Fast Fields Set to Battle in Saturday’s Open Wheel Opener


Fast Fields Set to Battle in Saturday’s Open Wheel Opener

pepsi car 98Meridian Speedway’s 64th season welcomes its first open-wheel competitors of the year Saturday as the Pepsi Sprintcars, Super Sixes, Domino’s Legends, College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Program Street Stocks, the all-new Claimer Stocks, Junior Stingers, Karts and the Idaho Tile and Granite Bike Races 4 Kids roll onto the quarter-mile.  It’s been nearly six months since these ultra-fast competitors took to the track affectionately called the concrete jungle, and if last weekend’s physical racing was any indication there will be quarter given this Saturday.

The Pepsi Sprintcars provided some of last year’s most memorable moments, from an incredible late-season duel between Tony Ackerland and Ryan Newman to Larry Hull III racing through gale-force winds to claim his first sprintcar victory.  With another strong field of racers slated to take the track this year don’t miss your chance to witness the next exciting chapter in Pepsi Sprintcar history.

The Super Sixes look to build off their competitive 2014 season as well.  So competitive were these six-cylinder racers that they split victories with their eight-cylinder Pepsi Sprintcar counterparts in their joint events.  Leading the charge last year was Casey Tillman, who claimed the LeeRoy Nelson 40 Memorial Trophy.  Who will pick up where Tillman left off and challenge for open-wheeled supremacy?

The Domino’s Legends packed the quarter-mile with cars and thrills in 2014.  So close was the racing that the championship was very much in question until the last lap of the final main event.  Cameron Madsen emerged atop the Domino’s Legends heap last year.  With Madsen’s absence in 2015 rumored the door is wide open for the rest of the vast field.

Melissa Weaver continued her winning ways last Saturday as she pulled away from the College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Program Street Stock pack.  This week competitors like Daniel Johnson and Shaun Bush look to rebound from last week’s mechanical misfortune and challenge for the top spot.

Making their Meridian Speedway debut this Saturday are the Claimer Stocks.  These vehicles may look like the CWI Street Stocks, but beneath the sheet metal these beasts are less powerful and technologically advanced than their Street Stock counterparts.  These restrictions level the playing field, generating bumper-to-bumper, paint-trading racing reminiscent of the Bomber and Jalopy Stock divisions of old.  Don’t miss your first chance to catch these throwbacks in action.

The Junior Stingers may be a developmental division, but the competitors showed they already have more than enough talent to hustle a racecar around Meridian Speedway.  From an epic duel and photo finish between Shane Harris and Peter Woog to the afterhours showdown where Daytona Wurtz earned the inaugural class championship 2014 did not lack for excitement.  With the young competitors having a full season under their belt look for more furious action in their first race in 2015.

Saturday is also the first opportunity to roll the old two-wheeler out on the speedway for the Idaho Tile and Granite Bike Races 4 Kids.  Kids, bring a bike and a helmet for your chance to race around Meridian Speedway just like your favorite drivers.  Gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday, with Qualifying at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 6:30 p.m.  As always you can check meridianspeedway.com for advance tickets and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 for special info.  Get here early as the seats will go fast under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.