Tellstrom, Nelson Poised to Take Control of Late Model Field


Tellstrom, Nelson Poised to Take Control of Late Model Field

The fastest full-bodied speed machines at Meridian Speedway face their longest test Saturday, June 29, as the quarter-mile asphalt oval hosts the NAPA Auto Parts Treasure Valley 125 presented by Aaron’s Sales and Lease.  The NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Late Models battle for the night’s headline Emerald Transportation Feature Flag, while the Pepsi Crate Cars, Project Filter Pro-4s, Factory Motor Parts Mini Stocks, Domino’s Legends, and Coors Super Stocks jockey for their places in the mid-season standings. 

The NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Late Model division is wide open as Kyle Tellstrom and Colton Nelson rush to replace early-season dominator John Newhouse atop the standings.  Just eleven points separate the two young guns as they speed into Saturday night’s endurance race. 

With two victories to his credit thus far in 2019, open-wheeled wunderkind Bryan Warf holds a sizeable advantage over defending champion Rob Grice and track record holder Johnny Geisler.  Can the challengers uproot Warf, or will the Meridian, Idaho speedster stay atop the sprintcar heap? 

Despite three back-to-back victories Kenny Chandler holds just a seven point lead over his young teammate Jordan Harris.  Watch for Harris to match Chandler’s experience with tenacity as these two Project Filter Pro-4 heavyweights go wheel-to-wheel Saturday. 

After their dual main events on June 15, power in the Factory Motor Parts Mini Stocks shifted from Fred Vigil to Travis Pavlacky.  With an early crash in the first of two features for Vigil, Pavlacky outscored the point leader more than 2:1 as he took over the top spot. 

The Domino’s Legends standings are wound tight entering Saturday night’s feature as just six markers separate Brok Kidd from points leader Caity Miller.  Though dominant, Miller has to overcome two late-race disappointments if she is to reassert herself atop the standings.   

Melissa Weaver leads the rough-and-tumble Coors Super Stocks into battle Saturday.  After splitting the division’s last twin main event meeting with Weaver, Daytona Wurtz enters the night just 39 markers back. 

General admission to Saturday night’s short track thrill show is just $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military members, and $7 for kids 7-11.  Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with races going green at 6:45 p.m.  Skip the line at the gate!  Get your advance tickets at www.meridianspeedway.com and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive updates from around the quarter-mile.  We’ll see you this Saturday, June 29, for the NAPA Auto Parts Treasure Valley 125 under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.