Championship Window Narrows for Nelsonadmin
A raucous crowd packed the Meridian Speedway grandstands as the quarter-mile asphalt oval hosted Boise State Alumni and TEAM Mazda Free Car night. The Pro Truck Series, PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds, Rebel Modifieds of Idaho, Pepsi Crate Cars and Idaho Sprintcar and Roadster League Super Sixes, Project Filter Pro-4s, TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, and High School Tuners fill a non-stop program with thrills in pursuit of the Champion Onion hardware.
First to the race track were the PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds for their first of two 25 lap tussles. Wyatt King made the outside line the place to be early and piloted his Major Tire and Hitch, Stock Construction modified to the lap one lead. King enjoyed three laps at the point before a host of strong competitors tracked him down. Colton Nelson was first to make a move, and on lap five the Meridian, Idaho racer took his Integrity Pools of Idaho, YMC Heating and Air Conditioning machine to the lead with teammate Bryan Warf in tow.
Eager to open up his championship lead even further Warf worked Nelson’s back bumper. As the laps wound down Warf committed to the inside, but Nelson held fast on the outside and took the night’s first main event trophy.
The Rebel Modifieds of Idaho went solo for their 25 lap main event. Donovan Parker used his front row starting spot to take his Pegasus Towing, Curtis Clean Sweep machine to the early lead, but faced heavy pressure from Randy Keckley through the early going.
The early mover was Chris Fenton, who tiptoed his way into the top three on lap ten, then waited for the side-by-side lead battle to settle. With twelve circuits to go Fenton made his move and piloted his Pepsi-Cola, Cristiani Motorsports modified around Keckley for the lead. This proved to be the winning pass as Fenton crossed the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first.
The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds rumbled back to life for their second 25 lap main event of Boise State Alumni and TEAM Mazda Free Car Night. Pole sitter Josh Jackson blasted past Jonathan Hull to put his Jackson Built Racing, Sticker Shack racer up front on lap one. But action was intense early, and on lap six contact sent third place Hull around in front of the field. Miraculously the pack picked their way around Hull’s Diversified Carpet Cleaning, All American Towing machine without significant contact and continued.
Two laps later more trouble broke out at the head of the field as top five runners Casey Tillman and Colton Nelson tangled coming out of turn two. Both modifieds spun up the track and caromed off the outside wall before Joe Thuss arrived on the scene and pounded the two stricken machines. The contact forced Tillman and Thuss to retire, though quick work by Nelson’s Integrity Pools of Idaho, Mulder’s Auto and Machine team got his racer patched back together before the race restarted.
With the back stretch cleared Larry Hull stormed around Jackson for the lead. Hull pulled to a comfortable advantage through the race’s middle stages, but soon had to contend with Bryan Warf, who broke free of the field and charged into the lead battle. With eight laps left Warf pitched his Integrity Pools of Idaho, Dave’s Quick Lube modified into turns one and two and came out with the lead. This proved to be the winning pass as Warf claimed the night’s second PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modified feature.
Meridian Speedway gets back to its roots this Sunday, September 2, as the Idaho Speedway and Outlaw Karts contest Al Russel’s The Dirty Cup. Don’t miss your chance to catch the fastest racers on dirt lap the twelfth-mile dirt oval in pursuit of The Dirt Track at Meridian Speedway’s most prestigious event. Gates open at 2:30 p.m. Sunday with qualifying at 5 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m. Stay tuned to www.meridianspeedway.com for more information, and join our text club by sending ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive exclusive updates. We’ll see you this Sunday, September 2, under the big yellow water tower for Al Russel’s The Dirty Cup at The Dirt Track at Meridian Speedway.