Latham Outduels Outlaws, Sprints to Shortened Victoryadmin
Latham Outduels Outlaws, Sprints to Shortened Victory
MERIDIAN, Idaho—First responders from across the Treasure Valley packed the grandstands Saturday, June 8, as Meridian Speedway hosted its annual Idaho CDL Training EMS-Police-Fire-CO Night. The Intermountain Outlaw Modified tour made their second stop of the season at the quarter-mile asphalt oval, alongside the Factory Motor Parts Mini Stocks, Mulder Engineered Race Engines Junior Late Models, Pepsi Crate Cars and Idaho Sprintcar and Roadster League Sprintcars, Project Filter Pro-4s, Domino’s Legends, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets.
The eleven to sixteen- year-olds of the Mulder Engineered Race Engines Junior Late Models had eighteen laps to find a main event winner. On the break Rusty Houpt darted to the lead with Jody Moen and Bailey Fanopoulos in his tire tracks. Houpt wheeled his Boise Spring Works, DripCatchers LLC racer hard to build a lead over Jerome, Idaho’s Moen, and by the race’s halfway point there were three seconds between the top two.
But Moen found the handle on her Fast Lane Automotive, DL Evans Bank machine and cut into Houpt’s lead until, with six circuits left, she pulled inside in a challenge for the lead. Moen pushed her racer harder and harder to pass Houpt, and with four laps to go Moen’s machine snapped loose and smacked the outside wall. Despite heavy damage, Moen rejoined the race and nursed her car across the line to finish second behind Houpt.
The Pepsi Crate Cars and ISRL Sprintcars brought fourteen fast racers to their 35 lap feature. Kuna, Idaho’s Pat Young overpowered Nampa, Idaho driver Trevor Anderson to put his Bell’s Automotive, Dick’s Chevron sprinter out front early.
Behind Young the pack jostled for position. First to break free was Preston Henderson, who wheeled his The Ranch, Lenz Custom Concrete to Young’s tail tank by the race’s halfway point. Henderson worked the inside line while Young worked to keep his momentum up on the high side. With a dozen laps left Henderson changed tactics, and with a slick move to the outside the Nampa, Idaho racer took over the top spot on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.
This dropped Young into the clutches of Anderson, Nate Little, and Kate Jackson. As the laps wound down the battle for second place drew tighter and tighter until Anderson found himself spun out on the front stretch. The caution flag bunched the field and gave Young one last opportunity to take the victory. The green flag waved and Henderson motored to the lead with Little and Jackson behind him. Jackson moved Little to give herself a chance to dispatch Henderson, but she ran out of laps and Henderson took home the Impact Motorz Feature Flag.
Fourteen of the region’s fastest modified drivers closed Idaho CDL Training EMS, Police, Fire, and Correctional Officers night with a fifty lap Intermountain Outlaw Modified showdown. Tim Elam burst off the line to lead lap one while Chris Fenton and Kyle Latham dueled for second behind the veteran racer. An early caution flag brought the field to Elam’s rear bumper, and on the restart Latham got to the gas pedal first and motored to the top spot on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.
Next to catch Elam was Larry Hull III, who pinned his Diversified Carpet Cleaning, Shake ‘N Bake Racing modified to the high groove and dispatched Elam on lap twelve. This dropped Elam into Fenton’s clutches while the top two set sail from their pursuers.
A caution at the race’s halfway point bunched the field once again and allowed Elam to take a shot at Hull III for second place. Elam’s bid for the runner up spot came up short as Hull III set his sights on tracking down Latham for the race lead. Hull III closed on Latham as the laps wound down, but a three-car synchronized spin would bring out a caution flag and point out a thick strip of oil that lapped the speedway. Despite the efforts of Meridian Speedway’s cleanup crew the race was cut short at lap 35 with Latham being awarded the Impact Motorz Feature Flag.
The Teleperformance Twin 25s take over the quarter-mile asphalt oval this Saturday, June 15, as the PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, Winged Pepsi Crate Cars, Coors Super Stocks, Factory Motor Parts Mini Stocks, Teleperformance Street Stocks, and Junior Stingers all run double main events in the Concrete Jungle. Plus, the fan favorite Les Schwab Tire Race returns to Meridian Speedway Saturday. General admission to a full night of features is just $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military members, $7 for kids 7-11, and as always kids 6 and under get in free of charge. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with the first main event set to go green at 6:45 p.m. Log on to www.meridianspeedway.com to purchase your advance tickets now, and make sure you sign up for exclusive updates from around the quarter-mile by texting ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483. We’ll see you this Saturday, June 15, for Teleperformance Twin 25s and Les Schwab Tire Race Night under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.