Carnage Celebrated at Meridian Speedway’s Smash-O-Rama 2018
The clouds parted for a night of chaos at Meridian Speedway as the quarter-mile asphalt oval hosted Smash-O-Rama 2018. The Royal Purple Modified Series, Pro Truck Series, High School Tuners, and Bombers provided Saturday night’s racing action, while daredevil Mr. Dizzy, World Famous Boat Racing, a hard-hitting demolition derby, and fireworks provided the destruction.
The High School Tuners kicked off main event action with a fifteen lap dash to the checkers. On the green Hanna Lindgren piloted her machine past James Strickwerda to open a large first lap lead. But the man on the move early was DJ Sirani, who planted his Husky Auto Electric racer in the high groove and pulled even with the leader on lap two.
With Lindgren and Sirani locked in a battle, Strickwerda caught the lead duo. On lap five Strickwerda ducked low and took the lead fight three wide in turn two. As the trio rocketed down the backstretch Lindgren blew a right front tire, which sent her sailing first into Sirani and then the turn three wall. Both drivers emerged from their wrecked racers okay, but were forced to retire from the event.
On the restart Strickwerda overpowered Boise, Idaho’s Arin Flagstade to take the lead, and this would prove the winning pass as Strickwerda rolled into Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Lane.
The built-in-a-day Bomber division rolled onto Meridian Speedway next for their own fifteen lap scuffle. James Sheets got to the gas pedal first and piloted his minivan to the early lead. But Tommy Harrod found speed in his jalopy and, after a lap of paint trading, sliced his way into the top spot.
First to challenge Harrod was Chad Atnip, who stuck his green machine in the inside groove and powered to the top of the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard. A spectator caution with five laps left bunched the field and brought Harrod even with Atnip for one last shootout.
The green flag waved and Atnip motored back to the top spot. Try as Harrod might, he was unable to mount a challenge on the leader and Atnip sped across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first.
Ten cars were sacrificed for the Smash-O-Rama 2018 demolition derby, the first event of its kind held at Meridian Speedway in nearly twenty years. After five chaotic minutes just Jessie Martin and Joey Reyes remained in motion. The final pair traded heavy blow after heavy blow, and when the checkers waved Martin and Reyes were crowned Smash-O-Rama 2018 demolition derby co-champions.
Professional stuntman Mr. Dizzy thrilled Meridian Speedway with an explosive car jump. The daredevil soared first through a bus, then a stack of cars, and finally a wall of flame before he crashed to earth in turn four. The stunt proved successful and Mr. Dizzy emerged from his demolished machine unscathed.
Adam Crow in the Catakillar dominated the World Famous Boat Race destruction scores as he plowed through boat after boat after boat. But a broken front suspension ended his night early, and left three competitors in contention for the Boat Race victory. The contenders included Tommy “Haywire” Harrod, a man known only as “Demo” Darrel, and wild man Jamo Stephenson in his YMC van. After a fan vote Stephenson was declared the winner.
With a full night of destruction in the books, Meridian Speedway turns its attention to the military Saturday, May 19, for the Project Filter Military Appreciation Night. The Project Filter Pro-4s run twin 25 lap main events, while the Pepsi Crate Cars and ISRL Super Sixes, Coors Super Stocks, Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets compete for the Boise Boys Transportation hardware. General admission to Saturday night’s action is free for military members and their families, $11.50 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $6.50 for kids 7-11. Log on to meridianspeedway.com for all the latest speedway news and notes, and be sure to text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive exclusive updates from around the quarter-mile. We’ll see you this Saturday, May 19, for Project Filter Military Appreciation Night under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.