Twin 25s Turn Title Chaseadmin
Dual division doubleheaders headlined Teleperformance Twin 25s Night at Meridian Speedway on Saturday, June 16. The Teleperformance Claimer Stocks and PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds both pulled double duty, while the Project Filter Pro-s, Coors Super Stocks, Domino’s Legends, and Junior Stingers staged their own battles for the Racing for Smiles of the Northwest hardware.
Fourteen Teleperformance Claimer Stocks rolled to green for their first of two 25 lap main events. Outside pole sitter Fred Nagele got to the gas pedal first to put his Canton Café pickup up front on lap one. But Boise, Idaho’s Jamie Hyde had other plans, and on lap three Hyde’s Western Sandblasting and Powdercoating, Wacky Shacks machine rumbled to the top spot.
On the move early were quick-qualifiers Dan Lowther and Pat Tully, who hooked up and used the outside line to freight train the field on their way onto the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard. An early caution reset the field with Hyde and Dakota Allen on the front row, and Caldwell, Idaho racers Tully and Micky Lawson in row two.
The green flag waved and Tully sliced his way to the top spot with Lowther and Josh Fanopoulos in pursuit. Lowther’s machine faded over the race’s closing stages, which allowed Fanopoulos and rookie Taylor Occhipinti to make their way into second and third. Though Fanopoulos tracked Tully’s Dean Wilson Racing, Glen Alleman Custom Farming racer down, lapped traffic stymied the Boise, Idaho racer’s progress and he could only watch as Tully took the checkers.
The Teleperformance Claimer Stocks closed main event action with their second 25 lap main event. As in the first feature, Fred Nagele piloted his pickup to the early lead, but Dakota Allen used a good run off of turn four to take the top spot. But Allen wasn’t safe up front as he soon came under fire from Nampa, Idaho’s Preston Henderson.
Contact on lap three sent Allen headlong into the backstretch concrete. As Allen’s A&E Sharpening, Idaho Recovery Towing racer caromed off the catch fence, first main event winner and division point leader Pat Tully piled into the stricken racer. Both drive emerged from their battered machines unscathed, but retired from the event with heavy damage.
On the restart Scott Lawson powered to the point, but a black flag sent him to the pits and put Scott Kelly in the top spot. Kelly wheeled his Cross Hair Customs, Amanda Muller Century 21 Realty pickup hard to stay ahead of Jamie Hyde in the race’s opening stages. Lap after lap Hyde looked for a way around the truck, but he found none as the field compressed. Something had to give, and with eleven laps left contact sent Rich Lawson for a wild slide through the infield. The ensuing caution flag allowed Hyde to Kelly’s outside.
Hyde capitalized on his opportunity and when the green flag flew the Boise, Idaho driver motored to the lead. But defending division champion Dan Lowther followed Hyde forward, and took the lead for himself two laps later. Siblings Taylor and Kendra Occhipinti soon filled Lowther’s mirrors as they moved into second and third on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard. Taylor Occhipinti tore around the second groove to close on Lowther, and with three to go the young racer arrived at the veteran’s rear bumper.
Lapped traffic loomed, and with the white flag in the air the leaders weaved their way through to open track. But Taylor Occhipinti wasn’t close enough to make the pass and Lowther won Saturday’s second Teleperformance Twin 25.
“That was a really good race,” Lowther said in the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle. “A lot of great talent in this class…everybody’s really good this year.”
Join Meridian Speedway as we celebrate Dairy Days this Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23. The Dairy Days fun kicks off Friday night with monster truck rides and fireworks before Saturday features the Malicious Monster Truck Insanity Tour as they tear up the quarter-mile oval. The Bombers and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets join in the car crushing fun while the Dairy Days carnival lights peek over the North End bleachers. General admission to Saturday night’s Malicious Monster Truck Insanity Tour is $20 for adults, $18.50 for seniors and military members, and $12 for kids 7-11. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with the Malicious Monster Truck Insanity Tour pit party at 5 p.m. and racing at 6:45 p.m. Seats are going fast. Log on to meridianspeedway.com to purchase your advance tickets, and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive all the latest updates from around the quarter-mile. We’ll see you this Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23 for the Malicious Monster Truck Insanity Tour at your NASCAR Home Track under the big yellow water tower, Meridian Speedway.