NASCAR Returns to Meridian Speedway for NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208admin
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing returns to Meridian Speedway after a 43 year hiatus this Saturday, September 5 as the K&N Pro Series West runs the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208. Joining the future stars of NASCAR on the asphalt quarter-mile Saturday are the Super Trucks, Domino’s Legends, and the Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stocks. With the 2015 season drawing to a close, competitors can’t afford to simply have a good night Saturday, but rather must score maximum points to strengthen their spot in the standings.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West thunders onto the speedway with four competitors all but deadlocked at the front of the pack. Just twelve markers separate first place Chris Eggleston and his number 99 NAPA Filters, H2O Fire Protection Toyota from fourth place Gracin Raz’ number 27 Trinity Energy Ford. Standing between Eggleston and Raz are most recent series winner Ryan Partridge and his Sunrise Ford, Eibach Springs number nine and the AlertID, Colliers International number seven Ford of Noah Gragson.
If tensions at the top of the K&N Pro Series West pack weren’t high enough consider that Gragson, Raz, and Partridge are embroiled in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle also. Gragson shows the way by two points over Raz and four over Partridge.
While the rookie class has been fast in 2015 don’t count out experience Saturday. In the last K&N Pro Series West race at Meridian Speedway veteran racer Ray Elder captured the trophy on his way to the 1972 series championship, his fourth straight title.
If experience does indeed rule Saturday’s NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 keep an eye on Meridian Speedway veterans Rob Powers, Dylan Caldwell, and Hannah Newhouse. Can one of these local racers use home track advantage to put the K&N Pro Series West campaigners in the rearview?
NASCAR isn’t the only touring series making a stop under the big yellow water tower Saturday as the paint-trading Super Trucks join the stock cars to settle their whole season with a 50 lap feature. Going into the title race Johnny Pierre controls his destiny with a commanding point lead, but positions two through four are anything but certain. Drew Reitsma, Daniel Shirley, and Mason Newhouse sit just three points apart. With bodywork an afterthought and an entire season on the line don’t miss the action-packed Super Truck finale Saturday.
After a long four week layoff the Domino’s Legends return for their first of two season-ending sprints. Tight point battles dominate the division standings, from the eight point gap between second and third place Casey Tillman and Zach Blume to the five markers Aubree Wartman looks to make up on eighth place Ethan Jones. As the pace of a crowded pack picks up so will the intensity Saturday night.
The Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stocks have a four-way fight brewing among top ten contenders. A mere 25 points separate seventh place Jayson Wardle and tenth place Mike Davis, with Alex Duda and Mike Vester sandwiched between. These racers have dueled door-to-door through all nine main events this season and will continue to scrap for points Saturday.
Saturday night’s action concludes with a fireworks display presented by Platinum Motors. Tickets for the return of NASCAR to the quarter-mile are $35 at the gate. Be sure to check meridianspeedway.com for special ticket pricing and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 for exclusive updates from Meridian Speedway. If Saturday night’s full slate of stock car action isn’t enough, don’t miss the Intermountain Outlaw Modifieds’ Allen Stroebel Memorial on Oldies Cruise Night Sunday, featuring the CT400 Sprintcars and the Tates Rents Hornets. We’ll see you Saturday and Sunday under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.