TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Saturday night the usual suspects were up front for the final laps of the Commercial Tire Super Stocks main event race at Magic Valley Speedway but this time it was Casey Pehrson who came through with the main event win.
After taking over the front runner position from his father Dan Pehrson at lap five, Casey Pehrson managed to defend his lead despite rounds of pressure on his rear bumper from Kris McKean. Soon Hannah Newhouse and Daniel Shirley got in on the mix and the three shuffled for position behind Pehrson until the caution was brought out at lap 25 for debris.
After the restart in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing Series feature division race Daniel Shirley was Pehrson’s biggest rival while Newhouse and McKean battled just behind. At lap 30 Shirley took over as frontrunner but four laps later the caution flag was once again displayed after Willie Dalton spun on the back stretch. Taking his position on the high side for what would be the final restart Pehrson retook the lead, defending his position until the checkered flag flew at lap 40.
“I hate getting out in front early like that because I get real cautious,” Pehrson said. “Then the 23 car (Shirley) came out of nowhere and passed me. It kind of made me mad how fast he went around me so at the last restart I just told myself that I was going to beat him.”
Shirley reported “misfiring” in the engine in the late stages of the race.
Ernie Hall took command of the Brennan’s Carpet Street Stocks race right out of the gate. Starting third in a pack of seven Hall went to the lead as soon as the first lap was put up on the scoreboard. From there he began to pull away from the rest of the field and by lap 10 he led Paul Browne by a wide margin. As the race progressed caution-free, Hall cruised to the checkered flag 7.607 seconds ahead of Browne for his third main event win of season.
“Paul (Browne) is so good that if he gets out in front of me I can’t catch him,” Hall reported. “So if I am out in front I really have to go. I have to keep the pressure on him in the point standings so he doesn’t get too far ahead.”
In other action Jason Quale led the Magic Valley Pipe Hornets main event race by a wide margin until the caution came out at lap seven. Undaunted, Quale retook command of the race and quickly began pulling away from his biggest contender for the win, Jeff Pack. It was Quale’s first trip to the winner’s circle of the season.
Hailey Douglas won the first round of competition in the Quale’s Electronics Jr. Stingers race for the fall championship and Douglas Brownfield drove “The Tank” to victory with The Car Store Thunderdogs.
Commercial Tire Super Stocks: 1. Casey Pehrson, 2. Daniel Shirley, 3. Hannah Newhouse, 4. Kris McKean, 5. Kendel Woll.
Brennan’s Carpet Street Stocks: 1. Ernie Hall, 2. Paul Browne, 3. Russell Dalton, 4. Jay McDonald, 5. Mitch Pehrson.
Magic Valley Pipe Hornets: 1. Jason Quale, 2. Jeff Peck, 3. Chad Everett, 4. Eddy Cole, 5. James Cole.
Quale’s Electronics Jr. Stingers: 1. Hailey Douglas, 2. Justice Coates, 3. Rieley Browne, 4. Makayla Woll, 5. Trenton Thomas.
The Car Store Thunderdogs: 1. The Tank, 2. Hoffa Mobile, 3. Stinkin Lincoln.