Stroebel, Jackson Split Factory Motor Parts Ladies Night Modified Doubleadmin
A near capacity crowd descended on Meridian Speedway Saturday, May 4, for Factory Motor Parts Ladies Night at the quarter-mile oval. The Mulder Engineered Race Engines Junior Late Models made their speedway debut alongside the PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, Coors Super Stocks, Factory Motor Parts Mini Stocks, Teleperformance Street Stocks, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets.
The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds led off main event action with a twenty lap tilt, the first of their two main events Saturday. On the green Mark Floyd bolted to the early lead while pandemonium erupted behind him.
After two laps of contact it was Randy Keckley who found himself ejected from the lead pack as he spun down the back stretch. No caution waved for Keckley’s agricultural excursion, but the action caused an already tight field to draw even closer together.
Seemingly the only driver able to clear the pack, Meridian, Idaho’s Shelby Stroebel found himself in the top five by lap three while his strongest competition was mired in the lockstep pack. Stroebel wasted no time as he piloted his modified to the top spot and ultimately the victory. Wyatt King followed Stroebel across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe to take a second place finish, while two-time winner Casey Tillman was forced to settle for third.
Race two of the PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds double-header began with Randy Keckley and Mike Davis on the front row. Again the high line was the place to be as Davis shot to the top spot with Joe Thuss in his tire tracks. Thuss moved his Aloha Auto Repair machine to the high groove and dispatched Davis from the lead on lap eight, but was surprised by Josh Jackson who stormed to the lead two laps later.
With Jackson’s Meineke of Caldwell, Jackson Built Racing machine out front the battle for the rest of the top five spots on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard heated up. Wyatt King hauled his Major Tire and Hitch, YMC Mechanical entry to the runner up spot at the race’s halfway point with main event winners Shelby Stroebel and Casey Tillman in hot pursuit. Despite frequent contact as they ducked and dodged through traffic all three racers held onto their machines to finish second, third, and fourth behind Jackson, who coasted to a stop in the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle with no brakes.
The Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets faced a new challenge as Saturday night saw the division crown a Sole Survivor. At the end of a fifteen lap shootout Cody Garret, Austin Blanton, Neil Wassmuth, Troy Palmer, and Jeff Matuska lined up five wide across the track for a lap-by-lap elimination match. Eager to win the first elimination round Garrett jumped the start and was disqualified. Next to be dispatched was Jeff Matuska, then Austin Blanton.
This set up a duel between Palmer and Wassmuth for the win. The green flag waved and Wassmuth motored around his competition and parked his Neil Alan Fine Jewelry, CCS Sign Shop racer in the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.
Crashes outnumber dashes next Saturday, May 11, as Wendy’s Smash-O-Rama takes over the quarter-mile oval. With a Demolition Derby and world record limo jump attempt from Mr. Dizzy to the World Famous Boat Races, The Beast Jet Dragster, and Fireworks, there’s something for everyone with an appetite for destruction this Saturday. Race fans, we’ve got all the thrills you’re looking for too with the Pepsi Crate Cars and ISRL Sprintcars, Domino’s Legends, Factory Motor Parts Mini Stocks, Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets, and Firehouse Pub and Grill Bombers. Plus, Clarity Credit Union hosts their first Penny Gold Rush for Kids of the season. General admission to a full night of wreckers and checkers is just $19 for adults, $17 for seniors and military members, $7 for kids 7-11, and as always kids six and under get their seat free of charge. Tickets are going fast! Log on to www.meridianspeedway.com/tickets to get yours and receive an online ticket pricing special. We’ll see you this Saturday, May 11, for Wendy’s Smash-O-Rama at your NASCAR Home Track under the big yellow water tower, Meridian Speedway.