Treats, Tests Await TATES Rents Hornets Title Hopefuls
Racing returns to Meridian Speedway for the final time in 2016 this Saturday, October 29 as the TATES Rents Hornets bash and crash their way through the Trunk or Treat Halloween Enduro 250 presented by PBT Auto Sales, 2C Auto Sales, and Kim’s Kars.
Entering Saturday’s endurance test, four drivers find themselves knotted atop the TATES Rents Hornet point standings. Seventeen scant markers separate top four runners Bill Allen, Josh Parkkila, Josh Randolph, and Adam Deane. Though their point totals are similar, each driver has taken a very different path to championship contention.
Fourth place Deane started his rookie campaign at Meridian Speedway with a series of strong finishes, including a Dairy Days 100 win, which propelled him to the top of the mid-season standings. Consistency has kept Deane in the hunt, and he looks to turn in another dominating endurance race performance Saturday.
Randolph enters the Trunk or Treat Halloween Enduro 250 in third place, seven points behind Allen. Randolph, also in his rookie season, found speed early in his 2016 campaign. With the help of a brilliant Eve of Destruction performance Randolph was able to overtake Deane in the standings. Now the rookie must marshal all the lessons learned throughout a long season to make one final jump up the ranks to bring home a championship.
Parkkila has clawed his way to within four markers of the championship lead the old-fashioned way; by winning. Running his racer fast and loose, Parkkila has stormed through the pack to score the last three division victories, outscoring point leader Allen each race. Parkkila’s looking to ride his hot streak through one more event and bring home the title.
Veteran TATES Rents Hornet campaigner Allen roared out of the gates early in 2016, scoring more points in his first two races than any other driver. While rookie-only events allowed other drivers to take the early and mid-season point lead, Allen remained consistent until Eve of Destruction. Scoring nearly as many points in one night as he did in his first two races, Allen found himself in the title hunt, and hasn’t let up since.
Before the drama ensues on the track, join your favorite driver in the pit area for the Trunk or Treat from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. with the Halloween Enduro 250 going green at 3:30 p.m. Admission to the Trunk or Treat Halloween Enduro 250 presented by PBT Auto Sales, 2C Auto Sales, and Kim’s Kars is just $6.50 for all ages at the East Gate. We’ll see you for all the TATES Rents Hornet action you can handle this Saturday, October 29 under the big yellow water tower at Meridian Speedway.