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Meridian Speedway honored past, present, and future members of the armed services Saturday, May 19, as the quarter-mile oval hosted Military Appreciation Night. The Project Filter Pro-4s, Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, Pepsi Crate Cars and ISRL Super Sixes, Coors Super Stocks, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets filled a Saturday night slate of good, old-fashioned short track racing.
The Pepsi Crate Cars and Idaho Sprintcar and Roadster League Super Sixes battled through a thirty lap main event. Boise, Idaho’s Brandal Glenn was quick out of the blocks to lead lap one, but Kuna, Idaho racer Pat Young had his sights set on the top spot, and piloted his Dick’s Chevron, Sticker Mafia machine to the top spot on lap two. An early race caution brought Caldwell, Idaho’s Justin Segura to Young’s inside, and when the green flag waved the battle for the lead was on.
Young held the high line while Segura scooted around the low side. After three hard fought laps Segura secured the top spot in his TEAM Mazda Subaru, PBT Auto Sales sprinter, and brought Mike Anderson and Rob Grice with him to the front. Anderson wasted no time and immediately jumped into the high groove, but Segura withstood the challenge and kept the lead.
Next to try Segura was Grice, who wheeled his A.R.T. Speed Equipment, BLG Blue entry around the low side of the track. Segura slammed the door on Grice to keep the top spot until the race’s halfway point, when Grice cut below the leader in turn three. Next to Segura’s tail tank was Tony Ackerland, who searched high and low for a way around the second place runner. With four laps to go Ackerland seized his opportunity and took the second position in his Kick’s Chevron, Ackerland Construction entry. But it all happened behind Grice, who parked his sprinter in the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.
The Coors Super Stocks had 25 short laps to find a Military Appreciation Night winner. Boise, Idaho’s Ron Hayes blew by Hunter Gates to claim the early lead, but Josh Jackson was the man on the move. The Nampa, Idaho racer made short work of the field and sped into the second spot on lap three with Melissa Arte and Pat Tully in tow. Jackson wouldn’t wait, and on lap eight he took his Jackson Built Racing, Motor Mayhem Chassis Dyno machine to the point.
As Arte chased Jackson the handling on her Marv’s Tire Service, Dillon Performance Engines racer soured, which left Jackson alone up. As the white flag waved lapped traffic slowed Jackson to a crawl. Arte saw her opportunity and ran to the leader’s rear bumper, but wasn’t able to make a move and was forced to settle for second behind Jackson.
The Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets had ten minutes to find a feature winner. Ron Compton led the charge up front while James Pahl set the pace for the second pack. Pahl tangled with a back marker early, which left the second group to chase Lynn Sharp. By lap nine Sharp made his way around Compton for the overall race lead, but was soon under siege from a resurgent Pahl.
Pahl slid around the high side of the track as he worked to reel Sharp in, then unleashed his machine in the race’s closing minutes. On the white flag Sharp slid into Pahl on the backstretch. Though Pahl was momentarily airborne he never lifted and sped across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe less than one foot ahead of Sharp.
Meridian Speedway honors the racing legends that put the quarter-mile oval under the big yellow water tower on the map with a Memorial Day double header this Saturday and Monday, May 26 and 28. Saturday night’s action includes the Naylor Classic for the Mountain Dew Interstate Winged Sprintcars, Pepsi Crate Cars, the Dee Forrey and Don VanSchoiack Memorial for the Coors Super Stocks, the Austin Christopherson and Eldon Cahill Memorial for the Domino’s Legends, the TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, and the Super Modified Reunion. General admission to Saturday night’s action is just $13.50 for adults, $11 for seniors and military members, and $6.50 for kids 7-11. Monday night the NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latemodels contest the Bill Crow 50, the Project Filter Pro-4s battle for the Sean Miller Memorial, and the Teleperformance Claimer Stocks race in memory of LeeRoy Nelson. The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, Rebel Modifieds of Idaho, High School Tuners and Junior Stingers round out Monday’s slate of races. General admission is $11.50 for adults, $9 for seniors and military members on Monday. We’ll save you a seat this Saturday and Monday under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.