Title Fights Set Stage for Third-Annual NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing invades the Treasure Valley this Saturday, September 30, as Meridian Speedway hosts the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West for the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 presented by Perfect Hydration and Lights Out. The Royal Purple Modified Series, Domino’s Legends, and College of Western Idaho High School Tuners are also on tap Saturday as they crown their 2017 season champions.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West thunders onto the asphalt quarter-mile with just three races left to determine a series champion. Young competitor Todd Gilliland of Sherrils Ford, North Carolina holds a slim six point advantage over Erie, Colorado’s Chris Eggleston. While Gilliland eyes the opportunity to be the first back-to-back winner in NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 history, Eggleson can ill-afford to give up any points to Gilliland this late in the season.
Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors are also up for grabs, and two young guns are poised to breakthrough under the big yellow water tower Saturday. Stratford, Wisconsin’s Derek Kraus leads Solvang, California native Will Rodgers by just six markers. Which of these young guns can tame the track affectionately known as the Concrete Jungle Saturday?
The Royal Purple Modified Series caps their 2017 campaign with the Allen Stroebel Open Saturday. After a grueling six month tour of the Northwest, these ground-pounding machines return to the asphalt quarter-mile where their season started to crown a division champion.
With ten races in the books the Domino’s Legends roll into Saturday night’s action with Casey Tillman and Ethan Jones locked in a duel for the championship. Jones enters Saturday night’s action with momentum on his side, having won three of the division’s last four races. But reigning champion Tillman has faced the pressure of a championship run before, and looks to claim another title this weekend.
Kendra Occhipinti has a tough road ahead if she hopes to surpass younger brother Taylor in the College of Western Idaho High School Tuner division standings. Can Kendra race her way past Taylor to claim a championship in her final College of Western Idaho High School Tuner season, or will Taylor take home the off-season bragging rights?
General admission to Saturday night’s full card of NASCAR short track racing action is just $35. Gates open at 4 p.m. with qualifying at 4:30 p.m. and racing at 6:15 p.m. Log on to meridianspeedway.com to purchase your advance tickets and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 for exclusive updates from around the quarter-mile. We’ll see you this Saturday, September 30, for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 presented by Perfect Hydration and Lights Out under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.