Fireworks Set for Track and Sky This Independence Day Weekendadmin
Meridian Speedway celebrates Independence Day with two wild nights of short track action this Saturday, July 2 and Monday, July 4. The Royal Purple Modified Series headlines both race nights as a full field of fast racers battle for the Western States Caterpillar Independence Cup. Not to be outdone, the Domino’s Legends join their INEX counterparts for their own two-day regional qualifying event at the quarter-mile oval.
Saturday’s Fan Appreciation Night also features the Pepsi Crate Cars, Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stocks, and the College of Western Idaho High School Tuners. Young guns have dominated the first half of the Pepsi Crate Car season with Riley Rogers and Justin Segura both finding their way to the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle thus far, but a tough field of wily veterans will look to put the upstarts back in their place Saturday. The proverbial David took home the last Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stock victory as Garry Hussey piloted his pickup to the win over early season goliath Jason Sanders, who looks to rebound Saturday. Close finishes and hard racing have been synonymous with the College of Western Idaho High School Tuners all year long, and these young drivers look to continue this streak as they round out the Fan Appreciation Night festivities.
Along with Monday’s Stinker Stores Firecracker 50 the Mountain Dew and CT400 Winged Sprintcars, Project Filter Pro-4s, and TATES Rents Hornets race before the City of Meridian Fireworks light up the sky. The ultra-fast Mountain Dew and CT400 Winged Sprintcars push the limits of physics as they fly around the asphalt quarter-mile Monday. Project Filter Pro-4 competitors Joe Barton and Brendon Fries find themselves separated by just 14 points as they go wheel-to-wheel for the top spot on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard Monday. With a convincing win in the Dairy Days 100, Adam Deane shot to the top of the TATES Rents Hornets division, but with Josh Randolph within striking distance Deane will have to push hard to take home the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere event win. Monday also features the Commercial Tire Bike Races for Kids, presented by the City of Meridian.
General admission for Saturday night’s racing action is just $10.50 for adults, $6.50 for kids 7-11, and kids six and under are always free. General admission for Monday night’s races and fireworks is $12.50 for adults. Gates open at 4 p.m. with qualifying at 5 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m. Skip the lines at the gate by ordering your tickets online at meridianspeedway.com and stay up to speed by texting ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 for exclusive updates. Celebrate Independence Day weekend this Saturday and Monday under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.