Title Contenders Make Opening Night Statement at Meridian Speedwayadmin
Meridian Speedway welcomed the 2018 Domino’s Legends division with a 25 lap feature Saturday. Boise, Idaho’s Brok Kidd used the outside line to grab the top spot early in his Vicky’s Country Gardens, Grinkers machine. As Kidd showed the way, Camron Madsen battled young guns Evan Brown and Ethan Jones for the runner up spot. Brown and Jones dispatched Madsen on lap five, and Jones used this momentum to swing around the high side of Kidd for the lead on lap seven.
Next to fight his way to the front was Middleton, Idaho racer Zach Telford, who piloted his Rocky Mountain Racecar Supply, Pro Build Legend beneath Brown’s Pro Power Clean, Wildside Wraps entry to claim second place. Jones quickly built a three second lead over Telford, but a caution flag with ten laps left erased that advantage and put Telford to Jones’ outside on the restart.
Jones shot to back to the lead when the green flag waved. Though Telford could keep pace with the Meridian, Idaho driver, Jones proved too strong and he claimed the checkers.
The TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks closed Saturday night’s action with a fifty lap main event. Boise, Idaho’s Will Ostrum was strong off the line and took his Diversified Carpet Cleaning, Volt Vapes racer to the early lead. The outside line was the place to be early, and fast heat race winner Donovan Johns used it to take the lead on lap twelve. Johns held the lead in his Volt Vapes, Lion Tamer Beard Balm machine through the race’s halfway point, but faced increasing pressure from Doug Woods, Jason Sanders, and Drew Crenshaw.
Sanders was first to catch Johns, and moved his Divel Services, Excel Concrete Construction machine to the lead on lap 27. Crenshaw followed Sanders around Johns and used a restart to challenge the Caldwell, Idaho racer for the top spot. Sanders pushed his machine around the outside to reclaim the lead while Crenshaw regrouped to mount another challenge.
As the laps wound down Crenshaw searched high and low for a way around Sanders, but never found one and the defending division champion began his 2018 campaign with a visit to the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.
Meridian Speedway cranks the intensity up even further this Saturday, April 21, with the Winged Sprintcar Opener. The Interstate Winged Sprintcars, Pepsi Crate Cars and Idaho Sprintcar and Roadster League Super Sixes, Coors Super Stocks, Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, Junior Stingers, and Bombers combine for a full night of short track racing at its best. General admission to Saturday night’s action is just $11.50 for adults, $9 for seniors and members of the armed forces, $6.50 for kids 7-11, and as always kids 6 and under get in free. Gates open at 4:45p.m. with the first green flag at 6:45 p.m. Log on to meridianspeedway.com for all the latest news and notes from around the quarter-mile. Sign up to receive exclusive speedway updates by texting ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483. We’ll save you a seat this Saturday, April 14 for the Winged Sprintcar Opener at your NASCAR Home Track under the big, yellow water tower, Meridian Speedway.