Outlaws Duel for Dirty Cup Gloryadmin
Excitement moved from the asphalt to the dirt Sunday, September 2, for Al Russell’s The Dirty Cup at the Dirt Track at Meridian Speedway. Over sixty karts packed the twelfth-mile oval’s pit area as eight divisions battled through double main events on their way to the checkers and a coveted Golden Eagle trophy.
The Idaho Unlimited All Stars kicked off main event action with five fast karts. Josh Culley used the pole position to take the early lead while Daniel Watkins and Kevin White battled for second spot. White dispatched Watkins at the race’s midpoint and set his sights on Culley, but a spin in turn three left the victory to Culley and second to Watkins.
Though dominant in the first Idaho Unlimited All Stars main event, Culley was unable to repeat in the second. Joe Ransom piloted his kart to the top of the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard on lap one with Craig Anderson in hot pursuit. The pursuit didn’t last long as Ransom sped away from Anderson and left the veteran racer to fend off Watkins. Anderson weathered the storm and held second at the checkers. Thanks to his strong showings in both main events Daniel Watkins laid claim to the Idaho Unlimited All Stars Dirty Cup championship.
For the first time this PitStopUSA.Com Summer Dirt Series, the Open 500 karts rolled onto the Dirt Track at Meridian Speedway. Steve Evans used his outside pole position to skirt by Brandon Bartlett for the lap one lead with Kaleb Johnson in tow. Johnson set to work on Evans, but lost the handle on his kart and spun in turn two. While Evans scooted away for the win, Johnson gathered his machine up tore through the field, but could only muster a fourth place finish.
Keshia Martinson dashed to the early lead in the second Open 500 main event while Kaleb Johnson and Dayton Wurtz went wheel-to-wheel for second. At the race’s halfway point Johnson took the runner up spot and started to cut into Martinson’s lead. As the laps wound down Johnson snatched the top spot from Martinson and ran away from the rest of the field for the victory. For his efforts Kaleb Johnson earned the Open 500 Dirty Cup Title.
Six karts took the green flag for the first PeeWee main event. Bryson Hull used his front row starting spot to take the lead with Anthony Latham in his tire tracks. Hull held the lead until lapped traffic intervened and allowed Latham to take the lead and sail to victory.
With the addition of quick qualifier Paxton Guiles, seven PeeWee karts contested the division’s second main event. Guiles piloted his kart around the field to the top of the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard on lap one. But once again traffic threatened the leader. As Guiles slowed to pick his way through, Latham stalked the leader in search of an opportunity to take the lead. But Guiles’ advantage was too great to overcome, and he held on for the win. With a win and a runner up finish Latham was awarded the PeeWee division’s Dirty Cup championship trophy.
Five Senior 4 Cycle karts took the green flag for their first main event. Dale Smitchger turned his pole position into an early lead over Eric Smitchger. Dale Smitchger held this position for the remainder of the event.
For the second Senior 4 Cycle main event, Trey Manker took the early lead with Joe Young on his bumper. First main event winner Dale Smitchger was shuffled out of line early and fell to the back of the pack. While Smitchger struggled to make his way forward Manker held off Young to claim the second main event. Consistency proved the key for Young, who earned the overall Senior 4 Cycle Dirty Cup victory.
Brady Ransom and Bently Hull led the Hot Rod ranks to their first main event. Ransom hung on to lead lap one but surrendered the top spot to Cehth Horne one lap later. This dropped Ransom into the clutches of Hull, who raced her way into second and closed on the leader. A late spin relegated Hull to the back of the pack, and she ran out of time to recover as Horne scored the win.
Hull wasted no time in main event two and used the outside line to claim the early lead while the pack tangled behind her. But Hull wasn’t alone up front as Hudson Eccles and Joey Wiederich broke free of the pack and raced to Hull’s rear bumper. With eight laps to go Wiederich tried to muscle his way into second, but Eccles held his position and forced Wiederich to defend third from Horne. Wiederich would maintain his podium position while Hull claimed the second main event victory. But it was Wiederich who won the Hot Rod war and walked away with the Dirty Cup title.
Austin Wiederich and Amber Lemrick led seven 250 Open competitors to the evening’s first main event. Sean Beavel was quick to the gas pedal and stormed into the lead on lap two with Lemrick, Neveah Hull, and Landon Acevedo in tow. Acevedo’s kart was hooked up, and with a rapid series of moves both high and low Acevedo tore into the runner up spot. But try as Acevedo might Beavel was too strong and he claimed the night’s first checkered flag.
Riley Palomo held the pole for the second 250 Open main event. Though Palomo got a jump on the field, Acevedo again sped forward, and on lap three raced his way into the lead. As Acevedo powered away from the field Lemrick fought to hold off Hull and Beavel for second. Beavel worked his way to third, but ran out of laps to pass Lemrick, who took second behind Acevedo. Due to his first and second place finishes Acevedo earned the 250 Open title.
Six Box Stock entries started their first main event single file. Garrett Lemrick started out front and stayed there for the first three circuits before Tristan Allen ducked low and took the point. Behind Allen, Makayla Trafford and Cadie Horne dueled for second. A late mechanical issue sidelined Horne, which left Trafford to finish second behind Allen.
Christopher Barrow used the high line to lead lap one of the Box Stocks’ second main event. Behind Barrow, Brady Williams and Makayla Trafford fought for the second spot. A late caution flag bunched the field, and on the restart Williams swung inside Barrow for the win. Trafford followed Williams and claimed her second runner up finish of the evening. Though unable to claim a main event victory, Makayla Trafford was able to turn her quick time and twin second place runs into the Golden Eagle trophy for the Box Stocks at Dirty Cup.
Eleven Predator Stox mobbed the Dirt Track at Meridian Speedway to cap Dirty Cup action. Pole sitter Chase Parker pulled to the early lead with Rusty Houpt on his tail tank. At the race’s halfway point Houpt hooked the inside line and slid into the lead. This proved to be the winning pass as Houpt cruised to the win.
Joe Daily led the Predator Stox through the first half of the second main event’s opening lap before the field came together on the back stretch. On the restarted and Dakota Allen made his way past Daily for the lead, but soon faced a challenge from Hunter Perala. In the closing laps Perala went low on Allen to take the lead and cruised to not only his first main event victory, but also the Predator Stox The Dirty Cup championship.
Action returns to the asphalt quarter-mile this Saturday, September 8, for the Jeff Russell Road to Recovery 85. The NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latemodel Series contests the evening’s title race in support of Meridian Speedway standout Jeff Russell as he recovers from injuries sustained in a 2010 Las Vegas supermodified crash. The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds, Domino’s Legends, Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, and Junior Stingers round out Saturday night’s slate of short track action. Plus, Stinker Stores presents 2018’s final Sugar Rush for Kids at intermission. General admission is just $11.50 for adults, $9 for seniors and military members, and $6.50 for kids 7-11. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with racing at 6:45 p.m. Logon to meridianspeedway.com for all the latest news and notes from around the quarter-mile and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 for exclusive content. We’ll see you this Saturday, September 8, under the big yellow water tower for the Jeff Russell Road to Recovery 85 at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.