Plenty of local angles to RMCS Late Models’ only Meridian appearance in 2013


Plenty of local angles to RMCS Late Models’ only Meridian appearance in 2013

MERIDIAN, Idaho – Race fans can look forward to a double dose of the region’s top Late Models racing tour this weekend at ASA-sanctioned MeridianTV125_BMeridian Speedway.
Several local drivers are expected to compete Friday and Saturday when the Carbon X Rocky Mountain Challenge Series rumbles into town for two main events.
The RMCS 75 presented by Project Filter gets things going Friday night with the SPI Super Sixes open-wheel tour also on the track. The College of Western Idaho Street Stocks and Coors Super Stocks also will provide entertainment.
On Saturday, the RMCS caps its only weekend in Meridian this season with the NAPA Auto Parts Treasure Valley 125. The SPI Super Sixes, Mtn. Dew Winged Sprintcars and Tates Hornets round out one of the most intriguing nights of racing at the track this season.
RMCS owner Mike Minegar, a Treasure Valley businessman, is bringing his tour home this weekend, and he expects the excitement from last year’s Meridian appearance to carry over.
This weekend will mark the 12th and 13th Meridian races for RMCS, which began in 2004 and has expected to attract drivers from Idaho, Utah, Washington state, Nevada, Oregon and California.
“Saturday’s race was a bear fight at the end, and that’s what you want,” Minegar said of last year’s second race of the weekend.
Twin Falls, Idaho’s Bruce Quale led only the 86th and final lap of the the July 28, 2012 race to get the victory. He went on to win the series championship.
“Quale is exceptional at Meridian,” Minegar said. “He’s the old fox.”
If Quale is the wily veteran, he’s going to have plenty of upstarts nipping at his heels.
One is 18-year-old Trevor Cristiani, a California transplant who now calls Boise — and Meridian’s quarter-mile paved oval — home.
Cristiani is running second in this year’s RMCS standings. He’s 28 points behind leader Jonathan Gomez of Twin Falls.
The former Ukiah, Calif., resident strictly races Domino’s Pizza Legends at Meridian the rest of the time, but Minegar says with the suspension packages in today’s Late Models, there really is no difference between shorter wheelbases such as the Legends or go-karts.
That’s what makes it so exciting to watch teenagers such as Cristiani and Twin Falls’ Hannah Newhouse.
“These kids are coming out of these go-karts and are immediately comfortable,” Minegar said.
Newhouse is fourth in the RMCS season points with Quale standing between her and Cristiani.
“Meridian is going to be a true test for Hannah because they’re major-horsepower cars and it’s tight racing there,” Minegar said.
Steve Jones, another veteran and former series champion racing in his hometown this weekend, rides in fifth. Another Meridian driver, series rookie Chris Fenton, is sixth followed by Middleton, Idaho’s Tyler Bailey.
Fenton is battling Newhouse for the Rookie of the Year title.
“They’re both going to be hungry, and Meridian is Chris’ home track, so he’s going to be tough,” Minegar said.
Jones and Quale finished second and third, respectively, behind Brandon White at Meridian last July 27. Bailey was third.
When Quale turned it around on July 28 last year, Cristiani finished third and Jones took seventh.
Cristiani has a win and three top-five finishes in four races this season. Fenton has started three races and finished in the top five twice and in the top 10 the other time.
Gates open at 4 p.m. each night with time trials at 5 p.m., and racing at 6:30 p.m.
Friday’s admission is $12 for adults, $9.50 for senior citizens and military personnel with ID and $8 for children ages 7-11. A family pass (good for two adults and up to four children ages 7-11) is $36.
Individual tickets can be purchased online at for a $2 discount. Supplies are limited.
Saturday’s admission is $15 for adults, $12.50 for seniors and military and $11 for ages 7-11. A family pass costs $36.
Individual $3 discounts are available for Saturday at participating NAPA Auto Parts stores in the Treasure Valley.
As always, children 6 and younger get in free each night.
For more information or to purchased tickets in advance and print them off at home, visit You can follow Meridian Speedway on Facebook, too.

Carbon X Rocky Mountain Challenge Series
2013 standings
Through four races — 1. Jonathan Gomez, Twin Falls, ID, 699 points; 2. Trevor Cristiani, Boise, ID, 671; 3. Bruce Quale, Twin Falls, ID, 624; 4. Hannah Newhouse, Twin Falls, ID, 569; 5. Steve Jones, Meridian, ID, 499; 6. Chris Fenton, Meridian, ID, 457; 7. Tyler Bailey, Middleton, ID, 420; 8. Joe Miller, Grantsville, UT, 399; 9. Lynn Hardy, West Valley City, UT, 379; 10. Jason Jefferson, Naches, WA, 330

Meridian Speedway
2013 standings
(Through July 20 races)
Mtn. Dew Winged Sprints — 1. Bryan Warf, Meridian, ID, 465 points; 2. Mike Murgoitio, Meridian, ID, 447; 3. Johnny Giesler, Meridian, ID, 412; 4. Sierra Jackson, Middleton, ID, 337; 5. Brandon Johnson, Meridian, ID, 241; 6. Ryan Burdett, West Jordan, UT, 238; 7. (tie) Matt Elliott, Caldwell, ID, 200; and Andy Alberding, Winston, Ore., 200; 9. Jeff Montgomery, Langford, British Columbia, 190; 10. Mark Floyd, Boise, ID, 156
Pepsi Sprintcars — 1. Tony Ackerland, Star, ID, 449 points; 2. Rob Grice, Nampa, ID, 422; 3. Ryan Wiederich, Nampa, ID, 313; 4. Colton Nelson, Meridian, ID, 300; 5. Michael Anderson, Nampa, ID, 265; 6. Justin Segura, Caldwell, ID, 239; 7. Ryan Newman, Caldwell, ID, 228; 8. Tristen Spiers, Adrian, OR, 187; 9. Jimmy Gross, Fruitland, ID, 186; 10. Kevin Kressly, Caldwell, ID, 173
NAPA Late Models – 1. Dylan Caldwell, Nampa, ID, 343 points; 2. Chris Fenton, Meridian, ID, 317; 3. Dennis Wurtz II, Boise, ID, 294; 4. Travis Anderson, Boise, ID, 285; 5. Lee Hackney, Boise, ID, 240; 6. Jake Petero, Ontario, OR, 223; 7. Dave Thomasson, Meridian, ID, 173; 8. Dennis Brodigan, Nampa, ID, 132; 9. Dan Lowther, Boise, ID, 103; 10. Mike Marston, Boise, ID, 100
Domino’s Pizza Legends — 1. Phyl Zubizareta, Boise, ID, 591 points; 2. Casey Tillman, Kuna, ID, 481; 3. Zach Blume, Eagle, ID, 457; 4. Caity Miller, Boise, ID, 334; 5. Camron Madsen, Boise, ID, 315; 6. Chase Gilbertson, Boise, ID, 314; 7. Jonathan Davis, Emmett, ID, 301; 8. Aubree Wartman, Boise, ID, 276; 9. Mike Cullum, Meridian, ID, 261; 10. Chance Davis, Emmett, ID, 260
ASA Modifieds — 1. Shelby Stroebel, Meridian, ID, 579 points; 2. Rick Fowble, Twin Falls, ID, 482; 3. Cade Hollon, Riggins, ID, 379; 4. Caitlin Stroebel, Meridian, ID, 356; 5. Jentry Pisca, Nampa, ID, 337; 6. Dell Scott, Meridian, ID, 273; 7. Kyle Latham, Boise, ID, 194; 8. Rus Ward, Boise, ID, 155; 9. Gene Stroebel, Meridian, ID, 107; 10. Rosalee Weller, Caldwell, ID, 90
Coors Super Stocks — 1. Rob Powers, Meridian, ID, 364 points; 2. Justin Ellis, Boise, ID, 352; 3. Gale Carter, Boise, ID, 195; 4. Kim Bradford, Star, ID, 179; 5. Josh Jackson, Payette, ID, 174; 6. Anthony Boven, Boise, ID, 133; 7. Travis Pavlacky, Fruitland, ID, 61
Project Filter Pro-4s — 1. Kenny Chandler, Kuna, ID, 494 points; 2. Joe Barton, Nampa, ID, 490; 3. Ryan Bailey, Meridian, ID, 393; 4. Larry Hull III, Boise, ID, 328; 5. Jeffery Snethen, Boise, ID, 255; 6. Chet Thorson, Nampa, ID, 221; 7. Terry Sherman, Boise, ID, 162; 8. Ron Hayes, Boise, 144; 9. Kevin Winders, Woods Cross, Utah, 114; 10. Donovan Parker, Boise, ID, 98
College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Street Stocks — 1. Melissa Weaver, Nampa, ID, 578 points; 2. Rick Baldwin, Middleton, ID, 472; 3. Marv Weaver, Nampa, ID, 447; 4. Jeff Meads, Nampa, ID, 389; 5. Shawn Hansen, Boise, ID, 285; 6. Scott Shoecraft, Boise, ID, 252; 7. Daniel Johnson, Caldwell, ID, 251; 8. Ray Bolinger, Meridian, ID, 229; 9. Shaun Bush, Marsing, ID, 200; 10. Rick Moran, Meridian, ID, 193
TEAM Mazda-Subaru Mini Stocks — 1. Jonathan Hull, Boise, ID, 468 points; 2. Jason Sanders, Caldwell, ID, 459; 3. Brendon Fries, Meridian, ID, 375; 4. Colton Nelson, Meridian, ID, 306; 5. Duane Gerber, Boise, ID, 280; 6. Brandon Shira, Boise, ID, 266; 7. Mary Johnson, Meridian, ID, 253; 8. Nathan Dearing, Boise, ID, 230; 9. Amber Rogers, Meridian, ID, 221; Denny Gerber, Meridian, ID, 217
Budweiser B Modifieds — 1. Randy Keckley, Boise, ID, 426 points; 2. Josh Jackson, Payette, ID, 381; 3. Jay Cook, Nampa, ID, 370; 4. Sharlet Wilson, Mountain Home, ID, 287; 5. Gene Stroebel, Meridian, ID, 169; 6. Rosalee Weller, Caldwell, ID, 55; 7. Pete Trammell, Boise, ID, 18
Tates Hornets — 1. Lynn Sharp, Nampa, ID, 494 points; 2. Jess Ryska, Meridian, ID, 481; 3. Thomas Harrod, Nampa, ID, 457; 4. Brandon Hild, Boise, ID, 436; 5. Cody Brizendine, Nampa, ID, 426; 6. Drew Crenshaw, Nampa, ID, 405; 7. Cody Garrett, Boise, ID, 339; 8. Chad Barker, Kuna, ID, 336; 9. Rob Powers, Meridian, ID, 334; 10. James Pahl, Caldwell, ID, 293
Jr. Stingers — 1. Riley Rogers, Meridian, ID, 271 points; 2. Jordan Kirkland, Boise, ID, 215; 3. Daytona Wurtz, Boise, ID, 195; 4. Jordan Harris, Nampa, ID, 162; 5. Kendra Occhipinti, Nampa, ID, 158; 6. (tie) Peter Woog, Meridian, ID, 128; and Taylor Occhipinti, Nampa, ID, 128; 8. CJ Stirm, Nampa, ID, 117; 9. Cherokee Arnold, Star, ID, 89; 10. Cora Munro, Eagle, ID, 88
Thunder Dogs — 1. Sledgehammer (David Jolley, Nampa, ID), 863 points; 2. Bulldacious (James DeMello, Boise, ID), 854; 3. Hot Pursuit (James Cloud, Meridian, ID), 756; 4. Big Tuna (Stan Irons, Boise, ID), 559; 5. Buzz Lightyear (Richard Scott, Meridian, ID), 305; 6. Money Pit (Kennon Irons, Boise, ID), 266; 7. Bumble Bee (Paul Orlando, Meridian, ID), 241; 8. Devil Made Me Do It (Joe or Tiffany Volm, Meridian, ID), 217; 9. Over Kill (Mike Bako, Boise, ID), 215; 10. M&M (Dan Wylie or Treasure Wylie, Nampa, ID), 1202


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