Pahl Scorches Hornet Field for Second Straight Victoryadmin
Nearly one hundred classics, customs, and cruisers packed the Meridian Speedway pit area Saturday, August 18, for Ultra Touch Car Wash Hot August Cruze and Drag night. Alongside their show-shined compatriots, the Coors Super Stocks, Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets, Junior Stingers, and Bombers took on the quarter-mile asphalt oval in search of the Specialty Car Insurance hardware.
Eight Junior Stingers beat the tardy bell to their fifteen lap feature. Outside pole sitter Logan Castricone got to the gas pedal first and rolled around the outside of Jerome, Idaho’s Jodi Moen for the early lead. But Castricone wasn’t alone as division point leader Rusty Houpt hooked the inside line to put his Boise Spring Works, Catapult 3 machine up front.
Deep in the pack Cody Castricone picked his way through traffic, and by a lap five caution held the runner up spot in his Fast Glass, Linder Learning Academy entry. Houpt led the field to the restart, but it was Castricone who pounced from the high line to take the lead. Houpt sped after his championship competition, but didn’t have enough to track down Castricone who claimed the night’s first checkered flag.
The Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets brought ten hungry competitors to green on their tortoise-and-hare-themed race. With the field split between fast and slow competitors Kevin Matuska shot to the early lead. But the hare group made up ground fast, and by lap five hares Jeff Matuska and James Pahl caught the lead pack. Two laps later Jeff Matuska and Pahl held the top two spots on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.
With a leader-to-the-back rule in effect Pahl lagged back through the race’s halfway point, then whipped his Ray’s Auto Care, Beastly Gents Barbershop machine through lapped traffic for the lead. No sooner had Caldwell, Idaho’s Pahl pulled ahead than the yellow flag waved. NASCAR officials judged that Pahl’s pass wasn’t complete before the caution, and he was awarded the lead with Matuska sent to the back.
On the restart Jason Yano pulled inside to challenge Pahl, but Pahl prevailed and looked to speed to the win before a caution with five laps left relegated him to the back of the pack. This left Yano and Austin Blanton to duel for the lead on the restart. That battle lasted all of two laps before Pahl scorched a trail through traffic and back into the lead fight. Pahl pinned his racer to the highest possible line, and with the white flag in the air passed Yano for the Ultra Touch Car Wash Hot August Cruze and Drag Night victory.
The wild and wacky Bombers wrapped up Ultra Touch Car Wash Cruze and Drag Night festivities with a fifteen lap feature. On the break Rob Taylor dispatched Doug McGarva to take the early lead. Behind Taylor chaos ensued as three different multi-car pileups marred the race’s early going. Once the action settled Chad Atnip overtook Taylor for the lead and strolled away from the field to claim Saturday’s final Specialty Car insurance trophy.
Pro Trucks return to Meridian Speedway this Saturday, August 25, as the quarter-mile oval hosts Boise State University Alumni Night. The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds duel in dual main events, while the Rebel Modifieds of Idaho, Pepsi Crate Cars and Idaho Sprintcar and Roadster League Super Sixes, Project Filter Pro-4s, TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, and High School Tuners compete for the night’s Champion Onion trophies. Plus, don’t miss out on the Fast Lane Scooter Race for Kids. General admission to a full night of auto racing the way it ought to be is just $11.50 for adults, $9 for seniors and military members, $6.50 for kids 7-11, and as always kids 6 and under get in free. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. Saturday with qualifications at 5:30 p.m. and racing at 6:45 p.m. Stay up to speed with all the latest news and notes from around the quarter-mile at meridianspeedway.com, and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to join our text club for exclusive updates. We’ll see you under the big yellow water tower this Saturday, August 25, for Boise State University Alumni Night at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.