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Evans and Jefferson Split RMCS Wins in Doubleheader

 (The Spokesman-Review)
(The Spokesman-Review)

Garrett Evans scored the victory at Magic Valley Speedway on July 3rd while Jeff Jefferson dominated the action at Meridian Speedway July 4th.

Two races in two days produced two different first time winners in the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series. Garrett Evans scored the victory at Magic Valley Speedway on July 3rd while Jeff Jefferson dominated the action at Meridian Speedway July 4th.

CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series 
PEPSI 125     
Magic Valley Speedway, Twin Falls, Idaho July 3, 2009
1/3-Mile Paved Oval    
125 laps      
FinishStartCar # LapsPointsStatus 
1 7 64Garrett Evans125180 Running 
2 15 42Jeff Jefferson125206 Running 
3 10 3Steve Jones125179 Running 
4 8 22Jonathon Gomez125161 Running 
5 12 84Zan Sharp125171 Running 
6 6 40Dylan Caldwell125145 Running 
7 16 9Dave Minegar125177 Running 
8 3 19Eddy McKean125131 Running 
9 4 92Bruce Quale125126 Running 
10 14 26John Newhouse124141 Running 
11 17 11John Dillon124150 Running 
12 13 99Craig Bell124117 Running 
13 9 41TJ Woodall123104 Running 
14 5 7Dan Buckley123104 Running 
15 11 09Thane Alderman12296 Running 
16 18 48Kelly Bettridge11490 Running 
17 2 34Chris Schrade11386 Running 
18 1 4Lynn Hardy11280 Running 
19 20 88Travis Monett1178 Mechanical 
20 19 65Darren Jones272 Mechanical 
  28Jim Curbow00 DNS 

Three caution periods for spins. No crashes and 18 cars running at the end. The race took just 42 minutes to complete the 125 lap distance. Jefferson top points for the evening after starting 15th. Evans first win in first series start. Five of the top ten started outside the top ten. 18 of 20 cars running at the end of the race.


CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series 
NAPA Auto Parts/City of Meridian Bottle Rocket 102
Meridian Speedway, Meridian, Idaho July 4, 2009
1/4-Mile Paved Oval    
102 laps      
FinishStartCar # LapsPointsStatus 
1 17 42Jeff Jefferson102230 Running 
2 15 64Garrett Evans102208 Running 
3 14 11John Dillon102199 Running 
4 16 1John Nesmith102197 Running 
5 11 99Craig Bell102162 Running 
6 13 40Dylan Caldwell102166 Running 
7 9 84Zan Sharp102140 Running 
8 1 7Dan Buckley101135 Running 
9 12 16Tyler Monroe101135 Running 
10 3 41TJ Woodall101123 Running 
11 8 22Jonathon Gomez101118 Running 
12 5 26John Newhouse100108 Running 
13 2 411Craig Doehling100112 Running 
14 6 09Thane Alderman100106 Running 
15 7 3Steve Jones99102 Running 
16 4 63Dan Lowther9892 Running 
17 18 04Beau Newhouse9488 Running 
18 19 02Phil Zubizureta5486 Mechanical 
19 10 01Dennis Wurtz Jr.884 Mechanical 
20 20 9Dave Minegar012 DNS 

Two cautions for spins, no wrecks. The race was completed in just 34 minutes. Jefferson scored top points for the race and moved from sixth in the points to second. It was old home week of tour days past with Jefferson picking up the victory, Evans second and John Dillon in third. David Minegar destroyed his Chevrolet as he touched the front stretch wall and the cut tire finally let go entering turn three sending him straight into the wall. No less than six teams offered up a car for Minegar to drive in the feature race but he and the team elected to sit out the race. Seven of the top ten started outside the top ten. 17 of 19 cars running at the end of the race. Minegar may sit out the next couple of races and crew chief for his teammate Craig Bell and set him up for a championship run.

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