Newhouse Outduels Wurtz for Pro Build 100


Newhouse Outduels Wurtz for Pro Build 100

MERIDIAN, Idaho—The rumble of NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latemodels shook Meridian Speedway Saturday, April 28, as the quarter-mile asphalt oval hosted the Pro Build 100. The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, Domino’s Legends, Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets, and High School Tuners rounded out a full night of hard short track competition.
A full field of NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latemodels rumbled onto the asphalt quarter-mile for their debut race, the Pro Build 100. On the green Kim Bradford used his starting spot on the outside pole to take the early lead. Nampa, Idaho’s Dylan Caldwell followed Bradford forward, and on lap two he jabbed low in his bid for the lead. Contact was made, and Caldwell’s Hot Box Farms machine shot to the back stretch wall while Bradford spun in front of the field. Somehow, Caldwell and Bradford were the only two seriously damaged in the incident.
On the restart Lynn Sharp held the lead in his A1 Chem Dry, La Sierra Tire and Wheel racer, but was soon under pressure from John Newhouse and quick-qualifier Trevor Cristiani. Twin Falls, Idaho’s Newhouse took the top spot on lap twelve with Cristiani in his tire tracks. A restart on lap eighteen brought Cristiani to Newhouse’s rear bumper, and two laps later Cristiani claimed the top spot. But a grinding crash on the back stretch brought out another caution flag and reset the field to the previous lap, with Newhouse out front.
On the restart Cristiani went back to work on Newhouse. This fight for position turned sour on lap 32, when the lead duo made contact and spun in turn two. This handed the lead to Kyle Telstrom, who sped away from Justin Ellis and Daytona Wurtz on the restart. Wurtz’ All Makes Auto Salvage car came alive at lap forty, and the young racer chopped into Telstrom’s advantage.
At the halfway point in the Pro Build 100 Wurtz arrived at Telstrom’s rear bumper and attacked the leader. Wurtz jabbed low, but Telstrom weathered the storm until a lap 53 caution slowed the field.
On the restart Telstrom rocketed to the lead, but Wurtz kept pace and continued her gambit of hard racing. But behind Wurtz, a resurgent Cristiani entered the lead fight, and with thirty laps left the Ukiah, California driver took over the second spot. Cristiani ducked low on Telstrom, but the leader held station until contact and a spin on lap eighty sent the top two to the back of the pack again.
This handed the lead to Wurtz on the restart, with Ellis and Newhouse in her rear view mirror. Wurtz blasted to the point as Newhouse looked for a way around the Star, Idaho racer. Newhouse pinned his The Car Store machine to the low side, and with four laps to go wedged himself into the top spot. Wurtz struggled to keep pace, but a lap 98 yellow allowed her one last chance at Newhouse.
But Newhouse was too strong, and on the restart he walked away from the field to take the Pro Build 100 victory.
The thrills and spills continue Saturday, May 5, as Meridian Speedway hosts Ladies Night. The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, Coors Super Stocks, Domino’s Legends, Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, and Junior Stingers come together as they dash for the Shake N’ Bake Racing hardware. Saturday also features the season debut of Clarity Credit Union’s Penny Gold Rush. General admission to Saturday’s festivities is just $11.50 for adults, $9 for seniors and military members, $6.50 for kids 7-11, and, as always, kids 6 and under get in free. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. and the green flag drops at 6:45 p.m. Log onto www.meridianspeedway.com for further highlights from last Saturday, and be sure to text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive exclusive updates from around the quarter-mile. We’ll see you Saturday, May 5 under the big yellow water tower for Ladies Night at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.