TATES Rents Labor Day Bash Kicks Off Championship Run
Meridian Speedway roars back to life for the TATES Rents Labor Day Bash. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modifieds, Pepsi Crate Cars and ISRL Super Sixes, Domino’s Legends, College of Western Idaho Super Stocks and High School Tuners, and TATES Rents Hornets take to the asphalt quarter-mile in pursuit of critical late-season points.
The Rookie of the Year battle in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified division has been close all year, and with just three races left on the 2017 schedule, Joe Thuss and Daytona Wurtz need to make the most of Saturday night’s action. Can Wurtz cut into Thuss’ 22 point advantage, or will Thuss take control Saturday?
Three Pepsi Crate Car drivers enter the TATES Rents Labor Day Bash locked in a battle for the championship. A dozen markers separate point leader Rob Grice from second place Casey Tillman, who holds just 8 points over Riley Rogers with two races left on the championship calendar.
Ethan Jones is coming for Domino’s Legends point leader Casey Tillman. With strong performances throughout the summer swing Jones finds himself a slim 20 markers behind Tillman.
Ben Crow and Daniel Johnson have two races left to track down defending College of Western Idaho Super Stock champion Melissa Arte. Rolling into the TATES Rents Labor Day Bash, Crow trails Arte by 32 points, and Johnson sits a mere 14 points out of the runner up spot. If either driver wants to dethrone Arte, they need to make the most of Saturday night’s action.
Taylor Occhipinti has steadily marched away from the College of Western Idaho High School Tuner competition throughout his rookie campaign. With two events remaining, can the youngster fend off older sister Kendra to claim the division title in his first season?
Consistency has placed Tommy Harrod atop the TATES Rents Hornets division standings, but the battle for second is anything but settled. Entering Saturday night’s action Josh Randolph holds the runner up spot, but Josh Parkkila is lurking just one point back. Who will roll out of the Concrete Jungle with the advantage?
Saturday night also features the final Idaho Mountain Touring Bike Races for Kids event of 2017.
General admission to Saturday full night of short track action is just $11 for adults, $6.50 for kids 7-11, and as always kids 6 and under get in free. Gates open at 4 p.m. with qualifying at 5:15 p.m. and the racing thrills go green at 6:30 p.m. Skip the line at the gate and purchase your advance tickets online at meridianspeedway.com, and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to receive exclusive updates. We’ll see you this Saturday, September 2, under the big yellow water tower for the TATES Rents Labor Day Bash at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.