Domino’s Legend Championship Night Set to Settle Several Point Battlesadmin
Saturday, September 9, closes the books on three season-long championship battles as Meridian Speedway host Domino’s Pizza Legends Championship night. Along with the Domino’s Pizza Legends the Pepsi Sprintcars and the College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Program Street Stocks will also settle their season feuds. Along with these champion-crowning divisions the Budweiser Modifieds and Coors Super Stocks come together for the second-to-last time in 2014, and the Tunderdogs will beat, bang, and slide their way toward the close of their season.
The Domino’s Pizza Legends division championship looked like it would get out of hand last Saturday as second-place point man Zach Blume was involved in a pile up on the first lap of the 40 circuit feature. Undaunted, but missing a good portion of his racer, Blume worked his way back through the pack to keep well within striking distance of point leader Camron Madsen. Going into championship night just 22 markers separate Blume from the Meridian Speedway championship. However, Madsen is peaking at the right time, having claimed his first main event win of the season two races ago, and taking the runner up spot behind Casey Tillman in last week’s main event. Who will be the winner of Saturday night’s fight under the lights, and who will win the season-long war?
Ryan Newman has held a firm grasp on the Pepsi Sprintcar standings since mid-summer, when his string of consistent podium finishes propelled him to the top of the crowded division. Even with the dominance displayed by Tony Ackerland’s number 95 machine, Newman leads second place Ackerland by 188 points. The real battle Saturday may be for the remaining podium point positions, as Colton Nelson is lurking just twenty points behind Ackerland. Any false move working through traffic could change the final standings drastically.
The story of the year in the CWI Street Stocks has been Weaver Racing, and the dominance father-daughter team Marv and Melissa Weaver have displayed throughout the season. Only once have the pair looked mortal; that night it was Shaun Bush coming within five one-thousandths of a second of victory over the Weaver Racing stable. Will the Weavers close the year with yet another victory, or can another competitor like Pat Tully or Destiny Huber out-wheel the pair and claim a main event trophy?
While the afore mentioned championship-settling races command attention, the always exciting Budweiser Modifieds will host the Coors Super Stocks in a joint main event Saturday. Both of these classes are chasing their own dominant forces. With a flurry of main event wins Darvin Ackerland has shot to the top of the Budweiser Modified points, holding a 36 point advantage over long-time point leader Rick Baldwin and a triple digit gap over early season main event winner Scott Durbin. In the Coors Super Stock ranks Rob Powers has overpowered the competition, and leads second-place Jess Ryska by 165 markers. Will there be a breakout winner in either of these stacked divisions, or will the fast keep getting faster? For that matter, can any Thunderdog outdo Bulldacious in their second-to-last race of the season?
General admission tickets for Saturday night’s racing is just $10.25 for adults, $7.75 for seniors and members of the military, and $6.25 for kids 7-11. Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing at 6:30 p.m. Don’t wait at the gate, order your advance tickets www.meridianspeedway.com and be sure to text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 for special information. We’ll see you Saturday night under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway