Sanders charges to Meridian Speedway’s Mini Stocks title

Sanders charges to Meridian Speedway’s Mini Stocks title

MERIDIAN, Idaho – Jason Sanders did exactly what he needed to do to get the last laugh in a season-long battle for the TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stocks championship at sandersASA-sanctioned Meridian Speedway.

The former track champion once again took home the top prize after a second-place finish in Saturday’s final main event of the 2013 season.

Garden City, Idaho’s Donovan Parker won the race, driving a racecar once owned by the late Art Heath of Nampa, Idaho.

But Sanders, who races out of Caldwell, Idaho, was awarded the championship based on the points in amassed with his runner-up showing.

Jonathan Hull of Boise, Idaho entered the night with the series lead, but fell out of the top spot after an 11th-place finish in the main event. Sanders won the title by 31 points.

Fans had become accustomed to seeing Hull and Sanders side-by-side either in the standings or on the racetrack throughout the year.

The trend continued in Saturday’s feature as the pair started side-by-side in the third row.

Earlier in the night, Sanders had piled up 12 points by winning the Fast Dash. Hull was third in that race, losing two points off his lead.

Other championships decided Saturday night included the Project Filter Pro-4s, Coors Super Stocks and Jr. Stingers.

In the Pro-4s, Nampa, Idaho’s Joe Barton won the battle of former track champions by edging Kuna, Idaho’s Ken Chandler by 51 points.

Chandler won Saturday’s main event, and Barton finished second.

On Saturday, Barton won the Fast Dash and finished third in the main event.

Rob Powers of Meridian, Idaho secured the Super Stocks championship.

Another Meridian driver, Riley Rogers, repeated as champion in the Jr. Stingers division, a four-cylinder stock car class open for boys and girls ages 12 to 14.

Rogers finished third in Saturday’s main event, which was won by Peter Woog.

Two invitational races were run Saturday night for classes the championships for which were already decided earlier in the season.

Melissa Weaver of Nampa, the 2013 College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Street Stocks champion, took home one last checkered flag when she won the Street Stock Invitational on Saturday.

In the 100-lap Late Model Open, California transplant Trevor Cristiani showed he still had the chops to run the full-size racecars.

Mostly known to Meridian fans this year for his exploits in the Domino’s Pizza Legends, the Boise driver – who first burst on the local scene as a visitor from Ukiah, Calif. – captured the Late Model Open after battling ASA Modifieds mainstay Jentry Pisca earlier in the race.