Adversity No Match for Meridian Modified Winners
Summer-like conditions arrived just in time for Ladies Night at Meridian Speedway. Saturday, May 5 featured the PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, Coors Super Stocks, Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, Domino’s Legends, and Junior Stingers.
The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds kicked off Ladies Night with a thirty lap main event. The green flag waved and Nampa, Idaho’s Tommy Harrod hooked the outside line and powered to the lead with Josh Jackson’s Jackson Built Racing, Jackson Excavation machine in hot pursuit.
The man on the move early was Colton Nelson, who tore his way through the field to take third on lap two. Three laps later Nelson had his Integrity Pools of Idaho, Integrity Construction machine on Harrod’s rear bumper and swung low to challenge for the lead. Harrod hung tough on the outside, but Nelson prevailed on lap ten and brought Larry Hull’s Diversified Carpet Cleaning, All American Towing racer with him to second.
A mid-race caution flag brought Hull to Nelson’s outside for the restart. The green flag waved and Hull’s machine shot to the wall, then careened down the track into Jackson. The ensuing yellow flag brought Harrod, Chris Fenton, and Jonathan Hull into the lead fight.
The inside line was the place to be on the restart as Nelson and Fenton roared into first and second. Fenton immediately went on the offensive and ducked inside Nelson for the lead. But Nelson wasn’t ready to give up, and the defending division champion locked onto Fenton’s rear bumper. For five laps the battle raged until Fenton’s machine lost power on the back stretch. With nowhere to go Nelson piled into the back of Fenton’s stricken racer. Fenton was forced to retire from the event, while Nelson limped to the finish with significant suspension damage.
This action left Harrod with the lead and Bryan Warf, who spent his afternoon replacing a blown engine, in second. The green flag waved and Warf motored around Harrod to take his Integrity Pools of Idaho, Allan Marsh Travel Center entry to the lead. Jonathan Hull followed Warf around Harrod to take his modified to the runner up spot. But Hull couldn’t catch Warf, who crossed the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first.
The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds capped the Ladies Night action with a 35 lap main event. The green flag waved and carnage ensued as pole sitter Trey Manker and fellow front row starter Larry Hull made contact out of turn two and spun in front of the field. The field scrambled to get by, but nearly every car in the field made heavy contact in one form or another. Despite the damage, all cars were able to continue for a full restart.
The green flag waved again and Manker slid his Premium Graphics and Vinyl, Alpha Landscape modified in front of Hull to take the top spot. While Hull and Manker fought over real estate, Meridian, Idaho’s Chris Fenton ducked around both racers to put himself atop the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard. Fenton’s move came just in time as Hull and Manker again made contact and spun in front of the pack. This wreck collected Colton Nelson, first main event winner Bryan Warf, and a host of others. When the smoke cleared Fenton had Joe Thuss, Wyatt King, and Josh Jackson in his rear view mirror.
On the restart Fenton made his way back to the lead while Jackson worked his way up to the second spot. While Jackson tracked Fenton down, a resurgent Hull went on a march toward the front. With twenty laps left Hull made his way into the top five, and with five laps left he went to work on little brother Jonathan Hull for third. Larry got the better of the Hull sibling rivalry and brought his Diversified Carpet Cleaning, Drake Mechanical modified home third behind Jackson and race winner Fenton.
Next Saturday, May 12, Smash-O-Rama takes over the quarter-mile oval. The Royal Purple Modified Series, Pro Trucks, and High School Tuners provide the racing thrills, while a demolition derby, boat race of destruction, and Mr. Dizzy provide the Smash-O-Rama thrills. Plus, Saturday night’s action wraps up with a fireworks extravaganza. General admission to a full night of racing and wrecking is just $18 for adults. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with racing action taking the green flag at 6:45 p.m. Log on to meridianspeedway.com for more Ladies Night highlights, and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive exclusive speedway updates. We’ll see you for Smash-O-Rama this Saturday, May 12, under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.