Hornet Enduro Closes 2014 Speedway Season


Hornet Enduro Closes 2014 Speedway Season

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How many Tates Rents Hornets will make it through 200 laps of high-speed torture Saturday? Photo Credit: Xtreme Photo

Meridian Speedway hosts its final night of asphalt racing in 2014 Saturday with TEAM Mazda Subaru Free Car Night. Closing their seasons Saturday are the Meridian Speedway Modifieds, Budweiser Modifieds, Junior Stingers, Junior Legends, and Tates Rents Hornets, who will settle their championship battle with a 200 lap endurance race.

Racing in the Meridian Speedway Modified division has been close all year. After battling with Dennis Wurtz II, Brent Collins, and modified favorite Shelby Stroebel it is Rus Ward that sits atop the point standings, holding a substantial 194 point advantage over Stroebel going into the final race of the season.  The gap between second-place Stroebel and third place Wurtz II is just 20 markers, an amount easily won or lost while navigating traffic.  Joining the Meridian Speedway Modifieds in their main event are the Budweiser Modifieds.  This crowded division has produced top-notch action all year, and through the eleven races thus far Darvin Ackerland has established himself as the division’s dominant force.  After recovering from last race’s tangle with second-place point runner Rick Baldwin, Ackerland holds a 121 point lead over the rookie contender.  But the battle behind Ackerland is heating up, as only 72 championship points separate Baldwin, third place Scott Durbin, and fourth place Randy Keckley.  With so many close point battles throughout both modified fields the action will be some of the most intense of the year.

The Junior Stinger standings have stretched out considerably over the last few race weekends. Going into the final event of the season Taylor Occhipinti holds an eight point lead over Daytona Wurtz.  The single digit point deficits don’t stop at the top of the standings, as third through fifth place are evenly spaced by two points each.  Overall, there are just 15 markers between third place Jacob Thompson and seventh place Shane Harris.  Which of these young competitors will make their move toward the top of the standings?

While there have been many twists and turns in the Tates Rents Hornets season, three names have remained constant at the head of the pack. Rob Powers, Kodi Newberry, and Mike Vester will duke it out over the championship.  But Saturday night’s main event will not be like any other from this season as instead of a twenty or 30 lap dash the Hornets will have to complete 200 high-speed circuits around the quarter-mile.  Whose Hornet will hold up under the strain of the season’s longest race?  Only Saturday night will tell.

Don’t miss this year’s last asphalt racing event. General admission for Saturday night’s races is just $10.25.  Meridian Speedway’s gates open at 4 p.m. with the green flag dropping at 6:30 p.m.  Be sure to check www.meridianspeedway.com for advance tickets and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 for more information.  We’ll see you for the final time in 2014 this Saturday under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.