Jones Seals Legendary Season with Ninth Victory
With no chance of rain in the forecast, seven strong divisions took to Meridian Speedway Saturday, October 13, for the rescheduled Weed Man Lawn Care Championship. The Mountain Dew Interstate Winged Sprintcars, Pepsi Crate Cars and Idaho Sprintcar and Roadster League Super Sixes, Coors Super Stocks, Domino’s Legends, and Bombers took the checkers on their 2018 season, while the Project Filter Pro-4s and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets jockeyed for late-season points in their penultimate showdowns.
Five fast Domino’s Legends kicked off main event action with a twenty lap dash. On the green Boise, Idaho’s Brok Kidd muscled his way to the top spot with Camron Madsen, Ken Frickey, and Donovan Barr in tow. As the field fought three wide for real estate Barr was shuffled up the track into Frickey and catapulted into the turn three wall. Despite the heavy contact Barr climbed from his Sound Hound Stereo, Competition Carbs racer unscathed.
On the restart Madsen pulled even with fellow Boisean Kidd, and on lap three Madsen claimed first on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard. This allowed quick-qualifier Ethan Jones of Meridian, Idaho into the runner up spot, and by the race’s halfway point the division dominating Jones owned the lead. While Jones sailed away from the pack Madsen fought to hold Kidd’s Grinkers Arcade, Kiddtronics machine at bay. Madsen would keep the second position but could only watch as Jones took the first Weed Man Lawn Care Championship Night checkered flag.
With his ninth win of 2018 Jones claimed the Domino’s Legend title over Barr and Frickey.
A six pack of Coors Super Stocks rumbled to green for their final 25 lap feature of 2018. Outside pole sitter Ron Hayes bolted to the lead with Nampa, Idaho drivers Tommy Harrod and Chuck Youngblood in his tire tracks. A mechanical issue on lap five sidelined Hayes’ RC Willey, All Around Property Services racer, and left Harrod, Youngblood, and Gale Carter in the top three spots.
Youngblood drove his PBT Auto Sales entry hard to catch Harrod, but he would run out of time as Harrod sped across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first.
Despite missing the division’s final race, Melissa Arte was crowned the 2018 Coors Super Stock champion, her eleventh Meridian Speedway title.
Eight wild and crazy Bombers rolled into their final feature of 2018. Mirinda Davis muscled her way past Rob Taylor for the early lead. But it was Nick Durbin on the early move and he took the lap five lead. But an unannounced water barrel dump sent Durbin and Kevin Matuska into the turn three wall. Both drivers recovered and after a brief stint in second place, Durbin retook the lead on lap twelve. This is where Durbin would stay as he finished the 2018 season in the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.
Mirinda Davis walked away with the Bomber championship.
The action continues next Saturday, October 20, as the PitStopUSA.com Summer Dirt Series holds its championship event on the twelfth-mile Dirt Track at Meridian Speedway. Asphalt racing concludes with the Trunk or Treat Halloween Championship on Saturday, October 27. Stay tuned to meridianspeedway.com for event details and be sure to text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive all the latest updates from around the quarter-mile. We’ll see you this Saturday, October 20, for the PitStopUSA.com Summer Dirt Series Championship, and Saturday, October 27 for the Trunk or Treat Halloween Championship at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.