Wreckers to Checkers: Kuna Racer Rebounds for Twin 25 Victoryadmin
Meridian Speedway honored the men and women of the United States Armed
Forces Saturday, May 18, as the quarter-mile asphalt oval hosted Military Appreciation Night featuring
the Project Filter Twin 25’s. The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, Coors
Super Stocks, Teleperformance Street Stocks, Project Filter Pro-4s, High School Tuners, and Junior
Stingers all contested double dashes to claim the Boise Boys Transportation Feature Flag.
Sixteen PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds shook the ground as they took
the green for the final Project Filter Twin 25 of Military Appreciation Night. Meridian, Idaho’s Tim
Wallace took advantage of his pole starting position and put his Westside Machine, Lucas Oil racer out
front. Behind Wallace, Casey Tillman, victim of a first feature tangle with early-season rival Shelby
Stroebel, worked his Ready Made Plastic Trays, Holly Company racer forward in his quest for a feature
Tillman took to the high line and marched to the lead after a lap five caution flag, with Star, Idaho’s Tony
Ackerland and first main winner Wyatt King of Kuna, Idaho in tow. King worked his Major Tire and Hitch,
machine past Ackerland on the high side and set to work reeling Tillman in. With seven laps left the
leaders sped into a knot of lapped traffic and after two white knuckle laps a caution flag mercifully
slowed and sorted the field.
The green flag waved again and King dove under Tillman, but Tillman kept his racer wound up and shot
back to the lead. This would prove to be King’s last chance to make a pass as Tillman sprinted into the
Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.
After a rough and tumble afternoon for the Project Filter Pro-4s, seven machines zipped to green for
their second 25 lap tilt. On the green Ben Harris, his Kim’s Kars, H&H Auto racer newly rebuilt after a
hard practice crash, edged to an early lead. But it was Eagle, Idaho racer Alex Duda, fresh off of two
massive crashes in separate afternoon practice sessions who took control of the evening’s final feature
on lap two.
Duda set the pace for five laps in his Boise Boys Transportation, Carbon Designs entry before Kenny
Chandler found the handle on his Project Filter, Fairly Reliable Bob’s racer and motored to the lead. But
Chandler wasn’t alone up front as first feature winner Jordan Harris went to work on his teammate and
car owner for the top spot.
Lap after lap Harris tried the inside line, and lap after lap Chandler held station in the lead. With the
white flag in the air Harris drove his Kim’s Kars, Challenger Auto machine deep into turn three, but
Chandler would not be denied and the veteran campaigner from Kuna, Idaho took the Boise Boys
Transportation Feature Flag.
The Meridian Speedway season continues Monday, May 27 with Whelen Night at the Races. The NAPA
Auto Parts Big 5 Late Models, PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds, Winged Pepsi Crate Cars, Project
Filter Pro-4s, Domino’s Legends, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets close the Memorial Day Weekend in
pursuit of the Racing for Smiles Feature Flags. General admission is just $12 for adults, $10 for seniors
60+ and military members, and $7 for kids 7-11. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with racing at 6:45 p.m.
Kids,bring a bike and a helmet for the Hungry Onion Bike Races held right after qualifying. Log on to
www.meridianspeedway.com for the latest news from around the quarter-mile, and text
‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive exclusive updates. We’ll see you Monday, May 27, under the big
yellow water tower for Whelen Night at the Races at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.