Latemodels Return to Meridian Speedway for Jeff Russell 85
The NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latemodel Series roars back to action this Saturday night as Meridian Speedway hosts the Jeff Russel Road to Recovery 85 presented by Project Filter. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, Project Filter Pro-4s, TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, and Teleperformance Claimer Stocks round out a jam-packed night of short track thrills as they race for the Boise Boys Transportation trophy.
The NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latemodel Series thunders onto the quarter-mile oval for the second shortest race of their season. Meridian, Idaho’s Chris Fenton and Twin Falls, Idaho’s John Newhouse battle for vital late-season points as the division honors Meridian Speedway legend Jeff Russell as he recovers from a horrific 2010 super modified crash.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds close their grueling 2017 campaign with two main events Saturday. Seven-time winner Colton Nelson looks to cap his second championship season with a Saturday night sweep, but Casey Tillman, Larry Hull III, and a stacked field are poised to score a victory that can carry them into next year.
The Project Filter Pro-4s have just three races left on the calendar, and title contenders Joe Barton and Brendon Fries will need a strong showing in every one of them to track down Kenny Chandler. Chandler has held the point lead since late April, and has only been outgained on three occasions this season.
A fierce field of TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks crowds the quarter-mile Saturday. With four events remaining in their 2017 campaign no one can afford to coast, and no one can afford for their race night to be cut short.
The Teleperformance Claimer Stocks have had two weeks to recover from their marathon mid-summer stretch, but Saturday night’s action is just the first in what promises to be a hard-fought three-race stretch.
General admission to Saturday night’s Jeff Russell Road to Recovery 85 presented by Project Filter are just $11 for adults, $8.50 for seniors and military members, $6.50 for kids 7-11, and kids 6 and under get in free. Gates open at 4 p.m. with qualifying at 5:15 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m. Skip the line at the gate and purchase your advance tickets online at meridianspeedway.com, and be sure to text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive exclusive updates from around the quarter-mile. We’ll see you this Saturday night for the Jeff Russell Road to Recovery 85 under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.