Telford Sweeps Modified Mains on Scorching Saturday

Telford Sweeps Modified Mains on Scorching Saturday

Summer was in full swing Saturday, August 1, as vibrant sunshine and triple-digit temperatures set the stage for $2 Ladies Night at Meridian Speedway.  The Pit Stop USA NASCAR Modifieds, Teleperformance Street Stocks, Project Filter Pro-4s, Mini Stocks, Firehouse Pub and Grill Bombers and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets battled the elements and each other in search of their feature flags. 

After a dominating performance in the first Pit Stop USA NASCAR Modified feature, Zach Telford followed the field to green for their second 25 lap main event.  The Middleton, Idaho youngster wasted no time as he maneuvered his Builders First Source, Project Filter machine around Josh Jackson to the lead on lap ten. 

With Telford out to a commanding lead the battle on the track was for third as Travis Pavlacky wheeled his FVC, Price Painting modified hard to stay ahead of point leader Brendon Fries and his ICON Credit Union, Jackson Group Peterbuilt entry.  This battle raged for a dozen laps before Pavlacky and Fries came together on the back stretch.  The contact catapulted Fries’ machine through the left rear corner of Pavlacky’s car and very nearly into the turn three concrete. 

The damage to Pavlacky’s car was extensive, and the Payette, Idaho racer was forced to retire from the event.  Despite broken steering components, Fries’ crew was able to effect hasty repairs and get the Boise, Idaho racer to rejoin the race as the green flag waved. 

But it all happened behind Telford, who cruised to the $2 Ladies Night sweep. 

In the Teleperformance Street Stock ranks Taylor Occhipinti, after a disastrous stretch of bad luck to open his 2020 campaign, became the first repeat winner in the division this season.  After an intense battle with older sister Kendra, the younger Occhipinti piloted his Marv’s Tire Service, Graphics by Rhonda Kellerer machine to victory over Josh Fanopoulos. 

Fresh off a runner up finish in his modified, Travis Pavlacky found himself stymied deep in the Mini Stock field.  While Pavlacky waited for a path forward to open up, second place point runner Don Trafford surged to the top of the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard.  But a late caution flag bunched the pack and set Pavlacky up with a second row starting spot.  The Payette, Idaho racer made the most of this opportunity and ducked below Trafford on the white flag lap to secure victory. 

After taking a wild ride off of the turn four barrier in the heat race, Jordan Harris piloted his Allan Marsh RV and Marine Center, H&H Auto machine to the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle. 

“I guess in the heat race we were trying to be Tony Hawk and try out our 50/50 skills,” Harris joked as he collected his feature flag. 

Early season Firehouse Pub and Grill Bombers point leader Kedrick Preston braved the leader-to-the-back rules of Saturday night’s main event to tally his second feature win of the year. 

In Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornet action Jeff Matuska continued his breakthrough 2020 season with his second-straight main event win in the green and orange Neil Alan Fine Jewelry, Top Wrench Repair machine.  Soon-to-be brothers-in-law Josh Parkkila and James Pahl finished second and third respectively. 

The Speed Tour Sprint Cars return this Friday and Saturday, August 7 and 8, as the Bob FM Diamond Cup rumbles into downtown Meridian, Idaho.  The JP Classic Super Modifieds, Pepsi Crate and ISRL Sprint Cars, Coors Super Stocks, Junior Stingers, Speed Tour Modifieds, Teleperformance Street Stocks, High School Tuners, and Fireworks round out the weekend slate.  Seating is limited, log on to to purchase your advance tickets now.  Plus, send ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to join our text club and receive exclusive updates from around the quarter-mile.  Gates open Friday and Saturday at 4:45 p.m. with racing going green at 6:45 p.m.  General admission is $19 dollars each night for adults, $17 for seniors and military members, $7 for kids 7-11, and as always kids 6 and under get in free.  Live, flag-to-flag coverage of both nights’ action will be available for purchase at  We’ll see you this Friday and Saturday, August 7 and 8, for Bob FM Diamond Cup under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.