Temps, Tempers Run Hot on Double Down Saturdayadmin
Temperatures and tempers ran high Saturday, July 25, as the Builders First Source Modified Double Down presented by ICON Credit Union took to the quarter-mile asphalt oval. The Speed Tour Modifieds and Pit Stop USA NASCAR Modifieds double-headlined Saturday’s action, with the Salt Lake City Midgets, Firehouse Pub and Grill Bombers, and Junior Stingers chasing their own Impact Motorz feature flags under the Saturday night lights.
Meridian, Idaho’s Wyatt King and West Bountiful, Utah’s Eric Rhead led fifteen strong Speed Tour Modifieds to green for a 65 lap main event. On the break King and Rhead dove hard into a slick turn one. Both racer struggled to find grip, but it was King’s Major Tire and Hitch, YMC Mechanical machine that hooked up first and he took the early lead.
The inside line was the place to be early, and the field jockeyed to find a spot in the fast lane. The biggest mover in the early laps was Kyle Latham, who used an inside starting spot to gain two spots in his Conrad & Bischoff, Impact Motorz entry on lap one.
Behind the leaders, quick qualifier Shelby Stroebel started to make his charge to the front. Stroebel’s first victim was the fourth-place modified of Latham, which the veteran Meridian, Idaho racer dispatched on lap thirty.
This brought young Dalton Cristiani into Stroebel’s crosshairs. Cristiani wheeled his Rocky Mountain Custom Apparel, Wild West Welding and Fabrication car hard to stay in the final podium spot. But Stroebel’s Gibson Diesel, Trinity Construction and Excavation racer was faster, and he took over third on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard with twenty laps left.
With the only car stable enough to pass on the high side Stroebel next steamed to Rhead’s rear bumper and, after a fake to the outside, crossed over to the low groove and squeezed his way into the runner up spot. This left ten laps for Stroebel to track down King as the lead duo worked through heavy lapped traffic.
Stroebel reeled King in car-length-by-car-length as the laps wound down, but came up two lengths short to King, who sped across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first.
“The green-white-checkereds are tough,” Stroebel said about the caution-less affair. “You use up your car and you really need a caution to cool your tires down.”
Along with the heat, King had to overcome a major setback from earlier in the week.
“It’s been a hell of a week,” King said as he collected his Impact Motorz feature flag. “We went from blowing a motor Tuesday night, putting another one in and hope it works. And here we are.”
The Pit Stop USA NASCAR Modifieds went wheel-to-wheel for two 25 lap features to complete the Builders First Source Modified Double Down presented by ICON Credit Union’s racing action. With the first feature win already scored, Josh Jackson and his Lestarjette Painting, Jackson Excavation machine rolled into the night’s second feature with momentum on his side. But Brendon Fries and his ICON Credit Union, Academy Mortgage racer stood in Jackson’s way.
The battle for the win was furious as Fries fought off Jackson for the first half of the feature. As bumps and shoves turned in to out-and-out body blows, something had to give, and it was Fries who found himself turned around on the front stretch off of Jackson’s bumper. Jackson would work his way back to the top of the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard by the race’s end, but Fries could only muster a third place finish.
Natalie Waters, at the wheel of her West Valley Collision, Red Rock Signs racer, continued her domination of the Salt Lake City Midget ranks in 2020, as the young Grantsville, Utah racer claimed her second Meridian Speedway main event of the year.
Dylan Wardle continued his march toward a Junior Stinger championship with another feature win in his TraBar Customs, Seacret by Chrissy machine.
Firehouse Pub and Grill Bomber point leader Rob Taylor shoved competitor Richard Scott across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe to win the second-over-the-line race.
The action continues at Meridian Speedway this Saturday, August 1, with $2 Ladies Night. The Pit Stop USA NASCAR Modifieds, Teleperformance Street Stocks, Project Filter Pro-4s, Mini Stocks, Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets, and Firehouse Pub and Grill Bombers take on the Concrete Jungle. General admission is just $2 for ladies who purchase their tickets online. Adults are $12, kids 7-11 are $7, and as always kids 6 and under are free. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with races going green at 6:45 p.m. Stay up to speed with all the latest from around the quarter-mile at www.meridianspeedway.com and get exclusive updates by texting ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483. Can’t make it to the track? Full race coverage is available for pay per view purchase online at SpeedCast.tv starting at 6 p.m. We’ll see you this Saturday, August 1, for $2 Ladies Night under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.