Sprintcars will help provide fireworks Thursday at Meridian Speedway


Sprintcars will help provide fireworks Thursday at Meridian Speedway

by Jon Brown, MERIDIAN, Idaho – A busy week with implications beyond the Treasure Valley kicks off at ASA-sanctioned Meridian Speedway on Thursday with fireworks.

photo by: Bill Adams, Xtreme Photo

photo by: Bill Adams, Xtreme Photo


The Stinker Stores Firecracker 50 and Fireworks Extravaganza presented by the City of Meridian is on tap Thursday at the quarter-mile paved oval and at nearby Storey Park.

The City of Meridian-sponsored Fourth of July celebration at the park will feature activities all day long, and the first 500 children through the gates at the speedway will receive a free grab bag chock full of goodies from the Stinker Stores.

The Mtn. Dew Winged Sprintcars are the featured class Thursday. Although the main event is a local division race, many of the Canadian-American Western Winged Sprintcars Series competitors — including points leader Bryan Warf of Meridian, Idaho, and top runners Sierra Jackson of Middleton, Idaho and Meridian racers Johnny Giesler and Mike Murgoitio — will be in the mix Thursday. Warf also leads the Mtn. Dew standings by 20 points over Murgoitio. As many as 10 sprintcars could roar around the track.

Other classes running Thursday include the NAPA Late Models, the Pepsi Sprintcars and the Domino’s Pizza Legends.

The Tates Hornets will run the final feature of the night. The lap count isn’t determined, but the four-cylinder racers will have the track until darkness reigns and it’s time for the fireworks to take center stage.

Also on hand to take it all in will be Circle Track magazine Senior Tech Editor Bob Bolles. He’ll be on hand as part of the AMSOIL Great American Circle Track Tour. Bolles will talk to racing teams, drivers and fans to get the low-down on grassroots racing in the Treasure Valley as well as discuss trends in racing technology and build sponsor awareness in the racing community.

Meridian Speedway is one of 25 racetracks Bolles will visit this season.

A large field of Hornets racecars are expected Thursday as local racers and out-of-state drivers prepare for the annual INEX Legends Regional Qualifier that will be held at Meridian Speedway on Saturday night.

On Saturday, it’s TEAM Mazda Subaru Free Car Night as the TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stocks, the Project Filter Pro-4s, the Legends, the Budweiser B Modifieds and the Jr. Stingers take to the track.

Mr. Green’s Scooter Races also will be presented Saturday. There are three classes for young competitors, and the entry is the same as the bicycle races. Competitors must bring their scooters and their helmets and be ready to race.

Tickets for Thursday’s show are $12 for adults, $9.50 for military personnel with ID and senior citizens, and $8 for children ages 7-11. Children 6 and younger get in free, as always. A family pass for two adults and up to four children 7-11 is $36.

Saturday’s admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for military personnel with ID and seniors, and $6 for children 7-11. A family pass costs $30.

Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing at 6:30 p.m. both nights.

Tickets are available online at www.meridianspeedway.com for folks who don’t want to wait in line on race night.

Visit www.meridianspeedway.com or “like” Meridian Speedway on Facebook to get the latest information.

Meridian Speedway

2013 standings

(Through June 29 races)

Mtn. Dew Winged Sprints — 1. Bryan Warf, Meridian, ID, 392 points; 2. Mike Murgoitio, Meridian, ID, 372; 3. Johnny Giesler, Meridian, ID, 353; 4. Sierra Jackson, Middleton, ID, 269; 5. Ryan Burdett, West Jordan, UT, 238; 6. Andy Alberding, Winston, Ore., 200; 7. Jeff Montgomery, Langford, British Columbia, 190; 8. Brandon Johnson, Meridian, ID, 184; 9. Matt Elliott, Caldwell, ID, 157; 10. Matt Mansell, Victoria, British Columbia, 133

Pepsi Sprintcars — 1. Rob Grice, Nampa, ID, 269 points; 2. Tony Ackerland, Star, ID, 265; 3. Ryan Wiederich, Nampa, ID, 201; 4. Colton Nelson, Meridian, ID, 199; 5. Justin Segura, Nampa, ID, 174; 6. Michael Anderson, Nampa, ID, 171; 7. Ryan Newman, Caldwell, ID, 162; 8. Tristen Spiers, Adrian, OR, 145; 9. (tie) Jimmy Gross, Fruitland, ID, 112; and Cody Huddleston, Meridian, ID, 112

ASA Modifieds — 1. Shelby Stroebel, Meridian, ID, 449 points; 2. Rick Fowble, Twin Falls, ID, 389; 3. Jentry Pisca, Nampa, ID, 337; 4. Cade Hollon, Riggins, ID, 296; 5. Dell Scott, Meridian, ID, 273; 6. Caitlin Stroebel, Meridian, ID, 266; 7. Kyle Latham, Boise, ID, 194; 8. Rosalee Weller, Caldwell, ID, 90; 9. Gene Stroebel, Meridian, ID, 73; 10. Charlie Ham Jr., Boise, ID, 72

Budweiser B Modifieds — 1. Randy Keckley, Boise, ID, 298 points; 2. Jay Cook, Nampa, ID, 253; 3. Josh Jackson, Payette, ID, 230; 4. Sharlet Wilson, Mountain Home, ID, 174; 5. Rosalee Weller, Caldwell, ID, 55; 6. Gene Stroebel, Meridian, ID, 52; 7. Pete Trammell, Boise, ID, 18

Tates Hornets — 1. Jess Ryska, Meridian, ID, 352 points; 2. Brandon Hild, Boise, ID, 300; 3. Thomas Harrod, Nampa, ID, 293; 4. Lynn Sharp, Nampa, ID, 292; 5. Cody Brizendine, Nampa, ID, 286; 6. Cody Garrett, Boise, ID, 269; 7. Drew Crenshaw, Nampa, ID, 261; 8. Rob Powers, Meridian, ID, 238; 9. Chad Barker, Kuna, ID, 235; 10. James Pahl, Caldwell, ID, 229

NAPA Late Models – 1. Dylan Caldwell, Nampa, ID, 191 points; 2. Lee Hackney, Boise, ID, 182; 3. Chris Fenton, Meridian, ID, 156; 4. Dennis Wurtz II, Boise, ID, 144; 5. Travis Anderson, Boise, ID, 129; 6. Jake Petero, Ontario, OR, 111; 7. Mike Marston, Boise, ID, 100; 8. Tyler “TJ” Monroe, Meridian, ID, 97; 9. Dan Lowther, Boise, ID, 57; 10. Dave Thomasson, Meridian, ID, 56

Coors Super Stocks — 1. Rob Powers, Meridian, ID, 292 points; 2. Justin Ellis, Boise, ID, 288; 3. Gale Carter, Boise, ID, 195; 4. Josh Jackson, Payette, ID, 174; 5. Kim Bradford, Star, ID, 122; 6. Anthony Boven, Boise, ID, 81

Project Filter Pro-4s — 1. Joe Barton, Nampa, ID, 435 points; 2. Kenny Chandler, Kuna, ID, 408; 3. Ryan Bailey, Meridian, ID, 331; 4. Larry Hull III, Boise, ID, 271; 5. Jeffery Snethen, Boise, ID, 206; 6. Chet Thorson, Nampa, ID, 172; 7. Ron Hayes, Boise, 144; 8. (tie) Terry Sherman, Boise, ID, 114; and 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, 494 points; 2. Rick Baldwin, Middleton, ID, 396; 3. Jeff Meads, Nampa, ID, 389; 4. Marv Weaver, Nampa, ID, 371; 5. Shawn Hansen, Boise, ID, 236; 6. Scott Shoecraft, Boise, ID, 206; 7. (tie) Rick Moran, Meridian, ID, 193; and Ray Bolinger, Meridian, ID, 193; 9. Daniel Johnson, Caldwell, ID, 188; 10. Shaun Bush, Marsing, ID, 170

Domino’s Pizza Legends — 1. Phyl Zubizareta, Boise, ID, 367 points; 2. Casey Tillman, Kuna, ID, 343; 3. Zach Blume, Eagle, ID, 289; 4. Mike Cullum, Meridian, ID, 245; 5. Jonathan Davis, Emmett, ID, 227; 6. Chase Gilbertson, Boise, ID, 225; 7. Sara Henry, Nampa, ID, 218; 8. Caity Miller, Boise, ID, 208; 9. Aubree Wartman, Boise, ID, 173; 10. Chance Davis, Emmett, ID, 167

TEAM Mazda-Subaru Mini Stocks — 1. Jason Sanders, Caldwell, ID, 346 points; 2. Jonathan Hull, Boise, ID, 314; 3. Brendon Fries, Meridian, ID, 305; 4. Mary Johnson, Meridian, ID, 226; 5. Duane Gerber, Boise, ID, 211; 6. Colton Nelson, Meridian, ID, 201; 7. Brandon Shira, Boise, ID, 178; 8. Nathan Dearing, Boise, ID, 166; 9. Denny Gerber, Meridian, ID, 159; 10. Richard Brees, Meridian, ID, 151

Jr. Stingers — 1. Riley Rogers, Meridian, ID, 176 points; 2. Jordan Kirkland, Boise, ID, 134; 3. Kendra Occhipinti, Nampa, ID, 107; 4. Daytona Wurtz, Boise, ID, 101; 5. Jordan Harris, Nampa, ID, 96; 6. CJ Stirm, Nampa, ID, 91; 7. Taylor Occhipinti, Nampa, ID, 87; 8. Peter Woog, Meridian, ID, 80; 9. Cherokee Arnold, Star, ID, 71; 10. Tyler Marston-Henderson, Boise, ID, 70

Thunder Dogs — 1. Hot Pursuit, Meridian, ID, 695 points; 2. Bulldacious (James DeMello, Boise, ID), 690; 3. Sledgehammer (David Jolley, Nampa, ID), 580; 4. Big Tuna (Stan Irons, Boise, ID), 439; 5. Buzz Lightyear (Richard Scott, Meridian, ID), 305; 6. Bumble Bee (Paul Orlando, Meridian, ID), 241; 7. Money Pit (Kennon Irons, Boise, ID), 174; 8. Over Kill, Boise, ID, 163; 9. (tie) M&M, Nampa, ID, 147; and Catfish (John Pinkston, Meridian, ID), 147



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