Cleaning Crew: Lawson, Strikwerda Sweep Project Filter Twin 25sadmin
Meridian Speedway honored the men and women of the United States Armed
Forces Saturday, May 18, as the quarter-mile asphalt oval hosted Military Appreciation Night featuring
the Project Filter Twin 25’s. The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, Coors
Super Stocks, Teleperformance Street Stocks, Project Filter Pro-4s, High School Tuners, and Junior
Stingers all contested double dashes to claim the Boise Boys Transportation Feature Flag.
The High School Tuners took to the quarter-mile asphalt oval for their second fifteen lap sprint
race. Outside pole sitter Hannah Scott sped to the early lead, but Jett Nelson was fast and the Boise,
Idaho driver took over the top spot on lap three. Behind Nelson’s YMC Mechanical machine, Cody
Castricone and James Strikwerda wound their way through the field until the pair sat second and third on
the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.
Strikwerda got the best of the second place battle in his PBT Auto Sales entry, then with five laps left
overtook Nelson for the lead. This left Nelson in the clutches of Castricone, who piloted his Fast Glass
racer around the outside to the runner up spot. But Castricone ran out of time to mount a challenge and
Strikwerda claimed his second Boise Boys Transportation Feature Flag of Military Appreciation Night.
Eight Teleperformance Street Stocks rolled to the green on their second 25 lap main event. After an
early exit in the first feature, Nampa, Idaho’s Kendra Occhipinti roared to the early lead with Josh
Fanopoulos and Jesse James Lawson in her tire tracks. Lawson was first to challenge Occhipinti and on
lap eight piloted his Dillon Plumbing, Jump Time of Idaho machine to the top of the Pepsi-Cola
scoreboard. This left Occhipinti in the clutches of Fanopoulos and her younger brother Taylor
Fanopoulos drove his Certified Services, Signature Concrete Counter Tops racer to second on lap ten,
followed by Taylor Occhipinti. The younger Occhipinti piloted his Marv’s Tire Service, Dillon
Performance Engines mount to third and worked to close the gap on Fanopoulos while Fanopoulos
closed on Lawson. Though they could keep pace with Lawson, neither Fanopoulos nor Occhipinti were
able to mount a challenge as the newcomer from Caldwell, Idaho roared to the Project Filter Twin 25
With his two victories Saturday, Lawson extended his win streak to four features.
The Meridian Speedway season continues Monday, May 27 with Whelen Night at the Races. The NAPA
Auto Parts Big 5 Late Models, PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds, Winged Pepsi Crate Cars, Project
Filter Pro-4s, Domino’s Legends, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets close the Memorial Day Weekend in
pursuit of the Racing for Smiles Feature Flags. General admission is just $12 for adults, $10 for seniors
60+ and military members, and $7 for kids 7-11. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with racing at 6:45 p.m. Kids,
bring a bike and a helmet for the Hungry Onion Bike Races held right after qualifying. Log on to
www.meridianspeedway.com for the latest news from around the quarter-mile, and text
‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive exclusive updates. We’ll see you Monday, May 27, under the big
yellow water tower for Whelen Night at the Races at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.