BOISE, Idaho — The CarbonX Rocky Mountain Challenge Series staged the first of two consecutive nights of racing at Meridian Speedway Friday night at 15-year-old Brandon White claimed the victory.
White started the race from the 15th position and held off a fierce challenge from championship rivals Steve Jones and Bruce Quale for the win.
Jones paced the 22-car field in qualifying and would start 20th on the gird for the main event after the customary series invert. John Nesmith, Chris Fenton, Dylan Caldwell, and John Dillon rounded out the top five qualifiers.
The race was slowed just two times for single car spins. The first caution came out on lap 27 with Mike Marston at the front of the field leading the first 27 circuits. But Marston lost power under caution turning the lead over to Trevor Cristiani, another 15-year from northern California.
Cristiani held the top spot until lap 43 when his ignition went sour and he pulled his No. 90 into the infield and was a spectator the rest of the race. White took over the lead and never looked back although he was challenged over the closing laps by Jones and Quale.
“I can’t believe I won at Meridian tonight,” White said. “This track is awesome to race on and I had a blast. It was my first time in the car and man was it a rocket.”
White drove a Ford powered car out of the Mike Doss stables and team car to previous series winner and fellow northern California 15-year Jeremy Doss.
Following White to the finish was Steve Jones who was the top point earner for the event and shaved 51-points off Quale’s lead even though Quale finished third. The difference was Jones qualified 1st and Quale tenth.
Rounding out the top five where TJ Woodhall in fourth and Jeremy Doss in fifth. The second five were led by local hotshoe Dylan Caldwell, rookie point leader Tyler Bailey, Dave Mineger, Rick Fowble and Lee Hackney.