Speedway Season Kicks Off with Full Slate Saturday


Speedway Season Kicks Off with Full Slate Saturday

Meridian Speedway roars back to life this Saturday, April 13, for the ATS Inland Season Opener.  The Intermountain Outlaw Modifieds and PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds double-headline opening night, joined by the Project Filter Pro-4s, Factory Motor Parts Mini Stocks, Teleperformance Street Stocks, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets. 

The Intermountain Outlaw Modifieds begin their regional touring campaign with a stop under the big yellow water tower Saturday.  Defending series champion Eric Rhead vacates his throne for 2019, leaving a full field of fast competitors to battle for the ATS Inland Season Opener hardware. 

Saturday’s season opening sprints features the first of five traveling PitStopUSA.com Shootout events.  Fittingly, the PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds are set to go green for an old-fashioned short track showdown under the lights.   

The Project Filter Pro-4 season is wide open as 2018 title winner Brendon Fries moves his way up the speedway ranks.  Perennial title contender Kenny Chandler is set to speed his way to the front and snag his tenth class championship. 

Factory Motor Parts takes over title sponsorship of the Mini Stock division for 2019.  Coming off his first title, Jayson Wardle has a season’s worth of hard work ahead if he wants to claim his second in a crowded class of 4-cylendar combatants. 

 Teleperformance brings the Street Stock name back to its steel-bodied stock car division.  Relative newcomer Josh Fanopoulos outdueled rookie Taylor Occhipinti for last year’s title, but anything is possible in one of the speedway’s most competitive classes. 

The Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets cap a full night of short track action behind defending champion James Pahl.  With bonus points on the line you never know what you might see out of this hybrid racing-entertainment division. 

General admission to the first race of 2019 is just $12 for adults, $10 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 p.m. with racing at 6:45 p.m.  Log on to www.meridianspeedway.com to keep up with all the latest news from around the quarter-mile, and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 for special updates.  We’ll see you this Saturday, April 13, for the ATS Inland Season Opener at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.