Anderson makes his move with a sweep of Late Models main events
The Boise, Idaho driver entered a rare Friday night at ASA-sanctioned Meridian Speedway just four points out of first place in the NAPA Late Models standings.
The track record-holder sent a single early that he was on the hunt when he ran the fastest qualifying lap among the Late Models.
Then he went out and won both ends of the Project Filter Twin 25s, including a 2½-second victory in the first main event.
“We’ve been spending a lot of Thursdays out here practicing and tuning, and we may have finally found a set up that works and is comfortable to drive,” Anderson said.
Anderson probably overtook reigning champion Dylan Caldwell of Nampa, Idaho, for the points lead in the first main event. Caldwell finished fourth.
In the second main, Caldwell gained a little ground and was runner-up to Anderson.
In other main events:
Kuna, Idaho’s Casey Tillman took advantage of a competitor’s bad fortune late in the Domino’s Pizza Legends main event to grab his first checkered flag of the season.
Rob Powers swept the Coors Super Stocks features to take another step toward a season championship.
Sledgehammer, driven by Nampa, Idaho’s David Jolley, came out on to again in the Thunder Dogs.
Powers parlayed the fast time in his class and ran his winning streak to eight consecutive main events.
The Meridian, Idaho racecar driver’s victory came in a combined feature with the NAPA Late Models. Both classes ran double features Friday night during the Project Filter Twin 25s.
In the Domino’s Pizza Legends, Tillman raced most of the contest in third place watching 2012 champ and current points leader and Phyl Zubizareta of Garden City, Idaho, try to solve the power of Chase Gilbertson. The Boise driver used the high groove to keep a fender-width lead against Zubizareta until the final 15 laps.
A rash of yellow flags put the field into a single-file restart situation, which seemingly would have given Gilbertson the edge because of his apparent horsepower edge.
After the race’s sixth yellow – brought out when second-place Caity Miller slammed into the Turn 1 wall while trying to get to the lead – Gilbertson lost power on the backstretch, opening the door for Tillman.
Tillman took the lead with nine laps to go and cruised to the checkered flag. There was still some excitement at the start-finish line, though, when Zach Blume completed a wild run from fourth to second by passing Nampa’s Sara Henry.
“It’s been a long road coming this year, and we finally got one,” Tillman said.
Powers took steps toward widened his Super Stocks series with two main event victories.
In the second of the 25-lap features, Powers stayed away from trouble to triumph.
On the first lap, Powers pitched his No. 2 Super Stocks racer sideways to avoid a collision with Late Models competitor Dave Thomasson of Meridian, who had spun out in Turn 3.
Powers had worked his way into third place overall (first among the Super Stocks) when Jake Petero of Ontario, Ore., went around with 17 laps left.
With four laps remaining, Powers narrowly missed being sent to the back of the field when Eagle’s Kim Bradford lost pieces of his racecar in the aftermath of Caldwell getting loose out of Turn 2 and backing up the field.
Race officials ruled that Powers was not involved in any contact with Bradford and he was allowed to keep his position after the race’s fourth caution flag flew.
Originally scheduled to see action on Friday, Meridian Speedway will take next week off to give the spotlight to the Salt City 200, which is the ASA-sanctioned Canadian-American Western Winged Sprintcars Series season finale, at Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, Utah.
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Project Filter Twin 25s
Friday’s unofficial results
NAPA Late Models No. 1 (25 laps) – 1. Travis Anderson, Boise, Idaho; 2. Dennis Wurtz II, Boise; 3. Dennis Brodigan, Nampa, Idaho; 4. Dylan Caldwell, Nampa; 5. Dave Thomasson, Meridian, Idaho
NAPA Late Models No. 2 (25 laps) – 1. Anderson; 2. Caldwell; 3. Wurtz; 4. Thomasson; 5. Jake Petero, Ontario, Ore.
Coors Super Stocks No. 1 (25 laps) — 1. Rob Powers, Meridian; 2. Justin Ellis, Boise; 3. Kim Bradford, Eagle, Idaho; 4. Josh Jackson, Payette, Idaho
Coors Super Stocks No. 2 (25 laps) – 1. Powers; 2. Ellis; 3. Bradford
Domino’s Pizza Legends (35 laps) – 1. Casey Tillman, Kuna, Idaho; 2. Zach Blume, Eagle; 3. Chance Davis, Emmett, Idaho; 4. Sara Henry, Nampa; 5. Aubree Wartman, Boise
Tates Hornets (35 laps) – 1. Drew Crenshaw, Nampa; 2. Cody Garrett, Boise; 3. Cody Kirkland, Meridian; 4. Powers; 5. Charlie Atkins, Caldwell, Idaho
Thunder Dogs winner (20 laps) – Sledge Hammer (David Jolley, Nampa)
Jacks Links Snack Attack winner – Atkinson (captured eight sticks during race)
(Eight laps each)
Domino’s Pizza Legends
Fast Dash – 1. Phyl Zubizareta, Garden City, Idaho; 2. Casey Tillman, Kuna, Idaho; 3. Jonathan Davis, Emmett, Idaho; 4.
B Heat – 1. Chase Gilbertson, Boise; 2. Sara Henry, Nampa; 3. Steve Thimsen, Boise; 4. Chance Davis, Emmett; 5. Charlie Fiscus, Star, Idaho
C Heat – 1. Darin Turpen, Nampa; 2. Daynna Skiver, Meridian; 3. Jamie Hyde, Boise; 4. Donovan Johns, Meridian; 5. Ken Frickey, Nampa
Coors Super Stocks
Fast Dash – 1. Ellis; 2. Powers; 3. Bradford; 4. Jackson
NAPA Late Models
Fast Dash – 1. Caldwell; 2. Wurtz; 3. Brodigan; 4. Anderson; 5. Jake Petero, Ontario, Ore.
Fast Dash – 1. Powers; 2. Drew Crenshaw, Nampa; 3. Jess Ryska, Meridian; 4. Thomas Harrod, Nampa; 5. Brandon Hild, Boise
B Heat – 1. Charlie Atkinson, Caldwell, Idaho; 2. Kenny Driebergen, Boise; 3. Monica Heath, Caldwell; 4. Stacy Heath, Nampa; 5. Cody Kirkland, Meridian
C Heat – 1. Neil Evans, Caldwell; 2. Michael Capps, Meridian; 3. Bill Allen, Meridian; 4. Kayla Harris, Nampa
D Heat – 1. Gary Luck, Boise; 2. Jim Longden, Boise; 3. Nicki Harris, Nampa; 4. Joe Popper, Meridian; 5. Jerry Davis
Domino’s Pizza Legends – Caity Miller, 15.088 seconds
Coors Super Stocks – Powers, 14.468
NAPA Late Models – Anderson, 14.171