Late Model Thunder Set for Builders First Source 100

Late Model Thunder Set for Builders First Source 100

The pavement pounding NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Late Models descend on Meridian Speedway this Saturday, April 27, for the Builders First Source 100.  Joining the apex stock car predators for a wild night of paint-trading action are the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, Project Filter Pro-4s, Teleperformance Street Stocks, High School Tuners, and Junior Stingers. 

The NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Late Models roar back to action Saturday night for 100 laps of beating and banging on the quarter-mile asphalt oval.  Builders First Source representative Shawn Batis, Vice President of J.M. Forest Products’ Boise division, flies the green flag over Ukiah, California native Kyle Tellstrom as the division’s 2018 championship winner returns to defend his crown against an all-star lineup of Meridian Speedway competitors. 

Casey Tillman and Shelby Stroebel went wheel-to-wheel for the last half of 2019’s season-opening NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified main event.  Thanks to a desperate run through lapped traffic Tillman got the better of the battle last race, but multi-time track champion Stroebel won’t rest until he finds the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle. 

Attrition was the name of the Project Filter Pro-4 game in their first 2019 meeting.  After title favorite Kenny Chandler fell to mechanical gremlins, teammate Ryan Bailey picked up the baton for Kenny Chandler Racing and raced to the checkers—a feat he looks to repeat Saturday night. 

Upstart Jesse James Lawson began his Meridian Speedway career in style as he took home the feature flag in his first Teleperformance Street Stock start.  Can Lawson keep up his winning ways, or will defending champ Josh Fanopoulos, the siblings Occhipinti, or another competitor step up to take Saturday night’s feature flag? 

Every great driver turned their first laps somewhere.  For drivers in the High School Tuner and Junior Stinger divisions these laps come on the big stage of Idaho’s toughest bullring.  Don’t miss your chance to see the future stars of Meridian Speedway make the first circuits of their racing careers Saturday. 

Saturday night also features the first Hungry Onion Bike Race for Kids.  Register with Brent Arte in the midway by 6 p.m. for your chance to race around the quarter-mile.  

General admission for the Builders First Source 100 is just $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military members, and $7 for kids 7-11.  Children 6 and under get in free.  Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with Saturday’s first race taking the green at 6:45 p.m.  Log on to to keep up with all the latest news from your NASCAR Home Track.  Exclusive updates are available through our text club.  Just send ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 and we’ll make sure you’re up to speed on race day.  We’ll see you this Saturday, April 27, for the Builders First Source 100 under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.