Division Battles Heat Up as Racing Returns to Meridian Speedway


Division Battles Heat Up as Racing Returns to Meridian Speedway

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The final push toward a championship begins Saturday as Meridian Speedway hosts Boys and Girls Club Night presented by Sandi Floyd of State Farm.

The green flag drops on the final eight weeks of the Meridian Speedway season Saturday with Boys and Girls Club Night presented by Sandi Floyd of State Farm. The CT400 Sprintcars, College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Program Street Stocks, Claimer Stocks, Grand American Modifieds, Budweiser Modifieds, Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stocks, and Tates Rents Hornets take to the asphalt quarter-mile as they chase their 2015 championship trophies.

As the CT400 Sprintcar division has grown the intensity has ratcheted up. Nampa, Idaho racer Chris Ratterree has handled the pressure and finds himself with a 66 point advantage over Kuna, Idaho’s Casey Tillman. Watch Tillman wheel his winged racer toward the top of the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard Saturday.

The College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Program Street Stocks have chased the Weaver Racing teammates Melissa and Marv Weaver through the first two-thirds of the season. However the Weaver Racing teammates have slumped as of late. Point leader Melissa Weaver’s advantage has been nearly halved in the last weeks. Can the lady racer battle hew way past Daniel Johnson and the rest of a hungry field to regain top form?

The Claimer Stock division has just three features left on the 2015 schedule, but this is one class that won’t close out the season quietly. Casey Hart of Meridian, Idaho has kept his big orange pickup truck in control and out front of the fender-bending pack and has a 50 point advantage over JD Ford. Keep an eye on Hart as he slides his way to the Arctic Circle of Meridian Victory Lane.

Just 8 markers separate the top two Budweiser Modified competitors heading into Saturday night’s action. Randy Keckley has used his consistency to overcome Nampa, Idaho’s Josh Jackson atop the standings, but 8 points is far from a secure advantage.

Dennis Wurtz II has quietly put together a strong season in the return of Grand American Modified racing at the quarter-mile. The real battle for position begins at third as Josh Jackson has a scant 39 point advantage over Tony Ackerland. With just two race nights left to settle the season the intensity can only pick up.

Scott Shoecraft has been a fixture at the front of the Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stock division in 2015 and has amassed a sizeable point lead as a result. Despite a triple digit advantage over Payette, Idaho’s Travis Pavlacky and just four races remaining Shoecraft can’t afford to turn down the wick on his quick racer. Watch for Shoecraft to be fast again on August 22’s Boys and Girls Club Night presented by Sandi Floyd State Farm.

The Tates Rents Hornets division entered the summer months with a tight point battle and the action doesn’t look to settle any time soon. After a big Eve of Destruction win DJ Everett controls the Tates Rents Hornets field, but his 13 point advantage over Bill Allen is far from safe.

Join us at Meridian Speedway Saturday for Boys and Girls Club Night presented by Sandi Floyd of State Farm. The CT400 Sprintcars, College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Program Street Stocks, Claimer Stocks, Grand American Modifieds, Budweiser Modifieds, Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stocks, and Tates Rents Hornets will speed around the quarter-mile for their Allison Concrete trophies. The Idaho Tile and Granite Bike Races for Kids will also take a turn on the speedway Saturday. Gates open at 4 p.m. with qualifying at 5 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m. We’ll have a seat waiting for you under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.