Saturday’s Treasure Valley 125 Long on Laps, Drama


Saturday’s Treasure Valley 125 Long on Laps, Drama

Meridian Speedway celebrates members of the Emergency Medical Service, Police, Fire, and Correctional Officers this Saturday, June 18, with the NAPA Auto Parts Treasure Valley 125 featuring the NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latemodels. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stocks, College of Western Idaho High School Tuners, and rookies of the TATES Rents Hornet division will also battle wheel-to-wheel for their Boise Boys Transportation trophies.

A fast field of NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latemodels roar to life as they go door-to-door in the longest feature of their five race season Saturday, the NAPA Auto Parts Treasure Valley 125. Craig Bell took home the hardware in last month’s Bill Crow Memorial 50 sprint race.  With more than double that distance on the docket Saturday who will outlast the competition to take the checkered flag?

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds have provided more than their share of thrills in their first five features. The close racing on the track is echoed by the tight battle atop the point standings where Colton Nelson leads Larry Hull III by just 20 markers.  Can Nelson hold onto this tenuous lead, or will Hull III take the top spot Saturday?

The Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stocks have had their hands full with Jason Sanders thus far in 2016. As the dog days of summer settle on Meridian Speedway, can Sanders keep up his winning ways, or will a challenger step from the pack and challenge the Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stock goliath?

Missed a single second of a College of Western Idaho High School Tuners race? Chances are you’ve missed a lot.  In their last race night Riley Rogers and Kendra Occhipinti battled door-to-door on the final lap, with Rogers taking the victory by eighteen one thousandths of a second.  Can Rogers keep atop this competitive division, or will another young racer step up to crown his or herself king or queen of the hill?

Rookie drivers in the TATES Rents Hornets division get some extra laps in Saturday night as they ditch the veterans and take their own green flag. Not only is Saturday night’s action a great chance to hone their skills, but it may go a long way in determining the season champion.  Josh Randolph, Pat Hellickson, and Adam Deane, all rookies, sit atop the TATES Rents Hornets heap with just thirteen points separating them.  Can any of the top three distance themselves from the pack, or will the point standings continue to tighten as the season rolls on?

General Admission to Saturday’s jam packed night of short track racing action is just $15.50 for adults, $6.50 for kids 7-11, and $11.50 for seniors and members of the military. EMS, Police, Fire, and Correctional Officers get in free with their identification.  Gates open at 4 p.m. with qualifying at 5 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m.  Log on to meridianspeedway.com for ticket pricing specials and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to get exclusive updates from your local NASCAR Home Track.  We’ll see you Saturday night under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.