Action Ramps Up During Second Test and Tune

Action Ramps Up During Second Test and Tune


Charlie Ham Jr and crew assess damage on his racer
Photo Credit: MS Staff

Action Ramps Up During Second Test and Tune, by T.Schild

Meridian Speedway’s second Test and Tune session of 2014 saw 50 cars lap the quarter mile in preparation for the April 26 season opening race.  As the track took rubber lap times fell and the small group runs became competitive.  As racers pushed their equipment harder, the equipment began to push back.

The action started less than an hour into open practice as  Modified competitor Charlie Ham Jr. slid high in turn one and tagged the freshly-painted concrete.  Several other participants would encounter issues as well.

Among the most spectacular episode came when Jacob Petero’s #17 Late Model broke a control arm and spun through turn three.  Miraculously Petero kept the car out of the concrete and returned to action later that afternoon.  Budweiser Modified competitors Chase Hanish and Rick Baldwin also encountered mechanical issues.

“That’s why you shake ‘em down,” said a member of Baldwin’s crew.

The last opportunity for pre-season testing will be held next Saturday, April 19.  As always Test and Tune admission is free to the public.  Don’t miss your last chance to catch some pre-season action under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.