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Summer finally made an appearance Friday, June 26, as Meridian Speedway hosted the Idaho CDL Training Friday Night races. The Pit Stop USA NASCAR Modifieds, Teleperformance Street Stocks, High School Tuners, Coors Super Stocks, and Pepsi Crate and ISRL Sprint Cars rounded out the car for an end-of-week rumble on the quarter-mile asphalt oval known as the Concrete Jungle.
The Pit Stop USA NASCAR Modifieds kicked off main event action with the first of their two 25 lap features behind front row starters Joe Thuss and Jerry Green. On the break Thuss hooked the low line in his Aloha Auto Repair, ABC Grounds Care entry to sweep past Green for the early lead. But Green charged back to Thuss’ outside until contact on lap four sent the Kuna, Idaho racer headlong into the turn three concrete. Green emerged from his wrecked Green’s Custom Haying, Moonlight Welding machine under his own power.
The race resumed as Mike Davis led Chase Hanish to the restart with Brendon Fries and Travis Pavlacky in row two. Davis piloted his modified to the lead on the low side, but was overcome by Fries’ ICON Credit Union, Boise Boys Transportation machine three short laps later.
This left Davis to fend off Payette, Idaho’s Pavlacky, which the Boise, Idaho racer did until the race’s halfway point. Once in clear track Pavlacky put the pedal down in his FVC-sponsored racer and motored toward the top spot.
As the laps wound down Pavlacky cut into Fries’ lead until, with the white flag in the air, Fries caught side-by-side lapped traffic. Pavlacky muscled his way into the low line, which trapped Fries behind Josh Jackson’s ailing Lestarjette Painting, Jackson Excavation racer. Contact was made, cars slid sideways, and when the dust settled Pavlacky held the lead and sped across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first.
A strong contingent of Teleperformance Street Stocks were next onto the quarter-mile for a thirty lap main event of their own. Young Taylor Occhipinti navigated his Marv’s Tire Service, Graphics by Rhonda Kellerer machine through the field and into the lead early as quick-qualifier Lee Hackney worked to track him down. But lapped traffic was on Occhipinti’s side, and the Nampa, Idaho racer roared into the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle. With his win Occhipinti became the division’s first two-time winner this season.
Dylan Wardle continued his dominance of the High School Tuner division in his Padgett Pest Control, Beauty from Ashes car, topping Riley Bradford and Gavin Keller to remain the division’s only main event winner.
Patriarch of the racing Wurtz family Dennis Wurtz Senior was honored with a 25 lap memorial race featuring the Coors Super Stocks. After an intense battle with Pat Tully and Wurtz Senior’s granddaughter Daytona, Melissa Weaver raced her way to the top of the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard and onto the traveling Dennis Wurtz Senior Memorial Trophy.
The Pepsi Crate Cars and ISRL Sprint Cars combined to bring fourteen competitors to green for a thirty lap main event. The action was fast and physical throughout the field, but it all happened behind the Giesler Automotive, Direct Solutions machine of Johnny Giesler, who jetted his way into the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle for the first time this season.
The Pit Stop USA NASCAR Modifieds closed main event action with their second 25 lap feature. Polesitter Thuss used the short way around the quarter-mile to lead the first lap in his mount. But Hanish was quick around the outside and powered past the Meridian, Idaho racer for the top spot on lap two.
First to Hanish’s rear bumper was Fries, who chose the outside line to dispatch the race leader. Jackson followed Fries’ lead and once around Hanish immediately set to work on taking the top spot for himself. Jackson would launch his attack just after halfway with an outside pass.
But all was not right with Jackson’s racer, which slowed down the front stretch with just six circuits left on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard. This left Fries out front with Pavlacky, facing mechanical issues of his own, in the runner up spot.
A late caution allowed Pavlacky to work inside of Fries, but Fries’ car was too strong and the Boise, Idaho racer sped to the victory.
Meridian Speedway celebrates Independence Day the only way it knows how this Saturday, July 4, as the quarter-mile asphalt oval hosts the Stinker Stores Firecracker 50. Double headliners the Speed Tour Sprint Cars and NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Late Models join the Domino’s Legends, Mulder Engineered Junior Late Models, and the Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets on track before an infield fireworks extravaganza lights up the Treasure Valley skies. Tickets are going fast and only available online at www.meridianspeedway.com. General admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and military members, $7 for kids 7-11, and as always free for kids 6 and under. We’ll see you this Saturday night, July 4, for the Stinker Stores Firecracker 50 at your NASCAR Home Track under the big yellow water tower, Meridian Speedway.