Sportsmanship, Championships Celebrated This Saturday at Meridian Speedway
Championship season rolls on this Saturday, October 7, as Meridian Speedway hosts the Tom Elliott Sportsman Classic. The NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latemodel Series, Interstate Winged Sprintcars, Project Filter Pro-4s, TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, and TATES Rents Hornets descend on the quarter-mile asphalt oval to compete in the 2017 season’s penultimate event.
The NAPA Auto Parts Big 5 Latemodel Series thunders into its final event of the 2017 season. This full-contact field has plenty to race for Saturday night, so expect the sparks and fenders to fly early and often.
The Interstate Winged Sprintcars come together to add a ninth name to the list of Tom Elliott Sportsman Classic race winners, and an eighth entry to the Sportsman award. Bryan Warf has blazed the fastest circles around Meridian Speedway this season, but the Tom Elliott Sportsman Classic has eluded the Meridian, Idaho racer since his first victory in 2011.
The Project Filter Pro-4s have battled hard through their ten race schedule, and entering Saturday night’s action Kenny Chandler holds a comfortable championship lead. The battle on the track and in the standings is between Brendon Fries and Joe Barton, who are separated by just four markers for runner up honors.
Jason Sanders enters Saturday with the TEAM Mazda Mini Stock division lead, a distinction that was in jeopardy after a grinding, late-season crash destroyed his primary car. Can Sanders maintain the top spot, or can Ray Bolinger put together two strong weeks to steal the crown?
The TATES Rents Hornets battle for late season points with a three-way scrum among the division’s top five point earners. Jamo Stephensen leads Josh Randolph by just one point, and Monica Heath by a mere three with two races left in the 2017 season.
Meridian Speedway caps Saturday night’s action with crowd favorite World Famous Boat Racing.
General admission to the Tom Elliott Sportsman Classic is just $11 for adults, $8.50 for seniors and military members, and $6.50 for kids age 7-11. Gates open at 4 p.m. with qualifying at 5:15 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m. Log on to meridianspeedway.com for the latest results and news, and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive exclusive updates. We’ll see you this Saturday, October 7, for the Tom Elliott Sportsman Classic under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.