MERIDIAN, Idaho—The Mountain Dew Interstate Winged Sprintcars roared into Meridian Speedway for High Desert Harley-Davidson night at the asphalt quarter-mile. The Pepsi Crate Cars and Idaho Sprintcar and Roadster League Super Sixes, Project Filter Pro-4, TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets, and High School Tuners filled the action-packed Saturday, July 21 schedule.
Eight High School Tuners took the quarter-mile for a twelve lap feature. On the green Jett Nelson used a daring, three-wide move to take his YMC Mechanical entry to the early lead. But Nelson quickly had company as James Strickwerda charged through the field to second in just one circuit. A spin on lap two brought out a caution flag, and Nelson used the opportunity to serve a penalty for his dangerous opening move.
This left Strickwerda in the top spot, and on the restart he zipped to the lead. Behind Strickwerda, James Gates cleared the pack and the quick-qualifier raced his YMC Mechanical, Blue Line Graphics machine into the runner up spot.
The green flag waved and Gates muscled his way around the outside and took over the point. Strickwerda wheeled his PBT Auto Sales mount hard to catch Gates, but Gates proved too strong and he claimed Saturday’s first Walking Sombrero Taco Truck trophy.
Fourteen TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks mobbed the concrete jungle for a 25 lap main event. The green flag waved and Boise, Idaho’s Blake Coria outdueled Pocatello, Idaho’s Zach Grandstaff to lead lap one. Behind Coria, Fred Vigil dissected the field and within three laps held the third position in his Larry H. Miller Collision Center, Ben’s Auto Glass. After an early restart Will Ostrum worked the outside line and took command with Vigil and Jason Sanders in tow.
Vigil slid around the outside of Ostrum’s Diversified Carpet Cleaning machine and took the lead on lap ten. Sanders followed, and the fight for first commenced. High and low the leaders wound through lapped traffic until a caution with seven circuits to go bunched the pack with Vigil and Sanders on the front row.
The green flag waved and Vigil pinned Sanders against the apron and scooted to the lead. This left Sanders with a mirror full of Jayson Wardle. Wardle searched the racetrack for a way past Sanders, but found none and had to settle for third behind Sanders and feature dominator Vigil.
The Pepsi Crate Cars and Idaho Sprintcar and Roadster League Super Sixes had 25 laps to find a feature winner. On the break Trevor Anderson roared to the top spot, but came under siege from Ryan Newman, who found the handle on his North American Recycling, Montes Racing sprinter and took the lead on lap two. Behind Newman, Ryan Wiederich grabbed second while Pat Young and Kate Jackson split Anderson to take third and fourth.
Wiederich was quick to challenge Newman, and lap after lap piloted his Filter Factory Outlet Store, System Kleen machine low in a bid for the top spot on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard. On lap twelve Wiederich made his move but couldn’t clear Newman, who battled back on the outside. As the leaders swapped the top spot Jackson caught the lead duo, and with ten laps to go Jackson tore around the inside for the runner up spot. But Jackson had fast company as Justin Segura, Tony Ackerland, and Nate Little pulled to her tail tank.
With five laps left Segura dove into turn one and made contact with Jackson’s Bardahl Oil and Additives, Spiers Construction sprinter, which send both racers for a spin. When the smoke cleared Jackson, Segura, Little, Young, and Drew Crenshaw sat in a heap in turn two. Jackson was able to make on track repairs to remain in the race, but the rest of those involved were forced to retire with crash damage.
The restart paired Wiederich and quick-time Tony Ackerland on the front row. Wiederich blasted back into the lead as Ackerland fought off championship leader Rob Grice for second. With three to go Ackerland went to work on Wiederich’s rear bumper. But Wiederich was ready and blocked Ackerland’s move to speed across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first.
As darkness settled over Meridian Speedway the Project Filter Pro-4s took the green for their 25 lap feature. The outside line was the place to be as Scott Shoecraft overpowered Ben Harris to take the early lead in his Creek Enterprises, B&W Wrecker entry. This dropped Harris into the clutches of Alex Duda, who quickly pulled alongside to battle for the runner up spot. Harris got the better of the second place battle, and on lap eight swung to the outside of Shoecraft to put his Kim’s Kars, H&H Auto racer up front.
Deep in the pack Brendon Fries fought his way through an uncooperative field to catch championship rival Kenny Chandler. At the race’s halfway point Chandler held fourth with Fries glued to his bumper in fifth. But all was not well under the hood of Chandler’s Project Filter, Fairly Reliable Bob’s racer, and with just nine laps left the Kuna, Idaho driver’s race ended in a cloud of smoke.
With Chandler out of the picture Fries redoubled his efforts for the win. After Fries followed Nampa, Idaho’s Ryan Bailey around Harris, Fries jumped to the high line and drove his Chick-fil-A of Meridian, Boise Boys Transportation machine to the lead. Once out front the quick-qualifier walked away from the field to claim a clean sweep of High Desert Harley-Davidson Night.
A full field of Mountain Dew Interstate Winged Sprintcars blistered the asphalt quarter-mile as they contested a 25 lap feature. Pole sitter Matt Elliott got to the gas pedal first in his Westside Body Works, Scott Fulcher Trucking machine and flashed into the early lead. Not to be outdone, Nampa, Idaho’s Cory Lockwood sliced through the pack and took his Herold’s Auto Body, Dave Hever Race Engines entry into second.
The man on the move was Bryan Warf. Within just five laps the Meridian, Idaho racer moved from his back of the pack starting spot to fourth on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard and worked to reel in the top three. By the race’s halfway point Warf was embroiled in a battle with Lockwood and third place runner Justin Segura. After a wild four lap battle Warf piloted his Allan Marsh Travel Center, Rex Hutchinson Racing Engines machine into third and set his sights on Lockwood.
Just seven circuits remained as Warf pinned Lockwood behind a lapped car to take second. With a two second deficit to erase Warf slung his sprinter through the turns and dismantled Elliott’s lead. With Warf on his bumper Elliott tried to defend the inside line, but with three circuits left Warf snuck beneath Elliott and roared to the lead. This would prove the winning pass as Warf crossed the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first.
The Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets closed Saturday night’s action with a fifteen lap tortoise and hare-themed race. Neil Wassmuth wasted no time as he dispatched the rest of the tortoise pack to take the lead, but Tommy Harrod and James Pahl broke free of the hare pack, and with six laps left caught Wassmuth. With a strong inside move Harrod relieved Wassmuth of the lead and brought Pahl with him to second. Though Pahl kept pace with Harrod he couldn’t catch the Caldwell, Idaho driver as he sped across the finish line first.
Meridian Speedway falls silent next Saturday, July 28, as your NASCAR Home Track prepares for the tenth annual Eve of Destruction. After a nine year hiatus Trailer Racing makes its triumphant return Saturday, August 4, with the Beat Jet Dragster Meltdown, Bid Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets versus the Gauntlet, Spectacular Drags, Fireworks, and more to fill your appetite for destruction. The Royal Purple Modified Series, Domino’s Legends, Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, and Bombers round out the Saturday, August 4, schedule as they beat and bang their way to the checkers. General admission is $18 for adults, $15.50 for seniors and military members, and $6.50 for kids 7-11. Seats are selling out fast. Skip the line at the gate and take advantage of a special pricing offer by purchasing your advance tickets online at meridianspeedway.com. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with the first green flag at 6:45 p.m. We’ll see you Saturday, August 4, for Eve of Destruction 10 under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.
Saturday’s Unofficial Results
High Desert Harley-Davidson Night
Presented by Idaho Central Credit Union
Interstate Winged Sprintcars
Quick Time – Bryan Warf, 11.505 seconds
A Heat Winner – #11 Corey Lockwood
B Heat Winner – #77 Matt Elliott
Main Event 1. #91 Bryan Warf Meridian, ID
2. #77 Matt Elliott Caldwell, ID
3. #11 Cory Lockwood Nampa, ID
4. #25 Tristan Spiers Adrian, OR
5. #23 Aiden Spiers Adrian, OR
Project Filter Pro-4’s
Quick Time – Brendon Fries, 13.660 seconds
A Heat Winner – #34 Brendon Fries
B Heat Winner – #12 Alex Duda
Main Event 1. #34 Brendon Fries Meridian, ID
2. #77 Ryan Bailey Nampa, ID
3. #39 Brandon Mclean Boise, ID
4. #22 Jordan Harris Nampa, ID
5. #12 Alex Duda Boise, ID
Pepsi Crate Cars/Idaho Sprintcar Roadster League Super 6’s
Quick Time – Tony Ackerland, 13.484 seconds
A Heat Winner – #0 Drew Crenshaw
B Heat Winner – #5 Ryan Newman
Main Event 1. #22 Ryan Wiederich Nampa, ID
2. #95 Tony Ackerland Star, ID
3. #61 Rob Grice Boise, ID
4. #68 Mike Anderson Nampa, ID
5. #11 Trevor Anderson Nampa, ID
TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stocks
Quick Time – Ian Michael Pederson, 15.319 seconds
A Heat Winner – #4 Luke Wolverton
B Heat Winner – #88 Terrell Daffron
Main Event 1. #15 Fred Vigil Nampa, ID
2. #87 Jason Sanders Caldwell, ID
3. #24 Jayson Wardle Kuna, ID
4. #88 Terrell Daffron Meridian, ID
5. #77 Blake Coria Boise, ID
High School Tuners
Quick Time – James Gates, 16.963 seconds
A Heat Winner – #51 James Gates
Main Event 1. #51 James Gates Nampa, ID
2. #96 James Strickwerda Nampa, ID
3. #21 Jett Nelson Meridian, ID
4. #35 Arin Flagstade Meridian, ID
5. #94 Sierra Lawrence Grandview, ID
Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets
Quick Time – Tommy Harrod, 16.502 seconds
A Heat Winner – #39 James Pahl
B Heat Winner – #11 Monica Heath
Main Event 1. #96 Tommy Harrod Caldwell, ID
2. #39 James Pahl Caldwell, ID
3. #10 Neil Wassmuth Nampa, ID
4. #21 Jett Nelson Meridian, ID
5. #8 Joey Moore Meridian, ID