Idaho's potatoes are big so are the logs in Boise. As the gate dropped for another technical main in Idaho everyone was waiting to see who would make the turn to the monster first problem. A big feature showing the pride of Idaho's lumber industry, and who emerged but Wild Wally Palmer who is no stranger to hole shots in his career, but the Jersey boy and his two wheel Christini got ahead of all of them in the start of Boise. Webb was right on his tail and the best of the rest where in short tow. Palmer would hold off Webb for a while and then get caught up, leaving him scrambling for his machine as the field past. As quick as it began it was over for Wally in Boise's Main.
Cody Webb had been battling the reigning champ Taddy Blazusiak for the better part of the season. Webb had won the opener in put himself back on the top of the box in Salt Lake, and had not been off the box all season. He was the most consistent man going into Boise, and he could feel the lead in his bones and the potential for his first Geico Championship. Out of the championship with a midseason injury in 2013 he was carrying momentum all year since returning. If he could bang this one out he had one more race to put Taddy in the rear view mirror. Not an easy task considering Blazusiak is the winningest Series rider in history.
Taddy had his challenges in 2014, but he was still the man to beat in 2014. He won at X-Games, again in Atlanta, but was off the box in Vegas ,Sac, Everett and now in Boise he was in need of this win. Unfortunately that did not happen for him in what would be his final season in America.
Haaker had won in Sac and Denver and been on the box several times but complications in SLC left him with a fifth and that can't happen if you want to win this series, the points just drop too drastically as you roll down the charts. Haaker would battle hard in Boise and almost bring them all back except for one, and it was the one that counted most.
As these 4 battled to win the night the rest of the top ten were in a battle for points in their own war. Graffunder, Gerston, Aaron and Brown were back and forth. Seems funny that rolling into Boise this year that last years top ten is still at it. Brownie seems to have a solid buffer going into the second to the last round in 2015. It's almost like deja-vous minus Taddy.
Heading into Boise 2015 Webb seems to be pretty comfortable with 11 points on Haaker going in. He needs to ride smart and conservative, and hopefully in front of Haaker. The RPM Racing rider is the most consistent finisher with the points lead going into Boise. Webb and Haaker are tied on wins with 3 each. Colton Haaker is on his heels. If Haaker has a plan going into Boise, it's gotta be to win, and Cody has to be back two spots for him to get close enough for him to shrink that points lead going into the Ontario final. Brownie seems to have 3rd wrapped up, but I can't see him getting up to Haaker. Brown just needs to hold it together in Boise and Ontario and that would be a great season finish for Mike.
The race for fourth is looking to be a good one. Redmond has 5 points on Graffunder, who has 3 on Gerston. I would be watching this battle in Boise. These are the real boy's on the bubble in the Geico series, so close all of them, I just can't pick a favorite. I want Redmond to maintain, I want Graffunder to have a redo on Denver, and how can you not root for the Cowboy. Their all great competitors.
There are my three picks for battles to watch, Webb vs. Haaker, Redmond/Graffunder/Gerston, and "The Young Guns of the Geico". Will Haaker catch Webb, Will Gerston catch Graffunder, Will Graffunder get Redmond? Those are the races in my opinion. Wait, what about Taylor Robert? He just racing for the "W". It's good to see him back in the mix and on the box every week since Sacramento, even with missing half the season he is in 8th place in points. You can bet he's going to upset that battle for fourth in front of him. If you want to look at the other race I feel will be exciting in Boise check out "Young Guns" below. Those kids are smoking.
See you in Ontario.