Daredevils Master Disaster at Speedway Smash-O-Ramaadmin
True to the Wendy’s Smash-O-Rama moniker, the Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets and Firehouse Pub and Grill Bombers crashed their way through a pair of risky features, while a huge field of demolition derby and boat race drivers, The Beast Jet Dragster and Mr. Dizzy provided all the high-flying, hard-hitting thrills that have made Wendy’s Smash-O-Rama one of the most anticipated events on the Meridian Speedway schedule.
Leading is always a risky proposition, and in the Firehouse Pub and Grill Bomber division being out front two laps in a row Saturday meant a trip to the back of the pack. The green flag dropped and chaos ensued with cars shooting through the infield, into the outside wall, and everywhere in between as they strived to not lead two in a row. When the smoke cleared an unlikely winner emerged from the pack as Nampa, Idaho’s Austin Pattan claimed the Wendy’s Feature Flag.
Using lessons learned from watching their compatriots, the Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets rolled to green for their own risky race. Despite several pushes by teammate duos it was a pair of privateers that battled to the checkers. In the end it was Neil Wassmuth that used strategy and more than a little luck to pilot his Neil Alan Fine Jewelry, Curtis Clean Sweep racer to the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.
The star of the night was Mike Buse, a.k.a. Mr. Dizzy, and his Limo Jump of Destruction. With a full head of steam Mr. Dizzy veered off the race track, hit his ramps, and flew nearly one hundred feet before he crashed back to earth. The extreme entertainer’s safety provisions worked to perfection and he sprang from the wreckage mere seconds after coming to a rest.
The automotive destruction only ramped up from there as thirteen demolition derby cars lined up for a duel to the automotive death. After a hard-hitting five minutes three machines still moved, and it wasn’t long after that when Matt Petero collected the Wendy’s Feature Flag.
A full track’s worth of World Famous Boat Race competitors poured onto the quarter-mile oval with aquatic assault on the agenda. The green flag waved and fiberglass flew. Lap after lap saw both boats and cars pummeled. As attrition worked its way through the field only Colton Nelson’s Pick Up Man, Casey Winter’s Bat Truck, and Jamo Stephenson’s YMC Van remained running. Winter went to work on Nelson’s nearly house-sized boat while Stephenson went on a destruction rampage through the infield.
When the checkered flag waved and the smoke cleared Nelson’s Pick Up Man was deemed to have lost its boat last, while Stephenson’s mad smash through the infield qualified him for Master of Disaster honors.
Before fireworks closed Saturday night’s Smash-O-Rama action Jeff Atamian’s The Beast Jet Dragster finished off Meridian Speedway’s 2018 Official Pace Car. Last seen stolen and jumped into a pile of junk cars, parts of the car began to fly off before The Beast’s Westinghouse jet fighter engine was up to full song. As soon as Atamian hit the afterburner the whole car burst into flames and the meltdown was on.
With a wild Wendy’s Smash-O-Rama in the rearview, Meridian Speedway turns its focus to the brave men and women of our armed forces with Military Appreciation Night’s Twin 25’s. The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, Coors Super Stocks, Project Filter Pro-4s, Teleperformance Street Stocks, High School Tuners, and Junior Stingers all contest double main events this Saturday, May 18. General admission is free for all military members and families with a valid military ID. Otherwise, admission is just $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 60 and up, and $7 for kids 7-11. Kids 6 and under get in free. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with main events starting at 6:45 p.m. Log on to www.meridianspeedway.com for all the latest from around the quarter-mile oval, and join our text club by sending ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 for exclusive updates. We’ll see you under the big yellow water tower in downtown Meridian, Idaho for Military Appreciation Night at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.