Late crash gives Larry Hull III first Pro-4s win
And, in a slight twist of irony, it took someone else’s misfortune for the Boise, Idaho racer to get his first career Project Filter Pro-4 main event victory at ASA-sanctioned Meridian Speedway.
Plagued by a crash-marred first season out of the Mini Stocks division, Hull got a chance to see how the other half lived when he found himself out front after race leader Kenny Chandler of Kuna, Idaho, and Jordan Fitch of Meridian, Idaho, crashed coming out of Turn 4 toward the checkered flag.
It was Fitch’s first race of the season.
The victory helped Hull shed months of frustration that included a crash-filled feature earlier in the summer.
Current points leader Joe Barton got a bit of an edge over Chandler in their championship battle when he finished second because of the last-lap wreck.
In other early main events:
Kuna, Idaho’s Jayson Wardle collected his first TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stocks feature of the season.
Neal Latham of Boise, Idaho won the ASA Modifieds feature
Mountain Home, Idaho’s Sharlet Wilson, who got married earlier this year, picked up her first Budweiser B Modifieds feature checkered flag of 2013 when season lead Randy Keckley of Boise was disqualified after winning the race.
Wardle had a wide margin of victory in his first TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stocks main event win of the season, but it was Jonathan Hull of Boise, Idaho who probably got the biggest boost out of the 30-lap feature.
Hull entered the night with a slim 14-point lead in the championship standings over Caldwell, Idaho’s Jason Sanders.
Hull could get no closer than 3.8 seconds behind Wardle, but was able to finish in front of Sanders to cobble a few more points onto his lead heading into next week’s championship race.
More than likely Sanders is still breathing down Hull’s neck, though. The former track champion started at the rear of the field in the main event after pulling down the fastest qualifying time. Of course, Hull started the final race right next to Sanders on the eighth row because he had the second-fastest racecar in qualifying.
In the end, both men moved up 10 spots in the field as their neck-and-neck season continues.
For his part, Wardle qualified in the middle of the pack but showed signs of his impending breakout when he finished second to Meridian, Idaho’s TJ Labronte in the Mini Stocks B Heat.
Latham was the only ASA Modifieds driver to finish in the top five on the track for a blended main event with the Budweiser B Modifieds. Caitlin Stroebel, the teenage daughter of Shelby Stroebel — the man who more than likely will win another ASA Modifieds season championship — was sixth overall before Keckley’s disqualification and second in the ASA Mods portion of the race.
Keckley had a full second on Wilson at the checkered flag, but ran into problems with officials after the race. His disqualification moved everyone up one spot. That meant Meridian’s Gene Stroebel and 2012 B Modifieds champion Jay Cook of Nampa were second and third, respectively, in the B Modifieds finish.
There’s one night of racing left on Meridian Speedway’s 2013 pavement schedule.
On Saturday, Oct. 5, a final round of championships will be held as part of a makeup night at the racetrack. The bonus action includes a Street Stocks Invitational, which could pay as much as $750 to the winner.
Titles will be decided in the Project Filter Pro-4s, the TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stocks, the Jr. Stingers and the Coors Super Stocks. Also on tap are the Budweiser B Modifieds in a non-points race, the Pepsi Sprintcars and the NAPA Late Models.
The gates open at 4 p.m. with racing at 6:30 p.m.
Admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for military and senior citizens and $6 for children 7-11. Children 6 and younger get in free.
Tickets are available online at www.meridianspeedway.com, giving fans the opportunity to buy and print tickets from home and skip a long line at the spectator gate.
For more information or to purchased tickets in advance and print them off at home, visit www.meridianspeedway.com. You can follow Meridian Speedway on Facebook, too.
Tom Elliott Sportsman Classic
Friday’s unofficial results
ASA Modifieds — 1. Neal Latham, Boise, Idaho; 2. Caitlin Stroebel, Meridian, Idaho; 3. Cade Hollon, Riggins, Idaho; 4. Rosalee Weller, Caldwell, Idaho
Budweiser B Modifieds — 1. Sharlet Wilson, Mountain Home, Idaho; 2. Gene Stroebel, Meridian; 3. Jay Cook, Nampa, Idaho; 4. Walt Calkins, Meridian; 5. Rod Stiller, Meridian
TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stocks — 1. Jayson Wardle, Kuna, Idaho; 2. Donovan Parker, Garden City, Idaho; 3. Colton Nelson, Meridian, Idaho; 4. Mary Johnson, Meridian; 5. Jonathan Hull, Boise, Idaho
Project Filter Pro-4s — 1. Larry Hull III, Boise; 2. Joe Barton, Nampa; 3. Kenny Chandler, Kuna; 4. Jordan Fitch, Meridian; 5. Ryan Bailey, Meridian
Tom Elliott Sportsman Classic for Mtn. Dew Winged Sprintcars — Not completed at press time
Tates Hornets — Not completed at press time
(Eight laps each)
Mtn. Dew Winged Sprintcars
Fast Dash — 1. Sierra Jackson, Middleton, Idaho; 2. Mike Murgoitio, Meridian; 3. Brandon Johnson, Meridian; 4. Bryan Warf, Meridian; 5. Johnny Giesler, Meridian
B Heat — 1. Matt Elliott, Caldwell, Idaho; 2. Wyatt King, Meridian; 3. Dave Parrie, Boise; 4. Cody Gerhardt, Fresno, Calif.; 5. Mark Floyd, Boise
Fast Dash — 1. Neal Latham, Boise; 2. Caitlin Stroebel, Meridian; 3. Cade Hollon, Riggins, Idaho; 4. Rosalee Weller, Caldwell
Budweiser B Modifieds
Fast Dash — 1. Sharlet Wilson, Mountain Home, Idaho; 2. Randy Keckley, Boise; 3. Walt Calkins, Meridian; 4. Gene Stroebel, Meridian; 5. Jay Cook, Nampa, Idaho
Project Filter Pro-4s
Fast Dash — 1. Kenny Chandler, Kuna; 2. Jordan Fitch, Meridian; 3. Joe Barton, Nampa; 4. Larry Hull III, Boise
B Heat — 1. Jeffery Snethen, Boise; 2. Ryan Bailey, Meridian; 3. James DeMello, Boise; 4. Bob Coply, Boise
TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stocks
Fast Dash — 1. Johnson; 2. Sanders; 3. Jonathan Hull; 4. Nelson; 5. Duane Gerber, Boise
B Heat — 1. TJ Labronte, Meridian; 2. Wardle; 3. Parker; 4. Quentin Ward, Meridian; 5. Keri Ballard, Boise
C Heat — 1. Denny Gerber, Boise; 2. Nathan Dearing, Boise; 3. Richard Brees, Meridian; 4. Mike Davis, Boise; 5. Brandon Shira, Boise
(Six laps each)
Fast Dash — 1. Lynn Sharp, Nampa; 2. Rob Powers, Meridian; 3. Cody Brizendine, Nampa; 4. Drew Crenshaw, Nampa; 5. Jess Ryska, Meridian
B Heat — 1. Thomas Harrod, Nampa; 2. Roy Boots, Twin Falls, Idaho; 3. Jim Longden, Boise; 4. Charlie Atkinson, Caldwell; 5. Michael Capps, Meridian
C Heat — 1. Bill Allen, Meridian; 2. Stacy Heath, Nampa; 3. Cody Garrett, Boise; 4. Monica Heath, Caldwell; 5. Fred Nagele, Caldwell
D Heat — 1. Antonio Ryska, Meridian; 2. Patrick Sorrell, Meridian; 3. James Pahl, Caldwell; 4. Nick Durbin, Boise; 5. Russell Price, Meridian
Mtn. Dew Winged Sprintcars — Giesler, 11.598 seconds
ASA Modifieds and B Modifieds — Neal Latham, 14.556
Project Filter Pro-4s — Larry Hull III, 14.091
TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stocks — Sanders, 15.234
Tates Hornets — Brizendine, 16.453