Pahl, Heath Steer Clear of Chaos for Eve of Destruction 10 Wins
August started with a bang Saturday as Eve of Destruction 10 descended on Meridian Speedway. A sellout crowd was treated to the short track stylings of the Royal Purple Modified Series, Domino’s Legends, Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets, and Bombers, while a host of bangs, booms, jumps, and thumps sated even the heartiest destructive appetites.
Before the Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets made their appearance against the Gauntlet, they faced a fifteen lap dash for the checkers. On the green James Pahl wound his Ray’s Auto Care machine up and used the high line to move from worst to first in just one trip around the quarter-mile oval.
With Pahl out front, Jeff Matuska and Monica Heath piloted their racers forward to second and third by the race’s midway point. A caution with five laps left lined Matuska up even with Pahl for the restart. But contact sent Matuska spinning through turn four and brought out another caution.
This time it was Heath on the front row with Pahl when the green flag waved. The lady racer got to the gas pedal first and pulled her PBT Auto Sales machine ahead of the race leader, but Pahl clawed his way back to the top spot and claimed the night’s first main event.
While flames spilled from a Robo Dragon-charred outhouse the Bombers rolled onto the speedway for a fifteen lap scuffle. Fresh off her runner up finish in the Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornet division Monica Heath sprinted into the top spot on lap one with James Sheets’ minivan in tow.
But it was Wayne Torkelson on the move. Torkelson navigated his machine through the pack to second with a handful of laps left. Though Heath lost time as she worked through traffic, Torkelson couldn’t overcome her lead and Heath took the checkers.
Long-time Meridian Speedway contributor and current Pit Steward Steve Mulder was honored as the latest Western Idaho Racing Association Hall of Fame inductee while the crowd caught its breath for the second half of Eve of Destruction 10.
The thrills don’t stop here, as this Saturday, August 11, K&N Fan Appreciation Night storms into Meridian Speedway with the NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latemodel Series and the PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds. The Pepsi Carte Cars and ISRL Super Sixes, Project Filter Pro-4s, and TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks race for the Boise Boys Transportation hardware, while the speedway’s youngest fans can pedal for glory in the Hungry Onion Bike Races for Kids. General admission to a full night of short-track racing is just $11.50 for adults, $6.50 for kids 7-11, and free for those 6 and under. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. with qualifying at 5:15 p.m. and the first green flag at 6:45 p.m. Log on to www.meridianspeedway.com for more highlights from Eve of Destruction 10 and get exclusive updates by texting ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483. We’ll see you this Saturday for K&N Fan Appreciation Night under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.