Drama Dominates First PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modified Shootoutadmin
The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds and TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks ran two hotly contested races Saturday, April 28, as part of the Pro Build 100 festivities.
The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds swarmed Meridian Speedway to contest the first of five, fifty lap PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modified Shootout events. The green flag flew and Wyatt King overpowered Joe Thuss to lead lap one. The first to challenge King was Caitlyn Stroebel, who took her Trinity Construction, D&R Drainage Systems modified to the lead on lap nine.
The revolving door up front kept spinning as Josh Jackson took his turn up front two laps later. Behind Jackson’s Jacksonbuiltracing.com, Motor Mayhem Chassis Dyno Tuning machine, Colton Nelson, Chris Fenton, and Bryan Warf powered their way to the leader’s rear bumper. Fenton was first to break ranks, and he stormed around the outside of Nelson to move his modified to second.
By the halfway point Fenton filled Jackson’s mirror, and quickly pulled inside in his bid for the lead. For five laps Jackson fought Fenton, but resistance proved futile as Fenton took the lead with twenty laps left.
But Fenton soon faced a new challenge as Warf cruised by Jackson and began to close on the top spot. Lap by lap Fenton’s lead shrank, and with seven circuits left Warf stuck his nose under Fenton. Fenton answered the challenge, so Warf switched to the high line. As the laps wound down Warf worked to dispatch the leader, but Fenton refused to yield as he sped into the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.
Upon post race inspection, Fenton’s machine was disqualified, which handed the victory to Meridian, Idaho’s Warf.
The TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks had twenty short laps to find a main event victor. On the break Will Ostrum tiptoed around the outside of Billy Shipp to take his Diversified Carpet Cleaning entry to the early lead. With precipitation building on the racetrack Ian Michael found the handle on his SSLP Racing, HYLA USA machine and pulled to the runner up spot.
By lap seven Michael was inside the race leader, and at the race’s halfway point Michael scooted to the lead. But as Michael passed, he and Ostrum made contact. Ostrum lost steering and darted across the track into Terrell Daffron and both ended up in a heap on the front stretch.
With the mess cleaned up and Michael relegated to the back of the pack for the restart, Boise, Idaho’s Luke Wolverton and James Pahl led the field to green. Wolverton got the better of this battle to take the lead, with Andrew Harbeston and Jayson Wardle in hot pursuit. Wardle was first to make a move as he worked low to take the second spot.
Next, Wardle caught Wolverton, and with just two laps left, piloted his Catapult 3, Lazee Days RV Rentals machine to the top spot on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard. Wolverton wouldn’t be able to counter the move, and Wardle crossed the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Strip first.
The thrills and spills continue Saturday, May 5, as Meridian Speedway hosts Ladies Night. The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, Coors Super Stocks, Domino’s Legends, Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, and Junior Stingers come together as they dash for the Shake N’ Bake Racing hardware. Saturday also features the season debut of Clarity Credit Union’s Penny Gold Rush. General admission to Saturday’s festivities is just $11.50 for adults, $9 for seniors and military members, $6.50 for kids 7-11, and, as always, kids 6 and under get in free. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. and the green flag drops at 6:45 p.m. Log onto www.meridianspeedway.com for further highlights from last Saturday, and be sure to text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive exclusive updates from around the quarter-mile. We’ll see you Saturday, May 5 under the big yellow water tower for Ladies Night at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.