Ice Breakers: Open, Bomber Classes Kick off Winter Heat Round 2


Ice Breakers: Open, Bomber Classes Kick off Winter Heat Round 2

With ice melting down the banking in turns one and two, the Boise Bath and Kitchen Company Winter Heat Series roared back to life for the second post-season showdown at Meridian Speedway. The mostly stock commuter cars of the Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornet division anchored the action Saturday, December 15, with a 100 lap endurance race, while the full-sized, built in a day Bombers and anything goes Open division held their own slick track grudge matches.
Six Open division speedsters took the green flag for their thirty lap feature. On the break Monica Heath piloted her well-worn machine to the lead with Jody Moen, AJ Packard and Sean Young in tow.
Back row starters James Pahl and Jeff Matuska wasted no time working their way forward. Young was the first to fall on lap three, then Packard and Moen followed suit as Pahl and Matuska pulled into second and third on lap eight.
With ten laps gone Matuska made his move and dove low on Pahl for second. Pahl fought back on the outside as the runner up battle caught Heath for the lead. Matuska made use of his inside position and stormed to the lead. Pahl followed Mastuska past Heath and set to work on a way around the new leader. But Matuska was too strong and he sped across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first.
Jody Moen and newcomer Austin Pattan started the fifteen lap Bomber dash on the front row. Moen was quick to the gas and rocketed to the lead while Pattan struggled to get a handle on his minivan.
By the halfway point Pattan found a fast groove, but found himself too far from Moen to mount a challenge. But a caution with six circuits left bunched the pack and gave Pattan one last chance to do something with Moen. But when the green flag waved Moen was off and she cruised to the Bomber division victory.
Start your New Year off right Saturday, January 5, with the next round of the Boise Bath and Kitchen Company Winter Heat Series at Meridian Speedway. The low-buck, high speed Bombers, entry level racers the Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets, and the Open division rumble back onto the quarter-mile asphalt oval for their third post-season tussle. All-access pit passes for the full afternoon of racing excitement are available at the pit entry gate for just $15. Gates open at noon with qualifying at 2:30 p.m. and racing at 3 p.m. Stay tuned to meridianspeedway.com for all the latest news from around the quarter-mile oval, and be sure to like our Facebook page and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to make sure you’re up to speed with your NASCAR Home Track. We’ll see you Saturday, January 5, for round three of the Boise Bath and Kitchen Company Winter Heat Series under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.