Middleton Youngster Steals Super Stock Showdownadmin
After torrential rains washed out Saturday night’s action, Meridian Speedway rescheduled its Back on Track #10 event to Sunday afternoon, June 14. Under threatening skies the Coors Super Stocks contested the 55-lap LeeRoy Nelson Memorial, while the Pepsi Crate Cars, Mini Stocks, Firehouse Pub and Grill Bombers, and Mulder Engineered Race Engines Junior Late Models clashed for critical early-season points.
Ten strong Coors Super Stocks took the green flag for Saturday’s the LeeRoy Nelson 55. On the break Kuna, Idaho’s Casey Tillman overpowered inside pole sitter Danny Martin to take the early lead. But Tillman had fast company on his machine’s rear bumper as defending division champion Melissa Weaver and Cedar Hills, Utah’s Jeff Hillock motored into the lead fight on lap three. Weaver swung to the outside of Tillman to briefly take the lead, but Hillock’s car was simply too strong and he blazed a trail around Weaver on lap seven.
As Hillock and Weaver steamed away from the rest of the pack, Tillman fell into the clutches of Daytona Wurtz. Wurtz wheeled her United Metals, All Makes Auto Salvage racer hard to find a way around Tillman, but was unsuccessful. This allowed Zach Telford, at the wheel of Ashton Cristiani’s Junor Late Model, to join the third-place scrum.
On the move early was quick-qualifier Pat Tully. At the controls of his CP Express Vinyl, Pinnacle Appraisal machine Tully was two car lengths from a top five spot when he was pushed high in turn four and spun into Rusty Houpt on the front stretch. Tully continued with minimal damage, but Houpt wasn’t as fortunate as his Boise Spring Works, DripCatchers, LLC. racer sustained significant front end damage.
On the restart Hillock again blasted to the top spot while Wurtz snuck under Weaver’s Marv’s Tire Service entry for second, followed by Telford who took third on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard. Wurtz and Telford battled for the runner up spot while Hillock opened an over two second lead by the race’s halfway point.
A late spin by Tully in turn two closed the field for a twelve-lap dash to the checkers. The green flag waved and Hillock again sprinted to the lead, this time with Telford in tow. Wurtz fell into the clutches of Weaver and looked to maintain third until another caution flag flew with six circuits left.
Hillock again took advantage of the restart and got the drop on Telford. Wurtz spun her tires and was dispatched by both Weaver and a resurgent Tully to a fifth-place finish. But no one could catch Hillock, who stormed into the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.
Post race, the spoiler on Hillock’s car was found to be too tall and he was disqualified. This handed the LeeRoy Nelson Memorial 55 victory to Telford.
The Mini Stock ranks ran a race of attrition Sunday afternoon. Nampa, Idaho’s Don Trafford dodged the mechanical failures, scattered rain drops, and wrecks to bring his Trident Plumbing racer home first.
Fifteen-year-old Ashton Cristiani piloted his Mulder Engineered Race Engines Junior Late Model to victory over Collin Anderson and Anthony Latham.
Sierra Jackson and Ryan Newman went wheel-to-wheel for the majority of the Pepsi Crate Car feature. Newman used a late restart to take the lead in his Ashley Heating and Air, North American Recycling sprinter, but Jackson stormed back to put her Mulder’s Auto Machine, Giesler Auto Repair racer in the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.
The Firehouse Pub and Grill Bombers slid their way through a water-logged final feature. With water barrels dumped in turns one and three James Sheets used a daring three-wide pass to take home the Feature Flag in his first event of the season.
Meridian Speedway kicks off the summer stretch this Saturday, June 20, for Back on Track #11. The Teleperformance Street Stocks, Project Filter Pro-4s, Mini Stocks, Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets, and Junior Stingers take to the quarter-mile asphalt oval for a paint-trading stock car Saturday. General admission is just $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military members, $7 for kids 7-11, and as always kids 6 and under get in free. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with racing at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are available at the gates or online at www.meridianspeedway.com. Can’t make it to the track? All Meridian Speedway events are televised on SpeedCast.tv. We’ll save a seat for you this Saturday, June 20, for Back on Track #11 under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway