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Tue., June 9, 2009, 5:15 p.m.

MCKEAN SERVES UP HOME COOKING AT MAGIC VALLEY

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

Eddy McKean started in the sixth position and quickly made his way to the front to pace the field most of the race. The victory came in only his eighth career series start as he has been concentrating his efforts on track ownership (Magic Valley Speedway) the past couple of years.

Courtesy: D. Shannon, RMCS Media Relations

BOISE, Idaho — Eddy McKean of Jerome, Idaho used home field advantage to score is second career CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series victory Sunday afternoon at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho. McKean started in the sixth position and quickly made his way to the front to pace the field most of the race. The victory came in only his eighth career series start as he has been concentrating his efforts on track ownership (Magic Valley Speedway) the past couple of years. John Dillon finished second with Dylan Caldwell crossing the line in third followed teammates Craig Bell in fourth and Dave Minegar in fifth.

John Newhouse scored his third career Sharp Powder Coating Fast Time Award with a quick lap of 14.680 seconds around the tough and tricky 1/3-mile paved oval. Minegar clocked in second quick with Bell, Dillon, and multi-time track champion Steve Jones rounding out the top five qualifiers.

Dylan Caldwell started from the pole position based on the RMCs customary invert with Dan Buckley alongside. Caldwell paced the field for the first 26 laps before giving way to McKean who moved by the youngster after starting sixth. Bruce Quale held the third spot while TJ Woodall was running fourth.

By lap 42, McKean still held the point followed by Caldwell but Dan Buckley moved back into third followed by Thane Alderman and Kenny Rich rounding out the top five. The second five were led by Zan Sharp, John Newhouse, Craig Bell, Jonathon Gomez, and TJ Woodall.

While McKean continue to pace the field at the halfway point with Caldwell in tow, Buckley was facing a fierce assault from Craig Bell and John Dillon. Meanwhile, Alderman, Newhouse, and Minegar were wrestling for the sixth position for more than 20 laps.

McKean continued his march out front followed by Caldwell and Buckley by the 75-lap mark. Bell had moved into fourth followed Dillon, Newhouse, Minegar, Alderman, Sharp and Gomez rounding out the top ten. Mckean would cruise on to the win over Dillon who dispatched his rivals but ran out of laps trying to catch McKean. Caldwell held on for third with Bell and Minegar rounding out the top five. Newhouse, Gomez, Jones, Rich and Buckley rounded out the top ten finishers in the 125-lap contest.

McKean led 99 laps en route to the win in his first start of the season. Track conditions were tricky as cool damp weather challenged all of the teams throughout the weekend. John Dillon assumes the point lead by one point over Minegar by virtue of his second place effort. Bell maintains the third position in the standings with Gomez and Newhouse rounding out the top five in the standings after two races.

The next event for the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is a double-header weekend July 3-4. On Friday, July 3 the series will return to Magic Valley Speedway for round three of the championship series and then head west on I-84 for a return to the famed quarter mile paved oval of Meridian Speedway in Meridian, Idaho July 4th. Northwest racing legend Garrett Evans will make his series debut during at the weekend events.

The RMCS utilizes a racing format not found in ANY other regional touring series around the country. The top 20 qualifiers are inverted for every race putting fast time in the 20th starting position. 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 for the event.

The CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series is in its sixth year of competition and is a regional touring series that allows all competitors to race and gain experience on different types of racetracks. It is a high-quality professional racing series that offers maximum opportunity at an affordable price serving the intermountain West. The motto of the series is to “Race Hard and Have Fun!” For all the latest news and information regarding the CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series log on to our website at www.rmcsracing.com




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