Midweek Rumble Kicks off Dairy Days Celebration
The Dirt Track at Meridian Speedway kicked off the 88th annual Dairy Days celebration Wednesday with nine lightning fast Outlaw and Flat Kart division on the dirt tenth-mile.
Wednesday’s main events kicked off with the Box Stocks as they contested a twelve lap feature. On the break Cole Fullmer overpowered Bently Hull to take the lead, but it was Payton Weller on the move early. Weller worked her way forward until she sprinted to the lead on lap three. Weller would show the rest of the way as she picked up the night’s first checkered flag.
A pair of quick Junior Speedway karts flew through their ten lap main event. The green flag waved and Cale Culley piloted his kart to the top spot with Brady Ransom in hot pursuit. Ransom searched high and low for a way around the leader, but Culley proved too strong and scored the victory.
Four fast Predator Stocks took the green flag on their twelve lap feature. On the break Kizzia Arp blasted past Rob Powers to the early lead. Arp’s advantage only grew as laps wound off the Pepsi-Cola scoreboard, and the division point leader scored her second straight division victory.
Hot Rods were next onto the dirt for a sixteen lap contest. On the break Brady Ransom stormed to the early lead. After five circuits out front Ransom was caught out by lapped traffic, which allowed Courtney Weller to take over the top spot. Weller put her foot down and never looked back as she sped to the checkered flag.
The 500 Sportsman division sprinted through their sixteen lap main event. Allen Martinson was quick to the gas pedal and jumped out to the lap one lead. Martinson wasn’t safe up front as Cody Huddleston emerged from the pack to apply heavy pressure throughout the race’s closing laps. Despite Huddleston’s best efforts, Martinson kept his kart out front and crossed the finish line first.
Dale Schmitchger led the Senior 4 division to green. As Schmitchger pulled out to a comfortable lead, the battle for second raged as Justin Yuen and Brady Blinkhorn beat and banged for the runner up spot. Blinkhorn finally scooted his way around Yuen, but ran out of time to track down Schmitchger, who took the win.
A fast field of Open Flat Karts roared to the green flag of their fifteen lap feature. Josh Culley was first out of the chute and planted his machine up front on lap one. Behind Culley, Tim Lawrence dispatched Craig Anderson’s kart and roared to the leader’s rear bumper. After five laps of heavy pressure Culley spun, handing the top spot Lawrence. Once the race restarted Lawrence walked away from the field to collect the victory.
A stacked pack of Open 250s rolled onto the tenth-mile dirt track for a sixteen lap shootout. On the break Matyi Crace raced to the lead. A series of early restarts kept Crace’s competition at bay until a spin relegated her to the back of the pack. This opened the door for Riley Palomo to take the lead and moved Jacie Huddleston to the runner up spot. A late caution brought Huddleston to Palomo’s tail tank, but Palomo’s kart was too strong and he sped to the Open 250 win.
Ten Open 500 competitors capped Wednesday night’s action with a 25 lap main event. Josh Foust was quick out of the gates and led the first six laps until he lost the handle on his kart and spun in turn two. This left the lead fight to Kylie Jo Huddleston and Kate Jackson. On the restart Huddleston wheeled her machine harder through turn one and took the lead. Try as Jackson might to track Huddleston down, she would settle for second as Huddleston collected the main event win.
Dairy Days action under the big yellow water tower continues this Saturday night, June 24, as Meridian Speedway kicks off summer with the College of Western Idaho Dairy Days Races and Carnival. Don’t miss the College of Western Idaho Super Stocks, TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, TATES Rents Hornets, Thunder Dogs and Queen Bees take to the quarter-mile oval. The Outlaw and Flat Karts return to action Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 for the Dirty Cup. Be sure to check meridianspeedway.com for event information and official results. We’ll see you this Saturday for Dairy Days racing under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.