Segura, Grice go Wheel-to-Wheel for Speed Tour Featureadmin
Meridian Speedway’s stretch run started Sunday, September 1, with the Speed Tour Regional Sprint Cars on Ultra Touch Ladies Night at the quarter-mile asphalt oval. Alongside their open-wheel counterparts, the Intermountain Outlaw Modifieds, Factory Motor Parts Mini Stocks, PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, Mulder Engineered Race Engines Junior Late Models, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets battled for late-season points and the night’s Construction Services and Repair Feature Flags. wrapped up a two-tracks-in-two-days double-header Sunday, September 1, with a 35 lap feature at Meridian Speedway in Meridian, Idaho.
Fifteen of the most daring sprint car pilots from along the I-84 corridor crowded the tight quarter-mile asphalt oval for the second leg of their Labor Day double-header. Boise, Idaho racers Aaron McPeak and Rob Grice led the Speed Tour Regional Sprint Cars to green. Grice got to the gas first and used the outside line to move his A.R.T. Speed Equipment, BLG Blue sprinter to the top of the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.
Behind Grice, the pack shuffled with racers going two and three-wide to gain ground early. Quickest through the pack was Justin Segura, who used the high line to perfection and in just eight laps had his Dave’s Auto Body, Mr. Lucky machine in second place, a half lap back of Grice.
Title contender Hunter Stanley also made time early in the high line. Stanley had his Mighty Grip Suspension, Young Automotive Group racer near the top five before contact sent him sliding in turn four. Stanley wrestled his car away from the wall but the Middleton, Idaho youngster came to rest in the middle of the track, where Waters Racing teammate Anthony Quintana of West Valley City, Utah slammed into him. Both drivers were forced to retire from the race with suspension damage.
The restart saw Segura motor around the outside of Grice, who fell into the clutches of third place runner Cory Lockwood. Lockwood pushed his Herold’s Auto Body, Dave Hever Race Engines entry hard to put pressure on Grice, but soon had his hands full with Meridian, Idaho’s Colton Nelson and his Miller Lite, Lissa’s Learning Ladder machine. No sooner had Nelson made his way around Lockwood than a caution flag waved.
The green flag waved with nine laps to go, and Segura blasted back to the lead while Nelson surprised Lockwood to take the third spot and set his sights on Grice for second. Nelson kept pace with Grice, but didn’t have enough to make a move late, and he settled for third behind Grice and Segura.
Upon post race inspection an infraction was discovered on Segura’s machine, which resulted in a disqualification. This moved the win to Grice, with Nelson second and Lockwood third.
Intermountain Outlaw Modified pilot Dylan Caldwell wheeled his Hot Box Farms, Impact Motorz entry to the Ultra Touch Car Wash Ladies Night victory Sunday.
Casey Tillman continued to claw his way up the PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified standings by parking his Ready Made Plastic Trays, Air Filter Superstore in the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s circle.
Courtney Green sped to the top of the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard to win the Factory Motor Parts Mini Stock feature before a procedural penalty handed the win to Justin Carson. Despite heavy damage to the front end of his truck, Fruitland, Idaho’s Travis Pavlacky managed to finish behind Carson for what became second place.
Meridian, Idaho racer Rusty Houpt in his Boise Spring Works, Drip Catchers LLC machine outdueled Bailey Fanopoulos for Sunday night’s Construction Services and Repair Feature Flag.
Jentry Pisca outran Nick Gibson to take home the Allen Stroebel Open Modified Show trophy.
Caldwell, Idaho’s James Pahl survived the Ultra Touch Car Wash Car Wash race to claim his second straight Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets victory.
Meridian Speedway assembles the best of the best northwest Late Model drivers this Saturday, September 7, for the Kart Idaho 10K Late Model Double Jackpot, presented by Factory Motor Parts. General admission to an action-packed Saturday night of full-contact racing are just $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military members, $7 for kids 7-11, and free for kids 6 and under. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with racing at 6:45 p.m. Stay up to speed with all the latest news and notes from around the quarter-mile at www.meridianspeedway.com. We’ll see you this Saturday, September 7, for the Kart Idaho 10K Late Model Double Jackpot under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.