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Lee Hackney looks to defend his NAPA Big 5 points lead this weekend over a lurking Brett Thompson. Photo Credit: MS Staff

Saturday, June 14, all eyes will be on Meridian Speedway as the NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latemodels converge for their third run of the season.  On the heels of a thrilling Memorial Day dogfight these ground-pounding competitors go wheel-to-wheel again for 75 laps in pursuit of the five race series championship.

With solid finishes in the first two NAPA Big 5 Latemodel events, Boise racer Lee Hackney finds himself the points leader by a slim six points over Jerome’s Brett Thompson.  While the race atop the standings is tight, positions three through six are separated by just seven markers.  Among this group are Memorial Day’s third place finisher Dennis Wurtz II and winner Chris Fenton, 41 and 45 points back respectively.

Also making their third appearance on the quarter-mile will be the Domino’s Pizza Legends.  This week’s races are the final tune-up before the Independence Day weekend’s regional qualifying races.  Plus, with just five race weekends remaining on their 2014 schedule Legends competitors need to seize each and every opportunity to climb the rankings.

TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stocks will continue a marathon season with their fifth go-round Saturday.  With four different winners in the first four races this season the action should be anything but predictable.  After a strong run last week Jonathan Hull find himself the points leader going into this weekend.

The College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Program Street Stocks will also bring their field to bear on the speedway.  Not surprisingly it’s the father-daughter tandem of Marv and Melissa Weaver atop the board.  With a seventy point lead over Marv and a main event win in every contest this season the black and pink 92 is the favorite again this weekend.

Finally, some Tates Rents Hornets are in for a wild ride as Meridian Speedway plays host to the Preacher Feature, an annual race pitting pastor against pastor for bragging rights and the Racing for Smiles trophy.

As with all Saturday races gates open at 4 p.m. and the green flag drops at 6:30 p.m.  Admission is $10.25 for adults, and advanced tickets are available on meridianspeedway.com.

This week’s action is sponsored by Contingency Connection, which offers nearly $2000 in awards each week from NATIONAL manufacturers.  For more information about Contingency Connection see Meridian Speedway officials.

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