Gragson Pins NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Title Hopes on NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 Repeat
The night that Treasure Valley race fans have been waiting for is finally here. This Saturday, September 24, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West descends upon Meridian Speedway for the second annual NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208. Joining the next stars of NASCAR on the quarter-mile asphalt oval Saturday are the Pro Truck Series, Project Filter Pro-4s, and the College of Western Idaho High School Tuners.
Noah Gragson is coming for NASCAR K&N Pro Series West point leaders Todd Gilliland and Ryan Partridge. With just two races left on the 2016 schedule Gragson sits third in the standings, a mere 37 points out of the top spot. But the Las Vegas, Nevada native has momentum on his side, having scored back-to-back wins in back-to-back races at the Utah Motorsports Campus just one week ago.
Gragson’s wins have catapulted the youngster from fifth to third in the standings, and the young racer will need to repeat as the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 victor if he hopes to unseat NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season dominators Ryan Partridge and racer Todd Gilliland. Rancho Cucamonga, California’s Partridge trails Sherrills Ford, North Carolina racer Gilliland by just thirteen markers as the pair roll into the Meridian Speedway pit area.
Two familiar faces trade in their NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds for a pair of NASCAR K&N Pro Series West mounts Saturday. Top 5 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division 1 State point earners Colton Nelson and Larry Hull III square off against the best in the West as they race to defend the big yellow water tower.
Not only is the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 title on the line Saturday, but the Pro Truck Series will crown a season champion Saturday night. When the green flag flies Saturday just 28 points will separate Twin Falls, Idaho racers John Newhouse and Johnny Pierre. In a division where contact is constant and anything can, and usually does, happen, watch for Newhouse and Pierre to waste no time knifing their way through the snarling Pro Truck Series pack to settle the season amongst themselves.
Racing in the Project Filter Pro-4 division has been fast and physical, and Saturday night’s feature marks the final chapter in their 2016 campaign. Three of the top five point positions are still up for grabs. Just sixteen points separate second and third place runners Kenny Chandler and Brendon Fries, an advantage that is anything but comfortable. Behind this pair, Jonathan Hull finds himself two markers behind fifth place runner Travis Pavlacky. Who will stand victorious at the close of Saturday night’s festivities?
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West isn’t the only division showcasing young talent at Meridian Speedway Saturday. The College of Western Idaho High School Tuners have provided some of the most memorable races on the quarter-mile this season, and with a championship on the line Saturday watch for these teenage speedsters to provide yet another dose of racing thrills.
General admission to Saturday night’s full slate of short-track racing action is just $35. Gates open at 4 p.m. and seats will fill up fast. Log on to meridianspeedway.com to purchase your advance tickets and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive exclusive updates from your local NASCAR Home Track. We’ll see you Saturday, September 24 for the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.