MERIDIAN, Idaho – Justin Segura completed his transition from dirt track to asphalt Saturday at ASA-sanctioned Meridian Speedway.
And he did this all shortly after his 14th birthday.
The Caldwell, Idaho Pepsi Sprintcar rookie held off seasoned veteran Tony Ackerland of Star, Idaho to win the first open-wheel main event on College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Night at the paved quarter-mile oval.
He was able to stay ahead of hard-charging Ackerland, the series points leader, and cross the start-finish line first.Segura is driving his first season on pavement after racing Outlaw Karts at area dirt tracks.
In other main events:
Ackerland got Segura back in the second main event, winning the 20-lapper easily.
Rob Powers picked up a pair of victories in the Coors Super Stocks portion of a combined double feature of that class and the Budweiser B Modifieds. Powers has now won six consecutive main events.
B Modifieds points leader Randy Keckley won the first main event, but was nipped at the line in the second feature by Boise, Idaho’s Pete T
In the same race, Randy Keckley of Boise, Idaho maintained the top spot in the B Modifieds series standings with a victory.
Melissa Weaver of Nampa, Idaho also padded her series lead with a win in the first of two CWI PTD Street Stocks 20-lap mains.
Her father, Nampa driver Marv, won the second Street Stocks feature.
The first main event of the night got off to an inauspicious start when three Pepsi Sprintcars wrecked coming out of Turn 4 on the first lap.
Kevin Kressly of Caldwell, Idaho, dove into the infield after apparently losing control of his machine, and three racers behind him – Ryan Wiederich and Michael Anderson of Nampa, Idaho, and Ryan Newman of Caldwell, Idaho – converged on the same spot on the wall coming out of the turn. Anderson’s rac
In the second main event, Meridian’s Colton Nelson avoided certain heavy damage to his wingless sprintcar when he slammed on the brakes after getting bumped toward the Turn 1 wall after contact with Anderson on the second lap of the second 20-lap main. Nelson parked his car for the rest of the race.ecar was carried off the track, while Newman and Anderson were able to continue.
The caution flag was the first of three. The other two came out when another teenager, Tristen Spiers of Adrian, Ore., lost control and made contact with competitors. The second spin for Spiers came feet from the checkered flag as Tony Ackerland was speeding to the win.
“Things get a little heated out here as you saw tonight, but this is a great class and great group of guys,” Ackerland said.
While Ackerland put some more space between himself and the rest of the field in the Pepsi Sprintcars title chase, the Super Stocks championship picture cleared up a little bit because of some hard luck for Boise’s Justin Ellis.
Ellis didn’t take the green flag in the first 20-lap main event because of engine problems.
“He came down and asked for some push rods,” Powers said. “They didn’t get them in in time.
“It’s kind of a bummer, but we’ve got some cushion (in the standings) and now we can have fun.”
Powers pointed out that he hasn’t lost a main event since picking up Vapology as a sponsor six races ago.
With his hood removed, Ellis valiantly tried to run the second main event, but eventually had to retire. Travis Pavlacky of Fruitland, Idaho was the runner-up in the second feature.
Trammell picked up his first victory of the season in the B Modifieds second main event.
Next week brings a double-dip at the racetrack.
First, on Saturday, it’s Aaron’s Sales & Lease Night. The ASA Modifieds and national title contender Jentry Pisca of Nampa, Idaho, will run a 50-lap main event – the longest race of the season for the division. Pisca is fourth in the ASA Member Track National Championship standings, which were released this week.
Also on tap Saturday are the NAPA Late Models, TEAM Mazda Subaru Mini Stocks and Tates Hornets.
Saturday is another Racing For Smiles of the Northwest night at the track, too, as a boy or girl facing medical challenges will serve as the guest of honor for trophy presentations and also will get a chance to tour the pits and meet the drivers.
Brasher’s Hornet Massacre returns on Wednesday, Aug. 21, with support from the Domino’s Pizza Legends, Mini Stocks and Thunder Dogs. The Hornet Massacre brings personnel from area car dealerships to the track to take their turn at racing four-cylinder cars loaned by the Tates Hornets division drivers.
The gates open at 4 p.m. each night with qualifying at 5 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets each night are $10 for adults, $7.50 for senior citizens and military with ID, $6 for children ages 7-11 and, as always, free for children 6 and younger. A family pass good for two adults and up to four children ages 7-11 is $30.
Visit www.meridianspeedway.com or “like” Meridian Speedway on Facebook to get the latest information. You can also buy tickets on the track’s website and print them at home.
The racetrack can be reached by phone at (208) 888-2813.
College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving
Double Main Event Night
Saturday’s unofficial results
Pepsi Sprintcars Main No. 1 (20 laps) – 1. Justin Segura, Caldwell, Idaho; 2. Tony Ackerland, Star, Idaho; 3. Ryan Wiederich, Nampa, Idaho; 4. Colton Nelson, Meridian, Idaho; 5. Lynn Sharp, Nampa
College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Street Stocks Main No. 1 (20 laps) – 1. Melissa Weaver, Nampa; 2. Marv Weaver, Nampa; 3. Shawn Hansen, Boise, Idaho; 4. Scott Shoecraft, Boise; 5. Greg Hale, Boise
Budweiser B Modifieds Main No. 1 (20 laps) – 1. Randy Keckley, Boise; 2. Jay Cook, Nampa; 3. Pete Trammell, Boise; 4. Rosalee Weller, Caldwell; 5. Darvin Ackerland, Boise
Coors Super Stocks Main No. 1 (20 laps) – 1. Rob Powers, Meridian; 2. Travis Pavlacky, Fruitland, Idaho
Pepsi Sprintcars Main No. 2 (20 laps) – 1. Tony Ackerland; 2. Segura; 3. Michael Anderson, Nampa; 4. Kevin Kressly, Caldwell; 5. Sharp
College of Western Idaho Professional Truck Driving Street Stocks Main No. 2 (20 laps) – 1. Marv Weaver; 2. Melissa Weaver; 3. Ray Bolinger, Meridian; 4. Shoecraft; 5. Hansen
Budweiser B Modifieds Main No. 2 (20 laps) – 1. Trammell; 2. Keckley; 3. Rodney Houpt, Boise; 4. Darvin Ackerland; 5. Cook
Coors Super Stocks Main No. 2 (20 laps) – 1. Powers; 2. Pavlacky; 3. Justin Ellis, Boise
Spectator Drags – Ryan Regis, Homedale, Idaho, 2010 Ford Mustang, def. John Ireland, Nampa, 1927 Ford Track T Roadster, 2-0
(Four laps each)
CWI PTD Street Stocks – 1. Marv Weaver, Nampa, Idaho; 2. Melissa Weaver, Nampa; 3. Shawn Hansen, Boise, Idaho; 4. Daniel Johnson, Caldwell, Idaho
Pepsi Sprintcars – 1. Ryan Newman, Caldwell; 2. Justin Segura, Caldwell; 3. Tony Ackerland, Star, Idaho; 4. Ryan Wiederich, Nampa
Coors Super Stocks – 1. Powers; 2. Ellis; 3. Pavlacky
Budweiser B Modifieds – 1. Keckley; 2. Gene Stroebel, Meridian; 3. Darvin Ackerland; 4. Josh Jackson, Payette, Idaho
(Eight laps each)
Budweiser B Modifieds
A Heat – 1. Jackson; 2. Keckley; 3. Kyle Latham, Boise; 4. Darvin Ackerland; 5. Stroebel
B Heat – 1. Weller; 2. Rodney Houpt, Nampa; 3. Sharlet Wilson, Mountain Home, Idaho
CWI PTD Street Stocks
A Heat – 1. Melissa Weaver; 2. Johnson; 3. Marv Weaver; 4. Scott Shoecraft, Meridian; 5. Ray Bolinger, Meridian
Coors Super Stocks
A Heat – 1. Powers; 2. Ellis; 3. Pavlacky
A Heat – 1. Colton Nelson, Meridian; 2. Segura; 3. Tony Ackerland; 4. Newman; 5. Michael Anderson, Nampa
B Heat – 1. Kevin Kressly, Caldwell; 2. Tristen Spiers, Adrian, Ore.; 3. Tyler Barrow, Boise; 4. Lynn Sharp, Nampa; 5. Riley Rogers, Meridian
CWI PTD Street Stocks – Melissa Weaver, 14.912 seconds
Pepsi Sprintcars – Tony Ackerland, 13.600
Coors Super Stocks – Ellis, 14.590
Budweiser B Modifieds – Keckley, 14.340