Meridian Speedway Debuts Ice Breaking Winter Heat Seriesadmin
Meridian Speedway gives your winter blues the black flag this off-season as the quarter-mile oval hosts its first annual Winter Heat series. Five hearty divisions have signed on for a five race dash through whatever Mother Nature chooses to dish out. The Hornets, Bombers, and Mini Stocks return to action, while the Stingers Plus and Open divisions make their speedway debut.
The wild and wacky Hornets and Bombers speed back into the Concrete Jungle ready for anything. From pumpkins and water barrels to slalom courses and reverse racing, these low-buck race cars provided thrills and spills a-plenty throughout their long summer campaign. Now, with the threat of snow hanging over each event, you won’t want to miss the fun as these edge-of-control racers push their machines to, and probably over, their limits.
The Mini Stocks join in the winter fun with an off-season grudge match of their own. Wheel-to-wheel action was the name of the game through the dog days of summer, and these compact competitors look to turn up the heat as the temperatures fall.
The Junior Stinger ranks open their doors to 15 and 16-year-old racers to become the Stingers Plus category. With a new class of competitors in the fray, look for the youngsters to ratchet up the intensity in their already frantic features.
On the subject of frantic features, the Open Division brings an unprecedented mix of racers to bear on the quarter-mile. As the name suggests, this class is open to any and all machines with 8-inch DOT approved tires. If you’ve ever wondered how a Pro-4 might fare against a non-winged sprinter, or if a Legend could take Late Model, this is where you’ll find out.
The first Winter Heat clash takes place Saturday, November 24, as Meridian Speedway hosts the Turkey Shootout. Race days start at 9 a.m. with a two hour open practice session, followed by the Pit Meeting at 1 p.m. and 10 minute practice sessions for all classes at 1:30 p.m. Qualifying kicks off at 2:30 p.m. and races go green at 3 p.m. with 10 lap heat races. Rather than be locked into a set number of laps, main events in the Winter Heat series are timed, meaning the racers are not only pitted against each other, but also the clock as they work their way forward.
General admission includes a pit pass for $15. Open practice participants get in the gate for $20 per car while Winter Heat series racers can enter their machines for $30. Further race dates are set for December 15, January 5, January 26, and February 16. Stay tuned to meridianspeedway.com for all the latest news on from around the quarter-mile, and text 84483 to receive exclusive updates all year round. We’ll see you Saturday, November 24, for the inaugural race of the Winter Heat series under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.