Sportsman, Champions to be Crowned on Double-Header Weekend


Sportsman, Champions to be Crowned on Double-Header Weekend

Meridian Speedway closes winged sprintcar season with a two night bash this Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17, as the Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association invades the quarter-mile. Friday night the fastest short track drivers on earth compete in the Tom Elliott Sportsman Classic alongside the West Coast Vintage Racers, CT400 Winged Sprintcars, and the Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stocks.   Saturday night the NSRA and West Coast Vintage Racers are joined by the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, and the Junior Stingers.

In the seven year history of the Tom Elliott Sportsman Classic, eleven different winners have been crowned between the feature race winner and the Sportsman Award winner. Matt Elliott looks to add a twelfth name to that list as he pilots his Mountain Dew Winged Sprintcar alongside the heavy-hitting NSRA Winged Sprintcars.

The West Coast Vintage Racers once again roll their old iron to Meridian Speedway for a good, old-fashioned showdown. Don’t miss this chance to see this vast collection of nostalgic racers in action around the quarter-mile.

The CT400 Winged Sprintcar division has belonged to Stacey Jensen. Friday night Jensen has the opportunity to put his stamp one last time on Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle as these fierce competitors wrap up their 2016 campaign.

Two races stand between the Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stocks and the crowning of a season champion. Jason Sanders finds himself atop the heap at this crucial juncture, but Garry Hussey has come on strong through the latter half of the summer, and looks to keep the pressure turned up on the veteran campaigner as they battle for the Hunziker Racing 98 trophy Friday night.

Saturday night settles the NASCAR Whelen All-American Modified Series championship. After a grueling twenty race season, the NASCAR Division 1 competitors have just one more night to position themselves in not only the Meridian Speedway standings, but the NASCAR State and National Points Standings as well.

Hard racing has been the rule in the second year of the Teleperformance Claimer Stock division, and Saturday night’s championship-settling action looks to be no exception. Proven winners Casey Hart and Rich Lawson sit second and third in the standings with a slim twenty markers between them, ensuring that each position and every lap Saturday will be well contested.

The eleven to fourteen year old competitors of the Junior Stinger division also settle their season Saturday. Just 46 points separate Shane Harris from Alyse Schildhauer as each driver chases their first Meridian Speedway championship.

General admission to each night of racing action is $15.50 for adults and $6.50 for kids 7-11. Friday night is ladies night at Meridian Speedway, where ladies of all ages get in free.  Gates open at 4 p.m. with qualifying at 5 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m. both nights.  Purchase your advance tickets online at meridianspeedway.com and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive exclusive updates from around the quarter-mile.  We’ll see you this Friday and Saturday under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.