Split Decision: Twin 25 Sweeps Spoiled for Wurtz, Wardleadmin
Meridian Speedway honored the men and women of the United States Armed
Forces Saturday, May 18, as the quarter-mile asphalt oval hosted Military Appreciation Night featuring
the Project Filter Twin 25’s. The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, Coors
Super Stocks, Teleperformance Street Stocks, Project Filter Pro-4s, High School Tuners, and Junior
Stingers all contested double dashes to claim the Boise Boys Transportation Feature Flag.
The Junior Stingers followed John Clever and Jody Moen to green for their final fifteen lap feature. On
the break Moen, her earlier mechanical issues resolved, shot to the lead while first feature winner Dylan
Wardle carved his way through the field to the top three on lap two.
Wardle’s Padgett Pest Control, Beauty from Ashes racer was quick, and the Meridian, Idaho racer
hooked the inside line and blasted past Moen to take the lead at the race’s halfway point. This dropped
Moen’s Fast Lane Automotive, D.L. Evans machine into the clutches of Star, Idaho’s Delany Grace, who
piloted her CP Express Vinyl, Splash and Dash machine around Moen to take second on the Pepsi-Cola
scoreboard. Though faster than the leader, Grace struggled to erase Wardle’s full straightaway lead
until a caution bunched the field with three circuits left.
The green flag waved and Grace stormed past Wardle for the lead. Wardle, his eyes on the Military
Appreciation Night sweep, wouldn’t settle for second and he raced back to Grace’s bumper on the white
flag lap. But Wardle’s hard charge fell short as Grace raced across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe
first to take home the night’s second Boise Boys Transportation Feature Flag.
Fresh off his High School Tuner sweep, James Strikwerda hopped into his Coors Super Stock and lined up
on the outside pole position for one final 25 lap feature. Strikwerda made the high line the place to be
on the break as he raced his way to the lead. But the youngster soon faced fast company as Jamo
Stephenson and Melissa Weaver made their way to second and third on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.
A lap eight restart lined Stephenson’s Big Al’s, The Ranch racer up outside of Strikwerda’s PBT Auto Sales
machine for the green. Stephenson got the better of the restart and motored past Strikwerda while
Weaver and first feature winner Daytona Wurtz worked to find their own way past Strikwerda.
Once clear of Strikwerda, an eight-lap battle ensued as Weaver pushed her way past Stephenson while
simultaneously under attack from Wurtz. With nine laps left Weaver and Wurtz cleared Stephenson and
the fight for first was on. Lapped traffic slowed Weaver’s Marv’s Tire Service, Dillon Performance
Engines entry with six circuits left, which allowed Wurtz to issue a warning shot to the division
dominator’s rear bumper. Wurtz wheeled her All Makes Auto Salvage, United Metals machine hard to
keep pace with the leader, and with three laps to go the young Boise, Idaho racer slammed the front
stretch wall. It was all Wurtz could to do to limp her stricken racer home, which left Weaver to cruise
across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe and capture the Boise Boys Transportation Feature Flag.
The Meridian Speedway season continues Monday, May 27 with Whelen Night at the Races. The NAPA
Auto Parts Big 5 Late Models, PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds, Winged Pepsi Crate Cars, Project
Filter Pro-4s, Domino’s Legends, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets close the Memorial Day Weekend in
pursuit of the Racing for Smiles Feature Flags. General admission is just $12 for adults, $10 for seniors
60+ and military members, and $7 for kids 7-11. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with racing at 6:45 p.m. Kids,
bring a bike and a helmet for the Hungry Onion Bike Races held right after qualifying. Log on to
www.meridianspeedway.com for the latest news from around the quarter-mile, and text
‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive exclusive updates. We’ll see you Monday, May 27, under the big
yellow water tower for Whelen Night at the Races at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.