Meridian Speedway Honors Jeff Russell With Road to Recovery Raceadmin
Meridian Speedway will host not only TEAM Mazda Subaru’s Free Car Night, but also the fourth annual Jeff Russell Road to Recovery race this Saturday night. Racing in support of Russell are the Mountain Dew Winged Sprintcars, Project Filter Pro-4s, Meridian Speedway Modifieds, TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stocks, College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Program Street Stocks, and Tates Rents Hornets division rookies.
This fourth annual event will benefit Boise, Idaho’s own Jeff Russell, who was injured in a horrific accident at The Bullring in Las Vegas late in 2010. A portion of the proceeds from the night’s action will be awarded to Russell in order to offset costs associated with his recovery.
The Mountain Dew Winged Sprintcar division has seen Bryan Warf dominate the first half of the year. Warf has claimed four main event trophies, including one on the final night of the Diamond Cup, and looks to add Saturday’s Newman Motorsports-sponsored trophy to his growing collection.
Project Filter Pro-4s have seen their share of surprises this season, but one constant has been the performance of Joe Barton. Barton has used a string of consistent finishes to stretch out a comfortable points margin over Kenny Chandler. But as summer’s dog days approach any miscue could bring Chandler within striking range of Barton.
After competing with the Budweiser Modifieds for several events earlier this year the Meridian Speedway Modifieds will rumble onto the quarter-mile for a solo run to the checkers. Rus Ward leads the modified charge by fifty points over former ASA divisional points champion Shelby Stroebel and 75 over West Jordan, Utah’s Abe Carter. Will anyone be able to slow Ward’s momentum Saturday, or will Ward’s number 58 machine continue to motor away from the pack?
The TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stocks will also mob Meridian Speedway Saturday. Perennial favorite Jason Sanders still controls this division despite moving to a back-up car earlier this season. While Sanders has been working to find the handle on his brand-new blue racer Donavon Parker has capitalized with a string of main event wins, edging to within 39 points of the top spot. But it is Mary Johnson’s quiet consistency, bolstered by an early season victory, that has her sitting second to Sanders.
The CWI Professional Truck Driving Program Street Stocks saw a new variation on the old song last event as Marv instead of Melissa Weaver claimed the checkers after an unusually physical main event. Will this be the event where a competitor not named Weaver claims the hardware, or will it be another one-two finish for Weaver racing?
Rounding out a full Saturday night of action will be a rookies only feature for the Tates Rents Hornets. These rookie only races were designed to allow less-experienced competitors gain points on the more-seasoned drivers contesting the class. Come see which racer can smash, dash and possibly even splash their way to the Arctic Circle Victory lane.
General admission for this weekend’s event is just $10.25. Gates will open at 4 p.m. with racing at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available at meridianspeedway.com and be sure to text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 for special information. For more information about Jeff Russell, visit h website at ofracing.com.