Racing action at Meridian Speedway is set to kick off for the 63rd season Saturday, April 26 as the NAPA Big 5 Latemodels take to the quarter-mile. Supporting classes include Pepsi Sprintcars, Projecct Filter Pro-4s, College of Western Idaho Street Stocks and beginner division Junior Stingers.
In an effort to better accommodate its Latemodel racers Meridian Speedway has relaxed some regulations and streamlined the events schedule. Construction guidelines have been trimmed to five basic tenets—from which the series gets its Big 5 name—and the number of races has been reduced to five.
“We’re trying to put Latemodel racing at Meridian Speedway back on the map,” says Meridian Speedway managing partner Adam Nelson.
The trimmed schedule and open rules package allows Latemodel teams to run both the NAPA Big 5 series at Meridian Speedway, but also touring dates with other sanctioning bodies around the Northwest. For race fans this means bigger car counts, higher main event lap counts—the season opener is scheduled for 75 circuits—and better racing.
“We’ve set the table for these guys to have five great events,” says Nelson. “Now it’s on the guys to show up.”
Fourteen racers have plans to run Saturday, and more may pack the pit area.
Race fans can experience the season opening race beginning at 4 pm Saturday when Meridian Speedway’s gates open. General admission is $10.50. Kids 6 and under are free.