Championship Drive: Wyatt Kingadmin
The Meridian Speedway schedule is grueling, especially for the Division 1 Pit Stop USA NASCAR Modifieds. Needing eighteen feature races to take full advantage of NASCAR’s national point system, these high-tech machines were pushed to the ragged edge of speed and endurance for well over five hundred main event laps entering the division’s final race night. After an entire season of punishment, two men stood poised to duel for the title: Wyatt King and Casey Tillman.
King reentered the Meridian Speedway scene in 2018 as a rookie in the Pit Stop USA NASCAR Modified ranks. Though King grew faster with each race night, luck was rarely on his side. But King persevered to bring his Major Tire and Hitch, YMC Mechanical, BLG Blue, The Flores Group machine home in ninth position, barely missing out on Rookie of the Year honors. With a year of experience under his belt King rolled into 2019 looking to put a consistent season together, which is exactly what has catapulted the Kuna, Idaho racer to the head of his division.
Tillman, on the other hand, has been a Meridian Speedway staple, racing everything from ISRL Super Sixes to Domino’s Legends, a division where he won three back-to-back titles from 2015-2017. The key to Tillman’s success was a predictable one—he scored wins. 2019 was no exception, as Tillman’s Ready Made Plastic Trays, Holly Co., PitStopUSA.com, Taylor Made, YMC, Flores Group, Tillman Equipment, Fire Extinguisher Co. modified parked in the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle eight times. But Tillman’s results were feast-or-famine, especially on double main event nights.
The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds ran double main events seven times in 2019. Despite only scoring one win over those fourteen features, King outscored Tillman, who has four victories on such nights, by a whopping 755-652. This trend continued in the season’s final race night, where King outscored not only Tillman, but both feature winners as well en route to his first Meridian Speedway championship.