Early Season Rivals Set to Square Off on Military Appreciation Night


Early Season Rivals Set to Square Off on Military Appreciation Night

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America’s armed forces take center stage Saturday as Meridian Speedway hosts Military Appreciation Night.

Meridian Speedway honors the people that protect our freedoms Saturday with Military Appreciation night.  As we welcome active and retired military members to the stands we welcome The Project Filter Pro-4s, Pepsi Sprintcars, Coors Super Stocks, College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Program Street Stocks, Kendall Ford Mini Stocks, College of Western Idaho Transportation Department High School Tuners, and Junior Stingers to the quarter-mile.  As the 2015 season unfolds a number of rivalries have already emerged within the seven speedy divisions featured Saturday.

The Project Filter Pro-4s return to the quarter mile Saturday with emotions still running high between Joe Barton and Brendon Fries.  On the last lap of the main event last week Fries dove beneath Barton in turn one to take the top spot and the two made contact.  When the smoke cleared Barton sat backwards in turn two, Fries had a fresh coat of blue paint, and Kenny Chandler walked away with the victory.  Will Barton decide revenge is a dish best served with bumpers on the track or with hardware in Arctic Circle Victory Lane?  This week Barton will have two chances to redeem himself as the division runs the first of two Twin 25 events this season.

Riley Rogers was the coolest kid at Meridian High School after his surprising but well-earned Pepsi Sprintcar victory April 25.  With a shot of confidence Rogers looks to pilot the machine affectionately named Orange Crush to another win.  However a talented field of racers including Tony Ackerland and Ryan Newman, two heavy-weights that dueled all season in 2014, figure to spoil the youngster’s party in round two Saturday night.

The last time the Coors Super Stocks and the College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Street Stocks clashed Ray Bollinger brought home top honors in his Super Stock, but had to withstand a hard late-race charge from Street Stock champion Melissa Weaver.  Weaver may have more than a stacked grid of Coors Super Stocks to contend with Saturday as Daniel Johnson has his Street Stock hook up and his sights set on knocking Meridian Speedway’s favorite lady driver from the top.

When 24 Kendall Ford Mini Stocks pack the tight confines of the concrete jungle sparks and fenders fly.  Jason Sanders picked his way through the pack and positioned himself to outduel Scott Shoecraft on a green-white-checkered restart.  Who will thread their way through traffic and battle for the Busted Spur Welding trophy?

The College of Western Idaho Trasportation Program High School Tuners roll onto the quarter-mile for their first test of the 2015 season Saturday.  This top-tier developmental division has stolen the show more than once from their more experienced counterparts.  The pressure to perform will only be doubled for these young competitors by the Junior Stingers who will also put on a show Saturday.  Who will distance themselves from the pack and take another step toward a Meridian Speedway title Saturday?

Don’t pass up your opportunity to support our troops and watch scores get settled this weekend.  Gates open Saturday at 4 p.m. with qualifying at 5 p.m. and races at 6:30 p.m.  Military members need only show their military identification for admission.  Be sure to check meridianspeedway.com for the latest news and special ticket offers.  Plus, get special speedway info by texting ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483.  Get here early, because seats under the big yellow water tower will fill up fast this Saturday night at Meridian Speedway.