Lockwood Rockets to Matinee Main Event Winadmin
A unique challenge faced the Speed Tour Winged Sprint Car series as an overcast day dawned on Meridian Speedway for the first of two full race events scheduled for a single Saturday. For the day’s 1 p.m. show, the Project Filter Pro-4s, Coors Super Stocks, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets joined the Northwest’s fastest racers, while the Pepsi Crate and ISRL Sprint Cars and Teleperformance Street Stocks rounded out the 6 p.m. slate of racing.
Fifteen Speed Tour Sprint Cars roared into turn one as the green flag flew on their afternoon main event. On the break young Hunter Stanley of Middleton, Idaho piloted his Young Automotive Group, Grip Suspension machine to the point, with Cory Lockwood, outside pole sitter Randy DuBois, and Justin Segura in tow.
Stanley and Lockwood pulled away from the rest of the pack and looked to set the pace, but an early caution bunched the field and set the stage for a pivotal restart.
The green flag waved again, and Lockwood took off like a rocket, outpacing young Stanley by four car lengths to put his Stinker Stores, HD Concrete sprinter out front. Segura followed Lockwood forward, leaving Stanley to fend off hard charger Colton Nelson.
Deep in the field action was intense as several side-by-side battles broke out through the race’s middle third. None was fiercer than the scrap for sixth spot between Meridian, Idaho’s Bryan Warf and Boise, Idaho wheelman Casey Tillman. Back and forth the Meridian Speedway veterans jockeyed until lapped traffic quelled the fight with five circuits left on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.
As the laps wound down Lockwood held a five-second advantage over Segura’s Coors Light, Dave’s Auto Body and Paint when the white flag waved. This gap only grew as Nampa, Idaho’s Lockwood sped to the first Speed Tour Winged Sprint Car feature win of the year.
The Project Filter Pro-4s rushed the quarter-mile for a quick twenty lap feature. Outside pole sitter Cody McDonald piloted his Holton Secret Labs, Diamond Eye Manufacturing racer to the early lead with Kuna, Idaho’s Ray Bolinger in tow.
On the move early was Jordan Harris. The quick qualifier and heat race winner wasted no time as he moved the number 22 Allen Marsh RV and Marine Center, H&H Auto machine to McDonald’s rear bumper on lap four.
The Athena, Oregon racer did what he could to fend off Harris’ charge, but last year’s point runner up was too strong, and the Nampa, Idaho racer took the lead with a dozen circuits remaining.
Uncharacteristically off the pace, perennial title contender Kenny Chandler found himself in a hornet’s nest in the back of the pack. After a slick move around lapped traffic Chandler and his Project Filter, Fairly Reliable Bob’s machine held fourth behind Bolinger and McDonald.
But all was not well with McDonald’s entry. With a spit and a sputter McDonald fell back, and as the laps wound down Bolinger’s Mulder’s Auto Machine, Leisure Time, Inc. racer slowed as well, leaving Chandler to take second place. But there was no challenger for Harris, who took the first Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Lap of the Project Filter Pro-4 campaign.
The Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets entered their twenty lap feature with a twist on their collective mind. Per the night’s rules, the leader would be shuffled to the back of the pack if the caution flag were to fly at any point during the event.
When the green flag waved, Emmett, Idaho’s Dale Bolinger threw all caution to the wind and barnstormed his way around the field in the outside-most groove. Behind Bolinger, Morgan Trammel, Josh Parkkila, and James Pahl cut their way through the pack and set their sights on the leader.
With the leader-to-the-back rule in play, Trammel, Parkkila, and Pahl ran Bolinger’s pace, waiting for the chance to pounce. Just past halfway the caution flag flew for debris in turn one, sending Bolinger to the rear of the field.
This left Pahl, Parkkila, and Trammel up front for the restart. On the green Parkkila pulled his Pop’s Shop racer ahead of Pahl, but Pahl kept his Vets 4 Success, Cloverdale Plumbing machine on the leader’s right rear quarter panel. The see-saw battle continued until the white flag lap, when Parkkila put his foot down and zipped to the checkers.
Melissa Weaver wheeled her Marv’s Tire Service, Bearclaw Graphics machine past Daytona Wurtz, Gary Kyle, and James Strikwerda to take the first Coors Super Stock victory of the season.
The SpeedCast.tv schedule rolls on this Memorial Day weekend with two double-header broadcasts live from Meridian Speedway. Saturday, May 23 the Project Filter Matinee features the Domino’s Legends, Mini Stocks, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets at 1 p.m. Mountain Time, and the Speed Tour Modifieds, Pepsi Crate and ISRL Sprint Cars, and Teleperformance Street Stocks round out the Project Filter 50 at 6 p.m. Mountain Time. Sunday at 1 p.m. Mountain Time, the Domino’s Legends return for the second Project Filter Matinee, joined by the Project Filter Pro-4s, High School Tuners, and Junior Stingers. The Project Filter 100 wraps up the second Memorial Weekend double-header with the NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Late Models, Speed Tour Modifieds, and Mulder Engineered Race Engines Junior Late Models, which hit the air at 6 p.m. Mountain Time. Log on to speedcast.tv for access to all the action from Meridian Speedway, and stay up to speed with all the latest news from around the quarter-mile at www.meridianspeedway.com. We’ll see you this Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24, live from Meridian Speedway on SpeedCast.tv.