Street Stock Triple Highlights Trunk or Treat Saturdayadmin
A brisk autumn afternoon greeted over two-thousand lucky kids at Meridian Speedway’s Trunk or Treat Saturday, October 26. When the costumes came off so did the gloves as seven divisions went wheel-to-wheel for the final time in 2019. The Teleperformance Street Stocks ran three 33 lap features to finish their year, while the Project Filter Pro-4s, Factory Motor Parts Mini Stocks, Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets, Firehouse Pub and Grill Bombers, High School Tuners, and Junior Stingers battled for their own YMC Heating and Cooling Feature Flags.
Main event action kicked off early as twenty-seven Teleperformance Street Stocks rumbled to green for the first of their three thirty-three lap features. On the break Fred Nagele overpowered pole sitter Joshua Cluff to put his Canton Café, CBI Insulation machine up front. But Nagele wasn’t safe in first as Josh Jackson broke free of the pack and piloted his Meineke of Caldwell, Jackson Built Racing entry around the inside to take the top spot.
The crowded track led to a plethora of contact and three-wide racing, but the field held together with minimal damage done. Kendra Occhipinti, Josh Randolph, and Roy Boots made the most of the confusion, moving from their mid-pack starting spots to second, third, and fourth by the first race’s midway point. Randolph was the first to capitalize on a brief span of empty track and swung high to challenge Occhipinti. But Randolph lost control of his machine and spun into the turn three concrete, collecting Boots.
On the restart Jackson motored past Occhipinti to take the top spot, but came under immediate fire from defending division champion Josh Fanopoulos’ Certified Services, A-1 Towing racer and current title contender Jesse James Lawson. Jackson held off this duo until a caution flag flew with three laps left. On the restart Jackson got a two car length jump on Fanopoulos, which was more than enough to speed to the night’s first checkered flag.
But Jackson’s restart was deemed to be illegal, handing the victory to second-place runner Fanopoulos.
The second Teleperformance Street Stock feature began with brothers Brian and Robbie Hyde on the front row. Brian Hyde wasted no time opening a half-track lead when the green flag fell while deep in the pack close quarters racing again led to three-wide contact.
The first driver on the losing end of this contact was championship leader Lawson, who was bounced into the turn three wall. With Lawson’s Dillon Plumbing, Jump Time Idaho car cleared the green flag waved again and the pack went back to beating and banging for position. Just two laps later the race took a serious turn when contact sent Nagele roof-first into the turn two wall. Nagele’s truck overturned, bounced off the top of the backstretch barrier before it came to rest right side up.
Nagele climbed from his battered vehicle to a standing ovation, miraculously unscathed.
The green flag flew once again and Brian Hyde bolted to the lead with Twin Falls, Idaho’s Boots in tow. Boots stalked Hyde, searching high and low for a way to the lead. On lap fifteen Boots moved Hyde off the bottom of the track and scooted to the top of the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard. This dropped Hyde into a battle with Twin Falls, Idaho’s Willie Dalton for second.
A late restart gave Hyde one last shot at Boots, but the Boise, Idaho racer’s attention was occupied by California’s Erick Ray and his Allied Bail Bonds, Any Auto Repair entry. As Boots cruised across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe, Hyde held off Ray by half a car length at the checkers.
After a rough and tumble night of racing, the Teleperformance Street Stocks capped the 2019 season with one final 33 lap feature. Pole sitter Kyle Latham, at the controls of a repaired Dean Wilson Racing machine jumped to the early lead and never looked back on his way to a wire-to-wire win. Lawson, in a car borrowed from Sam Newcomer after his Dillon Plumbing, Jump Time Idaho, Rise Real Estate Group, Antlers Boutique, 4s Concrete, Boise Company machine was destroyed earlier in the evening, completed this third and final race to seal his first Teleperformance Street Stock title.
Karly Hearne battled her way from the back of the pack to park her Shop Marine, Boise Carburetor Junior Stinger in the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle. With her runner up finish Delaney Grace clinched the 2019 division championship in her CP Express Vinyl, Splash and Dash, Western Construction, NRG Flooring, COREtec, AAA Bob’s Lock and Key, Tan Republic racer.
Thirteen built-in-a-day Firehouse Pub and Grill Bombers took the green flag for a brutal main event. When the dust settled James Sheets collected the YMC Heating and Cooling Feature Flag for the race win and championship honors for the division.
Travis Pavlacky continued his Factory Motor Parts Mini Stock dominance with a main event win Saturday in his FVC pickup, his ninth victory in a championship-winning season.
Blaine Roberts overcame early contact to take his K&S Automotive, Carpenter Motorsports car to his first victory of 2019. With a second place finish, Cody Castricone sealed the High School Tuner championship—his second class title behind the wheel of his Fast Glass racer in two years.
Josh Parkkila shocked Nick Durbin with a bonsai move in traffic on the white flag lap to claim the Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornet victory. AJ Collins maintained his standings lead to take the division’s points championship in his Touchdown Automotive, Trammel Construction machine.
Jordan Harris did all he could to close the standings gap on Kenny Chandler Saturday, but came up just short as Chandler parked his familiar Project Filter, Fairly Reliable Bob’s, Les Schwab Tire Centers, Mulder’s Auto Machine, Jim’s Drivetrain, Sound Depot, McDowell’s Auto Specialty, KCR racer in the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle to collect both the YMC Heating and Cooling Feature Flag and the championship banner.
With the 2019 season in the books Meridian Speedway turns its attention to 2020. Keep up to speed with all the winter goings on at www.meridianspeedway.com and by sending ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483. We’ll see you next year under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.