Jones Stretches Legend-ary Streak
Dual division doubleheaders headlined Teleperformance Twin 25s Night at Meridian Speedway on Saturday, June 16. The Teleperformance Claimer Stocks and PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds both pulled double duty, while the Project Filter Pro-s, Coors Super Stocks, Domino’s Legends, and Junior Stingers staged their own battles for the Racing for Smiles of the Northwest hardware.
The Junior Stingers crowded the quarter-mile for a fifteen lap feature. Logan Castricone zipped to the top spot on lap one, but Jessika Harris right behind him. Harris pulled out of line to pass Castricone, but contact sent both drivers sliding across turns one and two. When the smoke cleared Castricone, Harris, and Rusty Houpt sat in a heap under the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard. Thanks to some quick pit work Harris returned to the race, but Castricone and Houpt were forced to retire with crash damage.
On the restart Bailey Fanopoulos outdueled Jerome, Idaho’s Jodi Moen for the lead. But Moen found the handle on her Fast Lane Automotive machine and soon tore around the inside line and took the top spot. Just as Moen settled into first, Meridian, Idaho’s Cody Castricone blew past her to put his Fast Glass, Linder Learning Academy racer up front. This would prove the winning pass as Castricone cruised to victory.
The Coors Super Stocks brought nine competitors to bear on their 25 lap feature. The green flag waved and Hunter Gates hung the low line to lead lap one in his YMC, Blue Line Graphics machine. But Ron Hayes found grip on the outside and overpowered Gates to lead the next three circuits. But Hayes had company, and it was Nampa, Idaho’s Melissa Arte who worked her way into the outside lane and blazed a trail to the point.
But Arte wasn’t alone, and no sooner had the lady racer taken the lead than Josh Jackson pounced to move his Jackson Built Racing, Sticker Shack machine to first. As Jackson sped away from the pack Arte fell into the clutches of Tommy Harrod as she fought to keep second. But Harrod got the best of that battle and by halfway Arte found herself fighting to hold off Pat Tully for third place.
Arte fought hard from the outside line, but Tully fought harder and with five laps left the Caldwell, Idaho racer took over the final podium spot. But it all happened behind Jackson, who sauntered across the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe four seconds ahead of second place Harrod.
The Project Filter Pro-4s stormed Meridian Speedway as they battled for the Racing for Smiles of the Northwest hardware. Scott Shoecraft motored around the outside of pole sitter Sean Young to lead the first of 25 circuits. But Shoecraft soon came under attack from Alex Duda and his Boise Boys, Carbon Designs entry. Duda took to the high line and raced to the point with Ray Bolinger and Kenny Chandler in tow.
Chandler jumped out of line first, and on lap ten dispatched both Bolinger and Duda to put his Project Filter, Sound Depot machine in the lead. Chandler quickly opened up a two-second lead before the Kuna, Idaho racer was black flagged for dumping oil on the racing surface. This brought out a caution flag and relegated Chandler to the pit area.
This left the lead to Nampa, Idaho’s Jordan Harris, with Brendon Fries in second. On the restart Fries rocketed to the lead with Harris and Ryan Bailey in his tire tracks. Harris gave Fries all he could handle in the race’s closing stages, but the Meridian, Idaho driver proved too strong and Fries parked his Chick-fil-A of Meridian, Frogman Trucking machine in the Caleb’s Chop Shop Winner’s Circle.
A dozen Domino’s Legends took the green flag for their 25 lap feature. Boise, Idaho’s Brok Kidd made the inside line the place to be as he piloted his Grinker’s Arcade, Kiddtronics to the top spot. Behind Kidd, speedster Kaiden Anderson was on the move, and on lap four the Yakima, Washington driver took the point.
Also on the march was season dominator Ethan Jones, who slithered his way through traffic and took the runner up spot on lap seven. An early restart lined Jones up outside of Anderson, and when the green flag waved the Meridian, Idaho racer rolled around the top side for the lead.
Anderson pedaled his machine hard to keep pace with Jones, but lap by lap Jones eased further and further away from his pursuers. The only thing that could slow Jones was a caution, but no yellow flag waved as Jones sped to his sixth straight victory of the season.
Join Meridian Speedway as we celebrate Dairy Days this Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23. The Dairy Days fun kicks off Friday night with monster truck rides and fireworks before Saturday features the Malicious Monster Truck Insanity Tour as they tear up the quarter-mile oval. The Bombers and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets join in the car crushing fun while the Dairy Days carnival lights peek over the North End bleachers. General admission to Saturday night’s Malicious Monster Truck Insanity Tour is $20 for adults, $18.50 for seniors and military members, and $12 for kids 7-11. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with the Malicious Monster Truck Insanity Tour pit party at 5 p.m. and racing at 6:45 p.m. Seats are going fast. Log on to meridianspeedway.com to purchase your advance tickets, and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive all the latest updates from around the quarter-mile. We’ll see you this Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23 for the Malicious Monster Truck Insanity Tour at your NASCAR Home Track under the big yellow water tower, Meridian Speedway.