Claimer, Super Stock Streaks Snapped Saturday
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.
Eleven Teleperformance Claimer Stocks roared to life for their thirty lap feature. On the green Jamie Hyde hooked the outside line and took his Western Sandblasting and Powdercoating, Professional Painting racer to the lead. But pole sitter Scott Lawson kept pace with Hyde and allowed Meridian, Idaho’s Todd Seaver into the lead fight.
Seaver used lap five to work Hyde over on the high side and put his Lucas Oil, Action Garage Door machine out front. Behind Seaver the field stacked up, which forced Rich Lawson and Kendra Occhipinti to climb the back stretch concrete. Both drivers successfully landed their cars and the race continued under green.
A caution flag three laps later slowed the action and brought Scott Lawson, Pat Tully, and Occhipinti into the top four. On the restart Caldwell, Idaho’s Tully took the runner up spot and drove his Dillon Performance Engines, Glen Alleman Custom Farming racer hard to make time on the leader. But Tully’s run stalled out, and Occhipinti tracked down the Caldwell, Idaho driver at the race’s halfway point.
With Seaver out of reach the battle for second on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard raged. Occhipinti filled Tully’s mirror as she looked high and low for a way around the veteran campaigner. Over the race’s final ten laps the second place duo ran in lock step, but Tully used lapped traffic to maintain second behind main event winner Seaver.
The Coors Super Stocks brought nine speedy competitors to the green flag of their thirty lap main event. Hunter Gates was quick out of the blocks and slid his YMC, Inc. machine into the top spot. Behind Gates, Gale Carter and Melissa Arte hooked up to carve through the field and pull to Gates’ rear bumper on lap three.
Arte was first to make a move, and the Nampa, Idaho racer hung the low line and piloted her Marv’s Tire Service, Dillon Performance Engines entry to the Ladies Night lead. But Arte had company in the form of Josh Jackson, who ripped his Super Stock around the high side to lead lap eight.
A caution with thirteen laps left brought Arte to Jackson’s rear bumper, but that was as close as she would come and Jackson stormed into the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.
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 updates from around the quarter-mile. 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.