Caldwell, Idaho’s Jason Sanders – a former track champion – has found rejuvenation in a Ford Mustang this season.
The veteran won for the third time in as many TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stocks features in 2013 on Saturday night.
Sanders’ margin of victory turned out to be nearly four seconds after his closest competitor – Donovan Johns of Meridian – was disqualified when a post-race inspection revealed his racecar was too light.
Nathan Dearing, a Boise, Idaho elementary schoolteacher running double duty on Teacher Feature night, finished second in the 35-lap Mini Stocks race.
In other main events:
Dearing beat his colleagues in the 10-lap Teacher Feature during which six teachers from across the Treasure Valley drove loaned Tates Hornets cars.
Mike Anderson of Nampa, Idaho, drove his Pepsi Sprintcar to main event victory.
Randy Keckley of Boise denied 2012 division champion Jay Cook of Nampa in the Budweiser B Modifieds main event.
Jeff Meads of Nampa collected the main event victory in the College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving division.
Hot Pursuit (James Cloud, Meridian) brought some new blood to Meridian Arctic Circle Victory Lane in the Thunder Dogs.
Sanders drove one of 10 racecars to finish on the lead lap in the Mini Stocks feature. While Shelby Stroebel saw his Modifieds winning streak end recently, Sanders has won all three Mini Stocks features this season.
In the Thunder Dogs main event, a 25-lapper to cap the night, Hot Pursuit not only took the checkered flag but racked up the most 50-point spins on the night. Hot Pursuit turned around an opposing racecar 4½ times during the main event. Reigning series champion Sledgehammer (David Jolley of Nampa) had four spins and finished second in the race.
Meads became a two-time Street Stocks winner this year, finishing 4/10ths of a second ahead of fellow Nampan Chad Bess.
Keckley ran away and hid from a small field of B Modifieds during a 25-lap feature. “Porkchop” was nearly 10 seconds ahead of race runner-up Cook
The speedway is dark Saturday as fans make the trek to Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls for the first night of the second annual Northwest Asphalt Sprintcar Speedweek.
Meridian Speedway starts a busy week of racing on Monday, May 27 with the Bill Crow Memorial. The Bob and Tom Naylor Memorial Classic pushes off on Wednesday, May 29, and the BOB 96.1 FM Diamond Cup hits town for a two-night stay on Saturday, May 31 and June 1.
Visit www.meridianspeedway.com for ticket prices and family pass prices for each night.
The racetrack can be reached by phone at (208) 888-2813.
Saturday’s unofficial results
Teacher Feature (10 laps) – 1. Nathan Dearing (Hillcrest Elementary, Boise, Idaho); 2. Aaron Short (Mountain View H.S., Meridian, Idaho); 3. Glen Tiderman (Centennial H.S., Boise); 4. Kurt Thaemert (Hillcrest Elementary, Boise); 5. Sarah Christensen (Central Canyon Elementary, Caldwell, Idaho); 6. Heather Fisher (Mountain View H.S., Meridian)
Pepsi Sprintcars (30 laps) – 1. Mike Anderson, Nampa; 2. Cody Huddleston, Meridian; 3. Rob Grice, Nampa; 4. Trevor Miran; 5. Tristen Spiers, Adrian, Ore.
Budweiser B Modifieds (25 laps) – 1. Randy Keckley, Boise; 2. Jay Cook, Nampa, Idaho; 3. Sharlet Pataro, Mountain Home, Idaho; 4. Josh Jackson, Payette, Idaho
College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving (30 laps) – 1. Jeff Meads, Nampa; 2. Chad Bess, Nampa; 3. Rick Baldwin, Middleton, Idaho; 4. Daniel Johnson, Caldwell; 5. Melissa Weaver, Nampa
TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stocks (35 laps) – 1. Jason Sanders, Caldwell; 2. Dearing; 3. Rick Brees, Meridian; 4. Brandon Shira, Boise; 5. Duane Gerber, Boise
Thunder Dogs (25 laps) – 1. Hot Pursuit (James Cloud, Meridian); 2. Sledge Hammer (David Jolley, Nampa); 3. Big Tuna (Stan Irons, Boise); 4. Bumble Bee (Paul Orlando, Meridian); 5. M&M
(Four laps each)
Pepsi Sprintcars – 1. Jimmy Gross, Fruitland, Idaho; 2. Grice; 3. Tony Ackerland, Star, Idaho; 4. Ryan Wiederich, Nampa
Budweiser B Modifieds – 1. Keckley; 2. Cook; 3. Jackson; 4. Pataro
CWI PTD Street Stocks – 1. Melissa Weaver; 2. Bess; 3. Marv Weaver; 4. Johnson
TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stocks – 1. Brendon Fries, Meridian; 2. Sanders; 3. Jonathan Hull, Boise; 4. Donovan Johns, Meridian
Thunder Dogs – 1. Sledgehammer; 2. Buzz Lightyear (Richard Scott, Meridian); 3. Bumble Bee; 4. Bulldacious (James DeMello, Boise)
A Heat – 1. Colton Nelson, Meridian; 2. Ackerland; 3. Ryan Newman, Caldwell, Idaho; 4. Spiers; 5. Grice
B Heat – 1. Tyler Barrow, Boise; 2. Huddleston; 3. Anderson; 4. Miran; 5. Kevin Kressly
CWI PTD Street Stocks
A Heat – 1. Meads; 2. Marv Weaver, Nampa; 3. Melissa Weaver; 4. Bobby Riggs, Fruitland; 5. Baldwin
B Heat – 1. Shaun Bush, Marsing, Idaho; 2. Shawn Hansen, Boise; 3. Destiny Huber; 4. Ray Bolinger, Meridian; 5. Scott Shoecraft, Boise
TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stocks
A Heat – 1. Duane Gerber, Boise; 2. Fries; 3. Mary Johnson, Meridian; 4. Jonathan Hull; 5. Johns
B Heat – 1. Jayson Wardle, Kuna, Idaho; 2. Robbie Hyde, Twin Falls, Idaho; 3. Alex Duda, Boise; 4. Rick Brees, Meridian; 5. Nathan Dearing
C Heat – 1. Amber Rogers, Meridian; 2. Chad Bush; 3. Blake Coria, Meridian; 4. Brandon Shira, Boise; 5. Keri Ballard, Boise
A Heat – 1. Bumble Bee; 2. Sledge Hammer; 3. Bulldacious; 4. Money Pit (Kennon Irons, Boise)
B Heat – 1. Hot Pursuit; 2. Overkill (Mike Bako, Boise); 3. Bumper Sniffer (Shane Parkila, Boise); 4. Big Tuna; 5. M&M
(Four laps each)
A Heat – 1. Fisher; 2. Short; 3. John Rollins (Mountain View H.S., Meridian); 4. Christensen
B Heat – 1. Tiderman; 2. Dearing; 3. Thaemert
Pepsi Sprintcars – Grice, 13.644 seconds
Budweiser B Modifieds – Keckley, 14.39
CWI PTD Street Stocks – Melissa Weaver, 14.968
TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stocks – Jonathan Hull, 15.378
Thunder Dogs – Buzz Lightyear (Richard Scott, Meridian), 16.335