Hackney, Thompson Set to Square Off in Treasure Valley 125admin
Saturday night, July 26, Meridian Speedway hosts the NAPA Auto Parts Treasure Valley 125, the speedway’s biggest stock car event of the year. This endurance test is the fourth race of the season for the hotly contested NAPA Big 5 Latemodel division. Appearing alongside these full-fendered competitors are the Pepsi Sprintcars, College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Program Street Stocks, and Tates Rents Hornets.
With just two races left in the 2014 NAPA Big 5 Latemodel Series the pressure is on for points leaders Lee Hackney and Brett Thompson to break away from the rest of the pack. After the Gem State 75 Hackney leads Thompson by only five points in what has become the fiercest points battle in recent memory. Last race saw Hackney and Thompson trade second position and a lot of paint on the racetrack before Hackney was able to claim the runner-up spot outright. But some fireworks on the cool down lap signaled that Thompson had Hackney in his sights. How early will the gloves come off Saturday, and who will command the standings heading into the series-ending 100 lapper in August?
In the Pepsi Sprintcar ranks Ryan Newman has pulled out to a comfortable advantage over Colton Nelson. With Newman’s lead now into the triple digits Nelson may need to turn his sights to third place runner Ryan Wiederich and fourth place Justin Segura. Nelson holds a 40 point lead over Wiederich, 46 over Segura.
The CWI Street Stocks have another run away leader as Melissa Weaver has gapped her father Marv by 81 markers, and third place Destiny Huber by 188. While the season championship may have slipped from the rest of the field’s grasp, there are still three main events up for grabs.
The Tates Rents Hornets division standings are even closer than the action on the track as the top five racers are separated by only nine markers. Tied atop the board are Rob Powers and Jim Longden, both lead Rick Howe by three, Kodi Newberry by five and Mike Vester by nine. Which of these five will maintain the torrid pace of the early season as the events wind down?
Saturday also features the first Spectator Drag event of the season, so be sure to gas up the grocery getter and bring a helmet so you too can take on the Concrete Jungle. Competitors without a valid driver’s license may qualify for the Tile Outlet Bike Races for Kids, which makes its fourth appearance of the season Saturday.
General admission tickets for Saturday’s action are $15.25. Be sure to text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 for special information and visit www.meridianspeedway.com for advance tickets. Gates swing open at 4 p.m. Saturday, with racing at 6:30 p.m.