MERIDIAN, Idaho – By Jon Brown — The chase for 2012 glory at ASA-sanctioned Meridian Speedway begins Saturday night with many champions returning to defend their crowns.

Meridian, Idaho’s Shelby Stroebel launches another run at the Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oils ASA Member Track National Championship when the ASA Modifieds rev up for a 50-lap season-opening feature race.
Stroebel won the track championship in dominating fashion a year ago.
Melissa Weaver gets her season rolling Saturday in her familiar Chevrolet Camaro in the College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Street Stocks. Weaver held of fellow Nampa, Idaho driver Chad Bess for the Street Stocks championship last year.
One track champion, though, is taking on a new challenge.
Jonathan Hull, the 2011 Tates Hornets track champ, has made the jump to the Pit Stop Mini Stocks and will make his full-season debut in the class Saturday. A Boise, Idaho driver, Hull won the Hornets division championship last year in a tight competition with fellow Boise driver Josh Parkkila.
Hull steps into a division that was hotly contested last summer with Meridian’s Ray Bollinger, Scott Shoecraft of Boise, and Nampa’s Dell Scott trading the points lead throughout the season. Bollinger wound up on top with a late-season surge.
Saturday also marks the return of a familiar class to the speedway after a hiatus with the Pit Stop Super Stocks.
Finally, the SPI Super Sixes tour (also known as the Idaho Sprintcar and Roadster League) makes its first Meridian stop of the year, giving fans a taste of what should be an incredible open-wheel racing season at the paved quarter-mile.
Admission on opening night is $10 for adults, $7.50 for senior citizens and military personnel with ID, $6 for children ages 7-11. Kids 6 years old and younger, as always, are admitted free.
A family pass is available for $30, allowing admittance of two adults and up to four children ages 7-11.
The gates open at 4 p.m. with time trials start at 5 p.m. with racing at 6:30 p.m.
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