by Jon Brown, MERIDIAN, Idaho — On Saturday, ASA-sanctioned Meridian Speedway pays tribute to the brave men and women who serve and have served in the Armed Forces.
Military personnel past and present who show a military ID and their family will receive free admission to Saturday’s Project Filter All-Star Challenge during Military Appreciation Night. Typically military personnel receive a 25 percent discount off the general admission price.
Different military branches and units with a presence in the Treasure Valley will receive a salute from the Meridian Speedway crowd, drivers and management during opening ceremonies Saturday, which always include the national anthem.
Admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for senior citizens, and $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 starting at 5 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m.
The Project Filter All-Star Challenge marks the beginning of the speedway’s 2012 Project Filter Pro-4 racing season. Other highlights include season openers for the Pepsi Sprintcars, new B-Modifieds class and Jr. Stingers. The NAPA Late Models and Pit Stop Drive Thru Mini Stocks also will hit the track again.
Western Idaho Racing Association Hall of Famer Kenny Chandler of Boise, Idaho and Middleton, Idaho’s Tyler Bailey both drive for the Project Filter race team.
Driving the Smoke Free 93, Bailey finished second to Chris Fenton of Meridian, Idaho in last year’s Late Model series at Meridian.
Chandler finished 19 points behind 2011 Pro-4 champion Joe Barton, a Nampa, Idaho driver.
Famous for his No. 33 Chevrolet Corvette race car, Chandler joined the Project Filter team months after he gave up cigarettes, putting a face to the campaign that works throughout Idaho to help folks with smoking cessation through education programs and other resources.
Chandler and Bailey now appear in a public service announcement promoting the Project Filter effort. The two men are shown speeding around Meridian Speedway in an edgy, fast-paced television spot airing on local stations. The PSA also includes other Project Filter team members who compete in motocross and rodeo.
An eight-time Meridian Speedway Pro-4 champion, Chandler won the Project Filter All-Star Challenge in 2010, the first year that Project Filter sponsored the segment race. Barton won last year’s event.
For more information, visit www.meridianspeedway.com or call (208) 888-2813.
Meridian Speedway
Meridian, ID
2012 points standings
(Through April 21 races)
ASA Modifieds — 1. Shelby Stroebel, Nampa, ID, 81 points; 2. Jentry Pisca, Nampa, ID, 67; 3. Ru Ward, Boise, ID, 63; 4. Tim Elam, Boise, ID, 58; 5. Wes Pogue, Star, ID, 51; 6. Randy Keckley, Boise, ID, 42; 7. Caitlin Stroebel, Nampa, ID, 38; 8. Josh Jackson, Payette, ID, 36
Mtn. Dew Winged Sprints — 1. Mike Murgoitio, Meridian, ID, 90 points; 2. Johnny Giesler, Meridian, ID, 78; 3. Sara Henry, Meridian, ID, 63; 4. Cody Veenstra, Meridian, ID, 56; 5. Matt Elliott, Nampa, ID, 51; 6. Bryan Warf, Meridian, ID, 49; 7. Ryan Burdett, West Jordan, UT, 43; 8. Wyatt King, Meridian, ID, 41; 9. Sierra Jackson, Middleton, ID, 37; 10. Dick Ingham, Boise, ID, 30
NAPA Late Models — 1. Tyler Monroe, Meridian, ID, 75 points; 2. Chris Fenton, Meridian, ID, 72; 3. Dylan Caldwell, Nampa, ID, 69; 4. Lee Hackney, Boise, ID, 67; 5. Dan Lowther, Boise, ID, 48; 6. Dennis Wurtz II, Boise, ID, 46; 7. Travis Anderson, Boise, ID, 45; 8. Dave Thomasson, Meridian, ID, 41; 9. Kim Bradford, Eagle, ID, 33; 10. Jeff Wilson, Mountain Home, ID, 6
Pit Stop Drive Thru Super Stocks — 1. Dennis Brodigan, Nampa, ID, 90 points; 2. Chris Fenton, Meridian, ID, 77; 3. Rob Powers, Meridian, ID, 60; 4. Kim Bradford, Eagle, ID, 56; 5. Gale Carter, Boise, ID, 49; 6. (tie) Josh Jackson, Payette, ID, 47; Phyl Zubizareta, Boise, ID, 47; 8. Jeff Meads, Boise, ID, 42; 9. Dan Lowther, Boise, ID, 38; 10. David Harris, Meridian, ID, 29
Street Stocks — 1. Melissa Weaver, Nampa, ID, 78 points; 2. Marv Weaver, Nampa, ID, 70; 3. Roy Kirkland, Boise, ID, 59; 4. Micky Lawston, Caldwell, ID, 55; 5. Chad Bess, Nampa, ID, 51; 6. Rick Baldwin, Middleton, ID, 50; 7. Bobby Riggs, Fruitland, ID, 45; 8. Doug Loon, Caldwell, ID, 34
Pit Stop Drive Thru Mini Stocks — 1. Ray Bollinger, Meridian, ID, 101; 2. Larry Hull III, Boise, ID, 93; 3. Sarah Shaw, Boise, ID, 69; 4. (tie) Richard Brees, Meridian, ID, 48; Mike Davis, Boise, ID, 48; 6. Robby Hyde, Twin Falls, ID, 47; 7. Amber Rogers, Meridian, ID, 43; 8. Brendon Fries, Meridian, ID, 40; 9. Mary Johnson, Meridian, ID, 32; 10. Jayson Wardle, Boise, ID, 27
Domino’s Pizza Legends — 1. Phyl Zubizareta, Boise, ID, 92 points; 2. Johnathan Davis, Emmett, ID, 76; 3. Chase Gilbertson, Boise, ID, 66; 4. Casey Tillman, Kuna, ID, 55; 5. Alyson Clark, Kuna, ID, 53; 6. Mike Cullum, Meridian, ID, 47; 7. Steve Thimsen, Boise, ID, 41; 8. Darin Turpen, Nampa, ID, 36; 9. (tie) Zach Blume, Eagle, ID, 34; Charlie Fiscus, Star, ID, 34
Tates Hornets — 1. Lynn Sharp, Nampa, ID, 124 points; 2. Colton Nelson, Meridian, ID, 123; 3. Cody Garrett, Boise, ID, 118; 4. Art Heath, Nampa, ID, 100; 5. Chuck Youngblood, Meridian, ID, 86; 6. Al Russell, Kuna, ID, 77; 7. Cade Hollon, Riggins, ID, 69; 8. (tie) Monica Heath, Caldwell, ID, 54; Thomas Harrod, Nampa, ID, 54; 10. Josh Lucero, Meridian, ID, 49
Thunder Dogs — 1. (tie) The Sledgehammer, 109 points; 2. The Bulldacious, 109; 3. Vulgar Display, 102; 4. Boot Legger, 89; 5. No Mercy, Nampa, ID, 50; 6. The Surfer, Boise, ID, 43; 7. The Other Woman, Boise, ID, 74
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