Kraus, Deegan Bring Bitter Point Battle to Bear on NAPA Idaho 208


Kraus, Deegan Bring Bitter Point Battle to Bear on NAPA Idaho 208

The roughest, rowdiest crowd of the season takes the green flag at Meridian Speedway this Saturday, September 28, as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West contests the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 presented by Kart Idaho.  Don’t miss your chance to see the rising stars of NASCAR beat and bang their way to the checkers.  The Mulder Engineered Race Engines Junior Late Models, Teleperformance Street Stocks, and Junior Stingers round out a full slate of Saturday night short track action as they battle for their own Maxwell Plumbing Feature Flags. 

History was made at Meridian Speedway last year as Hailie Deegan pulled off the bump and run heard ‘round the stock car racing world on Cole Rouse to claim her first victory, joining Shawna Robinson as only the second female driver to win in one of NASCAR’s top divisions.  This year, Deegan has a championship fight on her hands as she rolls into the quarter-mile, trailing Bill McAnally Racing teammate Derek Kraus by 29 points.   

But Deegan may have to keep one eye on her rearview mirror as Jagger Jones and Trevor Huddleston have their Sunrise Ford Racing machines within five points of the lady racer, poised to take over the runner up spot.  With scores to be settled and late season points to be earned, don’t count anyone or anything out until the checkered flag falls over the Concrete Jungle. 

The Teleperformance Street Stocks face a 100 lap endurance challenge Saturday night.  Jesse James Lawson leads a fast field of steel-bodied stock cars onto the asphalt quarter-mile oval as he looks to sew up his first division title.    

Rusty Houpt has made the most of the Mulder Engineered Race Engines Junior Late Models’ inaugural season, and with so much as a start in the season’s final feature Houpt will take home the division title over Bailey Fanopoulos and Jody Moen. 

Delaney Grace leads the Junior Stinger ranks into their second-to-last appearance on the quarter-mile.  With a stacked pack of young racers and just forty points in hand over championship challenger Dylan Wardle, Grace would benefit greatly from collecting her second Maxwell Plumbing Feature Flag of the season. 

Spectacular Drags and fireworks display by Fireworks America round out a full night of action in the Concrete Jungle.   

General admission to Saturday night’s NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 presented by Kart Idaho is just $30 for race fans seven and up.  As always, kids six and under get in free.  Gates open at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, with racing at 6:45 p.m.  Log on to www.meridianspeedway.com/tickets to save $5 on advance tickets, and be sure to text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive exclusive updates from around the quarter-mile.  We’ll see you this Saturday, September 28, for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West’s NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 presented by Kart Idaho under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.