Chaos Rules Brashers’ Hornet Massacreadmin
Wednesday got a little wacky at Meridian Speedway as the Brashers’ Auto Auction Hornet Massacre made its annual midweek appearance. Appearing along with the local-auto-dealer-driven Hornets were the Project Filter Pro-4s and the Coors Super Stocks. While the bulk of the night’s drivers were seeing their first action on the quarter mile, the action in the weekly divisions heated up as the season wound down.
After a spirited, fender-to-fender battle for the lead in the first consolation main event Trenton Barrington, Dave Edmark and Jeff Pritchett punched their tickets to the Brashers’ Hornet Massacre main event. The second consolation main event saw John Spencer and Bobby Peterson join the field of racers for the main event. These five new race drives were added to seasoned Brashers’ Hornet Massacre racers Bobby Latham, Neil Latham, Thomas Harrod, and John Newhouse. As the green flag flew chaos erupted as John Spencer went three wide to snag the lead from Dave Edmark in turn one. Spencer’s lead would be short-lived as Edmark came back on lap two to retake the top spot. Spencer’s drama wasn’t over there, as he smacked the front stretch wall on lap three, destroying the right front suspension assembly on his racer and ending his night. Also collected in the melee was Neil Latham, who would also leave the racing surface.
When the green flag waved again Edmark, Bobby Latham and Newhouse went bumper to bumper for the top spot. Newhouse would use a daring, three-wide dive to wrestle the lead from Edmark. During this exchange Harrod would join Edmark and Latham in the battle for the lead. Six laps later the race for the top spot would turn ugly as Edmark pushed high and pummeled the turn four wall. Newhouse was the beneficiary of this action as he took the lead, followed by Harrod. The final dozen laps would see Harrod make a pit stop before he mounted a charge from the back of the remaining pack to track down Newhouse. Harrod would close, but his effort would come up short as John Newhouse collected the Brashers’ Hornet Massacre trophy.
Newhouse would take the checkered flag for a victory lap before settling in Arctic Circle Victory Lane.
The Coors Super Stocks sprinted through twenty fast laps. Using his outside front row starting position Rob Powers edged out to an early lead while Jess Ryska battled hard for the top spot on the low side. Finally some contact in turn three upset Ryska’s car enough to allow Powers to race around the high side and establish himself in the lead. Now Ryska fell into the clutches of Coors Super Stock rookie Mike Anderson. Halfway through the race Anderson peeked below Ryska, trying to coax his pushing racecar around the second place driver to no avail. In the closing laps Ryska pulled away from Anderson and jumped to the high side of Powers with three to go. The racers went door to door until the white flag fell and Ryska got loose in turn two, handing the lead and the win to Powers.
Project Filter Pro-4 action took the green flag as shadows began to creep over the racing surface. From the outside pole position Larry Hull III jumped ahead of Ron hayes on lap one. Hayes would battle Hull III for the next five laps, but the momentum on the high side eventually gave Hull III the top spot. Behind this duel Joe Barton wheeled his racer through the pack, taking second from Hayes on lap six. Now it was Barton’s turn to work the high groove to the lead. Again the inside car of Hull III was able to fend off the charge for five circuits, but Barton would claim the lead on lap eleven. Kenny Chandler would follow Barton’s example and swing his racer high around Barton two laps later to put the Project Filter machine in the lead. Chandler would run away with the lead, Barton would hold second, but it was Brendon Fries on the move. Fries, who found himself hard in the outside wall during afternoon practice, would work his way around Hull III to take the final podium position before a Ryan Bailey spin bunched the pack up with ten laps to go. On the restart Barton used the high groove to challenge Chandler again, but Chandler was able to launch off the low side of the racetrack to maintain the lead. While the lead battle sorted itself Hull III went to work on Fries, and would pass the repaired racer briefly before a lurid slide in turn four would allow Fries to take third for good. But all this action took place behind Chandler, who claimed another Project Filter Pro-4 main event win.
“This car’s really good,” said Chandler in Arctic Circle Victory Lane. “We’re really happy to have Project Filter and Fairly Reliable Bob’s on board.”
Wednesday’s action was just a sampler for a busy weekend at Meridian Speedway as both Saturday and Sunday sport a full slate of racing action. Saturday night is Tates Rents Fan Night, complete with racing from the Pepsi Sprintcars and Super 6s, Meridian Speedway and Budweiser Modifieds, TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stocks and the Outlaw Compacts, Tates Rents Hornets, and a Clarity Credit Union Penny Gold Rush. Sunday sees the Oldies Cruise and Drag Night take it slow and low around the quarter mile before the NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latemodels roar to life for their final race of the 2014 season. Also scheduled Sunday are the Domino’s Pizza Legends, the conclusion of the TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stock and Outlaw Compact feud, and the Tile Outlet Bike Races for Kids.
Tickets for each night of this speedy week are just $10.25. Gates open at 4 p.m. each evening, with racing slated to start at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.meridianspeedway.com for more information or for advance tickets.