Rain, Rookies Dominate Kendall Ford of Meridian Free Car Nightadmin
Mother Nature was the star Saturday night at Meridian Speedway as thundershowers rolled through Kendall Ford of Meridian Free Car Night festivities. The Pepsi Sprintcars, Project Filter Pro-4s, Budweiser Modifieds, and Domino’s Legends events were canceled due to a nearly hour long downpour at the speedway. However, one division was able to brave the elements and deliver an action-packed feature.
Rookie competitors in the Tates Rents Hornet division rolled their soggy racers onto a wet racetrack for a 25 lap main event. On the green Ben Harris zipped around Linda Everett’s Dot’s Bingo Snacks, Corona Village car to take the early lead. On the move immediately were Rob Sturman in his PBT Auto Sales machine and Ron Compton in the Allegiant Powder Coating, Norco machine. By lap two the pair held the second and third positions on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard. As the tandem’s progress stalled Eric Arnold pulled up to challenge. With eighteen laps to go Arnold and Sturman came together in turn two and spun. No real damage was done to either car, but both drivers lost a significant amount of time to leader Harris and his Kim’s Kars, Challenger Auto Transport machine.
Harris had his machine set up for the slick conditions, and with ten laps to go held a two second lead over his father Aaron Harris’ Kim’s Kars, A-1 Chem Dry entry. As the laps wound down the elder Harris worked the low line in his bid to take the lead while Ben Harris ran the high line to defend it. The lead was down to half a car length when a spin by Kyla Harris slowed the field. On the restart Aaron Harris dove to the low line once again and this time made his way around his son for the lead. Once Aaron Harris took control of the race he never looked back on his way to Arctic Circle Victory Lane.
“My kid was in front of me…I almost felt bad passing him,” Aaron Harris said as he collected his Boise Boys Transportation trophy. “But, that’s racing.”
Next Saturday Meridian Speedway welcomes the College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Street Stocks back to the quarter mile oval for the CWI Professional Truck Driving Twin 25’s. Joining the action next Saturday are the CT400 Sprintcars, Meridian Vintage Racers, Claimer Stocks, Budweiser Modifieds, and the CWI High School tuners. Due to the foul weather tickets from Kendall Ford Free Car Night will be honored this Saturday. Be sure to check meridianspeedway.com for all the latest happenings from around the speedway and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 for exclusive text alerts. We’ll see you at the track under the big yellow water tower Saturday night.