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United States Auto Club Western States Sprint Cars Meridian Speedway, Boise, Idaho August 27, 2004.

Murgoitio uses home track advantage to win USAC Western feature - By Bobby Gerould - Boise, Idaho. - August 27, 2004. ůMike Murgoitio, having already won this season at Meridian Speedway in a late model stock car and winged sprint car, can add non-winged sprinter to the list. The Meridian Idaho driver led all 40 laps of the USAC Western States Sprint Car Series feature event Friday night. The win was the first under the USAC sanction for the talented 20 year-old. Following Murgoitio to the finish line were Tony Hunt, Robert Beck, Brad Bumgarner, and Tim Barber.

Defending series champion, Michael Lewis finished sixth, and posted quick time for the evening. However, Lewis lost his points lead to Western Speed Racing teammate Hunt. By just three points, Hunt has taken over the top spot heading into a second night of racing at Meridian.

Heat winners were Shauna Hogg and Michael Trimble. Rookie Greg Anderson did not compete in the feature event after a heat race crash kept his car from being race ready. Anderson rode over a wheel and hit the wall in turns three and four. His car suffered heavy right front end damage.

USAC VALVOLINE WESTERN SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 27, 2004 - Boise, Idaho - Meridian Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Michael Lewis, 40, Western Speed-12.827; 2. Tim Barber, 14, Pierson-12.863; 3. Tony Hunt, 60, Western Speed-12.952; 4. Brad Bumgarner, 88, Bumgarner-13.012; 5. Brian McClish, 80, Western Speed-13.027; 6. Mike Murgoitio, 19, Murgoitio-13.037; 7. Robert Beck, 03, Beck-13.077; 8. Greg Anderson, 2, Anderson-13.132; 9. Kenny Hamilton, 98, Tyler-13.169; 10. Shauna Hogg, 5, Hogg-13.171; 11. Michael Trimble, 15, Trimble-13.174; 12. Jimmy Hamilton, 97, Hamilton-13.486; 13. Cody Veenstra, 7, Veenstra-13.568; 14. Butch Freeman, 01, Freeman-13.834; 15. Chase Hightower, 94, Hamilton-14.076; 16. Stuart Birkinbine, 02, Hamilton-14.099.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hogg, 2. Murgoitio, 3. Barber, 4. J.Hamilton, 5. Bumgarner, 6. Veenstra, 7. Hightower, 8. Anderson. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Trimble, 2. K.Hamilton, 3. Beck, 4. Hunt, 5. Lewis, 6. McClish, 7. Birkinbine, 8. Freeman. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Mike Murgoitio, 2. Tony Hunt, 3. Robert Beck, 4. Brad Bumgarner, 5. Tim Barber, 6. Michael Lewis, 7. Shauna Hogg, 8. Michael Trimble, 9. Brian McClish, 10. Stuart Birkinbine, 11. Cody Veenstra, 12. Jimmy Hamilton, 13. Chase Hightower, 14. Butch Freeman, 15. Kenny Hamilton. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Murgoitio.