Lockwood Joins Naylor Classic Honor Roleadmin
Unseasonably mild temperatures greeted a sell-out crowd on Friday, August 7, as the Speed Tour Sprint Car ranks took the green flag on the 2020 edition of Meridian Speedway’s annual Bob FM Diamond Cup. Alongside the Speed Tour Sprint Cars, the Speed Tour Super Modifieds, Pepsi Crate and ISRL Sprint Cars, Coors Super Stocks, and Junior Stingers did battle on the quarter-mile asphalt oval for Friday night’s Competition Carburetors Feature Flags.
Sixteen Speed Tour Sprint Cars roared to green for Friday night’s 35 lap Naylor Classic. On the break Aaron McPeak overpowered Mike Anderson, who had rolled his non-winged Pepsi Crate Car down the front straightaway an hour earlier, for the top spot with Cory Lockwood in tow. Lockwood wasted no time as he navigated his Turning Point Brands, Eloy and Sons Landscaping machine to the outside of McPeak in a bid for the lead.
An early caution flag slowed the action and reset the field with Lockwood to the outside of McPeak for the restart. McPeak got on the gas pedal hard, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Lockwood, who stormed around the outside of turns one and two to put himself atop the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.
With the floodgates open, Justin Segura, Colton Nelson, and Casey Tillman filed into the second, third, and fourth spots. Tillman was first to make a move, and the Kuna, Idaho racer swung outside of Nelson to snag the last podium spot. A lap ten restart saw Tillman dispatch Segura and take the second position in his Ready Made Plastic Trays, PFC Brakes sprinter.
Tillman rattled off a bevy of fast laps as he raced to Lockwood’s tail tank, but his efforts came up short as Lockwood cruised across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe to become the 20th different winner of the Naylor Classic.
“A race like this makes your heart skip a beat,” Lockwood said. “My dad’s got his name on [the Bill Crow] trophy and I finally get one of them. There’s an amazing [group] of guys on that list. It’s an honor to be a part of it.”
Second and third-place finishers Tillman and Warf kept the big picture in mind.
“We’ve got a good place to start tomorrow,” Tillman said. “I would really like the diamond ring, but we’re not thinking about that. We’re out here to win.”
“It’s looking like it’s [going to] possibly come down to Casey and me tomorrow,” Warf said. “We’re going to give it hell tomorrow.”
Speed Tour Super Modified drivers Jim Birges and Ricky Otts won their qualifying heat races to start on the front row of Saturday night’s JP Classic. With their runner up finishes Colton Nelson and Kyle Vanderpool will fill row two ahead of Art McCarthy and Richard Castor in row three.
At the controls of his Allan Marsh RV and Marine Center, CF Floor Coverings-backed non-winged Pepsi Crate Car, Warf finally broke through to capture his first victory of the season. Johnny Giesler stole a second place finish from Preston Henderson in the closing laps, with Rob Grice and Jamo Stephenson rounding out the top five finishers.
Friday night’s Coors Super Stock feature resembled a boxing match as much as it did a race as Kyle Latham and Melissa Weaver exchanged body blows for the race’s first half. As the battled raged behind him, long-time speedway competitor Pat Tully piloted his Pinnacle Appraisal, Impact Motorz machine to the top of the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard en route to the division’s Competition Carburetors Feature Flag.
Dylan Wardle continues to scorch all comers in the Junior Stinger division. Wardle, behind the wheel of his TraBar Custom, Seacret by Chrissy racer has taken home the hardware for each of the last four features.
Log on to www.meridianspeedway.com to catch up on all the action from Bob FM Diamond Cup Saturday.
This Saturday night, August 15, the NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Late Models return to the quarter-mile for the Jeff Russell Road to Recovery 85 on Aaron’s Sales and Lease Night. The Teleperformance Street Stocks, Mulder Engineered Race Engines Junior Late Models, Mini Stocks, High School Tuners, and Firehouse Pub and Grill Bombers chase their own Powers Transport Feature Flag. General admission to Saturday night’s action is just $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military members, $7 for kids 7-11, and free for kids 6 and under. The gates open at 4:45 p.m. with racing action set to go green at 6:45 p.m. Coverage of Saturday’s Aaron’s Sales and Lease Night will be available via pay-per-view at www.SpeedCast.tv for $19.99. We’ll see you this Saturday, August 15, for Aaron’s Sales and Lease Night featuring the Jeff Russell Road to Recovery 85 under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.