Rookie, Veteran Split Aaron’s EMS, Fire, Police, and CO Night Featuresadmin
Summer show up early Saturday, June 2 for Meridian Speedway’s EMS, Police, Fire, and Correctional Officers Night presented by Aaron’s Sales and Lease. The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds battled through twin thirty lap features, while the Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, and Pepsi Crate Cars and ISRL Super Sixes slid around the quarter-mile in search of their Maxwell Plumbing trophies, and the Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets, and Bombers took on a tractor tire slalom course.
The Teleperformance Claimer Stocks had 25 circuits to find a main event winner. On the green, Boise, Idaho’s Jamie Hyde blew past Scott Kelly to take his Western Sandblasting and Powdercoating, Guppies Hot Rod Grille racer to the early lead. But Kendra Occhipinti was quick to Hyde’s rear bumper, and on lap three the Nampa, Idaho racer muscled her way outside Hyde and took over the point.
Occhipinti came under fire immediately from Pat Tully and her younger brother Taylor Occhipinti. A lap eight caution bunched the field and stationed Tully outside the front row on the restart. The green flag flew and Tully dispatched the elder Occhipinti to take the lead. But Tylor Occhipinti wouldn’t let Tully get away, and the youngster dove inside the Caldwell, Idaho racer to take the top spot at the race’s halfway point.
As the laps wound down the younger Occhipinti pulled away from the field as Tully worked to fend off Josh Fanopoulos’ Certified Services, A-1 Towing machine. With seven circuits left Fanopoulos moved into the runner up spot and worked to track down Occhipniti’s Marv’s Tire Service, Dillon Performance Engines racer down. Fanopoulos wheeled his machine hard to keep pace, but didn’t have anything for Occhipinit who dashed across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe for his first division victory.
The Pepsi Crate Cars and ISRL Super Sixes brought eleven strong sprinters to their 25 lap feature. On the break Kuna, Idaho’s Pat Young worked the outside line to lead lap one. But the man on the move early was Mike Anderson, who powered through the field and put his Bender Electric, Elda Property Management entry at the top of the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard on lap five.
Next to break from the pack was Tony Ackerland. Ackerland piloted his Kick’s Chevron, Ackerland Construction machine hard to erase Anderson’s two second lead, and by the race’s halfway point Ackerland had arrived on the leader’s tail tank.
But Anderson had a bevy of lapped traffic ahead of him, and these slower competitors kept Ackerland at bay as the laps wound down. The leaders never found clear race track again, and that was all Anderson needed to claim his first feature win of the season.
Fire and fury return to Meridian Speedway this Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, as the BOB FM Diamond Cup roars onto the quarter-mile oval. The Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association and Mountain Dew Interstate Winged Sprintcars join in the two day battle for the Star Diamonds championship ring. Friday’s Stinker Stores Family Pass Night features the Royal Purple Modified Series, Larry H Miller Ran Trucks, Domino’s Legends, Project Filter Pro-4s, and a Stinker Stores Candy Rush. Saturday’s action completes the winged Sprintcar shootout with the TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, High School Tuners, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets filling the short track racing slate. General admission to each night of the BOB FM Diamond Cup is $18 for adults, $15.50 for seniors and members of the military, and $6.50 for kids 7-11 years old. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, with the first green flag waving at 6:45 p.m. Logon to meridianspeedway.com to keep up with the latest news and notes from the quarter-mile, and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to sign up for exclusive offers and updates. We’ll see you this Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, for the BOB FM Diamond Cup under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.