitational in Las Vegas scheduled for October 24th and 25th. Luttmer was able to continue but was off the pace finishing just ahead of Reitsma at the tail end of the field.

After the qualifying and heat race points were calculated the gap that was separating the championship battle was a close nine points. Pierre’s second place qualifying effort set him up to potentially gain the most passing points of the two but, Luttmers starting position set him up for what could be the most position points. The green flag fell with Pierre starting on the rear bumper of Luttmer. An early caution for the ASA Pro Truck of Bret Adams as it came to rest without power low on the backstretch apron. A quick realignment and the caution cone was introduced and both drivers went low with Pierre at the rear of Luttmer. After clicking off a few laps the number ten driven by Michael Hillock spun coming off turn two bringing the second caution of the night. Pierre went high at the caution cone and gained a positon on Luttmer who went low. The low line proved to be the line that went forward and Luttmer moved towards the front following. Rookie point leader Daniel Shirley. Shirley made his way to the front by lap twenty nine and never looked back. Luttmer struggled trying to get around Mason Newhouse another rookie contender. Eventually making the pass for second on lap forty seven of fifty but it was too late as Shirley had clearly checked out on the field and solidified his Rookie of the Year status.

 

Official finish for September 19th

1 Scott Luttmer

2 Daniel Shirley

3 Drew Reitsma

4 Mason Newhouse

5 Johnny Pierre

6 Kevan Larson

7 Jason Quale

8 Mike Hillock

9 Cody Backus

10 Dave Fleishman

11 Kendel Woll

12 Dan Doan

13 Sam Harris

14 Alan Larson

 Official finish for September 20th

1 Daniel Shirley

2 Scott Luttmer

3 Mason Newhouse

4 Johnny Pierre

5 Kendel Woll

6 Sam Harris

7 Kevan Larson

8 Jason Quale

9 Alan Larson

10 Dave Fleishman

11 Mike Hillock

12 Cody Backus

13 Dan Doan

14 Brent Nelson

 

 

Official 2014 Championship Standings

 

1              Johnny Pierre ~#38                              712 Points

Twin Falls Idaho – DL Evans                               2013 – 2014 ASA Pro Truck Champion

                                                                                2 wins 5 top 3 and 9 top 5 in 12 starts

2              Scott Luttmer ~#9                 703 Points

Hagerman Idaho - Schaeffer Oil                        2012 ASA Pro Truck Champion 2014 Runner up

                                                                                2 win 6 top 3 finishes 7 top 5 finishes in 12 starts

3              Daniel Shirley* ~#23                           651 Points

Twin Falls Idaho- Broadway Auto Buhl            Rookie of the Year

                                                                                3 Wins 7 top 3 finishes, 7 top 5 finishes 12 starts

4              Drew Reitsma ~#06                              632 Points

Wendell Idaho –Reitsma Holsteins                    2 Solid wins in 2014

                                                                                2 wins 6 top 3’s and 6 top 5’s in 11 starts

5              Alan Larson ~#14                                589 Points

Twin Falls Idaho – Agri-Service                          Veteran driver owning 5 ASA Pro Trucks had a great season

                                                                                1 win 2 top 3 and 6 top 5 finishes in 12 starts

6              Mason Newhouse*~#29                     562 Points

Twin Falls Idaho – The Car Store                        Son to John brother to Hannah, great talent runner up  for Rookie of the Year

7              Kendel Woll ~#08                                488 Points

Buhl Idaho – Citizens Building                           2013 Rookie of the year had an up and down season

8              Dan Doan ~#71                                    441 Points

Twin Falls Idaho – Larson/Agri-Service             Pretty much grew up at Meridian and Magic Valley Speedway

9              Jason Quale* ~#12                              422 Points

Twin Falls Idaho – Dairy Queen                         Son to Bruce and Dana Quale 2014 Rookie contender

10           Sam Harris ~#13                                   381 Points

Twin Falls Idaho – Sendoa Homes                     Another home built truck, fast on the short runs

9              Cody Backus ~#36                               326 Points

Orem Utah – Hillock Motorsports                      Always a strong finisher has missed a couple of events

10           Jay McDonald* ~#33                          271 Points

Gooding Idaho – LY Cattle                                  Jay and his dad Fred built his dad built the truck from the ground up

6              Ron Lawser ~#28                                 269 Points

Townsend Montana – Montana Ron               All the way from Townsend Mt won 2 trophy dashes

7              Kevan Larson ~#88                             224 Points

Twin Falls Idaho – Agri-Service                          Running a limited schedule, one of the two seat trucks giving rides

8              Jerry Bailey ~#07                                  221 Points

Pocatello Idaho  – Raceway Promoter              Finished 2nd in the ASA Pro Truck 75 at RMR won both events at Pocatello

9              Jerry Rice ~#4                                        213 Points

Twin Falls Idaho – TJ’s Lounge                           2 time truck Champion running a limited schedule

6              Dave Fleishman ~#Q                           186 Points

Woods Cross Utah Driver                                    Racing the Utah events in front of his local fans

3              Mike Hillock ~#10                                166 Points

Provo Utah - Hillock Motorsports                      Thanks to Mel Radmall for letting him race the truck

5              John Wong ~#3                                    90 Points

Parma Idaho – Champion Produce                   Running a limited 2014 schedule

4              Tanner Wong ~#47                             89 Points

Parma Idaho – Champion Produce                  Proud to call Meridian Speedway home son of John

2              Brent Nelson* ~#76                             78 Points

Tremonton Ut.  Looking for help                        bought the truck late in the season hops to run for Rookie in 2015

2              Hannah Newhouse* ~#61                  67 Points

Boise Id.  Boise State University                          Only one start in 2014 great run and great finish  

2              Randy Hadlock* ~#76                         37 Points

Elko Nevada                                                          Sold the truck to Brent Nelson  

ASA Pro Truck 2014 Schedule Released

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Twin Falls Idaho

 

The ASA Pro Trucks look for an exciting season as new events and new partners make for a promising twenty fourteen season.

 

The ASA Pro Trucks will open the season at Magic Valley Speedway and Will make three trips to Rocky Mountain Raceway for four events, two trips to Meridian Speedway for three events, two additional trips to Magic Valley Speedway and one trip to Pocatello Raceway for a twin 50 double main event. For the first time in the history of the series a champion will be crowned at Rocky Mountain Raceway. September 19th will mark the crowning of the champion followed by an open event challenging the drivers of the Southwest Tour Trucks for the first of three events at two venues. The Southwest Tour Trucks will be welcome to compete on Friday September 19th at Rocky Mountain Raceway and will gain points in the ASA Pro Truck Series standings. On September 20th the first of three races for a challenge champion will kick off. The second and third races will be held at the all famous Bull Ring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The events will be held October 24th and 25th and at the end of the night the driver that has earned the most points will be crowned “The King of the North and South”.

 

“We would never have been able to put this deal with Las Vegas together if it wasn’t for the added help we were able to get from Agri-Service (Alan Larson), Reitsma Holsteins (Greg Reitsma) and Extreme Staffing (Joe Visser). Without the help they are providing this could never be a reality. I just can’t say how much we appreciate these guys” said series Director Randy Kerr. 

 

The ASA Pro Trucks are pleased to announce all of the great partners from the 2013 season have agreed to return in 2014. In addition Pepsi will become the official soft drink of the series and Extreme Staffing will be partnering on several events in 2014.

 

Extreme Staffing holds offices in Twin Falls, Meridian, Pocatello and Murray, Utah. The ASA Pro Trucks compete within a handful of miles from each office. “It was a logical fit, I’m really looking forward to our 2014 partnership and beyond. We look forward to an active role at each venue the trucks race at” said Extreme Staffing president Joe Visser. Series Director Randy Kerr noted “Extreme Staffing and the ASA Pro Trucks have a lot in common, I have had a relationship with the folks at Extreme for several years and I see the way they treat their customers and staff. They go above and beyond to take care of their people, I think the drivers and staff in the ASA Pro Trucks strive for the same thing. We try to bring the best event we can for a reasonable price. I see Extreme doing the same thing for their customers, they try to bring the most qualified worker for the most reasonable price. I think that shared goal will provide a long term partnership that will benefit both the series and the staffing service.” Extreme Staffing will be the presenting partner at one of the events at each track in 2014.

 

Pepsi will be working with the series to provide much needed signage and will be adding product for winners of select events and special promotions.

The ASA Pro Trucks are a purpose built regional touring race vehicle with fiberglass bodies to replicate Toyota Tundra, Chevy Silverado, Dodge Ram and Ford F-150 Pickup Trucks. They all sport 350 cubic inch spec race engines. The series produces great side by side racing with near full field inverts starting the fastest cars in the rear of the field for the fifty lap main event. Main events use the unique realignment using a Caution Cone. In the event of a caution drivers are given the choice of going above or below the cone creating another place where strategy comes into play.  

 

Visit our website at www.ASA-Pro-Trucks.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AsaProTrucks

The Extreme Staffing Double Passing 50 became Extreme

ASA Pro Trucks PR

Twin Falls Idaho

The ASA Pro Trucks set out for the final appearance of 2014 at Magic Valley Speedway as Extreme Staffing presented the event offering double passing points. With sixteen trucks making the tow from as far away as Townsend Montana the stage was set for some great racing action on the third mile oval many driver call home.

The main event action heated up quick as only five laps were in the books when Ron Lawser went high off turn two opening the door for Drew Reitsma to look inside. There just wasn’t enough real-estate for the two and contact created the first caution causing damage to several trucks. The number 14 driven by Alan Larson was launched over the nose of Lawser and thrown into the fence dividing the speedway property and the county road. Lawser slid across the track where Kendel Woll had driven low trying to miss the wreck. The two suffered heavy damage coming to rest in the infield grass.

Lawser had made every Saturday event this season making the tow from Montana. “I just don’t have the time and resources where I live to have it fixed for the next one, I think it will need a clip” Lawser explained as the tow truck was loading the damaged truck into the trailer for the long ride home. Woll said “I thought the grass was going to be the best direction to go when I saw the wreck happening, I guess maybe it wasn’t. I was sliding and Ron was sliding, we just couldn’t do anything but hold on”. Woll was able to return and make a few more laps before retiring the number 8 to the pits for the night.

The action quickly resumed with fourteen trucks left on the racing surface. Two laps later it looked like a fourth of July sparkler show as the right front ball joint on the number thirteen of Sam Harris let go at the start finish line. The truck came to rest high in turns one and two as the field was able to avoid any contact with him.

Daniel Shirley claimed his second consecutive win. “I can’t thank my team, my dad and Keith (Thomas) without them I couldn’t do this” Shirley Leads the rookie standings with 36 points a nine point lead over Mason Newhouse. Jason Quale and Jay McDonald are all in contention for the 2014 Rookie of the year standings. Shirley’s consistency has him sitting in the top five in the series point standings.

Quale secured his second consecutive Century Motor Sports and Marine Qualifying Bonus. While the Goff Metal Fabrication bonus rolls to $450.00 for Rocky Mountain Raceway September 19th    

Scott Luttmer looked to take the lead on lap forty as he got a fender passed series point leader and defending champion Johnny Pierre but the lead lasted less than a straightaway before a caution fell putting him back to the second position for the restart. Luttmer was able to overcome Pierre but not before Shirley had gotten past him. Luttmer gladly took his second place finish gaining another 10 points on his quest for his second series championship. Luttmer has closed the gap to 20 points between first and second with only two point races left in the 2014 season.

Jerry Bailey, promoter of the Pocatello raceway brought 2 ASA Pro Trucks and an Outlaw Modified to the events. Bailey ran is modified (taking home second in that event) and the 07 ASA Pro Truck. Bailey gained the most positions in the race after starting fifteenth in the field he climbed his way to a third place finish. Bailey came across the line just ahead of Pierre and Hannah Newhouse.

Newhouse made her return to the seat of her old ASA Pro Truck now owned by Bailey. “Jerry asked if I wanted to drive my old truck and I really wanted to get to race with my brother. It was a lot of fun” Newhouse showed she hasn’t forgotten how to wheel a Pro Truck as she set fast time in Qualifying and turned solid laps all day and night.

Dan Doan, Drew Reitsma, Mason Newhouse, Cody Backus and Brent Nelson rounded out the top 10.

Official 2014 point standings after Magic Valley Speedway are:

Johnny Pierre 576

Scott Luttmer 556

Drew Reitsma 520

Alan Larson 500

Daniel Shirley 489

Mason Newhouse 432

Kendel Woll 395

Dan Doan 356

Jason Quale 314

Sam Harris 285

Jay McDonald 271

Ron Lawser 269

Cody Backus 237

Jerry Bailey 221

Jerry Rice 213

Kevan Larson 131

Dave Fleishman] 108

John Wong 90

Tanner Wong 89

Mike Hillock 89

Brent Nelson 74

Hannah Newhouse 67

Randy Hadlock 37

Makayla Woll 32

 

The ASA Pro Trucks will return to action Friday September 19th and Saturday September 20th at Rocky Mountain Raceway in West Valley City Utah. Sharp Transportation will be presenting the ASA Pro Truck action both September 19th and September 20th where the series will crown it’s 2014 Champion.

 

Extreme Staffing is a proud supporter of the ASA Pro Trucks helping bring special events to four venues in the 2014 season. If you need to find a job or fill a job contact any of the trained professionals at an Extreme Staffing office near you. Call 1-855-404-JOBS (5627) or visit the website at http://extremestaffingofidaho.com

Tyler Schild
Staff Writer
Meridian Speedway
(208) 602-7266
meridianspeedway@gmail.com
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Hard Racing Dominates Stroebel Memorial at Meridian Speedway
MERIDIAN, Idaho—Meridian Speedway honored one of its own Saturday night as the Intermountain Outlaw Modified series ran the Allen Stroebel Memorial. Also featured in Saturday night’s festivities were the American Speed Association Pro Trucks, Cast Iron 360 Sprintcars, College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Street Stocks and Tates Rents Rookie Hornets. While the stiff, cross-track breeze chilled the grandstands nothing could cool the action as these five classes burned around the quarter-mile.
The College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Street Stocks took the track for 25 bumper-to-bumper laps. On the start Melissa Weaver, driving a car borrowed from fellow Street Stock competitor Roy Kirkland, jumped out to the early lead. Following Weaver was her father, Marv Weaver in his familiar Marv’s Tire Service car and Ray Otis in his Integrity Construction machine. Last week’s runner up Shaun Bush joined the race in his Walker’s Suspension and Alignment, Marsing Yacht Club car three laps down after encountering mechanical issues in the pits. Though Bush turned in fast lap after fast lap he was unable to make up the time lost. Otis was on his way to a podium finish when he broke a right rear hub in turn two, ending his evening. This caution left twelve laps to go and allowed Bush to pull beside Melissa Weaver in a repeat of last week’s final main event. This time Melissa Weaver would use the low line to surge ahead of Bush, who was then hit by Marv Weaver in turn one. Bush’s car wouldn’t be competitive after the contact, leaving just Melissa and Marv Weaver to settle the race. Melissa, driving in a seat lined with throw pillows, would run away with the victory, while Bush voiced his displeasure in the closing laps by slowing his pace to a crawl in front of second-place finisher Marv Weaver.
“It’s always hard borrowing a car,” said Weaver. “We could use some more pillows next time.”
The Cast Iron 360 Sprintcars continued their class development as five fast racers roared onto the quarter mile. Matt Elliott, trophy dash winner, used his pole position to pull ahead of Colton Nelson as the green flag flew. On the move early was Justin Segura, who used just two of the allotted 25 laps to take the second spot from Nelson. With Segura’s Garage Graphics racer in his mirror Elliott turned up the wick on his sprinter, maintaining a consistent if small lead over the young driver. Twelve laps into the event Nelson pulled his LFC Cleaning machine into the pits with mechanical issues, leaving Chris Ratterree in the third spot. As the leader Elliott worked lapped traffic Segura lost time, and that would be all Elliott needed to pilot his Westside Body Works car to the Arctic Circle Victory Lane.
“It’s been a year, but we’re having fun,” said Eliott.
Next the American Speed Association Pro Trucks banged their way through a 40 lap main event. Kendal Woll and Mason Newhouse wasted no time as they took the first and second positions on lap one. That pair would soon be joined by Johnny Pierre’s DL Evans truck and that trio would pull away from the rest of the competitors. Leading the second group of trucks was Sam Harris, who’d already rebuilt his Sendoa Homes truck after a heat race dust up with Drew Reitsma claimed his right front fender and suspension. It took only ten laps for the lead to change hands as Newhouse and Pierre rooted Woll out of the low groove and passed the Buhl, Idaho racer. After a caution Pierre would pull to the outside of Newhouse to challenge for the top spot. Newhouse would use a good amount fender to maintain the lead once the green flag fell, relegating Pierre to second spot and the clutches of ASA Pro Truck point leader Daniel Shirley. Another caution would put Shirley on the high side of Newhouse’s The Car Store number 29, and again young Newhouse would defended the top spot in turn one. Pierre would go to work on Shirley, eventually beating his way past the series point leader. As the final ten laps clicked off the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard Pierre started to close the gap between himself and Newhouse. The contact began with five laps to go, Pierre trying to knock Newhouse up the track to effect a pass. The paint trading would only get more vicious until, with just two laps remaining, Pierre turned Newhouse around in turn one. Third place Shirley could only lock us his brakes and pitch his Broadway Auto of Buhl racer sideways as he was collected as well. When the smoke cleared all competitors were able to continue, but both Newhouse and Pierre were sent to the back. This left Shirley with the lead and the task of fending off Alan Larson and Reitsma for the final two circuits. Shirley, sporting some damage from the turn one spin, was able to launch himself out of the low line to the lead on the restart to claim his first series victory.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better truck,” said Shirley. “It was a little sketchy…but it worked out all right for us.”
Eighteen Intermountain Outlaw Modifieds thundered onto Meridian Speedway for the Allen Stroebel Memorial. Three-time Strobel Memorial winner Shelby Stroebel started deep in the field by virtue of his quick qualifying time with only 75 laps to work his way to another victory in the race named for his late father. When the green flag dropped Caitlin Stroebel, Allen Strobel’s granddaughter and outside pole sitter, encountered mechanical issues, causing an accordion-like jam up that collected Dennis Wurtz II and Scott Durbin among others. When the dust settled Brent Collins and Abe Carter paced the field to green, with Cody Kirkland and Kyle Latham in the second row. Carter got the jump and drove his Rob Schmidt Graphics, Mountain Performance modified to the lead, bringing Latham and Tim Elam with him to the front. Meanwhile Shelby Stroebel made steady progress through the field in his Trinity Construction, Canyon Windshield modified, reaching mid-pack by lap ten. Lap eleven saw Elam power around Carter to take the lead. Now Shelby Stroebel made his move, flying around the high side of the track to take position after position. By lap fifteen the former ASA Member Track Champion held third place behind Elam and Rus Ward.
It took six laps, but Stroebel would eventually overpower Ward’s A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning racer for second and turn his attention to leader Elam. Lap 26 saw Stroebel sail around the outside of Elam to take the point and Rodney Houpt take a vicious trip to the turn three concrete after his throttle hung wide open down the back chute.
“I had both feet on the brake pedal,” joked Houpt after he climbed from his demolished River Adventures, Boise Spring Works modified. “Thank God for HANS devices.”
Due to the timing of the caution Stroebel was sent back to second place and had to make another pass for the lead. This time the veteran racer would not be denied as he rocketed around Elam to claim the top spot. Behind Stroebel, Wurtz II and Bryan Warf wheeled their fast modifieds, trying to move from fourth and fifth up to battle Stroebel. Finally with 40 laps to go Wurtz II would work his Glen’s Towing, Curtis Clean Sweep ride under third place Ward. Ward would hold serve, leaving Wurtz II to find another way around. With 26 laps left the battle for second between Ward and Elam would turn ugly when Elam spun in turn two and collected Pete Trammell’s PJT Enterprises car. With Elam and Ward moved to the back of the pack it was time for Wurtz II and Bryan Warf to make their move.
When the race resumed Wurtz II motored to second place and pedaled his car hard to catch leader Stroebel. While Wurtz II laid down his fastest laps of the race Stroebel continued to outrun the field, opening at first a one second, then a one-point-five second gap over Wurtz II. Further back the most entertaining battle on the track was for tenth between Durbin and Collins, whose side-by-side race was joined by Ward and Elam as they fought their way from the back of the pack. With a dozen laps remaining the two battles would sort themselves out with Collins and Ward completing their passes. But up front it was all Shelby Stroebel as he claimed another trophy in honor of his late father at Meridian Speedway.
A dozen Tates Rents Rookie Hornets capped the evening’s action with 30 laps. The early mover was Joe Popper, who piloted his Hornet from seventh to second on lap one. Sean Young would also fly through the field to take second away from Popper. Now Young set to work reeling in leader Benson Atkinson. Six laps in Young would use a caution to restart on the outside of Atkinson. This would be the opportunity Young needed to drive his Kim’s Kars Hornet to the lead. Making slower progress through the field Rick Howe waited until the halfway point of the race to pick off Popper and claim a podium position on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard. Howe would continue to climb the scoreboard ladder, making his way around Atkinson for second, but Young would prove to be too strong as he cruised to the main event victory.
The final week of August is jam packed with racing as Meridian Speedway host not one, not two, but three events in the next seven days. Wednesday the Brasher’s Hornet Massacre takes to the quarter mile, featuring the Project Filter Pro-4s, Coors Super Stocks, and Thunderdogs along with the Tates Rents Hornets. Saturday night sees the Pepsi Sprintcars and Super 6s join with the Meridian Speedway Modifieds and Budweiser Modifieds, Tates Rents Hornets, and the TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stocks and Outlaw Compacts for Tates Rents Fan Night. Sunday is the Oldies Cruise and Drag Night, featuring the final chapter of the NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latemodel series, the second-to-last race for the Domino’s Pizza Legends, and another round of the TEAM Mini Stocks and Outlaw Compacts. Tickets for each night of this triple header are just $10.25 for adults.
As always this weekend’s action was sponsored by The Contingency Connection, which offers nearly $2000 in awards each week from NATIONAL manufacturers. See Meridian Speedway officials for more details about Contingency Connection.

Main Events

ASA Pro Trucks (40 laps)-1.Daniel Shirley 2.Alan Larson 3.Drew Reitsma 4.Scott Luttmer 5.Jason Quale

A Heat-1.Alan Larson 2.Kendal Woll 3.Drew Reitsma 4.Dan Doan 5.Jay McDonald
B Heat-1.Johnny Pierre 2.Daniel Shirley 3.Mason Newhouse 4.Ron Lawser 5.Jason Quale

Trophy Dash Winners
ASA Pro Trucks-Ron Lawser

 

 

ASA Pro Trucks set to do battle for the Diamond Cup title at Meridian Speedway

 

ASA Pro Trucks PR

Twin Falls Id.

For immediate release

May 26th 2014

 

The ASA Pro Truck teams will pack up and head for a double header at Meridian Speedway. The track will be hosting one of the biggest events of the season with the running of the Diamond Cup. For the second straight year the ASA Pro Truck portion of the events will be partnered by Champion Produce of Parma Idaho, Along with Champion Produce Extreme Staffing of Meridian has partnered up to present the Champion Produce Extreme Champion at the end of the second day the points will be tallied and a Champion will be produced and crowned the “Extreme Champion Produce Champion”.

A new champion will be crowned as the defending event champion Hannah Newhouse is not scheduled to compete. Newhouse took the 2013 title and jump started her point championship challenge and eventual second place finish in the season standings.

John and Tanner Wong along with Dan Doan will surely be noticeable fan favorites as all three have competed for track championships at the famed quarter mile track. The home track advantage the three drivers hold should prove to be valuable but with the new point structure and invert rules it will be harder than ever to make it to the front.

Doan currently sitting third in the standings is no stranger to the winners circle at the speedway in several other classes and has won in his Pro Truck on the Friday portion of this event last year.

Series point leader Johnny Pierre heads to Meridian with a twelve point lead over rookie contender Mason Newhouse. Pierre took home the trophy in the last race at the speedway as well as the win in the Extreme 75 a few weeks ago at Rocky Mountain Raceway.

Newhouse is one of four rookies scheduled to compete in the weekends events. None of the rookies have competed in a race event at Meridian Speedway. “The rookies did exactly what they needed to do in our last event, they logged a lot of laps. I talked to each one of them and encouraged them to do the best they can, and make sure they make as many laps as they can. They all did just that. None of the drivers had raced a lap at Rocky Mountain Raceway so laps were important. They will be here at Meridian as well where they haven’t raced here and it is not like any other track we run at” said series director Randy Kerr

Alan Larson comes into the event sitting fourth in the series standings and is scheduled to compete both days of the Diamond Cup. Larson not only competes for his own championship but also fields two additional trucks that he is running for the title of Championship Owner.

Jerry Bailey sits in fifth in the standings, Bailey a well known Modified driver from Eastern Idaho has proven he has what it takes to wheel a Pro Truck as he lead the most laps of the season opener and brought home a second place finish in the event. Bailey is scheduled to open Pocatello Raceway on Saturday night so his plans are to race the Pro Truck Friday night and open his track on Saturday morning. Bailey turned some laps in his Modified in the Memorial Day events at Meridian and is the only driver to have competed any race laps at the speedway in 2014.

The trip to Meridian Speedway will hold the second and third point events in the shortened season. Weather canceled the season opener schedule for Magic Valley Speedway pushing the first event of the season back to May 17th. The challenge of going from the largest track on the circuit to one of the smallest will surely let the talent shine for the crew chiefs of these teams.

Century Motorsports and Marine will be putting up $100 to one of the top four qualifiers and Goff Metal Fab will be offering a $100.00 bonus to anyone that can set fast time win the heat race they are in as well as the main event. If the bonus goes unclaimed on Friday night it will be worth $150 on Saturday night.

Champion Produce, combining decades of packaging expertise with generations of growing experience makes us the recognized leader in onions and potatoes.  State-of-the-art harvesting and packaging equipment and industry-leading stringent food safety practices allow us to grow and pack the highest quality produce in the industry.  So whether you need onions or potatoes, look no further than Champion Produce Sales, the world's finest shipper of quality onions and potatoes. 

Extreme Staffing is a leading provider of full time and temporary skilled workers for construction, environmental, and manufacturing companies throughout the North Western United States. Founded in only 2010, Extreme Staffing immediately developed an innovative way to staff construction projects by establishing the first centralized operations and recruiting system in the industry. This has yielded a database in excess of 10,000 workers and allowed us to significantly differentiate ourselves from our competitors. Extreme Staffing has become a leading brand in the industry. We partner with the most respected companies in the North Western United States and are uniquely positioned as the company with the most qualified workers with one point of contact. Our business model thrives through peak market demands and the most difficult of economic circumstances. Extreme Staffing is a cutting edge fulltime and temporary skilled labor provider with the capability of providing skilled workers on projects in any location in the Northwest.

Meridian Speedway is located in the heart of Meridian Idaho one of the last race tracks of it’s kind actually succeeding within the city limits of a town. A surface upgrade on 2013 will keep the asphalt alive for many years to come. The configuration consists of a ¼ mile oval with minimal banking around the racing surface. The configuration is designed to showcase the talents of drivers and crew chiefs alike.

The ASA Pro Trucks are a regional touring series competing in Idaho, Utah, and Nevada. The trucks are full fiberglass bodied race vehicles with a spec motor, transmission, rear end and suspension.

Find us at www.asa-pro-trucks .com or on our face book page at www.facebook.com/AsaProTrucks

 

 The Extreme 75 Presented by Extreme Staffing of Utah takes center stage at Rocky Mountain Raceway Saturday night.

ASA Pro Trucks PR

Twin Falls Idaho

May 13th 2014

 

For the first time in the history of the series, the ASA Pro Trucks take on 75 laps of side by side, door to door racing action at Rocky Mountain Raceway in West Valley City Utah. With seventy five laps and bragging rights on the table it also looks to be one of the largest field in the history of the series with twenty trucks slated to make the tow. “I can’t thank Dan Breach (oval track manager) enough for all the work he has done to put this together. A lot of us remember when we would struggle to get twenty five laps for a main event so, this is huge.” Said series director Randy Kerr.

The field will feature a list of champions dating as far back as 1999 with Randy Hadlock fielding the number seventy six out of Elko Nevada. Hadlock was the second champion in our region in the trucks once known as Western Custom Trucks. Hadlock will be the first to admit the truck count that year was nothing like it is today but that doesn’t take anything away from the effort it took to take home the title.

On the far side of the champion spectrum Johnny Pierre will return to defend his 2013 title. When asked about 2013 Pierre said, “It goes without saying how much the championship means to me. Last year we started out of the box in Twin with fast time and won the main event. We followed it up with a win at Rocky Mountain. We hope we can start off 2014 the same way”

It may not be so easy with former champions Jerry Rice and Scott Luttmer are set to do battle. If that isn’t enough the field will sport the likes of Alan Larson, Dan Doan, Kendel Woll, Sam Harris and Jerry Bailey all who have championships, some having multiple championships in other divisions.

The event will be the first of four presented by Extreme Staffing of Idaho and Utah. “It’s a perfect fit, we have a store in every area the series races in so, we wanted to promote our staffing service in each venue” said Joe Visser president of Extreme Staffing.  

Century Motorsports and Marine will be putting up $100 to one of the top four qualifiers and Goff Metal Fab will be offering a $50.00 bonus to anyone that can set fast time win the heat race they are in as well as the main event.

The ASA Pro Trucks are a regional touring series competing in Idaho, Utah, and Nevada. The trucks are full fiberglass bodied race vehicles with a spec motor, transmission, rear end and suspension.

Find us at www.asa-pro-trucks .com or on our face book page at www.facebook.com/AsaProTrucks

JOHNNY PIERRE TAKES 2013 ASA PRO TRUCKS TITLE; ASA MEMBER TRACK WEEKEND RESULTS

ASA Pro Truck 2013 Championship Points

 

2013 Final Official Championship Point Standings 
1         38 Johnny Pierre 313
2         61 Hannah Newhouse 291
3         06 Drew Reitsma 216
4         09 Scott Luttmer 206
5         14 Alan Larson 191
6         71 Dan Doan 159
7          8 Kendal Woll 138
8         36 Truck ~ Point Fund   126
9          1 Doug Dugger 118
10          4 Jerry Rice 113
11         46 John Newhouse 106
12         11 Kent Jensen 106
13          3 John Wong 100
14         36A Cody Buckus 50
15         48 Tanner Wong 41
16         36 Jesse Anderson 35
17         36 C Mike  Hillock 34
18         47 Shane Hubbard 26
19         18 Travis Monett 26
20         88 Kevan Larson 24
21         76 Randy Hadlock  19
22         28 Ron Lawser 10

 

09/24/2013 By ASA Public Relations

Daytona Beach, FL (September 24, 2013) – The ASA Pro Truck Series closed out its season, the 23rd in its history, where it opened the 2013 campaign, Magic Valley Speedway Saturday night with hometown driver Johnny “JP” Pierre taking the win and the season title.

 

Some around the series would say a lack of patience cost Pierre a lot of points in the series last outing at Magic Valley Speedway back in July when he completed only eight of the scheduled 50-laps in that main event.

 

That was all behind him this weekend as he came to his home track with the point lead and only needing a mid-pack finish to secure the title.

 

But Pierre did more than that as he showed great control sitting in third-place for the opening 15 laps of the main event. Dan Doan inherited the pole after two of the series part-time competitors requested to start at the rear of the field so they would not interfere with point battles throughout the field.

 

Doan led the first quarter of the main event with teammate Alan Larson challenging every lap on the outside.

 

"I would just about get there and the tires would heat up and I would slip back and ride a few laps and try again,” said Larson. “I knew I was in trouble when I saw Jerry (Rice) in my mirror. He was coming fast and I was losing ground."

 

On lap 16 Larson went into three a little hot and Rice saw the opening going three wide through Turn 4 and down the front stretch. Pierre sat back watching it all shake out just waiting to find the right opening and when it was there Pierre came out of it sitting in second behind Doan.

 

Pierre snagged the lead on lap 23 but fast qualifier and point-lead challenger Hannah Newhouse was coming fast. She made it to the leader’s back bumper on lap 40 and with ten to go the pressure was on.

 

Several taps by Newhouse reminding Pierre just to say I'm here didn't rattle the leader as Pierre held on for the win and the 2013 ASA Pro Trucks Championship.

 

Newhouse did everything she could but came up one position shy in the race for the win and for the championship.

 

"Johnny deserves it,” said Newhouse. “He has raced a long time and races hard every race.”

 

Pierre has raced in ASA Pro Trucks series for seven years and had come home second in the championship three times.

 

"It felt so good coming into the last race of the year being the one being chased not the one chasing,” said Pierre. “I've done that three times now and came up short each time."

 

Drew Reitsma finished in eighth-place Saturday night allowing him to secure third in the championship standings, a career best. His win at Magic Valley Speedway in July had propelled Reitsma into the championship battle.

 

A third-place finish in the final event Saturday moved defending champions Scott Luttmer to fourth in the season standings forcing Larson to fifth.

 

The Top 5 in the final ASA Pro Trucks Championship Point Standings:  Johnny Pierre (313 points); Hannah Newhouse (291); Drew Reitsma (216); Scott Luttmer (206); Alan Larson (191).

 

The ASA Pro Trucks are a purpose built regional touring series featuring fiberglass bodies to replicate the Toyota Tundra, Chevy Silverado and Ford F-150 pick-up trucks. They all sport 350-cubic-inch spec race motors. The series produces great side by side racing with near full field inverts starting the fastest cars in the rear of the field for the 50-lap main events. The series uses a unique realignment following yellow flags known as the Caution Cone. In the event of a caution drivers are given the choice of going above or below the cone creating another place where strategy comes into play.  

 

For the latest news and updates visit www.ASA-Pro-Trucks.com and you can follow the series on Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/asaprotrucks.

 

ASA Pro Trucks and Maverik Clash of the Titans-August 10-11 at Rocky Mountain Raceway

 

August 6th  2013

For immediate release

ASA Pro Trucks Pr

Twin FallsIdaho

 

For the second year in as many the ASA Pro Trucks are part of the Clash of the Titans at the ASA sanctioned Rocky Mountain Raceway in West Valley CityUtah. The ASA Pro Trucks and Monster Trucks are a perfect fit for Sharp Transportation to present the Pro Truck portion of the two-day show. This is the first ever two day show at Rocky Mountain Raceway and promises to bring a great field of both Monster and Pro Trucks.

 

Drew Reitsma might be the favorite as he comes off a commanding win in the last event at Magic Valley Speedway. The 2012 Iron Man completed every lap in the entire season all to start off the 2013 season collected by a lapped truck while fighting for the lead in the season opener. “We just couldn’t shake the bad luck. Last year we were there every race this year it’s been a struggle. The win was over due, we really needed that” said Greg Reitsma team owner and proud dad of the winning driver. Reitsma comes into the event sitting in third in the season standings.

 

Hannah Newhouse leads the points coming into the event and will have local favorite Mark Ith Jr. Wheeling the number 61 on Saturday and Newhouse plans to compete on Sunday.

 

Johnny Pierre hopes to turn his luck around after leading most of the season in the point standings Pierre found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time on lap number eight in the last outing and finished forty one laps down in the pits with a heavily damaged truck.

 

Defending series champion Scott Luttmer sits fourth in the standings but with other commitments Sunday the number 9 truck is not scheduled to run on Sunday. That just might be the break Alan Larson is looking for. Larson will be hauling not one but four trucks to Rocky Mountain Raceway.

 

Adding to the point race additional prizes will be awarded as follows Century Motorsports and Marine will be adding $100 to one of the top four qualifiers. Thompson Motorsports will be adding a $50 gift certificate to the third fast qualifier and the person gaining the most positions in the main event. Finishline Graphics will add $50 gift certificate to the 7th place finisher in the race and the 7th fast Qualifier in Time Trials.

 

The ASA Pro Trucks are a purpose built race vehicle with fiberglass bodies to replicate Toyota Tundra, Chevy Silverado, and Ford F-150 Pickup Trucks. They all sport 350 cubic inch spec race motors. The series produces great side by side racing with near full field inverts starting the fastest cars in the rear of the field for the fifty lap main event. Main events use the unique realignment using a Caution Cone. In the event of a caution drivers are given the choice of going above or below the cone creating another place where strategy comes into play.  

 

Visit our website at www.ASA-Pro-Trucks.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AsaProTrucks

 

Last chance to see the ASA Pro Truck action at Meridian Speedway

 

For immediate release

ASA Pro Truck Pr

Twin FallsIdaho

August 21, 2013

 

Saturday night marks the final appearance for the ASA Pro Trucks at Meridian Speedway in 2013. Running in conjunction with the Western Idaho Fair, drivers, crews and race fans can schedule a weekend of fun with ASA Pro Truck racing on Saturday night and the ability to catch the largest fair in the state of Idaho on Sunday.

 

Johnny Pierre won the last event at Meridian Speedway by 0.008 seconds over Hannah Newhouse. Pierre had held the lead and challenges by Newhouse. It was obvious to the race fans how bad each driver wanted the win as they wrecked coming across the line for the final time of the 50 lap main event. Pierre felt the most damage and spent several races trying to get the truck handling the way it was before the wreck. Newhouse capitalized on the Pierre’s struggles and gained the point lead only to have Pierre take it back in the last two events. “It feels good to be back on top, now we just need to stay there,” Pierre reflected after winning both events of the two day show at the ASA sanctioned Rocky Mountain Raceway.

 

Drew Reitsma appears to have shaken the bad luck streak that has been hovering over him and his crew. They came back big with the first win at his home track just a few weeks ago, “We have never won here, we were really good hear at the season opener and got collected in a wreck with a lapped car.”

 

Reitsma has been in the top 5 in the last five outings and has a win in his ASA Pro Truck at Meridian Speedway.

 

After a commanding second place finish in the last ASA Pro Truck event  Alan Larson comes to Meridian sitting fourth in the series standings. The owner of Larson Racing plans to field four trucks at Meridian Speedway, Larson will be behind the wheel of the familiar Agri-Service red number 14 Pro Truck.

 

Larson comes into the event just six points ahead of defending series champion Scott Luttmer. Luttmer is scheduled to field his truck but it may have a substitute driver for the weekend.

 

Adding to the point race additional prizes will be awarded as follows Century Motorsports and Marine will be adding $100 to one of the top four qualifiers. Thompson Motorsports will be adding a $50 gift certificate to the third fast qualifier and the person gaining the most positions in the main event. Finishline Graphics will add $50 gift certificate to the 7th place finisher in the race and the 7th fast Qualifier in Time Trials.

 

The ASA Pro Trucks are a purpose built race vehicle with fiberglass bodies to replicate Toyota Tundra, Chevy Silverado, and Ford F-150 Pickup Trucks. They all sport 350 cubic inch spec race motors. The series produces great side by side racing with near full field inverts starting the fastest cars in the rear of the field for the fifty lap main event. Main events use the unique realignment using a Caution Cone. In the event of a caution drivers are given the choice of going above or below the cone creating another place where strategy comes into play.  

 

Visit our website at www.ASA-Pro-Trucks.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AsaProTrucks

 

Reitsma Rides off with Pro Trucks Win

By Linda Brittsan

For the Times-News

His night really couldn’t have been much better. 

With a time of 16.232 seconds around the one-third mile track, Drew Reitsma was the top Pro Truck qualifier for the night Saturday at Magic Valley Speedway. Reitsma then went on to set the fastest time in his heat race and best of all; he won the main event race Saturday night at his hometown track. 

The victory in the Agri-Service 50 was Reitsma’s first at Magic Valley Speedway after eight years of competition in the series. 

Strolling in the pits before the events decked out in a large sombrero, the 24-year-old seemed to know he was in for a good evening. He was right.

“The truck was unreal tonight,” he said after the win. “It has been fast all year but we have had some bad luck in the past. Tonight everything just went right – and it’s a big boost in the points for us.” 

The 50-lap main event race began with 13 trucks in the starting field. At lap eight, an incident involving Johnny Pierre, Jerry Rice, Kendel Woll and Shane Hubbard would eliminate the rides of Rice and an unlucky Pierre for the evening. 

After the restart, Reitsma took the lead and with each lap he would gain ground over the rest of the field. Meanwhile, Scott Luttmer and Jeremy Doss, who was substituting for Hannah Newhouse, battled side-by-side lap after lap trying to get control of the second position. At lap 29 Doss was finally able to get around the No. 9 truck of Luttmer. With that turn of event not at all to Luttmer’s liking, Luttmer aggressively began working on regaining the position. With five laps remaining in the race, Luttmer succeeded. 

“I was a little upset that I got passed,” Luttmer later admitted. “So then I just followed him for awhile and let myself cool down so I would have something for him at the end. There was a lot of bumping going on but nothing too bad. It was just fun to get the position back.”



It was Doss’ first time behind the wheel of a truck series vehicle. 

“It was definitely different than anything I have ever driven,” he said. “I had to keep working and working to finally get by (Luttmer) but then he got me back. It was good racing though – I think the fans definitely enjoyed it.” 

Reitsma was fifth in the point standings at the beginning of the night but his win combined with the misfortunes of Pierre, Rice and Alan Larson, who were ahead of him in the standings, is sure to improve his position in the ranks. 

In other action, five cautions in 28 laps mucked up the Super Stocks main event enough to shorten the race to 30 laps. The eight contestants swapped positions throughout the event but it was Casey Pehrson who finally came through with the win. Daniel Shirley came back from an early setback to finish second.

Jentry Pisca won the Outlaw Modifieds main event after a lengthy battle with former MVS champion Shelby Stroebel. Philip Zubizareta was victorious in the Legends main event race and Jeff Peck in the Woodpecker was the winner with the Thunderdogs. 

RESULTS:

ASA Pro Trucks: 1. Drew Reitsma, 2. Scott Luttmer, 3. Jeremy Doss, 4. Kent Jensen, 5. Mike Hillock.

ASA PRO TRUCKS SIGNS LONG-TERM LICENSING AGREEMENT WITH ASA RACING

Kevin Ramsell/ASA Racing PR
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (release date) – ASA President Dennis Huth announced a long-term agreement today with the ASA Pro Trucks. The Series formerly

 known as the Intermountain Pro Trucks joins the ASA Family of sanctioned series.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our series,” Randy Kerr, ASA Pro Trucks Promoter said. “Our agreement with ASA Racing will help take our series to a new level. This is a great way for us to move forward. Our long-term arrangement will help us accomplish our goal of being recognized as the top oval truck series in the Northwest part of the United States.”

The name change will also help re-brand the series in order to gain more identity. “We have been looking at changing our name from the Intermountain Pro Trucks to just the Pro Trucks,” Kerr explained. “When we started talking to Dennis Huth about being sanctioned with ASA, the ASA Pro Trucks name sounded perfect with our long term goals.”

Newhouse Sweeps Pocatello Raceway in the ASA Pro Trucks

 

ASA Pro Trucks PR

Twin FallsIdaho

July 14, 2013

 

ASA Pro Truck driver Hannah Newhouse had never seen Pocatello Raceway before Saturday afternoon. That didn’t stop the 16 year old from finding her way around the tricky oval. Not only did she find her way, she set a new track record in Qualifying of 15.28. She followed that up by finishing her main event in first place after starting at the rear of the field. Holding the starting position at the rear for the main at the back as well could have proven challenging for some but Newhouse made her way to the front by lap nine taking the position away from Kendel Woll. Newhouse was awarded the Sleep Solutions Sweep bonus and the Agri-Service top three awards for he back-to-back top three finishes.

 

Woll held onto take second in the forty lap main event. This makes the for the rookies second consecutive second place finish. Woll continues to hold onto the lead in the rookie battle. Woll also grabbed the Agri-Service bonus for his second consecutive top three finish.

 

Johnny Pierre came into the event with a four-point lead over Newhouse after his third place finish in both the heat and main event. The veteran driver found himself five points behind Newhouse in the tight championship points battle. “We were just tight, tight, tight, it didn’t matter what we did. Hannah’s crew did a great job she was fast all day and we just missed it”

 

The bad luck streak for the number zero six of Drew Reitsma seemed to continue as the driver took on the wall in turn four in the eight lap heat race. “We had a shock binding, we have been battling all through practice and just couldn’t find it.” The driver said after taking fourth in the main event.  

 

Rookie Jesse Anderson rounded out the top five. Anderson brought out the only caution in the main event as he got a little high in turn one and could not get it corrected before going around. With no damage, Anderson was able to continue and the fans got to see the Caution Cone in action.

 

The ASA Pro Trucks will be back in action July 27th at Magic Valley Speedway as Agri-Service presents the ASA Pro Trucks in the Sharp Transportation 50.

 

The ASA Pro Trucks are a purpose built regional touring race vehicle with fiberglass bodies to replicate Toyota Tundra, Chevy Silverado, and Ford F-150 Pickup Trucks. They all sport 350 cubic inch spec race motors. The series produces great side by side racing with near full field inverts starting the fastest cars in the rear of the field for the fifty lap main event. Main events use the unique realignment using a Caution Cone. In the event of a caution drivers are given the choice of going above or below the cone creating another place where strategy comes into play.  

 

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NAPA Auto Parts presents ASA Pro Trucks and Trailers at Pocatello Raceway June 13th

 

June 9th 2013

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Twin FallsIdaho

 

The pavement is narrow, the banking is pretty much non-existent, the corners tight and the surface is rough. Most would say those are bad things but, for the drivers of the ASA Pro Trucks that is just part of the challenges of the 2013 season. “Adding a facility with the history of Pocatello Raceway is an important fit for our goal for this season. The champion we crown in September will have faced challenges from the big wide super fast Rocky Mountain Raceway in West Valley CityUtah all the way down to the tight sometimes-tricky track we know as Pocatello Raceway. The series even added an event at AtomicCity a few weeks ago where our asphalt drivers had to adapt to the challenges of a dirt surface. When we crown this Champion they will have had the biggest variety of any series in the western United States,” said series director Randy Kerr. The variety continues as we look at the drivers, males, females, young, old, series champions, track champions, series veterans, series rookies and what could even be consideredIdaho’s best shot at a NASCAR star with Hannah Newhouse.

 

Series veteran “JP” Johnny Pierre holds onto the narrow four-point lead over Newhouse coming into the event Saturday July 13th at Pocatello Raceway. Pierrewith three starts at Pocatello may hold an advantage over the sixteen year old as she has never turned any laps in competition around the tricky oval. 

 

Jerry Rice won both parts of the double main event at Pocatello back in 2010. That was the last time the fans at Pocatello got to see trucks in action. With rule changes that have tightened the field over the last several years Rice will have his work cut out for him.  

 

Alan Larson sits in the forth points position going into the event. The veteran driver very well may have more laps around race tracks than any other active series driver. Larson has a unique a ability to adapt to about any racing challenge.

 

Rounding out the top five in points is defending series champion Scott Luttmer. A scheduling conflict forced the driver to miss an early event setting him back in the points. He has slowly been crawling his way back up the point ladder and looks for his first win of the season.

 

The ASA Pro Trucks are a purpose built race vehicle with fiberglass bodies to replicate Toyota Tundra, Chevy Silverado, and Ford F-150 Pickup Trucks. They all sport 350 cubic inch spec race motors. The series produces great side by side racing with near full field inverts starting the fastest cars in the rear of the field for the fifty lap main event. Main events use the unique realignment using a Caution Cone. In the event of a caution drivers are given the choice of going above or below the cone creating another place where strategy comes into play.  

 

Adding to the point race additional prizes will be awarded as follows Century Motorsports and Marine will be adding $100 to one of the top four qualifiers. Thompson Motorsports will be adding a $50 gift certificate to the third fast qualifier and the person gaining the most positions in the main event. Sleep Solutions will be adding $100 to the winner of the main event. Agri-Service will be adding $100 if the truck that won at Atomic can win at Pocatello and $50 to any top three truck that finished in the top three at Atomic. Hillock Motorsports will be adding $50 to the second and third place finishers while We Mark it Specialties will add $50 to fourth. Sharp Transportation will add $50 to fifth and sixth place. Finishline Graphics will add $50 gift certificate to the 7th place finisher in the race and the 7thfast Qualifier in Time Trials.

 

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Newhouse Charges to the front in the first ever “Blowing Up The Dirt” at Atomic Motor Raceway in Atomic CityIdaho.

 

 

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Atomic City Idaho

 

 

 

    ASA Pro Truck made their very first venture off road and onto the dirt for “Blowing up the Dirt” at Atomic Motor Raceway. The high-banked third mile dirt track sits just down the road from the nuclear power plant known as Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. With a population of less than thirty (yes 30 people) the town is usually a quiet place. That changed Saturday night as the ASA Pro Trucks made the trek down the two lane highways to a race track that appears to have a small town built around it.  

 

   Clem Metz promoter of Atomic Motor Raceway and ASA Pro Truck Series Director Randy Kerr agreed to hold an open Friday night practice for the Pro Trucks and stagger those sessions in the mix of a two day race show. Only a hand full of drivers made the Friday night practice. That practice proved to be a huge benefit to those that took advantage where none of the competitors in the series had ever competed at a dirt track. The driver that benefited the most was Johnny “Be Good” Newhouse, Newhouse took what he learned from the practice and applied to his race day setup taking the win in his heat race and main event. “The practice yesterday was huge for us. The truck was really starting to go away and Kendel (Woll) was all over me, I made it as wide as I could. This dirt racing is a blast,” Newhouse told the fans from the winners circle.

 

Woll slid his way to a second place finish in the main event. Woll spent the final six laps dicing with Newhouse for the lead but fell short by less than a truck length. While trying to make a move on Newhouse, Hannah Newhouse started the pressure on Woll a couple bump and run moves on Woll during the last three laps had fans on their feel cheering as the three drivers swapped paint all the way around the track. Hannah daughter to race winner John told race fans from her third place podium finish “This dirt racing is awesome. I want to come back and do it again, but I need to work out first my arms are about to fall off. This was so much fun”

 

Series point leader “JP” Johnny Pierre came into the event six points ahead of Hannah Newhouse in the battle for the championship. After his fourth place finish that lead dwindled to four points. “I’m just glad we finished where we did and I’m glad we were able to keep the point lead, Hannah’s tough she has been all year” Pierre told us as he swept the dirt out of the trailer before he loaded his truck.

 

Drew Reitsma look like he would be the driver to beat winning his heat race and adapting his driving style as the track changed. Reitsma being in the wrong place at the wrong time sent the driver to the pit area for repairs twice in the scheduled forty-lap main event possibly costing him the win. “Man I was really hanging it out there that was a blast.  I really wish we would have had a better finish. We defiantly had a great truck”. Reitsma took home a fifth place finish holding off rookie Jesse Anderson by a fender at the checkered flag.

 

John Newhouse took home the Century Motorsports and Marine event champion bonus while Kendel Woll and Hannah Newhouse shared the Sleep Solutions bonus. The Thompson Motorsports bonuses were shared between Johnny Pierre and Drew Reitsma. The top three finishers from this event are eligible for the Agri-Service bonus as the ASA Pro Truck series takes to Pocatello Raceway July 13, 2013 inPocatelloIdaho.

 

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Local driver recovers from spin, but can't win in ASA Pro Trucks



MERIDIAN, Idaho - John Wong nearly pulled off a 40-lap miracle Friday night at ASA-sanctioned Meridian Speedway, but Dan Doan didn't flinch.

In the sheet metal-optional ASA Pro Trucks, Wong, who had the shortest haul among his competitors, was carrying the local fans' hopes when he spun out early in the main event.

By the end of the rough-and-tumble race, though, the Parma, Idaho racer was knocking on the door for a victory after zooming past Jerome, Idaho's Drew Reitsma with a daring top-groove pass in Turn 3-4 with 10 laps to go.

Twin Falls, Idaho's Dan Doan held off Wong's hard charge from the high side, though, to win the first of two main events planned for the quarter-mile paved oval.

Doan drove a borrowed truck to the checkered flag.

"This (fellow Twin Falls driver) Alan Larson's truck, and he brings me up to drive this thing, and I'm grateful," Doan said. "He's a heck of a great guy.

"Meridian Speedway is awesome. I love this place."

The ASA Pro Trucks opened a two-day stay in the Treasure Valley when Larson passed rookie Kendal Woll of Buhl, Idaho halfway through their B Heat and went on to win.

In the A Heat, veteran Johnny "J.P." Pierre out-ran the field for the checkered flag.

The ASA Pro Trucks race again Saturday at Meridian Speedway.

Visit www.meridianspeedway.com for ticket prices and other information regarding Saturday's races.

The racetrack can be reached by phone at (208) 888-2813.



Meridian Speedway

ASA Pro Trucks

Friday's unofficial results

Main event (40 laps) - 1. Dan Doan, Twin Falls, Idaho; 2. John Wong, Parma, Idaho; 3. Drew Reitsma, Jerome, Idaho; 4. Tanner Wong, Parma; 5. Hannah Newhouse, Twin Falls



Heat races

(Eight laps each)

A Heat - 1. Johnny (J.P.) Pierre, Twin Falls, Idaho; 2. Dan Doan, Twin Falls; 3. Randy Hadlock, Elko, Nev.; 4. Hannah Newhouse, Twin Falls; 5. Scott Luttmer, Hagerman, Idaho

B Heat - 1. Alan Larson, Twin Falls; 2. John Wong, Parma, Idaho; 3. Tanner Wong, Parma; 4. Kendel Woll, Buhl, Idaho; 5. Drew Reitsma, Jerome, Idaho



Fast times

ASA Pro Trucks - John Wong, Parma, Idaho, 14.799 seconds



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Pierre gets the win and the wreck in wild Saturday night finish

 

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 Meridian 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 0.076 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

Still in the News

APRIL 21, 2013 9:00 PM  •  

 

It may have been a bit on the cool side Saturday night, but it didn’t take long for Johnny Pierre to heat things up at Magic Valley Speedway.

Early on, the American Speed Association Intermountain Pro Truck driver was the top qualifier of the night after posting a time of 16.186 seconds to the top of the scoreboard. Later he would finish second behind Doug Dugger in the heat race.

For the main, Pierre lined up at the rear of the field of 12 competitors. Just after lap four was completed, the No. 77 truck driven by Travis Monett got loose while fighting for the lead with Drew Reitsma. After the dust settled, Monett and Alan Larson had serious damage to their rides and would spend the rest of the evening in the pits.

Scott Luttmer, 2012 champion in the series, suffered damage to the No. 9 truck but was able to continue in the 50-lap event.

Jerry Rice was the race leader for the next dozen laps but when Reitsma and Jesse Anderson got together in turn four, Rice was also involved and would have to give up the lead to change a flattened right rear tire.

Pierre, who had the good fortune to only be a spectator of all the mayhem, soon took over the front-runner position for the remainder of the event.

Hannah Newhouse ran second until a rebounding Scott Luttmer took over the position with 12 laps to go.

“I saw Scott creeping up on me so I picked it up a little bit towards the end,” Pierre later said.

The decisive win was Pierre’s first at his hometown track.

“It was ugly out there at first and I was close to every one of those wrecks, but I was able to avoid them all. It ended up being a really good day for us; we’ll remember this one for awhile.”

Rice summed up his fourth place finish as “disappointing.”



ASA PRO TRUCKS SEASON PREVIEW

04/19/2013 By ASA Public Relations

The ASA Pro Trucks Series opens its 2013 campaign this weekend at Magic Valley Speedway, the 1/3-mile asphalt oval with 12 degrees of banking in the corners.


The 2013 schedule will feature 12 races at five tracks, including the series debut on dirt at Atomic Motor Raceway, the 1/3-mile dirt oval, in Atomic City, ID.


The ASA Pro Trucks Series is expecting 14 trucks this weekend in Twin Falls and according to Randy Kerr, the series promoter he is anticipating more than 20 different trucks running the series in 2013.


Amongst competitors, defending champion Scott Luttmer returns after not only securing the title but he ran all 526 series laps in 2012.


Joining Luttmer in the field will be series veterans like Jerry Rice, who finished just one point behind Luttmer in the final 2012 points standings; Doug Dugger (3rd in 2012); Alan Larson (5th); Drew Reitsma (6th); Johnny Pierre (7th), Kent Jensen (8th) and Dan Doan (12th). Hannah Newhouse, who finished fourth in 2012, will return to the series while also running the Rocky Mountain Challenge in 2013.


The series is also welcoming some newcomers for 2013, including Kendel Woll, a veteran racer at Magic Valley; Travis Monett, who will run both the ASA Pro Trucks and the Rocky Mountain Challenge in 2013. Additionally, Jeff Hillock of the Rocky Mountain Challenge has purchased an ASA Pro Truck that he will run this weekend and then plans on giving his crew members an opportunity to get behind the wheel at other events.


“We are excited about the 2013 season kicking off,” said Kerr. “But I love hearing the excitement in the voices of our competitors as we get closer to opening day. Being aligned with ASA has helped us accomplish our goal of being the top oval truck series in the Northwestern United States.”


Rounding out its 2013 schedule, the series is joining the “Horsepower Heaven” event at Rocky Mountain Raceways on May 11, where the series will be the feature division on the oval while the Jet Funny cars will highlight the drag strip on the very same night.


The schedule moves to Meridian Speedway for the "Diamond Cup,” the biggest event of the year for the speedway. Diamond Cup marks the first two-day (May 31 – June 1) show for the series in 2013.


The series then plans on "blowing up the dirt,” making its debut on dirt and at Atomic Motor Speedway on June 22. Kerr is the first to admit that the talk about racing on dirt started out as fun but quickly realized that his competitors were serious about the opportunity.


The series transitions from dirt to the smallest track on its schedule visiting Pocatello Speedway’s “NAPA Auto Parts Trucks & Trailers” event on July 13.


The series returns to Magic Valley on July 27th marking the half way point of the season.


The second half of the season returns the series to Rocky Mountain Raceways running with the Monster Trucks at Rocky Mountain Raceway for "ASA Pro Tucks and Monster Trucks" scheduled for August 10-11.


Another return to Meridian tied into the "Western Idaho Fair" is scheduled on August 24.


A fourth run at Rocky Mountain Raceways on September 7 marks the biggest event of the year for the series with competitors running a 120 Lap segmented race that includes racers and trucks from all over the western United States.


The 2013 season then closes on September 21 back where the season started at Magic Valley Speedway.

 

ASA Pro Trucks Crown Scott Luttmer as 2012 Champion

 

January 28, 2013

ASA Pro Trucks PR

Twin FallsIdaho

 

ASA Pro Truck driver Scott Luttmer crowned champion at the ASA Pro Truck Champions Banquet. Luttmer along with 14 other ASA Pro Truck teams make the trek to Cactus Petes Resort and Casino in Jackpot Nevada for the first banquet as an ASA partner series. Luttmer also received the Iron Man Award for completing all 526 laps of competition in 2012. He received a nice ASA Racing certificate, a Hoosier Racing Jacket, and a broken watch. Luttmer had an issue getting to the track on time in 2011 so the drivers pitched in and presented him with a clock at the 2011 Champions banquet. The same drivers felt it would be best if he went back to being late in 2013.

 

The ASA Pro Trucks joined by the Rocky Mountain Challenge series filled the Ruby Room of the casino. Guest speakers included Rocky Mountain Raceway General Manager Mike Eames and Former Magic Valley Speedway Promoter Steve York. Eames poked a little fun at Mike Minegar of the RMCS and Randy Kerr of the ASA Pro Trucks while talking about the value of both series’ to his facility and fans. York reminded us of our racing family and how it can be missed when you do not have it any more. He talked about His twenty plus year relationship and friendship with 2012 Rocky Mountain Challenge Series Champion Bruce Quale. Quale started his racing career at Magic Valley Speedway in 1991 with York as the promoter and picked up several MagicValley championships along the way.  

 

Alan Larson was presented the “Choice of Champions award” given in the spirit of Quale Racing. The award recognizes the sportsmanship and positive attitude towards not only the ASA Pro Trucks but racing in general. Larson also captured the award for Most Helpful to Others and his forth place finish in the series standings.

 

Falling one point short of the championship former and defending champion Jerry Rice congratulated Luttmer, thanked his family and crew. He was awarded a plaque for the “Most Fun to Race Against”

 

Collecting a door prize of a 2013 ASA Touring series Membership made the night for Doug Dugger. Dugger also took home a third place finish in the point standing. Dugger thanked Larson racing for allowing him to race the truck. His teammates were presented with a special paint remover designed to only remove the paint from the #1 Dugger racing truck.

 

Rising star Hannah Newhouse collected a forth place finish and an award for the Best Looking Driver. Newhouse was picked on for taking advantage for the unique point system allowing her to miss several races and collect the points from a substitute driver.

 

For the first time in the history of the series two “Iron Man” awards were presented. With the second going to Drew Reitsma, Reitsma also completed all 526 laps of competition and took home the award for Most Improved Driver.

 

Other winners included Johnny Pierre for Favorite Driver among his peers. Dan Doan for the Hard Charger, Jeff Pohlman took home Best Looking Crew and the door prize of a Hoosier 970 Race Tire presented by Hoosier and Agri-Service. Sam Harris was awarded Hard Luck award. Series Director Randy Kerr offered a stirring stick referring to Harris’ ability to stir the pot. Kent Jensen won Best Looking Truck for the second year.

 

Century Motorsports and Marine along with Sleep Solutions and Sharp Transportation, announced plans to be part of the ASA Pro Truck Family in 2013. Agri-Service, Champion Produce, Hoosier Tire and K J’s Pharmacy all announced plans to continue the partnerships they have already formed for the up and coming season.

 

Luttmer gets it done by ONE point in the ASA Pro Truck Series

 

 

 

ASA Pro Trucks PR

Twin Falls Idaho

September 26th 2012

 

 

 

Scott Luttmer of Hagerman Idaho brought home his first series championship in the ASA Pro Trucks. Luttmer came into the night with a narrow fourteen-point lead over defending champion Jerry Rice. Rice out qualified Luttmer opening the door for Rice to gain more passing points than Luttmer in the main event. Both drivers found themselves in the same eight lap heat race, Luttmer had the advantage starting ahead of Rice. He held on and gained another two points making it a sixteen-point gap for the championship. Going into the main event Rice started in the twelfth starting position while Luttmer started sixth. With one point per position gained and two points for each finishing position Rice needed to beat Luttmer by five positions to take the point lead and championship. Rice used the style and grace he has all year to slowly pick his way to the front. Rice caught Luttmer and passed him on lap nineteen. By lap twenty-five he was in third fighting John Newhouse for the second position. Newhouse driving to gain daughter Hannah points in the series fought hard for the position the side-by-side action had fans on the edge of there seats. Rice got the pass done on lap thirty-three chopping another two points out of the gap in the championship battle. Looking back through the field Rice was now two points from winning the championship. Pole sitter Doug Dugger had broke away from the field and it looked like it might take a caution for Rice to catch him. Rice kept digging lap after lap. Dabree in turn one, it was high on the track would it bring the caution needed, no, ASA Pro Truck officials said it’s out of the racing groove let it finish. Rice kept charging closer every lap, lap forty-three he is on the bumper. He gives him the bumper he has the pass. Rice takes over the lead with five laps to go. While Rice was charging after Dugger Luttmer was setting his pace capturing two positions gaining the point lead by ONE points over Rice and Capturing his first Championship in the ASA Pro Truck Series. “Man I knew it was going to be close we unloaded and we were junk, the crew worked really hard to make it good for the main. This one is for you Ryan” Luttmer exclaimed. Ryan, former crew chief and son is in Guatemala on a mission. 

 

 

 

The efforts by Doug Dugger didn’t go un-noticed as he lost the fight with Rice he was able to hold onto that second place finish and propel into a third place finish in the final point standings. John Newhouse finished third and Helping Hannah move into the fourth position in the final standings.  Johnny Pierre finished the race in fifth “This feels good after the struggle we’ve had. It’s good to go into the off season with a top five finish” said Pierre in post race inspection. Alan Larson rounded off the top five in points after a sixth place finish in the main event.

 

 

 

Official 2012 standing are listed below. Be sure to visit our website at www.asa-pro-trucks.com and our Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/AsaProTrucks

 

 

 

Official ASA Pro Truck  2012 Point Standings

 

 

Scott

 

 

Luttmer

 

 

311

 

 

Jerry

 

 

Rice

 

 

310

 

 

Doug

 

 

Dugger

 

 

253

 

 

Hannah

 

 

Newhouse

 

 

251

 

 

Alan

 

 

Larson

 

 

245

 

 

Drew

 

 

Reitsma

 

 

241

 

 

Johnny

 

 

Pierre

 

 

208

 

 

Dan

 

 

Doan

 

 

165

 

 

Jeff

 

 

Pohlman

 

 

128

 

 

Sam

 

 

Harris

 

 

124

 

 

John

 

 

Wong

 

 

113

 

 

Kent

 

 

Jensen

 

 

107

 

 

Bo

 

 

Sharp

 

 

69

 

 

Hubbard

 

 

Shane

 

 

60

 

 

Cutler

 

 

Ed

 

 

56

 

 

Larson

 

 

Kevan

 

 

37

 

 

Kendall

 

 

Kendall

 

 

38

 

 

Reeves

 

 

Steve

 

 

18

 

 

Lathem

 

 

Bobby

 

 

17

 

 

Hillock

 

 

Jeff

 

 

11

 

 

Fleishman

 

 

Dave

 

 

9

 

 

Radmall

 

 

Chad

 

 

7

 

 

Wong

 

 

Tanner

 

 

5

 

 

Phelps

 

 

Cecil

 

 

2

 

 

  

 

 

Agri-Service Presents Double Main Events for the ASA Pro Truck at MagicValleySpeedway

ASA Pro Trucks PR

Twin Falls Id

July 19, 2012

 

   The ASA Pro Trucks will be in action this Saturday night at Magic Valley Speedway as Agri-Service Presents the two Main Events. Agri-Service has had a long time commitment to the ASA Pro Trucks. The Larson Racing / Agri-Service team has fielded as many as four trucks in a single event and has supported the series financially for several years. Alan Larson driver of the number 14 Agri-Service ASA Pro Truck says “This is just fun, It’s a great group of guys” Larson comes off an awesome finish at Rocky Mountain Raceway where he was challenging for the lead with less than ten laps to go. Dan Doan driver of the number 71 Larson Racing Pro truck says he feels so fortunate to be a part of a team that goes to the track and has fun. Doug Dugger is scheduled to field the Agri-Service number 1 Pro Truck Saturday night and feels like he’s starting to get a handle on what the truck wants from him and is looking forward to another night with his teammates.  

   Jerry Rice comes into the event as the point leader with a thirty-one point lead over Drew Reitsma. Both Rice and Reitsma have had solid finishes all season. “We just need to learn to Qualify better, If we can get that done I think we can get more points every race” said Reitsma. The ASA Pro Trucks invert from Qualifying and award passing points based on a drivers starting and finishing positions. Rice has had the ability to qualify well, start at or towards the rear and finish at or near the top every race.

    Holding down third place in the points, Scott Luttmer comes into the double mains with what could be more confidence than any other driver in the series. Luttmer has the only win at MagicValley in 2012 in the truck series and had the fastest lap in the last event at Rocky Mountain Raceway.

   Hannah Newhouse sits fourth heading into Saturday night and will be sitting behind the wheel for both main events. With the unique scoring system the ASA Pro Trucks use Newhouse has gathered points with her father John behind the wheel at Meridian and in the last event at Rocky Mountain Raceway Rob Powers helped to keep Newhouse in the point hunt. “AS of today Hannah has raced half of the events. That is the requirement to be the “Primary” driver getting the points for the truck. She will have to maintain that percentage to keep her standings at the end of the season.” Said series Promoter Randy Kerr.

   “I think we learned some stuff in the last race, we have really struggled this year and just can’t seem to get the consistency we have had in the past” is what Johnny Pierre had to say about the season so far. Pierre has finished second in points the last two years in a row and comes into Saturday night sitting fifth in the standings.

    The green flag is scheduled to fall at 6:30 kicking off all the racing action at Magic Valley Speedway. MagicValleySpeedway is located one mile west of the Twin FallsAirport. The ASA Pro Trucks will be the featured division and are scheduled to race two main events.

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ASA Pro Trucks Jerry Rice is just so meticulous

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July 7th 2012

 

 

 

 

 

“Rice is just so meticulous making his way through the field. I enjoyed watching him make his way from eighth to first. I really though (Alan) Larson had something for him but, Rice is just so smooth.” Mike Eames General Manager of Rocky Mountain Raceway explained after the ASA Pro Truck Main Event. 

It was a Green White Checker race for the ASA Pro Trucks. Forty laps without a caution made for some exciting racing. Sam Harris lead the first half and the most laps of the main event. Johnny Pierre took the lead from Harris but it only lasted four laps before Rice came knocking on the door. Rice captured the lead on lap twenty-four and led the rest of the way but not without a fight. Larson made a late run on Rice and at one point event got along side for several laps but just didn’t have enough to make the pass. With only four to go Scott Luttmer took second place away from Larson and set his sites on Rice. “Three more laps, if I just had three laps I think I could have got it. We were just so good once we got out of traffic,” Said Luttmer. Luttmer held the fast lap of the race with a 17.125 two tenths of a second faster than anyone else in the field. Rice went on to capture his second win of the season and maintain his point lead. Larson came home third and Pierre followed him across the line. “After what we had in practice today I feel great about a top five finish, I was more nervous taking the green in this race than I’ve been in years. We were so bad that we changed more than we ever had and I just had no idea what to expect. I just didn’t want to be that guy starting towards the front and causing the big one. After about two or three laps I was like I think we’ve got something,” explained Pierre. 

Rob Powers, former ASA Pro 4 West – Late Model Lite Champion made his debut in the ASA Pro Trucks racing the Hannah Newhouse number 46. “These trucks are a lot of fun. It took a little to figure out how much break to use and how far to let it roll in. I might have to get one of these, it’s a lot of fun” as Powers reflected on the race. With the unique point system Newhouse will received the points Power earns as long as she runs most of the events. Powers brought home a solid fifth place finish. 

Shane Hubbard and Bobby Lathem made their first 2012 start and Bo Sharp and Kent Jensen made their second. All four suffered mechanical issues. Hubbard and Sharp started at the rear of the thirteen-truck field. “We just have to get the bugs out of the truck we only raced it once last season so we have so work to do” said Hubbard after coming in early with a seal issue on the right front rotor. Sharp suffered transmission problems while Lathem came in with a flat tire. Jensen was able to finish on the lead lap but was too loose to make any challenges. “I was just holding on” 

Drew Reitsma won the first heat race. Doug Dugger and Rice battled hard in the second heat race and the near photo finish had Dugger by 0.010 seconds over Rice. The excitement in the announcers voice said it all as he exclaimed “That was so AWESOME I don’t event know who won that was so close” Grabbing the win gave Dugger the “Cool Move of the Race” award. Dugger will be presented with a $50 gift certificate to Ultra Cool Brake Fans. Ultra Cool is a proud supporter of the ASA Racing and the ASA Pro Truck Series. Ultra Cool can be found at www.ultracoolbrakefans.com. 

The ASA Pro Trucks will return to action at Magic Valley Speedway on July 21st. It will be the first event of the twenty twelve season where fans can see the ASA Pro Trucks running Double Main Events. For the latest news and updates visit our website at www.ASA-Pro-Trucks.com and become a Face book fan at www.facebook.com/asaprotrucks. To learn more about ASA Racing visit www.asa-racing.com 

 

 

ASA Pro Trucks WOW the fans at Meridian Speedway. 
ASA Pro Trucks PR June 24th 2012 

In the first of only two stops at Meridian Speedway, fans were treated to some action packed, door to door, side-by-side, hard core racing action on the tight quarter mile bullring. A-Heat Race winner Johnny Pierre and Alan Larson broke away from the field early in the fifty lap main event but the first caution for a single car spin on lap twenty quickly eliminated the quarter lap lead they had built over the field. After another twenty-one laps of hard racing, the fender of the Larson truck came loose landing in the middle of the backstretch bringing out the second caution and setting up the field for a nine-lap shootout. “I think everyone could see a new opportunity to win with the double file cone restart, you know those things always create excitement for the fans and usually cost a few drivers a fender or two. I think we made four attempts before getting to lap forty-two and had three or four trucks in the pits with damage. You really hate to see it but it really was just hard racing. In a series, that has so many trucks that essentially run the same lap times you can see some of it coming. As much as we hate to admit it the fans or a huge part of them seemed to love it. I could hear them all the way in the pits,” said series director Randy Kerr after the race. When it all shook out, John Newhouse found his way to the winners circle. Newhouse captured the most points in the night. This is something you would not think too much about where he was competing in his first start of the season but, the unique substitute program the ASA Pro Trucks have allows Hannah Newhouse to get the points as long as she competes in more than half of the total races in the season in the same truck. Hannah running a local Late Model program had a race and could not be at both races. She brought home a win in the Late Model while her father took her truck to Victory Lane in Meridian. 

Point leader Jerry Rice maintained his point lead with his second place finish. “Running side-by-side with Drew (Reitsma) was a blast! He is so much fun to run with, you know he will race you hard and clean and it’s just fun. On that one restart I was outside of Johnny and I knew I didn’t have anything for him but, I had to mess with him” as Rice smiled talking about leaning on Newhouse on the last restart. Reitsma maintained second in the season standings with another top three finish coming across the line just four hundredths of a second behind Rice. Reitsma has not been outside of the top three all season. 

After one win and a disappointing finish at Rocky Mountain Raceway Scott Luttmer was able to salvage a fourth place finish after being what is sometimes called the meat in the sandwich on the last restart. Luttmer found himself in the middle of a three wide and was able to drop out of it and slide past both the other trucks after they singled back out. That move earned Luttmer the “Cool Move of the Race” award presented with a $50 gift certificate to Ultra Cool Brake Fans. Ultra Cool is a proud supporter of the ASA Racing and the ASA Pro Truck Series. Ultra Cool can be found at www.ultracoolbrakefans.com. 

Johnny Pierre held on for a fifth place finish. “I feel really bad for my crew these guys work there tails off and we have been really fast because of it. I just can’t seem to get the finishes they deserve.” Pierre has wasted no time getting to the front early in the races but his finishes do not reflect the crew, driver or trucks ability. 

The ASA Pro Trucks will return to action at Rocky Mountain Raceway on July 7th. It will be the only event of the twenty twelve season where fans can see the ASA Pro Trucks and the Rocky Mountain Challenge series on the same night. For the latest news and updates visit our website at www.ASA-Pro-Trucks.com and become a Face book fan at www.facebook.com/asaprotrucks. 

Defending Champion Jerry Rice takes the win and point lead at Horsepower Heaven in the ASA Pro Truck Series.

TWIN FALLS, ID (Tuesday May 15th, 2012) - Horsepower Heaven at Rocky Mountain Raceway included the ASA Pro Trucks as part of the oval track action. Defending series Champion Jerry Rice did his part making sure the fans got to see an action packed race. Rice started 12th in the field and made his way to the lead on lap twenty-eight of the forty lap main event. The combination of his main event win, passing points and heat race points propelled Rice into the season point standings lead. 

Drew Reitsma had his best Rocky Mountain Raceway finish bringing home second after winning his heat race. Sam Harris had his best finish at Rocky Mountain Raceway coming across the line just three tenths of a second behind Reitsma. Harris had made it as high as second but with a green white checkered finish. Harris chose the outside grove in an attempt to give Rice a run for the win. Rice got the jump on the restart and Reitsma hung with his following him to the line.

Jeff Pohlman was able to hold on for a fourth place finish after spending much of the practice time in the pits with carburetion issues. Johnny Pierre offered up the much needed carburetor allowing Pohlman to race. Pohlman was given a little heat at the drivers meeting and was given a Hot Pink Childs Booster Seat! “Jeff said he was having trouble seeing over the dash and hood last week and that is why he kept hitting the back of Rice, so we decided he needed an official ASA Pro Truck Booster seat” said series director Randy Kerr in the drivers meeting. “I think sometimes you can make a point without making it a huge issue, Jeff asked me after the meeting if he could pass it on if anyone else deserved it. I also noticed he really didn’t use his bumper during the race so, I guess it worked” said Kerr after the event.

Alan Larson rounded out the top five after setting the pace in the second practice session. “We haven’t really worked on the car much, I was building a shop and just didn’t have the time. Dugger came over this week and we lowered the truck like 4 inches. It really turns a lot better now” said Larson after the second practice.

Several driver made their season debut. Kent Jensen brought out the number 11 and had made his way up to the fourth position before contact with Scott Luttmer sent the two to the back of the field with only two laps left in the race. Bo Sharp returned in the teams backup truck after having trouble getting the new body mounted on the primary truck. Sharp was able to set fast time putting him at the rear of the field for the start of the race. Sharp motored the truck to a seventh place finish. Chad Radmall brought the number zero out for the first time in three years. “I’m just a little rusty, when it started going around all I could think was stay on the gas and try to get out of the way” said Radmall after spinning the truck exiting turn four while leading the race.

Rice was presented with a $50 gift certificate to Ultra Cool Brake Fans. Ultra Cool is a proud supporter of the ASA Racing and the ASA Pro Truck Series. Ultra Cool can be found at www.ultracoolbrakefans.com

The ASA Pro Trucks return to action June 2nd 2012 at Magic Valley Speedway on the third mile oval. The ASA Pro Trucks will be the feature division with a fifty lap main event scheduled. 

For the latest news and updates visit our website at www.ASA-Pro-Trucks.com and become a Facebook fan atwww.facebook.com/asaprotrucks.

 
ASA Pro Truck PR Twin Falls, Idaho April 29, 2012  
 
Defending event winner Scott Luttmer proves he has not forgotten what it takes to win. After taking the checkered flag in the season opener in 2011 the winners circle, Luttmer had failed to find the winners circle again. After a sixth place Qualifying effort Luttmer started in the fourth starting position. By lap four Luttmer grabbed the lead away from Doug Dugger and never looked back.

 It looked like Fast Qualifier and former Champion Jeff Pohlman would be the man to beat moving up to third place by lap seven. By lap thirteen Pohlman and defending Champion Jerry Rice had been battling hard. Contact between the two had been going on for several laps when the two got together and Dugger saw an opportunity to gain a position or two. As Dugger made the move he and Pohlman got together sending both trucks to the pits while bringing out the only caution in the forty lap main event. Pohlman was able to return remaining on the lead lap but suspension damage kept him from being the threat for the win in the remaining laps. “We had a really good truck tonight it’s too bad it turned out the way it did. I hoped to put it in the winners circle for Johnny” Pohlman was driving a truck for Johnny Newhouse, the truck is for sale and Newhouse felt Pohlman was a good choice to show the trucks ability. “I knew it was a good truck and Jeff was a good driver but when Hannah (Newhouse) had fast time and Jeff knocked her off the pole I felt really good about having both trucks one and two but had hoped Hannah would have had the fast time.” Newhouse started at the rear next to Pohlman and the fifteen year old made a great run moving as high as second before the handling went away dropping her back to a fourth place finish. This is Newhouse’s first start in a truck in twenty twelve but her third at Magic Valley Speedway this season. In her Thompson Motorsports Super Stock Newhouse has already claimed a win and a third. This event givers her three top fives in as many events. 
  
Defending Champion Jerry Rice finished second but not without a lot of pressure from Drew Reitsma. “If we just would have had another five or ten laps I think I could have gotten him” said Reitsma after the race. 

 Johnny Pierre rounded out the top five. “ I went low to avoid the Dugger Pohlman deal and we must have bent something in the suspension, we were really good just buying time and after dropping off the track it just didn’t handle the same”. Pierre was determined the winner of the “Cool Move of the Race” for is evasive actions missing the wreck in front of him. Pierre was presented with a fifty dollar gift certificate to Ultra Cool Brake Fans. Ultra Cool is a proud supporter of the ASA Racing and the ASA Pro Truck Series. Ultra Cool can be found at www.ultracoolbrakefans.com

 The ASA Pro Trucks return to action May 12th 2012 at Rocky Mountain Raceway in West Valley Utah. Visit www.rmrracing.com for complete detail as the ASA Pro Trucks will be competing in the first ever “Horsepower Heaven” where the Drag Strip and Oval will be running on the same night.

 For the latest news and updates visit our website at www.ASA-Pro-Trucks.com and become a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/asaprotrucks 

ASA PRO TRUCKS SIGNS LONG-TERM LICENSING AGREEMENT WITH ASA RACING

Kevin Ramsell/ASA Racing PR 

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (release date) – ASA President Dennis Huth announced a long-term agreement today with the ASA Pro Trucks. The Series formerly known as the Intermountain Pro Trucks joins the ASA Family of sanctioned series. 

“This is an incredible opportunity for our series,” Randy Kerr, ASA Pro Trucks Promoter said. “Our agreement with ASA Racing will help take our series to a new level. This is a great way for us to move forward. Our long-term arrangement will help us accomplish our goal of being recognized as the top oval truck series competing in Idaho and Utah.” 

The name change will also help re-brand the series in order to gain more identity. “We have been looking at changing our name from the Intermountain Pro Trucks to just the Pro Trucks,” Kerr explained. “When we started talking to Dennis Huth about being sanctioned with ASA, the ASA Pro Trucks name sounded perfect with our long term goals.” 

The ASA Pro Trucks becomes the third regional truck series sanctioned by ASA. They join the ASA Truck Series that competes in the Southwest and the ASA Midwest Truck Tour. 

Kerr and Huth have a friendship that goes back to when Huth was involved in the creation of the NASCAR Truck Series in the 1990’s. “I still remember being at Mesa Marin when Dennis made the announcement,” Kerr recalled. “Who would have thought how far oval truck racing has come since that announcement.” 

“Everyone at ASA Racing welcomes Randy Kerr and the ASA Pro Trucks to our family of ASA Member Tracks and Series,” Huth said. “The ASA Pro Trucks have put on some of the best competitive side-by-side racing. Our ASA Member Track promoters speak very highly of their professionalism and great entertaining shows that they provide for their fans. We look forward to our long-term and successful relationship.” 

The 2012 ASA Pro Trucks schedule will have ten events at three different tracks. Two of which are ASA Member Tracks. They will kick off their season on Saturday, April 28 at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, ID. 

They will be a part of Rocky Mountain Raceways “Horsepower Heaven” event on Saturday, May 12. A special night where the ASA Member Track in West Valley City, UT will have racing both on RMR’s Super Oval and drag strip. 

They will make another visit to Magic Valley Speedway on June 9 followed by their first visit of the season to Meridian Speedway, an ASA Member Track in Meridian, ID, on June 23. 

They will be back at Rocky Mountain Raceways on July 7 followed by another appearance to Magic Valley on July 21. 

After a short break, they will make their third visit to Rocky Mountain Raceways on August 11 and then a second visit to Meridian Speedway on August 25. 

The ninth event on the schedule will take place at Rocky Mountain Raceways on September 8. This event will be an invitational 100-lap segmented race with an invert for each segment. A lucky fan will draw for the invert in each segment. 

The 2012 Champion will be crowned at their season finale at Magic Valley Speedway on September 22. 

Fans can visit the new ASA Pro Truck Series website at www.asa-pro-trucks.com 

To learn more about the ASA Member Tracks and Sanctioned Series in your area, please visit www.asa-racing.com. Follow ASA Racing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/american.speed.assoc and on Twitter at @ASARacing. 

You can also look for the nearest ASA Member Track, get the weekend schedule, ASA Series information right on your smartphone by downloading the ASA Racing App for the iPhone and Android phones for free. Just search for ASA Racing on iTunes and the Android Market and get the app today for FREE! 

The American Speed Association started as a single racing series in 1968 and is a fast growing racing sanctioning body today. The ASA Member Track program sanctions dirt and asphalt short tracks along with road courses around the United States, as well as a variety of regional and national touring series. For more information call (386) 258-2221, or send an email to info@asa-racing.com. The latest news and information from all the racetracks and tours involved in the ASA can be found by visiting www.ASA-Racing.com. 

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 News from the past

Intermountain Pro Truck Drivers Honored at 2011 Champions Banquet     

December 25th 2011
Twin Falls Idaho  

 A BIG Thank You to the sponsor’s, supporters above all the drivers started the banquet and set the tone for the night. Thank You plaques from both the Intermountain Pro Truck and the Rocky Mountain Challenge series were presented to Mike Eames of Rocky Mountain Raceway and Ashley McKean of Magic Valley Speedway.     

Most Effort Displayed winner Lou Anderson was the only driver inside the top twelve that did not make the event.    

 The Old Timer Award was given to Harold Wartluft right out of the box. Along with his plaque he was given a 5 hour energy drink to help keep him awake during the awards.    

Bo Sharp was honored with the Most Improved driver award. Bo wrapped up the season with 1 win, 3 top 3 and 5 top 5 finishes in his rookie season.   

Fielding a four truck team has to be about four times as hard as fielding one but the hard work didn’t slow Alan Larson down. Spreading himself thin may have hand an effect on his finishes but it didn’t stop him from having a good time keeping many teams laughing and in good spirits. Larson was honored as the Most Helpful to Others.

 

 

The Sportsman of the Year honor went to Drew Reitsma, Reitsma was always having fun both on and off the track. Reitsma would run you as hard as anyone on the track but he had he ability to push you hard without ever touching you.

 

 

 

Without a doubt the best looking truck had to be the number 11 driven by Kent Jensen. Jensen takes pride in the way his truck looks and added something new every week just to make it look even better. The last addition of 2011 included anodized wheels to match the blue paint on the truck.

 

 

 

Reitsma and Jensen were both held at the side of the stage while series promoter Randy Kerr talked about how fun the season was and how on the last night a fight was staged. Kerr talked about the acting skills of some of the drivers in the series. After learning, Jensen and Reitsma were behind the staged fight he decided they deserved an award and presented them both with a Golden Globe Award for best actor. The globe with a gold base held a picture of the drivers.

 

 

 

Sam Harris was presented the Hard Charger award. Harris in part earned the award for his determination both on and off the track. After receiving the award, Kerr pulled out a fish net bag with two big beach balls with directions for Harris. The directions were to install them on the back of his truck as a reminder to other drivers; if you hit me, I have the biggest set when it comes to chasing you down.

 

The Mechanic of the Year award went to Shane Prince, Prince at one point or another pretty much had his hand on every truck in the series. Prince has an unique ability to make these trucks go fast. As the crew chief of the number 11 he set track records at two of the three track this season and held several fast time awards. 

 

 

The only girls and youngest driver in the series captured the Rookie of the Year honors. The battle came down to the last race of the season and Newhouse kept her cool and brought the honors home. Newhouse showing she has part of her fathers racing abilities on the track made sure we knew she also had her fathers speaking abilities as she jumped right in from of the microphone and talked about her season, family and crew. As she was leaving the stage Kerr called her back. He talked about her abilities on the track and how in the beginning of the season she was viewed as a young girl, then as a girl and as the season progressed even further as just a driver. Being the only female in the series to be viewed as just another driver was an honor and was presented with two tennis balls on a rope to hang in her truck reflecting she was just like the boys.

 

 

 

Chief Steward Tom “Pappy” Kerr was honored with a plaque and Hoosier Racing jacket for successfully completing “Twenty Seasons of Pissing Racers Off”

 

 

Third place in points went to Scott Luttmer. Luttmer took home the first win of the season and had three top five finishes. Luttmer thanked his family and sponsors for all the support. Along with a trophy Luttmer was given a large brass alarm clock. The clock was set two hours fast and Scott was given directions to leave the time alone, set it on the dash of his hauler and with a little luck maybe it would help him to make first practice.

 A Choice of Champions award was introduced to the Intermountain Pro Trucks. This was the biggest trophy and was awarded for representing our series above and beyond. Several drivers and crew members were considered but one stood out both on and off the track. He brought several people to see our races that had never seen oval track racing. He brought several potential sponsors to races in an effort to support the series he loves. When Dan Doan was given the award he talked about how grateful he was to be driving a truck owned by Alan Larson and how much fun he had racing this season.  

 

 

“J P” Johnny Pierre made his way to the stage to receive his runner up award in his championship battle. Pierre admitted he was the “Brides Maid” yet again and congratulated Jerry Rice and Zan Sharp on their respective championships. He thanked his family and supporters and vowed to be back to battle for a championship yet again in 2012. An envelope sitting between the pillars of the trophy said “J P Congratulations” When asked to open it he hesitated but peer pressure prevailed as he opened it to find a garter and a G-String with the words “Brides Maid” embroidered on the front. Everyone had a good laugh but we were unsuccessful getting him to model them.

Jerry Rice was honored with his championship as well as collecting the “Iron Man” award. Rice was the only driver in 2011 to complete every lap of competition. Rice talked about the level of competition in the series and was thankful for the luck he had during the season. A transmission failure and several other little things had to be overcome but they all happened during practice. He talked about JP and his lack of luck during the season. Rice received a Hoosier Racing jacket along with his plaque and trophy. Before leaving the stage Rice was given a boat anchor with a note that said we don’t suspect this will slow you down but you will be required to mount it to the back bumper of the truck in 2012.

 

 

In closing Kerr announced the tentative schedule would be put out between Christmas and New Years. He talked about “A Double Main” at Magic Valley, Racing Trucks on Monster Truck night at Rocky Mountain, Inviting the South West Tour Trucks to Rocky Mountain for a 100 lap segmented race.

 
 
 
 
 
A Night of Firsts for the Intermountain Pro Trucks

Meridian Speedway sits on property owned by the Meridian Dairy Board, so nothing could be more fitting than for a dairy boy to take a win. Twenty-two year old Drew Reitsma of Jerome, Idaho took his Reitsma Holstein and Dairy sponsored race truck to the winners circle for the Heat-Dash in the first race of the night. The Heat-Dash is unique and was a first for the Truck Series drivers. Running for valuable heat race points and racing for a trophy presented by Edmark Auto Group. Reitsma got a little taste of what it was like to talk to a packed house and get his picture in the winner's circle. That little taste just might have been the fire he needed to try to add another first to his resume. The stage was set and with 50 laps scheduled for the main event, it would be a battle to get to the front and stay there. Reitsma did just that taking an early lead and building his lead lap by lap. With forty laps in the books and a quarter lap lead, the field was covered and the win was surely in the bag. Then it came...Alan Larson had a tire go down taking him into the turn three wall, causing the caution flag to fly. The gap was gone and the shoot-out was on. The restart cone came out and Dan Doan (winner of the second Heat-Dash) had his chance. Doan took the outside when the cone came out. Fast Qualifier and new Track Record Holder Jerry Rice had made his way from his 12th starting position to third. Rice grabbed the inside hoping to make a move down low before the ten laps were over. The race was on with Doan on the outside getting a nose at the line for the first seven laps before slipping back, allowing Rice to make his move. The White Flag was out and Rice dove to the inside coming off turn two. The trucks hit, bringing both trucks sideways off the turn down the backstretch. Into turn three, Reitsma had the lead, and the fans were on their feet as he captured his first Main Event win in the series. "It was my first trip to Meridian but we held on and did good," he said after the race. Adam Nelson, speedway promoter, told fans a race truck sponsored by Reitsma Holsteins just won a race on a track owned by the Meridian Dairy Board. "You just won your first race in a truck on the Meridian dairy grounds." Reitsma thought that was pretty cool. Doan held on for a solid third place finish. Kent Jensen captured his second consecutive top five finish taking home fourth. Bo Sharp rounded out the top five and moved into fourth in the point standings only one point out of third.
Reitsma became the fifth different main event winner in the five races so far this season. Next stop will be at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho on July 23rd. For a chance to win tickets to the next event, find us on Facebook and click like. Find the post and copy it into your status. Let us know you did it and you are entered to win TEN tickets to see the Intermountain Pro Trucks in action.


Intermountain Pro Trucks headline at Meridian Speedway
The Intermountain Pro Trucks return to Meridian Speedway in style with 14 trucks expected to take the green flag. "This event has a lot of buzz around it. No one really knows what to expect where the trucks haven't raced at Meridian sense the track has been resurfaced and reconfigured. I'm confident it will be an awesome event," said series promoter Randy Kerr when asked about the upcoming event. Adam Nelson of Meridian Speedway says "Everyone is looking forward to seeing the trucks race here. Our fans haven't seen the trucks in a long time and I think we will have a lot of fans for this race".
The 2011 season has seen four events so far and has produced some of the most exciting short track racing any fan would want to see. The four events have produced as many winners. The closest being Doug Duggers win at Rocky Mountain Raceway with a difference of four one hundredths of a second that's less than a blink of an eye for the win. Scott Luttmer took the first main event win of the season but, has struggled to find the right combination to repeat. Luttmer will have his plate full Saturday as he follows his son's ball games in the Treasure Valley all morning before heading to the track to race Saturday night. Defending Champion Jerry Rice captured the illusive checkered flag in the last outing at his home track. Rice not only took the checkered flag for the win but gained some valuable passing points as he charged from his 13th starting position. Those points were just what he needed to move into the point lead. Rice knows to maintain his point lead he will need to qualify well and show a lot of patients in the scheduled 50 lap main event.
The series has ran over 250 green flag laps so far this season with only three cautions. Every lap has produced side-by-side racing action dazzling fans both young and old. The series is proud to be known for a training ground for up and coming stars of NASCAR. Currently competing are the series "Young Guns" they consist of fourteen year old Hannah Newhouse of Twin Falls Idaho. Newhouse has three top five finishes in her first four starts. She has taken home a heat race win and is the only female in the series. Next up is Tanner Wong of Parma Idaho, Wong has a long history of racing starting in go-karts at an early age. Wong, sixteen has taken home a heat race win and a top five and two top ten finishes in his three starts. Bo Sharp of Wellsville Utah was the first to claim a Main Event win taking home the checkered flag at his home track, Rocky Mountain Raceway on May 7th. Rounding out the "Young Guns" is Dallas Montes. Montes at 18 made a stop to run the Intermountain Pro Trucks and add the series and track to his resume as he headed to North Carolina to become part of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program. These Young Guns have some great competition and some of the best drivers they could want to learn from. With more than half the series regulars holding championships they take a lot of pride in not only competing against each other but teaching the younger drivers how to get to the front.
The Intermountain Pro Trucks drivers and fans alike have shown an incredible amount of excitement as we "Race through the 2011 season". The schedule consists of nine events in the 2011 season. We will mark our half waypoint this Saturday night at Meridian Speedway. This is the first of two events at the famed oval. With four events at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls Idaho, three events at Rocky Mountain Raceways in Salt Lake City Utah, the truck series makes for true regional racing.
The series is a stand out among the traveling series because of the unique style of race vehicle. We have the only series in the region that races trucks. Our format is unique as well with a full field invert putting the fastest truck to the rear of the field for the main event. This ensures race fans lots of action on the way to the checkered flag.

 

 

 

Dugger had to dig hard for the Memorial Day win at Rocky Mountain Raceways

 

Intermountain Pro Trucks

Twin Falls Idaho

June 1st 2011

    Four one hundredths of a second, that was the gap between first and second in the Intermountain Pro Truck main event. Doug Duggerset his sights on a Memorial Day victory and had to fight hard as Lou Anderson gave him a run they will both remember for a long time to come. Dugger took the lead from his sixth starting position on lap fourteen. Anderson was the big mover of the race starting deep in the sixteen truck field and catching the tailgate of Dugger on lap eighteen. By lap twenty five Anderson made his way to the outside of Duggerand the two ran side-by-side for the remaining fifteen laps of the forty lap main event. “He ran me really clean” was what both drivers had to say after the main event.

   The series “Young Guns” rounded out the top five with Tanner Wong holding down a commanding third place finish. Wong took his first series victory bringing home the win in his heat race. The series youngest and only female driver Hannah Newhouse tied her best main event finish taking home fourth. Rocky Mountain Raceway defending race winner Bo Sharp held on for his second top five finish of the season.

    Defending Champion Jerry Rice suffered issues early in the day and after a transmission swap in the pits, Intermountain Pro Truck officials were able to get a few safety laps approved.  After only four laps of practice Rice was able to qualify second fast right behind Kent Jensen. Jensen shattered the season fast time at Rocky Mountain with a blistering 16.518 with an average speed of over 81 miles per hour. “Wow the G-Force was incredible I knew that was a fast lap, Shane (Prince) does an awesome job setting this thing up” Jensen set the fast lap of the race but would come home ninth right behind Scott Luttmer and Dan Doan. Point Leader Johnny Pierre rounded out the top ten after becoming the first of the season to take home two heat race wins. Rice was able to close the gap to one point going into the next event at Magic Valley Speedway on June 25th.

 

Intermountain Pro Trucks Race Back to Utah for Memorial Day

 

Twin Falls Idaho.

May 25th 2011

 

    The Intermountain Pro Trucks return to action for the first and only Monday race on the 2011 schedule. This Monday marks Memorial Day and the Pro Trucks are honored to be a part of the festivities at Rocky Mountain Raceways. A season record eighteen trucks are scheduled to make the trip coming from as far away as Parma Idaho.

    Wellsville Utah driver and one of the local favorite Bo Sharp is scheduled to return and defend his win from the last outing to Rocky Mountain Raceways. Sharp the first of the “2011 Young Guns” to take a main event checkered flag. Hannah Newhouse was the first to take a heat race win, look forward to a new look, as she will be sporting a new paint job on the number 46. Tanner Wong will be making the long tow from Parma Idaho and has not finished outside the top ten this season.

    Defending Champion and Twin Falls Idaho racer, Jerry Rice is no stranger to the winners circle at Rocky Mountain Raceway with five main event wins at the 3/8th mile oval but he has failed to find the winners circle this season. He has set the season track records at both Magic Valley Speedway and Rocky Mountain Raceway but a win hasn’t came his way in 2011. “I had a great truck at Magic Valley and had a over heating problem that set us back some and at Rocky Mountain I don’t think anyone was going to catch Sharp he was fast”. When asked about Mondays event Rice said, “It’s tough, we have some really fast guys this year and it’s a lot of fun racing all these guys”. Rice sits twelve points out side of first place in the point standings.

    Point leader Johnny Pierre is ready for a win. With both finishes in the top three he has proven why he is the point leader, Pierre has not only finished in the top three in both events but has qualified their as well. “I really like the passing points. It has really helped us in the point race”. The Pro Trucks invert the entire field and award passing points in both the heat races and main events.

    Dan Doan rounds out the top three in points so far this season and owes it all to Larson Racing. “I’m so lucky to have the privilege of driving one of Alan’s trucks, it means a lot to me” Doan had his personal best finish at Rocky Mountain Raceway with a third place finish in the last event.

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Sharp cuts his way to the win while Newhouse makes history

 

 

Intermountain Pro Trucks

 

 

May 7th 2011

 

 

    Wheeling the Sharp Transportation number 16 Intermountain Pro Truck from his sixth starting position, Bo Sharp became the first of the series “2011 Young Guns” to score a main event win. Sharp qualified tenth fast in the sixteen-truck field and took the point from Sam Harris on lap thirteen of the forty lap main event. Jerry Rice dove deep under Dan Doan making it three wide, grabbing second away with just over one lap left. Doan held on for Third, Johnny Pierre not only held on to but also extended his point lead with his fourth place finish and heat race win. Lou Anderson gained seven positions on his way to his first top five finish of the 2011 season.

 

 

    Hannah Newhouse had tire failure and finished a lap down to the leaders but set a record for not only the youngest driver, but also the youngest female driver to take the green flag at Rocky Mountain Raceway. Newhouse 14 had to pass a series of tests before Competition Director Gary Madsen and General Manager Mike Eames. “I was very impressed by the talent Hannah showed not only on the track but understanding what she was feeling in the truck” said Eames as he reflected back on the test.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facts:

 

 

16 Trucks took the green flag for the main event

 

 

 

 

 

Two lead changes Lap Leaders; 7 Wade Hugo, 02 Sam Harris and the number 16 Bo Sharp

 


 

 


Bo Sharp lead the most laps leading the last 27 Laps

 

 

 

 

 

Margin of victory 0.912 of a second

 

 

 

 

 

13 Trucks were on the lead lap

 

 

 

 

 

All Trucks were running at the completion of the event

 

 

 

 

 

Fastest race lap Jerry Rice with a 17.244

 

 

 

 

 

One Caution total race time 16 minutes 19 seconds for 40 Laps

 

 

 

 

 

Most Positions gained Jerry Rice with 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 year old Hannah Newhouse became the first 14 year old to race at Rocky Mountain Raceway and became the first 14 year old female to race Rocky Mountain Raceway

 

 

Luttmer set a blistering pace on his way to win the Season Opener for the Intermountain Pro Trucks

 

 

 

Twin Falls Idaho

 

Action was hot on the track as Scott Luttmer took the checkered flag in the Season Opener for the Intermountain Pro Trucks. Fourteen trucks took the green flag in the fifty lap main event.  Luttmer took the green flag in 8th place after the full field invert. Sam Harris set the pace for the first 21 laps when Luttmer made his move. A little bump-and-run on Harris, and it looked like Luttmer had the pass coming off turn two. Harris wouldn’t give up easily as he returned the favor going into turn three, letting Dan Doan slide under the two, taking the point. Three laps later, Luttmer turned the heat back on and made his move past Doan, leading the final 26 laps of the main event. Doan was able to hold on for a fifth place finish. Johnny Pierre had his sights set on Luttmer, but couldn’t close the deal, finishing four seconds behind the race winner. Pierre did have his sights on the bigger picture though, as he left the event as the point leader. Third place went to California driver Dallas Montes. 17 year old Montes, one of the “Young Guns” of the event, made the stop at Magic Valley Speedway to add another track to his already impressive resume. Crew Chief Scott Lynch and the Lynch Mob team brought a ton of Magic Valley Speedway experience to the track “If we could have gotten a caution maybe we could have made a run on him” said the young driver. The youngest of the “Young Guns”, at the age of 14, Hannah Newhouse was out to prove she is ready to race the big boys. She left no doubt as she took the A-Heat race win, and brought home a fourth place finish in the main event. With the biggest smile on her face, she said, “That was so much fun!”

 

    The only truck to suffer a mechanical issue was the number 64, driven by Doug Dugger. Dugger has had his share of wins at Magic Valley Speedway but has been out of the drivers seat for several years. “We started getting loose and I knew I had a tire going down. The scoreboard was acting up and I thought we had more laps”. Dugger pulled off with only 3 laps to go and failed to re-join the field before the checkered flag. 

 

    “This is cool. We’ve got through the first ten laps, then we were at twenty, then half way. I was in amazement these guys and girls were side by side, all over, rubbing, bumping two and even three wide at times, and we never had a caution. This just shows the quality of drivers in this series. I think we had 10 trucks on the lead lap and when you run fifty green flag laps you expect a hand full of drivers on the lead lap,” said Series Director Randy Kerr after the main event.

 

April 30th Intermountain Pro Truck Season Opener

 

 

 

Championship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main Event

 

 

 

Truck #

 

 

 

Driver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Points Position

 

 

 

points

 

 

 

Driver

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

Scott Luttmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

50

 

 

 

Johnny Pierre

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

38

 

 

 

Johnny Pierre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

46

 

 

 

Dallas Montes

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

29

 

 

 

Dallas Montes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

43

 

 

 

Scott Luttmer

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

46

 

 

 

Hannah Newhouse

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

39

 

 

 

Jerry Rice

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

71

 

 

 

Dan Doan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

38

 

 

 

Hannah Newhouse

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

Jerry Rice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

34

 

 

 

Dan Doan

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

Sam Harris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

30

 

 

 

Kent Jensen

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

11

 

 

 

Kent Jensen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

25

 

 

 

Sam Harris

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

48

 

 

 

Tanner Wong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

20

 

 

 

Tanner Wong

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

Drew Reitsma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

19

 

 

 

Drew Reitsma

 

 

 

11

 

 

 

99

 

 

 

Lou Anderson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

 

 

 

18

 

 

 

Lou Anderson

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

14

 

 

 

Alan Larson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

13

 

 

 

Alan Larson

 

 

 

13

 

 

 

68

 

 

 

Bo Sharp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

 

 

 

11

 

 

 

Bo Sharp

 

 

 

14

 

 

 

64

 

 

 

Doug Dugger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

Doug Dugger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Intermountain Pro Truck 50 Lap record completing all 50 laps caution free in 14 minutes and 7 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lap leaders Sam Harris Laps 1 through 21, Dan Doan Laps 22 and 23, Scott Luttmer took the lead on lap 24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luttmer lead the most laps with 26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fastest Lap Kent Jensen with a 16.392

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johnny Pierre and Dallas Montes tied for most positions gained with 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 year old Hannah Newhouse took her first Pro Truck Heat Race win

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next Race May 7th at Rocky Mountain Raceway in Salt Lake City UT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next Magic Valley Speedway event June 25th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intermountain Pro Trucks are a regional traveling series traveling in Idaho and Utah.     


Back from the RPM Promoters Meetings in Reno
 
Sorry this took so long to get out. We got back from Reno Saturday night and I planned to have this out right away...... guess I'm a little later than planned. I was under the gun to get a proposal out before the end of this week. It sometimes feels like it is never good enough but I finished it and hope to have some positive feedback in the next few weeks. I will keep everyone posted as we progress.  

I think we brought back some good news, Hoosier has agreed to supply a Champions Jacket to the 2010 and 2011 Champion. I understand Jerry has the "Purple Jacket" waiting for him at The Car Store. We will be working hard with Hoosier to get some point fund money for the year end banquet. I also talked to Hoosier about the 2040 tire verses the 970 we run. They indicated the tires were very close and even gave a little advantage to the 970. With that said I left a message yesterday for Vern with the SW Tour Trucks to see if we can meet for one event this season. Franks Radio has jumped on board and will be supporting our series in 2011. They will tune up the official radios and will be adding coupons to the main event winners purse for each event, Frank has been a huge supporter of racing in the west and feel honored that he is willing to help us. I am working with Speednet Direct to use the software they have to do points and line ups. If we can work out the partnership all of you with "Smart" phones will get the line up and results sent right to your phone at the track. You will be able to setup your friends and families as well so even if they can't come to the races they will know where you started and where you finished. This stuff is all available for a price but with the long term relationship I have with Jerry I'm confident we will be getting it for nothing or close to nothing. I talked to Dennis Huth with the ASA and they are willing to sanction our series and events. I see some real positives with this however if Eddy requires a NASCAR license and we need a ASA license I'm not sure it makes sense. If Eddy is willing to honor the ASA membership and give us the membership rate at the back gate I think we should look really hard at it.

I got to meet Mike Eames and Rachael Kaneko from Rocky Mountain Raceways. Mike is the new General Manager and Rachael is the Public Relations Director. I have to say I think it is going to be AWESOME working with these guys. I talked to Doug today and as of today I understand the plan is for him to stay on as the Oval Track Manager. Doug has confirmed dates for RMR and we are set for three. He really was disappointed we were not willing to run more. He said he is making some changes and would like to have had us 6 or 8 times. I made sure he understands we all love his track but, feel if the series is going to grow we needed to scale back some on the amount of events. Doug and I talked briefly about bringing the SW Tour Trucks to RMR and trying to make it the "Big Show" If I can get a commitment from Vern I think RMR will assist in getting some sponsorship dollars to make this happen. The date we are shooting for is August 20th. The idea would be to give first place points to the highest finisher in the SWT and to the highest finisher in the IPT.

I spent a lot of time with McKean and Nelson and we have all our dates set. I'm a little reluctant to release them yet because it seems a little premature. I know promoters usually want to make an adjustment or two before it's final and I don't want to create confusion by putting out multiple schedules. I will say the only back to back right now is at the end of the season. All other races have a week or two off between.  

We have a few things coming down the pipe with tire options and sanctioning option and will keep you guys in the loop as we progress.

BZ cornered me twice trying to get a price for us to come to Roseburg Oregon. I really feel this is too far away and we should focus on the tracks closer to home. It's nice to feel wanted and if you guys feel it is something we should pursue in the future please let me know. I told him to stay in contact and we would see what the 2012 season looked like.

O.K. now I need you help please give your feedback

Claudia from Pocatello says she really needs us we are the biggest thing she has available from the guys I've talked to a few would like to go a few don't care and a few do not want to go. If we were to ad one it would make a ten race schedule and it would more than likely ad a back to back somewhere other than the end of the year. I'm good with whatever you guys think, I need to give some feedback in her direction in the next few weeks so please let me know your thoughts.

Please send me profile info so I can get the website updated Drew Ritsma is the only one to send me the info and it is a lot easier to do several at one time

And now the big one! I really need you to read the rules they are up at www.IPTrucks.com make notes on the things that need fixed. I don't think anyone is looking to change any rules but we need to make the book match the trucks. I have highlighted about a dozen things I would question. If you can make notes, highlights, or whatever you can I would like to get it cleaned up by the first of the year. I think it would be a great way to start 2011 with a solid rulebook and a solid schedule.

THANKS! I'm looking forward to a great season..... and HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Randy

 

2010 Intermountain Pro Truck series driver Jerry Rice crowned champion and Randy Kerr announced as new Series Promoter.

The 2010 Intermountain Pro Truck series season officially came to an end last night as our Champions Banquet concluded. Jerry Rice was crowned the 2010 Champion with J. “P” Johnny Pierre as the runner up. Scott Luttmer was on hand to accept his award for third place. Series veteran Alan Larson presented Wayne Gunderson with an appreciation plaque for his hard work and dedication to keeping the series moving forward for all these years.

Changes announced for the 2011 season included Randy Kerr taking over the duties as Series Promoter. Mike Nelson will be returning as the Race Director, Tom (Pappy) Kerr returning as the Chief Steward and Carolyn Nelson will be returning to help with the administrative paperwork and photography.

The banquet ran in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Challenge series banquet at Cactus Petes Resort and Hotel in Jackpot Nevada. Jackpot is home for entertainment and that proved true as Mike Minegar (Rocky Mountain Challenge series Promoter) dazzled the crowd picking on most everyone in the room. “I haven’t spent much time around that guy, I had no idea he was that funny” Jerry Rice said after the banquet. 

Mike Minegar talked about his excitement to see the truck and the late model cars racing together at several events this year and how we can help each other become even more successful when combining our resources. Mike and Randy have a long history together and have a huge mutual respect for one another. When asked about Mike Randy said, “Mike is an awesome guy that loves the sport of racing. His relationship with his races is what I hope to model my relationship with the truck guys after. We have been talking about things we can help each other with and really feel our partnership is going to help both series’ grow”

Although they had other commitments Doug Binstock, Eddy McKean and Adam Nelson all sent a message letting everyone know they are looking forward to an awesome 2011 with the Intermountain Pro Trucks being a big part of that success.

Meridian Speedway will be cross promoting with the Intermountain Pro Trucks allowing us to use ticket packages from the speedway to help get presenting sponsors for the two events at their track.

 The Intermountain Pro Trucks is a regional touring series.

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