Meridian Remembers Speedway Staples on Whelen Night at the Races

Meridian Remembers Speedway Staples on Whelen Night at the Races

Meridian Speedway celebrates its founding fathers this Monday, May 27, with Whelen Night at the Races.  The NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Late Models, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, Winged Pepsi Crate Cars, Project Filter Pro-4s, Domino’s Legends, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets go wheel-to-wheel in pursuit of their Racing for Smiles Feature Flags. 

The NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Late Models return to action for their shortest test of the year, the Bill Crow 50.  Run in honor of long-time speedway standout and promoter Bill Crow, this fifty lap affair often takes a handful of unexpected twists before arriving at a spectacular finish.  Defending race champion Trevor Cristiani will not defend his latest Bill Crow 50 win, leaving Kyle Tellstrom, John Newhouse, and a full field others to vie for the oldest traveling trophy at Meridian Speedway. 

Meridian Speedway promoter and stock car champion LeeRoy Nelson is honored by the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds this Monday.  The traveling race last visited the top-tier NASCAR division in 2017, when Nelson’s grandson Colton Nelson took home the trophy.  With Nelson pursuing other racing interests this year, season dominators Casey Tillman, Shelby Stroebel, and Wyatt King stand as the pre-race favorites on Whelen Night at the Races. 

The Pepsi Crate Cars throw a wing on it Monday as they contest the Sean Miller 35.  Named for 90’s Late Model dominator Sean “The Force” Miller, the Pepsi Crate Cars have run this race only once before, when youngster Riley Rogers took home the hardware.  With wings on their usually non-winged sprinters Bryan Warf has become the odds-on favorite, but anything could happen in this stacked field of former champions. 

Domino’s Legends competitors remember Austin Christopherson and Eldon Cahill with the AC/EC 25.  As speedway staples, Christopherson and Cahill had their own memorial races from 2007 to 2011 until they were combined in 2012.  Since then, the Domino’s Legends have provided wheel-to-wheel action for every lap of the event, with 2019 shaping up to be no different.  With Caity Miller and Casey Tillman locked in a heated battle for first you won’t want to miss a second of the action Monday night. 

Coming off of a destructive weekend, the Project Filter Pro-4s roll into Whelen Night at the Races ready for more paint-trading action.  With a strong early season push Jordan Harris had distanced himself from the Project Filter Pro-4 pack.  But perennial powerhouse Kenny Chandler has found the handle on his machine and looks to put the pressure on Harris throughout the summer months. 

Twenty-three competitors have taken the track in a Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornet this year.  From amongst the crowd, Neil Wassmuth has ascended to the top of the standings heap.  But Casey Winter, Jeff Matuska, and a whole host of others are in hot pursuit, ready to take their own turn as king of the Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornet division hill. 

General admission to Monday night’s full race program is just $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military members, $7 for kids 7-11, and race fans 6 and under get in free.  Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with the first green flag at 6:45 p.m.  Log on to to keep up with all the latest news from around the quarter-mile, and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 for real-time updates.  We’ll see you under the big yellow water tower Monday, May 27, for Whelen Night at the Races at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.