Surprise Winners Sweep Military Appreciation Night’s Project Filter Twin 25’sadmin
MERIDIAN, Idaho—Meridian Speedway honored past, present, and future members of the armed services Saturday, May 19, as the quarter-mile oval hosted Military Appreciation Night. The Project Filter Pro-4s, Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, Pepsi Crate Cars and ISRL Super Sixes, Coors Super Stocks, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets filled a Saturday night slate of good, old-fashioned short track racing.
After a rousing opening ceremony that included a fresh class of military recruits being sworn into service, eleven Project Filter Pro-4s kicked off main event action with the first of their twin 25 lap features. On the break Alex Duda went wheel-to-wheel with Wes Summers for two laps before the Eagle, Idaho racer took his Boise Boys Transportation, TS Fuel and Oil machine to the lead. Hot on Duda’s trail was Jordan Harris, who used the outside line to relieve Duda of the top spot two laps later.
Next to break free from the crowd was Boise, Idaho’s Brendon Fries, who stuck his Chick-Fil-A of Meridian, ATS Inland racer in the inside groove. Harris used the momentum of the high lane to keep his Kim’s Kars, H&H Auto machine out front as laps wound off the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.
A caution with twelve laps to go lined Fries up beside Harris when the green flag flew. Fries got to the gas pedal first and rocketed around Harris for the lead. Nampa, Idaho racer Ryan Bailey followed Fries past Harris, then set to work on the new leader. Bailey ducked low, but Fries held station in the high lane.
With just three circuits left Bailey got the drop on Fries in turn two and stole the lead. Fries ran out of time to mount a comeback, and Bailey parked his Specialty Supply, Les Schwab Downtown machine in the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.
As shadows fell over Meridian Speedway the Project Filter Pro-4s rolled back onto the track for their second 25 lap main event. On the green Kuna, Idaho racer Kenny Chandler zipped to the top spot with first main event contenders Jordan Harris and Ryan Bailey in pursuit. After mechanical issues plagued the veteran campaigner throughout the first feature, Chandler quickly opened a three second gap over the battle for second place.
Chandler looked to be unbeatable until lap sixteen, when his engine expired in a plume of smoke. This would have left the lead to Harris, but a fuel leak under caution sent him to the pit area and left previously fourth place runner Brendon Fries in the lead.
Fries didn’t waste his opportunity as he sped into the lead on the restart. But Brandon McLean wouldn’t settle for second, and the Meridian, Idaho racer pinned his Traditional Electric, Kenny Chandler Racing machine to the low line and ripped around Fries to take his turn atop the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard. Behind the leaders Harris turned up the wick on his repaired Kim’s Kars, Challenger Auto racer and marched forward. Harris made significant progress, but could only muster third at the checkers behind Fries and winner McLean.
Meridian Speedway honors the racing legends that put the quarter-mile oval under the big yellow water tower on the map with a Memorial Day double header this Saturday and Monday, May 26 and 28. Saturday night’s action includes the Naylor Classic for the Mountain Dew Interstate Winged Sprintcars, Pepsi Crate Cars, the Dee Forrey and Don VanSchoiack Memorial for the Coors Super Stocks, the Austin Christopherson and Eldon Cahill Memorial for the Domino’s Legends, the TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, and the Super Modified Reunion. General admission to Saturday night’s action is just $13.50 for adults, $11 for seniors and military members, and $6.50 for kids 7-11. Monday night the NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latemodels contest the Bill Crow 50, the Project Filter Pro-4s battle for the Sean Miller Memorial, and the Teleperformance Claimer Stocks race in memory of LeeRoy Nelson. The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, Rebel Modifieds of Idaho, High School Tuners and Junior Stingers round out Monday’s slate of races. General admission is $11.50 for adults, $9 for seniors and military members on Monday. We’ll save you a seat this Saturday and Monday under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.