NASCAR Picks Meridian Speedway for K&N Tour Dateadmin
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing is coming to Meridian Speedway. On September 5, 2015 NASCAR will roar into Idaho as the K&N Pro Series West makes a stop under the big yellow water tower for the inaugural Idaho 208. This will be the first NASCAR sanctioned touring event held at the quarter-mile speedway.
NASCAR has eyed the expanding Northwest market, especially the Treasure Valley, for some time. Finally it was the investment in speedway facilities that prompted NASCAR to reach out to Meridian Speedway.
“The improvements made to Meridian Speedway have made it a must race for NASCAR,” said one series insider.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series has been both a stepping stone for up-and-coming racers and a playground for established top-tier competitors to get back to racing basics. Competitors such as Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Darrel ‘Bubba’ Wallace Jr. made appearances in the K&N Pro Series in 2014 to hone their skills at the grass roots level.
Not only does the K&N Pro Series provide edge-of-your-seat, door-to-door action, but it is also a training ground for future NASCAR stars. Local racer Hannah Newhouse has raced with the K&N Pro Series since 2012 and sees the experience she’s gaining as vital to her own career.
Newhouse is part of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, which offers minority drivers the opportunity to display their skills and earn the attention of higher-tier teams. No one has made better use of the Drive for Diversity opportunity than Sprint Cup standout Kyle Larson, who used his ride to claim the 2012 K&N Pro Series championship. This catapulted Larson to NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series stardom the next year.
Showcasing local talent on a national stage was a driving force in Meridian Speedway’s decision to host the Idaho 208.
“It’s a great platform for our local guys to show their talent in town instead of having to travel,” said Meridian Speedway managing partner Adam Nelson.
Don’t miss your chance to watch the future stars of NASCAR hit your home track. A limited number of tickets to the Idaho 208 are available. To secure your seat log onto www.meridianspeedway.com and purchase your advance tickets. Stay up to date on all Meridian Speedway news by texting ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483.