BOISE, Idaho — For Bruce Quale, driver of the #92 DISH Network Chevrolet, racing at MagicValley Speedway holds a lot of great memories and a place where he has claimed five track championships and nearly 100 victories. But despite all of his success at the tricky paved oval, he has one lone victory in the CarbonXRocky Mountain Challenge Series and he intends on changing that stat on Saturday night.
The RMCS returns to MVS on Saturday for round five of the 11-race championship series where Quale leads the championship standings having his most productive year in the series. Quale holds a 42-point advantage over John Nesmith and has finished in the top five in each race this season.
Since 2006, Quale has been one of the most accomplished drivers in the series at Magic Valley scoring one win and backing that up with 13 top five finishes. In his RMCS driving career, Quale has started 49 races (tied with Tom Hill for 4th all time) and is fifth all time in both top five (23) and top ten (33) finishes.
"When we started this season we had talked about finishing every race in the top five and so far it has worked out," Quale said. "This series is so tough and to be leading the points is a real testament to the team. We have had some tough outings but still managed to rally and finish well."
One of the big changes in Quales program this season is his new engine program from Kidd Performance. "Our car has always handled pretty well but we used to get smoked on the straights," Quale offered. "Now we have a bullet that can definitely keep up. We really noticed it at Salt Lake two weeks ago and I can't wait to see what we can do at Magic Valley. Plus with the new shock package from Mike Naake, we are more consistent then we have ever been."
Several familiar faces will return to the series this weekend along with a couple of newcomers. And that suits Quale just fine. "You race who shows up," Quale stated. "I am really excited to see some of the names on the entry list. It will be a great show."
Some of those names include former series champions John Dillon (2009) and John Newhouse (2007). Dillon is set to debut a brand new race car fresh off the dyno if the team can make the complete the finishing touches. Dillon has three wins and five top fives at MVS with his most recent win coming in this event in 2010.
Newhouse is only running a partial schedule this season as he is focused on his daughter's (Hannah) racing career. Newhouse has two wins along with 15 top five finishes at Magic Valley in RMCS action.
Another local favorite returning this weekend is Jonathon Gomez, whose team will field two cars in the race. Gomez has two wins along with five top five finishes at his home track and in his last visit to the speedway last September he set fast time and won the race. In the second team car (#24 Century Boatland Chevrolet) will be Derek Copeland who will make is first career series start.
Another driver making his first career series start is Jason Jefferson who will be driving the Dave Reed Racing/Voli Light Vodkas Ford Fusion. Jefferson is taking a break from his team duties at Gene Price Motorsports this weekend to race and will make select starts in the DRR #15 throughout the rest of the season. Jefferson's best finish of 3rd at MVS came several years ago in the now defunct NASCAR NW Tour.
"I am really excited to race at Magic Valley," Jefferson said. "The track is really fun to drive and the fans are awesome. Dave Reed has put a great team together and we look forward to the race."
As the series reaches the mid-way point of the season, Mike Minegar (President of the RMCS) is pleased with how things have gone and is excited about the future. "Racing is a tough business and you are only as good as your last event," Minegar said. "It is great for the series to have past champions return along with guys like Jonathon and Jason. John Gomez and his Century Boatland company mean a lot to the series and I am thrilled that they are back with us this weekend."
Quale leads the championship standings after four races over John Nesmith who is also enjoying his bestyear in the series. Steve Jones rests in the third position 53-points behind Nesmith. A-1 Heating & Air Conditioning Rookie-of-the-Year leader Tyler Baileysits fourth with Rick Fowble rounding out the top five.
Nesmith is the most recent series winner having claimed the victory at RMR two weeks ago. This event is the second of four races slated at MVS this season with a 200-lap race on August 11 and the season finale on September 15 still to come.
CarbonX, the world leader in fire protective clothing, is in its fifth season as title sponsor of the RMCS. Along with Century Boatland based in Twin Falls, the two companies provide significant event and series support. Since 1985, Century Boatland has been the Magic Valley headquarters for new and used recreational, pleasure, and fishing boats.
The RMCS utilizes a racing format not found in ANY other regional touring series around the country. The RMCS inverts up to the top 20 from qualifying putting the fast qualifiers at the back to start each race. This format ensures race fans see what they paid for and that is passing. Each driver is awarded three points per position gained in the event. Points are also awarded for qualifying and heat race finishes. Through the history of the series, the winning driver has averaged a 15th place starting position. To ensure competition, the RMCS pays it purse based on total point accumulation for the event and provides several special performance awards at each race.
The series is supported by a great family of sponsors including: CarbonX, Century Boatland, Project Filter, ESI, A-1 Heating & Air Conditioning, Sharp Powder Coating, Five Star Racing Bodies, Hoosier Racing Tires, Frank's Radios, Performance Solutions, Kidd's Performance and Dyno, Joes Racing Products, PPG Paint, Circle Racing Wheels, and Mike Minegar's Auto Body.
Spectator gates open at 4pm with a full compliment of racing action on tap starting at around 6pm. For ticket information please on onto www.magicvalleyspeedway.com for complete details.
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