Wurtz, Miller Speed to Upset Wins at Sprintcar Openeradmin
The balance of power shifted Saturday, April 20, as a pair of lady racers upset pre-race favorites at Meridian Speedway’s Sprintcar Opener on $2 Keystone Light Night. Along with the Pepsi Crate Cars and ISRL Sprintcars, the Coors Super Stocks, Domino’s Legends, Factory Motor Parts Mini Stocks, and Firehouse Pub and Grill Bombers outlasted the early evening showers to put on a full night of thrills and spills.
Eleven Coors Super Stocks rumbled to green for a 25 lap feature. On the break outside pole sitter Gale Carter pushed his Shake-N-Bake Racing car hard to keep pace with pole sitter Lynn Sharp, and for a full eight laps the Boise, Idaho racer did just that until he muscled his way to the lead.
This opened the door for the entire field to reshuffle themselves. Mid-pack starter Josh Jackson was first to make a move, and he surged around the outside of Sharp and Chuck Youngblood to take second behind Carter. Young Daytona Wurtz followed Jackson forward with division dominator Melissa Weaver on her back bumper.
Jackson, Wurtz and Weaver held station behind Carter until his machine started to billow smoke with a dozen laps left. Jackson’s Motor Mayhem Chassis Dyno, Jackson Excavation racer was first around Carter, with Wurtz on his rear bumper. With laps winding down Wurtz ducked under Jackson and motored to the top spot.
This dropped Jackson into the clutches of Weaver, who piloted her Marv’s Tire Service, Dillon Performance Engines machine to the runner up spot with four laps left on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard. Immediately Weaver set to work on Wurtz’ two second lead, but made little progress until a caution flag with two laps left brought the pair door-to-door and set up a green-white-checkered finish.
Weaver got the better jump on the restart, but Wurtz kept pace with her through turns one and two before she took the top spot for good coming out of turn four. With the white flag in the air Weaver dove hard into turn one, but Wurtz was just out of reach and the young racer sped across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first.
Nine Domino’s Legends took the track for a 25 lap feature. Veteran racer Ken Frickey got out of the blocks first and took his Frickey Racing machine to the lead on lap one, but was quickly overcome by quick-qualifiers Caity Miller and Casey Tillman.
Miller’s machine was fast out front, but Tillman was faster, and within just a handful of laps Tillman was on her rear bumper. An early caution bunched the field and brought Tillman to Miller’s outside for the restart.
The race went back green and once again Miller sprinted to the top spot with Tillman in tow. Tillman’s racer was strong on corner entry, and with just two laps left the leaders made contact and Miller spun in turn one. This sent Miller and Tillman to the back of the pack and brought Frickey and Brok Kidd forward to battle for the win.
A rash of late-race cautions slowed the field and allowed Miller to work her way into the top three at the race’s final restart. The green flag waved and Miller shot low to take the lead while Tillman sliced his way into second. But Tillman ran out of time to track Miller down, and the lady racer crossed the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first for the win.
With the Sprintcar Opener in the books, Meridian Speedway turns its attention to the Builders FirstSource 100. Along with the NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Late Models, the PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, Project Filter Pro-4s, Teleperformance Street Stocks, High School Tuners, Junior Stingers, and the Hungry Onion Bike Races for Kids. General admission to Saturday night’s action is just $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military members, $7 for kids 7-11. As always kids 6 and under get in free of charge. For more coverage of the Sprintcar Opener, log on to www.meridianspeedway.com and get your exclusive updates by texting ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483. We’ll see you this Saturday, April 27, for the Builders FirstSource 100 at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.