Streaking series leaders spice up Saturday at speedway

Streaking series leaders spice up Saturday at speedway

by Jon Brown, MERIDIAN, Idaho – About midway through the season, several division leaders seem poised to get some separation from their pursuers.street 92

Of course, at unpredictable ASA-sanctioned Meridian Speedway, that could be easier said than done.

Three of the frontrunners in action Saturday night are on winning streaks, including Melissa Weaver, who has a commanding advantage in Saturday’s headlining series as the drivers gear up for another College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Street Stocks 100-lap segment race.

The Nampa, Idaho racing ace will look to widen her series championship advantage over her father, Marv, when the Street Stocks take their second 100-lap spin of the season.

Like the first go-round, this marathon will be broken up into segments, but race officials haven’t decided on a format yet.

Also scheduled are the Pepsi Sprintcars, the Coors Super Stocks and the Budweiser B Modifieds.

In the CWI PTD Street Stocks 100-lap segment race held June 15, Melissa Weaver won six of the nine installments, including the final three encompassing four laps.

Melissa Weaver brings a 139-point lead over her father Marv. Middleton, Idaho’s Rick Baldwin is third with 506 points. Baldwin’s championship hopes took a hit when he slammed hard into the Turn 1 wall during at 30-lap feature on July 26.

While Weaver enjoys a wide lead in the Street Stocks, Rob Powers enters Saturday’s Coors Super Stocks action hoping to find a way to put more distance between him and Boise, Idaho’s Justin Ellis.

Ellis is coming off a record-breaking run on July 26. He erased Powers’ track qualifying record with a 14.085-second lap around the paved quarter-mile oval.

A Meridian driver, Powers rallied to win the 20-lap main event and stretch his series lead to a not-so-comfortable 14 points. Ellis had battled problems with his fuel cell cap during the feature, which was a factor in sending Powers to his fourth straight main event victory.

Randy Keckley of Boise looks to build his series lead in the Budweiser B Modifieds. He leads Payette, Idaho’s Josh Jackson by 45 points, but both drivers could face a new challenge from Mountain Home, Idaho’s Terry Lydell. The former Street Stocks racer announced this week on Facebook that he will be driving a B Modified owned by Kuna, Idaho’s Frank Wallace. Saturday’s racing will be Lydell’s season debut.

Star, Idaho’s Tony Ackerland goes in search of continued consistency in the Pepsi Sprintcars as wingless open-wheel veteran Rob Grice of Nampa chases him down.

Another round of Spectator Drags also are set, so fans can bring their rides and go head-to-head with one another for one lap around the paved quarter-mile oval.

Admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for senior citizens and military personnel with ID and $6 for children ages 7-11. A family pass (good for two adults and up to four children ages 7-11) is $30.

As always, children 6 and younger get in free.

Tickets are available online at, giving fans the opportunity to buy and print tickets from home and skip what is sure to be a long line at the spectator gate Saturday night.

Gates open at 4 p.m. with time trials at 5 p.m., and racing at 6:30 p.m.

For more information or to purchased tickets in advance and print them off at home, visit You can follow Meridian Speedway on Facebook, too.


Meridian Speedway

2013 standings

(Through Aug. 3 races)

Mtn. Dew Winged Sprints — 1. Bryan Warf, Meridian, ID, 585 points; 2. Mike Murgoitio, Meridian, ID, 559; 3. Johnny Giesler, Meridian, ID, 412; 4. Sierra Jackson, Middleton, ID, 337; 5. Brandon Johnson, Meridian, ID, 332; 6. Mark Floyd, Boise, ID, 249; 7. Ryan Burdett, West Jordan, UT, 238; 8. (tie) Matt Elliott, Caldwell, ID, 200; and Andy Alberding, Winston, Ore., 200; 10. Jeff Montgomery, Langford, British Columbia, 190

Pepsi Sprintcars — 1. Tony Ackerland, Star, ID, 449 points; 2. Rob Grice, Nampa, ID, 422; 3. Ryan Wiederich, Nampa, ID, 313; 4. Colton Nelson, Meridian, ID, 300; 5. Michael Anderson, Nampa, ID, 265; 6. Justin Segura, Caldwell, ID, 239; 7. Ryan Newman, Caldwell, ID, 228; 8. Tristen Spiers, Adrian, OR, 187; 9. Jimmy Gross, Fruitland, ID, 186; 10. Kevin Kressly, Caldwell, ID, 173

NAPA Late Models – 1. Dylan Caldwell, Nampa, ID, 343 points; 2. Chris Fenton, Meridian, ID, 317; 3. Dennis Wurtz II, Boise, ID, 294; 4. Travis Anderson, Boise, ID, 285; 5. Lee Hackney, Boise, ID, 240; 6. Jake Petero, Ontario, OR, 223; 7. Dave Thomasson, Meridian, ID, 173; 8. Dennis Brodigan, Nampa, ID, 132; 9. Dan Lowther, Boise, ID, 103; 10. Mike Marston, Boise, ID, 100

Domino’s Pizza Legends — 1. Phyl Zubizareta, Boise, ID, 674 points; 2. Casey Tillman, Kuna, ID, 552; 3. Zach Blume, Eagle, ID, 520; 4. Jonathan Davis, Emmett, ID, 361; 5. Caity Miller, Boise, ID, 334; 6. Chance Davis, Emmett, ID, 325; 7. Camron Madsen, Boise, ID, 315; 8. Chase Gilbertson, Boise, ID, 314; 9. Aubree Wartman, Boise, ID, 276; 10. Mike Cullum, Meridian, ID, 261

ASA Modifieds — 1. Shelby Stroebel, Meridian, ID, 579 points; 2. Rick Fowble, Twin Falls, ID, 482; 3. Cade Hollon, Riggins, ID, 379; 4. Caitlin Stroebel, Meridian, ID, 356; 5. Jentry Pisca, Nampa, ID, 337; 6. Dell Scott, Meridian, ID, 273; 7. Kyle Latham, Boise, ID, 194; 8. Rus Ward, Boise, ID, 155; 9. Gene Stroebel, Meridian, ID, 107; 10. Rosalee Weller, Caldwell, ID, 90

Coors Super Stocks — 1. Rob Powers, Meridian, ID, 437 points; 2. Justin Ellis, Boise, ID, 423; 3. Josh Jackson, Payette, ID, 238; 4. Gale Carter, Boise, ID, 195; 5. Kim Bradford, Star, ID, 179; 6. Anthony Boven, Boise, ID, 133; 7. Travis Pavlacky, Fruitland, ID, 61

Project Filter Pro-4s — 1. Joe Barton, Nampa, ID, 565 points; 2. Kenny Chandler, Kuna, ID, 562; 3. Ryan Bailey, Meridian, ID, 458; 4. Larry Hull III, Boise, ID, 386; 5. Jeffery Snethen, Boise, ID, 301; 6. Chet Thorson, Nampa, ID, 221; 7. Ron Hayes, Boise, 200; 8. Terry Sherman, Boise, ID, 162; 9. Kevin Winders, Woods Cross, Utah, 114; 10. Donovan Parker, Boise, ID, 98

College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Street Stocks — 1. Melissa Weaver, Nampa, ID, 669 points; 2. Marv Weaver, Nampa, ID, 530; 3. Rick Baldwin, Middleton, ID, 506; 4. Jeff Meads, Nampa, ID, 389; 5. Shawn Hansen, Boise, ID, 339; 6. Daniel Johnson, Caldwell, ID, 322; 7. Scott Shoecraft, Boise, ID, 295; 8. Ray Bolinger, Meridian, ID, 268; 9. Shaun Bush, Marsing, ID, 233; 10. Rick Moran, Meridian, ID, 218

TEAM Mazda-Subaru Mini Stocks — 1. Jonathan Hull, Boise, ID, 559 points; 2. Jason Sanders, Caldwell, ID, 530; 3. Brendon Fries, Meridian, ID, 436; 4. Colton Nelson, Meridian, ID, 306; 5. Duane Gerber, Boise, ID, 298; 6. Brandon Shira, Boise, ID, 295; 7. Denny Gerber, Meridian, ID, 256; 8. Nathan Dearing, Boise, ID, 255; 9. Mary Johnson, Meridian, ID, 253; 10. Amber Rogers, Meridian, ID, 248

Budweiser B Modifieds — 1. Randy Keckley, Boise, ID, 426 points; 2. Josh Jackson, Payette, ID, 381; 3. Jay Cook, Nampa, ID, 370; 4. Sharlet Wilson, Mountain Home, ID, 287; 5. Gene Stroebel, Meridian, ID, 169; 6. Rosalee Weller, Caldwell, ID, 55; 7. Pete Trammell, Boise, ID, 18

Tates Hornets — 1. Thomas Harrod, Nampa, ID, 805 points; 2. Brandon Hild, Boise, ID, 751; 3. Lynn Sharp, Nampa, ID, 734; 4. Jess Ryska, Meridian, ID, 700; 5. Rob Powers, Meridian, ID, 643; 6. Drew Crenshaw, Nampa, ID, 543; 7. Fred Nagele, Caldwell, ID, 504; 8. Cody Brizendine, Nampa, ID, 499; 9. James Pahl, Caldwell, ID, 474; 10. Monica Heath, Nampa, ID, 435

Jr. Stingers — 1. Riley Rogers, Meridian, ID, 327 points; 2. Jordan Kirkland, Boise, ID, 304; 3. Daytona Wurtz, Boise, ID, 289; 4. Jordan Harris, Nampa, ID, 231; 5. Kendra Occhipinti, Nampa, ID, 220; 6. CJ Stirm, Nampa, ID, 181; 7. Taylor Occhipinti, Nampa, ID, 170; 8. Peter Woog, Meridian, ID, 169; 9. Cherokee Arnold, Star, ID, 111; 10. Stafford Smith, Eagle, ID, 110

Thunder Dogs — 1. Sledgehammer (David Jolley, Nampa, ID), 1,004 points; 2. Bulldacious (James DeMello, Boise, ID), 954; 3. Hot Pursuit (James Cloud, Meridian, ID), 953; 4. Big Tuna (Stan Irons, Boise, ID), 597; 5. Money Pit (Kennon Irons, Boise, ID), 360; 6. Buzz Lightyear (Richard Scott, Meridian, ID), 355; 7. Devil Made Me Do It (Joe or Tiffany Volm, Meridian, ID), 267; 8. Bumble Bee (Paul Orlando, Meridian, ID), 241; 9. Over Kill (Mike Bako, Boise, ID), 215; 10. M&M (Dan Wylie or Treasure Wylie, Nampa, ID), 202