Rough and Tumble Modified Double Separates Standingsadmin
Dual division doubleheaders headlined Teleperformance Twin 25s Night at Meridian Speedway on Saturday, June 16. The Teleperformance Claimer Stocks and PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds both pulled double duty, while the Project Filter Pro-s, Coors Super Stocks, Domino’s Legends, and Junior Stingers staged their own battles for the Racing for Smiles of the Northwest hardware.
The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds kicked off Teleperformance Twin 25 Night at Meridian Speedway with the first of their two thirty lap main events. Boise, Idaho’s Jonathan Hull got the better of Joe Thuss to lead lap one in his Diversified Carpet Cleaning, All American Towing modified. But Wyatt King piloted his Major Tire and Hitch, Stock Construction machine around Thuss for second on lap two before he turned his sights to Hull.
King worked the inside line, but the Kuna, Idaho racer couldn’t find enough grip to get the lead. King’s struggles allowed fellow Kuna, Idaho driver Casey Tillman to work his way into the runner up spot on lap seven. Tillman hooked the low line and was quickly wheel-to-wheel with Hull for the lead.
Lap seven saw the fight for first turn sour as contact out of turn four sent Hull to the outside wall. As the field scrambled to avoid Hull’s stricken machine King hopped a tire and soared through the rear of Bryan Warf’s Integrity Pools of Idaho, Dave’s Quick Lube modified before he slid to a stop in turn one.
King emerged from his wrecked racer okay, but was forced to retire for the evening. Warf continued on, minus a good amount of driver’s side body work, and Hull rejoined the race for one lap before he deemed the damage to his modified too great to continue.
Colton Nelson and Larry Hull III led the field to the restart. Hull III battled hard to keep pace with Nelson’s Integrity Construction, YMC Heating and Air racer, but a bobble at the race’s halfway point dropped Hull III to Nelson’s rear bumper. This was all Nelson needed as, despite Hull III’s best efforts, the Meridian, Idaho racer sped into the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.
The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds retook the quarter-mile for their second thirty lap main event of the evening. On the break Meridian, Idaho racers Chris Fenton and Caitlin Stroebel went wheel-to-wheel for the early lead. Stroebel used the inside line to best Fenton early, but on lap five Fenton’s car came alive and he motored back to the front.
As Fenton and Stroebel battled back and forth, Bryan Warf piloted his rebuilt Integrity Pools of Idaho, Allan Marsh Travel Center racer into the lead fight. A caution flag restacked the pack and allowed Warf to take the lead on lap fifteen. This left Fenton and Stroebel to hold off first main event winner Colton Nelson and Larry Hull. The second place battle wound tighter and tighter, but Stroebel eventually took her modified to the runner up spot.
First to Stroebel’s Trinity Construction, Rudy’s Pub and Grill entry was Hull, who blasted around the outside line and moved his Diversified Carpet Cleaning, Drake Mechanical machine into the runner up spot with eleven laps left. A yellow flag lined Hull up alongside Warf for one final shootout. The green flag waved and Warf motored to the point while Nelson moved past Hull for second.
Though Nelson gained on Warf through the race’s final laps the first main event winner had nothing for his teammate, who went from wreckers to checkers on his way to the second main event trophy.
Join Meridian Speedway as we celebrate Dairy Days this Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23. The Dairy Days fun kicks off Friday night with monster truck rides and fireworks before Saturday features the Malicious Monster Truck Insanity Tour as they tear up the quarter-mile oval. The Bombers and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets join in the car crushing fun while the Dairy Days carnival lights peek over the North End bleachers. General admission to Saturday night’s Malicious Monster Truck Insanity Tour is $20 for adults, $18.50 for seniors and military members, and $12 for kids 7-11. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with the Malicious Monster Truck Insanity Tour pit party at 5 p.m. and racing at 6:45 p.m. Seats are going fast. Log on to meridianspeedway.com to purchase your advance tickets, and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive all the latest updates from around the quarter-mile. We’ll see you this Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23 for the Malicious Monster Truck Insanity Tour at your NASCAR Home Track under the big yellow water tower, Meridian Speedway.