Sparks, Fireworks Set to Fly on Speedway 4th of July

Sparks, Fireworks Set to Fly on Speedway 4th of July

Meridian’s biggest fireworks display takes flight this Thursday, July 4, as the City of Meridian Fireworks Spectacular caps Stinker Stores Firecracker 50 Night at Meridian Speedway.  The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds contest the night’s headline event, while the Mulder Engineered Race Engines Junior Late Models, Pepsi Crate Cars and Idaho Sprintcar and Roadster League Sprintcars, Firehouse Pub and Grill Bombers, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets battle for mid-season Feature Flags. 

After a two week mid-season break the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds roar to life with their sights set on standings leader Shelby Stroebel.  Just 41 markers separate the top three competitors, and Stroebel looks to have his hands full with upstart Wyatt King and hard-charging Josh Jackson. 

The eleven to sixteen-year-old Mulder Engineered Race Engines Junior Late Models have gained speed all year, and look to use their new-found knowledge to distance themselves from the pack.  Frontrunners Rusty Houpt and Jody Moen have split the two features thus far in 2019, leaving Thursday night’s rubber match to create championship separation. 

The Pepsi Crate Cars and Idaho Sprintcar and Roadster League Sprintcars crowd the quarter-mile for their fourth faceoff of the season.  With two early-season victories, open-wheel veteran Bryan Warf leads the standings by a healthy margin, while second through fourth positions are separated by a total of just 29 points.  Who among Johnny Giesler, Rob Grice, Nate Little, and Kate Jackson will take control of the runner up spot Thursday? 

The Firehouse Pub and Grill Bombers were resurrected to provide non-stop thrills to drivers and fans alike, and so far in 2019 they have not disappointed.  With a strong showing over Dairy Days weekend Doug McGarva catapulted himself to second in the standings, but has significant repairs to make if he wants to threaten Justice Coats’ lead in the standings. 

While not a historically accurate retelling, the Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets’ annual Midnight Ride of Paul Revere has become a crowd favorite.  The bravest Hornet pilots strap whatever lights they have available to their machines and take to a darkened track to race until the Fourth of July fireworks light up the sky. 

General admission to Thursday night’s full slate of racing and fireworks is just $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and military members, $7 for kids 7-11, and as always kids 6 and under get in free.  Gates open at 4:45 with racing at 6:45 and fireworks about 10 minutes after dark.  Tickets are going fast!  Get your advance tickets at and be sure to text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 for exclusive updates.  We’ll see you this Independence Day for the Stinker Stores Firecracker 50 under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.