Nampa Racer Powers to All-Weather 300 Victory

Nampa Racer Powers to All-Weather 300 Victory

Enduro300_Jan2016MERIDIAN, Idaho—Twenty-six hearty Tates Rents Hornet competitors swarmed an icy Meridian Speedway Saturday for the second running of the Knock Out Trucking All-Weather 300 presented by PBT Auto Sales and 2C Auto Sales. Saturday’s star-studded field included 2015 Domino’s Legends champion Casey Tillman and multiple-time Project Filter Pro-4 champion Kenny Chandler hoping to gain momentum before they fire engines on the 2016 season.

Destiny Huber and Mitch Parker led the field to green with Parker powering around the outside to the early lead. Thomas Harrod spent his first dozen laps working from eleventh starting spot up to second.  On lap thirteen Parker hit a patch of ice in turn one and slid sideways out of the lead, leaving Harrod, Brandon Hild, Cody Brizendine, Kenny Chandler and Kevin Truscott in the top five.  Lap thirty-five saw polesitter Huber get turned up into the turn three concrete and turn over.  Huber emerged from her wrecked racer okay, but her team’s Knock Out Trucking All-Weather 300 was over.

If the first fifty laps weren’t challenging enough the field was then turned around to complete the last half of the segment turning right. Brizendine was first to adjust to the new direction and passed Harrod for the lead on lap 54.  With the direction change came new life for Chandler’s faltering racer and the veteran driver slung his car through the corners and back into the top three.  Chandler didn’t stop there as he dispatched Parker for second and pulled to Brizendine’s bumper with thirty laps to go in segment one.  It took Chandler just three laps to claim the top spot and set sail to the first segment victory.  Kevin Kressley, Travis Pavlacky, Brizendine, and Jayden Park rounded out the top five as the green flag flew on segment two.

Chandler relinquished the controls of his car to Ryan Bailey for segment two, which began with cars circling the traditional direction. Bailey did what he could to keep his ailing car up front, but surrendered on lap eight to Calvin Jacobs, who took control of Brizendine’s fast machine.  Jacobs stormed to a half-track lead, then slowed his pace to a cruise while Bailey picked his way through traffic.  The slow but steady strategy bit Bailey on lap 152 when Ryan Patterson blew a right front tire and slammed the front stretch wall.  Out of control Patterson careened into Bailey, who slid sideways on two wheels down the front straightaway.  Kenny Driebergen slammed the brakes to avoid the melee, but was piled into by Alex Duda.  All four racers were totaled, but all drivers walked from their cars under their own power.  With the field halved the thirteen remaining competitors pulled another about face and completed the second segment backwards.  Jacobs continued his winning ways as he eased through the final 48 laps, followed by Sean Young, Riley Rogers, Josh Rogers, and Dustin Huffman.

Brizendine climbed back into his car and led the field to green in the Knock Out Trucking All-Weather 300’s final segment. Immediately Rogers applied pressure, hoping to get one of his two laps back and improve on his third position.  Rogers found success on lap 208, but his run up the podium was cut short by mechanical issues just five laps later.  Problems for the top five continued as second place runner Jordan Harris, at the controls for Sean Young, smacked the turn two wall with 75 circuits remaining.  That left second place to young Riley Rogers.  Harris rejoined the race in third with Hunter Gates in fourth behind the wheel of the fast Harrod machine.

With fifty laps to go shadows overtook Meridian Speedway and with them came increasingly slick conditions. Comfortably in the lead Brizendine backed his speed down again as he slipped and slid his way through lapped traffic.  Meanwhile Rogers wrestled his racer around the corners desperate to mount a late charge.  Rogers’ attention soon turned to third place runner Harris, who found traction when no one else could and sped his way around the quarter mile.  With 26 circuits remaining Harris passed Brizendine to get on the same lap with Rogers.  Harris put his head down and logged blistering fast times lap after lap until he made the pass for second with fifteen laps remaining.  Though Harris gained on Brizendine over the race’s final ten circuits, he ran out of time to catch the leader and settled for second behind the second annual Knock Out Trucking All-Weather 300 presented by PBT Auto Sales and 2C Auto Sales winner Brizendine.