Sprintcar Shootout Heats Up Independence Day Double-Header


Sprintcar Shootout Heats Up Independence Day Double-Header

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There will be plenty of fireworks on the track as well as above it as Meridian Speedway hosts a two-day 4th of July celebration.

As summer heats up so does the action as Meridian Speedway plays host to an Independence Day weekend double-bill of racing featuring the Pepsi Sprintcars, Super Sixes, and the Washington Econo Sprintcar Organization.  These three divisions will go wheel-to-wheel to determine who will reign supreme both Friday and Saturday.  Also engaging in a two-day slugfest are the Domino’s Pizza Legends, with regional qualification points on the line anything could happen.  Independence Day action also features the Tates Rents Hornets.  Saturday’s events will include the College of Western Idaho High School Tuners, Thuderdogs, and the Old Fart Karts.

Casey Tillman was able to outrun the Pepsi Sprintcar competition earlier this year in the Lee Roy Nelson 40 with a mad, early dash to the front.  The addition of the WESCO sprintcars will make that strategy all the more difficult during Friday’s Stinker Stores Firecracker 50, as they will be racing for triple points.  Tillman will also face plenty of contenders from home, like Tony Ackerland and Ryan Newman.  Both drivers have hit their stride and look to continue their winning ways this weekend.

In the Domino’s Pizza Legend ranks Camron Madsen looks to use this weekend double-header to close an already tight gap between himself and point leader Zach Blume.  The two put on a spectacular duel in their last event with Blume coming out on top.  But with regional qualifier points up for grabs, can the pair best out-of-town runners such as opening race winner Randy Schaaf or Las Vegas, Nevada’s Peyton Saxton?

The Tates Rents Hornets have seen Mike Vester climb to within eleven points of standings leader Jim Longden.  Both Vester and Longden look to pick their way through a division where three and four-wide competition seems to be the norm.

Saturday’s features include the CWI High School Tuner division.  Hot off an exciting finish last weekend Peter Woog has designs to win back-to-back main event trophies.  However Jordan Harris, after being nipped at the line by a scant 41 thousandths of a second, will be looking for redemption.  But the boys better watch out for Kendra Occhipinti, as one false move could send her to Arctic Circle Victory Lane and the top of the standings.

After the sun sinks low behind the West grandstand the City of Meridian will light the fuse on its annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular.  Saturday will feature an encore stadium fireworks display at the conclusion of racing action.

General admission tickets for each night are just $12.25 for adults, $8.25 for kids 7-11.  Gates open at 4 p.m. both nights and racing gets underway at 6:30 p.m.  For more information and advance tickets log onto www.meridianspeedway.com and be sure to text the word ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive special information.