Fireworks, Sparks Set to Fly During Stinker Stores Firecracker 50admin
Before the City of Meridian fireworks fly over Meridian Speedway this Independence Day six racing divisions will provide plenty of sparks all their own as the Intermountain Outlaw Modifieds contest the Stinker Stores Firecracker 50. Along with the traveling modified series the CT400 Sprintcars, Project Filter Pro-4s, Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stocks, Junior Stingers, and Tates Rents Hornets will slug it out over the YMC Heating and Cooling trophies.
The last time the Intermountain Outlaw Modified series roared onto the quarter-mile, Meridian, Idaho native Shelby Stroebel sped to the top of the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard. Stroebel’s path to the checkers was anything but smooth as a number of strong competitors, including Nampa, Idaho’s Jentry Pisca and Grants Pass, Ore. driver Devin Lahorgue, pushed the former American Speed Association champion. Watch for a speedy pack of competitors to challenge Stroebel Saturday, and don’t be surprised if that challenge includes a body blow or two.
The CT400 Sprintcar class has gained momentum with each appearance this year. One constant in the growing class has been the speed produced by the white number eight machine. This sprinter has visited Arctic Circle Victory Lane twice this year with both Tony Ackerland and Kuna, Idaho’s Casey Tillman at the helm. Ackerland and Tillman haven’t been the only ones to find speed out of their machines as Chris Ratterree has edged ever closer to the leaders. Watch for Ratterree to make a play for first place Saturday.
Kenny Chandler has long been the man to beat in the Project Filter Pro-4 division, and this year the Kuna, Idaho racer has proven once again that the road to Arctic Circle Victory Lane runs through the number 33. Can Chandler keep up his winning ways as the temperatures rise, or will he slick summer months favor Brendon Fries and his slab-sided racer?
Attrition among the Kendall Ford Mini Stocks ranks struck hard last Saturday as only eleven racers were able to take the checkered flag. Among the victims were Ray Bolinger and Scott Shoecraft, first and second place in the point standings. Who will survive this Saturday, and who will capitalize on the tough midseason conditions to improve their overall standing?
Competitors in the Junior Stinger division have gained speed and experience with every lap turned around the quarter-mile this year. As the overall skill within the division has grown, so has the competition for Taylor Occhipinti. The youngest racer in the Weaver Racing stable has made his way through the pack to claim victory in each race thus far. Watch for racers like Oasis, Idaho’s DJ Sirani or Evan Brown to pack the pressure on Occhipinti Saturday.
The Tates Rents Hornets have battled as hard as any division on the asphalt this season, and thus far Bill Allen has proven himself the racer to beat. Allen brings a comfortable 86 marker lead into this weekend’s festivities, a race event Allen will miss. With the king away keep an eye on Ron Compton, Sean Young, and DJ Everett as they scramble to make up as much ground as they can.
If the six races on the Stinker Stores Firecracker 50 schedule aren’t enough, Meridian Speedway closes July 4’s actions with the City of Meridian’s Fireworks Extravaganza. The best seats for the biggest booming display in the valley sit just under the big yellow water tower, and general admission is just $13.25 for adults. Tickets to a full night of full contact racing action are available now on meridianspeedway.com. Text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to keep up with exclusive information from around the quarter-mile. Gates open at 4 p.m. Independence Day and racing goes green at 6:30.