Memorial Day Double-Header Kicks Off Two Speedy Weeks at Meridian Speedwayadmin
Meridian Speedway kicks summer into high with a Memorial Day double-header race weekend. Saturday night, May 28, the Mountain Dew Winged Sprintcars roar around the quarter-mile for the Bob and Tom Naylor Classic. Also vying for memorial race trophies are the Domino’s Legends as they compete in the Austin Christopherson and Eldon Cahill 50, and the Project Filter Pro-4s, who are set to contest the Sean Miller 40. Rounding out Saturday night’s action are the CT400 Winged Sprintcars, the TATES Rents Hornets, and the return of the Commercial Tire Bike Races for Kids.
Monday features two memorial races, the Bill Crow 50 featuring the NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latemodels and the LeeRoy Nelson 40 for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds. The Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stocks, Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, and College of Western Idaho High School Tuners also take to the track to round out the Memorial Day weekend festivities.
The Mountain Dew Winged Sprintcars run the Bob and Tom Naylor Classic in honor of two of Meridian Speedway’s favorite open-wheeled racing sons. Since 1981 the fastest racers on the quarter-mile have come together in memory of Bob Naylor, and the tradition continued when Bob’s brother Tom Naylor was added to the memorial. Who will add their name to the list of Bob and Tom Naylor Memorial winners Saturday night?
The Domino’s Legends race in memory of two pillars of the Meridian Speedway family Saturday as they compete for the Austin Christopherson and Eldon Cahill 50. Since the race’s inception in 2007 there has been only one repeat winner of the AC/EC 50. Will defending race winner Peyton Saxton make the long haul to Meridian Speedway to defend his title, or is the door open for another racer to add their name to the Meridian Speedway history book?
Since its inception in 2002 nine drivers from three different divisions have claimed the title of Sean Miller 40 presented by Dillon Racing winner. Kenny Chandler won the inaugural Sean Miller 40, but will have to battle through a strong field of contenders to claim a second spot on the traveling memorial trophy.
The lightning fast CT400 Winged Sprintcars and fan-favorite TATES Rents Hornets also run Saturday. The CT400 Winged Sprinters are looking to make their season debut on the quarter-mile, while competitors in the TATES Rents Hornets look to get their arms around a new rules package that has shaken up the early-season standings.
Monday night’s Bill Crow 50 may be shortest race of the NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latmodel season, but it is the longest-running memorial race at Meridian Speedway. Since 1976 the fastest of the fast full-bodied stock car racers have gathered to duel in honor of the speedway’s first multiple-time champion and most memorable figures. Hard-charging Chris Fenton has claimed the last three Bill Crow 50 victories, but anything can happen when these ground pounders gather.
Long-time racer and Meridian Speedway promoter LeeRoy Nelson is memorialized by a 40 lap feature presented by YMC Heating Monday. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds race this 40 lap memorial for just the second time and look to add a new name to the history books.
Monday night also features The Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stocks, Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, and College of Western Idaho High School Tuners. Terrell Daffron scored a win for the front-wheel drive contingent of Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stocks in their last race, but he’ll have to outrun a stout field of racers to repeat. The Teleperformance Claimer Stocks have worked all season to catch Brian Hyde, and their chase rolls on Monday. With two of the closest finishes this season, the CWI High School Tuners look to thrill again on what is, for some, still a school night.
Tickets to each night of the Memorial Day double-header are just $10.50 for adults, $6.50 for kids 7-11, and on Monday night Military members get in free with their military ID, as do fans with their tickets from May 21’s Military Appreciation Night. Gates both Saturday and Monday open at 4 p.m. with qualifying around 5 p.m. and racing taking the green flag at 6:30 p.m. Visit meridianspeedway.com for your advance tickets and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 for exclusive updates from around the quarter-mile. We’ll see you this Memorial Day weekend under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.