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OVER ONE HUNDRED RACE CARS RACE OVER THREE HUNDRED LAPS OF COMPETITION

MAGIC VALLEY SPEEDWAY
Source — Lynn Baird
Date Posted — August 26, 2002
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho -- The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series by Dodge Feature Division Mountain Dew Modifieds returned to the Speedway after a week off for a double feature. The two thirty-five lap main events saw a rookie driver, T. J. Woodhall, win his third main event of the season and Tom Powell pick up his first victory of the season in the second installment. In the first feature Woodhall started from the pole and was never seriously challenged for the win. He did have an exciting moment in an off track excursion but did not loose the lead. Rick Corbridge ran a strong second followed by Rob Vest, Steve Jones and Bruce Quale. Steve Jones led all qualifiers in McDonalds time trials. The second main event produced some of the most exciting racing of the season as Tom Powell, Bruce Quale, Rob Vest and Steve Jones ran side-by-side for most of the thirty-five laps. It was very exciting with second place changing hands a number of times and Powell’s lead in extreme jeopardy until the checkered flag fell. He was up to the challenge all the way and they finished in that order with T. J. Woodhall in fifth. Steve Jones season point lead is eighty-six with just two races remaining in the 2002 season.

Chad Packham dominated NAPA Auto Parts Pony Stock racing by winning both the A-heat and the main event. He came from his ninth starting position in the main to take the lead on lap ten and then sailed to the victory. Packham was trailed by Billi Miles, Woody Cullen, Mike Greco and Scott Sidwell in the main and by Sidwell and Miles in the A-heat. Alan Larson got the best of Eugene Wuensch and Mike Greco in the B-heat. Billi Miles holds a tenuous twelve-point lead in the season standings.

Ernie Hall was declared the winner of the Dairy Queen Thunder Stock main event after a post race rule infraction was found on the car of Danny Oliver. The Kevin Larson mount was also not in compliance with the rules. John Urie, Sam Harris, Mike Buddenhagen and Justino Macedo made up the top five finishers. Urie remains at the top of the season standings.

Middlekauff Auto Group and their employees enjoyed their night at the races along with Mix 103 radio. The Middlekauff Hornets were also out in force thirty-five strong and ready to race describe these little yellow cars. Alan Larsen held off a hard charging Kenny Hatke at the finish line in a near dead heat. Adam York was a close third trailed by Mike Wilson, Charlie Hocking and Justin Endres. Heat winners were Norm Hatke, Kenny Hatke and Kyle Stewart.

The Late Model Lites were in town for their second 2002 appearance. Thirty-one cars were on hand for the exciting late model race. Kelly Jamison took the lead from Paul Williams on lap five of the main event and that proved to be the decisive move of the race, as he went on to the win followed by Williams, Terry Rennick, Neil Latham and Keith Whetstone. Scott Cook won the B-main and the three heat races went to Paul Williams, Ron Hayes and Brad Smith.

NASCAR racing will return to Magic Valley Speedway on Saturday September 7th. No race is scheduled for August 31st.

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Article posted by RacingWest.com staff on August 26, 2002. http://www.racingwest.com

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