Late Passes Settle Winged Sprintcar, Pro-4 Features
The Mountain Dew Interstate Winged Sprintcars roared into Meridian Speedway for High Desert Harley-Davidson night at the asphalt quarter-mile. The Pepsi Crate Cars and Idaho Sprintcar and Roadster League Super Sixes, Project Filter Pro-4, TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets, and High School Tuners filled the action-packed Saturday, July 21 schedule.
As darkness settled over Meridian Speedway the Project Filter Pro-4s took the green for their 25 lap feature. The outside line was the place to be as Scott Shoecraft overpowered Ben Harris to take the early lead in his Creek Enterprises, B&W Wrecker entry. This dropped Harris into the clutches of Alex Duda, who quickly pulled alongside to battle for the runner up spot. Harris got the better of the second place battle, and on lap eight swung to the outside of Shoecraft to put his Kim’s Kars, H&H Auto racer up front.
Deep in the pack Brendon Fries fought his way through an uncooperative field to catch championship rival Kenny Chandler. At the race’s halfway point Chandler held fourth with Fries glued to his bumper in fifth. But all was not well under the hood of Chandler’s Project Filter, Fairly Reliable Bob’s racer, and with just nine laps left the Kuna, Idaho driver’s race ended in a cloud of smoke.
With Chandler out of the picture Fries redoubled his efforts for the win. After Fries followed Nampa, Idaho’s Ryan Bailey around Harris, Fries jumped to the high line and drove his Chick-fil-A of Meridian, Boise Boys Transportation machine to the lead. Once out front the quick-qualifier walked away from the field to claim a clean sweep of High Desert Harley-Davidson Night.
A full field of Mountain Dew Interstate Winged Sprintcars blistered the asphalt quarter-mile as they contested a 25 lap feature. Pole sitter Matt Elliott got to the gas pedal first in his Westside Body Works, Scott Fulcher Trucking machine and flashed into the early lead. Not to be outdone, Nampa, Idaho’s Cory Lockwood sliced through the pack and took his Herold’s Auto Body, Dave Hever Race Engines entry into second.
The man on the move was Bryan Warf. Within just five laps the Meridian, Idaho racer moved from his back of the pack starting spot to fourth on the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard and worked to reel in the top three. By the race’s halfway point Warf was embroiled in a battle with Lockwood and third place runner Justin Segura. After a wild four lap battle Warf piloted his Allan Marsh Travel Center, Rex Hutchinson Racing Engines machine into third and set his sights on Lockwood.
Just seven circuits remained as Warf pinned Lockwood behind a lapped car to take second. With a two second deficit to erase Warf slung his sprinter through the turns and dismantled Elliott’s lead. With Warf on his bumper Elliott tried to defend the inside line, but with three circuits left Warf snuck beneath Elliott and roared to the lead. This would prove the winning pass as Warf crossed the Caleb’s Chop Shop Victory Stripe first.
Meridian Speedway falls silent next Saturday, July 28, as your NASCAR Home Track prepares for the tenth annual Eve of Destruction. After a nine year hiatus Trailer Racing makes its triumphant return Saturday, August 4, with the Beat Jet Dragster Meltdown, Bid Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets versus the Gauntlet, Spectacular Drags, Fireworks, and more to fill your appetite for destruction. The Royal Purple Modified Series, Domino’s Legends, Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, and Bombers round out the Saturday, August 4, schedule as they beat and bang their way to the checkers. General admission is $18 for adults, $15.50 for seniors and military members, and $6.50 for kids 7-11. Seats are selling out fast. Skip the line at the gate and take advantage of a special pricing offer by purchasing your advance tickets online at meridianspeedway.com. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with the first green flag at 6:45 p.m. We’ll see you Saturday, August 4, for Eve of Destruction 10 under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.