Pavlacky Gains Ground With Wacky Wednesday Winadmin
A full moon hung over Meridian Speedway on Wednesday, September 2, as the quarter-mile asphalt oval hosted it second event in five days, Wacky Wednesday. The Pit Stop USA NASCAR Modifieds, Project Filter Pro-4s, Domino’s Legends, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets battled for a rare mid-week Discount Tire Feature Flag.
Joe Thuss and Mike Davis led the Pit Stop USA NASCAR Modified field to green for a fast 25 lap feature. Side-by-side racing dominated the first two laps before Davis put his modified up front. But Davis’ move opened the door for second place points runner Travis Pavlacky, who slung his FVC, Price Painting racer around the high side to take the lead on lap five.
But Pavlacky wasn’t safe up front as Josh Jackson found the handle on his Lestarjette Painting, Jackson Excavation entry and applied pressure to the leader. As Jackson tracked Pavlacky, young Zach Telford and Meridian, Idaho’s Brendon Fries cleared the pack and pulled into third and fourth on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.
As Telford sized Jackson up, the second-place runner’s car erupted in smoke and spun in turn two. The field successfully scattered to avoid the stricken machine, and Telford took the inside line to pull even with Pavlacky for the restart.
The green flag waved and Pavlacky bolted ahead of Telford on the outside. But Telford battled back, wheeling his Builders First Source, Garrison Zimmer Foundation modified around the low side of the track in his bid for the lead.
As the laps wound down Pavlacky’s car grew looser and looser, but Telford was unable to capitalize, and Payette, Idaho’s Pavlacky stormed across the line to score his second victory of the season.
“Man, that Telford car is fast,” Pavlacky said as he collected his Discount Tire Feature Flag. “I gave it everything I had at the end. It freed up after the caution, and we were able to hang on and get the win.”
Jackson would repair his Pit Stop USA NASCAR Modified to take part in the $600 to win bonus race. At the race’s halfway point Jackson motored around Chase Hanish to take the lead, then stayed out front to collect the bonus main event victory.
Eleven Domino’s Legends took the green flag for a hard-fought feature. Twenty-five action packed laps later Ken Frickey stood alongside his Snake River Legends, Les Schwab of Nampa machine victorious.
Project Filter Pro-4 point leader Jordan Harris looked to be in command of yet another feature until engine trouble forced him to retire just six laps short of the checkered flag. This left the lead in the hands of Athena, Oregon’s Cody McDonald, who held off a hard-charging Colton Nelson to score his first main event win in his Holton Secret Labs, Diamond Eye Manufacturing racer.
Dale Bolinger mastered both of Wednesday night’s Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornet games, the Tortoise and the Hare and The Switch, to bring home the Discount Tire Feature Flag.
The fun continues this Monday, September 7, as the Teleperformance Twin 25s presented by Academy Mortgage by Ryan Shelby wrap up Labor Day festivities at Meridian Speedway. The Pit Stop USA NASCAR Modifieds return to action, as do the Pepsi Crate and ISRL Sprint Cars, Teleperformance Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Domino’s Legends, and the Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets. Monday night’s schedule returns to normal, with gates opening at 4:45 p.m. and races going green at 6:45 p.m. General admission is just $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military members, $7 for kids 7-11, and as always kids 6 and under get in free. Tickets are available online at www.meridianspeedway.com, or live, flag-to-flag coverage will be available on SpeedCast.tv. We’ll see you Monday, September 7, for the Teleperformance Twin 25s presented by Academy Mortgage by Ryan Shelby under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.