World Famous Boat Racing, Fireworks Anchor Second Championship Night


World Famous Boat Racing, Fireworks Anchor Second Championship Night

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Though out of the water, these boats are far from done delivering thrills. Photo Credit: MS Staff

Championship season continues Saturday, September 20, at Meridian Speedway as three classes take the checkered flag for the final time in 2014. Settling their seasons are the Project Filter Pro-4s, TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stocks, and Thunderdogs.  Also racing Saturday are the Meridian Speedway Modifieds, Tates Rents Hornets, the Tile Outlet Bike Races for Kids, and the return of World Famous Boat Racing at the quarter mile.

The Project Filter Pro-4 season has been dominated by two men, Joe Barton and Kenny Chandler. Though Chandler has consistently challenged Barton for main event wins, Barton has prevailed more often than not.  Going into Saturday’s championship night Barton holds a sizeable 96 point advantage over Chandler.  Larry Hull III, winner of the early season Project Filter All Star Challenge, has a comfortable 52 point lead over Brendon Fries for third, and sits 46 markers behind Chandler.

Jason Sanders has been in the driver’s seat of the TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stock standings since midseason though Donavon Parker, with a string of three consecutive main event wins, has kept contact with the defending champion. Saturday night sees Sanders leading Parker by 116 points.  The tightest battle in this division is for fourth place.  Keri Ballard holds a three point edge over Blake Coria, and a scant six point advantage over Jayson Wardle.  These three are used to fender-to-fender battles on the racetrack, and will bring an added intensity to the main event Saturday.

The Thunderdog ranks have been dominated by one truck all year—Bulldacious. Whether by winning or spinning Bulldacious has scored more points in every event this year than any other vehicle, and that has led to an enormous 765 point lead over second place The Devil Made Me Do It.  While the championship is far from in jeopardy for Bulldacious, Saturday night might be the right night for The Dutchess to make her move up the standings.  Two bonus point spins would be enough for The Dutchess to overtake third place Optimus Prime.

The thunderous Meridian Speedway Modifieds will rocket around the quarter-mile for the second-to-last time Saturday. Rus Ward has been the man to beat in this division since Shelby Stroebel began running a limited Meridian Speedway schedule.  Ward holds a 196 point advantage over second place Stroebel, while third place Dennis Wurtz II has a chance to gain the runner up slot.  Wurtz II trails Stroebel by just 34 points, a mark that is attainable for the veteran racer.  Will Wurtz II mount a charge on Stroebel and position himself to take a stab at Ward in the final event of the 2014 season?

The Tates Rents Hornets division has two number 2s up front. Rob Powers in his number 2 car has controlled the Hornets standings for the last month, while Mike Vester in the 02 has battled through midseason adversity to wrestle second from young competitor Kodi Newberry.  With just a 200 lap endurance race remaining after Saturday night’s action points will be at a premium as competitors attempt to build their cushions going into the season’s last competition.

After the cars take their checkered flags Saturday the boats invade Meridian Speedway for the final time in 2014. Plowing his way through the chaos in the last boat race Tunderdog Pick Up Man claimed victory.  Who will hang onto their boat the longest Saturday to claim the trophy?

Don’t miss a minute of Meridian Speedway’s second-to-last event of the 2014 season. General admission for Saturday night’s festivities is just $12.25.  As always gates open at 4 p.m. and racing begins at 6:30 p.m.  Log onto www.meridianspeedway.com for more information.  We’ll have a seat for you under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.