Tillman’s Sweep Spoiled as Youngster Takes Stinker Stores Firecracker 50

Tillman’s Sweep Spoiled as Youngster Takes Stinker Stores Firecracker 50

With fireworks bursting over the grandstands Meridian Speedway closed its Independence Day festivities with the Stinker Stores Firecracker 50 for the PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds.  The Pepsi Crate Cars and Idaho Sprintcar and Roadster League Sprintcars, Mulder Engineered Race Engines Junior Late Models, Firehouse Pub and Grill Bombers, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets wrapped up a full night of short track action before the City of Meridian Fireworks Spectacular lit up the skies over the big yellow water tower. 

Michael Parker and Brendon Fries led a strong PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified contingent to green for the Stinker Stores Firecracker 50 Thursday.  On the break Fries powered around Parker to put his Chick-fil-A, Boise Boys Transportation machine up front while Parker dueled with Mike Davis for the runner up spot.   

On the move early were quick-qualifier Zach Telford and first feature winner Casey Tillman.  Telford used his mid-pack starting spot to knife his way forward and by lap five the Middleton, Idaho youngster had his ZTR, Builders First Source machine on the leader’s rear bumper.  Telford wasted no time and just two laps later held the top spot on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard. 

By the time Tillman piloted his Ready Made Plastic Trays, Holly Co. entry to second, over five seconds separated him from the leader.  As Tillman stalked the leader, standings leaders Wyatt King and Shelby Stroebel went to work on Fries for third.  Stroebel was the first around Fries in his Trinity Construction, Flores Group entry, and the Meridian, Idaho racer set his sights on the top two, nearly half a lap ahead.    

With the field spread all around the track the finish looked to be set until a caution flag with ten laps to go bunched the field and brought Tillman to Telford’s inside for the restart.  The green flag waved and the leaders came together in turn one. 

Tillman was not deterred by the hit, and the Kuna, Idaho racer jabbed back both high and low in search of a way to a Thursday night sweep.  Telford used the high line to maintain momentum, while Tillman tried to squeeze inside.  But it was no use as Telford parked his racer in the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle. 

After a wild Pepsi Crate Car and Idaho Sprintcar and Roadster League Sprintcar battle, open-wheel veteran Bryan Warf pulled his Allan Marsh Travel Centers sprinter into the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle ahead of Tony Ackerland and Rob Grice. 

Meridian, Idaho’s Rusty Houpt took control of the Mulder Engineered Race Engines Junior Late Model ranks as he piloted his Boise Spring Works, Drip Catchers LLC entry to a dominant victory.  Jerome, Idaho’s Jody Moen brought her DL Evans Bank, Fast Lane Automotive machine home second and Boise, Idaho’s Bailey Fanopoulos finished third in her Certified Services, A-1 Towing racer. 

Dalton Justice jumped on the brakes hard and waited out the field to claim the Firehouse Pub and Grill second-over-the-line-wins race. 

Defending Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornet champion James Pahl made the most of his division debut, piloting his Factory Tech Diesel Repair and Performance, Ross Langer machine to an Independence Day victory in the annual Midnight Ride of Paul Revere event. 

This Saturday, July 13, Meridian Speedway hosts Boise State Alumni Night and the Mega Bike Giveaway.  The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds swing right back into action, with the Project Filter Pro-4s, Factory Motor Parts Mini Stocks, High School Tuners, and Junior Stingers chase their own Factory Motor Parts Feature Flags.  General admission to Saturday’s jam-packed night of short track racing is just $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 60+ and military members, and $7 for kids 7-11.  As always, kids 6 and under get in free!  Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with qualifying at 5:30 and racing at 6:45 p.m.  We’ll see you this Saturday, July 13, for Boise State Alumni Night at your NASCAR Home Track under the big yellow water tower, Meridian Speedway.