Warf Tightens Stranglehold on NASCAR Mod Standingsadmin
With track temperatures well into the triple digits a brave batch of competitors rolled into Meridian Speedway Saturday, August 11, for K&N Fan Appreciation Night. The NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latemodel Series and PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds provided a double helping of double main events, while the Pepsi Crate Cars and Idaho Sprintcar and Roadster League Super Sixes, Project Filter Pro-4s, and TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks battled for the Boise Boys Transportation hardware.
The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds were next to try their hand at a K&N Fan Appreciation Night feature. Kuna, Idaho’s Wyatt King was quick out of the blocks and piloted his Major Tire and Hitch, YMC Mechanical modified to lead the first of 25 laps. But King had company, and on lap three he surrendered the lead to defending division champion Colton Nelson.
This opened the flood gates, and soon Bryan Warf and Josh Jackson streamed by King to take second and third. Eager to extend his point lead Warf went to work on Nelson’s Integrity Pools of Idaho, Integrity Construction machine. After a four lap battle Warf moved his Allan Marsh Travel Center, Moyne Fabrication entry to the top spot.
This left Nelson in the clutches of Jackson, who followed Warf through to the second spot. But Nelson hung though on the outside, and at the race’s halfway point wrested the position back from Jackson and his Jackson Built Racing, Motor Mayhem Chassis Dyno racer. As the laps wound down Nelson closed on Warf, but ran out of time to mount a challenge and Waft crossed the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first.
The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds finished the second leg of their twin 25s with Joe Thuss and Jonathan Hull on the front row. Hull sped around the high side to take his Diversified Carpet Cleaning, All American Towing entry to the early lead. Behind the younger Hull Wyatt King, Larry Hull, and Josh Jackson scrapped for the runner up spot. King wheeled his Major Tire and Hitch, Stock Construction modified hard to hold Larry Hull at bay before he pounced on Jonathan Hull in a bid for the K&N Fan Appreciation Night lead. After one set of side-by-side corners contact sent both leaders spinning through the infield grass and handed the lead to Larry Hull with Bryan Warf in second.
The green flag waved and Warf steamed around Hull to take the top spot with Josh Jackson in his tire tracks. Jackson also cleared Hull and jabbed low corner after corner as he battled for the Boise Boys Transportation main event trophy. With seven laps left Jackson slid into the lead, but spun after contact with Warf.
This cycled Larry Hull and Colton Nelson onto the front row for the restart. Nelson pushed his Integrity Pools of Idaho, YMC Heating and Air machine hard around the outside, but Hull had a handle on his modified, and the Boise, Idaho racer took the lead with five laps left. A late race caution slowed the field and set Hull and Nelson heads up for one last shootout. The green flag waved and Hull blasted past Nelson to take the lead while Nelson fought to fend off King and a resurgent Warf. But it all happened behind Hull, who claimed the night’s final modified feature.
Low and slow is the way to go next Saturday, August 18, as Meridian Speedway hosts the Ultra Touch Car Wash Hot August Cruze and Drag Night. Along with one of the Treasure Valley’s largest collections of hot rods, resto-mods, and one-of-a-kind customs, the Coors Super Stocks, Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets, Junior Stingers, and Bombers take to the quarter-mile asphalt oval in search of the SCI Insurance trophy. General admission to a full night of racing and cruising is just $11.50 for adults, $6.50 for kids 7-11, and free for those 6 and under. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. Saturday with Time Trials at 5 p.m. and the first green flag at 6:45 p.m. Logon to www.meridianspeedway.com to keep up with the fastest crowd around, and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive exclusive updates from around the quarter-mile. We’ll see you Saturday, August 18, for Ultra Touch Car Wash Hot August Cruze and Drag Night under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.