Wacky Races Anchor Aaron’s EMS, Fire, Police and CO Night
Summer show up early Saturday, June 2 for Meridian Speedway’s EMS, Police, Fire, and Correctional Officers Night presented by Aaron’s Sales and Lease. The PitStopUSA.com NASCAR Modifieds battled through twin thirty lap features, while the Teleperformance Claimer Stocks, and Pepsi Crate Cars and ISRL Super Sixes slid around the quarter-mile in search of their Maxwell Plumbing trophies, and the Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets, and Bombers took on a tractor tire slalom course.
The build-in-a-day Bombers brought five competitors to their main event Saturday. Mirinda Miles worked her way through the tractor tire slalom course to lead the first lap, but James Sheets found a handle on his minivan and pulled to the leader’s rear bumper.
Behind the leaders, the man on the move was Chad Atnip, who slung his green machine through the pack and into second place. Miles switched to a defensive line, but Atnip went to work on her rear bumper. Atnip took the lead briefly with four laps to go, but a botched slalom crossover sent him headlong into the back stretch wall.
This left the lead to Doug McGarva who was quickly dispatched by quick-qualifier Sheets. Once out front Sheets set sail to cross the start-finish line first, but a missed slalom exchange disqualified both Sheets and McGarva, which handed the win to Miles.
The Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets rolled onto a wet race track for their own slalom-style main event. The green flag waved and chaos ensued as the field streamed into a front stretch crowded with tractor tires. Somehow Monica Heath wound her way through the carnage to take the early lead. But Brandon Kelley was fast, and the Nampa, Idaho racer sped into the top spot on lap three.
As the tires claimed Hornet after Hornet, Kelley kept his Kelley Rooter machine intact until lap fourteen when he was forced to pit. This handed the lead to Nampa, Idaho’s Chuck Youngblood, who bull rushed his way through water barrels, tractor tires, and other competitors on his way to the checkered flag. But missed slalom penalties set Youngblood back in the field and handed the victory to Neil Wassmuth.
Fire and fury return to Meridian Speedway this Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, as the BOB FM Diamond Cup roars onto the quarter-mile oval. The Northwest Sprintcar Racing Association and Mountain Dew Interstate Winged Sprintcars join in the two day battle for the Star Diamonds championship ring. Friday’s Stinker Stores Family Pass Night features the Royal Purple Modified Series, Domino’s Legends, Project Filter Pro-4s, and a Stinker Stores Candy Rush. Saturday’s action completes the winged Sprintcar shootout with the TEAM Mazda Mini Stocks, High School Tuners, and Big Daddy’s Barbecue Hornets filling the short track racing slate. General admission to each night of the BOB FM Diamond Cup is $18 for adults, $15.50 for seniors and members of the military, and $6.50 for kids 7-11 years old. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, with the first green flag waving at 6:45 p.m. Logon to meridianspeedway.com to keep up with the latest news and notes from the quarter-mile, and text ‘meridianspeed’ to 84483 to sign up for exclusive offers and updates. We’ll see you this Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, for the BOB FM Diamond Cup under the big yellow water tower at your NASCAR Home Track, Meridian Speedway.