Summer Set to Turn Up the Heat on Treasure Valley 125


Summer Set to Turn Up the Heat on Treasure Valley 125

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The NAPA Big 5 Latemodels roar onto the speedway for a grueling 125 laps Saturday on what is projected to be the hottest day thus far this year.

The fastest stock car drivers on the quarter-mile return to Meridian Speedway this Saturday night for the NAPA Auto Parts Treasure Valley 125.  Joining the NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latemodels on Western Idaho Racing Association Hall of Fame Night are the Pepsi Sprintcars, Domino’s Legends, Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stocks, Junior Legends, and Spectator Drags.  With summer set to bake the quarter-mile asphalt the key to claiming Saturday’s Connections Credit Union trophies may be simply getting a grip.

No racer has topped Meridian, Idaho’s Chris Fenton in the NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latemodel ranks this year.  Though Fenton has two feature victories in hand already this weekend is no time for him to back off as he will have to outrace a full field of elite competition.  Last year Trevor Cristiani stomped the field to take the NAPA Auto Parts Treasure Valley 125 crown.  Who will keep their cool on a hot summer night and take the title this year?

The Pepsi Sprintcar field has been jam-packed with action this season.  While duels between Caldwell, Idaho’s Ryan Newman and Star, Idaho’s Tony Ackerland have produced some of the most memorable finishes of the 2015 season the division as a whole has been the most competitive in recent memory.  Can Newman and Ackerland avoid slipping into the clutches of the fast field, and what classic battles will form under the lights Saturday?

Recent Domino’s Legends races have more-closely resembled heavyweight prize fights, as Las Vegas, Nevada racer Peyton Saxton and Boise, Idaho native Phyl Zubizareta have smashed and battered their way through a month-long battle of wills.  The pair’s last showdown on EMS, Police, Fire, and Correctional Officers Night led to Zubizareta being black flagged and Saxton holding on to win.  With the battle set to renew Saturday watch to see if drivers like Zach Blume and Casey Tillman to keep their distance in case their competitors’ heated duel ends up in the concrete.

Rick Brees and his powder blue Kendall Ford of Meridian Mini Stock have had a strong run this season.  Even Brees’ string of strong finishes has propelled the veteran campaigner to third in the overall standings behind Ray Bolinger and Scott Shoecraft.  Is this the week Brees slips past the field to claim a main event victory?

Saturday night is also the first appearance of Spectator Drags in 2015.  Bring a car, a helmet, and a heavy right foot to the speedway and see how fast you can lap the quarter-mile.

Admission to this full night of racing action is just $15.25 at the gate.  Skip the line by logging onto meridianspeedway.com for advance tickets, and keep up to date on all the latest happenings from around the quarter-mile by texting ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483.  We’ll see you under the big yellow water tower Saturday night for some high speed, door-to-door action at Meridian Speedway.