Harrod, Garrett Split Race 4 Hunger Honorsadmin
The largest Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets swarm of the year invaded Meridian Speedway on Saturday, August 21, as they battled door-to-door in the 125-lap Hot August Race for Hunger presented by Neil Alan Fine Jewelry. Saturday night’s action also featured the Bud Light NASCAR Modifieds, Pepsi Sprintcars, Pauly’s Bar Room Street Stocks, and Zamp Race Products Stingers as they raced in search of their Neil Alan Fine Jewelry Feature Flags.
Eleven Zamp Stingers rolled to green for their 25-lap feature. After two laps of three and four-wide scrambling, point leaders Niko Heinzel and Aaden Fanopoulos made contact in turn four. This spun Fanopoulos’ Certified Services machine back across the track, where it collected the Idaho State Towing entry of Payton Weller.
Repairs were made to Fanopoulos’ car and he rejoined the race laps down, where he and Heinzel again tangled, this time at the end of the backstretch. The contact sent Heinzel driver’s side first into the turn three water barrels, but the youngster would gather himself and return to the track for a fourth-place finish. But it all happened behind Michael Bess, who cruised to the victory over Courtney Weller and Brenna Patton.
The Pauly’s Bar Room Street Stock standings took a turn as point leader Josh Fanopoulos was first black flagged for a loose fuel cap, then spun and was collected in turn two. With the leader sidelined, second place point earner Troy Evans muscled his Matt Compton Race Engines, YMC Mechanical entry through the field to take the main event victory over Lee Hackney, Kane Thomasson, and Kendra Occhipinti.
Sierra Jackson raced her Giesler’s Auto Repair, Mulder’s Auto Machine sprinter to the top of the Pepsi Sprintcar field to score her first Neil Alan Fine Jewelry Feature Flag of the season.
Bud Light NASCAR Modified racer Camron Madsen took advantage of a wild first feature to park his Sae-Wa-Dee, All American Powder Coating machine in the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle. After being involved in a first feature pileup, Kyle Latham piloted his rebuilt Conrad & Bischoff, Impact Motorz racer to victory over Josh Fanopoulos, Joe Daily, and Brian Hyde.
Thirty Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets took the green flag for Saturday night’s Hot August Race for Hunger presented by Neil Alan Fine Jewelry. Attrition struck early in the 125-lap event as crashes and mechanical failures thinned the Hornet herd by a dozen cars in the first eighteen laps
When racing resumed Jeff Matuska and Tommy Harrod marched their way forward. Matuska built on this lead throughout the race’s middle stages until just 24 laps remained, when contact with a lapped car sent his Neil Alan Fine Jewelry machine into the outside wall.
This handed the lead to Harrod and his PBT Auto Sales racer, who sailed to the Hot August Race for Hunger victory.
Post race, a scoring issue was identified, and Cody Garrett was awarded co-winner honors along with Harrod.
This week, the Speed Tour Super Late Models presented by Pit Stop USA invade the Concrete Jungle for the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208. The Coors Meridian Pro-Late Models, Mulder Engineered Race Engines Junior Late Models, Super Pro-Late Models, Boise Bath and Kitchen Company Mini Stocks and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets round out a two-day schedule jam-packed with stock car thrills and spills. For more information and to purchase your advance tickets, log on to www.meridianspeedway.com. We’ll see you under the big yellow water tower this Friday and Saturday, August 27 and 28, for the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.