Houpt, Jones Dominate to Score Early Season Wins
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.
Eight eleven to fourteen-year-old Junior Stingers rolled onto the quarter-mile oval for a twenty lap tussle. Jerome, Idaho’s Jodi Moen was quick to the gas pedal and wheeled her Fast Lane Automotive car to the lap one lead. An early caution brought Rusty Houpt to Moen’s inside and when the green flag waved Houpt shot to the lead in his Boise Spring Works, Catapult 3 machine.
Behind Houpt, Cody Castricone broke through traffic and raced his way into the lead battle. Castricone worked his racer high and low until a mid-race black flag sent the young competitor to the pit area. This left Nampa, Idaho’s Jessica Harris in pursuit of Houpt. As the laps wound down Houpt’s lead only grew, and the Meridian, Idaho racer scored the main event victory.
The Domino’s Legends had 25 laps to find a Ladies Night victor. Evan Brown piloted his Pro Power Clean, Discount Tire machine to the early lead. Brown quickly opened a four second lead as the field jockeyed for position behind him. First to break ranks was quick-qualifier Ethan Jones, who sliced his way to second on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard and set his sights on the leader.
With ten laps to go Jones powered to Brown’s bumper, and one lap later made his way around the outside to take the lead. Brown drove hard to keep pace with Jones, but the Meridian, Idaho driver came up short as Jones sped to a dominating victory.
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 all the latest news from around the quarter-mile asphalt oval, and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive exclusive speedway updates. 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.