Grice, Daffron Dominate Memorial Saturdayadmin
After Mother Nature provided an impromptu power washing, Meridian Speedway came to life Saturday, May 26, for the Naylor Classic. The Mountain Dew Interstate Winged Sprintcars and Super Modifieds combined to contest the Naylor Classic, while the Coors Super Stocks fought for the Dee Forrey and Don VanSchoiack memorial, and the Domino’s Legends raced in honor of Austin Christoperson and Eldon Cahill. The Pepsi Crate Cars and TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks filled Saturday night’s thrilling short-track slate.
A dozen TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks took Saturday night’s first green flag as they contested a twenty lap feature. On the break Everett Meeks battled Billy Shipp to claim the top spot on lap one. But Shipp’s car hooked up in the high groove, and he sprinted to the top spot on lap two. Shipp’s shift up front was short-lived as Terrell Daffron piloted his 208tire.com, The Wrap Shop entry to the front on lap six.
An early caution for point leader Jayson Wardle reset the field and brought Luke Wolverton and Jason Sanders into the lead fight. The green flag waved and Ship shot to the point with Sanders’ machine in tow. Daffron’s car came back to life at the race’s halfway point, and he immediately swung low to take the top spot.
But Sanders was quick to Daffron’s rear bumper, and as the laps wound down he looked low in his bid for the lead. Try as Sanders might, Daffron proved too strong and he sped across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first. Behind the lead duo, Wardle tore through the field to bring his Lazee Days RV, Catapult 3 racer home third and retain his point lead.
The Pepsi Crate Cars had twenty laps to find a feature winner Saturday. On the break Boise, Idaho’s Rob Grice motored around Naylor Classic winner Justin Segura to put his ART Speed Equipment, Swire Coca-Cola machine in the early lead. This left Segura to fend off Ryan Wiederich and Nate Little in the early going.
Wiederich ducked low in his bid for second on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard, but Segura shut the door. Next to try Segura was Little, who also jabbed low without success. But Segura’s TEAM Mazda Subaru, Garage Graffix sprinter broke loose with six laps left and Little’s Biz Print, Fishers Technology entry rocketed by. But Grice’s five second lead was too much, and the division point leader roared to the checkers.
The Memorial Day action continued Monday, May 28, as the NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latemodels faced their shortest test of the year, the Bill Crow 50 Log on to meridianspeedway.com for Monday’s highlights and be sure to text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive exclusive updates from the track affectionately known as the Concrete Jungle. And we’ll save you a seat Saturday, June 2 for EMS, Police, Fire, and Correctional Officers Night at your NASCAR Home Track under the big yellow water tower, Meridian Speedway.